9 items from 2016
Hollywood and the global film business have a long way to go before approaching gender parity, but in Europe, the independent film biz has been a fertile place for women to foster careers. Government subsidies and national funding organizations that put an emphasis on art rather than commerce are among the factors helping women gain a toehold in the business. But as the Berlin Film Festival gets ready to unspool on Feb. 11, many acknowledge that inequities aren’t hard to find despite gains.
The U.K. has been a fantastic launchpad for female execs and creatives. Home-grown producers ranging from Elizabeth Karlsen (“Carol”) to Alison Owen (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Me Before You”) to Debra Hayward (“Les Miserables,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby”) to Faye Ward (“Suffragette,” TV series “The Crown”) have mastered the indie financing game to bring top-notch product to screen, and the country has produced scribes such as Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady, »
- Diana Lodderhose
Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old West, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th-century America,...
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The nine-book series began in 1932 and followed the author's recollections of growing up with her family in a log cabin in 1871. The property is best known for its long-running TV series adaptation starring Michael Landon.
Originally setup at Sony Pictures, David Gordon Green ("Joe," "Prince Avalance") was slated to direct but was replaced just over a year ago by Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"). Then the film was put in turnaround by the studio where it languished until Paramount scooped it up recently.
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- Garth Franklin
Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old west, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th century America, those dreams didn't pan out as expected. Maybe it got a rattlesnake bite. Maybe it got dysentery and died. Maybe we're mixing our Little House on the Prairie with too much of The Oregon Trail. The point is, that movie obviously never ended up happening. Little House on the...
- Peter Hall
Sony Pictures had launched development of the project in 2012 with Scott Rudin attached to produce. The title was put into turnaround last year after Amy Pascal stepped down as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment with Tom Rothman replacing her.
Variety reported in June that Rothman had axed the “Little House” project due to concerns about its proposed $45 million budget.
- Dave McNary
Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...
John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.
Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".
But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...
Neves will join in time for the European Film Market at the Berlinale (Feb 11-19).
Neves previously worked with WestEnd’s managing directors Schoukroun and Maya Amsellem during her time at Capitol Films.
Throughout her career she has handled titles including Nick Cassavettes’ Alpha Dog, Sidney Lumet’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, John Maybury’s The Edge Of Love, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy, and Steve McQueen’s Shame
WestEnd’s managing director Maya Amsellem said of the appointment: “We’re delighted to welcome Sofia to the »
London — Sofia Neves has joined international sales and film financing company WestEnd Films as director of sales, and will attend next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Neves previously worked with WestEnd co-founders Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen at Capitol Films.
Neves started her career with producer Paulo Branco. In 2005 she joined the sales department of Capitol Films, run by Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel, and then moved to HanWay Films in 2008, run by Jeremy Thomas and Tim Haslam, as director of sales and distribution. In 2014, she took on the role of distribution analyst at the production finance department of the British Film Institute’s Film Fund.
During her sales career, Neves has handled titles like Nick Cassavettes’ “Alpha Dog,” Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Nowhere Boy, »
- Leo Barraclough
Directed by Elliott Lester (Blitz), the film sees Arnie as “Viktor, a man whose wife and child die in a plane crash. When Schwarzenegger’s character learns that the tragedy was caused by an air traffic controller’s mistake, he is determined to seek revenge.”
- Gary Collinson
9 items from 2016
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