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Broad Green Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to director Mia Hansen-Løve's “Eden,” which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday. Bgp plans to release the film in Spring 2015. The company previously acquired “99 Homes” and “Samba” out of Toronto. “Eden” stars Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne and Vincent Macaigne, with appearances by Brady Corbet, Laura Smet and Greta Gerwig. Also read: Andrew Garfield's Eviction Drama '99 Homes’ Sells to Upstart Distributor The movie will make its U.S. debut at the New York Film Festival. Mia Hansen-Løve co-wrote the »
- Jeff Sneider
As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.
Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »
- Pete Hammond
Director discussed being “sodomised ritualistically” on Alien3, his reputation for multiple takes, the opportunities of TV and his latest film, Gone Girl.
Us director David Fincher opened up about his career to date at BAFTA in London last night, entertaining the sold-out ‘A Life In Pictures’ event with anecdotes surrounding the highs and lows of his filmmaking.
The visionary director behind Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network is on the promotion trail with his latest feature, Gone Girl, a psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Flynn also wrote the screenplay based on her own novel, about a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance after being the focus of an intense media circus.
“It begins as a mystery, it becomes an absurdist thriller and is ultimately a satire,” said Fincher. “I’d never seen someone try to juggle those things and actually do it. It »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Focus Features and Working Title are banking on "Theory of Everything" for 2014, putting off until next year usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, which filmed with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil. The film plays Brazil and Rome fests in October but has yet to book stateside festival slots. Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). When will ex-Focus exec Andrew Karpen's new distribution company Bleecker Street release Toronto pick-up Edward Zwick's acclaimed chess biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," for example? Some critics think Tobey Maguire has the right Oscar stuff. Broad Green Pictures' "99 Homes," another Tiff pickup directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael Sheen and Andrew Garfield, is slated for 2015. The Weinstein Company has a bunch of postponed projects. Never expect Harvey Weinstein to hang onto his schedule of Oscar »
- Anne Thompson
Housing Complex: Bahrani Extends Capitalism Criticism to Housing Market
Though his 2012 farming melodrama At Any Price found director Ramin Bahrani gaining wider visibility with notable cast members, its Death of a Salesman treatment of modern capitalistic woes in America’s heartland left much to be desired, even as it showcased a surprising couple of performances, notably from Zac Efron. Bahrani returns to look at a similar situation in a different market, navigating through the topicality of foreclosure. Folding us into a Floridian malaise, Bahrani elevates blood pressure to match the blazing summer heat in this upsetting and often persuasive rendering of greed in a world that seems to have lost all semblance of humanity. Assuredly complex in its examination, it’s too bad that this emotional tornado culminates in a finale that would have been appropriate for the censorship era of villainous punishment, but one can sense that Bahrani wanted »
- Nicholas Bell
Catching up with some stories we've missed of late.
Morgan Freeman was the first cast member announced for the remake of Best Picture winning Ben-Hur (1959) which was itself a remake of the silent epic of the same name in 1925. Freeman will play the role of a wise old man who gives advice like a Pez Dispenser with Morgan Freeman's face on it. Can Morgan Freeman do anything else? Shame that a once very gifted actor now plays Exactly the same role in everything. Maybe he doesn't care to stretch? Jack Huston of Boardwalk Empire fame (who seems to be in the running for everything these days -even if he hasn't booked the high profile stuff until now) will play the lead Charlton Heston role. But good luck trying to best William Wyler's Oscar winning classic (one of 'em rather). I shudder to think how they'll handle Messala, »
- NATHANIEL R
After premiering last week at the Toronto Film Festival, Broad Green Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the French film Samba.
The picture comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the 2012 hit The Intouchables, which broke box-office records in France and has since become the highest grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The project reunites the directors with Omar Sy, who starred in The Intouchables and plays a Senegalese immigrant ordered to leave France after 10 years of working day and night. Nakache and Toledano adapted the film from Delphine Coulin »
- Jake Perlman
The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year. The most prominent title on that list so far is "99 Homes," which, following a Venice debut, was seen as a potential Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor player for stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, respectively. The film was hoping screenings at Telluride and Toronto would foster its standing with distributors aiming for a legit Oscar qualifying run, but it became the odd man out. Instead, "Still Alice" and "Top Five" turned out to be the surprise pickups at Toronto for year end release and "99 Homes" found its best hope in the hands of indie upstart Broad Green Pictures. The story isn't over for Ramin Bahrani's film to say the least, but it's not where anyone thought »
- Gregory Ellwood
-- Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Andrew Garfield and Eddie Redmayne all toasting their films during a Fiji water-hosted party for 99 Homes, bought by Broad Green Pictures, during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. -- Sophia Bush checking out the Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café in Chicago. -- The Real Housewives of New York City's Carole Radziwill singing along to "Take It To The Limit" at the History of the Eagles tour stop at Madison Square Garden in NYC. -- Danica Patrick having drinks with friends at rooftop cocktail [...] »
Bgp plans to release “Samba” in the second half of 2015. The deal for “Samba” is the second Toronto acquisition for Bgp, which bought the rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama “99 Homes” earlier this week.
“Samba” also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim and is adapted from Delphine Coulin’s book “Samba pour la France.” Gaumont produced “Samba” with Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun and Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky from Quad Productions.
Sy stars as a Senegalese immigrant who’s ordered to leave France after working day and night for the last ten years, trying to support his family back in »
- Dave McNary
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
A new photo is out of Alicia Vikander in the upcoming sci-fi feature "Ex Machina". "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland scribe makes his directorial debut on the film which also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson.
Isaac plays a billionaire programmer who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an A.I.-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate. No word on a release date as yet. [Source: The Playlist]
Broad Green Pictures has closed a $3 million deal for the U.S. rights to the high-profile Toronto Film Festival title "99 Homes". Broad Green will reportedly release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015
Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon star in Ramin Bahrani's film about an evicted construction worker who ultimately goes to work for the real-estate broker who forced his family out of their home. [Source: Deadline]
Production has officially begun on "Vacation," the »
- Garth Franklin
Following a heated bidding war, Broad Green Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to Ramin Bahrani's eviction drama “99 Homes,” which stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, the company announced Tuesday. Bgp plans to release the film next spring and launch an awards campaign in 2015, as the film recently earned strong reviews on the fall festival circuit. Laura Dern and Noah Lomax respectively play Garfield's mother and son in the film, which Bahrani co-wrote with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi. Also read: Venice Reviews: Michael Shannon's Indelible Performance in '99 Homes,’ Plus ‘Reality,’ ‘The Look of Silence’ Bahrani »
- Jeff Sneider
Amritraj, CAA and Broad Green CEO Gabriel Hammond brokered the deal.
Hyde Park International handles sales outside the Us. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Broad Green Pictures has bought all U.S. rights to Ramin Bahrani’s drama “99 Homes,” following screenings at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
The recently launched distributor said it will release “99 Homes,” which stars Andrew Garfield, in the spring of 2015 and launch an Oscar campaign.
Story is set in Orlando, Florida, where a construction worker played by Garfield is evicted from his home by a real estate broker (Shannon), and forced to move his mother (Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. He then goes to work for the broker and must evict honest families from their homes.
Variety‘s Guy Lodge gave the film a strong review at Venice, calling it “engrossing.”
Broad Green’s upcoming slate includes “Learning to Drive, »
- Dave McNary
They made a small blip on the radar with the Cannes pick-up of Carlos Marques-Marcet’s SXSW-winning 10000km, and until the press release was announced, we thought they were known more as a production entity with the Tiff-preemed Learning to Drive from Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet. But make no mistake about it, Daniel Hammond’s Broad Green Pictures is coming out of the woodworks by swinging for the fences — landing the critically lauded Ramin Bahrani film that surfaced in perfect Telluride-Venice-tiff trifecta. U.S rights were picked up for a cool $3 million with what was probably an interesting P&A commitment. A spring of 2015 release is expected for 99 Homes, meaning we can expect this to go the Jeff Nichols’ Mud/Derek Cianfrance The Place Beyond the Pines route of being among the earliest award mentions in the calendar year.
- Eric Lavallee
And Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon to the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races as Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" has landed domestic distribution after playing the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Indie upstart Broad Green Pictures has landed the film stateside with an aim to release in the spring of 2015. The film will not, however, be competing for Oscars consideration this year, despite early reports to the contrary. I missed "99 Homes" in the four-day Telluride sprint, but HitFix's Greg Ellwood caught up to it and was highly impressed. "At first, Ramin Bahrani's drama feels like it might be slightly preachy, but it soon turns into a gripping drama that succeeds partially thanks to the amazing work from Garfield and Shannon," he wrote, before going on to declare the actors' performances to be two of the very best of their careers. Prior to that, at Venice, Catherine Bray was slightly less convinced, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Bgp plans to release the film, which received rave reviews through the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals, in the spring of 2015 in theaters across the country and launch an Oscar campaign.
The film, which was financed and produced by Hyde Park-Image Nation, premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been one of the most talked about domestic acquisitions titles at the festival. The film had numerous offers from other distributors before Broad Green won the hotly contested bidding war. Hyde Park is currently in negotiations for many of the remaining territories as well.
Coined by critics as the first “humanist thriller, »
- Michelle McCue
Update, 1:07 Pm: I am now being told that 99 Homes will not try for Oscars this year. Broad Green will release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015.
Exclusive: One of the final marquee titles at the Toronto Film Festival is now spoken for, as the Ramin Bahrani-directed 99 Homes has been acquired by upstart Broad Green Pictures in a big $3 million deal for U.S. rights, with a P&A commitment. This is the latest new player in the indie distribution stratosphere that has made its statement by acquiring a high-profile Toronto film. I’m told that in the deal, international rights stay with Hyde Park, which financed the hot-button pic with ImageNation. While Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon have by all accounts turned in Oscar-caliber performances, the film will be released in the spring. CAA brokered the deal.
The film’s set in Orlando, where construction worker »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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