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Okja is a Devastatingly Beautiful Film [Review]

27 June 2017 2:11 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

There’s a scene in 2005’s The Constant Gardener where Tessa (Rachel Weisz) and Justin (Ralph Fiennes) are driving through a Kenyan town and see a trio of impoverished villagers in need of assistance. Tessa insists they pull over and help out, but Justin denies her by saying, “They all need our help.”

Tessa snaps back with “But these are three we can help.”

The point being, the ability to identify every large-scale problem as a series of interconnected smaller problems is the key to getting anything of vague philosophical importance accomplished. Want to end world hunger? Start by feeding the next hungry person you see. Want to lose weight? Attached a shock collar that administers 50,000 volts every time you look at cheese fries.

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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

19 June 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana. »

- Dave McNary

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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'

19 June 2017 12:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.

Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer whose credits include 127 Hours and The Full Monty, will adapt the screenplay.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood are on board as producers on Ondaatje’s sweeping 1987 saga of love and class. 

In The Skin Of A Lion takes place in Toronto in the early 1900s and chronicles the lives and loves of immigrant workers who built the city.

The book set the scene for Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is regarded as a sequel of sorts. The late Anthony Minghella adapted that novel, which famously went on to win nine Oscars .

Serendipity Point’s recent productions include Barney’s Version and the drama Remember starring Christopher Plummer.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Focus Features to Launch 15th Anniversary Screenings in New York, Los Angeles

1 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features will celebrate its 15th anniversary with open-air screenings in July at Rooftop Cinema Club locations in Los Angeles and New York as part of its Focus 15 initiative.

The Los Angeles locations are the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood and Level in downtown.  New York locations are Yotel New York in Manhattan, and OfficeOps in Brooklyn. The Focus 15 initiative also includes a London retrospective in July.

Montalbán screenings include “Brick,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Hanna,” “Eastern Promises,” “Pride & Prejudice”  and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Level screenings include “Sin Nombre,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” “Beginners,” “Far from Heaven,” “In Bruges,” “Atonement” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Scheduled to screen at Rooftop Cinema Club at Yotel in New York are “Brokeback Mountain,” “Burn After Reading,” “Atonement,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” and “Pride & Prejudice.”

Titles playing at OfficeOps in New York are “Milk,” “The Place Beyond the Pines, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Writer, BBC Films Board Carlos Acosta Biopic (Exclusive)

19 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

BBC Films is set to produce a biopic of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta from “I, Daniel Blake” writer Paul Laverty. Germany’s The Match Factory will handle worldwide sales on the project, titled “Yuli,” and introduce it to buyers in Cannes.

Currently in pre-production, “Yuli” will see the world-renowned dancer star as himself, with two younger Cuban actors playing him at earlier stages of his life. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Iciar Bollain, it is scheduled to shoot in Havana at the end of this year. “Yuli” marks Laverty’s fourth collaboration with Bollain, a relationship that started with 2010’s “Even the Rain.”

Inspired by Acosta’s autobiography “No Way Home,” the film tells the story of his rise from the streets of Havana to the heights of classical ballet, becoming the first black principal guest dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. The film will feature eight contemporary dance »

- Robert Mitchell

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Ricardo Darin, Lucky Red, Morena join Asghar Farhadi thriller

16 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pedro and Agustin Almodovar exit movie set to shoot in August.

Two-time Oscar winner and festival favourite Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman) was due to fly into Cannes last night to take part in tonight’s 70th edition opening ceremony as a special guest and talk to buyers about his upcoming, currently untitled Spanish-language thriller.

Argentine superstar Ricardo Darin has joined Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the hotly anticipated project, which is due to shoot in Madrid from mid-August.

Darin is set to play Cruz’s husband from Buenos Aires in the family drama and psychological thriller which will explore how the kidnapping of a young girl leads to the unraveling of family secrets.

However, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Spanish outfit El Deseo are no longer on board to produce the movie.

The $12-13m project is now being made as a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with French producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (producer of Farhadi’s The Past »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Film Companies Fight to Get a Piece of TV Drama Action

3 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Movie world folks are increasingly migrating into high-end television drama, and many of the new series on offer at MipTV are the progeny of this cross-pollination.

Babylon Berlin,” which is screening at the market, is produced by X Filme and creatively led by filmmaker Tom Tykwer. X Filme’s Stefan Arndt says the same production team that created the $100 million “Cloud Atlas” put together “Babylon Berlin,” and he’d be happy to screen it in theaters because the quality of the performances and the production values are as high as their films. At the end of the day, he adds, viewers don’t care whether it’s a movie or a TV show they are watching as long as they are entertained and “surprised.”

Riviera,” which also screens at MipTV, is the creation of Neil Jordan, who nabbed an Oscar for “The Crying Game,” and an Emmy nomination for TV series “The Borgias,” and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lionsgate Drives into TV Drama Production in Britain

1 April 2017 4:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MipTV sees a host of recent entrants from the world of film making their presence felt in the television universe. One movie company that has expanded in this way is Lionsgate U.K., although its U.S. parent has a long and impressive track record in television with series like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Nashville.”

Lionsgate U.K.’s recent investments include a stake in Potboiler Television, a high-end TV drama production company set up by experienced film producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”). Lionsgate U.K. and European Office CEO Zygi Kamasa says one reason why film producers are well-suited to the high-end TV drama world is that they have experience in putting together financing for such projects.

“The film producers who have a lot of experience at putting together independent films – a patchwork of financing with gaps and tax credits, and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lionsgate UK backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer

26 January 2017 4:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.  

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.  

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared »

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Lionsgate UK backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer in TV push

26 January 2017 4:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.  

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.  

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared »

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Lionsgate backs 'Last King Of Scotland' producer's TV wing

26 January 2017 4:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Investment in London-based Potboiler Television furthers Lionsgate’s burgeoning TV interests.

Lionsgate UK has taken a stake in The Last King Of Scotland producer Potboiler Television and signed a first-look deal for global distribution of its shows.

Potboiler was established by late film producer Simon Channing Williams in 2000, alongside The Constant Gardener producer Gail Egan and went on to join forces with Andrea Calderwood’s Slate Films.

With support from Lionsgate, the two businesses produced films including Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos [pictured] and John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man.  

Lionsgate has now formally invested in the firm, which is yet to secure any TV commissions.  

The deal extends the Us firm’s TV interests after it invested in Primal Media & Kindle Entertainment, co-financed Channel 4 comedy Damned and hired former ITV drama boss Steve November as its creative director of UK Television.

Calderwood and Egan said: “Lionsgate and Potboiler have similar entrepreneurial cultures and a shared »

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Lionsgate U.K. Takes Stake in Drama Production Company Potboiler Television

26 January 2017 1:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lionsgate U.K. has continued to ramp up its investment in the television business, purchasing an undisclosed stake in Potboiler Television, the new high-end television drama company set up by Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” HBO’s “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“The Constant Gardener”).

Lionsgate has also signed a first-look deal for global distribution of Potboiler’s television product.

The deal marks the latest step in the global expansion of Lionsgate’s television business. In the U.K., the company has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment, co-financed the Channel 4 comedy “Damned,” and hired leading ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. television.

The investment in Potboiler Television builds on the relationship between Lionsgate and Potboiler Productions, which have collaborated on several film projects, including Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Disney/Dreamworks Pictures’ The Light Between Oceans on Digital HD Blu-ray DVD and On-Demand Jan 24th

17 January 2017 2:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The sweeping romantic film, Disney/Dreamworks Pictures’  The Light Between Oceans, arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Jan. 24th. This beautiful romance stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs), Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl), and Oscar and Golden Globe® winner Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener).

The timeless tale of love, relationships, and impossible choices is a must for any of lush, beautiful romantic movies. This  release includes never-before-seen bonus features, including a documentary which reveals director Derek Cianfrance’s unique approach that allowed the all-star cast to embody their characters and examine the power of love; a historical look at New Zealand’s Cape Campbell Lighthouse that serves as Janus Rock, a key element in Stedman’s novel; and insightful and in-depth audio commentary led by Cianfrance.

DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans,” a lush, »

- Tom Stockman

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Amy Adams Will No Longer Get Behind The Mic Of Janis Joplin Biopic

17 January 2017 12:45 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For quite some time, Hollywood has been hungry for a Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy AdamsFernando Meirelles (“City Of God,” “The Constant Gardener“) and Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler“) were attached at various points, and then two years ago, Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Wild“) signed on the dotted line to direct the project.

Continue reading Amy Adams Will No Longer Get Behind The Mic Of Janis Joplin Biopic at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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