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Ronnie Gene Blevins Joins Nicolas Cage In Joe!

13 November 2012 11:38 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

We all watched this guy in The Dark Knight Rises (not much of a role, though), but we’ll soon have another chance, ’cause Ronnie Gene Blevins is now set to star in an upcoming indie drama titled Joe. This should sound familiar to you.  I mean, after all Nicolas Cage is already on board to star as the lead. And what also sounds good is that, according to the latest reports, Blevins jumps in to play the movie villain.

David Gordon Green directs the project from a script written by Gary Hawkins, but we should also mention that the whole thing is actually based on Larry Brown‘s novel of the same name.

Joe centers on Cage portrays an ex-con who becomes a role model to a 15 year-old from a broken home.And that’s pretty much all we know about this movie so far.

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International Presales of U.S. Indies by Non-u.S. Companies

5 November 2012 8:12 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

I participated in a Dreamago panel moderated by WGA-West VP and USC film writing prof and an artistic director at the Sundance Institute Wrting Labs, Howard Rodman.  

Other panelists included Vince Fischer who, having been educated and working in Paris, Montreal, New York in business and advertising, event production, and creating the endorsement agency GlamCom which initiates deals between celebrities and products, such as he did with George Clooney and Nespresso, has gone on to create Artistic Alliance Eci which represents screenwriters, directors and actors with offices in Beijing, L.a. and Paris, to match people and projects abroad.  Daniel Hsia, the writer/ director of Shanghai Calling, (Isa: Aldamisa) a U.S. - China co-production distributed in China by China Film Group and in So. Korea by Sookie and due to be released in Norht America in 2013 works with Janet Yang and is eager to do more co-productions in China though he admits to difficulties with censors, etc.  You can see the trailer of Shanghai Calling here.

Neil Landau who wrote Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explores from Paramount which is the highest grossing animated film in Spain's history and the #1 Spanish box ofice movie of the year, is now working on its sequel and another animated feature by the same director.  His latest screenplay is being produced by Cary Brokaw for Avenue Pictures (The Player, Closer, Angels in America).  He is curretnly developing an original miniseries for HBO for the Russian Market and a crime drama for Sreda in Moscow.

Paula Manzanedo-Schmitt is VP of Film Finances Inc. the world leader in completion guarantees.  She has been involved in more than 1,000 films and TV programs internationally and in U.S. She spoke of the various cross-cultural requisites in film production abroad.

The discussion centered around whether filmmakers could make a film without the notorioius interference of studios (they should all be so lucky as to have this problem).  In other words, the panelists discussed their experiences making films with Russians and Chinese. All agreed that working abroad, and especially with international sales agents who also produce allows for greater freedom of vision (although in China the reward is writng so that China censorship does not interfere because one has written to their specifications).  All agreed also that there is a certain cross-cultural divide one must discover in order to work effectively.

My suggestions for finding a way to create without corporate interferences are listed below:

** Coproduce with Canada who has the most coproduction treaties in the world, or go directly to producers or sales agents who do not rely on treaties.

** Work with international sales agents who produce international coproductions which include U.S., or with the producers of those films who now have established track records.

Take a look at Level K, Tine Klint's relatively new Danish company which is preselling films from U.K., Canada and Australia:

Not Another Happy Ending by Brit John McKay 33 Liberty Lane by Canadian Peter Hewitt The Turning by Australian Cate Blanchett and Robert Connelly starring Emily Watson The Last Ocean by New Zealander Peter Young

French sales agent Films Distribution is selling

Marina Zenovich's doc Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out which Showtime acquired for U.S. TV. Citadel from Ireland has sold to Cinedigm/ New Video for U.S. and Mongrel for Canada. 30 Beats from the U.S. sold to Roadside Attractions for U.S. and Codex Media And Advertising Corporation for Turkey.

Other French companies are doing likewise.

Studio Canal is selling

Liz Garbus' Love, Marilyn - though this was picked up complete at Tiff 12. Don Mazer's I Give It A Year from the U.K. and produced by Tim Bevan.  It began presales in Cannes.

Celluloid Dreams is selling

Greetings From Tim Buckley--U.S.-Tiff 12 Special Presentations World Premiere  - Director: Daniel Algrant The Comedian a U.K. comedy by Tom Shkolnik Francis Ha  - U.S. - Tiff 12. by Noah Baumbach Satellite Boy - Australia The Conspiracy - U.K.

Snd is preselling The Love Punch an English language French comedy

Wild Bunch is selling 

Blood Ties written by James Gray, directed by Guillaume Canet, Cast : Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Marion Cottillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Producers: Alain Attal (Les Productions du Tresor), Hugo Selignac, John Lesher

This very American sotry takes place in New York, 1974. Chris Pierzynski has just been released after years in prison for his part in a gangland murder. Waiting reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, who raised them alone, has always favored Chris - despite all his troubles. Frank has known this since they were kids, and it eats at him like nothing else.

It has presold to Belgium-Lumière, Scandinvia -Scanbox Entertainment, Netherlands-Lumiere, Romania-Independenta Film, Switzerland-Frenetic Films, Turkey-Codex Media, Ukraine Top Film Distribution

Maniac by Franck Khalfoun U.S. English Horror, Writers : Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur, Cast : Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Producers : Thomas Langmann (La Petite Reine), Alexandre Aja.  It has presold to Germany -Ascot Elite, Japan - Comstock Only God Forbids by Nicolas Winding Refn from Denmark, in English has been selliing since Berlin 2012 and has sold to Bulgaria-A Plus Films Ltd., Germany-Tiberius Film Gmbh & Co. Kg, Hungary-Budapest Film (Distributor), Hungary-Mtva, Italy-Italian International Film, Korea (South)-Daisy & Cinergy Entertainment,  Poland-Gutek Film Ltd, Romania-Independenta Film, Turkey-Calinos Films

Global Screen (Germany) has many English language films, some originating from U.S. and English speaking countries and others from non-English speaking countries.

•  No Place on Earth (The Cave)  by Emmy Award winning director Janet Tobias a U.S., U.K., German co-production. the doc tells the longest recorded underground survival story in human history, when 5 Jewish families descended into a pitch black cave to escape the Nazis for 511 days. 

Hungaricom Ltd (Hungary) has the English language animated comedy feature The Secret of Moonacre and Immigrants - L.A. Dolce Vita both produced by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Gabor Kalomista, a Los Angeles based company with Hungarian born principals.  The synopsis of Immigrants is worth repeating: More people immigrate to America than to all other countries in the whole world combined. Why? Is it because they love hot dogs and hamburgers? Or because they want to meet Snoop Dogg or have a close encounter with Pamela Anderson? Maybe. But the real reason is – immigrants go to the U.S. to chase the American dream.  Immigrants is the story of Vladislav (a Russian), and Joska (a Hungarian). Both are immigrants and best friends, living and chasing the American dream together. Vlad has a daughter, Ana, who’s adapting to life in America at the speed of light, while her dad is in complete culture shock. They stay at the Vista del Mar, an apartment complex run by an old failed actress, Greta Knight, who is always after Vlad for sexual favors. The building is home to immigrants from all over the world: Flaco, a friend from Mexico; Mr. Chea, who runs a Chinese family restaurant; Nazim, a former Pakistani nuclear scientist who drives a tour bus; and Mr. Splits, an old black pimp.  We follow Vlad and Joska in their adventures… through their encounter with the American capitalist company Glut-co, through their attempt to open a Russian/Hungarian restaurant, and as their friendship is put in jeopardy when they hit the L.A. night scene. All the while Vlad is looking for a way to make a life for himself and his daughter; and Joska… well, Joska is mainly looking for women. 

If Niel Landau's adventures in Russia appeal to you, but you don't have the connections there, visit Rosskino and the L.A. based Eleonora Granata Russian Film Commissioner or produce in Russia through international sales agents which were founded by Russian-Americans who know both cultures such as Aldamisa (where longtime Disney acquisitons VP Jere Hausfater is now looking for projects), 108 Media who has Myn Bala the Kazahkistan submission for Best Foreign Language Academy Award nomination is Canadian owned, or Red Sea, all of whom are Russian – American and/ or Canadian owned.

Singapore is looking for Looking for copros and Icon has stepped up to the plate with James Wan Presents House of Horrors, an English language U.S. horror film now in pre-productions.  In the aftermath of a horrific massacre, lead Detective, Mark Lewis, and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect for the brutal murder of five college students. This has been preselling at Cannes 2012 (Line up), Afm 2011, Cannes 2011 and Berlin Efm 2012. Directed by Javier Guttierrez, written by James Wan and Max La Bella it will be distributed in Singapore by Cathay.

British companies are also packaging and preselling U.S. films:

Content is selling American indies 96 Minutes, Hick, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God by Alex Gibney

Stealth Indie (Michael Cowan) is selling two U.S. indies, Crave and The Giant Mechanical Man

Bankside has a deal with New York based Killer Films for Innocence, now in post.  This thriller is a modern-gothic vampire story where a recently bereaved teenage girl finds herself the focus of everyone’s attention at her elitist private school where life is steeped in tradition and ceremony.It has been preselling this at Afm 2011 and 2012, Toronto and Cannes 2011 and it has presold to Le Pacte for France, Videovision for So. Africa, Umut Sanat Filmcilik for Turkey, Shooting Stars for UAE.

Ealing Metro is preselling 

Nina directed and written by Cynthia Mort, a U.S. production, a biopic about Nina Simone, a tormented genius who eventually finds love and peace. Produced by Barnaby Thompson, Stuart Parr, Mark Burton and Ben Latham Jones, it has presold since Toronto 2011 to Orlando for Israel, Entertainment One for Benelux, Cinesky has U.S. Better Living Through Chemistry directed and written by David Posamentier, a U.S. comedy now in post-production.A straight-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a dangerously seductive customer who takes him on a joyride with explosive consequenses involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.  Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Ray Liotta, produced by Felipe Marino, Joe Neurater and Keith Calder, it has presold to Metro Pictures of India. Bailout is being presold. One morning Matt Prior wakes up to find himself jobless, crippled with debt, convinced his wife is having an affair and six days away from losing his home. Bailout is a hysterical, heartfelt tale of how we can reach the edge of ruin and begin to make our way back.

Salt is preselling Welcome to the Jungle, a U.S. comedy directed by Rob Meltzer, written by Jeff Kauffman, produced by Justin Kanew and Luillo Ruiz and starring Adam Brody, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone and Rob Huebel.  A group of co-workers including Chris (Adam Brody) get stranded on a desert island when their nutty teambuilding coach (Jean Claude Van Damme) is mauled by a wild cougar. in the spirit of "lost in the wilderness" comedies such as Tropic Thunder and workplace comedies like The Office, Welcome to the Jungle is a rare beast in today's market: a comedy that delivers on the laughs - both the high and the lowbrow.  It has already presold to Front Row for the Middle East.

Westend is preselling Joe which will start shooting this month be delivered in 2013.  It is to be directed by David Gordon Green, produced by lisa Muskat and stars Nicholas Cage.  Joe is the story of a man who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a family ruled by a worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of a small Southern town. Joe is the story of the last hold-out of the cowboy age, when it was okay to shoot up a bar room or tell a lady what to do.


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Casting: Daugherty, Sheridan, Jacobi, Baldwin

22 October 2012 8:40 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Starving Games

Brant Daugherty ("Pretty Little Liars") has scored one of the lead roles in the spoof "The Starving Games" from "Date Movie" and "Epic Movie" writer/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

Daughtery's character is a brooding teen heartthrob in the mold of Liam Hemsworth's character Gale in "The Hunger Games." Shooting kicks off early next month in New Orleans. [Source: Variety]


Tye Sheridan ("The Tree Of Life") has joined the cast of David Gordon Green's Southern drama "Joe". Gary Hawkins adapted the screenplay from the novel by Larry Brown and shooting kicks off on Halloween in Austin.

Sheridan will play Gary Jones, the eldest child in a homeless family headed by an alcoholic father. He and an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) become close as they try to find a better life in the hard world of small-town Mississippi. [Source: Screen Daily]

Grace of Monaco

British acting legend Derek Jacobi has »

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David Gordon Green Will Direct Nicolas Cage to An “Unexpected Performance” in ‘Joe’

7 September 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

File this one under “things we never knew wanted to happen, but thank God they are,” as THR reports that David Gordon Green will direct Nicolas Cage in Gary Hawkins‘ adaptation of Larry Brown‘s novel, Joe. Cage will star as the eponymous Joe, “an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small town Mississippi.” The “gritty” Southern tale sounds like a return to form for the director, who started his career with such similiarly gritty films like George Washington and Undertow before making the move to more mainstream comedic fare like Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter. If this signals a sea change or a happy medium for the filmmaker, we »

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Nic Cage Tracks Down Joe

7 September 2012 3:07 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Here’s a director / actor pairing we’re not sure we’d have guessed at: David Gordon Green has hooked up with Nicolas Cage for his next film, a gritty southern Us-set drama called Joe.From the sounds of it, it’s another shift in gear for the director who has most recently been making comedies such as Your Highness and The Sitter.Adapted from Larry Brown’s novel by screenwriter Gary Hawkins, the movie will unspool the story of ex-con Joe (Cage) who becomes something of a role model to teenager Gary Jones. Gary is trying to escape his drunken, dangerous father and homeless family, and Joe just might be his path to a better life in one of the dodgier corners of Mississippi."When Larry Brown wrote the novel, he instantly created an iconic character of contemporary Southern literature," Gordon Green says in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. »

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Nicolas Cage to star in David Gordon Green's Southern drama 'Joe'

7 September 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nicolas Cage has been cast in Joe. Based on Larry Brown's 1991 novel with the same name, Joe follows an ex-con who becomes a role model to 15-year-old Gary Jones, who comes from a homeless family in Mississippi. The Southern drama will be directed by David Gordon Green and adapted by Gary Hawkins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gordon Green said: "When Larry Brown wrote the novel Joe, he instantly created an iconic character (more) »

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Tiff Sales Alert: Nic Cage Stars in David Gordon Green's Latest, 'Joe'

7 September 2012 1:22 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Nicolas Cage has always gone back and forth between payday flicks and worthy indies, with a tad too much emphasis on the former, in our view. It's hard to recall that he once won an Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas." So there's hope yet that "Joe" will give him a juicy role, working with David Gordon Green, who has lately steered away from the serious indie dramas that launched his career ("Snow Angels") in favor of gross-out comedies (TV series "Eastside and Down," "The Sitter," “Pineapple Express”). Financed by Worldview Entertainment, the gritty, southern drama is adapted by Gary Hawkins from Larry Brown's novel about a small-town Mississippi ex-con who becomes an unlikely role model to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a nasty drunk. Principal photography is set for early November in Texas. David Gordon Green said: "When Larry Brown wrote the novel »

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Nicolas Cage To Star In David Gordon Green's Joe

7 September 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

David Gordon Green has spent the last few years making silly comedies like Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter (not to mention episodes of the HBO series Eastbound & Down), but now the George Washington filmmaker is heading back into more serious material. He's currently in the midst of developing a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria and now he's found a star for his gritty, southern drama Joe. A press release has been sent out announcing that Nicolas Cage has signed on as the star in in Gordon Green's upcoming movie. The film, which is based on the novel by Larry Brown and written by Gary Hawkins, is about an ex-con who creates an unlikely friendship with a 15-year-old by named Gary Jones. Gary is the oldest child of a homeless family with a drunken father, and sees Joe as a positive, if not unlikely, role model. The two »

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David Gordon Green Will Direct Nicolas Cage In The Gritty Southern Drama 'Joe'

7 September 2012 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It was announced today that Worldview Entertainment, the company behind the recently announced new films by Eli Roth and Ti West (as well as just-wrapped features by Atom Egoyan and Guillaume Canet), will also fund "Joe," the new film by "All the Real Girls"/"Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green that stars Nicolas Cage. Production should begin in early November in the great state of Texas. Foreign buyers are being sought at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. "Joe" was written by Gary Hawkins, based on the 2003 novel by Larry Brown, and is described in the press release as the "story of an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small town Mississippi. »

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Nicolas Cage to Star in David Gordon Green’s Southern Drama Joe

7 September 2012 11:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Worldwide Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) gritty, southern drama Joe.  Moreover, Nicolas Cage has been cast in the lead role of Joe, an ex-con who “becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father.”  The story takes place in small town Mississippi and is based on the book of the same name by Larry Brown.  Green’s Eastbound and Down cohorts Danny McBride and Jody Hill will executive produce the adaptation. Hit the jump for more, including an update on Green’s Suspiria remake. Though Green is probably best known for his comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, his career initially took off due to the success of his drama George Washington.  He’s been getting back to his dramatic roots as of late, »

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David Gordon Green Heads Back South With Nicolas Cage For ‘Joe’; Is His ‘Suspiria’ Remake Dead?

7 September 2012 11:37 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the rapid frequency that Nicolas Cage signs onto projects, a promising one is bound to turn up now and then. After a horrendous streak including Season of the Witch, Trespass, Seeking Justice, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Stolen and many more, it looks like we finally have a bright spot.

Reports are coming in from Toronto that financing has been secured by Worldview Entertainment for a film titled Joe, set to be directed by David Gordon Green. While his recent duds of Pineapple Express and The Sitter were disappointing, this one sees the director headed back to his roots in both location and material.

The Southern drama, scripted by Gary Hawkins from Larry Brown‘s novel, would star Cage as “an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they »

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Toronto: Worldview Funds ‘Joe’ With Nic Cage Starring & David Gordon Green Directing

7 September 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the David Gordon Green-directed Joe, a Southern drama to star Nicolas Cage. Gary Hawkins adapted from the novel by Larry Brown. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early November in Texas. London-based WestEnd Films will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week at the Toronto Film Festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Joe, represents the film’s domestic distribution rights. Joe is the story of an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small-town Mississippi. Lisa Muskat, Gordon Green and Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow will produce alongside Derrick Tseng. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich »


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Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green Plan Joe

7 September 2012 | | See recent news »

Nicolas Cage has locked the leading role in David Gordon Green's Joe . The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Stolen star will headline the adaptation of the 1991 Larry Brown novel, officially described as follows: Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won't slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun-and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won't fill the hunger Joe can't name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he's desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption - or ruin. Screenwriter Gary Hawkins, who wrote and directed the 2002 Brown documentary, The Rough Side of Larry Brown , adapted the tale for the screen. (Photo »

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Kurtzman Institute Announces Special Guests and Guest Speakers

2 June 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Special Effects Artist Robert Kurtzman recently opened the doors to the Kurtzman Institute of Art, a school where students learn the fine art of F/X. Kurtzman has now announced the list of guest speakers and special in-class guests who will be visiting the school, and it's pretty mpressive.

According to the Kurtzman Institute of Art website, "The facility gives students first-hand access to decades of genuine Hollywood experience. With classes lead by top-notch instructors with proven experience, students can get on the fast track to success in film, television, amusement, and many other creative industries. In addition, students get real world experience, working alongside respected professionals, in a fully functional film and effects studio during the course of their instruction, providing a truly unique educational experience."

Among those whom students can count on learning from this year are: Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster), Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, »

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