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Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes

Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes
When "An Open Secret" premiered at Doc NYC, audiences and critics worried that no distributor would touch it. But the film has finally been picked up, by Rocky Mountain Pictures, for a 20-city Us theatrical release beginning June 5. The film will also play exclusively at the Cannes Market in an invite-only screening on May 19. The documentary, however, is not exactly in the wheelhouse of Rocky Mountain Pictures, which has so far specialized mainly in fundamentalist Christian and right-wing political films, from "Atlas Shrugged: Part One" (2011) to its highest grosser "2016: Obama's America" (2012), for the middle American demo. How will the Utah-based distributor channel the film's message to the right audience? This pickup suggests that "An Open Secret," shut out of most high-profile festival play, didn't elicit interest from the level of distributors who've handled Berg's past films (including Lionsgate and Sony Pictures Classics). It will be...
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‘Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?’ Trailer: Who Cares, Here’s Ron Paul

Unless you’re a diehard Libertarian or the ghost of Ayn Rand herself back from the great beyond come to haunt us all in the spookiest of fashions, you probably haven’t spent that much time paying attention to the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy. If you’re suddenly inspired to trek to the theater and explore the role of man’s mind in existence, the third and final installment of the series — which attempts to answer the all-important question of “Who is John Galt?” — has arrived. The first trailer for the aptly titled Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, directed by James Manera and written by Manera and Harmon Kaslow, promises epic romance, war and all the Ron Paul the silver screen can handle. It’s somewhat of a miracle that the film even exists. After Atlas Shrugged: Part I was a bonafide flop, only managing to bring in lukewarm $4.6 million at the box office, its
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The Trailer for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galtc'

I'm not sure who exactly saw Atlas Shrugged: Part I in 2011, but it only ended up making $4.6 million at the box office. In 2012 Atlas Shrugged: The Strike was released and only made $3.3 million at the box office. Now, the third and finale film in the trilogy is hitting theaters after resorting to Kickstarter for additional funding, that film is Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galtc and the first trailer is here for you to absorb. Directed by James Manera, the film stars Stephen Tobolowsky, Rob Morrow and Eric Allan Kramer and will be hitting theaters on September 12. Here's the ominous plot: Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most productive who are mysteriously vanishing - leaving behind a wake of despair. One man has the answer. One woman stands in his way.
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Try, Try Again: The 'Atlas Shrugged 3' Teaser Trailer Gets Sandy

After Atlas Shrugged: Part I made only $4.6 million in 2011 on a production budget of $20 million I thought they would stop. They didn't. In 2012 they released Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike and it made only $3.3 million, which based on my calculations is less than $4.6 million. So, we're losing audience at this point. Did that stop themc Nope... This year Atlas Distribution Company will deliver Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galtc on September 12 and the first trailer for that movie has been released, featuring "America's Got Talent" sand artist Joe Castillo forming the head of the Statue of Liberty. There's no word on what the budget for this one is, but the film did go to Kickstarter for money and managed to raise $446,907 on a goal of $250,000. They even had ten backers pitch in $10,000 and with 3,554 in total and ticket prices estimated at $7.96 on average for 2014, that should mean this one will
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Don't Check Out the Kickstarter Campaign That Wants to Thrive Off of Our Hate

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I'm in something of a pickle.  I have encountered a terribly exploitative Kickstarter campaign for a film celebrating the life of one of our nation's biggest proponents of free market, laissez-faire capitalism.  And yet giving the project this kind of attention is exactly what they want.  They say so on their Kickstarter page. Ayn Rand has been a terribly problematic figure for our nation's far right fringe.  Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan went from gushing about his love for Rand to a much more tempered view of her as a writer and thinker.  Her most popular book "Atlas Shrugged" has been adapted by a group calling themselves Atlas Productions, LLC.  So far, there have been two films, and despite large amounts of money going into the productions, box office receipts have been disappointing to say the least.  "Atlas Shrugged: Part I," grossed $4.6 million; "Atlas Shrugged: Part II" grossed $3.3 million.  The budgets for those films were.
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Blu-Ray Releases: Feb. 19

Welcome to another preview of some great upcoming Blu-Ray releases! This week, the much-talked about Argo hits store shelves, Sinister will convince you to never watch home movies again, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome lands on Blu-Ray with some science-fiction style.

Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.

Argo

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Clea DuVall, and Chris Messina.

Director: Ben Affleck

An American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck and based on the true story of a 1979 CIA operation. The film has won a number of awards and is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin).

Plot: During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

My Thoughts:
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 19, 2013

Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Samantha Mathis is Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part II.

Powerful forces trigger a global revolution in the 2012 science fiction-tinged drama-mystery film Atlas Shrugged: Part II, an adaptation of acclaimed author Ayn Rand‘s best-selling 1957 novel.

Adapted for the screen by Duke Sandefur, Duncan Scott and Brian Patrick O’Toole (Cemetery Gates) and directed by John Putch, Atlas Shrugged: Part II is the second installment in a planned trilogy, with Part III tentatively slated for release in 2013. Atlas Shrugged: Part I was released on in theaters and on disc in 2011.

In the movie, the global economy is on the brink of collapse as brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Dagny Taggart (Samantha Mathis of The New Daughter, replacing Taylor Schilling, who portrayed Dagny in Part I), Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental,
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DVD Review: Laughable ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Assumes You’re an Idiot

Chicago – If the Koch brothers have proven anything over the last several months, it’s that money speaks louder than the truth. Facts may not be for sale, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be buried. At a time when more information is available to the general public than ever before, an alarming number of Americans are content in remaining blissfully uninformed.

The 90-minute propaganda stunt, “2016: Obama’s America,” banks on the assumption that audiences are idiots. How else to explain its crackpot corroboration of unsubstantiated gobbledygook masquerading as an incendiary examination of the 44th U.S. president? The film isn’t really about Barack Obama at all. It’s about author/co-director/narrator/star Dinesh D’Souza and his own warped view of America, which seems to exist entirely within an alternate reality completely detached from our own. Perhaps the man has a future in science fiction.
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Second Atlas Shrugged Movie Plunges on Weekend No. 2

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office plummets Last weekend, Atlas Shrugged: Part II had one of the worst domestic openings ever for a movie in wide release (600-2,000 venues). If that wasn’t bad enough, the widely derided sequel to last year’s major box-office bomb Atlas Shrugged: Part I suffered the worst box-office drop among the top 15 movies on Box Office Mojo‘s domestic weekend chart. (Photo: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Esai Morales as Francisco d’Anconia, Samantha Mathis as Ayn Rand’s businesswoman Dagny Taggart, Jason Beghe [...]
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Box office report: 'Taken 2' nabs No. 1 for second weekend, with 'Argo' a close second

Box office report: 'Taken 2' nabs No. 1 for second weekend, with 'Argo' a close second
It’s official: Neeson Season has stretched to October.

Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 kicked its way back into the top slot for a second weekend with an estimated $22.5 million, and Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister were close second and third, respectively. The one-two-three punch helped boost the box office to a fabulous 47 percent gain over the same weekend in 2011, when Real Steel slugged its way to a second No. 1 finish.

While Taken 2 continues to outpace the 2009 original — after 10 days, it’s notched $86.8 million, in comparison to Taken’s $53.6 million total
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Forecast (cont.): 'Boom,' 'Psychopaths,' 'Atlas,' 'Perks'

<< Continued from 'Argo, Sinister' and More Target 'Taken 2' on Crowded Weekend'Opening at 3,014 locations, Here Comes the Boom is star Kevin James' third movie where he's the solo lead following Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper. Paul Blart opened to a surprisingly strong $31.8 million in January 2009, while Zookeeper was less impressive with a $20.1 million debut last Summer. Distributor Sony/Columbia is expecting another drop off for Here Comes the Boom, with internal forecasts projecting between $10 and $12 million this weekend. Family audiences are still going to Hotel Transylvania (also a Sony movie with James contributing voice work) and Frankenweenie (which should hold well despite its poor start last weekend), which is going to put a big dent in the opening potential for Here Comes the Boom. Additionally, last Fall's Warrior opened to just $5.2 million, suggesting mixed martial arts isn't a major big-screen attraction yet. CBS Films is unleashing
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Lindsay Lohan Relates to Elizabeth Taylor in New Featurette for Liz & Dick

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Lindsay Lohan takes the lead in the upcoming Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick, set to air in the Us in just over a month’s time.

We saw a captivating Lohan grace the poster last month, and now a new featurette has debuted online, giving us a look behind the scenes, in which the actress talks a little about the similarities between Elizabeth Hurley and herself.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

The last of the great, extravagant stars, flaunting diamonds,
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Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling are going to Netflix prison on Weeds creator's new show

Now that the thunderous shrugs have stopped reverberating from Sunday's Weeds finale, creator Jenji Kohan has moved on to her next series about a woman who finds herself in unlikely criminal circumstances due to drugs, and then presumably behaves horribly while relying on her attractiveness to remain likable. That woman will be Taylor Schilling, who's had previous experience with that sort of thing by starring in Atlas Shrugged: Part I, and who will now lead Kohan's Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black. As previously reported, Orange (based on Piper Kerman's memoir) follows a Brooklyn ...
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'Atlas Shrugged: Part II' Trailer Is 1% Awesome

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In a case of life imitating art, when "Atlas Shrugged: Part I" hit theaters last year, movie fans also shrugged. But since the adaptation of Ayn Rand's literary doorstop is a labor of love (and being Randians, the emphasis is on the labor and not the love), the film's producers have continued forward, bad box office and worse reviews be damned.

And you can see the results of that right now thanks to the new trailer for "Atlas Shrugged: Part II."

Based on Rand's influential 1957 screed of the same name, "Atlas Shrugged" tells the story of a group of rich elitists who decide to stop being oppressed by the poorer majority and instead stand up for the right to be as rich and elite as they damn well please. They are led in this noble cause by a mysterious figure named John Galt, who may or may not be
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Atlas Shrugged: Part II Released the Trailer

Atlas Shrugged: Part I gave us an accurate portrayal of how the crony nexus of politicians and compliant business interests hates and fears freedom and capitalism.

Despite grossing only $4 million in theaters and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 11%, continuing the proposed three-film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, a sequel to Atlas Shrugged went into development, and today, we have a trailer for the new movie.

Producer Harmon Kaslow said:

The industry will take us more seriously now that we have Russell (Schwartz) and Bill (Lewis) on board. Last time, we marketed in an unorthodox fashion. This time, in addition to online, we’ll do traditional print, radio and TV advertising.

A new set of thesps include Samantha Mathis (taking over for Taylor Schilling), Jason Beghe, Patrick Fabien, Richard T. Jones, Esai Morales and Diedrich Bader.

Kaslow added:

Some of the major scenes in Part 2 are themes of the campaign
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Anti-Obama Documentary: A Right-Wing Blockbuster? Wait and See. It's Much Too Early to Tell

2016 Obama’s America Movie: A right-wing blockbuster in the making? 2016 Obama’s America has to date earned $2.41m in North America. Released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that distributed last year’s box-office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I, the Dinesh D’Souza / John Sullivan-directed documentary expands from 169 to 1,090 venues this coming weekend, right before the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo: Barack Obama.) [See also: "2016 Obama's America Movie: Box-Office Bomb or Arthouse Hit?"] Based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 2016 Obama’s America claims to reveal "the real" Barack Obama, while offering dire [...]
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2016 Obama's America vs. Atlas Shrugged / Fahrenheit 9/11

2016 America’s Obama Movie vs. Atlas Shrugged [See previous article: "2016 America's Obama Movie: Box-Office Bomb or Arthouse Hit?"] So, why was Atlas Shrugged: Part I a box-office bomb? Because it cost a reported $20m. Directed by Paul Johansson, the critically massacred adaptation of the first third or so of Ayn Rand’s mammoth novel featured Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart (Schilling is now much better known as Zac Efron’s romantic interest in The Lucky One), Grant Bowler, and Michael O’Keefe. [Photo: Dinesh D'Souza and George Obama in 2016 Obama's America.] Now, if accurate, 2016 Obama’s America‘s tiny budget makes it a much safer commercial [...]
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Box-Office Bomb or 'Arthouse' Hit? - 2016 America's Obama Doc

2016 Obama’s America Movie: Box-Office Bomb or ‘Arthouse’ Hit? Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that last year handled the distribution of the box-office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I — so disastrous, in fact, that parts II and III were initially scrapped — 2016 Obama’s America has to date taken in an estimated $2.06m in North America. Co-directed and co-written by author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza and producer John Sullivan (Ducks, The Hitchhiker), and based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 2016 Obama’s America is just that: the United States under four more years of Barack Obama in the White [...]
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The Film Industry in Cannes - The International Sales Agent

For new filmmakers and veterans alike, navigating the waters of the international film sales scene can be a daunting task. Halfway through the hectic Cannes Film Market I had a chance to sit down with Scott Bedno of hard-working indie sales outfit Spotlight Pictures. He took a few minutes to help shine a spotlight on the film industry from the international sales agent's perspective.

So tell me a bit about Spotlight; who are you and how long have you been in business?

Spotlight Pictures is a full-service film sales company licensing all media rights of feature films worldwide. Spotlight started in 2005, but the core members of the Spotlight team have decades of experience in the international arena.

What is your position in the company and what is your background?

I am the President of International at Spotlight Pictures. I started at Spotlight in September 2011, but I have known the company CEO, Matthew McCombs, since I first started in the business, as an assistant to legendary buyer’s rep, Gordon Steel. I don’t want to mention how long ago that was! After working with Gordon, I then worked as an acquisitions executive for the Australian distributor, Becker Entertainment, working under Mark Gooder, where we acquired titles such as “The Blair Witch Project” and “Buena Vista Social Club.” I dabbled in the “new media” space for a while, then settled into sales about a decade ago.

You seem to be doing better than just surviving, but actually growing in the past couple markets, what's your secret?

We find that as we’ve grown as a company, producers have gravitated towards us. They appreciate our straight-talk; some sales companies are prone to give out overblown sales estimates just to secure a film, we analyze the market for them realistically. We also try and lay out a road map of the sales strategy and discuss marketing ideas with our producers, as it truly is a partnership. We know how much time and energy our producers put into making the film, so we want to match that time and energy in selling the film. We don’t represent a large number of titles so we can devote enough time and resources to the films we do represent.

Lionsgate acquires Summit, eOne gobbling Alliance, seems like the pond is shrinking; as an "indies' indie" what's your take on the current climate for independent financing and distribution?

Certainly independent financing has taken a hit since the banking crisis. However, there always seems to be a steady stream of investors who want to be involved in the film business, so I feel the death of independent cinema is exaggerated to some degree. Mergers and acquisitions seem to be cyclical as well. At one point, there were no mini-major studios or studio/indie hybrids, then there were a bunch of them, now there aren’t as many. Two years from now, who knows? All I know is, quality product will find a market.

What are some of the titles you currently have, and how was Cannes for you?

We had a great Cannes, I’m pleased to report. We closed deals in Germany, Japan, Latin America, Turkey, Middle East, UK, just to name a few. I will also be closing deals after the market. Our recent titles include “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” which had a theatrical release in the States on over 450 prints, “Millennium Bug,” a creature feature using only practical effects (no CGI!) which buyers loved, the family/dog, “I Heart Shakey 3D,” and the zombie comedy, “Detention of the Dead.” As you can see, it’s a diverse slate, but we know different buyers are looking for different types of product, so we want to make sure we have something for everyone. What they have in common is the passion of the filmmakers behind them.

What's your advice to indie producers?

My advice to producers is to make the film you want to make, but it couldn’t hurt to talk to a sales agent before you start down the path. Our current producers bounce ideas off us for their next projects all the time, and we’ll give them our advice from what our buyers are saying to us. We have no ego, so you can say, “I’m making this movie about a dandelion growing in the desert, as it’s a symbol of a young woman’s coming-of-age in post-World War II Mongolia, and you can’t talk me out of it!” And we’ll say, “If that’s your passion, and you have to make the film, then go for it…but can you at least have some name cast?”

What one piece of information would producers be surprised to know?

All producers are concerned about piracy, as are we. However, most producers have been given the advice that you don’t want to have your film released in foreign territories ahead of the Us release, due to piracy. In fact, the opposite is true. There is more piracy flowing out from the States than flowing into the States. Which makes sense, as pirates take advantage of the promotion and awareness from the Us release. You’ve seen the studios catching on to this, as “Battleship” was released very successfully in foreign territories well in advance of the Us release.

Are you open to being contacted even if a film hasn't won a prize at Sundance?

Certainly! We’re always looking for quality product, and that doesn’t mean you need festival accolades to be considered. Producers please check out our website, www.spotlight-pictures.com, and contact us directly regarding your project.

Next up...The Distributor

Written by Zack Coffman. Follow Zack's film marketing tips and adventures @choppertown on Twitter.
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Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick

Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick Grant Bowler as Richard Burton in Lifetime’s fall movie Liz & Dick looks less convincing than Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Burton met Taylor at the time the two were making Cleopatra for 20th Century Fox. A troubled production, Cleopatra was initially to have starred Taylor, Peter Finch, and Stephen Boyd, under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian. Mamoulian left, Taylor fell seriously ill, nearly died, and had to have a tracheotomy performed. The end result was a Best Actress Academy Award for her troubles (and for Butterfield 8) and brand new leading men for Cleopatra: Richard Burton as Marc Antony and Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar. By then, Cleopatra also had a new director: two-time Best Director Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz. A respected stage and screen actor in the ’60s, Richard Burton was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Best Supporting Actor
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