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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
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
Film Music Reporter has news of two upcoming, high-profile scores and their composers.
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
3 items from 2015
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