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Screen Media Sings for Julianne Moore’s ‘Bel Canto’

Screen Media Sings for Julianne Moore’s ‘Bel Canto’
Screen Media picked up the North American rights to Paul Weitz’s “Bel Canto,” the company announced Tuesday.

The film, which Weitz and Anthony Weintraub adapted from the best-selling 2001 novel by Ann Patchett, stars Julianne Moore as a famous American soprano who travels to South America in the 1990s to give a private concert at the birthday party of a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe) — and then gets caught in a hostage situation.

The cast also includes Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and María Mercedes Coroy.

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Opera star Renée Fleming contributes vocals to the film — whose story is based on the real-life hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru in 1996-97. Patchett’s book also inspired Jimmy López’ 2015 opera “Bel Canto” as well as a parody in the second season of the FX animated comedy “Archer.”

A national theatrical release is planned for September 2018.

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The film is produced by Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub of A-Line Pictures; Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field; and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little, who are producing and financing through their company Priority Pictures.

Seth Needle of Screen Media negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.

“I’m so happy with Screen Media’s passion for the movie,” Weitz said in a statement. “It was a joy filming it, and working with actors from such disparate backgrounds.”

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Cannes: Julianne Moore's 'Bel Canto' Goes to Screen Media

Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto, a romantic drama starring Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and María Mercedes Coroy.

Adapted by screenwriters Anthony Weintraub and Weitz from Ann Patchett’s novel, the film revolves around a disparate group of people in a hostage situation in South America in the 1990s.

The distributor is planning a September national release.

The film is produced by Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub of A-Line Pictures; Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field; and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little, who are producing and financing through their company Priority Pictures.

In the feature, Moore plays a famous American soprano, who travels to...
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‘Bel Canto’ With Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe Sells to Screen Media (Exclusive)

Screen Media has acquired North American rights to “Bel Canto,” Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the acclaimed Ann Patchett novel. The drama about a hostage crisis stars Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. Opera legend Renée Fleming contributes vocals to the film. A national theatrical release is planned for September.

Bel Canto” centers on Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, who travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of a Japanese mogul (Watanabe). The festivities are interrupted by guerrillas demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. A lengthy standoff ensues, and as talks drag on bonds are formed between hostages and captors.

Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta and María Mercedes Coroy round out the cast. The film was written by Anthony Weintraub and Weitz. It is produced by Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub of A-Line Pictures; Weitz and Andrew Miano of
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DGA Awards 2018: Matthew Heineman (‘City of Ghosts’) will beat documentary legends Ken Burns & Errol Morris despite Oscars snub

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DGA Awards 2018: Matthew Heineman (‘City of Ghosts’) will beat documentary legends Ken Burns & Errol Morris despite Oscars snub
Documentarian Matthew Heineman is the front-runner to win his second Directors Guild Award in three years thanks to his tense film “City of Ghosts.” That’s according to the combined predictions of more than 1,200 users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby in advance of the DGA ceremony on Saturday night, February 3. But for Heineman to win again he’ll have to get past a few legendary filmmakers: Steve James (“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”), Errol Morris (“Wormwood”) and Ken Burns (“The Vietnam War”).

Heineman previously won Best Documentary Director for “Cartel Land” (2015), in which he explored the tension between drug cartels, Mexican groups fighting back against cartel violence and border patrol agents monitoring the crossing between Mexico and the United States. Heineman’s latest film is also about a group resisting violence in their homeland: “City of Ghosts” profiles the Syrian citizen journalists who make up the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
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Zach Braff and Alan Cumming to be Honored at 2018 Scad aTVfest

The Savannah College of Art and Design (Scad) has announced the lineup and honorees for the sixth annual Scad aTVfest.

Actors Zach Braff and Alan Cumming have been selected as honorees at this year’s festival. Braff, best known for his role on “Scrubs” for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination and several Golden Globe nominations, will receive the Spotlight Award. Cumming, whose work on “The Good Wife” has won him multiple awards, will be honored with the Icon Award.

The aTVfest focuses on providing both industry professionals and Scad students with a space to discuss industry trends as well as network through pannels, screenings, and workshops. Some of this year’s panels include “Navigating the World of TV Writing,” “The State of New Media,” and “Trends in Branded Entertainment,” along with several below-the-line panels focused on “American Horror Story,” casting, costume design and post-production as well as a juried showcase of student and professional television
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Here’s The Trailer For ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Season 4

I must admit, I’m not fully aware of Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle, but know that we’re talking a series of quality here following its multiple awards wins across the three existing series. I received an email this morning pointing me in the direction of the trailer for the upcoming fourth season.

New melodies arise as Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) and Hailey (Lola Kirke) take their relationship public. Hailey struggles to prove herself as a conductor, while Rodrigo fights to keep his inspiration alive. Thomas (Malcolm McDowell) joins a start-up orchestra in Brooklyn that challenges Gloria (Bernadette Peters).

The Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Amazon Original Mozart in the Jungle features Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters, and Hannah Dunne. Season four includes guest stars Debra Monk, Masi Oka, Michael Emerson, and John Cameron Mitchell. Mozart in the Jungle is executive produced by Roman Coppola,
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Sebastian Koch joins Bloom Efm sales title 'Bel Canto'

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Ahead of start of production in New York on Monday [13], Sebastian Koch, Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert have joined the romantic drama as Bloom continues sales at the Efm.

Paul Weitz will direct Bel Canto and adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub from Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name.

Julianne Moore will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the story set against the backdrop of a hostage crisis in South America.

Moore will play a famous soprano invited to perform at the birthday party of a rich Japanese industrialist when guerrillas storm the building. Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming will provide vocals.

Bloom introduced Bel Canto in Toronto last year and Wme Global handles Us rights.

Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub will produce through A-Line Pictures alongside Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field, and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures.
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Berlin: Bloom’s ‘Bel Canto’ Adds Trio to Drama’s Cast

Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, and Elsa Zylberstein have joined Paul Weitz’s “Bel Canto.”

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales and production shingle, Bloom, introduced the pic at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, and will continue sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. Wme Global is handling U.S. rights.

Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe topline the adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestseller in which a soprano (Moore) travels to perform at the concert of a Japanese business man (Watanabe) in South America. When the home is overtaken by guerrillas, demanding the release of their jailed comrades, a standoff begins that brings hostages and captors together.

International opera star Renee Fleming has also joined and will contribute vocals to the drama.

Principal photography begins in New York on Feb. 13.

Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub; Weitz is producing with Andrew Miano through their Depth of Field banner along
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Buzz Titles for Sale at American Film Market

Buzz Titles for Sale at American Film Market
A selection of titles looking for distribution at the American Film Market.

Ashes in the Snow (pictured)

Director: Marius Markevicius

Producers: Marius Markevicius, Chris Coen, Zilvinas Naujokas

Key cast: Bel Powley, Jonah Hauer-King, Martin Wallstrom

Logline: In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival. Based on Ruta Sepetys’ New York Times best-selling novel “Between Shades of Gray.”

Intl. sales: Radiant Films Intl.

Bad Samaritan

Director: Dean Devlin

Producers: Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan

Key cast: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan

Logline: Two young car valets use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons, until they target the wrong house.

Intl. sales: Electric Entertainment

Bel Canto

Director: Paul Weitz

Producers: Caroline Baron, Anthony Weintraub, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano

Key cast: Julianne Moore,
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AFM: Independent Financing Evolves, Adapts to New Market Realities

AFM: Independent Financing Evolves, Adapts to New Market Realities
With tried-and-true film financing models now far from reliable, with digital platforms offering a double-edged sword of bigger buying with aggressive competition, and with economic volatility overseas, many experts say global independent film financing is riskier than ever.

“We’re in a period of uncertainty, both domestically and internationally,” says IM Global CFO Miguel Palos, who’ll be speaking at the American Film Market’s Nov. 4 global film financing panel, the 360 View, which features industry heavyweights like Weinstein Co. COO/president David Glasser. “In the U.S., you [used to be able to] say, ‘If my budget is $30 [million]-$35 million and I spend $20 million on P&A, I’ll get a minimum amount from home video and a minimum MG from certain territories.’ Now Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others are creating so much content that it’s difficult to model out what return you’ll get on your investment.”

But these new realities — and the ways buyers, sellers, and financiers are adapting to them — shed light on where the market is heading and some possible ways to navigate it.
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Tiff: Julianne Moore to star in hostage drama 'Bel Canto'

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Bloom has launched sales on Paul Weitz’s adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel.

Bloom has launched international sales here at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) on Paul Weitz’s adaptation of Bel Canto, which will star Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Demián Bichir.

Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub from Ann Patchett’s romantic bestseller about relationships that ensue amid a hostage crisis in a South American dictatorship.

Wme Global represents Us rights. A-Line PicturesCaroline Baron and Weintraub produce alongside Weitz and his Depth Of Field partner Andrew Miano.

The love story will star Moore as a famous American soprano who travels to a South American country to give a private recital at the birthday party of rich Japanese industrialist, played by Watanabe.

As the gathering assembles, guerrillas led by General Benjamin storm the house and demand the release of imprisoned comrades.

In the ensuing month-long impasse, hostages and captors
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Toronto: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Demian Bichir to Star in ‘Bel Canto’

Toronto: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Demian Bichir to Star in ‘Bel Canto’
Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Demian Bichir will star in the South American drama “Bel Canto” with Paul Weitz directing.

Weitz has adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub (“Tekkonkinkreet”) from Ann Patchett’s best-seller of the same name.

Caroline Baron and Weintraub will produce the project through their company A-Line Pictures alongside Weitz and Andrew Miano through their production company Depth of Field. Bloom will start international sales at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Wme Global is selling the U.S. rights.

Moore will play a famous American soprano who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of a rich Japanese industrialist, portrayed by Watanabe. Bichir has been cast as a general who leads guerrillas taking over the industrialist’s mansion and demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. A month-long standoff ensues in which hostages and captors must overcome their differences.
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‘Human Terrain,’ ‘Burning Season’ Win Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Grants

The Tribeca Film Institute has awarded “Human Terrain” and “The Burning Season” with grants totaling $150,000 from the Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

The grants are made in a partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The awards are aimed at providing filmmakers with funding and professional guidance to support innovative and compelling films that offer a fresh take on science, mathematics and technology.

The Burning Season” is directed by Claire McCarthy; written and produced by Jenny Halper; and produced by Kate Sharp. The story centers on primatologist who brings her daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationship — and safety — at risk.

The film is based on Laura Van Den Berg’s short story “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us.”

Human Terrain” is directed and produced by Parisa Barani, and written by Jennifer Blackmer. It focuses
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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FilmAid Brightens Lives of Refugees

Dadaab Stories is the latest project from FilmAid, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that uses film to help struggling communities. The interactive website helps members of the world’s largest refugee camp, on the border of Somalia in Northern Kenya, share their stories through video, poetry, music, community journalism and personal blogs.

“Our goal with Dadaab Stories is to help open up a window between global audiences and the extraordinary and inspiring community in Dadaab, people we’re privileged to work with every day,” says FilmAid executive director Liz Manne.

FilmAid was created in 1999 by Caroline Baron to help those who fled to Macedonia from their homes in Kosovo during the war. With the hundreds of thousands of refugees suffering from boredom and hopelessness, the org delivered movies to the refugee camps.

“It came from a desire to want to help those in trouble,” Baron says. “We would hold outdoor screenings
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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening of Admission In St. Louis

Ready to go back to school? Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in the new comedy/drama Admission. Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it’s business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.

On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest,
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Learn "Budget 101" From Tribeca Film Institute®

You've secured access to your documentary subjects or your script is finally polished - but do you have your film's budget under control? For Tribeca Film Institute's latest free panel discussion with the Time Warner Foundation, they will examine how to keep production costs reasonable, maximize your available resources and devise an effective financial plan for today's economic climate. They will be covering these issues with a veteran panel: Caroline Baron (producer, activist, founder of A-Line Pictures) Lesli Klainberg (producer, director) moderated by Ryan Harrington (Tfi's Director of Documentary Programming) Budgeting 101: Implementing A Lean and Mean Strategy To Get Your Film Off The Ground Thursday, October 25, 2012 Panel 6:30-8 Pm Reception 8-9 Pm Time Warner Center Screening Room One Time Warner Center Enter on 58th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues) 10th Floor Screening Room Spread the word about the panel using the #Budget101 hashtag! RSVP here.
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