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Tribeca 2014: ‘Traitors’ is a precisely paced, carefully crafted debut that explodes with energy and confidence

20 April 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written and directed by Sean Gullette

Morocco, 2013

An SUV drives across the Moroccan border, packed with drugs hidden from plain view. Two girls, Malika (Chimae Ben Acha) and Amal (Soufia Issami), smuggle the drugs across terrorist lines with little to lose. Malika, the newest recruit, is nervous but shows no sign of worry with her deadpan looks. Amal, although experienced in the trafficking game, has a poor poker face. With every passing mile, Amal looks at Malika with a profound sense of caution. Malika, on the other hand, approaches each mile with a sharp sense of focus. She just wants to finish the job and get back to her normal life. Whether she can get back to her life, and avoid the backlash of her boss Samir (Mourade Zeguendi), is another question. But it’s a question she’s willing to fight for. After a few tension-filled moments, Amal »

- Christopher Clemente

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Chile’s ‘Gloria’ Tops First Platino Awards

5 April 2014 8:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City – Already a sales and fest hit, Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s fourth feature “Gloria” won picture at the first Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, held Saturday in Panama City.

In what was probably the closest to a shoo-in for an award, “Gloria’s” Paulina Garcia nabbed actress for her turn as a 58-year-old divorcee searching for love and affection. Garcia already took best actress at Berlin last year for the same perf.

Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, his regular co-scribe, scooped the first Platino in history with best screenplay for “Gloria,” “a real attempt to connect [with audiences],” Lelio told Variety of his dramatic comedy.

For auteurs, the road to a real audience connection is littered with corpses, but “Gloria,” bucking the trend and sold by Funny Balloons, was one of the biggest sales stories at last year’s Berlin, deals including a Roadside Attractions U.S. pick-up. It now has three Platino Awards under its belt. »

- John Hopewell

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Tucson Toughie; Denis Villeneuve Corrals Emily Blunt to Topline “Sicario”

2 April 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

He premiered a pair of films at Tiff this past September, of course his latest film Enemy works in twos, and a rarity in the film news cycle, two lead actresses (Amy Adams with Story Of Your Life) are now attached to his next next two film projects. Variety reports that Emily Blunt (who worked with Quebecois confrère Jean-Marc Vallee on The Young Victoria) is the first person to potentially star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Production is set to begin this summer.

Gist: Written by Taylor Sheridan, this focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped »

- Eric Lavallee

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Guadalajara Fest Spotlights Growing Industry as Hollywood Takes Notice

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you’re looking for proof that Hollywood is building ties to the rapidly growing Mexican film industry, one of the most vibrant in Latin America, look no further than the 29th Guadalajara Festival, which unfolds March 21-30 in the Jalisco city.

Companies set to attend the fest include Mundial, a joint venture between Canana and Hollywood-based indie Im Global; Ag Studio, which has companies in Los Angeles, Mexico City and now Brazil and Colombia; and U.S.-based Fox Intl. Channels, said festival market and industry director Estrella Araiza, who added that European shingles including Global Screen (Germany), Imagina (Spain) and Elle Driver (France), also will be on hand.

There’s good reason for the interest. In 2013, Mexican box office shot up 11.5% to $901.6 million, per Ihs Screen Digest, making Mexico the 10th largest theatrical market in dollar grosses in the world, fueled by a new phenomenon — local blockbusters, led »

- John Hopewell

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

- ryanlambie

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #55. Pablo Fendrik’s The Ardor

26 February 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Ardor

Director: Pablo Fendrik

Writer(s): Pablo Fendrik

Producers: Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña, Gael García Bernal

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga

In terms of visibility and breaking out, we’re betting that Pablo Fendrik’s third feature film (debut in the English language) will raise his profile much like Miss Bala did for Gerardo Naranjo. The auteur Argentinian filmmaker who paired with actor Arturo Goetz on distinctly antagonistic items such as The Mugger (2007) and Blood Appears (2008) has been cooking up this environmental-thriller for a while now.

Gist: Gael Garcia Bernal portrays a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Alice Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.

Release Date: Seeing that both of his debut films screened in Cannes, this logically should be included in the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Zoe Kravitz Joins Cast Of 'Miss Bala' Director's Follow-up Coming-Of-Age Drama

6 February 2014 2:50 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Zoe Kravitz joins Jeremy Allen White, Caleb Landry Jones, Frank Dillane, and star Dakota Fanning in Gerardo Naranjo’s currently untitled feature project that centers on a punk-rock roadie (played by Fanning) who finds herself during a cross-country band tour in the 1980′s.  No word currently on what role Kravitz has signed up to play. Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray and Chris Ramirez will produce.  Naranjo's last feature directorial effort was the acclaimed crime/drama Miss Bala, in 2011. Kravitz last appeared in last year's After Earth, with Will Smith and star Jaden Smith, and will next be seen in Lionsgate adaptation of the popular Ya novel Divergent. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Amazing Technicolor Link Blog

6 February 2014 7:23 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Village Voice is Frozen the first Disney movie about girls rather than for them?

The New Yorker asks Richard Brody, film critic, to explain himself. Cute video but omg his desk is cramped

Jezebel somehow I missed this interview where Bryan Singer blamed women for the failure of Superman Returns (2006)... Jezebel, predictably, has words for him.  

The Dissolve has a piece about the toxicity of twitter and its effects on intrafeminist battles. Really interesting and ties into what's been going on with the Dylan Farrow letter I think 

Vf George Clooney's advice for posing on the cover of Vanity Fair 

Coming Soon interesting. Dakota Fanning to headline the next film from Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo. She'll play a roadie on the way towards self discovery

NY Times Phedon Papamichael, nominated for his cinematography on Nebraska shares his favorite things of the moment from Instagram to the Polish film »


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Casting Net: Tom Hiddleston boards J.G. Ballard adaptation; Plus, Evangeline Lilly for 'Ant-Man'?

5 February 2014 5:19 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) is attached to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel about a luxury residential unit. Hiddleston would play Robert Laing, a doctor who loves the idea of the tower, becomes obsessed with the architect, and gets embroiled in the complex mess surrounding the building. In the book, the building isolates the residents from the outside world and societal niceties soon devolve as residents segregate themselves by class and eventually regress to a primitive hunter/gatherer culture. Ben Wheatley (Doctor Who) is set to direct. [Variety]

Lost’s Evangeline Lilly is reportedly »

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‘Harry Potter,’ ‘X-Men: First Class’ Stars Join Dakota Fanning in Punk Band Movie

5 February 2014 2:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and the “X-Men: First Class” duo of Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the untitled English-language debut of “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo, it was announced Wednesday. Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce the film, which is fully financed and will start production in Nevada in late March. Naranjo wrote and will direct the movie, which is a co-production between Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, the latter of which is also financing. Also »

- Jeff Sneider

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Dakota Fanning’s Roadie Movie Shooting in March

5 February 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut, starring Dakota Fanning, has been fully financed and starts production in late March in Nevada.

“Harry Potter” actor Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and “X-Men: First Class” thesps Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are also starring in the film, with Naranjo (“Miss Bala”) directing from his own script.

Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce. The film is a co-production of Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, which is also financing.

Fanning will portray a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.

CAA arranged the financing, and Preferred Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the financiers. Domestic distribution rights will be represented by CAA and Preferred Content.

Fanning was last seen in the final “Twilight” film. She recently wrapped “Effie Gray,” “Every Secret Thing” and “Franny. »

- Dave McNary

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Fanning to star in Naranjo debut

5 February 2014 1:40 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production on Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut for Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures is set to commence in Nevada in late March.

Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones will star, with Fanning in the lead as a punk band roadie on a journey of self-discovery in the 1980s.

Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures are the producers and Las Vegas-based Lola is financing.

CAA arranged financing and negotiated the deal with Preferred Content on behalf of Lola. CAA and Preferred Content jointly represent Us rights.

Verimilitude recently produced Mike Cahill’s Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize winner from Sundance, I Origins.

Lola is on board Killer Films and Parts & Labor’s Frank & Lola and will produce Mark Fergus’ Dulcinea starring Nicolas Cage. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watson and Hawke Join Amenabar & Fanning Flocks to Naranjo

5 February 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I still haven't seen Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, which I realize is a gaping hole in my list of "have watched", but I'm sure I'll catch it at some point, though hopefully before his next film, which he's just lined up with Dakota Fanning set to star along with Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White and X-Men: First Class co-stars Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones. The film doesn't yet have a title, but the story follows Viena (Fanning), a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. Production is set to begin in Nevada in late March. In other casting news, Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside) is finally getting back to work after the lackluster response to his 2009 feature Agora. His next film is titled Regression and Dimension Films has already picked it up for distribution and Emma Watson »

- Brad Brevet

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Dakota Fanning to Headline Gerardo Naranjo.s Next

5 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Miss Bala helmer's Gerardo Naranjo.s untitled English-language debut is now fully cast and financed, Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures announced today. Headlining the young cast is Daokta Fanning, who joins Frank Dillane ( Harry Potter ), Jeremy Allen White ("Shameless"), Zoe Kravitz ( X-Men: First Class ) and Caleb Landry Jones ( X-Men: First Class ). Production is slated to begin in Nevada in late March. The untitled film follows Viena (Fanning), a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. "Its super exciting to work again with Alex and Hunter, I am equally looking forward to film in Nevada thanks to Chris Ramirez and Lola Pictures," says Naranjo. "I've always wanted to make a picture that would rely only on »

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Fip Exec Shebnem Askin Joins Fox Turkey TV Channel

7 January 2014 5:46 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox International Productions’ exec Shebnem Askin has joined Fox Turkey as Executive Vice President of Programming at the TV channel, which is among the top five stations in the country’s booming TV market.

Askin, who was Senior Vice President of International Acquisitions and Sales at Fip, will now be in charge of boosting Fox Turkey’s entertainment offering and will be responsible for commissioning, acquiring and scheduling film, drama, factual, kids and event entertainment programming, as well as working with Fox Turkey’s channel partners.

At Fip Askin, who is a Turkish native, had been active on the co-productions and acquisitions side, including negotiations for Mexico’s Academy Award Entry “Miss Bala,” directed by Gerarado Naranjo, and for Gaumont’s upcoming “Mea Culpa” directed by Fred Cavaye. She most recently acquired for Fip the remake rights to “Metro Manila,” directed by Sean Ellis, which won the Audience Award for »

- Nick Vivarelli

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