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The Orchard Nabs U.S. Rights to Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ (Exclusive)
Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “BPM” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, said “Bpm” was powerful enough to break out of the Lgbt niche and reach broader audiences.
“BPM” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize. The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews, and a good shot at capturing the festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety‘s Guy Lodge »
- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang
Cannes 2017: J.K. Simmons’ ‘Whole New Everything’ Acquired by Freestyle Digital Media (Exclusive)
The film stars J.K. Simmons as a recently widowed father who moves with his teenage son across the country after accepting a private school teaching job. While there, they meet two women who help them heal from the pain and find a way forward. Odeya Rush, Charlie DePew, and Julie Delpy also star.
The deal was made by Dan Fisher, »
- Jeremy Fuster
Nick Searcy Joins Taraji P. Henson in Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’ (Exclusive)
Production commences in Atlanta later this month under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner with Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson producing. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producers.
Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” The story centers on civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis (Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.
Searcy will play the role of the wealthy leader of the White Citizen’s Council, »
- Dave McNary
Cannes: 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' Prequel in the Works With Hollywood Setting
So what happened before Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico?
Peter Greenaway is set to write and direct Eisenstein in Hollywood, a chronological prequel to the biographical romantic comedy Eisenstein in Guanajuato. Released in 2015, the film centered on the acclaimed Soviet director and his alleged homosexual affair with a local guide while filming in Mexico in the 1930s.
Eisenstein, who was married and died in 1948, and famed for his 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin, is considered one of Russia's greatest directors.
- Ashley Lee
Christina Ricci, John Cusack, Brendan Fletcher Starring in Drama ‘Distorted’
Production companies are Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and Invico Capitol. Voltage Pictures will handle international rights with Minds Eye International managing domestic and Canadian rights.
Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters will produce, with Andrew Holmes and Ben DeWalt Co-Producing. Executive producers include Guy Griffithe, Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Darren Benning, Frank White, and Nicolas Chartier.
Rob W. King is directing from a script written by Arne Olsen. Ricci plays an artist who suffers from bipolar disorder and who is recovering from a the loss of a child. Plagued by disturbing memories and fears for her own safety, she and her devoted husband (played by Fletcher) move to an apartment building that boasts ultra modern design features and integrated security systems. Ricci’s »
- Dave McNary
‘The Florida Project’ Review: Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’ Followup Delivers — Cannes 2017
“The Little Rascals” meets “The Little Fugitive” in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” a loose, endearing followup to “Tangerine” and another deep dive into impoverished America from the inside out. Baker has staked his filmmaking career on coaching vivid performances from non-traditional actors, and “The Florida Project” features a six-year-old girl in a freeflowing narrative and largely inhabits the limitations of her perspective, with mostly winning results.
Where “Tangerine” took place across the across the busy streets of Los Angeles, “The Florida Project” unfolds almost exclusively within the constraints of a budget motel on the outskirts of Orlando. The purple-hued Magic Castle Motel exists in Disney World’s decrepit backyard, and provides a very different sort of playground for the kids who live in its confines.
These include Moonee (Brooklynn Prince »
- Eric Kohn
‘Justice League’: Joss Whedon to Direct Remaining Scenes as Zack Snyder Deals with a Family Tragedy
Zack Snyder is stepping down from directing “Justice League.” The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, which comes for a very unfortunate reason: Snyder’s daughter committed suicide in March and he’s bowing out to deal with the loss. Joss Whedon is coming aboard to finish the film, which is still expected to hit its planned release date of November 17.
Autumn Snyder was 20 at the time of her passing. Deborah Snyder, a producer on “Jusice League,” is likewise taking a step back from the superhero team-up film, which stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Snyder told THR alongside his wife.
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. »
- Michael Nordine
Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy
The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Saturday Night Live’: As Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata Exit, We Remember Their Best Sketches
“Saturday Night Live” went out on a high note this weekend with The Rock as host, but the season finale also marked the departure of three cast members. While Bobby Moynihan had already announced he was leaving (and thus we had time for a tribute), there was less notice to offer farewells for fellow exiting cast members Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
Bayer sneakily announced her news on Instagram just hours before the finale began. Thus it felt symbolic when Moynihan and Bayer took part in a graduation sketch – allowing fans to subtly say goodbye to them during the episode. Moynihan also got to wear the Drunk Uncle attire again on Weekend Update, and Bayer went out on a high note with the Rko movie set skit and the parody for Cartier’s fidget spinner.
Sadly, Zamata’s exit had less fanfare, »
- Hanh Nguyen
"Twin Peaks," Episodes 1 & 2 Recap: Do Not Drop Up
Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.The world's gone mad. Fortunately for FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), he's been able to sit out most of the real-life insanity of the last 25 years. Unfortunately—as surely known by those viewers familiar with Mark Frost and David Lynch's singular television series Twin Peaks, which returned Sunday, May 21st for a limited, 18-episode run on Showtime—that's because he's been trapped in the unearthly purgatory known as the Black Lodge, all while his devilish doppelgänger, a mortal manifestation of the murderous spirit known as Killer Bob, runs amok among mankind.Already it feels like I'm speaking in tongues. But if Twin Peaks and Lynch (who directed, co-wrote, co-edited, and designed the sound for all of these new episodes) have taught us anything, »
Cannes: The Orchard Buys Palme d’Or Contender ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’
The Orchard has acquired the U.S. rights to Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” Variety reports. The film is one of the best-reviewed titles at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered in Competition.
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Set in the early 1990s, the film follows members of the Act Up movement in Paris who work to spread awareness about AIDS. One newcomer to the group, Nathan (Arnaud Valois) has his world shaken up when a radical militant named Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) throws his last bits of energy into the struggle.
“[T]he credibility of their romance expands the movie’s frame just in time for a moving third act, as Sean’s physical condition starts to deteriorate,” IndieWire’s Eric Kohn writes in his review. “Campillo doesn’t shy away from »
- Graham Winfrey
Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review]
You’ve heard the refrain from filmmakers before: making a movie is like going off to war. The director leads the troops, his actors are soldiers on the battlefield, and everyone leaves their loved ones behind for months. The crucial key to the battle plan is a vision and the unswerving belief in that ideal in the face of all odds and obstacles. For filmmakers, faith in what you’re doing — as you take the plunge and jump off the cliff to make a movie — is everything.
- Rodrigo Perez
Inevitable ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot In The Works, James Wan Producing
Last year, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” hit cinemas, but only the most naive could assume that Costantin Film, who own the movie rights for the big screen video game adaptation, would simply let the property fade away.
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At the Cannes Film Festival, the company revealed that a reboot is in the works, but this should hardly be a surprise to anyone.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: Family Tension Is at Its Peak in Ava DuVernay’s Own Series
The Bordelons are back! Own has released the trailer for season two of its original drama series “Queen Sugar,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey. The series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe as the estranged Bordelon siblings.
Season two finds the siblings striving to honor the legacy of their father, who passed away unexpectedly. Ralph-Angel is trying to rebuild his life after jail, and secure a better future for his young son. Meanwhile, tension in the family starts to build when Charley relocates with her teenage son Micah to Saint Josephine, Louisiana, to help run the family business, the 800-acre sugarcane farm Queen Sugar Mill.
Once again, DuVernay enlisted an all-female directing team, including Kat Candler (“12 Monkeys »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Buddy Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay For Netflix
What started as a dream/meme on the internet has now become a real thing: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are going to make that buddy movie the webosphere wanted.
Continue reading Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Buddy Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay For Netflix at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cannes: Timely Un Certain Regard Entry ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Picked Up By Oscilloscope
Per the film’s official synopsis: “When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques, Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on.”
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O-Scope’s Dan Berger said of the acquisition, “Kaouther Ben Hania’s film is an auteurist achievement with a tour-de-force central performance from a sure to be future-star, Mariam Al Ferjani. Honestly, this is the real Wonder Woman »
- Kate Erbland
‘Billions’: How Gender-Neutral Star Asia Kate Dillon Elevated Season 2 To Emmy Contender Status
Showtime’s Wall Street drama series “Billions” came up empty Emmy nominations morning last July. Although the show’s first season was both popular and well-reviewed, there’s a lot of shows that fit the same bill.
This year, things could be different thanks to Asia Kate Dillon’s performance as Taylor Mason. Sporting a shaved head and buttoned-down men’s clothes, the actor portrays a whip-thin Mensa-level analyst who was born female and identifies as non-binary.
Showrunner Brian Koppelman learned about non-binary fluidity from his kids. “I was fascinated,” he said. “It seemed to fill something Dave [Levien] and I were looking for, a character to come in from the external world, an atypical intern that Axe recognizes could be helpful.”
“It did free us up have a different lens to look at Axe Capital,” said Levien, who also serves as showrunner. “On the surface they are all looking at Taylor, »
- Anne Thompson
Dragon War Gets Unleashed In New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Photos
HBO is not going to let their rivals at Showtime, currently basking in the well-received return of “Twin Peaks,” dominate the news cycle. It’s likely no coincidence that the network decided to release some new photos for “Game Of Thrones” season 7 today, even if they’re mostly behind-the-scenes shots.
Read More: Fifth ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Series In The Works, George R.
Continue reading Dragon War Gets Unleashed In New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Photos at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Abbas Kiarostami’s First 20 Films to Be Restored in 4K, Including ‘The Traveler’ and ‘Where is the Friend’s Home?’
France’s MK2 Films has acquired all rights to the first 20 movies made by late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, according to Variety. As part of the deal with the Institute Kanoon, MK2 Films will restore the films in 4K. The titles including 1974’s “The Traveler” and 1987’s “Where is the Friend’s Home?”
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“MK2 had a very close relationship with Abbas Kiarostami. We produced and distributed his films since 1999,” Marin Karmitz, MK2’s president, told Variety. “This collaboration with the Institut Kanoon will allow us to give every generation of audiences the opportunity to discover these world cinema masterpieces that have inspired and continue to inspire filmmakers and cinefiles for the last 30 years.”
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Before his passing last year, Kiarostami was working on a film with MK2, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Anomalisa’ Animation Company Debuts Bold New Short ‘Moonwrapped’ — Watch
Starburns Industries, the animation company behind Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Oscar-animated 2015 feature film “Anomalisa,” have unveiled a beautiful black and white music video for Richard Edwards’ song “Moonwrapped,” off his debut solo album, “Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset.” Edwards is also the frontman of the indie rock band Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s.
Read More: Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career: ‘I Feel Like I F*cking Blew It’
“Moonwrapped” was produced and directed by Sofia Astrom, recipient of the 2015 Women in Film and Tiffany & Co. scholarship from the American Film Institute. The scholarship is awarded annually to one well deserving female director studying at AFI Conservatory.
“When I got Richard’s song and the handwritten description of his concept for the video, I instantly felt like I had to do this project,” Astrom said. “Starburns gave me the keys to the castle (literally, the studio is a castle! »
- Graham Winfrey
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