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Tim Grady and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky co-created New York-based Adopt Films in 2011. Since banding together, the pair has been savvy in their foreign language pick-ups, pouncing on four fims in Berlin in 2012, for example, with each going on to win prizes there — and three ending up as their respective countries’ submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Last year, they were in the potentially hot-potato situation of having both the entry from Palestine, Hany Abu Assad’s Omar, and the Israeli elected Bethlehem by Yuval Adler. They scored a nomination with Omar and this year have Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep in contention. I spoke with Grady about the state of foreign language cinema, how the company has grown and what it’s like to handle challenging movies.
Deadline: What has changed on the foreign language landscape since you guys got together to form Adopt in 2011?
Grady: Adopt »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exclusive: Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films has acquired Effie Gray, the period drama penned by Emma Thompson. Dakota Fanning stars as the eponymous character in the biopic of the 19th century Scotswoman who married critic and author John Ruskin as a teenager only to see their six-year relationship finally annulled with Gray still a virgin. She later wed celebrated pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. For Millais, Gray bore eight children and became his muse (along with her younger sister Sophie).
The company plans an early spring 2015 release.
Julie Walters plays Ruskin’s baleful, controlling mother, and David Suchet is Ruskin’s feckless, enabling father. Thompson, Tom Sturridge, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane round out the cast.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Fanning family has some seriously good genes. Celebrated actress Dakota Fanning, who started booking roles at the ripe old age of 6, showed off where she got 50 percent of her good looks on Sunday, Nov. 30, when she hit the New York Knicks game at NYC's Madison Square Garden with her hunky father. The Effie Gray star, 20, was joined by dad Steven "Steve" Fanning to watch the Knicks lose 86-79 to the Miami Heat. Dressed in a chic black-and-white blouse and ripped jeans, the stylish [...] »
Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the Us and plans a spring theatrical release.
Gray later married pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais and bore eight children.
Factory 25 has acquired North American theatrical rights to Lance Edmands’ directorial debut drama Bluebird starring John Slattery, Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale and Adam Driver. The distributor has set a February 27 New York release followed by nationwide theatrical roll-out. Sundance Artist Services will oversee the digital release via iTunes, Amazon and other outlets.Gravitas Ventures has taken North American theatrical, VOD and DVD rights to Stephen Kijak’s documentary Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of and set a January 30 VOD release. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Far From the Madding Crowd looks like it falls firmly in Fox Searchlight's wheelhouse (in the period film way, not the quirky indie way), which seems like a good thing in this case. The Thomas Hardy adaptation stars Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, (who you can currently see in The Drop) and Tom Sturridge (Effie Gray) and looks like one of those gorgeous high caliber pieces I'll never see on my own, but will be glad I did once someone else drags me to it. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster for Far From the Madding Crowd. It was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Dear Wendy) and adapted for the screen by David Nicholls (One Day, Starter for 10). The film will be released by Fox Searchlight on May 1, 2015. It also stars Juno Temple and Jessica Barden. Trailer courtesy of Fox Searchlight: Here's the »
- Evan Dickson
Dakota Fanning has come a long way from her days as a child star!The "Effie Gray" star flashed her bra and underwear on the red carpet at the Ace Awards in New York City on Monday, sporting a sheer crocheted blue dress that left little to the imagination.The 20-year-old actress completed her edgy ensemble with black platform heels, neutral eye makeup and sleek, straight 'do.The blonde beauty has admitted that her sister Elle Fanning is the style maven in her family, but she definitely knows what works for her. "It’s easy to fall into what’s trendy," she says in the November issue of Lucky. "You can’t be a slave to what everyone else thinks looks good, because sometimes it doesn’t look good on you." While she clearly isn't afraid to take a fashion risk, she revealed that her most treasured piece of clothing »
- tooFab Staff
Holy hot pants, Batman! The almost always demure Dakota Fanning stepped out to the 18th Annual Accessories Council Ace Awards in Manhattan on Nov. 3, but she seemed to have forgotten one important wardrobe staple: a slip. The Effie Gray actress, 20, walked the black carpet in what was essentially a T-shirt bra and high-waisted undies, a coupling barely obscured by the netted, navy blue Proenza Schouler dress she pulled over her delicates. Fanning also added accessories from the brand—a fringed clutch and black sandal heels. Keeping the focus [...] »
There’s presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in “Effie Gray,” a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson’s first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on “Sense and Sensibility” finds a fascinating human subject in the title character — the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin — but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton’s overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players — notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead — guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
The pic’s closing credits rather pointedly refer to the “original screenplay by Emma Thompson,” a still-piqued rejoinder to a »
- Guy Lodge
Empire The London Film Festival has commenced with Benedict Cumberbatch opening the festivities
Kenneth in the (212) Harrison Ford in 1978
Logolog This one is for the linguistics and trivia nerds: Last week's box office top ten featured the first ever "pangram" -- I didn't know what that was but the article explains it
Film School Rejects will "Vs" movies be the next franchise trend? God help us all
Guardian claims that The Imitation Game might be the queerest film for the mainstream in ages. I don't want to do that math because, if so, how depressing because it's not all that queer
/Film a Labyrinth sequel in development?
Vulture theorizes on how all the seasons of American Horror Story could be connected. »
- NATHANIEL R
The emotionally barren wedlock of celebrated 19th century man of letters John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his teenage wife Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) is grimly explored in Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson's portrait of a marriage that never was. The newly-wed Ruskin - backed by his spitefully ambitious parents - proves emotionally stunted, repulsed by the physicality of the marriage bed. Effie - ten years younger - dutifully accepts her fate but finds herself drawn to Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) in a Victorian era where the stigma of divorce could spell social exile. »
3Rd Update, Monday, 3:25Pm Pt: The majors — Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. — have updated their weekend estimates which are now reflected throughout the story. Some dips from what was originally reported yesterday among Sony and Paramount’s titles, but nothing too earth-shattering. While Gone Girl barely notched No. 1 with roughly $400K more than Annabelle stateside, $37.5M to $37.1M respectively; their spread at the overseas B.O. is wider in their weekend takes with the David Fincher film grabbing $24.5M and The Conjuring spinoff taking $20.7M for the weekend. However, Annabelle has a leg up on Gone Girl since it opened in Russia last weekend, hence the horror film’s total cume is $23.6M, $887K short of Gone Girl’s foreign take. Next weekend, the spooky doll film and the missing chick pic will pull each other’s hair in France and Spain where they bow against each other. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
London – Dakota Fanning starrer “Effie Gray,” which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film. The U.S. distributor is due to be revealed on Oct. 9.
The film, which is directed by Richard Laxton, explores the true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It reps Fanning’s first adult starring role as Effie.
Other thesps in the film include Thompson (“The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End”), Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”), Tom Sturridge (“On the Road”), David Suchet (“Agatha Christie’s Poirot”) and Greg Wise (“Walking on Sunshine”).
- Leo Barraclough
Charlie Sheen allegedly tried to attack his dentist, Adam Sandler and Netflix join forces to create multiple original movies, The Real Housewives of Atlanta announces its season seven cast, and more of today’s First Dibs.
Charlie Sheen allegedly pulled a knife out on a dentist when he was about to be put under. He may have been under the influence of cocaine at the time. [NY Post] Adam Sandler will star in and produce four original Netflix films. [Vanity Fair] The Real Housewives of Atlanta season seven cast has some new girls on the block. [Us Weekly] Matthew McConaughey revisits his We Are Marshall days and pumps up the University of Texas football team. [TMZ] Teresa Giudice pulls out all the stops in a last minute effort to avoid jail time. [Perez Hilton] Anne Hathaway says fame “fucked [her] up for a really long time.” [Huffington Post] Dakota Fanning stars in Effie Gray, an original screenplay written by Emma Thompson. [Variety] Neil Patrick Harris »
- Taylor Ferber
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Though we won't know the Us distributor until next month, "Effie Gray" will bow in UK cinemas on October 10. This is the first original screenplay by Thompson, who won a 1996 Oscar for adapting Jane Austin's "Sense and Sensibility" and also penned the Nanny McPhee films. Fanning plays the titular bride -- of critic John Ruskin -- whose marriage was unconsummated and who left Ruskin for "Ophelia" painter John Everett Millais. Scandalous. The clip and moody trailer below hint at the Victorian salaciousness to come. Listen to Thompson's BAFTA talk on screenwriting here; read a Thompson interview from the 2013 award season here. The film is directed by Richard Laxton. Trailer and clip: »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sneak Peek the first trailer revealing footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:
"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...
- Michael Stevens
After an 18 month wait since completion (and several legal battles later) the first trailer has arrived for period drama Effie Gray.
Dakota Fanning (How I Live Now) stars as Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray, a young lady torn between her dull marriage to husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and her exciting fling with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson (also acting as writer), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet. Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale and James Fox co-star.
Although decadent in style and cinematography, this just seems to blend in with the other hundred British heritage films we’ve seen released over the last few years – shame.
Source: YouTube »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived. Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge). Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray. The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
"She has to get away from their clutches." What is wrong with Effie? That's the question that plays at the center of the biopic Effie Gray. And from the look of its first trailer, the simple answer is that it wasn't easy being a woman in the Victorian age, where sex and desire were four-letter curse words. The Telegraph premieres Effie Gray's debut trailer ahead of its world theatrical debut in the U.K. on October 10th. Dakota Fanning stars as its title character, a woman who caused quite a scandal in Victorian England when she cheated on her art critic husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise), with the painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson co-stars alongside David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, but it was her screenwriting credit that has caused the film's modern-day scandal. Indie Wire reports that director Richard Laxton completed production on Effie Gray »
Entire teams of people working in legal and clearance departments exist to prevent just the sort of stuff that happened to Emma Thompson‘s film Effie Gray. Based on a true story, Thompson scripted and co-starred in the film, only to see it bogged down in two separate accusations of plagiarism by two different playwrights. Judges […]
The post ‘Effie Gray’ Trailer: Some Needs Can’t Go Unfulfilled appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
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