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Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films Form Strategic Partnership

28 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films International have entered into a multi-faceted, strategic partnership to expand their combined production, finance and sales capabilities for commercial feature films. This alliance was recently  announced by Cargo’s CEO and Managing Partner, Marina Grasic, and Jan Korbelin Managing Partner and Radiant’s President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.

Cargo Entertainment  is an international sales agent, distributor, producer and packager of filmed entertainment, while Radiant Films International is an international sales company funded through private equity sources which acquires and distributes theatrical feature films. Their similar visions and business capabilities make this partnership a logical move towards mutual growth.

As the first step in their new collaboration, Cargo has made an investment in Radiant with Steinbauer assuming the additional role of Cargo’s President of Distribution. Steinbauer and the sales team which includes newly appointed Radiant Senior Vice President John Short, will handle foreign sales for all Cargo titles under the newly formed partnership with immediate effect.

With a focus on combining their respective areas of expertise to build a slate of high quality commercial films, Cargo and Radiant are actively looking to jointly finance, produce and launch 4 to 6 new films per year.

The companies will work side by side on joint initiatives but continue to operate as two separate entities. Radiant Films International has a dynamic slate of titles being sold at Cannes including the newly announced romantic comedy "Carrie Pilby" starring Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson.

“Mimi is one of the savviest sales executives in the business with a proven track record balancing sales on specialty as well as high profile commercial films such as "The Hurt Locker," "Blue Valentine," "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy and "The Matrix." The strength of her experience make her a perfect partner as we look to substantially increase the scope of our productions. It’s a great partnership and we look forward to making a number of significant announcements to take us to that next level shortly,” said Cargo’s CEO and Managing Partner, Marina Grasic.

“Marina and Cargo have built a reputation for producing high quality theatrical films that resonate with buyers across the globe. As they build on that reputation and expand their production operations with even bigger budget films, we are delighted to be partnering with Cargo. We look forward to this being just the beginning of a long and successful relationship,” said Steinbauer.

Cargo’s current completed titles include the comedy "Welcome to Me," which had the highest grossing per screen average among limited releases at the U.S. box office opening weekend and stars Kristen Wiig who produces alongside Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jessica Elbaum and Cargo’s Grasic. Their other titles include the political thriller "Zipper" which world-premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and stars Patrick Wilson and Dianna Agron from executive producer Darren Aronofosky. U.S. distributor Alchemy is releasing both films and will distribute "Zipper" later in the year.

Cargo’s upcoming films include the suspense thriller "The Price" with Noomi Rapace, currently in pre-production.

Additional titles on Radiant’s slate include the thriller "Take Down" directed by Jim Gillespie and starring Ed Westwick, Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin and Sebastian Koch and the unconventional romance "The Driftless Area" starring Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin which made its world-premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Both films are making their market screening premieres at the Cannes Film Market. Their other titles include two films coming to U.S. theatres in June: IFC Films’ "Hungry Hearts" starring Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher who both won Coppa Volpi Awards at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival selection "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti to be released by Alchemy.

Other projects include "Dare to Be Wild" starring Emma Greenwell (“Shameless”) and Tom Hughes (BBC2’s “The Game”) and "Whatever Makes You Happy" in pre-production, set to star Susan Sarandon. »

- Sydney Levine

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Joe Wright's 'Pan' goes big with a visually aggressive new trailer

18 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It takes a certain degree of hubris to sign on to a "Peter Pan" movie at this point. J.M. Barrie's play/book/beloved cultural icons are enormously malleable as a story, and there are plenty of fans of the Walt Disney animated version as well as Steven Spielberg's "Hook" and even P.J. Hogan's "Peter Pan." All of those films tackle different parts of the iconography in different ways, and there have been some heavy hitters involved. The Disney film is one of their best features, especially if you're just considering the old school Disney films, and I think it's one of the moments where the Disney animators got everything right. They'd made enough movies in a row by that point to have developed a shorthand, and a style, and a confidence. "Peter Pan" may have some unfortunate moments in terms of cultural sensitivity, but I would argue »

- Drew McWeeny

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Cannes: Cargo Pacts with Radiant to Drive Growth in Production, Finance, Sales

14 May 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films Intl. have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their combined production, finance and sales operations.

Cargo has made an investment in Radiant, with Radiant’s president and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer, assuming the additional role of Cargo’s president of distribution. Steinbauer and the sales team, which includes newly appointed Radiant senior VP John Short, will handle foreign sales for all Cargo titles under the newly formed partnership.

With a focus on combining their respective areas of expertise to build a slate of high-quality commercial films, Cargo and Radiant are looking to jointly finance, produce and launch four to six films a year.

The companies will work side by side on joint initiatives, but continue to operate as two separate entities. Radiant Films Intl.’s slate of titles being sold at Cannes include the newly announced romantic comedy “Carrie Pilby,” starring Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson. »

- Leo Barraclough

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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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Radiant Films to sell ‘Carrie Pilby’ in Cannes

5 May 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s Ya novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Principal photography is set for September on Carrie Pilby, in which Steinfeld plays a genius Harvard graduate who tries to find love and happiness in New York with the help of a simple checklist.

Susan Johnson makes her feature directorial debut from the adapted screenplay by Kara Holden and Dean Craig.

Eddie Izzard, Vanessa Bayer, Jason Ritter and Ben Winchell round out the key cast.

Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis produce alongside Johnson, while Elaine Harris is an executive producer. UTA Independent Film Group and ICM Partners jointly handle North American rights.

“I knew I had to come aboard the project as soon as I finished reading the script,” said Steinbauer (pictured). “It is one of the most delightful and heartwarming screenplays I’ve read in ages. This »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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The Squeeze Movie Review

28 April 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Squeeze Arc Entertainment Director: Terry Jastrow Writer: Terry Jastrow Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine Lanasa Running time: 93 minutes, PG13 Available In Theaters, VOD And iTUNES: April 17, 2015 Augie Baccus (Jeremy Sumpter) is a golf phenom, struggling to provide for his mother and sister in Texas. He’s got a beautiful girlfriend and big plans for their future. After Augie breaks a record in a golf tournament, he catches the eye of a gambler named Shooter McGavin Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his golddigging trophy wife “The Bank” (Katherine Lanasa) who want him to use his talent for gambling. Much to the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Hitting the Links with the Collaborators of ‘The Squeeze’

20 April 2015 8:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Golf and gambling go together like the 19th hole and tall tales. The green grass of the course isn’t the same without a little wagering, and the new film ‘The Squeeze’ – written and directed by Terry Jastrow – follows the game from small town America to the big stage of Las Vegas.

The film boasts an all-star cast, and is co-produced by Oscar nominee Anne Archer. The excellent character actor Michael Nouri, the steady Christopher McDonald and the very funny Katherine Lanasa are joining forces with newcomers Jeremy Sumpter and Jillian Murray. The odyssey of a young hot prospect and two gambling legends – based on a true story – are teed up to create a viable comedy about colorful characters, the essence of the links and who-will-outdo-who on the fairway and in the rough of life.

Katherine Lanasa and Christopher McDonald Check Out the Golfer’s Life in ‘The Squeeze »

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Film Review: ‘The Squeeze’

15 April 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Match-play golf mixes with evil gamblers and the Christian ethics of Middle America in “The Squeeze,” a heavy-handed morality play supported by beautifully shot footage on the links and well-cast con men. But the narrative by debuting writer-director Terry Jastrow — who also produces along with wife Anne Archer — is so handicapped by prosaic dialogue and the earnest young couple at its core that the ingenious “based on actual events” twist at the end feels more like an impossible lie. Distributor Arc Entertainment has a library targeted to faith-based audiences — an important second shot, since theatrical returns from nonbelievers may be subpar.

Golf prodigy Augie Baccus (“Friday Night Lights’ ” Jeremy Sumpter) has big plans. But after easily winning a local tournament, he’s approached by a high roller named Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his moll, Jessie (the ingratiating Katherine Lanasa), who try to convince him to join forces with them in »

- Bill Edelstein

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‘The Culling’ Review

9 April 2015 3:40 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Brett Davern, Chris Coy, Linsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Johnathon Schaech, Harley Graham, Jennifer Bowman | Written and Directed by Rustam Branaman

After finding a little girl lost, a gang of college students on an extra-curricular roadtrip travel to the spooky old farmhouse near where she lives. After a friendly steak supper, there they are beset by paranormal forces, fighting off dark entities which threaten to consume the lot of them. Which makes a change from a psychopath and a chainsaw – the sort of thing one generally gets, hanging around in gloomy farmhouses in the middle of nowhere.

Rustam ‘briefly in Iron Man 3‘ Branaman’s second directorial feature, The Culling,  opens in an entertaining enough manner (post chase sequence, in an odd, semi-cheesy YouTube collage sort of way) but quickly settles down into a familiar low-budget backwoods horror funk. By going with supernatural terrors instead of pissed-off hillbillies, »

- Joel Harley

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'The Squeeze' Poster and Photos with Jeremy Sumpter | Exclusive

9 March 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'Win or lose...You're dead!' That's the ominous threat facing a young golf wiz played by Jeremy Sumpter on our exclusive poster for the upcoming thriller The Squeeze. Former actor Terry Jastrow makes his directorial debut with this intense drama, which arrives from producer Anne Archer this spring. Starring alongside Jeremy is a stellar cast that includes Jason Dohring, Katherine Lanasa, Christopher McDonald, Mekia Cox and Jillian Murray.

The Squeeze is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the Us Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don't lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes "life or death."

Along with our exclusive poster we have 13 exclusive photographs. Check out Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald and Jillian Murray in »

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Review: Animal

8 March 2015 5:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Scream Factory has done an excellent job putting fan favorites and long lost films out, in awesome looking Blurays that are typically filled to the brim with special features. They’ve also done quite the job putting out original films, films that made their debut on the Chiller network, but are now being released by Sf and with good reason. For the most part, the original films have been pretty entertaining, from The Monkey’S Paw and The Squad, to the subject of this review, the Brett Simmons-helmed creature feature, Animal. Taking what could have very easily been yet another horror film about youngsters getting picked off one by one by a silly looking monster, Animal gives you people who are instantly relatable and worth caring about before giving you one gut punch after another.

Following a group of youngsters taking a trip for fun, Animal wastes no time »

- Jerry Smith

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February 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include V/H/S: Viral, The Phantom of the Opera

16 February 2015 6:22 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.

Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.

Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)

When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »

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Arc Entertainment Acquires Golf-Meets-Gambling Thriller 'The Squeeze'

10 February 2015 11:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Arc Entertainment has acquired exclusive North American rights to "The Squeeze," a thriller that marries the well-loved hobbies of golf and gambling. Written and directed by Terry Jastrow, "The Squeeze" follows a gambler who stumbles upon a world-class golfer living in a small town. He convinces his new friend to take his high-flying dreams and trade them in for high-stakes matches. Then things start to get ugly. The thriller stars Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katherine Lanasa, Jillian Murray and Jason Dohring. Read More: Sundance Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn Anchor Uneven 'Mississippi Grind' Golfers and gambling experts alike were quick to sing the film's praises: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said, "'The Squeeze' is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic," while Steve Wynn (chairman of Wynn Resorts) said, "If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you'll love this movie." Arc Entertainment Head of Acquisitions. »

- Rosie Narasaki

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Distribution: Kino Lorber nabs Charlie Hebdo doc

10 February 2015 8:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kino Lorber has taken all Us rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.

The film charts the legal dispute that arose when the Paris-based magazine and target of the January massacre by Islamist terrorists re-printed Danish cartoons first published in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad.

Daniel Laconte directed the film, which includes interviews with Charlie Hebdo cartoonists such as Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who were killed on January 7.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber brokered the deal with Pyramide International sales director Lucero Garzon and CEO Éric Lagesse.

Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to thriller The Squeeze from Terry Jastrow about a gambler who exploits a gifted small-town man.

Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katherine Lanasa, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri and Jason Dohring star.

The Squeeze will open in the Us on premium VOD and in select markets on April »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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