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Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Peter Bogdanovich's ensemble screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way is selling to U.S. distributor Clarius Entertainment in a deal valued at $4.5 million. The movie, which screened privately for buyers at the Toronto Film Festival following Venice, stars Owen Wilson as a married film and Broadway director who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress (Imogen Poots). Jennifer Aniston plays a therapist whose mother is in rehab. She's Funny That Way, receiving mixed reviews and marking Bogdanovich's first film in 13 years, co-stars Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans,
- Tatiana Siegel, Pamela McClintock
Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the period film follows newlyweds George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they maintain a close watch over a burgeoning logging empire in Depression-era North Carolina, ruthlessly ruling the woodlands while fighting off the efforts of environmental activists to turn their land into a national park.
Bier’s latest film, A Second Chance, had its world premiere Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bier won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for In A Better World (2010) and was also nominated for After The Wedding (2006).
Serena is scheduled for a UK release on October 24. Count on a U.S. release date to be announced soon so it doesn’t miss a bid for awards consideration at year’s end.
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- Michelle McCue
In the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s, George and Serena Pemberton begin to build a timber empire.
In the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s, George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Serena" film, re-teaming Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It's directed by Susanne Bier and co-stars Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage begins »
Exclusive: Most of the Jennifer Aniston-related focus at Toronto has been for Cake, the Daniel Barnz-directed pic in which she plays a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. That film is still in the mix, but there’s another film creating buzz in Toronto even though it was not a festival selection. It’s She’s Funny That Way, the first film Peter Bogdanovich has directed in 13 years. While Cake got into Toronto, She’s Funny That Way premiered in Venice. But the buyers don’t flock to that festival, so the picture was screened secretly for buyers Monday afternoon by CAA, UTA and producer Cassian Elwes. There are four bids on the table, but they are smallish and the sellers still have the film in play. The screwball comedy is about a married Broadway director who falls »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Once again, we find ourselves in that strange spot of anticipation. When a film takes two years from the end of principal photography to cinema release, does that indicate trouble? If it has taken so long to ‘tinker’ with it in post-production, is it going to be a mess? All these questions will soon be answered, as Serena has finally got a trailer.
Written by Christopher Kyle (Alexander, K-19: The Widowmaker) and adapted from the 2008 book of the same name by Ron Rash, this period drama is directed by Susanne Bier, who previously delivered Things We Lost In The Fire. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton in 1929, the film sees the couple travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina to build an all-conquering timber empire. Though Serena is ambitious, driven and talented, her position is threatened by the discovery that she is »
- Sarah Myles
After making Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle together, the dynamic acting duo of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are back together for this year's logging industry drama Serena. The first trailer has arrived, which tracks George and Serena Pemberton's quest to build a timber empire in the 1920s. Watch as Serena proves herself to be better than any man as she takes over operations at the lumber mill, hunts deadly snakes, and even saves a man lost in the wilderness. Though no North American release date or distributor has been set yet, expect Serena to take part in this fall's awards race.
From director Susanne Bier,Serena marks the third time Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have teamed up on screen. Set in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s, George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build their timber empire. Serena soon proves herself »
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are at it again in their third film together. A new trailer for their epic drama “Serena” shows them as a passionate married couple who build a timber empire during the Great Depression. Although they overcome tremendous odds, they can’t escape their own human failings. A stellar supporting cast includes Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones and Sam Reid. [...] »
The UK Trailer is now online for the Long-Delayed Drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, and Rhys Ifans. This marks the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have teamed up, they were in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which were both directed by David O. Russell.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the very first Serena trailer and poster for director Susanne Bier’s period drama. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to become suspicious of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government. Remember all the buzz surrounding Lawrence and Cooper in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook? Well Serena was actually shot 10 months before the David O. Russell film came out, so you can say this one has been sitting on the shelf for a spell. This trailer doesn’t make the movie look especially bad—it looks fine—but alas, as the picture is slated to open overseas next month, a U.S. release date remains elusive. Hit the jump to check out »
- Adam Chitwood
Also starring Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones, and Sam Reid, Serena is based on the book by Ron Rash and directed by Susanne Bier. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in the UK on October 14th, 2014. Serena follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here’s the first look at artwork for Serena which sees Silver Linings Playbook / American Hustle co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper re-team for a third time. Serena is directed by Susanne Bier with a script from Christopher Kyle and based on the book by Ron Rash.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and »
- David Sztypuljak
Cooper and Lawrence, who’ve previously acted alongside each other in Oscar-nominated hits Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, are teaming up again in Serena. In the Depression-era period piece, Lawrence plays the titular character, the sharp and strong wife of George Pemberton, with whom she moves from Boston to North Carolina to build a timber empire. The simpatico couple’s empire, however, is threatened when it’s realized that Serena can’t bear children.
In the trailer for Serena that was released Friday, the soon-to-be newlyweds are shown meeting for the first time and quickly becoming partners in life and business. When the business is threatened, secrets – including George’s illegitimate son – are unearthed. A murder investigation then »
Andrew Garfield has addressed the criticism of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and lays the blame for its failings squarely on the shoulders of Sony. He reveals that the studio had “problems with certain parts of it” and made changes. He also speaks about appearing (maybe) in the Sinister Six.
There’s been a lot of debate over what went wrong with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Why was it the lowest grossing Spider-Man film ever? Why were the reviews so mediocre? Why have internet fans been so vocal about their criticisms of the film? Andrew Garfield has finally addressed these criticisms.
While at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a real estate drama in which he co-stars with Michael Shannon, Garfield sat down for an interview with the Daily Beast and when Amazing Spider-Man 2 was mentioned, he took the opportunity to give his opinions on the sequel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sophie Barthes’ drama “Madame Bovary,” which stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller and Logan Marshall-Green. The movie made its world debut in Telluride and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Also read: Millennium Entertainment's Catalog, Distribution Sold to Management Team, Virgo Entertainment Henry Lloyd-Hughes (“Anna Karenina”) and Laura Carmichael (“Downtown Abbey”) co-star in the film, which Felipe Marino adapted from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of the same name along with Barthes. In “Madame Bovary,” Emma (Wasikowska) has always dreamt of a finer »
- Jeff Sneider
In the somewhat odd way things tend to work at film festivals, approximately thirteen minutes after the end of the Venice press screening for Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” (review here), there we were in an increasingly oven-like tent beside a tennis court talking to two of the film’s stars, Owen Wilson and Kathryn Hahn. They, of course, were cool and composed and remarkably forgiving of your intrepid interviewer’s breathless scattiness, which we like to believe came across as a tribute to the film’s rapid-fire screwball vibe. But it probably didn’t. Hahn and Wilson are both seasoned comedic performers at this stage, and while each of them has upcoming projects that we got to touch on briefly, we started off discussing Bogdanovich's film, which also stars Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans and Will Forte and a firmament of starry cameos. Though slight, »
- Jessica Kiang
Director Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary has landed a U.S. home with the newly reorganized Millennium Entertainment. Starring Mia Wasikowska, the movie made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and will play at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 10. Madame Bovary, which has drawn mixed reviews, also stars Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of the same name with Barthes. Wasikowska plays Emma Bovary, a young, beautiful woman from northern France who marries the town doctor in order to escape a life of swine farming. But she
- Pamela McClintock
Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green and Laura Carmichael also star. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel of the same name with Barthes.
The film — the 10th cinematic adaptation of Flaubert’s French drama — made its world debut in Telluride and will play at the Toronto Film Festival on Wednesday.
Wasikowska stars as Emma Bovary, who dreams of a finer life than the one she has on her father’s pig farm and soon discovers that marrying Mr. Charles Bovary does not make this possible.
Occupant Entertainment’s Marino and Joe Neurauter produced the film in association with Barthes through her Aden Film banner and Aleph Motion Pictures’ Jaime Mateus-Tique. Funding came from VP Finance and Prescience with Tim Smith »
- Dave McNary
Update, 9:23 Am: Millennium has officially confirmed the Madame Bovary acquisition that I scooped was happening over the weekend. The deal was finalized ahead of its Toronto screening set for tomorrow. The full release is below our original exclusive.
Previous Exclusive, Saturday Pm: Millennium Entertainment is getting close to a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to Madame Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller.
The film is set in period France, and focuses on two years in the life of the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor. She engages in extra-marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status. I’m hearing that companies like A24 and Sony Pictures Classics are still in the mix, but it looks like this one will close tonight. It premieres Wednesday in the Special Presentations section, but buyers caught it yesterday at a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Len And Company centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son and a successful client.
Anonymous Content founder Steve Golin financed Len And Company and served as executive producer with Kate Buckley. Youree Henley of The Bling Ring fame and Rick Jarjoura produces with Anonymous Content.
eOne Films International president Harold van Lier negotiated the deal on behalf of Séville International with Golin for the filmmakers.
Séville International vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier’s Toronto »
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