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Top 10: Indie Queens of 2007

29 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Yesterday’s Top Ten (Foreign Femme Fatales of 2007) saw a fine selection of international thesps that dominated the silver screen in some form or another, today's 10 focuses on those who had their talents featured in mostly American independent films. Enjoy! 10: Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac (girls of Super Bad) The real girls of the Greg Mottola comedy are just one of the many charms of Super Bad. MacIsaac is a television actress who made her big screen break with this vechicle, while Emma Stone also comes from the TV background and has Peter Wolf’s I Know What Boys Like and Peter Cattaneo’s The Rocker coming out in 2008.  9. Sienna Miller2007: Like a fine whisky, she keeps getting better with age and is getting tons of work sent her way. She definitely caught our attention with Interview and had a studio part in Stardust.   2008: We should »

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MEDIA funds Future slate

31 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London- and L.A.-based financier and production banner Future Films has boosted its current development slate with a cash injection of €150,000 ($216,000) from European Union funding body the MEDIA Program.

Future Films chief Stephen Margolis said the cash injection will be used to bolster in-house development at the finance and production house.

"With our new development cash, we are now able to finance and convert more projects developed in-house with a much greater degree of direct, practical involvement from the start," Margolis said.

Six projects are in line for a development boost using the MEDIA cash from Future's slate.

"Nursery" is being developed with director Michael Radford ("Flawless") from an original screenplay by novelist Chris Wooding. The story focuses on a young couple who move into a beautiful but eerie house during the wife's pregnancy. She soon discovers her unborn child's life is at risk.

Two-time Palme d'Or winner Bille August ("Goodbye Bafana") is developing "Burden of Desire" with writer Robert MacNeil. Future is developing MacNeil's love triangle project in partnership with Capri Films, Sweden's Moviola and Nordisk of Denmark. »

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Cronenberg's 'Promises' to open San Seb

8 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- A pair of thrillers from two internationally acclaimed directors, David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" and Michael Radford's "Flawless", will bookend the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, festival organizers announced Tuesday.

Cronenberg's "Promises", his follow-up to "A History of Violence", will open the festival's main competition. Set in London's organized crime world, "Promises'" tale of a Mafioso and an innocent but determined woman stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.

"Flawless", starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine, will close the festival in an out of competition slot. Radford's heist pic centers on the attempted robbery of the world's biggest diamond corporation.

Natural history documentary "Earth", from the makers of the documentary hit "Deep Blue" (BBC and Germany's Greenlight Media), will screen out of competition as part of San Sebastian's Official Section.

Directed by Alasair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the film follows the seasonal migration of certain animals, highlighting contrasts between different parts of the planet. Lionsgate holds U.S., U.K. and Australian rights.

Previously announced out of competition title "The Inner Life of Martin Frost", directed by jury member and novelist Paul Auster, will screen in the festival's Official Section. »

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Film Dept. in business with 'Lorelei'

14 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- In its first announced acquisition, Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's new indie production outfit the Film Department has nabbed Chloe King's script "Lorelei" and will produce the film with Sandbar Pictures.

The darkly comic drama tells the story of an embattled New York divorced couple who learn that the only way to save their ill daughter is to have another child together. Sandbar's Greg Little and Lizzie Friedman, Film Department CEO Gill, King and Robert Katz will produce the project. Film Department COO Sacker will executive produce.

" 'Lorelei' is an extraordinary story that confounds expectations at every turn," Gill said. "It's dramatic, very funny, full of conflict, stunningly authentic and in the end enormously satisfying."

King's credits include "Poison Ivy II" for New Line Cinema and "B. Monkey" (with Michael Radford and Michael Thomas) for Miramax Films.

The Film Department launched June 28 with $200 million in initial capital and a goal to produce six star-driven mainstream genre films a year, each budgeted in the $10 million-$35 million range. »

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