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Read More: Sundance Review: Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon Triumph in Devastating 'James White' Josh Mond's heartbreaking coming-of-age drama "James White" blew audiences away at the Sundance Film Festival earlier the year, going so far as to win the festival's Best of Next award, and now it's getting a hearty awards push from distributor The Film Arcade. The company has announced the movie will hit select theaters on November 13. Former "Girls" star Christopher Abbott plays the eponymous James White, whose self-destructive lifestyle must be reevaluated after his mother (Cynthia Nixon) gets diagnosed with cancer. Reviews out of Sundance praised the leads' performances, and The Film Arcade will mount their biggest awards push yet for Abbott and Nixon. "What people have really responded to when seeing this film, whether audiences or critics, is that the performances from Christopher and Cynthia are just astonishing," said Andy Bohn from Film. »
- Zack Sharf
Sundance 2015 Best of Next award winner James White is getting an awards-season push from distributor The Film Arcade, beginning with theatrical release on November 13. Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, the coming-of-age story follows a young New Yorker struggling with self-destructive tendencies in the midst of momentous family changes. While the young man’s mother deals with serious illness, he must find new reserves of strength or… »
While the Toronto International Film Festival looks around the world and in all genres to find features for its annual incarnation, one area that receives focus is films aimed at children. With the understanding both that quality cinema is not dependent on its target audience, and that cinephiles can begin at any age, the festival’s Kids Programme highlights such features.
The Discovery Programme, on the other hand, brings together films from first and second time directors, with an eye on emerging talent. The festival has now announced the lineups for both Programmes in the 2015 incarnation of the event, along with further additions to the Cinematheque and Vanguard lineup. The Discovery lineup joins previously announced Canadian features. The films, with their official synopses, can be seen below.
A young boy in modern-day Tokyo stumbles into »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publications has bestowed since 1998.
Variety’s VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos says, “Actors to Watch turn up in edgy little indies, studio blockbusters and from all corners of the world. You’ll see some of these actors in upcoming awards season films, and you will have seen some of them in current summer hits. We feel they all have one thing in common: uncommonly bright futures.”
Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees such as Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Shannon and Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 6 issue of Variety, in conjunction with coverage of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 8-12. This marks the fourth year Variety has collaborated with the festival to present Actors to Watch. »
- Variety Staff
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce, Christopher Abbott, Matthew Maher, Albert Brooks, Jerry Adler, Quinn Meyers, Chester Jones, Ashley Williams, Glenn Fleshler, Jimmy Palumbo, Daisy Tahan | Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor
There are some movies that you come away from knowing that you liked it, loved the way it was shot and knew the acting was good, but something just seemed to be missing. These are the ones you have to take the time to step back from and think about what you have just seen, what it was trying to tell you and what you take away from it. This is exactly what I found with A Most Violent Year.
At first I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the film which focuses on 1981 a year that saw a spike in criminal activity in New York, but the answer lies in »
- Paul Metcalf
A Most Violent Year, 2015
Directed by J.C. Chandor.
An immigrant New York businessman tries to expand his company’s fortunes despite setbacks from rival firms, criminal gangs and an investigation from the District Attorney.
Set in New York City in 1981, A Most Violent Year is a crime drama that harks back to the works of Coppola, Scorcese and Friedkin, telling a story about a man, his family and his values, all set against a backdrop of corruption and violence that threatens to usurp him at every turn. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays Abel Morales, a Hispanic immigrant who has built up a successful oil business but is having trouble with his trucks being hijacked and his employees being attacked. Despite his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain – Mama) having mob connections through her father »
- Gary Collinson
Early deals on the film include to Austria (Thimfilm), Mexico (Mantarraya), Brazil (Alfa Films), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Benelux (Cinéart), Czech Republic (Aerofilms), Hungary (Monizet Ltd), ex-Yugoslavia (Megacom McF), South Korea (Main Title), Switzerland (Praesens-Film), Greece (Weird Wave), airlines (Skeye) and Germany (Neue Visionen), the latter accord via a co-production deal.
Set against the backdrop of a northern French beach resort, the film revolves around two socially opposed families and a series of mysterious disappearances.
Mfi has also signed a raft of deals on Josh Mond’s James White following its first screening in the market, selling the title to Benelux (September Films), Greece (Weird Wave), Scandinavia and the Baltics (Non Stop), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Switzerland (Praesens-Film). There were previously announced deals to Latin American and Spain (Sun Distribution) and France »
Diamond Pictures is handling international sales in Cannes. Wme Global repped the filmmakers.
Haley directed “Criminal Activities” from Robert Lowell’s script. He also co-stars with Travolta, Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi (“X-Men: First Class”).
Image is planning a theatrical release in the fall. The film tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a “sure thing” only to discover the deal going south, thereby putting them in trouble with the mob.
- Dave McNary
Image Entertainment acquired the North American and UK rights to Criminal Activities, the Jackie Earle Haley-directed and Robert Lowell-scripted film that stars Haley, John Travolta, Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi. Film will be released in the fall. Pic tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a “sure thing” only to discover the deal going south while putting them in trouble with the… »
Exclusive: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.
“This is a smart, witty, extremely commercial thriller with elements of Boiler Room and Reservoir Dogs and an ending you don’t see coming,” said Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer for the Image brands at Image parent company Rlj Entertainment. “We’re excited to bring this film with a star-studded cast to the big screen.”
Image plans an autumn theatrical release on the film after Ward and Matt Hooper brokered the deal with Wme Global.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
James White is a coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker who struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior as his mother battles with serious illness.
The Film Arcade negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Making their third Sundance deal (following Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected and Jim Strouse’s People, Places, Things) the Film Arcade folks have landed one of the top directorial debuts of year, and in the same token one of the best reviewed items out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Josh Mond‘s award-winning James White. Surprisingly not picked up directly in Park City, the indie distrib have a pair of career best, future Indie Spirit noms/performances (Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon) to work with in what will be a late theatrical release and awards push.
Gist: James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother’s battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility. With the pressure on him mounting, James »
- Eric Lavallee
The distributors are planning to release the film theatrically and will mount an awards push for the two stars.
“James White” centers on a hard-partying young man struggling to take care of his mother after her cancer returns. Arthouse company Memento Films acquired international sales rights to the picture earlier this month.
The film marks the directorial debut of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” producer Josh Mond. It is the latest feature film from Borderline Films, a New York City-based production company formed in 2003 by Tisch film school alums Mond, Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. »
- Brent Lang
The Film Arcade is acquiring U.S. distribution rights to Josh Mond‘s directorial debut “James White,” which stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, the company announced Monday. A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family changes, “James White” had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the recipient of the “Best of Next” Audience Award. The Film Arcade is planning a traditional theatrical release for the film this fall, followed by an awards campaign highlighting the performances by Abbott. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Film Arcade will release "James White" theatrically this Fall followed by an awards campaign, which the La-based indie distributor promises to be "aggressive," for the career-topping work of Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon. No release date has been set. Based on writer/director Mond's real-life ordeal, this devastating drama hits like a brick through a windshield. Abbott, who left HBO's "Girls" to pursue film, is deeply affecting as a twenty-something alcoholic caught in arrested development, and eliciting concern from his best friend (Kid Cudi). He channels Marlon Brando as the self-destructive son of his strong-willed mother — played by a brutally committed and amazing Nixon — who is rapidly dying of cancer. Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call co-star. Read More: Cynthia Nixon on Facing Death in "James White" and the Hard Hours of "Sex and the City" "James White" comes from Borderline Films, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Film Arcade acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Josh Mond-directed James White. It’s a coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family changes. Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott "Kid Cudi’ Mescudi. Pic premiered at 2015 Sundance and won the Best of Next Audience Award. UTA Independent repped the… »
Mfi will be selling the film at the Cannes Marché next month.
Christopher Abbott, perhaps best known for his role in the first two seasons of HBO’s Girls as well as a more recent performance in A Most Violent Year, stars alongside Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon and rapper/actor Scott ‘KiD CuDi’ Mescudi.
The film has already secured deals out of Sundance with Diaphana Films (France), Sun (Latin America, Spain) both brokered by UTA. Sales to Benelux »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Pic is produced by Borderline Films, the company behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and turns on James White, a troubled twenty-something whose hedonistic lifestyle in New York City gets turned upside down after his mother starts battling a serious illness.
Variety’s Brent Lang described “James White” as the “anti-‘Terms of Endearment.” “In Hollywood movies, death is often a beatific experience. In ‘James White,’ the edgy indie drama from Josh Mond, it’s filled with night sweats, moments of incontinence, hallucinations, and a few moments of grace,” wrote Lang.
“We saw the film in Sundance and fell in »
- Elsa Keslassy
She’s among the fresh faced talents that will have spilled over into the mainstream/indiestream after an attention grabbing perf at Sundance ’15 with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Olivia Cooke will topline, while James White‘s Christopher Abbott, veterans Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen will take on supporting player roles in Katie Says Goodbye –- the directorial debut from Wayne Roberts. THR reports that Borderline Films’ Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond are exec producing and reteaming with James White producers Jacob Wasserman and Relic Pictures’ Eric Schultz (The Preppie Connection), alongside Kimberly Parker (The Adderall Diaries) and Carlo Sirtori. Moments away from lensing in New Mexico, Cinematographer Paula Huidobro (Paul Bettany’s Shelter) is also on board.
Gist: In hopes of leaving her small Arizona town, a 17 year-old waitress (Cooke) attempts to overcome the hardships of poverty by prostituting herself in order to »
- Eric Lavallee
As collaborators, Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos have been a formidable pair. Campos produced the Durkin-directed breakout "Martha Marcy May Marlene," while roles were reversed for Campos' directorial efforts "Simon Killer" and "Afterschool." And the pair put their producing powers behind recent Sundance film festival hit "James White." Clearly they've got taste and talent, and they are putting it to use once again, producing "Katie Says Goodbye." Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen will star in the drama about "a 17-year-old waitress, played by Cooke, who attempts to overcome the hardships of poverty by prostituting herself in order to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco." Wayne Roberts will direct with filming starting this month. [THR] Johnnie To always has several projects on the go at once, so here's another: he'll direct the heist thriller »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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