Oscars: Germany Picks Cannes Standout ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Foreign Language Entry
A hit with critics and festgoers in competition at Cannes this year, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann has been chosen to represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Produced by Komplizen Film, 99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, the bittersweet comedy was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics on the Croisette in May. The movie did not take home any major Cannes statues, but yesterday was named Best Film of the year by international critics group… Read
Taylor Kitsch Enlisted To Join ‘American Assassin’
Taylor Kitsch is set to join Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton in CBS Films and Lionsgate’s American Assassin, the movie adaptation of Vince Flynn's bestseller. Michael Cuesta is directing the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff.
The pic follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy to investigate a wave of apparently… Read
Grasshopper Leaps For ‘Mimosas’; Takes U.S. Rights On Critics’ Week Winner
New York-based Grasshopper Film has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to Oliver Laxe's Mimosas, which scooped the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last month. A theatrical release is planned in winter this year. Grasshopper made the deal with Paris-based Luxbox.
The sophomore feature from Spanish director Laxe, Mimosas follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The odyssey comes with its own mystical… Read
‘Bloodline’ Star Linda Cardellini On Meg’s Turn To The Dark Side In Season 2 And Hopes For Season 3 – Awardsline
From the beginnings of her career, to her recent, sparkling roles in everything from Mad Men to Avengers: Age of Ultron to oddball indie darling Welcome to Me, Bloodline star Linda Cardellini's work in film and television has so often been met with an unusual sort of fan fervor. Examining Cardellini's substantial resume, her career-transforming role as Lindsay Weir—in Judd Apatow's short-lived 1999 comedy series Freaks and Geeks—stands out in this regard. Canceled in the… Read
Harvey Weinstein On Brexit: “A Huge Mistake”; People “Voted Out Of Fear”
Harvey Weinstein was in Cannes today for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival. The exec who has business dealings in the UK told me that he was “shocked” over Britain’s vote to leave the EU and predicted “discrimination” against some productions going forward. His War And Peace miniseries, made with the BBC, qualified as European and thus was able to meet Europe’s quota requirements. “It could be very costly in the movie and TV industry in terms of content branding,” he… Read
Front Row Buys Big To Set Up Ambitious Release Slate
Dubai-based distributor Front Row Films has closed a number of buzzy deals coming out of Cannes as it continues to push forward with its ambition of becoming the leading indie distrib in the Middle East. The company, which is strategically partnered with the Kuwait National Cinema has negotiated a deal with burgeoning production and distribution outfit A24 to acquire the Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano starrer Swiss Army Man.
Front Row also picked up… Read
Ben Schwartz Joins Sam Rockwell In ‘Blue Iguana’
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schwartz has joined Sam Rockwell in Blue Iguana, a comedy feature from writer-director Hadi Hajaig, who last helmed the Charlotte Rampling-Sean Bean thriller Cleanskin. The project, which will be financed by UK Film Studio Productions, will start principal photography in London in July. Hajaig also produces with 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally, who is also working on the Edge of Tomorrow sequel at Warner Bros.
An offbeat story about lying, stealing and… Read
Protagonist Pictures Racks Up Further Sales – Cannes
Protagonist Pictures has closed additional sales on its Cannes slate. The company now has sold out on Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, selling Canada to Elevation Pictures. Deadline previously broke news of the multi-territory deal struck by Focus Features at Cannes as well as sales to Diaphana for France, Cineart for Benelux, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Lev/Shani for Israel, Gutek for Poland, Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East, T Cast for Korea, Kurmaca… Read
Sierra/Affinity Posts Strong Sales On Cannes Slate
Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has enjoyed a strong Cannes with a number of its titles selling out on what has elsewhere been a challenging market for sales agents. Sierra/Affinity, of which Meyer’s Sierra Pictures has been boosted following a capital injection and minority stake acquisition from Entertainment One, had one of the strongest offerings on the Croisette this year, with Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, to star Jessica Chastain, Jason Reitman-Diablo… Read
MUBI Acquires Cannes UCR Winner ‘Olli Maki’; Bruno Dumont’s ‘Slack Bay’
Curated VOD streaming service MUBI has stepped up its game with a pair of acquisitions out of the Cannes Film Festival. The global platform has taken U.S. and UK/Ireland theatrical and digital rights to Un Certain Regard prize winner The Happiest Day In the Life Of Olli Maki. The black-and-white film, from Finnish helmer Juho Kuosmanen, tells the true story of the eponymous boxing hero as he attempts to win the world championship featherweight title during the summer of… Read
Pablo Larrain On The Long Road To ‘Neruda’, Crossing Borders & ‘Jackie’: It “Won’t Be A Classic Biopic” – Cannes
Oscar-nominated Chilean director Pablo Larrain was in Cannes this month with his Directors’ Fortnight entry, Neruda. The Orchard quickly picked up U.S. rights to the film which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a government inspector on the hunt for the Nobel Prize-winning poet of the title, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. Larrain sat down with Deadline (see video above) to discuss the film which was a… Read
Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy In Talks To Board Scott Frank’s ‘Godless’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank.
Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Soderbergh and Frank are… Read