News for the ‘Movies’ Category

SUNDANCE SELECTS ACQUIRES U.S. AND CANADIAN RIGHTS TO RACHEL DRETZIN’S DOCUMENTARY FAR FROM THE TREE, FROM PARTICIPANT MEDIA

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. and Canadian rights to Rachel Dretzin’s documentary, FAR FROM THE TREE, ahead of its world premiere on November 10 at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival. The premiere screening at the festival sold out in record time, with two additional screenings added to the schedule due to popular demand. From Participant Media, in association with Flux Films an Ark Media production, FAR FROM THE TREE was produced by Dretzin, Solomon and Jamila Ephron. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serve as executive producers, along with Mary Bing of Flux Films. The film is slated for theatrical release during summer 2018.

Based on the award-winning book by acclaimed author Andrew Solomon, FAR FROM THE TREE is an inspiring look at the difficulties and rewards of both raising and being a child whose life is vastly different from that of his or her parents. Directed and produced by Emmy®Award-winner Dretzin, the film follows several families as they cope with the challenges presented by Down syndrome, dwarfism, autism and even having a child in prison. The film shares their intimate stories with touching candor, and in doing so reveals basic truths about all parents and all children, truths of acceptance and love that feel especially urgent at this historic moment.
Solomon commented on the news, saying: “I was delighted to find in Rachel Dretzin a filmmaker who could translate my book into a gorgeous and compelling film, and now I’m thrilled that the film has found in Sundance Selects a distributor who shares our vision. This will be the perfect path for this deeply moving film to meet its audience.”

Dretzin added: “Sundance Selects has a fantastic track record and their plans for the film are very much in sync with what we had hoped for. It’s a delight and an honor to have them on board.”

“FAR FROM THE TREE is an inspiring and irresistibly moving journey into the differences that make us who we are. It builds on Andrew Solomon’s landmark book to paint a complex and universal portrait of acceptance with an empathy and scale that only true cinema can do,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-Presidents of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

On behalf of the producing partners, Weyermann and Bing said in a joint statement: “We are so excited to have found such incredible partners in Sundance Selects and are delighted to bring this very special film to audiences next summer.”

The film features original music by Yo La Tengo and Nico Muhly. Cinematography is by Sam Russell and Wolfgang Held, with Ben Gold serving as editor. Jamila Ephron co-directed and Steve Golliday co-edited.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine and Gabe Brakin and Krista Wegener of Participant for the filmmakers, along with Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA TO HONOR CHARLES ROVEN WITH THE 2018 DAVID O. SELZNICK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe® winning producer Charles Roven will be honored with the 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award recognizing the celebrated producer’s outstanding body of work in motion pictures. Roven will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac on January 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Roven has served as a producer on some of the most successful films in the history of Hollywood, including: Christopher Nolan’s highly-praised Dark Knight trilogy (including 2009’s “Dark Knight,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards® and took home two); David O. Russell’s award-winning film “American Hustle” (Winning three BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, and receiving ten Academy Award nominations); and most recently Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” which has earned over $820 million worldwide and broken numerous records including highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman. Roven is a producer on the highly anticipated film “Justice League,” starring Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal stated, “Chuck Roven is a producer’s producer. Whether he’s working with fiercely independent voices or within the heart of the studio system, Chuck brings a seriousness of craft and an incredible instinct for story to every set he runs. We’re proud to call him our colleague and thrilled to be able to celebrate him and his work at the Awards.”

The 2017 recipient of the David O. Selznick Award was Irwin Winkler. Previous recipients include David Heyman, Stanley Kramer, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, and Steven Spielberg.

“I am grateful to my peers and colleagues at the PGA for recognizing me with this award named after true industry legend David O. Selznick,” said Roven. “It is an incredible honor to be included among such an illustrious and inspiring group of filmmakers.”

CJ ENTERTAINMENT TO ADAPT GRIPPING TRUE STORY “THE VANISHED” FROM NOVEL TO FEATURE FILM

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Continuing to fulfill its commitment to staking out an industry leadership position in global feature film productions, CJ Entertainment, Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate, announced today that the company has optioned the rights to the best-selling French nonfiction book THE VANISHED and will develop, finance and produce a feature film adaption of the material.

Written by Léna Mauger and Stéphane Remael, THE VANISHED tells the powerful true story of the disappearance of people in Japan. Every year, nearly one hundred thousand Japanese vanish without a trace. Known as the johatsu, or the “evaporated,” they are often driven by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families and mounting debts. In THE VANISHED, the authors uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon, including those who left, those who stayed behind and those who help orchestrate the disappearances.

The quest to learn the stories of the johatsu weaves its way through: A Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for its petty criminal activities that it was literally erased from the maps; Reprogramming camps for subpar bureaucrats and businessmen to become “better” employees; the “suicide” cliffs of Tojinbo, patrolled by a man fighting to save the desperate; and desolate Fukushima in the aftermath of the tsunami.

As exotic and distant as their stories might appear to an outsider’s eyes, the human experience shared by the interviewees remains powerfully universal, which is why CJ Entertainment sees such potential in making and positioning the film for a wide global audience.

Producing for CJ Entertainment will be Tae-sung Jeong, CEO of CJ Entertainment, and Francis Chung, Vice President and Head of International Film Production. Mike Im, the company’s Head of International will executive produce.

Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based Director of Development, and Jihyun Ok, CJ’s Seoul-based Director of Development, will oversee development of the project.

The film will remain true to its source material in that it will be set in Japan.

The VANISHED deal comes on the heels of CJ Entertainment revealing its plan last month to produce and release a minimum of 20 local films overseas in more than 10 languages annually by 2020.

The deal also marks the second French novel adaption for CJ Entertainment, following the 2013 hit film SNOWPIERCER, directed by Bong Joon Ho and starring Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, and Tilda Swinton, which CJ adapted from the French graphic novel titled “Le Transperceneige.”

Léna Mauger said, “Often, during our investigation, reality has gone beyond fiction. We were struck by the cinematic potential of the testimonials and we think that the CJ team will have the talent to bring their strength to the screen.”

CJ Entertainment’s Francis Chung said, “We are thrilled to be adapting this enthralling world, captured so vividly by Léna and Stéphane in THE VANISHED. We were immediately drawn in by the universality of the themes and believe wholeheartedly that a feature film can translate these in a powerful new experience for audiences.”

A collaborative effort between author Léna Mauger and photographer Stéphane Remael that spanned over five years of reporting, THE VANISHED was released in 2014 through Les Arènes in France and its English translation was published in 2016 through Skyhorse Publishing and through Chaek-Se-Sang Publishing in Korea.

ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS IN THEATERS NEXT MONTH

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Abramorama and Showtime Networks announced today they will release ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, the Showtime Documentary Film from Oscar®-winner Lili Fini Zanuck in theaters on November 24, 2017. SHOWTIME® is set to air the film with a broadcast premiere on February 10, 2018. Over the past few years, Abramorama has emerged as the go to distributor for music driven documentaries, collaborating multiple times with Green Day, Neil Young and Pearl Jam, and releasing films about The Beatles, Bert Berns, Clive Davis, Sean Combs and The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), with Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man) among the producers and edited by BAFTA winner Chris King (Amy, Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop), ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS is an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy® winner Eric Clapton.

Richard Abramowitz, President of Abramorama, said: “The breadth of Eric Clapton’s career – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos – is impossible to be true and yet Lili Fini Zanuck’s brilliant film makes it clear that it is. We’re very proud to start the holiday season with this gift to lovers of great music.”

ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS gives audiences a rare insight into a deeply personal story encompassing the dizzying highs and extreme lows of Clapton’s private and public life, made even more intimate by Clapton’s voice-over narrative assembled from historic and newly recorded interviews along with similar contributions from his close collaborators, friends and family. Incorporating exclusive access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive, including his most famous performances, backstage footage, home movie footage, iconic and private photos, handwritten letters and personal diary entries, audiences will see the sheer raw talent and ambition that was blighted by personal tragedy, sacrifice and addiction.

“Last Exorcist” Begins Production in Oklahoma

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Thriller Films, LLC, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is pleased to announce the start of production on the feature film “Last Exorcist” in Tulsa and the surrounding region. The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, and will commence principal photography on October 25, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Thriller Films to the Tulsa region. We’ve been able to work with producers and connect them with our unique locations, talented crew, college film programs, and our film-friendly process with our office and the City of Tulsa. Tulsa’s hospitality shines when we are able to collaborate and share all that we have to offer,” Abby Kurin, Director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, the only city film commission in Oklahoma.

“Last Exorcist” tells the story of Joan Campbell, who must battle a demon from her past that currently possesses her mother. The film marks the second Oklahoma-based project for Producers Zeus Zamani and Justin Jones who return to Tulsa after producing the film “The Recovery”, which also utilized the state’s film incentive program in the fall of 2016.

“After having a very streamlined and enjoyable experience filming in Oklahoma last year, we are extremely excited to be coming back to the state where we have established a great, and hopefully long lasting relationship with the local film crew, vendors, film office, and the general population,” said Zamani. “We look forward to further exploring the many location gems that exist throughout the state”.

“The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program has afforded producers like Mr. Zamani the opportunity to bring multiple projects to Oklahoma creating a win-win opportunity for both the producers making their films as well as our film industry members who are provided sustained work and our local communities who are positively impacted by film production,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We’re incredibly grateful to our partners at the City of Tulsa and in the surrounding region for their hospitality and support.”

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” IS PICKED BY THE ORCHARD

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Parvenu Ventures LLC announced today that it has granted digital rights for North America for its award-winning documentary film “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” to The Orchard.

The acclaimed film, directed by the 89-year-old, first-time filmmaker Joan Kron (former contributing editor at large of Allure Magazine for 25 years and former fashion reporter of the Wall Street Journal), looks at the pressure on women to be attractive through the lens of comedy, and features well-known funny women including Jackie Hoffman, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Lisa Lampanelli, Giulia Rozzi and a who’s-who of female comedy icons.

The Orchard will distribute the documentary in the United States and Canada on all digital and on-demand platforms beginning on January 9, 2018, director Kron’s 90th birthday. The film is currently finishing its Oscar® qualifying theatrical run in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

“I am excited to be working with The Orchard to bring this film to a larger audience,” said director Kron. “We learned in festivals and in our theatrical screenings how the picture resonates with women–and men–by opening up for discussion a topic often spoken about in whispers. After years as a print journalist, it is thrilling for me to see how a film can affect audiences viscerally. Not only is “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” entertaining – even hilarious – it is visual truth serum, giving viewers permission to talk about their own experiences with age or appearance discrimination and their attitudes, pro and con, toward cosmetic surgery.”

“Some people are surprised,” Kron adds, “that at this late age, I could learn to work in another medium, but I tell them, if I could start writing at age 41, I can become a director in my 80’s.”

Prior to its theatrical run, “TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” was a selection of many film festivals around the country including the Newport Beach Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and San Francisco DocFest among others. The film won the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival and at the Berkshire International Film Festival.

New York magazine film critic David Edelstein called the film “…a sweeping, buoyant and entertaining documentary…” and Los Angeles Times reviewer Gary Goldstein recommended it as “lively and enjoyable.”

“TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” follows two comedians as they deliberate about going under the knife. Emily Askin, an up-and coming improv performer, has always wanted her nose refined. Emmy-nominated Jackie Hoffman, a seasoned headliner on Broadway and TV, considers herself ugly and regrets not having the nose job offered in her teens. And maybe she’d like a face-lift, as well. As we follow their surprisingly emotional stories, we meet others who have taken the leap – or held out. Putting it all in perspective are surgeons, sociologists, and cultural critics. And for comic relief and the profundity only comedians can supply, there are some high-profile cameos.

“TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE!” is directed and produced by Joan Kron and edited by the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Nancy Novack. Producers are Brian David Cange, W. Wilder Knight, II and Andrea Miller. Bill Scheft, a long-time writer for David Letterman, and Adrianne Tolsch, a pioneering stand up comedian, are executive producers. The original score is composed by David Cieri, while Damon Bundschuh is director of photography.

The agreement was negotiated by W. Wilder Knight, II of Pryor Cashman on behalf of the filmmakers and by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF “HOME” BY ACTOR, MULTI-PLATINUM AND GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER NICK JONAS FROM FERDINAND SOUNDTRACK

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Twentieth Century Fox today announced the release of “Home” an original song by Nick Jonas from the forthcoming animated feature FERDINAND.

“I’ve always wanted to write an original song for a film,” says Jonas. “When they showed me the materials of the movie, FERDINAND, a story I was familiar with, I was thrilled.”

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

Jonas says “Home” encompasses the film’s theme of acceptance. “I wrote this song with good friends of mine Justin Tranter and Nick Monson,” says Jonas. “And we wrote about feeling accepted and feeling loved, wherever that place is for you. For me it’s home, it’s my family, people I have closest to me; and the experiences we’ve shared.”

FERDINAND is directed by Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. The heartwarming animated comedy adventure features an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more. It will be released by Twentieth Century Fox on December 15, 2017. The film’s soundtrack will be release by Island Records on December 1, 2017.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND AMC THEATRES® OFFER U.S. VETERANS AND ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMEMBERS UP TO 10,000 FREE TICKETS TO DREAMWORKS PICTURES’ THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service — at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide. Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.

From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Thank You for Your Service arrives in theatres nationwide on October 27.

The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service. Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26. Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last. This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.

“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures. “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”

“Thank You for Your Service reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America’s servicemembers and their families,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres. “AMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.”

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy – Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand Release Date

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The stakes are higher than ever in the intense action-adventure Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, arriving Unrated and Unhinged on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand January 30, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in association with Impact Pictures/Chestnut Productions. The wildly anticipated next installment of the popular Death Race franchise, this Universal 1440 Entertainment original production brings fans along for the deadliest competition on wheels, where brutal fights and explosive car races abound. An action-packed thrill ride, this all-new movie is the grittiest and bloodiest installment yet!

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    Film Mode Entertainment Announces the World Market Premiere of BLOOD BOUND

    Sunday, October 15th, 2017

    Just off the heels of an extremely successful run at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is thrilled to announce the World Market Premiere of BLOOD BOUND starring EDEN BROLIN (BEYOND) daughter of multiple award-winning actor Josh Brolin, JOSEPH MELENDEZ (OZARK), and Emmy-Award Winner ERIC NELSEN (THE BAY). The film is written and directed by RICHARD LEMAY, who recently directed DIMENTIA 13 which was picked up for distribution by Universal’s specialty genre-arm, Chiller Films.

    Every 25 years, it begins. Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descends upon a small rural town to sacrifice four human lives, one being a member of their own family. This ROSEMARY’S BABY meets DRAG ME TO HELL thriller takes a dark look into how far the human spirit can take one soul in it’s most desperate hour. Layered with plot twists and conflicted characters, BLOOD BOUND follows six people as they carry out their destiny to their ultimate horror.

    “We are thrilled to bring BLOOD BOUND to the marketplace for MIPCOM 2017 and to show footage to buyers for the very first time. It’s the perfect addition to our already impressive line-up of films.” Said Mathilde Epstein, COO of Film Mode Entertainment, who will be representing the company at MIPCOM this year. “We are quickly becoming the home for elevated genre films as evident in our success with films like THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring James Caan. Our roster consists of a variety of these commercially viable titles that buyers and audiences around the world the world have been asking for.”

    In addition to BLOOD BOUND, Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to present MIPCOM buyers with the 2017 TIFF Official Discovery Selection, HUMAN TRACES, starring MARK MITCHINSON (THE HOBBIT) and SOPHIE HENDERSON (POWER RANGERS), and VINNIE BENNETT, an official TIFF 2017 Rising Star and one of the next generation’s actors poised for international success.

    The psychological thriller HUMAN TRACES will continue to make its mark at MIPCOM, alongside a number of other films that Epstein and Film Mode Entertainment have prepared, all of which focus on addressing a variety of needs in the marketplace. “In its main mission of generating mystery, intrigue and suspense, the film delivers in good style. (Variety)

    Productions such as VIKING DESTINY starring screen legend TERENCE STAMP, and KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED, from the producer of GAME OF THRONES, strive to bring a new kind of action movie to the box office.

    Other films include THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING, a romantic drama staring LUKE WILSON and SUKI WATERHOUSE and the Inspirational Drama LITTLE PINK HOUSE, starring CATHERINE KEENER is already receiving numerous accolades for “bringing urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

    There are also a variety of Thriller and Horror films from Film Mode Entertainment, including FrightFest Official Selection MINDHACK that premiered last month in London to rave reviews. This new sci-fi thriller, featuring amazing special effects, delves deep into the controversial, chilling and terrifying world of bio-hacking, especially and frighteningly relevant in current times.

    “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.