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On the eve of the Efm, the industry veteran has joined the company as evp of international marketing.
Stx Entertainment president of international sales John Friedberg announced the hire on Wednesday.
Friedenson most recently served as head of international marketing at StudioCanal and previously served as svp of international marketing at Paramount Pictures/ Paramount Vantage.
The executive will immediately begin working on Stx’s upcoming features including the untitled female comedy directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis; interplanetary adventure The Space Between Us with Gary Oldman; and Toronto hit Hardcore Henry, produced by Timur Bekmambetov.
She began her international film marketing career at Lionsgate working on campaigns for Monster’s Ball, Amores Perros, 3:10 to Yuma and the Saw films.
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It seems as though everywhere you look actors are doing sequels. Even Dame Helen Mirren has done her share! (Did anyone catch “Red 2”?) But somehow, a few of Hollywood’s brightest have managed to avoid the sequel. Though some second films can be incredible and downright entertaining, here are just six actors who’ve never done two of the same! Leonardo DICAPRIODid you see “Inception 2” or “Shutter Island: Back at Shore”? Ok, those are totally made up, but you’re not the only one who would have loved DiCaprio revisiting some of his iconic characters. In a recent interview with Variety, “The Revenant” star said, “To me, every movie I’ve done has been its own piece of individual art. You read a script—it’s got a beginning and an end. It’s hard to envision that being resurrected again.” Denzel WashingtonEmbrace Washington on this list while you can! »
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
Sam Raimi, founding father of The Evil Dead franchise and the director behind such work as Drag Me to Hell, has opened talks to take the reins of A Prophet, the long-gestating remake of Jacques Audiard’s acclaimed French thriller.
Word comes by way of Deadline, reporting that the nascent project has set up shop at Sony with producer Neal H. Moritz (Furious 7, Jack the Giant Slayer) also attached. Indeed, it’s the first sign of activity from the studio’s remake in some time, considering that Moritz first tabled the concept of a remake back in 2013. Dennis Lehane, meanwhile, remains on board to pen the script.
First released in 2009, A Prophet earned critical acclaim when it made its bow, nabbing a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee the following year. Orbiting around an Algerian youth named Malik El Djebena, the hard-hitting drama charts his meteoric rise to the »
- Michael Briers
Sam Raimi hasn't directed a feature film since 2013's Oz The Great And Powerful, but according to Variety, he is currently in talks with Sony to helm a remake of Jacques Audiard's Oscar-nominated French thriller A Prophet. The script was adapted by Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane, and the studio's next task is to find someone to star in the planned film.... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
For those on the East coast of the United States, going to the movies was the last thing on anybody's mind. With Winter Storm Jonas battering Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and beyond, with airports shut down, and officials urging everyone to stay off the roads, it's probably no surprise there no big numbers for the new movies opening at the box office this weekend. But then again, the offerings were so slim, it's hard to imagine a different result. "The Revenant" continued its march toward the Oscars by returning to the top of the box office with $16 million. With $119 million in the bank and more to come, It's far and away the best box office haul director Alejandro González Iñárritu has ever had, and for Leonardo DiCaprio the picture is one of the biggest earners of his career. The domestic runs of "Shutter Island" ($128 mil.), "The Departed" ($132.3 mil.), and "The Great Gatsby" ($144 mil. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deadline is reporting that Sam Raimi has entered talks with Sony with regards to directing the studio’s planned remake of the 2010 French crime drama A Prophet, which has been written by author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island).
A Prophet was directed by Jacques Audiard and tells the story of a petty criminal who is sent to prison and rises through the inmate hierarchy to become a mafia kingpin. The critically-acclaimed film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and nine Cesar Awards.
- Gary Collinson
After spending a number of years with superheroes, fantasy characters and demonic gypsies, Sam Raimi might find himself at the helm of a gritty crime thriller.
Variety reports that Raimi is in talks to direct Sony’s American remake of A Prophet, the masterful 2009 French film about a small-time Algerian convict who rises to become a criminal overlord inside the walls of a prison.
The script is being adapted by novelist Dennis Lehane, whose books include Mystic River and Shutter Island, and who recently wrote the screenplay for the indie crime drama The Drop (based on his short story Animal Rescue).
Sony Pictures is moving forward with its remake of the 2010 French drama A Prophet, with the studio finally finding a director, more than two years after screenwriter Dennis Lehane came aboard to write the script. Deadline reports that Sam Raimi is in early negotiations to direct the remake. Sony is producing the remake alongside Neal H. Moritz's Original Film company.
Sony Pictures obtained the remake rights back in June 2013 to the original film. The story centers on Tahar Rahim's character, an Arab man sent to a French prison, where he becomes a mafia leader. Director Jacques Audiard's drama won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010. Talks with Sam Raimi are said to be in early stages, but the negotiations look promising. Here's what Neal H. Moritz had to say about the remake back in »
The sci-fi series hails from Skydance Television with Laeta Kalogridis writing, exec producing and serving as showrunner. Kalogridis co-wrote the screenplays for Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Shutter Island,” plus “Terminator Genisys” and she’s attached to the sequel for the latter.
Based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel, “Altered Carbon” is set in the 25th century. In the futuristic story, the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he had tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Netflix has picked up Altered Carbon, a futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island, Terminator Genesis). The project, which has received a 10-episode order, is based on Richard Morgan's award-winning 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel of the same name. Skydance Television, which produces Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, is the studio. This has been a longtime passion project of Kalogridis. She acquired rights to… »
Set in a 25th century in which the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next, the story follows a former elite interstellar warrior who has been imprisoned for five centuries.
Downloaded into a future he had tried to stop, he must solve a murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete - if he does he'll get a chance at a new life on Earth.
Netflix is aiming to spend about $6 billion on content this year including original series, films and acquisitions.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
While it's only a matter of time before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ends its reign at the top of the box office, that day nearly arrived this weekend. 20th Century Fox went wide with Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant," and the results were phenomenal. Hauling in $38 million dollars, it's one of the best weekends ever for the actor at the box office, with only "Shutter Island," "The Great Gatsby," and "Inception" having better figures on their debut weekends. And the future looks bright for the picture. Barring a total shock, DiCaprio will get an Oscar nomination on Thursday, which should only help "The Revenant" in the coming weeks. Given the reported $135 million budget (which one can only imagine is higher with marketing and production overages factored in), Fox will be happy to have this one stick around as long as possible. Read More: Review: Alejandro G. Inarritu's Fierce And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Revenant exploded this weekend as audiences showed up in droves to see Leonardo DiCaprio brave the elements in his quest for revenge. The strong Oscar contender expanded into 3,375 theaters and amassed an impressive $38 million taking second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which not only finished #1 domestically but started its China release strong. Meanwhile The Forest continues to prove there's a reliable audience willing to show up for low budget, PG-13 horror at the beginning of the year. First for The Revenant, which not only decimated BoxOfficeMojo projections, but seems to have proven the idea of a star's drawing power is not as dead as some may have you believe. DiCaprio's last five films that opened in over 3,000 theaters have all grossed $30 million or more in their opening weekend. And that doesn't include Shutter Island, which opened in 2,991 theaters back in 2010 and brought in $41 million. The $38 million for »
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How badly does Leonardo DiCaprio want that Oscar? Three words: raw bison liver. That's right, the actor munched on a real bison liver for a scene in The Revenant, opening wide on Jan. 8. When you're willing to spend nine months of your life on a film shoot, freezing your tuchus off for the pleasure of gnawing on raw offal in director Alejandro Iñárritu's esteemed presence, you want an Oscar like people in hell want ice water. Which isn't to say that Leo doesn't have a right to be thirsty. After all, he's been nominated for the golden guy four times, »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
The studio has bought a pitch from Peter Glanz, who is writing the script. The project is based on Janis’ book “Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.”
Janis has been widely honored for his extensive repertoire, which includes Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, with a special affinity for the music of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin. He discovered two previously unknown Chopin manuscripts in 1967.
He was student of Vladimir Horowitz and was selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, representing the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries.
- Dave McNary
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