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“Hung” co-creator Colette Burson’s “Permanent,” Alonso Ruizpalacios’s “Museum” and Rodrigo Plá’s “The Other Tom” are among 13 projects at Los Cabos Festival’s first Mexico-u.S.-Canada Co-production Forum, a drive to consolidate movie partnerships throughout North America.
Taking place during the third Los Cabos Festival, which unspools Nov. 12-16, and awarding a total $227,000 in prize money to a bevy of industry competitions, the Forum will also showcase projects by rising Latin American auteurs – Mexico’s Jorge Michel Grau, Colombia’s Juan Andrés Arango and Ciro Guerra.
Supported by the Tribeca All Access program, comedy “Permanent,” about a teen who makes a life-defining perm choice, is described as a coming-of- age tale for the entire family. “Permanent” is to be helmed by Colette Burson, co-creator of HBO series “Hung.” Haroula Rose (“Fruitvale Station”) and Joshua Blum (“A Most Violent Year,” “Margin Call”) produce.
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- John Hopewell
"Whiplash" is turning into an Oscar dark horse contender. Certainly, J.K. Simmons leads the supporting actor pack. But like "Margin Call," original screenplay could be in there as well. Or could the movie turn into this year's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which nabbed four nominations: for Picture, Director, Actress and Screenplay? It could turn into a word-of-mouth hit, with year-end critics' group support--it's at 87% on Metacritic. And the rest may follow. Anne Thompson: I just watched this for the second time, after Sundance. Have you been getting strong reactions? Miles Teller: We’ve received a couple of standing ovations, and it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced that for a movie. A standing ovation is usually seen as the highest level of praise you can give to a performer, so the first time was kind of weird and overwhelming. Audience member: You earned it! [Audience claps] Teller: Thank you. »
- Anne Thompson
The studio touted the promotions as underlining its focus on licensing film and TV content to a broad and growing spectrum of digital platforms — along with customizing home entertainment release strategies such as early VOD and day-and-date theatrical/VOD release windows as demonstrated by “Arbitrage” and “Margin Call.”
Packer will keep his current title and responsibilities as president of worldwide television and digital distribution and Schwartz will serve as president of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
“Jim and Ron are ideally qualified to continue building our momentum, generate new opportunities for incremental revenue and margin growth and extend our home entertainment business in exciting new directions, »
- Dave McNary
In just 48 hours, Netflix sent the movie biz spinning — and where it stops is anyone’s guess.
The streaming giant made it clear last week that after challenging the TV industry, it now has designs on the bigscreen.
Netflix announced two groundbreaking pacts in short order: The first with Imax and the Weinstein Co. to fund and simultaneously release a sequel to martial arts classic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” online and in select theaters in August 2015; followed by a four-picture deal with Adam Sandler.
The surprise moves by the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company could have repercussions for cinema operators and traditional business practices among Hollywood’s major studios, exhibitors and top creative talent.
“They’re very important, game-changing announcements,” says Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk. “Audiences today don’t care about the old rules of the studio and entertainment business. They want to see films when they want, how they »
- Brent Lang and Todd Spangler
Summit Entertainment has issued a September 30, 2016 release date for their true story adaptation Deepwater Horizon, which has Mark Wahlberg attached to star. The project currently has the release date to itself, although it comes a week before Warner Bros.' Ninjago on September 23, 2016, and a week after Warner Bros.' Live by Night and Universal's Monster High on October 7, 2016.
Deepwater Horizon is based on the New York Times article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, which chronicles the 48 hours before the oil tanker Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2010. The explosion resulted in the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez disaster. Mark Wahlberg is playing the oil rig's No. 2 manager in the adaptation, which will shine a light on true acts of heroism that were never made public after the explosion, which killed 11 crew members and injured 16 others. »
New Line has already started production on Vacation, the reboot of the classic 80s comedy National Lampoon's Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. This time Chase and D'Angelo are only returning in a cameo capacity as the new film will follow Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and their kids on a trip to Walley World. Horrible Bosses writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their directorial debut on the film, and THR reports Warner Bros. releases the film on October 9th, 2015, just a year from now. But there's more. Margin Call director J.C. Chandor's next film Deepwater Horizon has just secured a release date as well. Summit Entertainment will send the film to theaters on September 30th, 2016, which seems a little early if the studio is hoping for award consideration, but it's not far from where Argo »
- Ethan Anderton
Focus Features have added veteran actor William Hurt to the cast of their Jesse Owens biopic, Race. The actor will take on the role of Jeremiah Mahoney, the president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who spearheaded efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.
The movie, penned by Frankie And Alice writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, is based on the real story of American athlete, Jesse Owens. Now a legend, the movie will tell his backstory before he became a four-time Olympic gold medalist and track-event pioneer. On board to direct is noted TV director Stephen Hopkins (Californication, House Of Lies). The film, which has the distinct aroma of award-bait, has already accrued a solid cast, despite undergoing a shuffle in its line-up earlier this year.
- Gem Seddon
Major theater chains are united in their opposition to a plan by IMAX, Netflix and the Weinstein Co. to make “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” available for streaming on the same day it hits theaters in 2015 but the question remains — how much longer can theater owners withstand the battering ram of technology?
The “Crouching Tiger” standoff heated up Tuesday after the four largest exhibitors in the U.S., AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike, pledged not to show the martial arts sequel next year. That represents 257 of IMAX’s 418 U.S. screens, and these theater chains were joined by Canada’s largest exhibitor Cineplex, and Europe’s second largest theater chain, Cineworld, in a boycott that has grown international in scope.
It means “Crouching Tiger” could play on a limited number of IMAX screens in the U.S., and likely for no more than two weeks, the typical IMAX playing time. »
- Brent Lang
The richly talented J.C. Chandor’s latest feature film, A Most Violent Year, takes him back onto terra firma after the oceanic All Is Lost, and back to Manhattan, the scene of his terrific debut Margin Call. This one is set a few blocks from Wall Street’s snake pits in the world of big oil, and a new image from the film shows its protagonist Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) in action.Set in New York’s murderous months of 1981, A Most Violent Year pitches its superb cast into a murky milieu that encompasses corruption, crime and murder. Isaac’s crude-dude is an immigrant who has to navigate these perilous waters with all the canniness and savvy at his disposal. But with his wife in the Lady Macbeth role, his scruples slowly fall away and the allure of criminal shortcuts becomes too great to resist. »
Jc Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
The film’s dating suggests it could be an awards contender - it premieres as the opening night of AFI Fest on Nov 6 and is released by A24 in the Us on Dec 31.
FilmNation handles international sales. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Jc Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
The film’s dating suggests it could be an awards contender — it premieres as the opening night of AFI Fest on Nov 6 and is released by A24 in the Us on Dec 31. FilmNation handles international sales. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
J.C. Chandor’s only got three feature films under his belt, but there’s a good chance every single one of them will wind up with some awards season glory. His feature directorial debut, Margin Call, earned him a Best Writing Oscar nod, then All Is Lost scored Robert Redford a Best Performance nomination at the Golden Globes and now we’ve A Most Violent Year poised to earn some acclaim of its own. The American Film Institute just announced that the movie will celebrate its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014. Hit the jump for more on A Most Violent Year. The film is set to hit theaters on December 31st and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks. Isaac and Chastain lead as Abel and Anna Morales, a couple trying to hit it big in New York City in »
- Perri Nemiroff
The last major film festival of the fall season announced its highly anticipated opening night film this morning, and it is J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. That’s a bit of a surprise for the AFI Fest 2014 Presented By Audi, as it comes from upstart A24, a company looking to jump into the Oscar conversation in a big way with this high profile debut on November 6th at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Since the film itself is being held back for an end-of-year eligibility run beginning December 31, the last possible day to enter the race, this will be a valuable showcase and self-starting slot to get noticed amidst all the bigger-name entries into the awards derby.
- Pete Hammond
AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi will host the film's gala premiere on November 6 at the TLC Chinese Theatre, kicking off eight days of contemporary world cinema on Hollywood Boulevard. Chastain and Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") star as the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld during the winter of 1981. Chandor, Oscar-nominated for "Margin Call" and acclaimed for "All Is Lost," directs his own original screenplay. Last year's opening night selection was Oscar hopeful "Saving Mr. Banks." But is this an Academy contender? We won't know until AFI Fest. Participant Media's "A Most Violent Year" will be distributed by A24 Films in NY and La on December 31, before a national rollout in January. Watch the trailer here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The world premiere of director J.C. Chandor's drama “A Most Violent Year,” starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, will be the opening-night gala of the AFI Fest 2014, the American Film Institute announced on Wednesday. The film will screen at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 6 to kick off the eight-day festival in Hollywood. “A Most Violent Year” is the third feature from writer-director Chandor, who made his debut with (and received an Oscar nomination for writing) “Margin Call” in 2011 and released “All Is Lost” last year. His new film is a crime drama set in 1981, one »
- Steve Pond
We were a little disappointed when we found out that Javier Bardem dropped out of J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year—set during the winter of 1981, one of the most violent years on record in New York City. Bardem knows a thing or two about that kind of brutality (hello, No Country for Old Men). But after seeing the recently released trailer for the Margin Call director’s film, we’re feeling hopeful again. Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac has since replaced Bardem, starring opposite Jessica Chastain in what looks to be a moody, caustic picture. According to IMDb, the film is “centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay and...
- Alison Nastasi
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "A Most Violent Year," which comes from writer/director Jc Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) and stars Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. Check it out below. Plot: Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. The new movie is set to hit theaters on December 31st. Trailer: »
J.C. Chandor is a filmmaker who looks to be carving a rather eclectic oeuvre. The near dialogue-less All is Lost was made in direct contrast to the motormouthed Wall Street floors of Margin Call, and his latest, A Most Violent Year, sees Chandor wading into genre waters. Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, the film, which is due from A24 in December, tracks a year in the life of an immigrant couple in crime-addled 1981 New York. Your first look is above. »
- Sarah Salovaara
A trailer has been released for Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac's upcoming thriller A Most Violent Year. The film looks great, which isn't surprising as it has a talented cast and was directed by Oscar nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost). The movie looks like a total downer, but sometimes watching a movie like that is what a person needs.
The film is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, which is statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The story "follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built."
The movie hits theaters on December 31st, 2014. »
- Joey Paur
The race to award season is finally starting to pick up, thanks to today’s latest trailer. A Most Violent year, from director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call), stars Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Chastain as an emerging power couple during the grim days of 1981 New York, surrounded by corruption and murder. At first glance, it’s like a darker, more serious sequel to American Hustle without the cleavage. Chastain has been nominated for two Academy Awards, while Chandor received a Best Original Screenplay nod for Margin Call. While Isaac and Inside Llewyn Davis were snubbed by Academy voters last year, he had a big 2013 thanks to his performance as the endearing yet frustrating folk singer in the Coen brothers film. Pair these resumes with the December 31 release date, and A Most Violent year seems prime for award season picking — albeit dangerously close to the voting deadline. Will this »
- Emily Exton
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