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Paris — The devastating violence that hit Paris late Friday night — a coordinated series of terrorist attacks against crowded locations around the city — eerily mirrors elements of a shock thriller entitled “Made in France” directed by Nicolas Boukhrief that was set to open in French theaters next Wednesday.
Update: According to a statement issued Saturday morning, “Following the tragic events of last night, the distributor Pretty Pictures and producer Radar Films immediately decided to postpone the film’s release to an later date.”
The film, which has already raised controversy with a provocative poster depicting an Ak-47 assault rifle superimposed over the Eiffel Tower (tagline: “The threat comes from inside”), had its release canceled once before this year when original distributor Snd Distribution pulled out following the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper headquarters last January.
Whereas sensitivity to actual events motivated Snd’s decision to drop the film, Pretty »
- Peter Debruge
Exclusive: Writer-director Rod Lurie has optioned Julia Heaberlin's bestselling crime novel Black-Eyed Susans and is adapting the screenplay with his wife, author Kyra Davis. The book tells the story of the lone survivor of a serial killer who launches her own investigation after she begins having doubts about the guilt of man convicted of the crime. Lurie, whose films include The Last Castle, The Contender, Straw Dogs and Nothing But The Truth, says his Battleplan… »
Take heart fans of Patrick Rothfuss' amazing fantasy books, as Lionsgate has worked a deal with the author to develop movies, a television series, and even video games based on his popular Kingkiller Chronicles! Come inside to learn more.
I'm trying to keep the fanboy in me down as I report on this one...but it's tough. Patrick Rothfuss has created a ridiculously amazing fantasy world with The Kingkiller Chronicles (starting with The Name of the Wind, and it's sequel The Wise Man's Fear) and now Lionsgate has worked out a deal to help bring it to life in a variety of ways. We've heard rumblings of this in the past, and the author has met with several studios over the last couple years about the property, but Lionsgate has snagged the deal. THR got the scoop on the deal:
The deal sets up the simultaneous development of movies, television »
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Lionsgate has closed a multi-platform rights deal to Patrick Rothfuss' best-selling epic fantasy book series "The Kingkiller Chronicle".
The deal allows for simultaneous development of movies, television series and video games with the goal to adapt the many of the stories across numerous mediums.
The books follow Kvothe, a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. Two novels and three novellas have been published over the past eight years and have sold over ten million copies.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Has any contemporary movie star more intriguingly chafed at the gilded prison of stardom than Robert Redford? Certainly, he was not the first — or the last — matinee idol who endeavored to show us there was more to him than just a pretty face (or, in Redford’s particular case, that California tan, those blazing baby blues, and that wonderfully, ridiculously tousled hair).
Some actors, so inclined, stretch themselves in their choice of material; others add producing, directing, and even political activism to the mix. But “Bob” did all that and still felt somehow unfulfilled. So, rather like a fussy housewife forever rearranging the living room furniture, he gazed out at a sizable property he owned in the mountains of Utah and thought that an institute devoted to the cultivation and support of American independent filmmakers might look awfully nice over there.
If Sundance now seems nearly as iconic as Redford himself, »
- Scott Foundas
5 items from 2015
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