The 40th Annual Deauville Film Festival announced it’s official line-up earlier today and it was announced that “A Most Wanted Man” (‘Un Homme très recherché’) will be part of the competition. The festival runs from September 5-14. For more information be sure to head over to the official website of the festival. Variety is reporting the following story:
Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
The jury of this 40th edition will be presided by Costa Gavras and comprise former Deauville jury presidents: actress Emmanuelle Beart, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch and Andre Techine, Cannes film festival prexy Pierre Lescure, as well as danser Marie-Claude Pietragalla.
The movie is currently still playing in selected theaters in the US and will be released on September 12 in the UK. The release date in France is set for September 17.
The local news source WTAE is reporting that “Southpaw” wrapped up filming earlier this week in Pittsburgh. The movie was expected to wrap up filming on Monday but there were several sightings of an additional shooting day on Tuesday. Rachel will star in the movie alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, and Oona Laurence. Antoine Fuqua is directing and the screenplay is written by Kurt Sutter.
Rachel began pre-production for the movie in June by attending the Miguel Cotto Vs. Sergio Martinez Fight in Madison Square in New York. The production began June 16 in Indiana for two weeks and headed to Pittsburgh for the final 6 weeks. The movie will be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the US but no release date has been announced yet. We expect it will be released next year.
Some late casting news: Rita Ora recently revealed she “wrapped up another movie in Pittsburgh” with director Antoine Fuqua during her interview with Ryan Seacrest. It hasn’t been reported yet that Ora joined the cast but we assume it’s for a smaller part. Many thanks to my friend Nick for the heads up!
The Wrap broke the news that Rachel is ‘being eyed’ for the female lead alongside Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in Thomas McCarthy’s upcoming movie “Spotlight“. Deadline is also reporting that Aaron Eckhart and Liev Schreiber joined the cast and that they are aiming to start filming this fall in Boston and Toronto. THR is reporting that Rachel and Ruffalo, Keaton, and Tucci are all in “advanced talks” to board the movie.
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci are all in talks to star in Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts, multiple individuals familiar with the prestige project have told TheWrap.
Ruffalo is nearing a deal to play Michael Rezendes, while Rachel McAdams is being eyed for the female lead of Sacha Pfeiffer. McAdams has an official offer, though she has not started formal negotiations yet.
Participant Media is financing the project, which is being produced by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust. Open Road has come on to handle domestic distribution.
Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer.
Producers have secured life rights of the Globe reporters responsible, including Spotlight Team members Rezendes, Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe editor Marty Baron.
Deadline is reporting that actress Naomie Harris joined the cast of “Southpaw“. She is replacing Lupita Nyong’o who was previously circling the role of Angela.
The Antoine Fuqua-directed drama penned by Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter has added Naomie Harris to its cast. The British Skyfall actress last year earned kudos for playing Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom for The Weinstein Co., which is also producing boxing drama Southpaw. Story tracks a welterweight champ (Jake Gyllenhaal) whose career soars as his personal life falls apart. Harris will play Angela, a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter.
Deadline is also reporting that actor Beau Knapp joined the cast of the movie as “Jon Jon, the fighter’s lifelong best friend who came up with him through foster care and is on the payroll”. “Southpaw” is currently still in production in Pittsburgh but will reportedly wrap up filming on Monday (August 11).
Deadline is reporting that “A Most Wanted Man” opened strong in it’s opening weekend.
Bold debuts from two of the weekend’s openers in a crowded specialty box office included yet another Woody Allen film as well as a last starring turn from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions opened Anton Corbijn‘s cerebral thriller A Most Wanted Man over the weekend after a glittering mid-week premiere at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA) courtesy of the Cinema Society and its usual well-heeled crowd. The film, based on a John Le Carre‘ post-Cold War espionage thriller, grossed $2,717,425, averaging $7,527 in 361 theaters. The distributors noted it is the second-highest number in its history in absolute terms, following The Conspirator‘s $3.5M launch in 2011. Also notably, Most Wanted peeked into the top 10 this weekend.
“With a 91% ‘fresh rating’ on Rotten Tomatoes, the film had fantastic reviews, and was the story of the weekend at the specialty box office,” Roadside said. ”[The feature] opened 20% higher than the Roadside/Lionsgate 2013 release Mud, which [opened] on the same number of screens ( to $2.2M) and went on to a $21M total North American box office. A Most Wanted Man went up a very strong 59% from Friday to Saturday.”
10). A Most Wanted Man (RSA), 361 theaters / $716K Fri. / $1.1M Sat. (+59%) / $855K Sun. (-25%) / Per screen average: $7,505 / Total cume: $2.7M / Wk 1
The movie had a limited release in the US and Variety is reporting will expand to more theaters after a solid box office debut..
“A Most Wanted Man” marks one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final starring roles and fans of the Oscar-winning actor are helping to make the twisty spy thriller an art-house success.
“Philip never really got to star in movies,” said Howard Cohen, president of the film’s distributor, Roadside Attractions. “He was always known as a utility player…There’s no question that part of the appeal is the idea of him giving a final, great performance.”
THR is reporting that Sony has pushed back the release of Rachel’s upcoming movie the still Untitled Cameron Crowe/Hawaii Project. The movie was set to be released on Christmas day in the US but the release is now pushed back to May 29, 2015.
Sony has pushed back Cameron Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy from December 25, 2014 to May 29, 2015.
The Hawaii-set film features an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. It follows a military contractor (Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the U.S. Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone). Bill Murray also stars as an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions.
The cast is rounded out by John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.
Crowe wrote and directed the project, and produced it by Scott Rudin. Ilona Herzberg, Eli Bush and Ben Waisbren executive produced.
The new date puts the film up against horror sequel Insidious Chapter 3 and Paramount’s Monster Trucks.
The Wrap is reporting the following statement by Sony Pictures:
“Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures.
Deadline is reporting today that Victor Ortiz joined the cast of “Southpaw“.
The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have added a little ring credibility to their boxing pic Southpaw. Former world welterweight champion boxer-turned-actor Victor Ortiz has been added to a cast that has Jake Gyllenhaal starring with Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker. Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote the script. Ortiz signed on to portray Ramone, a flyweight kid from the streets with real sparring potential. The character parallels Ortiz’s own rags-to-riches story of rising from childhood as a foster kid, to brawling his way to the championship belt in 2011.
It was reported earlier this month by Deadline as well that Miguel Gomez joined the cast as Miguel ‘Magic’ Cantu who is the rival of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s character. 50 Cent confirmed himself that he also joined the cast. “Southpaw” began filming yesterday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana.
The MPAA rated “A Most Wanted Man” earlier this week and gave the movie a R-rating. The movie premiered earlier this year during the Sundance Film Festival and will screen and will screen later this month during the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Thanks to my friend Nick for the heads up!
Title: Most Wanted Man, A (2014)
Rating: Rated R for language.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions LLC
The movie will be released on July 25 in the US followed by a September 5 release for the UK and Ireland.
The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival unveiled their line-up for this year’s film festival last week and “A Most Wanted Man” is part of program as part of the Directors’ Showcase and is also nominated for the audience award. The festival runs from 18 to 29 June and the movie will have it’s first screening June 22 followed by a second screening on June 26.
A Most Wanted Man
Anton Corbijn / UK, USA, Germany / 2014 / 122 mins
A John le Carré bestseller brought to stunning life
Anton Corbijn’s sumptuously shot, impeccably structured adaptation of John le Carré’s 2008 bestselling novel is a thoroughly gripping tale set in the dangerous and dingy world of a post-9/11 German intelligence unit. Tensions are high as unit head Günther Bachmann (a truly accomplished performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue and espionage on the streets of Hamburg. A captivating story full of twists and surprises, expertly brought to life by a thoroughly talented cast.
As you may have noticed the reported running time of the movie is one minute longer than the version shown at Sundance earlier this year which had a 121 minutes running time. For more information about the festival and to find our how to book tickets be sure to head over to the official website of the festival. “A Most Wanted Man” will be released on July 25 in the US followed by a September 5 release for the UK.
Lucky Red has announced earlier this week that they picked up the distribution rights of “The Little Prince” (‘Il Piccolo Principe’) in Italy. The movie is expected to be released October 7, 2015 in France, late 2015 in the US and The Wrap recently reported that eOne Films Canada picked the rights for the movie in Canada for a 2016 release. Lucky Red announced they will release the 3D animated movie on January 1, 2016 in Italy and also revealed the roles of the English voice cast. The translated (via google translator) press release can be found below/after the jump:
Lucky Red will bring the highly anticipated film, directed by Mark Osborne (creator of Kung Fu Panda) and adapted from the popular children’s book by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, to Italian cinemas.
The Little Prince has sold 145 million copies worldwide (16 million in Italy alone) and has been translated into more than 270 languages and dialects 71 after it’s first publication. It’s the most translated book in the world after the Bible!
Universal and timeless values make it a masterpiece narrated in the Saint-Exupéry: the respect for individuals and diversity, protecting the environment, and peace. A passionate story that relentlessly generations of readers of all ages. Made of CGI and stop motion animation with a budget of $ 80 million, The Little Prince is by far the most anticipated animation project next year.
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