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Among major deals unveiled Monday at Cannes include Canada (Vvs), U.K. (Entertainment Films), Japan (Kino Films), France (Snd), Spain (Dea Planeta), Italy (Eagle), Germany (Telemunchen), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow), Latin America (Sun Distribution Group) and the Cis (Volga).
Cannes Review: ‘Borgman’
Benelux (Entertainment One), Iceland (Sam Films), Israel (Lev), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Turkey (Aqua), South Korea (Bloomage), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) count among other sales pacts.
Eastern Europe (Revolutionary), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Pan Asia TV (Aspara) and China (Panasia Films/Golden Harvest) have also been licensed.
Cannes: Film Market Stages Showcase For Buzz Titles
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- Rachel Abrams and John Hopewell
“Cannes (May 18, 2013)- Elevated genre production company Snowfort Pictures and Mpi’s Dark Sky Films, the preeminent independent producer-distributor of high quality genre film announced today that production is underway on Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s Hollywood set occult tale, Starry Eyes. Snowfort Pictures is producing, while Mpi will handle international sales at the 2013 Cannes Marche du Film.
Starring ingénue Alex Essoe, the horror story is being described as a contemporary take on movies such as Rosemary’s Baby. The cast is rounded out by Amanda Fuller (Cheap Thrills, Last Man Standing – ABC Television), Fabianne Therese (The Aggression Scale, John Dies At The End), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills, Compliance, The Innkeepers), Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars – ABC Television), Marc Senter (Brawler, Red White & Blue), Nick Simmons and Noah Segan (Looper, »
- Jonathan James
We first heard about Starry Eyes in March when it added The Innkeepers' Pat Healy to the cast, and it looks like the flick is on the fast-track as word from Cannes today is that production is as of now under way on the Hollywood-set occult tale. Here are more details and the first still.
From the Press Release:
Elevated genre production company Snowfort Pictures and Mpi's Dark Sky Films, the preeminent independent producer-distributor of high quality genre films, announced today that production is under way on co-writers/directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch's Hollywood set occult tale Starry Eyes. Snowfort Pictures is producing, while Mpi will handle international sales at the 2013 Cannes Marche du Film.
- Uncle Creepy
Emily Blunt (Looper) has been cast in Disney's big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Into the Woods. It was recently announced that Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are in discussions to join the film which also stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
The movie will be directed Rob Marshall, and the story follows "a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk’s Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, and other classic fairy tale characters."
Blunt is set to play the baker’s wife in the story, which it the female lead. Streep is playing the vain and charismatic Witch, while Depp is going to play "a hungry and sexy variation of a fairy tale wolf." If Gyllenhaal and »
- Joey Paur
• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
We recently learned that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are circling the princely roles of Cinderella and Rapunzel’s self-absorbed love interests in Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are already on board for Rob Marshall’s darkly comic mash-up of classic fairy tales. Sources have told The Wrap now that British actress Emily Blunt is in final talks to join the cast as well as Christine Baranski; James Corden has been rumored for the male lead, but has not officially been cast. The Looper star Blunt will reportedly play ‘the pivotal role of the Baker’s Wife, a woman »
- Nick Martin
Emily Blunt is looking to show off another facet of her talents: singing. The "Looper" actress is in final negotiations to join Disney's "Into the Woods," an adaptation of the Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim musical that's set to be directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine"). Blunt will be playing the role of the Baker's Wife, the female lead, while Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp have already been cast as the Witch and the Wolf, respectively. In addition, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are reportedly in talks to play the two princes. "Into the Woods" weaves together narratives from a number of Brothers »
- HitFix Staff
Emily Blunt is the latest A-list name said to be nearing a deal to join Disney's big-budget adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, sources close to the production have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal closes, the Looper star would join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, already confirmed for the roles of the Wolf and the Witch. The live-action adaptation is being helmed by Rob Marshall. Also said to be near a deal are Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, who would play Cinderella's Prince and Rapunzel's Prince. Blunt would play the pivotal role of the Baker's
- Seth Abramovitch
“Cutting Edge Originals is about great stories that will depend on great music,” said Ceg topper Philip Moross. “This model was perfected by the late Robert Stigwood with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ and we’re aiming just as high.”
It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
Earlier this year, Ceg raised $100 million in equity as part »
- Dave McNary
Cannes: Below I’ve compiled this year’s list of what Cannes films are most often being mentioned by potential buyers. But already there’s been a bit of action in the marketplace, with Warner Bros acquiring domestic on the Ryan Gosling-directed How To Catch A Monster. Sellers feel a good appetite for deal-making is in the air. “This has been the busiest month we’ve had going into a Cannes Film Festival. The frenetic activity has never been this intense,” said Roeg Sutherland, who runs CAA’s independent film operation with Micah Green. “It’s not that a lot of new companies are jumping in like they did last year. But we’re seeing those companies coming back here with good slates, which is the healthiest thing for everybody.” I can tell you that sellers this year are cautiously optimistic this Cannes market will be closer to 2011′s »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“It was a terrible time to start,” Samuels admits. “Everyone was in a preserve-and- protect mode and wanted to get out of their obligations. The silver lining is that we wound up revisiting all aspects of our (business) plans.”
Basner agrees, emphasizing that FilmNation needed to be flexible to get past the past — mainly by backing a few less-than-obvious projects rather than the panic approach of going for volume.
We started to operate in different ways that made better sense for the new world order,” he says. “We were focused on having a diversified slate of films — a mixture of commercial wide-release films like ‘Sanctum’ and specialty films such as ‘The King’s Speech.’”
In the five years since FilmNation debuted, the movie business has undergone deep changes, »
- Dave McNary
Margaret White has an extraordinary relationship with her daughter, Carrie. So much so that the supernatural little scamp has created this wonderful animated Mother's Day card just for her! Check it out!
Look for Kim Peirce's Carrie in theatres on October 18th. For more information visit WhatHappenedToCarrie.com! If you're Super brave, you can even give the White residence a call at 207-404-2604.
Related Story: Official Carrie News Archive
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. »
- Uncle Creepy
Upstream Colour, 2013.
Directed by Shane Carruth.
It's about, um...the loss of identiy and, er...substance addiction and pig farming and sound recording and astral planes and an interconnectedness of humanity beyond anything you could ever imagine and...and...anything you want it to be!
Shane Carruth made Primer back in 2001, with post-production taking an enormous amount of time. It eventually debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, becoming one of that year's standout films. It's a brilliantly constructed mess, a story about time travel that reflects its disorientating nature. Carruth's aim was to convey how confusing time travel would be in practicality. As a result, Primer needs at least five back-to-back viewings before any sense can be made of it.
Nine years it takes for Carruth to make Upstream Colour, only his second feature film. In the meantime, another project was dashed, »
- Chris Villeneuve
Aiming to increase production, FilmNation Entertainment has obtained $50 million in additional capital via an equity-backed revolving credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank.
The announcement comes a week ahead of the opening of Cannes, where FilmNation is premiering a trio of titles — Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” in competition, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” opening Un Certain Regard and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” (pictured) screening out of competition.
The five-year-old sales-financing-production company said the additional funds are in line with its long-term growth strategy. It noted that it recently acquired the majority of worldwide rights to David Michod’s “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and is co-financing Nic Mathieu’s “Story of Your Life” with Lava Bear Films.
FilmNation pointed out in the announcement that the funds come at a time when major studios are devoting increasing resources to tentpole fare, »
- Dave McNary
Glen Basner's FilmNation -- celebrating its fifth anniversary this year -- has secured $50 million in additional capital from longtime partners Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank. The equity-backed credit facility will allow FilmNation to finance and produce an increasing number of movies. Last year, the production, financing and international sales company saw its slate of films, including Looper, take in more than $420 million at the worldwide box office. The $50 million in new capital was facilitated by the longstanding relationship between FilmNation and Bank of America’s Brian Stearns, Daniel Timmons and Sharad Bhatt, as well as Union
- Pamela McClintock
The visual effects department had to do a pretty bang-up job to make Joseph Gordon-Levitt look even remotely similar to a young yippee ki-yaying mother-f---er Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson's time-hopping "Looper," but since Hollywood's baddest, baldest ass-kicker was blessed with three daughters and no sons in real life, there wasn't much of a choice. Sure, all that pain and suffering ultimately paid off, but there are some people who've got it way, way easier.
For fellow action hero Will Smith, for example, his prime mini-me is his own son Jaden who doesn't need a stitch of prosthesis to pull it off because, you know, doy. The two star as, surprise surprise, father and son in M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming sci-fi thriller "After Earth," and we swear that the older Fresh Prince Jr. gets, the more of that Big Willie Style he inherits.
Surprisingly enough, they're not the »
- Amanda Bell
The Blade trilogy, the Dark Knight trilogy, Man Of Steel, Godzilla... what's David S. Goyer going to do next? Well, aside from create a TV show called Da Vinci's Demons, appear on this week's Empire Podcast.Joining him is Looper and Brothers Bloom and Brick's Rian Johnson, who was kind enough to drop by just because he was in London and, you know, is nice like that.Elsewhere, the podcast team talk musical gems in the movies and whether Kelsey Grammer has ever actually tossed any salad or scrambled any eggs. Don't worry, it'll all make sense in context. Hopefully.P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed.P.P.S. If you're looking for our Iron Man 3 spoiler podcast with Shane Black and Drew Pearce, click this way. »
Jj Abrams is a busy man. It’s a wonder this man has time to do the little things like eat and breathe given the fact his schedule is loaded between now and forever. The recently announced director of Star Wars Episode 7 is about to see his latest movie released, the much hyped Star Trek: Into Darkness. Trekkies everywhere have almost universally loved the rebooted original and were worried that Abrams work on Star Wars may hinder his future involvement in Star Trek. He has recently said that his taking up the director’s chair for a third Star Trek is “a possibility”, which is pretty non-committal and understandably so for a man who can’t possibly know what day of the week it is.
If it were the case that Abrams could not make it work to return to Star Trek, it would be a sad day for Trekkies all across the universe. »
- Sean Keating
"Dads leave, you don’t have to be such a pussy about it." – Tony Stark, 'Iron Man Three'
Greetings from the apocalypse! Free Comics? An "Iron Man" sequel that doesn't suck? Genre festivals, eccentric painter docs and serial killer biopics? Have I been irradiated and gone to heaven? Nope, it's all happening man, it's all happening …
Friday, May 3
Pow! In Theaters
As a raving fan of Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.'s first collab, the neo noir comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," I had hoped that this director/star combo would hit it out of the park with "Iron Man Three." Well, frankly, Shane hit it out of the park and into the stratosphere, mesosphere, ionosphere, etc. Pulpy, groovy, bang-up fun, this is the best cinematic iteration of ol' shellhead yet, and while Joss Whedon got the quipy part right in "Marvel's The Avengers," this one perfectly balances »
- Max Evry
The Flickering Myth writing staff look at the news of a possible sixth Die Hard movie....
In 1988, Bruce Willis starred in a movie that made him a bonafide blockbuster action star. The fearless cop John McClane took down a group of terrorists and the evil Hans Gruber by himself in John McTiernan's Die Hard - one of the best action movies ever made.
The film spawned a sequel, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, a couple of years later and then another sequel in 1995 entitled Die Hard with a Vengeance. As an interesting side note, Die Hard with a Vengeance was originally its own movie called Simon Says and John McClane was added at a later date to make it the third movie.
The trilogy was labelled a success and has become a firm favourite among action fans. In 2007, the news of a fourth movie, Live Free or Die Hard (a. »
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