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Anthony Delassandro kicks off this engaging profile of Emily Blunt thus: "As an actress from across the pond, [she] stood the risk of falling into the period film trap. Blunt did period earning a Golden Globe nom for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in 'The Young Victoria' but it’s her gutsiness and rawness that has allowed her to show off her range, playing everything from a stoner in 2008’s 'Sunshine Cleaning' to a gun-wielding militant in last summer’s 'Edge of Tomorrow.' This season, Blunt takes another leap with sublime ease: She shows the world that she can sing as the Baker’s Wife in Disney’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical 'Into the Woods.'" Deadline -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories Brent Lang reports: “'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' bested all comers at the foreign box office this weekend, »
Multiplatform distributor Cinedigm today promoted Director of Theatrical Releasing Kristin Harris to a newly expanded Senior Director position following the exit of Svp of Theatrical Releasing Vincent Scordino. In her new role, Harris will focus on acquisition titles and will also help develop Cinedigm’s slate of star-driven co-productions with label partners like Great Point, Vmi and Rapid Eye Studios. She’ll report to Yolanda Macias, Evp Acquisitions. Harris has been with Cinedigm since 2011. She previously worked on films including The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Crazies, Sunshine Cleaning, and Law Abiding Citizen while a creative exec at Overture Films. Harris also did stints at Starz Media and Cinema Management Group. At Cinedigm she’s worked on an acquisition slate that includes indies Short Term 12, Open Windows, English Teacher, and The Invisible War.
- The Deadline Team
Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.
Kristin Harris has been promoted from director to executive director of theatrical releasing to fill the role and will report to evp of acquisitions Yolanda Macias.
Harris will oversee Cinedigm’s growing focus on star-driven co-productions with label partners. She has played pivotal roles in the acquisition of Short Term 12, Open Windows, English Teacher and The Invisible War.
The company declined to comment on the reason behind Scordino’s departure. The executive joined the company in July 2012 from Millennium and had previously served at Apparition and Picturehouse.
“We are delighted to expand Kristin’s critical role within the company,” said Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim.
“She has repeatedly shown a gift for script development – which is proving crucial as we increasingly focus on co-production label partnerships such as Great Point, Vmi and Rapid Eye Studios.
“Our acquisitions »
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Murky Contract Part Deux: Hallam & Horvath Continue to Stir a Slushy Cauldron
A vaguely administered narrative continues to plague the concept of what comprises The Pact 2, the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 first film, which had been based on his original short. Directing duo Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath take over the directorial and screenwriting reigns for this revolution. However, despite sharing the title and star of the predecessor, there’s little to significantly link this to the skimpy entrails of the first chapter, itself a film criticized for ambience but faltering in nearly every other department. This latest installment suffers from the same derivative issues, though correctly straddles a menacing tone, while at the same time offering up a committed cast this time around.
- Nicholas Bell
Saraf said the move into television was a natural at a time when the market for programming is expanding and business models are changing in a way that is creating openings for indie players. The company aims to develop scripted and unscripted projects, including possible adaptations of Big Beach features.
Pasternack will be based in Gotham but will also work closely with Big Beach’s new L.A.-based wing, Beachside, focusing on micro-budget features and digital content.
“It really felt like this is the right time for us to dive in to television in a focused way,” Saraf told Variety. »
- Cynthia Littleton
She’s arguably one of the most underrated actresses in recent history, within the ballpark of greatness during the Nineties for The Last Of The Mohicans and Twelve Monkeys. Then Madeleine Stowe faded away a bit and Hollywood lost a strong female presence. She returned to prominence as the apex of small screen bitchiness for Revenge, but I for one couldn’t help wondering if a bigger project was going to come along more worthy of her talents.
With The Runner this could well be her time to shine. Co-starring Nicolas Cage as a love rat congressman, Stowe plays the wife who turns a blind eye to his deceptions with the other firmly on the glory of elected office. Sounds like a case of “been there, done that”, but when the setting involves the Bp oil spill that wrecked the Gulf Coast in 2010 my appetite is whetted, or at least slathered in black gunk. »
- Steve Palace
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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