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CinemaCon: ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘La La Land’ Stand Out in Blockbuster Fray

14 April 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Las Vegas — A day after 20th Century Fox announced it would be releasing Warren Beatty’s as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film in partnership with New Regency later this year, the studio took over the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to show off its upcoming slate. But amid the blockbuster noise of hotly anticipated titles like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” it was a prestige drama from subsidiary Fox Searchlight that truly stood out from the fray.

Searchlight acquired Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” out of Sundance for a hefty price tag of $18 million in January, so the specialty division needs it to be a hit. Part of that deal stipulated that an educational roadshow component be provided, whereby Parker will travel with the film and speak to its story and themes. All the more reason, then, for this to be Searchlight’s first year presenting at CinemaCon, to get exhibitors on board. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Amazon Studios woos CinemaCon

14 April 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a genial presentation in Las Vegas on Thursday that reassured the massed ranks of exhibitors that it believes in the theatrical business, Hollywood’s newest major player also broke news about theatrical distribution partners on two films on its slate.

Lionsgate will work with head of marketing and distribution Bob Berney on the Us theatrical release of Cannes opener Café Society (pictured), while IFC Films was revealed as the partner on Sundance acquisition Complete Unknown.

If the legend ‘We Love Theaters’ emblazoned across two giant screens in the Octavius Ballroom and the presence of Berney were not already enough to persuade theatre owners that Amazon Studios intends to mount proper theatrical campaigns 90 days before the films roll out on its digital platform, the executive made it very clear in the session.

“All the films we’re acquiring or making will be released theatrically with an aggressive marketing and distribution campaign to bring customers to your theatres »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Amazon Studios Wins CinemaCon Exhibitors, Pledging Big Theatrical Push

14 April 2016 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon may be known to the world as the digital market for every kind of consumer good and, increasingly, for streamed entertainment, but Amazon Studios made it crystal clear Thursday that it also intends to be known as the company that creates high-quality films, not just for the home, but for movie theaters.

In their first-ever appearance at CinemaCon, the annual theater owners confab, the principals of the upstart production and acquisition company repeated — over and again — how their movies are intended to be seen in theaters before they ever light up smaller screens. The director and star of one of the company’s upcoming films helped drive home the theme, to the evident pleasure of hundreds of theater owners.

“Sometimes people can be impressive to listen to in terms of the future, but there will always be cinema,” said Nicolas Winding Refn, previously director of “Drive” and Amazon’s upcoming “The Neon Demon. »

- James Rainey

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Colin Callender’s Playground Options ‘The Widow,’ ‘Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories’

11 April 2016 1:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Colin Callender’s production company Playground, whose credits include Hilary Mantel adaptation “Wolf Hall,” has optioned two books, Fiona Barton’s psychological thriller “The Widow” and Thomas Grant’s nonfiction account of a lawyer’s life, “Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories.”

The deals follow Playground’s recent optioning of Patrick Kingsley’s “The New Odyssey — The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis,” which will be published in May.

“The Widow” is about the wife of a man who is accused — and eventually cleared — of kidnapping and murdering a child. Throughout this ordeal, the woman, Jean, stands by her man, the ever loyal and supportive wife, seemingly refusing to believe anything the police or press accused him of. But when he suddenly dies, both the law and the media want answers. Surely Jean must know the truth about what happened?

Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories” is an entertaining and thought-provoking »

- Leo Barraclough

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Why ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Producer Kimberly Steward Could Be the Next Megan Ellison

6 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Kimberly Steward, producing her first movie — Sundance Film Festival darling “Manchester by the Sea” — meant learning about the business, and stockpiling tissues.

She got misty when she arrived to the set in February 2015, and saw Casey Affleck slip into the character of a lonely janitor in the Kenneth Lonergan drama. “Casey was amazing,” recalls Steward, who financed the $8 million project through her new company K Period Media. She welled up when she heard the indie drama had been accepted into Sundance. She bawled at the premiere (“at the opening credits”) with a packed crowd of 1,300 at the Eccles Theater. “I think I even cried on the red carpet, seeing Kenny do interviews,” she says. “I cried throughout the whole thing.”

And she really needed a box of Kleenex when she learned at the festival that Amazon Studios had dished out a staggering $10 million for the film, with plans to release it this fall. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance Darling Manchester By The Sea Secures Theatrical Release Via Amazon, Roadside Partners

17 March 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s long-anticipated Sundance hit Manchester By the Sea has secured a theatrical release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Following a glittering festival run, Lonergan’s morose drama will hit select theaters on November 18, after Amazon partnered with Roadside Attraction. That places Manchester By the Sea in the thick of awards season, and considering the pre-release buzz surrounding the flick, it would be foolish to discount Lonergan going into this year’s Oscars race.

Stepping into the role left vacant by Matt Damon, it is Triple 9 star Casey Affleck that headlines the drama, returning to his childhood home upon catching wind of the death of his brother. There, he learns he must care for 16-year-old nephew, while dealing with “both his separated wife Randi and the community of North Shore.” Michelle Williams and Bloodline‘s Kyle Chandler are also among the cast.

Had Nate Parker’s much-touted race »

- Michael Briers

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Manchester, Lobster, Z Set Dates, Distributors

16 March 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A couple of key distribution and release date announcements have happened today for three films that have been or are likely to get a lot of critical love.

First up, Amazon has set Roadside Attractions to handle the theatrical release of its Sundance pickup "Manchester by the Sea". One of the most talked about films of the festival, Kenneth Lonergan’s searing drama deals with the aftershocks of a family tragedy.

Roadside will debut the film in limited release on November 18th, before expanding wide at some point in mid-December. Both Amazon and Roadside teamed up on distribution of Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" and will do a traditional 90-day theatrical release for Whit Stillman's upcoming "Love and Friendship".

Next up, A24 has set a May 13th U.S. release date for the Colin Farrell-Rachel Weisz dark comedy "The Lobster" - a full year after the film won »

- Garth Franklin

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Amazon, Roadside Partner on ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Oscar Season Release (Exclusive)

16 March 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon has tapped Roadside Attractions to handle the theatrical distribution of Manchester by the Sea, sources tell Variety.

The partners will debut the film on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. A platform release is planned, with the film gradually adding theaters and markets. “Manchester by the Sea” should expand nationwide at some point in mid-December.

Kenneth Lonergan’s searing drama about the aftershocks of a family tragedy debuted to rave reviews and Oscar buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It also set off a fierce, all-night bidding war. Amazon emerged victorious, beating out several major studios with a $10 million offer, the second-biggest purchase out of the festival.

In a rave review, Variety‘s Justin Chang wrote, “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, »

- Brent Lang

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[Review] The Confirmation

15 March 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Confirmation opens with a child and his mother waiting outside a church. As the first lines of dialogue were spoken, I felt a sudden pang of shock, thinking I had unwittingly sat down for one of the numerous heavy-handed faith-based features crowding multiplexes. Thankfully, as it continued, the film revealed itself to instead be a rather smart comedy in which faith is a subject sometimes pondered by its characters. Seen through the eyes of its young protagonist, there is so much power in those big unanswerable questions of faith. The boy’s middle-class parents do not see eye-to-eye on the matter of religion, rarely agreeing on any subject since their divorce.

The first directorial effort from Bob Nelson, who also pens the screenplay, is another father-son tale following his Nebraska — this one a more slight, albeit heartfelt dramedy, set long after the parents’ break-up. It is not a film »

- Tony Hinds

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‘Hold on to Me Darling’ Theater Review: Timothy Olyphant’s Fake Tears Make for Real Laughs

14 March 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

What a difference an hour and 10 minutes make. Kenneth Lonergan has written a terrific new comedy titled “Hold on to Me Darling,” which opened Monday at the Atlantic Theater, and it runs about two hours and 40 minutes. Whoa! In the current theater world, that’s a “Gotterdammerung”-size play. Anyone who goes to the theater regularly these days knows the experience. Ushers announce that the play is 90 minutes with no intermission, and there’s an immediate sigh of relief from the crowd. In my opinion, do you know what’s even better than a 90-minute play? Staying home and watching cable. »

- Robert Hofler

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Amazon’s Ted Hope, Bob Berney Talk Big Ambition, Theatrical Strategy at Variety’s Massive Conference

10 March 2016 12:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ted Hope calls it “the second coming.” Amazon Studios’ flood of investment in the movie business is designed to revive a market for independent films by blending traditional theatrical exhibition with the enormous marketing and distribution muscle provided by the e-commerce giant’s vast retail platform.

Hope, who heads motion picture production for Amazon, and movies marketing and distribution chief Bob Berney discussed Amazon Studios’ film strategy Thursday at Variety‘s Massive marketing and advertising conference at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. The pair is off and running on an ambitious effort to mount theatrical releases for as many as 15 films in the coming year, Hope and Berney told Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller during the wide-ranging Q&A.

“Our customers want movies that are movies — they’re in theaters. That’s a huge differential,” Hope said, emphasizing that the theatrical run is not just window dressing but a key component »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Tiny Furniture’ Producer Kyle Martin Forms Electric Chinoland

9 March 2016 7:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kyle Martin, the producer of Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture,” has formed Electric Chinoland as a production company specializing in eclectic American films, Variety has learned exclusively.

Martin’s producing credits include “Bluebird”; “The Great Invisible,” which won best documentary in 2014 at South by Southwest; 2010 SXSW audience award winner “NY Export: Opus Jazz”; and Kris Avedisian’s “Donald Cried,” which will make its world premiere this month at SXSW. “Tiny Furniture” won best narrative feature at SXSW in 2010 and was a career breakthrough for Dunham.

Electric Chinoland will next produce “Mother Tongue Reader” — the first fiction feature film directed by Jody Lee Lipes, the cinematographer of “Tiny Furniture,” numerous episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” and Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.”

“I’m thrilled to announce the opening of Electric Chinoland, and to continue to bring new voices and new cinematic experiences to audiences under a unified banner, »

- Dave McNary

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Amazon, Retail Behemoth, Taking Smaller Steps Into Hollywood

8 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As snow fell steadily, blanketing the mountainside town of Park City, the team from Amazon Studios huddled in a parking lot to discuss the movie that had just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Moments before, the drama “Manchester by the Sea,” a finely calibrated portrait of grief and loss, had received a standing ovation, triggering predictions on social media that the picture would be a major Oscar contender. As the credits rolled, potential buyers rushed to the exits.

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, who was stuck in the middle of a long row of moviegoers, had to vault over seats to get out of the packed theater.

“We were out afterward in the cold, shivering,” recalls Ted Hope, head of motion picture production at the company. “We were all agreeing on the same thing — that we saw something that doesn’t come around much.”

Cody Pickens for Variety

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- Brent Lang

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Amazon, Retail Behemoth, Taking Smaller Steps Into Hollywood

8 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As snow fell steadily, blanketing the mountainside town of Park City, the team from Amazon Studios huddled in a parking lot to discuss the movie that had just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Moments before, the drama “Manchester by the Sea,” a finely calibrated portrait of grief and loss, had received a standing ovation, triggering predictions on social media that the picture would be a major Oscar contender. As the credits rolled, potential buyers rushed to the exits.

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, who was stuck in the middle of a long row of moviegoers, had to vault over seats to get out of the packed theater.

“We were out afterward in the cold, shivering,” recalls Ted Hope, head of motion picture production at the company. “We were all agreeing on the same thing — that we saw something that doesn’t come around much.”

Cody Pickens for Variety

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- Brent Lang

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2016's Tentative Calendar

7 March 2016 3:07 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We'll begin awardable speculations all over again starting April 1st as we do. Don't hate us because we're Ocd. So I'm prepping a cheat sheet list of releases that could factor in in ways very minor or major. Let me know if I've missed any juicy titles you're awaiting after the jump.

January through April

Which ones will people still care about in 10 months when top ten lists / awards season begins

10 Cloverfield Lane, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Boss, Demolition, Everybody Wants Some, Hail Caesar!, Hello My Name is Doris, A Hologram for the King, The Huntsman: Winter's War, Krisha, The Meddler, Midnight Special, Miles Ahead, Sing Street, Tale of Tales, The Witch, and Zootopia

Popcorn Season (May-August)

Some Oscar nominees always emerge in the summer. But the question is in which categories?

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ben-Hur, The Bfg, A Bigger Splash, Captain America: Civil War, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Year in Advance Oscar predictions

4 March 2016 9:28 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

If it’s Friday, it must be time for updated predictions, right? I know, the Academy Awards were less than a week ago, but year in advance predictions wait for no man, so here I am! Much like last year, I’m hopping on board with 2016 release predictions right after the Oscars are over, and just so you know, I’ve been tinkering with these for a few weeks now. Will they turn out to be even remotely accurate? Who knows, but as we saw last year, I was right about a number of films ahead of time, so this is worth paying attention to. The movies are basically all unseen, but that won’t be the case for long. As such, consider this an early bit of pre awards season homework. Take a gander below! What you’ll see in this initial set of predictions is that I’ve »

- Joey Magidson

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Link Becomes Her

3 March 2016 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anya Taylor-Joy photographed by Gregory HarrisThe Washington Post interesting visual analysis of Tom McCarthy's Oscar winner Spotlight

Interview M Night Shyamalan interview Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch

Pajiba Agent Carter in limbo after second season finale. (Is limbo the new code word for cancelled? I've never seen a network burn off that many episodes that quickly if they weren't going to cancel something)

My New Plaid Pants "I would like to talk about... Madeline Ashton." Yes. Death Becomes Her is getting a special edition BluRay next month

Kotaku Ghost in the Shell finally adds a famous Asian actor to its cast list, Beat Takeshi

Playbill This is cool 15 ambassadors from the Un saw a special performance of Fun Home The Musical. Can we please get a film version? That show is sublime

Film School Rejects looks back at Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991) for its 25th anniversary

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- NATHANIEL R

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Colin Callender’s Playground to Produce Series About Europe’s Refugee Crisis ‘New Odyssey’

3 March 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Colin Callender’s production company Playground has secured the rights to Guardian journalist Patrick Kingsley’s book “The New Odyssey – The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis.” The company is developing the property as a major TV drama series though its U.K. office, which is headed by managing director Louise Pedersen and creative director Sophie Gardiner.

Kingsley, who was named foreign affairs journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards last year, was appointed in 2015 by the Guardian as its migration correspondent — the first such post at a newspaper — and the book is the result of his work.

Throughout last year, Kingsley traveled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making their journey across deserts, seas and mountains to reach Europe. His book is an account of those travelers’ stories — explaining who they are, what keeps them going, and how they do it. But »

- Leo Barraclough

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Amazon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt team on KKK film

3 March 2016 3:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Period drama K Troop will depict Major Lewis Merrill, who resisted the Ku Klux Klan through a network of informants.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce and potentially star in K Troop, a film about the early days of the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.

The period drama will depict Major Lewis Merrill (the role Levitt is eyeing) who set up ‘K Troop’, a network of informants against the Klan, including African-Americans who risked their lives to expose the organisation.

Set in the years 1865-1871, post the American Civil War, the feature is based on a forthcoming Slate magazine article by Matthew Pearl and is currently seeking a screenwriter.

Levitt is producing through his hitRECord company - the outfit’s second feature after 2013’s Don Jon - and Amazon has now acquired rights to the feature.

The move follows several recent acquisitions for streaming giant Amazon Studios, including the $10m »

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Looking Ahead to the 89th Academy Awards’ Possible Contenders

26 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This Sunday the 88th Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood, CA and honor the year’s best films and filmmakers. The long race of awards season is finally coming to an end and what has been an exceptionally close race for best picture will finally be decided.

However, just because this year’s race is winding down is no reason to look ahead to next year’s Oscars, as a number of contenders are already emerging as realistic contenders for the 89th Academy Awards next year.

Here’s the films to look out for come 2017’s Oscar season.

The Birth of a Nation: The historical story of Nat Turner, a former slave who lead a liberation movement in early 1830’s Virginia, caused a lot of commotion when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film, whose title is an ironic twist on D.W. Griffith’s iconic, »

- Patrick Shanley

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