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Distributor has made four hires, including Mike Hewitt from Universal.
UK distributor Arrow Films has bolstered its head-office team with four hires.
Mike Hewitt has joined as brand marketing and business development manager. Having begun his career at distributor Revolver Entertainment, Hewitt worked on the acquisitions of titles including Iron Sky. Joining Universal in 2011, he oversaw the theatrical and home entertainment campaigns of films including Wild Bill, Spring Breakers and Kick-Ass 2.
Daniel Perry has taken up the position of digital strategy manager, having previously worked at ITV Studios and Disney, where he managing digital releases and marketing strategies for franchises including Toy Story and Thunderbirds.
Kevin Lambert will be the company’s head of catalogue production and acquisitions. He joins having spent the past 16 years as production manager for Eureka Entertainment, which owns Masters of Cinema, the publisher of classic re-releases on DVD and Blu-ray.
Finally, Darren Kerr has joined as finance and operations director. Kerr is »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Suicide Squad is just weeks away from storming into theaters. The film about the anti-superheroes stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and a gaggle of other A-listers. But what’s really got people interested is what Leto will do with the always mercurial Joker. Now we know just a little more. In a trailer released today, we see The Joker (looking like Alien from Spring Breakers, but with green hair) on what looks like a hunt to rescue Harley Quinn (Robbie). Once she’s been retrieved from behind bars, they proceed to blast their way out as only two completely insane criminals can. The trailer closes with Leto laying amidst an elegant cache of knives, guns and other weapons of mayhem. Suicide Squad is out on August 5. Check out the video… »
- David Eckstein
“Vanessa Hudgens stars as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult ‘hero’ in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.”
- Gary Collinson
Director Harmony Korine and Gucci Mane have teamed up for a new ad for the apparel brand, Supreme. Filmed at the rapper’s home, the one-minute clip starts off with him playing the piano, singing and talking about the brand. Gucci, dressed in white shirt with the Supreme logo, red pants and scarf, talks about his shopping habits and how he never goes into the store, just simply online shops and “hits the button.”
At the end of the video, the rapper is seen entering his recording studio and jamming to some music. Both Gucci and Korine worked together on the 2012 film “Spring Breakers.” The director also recently visited him while he was in prison at the beginning of the year.
Read More: Rihanna’s “Needed Me” Video: Watch The Nsfw Harmony Korine-Directed, 4/20-Themed Clip
- Liz Calvario
In the intense and brooding drama Goat, set for release on September 23rd, Nick Jonas surprisingly wowed audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival with his conflicted portrayal of Brett, a young frat pledge's defensive older brother.
But he's helpless to save his sibling Brad (Ben Schnetzer) when the merciless hazing from the elders of Phi Sig takes a series of increasingly dark turns. In the film's newly released trailer, the mistreatment escalates from "a little over the line" to "technically a war crime" in short order.
The trailer highlights »
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
The Independence Day weekend tends not to be a big one for specialized audiences. Upscale viewers, particularly in the biggest cities, often pursue other interests, many of them out of town. But prime theaters still need new product, offering opportunities for new releases to take their shot.
The best among the limited openers this weekend was the Polish-French nun story “The Innocents” (Music Box), bucking the recent trend of weak subtitled films. Next best among the limited new releases was the heart-tugging Sundance autism documentary “Life, Animated” (The Orchard) which nonetheless opened a little below some other recent docs.
The limp second week expansion of “Swiss Army Man” (A24) showed »
- Tom Brueggemann
My first exposure to Cliff Martinez's film work came with Joe Carnahan's Narc and I was immediately hooked. His ambience-filled, dark toned sounds provide an eerie and ethereal feel to any images they accompany and can be quite powerful when used to his full strengths, such as films like Traffic, Drive, Spring Breakers, The Knick, and much more. Now, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
It looks like 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold have found a composer for Wolverine 3, with Film Music Reporter revealing that Cliff Martinez has signed on to score Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swansong.
Martinez’s previous credits include the likes of Spring Breakers, Drive and Only God Forgives, as well as The Neon Demon, which is out in the States now. His upcoming credits include War Dogs and The Foreigner.
See Also: Wolverine 3 set photos feature Hugh Jackman’s Logan, and a young X-23?
Wolverine 3 is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and will see Hugh Jackman joined in the cast by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with new additions Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. It is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Composer Cliff Martinez, known for his work on “Drive,” “Traffic” and many other hit films, has just committed to score the upcoming third and final “Wolverine” film, according to Film Music Reporter. This marks the first time Martinez will work on a superhero movie.
Plot details for Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the “X-Men” mutant are sparse, but James Mangold is directing the film written by David James Kelly. Patrick Stewart is also reprising his role as Professor Xavier.
- Liz Calvario
Acclaimed "Drive," "Spring Breakers," "Traffic" and "Only God Forgives" composer Cliff Martinez has joined the world of superheroes with Film Music Reporter today reporting that he has signed on to score James Mangold's upcoming "Wolverine" film - the third solo and apparent final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant.
Details on the film's story are being kept secret, but it has been heavily rumored that the film will be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan storylines from the comics. Shooting is now underway in New Orleans.
Martinez takes over from Marco Beltrami who scored 2013's "The Wolverine". Martinez scored "The Neon Demon" currently in cinemas, is doing the score for the upcoming "War Dogs" and most recently did the scores for Cinemax's "The Knick" and the video game "Far Cry 4". »
- Garth Franklin
James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric, tattooed Internet zillionaire who begins dating the straitlaced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a grumpy, traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a guy, so you can imagine that the...
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James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric Internet zillionaire who begins dating the straight-laced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a very grumpy, very traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a personality, so you can imagine...
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James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric internet zillionaire who begins dating the straight-laced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a very grumpy, very traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a personality, so you can imagine that the idea of Franco marrying his daughter is unacceptable. What follows looks like a pretty standard culture clash comedy about an old fuddyduddy too stuck in his own ways to accept different people. Unless you watch the red band trailer, that is. Then it becomes a rather...
- Peter Hall
Because film is a visual medium, color plays an important role in characterization, setting, and psychology that goes just a little bit deeper than “Red Mean Rage!” A color palette is a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) way to epitomize tone and feeling via mise-en-scène. A new video essay by Lily Mtz-Seara travels through the color wheel over some Vivaldi and uses an array of films to make its case about why color in production design and lighting should not be overlooked.
From Spring Breakers to American Beauty, Skyfall to The Darjeeling Limited, the essay showcases the clever and sometimes overlapping nature of each with regards to color palettes. Red, for instance, is both a sign of violence in The Shining, but it is both violence and passion in Only God Forgives.
The essay is well-structured and flows rather seamlessly, moving at a fast clip as it traverses colors. Pay attention to color palettes, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Since her brilliant transition from Disney star to rebellious teen in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” Selena Gomez continues to surprise. Too bad the same can’t be said for her new movie, “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a saccharine buddy dramedy from writer-director Rob Burnett (best known as the executive producer of “The Late Show with David Letterman”).
“The Fundamentals of Caring” stars Paul Rudd as Ben, a grieving father and failed writer who takes a job as a caretaker for an amusingly surly teenage boy. Not that Trevor, played by a doe-eyed Craig Roberts (“Submarine”), doesn’t have a reason to be surly; he suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disorder that severely impairs his physical abilities but leaves his mind sharp. Ben and Trevor strike up an all-too-likely friendship, each being the only one to tell the other the hard truths.
- Judith Dry
Thanks to films like “Ex Machina,” “The Witch,” “Room” and “Spring Breakers,” A24 have built up a reputation as the distributor every filmmaker wants to be in business with. Their unconventional marketing techniques have proven that they can connect with younger audiences who are tough to get to the arthouse, and their taste for difficult […]
- Oliver Lyttelton
The file-sharing service announced BitTorrent Now on Thursday as a refresh to the file-sharing service’s Bundle platform with a pilot program for ad-supported streaming releases across multiple platforms such as web, iOS, Apple TV and Android.
Honora, A24 and Oscilloscope are among the pilot film partners with their own dedicated channels.
- Dave McNary
James Franco is one of those actors smart enough to know a good thing when he’s got it – the star’s seen massive returns on his comedies with Seth Rogen, and so there’s no reason to expect that he’ll stop making them, and he’s been met with significant acclaim for playing nastier characters in smaller, darker indie fare, which might explain his recent roles in everything from Spring Breakers to True Story.
Recently, the star is also excelling in an unusual capacity: starring in adaptations of works by the horror great Stephen King. He was uniformly terrific in Hulu’s 11.22.63, a sprawling miniseries adaptation of King’s tome about a time-traveler trying to prevent the JFK assassination, and now he’s lining up another feature gig collaborating with the author: Drunken Fireworks, an adaptation of a short story by King.
Franco will star as a mechanic »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t much care what the American public likes. Hollywood entries at Cannes 2016, which included recent releases “Money Monster and “The Nice Guys,” played out of competition. And most of the award winners won’t register at the North American box office, no matter how much the critics adore them.
However, there was another set of movies at Cannes. While largely ignored by the jury, these titles have serious aspirations to make a mark at the arthouse this year — and at the Oscars next year. They’re the Cannes films you’re most likely to see.
Here’s our ranking of the movies with distributors that most likely to reach a sizable North American audience this fall.
- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey
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