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It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. Cinematographer Roger Deakins knew director Michael Radford from their film school days. They cut their teeth together in 1983 on their theatrical narrative debut, "Another Time, Another Place," which caused a stir at the Cannes Film Festival and led to Radford being presented the opportunity to tackle a dream project: an adaptation of George Orwell's pivotal 1948 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Exclusive: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
Fledgling Benelux distributor Remain in Light has secured a string of hot titles from the American Film Market.
The all-rights acquisitions include Fortitude duo The Runner, starring Nicolas Cage as an idealistic but flawed politician who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal, and James Ponsoldt drama The End of the Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in the story of a magazine reporter who recounts his travels and conversations with iconic author David Foster Wallace.
Also new to the slate is Joshua Marston’s buzzed-about untitled drama with Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz from Protagonist, and Jean Marc Vallee’s anticipated comedy-drama Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts from Sierra/Affinity.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Clint Eastwood is an enormously capable filmmaker who, like any filmmaker who works non-stop, is capable of turning out films that are polished and considered and carefully calibrated, and equally capable of turning out nearly inert movies that are forgettable and barely register. What I find most interesting about his career is the way it took him a while to win critics over to his side, but once he did, he's been almost untouchable ever since. Any other filmmaker coming off of "Jersey Boys" would have been greeted on their next film with open skepticism, but it's a real sign of just how esteemed Eastwood is that he could release that film to near-universal indifference at the start of the summer, and yet his next film can be greeted like an event that sends seismic waves through the already-crowded Oscar season. One of the things that I tend to avoid »
- Drew McWeeny
"Nailed" haunts writer-director David O. Russell. A health care satire starring Jessica Biel suffering from a near-fatal nail gun shot to the head, the film went into production before "The Fighter" and imploded before making it through post-production. Russell moved on, for the clear better, but onlookers anxious for a taste of the writer’s sardonic humor kept wondering if the film would ever surface. Whether he was talking about "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" or "American Hustle," nearly ever interview steered towards "Nailed" out of due diligence. When our own Drew McWeeny spoke to Russell in 2011, he summed up the experience he was happy to distance himself from: "['Nailed'] was supposed to be a fresh page and comeback and it turned out to be disappointment, another notch on my belt in this business." Fans would never see "Nailed." Or fans were resigned to never seeing "Nailed"… until now. Screendaily reports »
- Matt Patches
Exclusive: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.
The UK distributor will also release the long-gestating Politics of Love, formerly titled Nailed when it was originally directed by David O Russell in 2008. Producer Kia Jam put together this cut of the film.
Starring Jessica Biel, James Marsden and Jake Gyllenhaal, the film follows a small town waitress (Biel) who gets a nail lodged in her head which leads to unpredictable behaviour and a journey to Washington DC.
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Pic also stars Carmen Ejogo, who appeared in “The Purge: Anarchy,” and will be in the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” and Callum Keith Rennie, whose credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Memento.”
Pic is written and directed by Robert Budreau, and produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger of New Real Films, Budreau of Lumanity Productions and Jake Seal of Black Hangar Studios. Executive producers include William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-sang of Productivity Media, Adam Moryto, Stefan Jacobs, D. Matt Geller and Gurpreet Chandhoke.
K5 Intl., which is handling the film’s international rights, is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. Entertainment One is distributing the film in Canada.
Budreau’s film is inspired by the rise of Baker, who has it all, »
- Leo Barraclough
Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker’s rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career.
Also starring with Hawke are Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy, Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades Of Grey). Hawke has worked closely this year with the filmmakers to develop the project. Budreau has a history of music-related work including the short Dream Recording with jazz pianist David Braid, and a short about Baker’s ultimate demise, The Deaths Of Chet Baker. He’s repped by Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Niccol directed Good Kill from his screenplay about a former fighter pilot who struggles with the morality of his new role as part of a drone strike team under orders from the CIA.
Good Kill premiered in Venice and received its North American premiere in Toronto.
Separately, monterey media has taken all Us rights to Like Sunday, Like Rain from F J Productions and B B Film Productions.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ethan Hawke portrays Egan, a former pilot who now flies drones via remote control. After spending eight hours a day flying these plans, he returns home to his wife (January Jones), whom he constantly argues with while numbing his stress and pain with alcohol. He gets new orders from the CIA to select targets based on patterns of activity, and not personality profiles, as Egan contemplates his future as a drone pilot. Jake Abel, Bruce Greenwood and Stafford Douglas co-star in the indie thriller.
Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Host) directs Good Kill from his own screenplay, with Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman producing for Voltage Pictures. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival, and held its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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The film, directed by Andrew Niccol from his own script, also stars January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Jake Abel. Producers are Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman of Voltage Pictures and Mark Amin of Sobini Films.
The story centers on a Hawke’s character, who works eight hours each day fighting the War on Terror by remote control and the remaining time at his suburban home, where he feuds with his wife, (portrayed by Jones).
In his review for Variety, Guy Lodge called the film a “smart, quietly pulsating contempo war drama.”
“Good Kill” had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
- Dave McNary
There was a time that a brainy anti-drone movie like "Good Kill" would be mid-priced studio fare. Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing "The Truman Show," is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" to "In Time." And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like "Good Kill." Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, in this film Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war--especially when the CIA gets involved. The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, »
- Anne Thompson
IFC Films is acquiring U.S. rights to writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s drone warfare movie “Good Kill,” which stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and Jake Abel, the company announced Friday. “Good Kill” was produced by Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman of Voltage Pictures and Mark Amin of Sobini Films. The film recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also read: What's the Deal? With Toronto: Jeff Sneider Reviews ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘The Cobbler,’ ‘Good Kill’ (Video) “Good Kill” is a chilling inside look at drone warfare and its collateral. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.
Voltage Pictures president Nicolas Chartier, producer of The Hurt Locker and executive producer of Dallas Buyers Club, used his keynote speech at the Zurich Summit to offer ten tips for ‘producing award-winning films at the right budget’.
The tongue-in-cheek speech, which went down a storm, included plenty of sage advice.
Chartier agreed to share the speech with Screen and below is the near-entire transcript…
‘Good morning. So yesterday on the plane I was reading Hope For Film, the biography of Ted Hope who for those who don’t know him, was one of the founders of Good Machine, a great independent company which produced Crouching Tiger, Ice Storm, In the Bedroom, Brothers McMullen and many other independent films.
He wrote, I quote: “To make art, survive independently, and make a living that is tied to modest financial gain, you have to »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.
StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.
Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.
“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”
Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Producer Eric Newman’s newly-launched Grand Electric has inked a multi-year co-venture with Studiocanal.
Under the deal, Grand Electric will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, while Studiocanal will act as a creative partner, financier and will handle international sales as well as distribute the movies in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Says Newman, “I am extremely fortunate to be able to formalize what has been an incredibly important relationship to me. I look forward to being a part of the continuing expansion of Studiocanal as a stand-alone film content provider”.
Grand Electric will be based in L.A. and will continue to develop and produce Newman’s staple elevated genre fare.
Newman, who has been in the film business for over 20 years, has produced a flurry of highly successful films via Strike Entertainment, a production and finance shingle based at »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman has formed Grand Electric, a new shingle that starts with a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal that will enable him to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets. The company will be based in Los Angeles, and StudioCanal will be the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its stronghold territories.
It is the first overall deal that Newman has made since he and Marc Abraham split their Strike Entertainment partnership. Abraham wanted to concentrate on directing and is making the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, with Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Mae Williams. Newman has been busy exec producing the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Netflix drug war series Narcos, with Jose Padilha directing his Elite Squad lead Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the pilot. Newman and Padilha bonded on the RoboCop remake. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Fatal Irony: Is There Anything Good About This Kill?
Nearly two decades after collaborating on the shrewd and subtly realized sci-fi allegory, Gattaca, Ethan Hawke again teams up with writer/director Andrew Niccol for Good Kill, which details the experiences of a drone pilot struggling with the implications of his vocation. It, like its predecessor, is an acutely analytical, slyly stylized work with social relevance. But unlike that more metaphorical genre piece, this very literal, accessible film has more of a manufactured, politically pointed feel to it.
Niccol, a director that’s made a career out of dissecting the fundamental ideals of socio-cultural trends and examining their inherent, fatal flaws, is again using the medium as a sounding board for social discussion. Having recently assessed the more oblique, ideological nature of the one-percent ethos (In Time) and the resurgence of Communist values (The Host), he’s shifted his focus to »
- Robert Bell
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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