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Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
NonStop Entertainment has secured Nordic rights to documentary Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words, playing in Cannes Classics, and Scandinavian rights to Three Generations from Im Global, starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning.
Three Generations was recently sold to The Weinstein Company for $6m for North America.
It also has Scandinavia, Iceland and Baltics rights to Josh Mond’s Sundance-selected debut James White from Memento Film Sales and the opener to this year’s Un Certain Regard section, Naomi Kawase´s An, from MK2.
Stig Björkman’s Cannes Classics selected Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words from producer Mantaray Film, distributed by NonStop Entertainment in Scandinavia, Iceland, Baltics is set for an August 28 release in the territory, the day before Bergman’s centennial.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has officially commenced in Atlanta on the upcoming "The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1," the third installment in the blockbuster action adventure franchise.
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale and Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer and Daniel Dae Kim are all set to return for the next film. This time they're joined by Jeff Daniels, Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgard.
In the wake of the events of "Insurgent," Tris and Four must scape beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies beyond.
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 have officially announced the Blu-ray release of While We’re Young, the new comedy from director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and starring Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Naomi Watts (Birdman), Adam Driver (Girls), Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2) and Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), which will be released on June 30th.
Pre-order While We’Re Young Via Amazon
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts shine in this fresh and insightful comedy from filmmaker Noah Baumbach. After Josh (Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Watts) meet a free-spirited twenty-something couple (Driver and Seyfried), they adopt a new lifestyle complete with hip-hop dance classes and mind-expanding parties. But with each hilarious attempt to act young, Josh and Cornelia start to appreciate the rewards of growing old together.
Special Features will include:
–Six Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes:
“Working with Filmmaker Noah Baumbach”
“Working with Charles Grodin”
- Scott J. Davis
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award nominated Naomi Watts.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, in Allegiant Part 1 Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Golden Globe nominated Jeff Daniels joins the cast.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate announced today that production is officially underway on the penultimate installment in the Divergent franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, in Atlanta. As is all the rage, the final book in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy is being split in half, but Allegiant – Part 1 and Allegiant – Part 2 are being shot separately. The story for Part 1 finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escaping beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. Filmmaker Robert Schwentke, who did a surprisingly solid job at the helm of Insurgent, returns to direct Allegiant – Part 1, and new cast additions include Jeff Daniels as the morally ambiguous David, with Bill Skarsgård and Nadia Hilker filling the roles of Matthew and Nita respectively. Returning cast members include Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shailene Woodley and Theo James are back to work today, as Lionsgate/Summit has announced that cameras have officially started rolling on the third film in the Divergent Series, the first half of Allegiant's adaptation for the big screen.
If you couldn't tell by my riveting opening paragraph there, I'm not all that excited about the fact that The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 (a ridiculously long and unnecessary title by the way), has started filming. However, I know the series has it's fans, despite being mediocre books and mostly boring movies, so I'm dishing out the information as given:
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts. »
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Kendall Jenner is getting a little help from her friends! The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star is hitting the party circuit in Cannes this week, stepping out for a night on the town with Hailey Baldwin and Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver. Kendall looked gorgeous at the soiree, sporting a formfitting black jumpsuit with cutout panels and swept her hair up into a high ponytail. Baldwin took to Instagram to share a pic of the fashionable trio, where Skriver was seen giving Kendall's bust a "boost" as the reality star puckered up to her pal! "Jo giving kens a boost," Hailey captioned the cute candid. After seeing Kendall's chic airport attire, we can't wait to see what the model wears to her next elegant event! Check out the gallery below to see all the stars at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, »
- tooFab Staff
The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire
Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is to his varying filmography. Whether you’re a fan or detractor of his period of ‘slow’ films, including 2003’s Palme d’Or winning Elephant, or his mainstream appeal with beloved dramas like 1997’s Good Will Hunting, one can’t argue with a certain amount of dexterity on his part as a filmmaker. But those hoping for a sensational return to any tone in particular are in for a pointedly disappointing time with his latest, The Sea of Trees. Hopelessly melodramatic and embarrassingly affected, it’s a film so emotionally tone deaf it makes Finding Forrester (2000) seem miraculous by comparison. Headlined by a high pedigree cast, awkwardly shuffled about in a revolving charade, the title is a major disappointment from the beloved filmmaker.
Al Munteanu is CEO of SquareOne Entertainment, one of Germany’s leading film distributors. Past releases have included “The Imitation Game” and “Philomena”; its upcoming slate includes “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman; “Life,” starring Robert Pattinson; “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren, and “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Munteanu is a co-producer on the upcoming Jesse Owens’ biopic “Race.” He and his five-strong team have a busy schedule during the festival, with up to 15 meetings a day. Every year, the company acquires at least a couple of films at Cannes.
Da Laura is a breath of fresh air, as relates to gastronomy and service. For some odd reason, you don’t feel like you’re in Cannes.
Cannes 2015 schedule
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- Leo Barraclough
Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.
The Sea of Trees stars Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal professor who goes to Japan’s Aokigahara forest, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, where he encounters suicidal salaryman Ken Watanabe. Flashbacks details a troubled marriage with boozy Naomi Watts.
Review: The Sea Of Trees
With a score of just 0.6 (out of a possible 4), it’s the worst showing since 2003’s Les Cotelettes, which scored a bottom-scraping 0.3.
However, it still outranks Brown Bunny’s 0.5 (also in 2003) and Johnny Depp’s notorious directorial debut The Brave, which scored 1.0 in 1997.
Son of Saul still leads the league, with 2.8.
Click here for Screen’s Cannes Competition blog.
Screen’s jury chart will be updated daily »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Fionnuala Halligan)
Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts's new film, Sea of Trees, earned a rare distinction at Cannes Film Festival yesterday: it was one of the few movies in the film festival's recent history to earn a rousing round of boos at its premiere. Today, at a press conference for the project, reporters unsurprisingly asked about the chilly reception. "I real simply will say that people have as much right to boo as they do to ovate," McConaughey said diplomatically, seeming relaxed despite the negative reactions. "I'm happy to be invited to be here, that the film got in, and it was a great experience making the film," the ever-positive McConaughey added. "I'm working presently in the United States, but I wanted to make the time to come over. This is fun. I look at this as kind of dessert." McConaughey and Watts's new film was directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, »
A film that explores the suicide theme might have become the first Croisette casualty, hara-kiri style. He has had a lengthy, healthy career moving between micro indie and studio projects, Sea of Trees follows in the footsteps of Milk, Restless (Un Certain Regard selection) and Promised Land. Palme d’Or winner back in 2003 for Elephant, Gus Van Sant‘s fourth film to appear in the Main Competition got an early screening the day before, and the response is reminiscent of how Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was critically received. Starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an American who travels to Japan’s “suicide forest” after the death of his wife (Naomi Watts) this also features Ken Watanabe.
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- Eric Lavallee
Cannes– A day after premiering to a chorus of boos and laughter at its press screening, “Sea of Trees” earned a short and sweet standing ovation during his official premiere on Saturday evening in Cannes.
McConaughey, who plays an American who travels to Japan’s “suicide forest” after the death of his wife, did say earlier today during the presser that he “Anyone has any right to either boo or ovate,” but he and co-star Naomi Watts looked tense, especially McConaughey who is usually rather upbeat if not rowdy, when stepping onto the Palais’ red carpet. The actor, who sported a long beard and a shiny bordeaux suit, was nevertheless welcomed by hordes of fans and spent time signing autographs before taking a few poses with Watts and Van Sant, who was initially wearing sunglasses.
The premiere’s atmosphere and actors’ mood lightened up a few shades once applauds started to roll following the screening. »
- Elsa Keslassy
TWC won the bidding at the Cannes Film Festival after buyers were shown a promo reel of the project, directed by Gaby Dellal. The deal is for a reported $6 million with a minimum 500-screen commitment.
Fanning plays a New York teenager seeking to transition from female to male. Watts portrays her mother, and Sarandon is her lesbian grandmother.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
The Forest, the supernatural thriller starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney which will be directed by Jason Zada based on an original idea by David S. Goyer, will commences principal photography today in Tokyo, Japan and in the environs surrounding the legendary Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji.
The Forest, which is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, tells the story of a young American woman who goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders into the forest. »
- Michelle McCue
Matthew McConaughey has reacted to the negative reception his film received at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
When asked at a press conference today about the booing, the film's star said (via The Wrap): "I heard that. And I would say, real simply, anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate."
Van Sant also said that they know where they stand after he read one review.
The Sea of Trees follows a man (McConaughey) who travels to Japan's famous 'Suicide Forest' to take his life but meets another man (Ken Watanabe) with the same intentions. The two then try to save each other's lives.
McConaughey recently revealed that he reads bad reviews of his movies but learns from the criticism. »
For a while it looked like the savaging Sea of Trees received after its press screening on Friday would be the elephant in the room at Saturday’s press conference. The assembled journalists tip-toed carefully around the subject, sometimes avoiding it entirely and occasionally offering the mild suggestion that perhaps the film wasn’t among Gus Van Sant’s finest, but without ever going in for the kill. As if expecting the issue to arise, the director, plus stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, appeared somewhat subdued, McConaughey even putting up a rather defensive, unsmiling front to otherwise respectful questions. And then,
- Alex Ritman
“I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be invited. I’m happy that the film got in. It was a great experience for me,” he said at the film’s presser, which was not so packed.
“I liked the experience of making it, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world,” he added. “I’m working in the United States, but it’s exciting for me to come here and support work that got I to do with these people.”
“This is fun. I look at this as sort of [eating] dessert. No matter what, we’ve declared now: here is is! Thanks for having us, hope you enjoy it. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Reviewing The Sea of Trees, with Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, for Time Out, Guy Lodge notes that Gus Van Sant "has long exhibited a curiously split directorial personality, producing one dripping barrel of schmaltz like Restless for every Elephant-style study in austere severity. Still, he may never have made a film quite as banal as this life-after-near-death drama, which resembles one of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase's spiritualist tone poems brutally hijacked in the editing suite by M. Night Shyamalan." We're collecting more pans, one defense and a clip. » - David Hudson »
Most A-list movie stars employ a driver, but Matthew McConaughey prefers to be in the front seat. “I love to drive myself,” he says. McConaughey is on his way to work on a freeway in Louisiana, where he’s shooting the Civil War film “The Free State of Jones” and chatting with a reporter on his cell phone. (“I’m breaking the law,” he jokes, before adding, “I have a hands-free headset.”) Production wraps in three weeks, but McConaughey is taking the weekend off to jet to the Cannes Film Festival for the Saturday premiere of “Sea of Trees.”
The drama, directed by Gus Van Sant, teams McConaughey with Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. The screenplay focuses on a man (McConaughey) who journeys into Japan’s Suicide Forest to end his life, only to encounter surprises along the way. “Sea of Trees” was shot in Massachusetts and Japan on a $25 million budget, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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