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They say write…what you know, and perhaps in this case, writing what is unknown. It’s the sort of the artistic philosophy that filmmaker Sian Heder might have applied in developing a project that landed at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (walked away with the 3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo prize) with the first iteration of the eventual feature being a short film called Mother. Fast forward almost a decade later and production was lined up this June with Ellen Page and Allison Janney toplining a true exploration of what it might mean to be a mother figure. Coming off the heals of her writing and producer gig with television’s “Orange Is the New Black”, Tallulah has got a strong producer Sundance alumni team supporting the Heder’s directorial debut. With such a long gestation period, we’re thinking that this might illicit a strong emotional response from future auds. »
- Eric Lavallee
Both of game designer David Cage’s cinematic, interactive dramas are coming to PlayStation 4. His telepathic tale Beyond: Two Souls, originally released in 2013, will make its way to the PlayStation Store next week. It will be followed by a port of Heavy Rain, where players will once again be faced with the horrors of the Origami Killer on March 1st, 2016.
While not a lot is known about the update of Heavy Rain, next week’s Beyond: Two Souls remaster will feature several new features to enhance the experience. These include 1080p graphics with motion blur effects as well as improved lighting and shadows, improved controls for action sequences, and use of the DualShock 4 Speaker.
Another main addition will be that once »
- Joseph Banham
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has secured 20 titles out of the American Film Market (Afm), which ended Wednesday.
The deals are led by the Nicolas Winding Refn-produced remake Maniac Cop directed by John Hyams and the Antonio Banderas lead thriller Faith from Wild Bunch. Both will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.
The Dubai-based firm, which acquires distribution rights for the Middle East and North Africa, has also closed a deal with Protagonist Pictures for The Discovery starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara; while from Hanway Films the titles include horror feature The Devil’s Candy, which debuted at Toronto, and Lone Sherfig comedy drama Their Finest Hour And A Half starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
From Embankment Films, Front Row has acquired the English-language remake of French »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
As mentioned yesterday, a few months ago I took a look at contenders in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative couple of pieces, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from the pretenders, I wanted to look again at some of the more realistic names in the running for Oscar gold, this time looking at actors and actress. These are all players who have been nominated previously but yet to win anything, so if they were to emerge victorious this year, it would be their first times on the big stage. As a reminder the 16 names cited (including six honorable mentions) were Joan Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Ralph Fiennes, Diane Lane, Laura Linney, Carey Mulligan, »
- Joey Magidson
The Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner has apologised for suggesting that Freeheld, his recent drama that follows the story of a lesbian couple played by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, was “degayed” by producers against his wishes.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Nyswaner appeared to take the blame for the independent drama’s failure to mount an expected awards season run following middling reviews.
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- Ben Child
A supporting actor Oscar nominee for 2008’s “Revolutionary Road,” actor Michael Shannon finds himself in a similar dark-horse position for his role as a callous real estate eviction agent in Ramin Bahrani’s housing-crisis drama “99 Homes.” He also appears in Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
How did you like working with Ramin Bahrani?
For me, he’s on par with Jeff Nichols, just in terms of people that I will always want to be involved in what they’re doing. In a way, it was a very selfless thing for him to do. He spent a couple of years writing the script, doing the research, going to Florida, talking to people and getting the true, authentic version of this experience. Nobody else was going to take that time. And this movie is long overdue. There should be people competing to make a movie like this. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Camerimage, the film festival devoted to cinematography, has selected 10 titles to compete in its Directors’ Debuts Competition. With a focus on discovery, the selection committee has nominated first or second non-documentary feature films made by young directors and cinematographers. The range is eclectic, spanning intimate drama, family intrigue, war stories, tales of loss, and horror fiction.
Three titles come from the U.S., starting with Reed Morano’s “Meadowland,” a study of parental grief and loss that premiered at Tribeca. The film stars Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson. Although “Meadowland” is Morano’s first feature as director, she has worked as a cinematographer on more than 15 movies, as well as TV series like HBO’s “Looking.” Recent movie credits include Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes,” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” starring Catherine Keener, and Daniel Radcliffe starrer “Kill Your Darlings.” She’s best know for “Frozen River. »
- Damon Wise
In the not too distant future, a family is living a peaceful, well-off existence at the edge of the world. Robert (Callum Keith Rennie) and his daughters live outside of town and away from prying eyes of neighbours by choice. Nell (Ellen Page) is studying for an entrance exam while Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) is practicing for an audition. Life is moving along normally until one night, the lights go out and don't come back on. It's here that Into the Forest turns from a simple family drama to a tale of survival at the brink of the apocalypse.
The family's distance from town means that for the first few days, life continues on as if nothing were wrong and the power will come on at any time but when the trio travels into town for supplies, it becomes clear that not everyone is taking [Continued ...] »
NonStop Entertainment hits the Afm with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
The revamped Scandinavian distributor has taken on Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Kate Winslet starring The Dressmaker and Laurie Anderson’s feature directorial debut Heart Of A Dog, to name just a few (full list of titles below).
Jakob Abrahamsson, CEO of NonStop, said: “Newly reborn as an independent distributor, NonStop Entertainment solidifies its profile as the leading Scandinavian distributor for great films for an upmarket audience with this latest slew of extraordinary acquisitions, ranging from Kate Winslet’s tour de force The Dressmaker, via smart post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts to Laurie Anderson’s outstanding and mesmerizing doc Heart Of Dog, that puts us exactly where we want to be for the upcoming 2016 season.”
The acquisitions are:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
As previously reported, Vice and A&E are launching a 24-hour TV channel, set to debut early next year. Here's a very robust, edgy amuse-bouche:Spike Jonze will oversee the creative side of programming for the channel, which is officially dubbed Viceland and will reach more than 70 million Stateside homes, according to the media group. Vice's newest platform will include such titles as Gaycation, with Ellen Page; Black Market, with Michael K. Williams (The Wire); Fuck, That's Delicious, with rapper Action Bronson; and Huang's World, with Eddie Huang, among many others. "It feels like most channels are just a collection of shows. We wanted Viceland to be different, to feel like everything on there has a reason to exist and a strong point of view," Jonze said in a statement. "It's us trying to understand the world we live in by producing pieces about things we're curious about, or confused about, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Director: Susan Johnson
Synopsis: An extraordinarily intelligent young woman who graduated Harvard at 18 strives to find love and happiness in New York with the help of a seemingly simple checklist.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.
Director: Charlie McDowell
Synopsis: Love story set in a world where the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven.
Sales: ICM Partners (domestic); Protagonist (international)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Synopsis: The climactic final chapter in the blockbuster franchise
Director: Andre Ovredal
Synopsis: A mining crew encounters a dangerous life form while working on a distant moon.
Sales: Xyz Films
Director: Simon Verhoeven
Producers: Quirin Berg, »
- Variety Staff
Vice Media and A+E Networks have raised the curtain on the long-gestating plan for Viceland, the makeover of A+E’s H2 cabler that amounts to a big bet on a linear TV launch aimed at a demo that is increasingly glued to digital and mobile screens.
Viceland, which is still a working title for the channel, is slated to bow early next year, by Feb. 29 at the latest. The channel will feature what the companies said would be hundreds of hours of new unscripted lifestyle and documentary-style programming produced in-house by Vice Media’s growing team of editorial staffers, described as “the young creative minds that are the heart and soul of Vice.”
Vice’s takeover of the flagging H2 channel has been in the works for more than a year, ever since A+E Networks invested $250 million for a 10% stake in Brooklyn-based Vice, led by co-founder and CEO Shane Smith. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. Et: Vice’s new cable network, tentatively called Viceland, will launch in early 2016 to approximately 70 million homes. The channel will come stocked with a full slate of primetime shows, including “Gaycation” with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, “Huang’s World” with Eddie Huang, “Noisey” with Zach Goldbaum, “Vice World of Sports” with Sal Masekela, “Black Market” with Michael K. Williams), “Flophouse,” “Party Legends,” and “Weediquette” with Krishna Andavolu, among others. “This network is the next step in the evolution of our brand and the first step in our global rollout of networks around the world, »
- Daniel Holloway and Tony Maglio
The film, set in a world one year after the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically proven, will be directed by Charlie McDowell from a script he co-wrote with Justin Lader. Hoult plays the son of the man responsible for this discovery and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing the film, and Protagonist will introduce it to international buyers at the American Film Market. ICM Partners is handling domestic rights.
Producers are Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment. Orlovsky’s credits include “The Place Beyond The Pines,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Wolfpack” and “Half Nelson” while Stern and Endgame have produced Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects, »
- Dave McNary
Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers would have us believe.
The all-too-common "based on a true story" or "based on true events," along with the less reliable "inspired by true events," have become ubiquitous additions to most horror movie marketing campaigns. But this is nothing new. Going all the way back to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" iconic 1974 tagline -- "What happened is true. Now the motion picture that's just as real." -- the truth has always been an important tactic in upping the fear factor for audiences.
If events truly did happen, does that make it more frightening? The recent success of movies like "The Conjuring" (2013), "The Possession" (2012) and "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009) point to a big "yes, »
- Matthew A Nelson
Vice, which began as a magazine and eventually evolved into a digital media destination that encompasses multiple verticals, is moving along with its plan to step into the world of TV. The alternative news company led by CEO Shane Smith will launch an American TV channel, as well as a dozen additional channels across Europe, during the next 12 to 18 months.
Smith discussed his company’s overseas plans in a Guardian article that arrived on the day of Smith’s presentation at the UK version of the Digital Content Newfronts. “There is a bit of a bidding war going on,” he said. “In the UK there are potentially a number of partners. There are lots of deals on the table. It’s pretty fast and furious.”
On our side of the pond, Vice seems firmly linked to A&E, which owns a 10% stake in it. The understood plan calls for A »
- Sam Gutelle
“The Shave,” written by Thomas White and Miles Hubley, focuses on an Lapd officer who has been recently exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student. He visits the boy’s father at his barbershop to tell him his side of the story while receiving a straight razor shave.
Producers on “The Shave” are Maiden Voyage’s Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus, Route One’s CEO Russell Levine, Lost City’s John Finemore and Mason Novick, and Michelle Knudsen from Mxn Entertainment. Route One’s Chris Lytton is executive producing with Lost City’s James Hoppe.
- Dave McNary
The Shave tells of an Lapd officer cleared of murdering a high school student who visits the boy’s father and gets a wet shave while he relates his version of events.
Maiden Voyage’s Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus serve as producers with Route One CEO Russell Levine (pictured), Lost City’s John Finemore and Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen of Mxn Entertainment.
The slate includes »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ellen Page has said that she would "love" to do a spin-off Kitty Pryde movie from the X-Men franchise.
The 28-year-old, who won't reprise her role of the mutant with the ability to phase through objects in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, admitted that she doesn't know of the character's future.
When asked by a reporter at the Rome Film Festival about Pryde's future, Page said: "Sadly I have no information for you," adding: "Would I be utterly delighted to continue to play Kitty Pryde - yes."
After the suggestion of a solo movie, Page admitted: "I would love to."
X-Men Apocalypse: Everything you need to know including cast, spoilers, trailer, release date and more
It was recently reported that Page is in talks to appear in a Flatliners remake.
The actress will next be seen in Freeheld, »
It’s been said time and again that major changes in the law and society can actually begin with one person,… or two. You know how just a pebble can gather momentum and bring about an avalanche that can alter the landscape. This new feature film docudrama tells such a story. Its subject is one still discussed, especially with the presidential campaigns starting so very early. The story begins just ten years ago, not that long before the sweeping changes concerning marriage which lead to equality throughout these united states. But at this time there were only “civil unions” which we often denied same-sex couples the rights that straight couples took for granted. Yes, this film is based on a true story, one that has been brought to the screen before, as a documentary short subject back in 2007. And it won an Oscar, too! The new dramatic adaptation shares its »
- Jim Batts
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