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'Borg Vs McEnroe', 'Rita Hayworth', 'Mortal' among Ascot Cannes buys

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'Borg Vs McEnroe', 'Rita Hayworth', 'Mortal' among Ascot Cannes buys
Exclusive: Deals with Im Global, Sf Studios and Radiant Films.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite has closed deals on a hat-trick of anticipated titles fresh from the Cannes Marche including sports biopic Borg Vs McEnroe, Elizabeth Banks-starrer Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade and André Øvredal’s fantasy thriller Mortal.

Ascot Elite has acquired all rights for German-speaking Europe (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) to the newly announced Borg Vs McEnroe.

The film, to be directed by Janus Metz, starring Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe, Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg and Stellan Skarsgard as Borg’s coach.

The film, which is sold by Sf Studios, centres on the rivalry between the two tennis stars, who met in 14 matches between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven apiece. But it is the 1980 Wimbledon final that became the stuff of legend, and is considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

Ascot jumps on ‘Grenade’

Ascot Elite has also
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Yōsuke Kubozuka joins Elizabeth Banks in 'Rita Hayworth'

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Yōsuke Kubozuka joins Elizabeth Banks in 'Rita Hayworth'
Exclusive: Rising Japanese lead actor Yosuke Kubozuka will star opposite Elizabeth Banks in the drama Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade.

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International is in talks with buyers at the Efm and UTA Independent Film Group handles North American rights.

Kubozuka stars in a key role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming potential awards season contender Silence opposite Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson. He also starred in Japanese hit Go.

Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade centres on a Second World War war photographer who is shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island where she embarks on an extraordinary 30-year friendship with a marooned Japanese soldier.

Robert Graf, who served as executive producer on Berlinale opener Hail, Caesar!, produces the film. Director Sloane U’Ren is expected to begin shooting in the autumn from a screenplay by Antony Neely.

“Yōsuke is one of Japan’s most exciting and well known
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Elizabeth Banks Adds Starring Role in 'Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade' to 'Pitch Perfect 3,' Capping a Great Year

Elizabeth Banks Adds Starring Role in 'Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade' to 'Pitch Perfect 3,' Capping a Great Year
The hits keep coming for Elizabeth Banks: she'll star as a female war photographer shot down and stranded on an island in the South Pacific during World War II in "Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade." The film, directed by former art director and set designer Sloane U'Ren ("Being John Malkovich") from a script by Antony Neely (with whom U'Ren collaborated on her directorial debut, "Dimensions"), begins shooting next spring. "Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade" finds Banks' character deserted except for a lone Japanese soldier, with whom she must ally in order to survive despite being on opposite sides of the conflict. Frequent Coen brothers' collaborator Robert Graf will produce. Read More: "Elizabeth Banks Saves Brian Wilson as 'Love & Mercy' Hero Melinda Ledbetter (Exclusive Video)" The news caps off a brilliant year for Banks. After directing the second installment of the 'Pitch Perfect' franchise to $285 million in worldwide.
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Elizabeth Banks Set To Star In Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade

Elizabeth Banks Set To Star In Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade
Three-time Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise, Pitch Perfect 2) is set to star in the adventure drama Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade to be directed by award-winning director Sloane U’Ren (Dimensions), it was announced today by producer Robert Graf (upcoming Hail, Caesar!, Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men).

Radiant Films International is representing foreign rights and is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.

An accomplished art director and set designer, U’Ren is directing her sophomore feature film after having honed her skills working on studio blockbusters such as Warner Bros.Batman Begins and Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince.

Written by Antony Neely, principal photography will commence in spring 2016.

Set in World War II, Caroline Baker (Banks), one of the first female war photographers, is shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island,
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Elizabeth Banks to star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant

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Elizabeth Banks to star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant
Exclusive: The red-hot star will play a WWII photographer stranded on a Pacific Island in Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, which Radiant Films International has introduced to Afm buyers.

Veteran art director and set designer Sloane U’Ren will direct the prestige adventure drama for producer and regular Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. UTA Independent Film Group represents North American rights.

Shooting is set to commence in spring on Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, the story of Caroline Baker, a pioneering female war photographer who gets shot down over a South Pacific island and finds herself marooned with only a Japanese soldier for company.

Over the course of three decades the unlikely pair go from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies as they endure nature and their fateful predicament.

Screenwriter Antony Neely reunites with U’Ren after the latter’s 2011 time travel drama and directorial debut Dimensions.

This is a banner year for Banks, who has
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Afm: Elizabeth Banks to star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant

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Afm: Elizabeth Banks to star in 'Rita Hayworth' for Radiant
Exclusive: The red-hot star will play a WWII photographer stranded on a Pacific Island in Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, which Radiant Films International has introduced to Afm buyers.

Veteran art director and set designer Sloane U’Ren will direct the prestige adventure drama for producer and regular Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. UTA Independent Film Group represents North American rights.

Shooting is set to commence in spring on Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, the story of Caroline Baker, a pioneering female war photographer who gets shot down over a South Pacific island and finds herself marooned with only a Japanese soldier for company.

Over the course of three decades the unlikely pair go from being sworn enemies to reluctant allies as they endure nature and their fateful predicament.

Screenwriter Antony Neely reunites with U’Ren after the latter’s 2011 time travel drama and directorial debut Dimensions.

This is a banner year for Banks, who has
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Project Chronos Reveals The Brits may have Dabbled in Time Travel

When I received a link to the Project Chronos blog, I was, obviously, intrigued. A government conspiracy related to a history of dabbling in time travel? Colour me interested. Well, before you call the Daily Mail, it turns out that Project Chronos is a fictional companion piece to Ant Neely's brillirant looking Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads which we've been following for a while now.

The film is on the eve of its USA theatrical tour which begins 9th/10th October in Los Angeles (Other territories will get the film on the 18th October via Distrify and Vimeo). So, leading up to the release, Project C [Continued ...]
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Iron Sky doesn't stand out from the crowdsourcing

Timo Vuorensola's Nazi space romp is the most high-profile film to use crowdsourcing for both development and finances. Is this to blame for those lukewarm reviews?

If you've ever fancied yourself as a Hollywood screenwriter, producer or even star, the film section of crowdfunding site IndieGoGo might just be the place for you. Browse through the fledgling movie projects touting for cash in the past few months, and you might have come upon opportunities to pick up a writer's credit for $50 on the British post-apocalyptic drama Remnants of a Disaster, or an executive producer's credit on the Kiwi documentary God Is Incredible for $500. The director of comic book tale Super Day recently promised to shave his head if the film's campaign reached its $3,500 target, with donors permitted to scribble their names on his newly bald pate.

Amid the silliness, the site addresses a very real need. Movies cost an
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New Dimensions to Sci Fi London

Among the highlights of this year's festival is a period drama with a time-travel twist. Think Merchant Ivory, only steampunk

The annual Sci Fi London festival, which is running until Monday at several venues in the capital, always throws up more than its fair share of offbeat genre treats. One of this year's highlights is a period brainteaser with an intriguing time-travel twist that has already picked up awards from the Boston science fiction film festival and the London independent film festival. Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads also benefits from a plucky backstory surrounding its husband-and-wife creative team. Director Sloane U'Ren and writer/composer Ant Neely sold their Twickenham home to help finance the tiny £180,000 budget, and most of the film is shot at the riverside Cambridgeshire home of Neely's brother.

Blending a Lewis Carroll fascination with the possibility of other worlds, timelines, realities and
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Trailer of the Day – Award winning film Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads

Some excellent news from the 37th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival where a film we’ve been following for a while now picked up the Best Film award, a distinction picked up by a certain Duncan Jones a few years ago for Moon.

The film is Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads and it is the results of many years hard work and passion from director Sloane U’Ren and writer Ant Neely, who produced the film together. It deals with a scientist obsessed with the idea of going back in time to revisit a particular moment in his childhood and from the trailer below it looks to be a sumptuous affair.

Inbetweeners fans may recognise the lead actor, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, and he appears alongside Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey and Olivia Llewellyn. It’s certainly one to keep an eye on – it’ll play in March
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Dimensions (2011) Teaser Trailer: Ant Neely, Sloane U’Ren, Camilla Rutherford

Dimensions Teaser Trailer. Ant Neely, Sloane U’Ren‘s Dimensions (2011) teaser trailer stars Camilla Rutherford, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Patrick Godfrey, Shaun Lucas, and Olivia Llewellyn. Dimensions‘ plot synopsis: “Stephen is a brilliant young boy who lives in Cambridge, England, in what appears to be the 1920s – but nothing in Stephen’s life is quite as it seems. His world is turned upside down upon meeting a charismatic and inspirational professor at a garden party who demonstrates to Stephen and his friends what life would be like if they themselves were merely one, or two, dimensional beings. He then proceeds to explain that by manipulating other dimensions, time travel may actually be possible.

As Stephen’s life unfolds, events lead him to dedicate himself to turning the Professor’s theories of time travel into reality. Jealousy, love, obsession, temptation and greed surround him, influencing his fragile mind and the direction of his work.
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Scifi and period drama blend in intriguing Dimensions

Science fiction and period costume drama rarely mix, which is strange because I think the latter can add a sumptuous new layer that we rarely see in scifi. We saw it with The Prestige and on some level I think we see it in Andrew Niccol's films like Gattaca.

A new scifi film from the UK called Dimensions is blending the two genres in a unique story that seems to involve time travel. The film's husband and wife directing duo, Ant Neely & Sloane U.Ren, describe the film as "a cross between H.G. Wells. Time Machine and A Beautiful Mind".

Synopsis:

Stephen is a brilliant young boy who lives in Cambridge, England, in what appears to be the 1920s . but nothing in Stephen.s life is quite as it seems. His world is turned upside down upon meeting a charismatic and inspirational professor at a garden party who demonstrates
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Dimensions

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Check out the beautiful trailer below for Dimensions, the first feature film from husband and wife writer/director team Ant Neely and Sloane U’Ren who sold their house to finance the period/sci fi drama.

Taking the lead role of Stephen is The Inbetweeners actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes (represented by Curtis Brown), who can also be seen this year in Weekender.

The film also stars Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey, Olivia Llewellyn and Sean Hart.

The film also introduces three new child actors from Cambridgeshire: Sam Harrison as the young Stephen Hannah Carson as Victoria and George Thomas as the young Conrad. Ant Neely said of their casting process:

"As for the children - they are all relative new comers (ranging from no experience to a bit of theatre and a short film). We did see about 75 kids, but these three had something very special and very natural. Of course, child
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