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18 items from 2015


Adopt Films acquires 'The Idol'

29 September 2015 11:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seville International has found a Us home for Hany Abu-Assad’s acclaimed recent Toronto world premiere and closed a raft of new sales

Rights also went in Toronto to Italy (Adler Entertainment), Poland (Monolith Films), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Denmark (Angel Films), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment).

The Idol is based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf, a young boy who broke free from his home in Gaza and made it to the Cairo auditions for Arab Idol 2013 

Seville International handles international rights outside the Middle East. Mbc co-produces and handles the film’s release in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm.

Anick Poirier and her team previously closed deals in France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select Co. Ltd), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella) and Latin America (California Filmes).

Rights have also gone to South Africa (Times Media), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Sells to Adopt Films for U.S.

29 September 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Entertainment One’s Seville International has sold U.S. rights on Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Idol” to Adopt Films.

The movie is based on the story of Mohammad Assaf, the 2013 winner of “Arab Idol,” who managed to leave Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of the most popular talent show in the region.

The movie stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman.

The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab are producing.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

The film was partially filmed on location in Gaza, the first feature film to be shot there in decades. Other shooting locations included Jenin, »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Idol’

12 September 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After bringing a grim, laserlike focus to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his Oscar-nominated thrillers “Paradise Now” (2005) and “Omar” (2013), director Hany Abu-Assad makes a welcome foray into more crowdpleasing territory with “The Idol.” A simply told but thoroughly captivating portrait of Muhammad Assaf, the Gazan singer who won “Arab Idol” at age 23 and became an irresistible symbol of hope for Palestinians worldwide, the movie largely benefits from Abu-Assad’s natural talent for building suspense and rhythm; if the story’s elisions and fabrications occasionally feel too tidy, it more than earns its emotional impact on the strength of its excellent young cast. Abu-Assad’s ever-rising profile and Assaf’s enormous popularity (as both a U.N. goodwill ambassador and a cultural icon) should sing a winning commercial tune for a picture that deserves an audience well beyond its natural Arab fanbase.

The first half of “The Idol” is a charming, rambunctious coming-of-age dramedy set in Gaza, »

- Justin Chang

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Toronto: Image Nation Boards Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’

10 September 2015 3:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has come on-board  Oscar-nommed Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s “The Idol” about Palestinian pop singer Mohammed Assaf who went from being a kid in a refugee camp in Gaza to winning the second season of “Arab Idol” in 2013 and thereafter was named a goodwill ambassador for peace by the United Nations.

“The Idol,” which will have it world preem on September 11 in Toronto as a Special Presentation, stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman. The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

The film was produced by Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab. Seville’s Anick Poirier is an executive producer. Cactus World Films’ Maya Sanbar and Sawsan Asfari »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Toronto Festival: Films Making Waves With Buyers

8 September 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.

Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere

Baskin

Director: Can Evrenol

Cast: Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak

Producers: Can Evrenol, Serhat Cinisli, Mehmet Cemal Toz

Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.

Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)

Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere

Born to Dance

Director: Tammy Davis

Producers: Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders,

Daniel Story

Cast: Tai Maipi,

Stan Walker

Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.

Sales: Cmg (international)

Colonia

Director:

Florian Gallenberger

Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Nicolas Steil Cast: Emma Watson,

Daniel Bruehl

Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.

Sales: Beta Cinema

(international); UTA (U. »

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‘Tyrant’ Finale Risks Slipping Back Into Creative Quagmire (Spoilers)

1 September 2015 8:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tyrant’s” bid to win TV’s equivalent of “Most Improved Player” honors ultimately fell short, as the second season’s finishing kick slipped back into some of the quicksand that made the first disappointing. Interesting and provocative in its willingness to tackle the unsettled nature of the Middle East through the prism of a fictional country, the series completely transformed its protagonist but couldn’t effectively deal with why, after all he’s endured, he and his family wouldn’t just head home as fast as humanly possible. Nor did a cliffhanger ending do much to stoke enthusiasm for a return engagement.

The stilted dynamics of the central family were clearly the weakest part of season one, in which U.S. pediatrician Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) returned to his homeland of Abbudin to attend the wedding of his nephew. Once there, all hell broke loose, as Barry’s strongman father died suddenly, »

- Brian Lowry

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Seville International strikes sales on 'The Idol'

25 August 2015 7:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Montreal-based company has closed key sales on Hany Abu-Assad’s drama on the eve of its world premiere in Toronto.

The Idol has sold to Tfi in France, Koch in Germany, Umbrella in Australia, PVR in India, California Filmes in Latin America, New Select in Japan, Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films in China, Edko in Hong Kong, Spring International in Taiwan and Red Pictures in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Deals have also closed in Benelux (September Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Hungary (Mtva), South Africa (Times Media), Portugal (Outsider Films), former Yugoslavia (Discovery Films), Romania (Independenta), South Korea (Kaon Contents & Media) and airlines (Captive).

Seville International parent company eOne will distribute directly in Spain, while Mbc will co-produce The Idol and handle the release in the Middle East and North Africa through its 03 production arm.

The film is based on the true story of Arab Idol 2013 winner Mohammad Assaf, who made it from his home in Gaza to the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘The Idol’ Sees Strong Sales Ahead of Toronto Premiere

25 August 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seville International has sold Hany Abu-Assad’s singing drama “The Idol” in more than 20 markets ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie is based on the story of Mohammad Assaf, the 2013 winner of “Arab Idol,” who managed to leave Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of the most popular talent show in the region.

The movie stars a quartet of actors from Gaza — Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka — along with Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum and Ali Suliman.

The film is written by Abu-Assad and Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab are producing.

Abu-Assad received Oscar nominations for best foreign language film in 2006 for “Paradise Now” and in 2013 for “Omar.”

Sales include France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), South Africa (Times Media »

- Dave McNary

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Seville inks deals on Hany Abu Assad’s 'The Idol'

25 August 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

eOne’s art-house sales arm Seville International has secured several deals on Hany Abu-Assad’s Toronto-bound The Idol.

The film, about the 2013 Palestinian winner of Arab Idol, stars Tawfeek Barhom, Nadine Labaki, Ashraf Barhoum, Ali Suliman Qais Attallah, Hiba Attallah, Ahmad Qassim and Abdalkarim Abubaraka.

Sales include France (TF1), Germany (Koch), Switzerland (Praesens), Benelux (September Films), Japan (New Select), Hungary (Mtva), Australia (Umbrella), Latin America (California Filmes), South Africa (Times Media), China (Beijing Xiangjiang YiHua Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Hong Kong (Edko), India (PVR), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (Red Pictures), Taiwan (Spring International), Former Yugoslavia (Discovery Films), Romania (Independenta), South Korea (Kaon Contents & Media) and Airlines (Captive).

eOne will directly release the film in Spain.

Co-producers Mbc will handle the Middle East and North Africa release through its 03 production arm.

The Idol is written by Assad with Sameh Zoabi. Ali Jaafar and Amira Diab produce.

The film is produced in association with the Doha Film institute and the »

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

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Weekly TV Guide: Hannibal, Hell On Wheels, Married Season Premiere, and More

13 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Check out our picks for the week of Monday, July 13th: 7/13 The Whispers, "Whatever It Takes" (ABC, 10 p.m.) - This mysterious, intermittently tense series continues with Wes (Barry Sloane) and the President (Martin Cummins) discussing the fate of the rock, while members of the President's family are targeted. The weirdness continues! [caption id="attachment_468739" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Lifetime[/caption] UnReal, "Savior" (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) - The cast and crew must come to terms with some hard truths in the wake of an on-set tragedy in the latest episode of Lifetime's single legitimate program. 7/14 Tyrant, "A Viper in the Palace" (FX, 10 p.m.) - FX's slightly underrated political melodrama continues to chart the converse lives of the two scion's of Abbudin's late, »

- Chris Cabin

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Tyrant: Season Two Ratings

18 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, Tyrant didn't bring in very good ratings but the FX execs decided to give it more time and renewed the show for a second season. Will the numbers get better in season two? How long will the cable channel remain patient if they don't? Will the drama be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.

Tyrant revolves around the youngest son of a dictator who returns to his war-torn country in the Middle-East with his American family. This season, the drama's cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Alice Krige, Alexander Karim, Cameron Gharaee, and Sybilla Deen.

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Tyrant Season 2 Review: The Al-Fayeeds Splinter Further in Fascinating Second Season

15 June 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The biggest criticism of Tyrant's first season was the casting of Adam Rayner, a quite white British actor, in the role of Bassam Al-Fayeed, the Americanized, self-banished scion of President Al-Fayeed (Nasser Faris), the ruler of the fictional Middle-Eastern nation of Abbudin. Not only did Rayner's ... let's call it "pretty" appearance highlight the show's more irksome and flat melodramatic passages, but next to the Galilee-born Ashraf Barhom, who plays Bassam's wildly sadistic, power-obsessed brother Jamal, blue-eyed Rayner seemed simply not to belong in the frame with actors who, for lack of a better phrase, look the part. There's a part of me, however, that has always suspected that this casting was less the work of opportunistic producers who were scared to put anyone but a white male in the lead, and more an expressionistic touch, a way of palpably underlining Bassam's inherent Western attitude and philosophies amidst a world bent on strict traditionalism, »

- Chris Cabin

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Tyrant Season 2 Sneak Peek: Two Words May Save Barry From Execution

15 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When FX’s Tyrant first premiered, Bassam “Call Me Barry” Al-Fayeed (played by Adam Rayner) was visiting his home country of Abbudin when his father died, thus putting the presidency in play.

VideosWatch the Trailer for Tyrant Season 2

As Season 1 drew to a close, Barry conspired with the U.S. government to stage a coup and thus keep his wicked brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) out of power. That… didn’t go so well. Instead, Jamal got wind of the plot and had his bro arrested, and now must decide whether or not to proceed with an execution.

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TV Review: ‘Tyrant,’ Season 2

14 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The quagmire of the Middle East appeared to engulf the first season of “Tyrant,” an FX drama that dropped an expatriate and his absurdly dense American family into the turmoil of his fictional native country. The new episodes, however, reflect a fairly impressive turnaround, significantly diminishing, if not wholly expunging, much of the stupidity, while echoing real-life events in provocative ways. Still not a great show, this project from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon suddenly exhibits the potential to become a fairly entertaining one, with the disclaimer that the terrain still contains an abundance of storytelling sand traps.

Lest anyone forget the events of season one, pediatrician Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) returned to his birthplace of Abbudin for a family wedding, bringing along his wife (Jennifer Finnegan) and two clueless children (Noah Silver, Anne Winters), who were apparently raised without the benefit of books or cable news. When Barry’s father, »

- Brian Lowry

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Tyrant Season 2 Review

12 June 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.

If there was anything you could say about Tyrant‘s freshman season, it’s that as a show on a basic cable network, is was pretty unique. Set in the fictional foreign country of Abbudin, the show followed Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and his quest back home after twenty years absent – in which he turned into a crunchy granola suburban dad with a wife and two kids – and his subsequent attempts to keep his hotheaded brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) from descending Abbudin into chaos.

It was topical and interesting and a slight slow-burn, all the ingredients for good grown-up entertainment, but iffy writing and poor pacing made it ring constantly hollow. Its best, most interesting storylines either going nowhere – Barry’s son Sammy (Noah Silver) and his fling with family bodyguard Abdul – or dragging out far too long for even a 10-episode season. »

- Mitchel Broussard

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Season Two Sees Brothers At Loggerheads Video

11 June 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

FX is one network that understands how to tell savory meaty family-centric yarns that build each season with more intrigue as new characters are woven in.  In the case of Gideon Raff’s “Tyrant,” we have a layered, life and death drama that has one fictional Middle-eastern country caught in the balance in a compelling whip-smart game of chess between two brothers. Fox may have showstopper Cookie in their “Empire,” but FX has Ashraf Barhom as Jamal Al-Fayeed, the most watchable villain since “Dallas” baddie Jr Ewing.  “Tyrant” is the story of the son (Bassam/Barry) of a Middle Eastern ruler who […] »

- April Neale

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Tyrant Season 2 Trailer Shows “Blood Guarantees Nothing”

4 May 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I'll be quite honest: Tyrant being renewed for a second season was a huge surprise. Critically, it wasn't a hit (I gave up after about 4 episodes), but most viewers who started it did mostly stick with it, as ratings remained incredibly consistent. It's that consistency that FX is looking to hold onto with the series, which also suffered from early creative conflicts (including Ang Lee leaving the project, followed by the departure of Homeland's Gideon Raff, although Howard Gordon remained) that left it without a clear tone (at least to start). Sometimes it was decidedly lackluster, sometimes it was offensive, sometimes it was soapy, and sometimes its conflicting accents were just confusing. But if FX has faith in it, maybe it's time for the Tyrant lost to find it again. Judging from the Season 2 trailer, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up. The coup orchestrated by Barry Al-Fayeed »

- Allison Keene

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'Tyrant' Season 1 DVD Preview with Ashraf Barhom | Exclusive

15 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) seeks the help of Ziad (Amir Boutrous) in finding the traitors trying to overthrow him in our exclusive clip from Tyrant: The Complete First Season, which is currently available on DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. We reported in September that FX has renewed Tyrant for Season 2, with the 13-episode season slated to debut sometime this summer. If you haven't caught up with this riveting drama from the producers of Homeland quite yet, you have plenty of time to watch Season 1 on DVD before the new episodes debut.

The series centers on Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), whose western views are pitted against his brother Jamal's wife, Leila (Moran Atias), who wants her husband to rule with an iron fist. As a national political crisis threatens to explode, Barry finds himself torn between the seductive lure of absolute power and sympathy for his country's courageous freedom fighters. Jennifer Finnigan, »

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