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Reissues for Oz films and TV titles

28 June 2015 9:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia.s decision to hand back the rights of 1,200 titles to the producers, effective July 1, will result in the reissue on DVD and pay TV of some films and TV productions that have long been out of circulation.

While few if any producers expect to get rich from regaining the rights, the move has been widely welcomed.

The agency has clarified that the concession applies to all projects, including features, miniseries, series and telemovies funded by the Film Finance Corp. and during Screen Australia.s first year, that were released or broadcast in the seven years prior to December 31 2008.

The handover has been brought forward by six months. All rights minus a 1% copyright fee revert back to producers.

Producer Matt Carroll is looking forward to exploring the potential of new revenue sources for Passion, his 1993 drama about composer Percy Grainger, which starred Richard Roxburgh. Beyond Films handled the film directed by Peter Duncan. »

- Don Groves

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Reissues likely for Oz films and TV titles

28 June 2015 9:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia.s decision to hand back the rights of 1,200 titles to the producers, effective July 1, is likely to result in the reissue on DVD and pay TV of some films and TV productions that have long been out of circulation.

While few if any producers expect to get rich from regaining the rights, the move has been widely welcomed.

The agency has clarified that the concession applies to all projects, including features, miniseries, tv series and telemovies funded by the Film Finance Corp. and during Screen Australia.s first year, that were released or broadcast in the seven years prior to December 31 2008.

The handover has been brought forward by six months.

Producer Matt Carroll is looking forward to exploring the potential of new revenue sources for Passion, his 1993 drama about composer Percy Grainger, which starred Richard Roxburgh. Beyond Films handled the film directed by Peter Duncan.

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- Don Groves

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Cannes: Kidman, Weisz, Blunt titles head to Middle East

4 June 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.

Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.

As announced during Cannes, Front Row also picked up Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Dheepan from Celluloid Dreams.

Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Alice Eve joins Please Stand By

14 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from his success in with the underrated gem The Sessions, writer/director Ben Lewin is busy casting his new film, Please Stand By, which has reportedly added Alice Eve to the cast.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter Eve, who starred in Star Trek Into Darkness, joins the already cast Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and Sessions star Helen Hunt.

Written by Michael Golamco (Grimm), the film will see Fanning playing “a brilliant young woman with autism who escapes her care home and embarks on a road trip of a lifetime: to enter her script into a Hollywood competition.” Hunt will play her caregiver, with Eve as her sister.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Emily Blunt saddles up to play bull-rider in 'Bronco Belle'

5 May 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods star Emily Blunt is attached to play the lead role in bull-riding drama Bronco Belle from first-time writer-director Khurram Longhi.

Blunt is set to star as Raylene Jackson, a stubborn but vulnerable and determined American woman with a chip on her shoulder who dreams of becoming a champion bull-rider.

Supported by an old-time trainer out to redeem himself and a hustler promoter, Jackson battles through heartbreak, prejudice, broken dreams and bones to get reach the top of the sport.

The Hollers producer Allyson Seegar will produce alongside Adulthood and Kidulthood producer George Isaac.

Embankment Films will launch the project among buyers in advance of the Cannes market, with the team aiming to shoot in autumn 2015. CAA handles domestic rights.

Longi told ScreenDaily how he was inspired to write the script after a recent road-trip across America led him »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cannes: Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt Starring in Drama ‘Please Stand By’

1 May 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Cannes move, Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt have been set to star in road-trip drama “Please Stand By” with Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) directing. Embankment Films is handling international sales. CAA is handling the U.S. sale.

Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater are producing. Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions are financing.

Fanning stars as a brilliant young woman with autism, who escapes her care home with the goal of delivering her script to a Hollywood competition. She’s pursued by her no-nonsense carer, played by Hunt. Lewin and Hunt teamed on “The Sessions.”

The script to “Please Stand By” is written by Michael Golamco, whose credits include “Grimm” and “The Achievers.”

Fanning starred in “The Last Robin Hood,” “Every Secret Thing” and “Very Good Girls.”

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- Dave McNary

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Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt on 'Please Stand By'

1 May 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.

Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga) and Helen Hunt (The Sessions) are on board to star in road-trip movie Please Stand By, from The Sessions director Ben Lewin and producers Daniel Dubiecki (Up in the Air) and Lara Alameddine (Money Monster) .

International sales are handled by London-based Embankment Films, which will be taking the film to the Cannes Marche this month.

Fanning will play Wendy, a brilliant young woman with autism who escapes her care home on the road-trip of a lifetime in order to deliver a script she has written to a Hollywood competition.

Wendy is pursued on her journey by her no-nonsense carer Scottie (Hunt).

Written by Michael Golamco (Grimm), producers are Dubiecki and Alameddine of new La-based outfit The Allegiance Theatre, which is currently producing Jodie Foster thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney.

Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions are financing.

CAA are handling »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Film Review: ‘Ride’

27 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The image of Helen Hunt determinedly trying to climb onto a surfboard — looking clumsy, tired and frustrated, yet refusing to accept defeat — is irresistible enough to offset some of the more wobbly missteps in “Ride,” an alternately endearing and exasperating dramedy that represents the actress’s first directorial outing in the eight years since “Then She Found Me.” Warm and engaging when it focuses on Hunt as an uptight New Yorker learning to mellow out on the beaches of Los Angeles, the film turns gratingly forced whenever her naive, angsty son steps into the frame, occasioning so much shrill, self-involved mother-son bickering you long for a tidal wave to come along and sweep them both out to sea. Fortunately, calmer waters ultimately prevail, and with its calculated, crowd-pleasing elements, this labor-of-love effort should earn some fans as it makes its way through the distribution pipelines.

The first scene in “Ride »

- Justin Chang

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Ben Lewin to direct Grainger biopic

21 April 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Sessions writer-director Ben Lewin is attached to helm Blue Rose, a biopic about the self-described .sex crazed. Australian composer and pianist Percy Grainger.

La-based Jeffrey Walker will return to Oz a to direct Dance Academy: The Comeback., a spin-off of Werner Film Productions. popular TV series, which will follow a young ballerina who dreams of being a star.

Following Ruin and Hail, Amiel Courtin-Wilson is to write, produce and direct Hawkwood, a thriller set in the backwaters of Africa which tells of ageing mercenary.s journey from chaos to grace.

These are among 16 feature projects which are receiving more than $620,000 in development funding from Screen Australia.

Lewin will write Blue Rose with Wain Fimeri for producers Chryssy Tintner, Jan Eymann, Judi Levine and Arclight.s Mark Lazarus and Gary Hamilton. His next film is Us indie romantic drama Purple Hearts, which will star Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez »

- Don Groves

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‘Jane The Virgin’s’ Gina Rodriguez Commits To Feature Film

16 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) has just committed to Purple Hearts, a love story commissioned internally by Alloy Entertainment Features and written by Kyle Jarrow. It will be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions) and is eyeing a start sometime in 2016. The story tells the tale of an aspiring musician (Rodriguez) and a soldier who marry under false pretenses, but eventually find true love. Lewin’s  The Sessions was a critically acclaimed film which garnered an Oscar… »

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in Ben Lewin’s Love Story ‘Purple Hearts’

16 April 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) is attached to star in Alloy Entertainment’s “Purple Hearts,” which will be directed by Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”), the company announced Thursday. The project was commissioned internally by Alloy Entertainment Features and written by Kyle Jarrow. “Purple Hearts” is a deeply affecting love story about an aspiring musician and a soldier who marry under false pretenses, but eventually find true love. Elysa Dutton and Les Morgenstein of Alloy Features will produce alongside Amy Baer and her company Gidden Media. Also Read: Gina Rodriguez in Talks to Co-Star With Mark Wahlberg in »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez Attaches To Alloy Entertainment’s ‘Purple Hearts’

16 April 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Alloy Entertainment has attached Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and The Sessions writer-director Ben Lewin to Purple Hearts, a film project that Alloy commissioned internally by Alloy Entertainment Features. Written by Kyle Jarrow, it’s a love story about an aspiring musician and a soldier who marry under false pretenses but eventually find true love. Lewin’s The Sessions starred Helen Hunt. Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her work… »

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Tribeca Names 4 Sloan Fund Winners Whose Films Focus on Science and Tech

7 April 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Tribeca Film Institute today announced the 2015 grantees of the Sloan Filmmaker Fund. This year's recipients will receive a collective total of $150,000 in grants. The jury included producer Anne Carey, actors Raul Esparza and Danny Glover, physicist Ben Lillie and neuroscientist Daniela Schiller. Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees who've seen great success include "The Imitation Game," nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, and Andrew Bujalski's 2012 "Computer Chess," which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. The 2015 Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund grantees include some familiar faces. Ben Lewin directed the critically adored 2012 "The Sessions," nabbing Helen Hunt a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Documentarian Jessica Sanders was Oscar-nominated for her short film "Sing!" in 2002 and directed another documentary about the judicial powers of DNA evidence, "After Innocence," in 2005. Read More: Harvey »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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She’s Lost Control | Review

20 March 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Body Talk: Marquardt’s Debut Treads Lightly Through Provocative Territory

Sexuality, prostitution, and that obscure object of desire are all tricky matters to convey cinematically. In written form, many humans are able to project their own fantasies onto the scenario they’re consuming, and thus, titillation may be more accessible. Throughout the past century of cinema, dominated by not only the male gaze, but predominantly the white, heterosexual male’s tastes as well, we’ve not had the opportunity to rightly weigh the perspectives of those who don’t identify as readily or at all with such materials. But we’ve been conditioned to see things one way, and thus Anja Marquardt’s directorial debut She’s Lost Control, which concerns the struggles of a sex surrogate, has a feeling of familiarity while also being thought provoking for its potency as an observational character study from a perspective unconcerned with morality, »

- Nicholas Bell

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First Trailer for 'Ride' Indie Directed by and Starring Helen Hunt

11 March 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Since Helen Hunt hasn't been super busy in front of the camera, the star of The Sessions, Pay It Forward and As Good As It Gets has decided to get back behind the camera for a new comedy called Ride. The actress also stars in the film she wrote about a woman who follows her college dropout son (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and The Signal) to Los Angeles as he pursues a life of surfing. Of course, this ends up being a life-changing experience for her as well. It seems like it's trying too hard to be a typical indie story self-discovery, but kudos to Hunt for taking the initiative to write and direct a film for herself to star. Here's the first trailer for Helen Hunt's Ride from PopcornFlix: Ride is written and directed by Helen Hunt (director of Then She Found Me, star of The Sessions »

- Ethan Anderton

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Monterey Media Acquires True Crime Drama 'The Pardon'

2 February 2015 11:16 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Monterey Media has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to "The Pardon," a true crime drama based on the story of the only woman ever executed in the state of Louisiana. The film stars Jaime King ("Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," "Heart of Dixie") and Oscar-nominee John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone," "The Sessions"). The film's official synopsis reads: "Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo Henry (King) briefly discovers love and happiness when she marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to embark on an ill-fated mission with Cowboy's sometime partner Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials where she pleads her innocence instantly makes the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity.  "I was fascinated when filmmaker Tom Anton brought us this lovingly. »

- Zack Sharf

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Helen Hunt’s ‘Ride’ Sells Most Major Territories (Exclusive)

12 January 2015 8:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Picked up by Screen Media Films for the U.S., then brought on to the international market at November’s American Film Market, “Ride” – which is written and directed by Helen Hunt, who also stars — has closed nearly two-thirds of major territories worldwide.

Regarded distributors Wild Bunch (Germany), Lionsgate UK (U.K./(Ireland), DeAPlaneta (Spain) and Madman (Australia/New Zealand) feature among buyers.

Focusing on story-driven movies for sophisticated audiences (“Y tu mama también,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe”), Smile has licensed Scandinavia. T Cast, a buyer of large crossover distributor (“Amour,” “”Clouds of Sils Maria”), has clinched South Korea. Globo TV has acquired Brazilian rights.

Also starring with Luke Wilson and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”), “Ride” is sold by Robert Beaumont’s Santa Monica-based sales-financing company Ultramedia and Marina Fuentes’ Madrid-based 6 Sales. Further first-phase deals include Turkey and Greece (Tanweer), a now significant market, Dexin Film for former-Yugoslavia, and »

- John Hopewell

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Christophe Beck To Score Marvel Studios’ Ant-man; Marco Beltrami Signs On For The Fantastic Four Score

7 January 2015 2:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Music Reporter has news of two upcoming, high-profile scores and their composers.

Marco Beltrami will write the music for The Fantastic Four reboot, while Christophe Beck will compose the score for Marvel’s Ant-man.

Christophe Beck is behind the score to the Golden Globe- and Oscar-winning film Frozen. The Frozen soundtrack, certified platinum 11 weeks after its release, has sold more than one million copies, and spent five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Beck returned to the Muppets in Muppets Most Wanted after scoring The Muppets in 2011. He’s also scored the blockbuster Hangover trilogy, Tower Heist, Due Date, Date Night and Pitch Perfect. He staged the drama for such films as We Are Marshall, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Elektra, The Sentinel, Under The Tuscan Sun, and indie films Year Of The Dog, Phoebe In Wonderland, Saved! and the award-winning documentary Waiting For Superman. »

- Melissa Thompson

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