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Entertainment One Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Decoding Annie Parker,” a film based on the eponymous cancer survivor and geneticist Mary-Claire King. The movie stars Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as Parker and Oscar winner Helen Hunt as King. Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Alice Eve also appear in the film, which marks the directorial debut of esteemed cinematographer Steven Bernstein. Also read: eOne Inks Exclusive Distribution Deal With AMC Networks, Three New Series Announced eOne will release the movie in theaters and via VOD simultaneously next summer. “Steven has created a gripping, poignant and inspiring film that. »
- Lucas Shaw
The film will be released day-and-date in theaters and VOD in the summer.
The story centers on two women whose parallel lives are devoted to finding a hereditary link to certain types of breast cancer. Morton portrays the title character, who loses her mother and sister to the disease before facing down cancer herself, while Hunt portrays real-life geneticist Mary-Claire King, who spends 16 years proving her widely dismissed theory that genetics plays a role in some forms of breast cancer.
- Dave McNary
Steven Bernstein’s feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss follows a woman with breast cancer and the doctor who conducts ground-braking research in the area.
eOne brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and executive producer Sidney Powell of Dallas-based Fawkes Partners. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Entertainment One Films Us has secured the domestic distribution rights to Decoding Annie Parker , the upcoming drama starring Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Helen Hunt and Emmy winner Aaron Paul. The film is slated for a day-and-date release in theaters and via VOD next summer. Decoding Annie Parker also stars Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll. The film is cinematographer Steven Bernstein.s feature directorial debut from a script he wrote with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss. Loosely based on the life of cancer survivor Annie Parker and the groundbreaking career of geneticist Mary-Claire King, the film tells the dramatic story of two »
Two aged American heroes saunter on to small screens this week. No surprise that the one fighting fit is Clark Kent himself, back in moneyed, near-machine-like condition in Zack Snyder's sturdy, appropriately metallic and largely humourless Superman update Man of Steel (Warner, 12). Less expected is that it's dustily unfashionable lawman The Lone Ranger (Disney, 12) who gets far the more thrilling film. Unjustly maligned by critics who smelled blood as inevitable commercial failure loomed, it re-emerges on DVD looking to harvest as cultish a following as any Disney mega-production can hope for.
Man of Steel may boast the airbrushed visual sheen and positively homoerotic muscularity that is Snyder's directorial signature, but it's otherwise focus-grouped to the nth degree: the dominant creative presence is not Snyder but producer Christopher Nolan, whose recent Batman trilogy set the tone of stern, »
- Guy Lodge
The director's offbeat love story Her – about a man who falls in love with his computer operating system – is tipped for Oscar triumph. As he prepares his final cut, he talks exclusively about its stars, the past and the future
Spike Jonze is looking to the future. "I kinda think, as I look around, that everything is slowly getting a little bit nicer. You can go on Nike's website and choose exactly what fabrics and colours and shapes you want your sneakers to come in. Everything in La is; it's just an easy place to live in. The houses are nice, the backyards are nice, you got the ocean right there and the mountains behind you, there's an idealised easiness to the way you live and the whole environment.
"There's more good food here than ever before, better restaurants. In some parts of the world, like right here, you can »
- John Patterson
People will consider me a part of their lives for however long Downton Abbey lasts. It's a lovely thing to feel as an actor. I get a delivery of letters about once a month. I even had bereavement cards after the last series.
I'm a proud Essex girl. I'll never sound like Lady Mary, although my accent has softened over the years. But it comes back if I've had a couple of drinks or if I'm around my family.
"Expect nothing and hope for the best" is my mantra. A drama teacher called Joseph Blatchley told me that and it's the best advice I've had. If you keep an open mind and don't expect too much then you won't be disappointed.
It's a good thing to be starstruck. I met Mick Jagger »
- Olly Richards
Scarlett Johansson has won best actress at the Rome Film Festival for her role in Spike Jonze's Her, in which she appears only as the voice of a computer who falls in love with her owner played by Joaquin Phoenix. The role was originally filled by Samantha Morton but Jonze felt that Johansson would be more appropriate, only casting the actress after filming had been completed.
The Best Actor gong went to Matthew McConaughey for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club where he plays Ron Woodroof, a Texan who is diagnosed with AIDS and begins smuggling medication into the States. Best Film went to Tir, a documentary about a Bosnian man who becomes a truck driver after failing to find work as a teacher, and Best Director went to Kiyoshi Kurosawa for the Japanese thriller Seventh Code. »
- Gary Collinson
Honour received for in Rome for role in Spike Jonze's film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, voiced by Johansson after Samantha Morton's work in the same part deemed inappropriate
• First look review: Her
Scarlett Johansson has received the best actress award at the Rome film festival. The prize, voted for by an international jury headed by director James Gray, was awarded to Johansson for her performance in Spike Jonze's Her. Johansson plays a computer operating system called Samantha who falls in love with her owner, played by Joaquin Phoenix. She is heard off camera, but never seen on screen.
Johansson was a late signing to the project, coming aboard after Samanatha Morton had already taped the full audio for the role.
- Henry Barnes
Hollywood — Unfortunately for Spike Jonze, the pivotal role of "Samantha" in his new sci-fi tinged romantic drama "Her" had to be recast after the film was already in the can. Luckily for Spike Jonze, "Samantha" is actually a computer operating system - i.e. she's never actually seen on-screen. "When we shot, we initially had cast Samantha Morton [in the role]," Jonze said at a Q&A following Wednesday night's AFI Fest screening of the film. "So Samantha was really involved in giving Joaquin [Phoenix] a lot...to work from. And then when we got into editing, we realized that what Samantha and »
- Chris Eggertsen
Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’ movie: The one British Independent Film Award nominee surely to get BAFTA, Academy Award nominations Among the 2013 British Independent Film Award nominees, only one has a truly good chance of being shortlisted for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. That’s Best Actress Bifa nominee Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ "based on a true story" drama Philomena, in which Dench plays a woman whose son was taken away from her after she was sent to a convent. For the record, Dench has four previous Best Actress Oscar nominations (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal), in addition to one win and a nomination as Best Supporting Actress (win: Shakespeare in Love; nomination: Chocolat). (Photo: Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena.) Needless to say, the British Independent Film Awards have little influence on North America’s awards-season favorites. There are a number of reasons for that — e. »
- Zac Gille
Additionally, Fawkes Partners LP has acquired controlling interest in “Decoding Annie Parker” from its Canadian investors, Media House Capital Corporation and the Crystal Wealth Strategic Yield Media Fund. Fawkes managing partner Sidney Powell has become an executive producer as a result.
The story centers on two women whose parallel lives are devoted to finding a hereditary link to certain types of breast cancer. Morton portrays the title character, who loses her mother and sister to the disease before facing down cancer herself while portrays real-life geneticist Mary-Claire King, who spends 16 years proving her widely dismissed theory that genetics plays a role in some breast cancers.
Annie Parker’s »
- Dave McNary
The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close tonight, but not without some special discoveries to be seen. I was lucky enough to catch the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, and was glad I took a chance on Wolfskinder, a worthy nominee in the “New Directors Competition.” After hearing Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider joke about Dracula 3D at Cannes 2012, I finally got to witness its craptitude with my own eyes. Reviews for the films are below.
Working the festival beat, I also partook in some interviews ready in the near future, including chats with David Frankel (director of The Devil Wears Prada and now the Paul Potts biopic One Chance), and the Polsky Brothers for The Motel Life, starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch. If all goes right tomorrow, I will also have an interview with Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. »
- Nick Allen
We get a little deeper into the Oscar conversation today, though that conversation still revolves around a lot of speculation with a lot more movies to be seen. As always we also delve into the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week, answer a lot of your questions, play some games and have a special message from none other than Zack Braff. Hope you enjoy. Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Move over, Hal 9000. Take a hike, Skynet. After decades of being typecast as an agent of destruction or (at best) the harbinger of dystopian things to come, artificial intelligence gets a romantic lead in “Her,” Spike Jonze’s singular, wryly funny, subtly profound consideration of our relationship to technology — and to each other. A truly 21st-century love story, Jonze’s fourth directorial feature (and first made from his own original screenplay) may not be Middle America’s idea of prime date-night viewing, but its funky, deeply romantic charms should click with the hip urban audiences who embraced Jonze’s earlier work, with some cross-pollination to the sci-fi/fantasy crowd.
Not least among Jonze’s achievements here is his beautifully imagined yet highly plausible vision of a near-future Los Angeles (exact year unspecified), where subways and elevated trains have finally supplanted the automobile, and where a vast urban center crowded with »
- Scott Foundas
With only a number of days until Spike Jonze’s new project Her premieres at New York Film Festival, Vulture sat down with the director to discuss the inner-workings of such a simple – but complex – piece.
Described as ‘the most personal film yet from a director who has long juggled so many personae that his actual identity remains deliberately elusive, even after twenty years in the spotlight’, Her focuses on Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer who falls in love with a high-tech, highly personal operating system on his computer:
‘The result is not just a cautionary meditation on romance and technology but a subtle exploration of the weirdness, delusiveness, and one-sidedness of love. For all his imaginative conceits, Jonze is, in his way, a realist; he’s less interested in playing with the technologically extraordinary than he is in demonstrating the ways in which it can burrow into »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
London – Golden Globe-winning producer Helen Flint has exited U.K. film and TV production banner Company Pictures to start her own indie label. Flint is setting up Little Island Productions after eight years as head of production at Company Pictures where her résumé boasts the Golden Globe-winning HBO and Channel Four co-production Longford, directed by Tom Hooper from a script by Peter Morgan and starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton. Photos: 81 of Fall TV's Biggest Stars: THR's Exclusive Portraits Alex Protherough, Flint's deputy at Company Pictures has also joined Lip as production executive. The startup
- Stuart Kemp
After 14 years reporting from the red carpet, our film diarist bids farewell with a selection of glilttering memories…
Trash was born at Cannes in 1999, when the idea struck me that the best way to cover this polymorphously perverse festival was through a diary. So it's probably in that environment that my column has thrived most. It coincided with the rise of the "festival circuit", and I was fortunate to have the willing co-operation of the Observer and the festivals themselves in getting to cover so many of them.
I still recall the jolt of a morning vodka with Alan Parker in Moscow where, because his Pink Floyd film The Wall was the most famous bootleg of the Soviet era, he is some kind of deity. Marrakech is a wonderful setting for a film festival and I shall cherish an afternoon with Martin Scorsese there, even though he spilt »
- Jason Solomons
Public conversations with Helena Bonham Carter and Bruce Dern plus a feature film award for Steven Bernstein’s Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton starrer “Decoding Annie Parker” are among the additions to the lineup of the 2013 Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, which also has set the roster for its competitive Golden Starfish Awards.
The conversation with Carter, who stars in Hiff-screening film “Burton and Taylor,” is set for Oct. 12 while Dern, whose conversation is skedded for Oct. 13, stars in the Hiff centerpiece pic “Nebraska.” Both events are part of the fest’s signature programs.
Meanwhile, “Decoding Annie Parker” — which stars Hunt, Morton and Aaron Paul in the true story of the discovery of the link between genetics and breast cancer — will score a $25,000 prize from Hiff and the Sloan Foundation, the non-profit that hands out kudos for science-themed works of art.
In addition, Hiff has lined up the slate for its »
- Gordon Cox
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Melinda and Melinda & Sweet and Lowdown...
Simon Columb on Melinda and Melinda...
Great concept - confused execution. Four filmmakers discuss how tragedies and comedies are not mutually exclusive before proceeding to tell two stories about Melinda (Radha Mitchell). They are the same story initially, but are told as tragedy and comedy. Melinda interrupts a meal, but as the story progresses, the chosen genre dictates a different direction. Unfortunately, the comedy isn’t funny enough (despite a quirky scene, harking back to Woody Allen’s early comedies, as Will Ferrell struggles with a dressing-gown caught in a »
- Gary Collinson
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