To the film industry, Gigi Pritzker, the co-founder of OddLot Entertainment, is an established film producer who has emerged as a major player over the past 15 years. With credits including Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole" and Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater," she has earned respect for undertaking challenging projects and seeing them through to considerable success. With "Ender's Game" also under her belt, she's clearly capable of tackling unwieldy Hollywood blockbusters as well as mid-budget fare. Read More: How to Determine the Right Budget Level for Your Film To Chicago, however, Prtitzker is much more than just a respected producer. She's one of the citiy's favorite daughters. Between founding the Hyatt hotel chain and maintaining roots in the city and ties to its economic and cultural vitality, the Pritzker family has long been one of Chicago's most important families. A »
- Adam Cook
Void and Meddler is an episodic, cyberpunk point and click adventure game by French developers No cvt. The game follows Fyn, a morose nightclub DJ with no memory of the past two years, who seeks to make sense of her life by looking for ‘pure’ memories in a synthetic future. As with all point and clicks, the player must traverse the different locations, interacting with the environment to solve puzzles and progress the story.
In the first episode of the game, you guide Fyn through the grimy, neon-lit urban setting. The world reminded me a lot of Blade Runner, with the visuals bearing a striking resemblance to the cinematography of Ridley Scott’s film. This is no coincidence, either, as the developers cite the work of Philip K. Dick, writer of the novel on which Blade Runner is based, as a primary influence.
The pixelated characters and expertly drawn, ambient »
- Joseph Banham
Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.
Crystal Bourbeau, 33 (top row second from right)
Exec VP, sales and distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Bourbeau joined Lionsgate in 2007 as director of international sales, moved up the ranks, and is now a key exec leading Lionsgate’s emergence as a major international player (the company generated an average B.O. of $2 billion worldwide each of the past three years). Instrumental in the foreign sales of over 100 films, she helped launch “The Hunger Games” franchise (over $2.5 billion worldwide), the “Divergent” franchise, and shepherded the international success of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (over $800 million worldwide). Bourbeau also helps manage third-party international sales like “12 Years a Slave.” “We moved our international sales headquarters to London, positioning us closer to key markets »
- Variety Staff
In the early 20th century, women didn.t have the ability to vote for elected officials in England, and after repeatedly being denied their rights, many decided that they needed to take drastic action. Led by the call of activist Emmeline Pankhurst, women began to commit acts of public disruption . doing everything from throwing stones through windows to setting fires in empty buildings. Director Sarah Gavron.s Suffragette brings the story of these freedom fighters to the big screen, but the movie also presents an interesting question: were these women actually terrorists? I recently had the opportunity to ask star Carey Mulligan that very question, and while she doesn.t necessarily believe the modern context of the word fits those in the movement, she also recognizes that they put lives in danger as a result of their political actions. The wonderful actress and star of movies such as Drive and »
Originally revealed in February, the Wolf Creek miniseries is now coming to fruition, as production has begun on the project with a full cast in front of the camera, including John Jarratt as the malevolent Outback killer Mick Taylor.
Directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (who helmed the films Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) and written by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard, the Wolf Creek miniseries (titled Wolf Creek) will comprise six one-hour episodes that will all debut at the same time in mid-2016 exclusively on the streaming service Stan.
Set in the same universe as the Wolf Creek movies (its exact spot on the timeline has not been revealed), the miniseries will follow a 19-year-old named Eve (played by Lucy Fry), who sets her vengeful sights on Mick Taylor after he slaughters her family. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. We have the official press »
- Derek Anderson
Chicago – Chicago-born Gigi Pritzker is a prominent and successful film producer – through OddLot Entertainment – and a perfect headliner to be honored during “Industry Days” at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. An Industry Days Tribute to Gigi Pritzker will take place October 22, 2015, at the festival site.
Gigi Pritzker is a Chicago native. She has worked in the film industry since the late 1980’s, and through the 1990s and 2000s worked her way up from line producer to full producer status. Pritzker co-founded OddLot Entertainment in 2010, which began by producing “Rabbit Hole” with Nicole Kidman, and includes familiar titles like “From Prada to Nada” (2011), the Oscar nominated “Drive” (2011), “The Way, Way Back” (2013), “Ender’s Game” (2013) and the Jon Stewart directed “Rosewater” (2014).
Producer Gigi Pritzker to be Honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival
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BBC One have announced crime thriller McMafia, based on Misha Glenny's book of the same name.
The hard-hitting look at global crime follows one Russian family living in exile in London.
"I have always been a fan of mob sagas, but Misha Glenny's McMafia is the first book I've read that captures the complexity and global reach of organised crime in the 21st century," said Amini.
"The lines between gangsters, bankers, politicians and spies have been blurred, and the whole world has become a battlefield in this global gang war. I am thrilled to be working with such terrific writers on a series that I hope will be epic, authentic and also intimate in the best traditions of the genre."
Watkins added: "The annual turnover of transnational »
London — U.K. broadcaster BBC has commissioned drama series “McMafia,” which focuses on the international world of organized crime. The story, which is centered around a Russian family living in exile in London, is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book “McMafia.”
The series was created and is written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “The Wings of the Dove,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake,” “Bastille Day”), and is produced by Nick Marston’s Cuba Pictures. The writing team led by Amini and Watkins includes David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat.
Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and, more recently, ‘Narcos.’ Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of ‘McMafia’ takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”
Amini said: “The lines between gangsters, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC1 will look to rival The Godfather and The Sopranos with a globe-hopping drama set in the world of organised crime inspired by the best-selling book McMafia.
Made by the producers of Film4’s acclaimed Boy A and BBC1’s recent Sunday night drama, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, McMafia will tell the story of the near £1bn “global gang war” through the eyes of a Russian family living in exile in London.
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- John Plunkett
Exclusive: BBC One has given a green light to McMafia, an epic drama event series set in the international world of organized crime, from writer-director Hossein Amini (Drive) and director James Watkins (The Woman In Black). Inspired by the 2008 bestseller by Misha Glenny, McMafia promises to be a hard-hitting look at global crime and its far-reaching influence. Amini and Watkins have chosen to center in on one Russian family living in exile in London as the starting… »
In just one season, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) has gone from a highly-regarded surgeon to a drug-addled mess when Cinemax's critically-acclaimed series The Knick returns for Season 2 with the premiere episode Ten Knots, debuting Friday, October 16 at 10 Pm Et. While we wait for the season premiere to arrive in just a few short days, the network has released the first clip from this upcoming episode, which shows that Thackery has become quite unhinged. After a surprise visit by Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson), Thackery becomes obsessed with the time.
Set in the year 1901, The Knick faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery's absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board's decision to shutter The Knickerbocker Hospital in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the »
The Stop and Frisk initiative in New York is about to get a whole lot scarier. The Maniac Cop remake is finally getting ready to shoot on location in the city, with production kicking off in the spring of 2016. John Hyams, best known for his Universal Soldier sequels Day of Reckoning and Regeneration, is directing. Cult favorite director Nicolas Winding Refn, the man behind 2011's Drive starring Ryan Gosling, will produce alongside William Lustig.
Maniac Cop has been in development since 2012. The screenplay is being penned by prolific comic book writer and raconteur Ed Brubaker. John Hyams says that William Lustig, the man who directed the original Maniac Cop trilogy, specifically sought him out for the role. The director explains.
"I'm a huge admirer of both producers and I'd been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this. The script is able to re-invent »
"The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew."
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“I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this,” he said. “The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.”
The 1988 original, directed by Lustig, follows a murderous cop who »
- Dave McNary
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
High art meets low trash in new art book. Visionary cinema-slinger Nicolas Winding Refn is perhaps the most important contemporary filmmaker alive; a singular artist who, starting with his radical Danish films like the edgy Pusher series and the unforgettable Valhalla Rising and moving through modern works like the hypnotic Drive and the Suspiria-steeped dream thriller Only…
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- Chris Alexander
One of the film calendar's most anticipated spectacles is Fantastic Fest, a week-long descent into genre madness. The man at the helm, Tim League, also heads an expanding Drafthouse brand that encompasses distribution and exhibition and one of his biggest admirers is director Nicolas Winding Refn. The "Drive" director brought his very beautiful new art book to Fantastic Fest, a collection of vintage movie poster prints called "The Art of Seeing." This week's episode of Indiewire Influencers, recorded live from Austin, gets both of their perspectives on the festival that helped draw them together. Although Refn's films have played to the South Lamar audience, last year was his first time at the festival primarily as an audience member. "This is like going to a rock 'n' roll concert," Refn said of the experience. "It reminded me how much fun it is going to the movies. I wish there were more places like that. »
Ed Brubaker is penning the script for the project which, though originally tipped to be a prequel, is now looking to be a straight up reboot.
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- Garth Franklin
Consequences—they’re tough to outrun. Even when you play it right and travel light and the Hollywood hills are just a few turns away. Truth is it’s simple: in L.A. a quarter million dollars doesn’t go missing for long.
Drive #2 is out on September 30th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
With Mad Men now a part of televisual history, Christina Hendricks has more time to take film roles. She’s now in negotiations to join high school-set comedy Fist Fight.The New Line comedy has a script from Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Richie Keen directing. The basic concept finds Day as a mild-mannered English teacher who must man up when a colleague (Cube) at his less-than-top-notch school who thinks he’s trying to get him fired challenges him to a good old-fashioned punch-up. Keen will start the cameras rolling next month in Atlanta. Hendricks will be an intense drama teacher who has the hots for Cube, so come up with the steam jokes on your own time. She joins a cast that also includes Dean Norris, Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan, who is returning to acting after a serious road accident. »
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