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Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 1998.
This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 4 issue of Variety, in conjunction with coverage of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 10. This marks the fifth year Variety has collaborated with the festival to present Actors to Watch.
“The Hamptons International Film Festival has had the privilege of honoring rising talent for over 15 years. We are thrilled to once again partner with Variety to recognize this group of 10 diverse, talented actors for the incredible work they have done in their careers,” says Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. “As we have seen our previous honorees blossom over the years, »
- Variety Staff
I like to imagine Martin McDonagh and John Michael McDonagh in a constant state of sibling rivalry, with each brother looking to top the other with every project. Martin wrote the masterful stage play The Pillowman (among others) before making one of the best crime comedies of the past decade with In Bruges. John made a strong […]
- Jacob Hall
Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Rob Reiner’s Iraq war film “Shock And Awe.” According to Deadline, the political charged picture centers on a group of journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the reason given by the administration for the invasion of Iraq.
“Shock And Awe” is written by Joey Hartstone, who also penned Reiner’s “Lbj” film and features Harrelson. Reiner has had the project in development for several years and is finally scheduled to start production this year.
Read More: How Rob Reiner Survived 20 Years of Bad Movie Making
Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner are producing, with Jorva Entertainment financing. The company previously partnered with Reiner on his drama “Being Charlie,” which premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.
Harrelson has been in a slew of successful films in these past years. Last »
- Liz Calvario
Exclusive: Kathryn Newton has joined the cast of Martin McDonagh’s revenge thriller Three Billboards playing Angela, whose murder sets her mother Mildred (Frances McDormand) on a quest for revenge. Furious that the local police have not caught her daughter’s killer, Mildred reserves her greatest scorn for a local Sheriff, buying three billboards with which to goad the cops into action. When the Sheriff’s hot-headed protégé identifies who he thinks is the killer, he teams… »
“Big Little Lies” actress Kathryn Newton is the latest edition to Martin McDonagh‘s starry “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Newton will play Angela, the slain daughter of an enraged Frances McDormand, TheWrap has learned. To motivate a police investigation of Angela’s rape and murder — led by lagging locals Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell — McDormand purchases space on three billboards outside her small town and stirs major controversy with their content. Also Read: Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges Join Martin McDonagh's New Movie (Exclusive) “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones round out the. »
- Matt Donnelly
Ralph Fiennes exploded onto the movie scene with an Oscar-nominated performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” 23 years ago. Becoming a prestige mainstay in dramas like “Quiz Show,” “The English Patient,” “The End of the Affair” and “The Constant Gardener,” he established a bit of a brand for himself before his work as the villainous Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series introduced him to a whole new genre and audience.
But with three recent films — Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” and Luca Guadagnino ‘s “A Bigger Splash,” which opens May 4 — Fiennes may have found a new calling in comedy.
In “Grand Budapest” and “Hail, Caesar!,” it was the opportunity to play the straight man amid humorous circumstances that shined a light on the actor’s untapped wit. Martin McDonagh’s 2008 dark comedy “In Bruges” hinted at the quality, but curiously, it »
- Kristopher Tapley
Event to focus on the production, distribution and exhibition of Live Cinema events.
The line-up has been revealed for the inaugral Live Cinema Conference, including representatives of Secret Cinema, Nt Live and Picturehouse Entertainment.
The event will focus on live cinema – film screenings augmented through live performance or immersive elements – and will coincide with the publication of Live Cinema’s Arts Council-funded report on the live cinema industry.
Speakers announced so far include Isabelle Fauchet and Melissa Cogavin (Event Cinema Association), Victoria Murray (Nt Live) Marc Allenby (Picturehouse Entertainment), Johnny Carr (Vue Entertainment) and Mark Atkin (Sheffield Doc/Fest), a representative of Secret Cinema, and exhibitors including the Prince Charles Cinema, Luna Cinema and Rooftop Film Club.
The event will feature an afternoon of labs focussing on topics such as acquiring funding, intellectual property and licensing, audience development and marketing. The labs will be led by Live Cinema’s director Lisa Brook with Nt Live’s marketing »
Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham has announced that Daniel Battsek will join the corporation as Director of Film4, following the news that David Kosse is to step down to join Stx Entertainment.
Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as President of Cohen Media Group - where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to this role Daniel was President of National Geographic Films, and before that President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films.
Battsek will inherit the increased spend announced by David Abraham and David Kosse in February 2016 of £25 million for the year, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of Film4 funding in future years.
Under Battsek’s leadership, Film4 will continue to seek out new partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and Fp Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects, with a view to seeing more of the returns flowing back to Film4 for investment in the company’s future slate.
Battsek also inherits a development slate which includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh. as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, Susanna White, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews, newcomer Toby Macdonald and Danny Boyle.
Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham commented: “Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the Us and UK markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK.
“As demonstrated by our record breaking year at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, Daniel will inherit a Film4 business in fine creative and commercial health from David Kosse. We’re sad he couldn’t have been with us longer but he’s had an incredible impact in the time he has led the division. Both the exciting upcoming slate and the increased funding for original film we announced earlier this year are testament to the successful strategy implemented by David. I’m delighted that he will be working alongside Daniel on a smooth transition over the summer and ensuring that it is business as usual for Film4 over this period.”
Daniel Battsek added: "I am hugely honored to have been offered this opportunity. My career began with so many of Film4's early productions and I have retained strong ties with British filmmakers throughout my time in the Us. Joining Film4 feels almost like coming full circle. I look forward to returning to the UK and putting the experience I've gained on both sides of the Atlantic to good use."
David Kosse said: "Film4 is a unique organization and a very special brand and it was a difficult decision to leave, but joining Stx at this stage is an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Over almost two years, I'm incredibly proud to have put in place a new strategy for Film4 which has boosted funding for the film industry to a record level and to have introduced an exciting new slate of high quality productions and developments with a diverse group of filmmakers. David Abraham and the Channel 4 leadership team have been fantastic partners since day one and I look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months."
Having worked at the cutting edge of the independent sector on three continents, Battsek brings 30 years’ production, development and distribution experience to Film4. For the last three years Battsek has served as President of New York based Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of arthouse/crossover releases including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to that he spent 2½ years at National Geographic Films, where as President he acquired projects for development and production including the Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo, as well as National Geographic branded large screen and Imax 3D projects.
Battsek relocated from the UK to New York in 2005, where he served for five years as President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films. Projects he greenlit and/or acquired there included Oscar® winners "The Queen," "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" and Oscar® nominees "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Happy-Go-Lucky". From 1991 to 2005, Battsek held the position of Evp and Managing Director, UK Distribution and European Production & Acquisitions at Buena Vista International, UK, where he oversaw all aspects of UK distribution for 18-25 releases per annum from Walt Disney Studios and their partners including Pixar and Miramax Films. At Bvi, Battsek also set up a Comedy Production Label in 2001 which financed and produced three films, including "Calendar Girls" and "Kinky Boots." Prior to that, Battsek spent six years as Managing Director of Palace Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of quality independent titles from around the world for release in the UK, and he also spent three years as a Sales & Marketing Executive for Hoyts Entertainment in Australia, where he first cut his teeth in distribution.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, which develops and co-finances films and has an established track record for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking. Film4 has developed and/or co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years - Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave," Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire," Lenny Abrahamson’s "Room," Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina," Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years" and Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady," in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ "Four Lions," Shane Meadows’ "This is England," Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths," Yann Demange’s "71," Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise," Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant," Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up." »
- Sydney Levine
Right before production kicks off, Martin McDonagh‘s highly anticipated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has improved a remarkably impressive ensemble. The Wrap report on the additions of Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Manchester By the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, who are to play, in order: a man fancying the picture’s lead (Frances McDormand); said lead’s ex-husband; and said lead’s son.
As previously reported, Three Billboards concerns “a 50-year-old woman whose daughter is murdered and she goes to war with the police in her home town, because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice.” Revealed in the newest update is a bit more about the plot: to shame Ebbing’s police, she “pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.” Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell portray the sheriff and “hot-headed protégé,” respectively, while Caleb Landry Jones »
- Nick Newman
Martin McDonagh‘s In Bruges pulled out one of the best performances of Colin Farrell’s career, and surrounded him with memorable turns by Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. His follow-up Seven Psychopaths brought another great turn out of Farrell and then unleashed the likes of Christopher Walken and Michael Stuhlbarg in a slew of colorful roles. It’s no wonder, […]
- Angie Han
The Wrap is reporting that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) have joined the cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latest film from Martin McDonagh, direct of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
The trio join the previously announced Frances McDormand (Hail, Caesar!), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) and Seven Psychopaths stars Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell in what is shaping up to be a pretty stellar cast.
The film will see McDormand as “a mother whose daughter was raped and murdered. Furious that the police in Ebbing, Missouri, haven’t caught the killer, she pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action.”
Harrelson is set to play the local sheriff, with Rockwell his hot-headed deputy and Cornish his wife. Hedges stars as McDormand’s son, while »
- Gary Collinson
Martin McDonagh’s casting spree for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri continues today, with The Wrap revealing that the In Bruges director has plucked Game of Thrones stalwart Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes and Lucas Hedges to join the star-studded cast.
They’ll star opposite Frances McDormand, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones in the crime thriller, while McDonagh also paved the way for a mini Seven Psychopaths reunion after adding both Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
Backed by Fox Searchlight and Film4, Three Billboards is a tense crime thriller at its core, revolving around one Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand). Struggling to come to terms with the alleged killing of her daughter – and, more specifically, the lack of police attention it garners – Hayes takes matters into her own hands and hires out Three Billboards to catch the eye of the local law enforcement and spur them into some form of action. »
- Michael Briers
A trio of excellent actors have been added to the cast of Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Wrap has learned that Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes and Manchester By The Sea actor Lucas Hedges will star alongside Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones in McDonagh's new movie. The film will tell the story of a... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
As previously revealed by Screen, the former Miramax Films president emerged as the clear favourite for the job following the departure of David Kosse who is leaving to join Us mini-studio Stx Entertainment as president of international.
Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as president of distributor Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar nominees Timbuktu and Mustang, as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ hit novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4.
The handover is understood to have been in the works for a matter of months with outgoing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the U.K. from New York after fulfilling his contract as president of Cohen Media Group. Previously, Battsek was president of National Geographic Films, and before that he was president of filmed entertainment at Miramax Films. Kosse will continue working for Film4 during the transition period on a consultancy basis until October.
Battsek will inherit Film4’s increased spend of £25 million ($35.2 million) for the year, announced by Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham in February, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of funding in future years.
Film4 will continue to seek out partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and Fp Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects. »
- Leo Barraclough
“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, “Manchester by the Sea” breakout Lucas Hedges and Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes have joined the cast of Fox Searchlight and Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Martin McDonagh is directing the film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones. McDormand plays a mother whose daughter was raped and murdered. Furious that the police in Ebbing, Missouri, haven’t caught the killer, she pays for three local billboards lambasting law enforcement officials and goading them into action. Also Read: 'SNL': Peter Dinklage »
- Jeff Sneider
The duo will take over responsibilities formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis, who announced on Feb. 16 that she was departing from the post. Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company, including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.
Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said: “David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film. Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships — skills honed as they came up the ranks under former production head Claudia Lewis — will ensure the continued growth and scope of our slate.”
Greenfield has worked as a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding “The Descendants” and “Enough Said.” He’s »
- Dave McNary
Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum (black and white portrait) have been named co-heads of production, effective immediately, and take over the role formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis.
As co-heads of production and executive vice-presidents, Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.
All production executives will report to Greenfield and Greenbaum, who themselves report to the studio presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. Lewis announced last month that she was stepping down after 21 years at the studio.
Greenfield has been a senior executive at Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as The Descendants and Enough Said.
He is overseeing Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.
Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline is reporting that Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) have joined the cast of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the new film from acclaimed director Martin McDonagh.
McDonagh, who wrote and directed Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges, has already signed Psychopaths stars Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell to star in the film alongside Frances McDormand (Hail, Caesar!). Film4 and Fox Searchlight are co-financing the film.
According to the site, the film synopsis is as follows: “Furious that the local police have not caught her daughter’s killer, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) buys three billboards which she uses to goad the cops into action. Mildred reserves her greatest scorn for Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Harrelson). Willoughby’s hot-headed protégé, Officer Jason Dixon (Rockwell), identifies who he thinks is the killer and teams up with Mildred to wreak vigilante justice since he is certain that the guy killed someone. »
- Scott J. Davis
It may only be his third feature length film as director, but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is already causing a stir for filmmaker Martin McDonagh. Having helmed 2008’s critically acclaimed In Bruges, followed by 2012’s Seven Psychopaths, this latest project has already attracted the likes of Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell to its cast, and now adds Abbie Cornish and Caleb Landry Jones.
Written by McDonagh, too, the film follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), who is grieving for her murdered daughter. Frustrated at what she perceives to be a distinct lack of interest on the part of the local police, she hires three billboards and uses them to manipulate the local law enforcement into action. At the top of her list of police failures is Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), while his subordinate – Officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell) – has developed a theory about the crime. Dixon and »
- Sarah Myles
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