20 items from 2016
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses. This rousing fall release stars Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot! We also have a number of new photos, with the movie set to hit theaters on October 21. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride!
An ordinary suburban couple finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses, their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors. Especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. "Jones" are covert operatives. Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher star as the next-door neighbors who open their arms to their beautiful new cul-de-sac couple, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot. But they are about to get much more than they ever bargained for.
It turns out that their gorgeous and sophisticated new neighbors, Tim and Diana Jones, are covert operatives who soon come under attack.
“Here’s the thing about trust — once it’s gone, bad things can happen,” Hamm’s character tells his neighbor, forebodingly.
Fisher and Galifianakis are soon embroiled in an international espionage caper with plenty of gunplay and car chases.
In one sequence, Hamm and Gadot point guns at their neighbors as Hamm shouts, “Get in the car.” But the tension breaks when Galifianakis makes a run for it, »
- Dave McNary
As if they're not beautiful enough on their own, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot are teaming up and starring as a couple in the upcoming film Keeping Up with the Joneses. The sexy duo play secret spies who move into a new neighborhood and befriend an ordinary suburban couple played by Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher. One of the film's producers, Walter Parkes, tells People the four actors played off each other seamlessly. "They're all so funny and they're so different physically and yet there's something about this group of friends that you just feel very kind of satisfied at the end, »
- Jessica Fecteau, @jessfect
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has partnered with FilmAid International to roll out a screenings program for "He Named Me Malala" in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.
The two month outreach campaign and screening series, which commenced in April, aims to leverage the power of Malala’s story to inspire and empower girls and parents to value and champion education in their homes and communities.
FilmAid will deploy two tested and proven methods of youth engagement through film - larger awareness-raising screenings and targeted film-based workshops in select refugee camps in three locations in Jordan, including the Emirati-Jordanian Camp run by the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to provide young girls and boys (12-18 years) the opportunity to express their own views on the importance of their own education after watching "He Named Me Malala."
In a call to millions of other girls around the world and those who stand with them, "He Named Me Malala" launched an international advocacy campaign in partnership with Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization working to empower adolescent girls through secondary education.
Malala Fund, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media have provided resources to FilmAid to develop materials for the workshops and screenings and provided schools toolkits to inspire meaningful change in the area of girls’ education.
This latest outreach in Jordan is part of the 12-month global social action campaign called Stand #withMalala aimed to support children’s right to education and is also in support of Malala Fund’s #NotLost campaign to educate Syrian refugee children. FilmAid will continue to work with Malala Fund on a similar program screening the film and providing leadership training for girls in refugee camps in Kenya.
FilmAid International was honored yesterday (May 13) by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Cannes Film Festival for their global work using film to affect social change, including their work on the Stand #withMalala campaign.
In 2015, Image Nation launched #StandWithZiauddin, leveraging Ziauddin Yousafzai to reach fathers from the Desi diaspora in the Gcc with a message about girls’ education. The special screenings of "He Named Me Malala" reached approximately 6,000 men across the Gulf.
"'He Named Me Malala' gave us the opportunity to spread a vital message about girls education to influential communities in our region. Image Nation created a robust, tailored social action campaign for the Mena region that is now culminating in our outreach to refugees in Jordan. We are pleased to partner with FilmAid — an organization that shares our belief in the power of film to inspire and inform audiences around the world,” said Danielle Perissi, head of documentary and factual entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
FilmAid International’s Managing Director, Keefe Murren, agreed, stating: “We are thrilled to have worked in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi to leverage the power of Davis Guggenheim’s film "He Named Me Malala" to support refugee girls’ education. Davis Guggenheim’s film is a particularly potent weapon in the fight for refugee girls’ rights. A refugee herself, Malala challenges girls to be brave, not just in fighting for their own education, but in bravely imagining a future when that fight is no longer necessary. And that is where the power of film is most effective. Movies remind us that we are authors of our own stories, and that each one of us is capable of changing the narrative.”
FilmAid uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe.
"He Named Me Malala" is released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media and National Geographic Channel. The documentary was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term partnership with Image Nation, and also produced by director Davis Guggenheim. »
- Sydney Levine
Remember the big Sony leak at the end of 2014? The one that made everyone panic about that really rather rubbish North Korea-baiting Rogen/Franco comedy? Well aside from the news that Spider-Man might end up coming back to the McU (and arguably the positive reaction to that helped Spidey end up in Captain America: Civil War), one of the most surprising revelations was that Sony was considering crossing over its hugely successful Jump Street franchise with none other than the Men in Black. Cue a collective mass ‘Wtf???’ from almost everybody, and surely a “that’ll never happen!”. Get some of that humble pie folks because not only did Sony announce the crossover was on, but in March named James Bobin–director of The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted and the upcoming sequel nobody wanted, Alice: Through the »
- Tony Black
Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world, came onboard Hany Abu-Assad’s "The Idol" during the film’s final postproduction phase.
"The Idol" will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today in the Special Presentations section.
Directed by acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now," "Omar"), "The Idol" tells the inspirational true life story of Mohammad Assaf, a wedding singer from Gaza who became a worldwide sensation after winning the live-singing competition Arab Idol in 2013.
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Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation said: “Hany Abu-Assad is one of the Arab region’s most gifted filmmakers and we greatly admire his work. Image Nation’s decision to join the project at this stage is a validation of the quality of that work. Not only is this a great team, but it’s a great film and we are thrilled to be part of it. ”
Added Abu-Assad: “This is the first time I’ve worked with Image Nation and I am very happy with our first collaboration on 'The Idol.' I hope this film will mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship".
"The Idol" is one of Image Nation’s two high-profile screenings at Toronto Film Festival, which will feature the highly-anticipated feature documentary "He Named Me Malala," directed by Academy Award®-winner Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"). The film is being released by Fox Searchlight, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media, and National Geographic Channel. The documentary was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term partnership with Image Nation.
"The Idol" will then be showcased at BFI London Film Festival, where Image Nation will be celebrating the European premieres of three other titles – "He Named Me Malala," Majid Al Ansari’s "Zinzana" and Ali Mostafa’s "From A to B."
Garin added: “Image Nation is starting the festival season strong with notable lineups at Toronto Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. It’s a particular high point for us to be able to bring the work of two gifted Emirati filmmakers to international audiences, and it’s a testament to the rapid development of our narrative and documentary slates.”
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"The Idol" has already made an impact in the market. Seville Sales is handling international rights to the film outside the Middle East and has already closed a number of deals in over 20 territories including France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Japan (New Select), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Taiwan (Spring International), and South Korea (Kaon Contents & Media). Mbc is releasing in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm. EOne will distribute in Spain. U.S. rights are still available. »
- Sydney Levine
An ambitious Arabic version of “L.A. Law” is set to become the first legal procedural in the Middle East and the biggest TV series out of the United Arab Emirates.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced that after a long gestation shooting has recently wrapped in Abu Dhabi on “Justice: Qalb Al Adala,” which is penned by U.S. scribe William Finklestein, who worked on the original NBC series, in collaboration with a local team. The groundbreaking show which transposes Sharia, or Quranic law, into the storylines, is produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Image Nation, which is run by U.S. exec Michael Garin (pictured), also announced it is now set to become the leading film and TV production entity unit within the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority, as part of an internal reorganisation announced today. Designating Image Nation as the top unit within the Mza will likely boost »
- Nick Vivarelli
The story follows a disgraced Secret Service agent who gets embroiled in a kidnapping attempt of the President of the United States as the Commander-in-Chief's motorcade makes its way through Los Angeles.
Tom Cruise and Ryan Reynolds have circled the project in the past. Carnahan came onboard just over a year ago to reshape Billy Ray's script into a vehicle for him to direct. DreamWorks is now in the process of hiring a new writer for the project.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The digital platform has announced its second deal in a week as it ramps up its acquisition activity.
The documentary presents a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Pakistani teenager and female education advocate Malala Yousafzai before and after she was shot by the Taliban as she returned from school.
Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Guggenheim produced, while executive producers are Mohamed Al Mubarak and Michael Garin from Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Jeff Skoll from Participant Media and Shannon Dill.
Fox Searchlight distributed the film theatrically last autumn in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media, with [link=co »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The 87-minute documentary centers on Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was severely wounded in an attack by Taliban militants for advocating for girls’ education when she was returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2012. The shooting, which occurred when she was 15, sparked international outrage.
“He Named Me Malala,” which made its TV debut on National Geographic Channel on March 1, will be available on Hulu’s subscription VOD service this summer under the pact with National Geographic Channels. Hulu also is joining National Geographic Channels and Fox Searchlight Pictures in partnership with the Malala Fund to raise awareness for girls’ rights to education and safe schools.
The documentary from Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman »
- Todd Spangler
The studio will expand the film over the following two weekends. It also moved back its horror thriller “Rings” off April 1 to the pre-Halloween weekend of Oct. 28.
“Everybody Wants Some” will open the SXSW Film Festival on March 11. The film follows a group of college baseball players in ’80s Texas as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood and stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman (who was a college baseball pitcher), Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Will Brittain and Zoey Deutch.
The launch date will coincide with the April 3 opening of the Major League Baseball season.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: With several upcoming releases on the 2016 calendar, the husband/wife producing duo of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have just brought in another project to their production shingle. They just optioned the first novel of Jordan Harper, who is the producer of Gotham and The Mentalist. In a pre-emptive strike and financed by their four-year partnership with ImageNation Abu Dhabi, the producers picked up If All Roads Were Blind which tells the intense, at… »
Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.
So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals. »
On Friday the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in 2016 were revealed. The BAFTAs will be announced on Sunday, February 14 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, with the ceremony being rebroadcast on BBC America.
Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations. The Revenant is nominated in eight categories. Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.
Bridge of Spies is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Director for Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound. Mark Rylance is nominated for Supporting Actor.
- Michelle McCue
Nominations for the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards arrived early this morning and in welcome news, the proceedings were topped by Todd Haynes’ Carol and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (both of which made our top 50 of the year), with 9 nominations each. Not far behind was The Revenant, which was nominated in eight categories. while Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations.
Following that, Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina received five nominations with Alicia Vikander picking up two acting nominations. A little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens also managed to rack up four nominations.
Check out the full list below ahead of a ceremony on February 14th.
(presented in 2016)
- Jordan Raup
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just announced there nominations and there’s quite a lot to process, so let’s start from the top. Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama Bridge of Spies and Todd Haynes’ gorgeous relationship drama Carol have tied for the lead with nine nominations apiece, with both films receiving nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (in their respective categories). Not far behind is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s revenge epic The Revenant with eight nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Editing.
What may come as a surprise to some is that Adam McKay’s comedy-drama about the 2008 financial crisis did rather well. It may have only received five nominations, but they were all major nods: Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), and Best Editing. Meanwhile, the film that has »
- Jeff Beck
Carol and Bridge Of Spies led the nominations with nine each, closely followed by The Revenant with eight. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.
We’ve already heard that Taron Egerton, John Boyega, Dakota Johnson, Bel Powey and Brie Larson will be up for the public vote in the prestigious Rising Star category, but the entire list of nominees in all categories were read out at the brief event at BAFTA HQ this morning.
The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 14 February 2016 and will be held for the tenth year running at the Royal Opera House, »
- Paul Heath
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for its film awards Friday at it headquarters in London. “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol” led the nominations race with nine apiece.
“The Revenant” was nominated in eight categories. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nominations. “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were each nominated six times. “The Big Short,” “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” received five nominations. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took four nominations.
In the major categories, “Carol,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” all featured prominently, followed by “The Danish Girl,” “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” “Ex Machina” and “Steve Jobs.” Among the underperformers in the major categories were “Trumbo,” “Sicario” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, told Variety that the nominations were marked by the openness of the contest, with six films with more than five nominations. “It looks like »
- Leo Barraclough
The annual BAFTA film awards roll around again on February 14th, with Stephen Fry once again hosting. And it was Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw who read out the nominations for this year's gongs nice and early in London today.
Without further ado, here's what's up for said prizes in a few weeks' time.
Outstanding British Film
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Galleries: Best Film; Actors
The awards will take place on Feb 14 and will be held for the tenth year at London’s Royal Opera House.
(presented in 2016)Best FilmThe Big Short Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad PittBridge Of Spies Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven SpielbergCarol Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen WoolleyThe Revenant Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith RedmonSpotlight Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael SugarOutstanding British Film45 Years Andrew Haigh, Tristan GoligherAmy »
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20 items from 2016
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