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EuropaCorp Buys Domestic Rights to ‘The Circle’ With Emma Watson, Tom Hanks (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp has acquired the domestic distribution rights to “The Circle,” an upcoming thriller featuring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, Variety has learned.

A theatrical release date is still being weighed. James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. John Boyega, who recently headlined “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” rounds out a cast that includes comic Patton Oswalt and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane.

The story centers on a young woman (Watson) who joins a social media company. After getting pressured by the company’s founder (Hanks) to step in front of the camera, she attracts a vast group of followers and finds her identity threatened by her brush with the spotlight. Dave Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) wrote the book that inspired the movie.

Hanks next appears in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” a biopic about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who landed a troubled aircraft on the Hudson River,
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Alchemy votes for 'The Runner'

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Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.

Austin Stark directed The Runner, about an ideaological politician who confronts hard truths about his dysfunctional life.

Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda round out the key cast.

Alchemy plans to release The Runner later this year.

Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson and Chris Papavasiliou produced, while the executive producer roster includes Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer and Todd Cohen.

Alchemy vp of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the North American deal with Wme Global and Alan Sacks of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC. Fortitude International handles international sales.

BBC Worldwide North America will present the worldwide theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends from documentarian Hubert Sauper at the IFC Center in New York on August
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Nicolas Cage’s Political Drama ‘The Runner’ Bought by Alchemy

Nicolas Cage’s Political Drama ‘The Runner’ Bought by Alchemy
Alchemy has acquired all North American rights to Nicolas Cage’s political drama “The Runner” for release later this year.

The Runner,” written and directed by Austin Stark, co-stars Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda. Cage stars as an idealistic but flawed politician forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal in the aftermath of 2010’s British Petroleum oil spill.

Producers are Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson, and Chris Papavasiliou. Exec producers are Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer, and Todd Cohen.

Stark is a partner at Paper Street Films (“Infinitely Polar Bear”). “The Runner” marks Stark’s writing and directorial debut.

Cage is currently filming Larry Charles’ “Army of One.” He’s represented by CAA, Mike Nilon at Klwgn, and Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott.

Alchemy’s
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Directors’ Fortnight title 'Kung Fury' gets distribution

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Directors’ Fortnight title 'Kung Fury' gets distribution
Homage to 1980s action films gets VoD deal.

Wacky 30-minute Directors Fortnight entry Kung Fury, which raised more than $600,000 through Kickstarter, will be distributed by VoD distributor Under the Milky Way.

Swedish writer-director David Sandberg’s kitsch 1980’s homage includes Nazis, Norse gods, dinosaurs and a theme song performed by David Hasselhoff.

Since its launch on Youtube, the trailer for the film has reached almost 10 million views.

A homage to 1980’s martial arts and police action films, Kung Fury centres on a Miami Police Department Detective and martial artist Kung Fury, who travels backin time from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler (aka Kung Führer), and avenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. A time machine error sends him further back to the Viking Age.

The soundtrack was composed by Swedish electronica artists Lost Years and Mitch Murder.

Under The Milky Way is set to release the film
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Alicia Vikander Joins Tom Hanks in 'The Circle'

Alicia Vikander Joins Tom Hanks in 'The Circle'
Image Nation Abu Dhabi announced a deal to fully finance James Ponsoldt's upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. Im Global are handling international sales on the film and will be repping it at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Us rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.

The feature adaptation of The Circle, has been written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and James Ponsoldt. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) will star alongside . Three other major roles are currently out to casting and will be announced shortly. Shooting on The Circle will start August 2015 in California.

Dave Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman who
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Cannes: Tom Hanks Thriller ‘The Circle’ Gets Financing from Image Nation

Cannes: Tom Hanks Thriller ‘The Circle’ Gets Financing from Image Nation
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has come on board to fully finance the Tom Hanks thriller “The Circle.” “The Spectacular Now” director James Ponsoldt is helming the adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel.

Im Global is handling international sales on the film, which will be shopped at Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA will jointly rep U.S. rights.

The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. Hanks, Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and Ponsoldt will produce.

Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) will also star alongside Hanks, with shooting starting this August in California.

Eggers’ novel focuses on a young woman who’s hired for a big job in an online monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The novel turns into a thriller about the perils of life in
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Film Review: ‘Breaking a Monster’

Film Review: ‘Breaking a Monster’
Speed-metal band Unlocking the Truth have attracted a fair amount of attention (without releasing an album yet) by virtue of their novelty as three very young African-American lads playing a musical form whose audience is almost entirely white. Shot when the trio was just entering adolescence, “Breaking a Monster” charts a few hectic months when they went from being You Tube phenoms to clients of a 70-year-old industry manager who gets them a contract with megacorporation Sony Entertainment. What makes Luke Meyer’s documentary interesting isn’t so much the music or even the incipient stardom, but rather the push-pull between high-stakes biz pressure and subjects who — being 13 years old or so — hardly have the attention spans for the drudgery and minutiae a “career” requires. Beyond fest play, the pic’s prospects are likely to be modest until (and if) the band has a commercial breakthrough.

Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist
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Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Locks Financing with Imax, Broad Green

Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Locks Financing with Imax, Broad Green
Imax and Broad Green Pictures have joined Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Terrence Malick’s long-anticipated “Voyage of Time.”

Under the deal, Broad Green will have the first opportunity to distribute “Voyage of Time” in North America following the exclusive Imax release.

The move by Broad Green, a distributor launched last summer by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, follows the acquisitions of Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” last week at Sundance and several titles at Toronto including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield.

The Hammond brothers will also executive produce “Voyage of Time,” joining more than a dozen other exec producers including Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jacques Perrin, Ryan Rettig, Donald Rosenfeld, Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and Sophokles Tasioulis.

The deal was announced with Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” starring Christian Bale,
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The Apprentice 2014: episode 10 live blog – as it happened

Last week they had 10 items to buy and a grand to spend – and Felipe got the chop in what felt like the dodgiest of decisions. What did this week do for Julia Raeside’s stress levels?

10.00pm GMT

So I guess I’ll see you here next week at the usual time for scary Claude and the rest of them, ripping the contestants to shreds, blood everywhere, dumbfounded candidates quaking in fear. The best bit, basically. Huzzah! See you next week.

9.59pm GMT

Oh god though, no more tasks. I feel so free!

9.58pm GMT

Roisin is incredulous when just Mark comes back. He fills the final other four in that what I basically just said is true. From now on it’s jazz-hands all the way. Next week it’s the scary interviews. We’re nearly there!

9.57pm GMT

Mark is safe. Sanjay and Katie are gone. And the game should stop here.
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Eighth Grade Heavy Metal Band Snags Million-Dollar Record Contract with Sony

Eighth Grade Heavy Metal Band Snags Million-Dollar Record Contract with Sony
When you think of the average eighth-grader from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, you probably aren't thinking of Unlocking the Truth. And that's to their advantage. The three boys - guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13; bassist Alec Atkins, 13; and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12 - play heavy metal, a genre choice that places them at odds with their peers, though it's working to their advantage: The group just signed a record contract with Sony that's potentially worth up to $1.7 million. The group's profile grew steadily over the past year: A video of them busking in Manhattan (their music decidedly against the grain of typical street musicians) went viral,
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Freestyle Releasing Acquires Lindsay Lohan-Michelle Rodriguez Anthology 'InAPPropriate Comedy'

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Freestyle Releasing Acquires Lindsay Lohan-Michelle Rodriguez Anthology 'InAPPropriate Comedy'
The infamous omnibus film “InAPProproate Comedy” — the brainchild of “ShamWow!” impresario Vince Offer — will get a theatrical release courtesy of Freestyle Releasing, which has picked up North American rights to the project. The company will also release the film on DVD and VOD through its Freestyle Digital Media. Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Rob Schneider and Adrien Brody are the most high-profile stars that appear in the series of sketches that make up the film. Offer directed and co-wrote the script with Ari Shaffir and Ken Pringle. Robert B. Shapiro produced along with Ken Pringle for Square One Entertainment. "'InAPPropriate Comedy' totally delivers to the 'Jackass' and 'Borat' audience," said Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson, who negotiated the deal with Hal Sadoff and attorneys Andrew Hurwitz and Alan Sacks of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. "We are also delighted to be...
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Andrew Hurwitz Joins Entertainment Law Firm Frankfurt Kurnit

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Andrew Hurwitz, a name partner at the New York law firm Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz, has joined the competing firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz as a partner in its entertainment group. The independent film dealmaker is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown's law school had been with Schreck Rose since 2007. Hurwitz's Schreck Rose colleague Alan Sacks also joined Frankfurt Kumit. Recruiting Hurwitz and Sacks is a coup for Frankfurst Kurnit, especially with the Sundance Film Festival about to open. Hurwitz is known as an expert in financing and distribution. His clients
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Nick Jonas Gets a Piano and Ping-Pong Table on 17th Birthday

Spending his 17th birthday on Wednesday, September 16 working on "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam", Nick Jonas received a Kettler ping-pong table from the film's crew and cast. "Nick is a sports fanatic and what he loves to do on tour besides Wiffle Ball, and softball is ping-pong," said the film's producer Alan Sacks of the present. "He's a ping-pong whiz!"

Nick's family, meanwhile, got him a piano, on which he wrote song about his diagnosis with diabetes. The piano was originally located at a hotel in Halliburton, Ontario, where the Jonas Brothers filmed "Camp Rock".

"It's actually the piano I wrote 'A Little Bit Longer' on. It's definitely got a special meaning for me," the birthday boy revealed to People. "I originally wanted to get a plaque just to put on the piano when I got there saying that I wrote the song on, but the family just decided to get it for me.
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Nick Jonas Celebrates 17th Birthday With Family on 'Camp Rock 2' Set

Nick Jonas has turned 17 on Wednesday, September 16. Since he is busy filming "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam", the singer/actor had to celebrate his birthday on the set of the upcoming movie. When his entire family, including his youngest brother Frankie Jonas, gathered on the film's set, they were joined by the cast and crew to sing "Happy Birthday" and present him with a light blue vanilla cake with cream filling.

Asked about how he feels to be 17 years old, Nick told People, "It's exciting. I feel 24 hours different than when I was 16." As for his tight schedule that forced him to celebrate his special day with simple bash, the younger brother of Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas claimed, "I tend to keep things low key for my birthdays in general." He then added, "It's so much attention that it can be a bit overwhelming. But it's nice when people do things to celebrate.
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What Did Nick Jonas Get for His 17th Birthday?

For Nick Jonas, what a difference a day makes. "It's exciting," Jonas told People on the set of Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam about turning 17 on Wednesday. "I feel 24 hours different than when I was 16." Busy working on The Disney Channel movie sequel, the singer did not have time for an extravagant party, but says that's the way he likes it. "I tend to keep things low key for my birthdays in general," he said. "It's so much attention that it can be a bit overwhelming. But it's nice when people do things to celebrate. I have tonight off and
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Slideshow: 13-Image Gallery For ‘Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience’

Chicago – This 13-image slideshow contains the official press images for the Disney production of “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” featuring the music of Joe, Kevin, and Nick Jonas, aka The Jonas Brothers. The film opens on Friday, February 27th, 2009.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited on their captions and courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jonas_01: Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas (center), with Scott Sakamoto (extreme right). Ph: Sam Emerson

Jonas_02: Kevin Jonas, John Taylor, Nick Jonas, Greg “Garbo” Garbowsky, Joe Jonas, Ryan Liestman. Ph: Barry Wetcher,Smpsp

Jonas_03: Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas. Ph: Frank Masi,Smpsp

Jonas_04: Alan Sacks, Scott Sakamoto, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Art Repola, Bruce Hendricks (seated).Ph: Sam Emerson

Jonas_05: Nick Jonas,
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Final One Sheet for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

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The final one sheet poster has been revealed by Walt Disney Pictures for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience set to debut in theaters February 27!

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Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience  (In Disney Digital 3-DÂ.)                

Walt Disney Pictures

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Genre:                                      Rockumentary

Rating:                                      G

Release Date:                            February 27, 2009

 

Cast:                                         Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Director:                                    Bruce Hendricks            

Producers:                                Art Repola, Johnny Wright, Philip McIntyre, Kevin Jonas Sr., Alan Sacks

The Jonas Brothers head to the big screenÂ.in Disney Digital 3-DÂ.Â.in a high-energy Walt Disney Pictures rockumentary feature film event from director Bruce Hendricks (Â.Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds ConcertÂ.). The film blends excerpts from the BrothersÂ. red-hot Â.Burning UpÂ. Read more
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2009 Walt Disney Pictures Preview: ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic,’ ‘Up,’ ‘The Proposal,’ ‘Surrogates,’ ‘Old Dogs,’ More

Chicago – This 11-image slideshow contains official press images and schedule information for the recently announced slate of films to be released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2009 including new films starring Isla Fisher, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, John Travolta, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Duhamel, and the newest Pixar film.

These 2009 Walt Disney Pictures include “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Hannah Montana The Movie,” “earth,” “Up,” “The Proposal,” “G-Force,” “When in Rome,” “Surrogates,” “Toy Story in Disney Digital 3-D,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Old Dogs,” and “The Princess and the Frog”. Not all films have images released, but release details and dates were announced for the entire 2009 slate.

The release dates, cast lists, and filmmaker information for these Walt Disney Pictures films can be found below in chronological order, followed by a slideshow of available images.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Cast: Isla Fisher,
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Jonas Brothers in 3-D Disney feature

Jonas Brothers in 3-D Disney feature
Jonas Brothers are returning to the 3-D arena, this time headlining a digital feature for Disney that will include footage from their upcoming Burning Up concert tour.

The three siblings, who are signed to Hollywood Records and have appeared on several Disney Channel programs, appeared in this year's "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour." That Disney digital 3-D feature opened at No. 1 at the domestic boxoffice in February and went on to gross $65 million.

Bruce Hendricks, who helmed the "Hannah Montana" film, will direct The Jonas Brothers movie, with Art Repola reprising his role as producer. Also producing are Phil McIntyre, Kevin Jonas Sr., Johnny Wright and Alan Sacks.

The Burning Up tour kicks off July 4 in Toronto, with special guest Demi Lovato. The film will be shot in 3-D and include footage from their live shows as well as behind-the-scenes documentary material.

There are no fewer than 10 digital 3-D titles slated for a 2009 release, including six from Disney.

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