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Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights for Web Junkie.
Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia’s documentary takes an intimate look inside a Beijing clinic that specialises in treating teens addicted to the internet, centring on three teens sent down by their parents and their three month stint in rehab.
The deal was negotiated by Vesna Cudic of Dogwoof Global direct with the filmmakers.
Dan Cogan, Impact Partners, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the great team at Dogwoof. They’ve distributed a number of our films in the UK in the past with great success, such as The Queen of Versailles and The Island President, and we are now excited to work with them as they expand into the business of world-wide »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Jimmy McGovern's week of stand-alone dramas kicks off with Strictly Come Dancing supremo Natalie Gumede in a modern-day parable about a frustrated stay-at-home mum. Gumede plays Jo, a policeman's wife so bored by her life of ironing and gazing longingly at the lives of besuited school mums that she shoplifts for thrills. Sharon Horgan, Craig Kelly and Amy Nuttall are among the familiar faces lined up for the series, a real daytime treat full of strong characters and subtle twists. Hannah Verdier
Junior Bake Off
While the tent's still up, another bus-load of bakers – tiny ones – arrive to perform floury stunts for Mary Berry and James Martin (replacing Paul Hollywood), egged on by an emphatic man in a floral shirt. »
- Hannah Verdier, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti
Geared to giving up-and-coming indie filmmakers the tools they need to get their films made and seen, this weekend's Film Independent Forum provided many practical, business-minded takeaways. All the conversations at the documentary panels led back to the vital but soul-crushing topic of financing. Luckily the Documentary Case Studies panel with Frank Evers and Lauren Greenfield (producer and director of "The Queen of Versailles") and Jennifer Chaiken and Jacob Kornbluth (producer and director of "Inequality For All") approached the topic through two success stories, giving filmmakers a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel: 1. Hang on to your rights. The panelists focused on the difficulties of scraping together production financing, but they agreed that it worked in their favor not to sign away any of their rights too early. It left things open for them creatively and allowed them to hold out for theatrical distribution. 2. You don’t. »
- Nora Chute
Private detective Charlie Parker, who appears in the documentary The Imposter, tweeted last week that he’s working with Storyville Entertainment on a potential TV show. I asked him if it was about his work, and he said yes. I didn’t want to press or pry too much at such an early stage, so it’s not clear yet if this would be a reality series starring him and following along with his investigations or if it would be a dramatic program based on or inspired by past stories from his career. Either way, it could be great. Parker really stole the show in the last act of The Imposter, and a number of fans have called for a spin-off documentary feature solely focused on him. A documentary series would be even better. It’s surprising that more documentary subjects don’t break out and become stars of their own reality series. I »
Money changes people, y’all. Or perhaps love changes people? And yet… Nick got a heapin’ helpin’ of both this week and let’s be honest: Nick is who he is. Getting an $8,000 inheritance from his dearly departed Pop-Pop didn’t change him any more than an inadvertent turn as a Good Samaritan fundamentally shifted Schmidt’s moral fiber. Their actions, catharses, and struggles this week were just a blip — just like this episode.
Now about that money…. One morning, the roommates heard a knock on the door. Jess greeted an incredibly seamy-looking character who said he had a package for Nick. »
- Lanford Beard
This documentary about a hotel offers an eccentric and thoroughly English rejoinder to last year's The Queen of Versaille
Though it bears the unmistakable look of daytime-telly property porn, Kim Hopkins' documentary offers an eccentric and thoroughly English rejoinder to last year's The Queen of Versailles. In 2007, Helen Heraty and husband John Edwards moved into York's historic Grays Court, staking their (sizeable) personal fortune on turning it into a hotel. Though the crunch is coming, the film's focus remains narrow: with John away at work, we're left pottering around the kitchen as Helen juggles seven kids with increasingly fraught calls from her accountant. It appears as though Hopkins might be hanging the couple out to dry for past excesses – then this war of financial attrition takes a melancholy turn.
Earlier, funnier confrontations counter Versailles' faded glitz with twitching curtains, tetchy boundary disputes and plentiful bathos: just when you think »
- Mike McCahill
It seems strange to fondly reminiscence about Lauren Greenfield’s fascinating documentary The Queen of Versailles on the verge of another potential American economic collapse, but the filmmaker’s weirdly funny and strangely endearing look at the uber-rich Jackie and David Siegel remains a steadfastly engaging documentary. Oh, and now it’s one with a bit of an update. If you’re in need of a catch up on the film, hop on over to my review of the film from Sundance 2012, or just sit tight for a compact version right here. Greenfield’s doc focuses on the Siegels, incredibly wealthy Floridians who were, at the time Greenfield started filming, best known for their attempt to build the United States’ largest single family residence, one they modeled after equal parts the Palace of Versailles and the top three floors of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. They sound so fun, right »
- Kate Erbland
Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Wearing multiple hats, Gil Scrine is arranging a national cinema tour for controversial film Pandora's Promise, distributing Australian and international documentaries on DVD and Video-on-Demand, and selling films and docs direct to consumers.
Cinema Ventures, Scrine.s not-for-profit distribution company, is launching Pandora.s Promise in Melbourne on October 8, followed on consecutive days by screenings in Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
Us director Robert Stone.s feature-length documentary, which premiered at Sundance, argues that nuclear energy should be reconsidered as the primary source to meet the country.s energy needs while limiting emissions that contribute to climate change.
.Pandora.s Promise is a fascinating documentary about nuclear power that argues it is the true green energy,. said Austin Chronicle critic Louis Black. .It would be hard to imagine a film more controversial than this one. Sure to push opponents of nuclear power into all kinds of rages, the »
- Don Groves
Oscar-winning documentarian David Goodman is turning to Kickstarter to finish "Singers in the Band," a feature-length passion project nearly 30 years in the making that explores the U.S. military's involvement in international sex trafficking. With production and a rough edit in the can, Goodman and his team are asking for $25,000 to fund the film's post-production process. If the Kickstarter goal is met, executive producer Abigail Disney ("The Invisible War," "The Queen of Versailles") has pledged a matching grant to cover additional costs such as legal fees, marketing, and distribution. Also read: Disney »
- Greg Gilman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
It’s that time of year again, folks. We’re turning three years old this week and to celebrate, we’re hosting a Massive, and we do mean massive, contest. Thanks to our friends in the industry (listed at the end of this post) we’ve amassed a nice collection of prizes to give away to some lucky readers.
Here’s what we have to offer:
Despicable Me 2 Monopoly Indiana Jones Hat and Whip Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Recording Pen Jack Reacher Long Sleeve T-Shirt This Is The End T-Shirt Skyfall T-shirt After Earth T-shirt Ted Blu-Ray Les Miserables Blu-Ray This Is 40 Blu-Ray Mama Blu-Ray Pitch Perfect Blu-Ray Death Race 3 Blu-Ray The Bourne Legacy Blu-Ray A Haunted House Blu-Ray End of Watch Blu-Ray Identity Thief Blu-Ray Escape From Planet Earth Blu-Ray Magic City Season 1 Blu-Ray Top Gun 3D Blu-Ray Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-Ray Quartet Blu-Ray The »
- Matt Joseph
Confession: going into "The Bling Ring," I was hopeful that I’d find the Sofia Coppola of "Marie Antoinette" rather than the Sofia Coppola of "Somewhere" parked behind the camera. Surely, a true-life Hollywood tale as fundamentally ludicrous as fame-and-celebrity-obsessed hipster teens targeting freebie-laden homes of the rich and famous cried out for the leering (but not sneering) pop-art approach Coppola brought to her portrait of the pampered French queen, rather than the deadpan, going-round-in-circles approach she applied to her tale of an alienated movie star. The fact that it is indeed the latter is disappointing, although judging from recent interviews it appears Coppola’s thorny "Marie Antoinette" experience (some boos at Cannes, etc) left her depleted, so she’s all about small and simple now. But any director who counts "The Queen Of Versailles" as one of their recent favorites surely knows what an audience would crave with a film like "The Bling Ring, »
- Matt Mueller
Certainly documentaries have inspired TV series before (recently MTV made"Catfish" a television hit). But, with Lauren Greenfield's critically acclaimed "The Queen of Versailles" slated to make its television debut next Monday on Bravo, its director Lauren Greenfield isn't interested in expanding the doc to a series. "No, for me, I spent three years on it. That was really the film," Greenfield tells TheWrap at NBCU's summer press day in Pasadena on Monday. "Jackie may consider that at a later point, but I'm working on other things now." So, why choose to debut »
- Jethro Nededog
The summer movie season isn't exactly best known for independent film. With billions of dollars set to be spent on a vast amount of sequels and remakes ("The Hangover Part III," "Fast & Furious 6,""The Smurfs 2," "Kick Ass 2," "Grown Ups 2," "300: Rise of an Empire," etc, etc, etc.), one has to wonder: How much space is left for the little guys? But, while summer as a season will never equal the indie film hotbed that is the fall, in recent years there have actually been quite a few smaller scale breakouts during the studio's favorite months. Last year, for example, summer brought eventual best picture Oscar nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and best documentary Oscar winner "Searching For Sugar Man," not to mention "Moonrise Kingdom," "Take This Waltz," "The Queen of Versailles," "Your Sister's Sister" and "The Loneliest Planet." That said, summer can be a particularly risky time to release an independent film, »
Renewed interest in 'lost' sci-fi movie Lord of Light, the best worst films, and an update on the Florida Versailles
Argo for that
Hoping to continue its good awards form at the Baftas tonight is Argo. Ben Affleck's film is also back in cinemas, mopping up anyone who may have missed it first time around. Also increasingly hopeful with every new victory is Barry Ira Geller, the original author of the sci-fi screenplay within the film of Argo. Affleck's film is, of course, based on the true story of the CIA posing as a film crew, and Geller's 1979 screenplay, which the CIA subsequently acquired, was originally supposed to be made into a movie called "Lord of Light", based on a 1967 novel by Roger Zelazny. To date the film remains unmade. Ownership appears a bit of a mess, as the CIA bought the script to use as cover for its hostage rescue, »
- Jason Solomons
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