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People Are People: Genz’s English Debut a Satisfactory B-Grade Noir
Expectations may a bet set a bit too high for Danish filmmaker Henrik Ruben Genz’s descent into the English language with his adaptation of Markus Sakey’s novel, Good People. Considering that 2008’s Terribly Happy, the director’s last film to play stateside, drew comparisons to the Coen Bros. and David Lynch, this latest effort pales severely in comparison, resembling more of a kitchen sink noir drowning in its own sea of dirty dishwater. Bereft of any vicious underpinnings or subversive class commentaries that would have at least presented something to chew on, we’re treated to the kind of deceptive web that doesn’t seem altogether probable from all its various angles.
- Nicholas Bell
Today, independent Us distributors RADiUS have announced that they have successfully acquired the Us rights to Before We Go, the directorial debut of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who also stars opposite Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).
Tthe film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
Chris Evans said of the deal: “As a first time director, I’m so excited that we found a home with RADiUS. I was really impressed with what they did on ‘Snowpiercer’ and my film couldn’t be in better hands.”
- Scott Davis
This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her.
Like a young Walter Mitty using the power of imagination and wild vignettes, Him will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart.
On the heels of the successful Snowpiercer, it »
- Michelle McCue
Relativity has dated The Woman In Black Sequel on January 30 2015 after its recent Us rights buy from Hammer and eOne.
The film takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during the Second World War come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.
TWC-Dimension has acquired »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Update, 11:35 Am Pst: Radius has confirmed Deadline’s scoop for Before We Go. Below find the press release.
Previous Exclusive, 9:49 Am Pst: Radius has gotten on the Toronto deal-making board. I’m hearing the label is closing a low-seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Before We Go, the film directed by and starring Captain America‘s Chris Evans. This comes after the successful multi-platform release of the Evans-starrer Snowpiercer.
Scripted by Ronald Bass, Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer, and Paul Vicknair, Before We Go also stars Alice Eve. Over the course of one night, two strangers form an unlikely bond based on the conflicts in their own lives. Pic is produced by Evans, McG, Mary Viola, Karen Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Mark Kassen and Bill Immerman.
The film came into the festival playing the Special Presentations section and a lot of people really liked it. CAA and Wme »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Weinstein boutique arm RADiUS-twc has picked up Us rights to "Before We Go," "Snowpiercer" star Chris Evans' directorial debut, at Tiff. Starring Evans and Alice Eve (of "Star Trek Into Darkness"), the film follows two strangers stuck overnight in New York City whose casual acquaintance grows into something deeper a la "Before Sunrise." "Before We Go" was produced by Evans, Mark Kassen, McG, Mary Viola, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin and William J. Immerman. The executive producers are Peter Pastorelli, James McGough and Ron Bass - the latter of whom also wrote the screenplay with Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. RADiUS, which also handled "Snowpiercer" and has tapped something of an indie star in Evans, is eyeing a second quarter 2015 release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans, who next dons the costume in Avengers: Age of Ultron, makes his directorial debut with Before We Go, which was just acquired by RADiUS in a seven-figure deal. Chris Evans brought the film to the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend, which is written by Ronald Bass and Jen Smolka. An official 2015 release date should be announced soon.
Here is the official PR:
The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other's most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
RADiUS has slated a second quarter 2015 release. »
TWC-Radius is teaming up with Chris Evans once again. The Weinstein Company's boutique label announced on Thursday that it had acquired the rights to Evans’ directorial debut, “Before We Go,” and slated it for a second quarter 2015 release. The picture, in which Evans acts opposite “Star Trek” star Alice Eve, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. See video: Chris Evans Talks Evolution From a Career-Launching Banana to Directorial Debut With ‘Before We Go’ TWC-Radius previously worked with Evans on this summer's critically-acclaimed “Snowpiercer.” The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Radius has acquired the U.S. rights to Chris Evans' directorial debut Before We Go. The romance about two strangers, starring Evans and Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness), will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday night. In Before We Go, the couple spends a night in New York City together after missing the last train at Grand Central Terminal. Radius, which earlier released the Evans-starrer Snowpiercer, plans a second-quarter 2015 release. CAA and Wme Global co-repped domestic rights for the pic, which Evans directed from a script by Ron Bass (Rain
- Etan Vlessing
The incarcerated Ukrainian director has been named an honorary jury member at the forthcoming festival.
The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has unveiled the jury for its 62nd edition, which includes imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
The director, who has been involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested on May 10 by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (Fsb) in his house in Simferopol and brought to a Moscow prison where he is still detained and awaiting trial for “committing crimes of a terrorist nature”.
In July, the campaign to free the film-maker from detention in Russia was taken to the European Court of Human Rights (Echr). A Moscow court ruled that Sentsov should remain in prison until Oct 11 when a trial is due to be held.
To defend freedom of expression and on request by the European Film Academy (Efa), San »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer has brought in a combined box office of nearly $11 million from on-demand and theatrical revenues, RADiUS-twc said. The company also updated VOD revenues for Charlie McDowell’s quirky comedy The One I Love, adding more than $200K in on-demand to totals reported two weeks ago.
RADiUS, practically alone among distributors using more-or-less simultaneous theatrical and on-demand releases of their specialty films, has regularly revealed VOD numbers since last fall. The company’s decision to make the numbers routinely available came soon after John Sloss gave VOD numbers for Escape From Tomorrow, then challenged other companies to do the same.
But no other company but RADiUS has responded to Sloss’ call to consistently reveal non-theatrical grosses. In June, RADiUS released to Deadline VOD data on its Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom and The Unknown Known. Two weeks ago, RADiUS included updated VOD numbers when reporting weekend theatrical grosses and did so again today. »
- Brian Brooks
There are few countries in the world cranking out films with the consistency of quality of South Korea. Over the last fifteen years, filmmakers like Chan-wook Park (Old Boy), Jee-woon Kim (I Saw The Devil), Joon-Ho Bong (Snowpiercer), and others have turned the country into one of the finest cinema factories in the global market. After Haemoo, a new name can be added to the list in Sung-Bo Shim. Well, even though he’s new to directing, he’s not really new to this world having previously worked as Bong’s screenwriting partner (Bong also serves as producer here). Yet, for any director to deliver a project as moving, thrilling, unpredictable, morally complex, and just plain entertaining as Haemoo with one swing of the bat is still a remarkable achievement. Haemoo is a wonderful piece of work and yet another reason why South Korea has fast become one of the »
- Phil Brown
The second annual Beyond Fest is coming back to Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) and will be running from September 25 through October 4, 2014. Tickets are available through Fandango Now.
From the Press Release
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.
Beyond Fest has also partnered with Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network as its presenting sponsor, a partnership that will make much of the festival’s programming free to creative makers and film fans alike.
“The response was so great last year that we knew we had to bring Beyond Fest back, so much so that we immediately started planning this installment,” said Christian Parkes, co-founder of Beyond Fest. »
- Steve Barton
Chris Evans has been at the Toronto International Film Festival three times, but never as a filmmaker. He’s admits that he’s nervous to unveil his directorial debut in which he also stars, “Before We Go,” next week. “As an actor, you play a small piece of the puzzle,” Evans says. “As a director, you are part of every decision from beginning to end. If someone doesn’t like the movie, that’s on you. That’s intimidating.”
Evans has been appearing in films since he was fresh out of high school, but he only recently gained international fame thanks to his breakthrough role as Captain America in Marvel’s “Captain America” franchise, part of “The Avengers” saga. He had wanted to direct for a long time until the script for a love story about a street musician (Evans) who meets a girl (Alice Eve) at Grand Central Terminal came his way. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
This one falls into the “Holy shit” category. The roster of films and guests for 2014′s Beyond Fest (returning again to the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian theater) was just announced and well, fright fanatics, it’s looking quite epic indeed. Premieres of films such as the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake, V/H/S:viral, Horns, and even a live score to accompany the new 4K transfer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There is so much going on during the festival’s running time (September 25th-October 4) that you have to read the lineup for yourself. Jeebus. Everything from a Halloween screening with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in attendance, the premiere of the Richard Stanley Dr. Moreu doc, a Fight Club screening With Palahniuk doing a Q&A afterwards, the list just goes on and on. There’s no way I’ll be missing this one, and if you’re smart (and in the L. »
- Jerry Smith
Beyond Fest returns with a vengeance in Los Angeles later this month, giving genre fans a lineup to look forward to. An eclectic mix of films both old and new are on the menu, with a screening of the Halloween 4k re-master highlighting the events. Halloween fans will also be treated to the first-ever combined appearance by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis to discuss their horror classic.
Los Angeles – September 4, 2014 - “Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets will be available through Fandango today.
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, »
- Derek Anderson
With Fox's excellent new drama Red Band Society about to launch September 17, Vulture had an occasion to get Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer on the line. This year she's in a bunch of great projects, including the recent Snowpiercer, Mike Binder's Black and White (which is about to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival), and, of course, the Divergent sequel Insurgent. We talked to her about it all, plus her Bff-ship with Allison Janney, vision boards, the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, crime TV, and more. Frankly, we didn't want it to end because chatting with Spencer leaves you with warm-fuzzies. There's no other way to say it.You and Allison Janney looked so mischievous when you were presenting at the Emmys. Why were you guys giggling? Okay, this is why we were giggly. We had been told to say, “We’re running long,” that we weren’t going to do The Help bit, »
- Denise Martin
Sellers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival hope to ride the wave of Cannes and Sundance, which saw a healthy number of deals close earlier in the year. But by no means does that suggest that the movie business is in full recovery.
“The market is bigger than ever,” says Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. “But I think the huge sales are fewer and farther between than they used to be. Films used to go for more money in the DVD heyday. What we’re all doing is finding ways to make up for the loss.”
The shakeup in home entertainment is a challenge facing film backers, but the tectonic political shifts roiling the world are also wreaking havoc on an industry that relies on foreign distribution sales. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are chilly, due to the annexation of Crimea, which has left film buyers »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Snowpiercer is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on October 21st, and if there is one movie to make sure is on your home video release radar, this is it. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about this one, and it’s one of the oddest and, if the critical consensus can be believed, most awesome sci-fi releases in quite a while.
Odd, because it pushes the limits of indie films, and their theatrical releases and marketing efforts. Though you’ve likely heard of the film, it wouldn’t have taken that much effort to avoid doing so, and you may not have even had much opportunity to catch it in theaters. Even with the recent upswing in recognizable names in films that are indie, indie-eque, microbudget, or whatever else, a tense sci-fi effort with Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and more still seems like it ought »
- Marc Eastman
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