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The initial results on films pitched to Australian moviegoers via cinema-on-demand platform Tugg, either as an exclusive offering or in combination with conventional distribution, have been encouraging. The co-venture between the Us-based Tugg and David Doepel.s Leap Frog Films has been holding screenings in Australia since March at Event Cinemas, Hoyts, Reading and independent cinemas around the country. Pinnacle will utilise the scheme, which enables moviegoers to select a title from a library and organise screenings at participating cinemas, for the release of Decoding Annie Parker.. Steven Bernstein.s drama is based on true events which chronicles two remarkable women: Annie Parker, a three time cancer survivor, and geneticist Mary-Claire King, whose discovery of the breast cancer Brca gene mutation was one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. Louise Wadley.s All About E (formerly The Trouble With E), a lesbian love story/ road trip/ thriller that follows a beautiful, »
- Don Groves
Chef One of the best films of 2014 so far and a movie that, while I wish you had seen it in theaters (that is if you didn't), will play perfectly at home. I really hope all of you get a chance to check out Jon Favreau's Chef, not because it's Amazing, but because it's just a good, sweet, funny film. Here's my review if you're interested.
Transformers: Age of Extinction Now if you haven't seen Transformers: Age of Extinction, woe be to those of you that watch it for the first time at home. This is a film meant to be seen on a giant screen as it pummels you into submission. At home I just don't see the point. Here's my theatrical review and then an article I wrote examining Michael Bay and the movie if you're interested.
24: Live Another Day I've seen about two or three »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Oscar winning director and festival favorite Danis Tanovic is set to helm Ports Of Call, based on the bestselling novel by Lebanese-French writer and Académie Française member, Amin Maalouf. The film will be produced by Ron Senkowski (Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Decoding Annie Parker) and Samira Kawas through their Dubai/La-based Symply Entertainment. Also producing is Paul-Gordon Chandler, a Cairo-based Episcopal priest who initially obtained the rights from Maalouf.
Originally published in 1996, Ports Of Call is the story of two ill-fated lovers who meet in Paris during Ww II. Ossyane, an Ottoman prince with a Muslim upbringing, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna, are ultimately torn apart by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
Tanovic, whose most recent film, Tigers, premiered in Toronto, won the 2002 Foreign Language Oscar for No Man’s Land, as well as the screenplay prize in Cannes. In 2013, he won the Jury Prize in Berlin »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Screen Media announced on Tuesday that it was going for a “Ride” with Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker Helen Hunt. The independent distributor has acquired her second movie as a director, which is a follow-up to 2007's “Then She Found Me.” See also: Aaron Paul, Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton Fight Breast Cancer in ‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Trailer (Video) The film is about “an editor from The New Yorker magazine (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to La after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Mimi Steinbauer has shown first footage in Cannes.
Buyers have been flocking to Radiant International’s Take Down, which is set to start shooting on June 2.
The story of rich kids who fight back when their remote boot camp colony comes under siege has gone in the Middle East (Gulf) and Portugal (Lusomundo).
Square One is understood to have picked up German rights, although Steinbauer could not be reached to confirm. A Company picked up Cis and Eastern Europe before the market.
Steinbauer has been screening Rudderless, the hot seller from William H Macy that debuted in Sundance.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Aaron Paul has certainly been keeping busy since driving away from the chaos in Breaking Bad. You may have seen him a few months back in Need For Speed and you might even be looking forward to seeing him in the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down or Decoding Annie Parker later this year. You basically won't be able to miss him. Now we have the first trailer for writer/director Kat Candler's Hellion trailer starring Aaron (who also produced); he »
- Graham McMorrow
Versatile Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has played everything from Peter Cook in Not Only But Always to a rampaging lizard in The Amazing Spider-man. But his latest role will see him returning to his roots as he portrays Dylan Thomas in a new independent biopic about the poet’s final days.
Co-starring John Malkovich, Dominion is set in 1950s New York, where Thomas spent a lot of time in a local pub. Known for liking a drink, the charismatic Ifans appears to be the perfect fit here. Also featuring will be Diego Luna (Elysium) and Zosia Mamet (David Mamet’s daughter and star of Girls). Presumably being made to mark 100 years since Thomas’s birth, this will be one of various celebratory projects, which include the TV drama A Poet In New York with Tom Hollander (Rev, About Time).
Ifans is generally on the unsung side of movie stardom and »
- Steve Palace
Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soared over the weekend and is closing in on an estimated $92 million domestic box-office opening weekend, the second biggest of the year behind only "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with $95 million.
It's a big step up from the $62 million debut of the first "The Amazing Spider-Man" two years ago, though that film opened on a Tuesday and over a holiday weekend.
The Spidey sequel is still going strong overseas, pulling a total of $277 million thus far outside the United States, bringing the film's global haul to $369 million so far.
- Garth Franklin
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards:Tony Nominations Snub Hollywood, Cut Swath in Open YearWeinstein Release Calendar Reveals Awards Itinerary, But Don't Place Any Bets Just YetBox Office:Arthouse Audit: "Locke" Breaks Out, CBS Films Takes VOD Route for Diaz-starrer "Gambit," Written by CoensTop Ten: "Other Woman" Unseats "Captain America" in Top Spot Ahead of Upcoming Male-Centric TentpolesFeatures:Career Watch: Cameron Diaz Is Back as "The Other Woman," But What's Her Next Best Move?Tired of Tentpoles? Here Are Ten Great Indies to Catch This SummerFestivals:Alice Waters Throws Chez Panisse Feast for Sauper's Sfiff Film "We Come as Friends"San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with "Two Faces of January"Interviews:Dane DeHaan Talks "Amazing Spider-Man 2," Meteoric Career"Decoding Annie Parker" Is True Best Cancer QuestHow Does "Amazing Spider-Man 2" Composer Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? (Video)How "The German Doctor" Director Lucia Puenzo Found a Film in the. »
If you’ve never heard of Dr. Mary-Claire King, it’s good that there’s now a movie about her greatest achievement, which is the discovery of the gene responsible for hereditary cases of breast and ovarian cancers. Before finding the proof for her longtime theory, which came surprisingly only as recent as 1990, most other doctors explained away families with multiple cancer deaths as environmental, coincidental and just plain bad luck. At the end of this movie, which is titled Decoding Annie Parker, we’re told that the discovery is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of all time. Of course, we should have gotten that point in the preceding 90 minutes (not to say we didn’t, but then we don’t need that title). We probably should have also gotten to know this obviously wonderful and important woman of history, but it’s not really a movie about her. It »
- Christopher Campbell
Annie Parker lost her mother to cancer at the age of 13. Years later, in 1974, her older sister, Joanie, would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Parker would lose her too. And then, like clockwork, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Unlike her loved ones, Parker would beat breast cancer, and eventually, she’d beat two other forms of cancer as well. And that was the story that cinematographer Steven Bernstein wanted to tell in his directorial debut.
After working on 2003′s Monster, Bernstein went looking for another true story when he was contacted about a book manuscript that Annie Parker had submitted about her life. »
- Samantha Highfill
True story "Decoding Annie Parker" is a low-budget crowdpleaser that is rough around the edges but sticks with you. It opens Friday. Rookie director Steven Bernstein's breast cancer saga stars Helen Hunt as famed geneticist Mary-Claire King, who painstakingly tracked down the Brca-1 genetic marker for breast cancer, and Samantha Morton in the title role of a woman who is convinced that breast cancer runs in families, which won her Best Actress at the last year's Seattle International Film Festival. "Every 12 minutes someone dies of breast cancer," says King in the movie. The real life Parker has so far survived three rounds fighting cancer, and finally met Dr. King onstage at the Seattle Film Festival. "They cried and I cried," says Bernstein. Bernstein left his career as a Hollywood cinematographer ("White Chicks," "Monster," "Like Water for Chocolate," "Scary Movie 2") and devoted seven years to financing, shooting and promoting the film, »
- Anne Thompson
- Matt Goldberg
Ifans, who is also appearing in a new film adaptation of Thomas's radio play Under Milk Wood and is presenting a documentary about the poet, will join John Malkovich and Diego Luna in Dominion, which is being directed and written by Decoding Annie Parker's Steven Bernstein. Dominion will be set in 1953 in New York, where Thomas, who had alcoholism, died at the age of 39 after multiple visits to White Horse Tavern, in Greenwich Village. He'd also received from a local doctor a series of "injections" designed to help him complete public performances of Under Milk Wood. »
- Ben Child
Directed by Steven Bernstein
The new film Decoding Annie Parker was made with the most honorable intentions, and unfortunately, very little else. In many respects, the story could just as well have been a movie-of-the-week from the early 1990s on either one of the Big Three networks or Lifetime. It covers a hot-button issue, is female-centric, has a large cast full of actors who are mostly recognizable from various TV shows, and feels like a snapshot of life instead of an immersion. Tackling the topic of breast cancer by looking at its genetic background is, perhaps, an interesting avenue to pursue, but Decoding Annie Parker lacks depth throughout.
Samantha Morton stars as Annie, who defines her life in an opening quote as a joke, and in some dark way, she’s not wrong: when she’s a girl, »
- Josh Spiegel
The story will focus on the events surrounding the last days before his untimely death at the age of 39 in 1953 in New York, which included multiple visits to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.
Ifans, a native of Wales, has appeared recently in “Anonymous, “The Five-Year Engagement” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Malkovich and Luna collaborated on “Chavez” with Luna directing and Malkovich starring.
Malkovich appeared last year in “Warm Bodies” and “Red 2.”
- Dave McNary
It's interesting to look at the number of upcoming films this month that I've already seen. Obviously I've already seen and reviewed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (read my review here), which hits theaters this weekend, officially marking the start of the 2014 Summer movie season even though it seem Captain America: The Winter Soldier already did just that. I've already seen (and enjoyed), but have not reviewed Jon Favreau's Chef and the Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, both of which hit theaters on May 9. Also opening that same weekend, only in limited theaters are Atom Egoyan's awful Devil's Knot as well as Richard Ayodae's nod to Terry Gilliam (admitted or not) The Double (read my review here) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Both of those films I've seen and didn't necessarily care for either, though Devil's Knot is a true waste of time. On »
- Brad Brevet
Opening in limited release on May 2nd, Decoding Annie Parker is a life affirming story told with grace and humor about two remarkable women who wage a courageous 15-year battle against breast cancer on both scientific and emotional fronts. Geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is convinced there’s a link between DNA and cancer and makes one of the most important genetic discoveries of the 20th century, while irrepressible cancer survivor Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) struggles to hold her family and life together with dignity and courage even as her body betrays her. Directed by Steven Bernstein from a screenplay co-written with Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss, the inspiring indie drama based on true events also stars Aaron Paul, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Marley Shelton, Corey Stoll, Ben McKenzie and Richard Schiff. In an exclusive interview, Bernstein talked about why he believed deeply in the subject matter he »
- Sheila Roberts
Decoding Annie Parker is a better living-with-disease drama than medical mystery.
Veteran cinematographer Steven Bernstein's directorial debut follows the paths of two real-life women who meet only once and briefly. Geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is the more famous and, in the film, anyway, less interesting. Her suspicion that some women may have a predisposition to breast cancer made her a crackpot in the '70s, when the film opens, until she was vindicated with the discovery of the Brca-1 gene in 1990.
Meanwhile, Annie Parker (a luminous Samantha Morton) -- who, as her pool-cleaner/aspiring rocker husband (Aaron Paul) never tires of reminding her, has only a high school education -- spends these long years engaged in her own Erin Brockovich-style »
ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a new clip from Decoding Annie Parker , the May 2 release starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll. Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker is the hopeful and touching story of two remarkable women and their 15-year battle against a cruel and insidious illness, breast cancer. Waged on both scientific and emotional fronts, they are drawn together not just by the disease but by their shared determination and unconventional approaches to their research and to their lives. Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) has a personal relationship with breast cancer. Her mother and her sister died of the disease and »
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