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We’ve received the details of the opening and closing night titles that will have horror film fans excited for the upcoming annual Film4 Frightfest event set to commence Thursday the 22nd August through to Monday the 26th at the Empire, Leicester Square, London. The following press release gives all the details and we’ll bring you more additional news and a full schedule as soon as we have it.
Film4 FrightFest 2013 announces opening and closing night films
Big Bad Wolves from Israel and Indian Zombies signal global horror invasion at this year’s FrightFest
This year’s festival opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers The Dead 2: India – the first-ever International production of a zombie film shot in India.
- Craig Hunter
Panjin Among ‘Fourth-Tier’ Chinese Cities Seeing Surge At Box Office Like other so-called fourth-tier Chinese cities, Panjin is experiencing a box-office boom. Theaters there are selling nearly as many tickets in a month as they previously were in an entire year. It’s part of a growing trend that has smaller cities gaining momentum. According to figures from EntGroup Consulting and reported by China Daily, annual box-office revenues in the city near the Liaoning province jumped to $4.17M in 2012 from $432,000 the year prior. It also now has 40 screens compared to 19 in 2011. As of May 12, box office revenues in China for 2013 were up 39% with domestic pictures repping 63% of the total. Small and medium-sized cities were the major driving forces for those local films. EntGroup has said that in 2012, 284 third- and fourth-tier cities accounted for 34% ticket sales. That’s expected to jump to 42% by the end of 2015. For Sale: Wimbledon Studios »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
It’s no secret that portraying a famous figure is a great career (and awards) booster for any qualified actor or actress; the last few years alone have brought acclaim to biopic stars like Colin Firth (as King George VI in The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn) and of course, Daniel Day Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln).
Naomi Watts already has been nominated for two Oscars, but is definitely angling for a third with her new film Diana, a biopic memoir about the last two years of Princess Diana’s life, following her divorce from Prince Charles. Watch the teaser trailer for the film above; the movie comes by way of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment) and acclaimed UK playwright-turned-screenwriter, Stephen Jeffreys.
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- Kofi Outlaw
Olivier Hirschbiegel is no stranger to controversy. The German born director memorably helmed a chilling biopic of the most controversial character of the 20th century in Adolf Hitler with Der Untergang (The Downfall), a movie that dared to show an oddly sympathetic and humane Third Reich leader in his final days, almost making us forget he had slaughtered millions of innocent people. That movie was the first ever German production where a real-life German played Hitler, and in the midst of enormous scrutiny for his decision to make it, Der Untergang now stands as perhaps the most important post-war German film ever made.
Having directed a Hollywood remake of the classic science-fiction classic Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers with 2007′s The Invasion (another move that angered many, if not quite as controversial), Hirschbiegel is back on the biopic trail with a drama about perhaps the most controversial figure in the Western world in the 1990s, »
- Matt Holmes
It's been awesome to see Jennifer Lawrence blow up as an actress since Winter's Bone. I remember seeing that movie and thinking that she's going to be the next big star. Now look at her! Making all kinds of great movies and winning an Oscar.
The actress is now set to star in a film called The Rules Of Inheritance, which is being directed by Susanne Bier, who just made the film Serena with Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The script for the film was written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame).
The film is based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir about "a young woman who loses her family, but finds herself in the process." Sounds like another one of those films that could earn Lawrence another Oscar nomination. Here's a more detailed description of the book:
A coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating.
In this astonishing debut, »
- Joey Paur
The Rules of Inheritance: Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is becoming a producer. She'll both star in and serve as a producer on The Rules of Inheritance, a big-screen adaptation of a memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith recounting how she dealt with profound grief after the death of her parents. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) is writing the screenplay and Susanne Bier (the Academy Award-winning In a Better World) will direct. [Variety] X-Men: Days of Future Past: We trust that the archvillain Magneto (Michael Fassbender) will look a bit more threatening when X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out next year, at least more so than he looks in this photo shared by director Bryan Singer -- standing on a platform, surrounded by cameras and crew members, but still glowering...
- Peter Martin
The Rules of Inheritance: Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is becoming a producer. She'll both star in and serve as a producer on The Rules of Inheritance, a big-screen adaptation of a memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith recounting how she dealt with profound grief after the death of her parents. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) is writing the screenplay and Susanne Bier (the Academy Award-winning In a Better World) will direct. [Variety] X-Men: Days of Future Past: We trust that the arch-villain Magneto (Michael Fassbender) will look a bit more threatening when X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out next year, at least more so than he looks in this photo shared by director Bryan Singer -- standing on a platform, surrounded by cameras and crew members, but still glowering...
- Peter Martin
Later this year, Jennifer Lawrence is getting back in action on the big screen with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, following her Academy Award winning turn in Silver Linings Playbook last year. She recently finished reateaming with director David O. Russell for American Hustle, and now Deadline has word that Lawrence is reuniting with another director from her recent past. Film Nation Entertainment just landed Lawrence to star in The Rules of Inheritance from director Susanne Bier, who worked with Lawrence and her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper on the yet-to-be-released period drama Serena. Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) is behind the script adapting Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir which chronicles a tough coming-of-age tale after both of her parents are diagnosed with cancer when she is just 14-years-old. In order to cope with her eventual loss, Claire tries to find solace in young men, traveling across the country, »
- Ethan Anderton
At the ripe old age of 22, Jennifer Lawrence has already launched a worldwide blockbuster franchise in "The Hunger Games" and won an Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook." And that was just what she accomplished last year. So when you're already on top of the acting world, where do you turn for a challenge?
Well, how about producing?
Yes, according to Variety, J-Law will not only be starring in but also producing the upcoming film "The Rules of Inheritance." There's just no limit to her talent, is there?
Based on the novel of the same name by author Claire Bidwell Smith, "The Rules of Inheritance" tells the story of a twentysomething gal (that's Lawrence) whose life is turned upside down when both of her parents are diagnosed with cancer. Naturally, that leads to a journey of self-discovery and yada yada yada.
And so far, Lawrence and co-producer Bruce Cohen are doing »
- Scott Harris
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") will both star and produce a FilmNation feature adaptation of author Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir "Rules Of Inheritance", to be directed by Susanne Bier.
"...an only child (Lawrence) learns her parents are ill, in this coming-of-age story, as she struggles to overcome the impending loss of her family..."
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- Michael Stevens
Based on a screenplay by The Iron Lady's prolific Abi Morgan, Bier's film will follow an only child whose charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer when she is still a young woman. The book is billed as a coming-of-age story which details Smith's emergence into the adult world as she struggles to overcome the impending loss of her family.
Lawrence, whose status in Hollywood is sky high thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in David O Russell's offbeat comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook, as well as the blockbuster success of dystopian tale The Hunger Games, will also take her debut producer's credit on the project. »
- Ben Child
Jennifer Lawrence likes to find a groove and stick with it. After making Silver Linings Playbook with David O. Russell, she joined Russell's American Hustle and a second, more distantly forthcoming Russell film called The Ends of the Earth. Now, Lawrence is set to reteam with her Serena director Susanne Bier for The Rules of Inheritance, with a script by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame). According to Deadline, the movie's based on a 2012 memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith, "an only child who, over a seven-year period as a young adult, loses both her parents to cancer. While struggling to cope, she propels herself into many romances, adventures and travels in an inspirational, emotionally charged and surprisingly humorous journey that celebrates life, the people we love and lose and the discoveries we make along the way." And what does the actual Smith think of J-Law playing her? "It's so surreal »
- Zach Dionne
While we continue to patiently wait for whatever Jennifer Lawrence and director Susanne Bier cooked up with the Depression-era drama "Serena" (along with Bradley Cooper), it looks like the experience was a very, very good one for the actress and director, as they are planning to pair up again. Lawrence will produce and star in an adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir "The Rules Of Inheritance," with Bier slated to direct, from a script by Abi Morgan ("Shame," "The Iron Lady"). If as Variety suggests, Lawrence wanted "a little more creative control on the projects she is involved in," well, she's exercising those powers with some smart choices. As for the movie, it will tell the very true story of one young girl's rough and tumble coming-of-age after both her parents are diagnosed with cancer. Here's the Amazon synopsis:In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) wrote the adapted screenplay based on Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir. An only child, the author lost both of her parents to cancer over seven years, while she was a young adult. The book chronicles the many adventures and romances she embarks on, in an effort to cope with her loss, while finding out who she really is in the process.
FilmNation Entertainment is financing and handling sales on the project, with the studio's Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder producing, along with Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook). Here's what Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder had to say about the story, in a joint statement.
"We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, »
‘Girl on fire’ is the nickname for Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen, but it’s just as apt for the actress who plays her, Jennifer Lawrence. As she continues to blaze through Hollywood, the 22-year-old Oscar-winner is set to take on a new role in movie-making: producing. Lawrence will star in and produce The Rules of Inheritance, EW has confirmed. Susanne Bier, who won an Oscar for her Danish film In a Better World, is set to direct.
The film is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Claire Bidwell Smith, about the hardships she went through »
- Emily Rome
FilmNation Entertainment will finance and handle sales for The Rules of Inheritance, which will star Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. Directing is Susanne Bier, who just helmed Serena with Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Abi Morgan, who scripted The Iron Lady and Shame, wrote the script, based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process. Silver Linings Playbook‘s Bruce Cohen and Lawrence will produce. FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce. FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder said, “We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with.” Producer Bruce Cohen commented, “Jennifer, Susanne, Abi and I are incredibly excited to »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The New York and La-based company has lined up its latest prestige project and will finance and handle international sales on The Rules Of Inheritance from Susanne Bier to star Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. CAA negotiated the deal with FilmNation, packaged the project and represents Us rights.
“We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Theories range from the wacky (former companion Billie Piper!?) to the preposterous (Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a little busy making a ton of movies, not to mention "Sherlock"), but the frontrunners have narrowed down to a credible bunch.
Topping the list is "Law & Order UK" star Ben Daniels (pictured above, left), who at 48 years old would be a notable departure from recent younger Doctors including the youngest ever, Smith. Best known for his work in British TV (including "Cutting It," "The State Within" and "Merlin") and theater, Daniels also recently co-starred as Adam Galloway on Netflix's "House of Cards."
Daniels currently leads the odds by a large margin on UK betting site SkyBet.com and his name has quickly circulated »
Senior Pathe exec Francois Ivernel has quit the European mini-major to start up London-based production company Montebello Prods.
Most recently, Ivernel had been serving as chairman of the board and managing director of Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe, deputy managing director of Pathe, a member of its exec board and prexy of Pathe U.K.
At Montebello, Ivernel will produce “smart, reasonably budgeted, mostly English-speaking films with a great story that can reach a worldwide audience,” he told Variety.
Most of Montebello’s movies will be budgeted under $30 million, Ivernel added, so not necessarily dependent on a U.S. distribution deal to go into production. Ivernel said he will produce his films “one at a time.”
Ivernel will “over the »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
There seems to have been a decisive change in the mainstream biopic recently. Instead of attempting to chronicle a public figure’s emergence into renown from childhood to death, several biopics find their subject in a way that assumes the achievement of fame to be a given from the get-go. Movies like Capote, Invictus, Hitchcock, and Lincoln (not to mention the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks) choose to examine a particular episode in the life of a well-known person instead of justify its subject’s achievement of fame by depicting a summary trajectory of youth to adult achievement. Sure, J. Edgar and The Iron Lady stand out as conspicuous exceptions, as signs that the conventions of the biopic are still alive and well. But this newer approach to the biopic (Invictus excepted) seems to allow a great deal of opportunities that conventional biopics don’t (to the point where they’re arguably no longer biopics): the ability »
- Landon Palmer
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