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Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan-voiced 'Loving Vincent' sells to Us

19 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sales outfit Cmg also inks Canada, Germany deals on animation.

Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has closed deals for the Us and English-speaking Canada and Germany on hot seller Loving Vincent.

The painted animation about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh stars Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan and Eleanor Tomlinson and gets its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival next month followed by other festivals to be announced.

Los Angeles-based Good Deed acquired the Us and English-speaking Canada after Cmg brokered the deal with vice-president of acquisitions and distribution Kristin Harris.

Weltkino head of acquisitions Bianca Obermaier and CEO Dietmar Guentsche took Germany and Austria.

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman co-directed and Welchman produced with Ivan MacTaggart and Sean Bobbitt.

David Parfitt and Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson served as executive producers.

Loving Vincent has now sold in more than 30 territories. It took »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Darren Aronofsky reveals gruesome first look poster of Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!

15 May 2017 4:47 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Darren Aronofsky is all set to make his directorial comeback with a psychological thriller laden with an all-star ensemble cast in Mother (or mother! as it seems to be) so it only made sense that Aronofsky took to Twitter on Mother’s Day to reveal the first look image from the upcoming film.

The image, in the form of an illustrated poster, is pretty gruesome, but would you expect any less from the man who brought us Black Swan with Natalie Portman – who he recently worked with on last year’s Jackie where he took the chair of producer. The poster depicts a fresh-faced Jennifer Lawrence in an angelic pose surrounded by lilac flowers with an innocent yet pained expression as she holds out her bloodied hands which contain her heart which we can assume she tore from her own chest.

Mother is written, directed and produced by Aronofsky, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Movie Review – Ghost In The Shell (2017)

1 April 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ghost in the Shell, 2017.

Directed by Rupert Sanders.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael PittPilou Asbæk, Chin HanJuliette Binoche and Michael Wincott.

Synopsis:

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

The live-action adaptation of 1995’s ground-breaking anime Ghost in the Shell arrives on a tidal wave of controversy; fans are well aware of the concessions that come with adapting Japanimation into a $110 million 12A-rated movie, and that says nothing of the perceived “whitewashing” outrage regarding Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a character who was Asian in the source material.

Though the hardcore faithful are likely to nitpick it to death regardless, it’s an unexpected pleasure to report that Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell gets much more right than it does wrong, »

- Shaun Munro

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Darren Aronofsky-Jennifer Lawrence Horror Film Mother! Set For October

1 April 2017 7:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

CinemaCon – the annual convention of film exhibitors – always proves to be a fountain of information regarding upcoming releases, as studios and distributors seek to get theatre owners and chains excited about their future wares. This year’s event has not disappointed – particularly since Paramount has finally begun to drop some hints about the Darren Aronofsky-Jennifer Lawrence collaboration we’ve been hearing rumours about for such a long time. We now know the film will be called Mother!, and will arrive in time for Halloween.

The reason this project is so highly anticipated is that it represents both a break from the established ‘norm’ for Darren Aronofsky, as well as a return to past success. The director has a tendency to return to the some collaborators multiple times – including Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, and composer Clint Mansell. This time, however, the filmmaker will be working with Johann Johannsson for the original score, »

- Sarah Myles

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'Ghost in the Shell' Review: Anime Rehash Upgrades Software, Loses the Soul

31 March 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Nestled between William Gibson's claim-staking 1984 novel Neuromancer and the Wachowskis' gamechanging The Matrix, Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cops-and-cyborgs tale Ghost in the Shell is almost assuredly better known than widely seen – next to Akira, it's one of the few anime titles that folks who don't know an Astro-Boy from a Dragonball Z can namecheck. Watch it now, and you'll see how Oshii's manga adaptation both grafted earlier influences onto its source material and influenced countless works that came after it. Like its main character, the movie caused ripples even when its presence seemed invisible. »

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Second Opinion – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

31 March 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ghost in the Shell, 2017.

Directed by Rupert Sanders.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Carmen Pitt, Peter Ferdinando, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Anamaria Marinca, and Chin Han.

Synopsis:

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Ghost in the Shell is a live-action Anime. Right about now you might be saying “No shit, Sherlock, it’s based on a revered Japanese Manga and popular 1995 Anime movie” and other such relevant information, but what I mean by my lede is that this is the first film that actually looks and feels like a successful transition from Japanese artistry to American Hollywood film. Everything from the visuals, to the appearances of individual characters, to the cyberpunk fantasy setting, all the way »

- Robert Kojder

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Film Review: Scarlett Johannson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’

28 March 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved, and rehoused in a sleek, expensively built, technologically advanced new body, enhancing her original abilities at some cost to her identity. That’s the premise, of course, of the cult manga created by Masamune Shirow in 1989, but it’s also an apt enough description of what has happened with director Rupert Sanders’ fast, flashy, frequently ravishing live-action transmutation.

Spectacularly honoring the spirit and aesthetic of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved animated adaptations without resorting wholly to slavish cosplay, this is smart, hard-lacquered entertainment that may just trump the original films for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement — even if a measure of their eerie, melancholic spirit hasn’t quite carried over to the immaculate new carapace. Box office returns should be muscular, minting what could be one of the more enticing franchises »

- Guy Lodge

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Scarlett Johansson continues to prove her action hero chops with “Ghost in the Shell”

27 March 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There are two types of Scarlett Johansson roles that we’ve been getting over the past few years. One is affecting work in things like Her or Under the Skin, while the other is in action films, both of the Marvel ilk, as well as things like this week’s release Ghost in the Shell. I don’t mean this as an insult though. Johansson is possibly the best actress out there at transitioning between tugging at your emotions and entertaining you by kicking some ass. As such, this new release should continue raising her star wattage, paving the way for one of her future dramatic outings to finally get her that elusive Academy Award nomination. Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction / action film based on a very well regarded Japanese comic book. Set in the near future, it follows Major (Johansson), who is is the first of her kind. »

- Joey Magidson

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Giveaway – Win a military bundle with Man Down

18 March 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Signature Entertainment presents powerful new war movie Man Down, starring Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Jai Courtney and Gary Oldman, at Cinemas and on Digital from 31st March, and to celebrate the release we have a military bundle to give away featuring a back-pack, t-shirt, hat and water-can.

In a savage post-apocalyptic America, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf, Fury), searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara, The Martian). Accompanied by his best friend Devin (Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad), a hardnosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, the two intercept a survivor who carries vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. As we revisit Garbriel’s traumatic past through a debrief with military counsellor Peyton (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight), we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of his life and the origin of this war torn America. »

- Gary Collinson

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Ghost In The Shell (2017) review

17 March 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Scarlett Johansson stars in the cyberpunk anime adaptation, Ghost In The Shell. Here's our review...

Think about some of the techno-thrillers that emerged in the mid-90s: Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net, say, or Michael Douglas-Demi Moore harassment-in-the-workplace Vr opus, Disclosure. Watch them now, and they look almost painfully quaint.

Now take a look at Ghost In The Shell, director Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga; 22 years on, and it’s barely aged a day. It imagines a future where human and machine have long since fused; typists can have their hands replaced with ten-fingered robot limbs capable of banging out 1,000 words per second. Minds can be augmented for faster learning; eyes can be replaced with more powerful optical sensors. Yet in this future Tokyo, where humanity is on the cusp of leaving its body for a life in cyberspace, there’s a growing sense »

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Scarlett Johansson is Reborn in New Trailer for ‘Ghost in the Shell’

13 February 2017 4:46 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive,” Scarlett Johansson told Marie Claire, speaking out for the first time about her cast in in Ghost in the Shell. “Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that — the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”

Ahead of a release this March, Paramount has now released the second full-length trailer, which gets more into the story of how Johansson’s character is reborn as a human-cyborg hybrid, as well highlights a great deal of new action. With a cast also featuring Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt, as well as a score by Clint Mansell (The Fountain, Black Swan) check out the new trailer below.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Among Film Music Critics Nominees

9 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.

Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”

Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »

- Dani Levy

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Darren Aronosfky’s mother! set for October release

6 February 2017 6:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer lead mother!, from director Darren Aronofsky...

Paramount Pictures has set the release date for Darren Aronosfky’s new film, mother!, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer, for October 13th 2017 in the Us. The mystery thriller took the premiere slot that the studio had set for their Friday The 13th reboot.

“A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence,” reads the official synopsis for mother!.

Aronofsky, who directed Black Swan, wrote the screenplay for the domestic drama. He will be producing it with his partners at Protozoa Pictures, Scott Franklin and Ari Handel.

Besides Lawrence and Pfeiffer, mother! also stars Javier Bardem, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for turn as assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men (2007) from the Coen brothers.  They will be joined by Ed Harris; Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, »

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Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd Head to the Future in First Images From Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’

6 January 2017 8:22 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After entering the world of large-scale fantasy with last year’s Warcraft, director Duncan Jones is returning to sci-fi for his next film, but this time with a smaller scope. His long-gestating futuristic project Mute finally went into production last year, and ahead of a release on Netflix in 2017, the first images and new synopsis have arrived.

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, it follows a mute bartender who has to track down his girlfriend in a near-future Berlin. Judging from this first look, we can see the Blade Runner-inspired set design and a mustachioed Rudd, which is often the best kind of Rudd. Check out the official synopsis and new images (above and below) for the film featuring a score from Clint Mansell.

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo »

- Jordan Raup

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

2 January 2017 4:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

Read More: Oscar Best Score Contenders: The Inside Story of Creating 5 Diverse Frontrunners

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The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love, »

- Michael Nordine

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Listen to the Best Scores and Soundtracks of 2016

2 January 2017 7:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As Martin Scorsese once said, “Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.” Indeed, the right piece of music — whether it’s an original score or a carefully selected song — can do wonders for a sequence, and today we’re looking at the 35 films that best expressed this notion this year.

From seasoned composers (e.g. Carter BurwellClint MansellCliff Martinez, and the Kluges) to accomplished musicians (e.g. Mica Levi and Scott Walker), as well as a smattering of soundtracks (e.g. 20th Century Women and American Honey), each musical example perfectly transported us to the world of the film.

Check out our rundown of the top 35, which includes streams to »

- Jordan Raup

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