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Quantschnigg was mostly recently vp of international sales at Goldcrest International.
Quantschnigg was Goldcrest International’s vp of international sales before leaving in August, having occupied the role since November 2013.
Joanne Michael was most recently at Hanway, where she managed international releases for titles including Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and festival launches including Todd Haynes’ Oscar-hopeful Carol.
The team also includes sales manager Carla Quarto di Palo, who previously had stints at Hanway, Focus Features International and Sunray Films, where she oversaw international sales on titles such as Mr Turner and Amy.
In almost four years of reviewing movies the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been in a movie theater was watching Mama, the 2013 horror movie produced by Guillermo del Toro. I remember very few of the particulars of that movie but what I remember quite viscerally was scene after scene of being transfixed by the action on the screen and wanting nothing more than for it to be over. Crimson Peak is the first movie since then to recreate that feeling so precisely, when the movie wanted to scare me I was consistently scared to what I believe to be the maximum level I can be scared while watching a movie. No matter what else I thought about the movie, it was completely successful at its objective and that’s worth a lot.
Guillermo del Toro seems as if he was put on this earth to make a movie set in »
- Arthur Tebbel
Production has begun in the Czech Republic on The Zookeeper’S Wife, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on the diaries of Antonina Żabiński. Focus Features will release the film domestically; Universal Pictures International has distribution rights to the film in the U.K., France, Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
The Zookeeper’S Wife dramatizes a real-life story of heroism. The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Żabiński (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown). The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their »
- Michelle McCue
Even the pristine white snow bleeds bright scarlet in “Crimson Peak,” the malformed love child between a richly atmospheric gothic romance and an overripe Italian giallo — delivered into this world by the mad doctor himself, horror maestro Guillermo del Toro, operating at his most stylistically unhinged. Aflame with color and awash in symbolism, this undeniably ravishing yet ultimately disappointing haunted-house meller is all surface and no substance, sinking under the weight of its own self-importance into the sanguine muck below. Named after the estate to which Mia Wasikowska’s newly orphaned and even newlier-wed heroine unwisely relocates with a plainly duplicitous brother-sister pair, “Crimson Peak” proves too frou-frou for genre fans, too gory for the Harlequin crowd and all-around too obvious for anyone pressed to guess what the siblings’ dark secret could possibly be, and will likely wind up an in-the-red setback to Universal’s most profitable year.
- Peter Debruge
Thanks to StudioCanal we have our first look at the upcoming A Bigger Splash, a new film that stars Tilda Swinton (Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive), Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall, Grand Budapest Hotel) Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey, Black Mass) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From The Madding Crowd, The Danish Girl). The film debuts at this month’s London Film Festival.
Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A Bigger Splash is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun. Luca Guadagnin directs the film, and had the following to say in today’s official release from the studio. “Our »
- Paul Heath
Watch the new Crimson Peak video Legendary and Universal Pictures have released a new ghost-centric featurette from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house picture Crimson Peak, featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland).…
- Max Evry
If you're a fan of "The Prisoner," I have a feeling you're going to really like Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise," adapted from the J.G. Ballard novel. One of the things I learned early on about "The Prisoner" was that it is not for everyone. While I love the look of the world and the way the stories are told and the heightened sense of reality, I have seen enough people reject the entire thing outright to get that it is a particular taste. When you're talking about adapting the work of British novelist J.G. Ballard into film, you're automatically starting from a place outside the mainstream. He wasn't writing books like Michael Crichton, hoping for a film deal to turn his barely-more-than-an-outline into a big summer blockbuster. Ballard wrote end-of-the-world science-fiction and he dealt with the darkest corners of the human heart in work like "The Atrocity Exhibition" or "Crash, »
- Drew McWeeny
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
I’ve written on more than one occasion how many subsets there are of zombie films. In most cases, you know what you are going to get. Straight up purist zombie films, contagion zombie films, zom coms, and even zom rom coms (That’s zombie romantic comedy. I don’t know if it’s fully made it into the horror lexicon yet, so I felt that I needed to elaborate) The vampire film has its own unique evolution, and exactly what any vampire film is about is much more difficult to decipher. It could be anything from gothic period pieces, showdowns between a Van Helsing protagonist and a Dracula antagonist, »
Watch the new Crimson Peak clip Legendary and Universal Pictures (via Yahoo! Movies) have released the first clip from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house picture Crimson Peak featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland).…
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- Spencer Perry
Who knew Loki could sing? Tom Hiddleston is starring as Hank Williams, the legendary country singer with a tragic personal life, in the new film I Saw the Light. In this first clip, we are treated to a fun, hip-swaying, recording session, with Hiddleston providing the vocals and playing the guitar (which he learned for the role) on the song Move it On Over. While Hiddleston has already proven his diversity as an actor (apart from starring in The Avengers, he’s worked with some major directors like Woody Allen and Jim Jarmusch in Midnight in Paris and Only Lovers Left Alive, respectively) it seems that his role in I Saw the Light may be his most challenging and surprising yet.
The official international Crimson Peak poster Legendary and Universal Pictures’ upcoming haunted house spook-a-thon Crimson Peak has debuted its international poster (via Twitter) featuring two-time Academy award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland). Check it out…
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- Max Evry
Studio 8 is pressing ahead with an untitled vampire horror pic that will serve as an update of the classic 1922 Nosferatu, having tapped The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers to take the reins on the project.
Eggers, who won the directing prize at Sundance this year for his period chiller The Witch, will both write and direct the “visceral” remake of F.W. Murnau’s influential silent film about the titular vampire rife throughout Eastern European folklore.
Vampires have been a staple of big screen horror lately, between action-oriented reimaginings of the Count Dracula legend (Dracula Untold) and innovative, genre-blending stories about bloodsuckers (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, What We Do in the Shadows). With remakes as bankable as ever, it makes depressing sense that an old relic like Nosferatu would get a dusting-off sooner or later.
Luckily, it could be worse – Eggers drew particular praise for »
- Isaac Feldberg
The phrase “first Iranian vampire western” will follow A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and its director Anna Lily Amirpour, until the end of cinema itself. A year and a half after it glided sexily into Sundance, the movie has made waves for its genre play, for Sheila Vand’s already iconic vampire look, and for its incredible, eclectic soundtrack. The movie has been in vogue ever since, even though there appears to be little beneath its chador-clad exterior to chew upon. Part of the explanation is never mentioned in its buzzy tagline, but most of the attraction is really down to its story of misfit rebellion, a James Dean tale with a Donnie Darko-esque soundtrack, by way of Iran.
- Liam Ball
We're over the mid-year hump and on our way down, but there's still a lot left to see so yes, these are early predictions, but it's time to get the ducks in a row so we can begin shuffling the board as movies are released and contenders fall off and are added on. Last week I offered up an updated look at the Best Picture field for the 2016 Oscars and today I'm opening the doors for a first look at the Best Actor field, which currently includes 30 contenders. Let's have a look. As always, when you begin taking a look this early in the game most of the names that rise to the top are for unseen, but assumed they will be great, performances. My opening field is really no different with only one performance in my top five having been seen, though there could still be a case made »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures Classics has dated Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light for a Nov. 27 release, which all but guarantees an Oscar push for the film and most likely a big push for Tom Hiddleston who stars in the feature as legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The pic is now slotted alongside fellow Oscar hopeful The Danish Girl, though both films will probably be looking to make a big splash on the Fall film festival circuit, already establishing an awards season narrative before the general public lays their eyes on either of them. The pic, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones, chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Hiddleston is probably best known to most as Loki from The Avengers film franchise, but 2015 is looking to be a year where he makes a »
- Brad Brevet
The Brits are taking over Marvel. As we all know, Benedict Cumberbatch is to play the title character in Marvel’s Phase 3 film Doctor Strange, but now it looks like he’s being joined by one of Blighty’s other highly-respected thespians. Tilda Swinton, who appeared the in the brilliant, but bloody dark We Need To Talk About Kevin and the fantastic vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive, alongside fellow Marvel alumni Tom Hiddleston, is in talks to play the role of The Ancient One in the Scott Derrickson directed adventure.
The film, expected in cinemas in 2017 (November 4th), revolves around a mysterious surgeon who, after injuring his hands, discovers the power of magic.
Doctor Strange is expected to start filming in the UK very soon, so expect the ‘talks’ to be concluded relatively quickly. The role of The Ancient One, the 500-year old mentor of Doctor Strange, has historically »
- Paul Heath
The high priestess of strange Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Strange, THR reports. Swinton will play the Ancient One, Dr. Strange's mentor, who has a fleet of pupils training to be the world's next top sorcerer. In the comics, the character is male, and Marvel was initially looking for a male actor to fill the role but realized that Swinton's natural otherworldly glow knows no gender (or race, apparently). Nothing is outside of the Swinton wheelhouse: Recently, she's been an ennui-drenched vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive and a sniveling lackey in Snowpiercer, and she'll be Amy Schumer's exacting boss in the upcoming Trainwreck. With the Ancient One's age topping out over 500, it appears Swinton is well on her way to fulfilling her email auto-reply message's prophecy:"Hello, I am away until 01/01/2070 and am unable to read your message." »
- E. Alex Jung
While Tilda Swinton has acted alongside a number of Marvel universe folk in recent years – Chris Evans in Snowpiercer and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive to name but two – she’s never set foot inside the actual McU. All that is set to change, as she’s in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.Sinister’s Scott Derrickson is calling the shots on this one, working from a script by Jon Spaihts. They will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as the Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, »
Most of the focus in the Marvel-verse is currently on the expansive cast of Captain America: Civil War, but we can.t forget that Doctor Strange is coming down the pipe next year as well. Set to film this fall, Tilda Swinton is joining the cast as an important character, though there movie is making one drastic change that is sure to spark a lot of conversation and controversy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swinton is in talks to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic (who better for a role like that than the Snowpiercer and Only Lovers Left Alive star?), who serves as a mentor and advisor to the title character, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. However, in the comics, the character is a man, while, with Swinton taking the role, it will obviously be a woman. In Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a cocky surgeon »
Benedict Cumberbatch will have some company as he traverses the world of sorcery in Marvel’s Doctor Strange – THR is reporting today that Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) will be taking on the role of a Tibetan mystic known as The Ancient One (because you didn’t think she’d be playing a straight love interest, now did ya?) in the Scott Derrickson-directed blockbuster, which is intended to simultaneously introduce the Sorcerer Supreme and the more magical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Marvel fans will make of the casting (The Ancient One was a man in the comics) should be interesting, but there’s no denying the attraction of casting a uniquely talented actress like Swinton in the part of a major comic-book character. She’s transformed herself again and again in everything from Snowpiercer to The Grand Budapest Hotel in recent years, so it’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
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