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Icon appoints head of theatrical sales

23 July 2015 2:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.

UK distributor Icon Film Distribution has named former Universal Pictures executive Dave Jarmain head of theatrical sales with immediate effect.

Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.

During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna

Prior to Universal Pictures, Jarmain worked for indie Momentum Pictures, working on titles including Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall.

Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.

Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”

Icon’s slate »

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

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‘Homeland’ Shoot Prompts Berlin to Add $1.63M a Year to Film and TV Funding

22 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Berlin — Citing the economic impact of international TV series such as “Homeland,” which is currently being shot in the German capital, Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller has announced a €1.5 million ($1.63 million) increase in the annual budget of film and TV subsidy organization Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg to some $37 million.

Speaking on the set of Showtime’s hit political thriller on Monday, Mueller said the city had set aside $3.27 million for the Medienboard’s 2016 and 2017 budgets. The surrounding state of Brandenburg has yet to announce a similar increase in its contribution to the subsidy board, which backs film and TV productions in both states.

With a reported production cost of around $45 million for the 12-episode season, “Homeland” is having a major impact on the local production industry. “That’s a massive economic factor,” said Mueller.

The Medienboard is supporting the show with $1.1 million, as reported exclusively in Variety. “Homeland” is shooting at Studio Babelsberg »

- Ed Meza

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DVD Review: 'Jupiter Ascending'

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Both of the following are true: Jupiter Ascending (2015) is a giddy, sweeping adventure filled with interesting characters and stunning visuals; Jupiter Ascending is a frustrating experience, filled with dead ends, vanishing subplots and too much exposition. Perhaps, coming from the perennially ambitious brother and sister duo Andy and Lana Wachowski, writer-directors of The Matrix (1999) and the divisive Cloud Atlas (2012) - co-written & directed with Tom Tykwer - this is to be expected. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an undocumented Russian immigrant living in Chicago, cleaning houses with her mother and aunt.

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- CineVue UK

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Review: Netflix's ambitious, uneven, and occasionally brilliant 'Sense8'

25 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I was wrong on a few fronts when I reviewed Netflix's "Sense8" after only three episodes. I suggested it would be a series that people would want to watch all at once, or not at all, when in fact I strung my viewing out over three weeks, only feeling a need to immediately jump to the next episode when I was nearing the season's end. And I thought the show's mythology would have to feel much less like gibberish for the full season to feel satisfying, when I ultimately enjoyed it even though I still couldn't tell you — nor did I really care — how these connections work. (Some minor spoilers follow, but if you're still just wondering if you should bother with "Sense8" at all, most of it should be safe to read, and I'll put in a warning before we get into more details.) These days, I hear more »

- Alan Sepinwall

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10 Most Ludicrous Moments From Sense8

23 June 2015 8:56 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Turns out The Wachowskis have still got it, whatever “it” is exactly. The directors of The Matrix trilogy are back on form – after disappointing with pretty much everything they did ever since the first Matrix, including anime adaptation Speed Racer and the racially troubling Cloud Atlas adaptation – thanks to their Netflix series Sense8. You may not have heard.

Unfortunately, a lot of the hype behind their sci-fi show has been swept aside in favour of the streaming service’s other blockbuster original series, Orange Is The New Black, which returned for its third season. There’s likely plenty more surprising plot twists and developments in that prison dramedy, but nothing that compares to the madness of Sense8.

In collaboration with Babylon 5 writer J Michael Straczynski and directors Tom Tykwer and James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ latest project is even more out there than 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. And that’s »

- Tom Baker

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UTA Signs ‘American Hustle’ Scribe Eric Warren Singer

15 June 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: UTA has brought Oscar-nominated writer Eric Warren Singer into the agency fold, signing him over the weekend. Singer shared screenplay credit and an Oscar nom with David O Russell for American Hustle, and he also scripted the Tom Tykwer-directed The International. He adapted the Robert Stone novel Damascus Gate and is among the writers on Splinter Cell, the Doug Liman-directed pic at Regency that will star Tom Hardy. He also penned Red Sparrow, a mystery… »

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Watch Netflix's Risky, Entertaining 'Sense8' for Story of the Wachowskis' Career

8 June 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As "Cloud Atlas" (2012) steams toward its conclusion, it measures the world's full weight. Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae), a slave engineered to serve the consumerist wasteland of Neo Seoul, year 2144, completes her rebellion with a public message, an argument for individual liberty as collective obligation that will, in the tale's imagined future, become a kind of scripture. "Our lives are not our own," she says. "From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future." Adapted by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer from David Mitchell's unadaptable novel, "Cloud Atlas" loses the delicate echoes of the source material in a sonic boom of Hollywood filmmaking. But while it's uglier and rougher than Mitchell's sextet of linked stories, the film is unaccountably powerful. Full of "tricksy gimmicks," as publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) warns at the outset, "Cloud. »

- Matt Brennan

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Watch Netflix's Risky, Entertaining 'Sense8' for Story of the Wachowskis' Career

8 June 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As "Cloud Atlas" (2012) steams toward its conclusion, it measures the world's full weight. Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae), a slave engineered to serve the consumerist wasteland of Neo Seoul, year 2144, completes her rebellion with a public message, an argument for individual liberty as collective obligation that will, in the tale's imagined future, become a kind of scripture. "Our lives are not our own," she says. "From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future." Adapted by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer from David Mitchell's unadaptable novel, "Cloud Atlas" loses the delicate echoes of the source material in a sonic boom of Hollywood filmmaking. But while it's uglier and rougher than Mitchell's sextet of linked stories, the film is unaccountably powerful. Full of "tricksy gimmicks," as publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) warns at the outset, "Cloud. »

- Matt Brennan

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Review: Netflix's 'Sense8' makes no sense at first, but will it by binge's end?

4 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Lotus Entertainment goes on ‘Parents Weekend’

1 June 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.

Film 360’s Daniel Rappaport and Ben Forkner will produce with Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane and Michael Botti.

Will Speck and Josh Gordon will serve as executive producers alongside Seibel, Johnson and Ara Keshishian.

The project centres on a couple who visit their freshman son at during parent’s weekend and enjoy the university experience they never had.

Scott (pictured) is the author of two books, Well Groomed and There’s A Spouse In My House: A Humorous Journey Through The First Years Of Marriage. 

Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: David Leveaux’s The Kaiser’s Last Kiss starring Lily James and Christopher Plummer; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Scott HicksFallen; Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; and Tanya Wexler’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Daily | On Fassbinder Now

31 May 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Today being the actual 70th anniversary of the birth of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, I've updated the "Fassbinder @ 70" entry—and today, I thought I'd drop a note or two on Fassbinder Now, the exhibition currently on view in Berlin through August 23. And, as background to a few words on one of the installations, Runa Islam's Garden, I've translated a snippet from a conversation between Tom Tykwer and Michael Ballhaus about the legendary first 360-degree tracking shot that the cinematographer and Fassbinder set up for Martha (1974). » - David Hudson »

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Cannes: Tom Hanks’ ‘A Hologram for the King’ Selling to Trio of Distribs

16 May 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate, Saban Films and Roadside Attractions are teaming up to acquire U.S. rights to Tom Hanks’ comedic drama “A Hologram for the King,” one of the buzziest acquisition titles at the festival.

The trio entered final negotiations for the film Saturday.

CAA is repping the domestic rights while Lotus International is selling international markets in Cannes.

The film, shot last year in Morocco and Germany, is adapted from Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name with Tom Tykwer directing. “Hologram,” published in 2012, is set in a rising Saudi Arabian city, where a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition and do something great.

Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Tom Skerritt also star. Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool are producing with Arcadiy Golubovich and Timothy D. O’Hair of Primeridian, and Hanks »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Dave McNary

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Lionsgate In Final Negotiations For Tom Hanks’ ‘Hologram For The King’- Cannes

15 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive– Lionsgate is in final negotiations to acquire domestic rights on Tom Hanks-starred Hologram for the King directed by Tom Tykwer. Deal is believed to be north of $3 million. CAA is repping domestic rights. The film is adapted from Dave Eggers’ book about an ageing salesman (Hanks) who heads for a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, in a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally… »

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Alicia Vikander Joins Tom Hanks in 'The Circle'

11 May 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Junkie Xl on creating the insane soundscape for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

6 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »

- Drew McWeeny

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Lotus Entertainment to sell ‘Magic City’

1 May 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.

Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac, Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation and Jacky Bibliowicz will produce and finance.

Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment, Alan J Helene and Mitch Glazer produce. CAA represents Us rights with Jeff Berg.

Magic City was originally introduced by Qed International at Afm and takes place in 1962 Miami as a powerful Miami Beach hotel owner fights the mob, CIA and Cuban mercenaries.

Production is scheduled to begin in August.

Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion; Shekhar Kapur’s adventure Tiger’s Curse; and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.

The company is in post on Luis Prieto’s Kidnap starring [link=nm »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

27 April 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one.   Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine?   Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth?  A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe?   It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »

- Michael Oates Palmer

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Berlin: Spain’s ‘Hierro’ Wins TV Series Honor at Berlinale Co-Production Market

12 February 2015 4:58 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Spain’s “Hierro” has been named the best co-production TV series project presented at the European Film Market’s Berlinale Co-Production Market.

“Hierro” is set on the Canary Islands, where the corpse of a young islander is found floating in the sea following an earthquake. This marks the starting point for a tense political drama. Boomerang TV Group’s Galician subsidiary Portocabo is preparing the series for Spanish network La Sexta.

“Hierro” has been chosen to participate in the next edition of Series Mania, one of the most important TV series festival in Europe, to be held in Paris April 17-26.

The other TV series projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market included “Babylon Berlin,” from director Tom Tykwer (“Das Parfum,” “Cloud Atlas”), set against a vibrant 1920s Berlin; and the Belgium series “Tabula Rasa,” directed by and starring actress Veerle Baetens, who is best known for the film “The Broken Circle Breakdown. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Jupiter’ Ascends A Touch; ‘Exodus’ Crosses $200M: Intl Box Office Actuals

10 February 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Deadline reported grosses on Jupiter Ascending on Sunday at $32.5M and that estimate rose on Monday to $33.8M in Warner Bros’ actuals. There are still Australia, China and Japan releases to come, but with an $18.7M opening domestically and with Fifty Shades Of Grey teed up to begin its day-and-date rollout tomorrow, Jupiter will be pressed to ascend major overseas heights. Elsewhere internationally, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up $16.2M for a cume of $26.8M after two frames. According to Paramount, that’s 5.5 times bigger than the original Spongebob for the same bucket of markets. The next big players were The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 thanks to a strong China start; Disney’s Big Hero 6; and Fox’s Taken 3. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings rode past the $200M mark as it continues to play in Japan and wraps up in Brazil. Key »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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FremantleMedia International’s 'Deutschland 83' Comes to Sundance TV in U.S.

9 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sundance TV has picked up new German drama series Deutschland 83, marking the first time a U.S. network will air a German-language series. FremantleMedia International is screening the first two episodes of the eight-part series Feb. 9 in Berlin as part of the European Film Market’s special focus on high-end television drama. Read more Tom Tykwer's 'Babylon Berlin,' Belgian Series 'Tabula Rasa' at Co-Production Market Deutschland 83 was shot mainly in and around Berlin with a special focus on an exact re-creation of West Germany in 1983, when the country was at the center of

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- Scott Roxborough

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