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Exclusive: Salt secures deal for Toni Colette, Drew Barrymore comedy-drama in Germany, France, Japan.
Following the Cannes market screening of Catherine Hardwicke’s (Twilight) romantic comedy-drama Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore, UK sales outfit Salt has closed deals in Germany (Telepool), France (Ocean Films), Japan (Showgate), South Korea (Dreamwest Pictures) and Hong Kong (Panorama Entertainment).
In Miss You Already, produced by Christopher Simon and backed by New Sparta Films, the friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
The film has already sold in UK and Australia (eOne) among other markets. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Bentonville, Arkanasas, a sleepy, tree-lined city that exudes a Norman Rockwell-esque vibe but whose citizenry is primarily made up of Walmart employees, morphed into a professional powerhouse of female filmmakers, artists and media gurus May 5-9 for the first annual Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Trevor Drinkwater and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media and sponsored by Walmart and Coca-Cola.
Bentonville was abuzz with a parade of A-list celebrities, such as helmer Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen,” “Twilight”), Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Rosie O’Donnell, who flocked to the fest to inspire, educate and promote diversity and gender equality in film and TV, and to encourage an increase in the number of women working both in front and behind the camera.
Through a mix of musical events, film screenings (Janet Grillo’s “Jack of the Red Hearts” nabbed the jury award »
- Malina Saval
Hot Pursuit has opened to critical panning and unfavorable audience reactions today. The $35 million Action-Comedy’s 6% rottentomatoes score, lack of persistent marketing and generally-unfunny jokes in its major trailer all point at a financial loss for Warner Bros. But there lies the hope for women filmmakers in this article: this movie was still released amidst all the panning, the negativity generally-aimed at female filmmakers, and the recent backlash from the leaked emails between Marvel CEOs concerning the perceived lack of appeal for female superhero films.
The leaked emails remind us of the general sexist attitude towards female filmmakers, specifically directors. The major studios, including Warner Bros, nowadays produce and distribute just a few dozen films a year with an average budget of over $100 million. All those superhero and mega-expensive films we’ve come to love, hate, and blog about are the proof. By now, we’ve all noticed that a »
- Christopher Ortiz
The Sundance Institute has announced the 13 projects selected for the 2015 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs.
The event, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 25-June 25, runs annually in order to discover and enhance the up-and-coming independent film artists in film, theatre, new media and episodic content.
This year’s selections feature works from six different countries, including the Us, Brazil, China, France, Georgia and the UK and vary from documentary, theatre, music, animation, new media and visual art categories.
The selections are:
Bart Layton / American Animals (UK);
Nia DaCosta / Little Woods (USA);
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre / Mustang (France);
Mark Kindred / Rogue (USA); and
The festival will screen 75 films and guarantees distribution to a handful of winners. The roster of positive, entertaining cinema opens with the world premiere of War Room and closes with Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2. Guests will include Robert De Niro, Catherine Hardwicke and Rosie O’Donnell.
Davis and Arc president Trevor Drinkwater talk about how the event came about, its ties to the non-profit, the Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, and its aims going forward. The Bentonville Film Festival runs from May 5-9.
How did this all start?
Geena Davis: Trevor and I started talking and I was like, ‘Yes! Absolutely!’ I had been hoping somebody would hold a film festival supporting more inclusion of women in front of and behind the camera »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (Bff), set to run from May 5-9, has announced the panel series covering topics addressing women, diversity and the entertainment business.
The festival also revealed details of several special events including a softball game headlined by Davis and her A League of Their Own co-star Rosie O’Donnell, as well as a Bff concert series.
O’Donnell will join other panellists on a session called In Control Of Her Own Destiny about women who launched production companies while Catherine Hardwicke will take part in Behind The Lens.
Davis will take part in the Women’s Economic Empowerment discussion alongside Kathleen McLaughlin from Walmart, Care’s Helene Gayle, Pamela Prince-Easton of Wbenc) and White House economics advisor Professor Abigail Wozniak »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Set in Palmers Green, London, ‘A Punters Prayer’ is an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling.
In a recent interview, Mem Ferda, who plays Bektash Ali, the local Turkish Mafia Boss, commented,“it’s an intriguing, smart, urban satire, bursting with authentic and intriguing characters and should do extremely well’’. Mem who has recently wrapped on Mark McQueen’s powerful action film ‘A »
MTV has canceled “Eye Candy” after one season.
Victoria Justice, star of the freshman drama, made the announcement Saturday on Twitter.
“Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2,” she wrote in a lengthy message to fans. “Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart.”
The cyber thriller, based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling novel and executive produced by “Twilight’s” Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, centered on a tech genius who tried to capture a serial killer who preyed on dating websites in New York.
The 10 episode series premiered in January 2015.
- Variety Staff
While it is currently enjoying the success of shows such as the long-running Suits, the second-season renewal Sirens, and the brand new Dig, USA Network has now announced its 2015/2015 development slate, and it contains nine new scripted dramas to get excited about.
Backed by big names – including Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Len Wiseman, Barry Sonnenfeld and Charlize Theron – these fledgling projects indicate a major push forward in original programming for the channel, and a major shift into television for high profile filmmakers.
Paradise Pictures: From the team that delivered Suits (Aaron Korsh, Rick Muirragui), this period drama is set in 1940s Hollywood and follows the fortunes of those trying to make it to the top of the entertainment industry tree, against a backdrop of blacklists, the rise of television, and the fall of studio monopolies.
Starchitects: An episodic drama exploring the workplace pressures at a top-level Los Angeles architecture firm. »
- Sarah Myles
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The man who created Supernatural has turned his attention to a superhero.
Kripke will pen both the Vertigo comic book on which Amped is based and the series itself, which he’ll also executive-produce.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Other potential series the cable channel announced Tuesday include:
* The Tap, a 1969-set spy thriller set at Yale University, »
A year after unveiling a development slate lined with scripted comedies, USA Network has officially ditched those plans and instead unveiled a roster of nine dramas and a limited series during its upfront presentation Tuesday. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network, which is also looking to Chrisley Knows Best to deliver a spinoff and late-night series, is teaming with top producers for a mixture of period dramas, serialized fare and a DC Comics take. Read More TV Upfronts: USA Orders Chrisley Late-Night Pilot, Nabs 'SmackDown' From Syfy The slate features dramas from producers including Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, Supernatural's Eric
- Lesley Goldberg
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Much like Catherine Hardwicke after Twilight, behind the scenes shenanigans have forced Sam Taylor-Johnson to depart the franchise she helped introduce to movie-goers. After the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct the already announced Fifty Shades Darker. There has been no official statement from the studio as to if a replacement has been found, but this could delay production on the already troubled sequel. In a statement to Deadline, the director »
- Alex Maidy
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
Ties That Bind: Taylor-Johnson’s Erotic Adaptation Forgoes a Glimpse of Eros
Playful marketing provocations, heralded by the succinct tagline “Curious?” standing out beneath black and white production stills, somehow manages to be the most titillating aspect of the highly anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which, like many of its romantically inclined counterparts, only proves that watching people fuck or fall in love is generally only interesting to those involved directly. That’s, of course, discounting voyeurs and James’ core audience of straight-laced, sexually repressed hausfraus who have never taken an opportunity to explore base tendencies. It is their embrace that has resulted in this pop culture fixation. In a superficial sense, it’s enthralling to see that a studio production so clearly addresses notions of sexual pleasure, but fears of censorship have reigned in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s visual freedom, and considering the subject matter, »
- Nicholas Bell
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
La-based nonprofit Film Independent has selected six directors for its 15th annual Directing Lab. In this eight-week program under creative advisors Daniel Barnz, Catherine Hardwicke and James Ponsoldt, filmmakers will workshop and shoot short scenes from their scripts. The focus will be on working with actors in the rehearsal process. Film Independent provides fellows, free of charge, with digital camera and lighting packages and stipends to shoot their scenes, with access to casting directors, cinematographers and editors for collaboration. Other industry advisors include leading directing teacher, Joan Scheckel, and casting director, Heidi Levitt. Upon completion, fellows receive year-round support including eligibility for grants and awards, access to Film Independent’s annual film education offerings and a pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival. Previous Directing Lab fellows include Ana Lily Amirpour, who went on to direct the Indie Spirit nominee "A Girl »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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