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Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff are running their specialty label--co-owned by frequent distribution partner Lionsgate--with taste and smarts. They have a handle on what will work in the the specialty theatrical market, when to go day-and-date with VOD, and when to chase an Oscar campaign that can cost more than it's worth. (They did well with Oscar nominations for "Winter's Bone" and Jennifer Lawrence, "Biutiful" and Javier Bardem, and "Albert Nobbs" and Glenn Close, among others.) The Oscar question came up when their most recent release, Anton Corbijn's Sundance entry "A Most Wanted Man," based on the John Le Carré novel and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last leading role, opened strong last weekend. Cohen came by Sneak Previews to talk about how they released the film, Hoffman, and the indies' future. He's bullish. Anne Thompson: "A Most Wanted Man" might have been a »
- Anne Thompson
Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. The question was what the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, would do next. I sat down with Granik at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, which she attended for the first time along with the backers of "Winter's Bone," Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, to get her to take me through that decision-making process. What Granik did make was "Stray Dog," a documentary about U.S. war veterans, inspired by one of the actors in "Winter's Bone," which debuted at the Laff. (Review here.) Your documentary. »
- Anne Thompson
Michael Sugar: " I have to sell it - so I have to love it."
The production and management company Anonymous Content that has backed any number of films, directors and TV series (among them Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wild at Heart, Winter's Bone, and HBO's True Detective, recent recipient of 12 Emmy nominations (*) and the upcoming The Knick, from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen) has been the subject of a special focus at Karlovy Vary.
Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the veteran producer behind Being John Malkovich, and producer and partner Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling, among many others.
- Richard Mowe
In just four short years, Jennifer Lawrence has earned an Oscar win among three nominations, and she is now declared as the most powerful actress in the world. Beyond that victory for "Silver Linings Playbook" and nods for "Winter's Bone" and "American Hustle," her ranking is mostly based on the success of "The Hunger Games" film franchise. She is the 12th overall person on the new Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The top five are singer Beyonce, basketball star LeBron James, producer Dr. Dre, entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thompson on Hollywood. -Break- Oscar-nominated writer and director Paul Mazursky dies in Los Angeles at age 84. Though he was never nodded as a director, he competed four times as a writer for "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice," "Harry and Tonto," "Enemies: A Love Story," and "An Unmarried Woman" (for which he also earned a producing bid). H. »
She may not have won an Oscar this year, but Jennifer Lawrence is still the top actress in Hollywood, according to a new Forbes ranking.
The financial publication placed Lawrence at the top of its Most Powerful Actresses list for 2013-2014, thanks to her multiple millions-earning franchises and her long list of award nominations -- and wins -- from her short career. Of her selection as Hollywood's biggest female power player, Forbes writes:
Who says women can't be action heroes? Just 23 years old, Lawrence is proving that women can be as big a draw for blockbusters as men. "The Hunger Games" is the most successful young adult franchise since "Twilight" and her recent turn as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" helped make the movie the highest-grossing of the franchise. Combine that box office prowess with three Oscar nominations and one win and you have the most powerful actresses in Hollywood. »
- Katie Roberts
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
At an intimate ceremony held in the festival lounge, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the winners in this year's awards categories. Detective noir "Man From Reno" and "Stray Dog," a documentary about a Vietnam veteran and his friends, took home the festival's top honors: Narrative Award (For Best Narrative Feature) and Documentary Award (For Best Documentary). The jury praised how "Man From Reno" examines "barriers of age, language and success, set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters." Read More: Laff Review: Pepe Serna is a Standout in Ambiguous Detective Noir 'Man from Reno' Similarly, Debra Granik's "Stray Dog" -- her first film since the 2010 release of the Academy Award nominated drama "Winter's Bone" -- was called "a beautifully crafted observational portrait that addresses, with love, empathy and humor, some of the issues we struggle with as a country today, »
- Shipra Gupta
A film about a mystery novelist and a Japanese man who vanishes from a San Francisco hospital won the top narrative prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival Thursday. “Man from Reno" stars Osaka-born actor Ayako Fujitani as Aki Akahori, a crime writer who takes a breather from her press tour and ends up mixed up with Akira Suzuki—played by Kazuki Kitamura, who hails from the same Japanese city as his co-star—a mysterious stranger from Reno who’s staying at the same hotel in San Francisco. The film, directed by Dave Boyle ("White on Rice"), uses a mix of English and subtitled Japanese. "Stray Dog" took the Best Documentary Feature award. The first documentary from director Debra Granik ("Winter's Bone") followed a Vietnam War veteran biker and his struggle for place in America. Meanwhile, the festival’s audience picked “Young Kieslowski,” directed by Kerem Sanga, in the narrative category, »
Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. What was the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, going to do next? Well, she pursued several promising projects that are yet to come to fruition. Among them were "American High Life," a possible HBO series created by young writer Nicki Paluga, and Granik's film version of Russell Banks' novel "Rule Of The Bone," marking the third part of her unofficial osteo-trilogy, about an abused 14-year-old Jamaican-American who turns to drugs, gets kicked out of his home, and returns to Jamaica to find his father. Banks was optimistic that a cast of »
- Anne Thompson
Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression. The film, based on Amenabar's original screenplay is produced by Mod Entertainment, Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, First Generation Films and Telefónica Studios in association with FilmNation Entertainment, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and in collaboration with Mediaset España. TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States. The first photo has been released by TWC-Dimension, featuring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, which you can take a look at below.
Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film. Regression sees the return of Amenabar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films' The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
Alejandra Amenabar has wrapped principal photography on his new fear film Regression, starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, and we have the first still and latest details waiting for you right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression. The film, based on Amenábar's original screenplay is produced by Mod Entertainment, Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, First Generation Films and Telefónica Studios in association with FilmNation Entertainment, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and in collaboration with Mediaset España. TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States.
Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film. Regression sees the return of Amenábar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films' The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
- Steve Barton
She played a recovering sex addict in the romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012).
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Jennifer Lawrence...
- Michael Stevens
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
We're getting close to the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, so we figure this is the prefect opportunity to remind you why Jennifer Lawrence (aka, Mystique) is so great. Ever since her breakthrough role in Winter's Bone, Jennifer has created tons of Gif-able moments in interviews, on the red carpet, and while adding little golden statues to her ever-expanding award collection. Ready to count the ways we love Jennifer? Let's get started! She's Funny, and She Knows It She's a Little Bit Clumsy She Loves Food as Much as We Do No, Seriously, She Loves Food She's Not Afraid to Talk About Heartbreak She Makes the Best Facial Expressions She's Honest About Herself, at the Expense of Looking Cool She's Perfected the Art of Photobombing . . . . . . And Videobombing She Gets Excited About Meeting Jack Nicholson And Jeff Bridges And Taylor Swift And Did We Mention the Food? She Quotes Mean Girls, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Katherine Heigl is taking a break from big budget romantic comedies to sing a song of sadness and romance in the upcoming indie drama "Your Right Mind," directed by Ami Canaan Mann ("Texas Killing Fields," TV's "Friday Night Lights"). The first still from the film has been released. Take a look at the top of the story. "Mind" centers on Ryan (Ben Barnes, the "Chronicles of Narnia" films), a touring folk singer who puts his burgeoning career on hold when he meets and forms a bond with a struggling country singer named Jackie (Heigl), who is locked in a dramatic custody battle over her daughter. "Mind" also stars Clea DuVall ("Argo"), Sheryl Lee ("Winter's Bone"), Emily Alyn Lind ("J. Edgar"), and musician/actor Ryan Bingham Molly Hassell is producing with Ami Canaan Mann and John Jencks. Jon Avnet ("Black Swan"), Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment"), Highland Film Group's Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, »
- Dave Lewis
Sneak Peek new images of Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in a fashion editorial for the June 2014 issue of "Marie Claire" magazine, photographed by Jan Welters:
Lawrence' first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (2007–09). She subsequently appeared in the independent films "The Burning Plain" (2008) and "Winter's Bone" (2010), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination.
At age 22, her performance in the David O. Russell-directed romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) earned her several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner at the Oscars.
For her supporting role in Russell's comedy-drama "American Hustle" (2013), she was awarded the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and received a third Academy Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actress.
Lawrence is also known for playing 'Raven »
- Michael Stevens
Participant Media has named veteran marketing exec Laura Kim as its senior VP of their film marketing department. Kim will report to documentary films exec VP Diane Weyerman, and narrative films exec VP Jonathan King. In her new role, Kim will oversee marketing strategy, partnerships, and campaign development for Participant’s films and acquisitions, and serve as the key marketing executive for all distributors, promotional partners, filmmakers, talent and studios. "Laura is respected throughout the film world for her expertise, intelligence and creativity managing campaigns for a wide range of films. We are thrilled to have her on board as Participant expands into new markets, and expands our slate of films," said King in a statement. Kim is the founder of Inside Job, a motion picture marketing, public relations and distribution consulting firm, whose clients and campaigns included "Margin Call" and "Winter's Bone," as well as The Sundance Institute. »
- Nigel M Smith
Unified Pictures and Bron Studios revealed today that Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter's Bone, Lincoln), Ciarán Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, Game of Thrones) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Cedar Rapids) will star in the dark comedy The Driftless Area.
The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval, through his Unified Pictures production/finance banner and Aaron L. Gilbert, via Bron Studios, in association with CW Media Finance. Nicole Romano at Anonymous Content manages Sluser and is Executive Producer on the film. International sales are being handled by Mimi Steinbauer's Radiant Films, who »
I still find it painful to talk or write about Philip Seymour Hoffman -- no celebrity passing in the last couple of years has hit me quite as hard as his, and I know that goes for many of us. So rewatching Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" is going to be a strangely melancholy experience, not least because it's as strong a reminder as anything of what cinema has lost: as a rumpled German intelligence agent weary of post-9/11 paranoia, the actor gives one of his finest lead turns. I called his performance "a thing of wily, weathered beauty" at the film's Sundance premiere, mere weeks before Hoffman's death; viewed after the fact, the sense of palpable exhaustion he brings to the character may seem morbidly poignant. The film itself is rather special, too: a worthy companion piece, of sorts, to fellow John Le Carré adaptation "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »
- Guy Lodge
David Gordon Green's Joe mines backwoods, hick territory, finding a slight narrative kinship with Jeff Nichols' Mud combined with the tonal darkness of Winter's Bone. The strongest thread holding the three films together is obviously the focus on down-on-their-luck families with bad dental hygiene, drinking problems and poor living conditions, all of which are traits I typically loathe. Narrative's of this sort typically prey on the built in sadness that comes with seeing hard luck families scraping to survive rather than developing actual characters, but every so often a few rise above the rest. In this case Joe works and it doesn't. The tragic narrative has its hiccups along the way, but improves as it builds its story around two strong performances from Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, elevating it slightly above similar exploitative white trash weepers. The exact location is unknown, but the film takes place in »
- Brad Brevet
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