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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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 »
- email@example.com (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
Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have all joined the Irish action thriller "Pilgrimage" for Xyz Films. A seven-week shoot is set to commence next month on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes region of Belgium.
The story follows 13th century monks whose faith is tested when they escort a monastery's holiest relic to Rome. Brendan Muldowney will direct from a screenplay by Jamie Hannigan, while Conor Barry, John Keville and Benoit Roland will produce. [Source: Screen]
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
In the film, a series of misunderstandings has led chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York and dump them. Thorne will play Ashley. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Olivia Cooke, who moved Sundance as a teen with cancer in Grand Jury and Audience winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," is set to follow up her breakout role with "Katie Says Goodbye," a drama from the indie collective behind "Martha Marcy May Marlene." (THR has the full scoop.) Cooke will play the title character, a 17-year-old waitress who prostitutes herself in order to get by while pursuing greener pastures in San Francisco. She is joined by "The Killing" star Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi, Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Abbott, who also broke big out of Sundance as a self-destructive twenty-something in "James White." In the "Katie," Abbott plays Cooke's mechanic love interest, with Enos playing her unfit mother. The feature is set to begin shooting at the end of March in New Mexico. "James White" producers Sean Durkin, who directed "Martha Marcy," and "Simon Killer" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In her first deal since her breakout performance in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Olivia Cooke has signed on to star as the title character in Katie Says Goodbye, an indie drama overseen by the makers of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Joining Cooke in the feature are The Killing star Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbott, Jim Belushi and Mary Steenburgen. Sean Durkin, the filmmaker who wrote and directed Martha Marcy May Marlene and its producer Antonio Campos and Josh Mond are exec producing Katie. (Durkin and Campos also produced James White, which starred Abbott and was
- Borys Kit
Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun on a brand new film starring “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star Tina Fey, Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock” and Margot Robbie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”). Filming on the currently untitled film is taking place in New Mexico. The film also stars Alfred Molina, Sheila Vand, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Stephen Peacocke, Evan Jonigkeit and Billy Bob Thornton. The film is based on “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” an autobiography by Kim Barker. The tone of the film seems to be one that will play on various emotions; the New York Times described [ Read More ]
John Travolta is in talks to star in the Chuck Russell-directed indie action-thriller "I Am Wrath" for Patriot Pictures. Michael Mendelsohn, Nick Vallelonga and Richard Salvatore are producing and filming begins next month in Ohio.
Travolta will play a man out for vigilante justice after a group of corrupt cops are unable to catch his wife’s killer. Paul Sloan penned the script based on a story by Yvan Gauthier, and the hope is this will be to Travolta what "Taken" was to Liam Neeson. [Source: The Wrap]
Universal Pictures has acquired the action comedy pitch "Mother" which will be developed as a star vehicle for Halle Berry. Berry and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas will produce and Pablo Fenjves will write the screenplay. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the Untitled Tina Fey - Margot Robbie - Martin Freeman Project, starring Tina Fey (30 Rock, This Is Where I Leave You), Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Sherlock).
Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called "hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time," the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy Stupid Love) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). The producers are Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, Three Amigos!, Mean Girls), Tina Fey and Ian Bryce (Transformers franchise, World War Z).
Based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” the film will recount Barker’s years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the the region in 2002.
Shooting is currently under way in New Mexico.
Thornton, who recently won a Golden Globe for his role in the FX series “Fargo,” was last seen in Warner Bros.’ “The Judge.” He can be seen next in “Entourage” and “Our Brand Is Crisis” opposite Sandra Bullock.
He is repped »
- Justin Kroll
Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced on the “Untitled Tina Fey – Margot Robbie – Martin Freeman Project,” starring Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “This Is Where I Leave You”), Margot Robbie (“Focus,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street”) and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock”).
Based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the NY Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time,” the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Focus,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).
- Michelle McCue
Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina have signed on to join Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman in Paramount’s untitled comedy based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle,” the studio announced Wednesday. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing the film from a script by Robert Carlock, and production is now under way in New Mexico. Lorne Michaels is producing with Fey and Ian Bryce, who also produced “World War Z” and the “Transformers” franchise for Paramount. The supporting cast includes Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Christopher Abbott (HBO’s “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“Argo”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”) and. »
- Jeff Sneider
The 37th annual Sundance Film Festival was, as always, a glitzy riot of rumors, acquisitions, and hype, but at its heart, again like always, the Park City extravaganza hums on the quality of its films and acting. The roster of sterling performances this year was as strong as ever—and unusually diverse: Actors best known for TV showed themselves capable of commanding the screen, fresh faces came out of nowhere and won standing ovations, and previously unheralded yeomen proved themselves brilliantly as leading men—and hateable villains. Here, we shine a much-deserved spotlight on six actors and actresses whose work in films — both eagerly awaited and pleasantly surprising — had the Utah movers and shakers thinking big. *******Christopher Abbott Film: James White Perhaps Christopher Abbott was right to leave Girls. As James White’s title character, Abbott spills over with raw anxiety and tenderness. He plays a Manhattan 20-something whose usual »
- Kyle Buchanan,Bilge Ebiri,Jada Yuan
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