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‘Patti Cake$’ Opens Soft as ‘Ingrid Goes West’ and ‘Wind River’ Hold Strong

20 August 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A slew of hit-and-miss indie films from Sundance and elsewhere continue to roll out at the specialty box office. Fox Searchlight took another blow as high-end Sundance acquisition “Patti Cake$” fell below the expectations set by its expensive $9.5 million price tag.

“Gook” (Goldwyn) and “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios/IFC) both enjoyed respectable initial limited responses ahead of other openers. A24’s Robert Pattinson actioner “Good Time” also showed some promise in its second weekend.

The most encouraging news comes from the second weekend of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” and third for The Weinstein Co. breakout “Wind River.” Both look positioned to dominate the specialized scene over the next few weeks in advance of upcoming fall post-festival releases.

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Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 65; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors/New Films 2017

$66,000 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $4,714

Fox Searchlight won an intense Sundance acquisition battle with its reported $9.5 million offer. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

19 August 2017 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who was 64 years old, died of heart failure on July 23, while visiting director Abel Ferrara in Italy.

Of all the festivals of its stature or larger, it’s hard to imagine one that might be more impacted by the passing of its director than the Viennale. Hurch was an iconoclastic figure who, although assisted by a programming team, personally shaped the lineup of each edition to reflect the extremely refined taste for which he was known. He had a tendency to invite films that no one else on his team understood, and might veto those he disliked, despite »

- Peter Debruge

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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

19 August 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Why the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Series Could Be Good News for the Film Industry

10 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“We are streaming motherfuckers!” That was the full text of Ethan and Joel Coen’s statement on the news that Netflix would be distributing the brothers’ anthology miniseries “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” There was an exclamation point, but no comma. They’re not streaming, motherfuckers. They are streaming motherfuckers. They’re not doing something, they’re becoming something. In this context, “streaming” isn’t a verb, it’s a noun.

This point did not go unnoticed. Maybe it was the result of a careless intern in the PR department; more likely, it was just the kind of thing that happens when revered artists are forced to participate in a press release (especially when said revered artists’ have spent much of their careers chortling at the absurdity of capitalism and its systems). To that point, the Coen brothers don’t really do typos — they’ve been making period movies for more than 30 years, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Manchester by the Sea’ to Get China Release via Art House Alliance

8 August 2017 7:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-winning, “Manchester by the Sea” has been granted a release date in China at the end of this month. It is the first title to be imported for the National Arthouse Film Alliance.

The Aug. 25 release date comes some nine months after the film was released in North America and more than two months after it was given local approval from China’s censors. The date is the same as that of three other western titles – “Cars 3,” “Baby Driver” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – effectively marking the end of the state-operated blackout period.

“Manchester,” however, is unlikely to have to head-to-head with the commercial titles as it will be principally released in the 100-odd screens in 31 cities operated under the Alliance banner. The Alliance was formed in October last year in order to help improve the chances of art house film and to cater for a broadening of Chinese »

- Patrick Frater

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'Manchester By The Sea' secures China theatrical release

8 August 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning drama to be first imported title released by China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance.

Oscar-winning drama Manchester By The Sea has been set as the first imported title to be released by China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance.

The film, which was sold internationally by Sierra/Affinity, will be released on August 25 in 185 cinemas with 270 screens across the country. It passed censorship at the Film Bureau of China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) in May.

In North America, the film was released in November 2016 by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios, which acquired the title at Sundance. It picked up Oscars for best original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) and best actor (Casey Affleck) and has received theatrical releases in close to 50 other territories.

China’s National Arthouse Film Alliance was launched late last year in a bid to bring more diversity to the China film market. Beijing-based China Film »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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First images from Howards End starring Hayley Atwell

29 July 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Starz has released four images from the upcoming adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End. Scripted by award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea), the miniseries stars Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Tracey Ullman, Julia Ormond, Philippa Coulthard, Joseph Quinn, Rosalind Eleazar, and Alex Lawther; take a look below…

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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) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the young »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Howards End’ Ep On How Starz Period Drama Is Relevant Today – TCA

28 July 2017 4:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The executive producer and cast of Starz’s upcoming miniseries Howards End were on hand at TCA today to talk about how the period piece is still relevant to modern times. Based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea scribe Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation, the four-part drama explores the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing… »

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‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

28 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Nearly a year after the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of “Howards End” returned to theaters, Starz is set to premiere its miniseries version of the classic E.M. Forster novel. Kenneth Lonergan is writing the new limited series, which will air next year. Find four new photos from “Howards End” below.

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Here’s the official synopsis, in case you’re not up to date on your classics: “Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), 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) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

28 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly a year after the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of “Howards End” returned to theaters, Starz is set to premiere its miniseries version of the classic E.M. Forster novel. Kenneth Lonergan is writing the new limited series, which will air next year. Find four new photos from “Howards End” below.

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

Here’s the official synopsis, in case you’re not up to date on your classics: “Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), 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) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work »

- Michael Nordine

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

21 July 2017 8:24 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

“There’s no hiding from this, son,” Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) warns Cillian Murphy’s character after he is rescued at sea. Dawson is referring to the German forces that surround the Allies at Dunkirk, but he could be referring to what the audience is experiencing as well. There’s no hiding from Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece as it grips you from the first scene and doesn’t let go until the credits start to roll. If you’re looking for moments of levity or comedic relief, you won’t find any in this quick-paced 107-minute adrenaline rush of a film. Nolan is here to tell a specific story about one of the most crucial moments of World War II and he does so by putting the audience right in the middle of the action. While other war films will increase intensity by making the audience identify emotionally with characters, »

- Scott Davis

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Oscars 2018: Amazon Studios stakes claim with ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ ‘Wonder Wheel’

20 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Last year, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” This year, the streaming service has partnered with various distributors to release […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Writers Guild Sets 2018 Awards Show Date

12 July 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America has set its 2018 awards ceremonies for Feb. 11 with simultaneous events scheduled for the Edison Ballroom in New York City and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Nominations for the TV categories will be revealed on Dec. 7. Noms for feature films and documentaries will be announced on Jan. 4. About 12,000 WGA members will be eligible to vote.

The WGA excludes screenplays from its awards consideration if they are not produced under jurisdiction of the WGA or another international writers guild. Barry Jenkins won the WGA’s original screenplay award this year for “Moonlight” and Eric Heisserer nabbed the adapted screenplay trophy for “Arrival.”

Jenkins won the Academy Award in the adapted screenplay category since the Academy ruled that the script was based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play. Kenneth Lonergan won the original screenplay Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea.”

The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4. The awards season »

- Dave McNary

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Warren Beatty to Receive Screenwriters Colony Honor

11 July 2017 7:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warren Beatty has been selected for a tribute by the Screenwriters Colony, a Massachusetts-based non-profit residency and mentorship program that supports emerging writers.

Beatty will be honored at the group’s fifth Annual Summer Soiree on July 22 at Almanack Arts Colony in Nantucket, Mass. Sarah Treem, creator of the Showtime series “The Affair” and an alumna of Screenwriters Colony, will speak about her professional experiences and the impact the Colony has played in her life.

The tribute portion of the event will include a conversation with Beatty. Annette Bening, Beatty’s wife of 25 years, will join him at the event to celebrate.

Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay. He won Best Director for “Reds” and is the only person to have been twice-nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, »

- Dave McNary

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Casey Affleck liberated by ghosts by Richard Mowe

3 July 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

"[David Lowery] hires me so that makes me keep coming back!" - Casey Affleck Photo: Jan Handrejch, Film Servis Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Casey Affleck began acting as a way to get out of going to school. His mother’s best friend was a casting director in Massachussets, and when a film came to town a call would go out for extras. Casey and his pals naturally thought it would be fun.

Affleck, 41, has gone from those youthful extra days to leading man, notably winning an Oscar for Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea earlier this year. He starred in Gone Baby Gone, which was directed by his brother, Ben Affleck, and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Now he reunites with Rooney Mara and director David Lowery after Ain’t Them Bodies »

- Richard Mowe

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Kenneth Lonergan to Receive Austin Film Festival Honor

28 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference has selected Kenneth Lonergan for its Distinguished Screenwriter award.

Lonergan, who won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Manchester by the Sea,” will be recognized at the 2017 awards luncheon on Oct. 28, and will participate in festival and conference programming. Past screenwriter honorees include Nancy Meyers, Eric Roth, and Steven Zaillian.

Lonergan also received an Oscar nomination for directing “Manchester by the Sea.” He won the BAFTA award and the National Board of Review awards for best original screenplay.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplays for “Gangs of New York” and “You Can Count On Me.” His other screenplay credits include “Margaret,” “Analyze This” and “Analyze That.”

As a playwright, Lonergan authored “This Is Our Youth,” “The Waverly Gallery,” “Lobby Hero,” “The Starry Messenger,” “Medieval Play” and “Hold On To Me Darling.”

The Austin Film Festival also revealed new panelists confirmed to speak »

- Dave McNary

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Kenneth Lonergan to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival

28 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kenneth Lonergan, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, will be honored at the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, where he will receive the event’s 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

The festival, which celebrates writers’ contributions to film, television and new media, takes place Oct. 26-29, and Lonergan will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 28.

In addition to Manchester, Lonergan wrote and directed You Can Count on Me and Margaret. He also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, and as a playwright, has written This Is Our »

- Gregg Kilday

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‘Power’: When Starz Began Targeting African-American Viewers, It Paid Off With More Ratings and Subscribers

23 June 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.

Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.

Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.

“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”

Read More: ‘Power’ Trailer: Ghost Heads to the Slammer in Season 4 Sneak Peek

Courtney A. Kemp is the creator behind “Power,” which centers on the rich of Manhattan »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Power’: When Starz Began Targeting African-American Viewers, It Paid Off With More Ratings and Subscribers

23 June 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.

Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.

Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.

“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”

Read More: ‘Power’ Trailer: Ghost Heads to the Slammer in Season 4 Sneak Peek

Courtney A. Kemp is the creator behind “Power,” which centers on the rich of Manhattan »

- Michael Schneider

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Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ Scores December Release (Exclusive)

12 June 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Woody Allen’s next film will hit theaters this December, Variety has learned.

Wonder Wheel,” a drama set in Coney Island during the 1950s, will debut in limited release on Dec. 1, 2017. That pits it against “The Disaster Artist,” a comedy with James Franco about the making of the cult film “The Room.” It’s actually a pretty open period on the release calendar. Disney will launch “Coco,” an animated movie, on the weekend before “Wonder Wheel” opens. The weekend after “Wonder Wheel” lands will see the release of Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water,” but many films seem to be steering clear of December. That likely has a lot to do with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which hits theaters on Dec. 15.

Amazon Studios is distributing “Wonder Wheel,” having previously worked with Allen on last year’s “Cafe Society.” That comedic drama went on to make $43.8 million globally. »

- Brent Lang

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