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12 items from 2016


Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Telefonica Studios, the film-tv production arm of telco giant Telefonica, already a key player in Spain and Argentina, is taking another step into Latin America teaming with Cactus Flower and Mono Films on the Colombia-shot romantic thriller “Orbita 9.”

Part of Movistar Plus, which takes in Spain’s biggest pay TV and Svod operation, Telefonica Studios has seen large success in Argentina, co-producing with El Deseo and Artgentina’s top broadcaster Telefe and K & S Films the country’s biggest-breakout titles: Oscar-shortlisted “Wild Tales,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. hit, and “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero’s 2015 Venice best director winner.

The anticipated debut of Hatem Khraiche, screenwriter of the Cactus Flower co-produced “The Hidden Face” and one ofbSpain’s most talked-up young talents, “Orbita 9” is totally Spanish. Its Colombia shoot, use of cash rebates and link up with Colombia’s top movie producer Dynamo, which provides services – as it did on “Narcos, »

- John Hopewell

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Kristen Stewart and James Franco Team for ‘Jt Leroy’; Yorgos Lanthimos and Pablo Trapero Find New Projects

9 February 2016 11:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”

If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »

- Nick Newman

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"Playmobil," "Tribe," "Suit," "Empty" Set Directors

9 February 2016 8:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of directors just lined up some flash new gigs.

First up Lino Di Salvo, the head of animation on Disney's "Frozen," has come on board to direct the $75 million animated feature "Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels" based on the iconic toy brand for On Animation Studios.

The project is the first in a potential trilogy based on the toy brand, which has sold more than 2.8 billion figurines in more than 100 countries.

Next, 20th Century Fox has optioned Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn's 2014 graphic novel "The Empty Man" and have brought David Prior onboard to pen and direct the film adaptation of it.

The supernatural thriller deals with a terrifying entity that may be responsible for a string of mysterious disappearances in a small midwestern town. The project is part of Fox’s first-look deal with Boom! Studios. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce.

Then, Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero »

- Garth Franklin

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Pablo Trapero To Direct Imposter Tale 'The Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

9 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mark Seal's book, "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit," is one that Hollywood has been trying to crack for a while now. At one time attached to Scott Cooper (before he would go on to direct "Out Of The Furnace"), Walter Salles was linked to the film way back in 2013 with his longtime collaborator Jose Rivera penning the script. Now, three years later, the project is back to life with another big name behind the camera. Read More: Venice Review: Pablo Trapero's Venice Silver Lion Winner, True Crime Tale 'The Clan' Pablo Trapero, the filmmaker behind "Carancho" and "White Elephant," and coming in hot off his gangster tale "The Clan" which will hit U.S. cinemas this spring, is now set to direct 'Rockefeller.' David Bar Katz has penned the script that tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born con man who for decades »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Pablo Trapero to Direct ‘Man in the Rockefeller Suit’ for Fox Searchlight

8 February 2016 6:24 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Pablo Trapero, a newly minted Goya winner for his film “El Clan,” is in final negotiations to direct “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” TheWrap has learned. Argentinian Trapero, who also took the Silver Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival, will helm the tale of lifelong con artist Christian Gerhartsreiter, who pretended to be a descendant of the monied American family. Screenwriter David Bar Katz adapted the book by Mark Seal, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine. Donald De Line is producing. Also Read: Lupita Nyong'o in Talks to Star in Amblin Sci-Fi Thriller 'Intelligent Life' CAA handles Trapero. »

- Matt Donnelly

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‘El Clan’ Director Pablo Trapero to Helm Rockefeller Imposter Movie

8 February 2016 4:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Argentinian director Pablo Trapero will helm “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Trapero, who won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year for “El Clan,” will direct from the script from David Bar Katz, who adapted the book by Mark Seal. Donald De Line is producing.

“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.

Variety reported in 2013 that Brazilian director Walter Salles, whose credits include “Central Station” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” was in talks to direct “Rockefeller Suit.”

Trapero won a »

- Dave McNary

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Goya-Winning ‘El Clan’ Director Pablo Trapero To Helm ‘The Man In The Rockefeller Suit’

8 February 2016 3:50 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Fresh from winning the Goya Award this weekend for his film El Clan, Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero has been set to direct The Man In The Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight Pictures. David Bar Katz has adapted the book by Mark Seal. Donald De Line is producing. The film tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street — as well a marriage — posing as a member of the Rockefeller family… »

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'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

7 February 2016 11:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

Truman, the sensitive buddy dramedy directed by Cesc Gay, was the big winner at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goyas on Saturday night [Feb 6] in Madrid.

The film, an Imposible Films, Truman Film Aie and Bd Cine production, took five big prizes home: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (which was written by Gay and long-time friend and co-writer Tomas Aragay) and Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, respectively.

Argentinian star Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Camara (Talk To Her), one of Pedro Almodovar’s regulars, jointly won the Silver Shell for Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival last September, where the film premiered to strong reviews.

Truman was one of the big favourites going into the Madrid ceremony. Its competitors »

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Cesc Gay's 'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

7 February 2016 11:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

Truman, the sensitive buddy dramedy directed by Cesc Gay, was the big winner at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goyas on Saturday night [Feb 6] in Madrid.

The film, an Imposible Films, Truman Film Aie and Bd Cine production, took five big prizes home: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (which was written by Gay and long-time friend and co-writer Tomas Aragay) and Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, respectively.

Argentinian star Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Camara (Talk To Her), one of Pedro Almodovar’s regulars, jointly won the Silver Shell for Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival last September, where the film premiered to strong reviews.

Truman was one of the big favourites going into the Madrid ceremony. Its competitors »

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Cesc Gay’s ‘Truman’ Takes Big Prize at Spain’s Goyas

6 February 2016 4:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – “Truman,” Cesc Gay’s friendship dramedy, produced by Marta Esteban, topped Spain’s 30th Spanish Academy Goya Awards Saturday night sweeping picture, director, actor (Ricardo Darin), supporting actor (Camara), original screenplay (Gay and Tomas Aragay), kudos ceremony that lived up to its status as the widest open of recent years, spreading its plaudits widely.

Following on Darin and Camara’s joint best actor plaudit at September’s San Sebastian Festival, “Truman” was, when the big prizes finally went down, the Awards’ clear major winner. But predictions of a wide-open field proved true with the Spanish Academy’s 1,400 members spreading above and below-the-line plaudits widely.

Isabel Coixet’s Mediapro-produced 2015 Berlin Fest opener “Nobody Wants the Night,” a femme friendship drama starring Juliette Binoche as an intrepid and headstrong Josephine Perry, won four Goyas in all.

A Perfect Day,” a Cannes Directors’ Fortnight conflict zone-set dramedy from Fernando Leon with Tim Robbins and Benicio del Toro, »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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Fox Pushes Argentine Hit 'The Clan' to March

27 January 2016 10:42 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox will release Pablo Trapero's Argentine Oscar entry "The Clan" — originally scheduled for January 29 — on March 18 in New York and L.A., with a nationwide expansion through the rest of March. Fox International will handle marketing, with Twentieth Century distributing. Winner of the Silver Lion Best Director Award in Venice, this mafia-like thriller stormed the Argentine box office over the summer, surpassing even "Wild Tales," the country's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar contender in 2015. Read More: "Oscar Nominations 2016 Snubs and Surprises, Stats, and Winner Picks (Analysis)" A hit in Toronto, Trapero's film is the hugely entertaining true story of the Puccio family who, for years beginning in the 1980s, were kidnapping the wealthy, holding them for ransom and then killing them anyway. This is sharp filmmaking, with time-shifting edits, sizzling music choices and a psychotically »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The 50 Best 2016 Films We’ve Already Seen

7 January 2016 9:12 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

All caught up with our top 50 films of 2015? It’s now time to look to the new year, and, ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films, we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that will likely see a release in 2016. While the first batch have confirmed dates all the way through the summer, we’ve also included a handful that are awaiting a date and some we’re hopeful will get a release by year’s end pending acquisition. U.S. distributors: take note!

We’ve stuck to just 50 here, but we’ve also seen many other notable releases over the next twelve months that we were more mixed on (or worse). There’s The Benefactor, Mojave, Southbound, Remember, and Too Late this winter, as well as Hello, My Name is Doris, Green Room, Miles Ahead, I Saw the Light, The Bronze, Evolution, »

- TFS Staff

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