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In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.
Horror comedy Creep will be the first to go and like the other six titles – four of which have not started production – the deal falls within the ambit of Duplass Brothers Productions’ exclusive Svod arrangement with Netflix signed in January.
The Orchard gets worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights.
Creep will launch exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday (23) and stars Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, who also directed and previously directed The Overnight, which The Orchard released theatrically last Friday. Creep was co-produced by Jason Blum at Blumhouse.
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The Orchard will take worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to films produced by Duplass Brothers Prods. The seven films are part of the Svod Netflix partnership that the brothers signed in January.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better working relationship with Jay and Mark on ‘The Overnight’ — they have been amazing collaborators who share our passion for telling compelling stories, fostering new talent and finding disruptive new ways to reach audiences, »
- Dave McNary
“The Carrie Diaries” executive producer Amy B. Harris has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC studios. As part of the agreement, Harris will serve as executive producer and showrunner on ABC’s upcoming “Wicked City,” starring Ed Westwick, Taissa Farmiga, Erika Christensen, Gabriel Luna, Karolina Wydra and Anne Winters. Harris will also develop new projects for network, cable and streaming for the studio. Also read: ABC Sets 'The Muppets,' 'Quantico' Premiere Dates Harris most recently served as executive producer on HBO’s revival of the Lisa Kudrow series “The Comeback.” Her previous credits include “Sex and the City, »
- Reid Nakamura
Cannes – A woman has topped a competition at this year’s Cannes, and with a stirring woman’s drama to boot.
“Share,” a short from American Pippa Bianco, a student at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, took the top prize Friday at the Cannes’ Cinefondation Selection, the world’s highest-profile film school student competition.
Also written by Bianco, and short by Cinefondation standards — only 11 minutes — “Share,” produced by Tyler Byrne, Carly Hugo and Danielle Oexmann, stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her on the Internet.
Chile’s Ignacio Juricic Merillan, a student at the film and TV faculty of the Universidad de Chile, took the Selection second prize, for “Lost Queens,” about an 18-year-old who’s arrested in a televised raid of a club where he works as a drag queen, and fears his »
- John Hopewell
A jury led by "Timbuktu" director Abderrahmane Sissako awarded the €15,000 top prize in the Cinéfondation Competition Friday to Pippa Bianco, of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, for her short film, "Share." Hers was among 18 student films, selected from 593 entries, to screen in the Cinéfondation section this year. An Indiewire "Project of the Day" last year, "Share" stars Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her. In addition to the cash prize, the award comes with a guarantee that Bianco's first feature will be presented at Cannes. This year's jury also included Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski, and Rebecca Zlotowski. The 593 entries represent 381 films schools worldwide. Read the full list of winners and watch a teaser trailer for "Share" below: »
- Matt Brennan
After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.
The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:
The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere
- Derek Anderson
Recently, the people over at Just Jared, got to chat up the very cute and adorable American Horror Story seasons 1 and 3 alum, Taissa Farmiga (left), for some big spotlight spread they did with her. They wasted no time, asking her if we could expect to see her ever return to Ahs in the future, and she replied, implying that she definitely wants to return, stating: "Well, season four just ended. So I'm hoping the fans will be able see me in the next season of American Horror Story, but we'll see. No promises." So, yeah, now it's just up to show creator, Ryan Murphy, to bring her back. In addition to that, another popular Ahs actress, Emma Roberts , also wants to come on back for "American Horror Story" season 5, which is labeled, "Hotel." Again, she's another actress that's waiting for Ryan Murphy's approval. She, like Taissa, have served up »
- Andre Braddox
As previously reported, the new "American Horror Story" season 5 is labeled, "Hotel," and according to a recent report from Latino Post, hottie actress/season 3 and 4 veteran, Emma Roberts (left), has recently told the press that she definitely wants a spot in the 5th season installment despite already being quite busy on a new show, "Scream Queens," which is also produced by Ryan Murphy. At the recent Fox upfronts, Emma told E! Online: "To go from ‘American Horror Story’ to this and then, hopefully, back to ‘American Horror Story’ at the end of the year is a dream come true.” After that, she went on to say: "I am hoping, but I do not know. You will have to ask Ryan.” Additionally, they also reported that cute, adorable Taissa Farmiga chick, who last played Zoe in season 3's Coven, wants to return as well. These two lovely actresses' Ahs fate is »
- Andre Braddox
ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Here's what Paul Lee had to say in a statement.
"Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC's place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television.
ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top »
Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content will partner on The Waiting, a thriller to be directed by Kasra Farahani, starring James Caan (The Godfather, Misery, Elf), Logan Miller (Scouts Vs Zombies, Night Moves, The Stanford Prison Experiment) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, It’S Kind Of A Funny Story, “United States of Tara”).
Speaking about their film, Co-founders of Star Thrower Entertainment Tim White and Trevor White said, “Mark and Jeff have crafted an excellent script that seamlessly combines elements of a riveting thriller and fascinating character study. This script, together with Kasra’s elegant vision and our compelling cast, makes The Waiting the type of filmmaker and talent driven project ideal for Star Thrower.”
- Michelle McCue
Producers are Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum of Star Thrower Entertainment; Giri Tharan of Ball and Chain Productions; Rosalie Swedlin of Anonymous Content; and Elana Barry. Star Thrower and Ball and Chain will finance and produce.
Farahani’s worked in production design and art direction for “Avatar,” “Star Trek,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Thor.” Star Thrower’s first film “Jamesy Boy” starred Mary-Louise Parker, Taissa Farmiga and James Woods.
Farahani is represented by UTA and Management 360. Caan is repped by CAA, Miller by Innovative Artists and Primary Wave Entertainment and Gilchrist by ICM, »
- Dave McNary
ABC has unveiled a good picture of what its 2015-2016 television season will look like, handing down a number of renewals, cancellations, and series orders to new shows, as well as passing on other pilots.
Among the new shows on ABC next season will be Quantico, The Catch, Wicked City, The Family, Of Kings and Prophets, and the currently untitled drama formerly called Boom. They will be joined by The Muppets, The Real O’Neals, Uncle Buck, and Dr. Ken, while the channel has most notably passed on the proposed spinoff to Agents of Shield.
Among the returning shows, ABC renewed first season shows How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime, Secrets and Lies, Agent Carter, Galavant, Black-ish, and Fresh Off the Boat, as well as veteran shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Castle, The Goldbergs, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, and Modern Family. The supernatural drama Resurrection, as »
- Deepayan Sengupta
And finally ABC is in the game! The only network not to pick up a new series (and still the only network not to formally renew a single old series) jumped into the pre-upfronts excitement in a major way on Thursday afternoon, picking up six new dramas, several of which sound rather ambitious. Before going into depth, the basics: On Thursday (May 7) afternoon, ABC ordered the Biblical epic "Of Kings and Prophets" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "The Catch," as well as "Wicked City" (formerly "L.A. Crime"), "The Family" (formerly Untitled Jenna Bans), "Quantico" and the Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (formerly "Boom"). ABC no doubt has plenty more new series pickups to do ahead of the network's Tuesday, May 12 upfront presentation. Let's get to the details, because some of these new shows sound pretty interesting actually... *** "Of Kings and Prophets" comes from creators Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and it is »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
ABC has given the series greenlight to a half-dozen drama projects, ranging from a Biblical epic to an FBI 9/11 conspiracy vehicle to a long-con thriller from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland shop. All six of the series hail from ABC Studios or the ABC Signature production unit.
The orders reinforce ABC’s strategy of loading up on dramas with an eye toward some shows with shorter-episode orders to help refresh the schedule and avoid repeats of new and returning series. The emphasis on ABC-produced projects makes it clear that the Alphabet is looking for maximum control of the digital windowing strategies on its shows, an increasingly important factor for broadcasting networks.
The six dramas getting the nod for ABC’s 2015-16 slate so far:
“Of Kings & Prophets”
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a »
- Cynthia Littleton
The 2015 Stanley Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday and a number of films and filmmakers we recognized during the awards ceremony. For those that were unable to attend, we have the list of winners, which includes The Final Girls taking home the audience award for favorite film:
"May 3, 2015 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced the audience and jury award winners, Birth.Movies.Death Filmmaking Frenzy winners and presented Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS, with the 2015 Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award. During his speech at the Stanley Awards Horror Brunch, Quinn referred to Sff as, "... the single most regal film festival, even though it's a horror film festival. I feel like I'm walking around this country club and then at night it turns sinister."
- Jonathan James
Read More: Let the Games Begin: Here's How the Stanley Film Festival Immerses Audiences in Horror The Stanley Film Festival, which showcases independent horror moviemaking, has announced its terrifying set of winners for 2015. Taking place at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and operated by the Denver Film Society, the festival ran for four days and included live shows, installations and a "Stanley Dean's Cup" student competition. Throughout the 4 days, the festival screened over 21 feature films along with six retro titles and 18 shorts, with 18 countries represented. Read on below for the full list of winners. (Synopses courtesy of Stanley Film Festival.) Audience Award for Feature Film: "The Final Girls," directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends find themselves trapped in the famous 80's slasher flick that made her late mother a scream queen. The millennial gang joins the throwback camp counselors »
- David Canfield
With writer/director David Robert Mitchell's Cannes-premiered "It Follows" bringing in over $16 million at the domestic box office on a slim $2 million budget, the theatrical market seems ripe for another arty horror movie hit to arise. So which of this year's festival favorites could follow (no pun intended) in "It Follows'" footsteps? With the close of the 3rd annual Stanley Film Festival on Sunday, below I've pegged six buzzed-about horror titles from this year's three major festivals so far (Sundance, SXSW and Stanley) that could become the next unlikely breakout in theaters. "The Witch" Director: Robert Eggers Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie Synopsis: New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. Screened at: Sundance »
- Chris Eggertsen
While there's still technically one more day of the Stanley Film Festival (more on the fest here) to go, Saturday night saw the annual horror celebration holding its closing festivities. And The Final Girls ended up being the perfect, insanely fun, choice to bring things to a close. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a script by M.A. Fortune and Joshua John Miller, the film is a meta romp through slasher tropes that entertains mightily You might have already read Perri's glowing review, but I also have a few quick thoughts on The Final Girls (which stars Taissa Farmiga, Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch and Malin Akerman). First of all, the film has a lot of heart, which isn't exactly what you'd expect from this type of thing but it works very well. The movie is clearly a love letter to genre films from the 80's (the »
- Evan Dickson
Read More: The Stanley Film Festival Announces Chilling Special Events Horror fans, rejoice. The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs), has announced its closing night film, full festival lineup and their choice for the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close with "The Final Girls," directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Per the film's synopsis, courtesy of Sff, the film, tells the story of a high schooler (Taissa Farmiga) who is mourning the loss of her mother (Malin Akerman), a famous scream queen from the 1980s. But when the teen finds herself strangely transported into the world of her mom's most famous movie, she must find a way to escape the film and get back home. During this four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, special events and awards presentations at the historic Stanley Hotel (the »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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