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Expanding from sports into movies, Al Jazeera-owned beIN Media group has inked a 5-year first-run output deal with prominent Dubai-based independent Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment. BeIN’s move into movies is considered a game changer for the pay-tv landscape in the region.
A relatively low-profile sports Al Jazeera spinoff – albeit with muscle to control top Turkish paybox Digiturk and sports channels in France, Spain the U.S. and Australia – beIN’s entry into the Middle East movie arena steps up its competition with Orbit Showtime Network Osn, until now the only paybox in the region with movies, original programming and general entertainment.
Significantly, Osn just re-upped its volume deal with Warner Bros., comprising movies and TV series, through 2020.
Meanwhile, BeIN Media Group is reportedly in talks to purchase Miramax, according to an unconfirmed unsourced recent Bloomberg report. The deal would give it a direct foothold in Hollywood. »
- Nick Vivarelli
You know what they say: never judge a movie by its poster. They actually don't say that, but looking at the collection we've assembled below, they ought to start.
What follows is a bunch of very bad posters for very good movies, all trying their hardest to sell the film, and all of them failing on pretty much every level. Enjoy...?
Groundhog Day (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Leaving aside the notion of Bill Murray's head and hands - and only his head and hands - being trapped inside a Giant alarm clock, it's Andie MacDowell's raised-eyebrows, chin-stroking, utterly inexplicable face slapped on the bottom corner that earns this a thumbs down. Side note: if that clock rings, it's going straight out the window.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
The Gotham-set “Birdman,” about a fallen Hollywood star seeking redemption on Broadway, swept last year’s Oscars with best picture, director, original screenplay and cinematography prizes. The Fox Searchlight film represents the latest example that shows that when it comes to the Oscar race, the major evolution has occurred in Manhattan, overtaking the Hollywood studio film.
To some extent, the East Coast’s winning spirit is as old as “My Left Foot,” British arthouse imports distributed by New York-based independents in the 1980s and 1990s. That was when Harvey Weinstein at Miramax cracked the Oscar code. Weinstein didn’t create the American independent movement, but he exploited its awards potential.
“After decades of Academy members being admitted from the indie world, it should not be a shock to anyone that the taste is really indie,” says one high-placed insider. Every time an independent film wins, more independent filmmakers flood AMPAS. »
- Thelma Adams
"I'm kind of all or nothing. A lot of times, I feel like I have to spend some time living in order to act again," Rooney Mara said over the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, about the breaks she tries to take between pictures. And one might understand that, after shooting three pictures in a row—Jim Sheridan's (“In The Name Of The Father,” “My Left Foot”) “The Secret Scripture,” Benedict Andrews' “Blackbird,” and Garth Davis' on “Lion”—coupled with an awards campaign for "Carol," she might not be up for shooting another movie this fall. Read More: Telluride: A Tribute To Rooney Mara And as it happens, Deadline reports that Mara has exited "Collateral Beauty." The picture has already been down a bumpy road with Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp flirting with the co-starring role before Will Smith stepped in. "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her »
- Andre Soares
The brand created by Harvey and Bob Weinstein could be a significant plum for buyers starved for content to fill expanding digital platforms, because Miramax controls a library of about 700 films that includes “My Left Foot,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and “The Piano.”
A report from Bloomberg quoted sources saying the studio hopes to attract bids of up to $1 billion, though the current owners — led by Colony Capital and Qatar Holding — declined to comment. The studio was said to be interviewing investment banks about a transaction.
Qatar, Colony and builder Ron Tutor bought Miramax in 2010 from the Walt Disney Co. for $660 million, though Tutor later sold his stake to Qatar Holding. The studio theoretically could be of interest to expanding streaming services like Netflix, »
- James Rainey
The six-part mini series will focus on the struggle William Shakespeare faced as he tried to balance family life with his budding career in London as an actor and playwright.
Leif and Théroux (pictured) are looking for potential co-production partners and not surprisingly given the subject matter are understood to be targeting the UK.
“It is rare when a writer can so elegantly reach into the depth of human emotion and experience,” said co-executive producers Théroux and Bristow.
“Shane Connaughton has demonstrated this unique capacity with his writing. We are thrilled to work with him as we embark on this exciting Shakespeare mini-series, as we strive »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: The Family Shakespeare is the second project lined up by former eOne exec Patrice Théroux since leaving the company last fall. He and his executive producing partners now have set Oscar nominee Shane Connaughton (My Left Foot) to script the six-part miniseries that focuses on the Bard’s adult life and his constant struggle between family life in Stratford and a flourishing professional career in London. Théroux is exec producing with Leif and Agnes Bristow (The… »
When people are asked what Best Picture Oscar races resulted in the wrong film winning over another, two in the past twenty years immediately come to mind. The first was in 1999 when "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" for the gong.
The second and arguably more incredulous though was 2006 when Paul Haggis' racial drama "Crash" beat out Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" for the honor. On the tenth anniversary of the film's release, Lee and producer James Schamus talked to Variety about the making of the film and Schamus explained how he thinks the loss simply came down to the Academy playing it safe:
"You could sense the lack of excitement in Hollywood after the 847th trophy was picked up, and I could tell that a lot of folks felt there was a safe political narrative (with 'Crash'). The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone at the »
- Garth Franklin
Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (Mbs).
The €400,000 comedy by Silvestrov’s new company Cooperation Propub is based on characters who are typical to the modern world: an artist, an oligarch, the Russian president and an alcoholic.
The ironic and tragic view of modern Russia also received an award sponsored by the Russian company Cosmosfilm.
In addition, the Finnish post-production house Post Control offered production services as a prize to Elizaveta Stishova’s Suleiman Mountain by Trikita Entertainment, which is being developed as part of the B’Est training programme.
The Mgap entertainment legal practice donated a prize of legal advice to the documentary project Baubxy about the Bauhaus and Vkhutemas movements by Sergei Shanovich.
Valeriy Polienko’s 1990s-set drama Kosa was selected by the Russian crowdfunding platform Planeta.ru to receive professional advice on its production.
The award-winning »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
The film about a little girl who can turn into a seal was Oscar nominated earlier this year, missing out to Big Hero 6.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — Children’s animated feature “Song of the Sea” won the top film prize at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards for Film and Drama, which took place at the Mansion House in Dublin on Sunday.
“Frank” picked up several awards, including director for Lenny Abrahamson, and supporting actor for Domhnall Gleeson. “Patrick’s Day” also picked up multiple prizes, including actor for Moe Dunford and script for Terry McMahon.
Best international film was “Boyhood,” the international actor award went to Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything,” and the international actress honor went to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice.”
- Leo Barraclough
The Irish Film & Television Academy is to honour director-writer-producer Jim Sheridan with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Ifta Awards on May 24.
Ifta CEO Áine Moriarty said Sheridan “is a master storyteller, bold and brilliant, whose skill and vision continues to inspire so many”. She also praised his “constant support and nurturing of Irish creative talent - part of his ongoing legacy”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
What will March bring to Netflix? Plenty of great TV shows, some killer recent and classic movies, and a slew of highly anticipated Netflix Originals.
First off, there's more amazing TV coming to Netflix in March than we've seen in the past six, with new seasons of "Mad Men," "Glee," and "Archer" coming to the streaming service. What's more? The complete series of "3rd Rock From the Sun" (Yes!) and "A Different World" are also being added. For the latter, I plan on queueing up some "very special episodes" that remind me of my childhood. Also, Marisa Tomei was on it. Remember?! In addition to the shows you know, some spankin' new Netflix Originals are being added: Tina Fey's half-hour comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper, and "Bloodline," a dramatic thriller starring Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.
In terms of movies, Netflix is not disappointing. Recent releases »
- Tim Hayne
There's only one rule as far as the kinds of performance that get nominated for Oscars go: Someone has already been nominated for a role just like it. While it was thrilling to watch Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and Jk Simmons pick up expected Oscars for their work this year, it cannot be denied that many of their roles have obvious Oscar forebears. Here are four performances you should watch next if you loved "Still Alice," "The Theory of Everything," "Boyhood," and "Whiplash." If you liked Julianne Moore in "Still Alice," watch Bette Davis in "Dark Victory" Julianne Moore copes with the inevitability of a devastating condition in "Still Alice," and her decline is both grim and undeniably cinematic. Her emotional and physical transformations serve as the movie's entire plot, and her family's shifting response to her progressing Alzheimer's is just as compelling. In Oscar history, we actually »
- Louis Virtel
With the 2015 Oscars almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the four major categories. We kicked it off yesterday with Best Actress, and now turn our attention to a hotly-contested race: Best Actor.
We've already given you the beat on the 2015 Oscars race, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actors we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.
Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne. The actor's transformative performance as physics genius Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" is, perhaps, the most talked about of the year, and it's already earned him a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The only person who could possibly upset the race at this point is Bradley Cooper, whose performance in "American Sniper" has been celebrated »
- Moviefone Staff
We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly." From a pundit, industry and Oscar fan perspective, it appears as though three of the five nominees have a legitimate shot to celebrate on Oscar Sunday. First up is "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne. The 33-year-old Brit has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and, as expected, the BAFTA Award in this category for his incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the popular biopic. Redmayne's main competition for most of awards season has been "Birdman's" Michael Keaton. The veteran actor was the apple of critics groups' eyes, earning honors from the National Board of Review and, by our count, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Exclusive: Golden Globe winner to star in and produce drama sold by High Point.
Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) is to star in and produce UK drama Starfish about a husband and wife whose love is tested to its limits by the impact of a rare and devastating disease.
UK sales outfit High Point will be talking to buyers about the project – due for an August 2015 shoot – at the Efm.
The film is written and to be directed by Bill Clark (The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey) and produced by Pippa Cross (My Left Foot) for Crossday Productions, Mel Paton for Origami Films and casting director Ros Hubbard (The Hobbit) for What’s the Story.
Cross commented: “This year has seen how deeply stories of personal struggles against the odds can resonate. And it is not just stories about people in the public eye that capture our imagination and heart, sometimes the pain »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Since establishing The Weinstein Company from the ashes of his Miramax brand in 2005, Harvey Weinstein has continued to use the awards season to the benefit of his film releases. It was bumpy going at first with failed attempts like "Bobby" and "The Great Debaters," but with 2008's "The Reader," things finally started to pick back up. Eight Best Picture nominations and two back-to-back wins later, he's out in front with another project right in his wheelhouse: "The Imitation Game." The Alan Turing biopic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, landed eight Oscar nominations in January and has grossed $134 million worldwide. And it's adding theaters still, using the fuel of the circuit to stoke the fire at the box office. Meanwhile, Weinstein has turned up the heat on the campaign surrounding the film, calling for recognition of issues inherent in the material, as he's done with everything from "Silver Linings Playbook »
- Kristopher Tapley
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