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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It’s not funny, only its villains speak truth, and its putative heroes are now the horrible bosses… though the movie doesn’t seem to realize that. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the first movie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s disconcerting when this happens: My reaction to a sequel is so powerfully diametrically opposite my reaction to its progenitor that it makes me wonder if I entirely misread that first film. (This has happened before.) Horrible Bosses 2 left such a rancid taste in my mouth that it left me reconsidering the fact that I kinda liked Horrible Bosses. Was I wrong back in 2011?
But I rewatched Bosses, and no: It’s a pretty good — not great, but pretty good — black comedy with a little bit of something to say about the desperation of the Great Recession »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The news comes just four months after Warner Bros. entered talks to acquire the rights to this novel, which takes place over a two-decade period. The story follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother during a bombing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boy ends up surviving the explosion and steals the famous Carel Fabritius painting The Goldfinch. He ends up being taken in by an Upper East Side family before reuniting with his alcoholic birth father, who takes him to Las Vegas.
Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) and Bradford Simpson (World War Z) are producing the adaptation. The book was first published last fall, and has been on the New York Times best seller list for 39 weeks.
By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
I guess I can accept the the official plot synopsis description of Frank, calling it "wildly quirky", but I absolutely cannot find the subsequent "comedy" added to that description within this film's short running time. I also see where the film wants to question the clash of popularity and eccentricity, the question of whether or not something can be appreciated by the masses as a curiosity alone or must it conform to general norms, thus losing its soul, before it can be wholly acceptedc However, I'd just rather read that last sentence and discuss it than watch a bunch of people make nonsense music and bad decisions, which is pretty much all Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was to me. Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank could first and foremost be looked at as a loving tribute to the »
- Brad Brevet
Both David Gordon Green and Sandra Bullock are in the good books of moviegoers again. The director of Joe and Prince Avalanche has redeemed himself after a few big-budget comedy misfires (do I even need to mention Your Highness?), and Bullock has turned into a quality actor who can also bring in big crowds. Three of her last four films – The Blind Side, The Heat and Gravity – were resounding box office successes, and landed her two Oscar nominations and one win. With that in mind, the indie director is now attached to Our Brand Is Crisis, a political dramedy that Bullock is set to star in.
Our Brand in Crisis comes from Smokehouse Pictures producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney and was recently greenlit by Warner Bros., the studio behind Argo, another true-story political drama from Smokehouse. Green’s film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, which »
- Jordan Adler
The droll wit and formal daring of Frank start with the casting. Michael Fassbender has been an X-Man, a gladiator (300), a sex addict (Shame) and an Oscar nominee (12 Years a Slave). Also a hottie, whose posters get drooled over on dorm walls. So why cast Fassbender as a cult-music icon in the title role in Frank and then ask the swoony bugger to cover his head in plastic for 99 percent of the movie?
Don't ask. I'll tell. Because the role is the kind of risk the reliably ballsy Fassbender likes to take. »
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Forgotten Men: 1934 English antiwar propaganda film is a fascinating and, in retrospect, bittersweet document of the brief era between Wwi and WWII [my review] [iTunes UK] 20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [iTunes UK] After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video] 112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy »
- MaryAnn Johanson
George Clooney is going into business with Sony Pictures Television. The studio has entered an overall deal with “The Monuments Men” actor's Smokehouse Pictures, his venture with partner Grant Heslov. Also read: George Clooney Fires Back at Steve Wynn: ‘I Will Not Let His Version of the Truth Go Unchallenged’ The two-year agreement calls for Smokehouse to develop and produce comedy and drama series for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Smokehouse has served as the production company for several Clooney films including “The Monuments Men,” “Leatherheads” and “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” as well as the films “August: Osage County” and “Argo, »
- Tim Kenneally
George Clooney and Grant Heslov‘s company Smokehouse Pictures, which was behind best picture Oscar winner Argo, is making a move in television with an overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. Under the pact, the company will develop and produce comedy and drama series for all platforms: broadcast, cable and digital. Since launching Smokehouse in 2006, Clooney and Heslov have been focused primarily on features, developing and producing films that the two directed, like Leatherheads, The Ides Of March and The Monuments Men (Clooney) and The Men Who Stare At Goats (Heslov) as well as features directed by others, most recently Argo, helmed by Ben Affleck and last year’s August: Osage County, directed by John Wells. Clooney comes from a strong TV background, having started in television as an actor and then producer. CAA-repped Smokehouse has a history at Sony — the company moved its feature deal from Warner Bros. to »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Yes, you read that right. And no, this isn't a joke. Conplan 8888 even says so in its wording, stating "This plan was not actually designed as a joke." The United States Department of Defense actually has a zombie response plan on file. Wow.
Apparently, due to the popularity of zombie movies, television and video games, the government decided they'd better get their butts in gear and have some kind of plan to refer to in case the zombie apocalypse actually hits. I wonder if they also have something planned should an attack by vampires, Godzilla or killer tomatoes also occur.
According to documents recently published, Conplan 8888 details the number of zombies that may need eradicating and the different types, including the crowd-favorite 'pathogen zombie', the lesser known but equally beloved 'evil magic zombie' and the much rarer and basically harmless 'vegetarian zombie'. There was no mention, however, about Bicycle Girl, »
- Scott Hallam
Writer Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) draws on his experience as keyboard player for off-the-wall Mancunian frontman Frank Sidebottom in this bittersweet comedy. Michael Fassbender plays the eccentric Frank, a mentally ill loner who constantly hides behind an expressionless papier-mache mask at all times. Lending support are Maggie Gyllenhaal as a bitchy fellow band-member while Ronson's part is played by Domhnall Gleeson, who provides the wry commentary on Frank's descent into despair. »
If you haven't yet watched the UK trailer for the 2014 Sundance selected comedy Frank, you should probably rectify that immediately. Michael Fassbender stars in the film as the titular, mysterious band leader who wears a massive fake, cartoonish head and never takes it off. And Domhnall Gleeson plays the odd little band's latest member, who is keen on showing their strange musical direction to the world. The film arrives in theaters in August, and now there's an extensive 10-minute featurette with Fassbender talking about acting under the head and Gleeson talking about the intimidation that came from that. It's a great look behind the scenes at a charming and unique comedy that must be seen to be believed. Watch! Here's the 10-minute featurette for Lenny Abrahamson's Frank from Film 4 (via SlashFilm): Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (Garage, Adam & Paul, What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson »
- Ethan Anderton
Ok, in case you haven’t heard, earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Michael Fassbender starred in a movie called “Frank” about an outsider rock band that crosses paths with an ambitious young wannabe musician and how that chance meeting changes both their lives forever. Oh, yeah, and it’s easily one of the best movies of the year. Much will be made about how Fassbender wears a papier-mâché head for about 95% of the movie, but somehow, the genius of it all, is that it’s still one of his finest performances. The movie also stars Dohmnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy and and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (his most recent effort being the excellent “What Richard Did” that launched Jack Reynor’s career stateside). Written by Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare At Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), “Frank” (the name of »
- Rodrigo Perez
Who needs a face to act? Michael Fassbender delivers a mesmerising portrayal of papier-mâché headed cult hero Frank Sidebottom in this loveably eccentric and poignant movie. It manages to encompass a vast array of themes dealing with old and new, light and dark, life and death, while never feeling convoluted and anything less than pure.
Inspired by The Men Who Stare At Goats author Jon Ronson's real-life experiences in Sidebottom's band, Frank is far from a biopic in story if not essence. The tale unfolds through the eyes of Jon Burroughs (Domhnall Gleeson), an impressionable young office drone who lands a spot in Frank's band as a keyboard player after the previous incumbent opts to drown himself in water rather than sound.
The process of artistic creation is amusingly explored »
“There’ something wrong with Frank;” the line that perfectly summarises Michael Fassbender’s character in this obscure film of the same name. After a cheerful reception at this year’s Sundance and SXSW festivals, Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat interpretation of one of pop music’s more bizarre performers reaches cinemas this May.
What began as a first hand testament to Frank Sidebottom who Jon Ronson, now an established author, briefly played with in the 80s, has grown into a fictional account of an unhinged but naturally brilliant musician, inspired partly by the lives of Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Ronson, who wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats, pairs up with previous collaborator Peter Straughan (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy) to craft a screenplay told from the perspective of Jon, a well intentioned but creatively challenged musician. Based loosely on real events, events escalate after a well timed but unfortunate coincidence »
- Beth Webb
Thanks to Empire Online, we’ve got a new poster for the upcoming comedy-drama Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Frank Sidebottom. Yes, that Frank Sidebottom. The guy with the giant papier-mâché head…
“Frank is an offbeat comedy a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).”
Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and it set to open here in the UK on May 2nd. You can watch the trailer here.
The post New poster for Frank starring Michael Fassbender appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
While the thought of watching an entire Michael Fassbender movie without catching the briefest glimpse of those twinkly Fasspeepers might bring one or two people out in a rash, they’ll need to give Frank a pass. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a Frank Sidebottom-inspired film if he swanned around without that famous papier-mâché head on. Here’s a new poster for the film foregrounding the big-bonced comedy warlock to set him in context. Click on the image for a closer look. The story, from The Men Who Stare At Goats’ Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, finds Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, who joins a band led by the eccentric Frank (Fassbender). Loosely based on comedian and musician Chris Sievey (with influences from Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart), Frank tells the story of a group who want to make some truly new music, and go about it in very strange ways. »
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