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Plus: Freestyle sets Mother Teresa drama The Letters release date; Kathy Bates joins Bad Santa 2; Momentum picks up word rights to Milton’s Secret; Stx Entertainment wraps The Space Between Us… and more.
The 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 23, 2016 will honour Quentin Tarantino with the Distinguished Collaborator Award and veteran costume designer Ellen Mirojnick with the Career Achievement Award
Freestyle Releasing will distribute Mother Teresa drama The Letters starring Juliet Stevenson on December 4 in more than 1,000 theatres. Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer also star and William Riead directed the life story of the late nun.
Kathy Bates has joined Bad Santa 2 for Miramax and Broad Green and will play Sonny Soke, the “foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom” to Billy Bob Thornton’s lead. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures co-finance and co-produce the sequel, while Broad Green »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with year-old Stx Entertainment.
The deal calls for Umpg to administer and represent the studio’s future soundtracks, scores and catalogue of related music publishing rights across all media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Stx, launched early last year by Robert Simonds, plans to produce, market and release 12-15 major motion pictures a year. The studio is opening “Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, on Friday at more than 2,000 U.S. locations.
Upcoming titles include the horror film “The Boy,” starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”); and “The Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali.
- Dave McNary
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and Laika have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, »
- Zach Dennis
The year-old Stx Entertainment has set its partners in more than 50 territories to form a worldwide distribution network for its 12 to 15 motion pictures a year.
The first films covered by the pacts are “The Space Between Us,” starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson; “Hardcore,” an action film shot from first-person p.o.v.; “Mile 22,” with Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais; “Bad Moms,” starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell; “The Foreigner,” toplining Jackie Chan; “Russ & Roger,” starring Will Ferrell and Josh Gad; and “Happytime Murders,” from the Henson Co.
The deals include Tobis Film in Germany and Austria; Sun Distribution Group in Latin America and Spain; Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand; Vvs Films in Canada; Freeman Entertainment in Eastern Europe; Ab Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia; and the Searchers in Benelux.
Huayi Brothers Media Corp., as part of their overall investment in the Stx film slate, »
- Dave McNary
The studio has announced at Afm more than 20 output partners as it builds its international network and revealed further details of the films that will be offered to distributors including Toronto pick-up Hardcore.
Stx Entertainment has closed deals with Tobis Film in Germany and Austria, Sun in Latin America and Spain, Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand, Vvs Films in Canada, Freeman Entertainment in Eastern Europe and Ab Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia.
Other deals include The Searchers for Benelux, Gulf Film for the Middle East, Times Media for South Africa, Aqua Pinema for Turkey, Odeon for Greece and Cinemundo for Portugal.
Forum Film will distribute Stx titles in Israel, Acme in the Baltics, PVR Pictures in India, Pioneer in the Philippines, Catchplay in Taiwan, Sahamongkolfilm in Thailand and Entertainment In Motion for worldwide airlines.
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, as part of its overall investment in the Stx film slate, will handle »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
More news out of Afm: It seems Shane Carruth, the director who decided to skirt the traditional production/distribution model for his last film Upstream Color has decided to dive headlong into making a big bet on his production company's (erbp) next big movie, Modern Ocean.
A cast of huge names has reportedly boarded the seas faring thriller including Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah and Jeff Goldblum. Heard any of those names before?
Set in and around cargo ships and trading, delving into the competition for shipping routes and valuable materials, set on land and at sea, that will culminate in an epic battle.
FilmNation are taking international bids this weekend, no [Continued ...] »
The American Film Market (Afm) began today in Santa Monica, California, and one of the first announcements out of the gate was casting for Shane Carruth's upcoming feature The Modern Ocean. Fans of Carruth (such as myself) have loved his past films Primer and Upstream Color not only for their enigmatic stories, but also for the independent spirit and creation behind them.So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a list of names who will be starring in the film. Not only Anne Hathaway and Keanu Reeves, but also Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah, and Jeff Goldblum. Carruth will also star, as in his previous films. Lawrence Inglee of Blackbird, Eyal Rimmon of Tadmor, and Carruth's...
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Shane Carruth’s (Primer) first big budget film The Modern Ocean is gradually putting together a remarkable A-list cast, headlined by Anne Hathaway (The Intern), Keanu Reeves (Knock Knock) and Daniel Radcliffe (Victor Frankenstein).
Carruth, best known for his head-scratching sci-fi cinema, will also star in The Modern Ocean, which has been described as a nautical action adventure.
According to Deadline, a who’s-who of Hollywood stars have signed up for the epic film.
Plot details for The Modern Ocean are largely under wraps, but the story looks set to focus on the deadly competition for valuable shipping routes.
With a cast like this »
- Tom Beasley
If indie filmmaker Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color) is keen to make a lasting first impression at tomorrow’s American Film Market, he’s certainly assembled the star-studded cast to do so. Not content with lining his upcoming maritime drama The Modern Ocean with the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Beasts of No Nation scene-stealer Abraham Attah, today brings word that Carruth and FilmNation have attracted Daniel Radcliffe, Anne Hathaway and John Wick star Keanu Reeves for the motion picture.
Set against the hyper-competitive market of shipping routes and the intense, all-consuming rivalries they spawn, The Modern Ocean is certainly a sprawling adventure on paper, and reports state that Carruth’s script is a 200-page tome replete with diagrams and various annotations. Billed as an “epic tale, fraught with danger and intrigue, takes us from the ancient trading houses of Algeria to the »
- Michael Briers
Shane Carruth's first movie, Primer, was famously shot for only $7,000. His third movie looks like it will be slightly more expensive: Indiewire reports that a long list of boldfaced names have signed on for Carruth's The Modern Ocean, including Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jeff Goldblum, Asa Butterfield, new Spider-Man Tom Holland, and Beasts of No Nation's Abraham Attah. (It's unclear how many of these actors will pull double-duty as their past selves.) The film itself is reportedly "an epic tale" about shipping routes, hidden treasure, and a "powerful need for vengeance." So: Cloud Atlas without the race play? »
- Nate Jones
Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Abraham Attah will star in "Primer" and "Upstream Color" director Shane Carruth's ensemble adventure drama "The Modern Ocean".
The storyline revolves around vengeance and the fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and priceless materials that converge in a spectacular battle on the decks of behemoth cargo ships.
Most have been enticed by Carruth's 200-page script which is said to contain a bunch of pictures and diagrams. The story will run from the ancient trading houses of Algeria to the darkest depths of the ocean floor according to FilmNation who is selling the project at Afm this week.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Director Shane Carruth may have only released two movies but he’s already got a string of A-listers ready and willing to work with him. Carruth first burst onto the scene with the time-travelling head-scratcher Primer and his second movie Upstream Color was even more confusing. Despite the complicated narratives both films played well to indie audiences and both showcase a strong aesthetic style.
Currently Shane is working on his latest project, a film called The Modern Ocean. The plot appears to be a touch more grounded than his previous work, the story following a fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and will also include battling cargo ship. FilmNation, the company with whom Carruth is working with, described The Modern Ocean as an “epic tale, fraught with danger and intrigue, »
- Kat Hughes
The Modern Ocean is about the competition for valuable shipping routes and the search for priceless material, as bitter rivalries take vengeance on one another in the battle of the ocean floor.
There's no word yet on when The Modern Ocean will go into production or release in cinemas.
Shane Carruth‘s The Modern Ocean has secured a cast so big that the update seems like a clerical error. As it were, THR tell us the Primer and Upstream Color helmer will next direct, along with himself, Jeff Goldblum, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Anne Hathaway, Chloe Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland (also known as Spider-Man v. 3), and Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation).
FilmNation are backing Ocean, a drama about shipping routes, hidden treasure, and the insanity that it inspires among dozens of people — a conflict that the writer-director has claimed involves “full-scale naval battles using these improvised weapons on these cargo ships.
Being a Shane Carruth picture, however, there are all sorts of questions about place (geographic and emotional alike) and identity. Even with a massive ensemble, we hope this won’t lose the intimate touch of his previous works — a factor we imagine was the reason »
- Jordan Raup
Wow. There's simply no other word to describe the massive, star-studded cast that is boarding Shane Carruth's "The Modern Ocean." Back in September, the director had signed with power agency Wme, and the word was he was gearing up the project with a Hollywood sized budget. It appears that every actor around has broken down the door of the "Primer" and "Upstream Color" filmmaker to be part of what he does next. Read More: Shane Carruth Talks 'Upstream Color' Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah ("Beasts Of No Nation"), and Jeff Goldblum have joined "The Modern Ocean," which will detail the competition for valuable shipping routes, the search for the hidden cache of priceless material and the powerful need for vengeance that will converge in a spectacular battle on the rolling decks of behemoth cargo ships. This epic »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jeff Goldblum will star in Shane Carruth‘s indie drama “The Modern Ocean” alongside Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield and “Beasts of No Nation” breakout Abraham Attah, it was announced Tuesday. Carruth will also star in the movie, which FilmNation Entertainment will begin shopping to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. The script is said to be 200 pages long and feature pictures and diagrams. “The Modern Ocean” chronicles a competition for valuable shipping routes and the search for a hidden cache of priceless material. The film is said to explore the. »
- Jeff Sneider
An all-star cast is set Shane Carruth’s The Modern Ocean as Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah and Jeff Goldblum have joined. The film, in which Carruth also stars, is being produced by Blackbird’s Lawrence Inglee (The Day After Tomorrow), Carruth’s erbp Film (Primer), and Tadmor’s Eyal Rimmon (American Ultra). Casting is being handled by Carmen Cuba Casting. FilmNation Entertainment will launch… »
Shane Carruth’s shipping drama “The Modern Ocean” has drawn an impressive cast with Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah and Jeff Goldblum all on board.
Carruth will also star. Producers are Blackbird’s Lawrence Inglee, Carruth’s erbp Film and Tadmor’s Eyal Rimmon. FilmNation Entertainment will launch international sales at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday.
“The Modern Ocean” centers on the competition for valuable shipping routes, the search for the hidden cache of priceless material and the powerful need for vengeance in a secretive world filled with mysterious technologies and bitter rivalries.
Carruth first unveiled the project in late September.
“We couldn’t be more excited to »
- Dave McNary
Emerging filmmaker Shane Carruth has assembled an impressive cast for his latest movie project, The Modern Ocean. Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Beasts of No Nation breakout Abraham Attah will star in the ensemble adventure drama, based on Carruth's 200-page script, which is described as being filled with pictures and diagrams. The storyline revolves around vengeance and the fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and priceless materials that converge in a spectacular battle on the rolling decks of behemoth cargo ships. "This epic tale, fraught with danger and intrigue,
- Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock
The Modern Ocean is styled as an intrigue-filled tale set against the backdrop of the ferociously competitive global shipping route industry. Wme Global represents Us rights.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Shane on this project,” said FilmNation svp of sales Tara Erer. “He is clearly one of the most exciting and inventive filmmakers working today. He has created »
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