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Film Acquisition Rundown: Sony Pictures Classics Adds to Pedro Almodóvar Library, Shudder Buys ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ and More

12 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Sony Pictures Classics have announced they have acquired the rest of Pedro Almodóvar’s full library of films, including “Pepi, Luci, Bom”; “Labyrinth of Passion”; “Dark Habits”; “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”; “High Heels” and “Kika.” Spc will release his latest, “Julieta,” in theaters on December 21.

Based on short stories by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, “Julieta” is “about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, guilt complexes and that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed. The cast includes Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez and Rossy de Palma. It »

- Kate Erbland

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Max Irons-Samantha Barks’ Ukraine Drama ‘Bitter Harvest’ Bought by Roadside

9 August 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to romance-drama “Bitter Harvest,” starring Max Irons and Samantha Barks for a first-quarter release.

George Mendeluk directed from a script he co-wrote with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover, focused on two lovers caught in Joseph Stalin’s effort to starve the Ukrainian people in 1932-33, also known as the Holodomor. Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp also star.

The film is produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, Stuart Baird, Mendeluk, Chad Barager and Jaye Gazeley. Ihnatowycz’ family survived the period and left for the U.S. in the 1940s. Dennis Davidson, Peter D. Graves and William J. Immerman serve as executive producers.

“We loved that George and Richard wrote a story about a period of history that many people really don’t know about,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric D’Arbeloff. “In partnering with Ian, who has such personal ties to the story, they »

- Dave McNary

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Us Briefs: Roadside Attractions tastes 'Bitter Harvest'

9 August 2016 1:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Strand Releasing acquires Sundance selection Lovesong; Talent incubator Resonance launches; and more…

Roadside Attractions has acquired Us rights to George Mendeluk’s Bitter Harvest, styled as the epic story of two lovers caught up in Stalin’s 1930s Ukranian genocide.

Max Irons and Samantha Barks (pictured) star alongside Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp.

Ian Ihnatowycz, Stuart Baird, Mendeluk, Chad Barager and Jaye Gazeley produce and Dennis Davidson, Peter D. Graves and William J. Immerman serve as executive producers.

Roadside will release in the first quarter of 2017. Lawrence Meyers and attorney William J Immerman brokered the deal on behalf of the film-makers.

New talent incubator Resonance has launched to support bilingual, bicultural writers and writer-directors who can create content designed to succeed in China and the Us. Launched by producer Hans Canosa and production and management company Circle Of Confusion, Resonance will invite each year up to ten emerging storytellers to participate in a year-long »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive: Cancelled; No Season Three for ITV Series

31 May 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49969" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bear Grylls: Mission Survive TV show cancelled by ITV after second series; no season three. Image via ITV.[/caption]

Mission aborted. The Bear Grylls: Mission Survive TV show has been cancelled by ITV after its second season. Digital Spy reports ITV has confirmed it is done with the survivalist competition. Chin up, Bear Grylls fans. ITV has, "... a number of projects with Bear in the pipeline." When announced, we will let you know.

DJ/model Vogue Williams won the first season of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. Alex Scott, right-back for Arsenal in the Fa Women's Super League and the England women's national football team, won the second series. Also competing in season two were: Samantha Barks, Michelle Collins, Jason Gardiner, Chelsee Healey, Neil Morrissey, and Stuart Pearce MBE.



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Aaron Eckhart's 'Courage' leads Spotlight slate

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Founder and CEO Matt McCombs and his sales team at Spotlight Pictures head into Cannes with a roster led by Aaron Eckhart starrer Courage.

The film gets its market premiere screening today [May 11] and is based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story.

Angelo Pizzo, a sports specialist whose screenwriting credits include Hoosiers and Rudy, directed from his adapted screenplay.

Eckhart stars as the coach of the University Of Texas American Football team whose star player is diagnosed with bone cancer.

The film opened in the Us last November through Clarius Entertainment under the title My All American and Universal handles ancillary rights.

Spotlight is also talking up Bitter Harvest, an epic romance set against the backdrop of the Holodomor – Stalin’s persecution of Ukrainians during the 1930s – that stars Max Irons and Samantha Barks.

The film screens today [May 11] and on Tuesday [16] in Cannes and the producers are in talks for a Us »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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First Look: Aneurin Barnard Plays Mozart in ‘Interlude in Prague’ (Exclusive)

15 April 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Variety has been given exclusive access to the first-look images for “Interlude in Prague,” which is shooting in the Czech capital. The film, which portrays a few turbulent months in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stars Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy and Samantha Barks.

Barnard, whose credits include “The White Queen” and “War & Peace,” plays the composer at a time when has been brought to Prague by the vain and self-obsessed Baron Saloka. The evil aristocrat is played by Purefoy, who was serial killer Joe Carroll in Fox’s “The Following,” and is a slave owner in the “Roots” reboot.

Rising star Morfydd Clark, who appeared recently in Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship,” plays the beautiful soprano Zuzanna Luptak, who is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart. Saloka, a psychopath, sexual predator and serial rapist, develops an overwhelming hatred that results in callous brutality and murder. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mozart Drama ‘Interlude in Prague’ Starts Czech Shoot

5 April 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Mozart drama “Interlude in Prague,” which stars “War & Peace” thesp Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy and “Les Miserables” actress Samantha Barks, has started shooting in the Czech capital.

The six-week shoot will take place in several Czech locations, including Libochovice Castle, the Nostitz Theater, Chateau Jemniste and the town of Ploskovice.

The cast also includes rising star Morfydd Clark, who plays Zuzanna Luptac, an 18-year-old soprano who has a passionate affair with Mozart (Barnard), but is forced to marry another man. Clark’s credits include Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship.”

The film is directed by John Stephenson from a screenplay by Brian Ashby and Helen Clare Cromarty. Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones and Hannah Leader are producing.

The story takes place in Prague in 1787 over a few turbulent months in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which influences the creation of the opera “Don Giovanni.” It is a “Shakespeare in Love »

- Leo Barraclough

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Purefoy, Barnard Spin Mozart Tale "Interlude"

10 February 2016 11:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard and Samantha Barks have joined the cast of John Stephenson's "Interlude in Prague". Brian Ashby penned the screenplay

Set in the Czech capital in 1787, the true story tale follows a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which influenced the creation of his opera "Don Giovanni". Mozart is brought to the Bohemian city by the vain aristocrat Baron Saloka who is also a psycopath and serial rapist.

Mozart sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theater, but his unconventional presence soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events including a love affair with a beautiful soprano and ultimately murder.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Berlin: Mozart Drama ‘Interlude in Prague’ to Star James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard

10 February 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — A bevy of British talent is set to lead the cast in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart drama “Interlude in Prague,” including James Purefoy (“Solomon Kane,” “John Carter,” “Ironclad”), Aneurin Barnard (“The White Queen,” “The Truth About Emanuel,” “Ironclad”) and “Les Miserables” star Samantha Barks. London-based Carnaby will handle worldwide rights for the film, which will be presented to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Directed by John Stephenson (“Animal Farm,” “Five Children and It”) with a screenplay by Brian Ashby, “Interlude in Prague” is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (“The Man Who Knew Infinity,” “The Edge of Love,” “Cold Mountain,” “Chaos”) along with Hannah Leader (“Lucky Number Slevin,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”) with cinematography by Michael Brewster (“Five Children and It,” “Animal Farm”), production design by Oscar winner Luciana Arrighi (“Only You,” “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” “Jakob the Liar”) and Hybrid’s »

- Leo Barraclough

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27 British films to look out for in 2016

7 January 2016 1:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…

While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.

2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.

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- louisamellor

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Samantha Barks strikes for musical

5 January 2016 3:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Les Miserables star attached to period musical Strike!

Samantha Barks, best known for her role in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, is attached to star in a feature version of Canadian stage musical Strike!, a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against the 1919 general strike in Winnipeg.

The stage musical’s co-writers, Danny Schur and Rick Chafe, have co-written the script and will produce, with Joseph Novak (Snake River) set to direct.

Currently in development, composer Schur is aiming for a summer 2016 shoot on the production, which also has Alan Doyle (Robin Hood) and Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page attached.

Barks is due to play Rebecca Almazoff, the lead female role in the period drama, which follows the illicit love affair between a Catholic man and Jewish woman during the strike.

The British actress, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, recently played in war-romance Bitter Harvest and drama A Hundred Streets but Strike! could be her »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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