4 items from 2014
Richard Baker, 39
Exec VP, marketing and distribution, FilmNation Entertainment
Take one self-described nerd, mix marketing expertise gained at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival and the Weinstein Co., and hire him at FilmNation to oversee marketing plus distribution on Benedict Cumberbatch starrer “The Imitation Game.” Result? A record $7 million purchase of “Imitation” by TWC at Berlin for the likely Oscar contender. Title aside, Baker is a jack of many trades, having shaped the studio’s brand and art-directed the “Imitation” reel that secured its purchase. He recalls his first boss, an “eccentric chain-smoking old-school theater manager” who “never hid her mistakes.” “It’s Ok to ask stupid questions,” he says. “But only once.”
Gillian Bohrer, 36
Exec VP production, Lionsgate
- Variety Staff
Written by Luke Schelhaas
Directed by Brooke Kennedy
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Remember its early seasons, when The Good Wife was a smart, but often pretty formulaic legal procedural that delighted in exploring odd, archaic, or simply rare avenues of legal practice just for the sheer novel kick of it? Long stretches of “Dear God” feel like a throwback to that simpler, less ethically fraught time, albeit with a much heftier dose of series memory. The episode’s relatively breezy tone makes for a nice tonal break in what is shaping up to be a heavy season, but some of the attempts to keep the broader season-arc pieces moving in the other parts of the episode are markedly less successful.
In the case of “Dear God,” the odd legal avenue of the week is arbitrary Christian arbitration, wherein an »
- Simon Howell
We may not be living in the End Times, but we are certainly living in strange times. Nicolas Cage starring in a remake of a Kirk Cameron movie? The power of Cage compels you to feast your eyes upon the official trailer and new poster for the Rapture reboot Left Behind.
A while back we got to see the first footage from the remake of Left Behind featuring Cage uttering something along the lines of "If my wife had to leave me for another man, it might as well be Jesus." Keep in mind the film is not meant to be a comedy.
No. This Left Behind is from the same people responsible for the Kirk Cameron series, but this time they're aiming for more secular viewers by making the film a bit less preachy and a bit more disaster-y. One look at the trailer, and yes, indeed, "disaster" comes to mind. »
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. It is perhaps a bit odd to celebrate the early work of Jason Reitman on the opening weekend of his first critical failure. Labor Day is not only the Canadian director’s first “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s also his first feature to even drop below 80%. Frankly, given the way the film has been kicked about the calendar since its Toronto International Film Festival debut, it seems as if the various people involved would prefer that we not talk about it at all. And so we won’t! (I haven’t seen it yet, anyway.) Instead let’s take a look back at Reitman’s early shorts and program a half-hour film festival brimming with nostalgia for the early 2000s. He directed six of these before his first feature »
- Daniel Walber
4 items from 2014
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