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Auteurs Go A-List: Arthouse Directors Drive Genre Films at Cannes

10 May 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From indies to studio fare, genre films are being driven by auteurs in the Cannes festival lineup and marketplace as never before.

The trend comes on the heels of two record Cannes deals: Paramount’s $20 million North America/China pre-buy of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi pic “Story of Your Life” in 2014, and Focus Features’ $20 million-plus worldwide pre-buy of Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals” (with a hefty $10 million P&A commitment) last May. With directors like Colin Trevorrow jumping straight from his $4-million-grossing debut, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” to the $1.67 billion-hauling “Jurassic World,” producers are taking bigger chances on smaller, artier names in genre films. And buyers seem willing to gamble along with them.

“We are operating in a world where we typically have to find less-proven talent than studios,” says Glen Basner of FilmNation, which co-produced and co-financed “Story” with 21 Laps Entertainment and Lava Bear Films, and negotiated the “Nocturnal” deal with CAA. »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Jon Bernthal on Tapping Into the Headspace of The Punisher in 'Daredevil'

24 February 2016 10:35 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

We have less than a month before Daredevil takes on his biggest challenge yet in the form of the Punisher, a man who isn't afraid to go the extra mile to ensure that the evil in Hell's Kitchen stays down. Season two of Daredevil promises to be darker, and more emotional than its already stellar first season, and we sure can't wait until it hits Netflix next month. In anticipation of Daredevil's new foe, Marvel has interviewed the Punisher himself, Jon Bernthal about his role in the series, and the headspace he had to get into in order to play the character convincingly. 

"Well, I think that, fortunately and unfortunately, a dark headspace is nothing new to me. I have some experience with it in the characters that I’ve gotten to play and each one is so different and each one, I think, sort of requires its own »

- Joseph Medina

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