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When it comes to screenwriters most moviegoers would have a hard time naming more than a handful. Yet, Aaron Sorkin, whose latest film, Steve Jobs, is earning stellar reviews and garnering major Oscar buzz, is as much a celebrity as those in front of the camera.
Sorkin, whose career has spanned over 20 years and included work for stage, television, and the big screen, has become synonymous with sharp dialogue and streamlined storytelling and fans of the wordsmith’s recent works have seen him recognized by the Academy (2010’s The Social Network earned a best adapted screenplay Oscar, 2011’s Moneyball earned a best adapted screenplay nom), however, those recent accolades came after years of receiving the cold shoulder.
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The distributor has picked up North American rights from Film Factory Entertainment to Spain’s foreign-language Oscar contender. Separately, Cohen Media Group has acquired 30 films from the Merchant Ivory Productions library .
The film follows three women whose lives collide through a tragic event.
Music Box Films opens the film at New York’s Paris Theater on October 30 followed by Los Angeles November 27.
Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen has acquired 30 films from the Merchant Ivory Productions library including Howards End, Maurice, Shakespeare Wallah and Heat And Dust. Cohen Media Group will restore and re-release the titles under the Cohen Film Collection in association with James Ivory. »
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The deal involves buying the Merchant Ivory brand, reports Variety, along with global distribution rights to 21 features and 9 documentaries and shorts. James Ivory will continue to supervise the brand as creative director of the collection. He will consult with Charles S. Cohen on the restoration, re-release and marketing of each film. The deal does not include studio films “A Room With a View,” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “Jefferson in Paris” and “Remains of the Day.” The filmmaking team of producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory partnered in Merchant Ivory for a series of English-language films in India starting with 1963’s “The Householder,” starring Shashi Kapoor, followed by 1965’s “Shakespeare Wallah.” Moving to the United States and England, Merchant Ivory collaborated with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala on such films as “Howards End,” based on the E.M. Forster novel, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best »
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The overall deal includes the acquisition of the Merchant Ivory brand and the worldwide distribution rights to 21 features, along with nine documentaries and shorts. James Ivory will collaborate with Cohen and serve as creative director, consulting on restoration, re-release and promotion of each of the 30 films.
Merchant Ivory was formed by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory in the early 1960s with the initial aim of making English-language films in India for international audiences. Its first release was 1963’s “The Householder,” starring Shashi Kapoor, followed by 1965’s “Shakespeare Wallah.”
The company then began shooting in »
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Cohen Media Group acquired the 30 titles that constitute many of the prestige films generated by Merchant Ivory Productions partners Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. There are 21 features, nine documentaries and shorts and Charles S. Cohen pans to restore and rerelease them as part of the Cohen Film Collection. Merchant died in 2005. Among the films in the library are Howards End, Maurice, Shakespeare Wallah and Heat and Dust. Here is the inventory: Features The H… »
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
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Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.
The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.
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Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Worst Oscar wins you can't get over - Click here to discuss Berlin2002: Kim Basinger and Octavia Spencer come on down! Kim Basinger is in possession of an Oscar at the expense of Julianne "Boogie Nights" Moore? No way. Basinger is pretty in "L.A. Confidential" and that's about it. Being pretty is her strongest acting talent. Julianne Moore on the other hand walked a dangerous tightrope in what could have been a joke of a performance in the hands of a lesser actress. adamunc: I'm not a fan of Unforgiven or The English Patient, so their wins over Howards End and Fargo, respectively, irk me. I also thought L.A. Confidential was 17,468 times better than Titanic, »
Toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are proud that so many of their nominees are veterans of past Spc films. “With Julianne Moore, we go back to ‘Vanya on 42nd Street,’” says Barker. “We’ve worked with Wim Wenders (in the docu race) since ‘Wings of Desire.’ Tom Cross, the editor of ‘Whiplash,’ was an assistant to Tim Squyres on ‘Crouching Tiger.’”
Barker rattles off a list that also includes director Bennett Miller, writer Dan Futterman, Mark Ruffalo, and the team on Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner”: costume designer Jacqueline Durran, d.p. Dick Pope and composer Gary Yershon. And aside from the nominees themselves, Spc’s former collaborators include people associated with the films in contention, such as “Still Alice »
- Tim Gray
Sigmund Freud would have surely had a field day with writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein, who has now devoted not one but two movies to women with metaphorical steel traps between their legs. In Lichtenstein’s 2007 debut, “Teeth,” the woman in question was a sexually curious teen suffering from an acute case of vagina dentata. In Lichtenstein’s latest, “Angelica,” the focus is on a wife and mother whose fragile health demands that she abstain from all pleasures of the flesh — a dietary restriction that leads to many strange bumps (and humps) in the night. The result is a looney psychosexual potboiler with one foot in “Masterpiece Theater” finery and the other in outre camp abandon, never fully satisfying on either count, but at least partly redeemed by a finely calibrated star turn from Jena Malone. Lacking the shock scares needed to sate the mainstream horror crowd, the film’s commercial prospects are decidedly limited. »
- Scott Foundas
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