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The indie movie market needed a kick in the pants this summer.
Other than “Chef” and the still-expanding “Boyhood,” arthouse films have struggled in theaters. But amid the doldrums, the Weinstein Co. has taken some radical steps, playing around with platforms even more than usual.
The studio’s Radius-twc label unveiled “Snowpiercer” on-demand, with Bong Joon-ho’s film still in theaters. The picture has racked up an impressive $3.8 over its first three weeks on VOD, while pulling in a respectable $3.9 million over five weeks of in theaters. It’s expected to become the company’s highest-grossing VOD release.
And while there are questions as to whether it could have minted more coin with a bigger theatrical play, the quirky sci-fi pic might have been tough to market to a mass audience.
“Some people used to view VOD and multiplatform releasing as a dumping ground for movies a studio doesn’t believe in theatrically, »
- Brent Lang
It will be August in a few days now, which means that more than half of the calendar year has passed already, but there are still several films that should be on your radar. The summer movie season is over, but there is still a few tentpole productions to look forward to before the fall/winter in the form of Marvel’s oddest feature yet, the beginning of the end of the Hunger Games franchise and Christopher Nolan’s excursion into the stars.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 1)
Comic book films are often chastised for being too cookie-cutter, but those films don’t include a sentient tree and a talking raccoon with a penchant for violence. Guardians could either be hugely successful or an eccentric failure for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I have a feeling this is the movie that makes Chris Pratt a household name and that can’t be a bad thing. »
- Colin Biggs
An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn’t worth the hassle. Say what? I’m “biast” (pro): love Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning; we need to see this premise more
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Very boring girls, more like. I really wanted to like this tale of two best friends, Lilly (Dakota Fanning: Night Moves) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen: Godzilla), in New York City about to go off to different colleges and fretting about the fact that they’re both still virgins. I mean, that’s not really a big deal, even if they’ve convinced themselves that they’re the last sexless dorks on the planet, but okay: guy characters get these sorts of movies all the time. And this is as tedious as most of the guy versions. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fresh off making waves with the VOD release of “Snowpiercer,” the Weinstein Company is toying with the distribution model once more by pre-releasing a film on the Internet. The indiedistrib will debut “One Chance,” the true story of a “Britain’s Got Talent” winner, exclusively on Yahoo Screen 10 days before releasing it theatrically.
It’s not clear what the reaction will be from exhibitors, but companies that release pictures simultaneously on demand and in theaters are sometimes banned from showing their film in certain theaters.
“One Chance” has already played musical chairs with release dates. It had originally been scheduled for release on Feb. 7 before being moved back to March 14 and pushed yet again to Aug. 29. A new date hasn’t been announced, but it will likely be in theaters in September or October.
Some films that have played around with their distribution model have been rewarded for their boldness. »
- Brent Lang
After making a dramatic take on real-life events with the financial crash-focused Margin Call and then heading out to sea for the fictional All Is Lost, writer / director J.C. Chandor appears ready to combine real-life events with watery strife, because he’s in talks to oversee Deepwater Horizon.Lionsgate / Summit and Participant Media are partnering on the film, which will revolve around people affected by the 2010 explosion on the gigantic Gulf of Mexico oil rig that spewed crude into the ocean and coated local beaches, killed 11 workers and injured 16 others.Summit began the process of developing a film based on the tragedy two years ago, scoring the rights to the New York Times article on the rig’s failure by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul. Snitch director Ric Roman Waugh was attached at one point, and Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan have both worked on drafts of the script. »
More than three years ago, Summit Entertainment and Participant Media were developing Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. Previously, Snitch director Ric Roman Waugh was set to direct the film as we reported in 2012, but now Deadline reports it will be Margin Call and All is Lost director J.C. Chandor at the helm of the film from Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Based on a New York Times article titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, the story has been adapted by Matthew Sand (writer of Ninja Assassin) and chronicles the final moments leading up to the fiery disaster. The most recent draft comes from Matthew Michael Carnahan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The story deals with the 2010 explosion of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that caused a massive offshore oil spill which became the second largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. A NY Times article about the incident was optioned by the companies two years ago.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
J.C. Chandor may have found his fourth directorial effort in the form of a tragic true story. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Margin Call, All Is Lost, and the upcoming A Most Violent Year is in talks to helm the movie version of Deepwater Horizon which follows the environmental disaster from a few years ago. The film will be coming from Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan. The drama focuses on the April 20, 2010 explosion of the »
- Alex Maidy
With high-stakes financial drama Margin Call and Robert Redford-powered survival tale All Is Lost under his belt, J.C. Chandor is settling into his position as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new filmmakers. Up next, he has a period crime thriller titled A Most Violent Year, which stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as an immigrant and his wife struggling to expand their New York business in the crime-ridden winter of 1981 while the rampant corruption of their surroundings threatens to drag them down. That project has Oscar written all over it, but Chandor isn’t waiting around to see how it performs – Deadline reports that he’s already lining up Deepwater Horizon as his next effort.
The film will focus on the April 20, 2010 explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused a massive offshore oil spill that created the second largest environmental disaster in U. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Margin Call writer-director J.C. Chandor is in talks to next helm Deepwater Horizon, the big-scale drama being mobilized by Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Participant Media for a winter shoot. The drama focuses on the April 20, 2010 explosion of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that caused a massive offshore oil spill that created the second-largest U.S. environmental disaster. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing. Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the most recent draft. The film took root at Summit and Participant two years ago, when they acquired feature rights to The New York Times article titled “Deepwater […] »
Jennine Lanouette for ScreenTakes created and narrates this excellent video "refuting the notion that a character must be likable to be sympathetic". Her examples draw comparisons between characters such as Paul Newman's title character in Harper, Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds, a load of characters from Margin Call, James Bond in From Russia with Love, Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Charlize Theron in Monster and, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street where she says, "We're notified in the opening scene we're not supposed to like Jordan Belfort." Hmmmm, and yet the argument against this film was that it glorified all that Belfort didc Interesting. Give the video a watch (though, be warned, it's Nsfw), it's a fantastic look at creating sympathetic characters out of unlikable people and just might have you »
- Brad Brevet
The Cohen Film Collection announced recently that two major films by acclaimed director Costa-Gavras – Capital, the Oscar winner’s most recent feature, and Amen, his César-winning historical drama from 2002 – have been digitally remastered and will be released in deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions on June 10, 2014. The Blu-rays will have SRPs of $34.98 each and the DVDs will have SRPs of $24.98 each.
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Since his debut in 1965, the Greek-born, »
- Movie Geeks
Here's today's latest casting news: Djimon Hounsou will join David Yates' Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz. The picture is due to open July 1, 2016. Daniel Dae Kim is set to star in Robert Schwentke's The Divergent Series: Insurgent (and, yes, this is the new official title), starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James. The sequel will open March 20, 2015. Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha, Gina Rodriguez, and Rose Leslie will star in Amanda Harlib's directorial debut, Sticky Notes. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from Deadline is the news that Hounsou will star as Chief Mbonga in the action-adventure picture Tarzan. Skarsgard plays the title role with Robbie as Jane Porter and Waltz as Captain Rom. As Variety reports, Kim will play Jack Kang in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jonny Weston, and Suki Waterhouse recently joined the cast, »
- Dave Trumbore
London — Icon Film Distribution has acquired the rights to four titles for U.K. distribution.
The first title is “A Most Violent Year,” the thriller from writer/director J.C. Chandor (“All Is Lost,” “Margin Call”). It stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), who is set to star in “Star Wars Episode VII,” and Jessica Chastain (“Miss Julie,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), who is soon to star in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Before The Doors’ Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor. It is co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and is being sold internationally by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.
Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, the most violent year in the city’s history, the film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business »
- Leo Barraclough
“Velocity” is scheduled to start shooting next spring with Peter Sollett directing from Wells Tower’s adaptation about two mismatched friends — Radcliffe’s bookish and awkward Will and the self-proclaimed ladies’ man Hand, who set out on a two-week trip around the world with a $32,000 insurance payoff from their friend’s fatal car accident with the goal of giving away the windfall to those in need.
- Dave McNary
Quentin Tarantino, during his Cannes Film Festival press conference (watch it here), mentioned an email chain he was a part of where he and some friends discussed what they believed to be the ten most exciting directors working today. Among those listed he said only David Fincher and Richard Linklater where in everyone's top ten, he wasn't sure why Pedro Almodovar wasn't on everyone's list and he also qualified what he believed it meant for a director to be the "most exciting". Here's how he put it: "I think what that means is, you feel that their best work is still in front of them. That's what makes a filmmaker exciting, that's what makes you anticipate a new movie coming out. Because the new movie could be their best one. From this day on that will be the new barometer from which they're judged. We could be wrong, and their »
- Brad Brevet
Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.
The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.
International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian De Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.
Assayas had the English-language »
- Michelle McCue
It was a friendly studios vs. the indies sparring match at the future of digital entertainment panel moderated by Deadline's Pete Hammond at the American Pavilion at Cannes Saturday. Everyone wants to fight piracy. It's just a question of how to go about it. Beat them, or join them? Ruth Vitale, executive director of the film industry's non-profit CreativeFuture initiative, sounded the anti-piracy gong, continuing to sing the plaint of content creators that piracy costs money for filmmakers. Elevated Sales' Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "Dallas Buyers Club") agreed with her, as did Fox's own anti-piracy czar, Elizabeth Valentina (VP of content protection litigation). But Tim League, CEO and cofounder of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, which just opened its 20th location and is distributing films as well, is willing to experiment with luring audiences in the digital realm, and Bill Bromiley president of Haim Saban's week-old, well-funded Saban Films, »
- Anne Thompson
A few casting notices: Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, director Peter Sollett's (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel. Nicolas Cage will star in the contemporary political drama The Runner, the feature directorial debut of Austin Stark (Detachment). Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp are attached to star in the action/adventure One, written and directed by Murali Thalluri (2:37). See the press releases after the jump for more details on each project. You Shall Know Our Velocity Daniel Radcliffe Attached To Star In Process And Benaroya Pictures’ ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ To Be Directed By Peter Sollett And Based On Dave Eggers’ Best-selling Novel International Film Trust To Handle Foreign Rights Cannes May 17 2014 – Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings, Harry Potter film series) is attached to star in Peter Sollett’s (Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) comedy You »
- Brendan Bettinger
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Kermit and his gang get caught in a jewel heist in Muppets Most Wanted.
The actors list is huge: Sean Combs (Get Him to the Greek), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Salma Hayek (Savages), Mackenzie Crook (TV’s The Office), Frank Langella (Robot & Frank), Ray Liotta (Something Wild), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Danny Trejo (Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World), Stanley Tucci (Margin Call), Christoph Waltz (Carnage), Miranda Richardson (Made in Dagenham) and Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville.
And then there are the singers: Tony Bennett, »
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