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Tessa Thompson western 'Little Woods' lands at Neon

Tessa Thompson western 'Little Woods' lands at Neon
Feminist western premiered at Tribeca.

Neon has acquired North American rights to the Little Woods, a feminist western that stars Tessa Thompson and Lily James and received its world premiere at Tribeca.

Nia DaCosta’s directorial debut tells the story of two sisters who commit crimes to better their lives in rural America.

Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, and Lance Reddick round out the key cast and the producers are Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig, and Tim Headington.

Lia Buman, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Tom Dolby, Susanne Filkins, Abdi Nazemian, David S. Stone, David Boies III, John Boccardo, Derek Esplin, and Thompson served as executive producers.
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Tessa Thompson Western ‘Little Woods’ Roped in by Neon

Neon has acquired the domestic rights to Nia Dacosta’s feminist neo-Western “Little Woods,” which stars Tessa Thompson as a modern day renegade who skirts the law to help the poor.

Taking place in an oil town in present-day North Dakota, “Little Woods” follows Ollie (Thompson), a woman who jumps across the border to bring Canadian healthcare and medication to help struggling residents who can’t afford America’s expensive health insurance. When the authorities catch on, Ollie plans to abort her mission, only to be dragged even deeper when her sister (Lily James) asks for help.

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Premiring in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Little Woods” is written and directed by DaCosta, with Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig and Tim Headington producing. Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, and Lance Reddick also star.

Neon, which recently distributed the Oscar-winning “I,
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Neon Acquires Nia DaCosta’s ‘Little Woods’ After Tribeca Bow

Neon has acquired North American rights to Little Woods, the feminist Western pic written and directed by Nia DaCosta that had its world premiere at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival. Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick star. The plot centers on two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North…
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Tessa Thompson-Starrer 'Little Woods' Nabbed by Neon for North America

Neon has picked up the North American rights to drama Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James

The feature, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, follows two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James). For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister. 

Nia DaCosta wrote and directed Little Woods, which also stars Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale ...
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DC mob drama The Kitchen adds Common and James Badge Dale

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema continue to fill out of the cast of the upcoming feature adaptation DC/Vertigo mob drama The Kitchen, with Deadline reporting that Common (Suicide Squad) and James Badge Dale (Only the Brave) have become the latest additions to the project along with Jeremy Bobb (Godless) and Myk Watford (No Country for Old Men).

The Kitchen takes place in 1970s New York and revolves around three mob wives who take over their husbands’ criminal enterprise in Hell’s Kitchen when the men are busted by the FBI. Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) are set to play the three wives, while the cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Brian D’Arcy James (13 Reasons Why).

Common will play FBI agent Gary Silvers, with Dale and Bobb
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DC/Vertigo’s The Kitchen Casts Common, James Badge Dale & More

DC and Vertigo’s The Kitchen has added even more actors to its cast. The Irish mob drama comic book adaptation has now cast Common and James Badge Dale, among others. This is the second bout of casting news coming out of the film’s pre-production in as many days. Harry Potter and Star Wars star Domhnall Gleeson was added to the cast as a hitman with scores to settle just this past Monday.
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Common Circles, James Badge Dale Set To Join Melissa McCarthy & Tiffany Haddish In ‘The Kitchen’

Common Circles, James Badge Dale Set To Join Melissa McCarthy & Tiffany Haddish In ‘The Kitchen’
Exclusive: Common is in advanced negotiations and James Badge Dale has closed his deal to join Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss in New Line’s film adaptation of The Kitchen, based on the DC/Vertigo female-led crime comic book series. Jeremy Bobb and Myk Watford (Darkness Rising) have also been cast in this film, written and directed by first-time helm Andrea Berloff. Set in New York City's Hell's Kitchen
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Interview: Nia DaCosta – Little Woods | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Selected for the Us Narrative Competition at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, we’ve been tracking Nia DaCosta‘s feature debut project since sitting down with her to discuss the project when it was on paper at 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival directly after a stint at the January Screenwriters Lab. The NYC based filmmaker would shoot Little Woods in January of 2017 with the likes of Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, and Lance Reddick joining the indie project. Here is my sit down with the filmmaker.… Read the rest

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Cannes Lineup Predictions: Will Women Directors Gain Ground?

Cannes Lineup Predictions: Will Women Directors Gain Ground?
Cannes kicks off nine days earlier this year, on May 8, but the official lineup announcement remains under wraps until April 12, which means the guessing games are already underway. Jake Gyllenhaal (“The Sisters Brothers”), Riley Keough (with three films in the mix), and Juliette Binoche are all expected to walk the red carpet, while directors Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), David Robert Mitchell (“Under the Silver Lake”), and Harmony Korine (“The Beach Bum”) are well positioned to screen in competition for the first time.

Half a century after the historic 1968 edition when Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and a generation of politically engaged French youth brought Cannes to a halt amid nationwide demonstrations, Europe’s most glamorous film festival once again finds itself at a crossroads. From the international success of “Wonder Woman,” which debuted five days after the festival last year, to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the world is a much different
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Tribeca 2018 Competition Lineup Is 44 Percent Women-Directed

Karen Gillan’s “The Party’s Just Beginning” will screen

The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its 2018 lineup and women directors are very well represented. As previously reported, Tribeca’s opening film will be Lisa D’Apolito’s Gilda Radner doc “Love, Gilda.” The fest’s closer will be a woman-helmed project as well: Liz Garbus’ “The Fourth Estate,” a deep dive into The New York Times’ inner workings during the first year of the Trump Administration. Overall, women directed or co-directed 44 percent of Tribeca’s feature competition lineup, an impressive six percent increase from last year.

Per a press release, 46 percent of Tribeca 2018's feature film program — including titles in and out of competition — is women-directed, “the highest percentage in the Festival’s history.”

“In a year that has reminded us more often of our divisions than our connections, this Festival’s program embraces film’s unique power to
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James Badge Dale Set to Star in ‘The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber’

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James Badge Dale Set to Star in ‘The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber’
James Badge Dale (“Only the Brave”) is set to star in Henry Dunham’s indie drama “The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Brain Geraghty from “The Alienist” is also set to star. The rest of the cast includes Patrick Fischler, Chris Mulkey, Robert Aramayo, Happy Anderson and Gene Jones. Dunham is directing and the film is set to begin shooting next month in Texas. Featured on “The Black List” in 2015 under the former title “Militia,” the story follows reclusive ex-cop Gannon (played by Dale), who’s forced out of retirement after he realizes...
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James Badge Dale to Topline Drama 'The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber'

James Badge Dale to Topline Drama 'The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber'
James Badge Dale will star as an ex-cop in the drama The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber, along with The Alienist star Brian Geraghty.

The Black List script, previously titled Militia, follows a former police officer who is forced out of retirement after he realizes a mass shooting at a police funeral was committed by a member of the same militia he joined after quitting the force.

Patrick Fischler, Chris Mulkey, Robert Aramayo, Happy Anderson and Gene Jones are also set to star. Henry Dunham will direct the feature, which is set to begin shooting next month in Texas.

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James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty To Topline Indie Film ‘The Incident At Sparrow Creek Lumber’

James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty To Topline Indie Film ‘The Incident At Sparrow Creek Lumber’
Actors James Badge Dale (Only The Brave) and Brian Geraghty (The Alienist) have been tapped to star in the indie drama, The Incident At Sparrow Creek Lumber from writer, director Henry Dunham. The script, which was featured on 2015’s Black List under the title Militia, is described as a locked-room paranoia of Reservoir Dogs with the gritty intrigue of classic espionage fiction. It follows reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale), who’s forced out of retirement after he realizes a…
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James Badge Dale to Star in Drama ‘Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber’

James Badge Dale to Star in Drama ‘Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber’
James Badge Dale and Brian Geraghty will star in Henry Dunham’s drama “The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber.”

Patrick Fischler, Chris Mulkey, Robert Aramayo, Happy Anderson, and Gene Jones will also appear in the film, which begins production in March in Dallas.

Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk are producing for Cinestate. Sefton Fincham is producing for Look to the Sky Films, in association with executive producer Shafin Diamond Tejani of Victory Square Films. Adam Donaghey and Johnathan Brownlee are also producing alongside executive producers Preston Poulter, Steve Gossett, Jr., Levi Sheck, and Danielle Cox. Nate Bolotin and Xyz Films are also executive producers and handling foreign sales. UTA is representing domestic rights.

Dale will portray a reclusive ex-cop who’s forced out of retirement after he realizes a mass shooting at a police funeral was committed by a member of the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Fearing that the
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Help Raise $100K For Firefighters With Only The Brave

To help support brave firefighters like those depicted in the film Only the Brave, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) is teaming with the social change platform Pixhug to raise up to $100K for the Granite Mountain Fund, an organization that drives donations to support firefighters.

Jeff Bridges' Facebook Post

Pixhug and their sponsor, TheBayFestival.org, kicked off the nationwide initiative with a $50K donation. In an effort to double the donation, fans are invited to turn their “likes” into money to support firefighters. Fans can like Jeff Bridges' Facebook post to help!

“With the inspiring and heroic effort to battle recent horrific wildfires and mudslides in California, we are thankful for organizations such as the Granite Mountain Fund that offer support for firefighters, first responders, and their families,” says Hans Koch, Executive Producer of TheBayFestival.org. “Only the Brave is an emotionally captivating film that speaks to the dangers
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Fortitude International Heads ‘Into The Ashes’; First-Look Photo – Berlin

Fortitude International Heads ‘Into The Ashes’; First-Look Photo – Berlin
Exclusive: Nadine de Barros and Rob Ogden Barnum’s Fortitude International has come aboard world sales on thriller Into The Ashes. Written and directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes, James Badge Dale and Robert Taylor. Jamin O'Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Sales kick off here at the Efm. The picture is currently shooting in Alabama…
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Crime thriller Into the Ashes adds Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Robert Taylor

Director Aaron Harvey’s upcoming crime thriller Into the Ashes has added three new names to its cast in Frank Grillo (Wolf Warrior 2), Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Robert Taylor (Longmire), who join the previously announced James Badge Dale (Only the Brave) and David Cade (Training Day).

According to Deadline, the film follows Nick (Grimes), “an ex-con adjusting to a normal life in rural Alabama. When a past he thought he left behind comes back to haunt him, it forces him to come to terms with his current situation and rectify a relationship he has with his father-in-law (Taylor) — all the while dealing with the one person (Grillo) who threatens to pull his world apart.”

Filming on Into the Ashes gets underway in Alabama this coming week, with Grillo producing alongside Joe Carnahan, Jamin O’Brien, Daniel Blanc, Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns.

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Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Robert Taylor Set to Star in Thriller ‘Into the Ashes’

Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Robert Taylor have been tapped to star in the crime thriller Into the Ashes, which was written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey (The Neighbour, Catch 44). The film also stars James Badge Dale and David Cade, and will be produced by Jamin O’Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and by Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns, and by Grillo and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Into the Ashes will commence production later this month in Alabama.

The film follows Nick (Grimes), an ex-con adjusting to a normal life in rural Alabama. When a past he thought he left behind comes back to haunt him, it forces him to come to terms with his current situation and rectify a relationship he has with his father-in-law (Taylor) – all the while dealing with the one person (Grillo) who threatens to pull his world apart.

Grillo
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Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes & Robert Taylor Set For Crime Thriller ‘Into The Ashes’

Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes & Robert Taylor Set For Crime Thriller ‘Into The Ashes’
Exclusive: Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Longmire star Robert Taylor will star in Into the Ashes, a crime thriller written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey. They join James Badge Dale and David Cade in the pic, which is now set to begin shooting next week in Alabama. Jamin O'Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. The pic centers on Nick (Grimes), an ex-con…
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #88. Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods

Little Woods

With POTUS45 somewhat peeved with it’s neighbor to the north, Canada nonetheless remains a sanctuary and is more friend than foe especially when it comes to providing basic healthcare. Pitched as a modern western, Nia DaCosta‘s Kickstarter supported project was also aided by Sundance Screenwriter and Director labs back in 2015, the New York Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society and the Time Warner Foundation. Little Woods promises to be a harrowing item and perhaps is carved into it, is a little Thelma & Louise spirit. Filming took place in January of 2017.

This tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade,
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