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'James White' Enters the Oscar Race With November Release Date

27 August 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Sundance Film ‘James White’ Gets November Release, Awards Push

27 August 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Tiff 2015 announces Kids and Discovery Programme, and adds to overall lineup

26 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

Tiff Kids

The Boy and the Beast, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, making its International Premiere

A young boy in modern-day Tokyo stumbles into »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Variety Names 10 Actors to Watch for 2015

24 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Review

20 May 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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

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DVD Review – A Most Violent Year (2015)

18 May 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2015

Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Christopher Abbott, Jerry Adler and Matthew Maher.


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

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Buyers head to Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

16 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Memento Films International (Mfi) is reporting brisk business on Bruno Dumont’s dark comedy Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

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 »

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Cannes: John Travolta’s ‘Criminal Activities’ Sells to Image

14 May 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Image Entertainment has acquired North American and U.K. rights to the John Travolta thriller “Criminal Activities,” directed by Jackie Earle Haley.

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.

Producers are Wayne Rice, Howard Burd and Micah Sparks. Executive producers are Rodger May, Gayle Nosal and Daniel Diamond.


- Dave McNary

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Image Entertainment Acquires John Travolta Starrer ‘Criminal Activities’

14 May 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Image acquires 'Criminal Activities'

13 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.

Jackie Earle Haley directs Criminal Activities from a screenplay by Robert Lowell about four young men who fall foul of the mob when they follow a tip-off.

Haley also stars alongside Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi.

“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.

Wayne Rice, Howard Burd and Micah Sparks produced and Rodger May, Gayle Nosal and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Film Arcade acquires ‘James White’

20 April 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Sundance Best Of Next audience award winner will open theatrically in the autumn as a campaign launch for Girls star Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.

Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi also stars in the feature directorial debut from Josh Mond of Borderline Films, the New York-based collective behind Martha Marcy May Marlene, Simon Killer and Afterschool.

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.

Borderline’s Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin produced with Melody C Roscher. 

The Film Arcade negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group.


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Rage Against the Machine: The Film Arcade Hold “James White” Tight

20 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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‘James White’ Rights Go to the Film Arcade, Awards Push Planned

20 April 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Film Arcade has acquired U.S. rights to “James White,” a coming-of-age story starring Christopher Abbott of “Girls” and Cynthia Nixon that made a stir at Sundance.

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.

In a largely positive review, Variety‘s Scott Foundas praised Abbott’s work, likening it to the “volatile, unpredictable energy of the actors in a John Cassavetes film.”

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

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Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon Drama ‘James White’ Sells to The Film Arcade

20 April 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Stunning 'James White,' Starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, Heads for Awards Season

20 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Film Arcade Acquires Sundance Pic ‘James White’

20 April 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Memento acquires Sundance winner 'James White'

13 April 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New York-set drama stars Girls actor Christopher Abbott and Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon; Mfi taking the film to Cannes Marché.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has snapped up international sales of Josh Mond’s debut feature, James White, which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Mfi will be selling the film at the Cannes Marché next month.

James White is produced by Borderline Films (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Mond also acts as a producer alongside Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos.

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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Memento Boards Sundance Player ‘James White’

13 April 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes– Leading arthouse company Memento Films Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Josh Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which premiered at Sundance and won the audience nod.

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.

James White” features critically-claimed performances from Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Cynthia Nixon (“Sex & the City”) and rapper/actor Scott ‘KiD CuDi’ Mescudi (“Entourage”).

“We saw the film in Sundance and fell in »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Olivia Cooke is Turning Tricks in Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye”

24 March 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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 FilmsSean 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

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Directors: New Projects From Neill Blomkamp, Sean Durkin, Louis Letterier, Johnnie To, And More

24 March 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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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