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Two days before prestige pic “Blood Ties” screens at Cannes, Worldview Entertainment has picked up rights to Marilyn Monroe biopic “Blonde” with “Killing Them Softly” helmer Andrew Dominik set to helm.
Dominik also penned the script, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized bio about the late star.
Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA (which arranged financing for the project and reps Dominik) will package and rep domestic rights.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes dramas “Song One,” Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” In addition to “Blood Ties,” company has “The Immigrant” and “Jimmy P.” preeming at Cannes. »
- Rachel Abrams
Worldview Entertainment has optioned the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, from writer-director Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). The screenplay was adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized biography of the late starlet. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA, who arranged financing, will be packaging and representing the domestic rights.
“Andrew is an extremely talented writer and director and we are big fans of his work. ‘Blonde’ is a fantastic project and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Dominik is represented by CAA.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes the upcoming drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I was Here;” David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino; and two studio co-financing deals: Academy Award nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, »
- Michelle McCue
In the movie business, the label “art film” isn’t always a deal-breaker.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at Cannes, where films that might seem obscure to your average Hollywood studio executive rack up worldwide presales and receive the kind of attention devoted to Brad Pitt strolling down the Croissette.
Consider some of the filmmakers in this year’s lineup: Sofia Coppola, James Gray, Alexander Payne, Roman Polanski, James Toback. They’re not exactly synonymous with blockbusters, but in the realm of global film financing, their names attract coin — at the right budget and with key cast attached.
Producers and financiers say the principal ingredients to getting these movies made are much the same as they were in the past: packages that yield foreign presales, securing locations that provide soft money and tax incentives, and foraging around for ways to cover the risk against the lack of domestic distribution. »
- Anthony Kaufman
Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award®-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God’S Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy®-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter. Academy Award®-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award®-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star. Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.
Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town. The film will be executive produced »
- Michelle McCue
Smart sells. Dumb, not so much.
If there’s an encouraging lesson to be drawn from the recent performance of independent films in the international market, it’s that intelligent movies by strong directors are being embraced by audiences, while derivative, generic and poorly executed projects are being snubbed.
Look at the most recent indie hits: “Looper,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Impossible,” “Amour,” “Side Effects” and “Olympus Has Fallen,” and contrast those with expensive flops such as “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Stand” and “Dredd.”
The international audience wasn’t always so discerning. But ever since the credit crunch, the global recession and the parallel slump in DVD and free-tv values, the market has become focused on theatrical quality.
Foreign buyers are shopping much more selectively now for projects with that special twist to drag cash-strapped audiences out to the cinema.
Everyone wants the next franchise, of course, but lightning rarely »
- Adam Dawtrey
Tagline: "A nation shall fall and heroes shall rise." Spotlight Pictures is developing a fantasy thriller titled Invasion Day. The film takes plot elements from John Milius 1984 film, Red Dawn. Though, there are no Russian armies here, only Chinese. And, the first trailer for Invasion Day has been released. The clip shows a desperate family trying to survive in America, during an occupation. It seems that the Chinese are tired of waiting for the American government to pay back trillions of dollars in debt. So, they take it upon themselves to repossess the entire United States of America. The first trailer for the film shows some of the survivors of a surprise attack. Invasion Day stars Scott McNairy (Killing Them Softly) and Ethan Flower (Mallrats). Cast: Scoot McNairy and Ethan Flower. The first trailer for Invasion Day is here: Source: Invasion Day at Spotlight Pictures | | Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
‘The Iceman’ dares to explore the family life of one of the most notorious mob killers of all time.
From 1948 to 1986 the infamous mob hitman Richard Kuklinski claims to have murdered as many as 250 people, mostly in the greater New York area. Some of them for money, many just for fun. At the April 29 premiere of Millenium Entertainment’s drama about the killer’s life, The Iceman, hosted by Grey Goose, the question posed was this: can a savage murderer for hire also be a genuine family man?
James Franco‘s answer to that question might be a strong, maybe. The Oz The Great And Powerful actor makes a brief cameo as a small-time porn director who meets a swift but sadistic end at the hands of Kuklinski. Franco was initially slated to play a much larger role as another cold character, Kuklinski’s ice-cream truck driving accomplice, Mr. Freezy, »
- HL Intern
It was reported in 2011 that Pitt was in talks to play the lead role of an assassin in James Gray's thriller.
The Wrap confirms that Pitt has left the project, with Gray now seeking a new leading man for the role.
The Gray Man centres on a CIA operative-turned-assassin who is forced to fight his way across Europe after being targeted by a powerful multinational corporation.
Violet & Daisy are killers – hired assassins who can empty a room of life without blinking an eye. They’re also a pair of teenage girls. Both treat the death business like a delightful romp. When they accept a job that’s not what it seems, their veneer of spunky detachment is stripped away and they are plunged into a struggle to survive.
The titular duo of Violet & Daisy is played by Alexis Bledel (Mad Men) and Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium). The film also features Danny Trejo (Machete Kills), James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly), and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (RoboCop). Violet & Daisy is written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious).
This preview pulls off the admirable trick of showing plenty of Violet & Daisy without giving ...
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- Kyle Hembree
This value option offers the perfect night out in these times of austerity
Situated in Romford, a town stuck in no-man's land between London and Essex, Premiere Cinemas posits itself as the cheaper alternative to the cross-town Vue multiplex. At only £4 for any ticket the cinema attracts people of all ages, but especially the jobless younger generation. Tucked away on the top floor of the Mercury mall, it's perfectly placed for visitors to attend after a busy day's shopping.
The brainchild of local entrepreneur Carter Hayes, Premiere opened last summer after a £250,000 refurbishment of the old disused Odeon that closed its doors over a decade ago. For cinemagoers walking in to the venue, it is like travelling back to a time before 3G, IMAX and VIP seating became ever-present. This lack of change applies to the rather squashed seating, and the eight cinema screens are noticeably smaller than »
- Guardian readers
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97
Studio: Warner Home Video
Carell and Buscemi play superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively. After a street magician’s (Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) stunts make their show look stale, they decide for ramp things up by staging their own daring stunt, in an effort to salvage their act and their friendship.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was directed by Don Scardino, who’s known for helmer TV shows including 30 Rock, and written by Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley, best known as Dr. Lance Sweets on TV’s Bones, »
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly) and The Sopranos creator David Chase partnered up again for drama movie Not Fade Away, which was described as a “love letter to an era” by the Washington Examiner.
Written and directed by Chase, the drama movie is the coming of age story of a group friends in a 1960s New Jersey suburb, who form a rock band and try to make it big.
Gandolfini heads up a cast that includes Brad Garrett (TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond), Christopher McDonald (TV’s Harry’s Law), Molly Price (The Good Doctor), John Magaro (My Soul to Take), Jack Huston (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) and Will Brill (King Kelly).
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In the very first lines delivered in the brilliant opening scene of The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) rifles off the interesting trivial tidbit that there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States. Zuckerberg goes on to pose the question, “How do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SATs?”
This is how I feel about the Best Supporting Actor category almost every year. At this current juncture in the history of cinema, it just so happens that the availability of choice roles for male supporting players and characters actors is as plentiful as adorable pet videos are on Youtube. This makes the daunting task of whittling down the gargantuan field of deserving Best Supporting Actor candidates to a mere five nominees a Herculean effort. It also guarantees that »
- Christopher Lominac
"No, no, no – there's absolutely no problem. It's just one of those things, mate. I'd be very inclined to do exactly the same thing, and I know the subsequent fuckin' dread and all the other shit, so please, not at all."
Ben Mendelsohn had me at hello. An unexpectedly chilled-out hello, considering I'd phoned him an hour-and-a-half later than planned, slightly panicky, profusely sorry. Due to bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived email-reading, I'd got the time wrong, I'd got the day wrong, and would have been none the wiser had his publicist not contacted me to ask how the interview had gone. It's 8.30am in La and, luckily for me, not only is Mendelsohn at home in West Hollywood doing not a lot, he's »
- Alex Godfrey
The Inglourious Basterds star will play a member of a five-man Us tank crew in the final days of World War II, reports Deadline.
The titular tank battles a desperate German army that knows it is on the verge of defeat.
Qed International acquired Ayer's script for $1 million (£660,000) in February.
Watch a trailer for World War Z below: »
Brad Pitt might be the star of David Ayer’s Fury. The End Of Watch director is set to pen and helm his own original WWII spec script, and word is that one of today’s most famous Hollywood celebrities will be his leading man.
The film takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
After a bit of a rocky start which saw Mark Romanek leave, with Kenneth Branagh dropping in to to replace him, Disney is soldiering ahead with "Cinderella." Cate Blanchett has stayed on board as the evil stepmother during the tumult that has also seen a range of names including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde flirt with the title role, with none locking to place. And it seems Disney is continuing the hunt. Deadline reports that Bella Heathcote, Lily James and Margot Robbie are all testing for the lead, and that "one of them will likely walk away with the title role." Heathcote might have the most auteur credentials of the trio, having appeared in films by Tim Burton ("Dark Shadows"), David Chase ("Not Fade Away") and Andrew Dominik ("Killing Them Softly" -- scenes cut) across the past year. Meanwhile, James has appeared in "Downton Abbey" as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last month, word broke that David Ayer was set to write and direct his own original World War II spec script, Fury , through Qed International. Today, Deadline reports that Ayer has landed a leading man in Brad Pitt. The film is said to follow a five-man American tank crew in Europe in the final days of the war. Pitt, who starred last year in Killing Them Softly , can soon be seen in World War Z , hitting theaters June 21. John Lesher is attached to produce Fury with production targeted for this fall. (Photo Credit: Lia Toby / WENN.com) »
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