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Cannes: Charlize Theron’s Spy Thriller ‘Coldest City’ Bought by Focus

18 May 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has acquired Charlize Theron’s upcoming spy thriller “The Coldest City” for the U.S. through Sierra/Affinity at the Cannes Film Festival.

John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are attached to helm “The Coldest City” from Kurt Johnstad’s script. Theron plays a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.

Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.

Sierra/Affinity said Cannes has represented the strongest market in its history with sales of five other titles, including Marc Forster’s drama “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. “All Is See” sold to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Heist project “Comancheria,” starring Chris Pine, »

- Dave McNary

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Sierra/Affinity hails best Cannes market

18 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.

“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.

Rights to thriller All I See Is You have gone to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.

The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.

Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »

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Lionsgate takes Their Finest Hour And A Half for UK

13 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, the romantic wartime comedy will shoot this summer.

Lionsgate UK has taken UK distribution rights to Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half.

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy head up the cast of the romantic comedy about a young woman screenwriter during the Blitz in London, which is set to start shooting late summer. It is an adaptation of Lissa Evans’s 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction nominated novel.

Hanway are handling worldwide sales in Cannes.

BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the project, which is being produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and Amanda Posey for Wildgaze Films.

Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK CEO, who will executive produce together with BBC FilmsChristine Langan, said: “A project such as this with a visionary director, established producing team and impressive British cast cements the fact that British cinema is thriving and we’re thrilled »

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Cannes: Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’

13 May 2015 5:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Lionsgate has taken U.K. rights to “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” which Lone Scherfig (“The Riot Club,” “An Education”) will direct. The pic will star Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

The romantic comedy, which is set in the early 1940s, combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. It’s a witty and warm-hearted portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.

BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the film, which is being produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (“Carol”) and Amanda Posey (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”). It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s novel. Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate U.K. and Christine Langan and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Watch: David Oyelowo Stars in HBO's 'Nightingale' Official Trailer

8 May 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

There's no escaping your own mind. HBO has debuted a trailer for their upcoming premiere Nightingale, a feature film starring David Oyelowo in a one-man drama directed by Elliott Lester. Oyelowo plays a mentally unbalanced war veteran who becomes so obsessed with an impending dinner appointment with it old friend that it drives him mad. Many will agree that Oyelowo should've received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Selma last year, but he's a very talented guy and I'm sure he'll prove himself again and again, with roles like this one showing how great he is. I'm curious to check this out - give the trailer a look. Here's the official trailer for Elliott Lester's Nightingale, direct from HBO's YouTube: A lonely war veteran psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit. Nightingale is the latest film from commercials director Elliot Lester, of the action film Blitz previously. »

- Alex Billington

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