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‘Wakefield’ and ‘Abacus’ Lead Openers, But ‘Paris Can Wait’ Rules

21 May 2017 11:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This weekend, the entire specialized industry is huddled in Cannes in search of the next big things. On the home front, just three noteworthy films opened, each on a single Manhattan screen. Two of them, the Bryan Cranston-starring “Wakefield” and Steve James’ financial world set documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” showed some life.

Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” had a promising second-weekend expansion, and looks to be the standout  over the next month and more. Still, results remain minor after a couple post-awards months led by “Gifted” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

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Wakefield (IFC) – Metacritic: 60; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2016

$14,120 in 1 theater: PTA (per theater average): $14,120

Bryan Cranston has become an omnipresent force in TV, Broadway, and features. This film, opening many months after its September festival premieres, “Wakefield” puts him front and center as a Manhattan law partner who zones out of his suburban life »

- Tom Brueggemann

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'Alien: Covenant' Narrowly Edges Out 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' To Top Weekend Box Office

21 May 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It's a tight race at the top as weekend estimates have Alien: Covenant holding a narrow lead over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the #1 spot at the weekend box office. Considering Guardians has been underestimated the past two weekends by $1.46 million and $2.25 million, tomorrow afternoon's actuals will be something to look out for as less than $1 million separates the two films. Meanwhile, WB and MGM's Everything, Everything delivered on the high end of industry expectations while Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be looking to next weekend, hoping the upcoming four-day holiday will improve what was a rather weak debut. At #1, Fox's Alien: Covenant debuted with an estimated $36 million, nearly 43% of which came from its Friday performance, which included $4.2 million from Thursday previews. An opening less than $40 million is somewhat disappointing considering the $51 million opening for its predecessor, Prometheus, five years ago. Yet, the »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Interview: James Ivory on "Maurice" Turning 30

18 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Jose Solís.

 

Can you believe Maurice came out 30 years ago? James Ivory’s film adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel was released in the fall of 1987, a year after the Oscar winning A Room with a View. While it was never as celebrated as the former, throughout the years it’s come to be more highly regarded for its groundbreaking Lgbtq romance, and as the film that launched Hugh Grant’s screen career.

The tale of forbidden love between the title character (played by James Wilby) and a male servant (Rupert Graves) is filled with pithy dialogue, handsome actors and a then unparalleled sensuality when it comes to conveying gay romance. Its influence can be seen in countless films that came after it, yet for decades it remained the happiest of Lgbtq screen romances. That's a position I discussed with Mr. Ivory as the film is being re-released in »

- Jose

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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

4 May 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Howards End’ Photo: Kenneth Lonergan–Written Adaptation Heads to the Small Screen

4 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Merchant-Ivory era may be over, but some of the novels they adapted are evergreen. “Howards End” is clearly among that august company, as E.M. Forster’s novel is once again being adapted — this time for the small screen. Starz has just released a first-look image from the upcoming series, which Kenneth Lonergan is writing. There it is, right at the top of this article!

Read More: Kenneth Lonergan Penning Four-Part TV Adaptation Of ‘Howards End

Here’s the synopsis for all you philistines who, like me, have yet to read the book: “Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Howards End’ Photo: Kenneth Lonergan–Written Adaptation Heads to the Small Screen

4 May 2017 3:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Merchant-Ivory era may be over, but some of the novels they adapted are evergreen. “Howards End” is clearly among that august company, as E.M. Forster’s novel is once again being adapted — this time for the small screen. Starz has just released a first-look image from the upcoming series, which Kenneth Lonergan is writing. There it is, right at the top of this article!

Read More: Kenneth Lonergan Penning Four-Part TV Adaptation Of ‘Howards End

Here’s the synopsis for all you philistines who, like me, have yet to read the book: “Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn »

- Michael Nordine

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Hugh Grant Falls in Forbidden Love in Restoration Trailer for James Ivory’s ‘Maurice’

19 April 2017 6:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In 1987, James Ivory‘s Maurice first premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where he picked up the Silver Lion award as Best Director. Thirty years later, the Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights for the Merchant Ivory Production and will be revitalizing the gay period romance with a brand-new 4K restoration.

Starring James Wilby and Hugh Grant as two undergraduate students at Cambridge University, it follows the two characters, Maurice and Clive, as they fell in love at the University during a time when homosexuality in England was a punishable offense by the law. Judging from the preview, it looks to be a gorgeous restoration following recent previous Ivory re-releases.

Check out the trailer and poster below via Indiewire.

Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. »

- The Film Stage

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‘Maurice’ 4K Restoration Exclusive Trailer & Poster: James Ivory’s Gay-Themed Drama Returns to the Big Screen 30 Years Later

14 April 2017 2:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been 30 years since we last saw James Wilby and Hugh Grant fall in love on the screen in James Ivory’s beautiful gay-themed film “Maurice.” Now, Cohen Media Group —which has acquired 30 titles from the Merchant Ivory Productions library— is releasing a brand new 4K restoration of the 1987 romantic drama, which will screen next month at New York City’s historic Quad Cinema, following the theater’s reopening this Friday, April 14.

Read More: ‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch

Based on E.M. Forster’s 1971 novel by the same name, “Maurice” followed the story of two undergraduate Cambridge students, Maurice (Wilby) and Clive (Grant), who fall in love at a time when any reference of homosexuality at the English university was omitted and same-sex relationships was punishable by the law.

The film also starred Rupert Graves and Ben Kingsleyco. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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San Francisco Film Fest to Honor Shah Rukh Khan

30 March 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be honored at the 60th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival on April 14 at the Castro Theater. “King” Khan as he is known to his millions of fans will participate in a conversation onstage with Brett Ratner following a screening of his 2010 hit “My Name Is Khan.”

“It is a great honor to welcome one of the world’s most recognized film personalities,” said Sffilm’s executive director Noah Cowan. “Above Shah Rukh Khan’s fame as an actor is a man known for his pervasive curiosity about the world around him, about technology, about our collective future. Khan is among the most engaging figures in any field and this night, in conversation with Hollywood wizard Brett Ratner, will be among the most memorable of this year’s festival events.”

John Ridley, Gordon Gund, Ethan Hawke and James Ivory will also be honored with tributes during the festival’s run. »

- Shalini Dore

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Film Festival Roundup: Sarasota Announces Complete Slate, Sfiff Unveils Full Lineup and New Launch Program, and More

17 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Sarasota Film Festival has announced its full lineup, including its Narrative Feature Competition, Independent Visions Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, World and Us Cinema Narrative, World and Us Cinema Documentary, Spotlight, and Short Films. The festival also announced its three Sff Focus Panels–Lgbtq Community; Environment, Science, & Sustainability; and Sports In Cinema – along with its Closing Night Awards. The 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place from March 31 – April 9. You can find out more information at their official site.

“Film has an integral role in helping us analyze social and political issues in our society that demand attention, thought and dialogue” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Our program is designed to use the art of cinema as a catalyst for important conversations, »

- Kate Erbland

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Jenny Slate Comedy ‘Landline’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

15 March 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jenny Slate’s drama-comedy “Landline” will open the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 5.

Slate, director Gillian Robespierre and producer and co-writer Elisabeth Holm will attend the event at the Castro Theatre and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

“It is a very special moment for Sf Film to welcome back this talented group of filmmakers, whose debut ‘Obvious Child’ received a special grant from our artist development program,” said Executive Director Noah Cowan. “Their new film ‘Landline’ builds significantly on the promise of that terrific first feature, yielding impressive wisdom and humor from the painful process of growing up and, sometimes, apart.’

Landline” captures a dysfunctional family that grows closer when long-buried infidelities come to light across generations, set in 1990s New York. Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, and newcomer Abby Quinn also star.

Amazon Studios will release “Landline” on July 21. Amazon acquired U.S. rights »

- Dave McNary

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Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Gets November 2017 Release

8 March 2017 3:08 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Fresh off the heels of one of the best films of Sundance Film Festival 2017 getting a release date, we now have word on when another will arrive. Luca Guadagnino‘s intoxicatingly sexy romance Call Me By Your Name was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before its premiere even occurred and now they’ve given it a release date of November 24, 2017. An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, the story follows a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) who begins a romance with the house guest (Armie Hammer) of his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg).

While it feels like the perfect summer movie through and through, we can understand this prime awards season release date, where it’ll be given ample room to stop by the major fall festivals. The drama will drop in limited release alongside Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, and just a few »

- Jordan Raup

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Berlin Film Festival Movies

20 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Other Side of Hope”

Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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Bruce Lansbury, TV Producer and Brother of Angela Lansbury, Dies at 87

15 February 2017 2:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Bruce Lansbury, the veteran TV producer and writer known for his work on The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman and Murder, She Wrote, which starred his older sister, Angela Lansbury, has died. He was 87.

The London-born Lansbury died Monday in La Quinta, Calif., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Felicia Lansbury Meyer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His survivors also include his twin brother, Edgar Lansbury; he produced the popular 1970s Broadway revival of Gypsy that starred their sister and worked on films including The Wild Party (1975), directed by James Ivory.

Lansbury also served as vp creative affairs »

- Mike Barnes

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Berlinale: Luca Guadagnino on Why ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Strikes Such Deep Chords

13 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After becoming a standout title at Sundance, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” had its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday, where it was also very warmly received. The film features Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and was shot and edited in a matter of months. Guadagnino spoke to Variety about how the stars aligned for this powerful summer love story to become a potential career game-changer for him.

You really hit your stride with this movie, which seems like your most personal work. Is it?

I’m not so sure about that. I would say the reason this film is striking deep chords is probably due to the way I approached it. It was a way of absolute simplicity. I asked myself if I wanted to create a piece that was a sort of conversation between the storyline, the characters, and the medium, or »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Berlinale: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Was a ‘Universal Effort’

13 February 2017 9:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Call Me by Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age drama that wowed audiences at Sundance, won wide praise from Berlinale journos and film critics following its Panorama Special screening on Monday at the Berlin Film Festival.

Based on the novel by André Aciman, the story chronicles the love affair between Italian-American Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s new American assistant, Oliver, played by Armie Hammer.

Speaking at a press conference, Guadagnino described the work as a “film for families. I like to think it’s a film for the transmission of knowledge and hope that people of different generations comet to see the film together.”

Hammer, who also stars in Stanley Tucci’s Berlinale competition entry “Final Portrait,” said he could “certainly relate to how Luca was able to execute human desire, craving – this very  human emotion, between these two characters. These are primal emotions of desire that people feel. »

- Ed Meza

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Watch: Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer and More Discuss ‘Call Me By Your Name’ at Live Berlinale Press Conference

13 February 2017 5:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Starting today at 8:50Am Et/5:50Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “Call Me By Your Name.” Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is expected to attend the conference, as well as cast members including Armie HammerTimothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The film recently bowed at Sundance to overwhelming acclaim, and Sony Pictures Classics will release it later this fall.

Read More: Paul Verhoeven to Serve as Berlin Film Festival Jury President

Per the film’s official synopsis, “It’s the hot, sun-drenched summer of 1983 and Elio is at his parents’ country seat in northern Italy. The 17-year-old idles away the time listening to music, reading books and swimming until one day his father’s new American assistant arrives at their large villa. Oliver is charming and, like Elio, has Jewish roots; he is also young, self-confident and good-looking. »

- Kate Erbland

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Celluloid Dreams scores pre-sales on Guy Pearce, Toni Collette romantic thriller

10 February 2017 10:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ensemble romantic thriller Andorra, also featuring Gillian Anderson secures German distribution.

Celluloid Dreams have unveiled a first round of pre-sales on Fred Schepisi’s romantic thriller Andorra which is due to start shooting in April.

It has been acquired for Austrian and Germany (Weltkino), Switzerland (Praesens-Film), Italy (01 Distribution) and Greece (Seven Films) and ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery) in Europe.

In Asia, Los Angeles-based DDDream has acquired for China and Chennai-based entertainment company Viswas bought rights for Singapore, Malaysia and India.

It has also sold to Australia (Madman Entertainment) the Middle East (Prime), Israel (Shoval Communication), the whole of Latin America (Impacto) and Airlines (CineSky Pictures).

Adapted from a novel by Peter Cameron, Andorra stars Pearce as Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves the Us to begin a new life abroad in small, idyllic Andorra.

Alexander’s attempts to reinvent himself take an unexpected turn after a woman’s body is found and he is a prime suspect.

The »

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Clip: Armie Hammer Receives a Warm Welcome From Timothée Chalamet in Luca Guadagnino’s Drama

10 February 2017 10:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After receiving critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino’s Italian masterpiece, “Call Me by Your Name,” will screen at Berlinale. Based on André Aciman’s beloved 2007 novel of the same name, the drama chronicles a romance between a 17-year old boy and a handsome American intern who is staying at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

In a new clip shared by Berlinale’s website, audiences witness the young man, Elio’s (Timothée Chalamet), first interaction with Oliver (Armie Hammer). Oliver is seen arriving to the Perlman estate and greeted by Mr. Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife. Elio is then called down and takes Oliver’s bags to his room.

In the beginning Elio is somewhat distant towards Oliver until then the two begin to spend more time together. Per the website’s film description, “Elio begins to make tentative overtures towards »

- Liz Calvario

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Watch: Timothée Chalamet Meets Armie Hammer in New Clip from ‘Call Me By Your Name’

10 February 2017 8:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now aiming for a fall release, there’s still a long wait until audiences will be able to see Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, but for those that want a preview, a new clip has arrived today. An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) who begins a romance with the house guest (Armie Hammer) of his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg). This new clip features the first meeting between to the soon-to-be lovers.

“I knew that Sundance was a warm environment for this movie because when we showed I Am Love, I felt the Sundance audience was unbiased, uncynical and very open,” the director tells THR, answering the question as to why the film didn’t wait for Cannes. “We only submitted to Sundance and Berlin; I never thought »

- Jordan Raup

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