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Paris– After purging Canal Plus from its key execs, Vincent Bollore’s Vivendi is shaking up the company’s thriving film banner, Studiocanal. Oliver Courson, the prexy of Studiocanal, is leaving the company and is getting replaced by Didier Lupfer, who was recently tapped president of Canal Plus’ film division.
Vivendi also announced its acquisition of a 30-percent stake in Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films, a Paris-based leading distributor known for handling the biggest American indies and French hits. Celerier joins Studiocanal as vice president of the studio.
Celerier will however remain boss of Mars Films as his contract with Vivendi allows him to keep distributing acquisitions made via Mars. He will also be free to hand out international rights of in-house productions to third-party sales agents. Snd, for instance, is handling worldwide sales on his new project “Two is a Family” with Omar Sy.
Over the years, Celerier, who »
- Elsa Keslassy
Little Accidents, 2014.
Directed by Sara Colangelo.
In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.
As far as exceedingly downbeat suburban dramas go, Little Accidents feels particularly grim. Writer/director Sara Colangelo’s film, derived from her own 2010 short, is set in the wake of a tragic mining collapse in a sleepy American town, which has seen an inquiry launched to determine whether it was an accident or foul play – placing the one reluctant survivor, Amus, right at the centre of both the investigation and a town tearing itself apart with secrets and lies. Meanwhile, following an altercation in the woods fuelled by illicit alcohol, »
- Edward Gardiner
Following up Room, it looks like director Lenny Abrahamson will be reteaming with his Frank star Domhnall Gleeson for his next project. The Daily Mail reports they are readying an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ ghost story The Little Stranger to shoot next summer. Set in the 1940’s, it’s said to follow a small-town doctor who treats a family in an 18th century estate. Scripted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl), we’re certainly looking forward to the project.
As we wait for Midnight Special to make its debut next year, director Jeff Nichols is already hard at work on follow-up, Loving. After taking on sci-fi, he’s now doing an historical drama, one which follows Richard and Mildred Loving an interracial couple who got married in 1958 and had to fight to keep their union due to opposition. With Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the lead roles, Variety reports »
- Jordan Raup
Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll have been added to the cast of 2016 biopic Loving. The film, inspired by HBO documentary The Loving Story, will tell the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. The two were married in 1958 but were arrested and forced out of their home state due to Virginia’s miscegenation statute in the 1924 Racial Integrity Act. It was this marriage that brought about the Loving vs. Virginia civil rights case in the Supreme Court.
In the film, Shannon will portray the photographer who shot iconic images of the couple for Life magazine, while Kroll is cast as Bernard Cohen – a politician who defended them before the Supreme Court.
Loving is currently shooting principal photography in Virginia, and is directed by Jeff Nichols. This will be the fifth time that Shannon has featured in one of Nichols’ movies. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are cast in the titular roles, »
- Gareth Cartwright
Shannon, who has appeared in all of Nichols’ features up to now, is set to star in the new film which is inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, and follows Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were put on trial in 1958 in Virginia.
Nichols has already assembled an impressive ensemble for the film, with Joel Edgerton (The Gift), and Ruth Negga (World War Z) as the titular couple, alongside Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Nick Kroll (Adult Beginners), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave) already cast.
Loving is currently in production and is set for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
Principal photography has begun on "Loving," writer/director Jeff Nichols' drama about the biracial couple, played by Joel Edgerton and Brit actress Ruth Negga, that sparked the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia. The film is inspired by Nancy Buirski's documentary "The Loving Story." After Richard and Mildred Loving married in June of 1958, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Richard and Mildred would spend the next nine years fighting to get home. New to the cast are Nick Kroll as Bernie Cohen, Jon Bass as Phil Hirschkop, Marton Csokas as Sheriff Brooks, and Bill Camp as Frank Beazley. Michael Shannon will play Life Magazine photographer Grey Villet, marking his fifth collaboration with Nichols, including films "Mud," "Take Shelter" and "Midnight. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Some directors have actors they like to work with in all their films, Mud’s Jeff Nichols has Michael Shannon and he’s keeping the tradition alive with is latest, Loving, which is also adding Nick Kroll.Nichols’ new film is inspired by 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story, in which Nancy Buirski chronicles the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, who married in 1958 in defiance of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. They were arrested and exiled from the state, but that kicked off a landmark civil rights debate that led to a Supreme Court case on the matter that invalidated laws banning interracial marriage.Joel Edgerton is playing Richard, while Ruth Negga is aboard as Mildred. Nichols wrote the script and has already started filming in Richmond, Virginia, with Bill Camp, Marton Csokas and Jon Bass also joining the cast.Loving will mark the fifth collaboration between Nichols and Shannon, »
Inspired by documentary “The Loving Story,” the film centers on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail and exiled from the state. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.
Shannon will play Grey Villet, the Life Magazine photographer who shot the iconic images of the Lovings in 1965.
CAA is selling domestic rights, with Wild Bunch handling foreign sales.
The film will mark »
- Justin Kroll
Jeff Nichols has cast Michael Shannon in every one of his films so far, and that streak will continue with Nichols’ next project. Shannon is set to join Nichols’ interracial marriage drama Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp will also appear. Get details on the Michael […]
- Angie Han
Probably one of my favorite actor/director bromances right now is the one between Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols. The actor has been in every one of Nichols' movies to date, and while we (im)patiently wait for the director's big studio effort "Midnight Special" next spring (sadly pushed from release this fall), the duo are charing another project to pair up on. Read More: SXSW: Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon Talk 'Midnight Special,' Screen First Footage From The Film Shannon, along with Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Marton Csokas, and Bill Camp, are joining "Loving," which already has Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga slated to lead. The based-on-a-true-story drama is inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story” directed by Nancy Buirski (here’s our review) which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were actually brought to trial for being in an interracial marriage in Virginia in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll have joined the cast of Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama “Loving” along with Jon Bass (“Big Time in Hollywood, Fl”), Marton Csokas (“The Equalizer”) and Bill Camp (“Black Mass”). Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass”) and Ruth Negga (“World War Z”) star as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail, and exiled from the state in which they lived. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family. Kroll will play Bernie Cohen, Bass will play. »
- Jeff Sneider
The based-on-a-true-story drama is inspired by Nancy Buirski's documentary "The Loving Story" which follows a married couple who were actually brought to trial for being in an interracial marriage in Virginia in 1958.
Nichols' immediate next film for release is his completed "Midnight Special" which opens next Spring.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
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Watch a video essay on identity in Ghost in the Shell:
The Toast‘s Lauren Carroll Harris on what David Lynch movies say about sex:
Of all the terrifyingly true things David Lynch has said, this rings the loudest bells for me: “Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way…” He’s dead right. Despite the ubiquity of sexual imagery and objectified women, sex is still one of our biggest taboos, and its representation in mainstream and »
- TFS Staff
Like many of Stanley Kramer’s once incredibly topical titles, the iconic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? seems incredibly dated by today’s standards, even if the subject matter and representation of ‘interracial’ relationships and everything that antiseptic terminology implies hasn’t quite progressed as much as one would hope since this film thundered into cinemas in 1967. Sandwiched between two lesser beloved titles in his filmography, Ship of Fools (1965) and The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), this was Kramer’s third Oscar nod as Best Director and the last great hurrah (he’d direct a handful of other features throughout the next decade, and a 1975 television pilot version of this film).
Successful San Francisco newspaper owner Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his liberal minded wife (Katharine Hepburn) are about to have their progressive viewpoints challenged when their white daughter Christina (Katharine Houghton) brings home her fiancé of one week, a black, »
- Nicholas Bell
Veteran Italian film distributor Valerio De Paolis is on a shopping spree, ramping up operations of his new company, called Cinema, which he launched last year after completing the sale of his Bim Distribuzione to Wild Bunch.
Cinema made a positive bow at the Italian box office with Berlin Golden Bear winner “Taxi,” by Jafar Panahi, released in late August. Now De Paolis has announced a high-profile slate that includes Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson-starring “Denial,” picked up from Cornerstone; Gurinder Chadha-directed “Viceroy’s House,” with Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, acquired from Pathe; Jeff Nichols’ 1960s-set mixed-race couple drama “Loving” from Elle Driver; and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” by purchased from HanWay Films.
“The plan is to release 12films of year; eight directly through the Cinema label and four via Bim, with which I still have a close rapport,” De Paolis said in Venice. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Celia Rowlson-Hall has the body of a tomboy, the brain of a feminist and an imagination quite unlike anyone else. In her dance-based, dreamlike feature debut, the svelte young woman tends to appear either draped in an oversized pink T-shirt or stripped down to a pair of men’s Y-front briefs and matching wifebeater. Rowlson-Hall’s bony, almost prepubescent look suggests androgyny, not motherhood, and yet “Ma” imagines this budding performance artist as a modern-day Virgin Mary — a mute and potentially miraculous mother figure who makes an allegorical pilgrimage to Las Vegas, where she delivers (and subsequently abandons) an infant of possibly divine provenance. “Ma” is a specialty item even by festival standards, and yet without so much as uttering a word, this microbudget labor of love augurs an exciting new voice.
One of the more intriguing talents to have emerged from the North Carolina School of the Arts in »
- Peter Debruge
Focus Features has worldwide distribution rights and is overseeing the production.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is co-producing the film with Double Nickel Entertainment. Sidney Kimmel and Carla Hacken will produce via the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment banner, along with Double Nickel’s Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman. Ske president John Penotti and Sue Baden-Powell will exec produce.
Plot details are being kept under wraps; bestselling novelist Gregg Hurwitz is penning the script.
Though Trevorrow was recently announced as the director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” insiders say this will be his next film, with production set to start this fall in New York.
Given the project’s buzz, agents all over Hollywood were chasing the roles for their young thesps, but Tremblay’s and Lieberher’s screen tests won them the roles over other candidates. »
- Justin Kroll
Focus Features is handling worldwide distribution after winning a bidding war this past May at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan.” The first of the two-part story follows a woman (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, who she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent.
Shannon will play a detective investigating the violent incident Gyllenhaal’s family is involved with and Taylor-Johnson plays a mysterious figure who may pose a threat to Gyllenhaal’s family.
Shannon has a hectic fall ahead of him with several films set to bow. »
- Justin Kroll
With nary a still frame released to the public less than four months away from its November 25 premiere, it's not particularly shocking to hear Warner Bros. announce they're pushing Jeff Nichols' original sci-fi studio project Midnight Special, but it's nevertheless still at least a little disappointing. March 18, 2016 is now when you can expect to see the latest from the Mud/Take Shelter director. This pulls it from competing in the Thanksgiving slot beside Creed, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, the Christmas-themed reunion of 50/50 stars Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before and the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Victor Frankenstein and lands it the week before another one of the studio's big tentpole release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A curious decision, made even more puzzling when it's revealed to also be combating Alligent - Part 1, Paramount's Monster Trucks and something from Tri-Star called Miracles From Heaven. Hopefully this isn't a sign of lost faith. »
- Will Ashton
“Midnight Special,” which reteams Shannon with “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, also stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. The film marks the first studio project for Nichols, who directed from his own script.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
“Midnight Special” will open against Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1,” TriStar’s “Miracles From Heaven” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”
- Dave McNary
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