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Producing and financing films, rather than just taking a fee to sell them, has always been an important part of Sierra/Affinity’s blueprint since the company launched in 2009. Nevertheless, it took several years for the company’s ambitions beyond sales to be fully realized.
The company has produced and financed several titles over the past couple of years and is pushing hard in that direction. As company founder Nick Meyer, who is being honored at Cannes with Variety‘s Achievement in International Film Award, sees it, “a key part of our growth as a company is that we are a production entity.”
Set for release this July via Focus Features is “Atomic Blonde,” the graphic-novel adaptation starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. Recent titles also produced and financed by Sierra include the critically hailed “Lost City of Z” by director James Gray, 1960s melodrama “A Kind of Murder,” John Hillcoat »
- Dade Hayes
Annapurna Pictures founder Megan Ellison has released a supercut highlighting everything the company has done since its foundation in 2011. The 131-second-long reel is a celebration of the company’s great accomplishments in its mere six years of existence.
The clip opens with Joaquin Phoenix in his role of Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 drama “The Master.” Jessica Chastain makes an appearance in John Hillcoat’s crime drama “Lawless,” which also stars Shia LeBouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke. The reel also includes scenes from “20th Century Woman,” starring Annette Bening; “Sausage Party;” “Spring Breakers,” starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson; and much more.
Up next for Annapurna is the »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Courtesy of backing from Netflix, it was thought Andrew Dominik‘s next film would be his long-in-the-works Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde. However, with the struggle to find a leading actress, the film looks to be put on hold in favor of a new drama, once again in a Netflix deal (which, every new day, seems to be a recurring phrase around these parts).
The project is War Party, a Ridley Scott-produced adventure film that will find Tom Hardy starring as a real-life Navy Seal. Although not a great deal more is known about the next film by The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director, he co-write the script with Harrison Query, who has written the yet-to-be-produced Honor for Sale that John Hillcoat is attached to direct.
As for Dominik, this presumably action-oriented project based on a true story — which Netflix beat Amazon, Universal, and Lionsgate »
- Jordan Raup
As keen Black Mirror fans wait for the fourth season to land on Netflix later in the year, some interesting information about those upcoming episodes has slowly emerged through various sources. Earlier in the month, David Slade revealed that he'd be directing a piece, and the iconic Jodie Foster will also be helming her own episode in season 4, with co-creator Charlie Brooker describing that particular instalment as having more of an "indie drama" vibe about it.
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Recently, though (via Digital Spy) magician Penn Jillette surprised eager subscribers to his podcast, 'Penn's Sunday School', by admitting that he is also involved in Black Mirror's forthcoming fourth season finale.
Here comes the spoiler squirrel...so if you want to know nothing, »
From The Road to Lawless to star-studded crime saga Triple 9, John Hillcoat is a director that specializes in the art of crafting dark, engrossing stories around deeply human characters, even if the latter two movies aren’t talked about in the same breath as his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s apocalyptic masterclass – and rightfully so.
Since orchestrating a melange of crooked criminals and equally crooked cops in Triple 9, there’s been nary a mention of Hillcoat’s next project, but it seems The Tracking Board (via /Film) has today brought an end to that admittedly brief radio silence. Sources close to Ttb now claim the writer-director has climbed on board to direct an episode of Black Mirror season 4, Charlie Brooker and Netflix’s jet-black anthology series that examines far-future technology through a very particular, and often crushingly bleak, lens. The episode, rumored to be titled “Crocodile,” will purportedly focus on two female protagonists, »
- Michael Briers
When we were assembling our list of favorite moments of 2016, it was decided late in the process to exclude television and focus solely on movies. The decision was made to keep the list manageable, but it also meant we didn’t get a chance to pay tribute to the third season of the science fiction anthology […]
- Jacob Hall
6 items from 2017
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