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Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
British movie distributor Lionsgate U.K., which was acquired by its Hollywood parent 10 years ago, has always prided itself on its independent and entrepreneurial spirit, and on its support for Brit filmmakers.
“We are passionate about British movies,” CEO Zygi Kamasa says.
The company had previously been known as Redbus Film Distribution, which was co-founded by Kamasa in 1998. An early success was “Bend It Like Beckham.” Recent investments have included “A Little Chaos” and “Brooklyn.” The company has an eclectic taste, embracing Rosamund Pike/David Tennant comedy “What We Did on Our Holiday” and kids’ animation film “Postman Pat: The Movie.”
Kamasa sees his relationship with producers as collaborative; Lionsgate U.K. contributes notes at script stage and market-tests films heavily during post-production. Paul Webster, who produced “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Hummingbird” and “Locke” with Lionsgate U.K.’s backing, says: “By being our local U.K. partner and coming in at the inception, »
- Leo Barraclough
“My initial instinctive approach to the score, which our director, Baltasar Kormákur, liked and encouraged me to follow, was to have a calling voice, a distant siren call,” explained Marianelli. “It is at the same time a voice that represents the ancient goddess-like mountain, but also a luring and irresistible calling to one’s own destiny.”
Marianelli’s musical “siren call” was performed by singer Melanie Pappenheim. “The same tune that I wrote for Melanie was also played by two wonderful string players in many variations—Caroline Dale and David La Page, with whom I also have worked on several other movies,” he said. “There were also moments »
- Michelle McCue
A spectacular, heart-stopping adventure that has you catching your breath and gasping in shock. See it in IMAX 3D for an enrapturing you-are-there feeling. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is the kind of movie movies were invented for: big, visceral, and intense, a heart-stopping adventure that has you catching your breath and gasping in shock as it takes you places most of us will never get to so as to engage in the sort of life-threatening thrills that, paradoxically, remind us that we are alive. That’s an argument that safety-minded homebodies like me scoff at when risk-takers make it, but Everest makes you understand it deep in your gut.
And this is true even though Everest is the story of what had been the deadliest climbing season on the mountain until the 2014 and 2015 avalanches. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Britain's Got Talent continued to dominate Saturdays last night (May 9) with an audience of more than 9.6 million, according to overnight figures.
The ITV reality competition appealed to 9.61m (45.1%) from 8pm, with a further 579k (2.9%) watching on +1.
Ninja Warrior UK managed 4.16m (23.9%) earlier in the evening, while Play to the Whistle entertained 2.64m (13.2%) from 9.20pm.
On BBC One, the latest Atlantis episode drew 2.63m (14%) from 7.35pm.
The National Lottery attracted 1.81m (8.7%), before Ve Day 70: A Party to Remember averaged 4.76m (23.2%) from 8.30pm.
Over on Channel 5, an episode of CSI interested 944k (4.7%).
The multichannels were topped by ITV2's Britain's Got More Talent, »
Lionsgate U.K announced Tuesday that they will invest in and co-finance at least 25 British independent films over the next four years. Over the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British films with a combined production budget of over $225 million. Some of their recent releases include “Locke” starring Tom Hardy, “A Little Chaos” by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, and “Testament of Youth” starring Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”). Historical British titles the company have invested in and released since 2012 also include Lasse Hallstrom‘s “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” starring Ewan. »
- Joe Otterson
Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.
The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.
Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Oscar-nominated goddess Kristen Wiig stars in this weekend's new release "Welcome to Me," about a woman who wins the lottery and uses her earnings to fund her own talk show. Perfect premise. Wouldn't you do the same? To celebrate, let's pick Kristen's 10 greatest and funniest non-"SNL" moments. Unsurprisingly, there were dozens to choose from. 1. Kristen and Bill Hader board the Starship in "Skeleton Twins" Lip-syncing is now an industry, but Kristen and Bill Hader were ahead of the trend with this spirited, weird-ass rendition of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." 2. That Golden Globe introduction with Will Ferrell Kristen and Will Ferrell introduced the Best Actress, Drama nominees at the 2011 Golden Globes, and their improvised version of synopses was hilarious. (Seriously, who saw "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"?) Tommy Lee Jones' stony non-reaction makes it even better. 3. The "Bridesmaids" plane scene Hard to pick a single best moment in "Bridesmaids, »
- Louis Virtel
Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role Kamasa will spearhead Lionsgate’s strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential coproduction arrangements, M&A initiatives and entry into new lines of business.
Lionsgate has also relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate UK into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Egyptian Amr Waked has been cast in the forthcoming sci-fi action thriller Geostorm.According to The Hollywood Reporter Waked will play the head of security on the international space station.Geostorm’s plot centres around catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy life on Earth as climate control satellites look set to cause a massive storm.Waked is a big star in Egypt and was seen in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and more recently in Luc Besson’s Lucy. Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.The movie is currently filming in New Orleans with Dean Devlin (who was a producer on […] »
- James Wray
Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Lucy”) has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm,” in which he will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function.
“Geostorm,” which is currently shooting in New Orleans, will mark the feature directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who teamed with Roland Emmerich to produce 1996’s “Independence Day.” Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is producing with Skydance Productions. Key American cast besides Butler includes Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and child actor Sterling Jerins.
Warner Bros. has slated the sci-fi action thriller, centered on catastrophic climate change that endangers the world’s survival, for release on Oct. 21, 2016.
Waked’s character in “Geostorm,” is named Ray Dussette, an intimidating and rugged security expert with little patience for error and stupidity who works hard to keep everyone safe, according to pic’s publicity notes. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?
Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.
1. Billy Howle
But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.
Seize Films outline theatrical distribution plans for urban thriller.
Seize Films has released initial details for the theatrical release of its film Sixteen, which stars Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (Africa United), Rachael Stirling (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and forner Screen International Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day.
Theatrical release will begin in London in March with further screenings around the UK, and there will also be a select number of screenings in the Us from April. The film will then be made available on VOD.
Sixteen is an urban thriller about a former African child soldier named Jumah (Nsengiyumva), brought to London by Laura (Stirling), an aid worker who he now lives with. Set to turn 16, Jumah is on the right path until a violent incident threatens to change things.
Shot in London over 18 days, it was screened at the BFI London Film Festival in 2013, where it picked up nominations for the Sutherland Award for Best Debut Feature »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
A film that's high on my to-see list this year is Egyptian auteur Ibrahim El Batout's latest - a Cairo-set action thriller titled "El Ott" ("The Cat" in English), which centers on the very topical matter of human organ trafficking in Egypt. In short, Egypt’s recent political upheavals, which left a temporary law enforcement gap in the country, reportedly allowed what have been called mob-led organ-trafficking rings to thrive. Amr Waked ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen") is producing and starring in the film. He's joined by Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri, Egyptian actress-model Sarah Shaheen, and Egyptian actor Salah Al Hanafy, who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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