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Broad Green Adds Drug-Sting Thriller 'The Infiltrator,' Starring Bryan Cranston, to Its Bulging Release Slate

22 May 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world's largest drug cartels during the 1980s. Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur's autobiography and directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), "The Infiltrator" is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films' Miriam Segal produced.  Broad Green will finally open its first »

- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan

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Love | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

21 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Scorpio Becomes Electra: Noé’s Sex Scenes from a Marriage

The last time we were caught in provocateur Gaspar Noé’s crosshairs it was back in 2009 with Enter the Void, which ended on an orgasmic crescendo by literally fucking the audience. He’s back with more of that kind of sex stuff with Love, a memory poem as sexual odyssey/obsession told via the nostalgia of its tortured protagonist. Sexually explicit, but not necessarily distasteful, Noé is simply showing the general mechanics of people having sex. The rest of the narrative, seeking to explore the undoing of a passionate, youthful relationship, is nothing new as it explores the mundane inevitability of monogamy and how solving such an issue in a union based mostly on sexual attraction proves to be difficult. For those not titillated by a generous helping of spurting fluids and erect penises (including another vagina-cam shot), it’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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Michael Shannon Gets Into A 'State Like Sleep' And Pays 'The Price'

18 May 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As you've probably noticed while visiting this site over the past week, the Cannes Film Festival has seen dozens and dozens of new projects announced. For instance, Michael Shannon has a couple of new films gearing up. First up, the actor will join Rebecca Hall and Ben Foster in "State Like Sleep." Meredith Danluck is writing and directing the movie that will follow Katherine, who struggles to find the truth about her celebrity husband's double life after he commits suicide. Pretty good cast and a pretty good premise for this project, which starts shooting in July. After that, Shannon will join Matthias Schweighöfer and Noomi Rapace in "The Price." Siofra Campbell is directing this thriller that centers on a frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner is the instigator and must deal with the fallout when he is double-crossed. Cameras roll in September. So, suicide and kidnapping. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Shannon Joins Noomi Rapace In The Price

17 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.

Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.

Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.

Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.

“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »

- Michelle McCue

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Doomsday Set For "Batman v Superman"

17 May 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

While we know Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor will serve as the villain in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," a new report from El Mayimbe over on the Shanlian on Batman podcast has apparently confirmed rumors that Doomsday is set to appear as well.

From the sounds of it, Doomsday will serve essentially as the muscle to Luthor's more cerebral villain - effectively the Darth Vader to Luthor's Grand Moff Tarkin from the original "Star Wars". The design is said to be quite faithful to the comic and looks "incredible".

Reports from earlier this year suggested that Doomsday's creation ties back to the corpse of General Zod (Michael Shannon) which will be a key point in the script. El Mayimbe also says that the trailer line of "Do you bleed? You Will" comes from a dream sequence within the film, though it's not clear who is having said dream. »

- Garth Franklin

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Michael Shannon to star in 'The Price'

16 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighöfer from Valkyrie have joined Siofra Campbell’s thriller, which Cargo represents for world sales.

As previously announced, in-demand Noomi Rapace plays the mother of a kidnapped child who realises her ex-partner is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.

Radiant Films International’s Mimi Steinbauer has introduced the project to buyers in her additional new role as Cargo’s president of distribution following the pact between the companies announced last week.

Peggy Cafferty and Patrick Campbell produce and principal photography is set for September in Europe.

Cargo’s roster includes Welcome To Me starring Kristen Wiig, political thriller and Sundance world premiere Zipper, Josh Duhamel starrer Lost In The Sun in post and Derrick Borte’s upcoming drama London Town to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Passion, Social Drama Dominate Mexico’s Film Culture

16 May 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Carlos Reygadas’ debut “Japon” burst onto the scene in 2002, it heralded a new generation of bold Mexican filmmakers who racked up awards at key film festivals with ease. Reygadas and his protégé Amat Escalante won the director prize at Cannes in 2012 and 2013, respectively: Reygadas for his polarizing “Post Tenebras Lux” and Escalante for “Heli.”

Since last year, a second wave of Mexican cineastes has emerged, some of whom straddle both auteur and mainstream genres. In contrast to the high-art, radical or minimalist features that have characterized much of the early New Mexican Cinema, these filmmakers are exploring both worlds.

Some credit goes to the relatively new fiscal incentive Eficine 189, which has spurred private investment in film. “Eficine has allowed for more options in general and for more options to try different formats,” says Pablo Cruz of Canana, which lead-produced this year’s Un Certain Regard entry “The Chosen Ones” (Las Elegidas, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Floria Sigismondi To Direct Alejandro Jodorosky's 'Bouncer' & 'The Delivery Man'

15 May 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Floria Sigismondi is perhaps best known for music video work, which has seen her collaborate with musicians and bands like David Bowie, Sigur Ros, Fiona Apple, Leonard Cohen, and more. But in 2010 she unveiled her feature directorial debut, "The Runaways," a somewhat underrated picture about the cult rock 'n roll band anchored by a flamboyant turn by Michael Shannon. Since then, she's had a couple of projects brewing away, but now her next one is set up. Variety reports that Sigismondi will direct an adaptation of Alejandro Jodorosky and Francois Boucq’s comic series "Bouncer." While Jodorowsky is known for his more fantastical work, this is actually a straight up western about the adventures of a gunslinger and saloon bouncer. We're really intrigued to see what the visually stylish Sigismondi can bring the genre. Promising stuff and likely more news on the horizon as this will start production in early »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Time Machine: Drop Dead Dazzling Adams 'Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride' on the Oscars' Red Carpet

15 May 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »

- D. Zhea

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Fortitude International boards ‘State Like Sleep’

13 May 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster will star in the mystery that Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.

Meredith Danluck will direct from her screenplay and Eddie Vaisman produces the drama, scheduled to start shooting in July.

State Like Sleep follows a woman who grapples with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life after he commits suicide.

ICM Partners represents Danluck, packaged the film and will represent Us rights.

Fortitude co-founder Nadine De Barros is introducing the project to buyers, supported by vice-president of international Katie Irwin and director of international sales and marketing Samantha Peel.

Fortitude’s Cannes slate includes Henry-Alex Rubin’s upcoming football biopic Robin Friday to star Sam Claflin; The Runner with Nicolas Cage that gets its market premiere screening here; Barton & Charlie, to be directed by and star Rupert Friend opposite Emily Blunt; and This Man, This Woman from Isabel Coixet starring Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon & Ben Foster Team Up For ‘State Like Sleep’- Cannes

13 May 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) and Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) have boarded Meredith Danluck’s State Like Sleep. The film follows Hall’s character struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her celebrity husband. Eddie Vaisman (In A World …) is producing. Filming is set to start in July. The project was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner. Fortitude is handling… »

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Cannes: Rebecca Hall To Star In Mystery ‘State Like Sleep’

13 May 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3,” “The Town”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel) and Ben Foster (“Lone Survivor”) will co-star in mystery film “State Like Sleep.” The film is to be written and directed by Meredith Danluck (“North Of South, West Of East”).

“Sleep” is the story of a woman (Hall) whose celebrity husband commits suicide. She discovers his double life and struggles with the truth to unanswered questions.

The film will begin production in July. Production is by Eddie Vaisman (“Big Sur,” “In A World”.)

Fortitude International is handling foreign sales and is presenting the project to buyers at the Cannes Market.

Fortitude co-founder Nadine de Barros is supported by a sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of international and Samantha Peel, director of international sales and marketing. ICM Partners, which represents Danluck, packaged the film and will represent domestic North American rights.

Hall burst onto »

- Patrick Frater

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Rachel Weisz to star in Pete Travis kidnap thriller 'Snatchback'

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.

Rachel Weisz is to star in and produce $15m kidnapping thriller Snatchback, from Dredd director Pete Travis.

Oscar-winner Weisz (The Constant Gardener) co-developed the project and will produce alongside Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) of New York-based Braven Films.

Travis, also known for making Omagh and Vantage Point, has written the script and will direct.

Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the Us each year, before she finally found her.

In Travis’s script, Weisz’s character becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her »

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

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Cannes Buzz Titles: What’s Hot at This Year’s Market

12 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

All I See Is You

Director: Marc Forster

Producers: Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler

Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.

Sales: Sierra/Affinity

American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold

Producers: Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Film4, BFI, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben

Key cast: Shia Labeouf

A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.

Sales: Protagonist Pictures

American Pastoral

Director: Ewan McGregor

Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi

Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, »

- Variety Staff

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UK trailer for Can’t Come Out to Play starring Michael Shannon

11 May 2015 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, a new UK trailer has arrived online for director John McNaughton’s psychological horror Can’t Come Out to Play (a.k.a. The Harvest), starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton.

In his first film in nearly 15 years, the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer harks back to the depravity that made his 1986 debut a horror milestone. But less based in reality, The Harvest is closer to a fairy tale from Grimm’s darkest corners. Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents after she’s orphaned. Desperately lonely, the preteen sets out to befriend a neighboring deathly ill, bed-ridden boy (Charlie Tahan), despite the outright disapproval of his mother (Samantha Morton). Maryann’s persistence pays off, however, and during a series of secret visits she gradually uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the house… Morton as the boy’s overprotective surgeon »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Bad Land: Road to Fury’ Review

10 May 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Robert Hobbs, David Butler, Aimee Mullins, Christy Pankhurst, Alex McGregor, David Clatworthy, Liah O’Prey, Carel Nel, Andy McPhee | Written by and Directed by Jake Paltrow

In a post-apocalyptic eternal drought, people kill for water. Where it is scarce and desperately needed, a farmer, Earnest Holm, defends his land from threat, and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil in the hope of a better life for his family. However, his daughter’s boyfriend wants the land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

The best way to describe Bad Land is… strange. Set in the futuristic, dried out plains of the USA, this film seems to walk the line between western and science fiction. Now, if you’re like me, when those two genres are combined your mind instantly goes to Firefly. This film isn’t Firefly, »

- Richard Axtell

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Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga to Lead Mud Director Jeff Nichols’ Loving

8 May 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a big splash with his first three films, Shotgun Stories, Taking Shelter, and 2012’s Mud, which in turn led to his first studio picture, the upcoming Warner Bros. sci-fi pic Midnight Special. However, instead of going even bigger for his next film after his studio debut, it appears that Nichols is going back to the world of indies. Per Deadline, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga have signed on to lead the drama Loving, which Nichols wrote and will direct for a September start in Virginia. Inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, Nichols’ film is based on the 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia, which was borne out of an interracial couple being sentenced to a year in prison simply because of their marriage. They were told their sentence would be suspended if they left the state of Virginia, and they subsequently spent nine »

- Adam Chitwood

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Bankside sells Julianne Moore-Ellen Page drama 'Freeheld'

7 May 2015 4:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.

Bankside Films has inked a slew of deals on Peter Sollett’s anticipated drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell.

The company has sold the film to airlines (Entertainment in Motion), Eastern Europe (Megalow Media), France (Selective Films), Germany (Universum), Greece (Hollywood Films), Hong Kong (Edko), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Outsider Films), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), South Africa (M-Net), South Korea (Rainbow Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Spain (Filmax), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and Turkey (Filma).

Lionsgate picked up Us rights during Berlin while previous deals include UK and Australia/New Zealand (Entertainment One) Benelux (September Films), Italy (Videa), Latin America (Cdc United Network).

Based on a true story, Freeheld follows a gay policewoman’s struggle to ensure that her police pension is passed to her lesbian partner when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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

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Remstar swoops on trio of titles

6 May 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Montreal-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Elvis & Nixon and The Odyssey and co-acquired with Elevation Pictures The Founder.

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in Elvis & Nixon, which Bloom sells internationally. The true story recounts the meeting between the King and the President when the former asks to be sworn in as an undercover FBI agent.

Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey will star Lambert Wilson as deep-sea diver Jacques Cousteau and Pierre Niney as his eldest son Philipe who died tragically in 1979.

John Lee Hancock will direct The Founder starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s entrepreneur Ray Kroc.

Financier-distributor Remstar Group recently launched a content production and financing venture, Remstar Studios, to co-finance, develop and produce independent films and television projects.

Remstar Films’ upcoming releases include Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke, Dark Places with Charlize Theron and Blood Father starring Mel Gibson. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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