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At some point or another, every major international filmmaker gets the itch to broaden their audience and work with big (or biggish) names for a film that, at least in part, is in the English language. The latest director to experiment away from their native tongue is Pascal Ferran, who made a splash eight years ago with her three-hour French adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley." "Bird People," which is in large part in English, and features a number of recognizable faces, including Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and "The Wire" actor (and director) Clark Johnson, has its vocal champions here in Cannes, but we were legitimately puzzled by the film, which combines a drab, enervating English-language first half with a better, but still not entirely successful, second that marks a major departure from what's come before. After a brief prologue in which Ferran delves into the thoughts of passengers on a train, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Comedy A Month of Sundays will be the next film from the production arm of distributor Madman.
While Felony was not written by Saville – lead actor Joel Edgerton was the writer – he will direct A Month of Sundays from his own script, which draws on personal experience: his father was a real estate agent and so is this film’s lead character, to be played by Anthony Lapaglia.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades Of Grey," "The Fall") has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s psychological thriller "The 9th Life Of Louis Drax" at Miramax. Max Minghella makes his screenwriting debut on the project.
The story follows a doctor who is drawn into a mystery surrounding the near-death experience of a young boy. Shooting will commence in October in Vancouver. [Source: Screen]
Legendary comics creator Stan Lee has joined the cast of Kevin Smith's action comedy "Yoga Hosers". Johnny Depp, and both Depp and Smith's teenage daughters star, as does much of the cast of Smith's upcoming horror film "Tusk" and actors like Adam Brody, Natasha Lyonne and Tyler Posey.
The story follows the adventures of two 15-year-old girls from Manitoba who go into battle after an ancient evil returns, teaming with Montreal legend Guy Lapointe (Depp) for a Yoga-infused offense. [Source: Twitter]
- Garth Franklin
Hong Kong – Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”) take the lead roles in “Looking for Grace,” an Australian drama now in production under director Sue Brooks (“Japanese Story”).
Involving a lengthy drive across the wheat country of West Australia, the film is a story of a family pulling in different directions after their 15 year old daughter empties the safe and runs away to see her favorite band.
Producers are Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, and executive producers are Antonio and Benjamin Zeccola of Australian distributor Palace Films. Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films will handle international sales.
Finance partners include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Melbourne International Film Festival Film Fund and Fulcrum Media Finance. »
- Patrick Frater
What seemed like an impossible idea before last year’s financial victory over fellow terrorism thriller White House Down is closer to becoming a reality. The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just locked in a director. Fredrik Bond, who last shot Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, will marshal the madness.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of our Prime Minister. World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a seismic change to the world order. Only Banning, the Prez and a distrustful MI »
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, President of the United States Benjamin Asher and Speaker of the House Trumbull, who all head to London to attend the funeral of the U.K. Prime Minister. A plot unfolds, using this event to kill all of the world's leaders and "unleash a terrifying vision of the future."
Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart, Sequestro) wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally crafted by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Production is slated to begin in October.
Lucy Fry will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school who becomes the apple of a young drug dealer’s eye in Joe Castelo‘s film. The Preppie Connection follows a group of private school students who ran a drug ring during the early 1980s. The ring is spearheaded by Toby, one of the lower-class scholarship candidates at the school, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to work his way into the popular-kid clique, which includes Alexis. Production began this week on Staten Island. Fry recently wrapped Blumhouse/Universal’s 6 Miranda Drive starring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell and Matt Walsh. She […] »
Radha Mitchell plays Lizzie, a woman who has been trying to conceive a child with her husband for years and has almost given up hope. But, when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) gets pregnant on a one night stand, Andie offers to have the baby and give it to Lizzie. Lizzie accepts but on one condition, Andie must move in with her and her husband for the duration of the pregnancy. Will their friendship survive until the birth? Will the relationship troubles between Lizzie and her husband affect their performance as parents?
Expecting is advertised as a comedy drama, a comedrama? A dramedy? I am not sure that either of those words exist but I would definitely say that it is more drama than comedy. The moments that made me »
- Richard Axtell
Exclusive: Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
The story centres on a pair of siblings at a secluded mountain farm who decide not to tell anyone when their mother dies, leaving them orphans. In the coming days they must deal with sinister visitors. Stephen T Barton and Blunder co-wrote the screenplay. Blunder also produced.
“We are excited to collaborate with 108 Media to release this jarring, incredibly cinematic film with its creative and unpredictable storytelling,” said Arc’s head of acquisitions Scott Moesta. “We are proud to distribute the film on all platforms.”
Moesta brokered the deal with 108 Media’s Jordan Nutson on behalf of the filmmakers.
108 has closed deals with Japan (New Select), pan-Asia (Astro) and Scandinavia (Take One). Deals are understood to be in the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Directed by Pascale Ferran
By just the opening shots of Pascale Ferran’s Bird People, the film has established an odd perspective: the audience is privy to the inner thoughts of each character, their wandering conversations, or the music modestly playing through their headphones. It’s an act of cinematic eavesdropping, of allowing the audience to peer into the lives of even the most minor characters. In truth, however, it serves as introduction to one of the leads, Audry (Anais Demoustier), a persistent wallflower whose curiosity into the private lives of others later lends itself to a magical opportunity. It’s the sort of magic that’s genuinely unexpected in such a drama-centered story, but the sheer amount of charm exuberating from the character-driven narrative allows the story to sink into a pleasing form of magical realism.
Hard-working and incredibly »
- Zach Lewis
Paris– IFC Films is in advanced negotiations to acquire the rights to “Bird People,” Pascale Ferran’s Un Certain Regard player that stars “The Good Wife’s” Josh Charles as an American business traveler with a 24-hour delay in Paris.
Paris-based Films Distribution handles international sales on the film – one of the arthouse standouts of the official selection — and is currently negotiating the sale to the U.S..
The story, set almost exclusively inside the Hilton hotel near Charles de Gaulle Airport, is what Variety critic Peter Debruge called “an unlikely Cinderella story around its magical midway point.”
- Whitney Friedlander and Elsa Keslassy
Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival is certainly easier than some of its North American cousins in regards to the sheer number of movies screened and how they are scheduled (two major films rarely premiere at the same time). That being said, too many 8:30am screenings and it's easy for the whole festival to get away from you a bit. With that in mind, here are three quick capsule reviews from this year's fest. "Coming Home" Over the past 15 years, master film director Zhang Yimou's work seems to have settled into two distinct styles. He's best known for visionary epics such as "Hero," "Curse of the Golden Flower" and, most recently, "The Flowers of War." Alternatively, Yimou has also crafted small, intimate dramas that rarely show any hint of his great cinematic eye. That is the Yimou audiences will experience in his new drama "Coming Home," starring longtime muse »
- Gregory Ellwood
At some point or another, every major international filmmaker gets the itch to broaden their audience, and work with big (or biggish) names for a film that, at least in part, is in the English language. The latest director to experiment away from their native tongue is Pascal Ferran, who made a splash eight years ago with her three-hour French adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterly." "Bird People," which is in large part in English, and features a number of recognizable faces including Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and "The Wire" actor (and director) Clark Johnson has its vocal champions here in Cannes, but we were legitimately puzzled by the film, which combines a drab, enervating English-language first half with a better, but still not entirely successful, second that marks a major departure from what's come before. After a brief prologue in which Ferran delves into the thoughts of passengers on a train, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Set in the most romantic city on earth yet almost entirely confined to a Hilton hotel adjacent to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” reveals itself as an unlikely Cinderella story around its magical midway point. Until then, the location might as well be Topeka, Kansas, considering what minimal advantage this modern-day fairy tale takes of its environs, delivering instead an almost clinical observation of the frequent-flyer life through the eyes of an American businessman and the bird-brained French maid with whom he seems destined to fall in love. After Cannes, Ferran’s curious follow-up to “Lady Chatterley” should find a comfortable nest with fests.
At first, or at least until the film’s twist, the fanciful title seems to refer to those folks who spend their lives in the air. Gary Newman (“The Good Wife’s” Josh Charles) is just such a traveler, touching down »
- Peter Debruge
While his long-awaited horror sequel Wolf Creek 2 just hit American theaters this past Friday, Australian filmmaker Greg McLean continues to line-up new projects. He's currently shooting the thriller 6 Miranda Drive with Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell but word comes out of Cannes that Arclight Films and producer Dana Lustig have hired McLean to direct Jungle, based on the memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg. »
When Screen Australia funded the development of the thriller Jungle in 2011, the Spierig brothers were attached to direct and co-write the screenplay with Justin Monjo.
Monjo is still the screenwriter, based on Yossi Ghinsberg.s memoir Lost in the Jungle, the true story of his harrowing experiences with two fellow backpackers in the Bolivian jungle.
.We were introduced to the project by the Spierig brothers who wrote one of the earlier drafts,. Hamilton tells If from Cannes. .We fell in love with the project. and decided to continue to explore with Dana Lustig, »
- Don Groves
Greg McLean has been kicking a lot of cinematic ass lately and he is showing zero signs of slowing down. Next for the Wolf Creek franchise director is an adaptation of Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir Lost in the Jungle.
From the Press Release
Arclight Films and producer Dana Lustig announce Greg McLean will direct Jungle, a thriller based on the international best selling memoir written by Yossi Ghinsberg. Arclight Films has come on board to handle sales worldwide and will be presenting the project to buyers in Cannes. CAA is packaging the film and represents the U.S. distribution rights. Shooting is set to begin toward the end of the year on location in La Paz, Bolivia and in the rainforest of Australia’s Gold Coast.
- Steve Barton
Arclight Films is handling worldwide sales and will be presenting the project to buyers in Cannes. CAA is packaging the film and represents the U.S. distribution rights.
Based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir “Lost in the Jungle,” the movie tells the story of a young man with adventurous dreams who heads into the Bolivian jungle with two friends and a fraudulent guide. Their journey soon turns into a frightening psychological test of faith and human fortitude. »
- Dave McNary
Once Upon A Time star Jennifer Morrison is swapping fairy tale beasties for floorbard-creaking ghoulies as she signs up for a supernatural thriller from the writer/director of Wolf Creek. Co-starring Kevin Bacon, 6 Miranda Drive concerns a family who bring more than holiday snaps back from their vacation in the form of a chilling presence.
Morrison will play a supporting role and this should make a solid addition to her growing movie roster. About to appear with Karen Gillan in The List, she also had parts in Star Trek Into Darkness and Tom Hardy fightfest Warrior. To me she’ll always be Dr Cameron from House M.D., though she certainly deserves roles further afield. The presence of Australian horrormeister Greg McLean on script and megaphoning duties is further sign of something good, as well as a performance from fellow countrywoman Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black). Bacon has been long overdue a decent lead cinematic role, »
- Steve Palace
Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2), one of my personal favorite filmmakers, heads into paranormal territory with the Blumhouse-produced 6 Miranda Drive, which has just found its latest resident. Read on!
The Wrap reports that "House M.D." and "How I Met Your Mother" star Jennifer Morrison has joined the cast of McLean's latest, which tells the tale of a family that returns home from a Grand Canyon vacation with a supernatural force in tow. Morrison will play one half of a fun-loving couple that joins the family on their summer getaway.
Feeding off their own fears, the evil presence which latches on to our heroes threatens to destroy them from within as it takes over their lives and home with terrifying results.
Look for more on this one soon! »
- John Squires
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