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19 items from 2016


After Harry Potter: Celebrating Daniel Radcliffe's career on his birthday

23 July 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

After Harry Potter: Celebrating Daniel Radcliffe's career on his birthdayAfter Harry Potter: Celebrating Daniel Radcliffe's career on his birthdayAdriana Floridia7/23/2016 3:02:00 Pm

Being a child star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time can't be an easy feat. However, Daniel Radcliffe, who most may know as Harry Potter, has made bold and beautiful decisions after playing the famous wizard for a decade.

Today, Daniel turns twenty-seven, and we want to celebrate the last five years in which he's put away his wand, and instead has dazzled us in new and exciting ways that we honestly never could have anticipated. A young actor who keeps surprising us with his role choice -  as in his latest film, Swiss Army Man, where he literally plays a  corpse - Radcliffe has cast his own magical spell on us, and we've been entranced ever since we »

- Adriana Floridia

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Adeel Akhtar Joins Judd Apatow-Produced ‘The Big Sick’

23 May 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Adeel Akhtar, a rising star in both the comedy and dramatic worlds, has boarded the cast of The Big Sick opposite stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). Also starring in the comedy produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel are Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Zoe KazanGlen Basner's FilmNation is fully financing and handling international sales on the picture, with Apatow and Mendel producing through Apatow Productions (Trainwreck, This Is… »

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First Look: Bryan Bertino’s A24 Horror ‘There Are Monsters’ Starring Zoe Kazan

10 May 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been nearly a decade since Bryan Bertino brought audiences his magnificent home-invasion debut, “The Strangers.” Since then he only helmed 2014’s found footage thriller “Mockingbird,” but last year’s Cannes Film Festival delivered the promising news that A24 picked up distribution rights to his original creature horror “There Are Monsters” and would be eyeing […]

The post First Look: Bryan Bertino’s A24 Horror ‘There Are Monsters’ Starring Zoe Kazan appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Jason Osiason

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First Images From ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties,’ ‘Zeroville,’ ‘Free Fire,’ and More

10 May 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Today brings new images from a batch of films likely arriving this fall, the majority coming from A24. First up, perhaps our most-anticipated of the group is John Cameron Mitchell‘s adaptation of the Neil Gaman short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Led by Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp (seen in the first still above), the cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas.

One can see the synopsis below, followed by the first image from the Zoe Kazan-led horror feature There Are Monsters, from The Strangers director Bryan Bertino, as well as Ben Wheatley‘s star-studded actioner Free Fire, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The only one not in the hands of A24 is James Franco‘s adaptation of Steve Erickson‘s Zeroville, which features the cast of Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.

John Cameron Mitchell, director »

- Leonard Pearce

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Ray Romano, Holly Hunter Join Indie Rom-Com 'The Big Sick'

13 April 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ray Romano and Holly Hunter have joined the cast of the indie romantic comedy The Big Sick. The duo are joining Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan for the Judd Apatow-produced project, which is being directed by Michael Showalter from a script by Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon. The story is based off Nanjiani and Gordon's own relationship as a Pakistani-born man and a American woman. Romano and Hunter will be playing Kazan's character's parents. Barry Mendel is also producing the project, which is being financed by FilmNation. The Everybody Loves Raymond star recently appeared in HBO's music industry drama Vinyl

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- Mia Galuppo

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‘Vinyl’s’ Ray Romano, ‘Batman v Superman’s’ Holly Hunter Join Romantic Comedy ‘The Big Sick’ (Exclusive)

13 April 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off HBO’s “Vinyl” and Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman,” Emmy winner Ray Romano and Oscar winner Holly Hunter are in negotiations to join Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Michael Showalter (“Hello, My Name Is Doris”) is directing from a script by Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The story is based on their own relationship and examines the challenges faced by a Pakistan-born man (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend (Kazan). Romano and Hunter are nearing deals to play Kazan’s parents, according to insiders. Also »

- Jeff Sneider

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FilmRise, Starz swoop on SXSW selections

15 March 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights to filmmaker Jason Cohen’s documentary following its world premiere in Austin, Texas, at the weekend.

The distributor brokered the deal with Preferred Content and will release Silicon Cowboys theatrically in the autumn. Content Media handles international sales.

Ross Dinerstein and Glen Zipper produced the David vs. Goliath story of Compaq Computer the rise of the PC industry in the 1980s.

Starz has picked up all North American and Latin American rights from Wme Global to Sophie Goodhart’s rom-com My Blind Brother, which also premiered at the weekend in SXSW.

Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, and Charlie Hewson star in the Low Spark Films and Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures feature. Low Spark financed in association with Think Media Studios.

Starz Digital plans a theatrical and VOD release later this year followed by an exclusive pay television premiere on Starz in 2017. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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SXSW: Adam Scott’s ‘My Blind Brother’ Sells to Starz (Exclusive)

15 March 2016 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what will likely be the biggest sale out of this year’s South by Southwest, Starz is nearing a deal to acquire the indie comedy “My Blind Brother” in the low seven-figure range, Variety has learned.

The movie, directed by Sophie Goodhart and telling the story of a local smug athlete (Adam Scott) and his underachieving brother (Nick Kroll), created a bidding war with many distributors, including Netflix, the Orchard, Sony and Gravitas Ventures.

Starz, which landed North American and Latin American rights for the film, will give “My Blind Brother” a day-and-date release in 25 markets and VOD (via Starz Digital) later this year, followed by an exclusive TV debut in 2017.

The cast also includes Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan. “My Blind Brother” was produced by Tyler Davidson and Tory Tunnell. It premiered at SXSW on Saturday to strong reviews.

This has been a slow market in Austin, with »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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SXSW Film Review: ‘My Blind Brother’

14 March 2016 7:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After living for more than a decade within the Apatovian slacker-comedy tradition, in which the joys of arrested development are smiled upon indulgently for a while before our heroes stride heroically and inevitably into maturity, it’s weirdly refreshing to see a romantic comedy where selfishness, resentment and sloth are presented as unabashed virtues. Such is the charm of Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” which takes an ostensibly dark premise — a man of few qualities attempts to steal his overachieving blind brother’s girlfriend — and turns it into a featherweight frolic as winningly unambitious as its central couple played by Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate. The film has “Netflix acquisition” written all over it.

Square-jawed and iron-willed, Robbie (Adam Scott) is a fully inspirational man. In spite of his blindness, he manages to excel at almost everything a sighted person could do, whether it’s running marathons, skiing or »

- Andrew Barker

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Dan Mazer’s Rock Star Comedy ‘Stiff’ in the Works as Movie

22 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andras Hamori’s H2O Motion Pictures is launching development on the rock-star comedy “Stiff” and the thriller “American Solo,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Stiff” is based on a script from Dan Mazer, the longtime writing and producing partner of Sacha Baron Cohen. The project centers on an ’80s rock star who falls into a 30-year coma and wakes to find the world and his family have moved on without him.

“Stiff” will be directed by Michael Dowse, whose most recent film was the Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan comedy-drama “What If.” Dowse will produce with Hamori and Jodi Cahn will exec produce.

“Stiff” will begin production in the summer/fall in London.

H2O has also optioned the film rights for the German novel “American Solo” by Katja Eichinger, prior to its English-language publication. The thriller follows the story of a famous musician who kidnaps his neighbor’s beautiful young »

- Dave McNary

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Embankment names Max Pirkis head of acquisitions and distribution

18 February 2016 4:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales outfit has been at Efm with Submergence.

Embankment Films has appointed Max Pirkis as head of acquisitions and distribution with immediate effect.

Pirkis, who joined the London-based sales firm in 2013, now heads up and manages Embankment’s acquisitions slate while also co-ordinating international delivery and distribution of current Embankment titles.

Greg Martin, who previously worked for Working Title, reports to Pirkis as acquisitions and distribution executive. Pirkis replaces Sara May, who moves on from her consultancy role with Embankment and will shortly be announcing her own new venture. 

Embankment co-founder Tim Haslam said: “In Max, we have nabbed and nurtured one of the brightest – and we are convinced that he is an industry star of the future. His expanded role and responsibility is an exciting opportunity for the company and our team.

“[Embankment co-founder Hugo Grumbar] and I vividly recall first meeting him and thinking we’ve seen that guy before somewhere. Turns out he was amongst the lead actors »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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David Thewlis to star in 'Croak'

12 February 2016 2:29 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The British actor will play the lead in the heist dark comedy alongside Juliette Lewis and Craig Roberts that Stephen Fry and Robert Taylor are producing. 13 Films handles international sales at the Efm.

Kevin Thomas will direct from a screenplay by Thewlis that centres on an encounter between a young actor and a mortician and takes place against the backdrop of the film business. Zoe Kazan, Julia Garner, Ken Stott, and Shirley Henderson also star.

Croak is based on the short film Sunday Roast, which Thomas directed and was screened at the London Film Festival 2015.

Principal photography is scheduled for July. UTA is arranging financing for the film and handles Us rights.

Croak is a Sprout Pictures, Thomas Thomas Films and The Development Partnership production. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: David Thewlis Starring in Heist Comedy ‘Croak’

12 February 2016 11:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Thewlis has come on board the dark comedy “Croak” with Kevin Thomas directing  from Thewlis’ script with shooting expected to begin in July.

The British heist film also stars Juliette Lewis, Zoe Kazan, Julia Garner, Craig Roberts, Ken Scott and Julie Henderson. The film is currently in pre-production.

13 Films is handling international rights to the project and will introduce the film to buyers in Berlin. UTA is arranging financing for the film and handling the U.S. rights.

Producers are Stephen Fry and Robert Taylor along with Kevin Thomas and Philippa Thomas, who founded Thomas Thomas Films in 2000.

“Croak” is a Sprout Pictures, Thomas Thomas Films and the Development Partnership production. The project is based on the short film “Sunday Roast,”  which was screened at the London Film Festival last year.

The film is a darkly comedic look at the ludicrous quirks of the film industry, which are thrown »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin: Zoe Kazan Joins Kumail Nanjiani in ‘The Big Sick’

11 February 2016 3:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zoe Kazan will star in romantic comedy “The Big Sick”  opposite “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani.

FilmNation is financing and selling the project to foreign buyers at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA is handling domestic rights.

FilmNation came on board the project to fully finance and handle worldwide rights in December. Nanjiani wrote the script with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, based on their own relationship about the challenges faced by a Pakistan-born man (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend (Kazan).

Michael Showalter, who directed “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” is attached to direct “The Big Sick.” Producers are Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.

Nanjiani stars on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” as programmer Dinesh Chugtai. He is also a writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.”

He appeared in “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and »

- Dave McNary

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Oscar Isaac and Scarlett Johansson: Who’s most overdue for an Oscar nomination now?

21 January 2016 1:22 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Continuing to feed off of last week’s Academy Award nomination announcement (as well as yesterday’s piece on the snubs found within those nominations, in one or two cases), today I want to look at who happens to be most due a nod at this point. An Oscar nom is certainly no easy achievement, but you can usually look around at the actors and actresses who have never been nominated and find at least one missed opportunity on the part of the Academy. As such, today I’m again putting out a list of who deserves a nomination the most, updated since certain contenders like Jennifer Jason Leigh finally have their citation… Here now are ten actors or actresses overdue for an Oscar nomination: 10. Zoe Kazan – Anyone who doesn’t consider Kazan to be overdue for a citation just isn’t paying attention. Look at The Exploding Girl or »

- Joey Magidson

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Interview: Scoot McNairy & Zoe Kazan talk Our Brand is Crisis

21 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

David Gordon Green’s political satire Our Brand is Crisis enters UK cinemas on the 22nd of January, and this week we’ll be running a series of interviews with the main cast, as well as Green himself. As well as sounding like the most showbiz couple ever Scoot McNairy and Zoe Kazan are both making names

The post Interview: Scoot McNairy & Zoe Kazan talk Our Brand is Crisis appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Inside the Golden Globes 2016 After-Parties

11 January 2016 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This year’s infamous Golden Globe after-parties were colored by two unfortunate events. First, changes to the drop-off system required all partygoers (who didn’t come directly from the show) to take shuttles to the Beverly Hilton out of Century City. Many guests and celebrities were forced to endure hour-long waits on the backed-up lines, and other, less determined, revelers abandoned course completely.

On a far graver note, the celebratory night took a much different turn when guests learned of the passing of legendary musician David Bowie. At around 11 p.m., partygoers fled frantically outside to check their phones for news, entertainment greats raised their glasses in commemorative toasts and DJs at shindigs from HBO to Weinstein honored the British legend by playing mashups of his tunes.

The Variety staff was on hand to share how it all went down.

8:22 p.m. Inside the already-packed Fox party, “American Horror »

- Variety Staff

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Inside the Golden Globes 2016 After-Parties

11 January 2016 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s infamous Golden Globe after-parties were colored by two unfortunate events. First, changes to the drop-off system required all partygoers (who didn’t come directly from the show) to take shuttles to the Beverly Hilton out of Century City. Many guests and celebrities were forced to endure hour-long waits on the backed-up lines, and other, less determined, revelers abandoned course completely.

On a far graver note, the celebratory night took a much different turn when guests learned of the passing of legendary musician David Bowie. At around 11 p.m., partygoers fled frantically outside to check their phones for news, entertainment greats raised their glasses in commemorative toasts and DJs at shindigs from HBO to Weinstein honored the British legend by playing mashups of his tunes.

The Variety staff was on hand to share how it all went down.

8:22 p.m. Inside the already-packed Fox party, “American Horror »

- Variety Staff

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Golden Globes: The Wildest Moments You Didn't See on TV

10 January 2016 9:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Golden Globes have officially wrapped - with plenty of entertaining moments taking place during the broadcast. But a lot of the fun happened when the cameras weren't rolling. Here are some of the candid moments People witnessed from inside the ceremony. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer made quite the impression with their joint presentation - and further proved their Bff status during commercial break as they hugged on stage for a long time after the lights went down at the end of their speech. The Lawrence love fest continued later, with the actress gushing over Downton Abbey's, Joanne Froggatt, »

- Aili Nahas, JD Heyman, Melody Chiu and Aaron Couch

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