News for the ‘Movies’ Category


Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Nathan Silver’s THIRST STREET, starring Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), Damien Bonnard (“Staying Vertical”) and narrated by Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston. Directed by Silver (“Stinking Heaven,” “Uncertain Terms”) and written by Silver and C. Mason Wells, the darkly comic Paris-set tale of romantic obsession had its World Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and is set for release later this year.

THIRST STREET follows grief-stricken American flight attendant Gina (Burdge) on a layover in Paris, where she hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome (Bonnard). As Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, Jerome’s ex (Esther Garrel) reenters the picture, sending Gina on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism and madness.

The Playlist called THIRST STREET “A wry and disturbed look at lust and longing” and “Delightfully twisted.” Indiewire praised the film as “Enthralling,” adding that it “will make diehard cinephiles salivate.” Slant Magazine said “Burdge and Bonnard oscillate between affection, need, and panic with a liquid ferocity that’s fascinating and moving.”

THIRST STREET was produced by Louise Bellicaud and Claire Charles-Gervais (In Vivo Films), Josh Mandel (Industry Standard Films), C. Mason Wells (Maudit), Ruben Amar (Papermoon Films), Katie Stern and Joshua Blum (Washington Square Films), Matthew Ellison (Yellow Bear Films), David Solal and Elsa Leeb (TTM Films), and Jordan Goldnadel (The Third Generation).

“Nathan Silver’s film is a unique tale and we are thrilled to be bringing it to audiences,” says Samuel Goldwyn Films’ President Peter Goldwyn.

“We are immensely excited to work with Samuel Goldwyn on the release of THIRST STREET. We feel like it’s the ideal home for this French/American labor of love,” says director Nathan Silver.

Samuel Goldwyn’s Peter Goldwyn and Cinetic’s Jason Ishikawa negotiated the deal.


Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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Universal Pictures announced today that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.” The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9. The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan, who recently saw The Fate of the Furious, the sixth film he wrote for the Fast & Furious franchise, claim the biggest opening in history at the global box office when it opened on April 14. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner® Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

From his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic theme for The Simpsons—not to mention his collaborations with filmmakers including Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson—four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s inimitable compositions have vaulted him into one of the most versatile and accomplished composers in history.

“I grew up on monsters,” said Elfman. “Monsters were my life, and these iconic Universal monsters were almost like my family. I simply wouldn’t be the same without them. When I got the opportunity to compose a theme for the Dark Universe logo, of course I jumped at it. What could be more fun than connecting to this world that has always been so deeply imbedded in my psyche? I tried to find something that was new but still had some connections with the past—the origins—at least in a subtle way. Something that was looking forward to a creative, fertile, imaginative future that Dark Universe will enter, and at the same time saluting the heritage of the tragic heroes (or anti-heroes) of my childhood. To the Monsters!!!!”

In another exciting development, Oscar® winner Bill Condon will follow his worldwide smash Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s biggest hits—which crossed $1 billion at the global box office and became the most successful musical of all time—by directing Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp. The next film from Dark Universe, Bride of Frankenstein will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

In a related move, Universal announced that it will not release a Dark Universe film as previously planned for April 13, 2018, and that Bride will instead be the next chapter in the unspooling series of movies following this year’s The Mummy. The actress chosen to play the lead role in Condon’s version of this timeless story will be announced soon.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”

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Dark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through. While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.


Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Academy Award® nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock teams with fellow nominated filmmaker Amanda Micheli to bring her Tribeca Film Fest hit “VEGAS BABY” on the gamble of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to the public. Spurlock signed on this week as the film’s executive producer together with his business partner Jeremy Chilnick.

“I am so proud to be a part of this important movie and to have the opportunity to share it with audiences,” said Spurlock. “As the parent of a beautiful baby boy who came into our life through IVF, I understand the struggle and desire that comes with wanting a child in your life. The entire process can be a strain beyond words: mentally, emotionally, financially…but for us, it was worth it all in the end.”

“Despite the fact that 1 in 6 couples worldwide struggles with infertility, it is rarely talked about,” said director Micheli. “We are thrilled to have Morgan on our team to help us break the silence around this issue, which is so often misunderstood.”

VEGAS BABY pulls back the curtain on the world of reproductive medicine through a provocative, “truth is stranger than fiction” premise. The film follows aspiring parents from all walks of life who place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual contest, which offers the prize of a free round of IVF — with no guarantee of success. Contestants post video entries online telling their stories, counting on the votes of strangers to make their dreams of becoming parents true.

While exposing private pain online to win a contest is a brutal proposition, IVF is rarely covered by insurance in the U.S., so many infertile couples consider this a gamble worth taking. VEGAS BABY navigates the complexities of America’s burgeoning fertility industry and paints an intimate portrait of the diverse individuals – from a devoutly Catholic Latino couple in Texas to a lesbian Lady Gaga Impersonator in New York – determined to have a baby against all odds.

On the heels of a national Tugg theatrical release, FilmRise launched VEGAS BABY on Mother’s Day for purchase/rent on all major digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The film will have its national public television broadcast premiere on “America Reframed” on June 27th 2017. In July, it will be released worldwide on a subscriber video on-demand platform to be announced at a later date.

MINDHACK Hacks into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce the World Market Premiere of Sci-Fi Thriller MINDHACK: #savetheworld at the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Spencer Locke (RESIDENT EVIL), Faran Tahir (IRON MAN), Scott Mechlowicz (DEMONIC) and Chris Mason (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS) and is commercial director Royce Gorsuch’s feature directorial debut.

”We were blown away by the originality and timeliness of Royce’s directorial debut. This is one of the most creative and commercially relevant films in the marketplace that knows exactly who its audience is; Millennials and Gen Z” Said Clay Epstein, President of Film Mode Entertainment.

MINDHACK: #savetheworld is an action-packed sci-fi thriller about a brilliant scientist on a mission to hack into the human mind in order to save humanity from its own catastrophic errors. Once he begins work on the controversial project, there is no stopping him as he is pushed to do whatever is necessary to accomplish his mission.
The film comes at an extremely poignant and timely juncture where hacking has taken the world by storm, from governments and other sources hacking into the systems of their adversaries to actual mind hacking incidents throughout the Silicon Valley and elsewhere throughout the world. Major news outlets including The Telegraph, Yahoo News and others have been reporting on how scientists have discovered how to upload knowledge to the human brain. Additionally, there is scientific evidence noted in articles in these media outlets and many more that “mind-hacking” has been going on since ancient Egypt.
Never in the history of the human race has there been such rampant hacking.

“This film was born from the exponentially evolving technological world we now live in and tells the paradoxical story of a generation who can currently change the world from their computers, and in the future will change the world by enhancing the power of the human mind. It was incredible to see the cast not only grasp these far reaching concepts of the film, but bring it to life with incredibly thrilling and emotionally charged performances. We assembled a team of geniuses to execute film, and we are thrilled to now partner with Clay Epstein and his team of geniuses for its release.” Said Gorsuch.

The film was produced by VIX PROD. CO.

Royce Gorsuch – represented by Matt Shichtman at The Gotham Group

Spencer Locke is represented by Paradigm, Faran Tahir by Greene & Associates, Scott Mechlowicz also by Greene & Associates, Chris Mason by 3 Arts / UTA / United Agents UK, Gbenga Akinnagbe by APA and
Brandon Scott by Innovative Artists.

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on MINDHACK: #savetheworld and is screening the film for buyers in Cannes.


Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American and UK rights to Endgame Entertainment’s financed and produced true story OLD MAN AND THE GUN which has just wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film is written and directed by David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON) based on a short story by David Grann (THE LOST CITY OF Z) for The New Yorker, one of Condé Nast’s preeminent titles. The film stars Oscar winner Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE), Oscar winner Casey Affleck (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER), Danny Glover (TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, DREAMGIRLS), Tom Waits (SHORT CUTS, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS) and Tika Sumpter (SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU).

OLD MAN AND THE GUN is produced by Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, Wildwood Enterprises, Identity Films’ Anthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston and Bill Holderman. Executive Producers on the film are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Patrick Newall and Tango Entertainment’s Tim Headington.

“We are thrilled to be part of a film with such an extraordinarily talented cast,” said Utley and Gilula. “David Lowery directing the incomparable Robert Redford in such a compelling and incredible real life story is exactly the kind of project we seek out.”

“It’s just been a thrill to team up with so many legends and heroes in telling this wild and wooly tale, and I couldn’t be more excited to have everyone at Fox Searchlight along for what’s shaping up to be a pretty fun ride,” said director Lowery.

“Having the opportunity to work again with Robert Redford on David Lowery’s film with such iconic resonance is a dream come true. And I can’t think of a better partner than Fox Searchlight,” said producer Stern.

“Condé Nast Entertainment started with the express purpose of finding incredible articles like the one written by David Grann for The New Yorker in which the story of Forrest Tucker’s life really resonated with readers,” said Ostroff and Steckler. “It has been gratifying to work with our producing partners and the tremendous talents like David Lowery, Robert Redford and our amazing cast to bring this story to life on the big screen. We’re very happy that Fox Searchlight came on board.”

OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien with WME and CAA with Stern on behalf of Endgame. The film is overseen by Fox Searchlight’s Co-Heads of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, SVP of Production Anikah McLaren and Director of Production Taylor Freidman.

KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED Makes Cannes World Market Premiere

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Film Mode Entertainment is thrilled to announce the Cannes World Market Premiere of action-fantasy-thriller, KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED, starring Ross O’Hennessy (Game of Thrones), Ben Loyd-Holmes (SKYFALL), Silvio Simac (TRANSPORTER 3) and Andrea Vasiliou (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and the upcoming WONDER WOMAN). The film is directed by Simon Wells and Executive Produced by Jeremy Rothwell and May Monteiro of High Fliers.

KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED comes to us from the special effects team from the HARRY POTTER series.

Film Mode Entertainment (FME) will be showing first-look footage to buyers in Cannes for the very first time.

“We’re honored to have partnered with such a fantastic group of filmmakers. Distributors and audiences alike are going to be blown away by the quality of the F/X. we are looking forward to sharing a first look of the footage in Cannes.” Said Epstein.

THE KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED is about a King who has sent his best Knights to defeat the Dragon besieging his castle. Along their epic adventure they encounter malicious sirens, warrior women on a mission of revenge and an unstoppable army of the undead.

“We are delighted to have Film Mode represent THE KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED. Clay and Mathilde are a perfect fit to help bring the film to audiences worldwide.” Said Jeremy Rothwell, President of High Fliers.

“We are thrilled to be working with Film Mode. We are proud of the film and have a great team both behind and in front of the camera.” Said May Monteiro.

KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED is currently in postproduction with plans to be released this fall.

FME is representing worldwide rights on the film with High Fliers distributing in the UK.


Monday, May 15th, 2017

TriStar Pictures and MRC’s upcoming highly anticipated new film BABY DRIVER announced today a first of its kind sponsored Fan Art Geofilter Contest on Snapchat. Since the film’s rapturous debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, fans have flocked to social media to show off their fan art inspired by the movie. In turn, the studio began a consistent #FanArtFriday campaign on the film’s social media handles to display the creativity from these fans. For the contest, users can simply go to between now and May 24th to submit their BABY DRIVER fan art (creative guidelines and official rules are available on the site). BABY DRIVER’s writer/director, Edgar Wright will judge the entries himself and the winning submission will run as a Snapchat Geofilter at a nationwide theater chain the week of the film’s release, starting on opening day, Wednesday, June 28th. This is the first time a studio will showcase fan art from a Geofilter contest on Snapchat.

In BABY DRIVER, a talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

BABY DRIVER stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, with Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx.

The film is written and directed by Edgar Wright. Producers are Nira Park, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner, and Executive Producers are Edgar Wright, Adam Merims, Rachael Prior, Liza Chasin, and Michelle Wright

BABY DRIVER opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, June 28th.


Monday, May 15th, 2017

Element Pictures and Scarlet Films announced today that principal photography on THE FAVOURITE has wrapped in London. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Film4 and Waypoint Entertainment partnered on the production of the film and it will be released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER; the upcoming THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER) based on a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.

THE FAVOURITE stars Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (the upcoming BATTLE OF THE SEXES; LA LA LAND), Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz (THE LOBSTER; THE CONSTANT GARDENER) and Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award® winner Olivia Colman (THE LOBSTER, The Night Manager). Additional cast includes Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Joe Alwyn (BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK) and Nicholas Hoult (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD). Following their successful collaboration on THE LOBSTER, Ceci Dempsey of Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures reunite with Lanthimos to serve as producers, along with Lanthimos and Lee Magiday. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures, Ken Kao for Waypoint Entertainment, and Daniel Battsek and Rose Garnett for Film4, who developed THE FAVOURITE and collaborate with Lanthimos for the third time following THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. The script was co-developed with the British Film Institute and the Irish Film Board.

THE FAVOURITE is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England. At the center of the story is the Queen herself (Olivia Colman), whose relationship with her confidante, adviser and clandestine lover Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess’s younger cousin Abigail (Emma Stone). Soon the balance of power shifts between the women as they jockey for influence with the Queen and the court.

“It’s is very exciting to be working together again with THE LOBSTER family and to forge a new team with Film4, Fox Searchlight and Ken Kao’s Waypoint,” say Dempsey and Guiney. “Yorgos’ view of Queen Anne’s court in 18th century England will be a period film like no other.”

“Having long admired Yorgos’ work from afar, it is a privilege to collaborate with him and our partners on what we know will be an extraordinary film,” say David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Co-Heads of Production.

“We are so excited that Yorgos is bringing to life the story of these three amazing women. Film4 is thrilled to be in on-going partnership with this world-class director, and to be reteaming with producers Scarlet and Element, plus Fox Searchlight and new partner Waypoint,” added Head of Creative Rose Garnett and Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek.

Well Go USA to bring you a delightfully nasty holiday gift with BETTER WATCH OUT.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Well Go USA Entertainment announced its acquisition of all North American rights for Chris Peckover’s BETTER WATCH OUT, a horrifying holiday home invasion tale with a twist.

BETTER WATCH OUT (formerly known as SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD) stars Olivia DeJonge (THE VISIT) as a babysitter who, one snowy night on a quiet suburban street, must defend her twelve-year-old charge (Levi Miller, PAN) from intruders… but quickly learns that this is one extraordinary home invasion that demands an equally extraordinary response. Co-starring Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Ed Oxenbould (THE VISIT), Aleks Mikic and Dacre Montgomery (POWER RANGERS), BETTER WATCH OUT will surprise and delight anyone who not only loves a good holiday movie, but also wishes HOME ALONE had a lot more blood in it.

BETTER WATCH OUT will receive a theatrical and digital release on October 6, 2017, with a home video release to follow in time for the holiday season.

“We could not be more excited to be working with Doris and the team at Well Go USA. They recognize the film’s potential for long legs in the marketplace as we expect BETTER WATCH OUT to become a twisted holiday staple for years to come…a crowd-pleasing, high-octane horror-thriller companion to HOME ALONE, GREMLINS and DIE HARD,” said producers Brett Thornquest and Brion Hambel. “Hey genre fans…no pouting or crying this year because you’re gonna find out who’s naughty and nice soon enough. Get your popcorn ready!”

“A film as original as BETTER WATCH OUT doesn’t come along every day,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO of Well Go USA Entertainment. “Those who are looking for something a little bit different this holiday season are going to be in for one wild ride – and we can’t wait to start the car!”

BETTER WATCH OUT was directed by Chris Peckover and written by Zack Kahn and Peckover from a story by Kahn. The film was produced by Thornquest and Sidonie Abbene of Storm Vision Entertainment and Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions. XYZ Films handled domestic sales. The deal was negotiated by Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Outside of North America, the film’s international sales agent, Versatile, has closed deals in nearly every foreign territory with various marquee distributors, many of which will align with Well Go USA for a 2017 holiday release.

Thom Yorke To Compose Score For Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Frenesy Films and Mythology Entertainment are thrilled to announce that legendary singer/songwriter Thom Yorke will compose the score for Luca Guadagnino’sSuspiria. Yorke’s unsurpassed talent and unmistakable sounds will enhance and intensify the thrilling horror epic that is Suspiria. This marks the immensely talented musician’s first time scoring a feature film. Amazon Studios co-financed the film with K Period Media and Amazon Studios will release the film theatrically in the United States.

Says Luca Guadgnino, “Thom’s art transcends the contemporary. To have the privilege of his music and sound for Suspiria is a dream come true. The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our Suspiria will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers. Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”

Producers Marco Morabito and Brad Fischer added, “Thom Yorke has composed and performed some of the most iconic and transformative music in modern culture. To have him lend his talent to Suspiria is an extraordinary gift, both to us as filmmakers and to audiences, who have a remarkable, terrifying and emotionally stirring experience in store for them.”

Suspiria Music Supervisor Robin Urdang played a key role in negotiating the deal to secure Yorke’s involvement.

Thomas Edward “Thom” Yorke is an English musician cited among the most influential figures in the music industry. He has been named as one of the most powerful British musicians and has also been included among the greatest singers in the history of popular music. A multi-instrumentalist, Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but also plays keyboards, bass, and drums, and works extensively with synthesizers, sequencers and programming and is known for his falsetto vocals.