The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola’s first feature film is a head-swirling poetic essay about adolescent angst and terminal self-destruction in suburbia, where some families are unbalanced, others are dysfunctional and some are just plain toxic. Coppola sticks close to the source book, looking for visuals to express author Jeffrey Eugenides’ solution-challenged mystery, narrated by a composite group of teenaged boys.

The Virgin Suicides


The Criterion Collection 920

1999 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 97 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 24, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, A. J. Cook, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman, Chelse Swain, James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Josh Hartnett, Michael Paré, Scott Glenn, Danny DeVito, Giovanni Ribisi.

Cinematography: Ed Lachman

Film Editor: Melissa Kent, James Lyons

Original Music: Air

From the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Julie Costanzo, Dan Halsted, Chris Hanley

Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola

At the finale of the Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness Francis
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Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018

Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix has set a 2018 launch for “Seeing Allred,” the Palm Springs Film Festival will honor Holly Hunter, “Taste for Blood” gets a director, and Legendary sets up a ghost story.

Movie Launch

Netflix will launch the Gloria Allred documentary “Seeing Allred” on its global streaming network after its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

“Seeing Allred” was directed by Sophie Sartain (“Mimi and Dona”) and Roberta Grossman (“Above and Beyond”). It’s produced by Grossman, Sartain, Marta Kauffman (co-creator of “Friends”), Robbie Rowe Tollin, and Hannah Ks Canter (“Grace & Frankie”).

“I feel fortunate that ‘Seeing Allred’ captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” said Allred. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”

The film includes archival footage and sit-down interviews with supporters and critics and examines Allred’s personal
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News Bits: Masculinity, Liminal, Osama, Guardians

Screen Masculinity

For almost a year, Graffiti with Punctuation editor Blake Howard and I have been discussing doing a series of essays about a topic of mutual interest - portrayals of masculinity on screen. The aim is to explore our favorite elements of the topic, to get quite personal and to come up with something hopefully compelling.

That journey continues today with the second piece by myself, arguably one of the most personal pieces of writing I've ever done for the site and sets a tone for promising reading to come. I urge you to check out the piece in our features section, or by clicking here and to leave feedback on it if possible.


Fox 2000 has acquired the supernatural psychological thriller "Liminal" with Christopher Landon set to direct. Landon will also write the script based on a story by Adam Robitel. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing.
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Studio 8 Acquires Daily Beast Article ‘Osama’s 11,’ George Mastras to Script

Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has acquired the rights to the Daily Beast article “Osama’s 11” and set “Breaking Bad” scribe George Mastras to pen the script.

Written by Geoff Manaugh, the article revolves around the true story of a bank robber who, after being arrested for several bank robberies in Los Angeles, was recruited by the U.S. government to plan bank heists against Al Qaeda.

Several studios were in the mix before Studio 8 made the winning bid, which sources say was in the high six figures.

Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman will produce through Whalerock Industries along with Dan Halsted and Nate Miller at Manage-ment. Jon Silk brought the project in and will oversee production.

The property marks another big purchase for Robinov’s relatively new company which is currently in post-production on Albert Hughes adventure pic “The Solutrean.” The studio’s pipeline is beginning to fill
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ABC Planning A Watergate Thriller Series

ABC is in the early stages of developing a Watergate-themed limited series about Richard Nixon's 1970s White House burglary and subsequent scandal.

Jon Maas ("The Last Debate") is penning the project which is said to have a thriller tone and unfolds the story through the eyes of John Dean, the then-White House counsel for President Nixon. Thinking he's nabbed the job of a lifetime, he soon discovers he's being set up to become the fall guy for the president.

Entertainment One and Storyscape Entertainment will produce with Maas, Bob Cooper, Dan Halsted, Eric Hamburg and Jeff Field serving as executive producers.

Source: The Live Feed
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Ift takes ‘Bleeding Heart’ to Cannes

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Ift takes ‘Bleeding Heart’ to Cannes
Exclusive: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.

Bleeding Heart also stars David Mamet’s daughter Zosia Mamet from HBO’s Girls and The Kids Are All Right. ICM Partners represents Us rights.

Ift president Christian de Gallegos and his team will commence international sales on the story of a yoga instructor who attempts to rescue her sister from an abusive relationship.

Diane Bell, whose credits include 2010 Sundance Sloan Prize winner Obselidia, wrote and directed the thriller.

Super Crispy Entertainment’s Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling and Greg Ammon of Fido Features produced. Audrey and Zygi Wilf and Dan Halsted served as executive producers.

Bleeding Heart showcases the talents of Jessica and Zosia who are both utterly compelling in Diane’s bold, female performance-driven film, which will most certainly have international appeal,” said de Gallegos.

Kevin Hoiseth brokered the deal behalf of Ift with ICM Partners and attorney
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nikole Beckwith’s Stockholm, Pennsylvania

An actor, musician and a playwright who sort of came swanning into the driver’s seat in 2012 stringing the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and ranking just below Whiplash on the 2012 Black List with the aptly titled Stockholm, Pennsylvania. The double mention jettisoned the first-time writer-director into Sundance’s Directors Lab for June of last year and went into production in early February. Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon toplined this party-pooper item — which promises to visit a truly dark place in the child survivor psyche, and as the trades suggested at the time, might be shockingly accurate in terms of some baffling real life events that occurred for the captive women they found in Cleveland. Bravura performances are almost assured in what might be a pin-drop subject matter stunner. Arnaud Potier (Mélanie Laurent’s Cannes debuted Respire) and oft Sundance film editor Joe Kloytz are among the tech fold.
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Diane Bell’s Shiva and May

Working from a deeply original aperture, you couldn’t ask for a better calling card with the iconoclastic look into the species. Diane Bell’s debut film was a double winner at Sundance (Alfred P. Sloan Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic) the year that Winter’s Bone won the Grand Jury Prize. While Obselidia garnered fanfare back in 2010, her sophomore film will likely receive more curious onlookers due to the titular pairing of Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet who’ll be technically breaking out in film with this item. Re-teaming with dp Zak Mulligan, lensing began back in October of 2013 on Shiva and May and since it bypassed all film fests in 2014, there is no doubt that this Girls friendly item will have been among the most earliest submissions sent to the Park City folks.

Gist: Yoga teacher May (Jessica Biel) lives a peaceful, orderly life with her
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Blumhouse Bringing Son of Sam to TV

Blumhouse Productions is moving from the big screen to the small for its latest project, which is based on Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz. Read on for the first details right here.

Deadline is reporting that Jason Blum’s production company is returning to the longform arena with another New York period piece based on a true story: miniseries "Son of Sam." Blumhouse will develop the six-hour mini with Fox TV Studios ("The Killing").

Written by Steven Katz ("The Knick," "From the Earth to the Moon"), "Son of Sam" juxtaposes David Richard Berkowitz’s murder confession of Satan worship and human sacrifice with the actual police investigation of December 1975-1977. For almost two years, the Son of Sam terrorized New York City, killing six people while eluding a massive manhunt and taunting the police with brazen letters. The spree finally came to an end in August 1977 when Berkowitz was
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Columbia University Announces the Blue List Screenwriting Competition Winners

You've heard of the Black List, now here's the Blue List. New York City's Columbia University has announced its list of six exceptional unproduced screenplays they'll support. The competition was started by Columbia Film Mfa students and screenwriters Tesia Walker and Emily Shesh, who modeled their idea after the Black List, which highlights exceptional unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, many of which are eventually developed into acclaimed features. Previous Black List selections include "Juno," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and "In Bruges." The scripts were selected by a panel which included Glenn Close, Michael Mann, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg, UTA Agent Peter Benedek, Wme agent Tom Wellington, screenwriter Jim Hart, producer Dan Powell, producer Jenette Kahn, manager Dan Halsted, manager George Heller, Preferred Content agent Abby Davis, Preferred Content partner Ross M. Dinerstein, and NBC executive Joey Chavez. Walker and Shesh hope that the six screenplays...
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Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon Join Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon Join Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon have joined the drama Stockholm, Pennsylvania for writer/director Nikole Beckwith. This will be Beckwith's first feature film, with shooting scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.

Cynthia Nixon plays the grief stricken mother of a kidnapped girl (Saoirse Ronan) who is now free and struggles to acclimate herself to society after being raised by her abductor. The mother goes to great lengths to get closer to her daughter after twenty years of separation, but she finds it difficult to gain the young woman's love and acceptance.

Jason Isaacs was previously cast as the captor, with David Warshofsky portraying the girl's father.

Stockholm, Pennsylvania is an adaptation of Nikole Beckwith's play, with the script landing on the 2012 Black List. The screenplay won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship after coming through the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Greg Ammon will produce through his own Fido Features in association with Olympus Pictures,
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Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon Head to Stockholm, Pennsylvania

It happens, man. You're walking along and minding your own business, and then Boom! You're thrown into the back of a van with a mysterious captor whom you end up falling madly in love with. Trouble is... there are consequences. Deadly consequences.

Deadline is reporting that Saoirse Ronan (pictured; The Lovely Bones, Byzantium) and Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") have been set to star in psychological thriller Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which is scripted and to be directed by Nikole Beckwith.

The film is an adaptation of a play, and the script made the 2012 Black List and won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship and came through the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Greg Ammon is producing through his banner Fido Features in association with Olympus PicturesLeslie Urdang and Dan Halsted.

Ronan stars as developmentally stunted Leia, a young woman raised by a kidnapper who now struggles to acclimate to her actual parents after 20 years of separation.
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #157. Diane Bell’s Shiva & May

Shiva & May

Director: Diane Bell

Writer: Diane Bell

Producers: Super Crispy FilmsJonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, Manage-ment’s Dan Halsted, Greg Ammon

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet

Diane Bell’s highly inventive, stylistically unique, microscopic Obselidia was among Sundance ’10 most oddest entities. If Diane Be”It’ll be curious if much of this DNA finds itslef in her sophomore film which magnetically caught the attention of name-talent in Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet. Shiva & May will bring out the kink and thriller elements.

Gist: Biel stars as a peaceful yoga instructor who finds herself behaving in ways she never imagined in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet), who is a sex worker, from a less-than-savory boyfriend (Joe Anderson).

Release Date: Shoring up for the production in the month of October, this will technically be well ready for the fall festival season,
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Saoirse Ronan Heads to Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Saoirse Ronan ( The Host , Atonement ) is lined up to headline director Nikole Beckwith's Stockholm, Pennsylvania , Deadline reports. The film, also written by Beckwith, made the 2012 Black List with the following official logline: A young woman (Ronan), kidnapped when she was a kid, returns home to the family she barely remembers and struggles to feel .at home.. Also attached to star are Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") and David Warshofsky ( Taken ) as Ronan's character's parents and Jason Isaacs (The Harry Potter franchise) as the girl's captor. Greg Ammon is producing through Fido Features and Dan Halsted and Leslie Urdang producing through Olympus Pictures. (Photo Credit: Daniel Demma / Adriana M. Barraza /
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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Scribe Lucy Alibar Sells First Novel (Exclusive)

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Scribe Lucy Alibar Sells First Novel (Exclusive)
Lucy Alibar, who adapted her original play “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and received a 2013 Oscar nomination for co-writing the screenplay, just sold her first novel, Variety has learned.

The book, which went to auction with multiple bidders, landed with Scribner publisher Nan Graham for a mid-six figure sum with some interest in the film rights as well.

“The Prophet of Grady County,” tentatively scheduled for fall 2014 publication, follows a South Georgia sister and brother through the haunted landscape of the Bible Belt.

Alibar is currently adapting “The Secret Garden” for Mark Johnson and Guillermo del Toro, and she recently completed another screenplay for Escape Artists based on her play “Christmas and Jubilee Behold the Meteor Shower.”

She is repped by the Gersh Agency and her manager Dan Halsted.
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Jessica Biel, ‘Girls’ Star Zosia Mamet Set for Super Crispy’s ‘Shiva & May’ (Exclusive)

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Jessica Biel, ‘Girls’ Star Zosia Mamet Set for Super Crispy’s ‘Shiva & May’ (Exclusive)
Jessica Biel and “Girls” star Zosia Mamet are set to play long-lost sisters in Super Crispy Entertainment’s indie thriller “Shiva & May,” which hails from award-winning writer-director Diane Bell, TheWrap has learned. “Twilight Saga” actors Edi Gathegi and Joe Anderson co-star alongside Kate Burton (“Scandal”), while Harry Hamlin has agreed to a kinky cameo. Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling are producing “Shiva & May” through their Super Crispy banner along with Greg Ammon. Bell’s manager Dan Halsted is executive producing the film, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles. Also Read: Jessica Biel Sundance Thriller Sells to Tribeca Film, Well Go USA Biel.
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Tracking Shot October: Barthes’ Madame Bovary, Renzi’s Franny, Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Bell’s Shiva & May

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and this October we see a couple of items that we could certainly circle as potential Cannes 2014 bait. Thanks to our friends at Production Weekly for the helping hand in curating our list of future must see items.

Among the top foreign film productions, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover‘s Peter Greenaway is looking at a late October, possible November start to begin filming a fragment of the great Soviet master filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s bio timeline. Eisenstein In Guanajuato will cover the portion of the filmmaker’s post Battleship Potemkin career, with Eisenstein landing in Mexico after Hollywood studios balked at the idea of working with him and in its place finds romance. The Girl Who Played with Fire‘s Daniel Alfredson
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‘Breaking Bad’ Writer Tapped For Narcotics Drama ’90 Church’

It seems “Breaking Bad’s” George Mastras can’t leave the drug business behind him.

Universal has tapped the writer/co-executive producer of the AMC program about a teacher-turned-meth dealer to adapt “90 Church: The True Story Of The Narcotics Squad From Hell.”

The studio set up the “90 Church” project a year ago when it optioned Dean Unkefer’s autobiographical tale with Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) attached to direct via producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel for Roth Films and Deborah Giarratana for Gg Filmz Inc.

Unkefer, a former narcotics agent, has set his book during the 1950s and 1960s. It takes its name from offices of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at 90 Church Street in New York City and the use of undercover tactics to make cases against organized crime. The book centers on a young agent’s downward slide into addiction amid shifting loyalties. The book
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Movies This Week: June 28 - July 4, 2013

Our friends at Drafthouse Films bring us this week's most promising new release, an indie documentary about a groundbreaking but overlooked band with an unmarketable name. Punk and Seventies music fans shouldn't miss A Band Called Death (really, not such a great name), a film in the vein of Searching for Sugar Man.

The Independence Day holiday week is a slow one for special screenings. But martial-arts film fans might find the Austin Film Society's Old School Kung Fu Weekend intriguing, especially because the five-film lineup is top secret. If you're an adventurous moviegoer, check out the screenings on Friday and Saturday night at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre to see what surprises special guest programmer Dan Halsted (of Portland's Kung Fu Theater) has in store.

Film noir fans should head for the Paramount and Stateside on Tuesday and Wednesday for double-feature screenings of classics from three decades. Humphrey Bogart and
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Draft Day, A Country of Strangers & Rodham Top the 2012 Black List

There is either a couple of football fans or Jerry Maguire/Moneyball with this year’s most liked unproduced screenplay. Close to 300 hundred film executives provided with the Black List creators a top ten of their favorite screenplays of the year and the consensus first overall pick (with 65 votes) comes from the recently featured in Variety (10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012) tandem of Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman and their drama which has nothing to do with enlisting in the armed forces. Draft Day – about the day in the life of a fictitious Buffalo Bills Gm appears to currently be in turnaround — which only means I expect to see this greenlight perhaps a little later than sooner – worth noting: top spot almost guarantees that the film will indeed go into production (2006, 2010 and 2011 are the exceptions.) Among the more alluring logline subjects we find on the list, I’d be keen on reading the
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