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19 items from 2016


Scanbox Set To Expand Focus On Production, Local Fare & TV Drama

6 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After switching its focus from home entertainment to digital and theatrical distribution, Scanbox is now aiming to dive deeper into co-production and strike the right balance between upscale local movies and prestige pics.

Created in 1980, the shingle has gone through a radical strategy shift over the last two years: Although it hasn’t given up on DVD, it’s shut down its DVD facility and now relies on a third-party provider. Today, the company’s DVD business reps only about 20% of its income, whereas theatrical and VOD bring in half of it. With offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Göteborg and Helsinki, Scanbox handles approximately 20 theatrical releases per year.

Steering away from genre pics which fed its home entertainment pipeline, Scanbox has been packing up on high-profile U.S. releases such as Quentin Tarantino´s “Hateful 8” or English-language pics that can play to a sophisticated and/or mature audience like “Woman in Gold” with Helen Mirren, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Adds Bella Heathcote as Christian Grey’s Ex

5 February 2016 10:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bella Heathcote has been tapped to play Christian Grey’s former lover Leila in Universal’s sequel “Fifty Shades Darker,” sources confirmed for Variety.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning to reprise their roles of Anastasia Steele and Grey, respectively, with James Foley taking over directing reins.

Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also returning to the cast, with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing along with James and Marcus Viscidi. Niall Leonard and “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James are penning the script.

Universal is planning to shoot “Fifty Shades Darker” and the final pic, “Fifty Shades Freed,” back-to-back, with “Darker” set to bow Feb. 10, 2017.

The first installment in the series was a massive hit, grossing $560 million worldwide, including $166 million domestically. Heathcote can currently be seen in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opposite Lily James and Sam Riley. She’s also in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon, »

- Justin Kroll

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Nicolas Winding Refn Clarifies Reports That He Shot 'The Neon Demon' At 60fps

5 February 2016 6:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year, as production got underway on Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming "The Neon Demon," Jena Malone posted a picture from the set that got fans of the director talking. It was a seemingly innocent shot of a clapperboard, except that it noted a framerate of 60fps. Speculation immediately started that Refn was following in the footsteps of Peter Jackson and James Cameron in creating hyper-real imagery for his horror picture, but it seems everything was a bit overblown. Read More: Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'The Act Of Seeing,' Why There's No Sex In His Films, 'The Neon Demon,' And More During a Q&A last fall, the director was asked about the frame rate, and he explained what is being used for. “This is why I love the internet. I have no idea where that came from. But someone did show me a picture of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Wants To Make "A Big Extravagant Action Film" With 'The Avenging Silence'

2 February 2016 8:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nicolas Winding Refn is an expert at being coy. When it was announced last week that he was working with Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall," "Spectre") on an Asia-set action thriller, the general assumption was that it was his long-brewing "The Avenging Silence." It's safe to say that it is, but when asked directly by Deadline if it was that project, Refn of course did a little dance around completely confirming it. "Well, I think it may very well be. But it’s always fun to suddenly change things around," he said. Read More: Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'The Act Of Seeing', Why There's No Sex In His Films, 'The Neon Demon,' And More Okay, I'm just going to go ahead and assume the Purvis/Wade project is "The Avenging Silence," and hearing Refn describe the movie, it sounds »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nic Winding Refn On Why Screen Size Doesn’t Matter, Alter Egos & Upcoming Films

2 February 2016 5:21 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Watching movies is “like sex — there are many different ways of doing it, but it’s always fun.” That’s Nicolas Winding Refn speaking at the recent launch of the online My French Film Festival in Paris. The Drive and Only God Forgives helmer is presiding over the jury for the month-long digital fest which fits right in his wheelhouse. “I think it’s strange that we are still defining cinema based on an auditorium, because to be really frank, none of us lived through the… »

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Nicolas Winding Refn teaming with Bond screenwriters for action thriller

2 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Nicolas Winding Refn is to team up with Skyfall and Spectre screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for a new film which “will have an Asian setting with both thriller and action elements.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Refn will direct the project, as well as producing through his Space Rocket Nation company.

Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon is set for release later this year and stars Elle Fanning as an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.” Also featuring in the cast are Christina Hendricks (Drive), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick). »

- Gary Collinson

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Bond Writers, Liam Neeson is Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘The Commuter,’ and More

1 February 2016 12:41 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We’re still all awaiting Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated female-centric horror thriller The Neon Demon with bated breath, but he’s already gearing up for his next movie, which will reportedly have an Asian setting, and feature action and thriller elements. Details are skim, but it’s also been reported that Refn will be teaming up with the primary screenwriters of the last five James Bond films – Neal Purvis and Robert wade. Who knows? Maybe this could just be the ramp-up to an announcement that this will be the next Bond film, or it could be his long-rumored The Avenging Silence.

After last year’s frenetic Run All Night, star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are already reuniting for another movie – their fourth collaboration. Collet-Serra will begin work on The Commuter, an action thriller following a businessman who becomes tangled in a criminal conspiracy on his daily commute, »

- Michael Snydel

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Nicolas Winding Refn & Bond scribes teaming for action thriller set in Asia

1 February 2016 7:12 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Deadline has learned that James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will pen the script for a new movie from Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn. The duo have writing credits on six Bond flicks, including all four of the Daniel Craig-led entries in the 007 franchise. Little is known about the project, however it's being described as an Asian-set action thriller, which has led... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With ‘Spectre’ Writers for What May or May Not Be ‘The Avenging Silence’

29 January 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Having just completed The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn is preparing to dive headfirst into his next new movie. He’s set to team with Spectre and Skyfall scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for an Asia-set action-thriller, which may or may not be his previously mentioned project The Avenging Silence.  Deadline broke the news. Refn is developing and producing the movie with Lene […]

The post Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With ‘Spectre’ Writers for What May or May Not Be ‘The Avenging Silence’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Bond Writers For Asian-Set Action Thriller, Could This Be 'The Avenging Silence'?

29 January 2016 1:19 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For quite a while now, Nicolas Winding Refn has been talking about "The Avenging Silence," a Tokyo-set movie that would feature a protagonist not unlike the ones played by Mads Mikkelsen in "Valhalla Rising" and Ryan Gosling in "Drive" — a stoic, silent, singularly driven character. And while he has been tight-lipped about any plot details, last summer he revealed that the script was in the works, and added, "I would love to do like a spy movie, something like that." So bear in that mind with this latest development. Read More: Watch A 1-Hour Talk With Nicolas Winding Refn About His Book 'The Act Of Seeing' Deadline reports that writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade — James Bond franchise veterans who have put their pen to six 007 movies including "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall," and "Spectre" — are working with Refn on a project that "will have an Asian »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teaming With James Bond Scribes Purvis & Wade On New Project

29 January 2016 12:16 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Nicolas Winding Refn is teaming with James Bond scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade on a new feature project that the Danish filmmaker will direct. It is still early days, and details are being kept under wraps about the plot other than it will have an Asian setting with both thriller and action elements. Winding Refn is developing and producing the project with his longtime partner Lene Borglum through their Space Rocket Nation banner. Collaborating with… »

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"Drive" Director, Bond Scribes Team Up

29 January 2016 10:11 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Drive" and "Only God Forgives" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn will team with regular James Bond film scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for a new film Refn will direct.

All that's known about the plot is that it will involve an Asian setting and have both thriller and action elements. The project is in very early stages at this point.

Winding Refn is developing and producing the project with Lene Borglum through their Space Rocket Nation company. His latest feature, "The Neon Demon," is due to open later this year and he's producing the "Maniac Cop" remake which begins shooting this Summer.

Refn, Purvis and Wade remain attached to the "Barbarella" TV series adaptation currently setup at Amazon Studios.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Seeking the future of cinema by Richard Mowe

19 January 2016 6:59 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Nicholas Winding Refn: “This initiative gives young people in particular the chance to see films and understand that film is a futuristic language.” Photo: Richard Mowe

Should the film industry really be encouraging people to watch films on their mobiles, tablets and computer screens rather than experiencing them, initially at least, in cinemas?

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) declared in Paris that he has no inhibitions about how film fans consume cinema. “There are as many variations in watching movies as there are sexual positions,” he posited rather controversially.

Isabelle Giordano (Unifrance director general): The philosophy behind the event is to give a new lease of life to titles that may not have had adequate exposure through conventional channels Photo: Richard Mowe

He heads the film-makers’ jury for the Unifrance initiative MyFrenchFilmFestival which was launched at a shindig in the Eiffel Tower as part of »

- Richard Mowe

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Icon Film Distribution appoints publicity manager

19 January 2016 1:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Icon Film Distribution appoints Will Taylor from Organic.

Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) has appointed Will Taylor, formerly of Organic, as publicity manager with immediate effect.

At Organic, which won PR Team of the Year at the Screen Awards 2015, Taylor oversaw offline and online campaigns for Amy, It Follows and unit publicity for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

Other titles he worked on include Paddington, Palio and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Ifd’s slate for 2016 includes The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer; Miles Ahead directed by and starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Shane Black’s The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger and Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Podcast: Welcome To HumanSide - Lady Snowblood And Nicolas Winding Refn On The Act Of Seeing

18 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

HumanSide is a new bimonthly podcast on TwitchFilm dedicated to exploring the human side of popular culture. Our first episode explores the reasoning behind HumanSide, a look at the Criterion Collection's recent release of The Lady Snowblood Collection and an interview we conducted at last year's Fantastic Fest with Nicolas Winding Refn about his new book on Fab Press, The Act of Seeing.  ...

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UniFrance Unveils Lineup Of Nicolas Refn-Presided MyFrenchFilmFestival

17 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

UniFrance has upped the ante for the sixth edition of its online festival MyFrenchFilmFestival, expanding the fest’s global reach with more partners and movies.

The prestigious launch was hosted at the Eiffel Tower before a crowd of filmmakers, actors, French industryites and international journos.

In attendance was Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “Only God Forgives”), who is presiding the filmmakers jury, along with his fellow members Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”), Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”) and Valérie Donzelli (“Marguerite and Julien”).

“My FrenchFilmFestival gives young people the opportunity to see the films and understand film is a futuristic language,” said Refn on stage.

Aiming to editorialize the film offer and help viewers navigate through the array of movies, UniFrance broke it down by theme: French Kiss, In your Face, Paris Comedies and Crime Scene.

The competition roster is made up of Jérôme Bonnell »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Nicolas Winding Refn Kicks Off “Futuristic” Online French Film Festival

17 January 2016 2:40 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

French film export body Unifrance launched the 6th edition of its My French Film Festival this evening in Paris, unveiling the titles that comprise the lineup for the online-only competition. Jury president Nicolas Winding Refn was in attendance on the first level of the Eiffel Tower where he said he loved the concept of the festival because, “I’m the kind of person who thinks the internet is the greatest thing ever, since the woman.” My French Film Festival is a now… »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #16. Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

13 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Neon Demon

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writers: Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn

Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, who has since attained cult status thanks to the success of 2011’s Drive (which snagged a Best Director award at Cannes), struck divisive chords with his 2013 follow-up Only God Forgives, which was booed at Cannes and resulted in a documentary about the experience the following year from Refn’s wife, Liv Corfixen (My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn). In a response to critiques of misogyny in his narratives, Refn returns with the Los Angeles set The Neon Demon, a femme centric horror film written by Mary Laws and co-financed by Wild Bunch and Gaumont (explaining its eligibility for our foreign films list). Starring a notable cast consisting of Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves and Refn favorite Christina Hendricks, the director describes it as a ‘horror film about vicious beauty,’ concerning »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cinelinx's Most Anticipated Films of 2016

4 January 2016 12:54 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

After enjoying a little break time, the Cinelinx crew is back to ring in the New Year with a look ahead to some of our most anticipated films of 2016, and why you should be excited as well.  Come inside to check out our lists and add your own!  

The start of a new year is always filled with promise.  While not every film we're looking forward to seeing will be the success we had hoped, we can look ahead with nothing but optimism and hope.  As such, a few members on our team decided to break down the films they're most looking forward to seeing throughout the year and corssing their fingers for: 

Jordan:  My 2015 in movies was pretty amazing, with the return of my beloved franchises and some impressive storytelling.  While I had been looking forward to 2015 in movies for a while, 2016 is shaping up to be even more impressive. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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