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London — U.K.-based production and film financing company the Fyzz Facility is to open a Los Angeles office in the same month as it celebrates closing its 50th feature film investment.
The company, which is owned and managed by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey (“The Survivalist,” “Cake,” “Bus 657”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects,” “Babylon,” “Gosford Park”), has invested almost $40 million across 50 feature films since 2010.
The expansion to Los Angeles reflects its involvement in an increasing number of U.S. projects, and its desire to consolidate existing relationships and develop new partnerships on a global scale, it said.
Godfrey said: “Whilst we continue to support British films and help nurture British talent, an expansion to the U.S. has become a necessary next step for us, considering the importance Hollywood has on the global film business. Robert and I are excited to join the filmmaking community in L.A. »
- Leo Barraclough
The co-funders, which provide development, bridging, senior debt, tax credit and Gap funding, have invested in 50 films since 2010.
These features include London Fields, starring Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton; Toronto drama Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington; comedy The Hooligan Factory from Nick Nevern and Jason Maza; and The Prince starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack.
Upcoming films backed by the company include The Survivalist from writer-director and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Stephen Fingleton, which made it onto the 2012 Black List; sci-fi-thriller Vice starring Bruce Willis; and Martin Scorsese’s historical thriller Silence, which will star Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.
In late 2014, the company will produce psychological thriller »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The cinematic future of everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is currently very uncertain. After the lukewarm reception received by this past summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it seems that Sony has gotten cold feet about continuing the current incarnation of the franchise.
Officially, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to a May 2018 release, leaving a 2016 release date free for Sinister Six, a spin-off focusing on a popular group of Spider-villains. Current rumours even suggest that the Spider-Man that will appear in Sinister Six might not even be played by Andrew Garfield, but at the very least, it seems Sony are hedging their bets on deciding whether to forge ahead with more solo Spidey movies until after Sinister Six sinks or swims.
This all might sound like something of an over-reaction when you consider that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made $708 million worldwide, which by most other »
- Michael Gordon
Don't expect Andrew Garfield to spill any intimate details of his relationship with Emma Stone any time soon. While the 31-year-old actor says he understands peoples' interests, it doesn't mean the Amazing Spider-Man star is going to change his super-private ways. "I understand why people are interested in the personal lives of people who are in public more than those that aren't. I do understand that," Garfield told E! News exclusively at last night's 2014 GQ Gentlemen's Ball in NYC. "I have a deep understanding of that. Just for me, it's not something that I...I don't want it in my life, so I do everything I can to deflect it and say no to it because I think people forge »
Abu Dhabi – The Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicked off on a proud note Thursday with Emirati helmer Ali Mostafa’s road movie “From A to B” world-preeming positively with a slew of Arab stars on the sumptuous Emirates Palace red carpet, kicking off a solid selection that mixes other Arab bows with the cream of the international fest crop.
Mostafa, Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy (“My Brother the Devil”) and his Lebanese partner Paul Baboudjian (“Here Comes the Rain”), plus thesps Fahad Albutrairi, Shadi Alfons, Fadi Rifaai, Abdul Mohsen El Nemer, Khaled Abol Naga and Samer Al Masri, pranced down the catwalk, marking the first time an Emirati pic opens the fest. Abu Dhabi is steadily upping its prominence within the Arab and global film industries.
“From A to B,” which is about three Western-educated Arab youths who travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their deceased best friend, »
- Nick Vivarelli
GQ Magazine seventh annual Gentlemen's Ball honored five actors for their work with charitable causes on Wednesday . See photos: 27 Summer Movie Actors Ranked by Popularity (Photos) • Andrew Garfield, for his support of Worldwide Orphans and Youth Mentoring Connection • Joshua Jackson, for his support of Oceana • Taylor Kitsch, for his support of the African Children's Choir • George Lopez, for his involvement with the Lopez Foundation • Zachary Quinto, for his support of The Trevor Project Also read: Colin Kaepernick Named NFL's Most Stylish Star by GQ Magazine Each were presented with an Ambassador Award at the event, hosted by Andy Cohen. See photos from. »
- Ryan O'Connell
After months of speculation, DC have finally unveiled the specifics of their cinematic universe and revealed the projected release dates of their upcoming films, but what’s really excited the fanbase is the casting revelations.
Many iconic comic book characters have been recast over the years, and while there may initially be some resistance from the fan community, these choices often work out for the best. People were skeptical that Heath Ledger could better Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker, but his is now the definitive version of the character. Other actors, like Andrew Garfield, Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, have all carved their own mark on internationally renowned heroes as well.
Despite this, the comic book community rose up in outrage when Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jesse Eisenberg didn’t fare much better either once it »
- David Opie
The Amazing Spider-Man series may have its critics, but there’s one thing few can argue against and that’s the casting of Andrew Garfield as our hero Peter Parker. A fairly unknown actor at the time whose only real role of note was in David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’, it was considered a huge risk by Sony to cast him for the lead in a film where in the age of Blockbusters critical acclaim means little to studios without the box office success to back it up.
“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity, Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.”
Two films later, and we couldn’t agree with Marc Webb’s words more. Garfield burst onto the scene with a fresh, »
- Thomas Blakey
Concept Art by Steffen Reichstadt Key Frame Art by Gregory Hill We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his »
Other anticipated selections include Hyde Park International’s 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon and WestEnd Films’ Michael Winterbottom drama The Face Of An Angel with Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
Vmi Worldwide presents the drama Any Day from Rustam Branaman with Sean Bean, Kate Walsh and Eva Longoria and buyers will also get the chance to see Arclight’s action adventure The Last Knight starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
More than 415 films will screen at the market, including 331 market premieres and 91 world premieres.
Afm is set »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
It’s fair to say Spider-Man is not what he was. Once the biggest superhero of all, the iffy reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as the meteoric rise of Marvel with heroes audiences haven’t seen before, have rendered Peter Parker and his friendly neighbourhood alter-ego increasingly obsolete. Which is bad news for the studio whose entire business model centres on him.
There’s been rumours over the past week that Sony are planning something drastic to try and rejuvenate franchise. But, in keeping with their inability to settle on one single idea, there’s lots of concepts as to what this could entail floating around. Today we intend to work through what possibilities there are for the future of the series and look at the legal logistics of it all.
Oh yeah, as you’ve probably noticed, Spider-Man on screen is dominated by a myriad of contractual obligations. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Season 40 of 'SNL' has already had some great fake trailers, but here's the show's all-time best.
This weekend's Saturday Night Live had host and SNL alum Bill Hader and the cast mocking those wildly popular Young Adult movies (i.e. The Hunger Games, Divergent) in a soon-to-be classic parody trailer.
Like all sci-fi Y.A. worlds, in The Group Hopper, Pete Davidson plays a young man thrust into a world that is impossible to understand. Pete's only chance at surviving is to learn which social class he belongs to.
Is The Group Hopper the best parody trailer of all time? Here's seven more »
From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are rumoured to be considering an Avengers /Spider-Man crossover film.
The companies are in "delicate preliminary conversations" about a joint project, according to EW.
A source claims that the coming years could potentially see Peter Parker join his sometime allies on the big screen.
Marvel sold the Spider-Man film rights to Sony before it found success with its Avengers films.
Director Marc Webb said that there had been previous efforts to make the project happen.
Sony has been planning an expanded, shared universe of films for Spider-Man, including Venom and a female-led movie.
Yesterday, Anthony Stokes wrote about why Spider-Man should join the Avengers, and now Thomas Roach writes about why the wall-crawler shouldn’t cross over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe….
There is currently a rumour going round that Sony’s Spider-Man as seen in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to be crossing over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A lot of fans have been asking for this for a while now. Other than the rights issue, which is apparently being worked around, there are other reasons why Sony’s Spider-Man should not cross over to the McU.
The latest Spider-Man films have proven unpopular in some ways – not at the box office, but some fans have felt let down by the films. It is clear that people like Andrew Garfield as the character, but it is clear that there are very mixed opinions about the franchise. »
- Thomas Roach
Peter Parker can’t seem to catch a break. He’s constantly hunted by powerful villains, battling inner turmoil, and working through typical teenage angst, all while trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ death. Unfortunately, he has to add “surviving a mediocre Blu-Ray release” to his long list of life struggles. In director Marc Webb’s second installment of the retooled franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker, A.K.A. Spider-Man (played astonishingly well by Andrew Garfield), once again finds himself struggling to maintain a balance in both this super-hero and alter ego lives. Hit the jump for my The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray review. While donning his costume, he batters his body against Russian mobsters, which inevitably takes a toll on his relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who is struggling to find a place in Peter’s life. This balance becomes even more »
- Brad McKay
Somewhere in the world right now, Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi are sipping cocktails and laughing gleefully to pleasant memories of the early noughties as Sony watch their once prized franchise slowly burn to the ground.
This time last year, many (including myself) believed that Sony’s Amazing Spider-man 2 would be the movie to finally break the web-slinging superhero franchise into billion dollar territory to rival that of Marvel Studios. However, flashforward to now and the future of Peter Parker’s big screen adventures looks more uncertain than ever. Despite the fact that Marc Webb had cast Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx as his main antagonist and terrifically talented newcomer Dane DeHaan as his new Harry Osborn, The Amazing Spider-man 2 still couldn’t be saved from old pitfalls. Unfortunately, the big budget sequel repeated the mistakes of Spider-man 3 (albeit without any jazz clubs or silly dancing »
- Ben Read
After the huge news that dropped yesterday about Spider-Man possibly joining The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a new report surfaced today that claims Sony may be recasting Spider-Man for The Sinister Six spin-off. Now we have yet another report that says early talks between Sony and Marvel are under way, but cautions that Peter Parker joining the McU is still a long ways off.
Entertainment Weekly's sources from both Marvel and Sony have confirmed that "delicate preliminary conversations" are under way, but those sources also say that Spider-Man joining forces with The Avengers will not happen in the near future, although it could possibly happen in "a few years from now." This, of course, has not been confirmed by any 'official' representatives from Marvel or Sony.
Sony has to make a new Spider-Man movie every three years, or the rights revert back to Marvel, which is how Marvel »
This week, a bombshell hit the internet suggesting that Sony was currently in some kind of negotiations with Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and allow him to team up with the Avengers. Fans of the web slinger have been begging hoping to see him join the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for some time now, especially since the brand new Amazing Spider-Man franchise has been a bit of a disappointment.
While it would be great to see Sony and Marvel come to some sort of agreement allowing Peter Parker to team up with the likes of Tony Stark and Captain America, it’s certainly not the only option that Sony has right now. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did bring in over $700 million at the global box office, so it’s not like they have dead weight on their hands. Why give the rights over »
- James Garcia
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