16 items from 2015
Will Michael Shannon win an Oscar for his villainous role in "99 Homes"? When it comes to the Academy Awards, it usually pays to play heroes. Just consider the sympathetic roles that won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln"). But every once in a while, Hollywood likes to break bad. -Break- Gotham Awards nominations boost Oscar frontrunners 'Spotlight,' 'Carol' & 'Room' Shannon frequently plays dark, intense, often villainous characters ("Man of Steel," "The Iceman," "Boardwalk Empire"), and "99 Homes" is no different. He stars as Rick, an unscrupulous real estate agent taking advantage of Florida homeowners after the housing crisis that launched the Great Recession. One day he evicts a young man (Andrew Garfield) from his home only to later take him under his wing, teaching him ho »
By Seth Metoyer
The movie is set for release in 2016 and the companies will also partner on episodic series based on the film. Read all the official details below.
From The Press Release
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the fantasy thriller The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty from Bleiberg Entertainment for release in 2016. The two companies will develop and co-produce an episodic series based on the film and acclaimed artist Everette Hartsoe ("Razor") has created a graphic novel to tie in with the release of the film.
Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are representing the international sales rights at the American Film Market. »
The final limited edition con variant of the year for The Walking Dead #1 will be available exclusively to all Wizard World Reno goers. Also in this round-up: The Curse of Sleeping Beauty distribution news and Another Hole in the Head Film Fest.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Reno, Nev., November 3, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman 's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that ‘Spawn’ artist Jonboy Meyers has drawn the 23rd and final in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Reno, November 20-22. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at »
- Tamika Jones
XLrator Media (Time Lapse, The Machine) has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Pearry Teo's Silent Hill inspired, dark fantasy film The Curse of Sleeping Beauty from Bleiberg Entertainment for release in 2016.
The two companies will also develop and co-produce an episodic series based on the film and acclaimed artist Everette Hartsoe ("Razor") has created a graphic novel to tie in with the release of the film.
The sale was made at the American Film Market.
Michael Shannon’s name won’t ever be the first one that comes up when people think of comedy. He’s usually associated with his intense, Method performances that stole scenes in movies like Revolutionary Road or Mud. He also dominated the screen in gripping dramas such as Take Shelter, The Iceman and 99 Homes. But we’re going to see a funnier side of him later this year, as the actor confirmed to me his part in Seth Rogen’s The Night Before. He even told me what he’s playing. Shannon hopped on the phone earlier this week to discuss his outstanding turn as a real-estate mogul in 99 Homes. In preparation for our talk, I noticed on his IMDb page that he would appear in The Night Before, Jonathan Levine’s comedy about three friends celebrating with a string of holiday parties. »
Venice — A decade ago, Johnny Depp appeared to be fast closing in on his first best actor Oscar. After having acquired a reputation through the 1990s as one of Hollywood’s most singularly creative leading men — giving award-caliber performances in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Donnie Brasco” — his first nomination was a belated one. He was 40 in 2003: It was a testament to how much respect Depp had earned during his formative years that the Academy finally welcomed him to the club for his flamboyant gonzo turn in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” It was, needless to say, the polar opposite of an Oscar-chasing vehicle. You don’t get nominated for a jokey Disney summer blockbusters unless your peers really, really like you.
He lost to Sean Penn, of course, but it was a close-run thing; Depp had pulled off an upset win at the Screen Actors Guild awards, »
- Guy Lodge
Erin Cummings (The Iceman) has signed on for a lead role opposite Richard Dreyfuss in ABC's miniseries Madoff. Cummings will play Eleanor Squillari, personal secretary to Bernie Madoff's (Dreyfuss), in the project from ABC News' Lincoln Square Prods. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini follows the rise and spectacular fall of the now-imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he… »
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
Winston Baker has unveiled the lineup for its sixth annual International Film Finance Forum, sponsored in part by Variety, to coincide with the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
The forum, which takes place on May 15 at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, will feature top entertainment industry professionals including directors, producers, financiers, agents and executives.
Featured events during the half-day program include a panel on digital strategies and a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “One Day”) and writer and director Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”).
Additional information, including registration, can be found on the event’s website.
The full list of confirmed speakers:
Ashok Amritraj, chairman and CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment Tom Ara, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Joseph Calabrese, global chair, entertainment, sports and media practice, Latham & Watkins Jeffrey Chan, co-founder and CEO, Distribution Workshop Joseph Chianese, executive VP, Ep Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners Guillaume de Chalendar, senior VP, »
- Seth Kelley
Today, Winston Baker, the leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences, celebrates its seventh anniversary and has announced their “6th Annual International Film Finance Forum” lineup. Winston Baker will host this momentous event on May 15, 2015, during the 68th Festival de Cannnes at the prestigious Carlton Hotel located on the Boulevard de La Croisette in Cannes, France.
"One of our recent keynotes, John Sloss, the founder of Cinetic Media, said it best: ‘Everything is changing -‐ the form of the content, the way it's being financed, the way it's being delivered, the way it's being consumed.’ His sentiment captures why we continue to offer our forums around the world. We need to keep industry professionals informed about the latest money-‐making trends and strategic developments in the entertainment and media sectors as they relate to finance and revenue generation,” said Katherine Winston, Co-‐Founder and Managing Partner, Winston Baker.
As part of Winston Baker’s Film Finance Forum® series, this unique event will be a half-‐day program geared towards global strategies for financing films, mitigating risk, aligning interests with partners worldwide, and identifying viable distribution in the age of “watch it when you want and where you want it.” “We see an increasing number of digital channels entering the market every month," said Ray Bell, serial entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of Digital Film Cloud Network, and a forum speaker. “The move to the cloud is having a profound impact on how film financing, rights licensing, and distribution is and will be performed."
In addition to featuring a session on the latest digital strategies, Winston Baker will be presenting a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig, the director of the award-‐winning films "An Education," "One Day" and "Italian For Beginners" along with Ariel Vromen, the writer and director of the critically acclaimed film “The Iceman.”
The speaking faculty will also feature producers, distributors, financiers, agents, and executives who have worked on notable and award-‐winning films such as "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "Black Swan," "Cake," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Django Unchained," "End of Watch," "Gosford Park," "Iron Lady," "Looper," "Midnight in Paris," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Artist," "The Butler,""The Constant Gardener," "The Hurt Locker,""The Imitation Game," "The King's Speech," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Zero Dark Thirty" and more.
These professionals include:
-‐ Joseph Calabrese, Global Chair, Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice, Latham & Watkins Llp
-‐ Joseph Chianese, Executive Vice President, Ep Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners
-‐ Guillaume de Chalendar, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Media & Entertainment, Bank Leumi
-‐ David Glasser, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Weinstein Company
-‐ Micah Green, Co-‐Head, Film Finance and Sales Group, Creative Artists Agency
-‐ Mark Hutchison, Partner, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno
-‐ Robert Jones, Co-‐Managing Director, The Fyzz Facility
-‐ Yansong Li, President, iQiYi Motion Pictures
-‐ Nigel Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Whitehorse Pictures
Every year, the Cannes forum hosts a targeted group of 150 to 200 film financiers, producers, sales agents, buyers, and seasoned advisors. The Winston Baker forum is an effective way to stay connected with active industry deal-‐makers and make new contacts at a film festival that hosts thousands of people each year. Sponsors and partners of the forum include Im Global, Digital Film Cloud Network, Vine Alternative Investments, Entertainment Partners, Leumi, Latham & Watkins Llp, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno, Greenberg Traurig Llp, The Fyzz Facility, FilmFestivals.com, ProductionHub, Stage 32, TrueSpark, Variety, and Wift Germany.
For more information, visit: http://filmfinanceforum.com/conferences/cannes/
To register now, visit: http://filmfinanceforum.com/conferences/cannes/registration/ »
- Sydney Levine
Michael Shannon has proved how creepy he can be in action films and thrillers like Man of Steel and The Iceman, but his latest movie is straight-up horror territory. In The Harvest, coming out in select theaters and On Demand on April 10, he and Samantha Morton star as parents who basically keep their sickly son prisoner in their home. When they get some new neighbors, the girl insists on befriending the kid and starts to discover some pretty strange goings-on in the home. I honestly can't tell who should be more afraid of being in that house: the neighbor girl or that poor kid. The movie actually looks really great, and if you've emotionally recovered from It Follows, why not scare the crap out of yourself again? Check out the trailer below, plus even more upcoming horror movies! »
Last month, we reported that British actor Sam Strike was cast as the title character in Millennium Films' Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. Just a few days later, however, it was revealed that Sam Strike is actually playing one of three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will be ultimately revealed as Leatherface. Today, we have word from Badass Digest that Stephen Dorff has signed on to play the sheriff who tracks down these deranged kids.
The site also reports that it will actually be four teenagers, not three, while confirming last month's report that Angela Bettis is playing the matriarch of the Sawyer clan. Newcomer James Bloor is playing the second of four teenage maniacs, all of whom have an affinity for using chainsaws. These unstable kids are on the lam after escaping from a mental institution, taking a nurse as hostage. The movie is set in the 1970s, »
Cinema deviants can come in all forms or variety. It is just a matter of taking your pick as to what kind of deviant you consider. Perhaps your preference of deviant is of the sexual or molesting persuasion? Or maybe in the arena of hustlers or swindlers or cheaters? Will notorious gangsters and corrupt officials fit the bill for your definition of legitimate deviant sources?
The one type of deviant prototype that no one can question or disregard in terms of an impacting impression is the serial killer…or any killer where the impulse to slaughter is mindless fun or in some cases a perverse release to punish society for their own inner psychological demons and despair.
In “Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies we will look at the selections of twisted individuals whose overwhelming passion for the pleasure of pain and punishment against their fellow »
- Frank Ochieng
James Cameron's long-gestating free-diving project The Dive is finally coming together with director Francis Lawrence and star Jennifer Lawrence. So we predict a possible name-change in the not-too-distant future for the Dive that Ariel Vromen has just signed up for. His is a submarine drama, for which he's also writing and producing alongside Laura Rister (Lawless).The Iceman director's screenplay involves a retired naval officer traumatised by an earlier event, who starts working undercover for the DEA among cartel smugglers. It sounds as if he gets rumbled though, since his family are then kidnapped, and he has to face his fear of the ocean to deliver a fortune's worth of cocaine and confront a dangerous narcotics kingpin.The film is the first fruit of a five-picture deal between Untitled Entertainment and Fortitude International, who have put up all the finance. There's no cast attached yet, but Dive is expected »
The high-profile project signifies the push into production by the La-based Fortitude, whose sales chief Nadine de Barros heads to Berlin alongside fellow co-founders Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner on the occasion of the company’s first anniversary.
Vromen and Laura Rister will produce Dive with Fortitude’s Barnum and Wagner. Ran Mor is co-producer. The producers are holding on to Us rights.
The acclaimed director of The Iceman will direct from his screenplay about a former Naval officer haunted by an earlier episode who goes undercover for the DEA when he pilots a cartel submarine.
When the man’s family are kidnapped he must confront his fear of the deep to bring down an evil kingpin and save the day.
The sales, production »
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“Zarra’s Law,” a crime drama that stars “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas” star Tony Sirico, will come to DVD and VOD Tuesday and for all of our crime drama fans, we have an exclusive clip from the film. The film features one of the pivotal family moments in the film; a discussion about how the danger of a gun depends on the gun’s owner. Check it out below the post. Along with Sirico, “Zarra’s law” stars Brendan Fehr (“The Night Shift,” “Roswell”), Erin Cummings (“The Iceman”), Nick Sandow (“Orange is the New Black”) and Burt Young (“Rocky” franchise). The film is written by Jospeh Scarpinito and Charles Kipps and directed by [ Read More ]
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16 items from 2015
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