‘Amy’ Sends Altitude To New Heights In The UK
Asif Kapadia’s ecstatically-reviewed Amy, a powerful tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has scored the largest ever opening for a British docu at the UK box office with $808,000, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a docu in the country after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Kapadia’s film, which is being released by Will Clarke’s Altitude, is already the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 after only a few days on release. It also surpassed… Read
Ariane Labed Joins Cast of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Opposite Michael Fassbender
EXCLUSIVE: Ariane Labed, the Greek-born French actress who made such a stirring impression in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes fave The Lobster, has boarded the cast of Assassin’s Creed. The Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This would be the highest-profile role yet for the 31-year-old actress who already has a clutch of awards under her belt for her fearless work. She won the Best… Read
Emma Watson Officially Confirmed For ‘The Circle’ Opposite Tom Hanks
As Deadline first revealed exclusively more than a month ago, Emma Watson has now been set to star in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book The Circle. Watson, in the role Alicia Vikander was recently attached to, stars opposite Tom Hanks as a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online… Read
Amazon Acquiring ‘Elvis & Nixon’ In Groundbreaking Deal; Partnering With Bleecker Street For Theatrical Release
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios is making its first big move into film acquisitions by acquiring domestic rights to Elvis & Nixon for close to $4 million. Deal is in the advanced stages of closing. Amazon will team up with Bleecker Street, who will handle the film’s release. The film will have a theatrical bow as part of the deal, which was negotiated by CAA and producer Cassian Elwes.
While the other non-linear giant Netflix has been ramping up its acquisitions, most recently… Read
Alicia Vikander Confirmed For Bourne Sequel Opposite Matt Damon
EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Vikander has now been set to star in the next instalment of the Jason Bourne saga opposite Matt Damon, Deadline can confirm. She will not, however, be starring in Justin Kurzel’s Assassins Creed pic opposite Michael Fassbender.
The Swedish star, currently the equivalent of a cinematic supernova following a starmaking turn in Alex Garland’s sleeper hit Ex Machina, could not get her schedule to accommodate both projects. Deadline also understands she is… Read
‘Inside Out’ Review: A Mind-Blowing Pixar Adventure
This review originally was published from Cannes in May. Pixar may have taken off a rare year with no feature film releases in 2014, but the animation studio is back with a vengeance this year with two new films including the November The Good Dinosaur and, coming up on June 19, Inside Out, which is having its World Premiere today in an out-of-competition slot at the Cannes Film Festival. From director Pete Docter, who opened this festival with Up in 2009 and went on to… Read
Hungary Selects Cannes Sensation ‘Son Of Saul’ As Foreign Language Oscar Entry
Over the next couple of months, we’ll increasingly learn which films various countries are putting forth as their Foreign Language Oscar submissions. First off the block is Hungary who today confirmed that Son Of Saul will look to make the trek to the Dolby next February. This is one of the more obvious choices given the film’s rapturous reception in Cannes last month — ahead of its screenings, Deadline pegged helmer Laszlo Nemes as a director to watch. It went on to… Read
Lionsgate Takes Domestic & UK On ‘The Von Trapp Family – A Life Of Music’
Lionsgate has acquired U.S.-Canada and U.K. rights on the Tele Munchen Group pic The von Trapp Family – A Life of Music. The film directed by Dutch filmmaker Ben Verbong takes a different angle on the Sound of Music story the entire world knows and loves. Pic is based on Agathe von Trapp’s autobiography "Memories Before and After the Sound of Music," which tells the story behind the legend. The screenplay was written by Christoph Silber (Good Bye Lenin) and Tim Sullivan… Read
Oscars: With Cannes Behind Us, Serious 2015 Contenders Start To Come Into Play
As I have slowly emerged during the past week from my French fog into the harsher realities of Hollywood, the likely effect of the 68th Cannes Film Festival on this year’s Oscar race has come more into focus. I consider Cannes a “soft start” to the awards season, not as key obviously as the fall trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto but one that puts some early players in the game. Last year in the official Competition, Foxcatcher managed to win a Best Director prize for… Read
Sky To Invest $20M In Milan Hub For Arts; Fremantle Picks Up Jude Law’s ‘The Young Pope': Global Briefs
Europe’s largest pan-continental pay TV platform Sky is setting up a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to bring new dedicated content its 21 million customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK. The move, which carries with it a commitment of $20 million in new spending, is one of the first moves since BSkyB completed its acquisition in November last year of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a… Read
Music Box Acquires Pablo Larrain’s ‘The Club’ For North America
Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s The Club, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Funny Balloons is handing world sales. The film is Larrain's follow-up feature to the Oscar-nominated No, which starred Gael Garcia Bernal.
The Club features a number of Larrain regulars including Alfredo Castro, star of the director’s Tony Manero. Guillermo Calderon, Daniel Villalobos and Larraín wrote the… Read
John Swetnam Cannes Pic ‘Spectrum’ Comes Together With Maple Leaf Funding
EXCLUSIVE: News of splashy deals for finished films, sizzle reels and scripts with talent attachments made on the Croisette will continue to be unveiled for the next few weeks. Here’s one that got done just before the fest market closed. Maple Leaf Films’ Tove Christensen and Michael Wexler agreed to finance and produce Spectrum, a science fiction thriller that John Swetnam will direct. It’s based on his idea and was scripted by Lex Edness. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi is… Read