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Catalonia’s Sitges Fest to Honor Roland Emmerich

1 July 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Announcing its first heavyweight creative presence at Spain’s Sitges Festival, L.A.-based scribe-helmer-producer Roland Emmerich, director of “Independence Day,” “2012” and “Stargate,” will receive the Grand Honorary Award.

The 47th Sitges Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia’s Spanish line-up – one of its key attractions since Spain burst onto the world’s genre scene in the late 1990s – includes Jaume Balaguero’s already-announced fest opener “[Rec] 4: Apocalypse,” the anticipated ’50 Spain-set “Shrew’s Nest” from Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andres and produced by Alex de la Iglesia and Sergi Caballero’s Rotterdam Fest competition player “The Distance.”

Also announced Tuesday, the Sitges Festival, Europe’s leading genre confab, will bow section Blood Window in a link-up with Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, as recognition of the burgeoning vibrancy of the Latin American genre production.

As film financing dwindles in Spain, Sitges will team with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertainment »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes 2014: find out which films have been picked up for U.S. distribution

16 May 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Can Ryan Reynolds Pull Off a Matthew McConaughey-esque Reboot?

16 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Watch out, Ryan Gosling. Ryan Reynolds might be sneaking up on your sensitive Canadian indie cred at Cannes this year.

First of all, check out these photos of the former Green Lantern sporting Serious Business glasses, a retro denim vest, and well-worn, brown work boots. It's like he got a makeover by way of artisanal moonshine brewers in the parts of Brooklyn no one can afford any more. Which is not a bad look for him, by the way! But that's not all.

Ryan Reynolds is hitting la Croisette to promote his new film, "The Captive," which was co-written and directed by Canadian Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan. In "The Captive," Reynolds plays the tormented father of an abducted girl; he and his wife, played by Mireille Enos, are still clinging to hope despite the odds. A lead pops up that makes it seem their hope wasn't unfounded. A thriller set in Niagara Falls, »

- Jenni Miller

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Cannes 2014: The Captive reaction review

16 May 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Ryan Reynolds can't catch a break. Increasingly, he's becoming the go-to guy for crafting gripping and often great performances in movies that fail to rise to the occasion (see also: The Voices, The Nines etc). The Captive is the latest super-divisive thriller to hit Cannes, and while it's far from terrible, it can't help but sit uncomfortably - and glaringly - in the shadow of last year's superior child abduction thriller Prisoners. Atom Egoyan's effort is another tale of a sudden and senseless childhood abduction from a sleepy...

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- Matt Risley

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Ryan Reynolds’ Kidnapping Thriller, ‘The Captive,’ Acquired by A24 for Us Release

16 May 2014 12:28 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ryan Reynolds’ latest film, “The Captive,” has been acquired by A24, in partnership with DirecTV, for release in the United States. eOne Films International announced the sale, in conjunction with Wme Global, Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm. A24 will release “The Captive” this fall. Also read: Ryan Reynolds’ Sundance Thriller ‘The Voices’ Acquired by Lionsgate (Exclusive) The movie is the brainchild of Atom Egoyan, who developed the original story, wrote the screenplay with David Fraser, and directed the film. It also stars Scott Speedman (“Underworld”), Rosario Dawson (“Sin City”), Mireille Enos (“World War Z”), Kevin Durand (“Resident Evil: Retribution”), and. »

- Jason Hughes

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Bold hires Matthew Rhodes

14 May 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Matthew Rhodes has been named president of motion pictures at Bold Films, whose Lost River and Whiplash play in Cannes.

Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters made the announcement.

Rhodes will oversee Bold’s development and production departments and reports directly to Litvak and Walters.

Rhodes served as president of Mandalay Vision since 2011 and produce The Voices and the upcoming Dark Places.

Bold is in production on The Coup and Nightcrawlers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Bold hires Matthew Rdodes

14 May 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Matthew Rhodes has been named president of motion pictures at Bold Films, whose Lost River and Whiplash play in Cannes.

Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters made the announcement.

Rhodes will oversee Bold’s development and production departments and reports directly to Litvak and Walters.

Rhodes served as president of Mandalay Vision since 2011 and produce The Voices and the upcoming Dark Places.

Bold is in production on The Coup and Nightcrawlers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Matthew Rhodes Named Motion Picture President of Bold Films

14 May 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As Bold Films heads into the Cannes Film Festival with “Lost River” and “Whiplash,” it will be under Matthew Rhodes who has been named president, motion pictures.

The former president of Mandalay Vision will oversee Bold’s development and production departments. Rhodes will report directly to chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters.

While at Mandalay Vision, Rhodes was a producer on “The Voices,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Lionsgate. He also produced “Dark Places” starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz and Nicholas Hoult. It is in post-production.

Bold’s offerings at Cannes include Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut in “Lost River” and “Whiplash” starring Miles Teller, as a musician struggling to make is as a jazz drummer.

Also joining Bold Films is Jeffrey Stott as executive vice president, production. He will oversee the company’s physical production activities.

Previously, Stott was executive vice president »

- Nikara Johns

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Cannes: Bold Films Names Mandalay Vision President as Motion Pictures Head

14 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a move to expand the range of movies it plans to make, Bold Films has tapped Matthew Rhodes as president of motion pictures. Bold, the company headed by chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters, also appointed Jeffrey Stott as executive vp production to oversee the company’s physical production activities. Rhodes is coming from Mandalay Vision, where he acted as president since 2011. While there, he acted as a producer on The Voices, a twisted look at a serial killer directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton. The movie premiered at this

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- Borys Kit

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Cannes: Bold Films Taps Mandalay Vision Head Matthew Rhodes To Be Pic Prexy

14 May 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bold Films, one of the expanding monied production companies, has gotten a couple sharp executive to steer its movies. Chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters have brought Matthew Rhodes over from running the specialty label Mandalay Vision. He will become president of Motion Pictures for Bold, and oversee the development and production departments. He reports to Litvak and Walters. They’ve also appointed vet Jeffrey Stott to head up physical production. Rhodes joined Mandalay Vision in 2011, and was a producer on the Marjane Satrapi-directed Sundance pic The Voices, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver. He’s also a producer on the Gilles Paquet-Brenner-directed adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places which stars Charlize Theron. Rhodes also produced the Lionsgate Bruce Willis-starrer Fire With Fire and Sony’s Bad Country, which stars Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe. Before that, he ran his own shingle, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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‘Drive’ Producer Hires Indie Veteran Matt Rhodes to Run Film Division

14 May 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bold Films has appointed veteran independent producer Matthew Rhodes as president of its motion picture division, overseeing all development and production for the studio. Rhodes will report to Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters. Rhodes joins the company from Mandalay Vision, where he had been president since 2011. He oersaw production of Marjane Satrapi's ‘The Voices,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, as well as “Dark Places,” an upcoming movie based on a novel by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. Rhodes began his career as an assistant to Scott Rudin, and produced more than. »

- Lucas Shaw

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Mischa Barton Floats On to Cloudland

13 May 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Don't let the fluffy sounding headline fool you, kids! The situation surrounding Cloudland is much darker than you would imagine. More crazy religious cult mayhem is headed our way, this time from Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick. Read on for details.

The Wrap reports that Mischa Barton (pictured; “The Oc”), Drew Fuller ("Army Wives"), Katie Parker (Absentia), and Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar are set to star in Cloudland, a supernatural thriller that's quickly coming together.

Reddick created the project and will share story credit with Alex Bram, who will make his feature directorial debut with Cloudland. Bram also co-wrote the script with Martin Aguilera. Reddick will oversee production.

The story follows a young journalist (Fuller) who investigates a religious cult's terrifying prophecy after the paranormal murder of his younger sister (Parker). Barton will play Fuller's editor and love interest, while Shankar will play an intimidating member of the cult. »

- Steve Barton

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Poker Pro Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow Heading for Big Screen

12 May 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The story of  professional poker star Mike “The Mouth” Matusow is in development as a biopic by 1984 Professional Defense Contractors.

1984′s Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna are producing along with David Uslan. The project is based on Matusow’s 2012 autobiography “Check-Raising the Devil.”

Matusow’s story details his bouts with drugs, depression, promiscuous sex, jail, and suicidal depression along with his success as a four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and winning the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.

His nickname comes from his affinity for razzing other players during poker games.

1984 has also acquired the rights to the 2003 novel “Money to Burn: The Ultimate Bank Heist Thriller,” by first-time writer and current U.S. District Court Judge James B. Zagel. The novel centers around a judge robbing the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago of $100 million in used money that is about to be destroyed.

1984′s credits includes “The Voices, »

- Dave McNary

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Mischa Barton, Drew Fuller to Star in Supernatural Thriller ‘Cloudland’ (Exclusive)

12 May 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mischa Barton (“The Oc”), Drew Fuller (“Army Wives”), Katie Parker (“Absentia”) and “Dredd” executive producer Adi Shankar are set to star in “Cloudland,” a supernatural thriller coming together under the oversight of “Final Destination” creator Jeffrey Reddick, TheWrap has learned. Reddick created the project and will share story credit with Alex Bram, who will make his feature directorial debut with “Cloudland.” Bram also co-wrote the script with Martin Aguilera. Reddick will oversee production. Story follows a young journalist (Fuller) who investigates a religious cult's terrifying prophecy after the paranormal murder of his younger sister (Parker). Also read: Ryan Reynolds’ Sundance »

- Jeff Sneider

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Casey Affleck Launching Production Company (Exclusive)

2 May 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Casey Affleck is pairing up with producer John Powers Middleton to launch a production company focused on creating films and TV series.

The duo has not yet finalized details on the rumored — and unnamed — joint venture, which has not been officially announced. Speculation has emerged that a production chief will be selected later this month.

The company is being designed to afford Affleck the opportunity to focus more on producing, writing, and directing.

Middleton is an executive producer on Good Universe’s “Oldboy” and “The Voices” and a co-producer on “The Lego Movie.” He’s an exec producer on “Poltergeist” and “Run All Night” along with the TV series “Bates Motel.” He is expected to continue working with Vertigo Entertainment and Good Universe.

Affleck broke out with his Oscar-nominated role in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Other credits include “Gone Baby Gone” and “Out of the Furnace, »

- Dave McNary

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The Voices Review

29 April 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a fair few hours since I saw The Voices, and I’m still not exactly sure what I just sat through. The prospect of Ryan Reynolds talking to his pets and occasionally stabbing people didn’t sound like an average trip to the movies, and it certainly didn’t prove to be. Part pitch-black comedy, part psycho-drama, The Voices is a full-scale mess – but it’s the kind of mess where Gemma Arterton spends much of the film as a disembodied head barking orders from a refrigerator, so there’s only so much I can really complain about.

Sound odd? Well, that’s because it is odd. The Voices throws its utter strangeness in your face from the off, with Reynolds playing a fundamentally disturbed man living in a world that might as well have fallen straight out of an Aardman animation. The primary colors are bright, »

- Dominic Mill

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George Clooney Is Engaged (Seriously!), Ryan Reynolds's Hotness Helps Us Cope & More Weekend News

28 April 2014 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was a very happy weekend, indeed, for George Clooney. As for those still holding out hope for their own happy ending with the eternal bachelor ... not so much. Hey, put down the ice cream - here's what you missed: 5. Why Nick Offerman's Loving Work Right NowThe Parks and Recreation star is mixing business and pleasure at his latest job. Taking the stage with wife (and seasoned costar) Megan Mullally in the Off-Broadway production of Annapurna, Offerman caught up with People to chat about his new gig. Why the real-life couple are perfect coworkers.4. Lauren Conrad's Life Just »

- Alison Schwartz

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Sundance London 2014 Review – The Voices (2014)

26 April 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Voices, 2014

Directed by Marjane Satrapi.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick.

Synopsis:

A factory worker accidentally murders his co-worker after hearing voices from his pet dog and cat.

Festival films come thick and fast during the press screenings. It’s hard to keep track of what the next movie is about. Glancing at my notes before The Voices began simply read “Ryan Reynolds’ cat and dog tell him to kill people.” That’s a hell of an elevator pitch.

Initially, the film feels a bit too cartoony. The colour palette is perfectly balanced, full of pleasant reds and greens. The uniforms at the toilet factory where Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds), a recently released mental patient, works are pastel pink, complementing the rest of the set design beautifully. The town in which he lives is permanently lit in warm sunshine. Even the forest scene, where Jerry commits his first murder, »

- Oliver Davis

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Sundance London 2014: The Voices Review

26 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ryan Reynolds is the poster boy for film fan rage everywhere. For inexplicable reasons, he’s suffers much insult for his choices, whether he ends up in good movies or bad; he’s appeared as the scene-stealing Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, a gawky superhero in Green Lantern, and was even brave enough to let himself be buried alive in Buried, and has continued to receive unfounded negativity – even though he oozes a particular charm and self-knowing wit in almost every performance. He’s an actor willing to delve into the deep end, unafraid of backlash, and Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices sees him continue that tradition; but this has the potential to sway popular opinion on Mr. Reynolds, as he plays Jerry, a likeable sociopathic serial killer.

The Voices begins with a dreamlike depiction of happy workers in a pastel-hued town, Blue Velvet only a thought away. Jerry is »

- Gary Green

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Sundance London 2014: ‘The Voices’ a sweet bloodbath about lunacy and loneliness

25 April 2014 7:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ryan Reynolds in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices

The Voices Written by Michael R. Perry Directed by Marjane Satrapi USA, 2014   From the director of Persepolis comes The Voices, an odd film that is sure to repel some viewers with its bloodthirsty darkness but draw others in with its winning protagonist who is lovable, thoughtful and incidentally, a serial killer. It treats blood spatter flippantly while completely sympathizing with the lonely man with psychopathic tendencies who is responsible for it. The best twist on identifying with a serial killer’s point of view (the likes of which is seen in Hitchcock’s Frenzy and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom) is that Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) isn’t a bad guy at all. The film is non-judgmental of this well-meaning man, reveling in the spontaneity of his decisions and the potential friendship he sees in others that they often fail to fully reciprocate. »

- Lane Scarberry

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