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Playing It Cool, 2015
Directed by Justin Reardon
Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.
First time director Justin Reardon clearly has a lot of friends in high places. Along with first time writers Chris Shafter and Paul Vicknair, they have managed to amass a cast that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Spider-Man 3‘s Topher Grace, Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, as well as Martin Starr, Luke Wilson and Michelle Monaghan. Now a cast list wouldn’t seem that out of the ordinary for most motion pictures, this is for Playing It Cool (formally A Many Splintered Thing), a simple rom-com that is now available on VOD. Is it a bad movie? »
- Luke Owen
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
Arguably TV’s finest new original show of 2014, True Detective has gained many admirers since its critically-acclaimed debut last year. Now, after months of rumours and casting back-and-forth, the second season of the HBO show is in full production in Los Angeles, and some set photos have emerged over at ComingSoon.net showing some of the new cast in action. In the images, we can see stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in action on the streets of California, in what looks to be a shootout scene…
Farrell (Phone Booth) plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him; McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves; while Kitsch (The Savages) plays Paul Woodrugh, »
- Scott J. Davis
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sealed a batch of multi-year output deals with international distributors to cover titles that Open Road produces or acquires for the world. This follows the November hook-up of the companies for FilmNation to sell and service all Open Road productions and international acquisitions. Today’s move guarantees distribution in more than 15 territories including the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey, India, South Africa and Iceland. Across those markets, the distributors include eOne, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Telepool, Village Roadshow, Lev Films and Ster Kinekor. Still further deals are in the works and expected to close during the Efm here in Berlin.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Open Road Films and FilmNation Entertainment have closed a string of output deals on films that Open Road produces or acquires for the world, pursuant to their new partnership.
Territories covered include Spain, Latin America, Canada and Eastern Europe, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions closing multiple deals.
eOne picked up rights for the UK, Village Roadshow for Australia and New Zealand, Telepool for Germany, Ster Kinekor for South Africa and Lev for Israel.
The arrangement kicks off with Open Road’s previously announced thriller and first in-house production Sleepless Night to star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, one of three to four films the company expects to finance and produce each year.
“Glen and his team did a fantastic job of helping us get into business with top-tier international distributors throughout the world,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg.
“We look forward »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The companies had announced in November that FilmNation Entertainment would sell and service all films that Open Road produces or acquires for international.
The new deals cover the U.K., Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, Middle East, Greece, Turkey, India, South Africa and Iceland. Distributors include Entertainment One, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions, Telepool, Village Roadshow, Lev Films and Ster Kinekor.
“Sleepless Night” was recently announced by Open Road as its first in-house production. Open Road expects to finance and produce three to four movies annually along with continuing to acquire films for U.S. distribution.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.
Top brass from La-based Vertical Entertainment are scouring Berlin for global rights as part of a strategic expansion to exploit independent gems across international platforms.
Co-founder Rich Goldberg and head of acquisitions and marketing Peter Jarowey are also on the look-out for Us and UK pick-ups, buoyed by their recent success in the Us with Susan Sarandon thriller The Calling.
The serial killer release went out last August on VOD, cable and satellite and generated $3m, an extraordinary and hitherto unreported success that the distributor is keen to replicate across its prestige roster of curated releases.
Vertical plans to release around two films a month and believes it can deliver robust launches through its relationships with Comcast and digital platforms that bode well for a title’s international prospects.
Ties to Walmart are also crucial. The retail »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Best of Me (romance adapted from yet another Nicholas Sparks novel; James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan; rated PG-13) Dracula Untold (horror-action; Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper; rated PG-13) John Wick (action-thriller; Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane; rated R) Ouija (horror; Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith; rated PG-13) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (romantic drama; Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy; rated R) Hector and...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
"The Best of Me" melted our hearts in theaters, but now we're getting to see a different ending to the tragic love story. The Tears of Joy edition of the Blu-ray and DVD hits stores today and includes an all-new storyline and the "Storybook" Alternate Ending, which we've got your exclusive first look at above!And while James Marsden's character Dawson and Michelle Monaghan's Amanda couldn't make it work in the theatrical release, they may have a second shot at happiness this time around.Check out the sneak preview above to see what happens with Amanda's son after a life-threatening car accident in the new timeline. The home video release will also include interviews with Sparks, Monaghan and Marsden, as well as Lady Antebellum's music video for "I Did." Click Here to see what Marsden told us about playing Dawson in the flick ... and pick up your »
- tooFab Staff
On Demand DVD New Releases Feb. 2-8 The Best of Me (pictured below) Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, the film tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart. James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan (PG-13, 1:57) 2/3 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy dazzle in this drama hailed as ‘one of the most romantic love stories ever.’ A couple tries to reclaim their past. (R, 2:03) 2/3 Dracula Untold Before he was Dracula, Vlad was a prince ruling over a small kingdom. When a warlord demands … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.
- Jenni Miller
Open Road will produce the remake of the 2011 French crime thriller, reports Variety.
The film follows the story of an undercover police officer who searches a nightclub for drugs in the hope of saving his kidnapped son.
Warner Bros originally had the rights to the film, but decided not to move forward with the project.
If a film is a success in France, chances are it will end up squarely in the sights of an American studio for a remake. In this case, Warner Bros. was quick to scoop up the rights to Sleepless Night, a ticking-clock crime thriller, with Jamie Foxx expressing interest in starring. But the studio decided not to move ahead and now Open Road has leapt on the chance to produce it with Foxx and Michelle Monaghan starring.Swiss director Baran bo Odar is aboard to make the film, with Andrea Berloff adapting the 2011 original for American audiences. Foxx is set to play a cop with connections to the criminal underworld that finds his family – specifically his son – in danger when he double-crosses some very bad people. The title refers to him scouring a nightclub and, presumably some of a city, to find his kidnapped child. Open Road is looking to »
The Sleepless Night remake just got a jolt of much-needed energy. Open Road has just picked up the action-thriller and attached Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan to star. Baran bo Odar will direct from a script by Andrea Berloff. The original French film by Frédéric Jardin was a big hit with critics, if not the box […]
- Angie Han
Foxx would play a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop and Monaghan would play an internal affairs agent.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Jamie Foxx has signed up to star in a remake of Sleepless Night alongside Michelle Monaghan. Haven.t heard of Sleepless Night? Well maybe you might know it better as Nuit Blanche, the 2011 French-Belgian-Luxembourgian action-thriller. It.s all coming together quite quickly for Sleepless Night. Not only have Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan signed on the dotted line to star in the flick but Baran Bo Odar is officially going to direct too. According to Coming Soon.net, all of this information was announced earlier today by Tom Ortenberg, the CEO of Open Road Films. But what will Sleepless Night entail? Well, why ask me when you can just take a look at the trailer for Nuit Blanche below. Fingers crossed the mundane and turgid American voiceover isn.t an indication of the treatment that Sleepless Night is about to receive. But, if the American Sleepless Night can recreate the »
Open Road Films has today announced details of its forthcoming thriller, Sleepless Night, which is set to include The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jamie Foxx and True Detective star Michelle Monaghan in leading roles. A loose re-telling of Frederic Jardin’s French film Nuit Blanche, the Americanized take will shift the focus to the shimmering deserts and illuminated sidewalks of Las Vegas.
At the helm is German filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, who will make his English language debut with this corrupt law enforcement caper. As previously mentioned, Sleepless Night will re-invent Jardin’s original film, and focus on Foxx’s shifty Las Vegas cop. He finds himself under the gun when a crew of gangsters kidnap his son for a hefty ransom… after he stole a cocaine shipment from them. Eager to retrieve his boy, he must contend with the mobsters who don’t know he’s actually lost the »
- Gem Seddon
Open Road Films announced this afternoon that Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are attached to star in the company's thriller "Sleepless Night," which will be directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran Bo Odar. The project, which is a remake of the 2011 French film "Nuit Blanche," directed by Frédéric Jardin, centers on a character named Vincent Downs (played by Jamie Foxx), described as a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop, who races to save his son's life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Monaghan plays an officer Jennifer Bryant, who is an Internal Affairs »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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