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Exclusive: Protagonist concludes deals on Rebecca Miller comedy, which was sold to Sony at Toronto.
Protagonist Pictures has concluded global deals on Rebecca Miller’s comedy Maggie’s Plan, which was scooped up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) for North America, UK, Australia/Nz, Spain, Italy, Latin America, Scandinavia and South Africa during the Toronto International Film Festival last month.
Other deals to have closed on the film include Germany (Mfa), France (Diaphana), Japan (Shochiku), Korea (Aud) and airlines(Cinesky).
In further deals, the film has been acquired for Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Portugal (Lusomundo), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), former Yugoslavia (McF), Czech/Slovak Republic (CinemArt) and Turkey (Bir Film).
Other agreements were secured for the Middle East (Front Row Entertainment), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), India (PVR), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Taiwan (Cai), Malaysia (Tanweer), Benelux (Imagine), Israel (Lev/Shani), Poland (Best Film), the Baltics (Hea Film) and eastern European TV (HBO).
Written and directed by Miller (Personal Velocity) from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Live from New York!
Directed By Bao Nguyen
Many successful comedians and comics are incubated in nurturing, yet deeply competitive environments. The various comedy clubs on the East and West coast of the Us spawned many of the post-war titans, such as Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and George Carlin, bathing them in the blood of occasionally hostile, alcohol-fueled, combative audiences. In the UK, since the 1970’s both the Oxford and Cambridge performing arts groups have produced class-connected troupes and entities as diverse as Monty Python, Fry & Laurie, The It Crowd, Peep Show, and even John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, a solid grounding which would often lead to high profile series and sitcoms on UK terrestrial television.
Yahoo added a new family-friendly comedy series to its slate with the support of American automaker Chevrolet. The two companies partnered to create the series Going There with Ana Gasteyer, hosted by the titular actress and former Saturday Night Live member.
Produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content studio, Going There with Ana Gasteyer debuted its first episode on September 30, 2015 on Yahoo. All nine episodes of the Yahoo series take place in Chevy’s Traverse mid-size SUV model. In each episode, Gasteyer invites various celebrity friends (like former SNL pal Maya Rudolph and The Office’s Jenna Fischer) to run errands with her and discuss the comedic and crazy lives they lead as parents and individuals in the entertainment industry. Gasteyer produces Going There alongside DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, while Libby Silverman and Blue Ribbon's Zoe Friedman created the series.
“I wanted to »
- Bree Brouwer
The coming-of-age genre has taken a few steps back since the 80’s. Studios aren’t putting the same amount of money into the genre as they used to. So, the genre has slowly drifted into indie territory. This is viewed as a bad thing, but my natural dissenting attitude disagrees. In fact, this is better for the genre. As an indie, there’s total creative control, there won’t be a suit saying to make it more generic or broad, as it’s easier to sell overseas. It’s just the filmmaker, their cast, and crew all collaborating on making the best possible product. Afterward, they can enter the film into Sundance, receive some positive buzz, then sell the movie to a distributor like Fox Searchlight. Just like what happened with The Way Way Back.
Our story follows awkward teen Duncan (Liam James) who is spending the summer with his »
- Alex Kuhn
It might have surprised you that Angry Birds managed a movie, or it might not have surprised you at all, but the crew assembled for this curious, based-on-an-app-game effort is a little surprising, even for those too jaded to bat an eye at this money grab.
It’s a cast that would make you think you’re in for something amazing, but the trailer doesn’t exactly flesh out what it is that makes these birds so angry, except that Red (Jason Sudeikis) seems to have stumbled out of Inside Out.
It’s bound to make a ton of money (and have virtually nothing to do with the game), but the general irritation at film adaptations just for the sake of raking in dough could win out if this one doesn’t give us a lot more info in a hurry.
Check it out, and let us know what you think. »
- Marc Eastman
Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.
Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.
Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Why are the Angry Birds so angry? We find out in the new trailer for the animated movie version of the popular game. Watch the first trailer for Angry Birds with a voice cast that includes Jason Sukeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Latin singing sensation Romeo Santos and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla).
- email@example.com (Super User)
See Also: Watch the trailer for Sisters here
Sisters is set for release on on December 18th in the States and on March 11th 2016 in the UK, with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directing a cast that also includes Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Rachel Dratch (30 Rock), Madison Davenport (Noah), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can) and Bobby Moynihan (Inside Out).
- Gary Collinson
The distributor has snapped up North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Cis, Hungary, Romania, China and various other Asian territories to Rebecca Miller’s recent Toronto world premiere.
Miller directed the comedy from her own screenplay based on a story by Karen Rinaldi. The film will screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival.
Spc brokered the deal with CAA and Cinetic Media for the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.
Rachael Horovitz, Damon Cardasis and Miller produce while Philip Stephenson and Temple Williams of Freedom Media, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Alexandra Kerry of Locomotive, Michael J Mailis and Susan Wrubel of Hyperion Media are »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Opening on December 18, check out the trailer for the upcoming comedy.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach (Meet the Parents series) and John S. Lyons (Austin Powers in Goldmember), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock).
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Angry Birds" movie, which is based on the popular Rovio game and has a voice cast comprised of Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Kate McKinnon, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key and Peter Dinklage. Check it out below. In the movie, flightless birds are peace-loving, naive and mellow citizens of a tropical island. But when the pigs arrive and seek to dupe the birds, those birds stop being mellow and become angry. "The question we get asked more than any other is 'Why are the birds so angry?" said producer John Cohen. "This movie is going to be the origin story of how that conflict came to exist." The film is set to hit theaters on May 20th, 2016. Trailer: »
No joke. This is a real movie.
The first trailer for the unfortunate iPhone game adaptation, Angry Birds, was released on Wednesday and showed us that culture may truly be on the decline. The film features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage.
The synopsis is as follows:
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride – This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. »
- Zach Dennis
Remember those days when everyone you knew with a smart phone was playing Angry Birds all day and all night? It was one of the first mobile games to truly conquer all corners of the market -- from little kids to grown adults, if you weren't already addicted to Angry Birds then why even exist? Then, like things always do, we moved on to other feverishly addictive games -- but the appetite for Angry Birds was still there, so much so that a movie was announced. Due out on May 20, 2016, Angry Birds features a voice cast stuffed with some very, very funny people, including Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Jillian Bell, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale and Josh Gad. And now we've got...
- Erik Davis
The upcoming film features a flock of voices including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, with Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos and Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla).
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. »
- Michelle McCue
It was inevitable that one day we'd get an Angry Birds movie. What started as a fun puzzler on your phone has grown into a whole empire that dominates mobile gaming, has all manner of merchandise and a boasts a loyal army of followers that are completely addicted to smashing those green piggies. Now, Rovio have teamed up with Sony in the next step of their bid for world domination to bring us the first in potentially a long series of Angry Birds movies for the kids. the trailer has finally landed for this one and it surprisingly looks a lot funnier than any of us here were expecting. With an impressive voice cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Danny McBride, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, the story focuses on a tiny island populated by flightless birds, who for the most part are a happy-go-lucky bunch. When some mysterious pigs arrive though, »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Our first look at The Angry Birds Movie trailer begs to answer the eternal question: Why are our fine feathered friends so angry?
On a remote island filled with happy, flightless birds, a cast of outsiders including Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), Bomb (voiced by Danny McBride), and Chuck (Josh Gad) find themselves on the outskirts of society as perpetually unhappy and downright angry birds. When a mysterious ship of neon green pigs led by Leonard (voiced by Bill Hader) comes ashore, it’s up to the angry outcasts to figure out what these piggies are plotting for the peaceful island paradise.
Put down your Angry Birds game and check out the teaser trailer now: »
- Rachel West
Sony, Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment have released the first trailer for “The Angry Birds Movie,” which boasts an all-star voice cast. Due next summer, the animated film features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Peter Dinklage and Bill Hader. Based on the popular mobile game, the “Angry Birds” movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gad) and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when. »
- Jeff Sneider
When the Angry Birds movie was first announced, it was hard to imagine the cast list would be such a who's who (that's not an owl joke) of Hollywood comedians. Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Keegan-Michael Key, Ike Barinholtz, and Peter Dinklage are all lending their voices to the movie, based on the wildly popular mobile game. This teaser introduces the birds and their piggish foes, and it's a good look at how this movie is actually going to function as a standalone film, rather than just being a big way to capitalize on the success of the game - though it's definitely that, too. The movie is due out on May 20 of next year. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The popular app game Angry Birds will go from tablet-sized touchscreens to the big screen in May 2016 with a 3D animated film featuring the game's colorful cast of characters. In the first trailer for Angry Birds: The Movie, it's revealed how the titular heroes get their name: The flightless flock is enrolled in anger management classes to keep their tempers under control. The preview also shows the game's antagonists the Green Pigs invading the birds' island home.
"We're going to be working on managing our anger through movement!" Oh boy, here we go. Have you ever sat there and wondered - why are all the angry birds so angry? No, you haven't? That isn't the most pressing question going through your mind every single day? Well, too bad, because next summer Sony is going to release The Angry Birds Movie, a CG-animated movie about the Angry Birds the finally answers the question of "why are the birds so angry?" And a few other stories, too. The voice cast in this includes Jason Sudeikis as Red, along with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and others. This is pretty much following in the Minions' footsteps, but with Angry Birds instead. Here's the first official trailer for Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly's Angry Birds movies, direct from YouTube: The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, »
- Alex Billington
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