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Madrid – Argentina is going wild over Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” a Special Presentation at Toronto.
But, far from a local comedy, the Cannes competition entry, which boasts impeccable distributor credentials – a Sony Pictures Classics pick-up for North America.; a Warner Bros. Pictures Int’l. buy for Latin America, Spain, and France – has cleaned up most of the world in sales terms via Film Factory Ent.
Germany’s Prokino, Italy’s Lucky Red, the U.K.’s Curzon and Scanbox in Scandinavia are some of the major territory buyers.
In Argentina, distributed by Warner Bros., “Wild Tales” opened to a first-frame 21 million pesos ($2.5 million) and 445,532 admissions, a home-turf all-time record for an Argentine movie. Final figure will probably reach 500,000 when all tix sales are in. Figure, which reps about 65% of total tix sales, bested Universal’s 2013 release of Juan Jose Campanella’s 3D animated feature “Foosball” (17.7 million pesos and 418,280 admissions »
- John Hopewell
★★☆☆☆Premièred at last year's San Sebastian Festival, The Unbeatables (2013) - previously entitled Metegol (Foosball) - is a curious breed of animated adventure fodder, and not merely because it's Academy Award-winning director Juan José Campanella's follow-up to the widely different The Secret in Their Eyes (2009). In his youth, skilled foosball player Amadeo (Rupert Grint) wiped the floor with Flash (Anthony Head), a cocksure bully who was left red-faced. Years later, while Amadeo has struggled to make much of a name for himself, Flash has become a pro football player. He returns to his hometown with the intention of bulldozing it flat and erecting a massive stadium in its place.
- CineVue UK
Having won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with the disquieting drama The Secret in Their Eyes, few would have predicted that Argentine director Juan José Campanella would have turned his head to the children’s animation. Yet that is exactly what he’s done, presenting his latest project, The Unbeatables.
The film tales the story of a foosball team that come to life, and we spoke to Campanella about his decision to try something so different, and how comedy translates to other countries. He also tells us about the inevitable pressure that comes with a project that follows an Oscar winning film, and about assembling his British cast, which consists of Rupert Grint, Rob Brydon and Anthony Head.
- Stefan Pape
When winning an Academy Award, what follows such an accolade and the elation that comes with it, is pressure. A pressure as to what the filmmaker will do next, can they match the ingenuity of their preceding endeavour, and will they create another picture considered Oscar worthy? Well for Argentine auteur Juan José Campanella, he’s surprised us all, following the hard-hitting, sombre drama The Secret in Their Eyes, with the enchanting children’s animation The Unbeatables. It’s unlikely to match the critical acclaim of the aforementioned title – but that doesn’t take anything away from what is a charming, accomplished piece of cinema that will have a universal appeal.
Amadeo (Rupert Grint) has two loves in his life; foosball, and Laura (Eve Ponsonby). He’s skilled in the former – boasting an unbeaten record on the table in the local bar. As for the latter, well, he’s working on it. »
- Stefan Pape
Faced with a contracting telco market in Europe, Spain’s Telefonica did what seems logical: It bought the country’s largest pay-tv operator. Now the telephone and Internet giant can settle into what seems like a growth market — content creation and delivery.
Completed this month, Telefonica’s purchase of Distribuidora de Television Digital, the company behind pay TV giant Canal Plus Spain, represents the country’s biggest media deal in years, a pact worth some $1.4 billion. Telefonica’s big moves may breathe some life back into Spain’s media and entertainment sector, which shrunk 26% to €16.9 billion ($22.8 billion) in sales over 2007-13, per a report from consulting firm Arthur D. Little.
The buy is also good news for Hollywood. Telefonica, like its rival Vodafone (which just paid $10 billion for Spanish cabler Ono) is likely to buy more foreign movies and TV series — as well as ramp up the creation of original »
- John Hopewell
Juan José Campanella, the Argentine director behind 2009’s ace crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, is back with, well, something a little different. The Unbeatables is a family animation that, as you can probably tell from this new clip, is almost entirely bereft of murders and government repression. What it does have is the Weinstein seal of approval, a colossal haul from the Argentinian box office and a character who looks a lot like World Cup tragi-hero and part-time Hair Bear, David Luiz. Click below to take a look. The Unbeatables tells the tale of a gifted kid called Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), who often keeps his talents hidden (again: see David Luiz) and has suffered previously at the hands of his nemesis, Flash. His goal is to face down the terrifyingly skilled and intimidating player with the help of the football team he’s assembled. The synopsis »
At the moment, there does not appear to be much buzz surrounding AMC’s upcoming series Halt and Catch Fire, but perhaps there should be. The show has an intriguing cast which includes Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop), Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) and Kerry Bishé (Argo). But more intriguing is the premise: a dramatic thriller set in the early 1980s right in the midst of the PC revolution, where the series’ stars attempt to exploit aspects of Ibm’s PC design in order to create their own personal computer. AMC ordered 10 episodes for the first season and this week, the pilot was made available online.
Halt and Catch Fire was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and the pilot episode was directed by Juan José Campanella, a man who has plenty of television experience under his belt. Campanella has directed multiple episodes of House M.D., Law and Order: Svu, »
- Ken Guidry
The 12 Years a Slave actor will play a former Mi-5 agent who heads to Boston, Massachusetts to aid a team of FBI agents, who are investigating an unsolved murder.
Read our review of 2009's The Secret in Their Eyes
The original movie was made in 2009 by Argentine director Juan José Campanella, who also co-wrote the script.
The film is to begin production in Boston later this year. »
The film, sold by Film Factory, receives its premiere in Cannes today.
The film is made up of six separate stories. It’s billed as “a darkly comic story of tragedy, love, deception, the past, and the violence lurking beneath the surface of the everyday. The characters of Wild Tales are pushed toward the abyss and into the undeniable pleasure of losing control, crossing the thin line that divides civilization from brutality.”
The cast is led by Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes), Óscar Martínez (Empty Nest), Leonardo Sbaraglia (Red Lights), Rita Cortese (Brother and Sister), Julieta Zylberberg (A Boyfriend for My Wife), Erica Rivas (Lock Charmer) and Darío Grandinetti ([link »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
In one of the high-profile deals announced early during Cannes, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and Australia/New Zealand rights to Damian Szifron’s buzzed-up Cannes Competion entry “Wild Tales.”
Spain’s Film Factory is selling “Wild Tales” at Cannes.
Directed by Damian Szifron, “Wild Tales” was described by Cannes Festival chief Thierry Fremaux as a “very unique, personal and different cinema that should wake up the Croisette.”
“Wild Tales” is written and directed by Argentinean filmmaker Damian Szifron and produced by Hugo Sigman, Pedro Almodovar and Agustin Almodovar, with Matias Mosteirin and Esther Garcia executive producing.
Szifron is best known for a TV series Los Simuladores (“The Pretenders”), produced for Argentine broadcaster Telefe and remade for Mexico’s Televisa by Sony Pictures Television Intl. He broke through to critical attention with 2003’s “Bottom of the Sea,” a tale of obsessive jealousy. 2005’s “On Probation,” a cop-psychiatrist buddy movie, »
- John Hopewell
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Argentinean director Damian Szifron's competition film Wild Tales for North America, Australia and New Zealand. The film, co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar’s El Deseo in Spain and Hugo Sigman’s Kramer & Sigman in Argentina, is a comedy thriller comprised of six separate stories. Photos: The Scene at Cannes 2014 Szifron, best known for creating Argentine TV series Los Simuladores, is the only South American representative in the lineup. Wild Tales will premiere on Saturday, May 17. The cast is led by Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes), Óscar Martínez (Empty Nest), Leonardo
- Rebecca Ford
A production-distribution-sales house, Filmax distributed Gay’s “A Gun in Each Hand” in Spain, nursing it to an impressive €1.9 million ($2.7 million). Filmax will also distribute “Truman” in Spain.
Currently in co-production, “Truman” centers on two childhood friends who are reunited after many years; they spend a few unforgettable days together, because their reunion is also their last goodbye.
- John Hopewell
Years ago Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) was hired to direct an English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a huge success, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. A Us remake seemed all but inevitable, but it has taken a long time to move forward. […]
- Russ Fischer
• Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to star in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who discover an infant and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the child as their own in post-World War I Australia. Fassbender can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [THR]
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly the top choice to star opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. She was supposed to work with Cruise on Joseph Kosinski’s 2013 film Oblivion, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow are set to play the lead roles in crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, which is being directed by writer Billy Ray, best known for helming Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games. Quite a mix!
Ejiofor will play a former MI5 secret agent who travels to America to undertake a mission with the FBI, whilst still driven crazy by an old murder that continues to haunt him. As with any of these thrillers, he uncovers a truth which will shed a horrific new light on the unsolved murder.
The film is an adaptation from Ray’s screenplay, based on Juan José Campanella’s 2009 Foreign Language Film Oscar winner.
Have you seen the original? Will the cast do it justice? Let us know!
Source: Deadline »
- Ellen Daniels
Warner Bros has set a November 18, 2016 release date for the return of the world of Harry Potter to the big screen with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", which will follow the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway. A director and cast have not yet been named. Erc Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) is set to reunite with his 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen along with newly announced cast member Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) for an untitled holiday movie at Sony. Levine penned the screenplay with a story following three childhood best friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going on on Christmas Eve. The Wrap Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow »
- Brad Brevet
Since as far back as the fall of 2010, director Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass), who just earned an Oscar nomination for writing Captain Phillips, has been attached to write and direct a remake of Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes (or El Secreto de Sus Ojos in Spanish). The project was once set up at Warner Bros. with Denzel Washington circling a lead role in 2011, but now Deadline has word that Chiwetel Ejiofor is stepping for that part, and Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the other lead role in a crime thriller about a former Mi-5 agent who returns to Boston, still obsessed with an unsolved murder. As the former agent teams with an FBI task force, he attempts to find closure for this past case, while also dealing with his unreciprocated love with his superior, something else that still haunts him years later. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") has had a remake of Argentina's Oscar winner thriller "The Secret in Their Eyes" in the works for a few years, set up and then languishing at Warner Bros., and now rejuvenated at Im Global, who's set to shop the film at the Cannes market. And they've got a tantalizing cast in place: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow. The remake pivots around a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) who can't shake his obsession with an unsolved murder, even as he's hired by the FBI and heads to Boston. He eventually uncovers some unthinkable secrets that shed a whole new light on past events. No word on Paltrow's role, but she'd presumably fill the shoes of Soledad Villamil's character from the original, a higher-up who Ricardo Darin's character (here Ejiofor) is in love with. Ejiofor nabbed an Oscar nomination earlier this year for Best Picture »
- Beth Hanna
Mark Johnson will produce along with John Ufland.
“Secret,” which is described as a sophisticated crime thriller, is scheduled to start production this fall in Boston. CAA arranged financing for the film and represents the film’s domestic rights.
Written by Ray, the revenge tale stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in the story of a cold case that suddenly heats up when a former Mi-5 agent returns to Boston, still obsessed by the unsolved murder that continues to haunt him.
Said Ford, “Billy has written a wonderfully intelligent, twisting screenplay and we’re lucky enough to have attached two »
- John Hopewell
Im Global hits the Croisette with international sales rights to the remake, reconfigured as a revenge saga centering on a former Mi-5 agent haunted by an unsolved case who discovers a shocking truth about past events. CAA arranged financing and represents Us rights.
“Billy has written a wonderfully intelligent, twisting screenplay and we’re lucky enough to have attached two world class acting talents at the top of their game for Secret,” said Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford. “We’re »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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