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Tonight is the "Closing Night" of the New York Film Festival (Birdman and I'm happy to report that it's wondrous) though there are screenings tomorrow making the title only honorary, really. We'll wrap up soon with Inherent Vice and Birdman thoughts and things we learned at the fest. All the screenings and the first wave of Oscar seeking interviews (coming at'cha soon) have left us seriously behind on the matter of movie trailers / teasers so here are three which you may well have seen already but let's discuss in abbreviated Yes No Maybe So fashion.
Yes - This does what teasers, hell trailers themselves, should do: intrigues but doesn't give the game away. If only full trailers would follow suit. Come on studios: Help moviegoers rediscover a little something called curiousity.
No - It's not really fair since he's had a couple of low key years but I'm feeling Clooney fatigue for some reason. »
- NATHANIEL R
Rad or bad?
Here's a red carpet look you don't see too often!
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks sported an interesting choice of headwear at Tacori's event celebrating the launch of their Gentlemen's jewelry collection in Los Angles, Calif. Tuesday, covering her signature red locks in a bright yellow Stephen Jones turban.
Let's take a closer look.
Given her standout accessory, Christina kept the rest of her outfit classic, looking chic in a white Wes Gordon button-up blouse and black Ralph Lauren trousers.
"I’ve gotten very into turbans recently!" she told InStyle about the head-turning look. "I’ve liked them for a long time, and I feel like they’re making a comeback so they’re easier to find. I’m picking them up whenever I can find them. I like this one because it’s pre-wrapped so it’s like a hat, and all I have »
Maddie Hasson has been cast in I Saw The Light, writer-director Marc Abraham’s biopic about country music legend Hank Williams. She will play Billie Jean, a 19-year-old who pursued by Williams (Tom Hiddleston) after his divorce from Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen). She eventually becomes his second wife — and his widow. Hasson recently wrapped the indie pic A Light Beneath Their Feet and starred on ABC Family’s Twisted. She is repped by UTA, the Beddingfield Company and Coast to Coast Talent Group.
Emory Cohen has landed a role in By Way Of Helena, a revenge Western from director Kieran Darcy-Smith. Matt Cook wrote the script, which made the 2009 Black List. Liam Hemsworth stars as an 1880s Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of murders. There he squares off against a fearsome local preacher (Woody Harrelson). Cohen will play Isaac. His recent credits include Beneath The Harvest Sky, »
- Jen Yamato
"Black Sea" centers on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.Law's international costars include Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabenskiy ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Scoot McNairy ("Argo"), Ben Mendelsohn ("The Place Beyond the Pines"), Michael Smiley ("Kill List") and David Threlfall ("Nowhere Boy"). Macdonald previously directed Channing Tatum in "The Eagle" (2011), Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren in "State of Play" (2009) and Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland," whose performance as Idi Amin won him an Oscar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
They made a small blip on the radar with the Cannes pick-up of Carlos Marques-Marcet’s SXSW-winning 10000km, and until the press release was announced, we thought they were known more as a production entity with the Tiff-preemed Learning to Drive from Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet. But make no mistake about it, Daniel Hammond’s Broad Green Pictures is coming out of the woodworks by swinging for the fences — landing the critically lauded Ramin Bahrani film that surfaced in perfect Telluride-Venice-tiff trifecta. U.S rights were picked up for a cool $3 million with what was probably an interesting P&A commitment. A spring of 2015 release is expected for 99 Homes, meaning we can expect this to go the Jeff Nichols’ Mud/Derek Cianfrance The Place Beyond the Pines route of being among the earliest award mentions in the calendar year.
- Eric Lavallee
The Place Beyond the Pines actress gave birth on Friday, September 12, according to multiple news outlets.
It is the first child for both of the stars, who are believed to have begun dating back in September 2011.
In February this year, Mendes denied reports that she was pregnant, saying: "It's so ridiculous. It all started because I didn't want to go through those X-ray scanners at the airport, which are really creepy.
"They basically see you naked, right. And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it. So I always opt out. I always ask for a personal pat down."
The pair recently collaborated on Lost River, with Gosling making his directorial debut and Mendes part of the cast.
Watch a trailer for Lost River below: »
Eva Mendes gave birth to a baby girl last Friday, making her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, a first-time father, so we're celebrating the couple's new addition with a look at Ryan's cutest interactions with kids. On screen, in The Place Beyond the Pines, Ryan and Eva's characters have a child together, and stills from the film show Ryan sweetly holding onto the baby boy. And in real life, Ryan was seen making funny faces with his Blue Valentine costar back in 2010. Sure, you may be grieving over Ryan having a baby with another woman, but maybe it will help to see all these cute photos as proof that he'll be an adorable, doting dad. »
The Gosling baby is here!
The gorgeous couple welcomed a baby girl on Friday, September 12, Et can confirm. Eva spent a few days in the hospital recuperating, before bringing the baby home.
News broke in July that the two were expecting.
"She’s very independent but she's content with her partner. She finally found the person she really wants to be with," People quoted a source about the notoriously private Hitch actress, who's said in the past that she wasn't planning on getting married or having children.
The couple has been dating since 2011, after meeting on the set of their 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines.
This will be the first child for both, though plenty of people are already speculating that the Gosling offspring will probably be one of the most beautiful babies ever -- including [link=nm »
Mendes gave birth to a daughter with Gosling on Sept. 12, reports Us Weekly.
Both Gosling and Mendes have remained tightlipped during the former’s pregnancy. Despite a number of media reports claiming that the Hitch actress was pregnant, neither actor confirmed the news. In fact, back in February, Mendes completely refuted the suggestion that they were expecting.
"It's so ridiculous,” Mendes told Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. "It all started because I didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport. You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked, right? And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it, so I always opt out."
Mendes’ claim that she was not expecting did little to quell the rumors »
Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are tuning up to star in the period musical Ziggy from Baz Luhrmann protege Diesel Schwarze. Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is spearheading the film's original contemporary music. Ziggy, which is being produced by Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof's Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond the Pines), will mark the feature directorial debut of the Australian writer-director. Da Kid — who has collaborated with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, Nicki Minaj, Skylar Grey and X Ambassadors — is currently developing the music for the film with Schwarze, DeHaan and Mara. Ziggy chronicles the rise and
- Tatiana Siegel
Winstead plays a workaholic attorney forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. She’s forced to deal with an aging father (Johnson), an eccentric sister (Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Skylar Gaertner).
The drama has played at the Tribeca, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals and is scheduled to appear at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood Film Festivals.
Ronnie Schieb said in her Tribeca review that Winstead’s performance is “extraordinary.”
“Alex” is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell and exec produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge. The production company is Electric City Entertainment, which has produced “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine, »
- Dave McNary
Universal’s making room for Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout shingle. They’ve signed a three-year production deal with the writer-director-producer’s new banner, which is expanding its operations on the studio lot. Kurtzman, who first pacted with Universal in a two-year deal in 2012 with Star Trek co-scribe Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products, will be joined by Focus Features’ Jeb Brody and K/O’s Bobby Cohen as producers at Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen is also moving over to the new company from K/O Paper Products to serve as head of digital and interactive. Kurtzman & Co. will be adding additional offices on the Universal lot while developing filmmaker-driven projects with franchise and multi-quadrant potential.
Kurtzman continues to spearhead Universal’s relaunch of its classic monster franchises with Chris Morgan, starting with the Mummy reboot he’s helming for a summer 2016 release. He is also producing »
- Jen Yamato
Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.
Raindance Film Festival (Sept 24 - Oct 5) has unveiled the programme for its 22nd edition, comprising more than 100 features and 150 shorts from more than 50 countries. The festival, held at London’s Vue Piccadilly, will also incldue 40 industry events.
Raindance’s international programme this year includes the UK premiere of Mexican film Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Wes Bentley, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, who will present the screening on Sept 27.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like »
- Alex Billington
Andrew Karpen, the former co-ceo of Focus Features, has launched an independent finance and distribution company called Bleecker Street. Financed by Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-hour Energy, Bleecker Street will be based in New York City and release three to five pictures in 2015, expanding over time. Karpen will serve as the company’s CEO.
Bleecker Street has already secured an output deal with Shivani Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures, and will handle U.S. distribution on all of its films, effective immediately. These include “Danny Collins,” starring starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Jennifer Garner and directed by Dan Fogelman (writer of “Crazy, Stupid, Love”); “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn; and “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”) and starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning.
“I’m looking forward to bringing the work of great filmmakers into the marketplace and »
- Alexandra Cheney
Breaking: A new major independent film distributor has emerged, just in time for Toronto. Andrew Karpen, the longtime co-ceo of Focus Features, has unveiled Bleecker Street, a New York-based distribution company that has backing from 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava.
Karpen has long been a well regarded part of the independent film strata, but he left Focus last March. That was the final piece of a restructuring by Universal Pictures that began in October with the exit of CEO James Schamus, and saw the closing of the Focus Gotham office when the pieces of Peter Schlessel’s FilmDistrict were combined with Focus. Schlessel took the reins of that company and kept some key Focus executives like Jeb Brody, who has been running point on the label’s biggest film Fifty Shades Of Grey. Schlessel wanted to keep Karpen, but after initially running FilmDistrict with key execs Bob and Jeanne Berney on the opposite coast, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Last month we learned Rachel Weisz might be joining Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance's (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine) The Light Between Oceans, and it's been announced Weisz has been cast in the adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina) will also star in the period drama, and filming for it will begin next month in New Zealand. Here's the book description from Amazon: After four »
- Jesse Giroux
In the end, it didn.t come down to a choice between New Zealand and Australia as the location for The Light Between Oceans, a Hollywood adaptation of Australian author M.L. Stedman.s debut novel set on an island off the coast of Wa in 1918. The producers have decided to shoot most of the film in the Marlborough and Otago regions of New Zealand plus a week in Tasmania. The Tassie location is Stanley on the north-west coast, an area which writer-director Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines). visited during a recent recce. Produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford,. the DreamWorks film will star Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. Shooting starts at the end of September. Stedman.s novel revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a 2-month-old girl and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the baby as their own. »
- Don Groves
Entertainment One (eOne), in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through ShivHans Pictures, and Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof, through Electric City Entertainment, announced today that it has secured the international rights to Captain Fantastic, the comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen, written and directed by Matt Ross. eOne will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the Us, as well as directly distribute Captain Fantastic through its own distribution infrastructure in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
It was also announced today that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Erin Moriarty have joined the film's cast, which also features Frank Langella and a group of up-and-comers including George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Electric City's Howell and Patricof are producing the film alongside Rawat and Mankad. Rawat is also financing the film via her ShivHans Pictures banner. ShivHans' Monica Levinson is executive producing. »
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