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IFC Films to distribute 'Queen Of The Desert'

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IFC Films to distribute 'Queen Of The Desert'
The distributor has acquired Us rights to Werner Herzog’s drama starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco and will release in spring 2017.

Benaroya Pictures financed Queen Of The Desert and Michael Benaroya produced with Cassian Elwes and Nick Raslan.

Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star in the Berlin 2015 world premiere about British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell on an epic odyssey to chart the borders of the modern Middle East.

Jonathan Debin, Cathy Gesualdo, James Lejsek, Ben Sachs, D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro served as executive producers on Queen Of The Desert.

“The entire team at IFC Films is thrilled to be working once more with Werner Herzog who is undoubtedly a modern master of cinema,” said IFC, which brokered the deal with Elwes, Lawrence Kopeikin and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Having previously worked with him on his award-winning Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Werner continues
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AFM: Nicole Kidman’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Sells to IFC

AFM: Nicole Kidman’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Sells to IFC
IFC Films announced at the American Film Market conference that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman.

The film, written and directed by Herzog, also stars James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. IFC is planning a release in spring 2017.

The film was produced by Michael Benaroya, Cassian Elwes and Nick Raslan and was executive produced by Jonathan Debin, Cathy Gesualdo, James Lejsek, Ben Sachs, D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro. Benaroya Pictures financed.

“Queen” is the story of British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell, set against the backdrop of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire with Bell as an attaché of the British Empire to chart and define the modern borders of the Middle East.

The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Variety‘s Peter Debruge said in his review that Kidman
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‘Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?’ Trailer: Who Cares, Here’s Ron Paul

Unless you’re a diehard Libertarian or the ghost of Ayn Rand herself back from the great beyond come to haunt us all in the spookiest of fashions, you probably haven’t spent that much time paying attention to the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy. If you’re suddenly inspired to trek to the theater and explore the role of man’s mind in existence, the third and final installment of the series — which attempts to answer the all-important question of “Who is John Galt?” — has arrived. The first trailer for the aptly titled Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, directed by James Manera and written by Manera and Harmon Kaslow, promises epic romance, war and all the Ron Paul the silver screen can handle. It’s somewhat of a miracle that the film even exists. After Atlas Shrugged: Part I was a bonafide flop, only managing to bring in lukewarm $4.6 million at the box office, its
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Atlas Shrugged: Part III Goes To Kickstarter To Totally Not Beg For Money

You know those two films that make up the beginning of an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged? You know how they made almost no money and received a well-deserved critical drubbing for being terrible? Well, now you can contribute a Kickstarter to make the final film, Atlas Shrugged: Part III, a reality. Not that the filmmakers need your help; they just would really like your money.

Producer Harmon Kaslow told THR that they do not really need the $250,000 they are asking for; they just want the publicity. They also want to make people angry:

There is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around. The day we launch the Kickstarter campaign those haters are going to come alive. They’re going to come after us in droves, attacking us everywhere online. To them, we say, thank you.
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Atlas Shrugged producers turn to Kickstarter for help warning others against moochers

In an effort to further Ayn Rand’s message critiquing altruism and promoting the virtue of selfishness, rejecting all moochers who would dare claim your money by tears, the producers of the third Atlas Shrugged movie have launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for donations, predicated on reminding supporters of the critics who have hurt it. As reported earlier this year, despite the free market repeatedly determining it would rather not have any Atlas Shrugged movies, producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro boldly refused to relinquish their rational self-interests to a world that would dare take their ideas from them, chiefly ...
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"Atlas Shrugged" Finale Uses Kickstarter

The filmmakers behind "Atlas Shrugged" are using the crowd funding site Kickstarter to raise a small portion of the production and marketing money for the final film in the trilogy.

The campaign is designed to raise $250,000 of the film's $10 million budget. Formally titled "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," filming on the final chapter in the trilogy begins this Fall ahead of a planned release in Summer 2014 ahead of the mid-term elections.

Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow have all but admitted the Kickstarter campaign isn't so much a needed fundraiser as much as a publicity stunt. Kaslow tells THR:

"There is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around. The day we launch the Kickstarter campaign those haters are going to come alive. They’re going to come after us in droves, attacking us everywhere online. To them,
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What Would Ayn Rand Think? 'Atlas Shrugged' Hits Kickstarter To Get Cash For Final Film In Trilogy

If the market has dictated anything it's that no one cares about "Atlas Shrugged." The reception to the trilogy has been pretty dismal both critically and commercially, with the first part earning $4.6 million and second even less, with $3.3 million. The budget on the first movie alone was $20 million and something tells us Ayn Rand herself would tell the filmmakers to get out of this while they still can. Somehow $10 million more dollars is being spent on a third installment, and the filmmakers want your money. Producers have hit Kickstarter, hat in hand, asking for $250,000 dollars, even though they claim not to actually need it, they're just doing it for publicity (but still, they'll take your money if you give it to them). “There is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around,” producer Harmon Kaslow told THR. “The day
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The Third "Atlas Shrugged" In 2014

The third and final installment in the "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy has been given the green light by producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow. A Summer 2014 release is being targeted.

The first two films in this series have earned a total $8 million at the domestic box office from a combined budget of $30 million. The third film is expected to be made and marketed for less than $10 million.

Reviews for both films have been utterly scathing, though both films have earned modest success in the home video market.

The third film will only score a theatrical release in the 150 markets where the first two installments did best.

Duncan Scott and Brian O'Toole will pen the script for this third chapter. No director or major cast member is yet attached.

The story is expected to close out the narrative from the books, how much of John Galt's famed monologue (which totalled 70 pages
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'Atlas Shrugged Part 3' to Hit Theaters Summer 2014

'Atlas Shrugged Part 3' to Hit Theaters Summer 2014
The producers of the first two installments of Atlas Shrugged just won't quit. Despite the failure of Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and Atlas Shrugged Part 2, which took in a combined $8 million at the domestic box office, producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow have greenlit the third installment of their trilogy. Atlas Shrugged Part 3 will be written by Duncan Scott and Brian O'Toole, and no director or major cast member is yet attached. Decades ago, Scott helped Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand restore and recut her 1942 film, We the Living. Story: Sean Hannity Making Film Debut in

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‘Atlas Shrugged, Part II’ Producers Court Eastwood Fans

‘Atlas Shrugged, Part II’ Producers Court Eastwood Fans
Clint Eastwood’s unorthodox appearance at the Republican National Convention last month wasn’t just a boon for late night comedians. The producers of an independent film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” also are hoping for a boost from the actor’s antics. “Atlas Shrugged, Part II” adapts the middle sections of Ms. Rand’s 1957 libertarian ur-text. The film stars Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive who struggles when the world's most productive workers go on strike.
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New Cast Headlines First Trailer for "Atlas Shrugged: Part II'

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So few people actually saw Atlas Shrugged – Part I in theaters, that they may be wondering, how we got to a second film. The first film pulled in a meager $4.6 million against its $20 million budget and raised concern that the second film might not happen. But producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro persevered, scrapping the cast from Part I and hiring a new director to adapt the second part of Ayn Rand's novel. The casting swap goes as follows – Samantha Mathis replaces Taylor Schilling as railroad exec Dagny Taggart, John Beghe replaces Grant Bowler as steel owner Henry Rearden, Esai Morales steps in for Jsu Garcia as mining heir Francisco d'Anconia and D.B. Sweeney takes over for Paul Johansson as the mysterious John Galt. John Putch, who...

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Atlas Shrugged: Part II Released the Trailer

Atlas Shrugged: Part I gave us an accurate portrayal of how the crony nexus of politicians and compliant business interests hates and fears freedom and capitalism.

Despite grossing only $4 million in theaters and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 11%, continuing the proposed three-film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, a sequel to Atlas Shrugged went into development, and today, we have a trailer for the new movie.

Producer Harmon Kaslow said:

The industry will take us more seriously now that we have Russell (Schwartz) and Bill (Lewis) on board. Last time, we marketed in an unorthodox fashion. This time, in addition to online, we’ll do traditional print, radio and TV advertising.

A new set of thesps include Samantha Mathis (taking over for Taylor Schilling), Jason Beghe, Patrick Fabien, Richard T. Jones, Esai Morales and Diedrich Bader.

Kaslow added:

Some of the major scenes in Part 2 are themes of the campaign
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Conservative film-makers aim for more than just a convention cameo

Rightwing movies prove a big draw for audiences in Tampa, with distributors predicting bright future beyond political niche

Hollywood has Cannes. The independent movie industry has Sundance. Now, when it comes to promoting the little known world of conservative film-making, there is Tampa.

In a tented enclosure just outside the convention centre where Republicans have nominated Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, rightwing movies are being shown off and sold to an eager audience.

At the so-called "Liberty Plaza" site, conservative production firm Citizens United has been showcasing a half dozen of its movies. On Wednesday Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced a film there called Occupy Unmasked. "I am thrilled to be here," Bachmann told the crowd to a standing ovation.

The film, which profiles the "leftist" Occupy protest movement as a dangerous violent threat to America, has already struck a distribution deal with Magnolia Films and will hit theatres
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Teaser Trailer and Cast Updates for ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part Two’

We told you it would happen and here we are, five months later and a few steps closer to Atlas Shrugged: Part Two. A teaser trailer and cast updates were released for the sequel based on Ayn Rand’s novel, and with them comes the promise of another grand failure.

The film is the second in a planned three part adaptation, and those unlucky enough to have experienced the first one will find some surprises here. The dystopian storyline continues in the follow-up to the epic 2010 flop, but the lead actors have changed – Samantha Mathis replaced Taylor Schilling as railroad tycoon, Dagny Taggart, the part of Henry Rearden – originally played by Grant Bowler – went to Jason Beghe, and D.B. Sweeney stepped in for Paul Johansson in the role of John Galt. Johansson also directed the first film, but this time the job went to Duncan Scott.

Based on the alterations,
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"Atlas Shrugged" Sequel Hits In October

Despite the dismal failure of the first outing, things are still progressing on "Atlas Shrugged – Part 2" with an October 12th release being announced says The Hollywood Reporter.

Distribution exec Bill Lewis ("The Twilight Saga") and marketing maven Russell Schwartz ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) - have come onboard the project to help push the $15 million project through more traditional outlets after the word-of-mouth and social media push for the first film failed to reach much of an audience (it opened decently but quickly plummeted).

Producer Harmon Kaslow says they've allocated "ten times more money" to market this outing and plans to open the two-hour film on over 300 screens. One surprise for those who did see the first film is that the entire cast has been changed, the same characters are now being played by different people including Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales and D.B. Sweeney.
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'Atlas Shrugged: Part 2' Gets Teaser Trailer, Release Date & New Cast

What happens when your first movie dies at the box office, gets savaged by critics and makes barely a blip on the cultural radar? If you're producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, you spend even more money on the sequel, cross your fingers and hope for the best.

That's right, even though the poor box office initially had Aglialoro putting the kibosh on plans for any sequels in the proposed trilogy, he quickly changed his mind and this fall the long awaited "Atlas Shrugged: Part 2" will hit theaters on October 12th. The $15 million dollar movie that shot this spring will now have a proper marketing budget says Kaslow, who has enlisted Russell Schwartz of Pandemic Marketing (and previously president of domestic marketing for New Line) to get the word out. He claims that "the industry will take us more seriously" with a better campaign and a 300 theater release, but if
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Sunday wrap: previews and new projects for Alessandra Torresani, Magda Apanowicz and Esai Morales

A few more updates to end the week.

Let's start with Alessandra Torresani. The horror she is filming with Morgan Fairchild won't be called Paranormal Initiation, but American Horror House. She tweeted that they start shooting this week in Louisiana (Baton Rouge).

Mama Cylon has another new credit on the IMDb, for a thriller called The Moment, shot late last year. Here is the description from the official Fb page:

The film is a smart and sexy thriller about a war photographer (Lee) who returns to Los Angeles to rehabilitate after narrowly escaping death. While in the hospital she meets John and they develop a friendship that turns romantic. And then John goes missing. As Lee begins to investigate what happened, she begins to suspect that she killed him, and as she investigates further, she begins to suspect that her daughter killed him. The journalist in her wants to discover
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Whether You Like It Or Not, Production Scheduled For ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Sequel; Aiming For October 2012 Release

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Upon its release last year, the overwhelming consensus was that Atlas Shrugged: Part One resulted in a disaster of epic proportions, an assumption proven both critically and by its meager $4.6 million box office take. Too bad no one told the film’s producers, as they’ve already started work on the second part of the trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s controversial 1957 novel.

The La Times reported that businessman John Aglialoro and producer Harmon Kaslow have raised the necessary funding for the sequel, and plans for principal photography in Los Angeles and Colorado is already scheduled for April. While they declined to disclose the final budget, earlier statements from Kaslow place their desired amount somewhere between $10 million and $15 million, a more conservative number compared to the original.

Aglialoro bought the rights to Rand’s ode to capitalism in 1992, and then financed the production and distribution of the first segment for $20 million.
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Objectivists 1, Critics 0: 'Atlas Shrugged 2' Is Happening, Starts Filming This Spring For Election Season Release

Even though "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1" was lambasted by critics (it currently sits with a tepid 11% Rotten Tomatoes score, read our review), died at the box office ($4.6 million, not even half of the budget) and had the producer flip flopping on the prospect of the sequel (we'll kindly forget to mention the DVD blurb fiasco), it looks like for the 23 of you that truly care, you'll be getting "Atlas Shrugged: Part 2." Choosing today, Ayn Rand's 107th birthday (uh, Happy Birthday?), producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow have revealed that the second part of the proposed trilogy is happening, with a spring shoot in the works. But that's not all. They want to turn this one around fast, and get it in theaters in October to hopefully shake up the election. That's some ambition, indeed. So who will direct this second part of this politically game changing masterpiece? None other than Duncan Scott.
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New: Atlas Shrugged’s Box Cover Sheets Recalled

Atlas Productions LLC announced several days ago its plan to replace more than 100,000 cover sheets that appeared on the Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 DVD and Blu-rays that were distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on Nov. 8, 2011. (Read our DVD review here.)

Based on the highly-regarded 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, the discs were packaged with an inaccurate synopsis of the film on the title sheet box art which states that “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…” Ooops.

Taylor Schilling gets burned in Atlas Shrugged, Part One.

Okay, a quick Lit. 101 lesson: Atlas Shrugged is known as the book that trumpeted Ayn Rand’s philosophical (political?) theory of objectivism, which general proposes that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness or rational self-interest. That said, where does self-sacrifice come into the picture when we’re talking about
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