Hal Ashby Documentary ‘Hal’ Will Get Theatrical Bow Via Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hal, the Amy Scott documentary about iconoclast director Hal Ashby that had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. A theatrical release later this year is planned.
Ashby, whose work especially in the 1970s included Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Coming Home, is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. The docu employs rare archival materials… Read
‘Augie’ Review: Fitness Giant’s ALS Struggle Makes For Moving Love Story
On its surface, Augie, the story of a fitness giant who contracted ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), might be a downer of a documentary to watch. That would be wrong. Instead, Augie turns out to be a love story like no other and an unforgettable journey that gives us all hope. In many ways it shares some of the same attributes as the Oscar-nominated Alzheimer’s docu Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which detailed the singer’s valiant fight against a… Read
Daniel Brühl Takes ‘7 Days in Entebbe’; Zoey Deutch Rebels in ‘Flower’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
With Awards Season tucked away, Specialty newcomers have a chance to breathe. Focus Features, which had two films in the Oscar running, is heading out with political thriller 7 Days in Entebbe starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. The company is taking a page out of its playbook from the box office success of The Zookeeper's Wife, released in a similar pattern last March. The Orchard is opening teen comedy Flower with Zoey Deutch with limited runs ahead of a wider roll… Read
Judy Greer Comedy ‘Adventures In Public School’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures For April Bow
Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Adventures in Public School, the comedy starring Judy Greer. Grace Park and Russell Peters co-star in the pic directed by Kyle Rideout and penned by his Eadweard co-scribe Josh Epstein. It will hit theaters and VOD on April 27.
The film, which played at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, centers on a socially awkward home-schooled kid (Daniel Doheny) who forces his way into public school when he falls for the popular… Read
Steve Buscemi Gets Laughs In ‘The Death of Stalin’; Charlotte Rampling Stars As ‘Hannah’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
As a new post-Oscars cycle begins, Specialty winners should see a bump in the box office this weekend with added runs while new titles enter theaters with audiences looking to spring and beyond. IFC Films is rolling out comedy The Death of Stalin, which had a fall festival run. Starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale and Andrea Riseborough, the feature takes a crack at one of the last century's most notorious dictators and his cronies. On a… Read
Alan Cumming Pic ‘After Louie’ Getting March Release With Freestyle
After Louie, the debut feature film from artist and AIDS activist Vincent Gagliostro that stars Alan Cumming, has been acquired by Freestyle Digital Media. The drama will now bow theatrically March 30 in New York day-and-date with VOD.
Cumming plays Sam, a New York artist and activist for ACT UP (Gagliostro was a founding member) who lived through the early years of HIV/AIDS and is struggling with survivor's guilt. He meets Braeden (Zachary Booth) at a bar, and the… Read
Bart & Fleming: Oscar Ratings & ‘Red Sparrow’ Sunk By Hollywood’s Liberal Trump Bashers?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: Why were the Oscar ratings down 19% to the smallest viewership level of all time? I found it a most satisfying show. Jimmy Kimmel and producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd did a fine job all the way to the finish line this time, owning last year’s gaffe and ensuring it didn… Read
Gravitas Ventures Digs Into ‘The Gardener’ Docu; ‘The Heart of Nuba’ Lands At Abramorama
Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to The Gardener, Sébastien Chabot documentary about Frank Cabot’s famed Les Quatre Vents garden in Quebec, one of the most celebrated gardens in North America. The distributor is teaming with nonprofit the Garden Conservancy, founded by Cabot and his late wife in 1989 with the help of Angela Landsbury, to raise awareness about the film and champion the role gardens play in our lives and culture. The plan is to bow the pic March… Read
China Sets One-Month Box Office Record With $1.6B February
While the February box office in North America cleared $1B for the first time, the Chinese box office set a new global one-month record at $1.6B (RMB 10.14B) in the same period. The huge boost in the Middle Kingdom is largely attributable to local Lunar New Year holiday titles. Among the highest-grossing movies to debut during that period are Detective Chinatown 2, Operation Red Sea and Monster Hunt 2.
Already the No. 3 film ever at the Chinese box office, comedy sequel D… Read
‘On Her Shoulders’ Latest Sundance Title Snapped Up By Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to On Her Shoulders, the Alexandria Bombach film that won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere. It will also play at the upcoming SXSW before a planned theatrical release later in 2018.
The deal comes a day after Oscilloscope wrapped up U.S. rights to Madeline's Madeline, Josephine Decker's pic that had its world premiere in the NEXT section… Read
Sam Rockwell Comedy ‘Blue Iguana’ Gets Screen Media Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media has acquired U.S. rights to Blue Iguana, the comedy written and directed by Hadi Hajaig that stars Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz and Phoebe Fox. The company plans a day-and-date release this year sometime in the third quarter.
The deal comes with Rockwell a frontrunner to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Sunday for his role in Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Blue Iguana, meanwhile, is a black comedy that revolves… Read
Oscilloscope Lands Sundance Pic ‘Madeline’s Madeline’
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Madeline’s Madeline, Josephine Decker’s latest pic that had its world premiere in the NEXT section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It later bowed in Europe at Berlin. A theatrical release later in the year is planned.
The film written and directed by Decker (Butter on the Latch, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely) centers on Madeline (Helena Howard), who has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater… Read