‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Creators On Puppet Nudity & The Rigorous Learning Curve Of Animation
From French-Swiss director Claude Barras, My Life As A Zucchini is undoubtedly one of the year’s standout animated films. It tells the story of a young boy facing the unexpected death of his mother, life in a foster home, and the prospect of a future he had never anticipated. In spite of the serious themes and issues at the heart of the film, every frame projects a palpable warmth — a pathos and a sense of humor about life’s troubles that feels unique. Having directed… Read
Encore: Jeff Nichols Q&A On ‘Loving’
Editors Note: This Jeff Nichols interview originally appeared May 15, just ahead of the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Loving. The dialogue seemed worth another look as the film opens this weekend to a wide audience as it continues its awards-season jaunt.
There are few indie directors today ploughing their furrow as diligently and precisely as Jeff Nichols. From his debut with Shotgun Stories in 2007, Nichols has blended genre with flyover-state authenticity, telling… Read
‘Escape Plan’ Sequel From Emmett/Furla/Oasis; Sylvester Stallone Reprising
EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has greenlighted a sequel to its 2013 film Escape Plan, with Sylvester Stallone prepared to reprise the role he played in the original, this time in a supporting capacity. He starred in the original with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it grossed $137 million worldwide.
EFO co-founders/co-CEOs Randall Emmett and George Furla put this one together, and the company will sell foreign at AFM. Lionsgate Premiere will release domestically. Miles… Read
Nat Wolff & Alexander Skarsgård Join Feature Adaptation Of War Doc ‘The Kill Team’
Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård are set to star in a feature film adaptation of Dan Krauss' war documentary The Kill Team.
The film tracks the story of Private Adam Winfield, a soldier in Afghanistan who attempted to blow the whistle on members of his platoon who carry out a murderous scheme in the desolate wasteland of Southern Afghanistan. Wolff, who starred in The Fault of Our Stars, is set to play Winfield with Skarsgård, who was recently seen in The Legend of Tarzan… Read
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