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Outfest Pic ‘Tucked’ Lands Gravitas Ventures Deal Ahead Of Premiere


EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK to Tucked, the dramedy written and directed by Jamie Patterson that is having its world premiere Saturday at the Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival. Gravitas now plans an early 2019 release to coincide with the British theatrical bow. The film, which stars Jordan Stephens, Derren Nesbitt, Steve Oram and April Pearson, screens at Outfest tomorrow at 7 PM at the DGA Theater. The fest wraps Sunday with a… Read


New York Television Festival Gives Top Honors To ‘Hammerhead’

The 14th New York Television Festival wrapped its first summer edition today by awarding the off-kilter independent pilot Hammerhead its two top prizes. The story of an up-and-comer in New York determined not to let his deformed head derail his ambitions captured the Overall Best of Fest Award and NYTVF Critics Award. The Best Comedy Project award went to Smüchr; Best Animated Project was Omega House (which also scored a development deal from Comedy Central); and Best… Read


Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Headed To Venice After First Hollywood Screening Impresses Exhibitors

A Star Is Born

EXCLUSIVE: Multiple sources tell Deadline that Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is headed to the Venice Film Festival. Although no one is officially confirming it, we have been told the festival will screen the Warner Bros movie out of competition as a world premiere on Friday, August 31. That will be one of several major awards films to launch in Venice, with the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also on premiering there along… Read


Damien Chazelle & Ryan Gosling’s ‘First Man’ To Open 75th Venice Fest; Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘ROMA’ Also Expected In Lineup

The Venice International Film Festival will launch with a moonshot. Deadline has confirmed that First Man, Universal’s Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling from director Damien Chazelle, will open its 75th anniversary edition on August 29. It’s a return trip for the director and star, whose previous team-up La La Land premiered at Venice in 2016 en route to a fruitful awards season. Josh Singer scripted the film based on James R. Hansen’s biography. Chazelle’s La L… Read


Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘ROMA’ Set As New York Film Festival Centerpiece


The New York Film Festival has gotten out front of the coming onslaught of slate announcements to declare that Alfonso Cuarón’s Spanish-language drama ROMA will be the Centerpiece of the 56th New York Film Festival. The pic will make its New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 5, 2018. That means ROMA, which was acquired and will be released by Netflix, will make its world premiere elsewhere and the expectation is that will be at Venice, where Cuarón… Read


LA Film Festival Moves Into New Oscar-Season Berth With Diverse Programs, Partnerships

In any previous year, the annual LA Film Festival would have been over a month ago, but now in what is certainly, at least partially, a bid to be taken more seriously as a real player on the fest circuit — in the very backyard where Oscar hopefuls get birthed — the Film Independent-produced fest is looking to be a much bigger part of the conversation than its past placement in June ever allowed. Scheduled now to run September 20-28, the new date puts it in the forefront… Read


SFFILM Rainin Grants For Indie Narrative Films Set, Funding Ten Teams

San Francisco Bay Area film festival promoters SFFILM, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, has announced the development projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding in the latest round of SFFILM Rainin Grants. The organization has backed a prominent slate of past grant winners, including current buzz films Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting, as well as prominent alumni films Fruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild. "Our track… Read


French Thriller ‘Just A Breath Away’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures Ahead Of Fantasia Fest Bow

Just A Breath Away

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume), the French-language apocalyptic thriller directed by Daniel Roby and starring Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko. The deal was struck just ahead of its North American debut later tonight as the opening film of the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and a 2019 theatrical release is in the works. Duris and Kurylenko play parents who are desperately trying to save their daughter from a… Read


Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ To Open London Film Festival

Steve McQueen's Widows has been set as the opening night gala of the BFI London Film Festival which kicks off October 10 in the British capital. From 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films, the modern-day thriller is co-written by the Oscar-winning director with Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn and unites a group of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth… Read


‘Deadpool 2’ Heads To Comic-Con With Panel & “Super-Duper Special Screening”

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 may have been released in May, but 20th Century Fox wants you to know that the Merc with a Mouth had a lot more to say. The irreverent superhero is heading down to Comic-Con July 21 in a couple of weeks for a special panel and a “super-duper” special screening of the David Leitch-directed sequel starring Ryan Reynolds. The panel and screening were announced today on the Comic-Con website, but they have not announced who will be participating in the Hall H panel… Read


Karlovy Vary Fest Gives Top Prize To Radu Jude’s ‘I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians’ – Winners List

Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude’s I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians has taken the top Crystal Globe award at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Czech fest’s Special Jury Prize went to Ana Katz’s Sueño Florianópolis, and Olmo Omerzu was named best director for the film Winter Flies. See the complete list of winners below. As previously announced, the festival, which ran from June 29 – July 7, presented a Crystal Globe for… Read


Comic-Con Best Of 2018 TV Schedule: ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Jack Ryan’ & ‘Deadly Class’ Lead Pack – Update

The Walking Dead Doctor Who Jack Ryan Deadly Class

UPDATED with Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday events: Still finishing up its final season, Game of Thrones won’t be unleashing its Hall H power this year but television will still be storming Comic-Con this year. With what may be Andrew Lincoln’s last appearance, The Walking Dead will be there, as Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the SDCC debut of new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker in Hall H plus a sneak peek at Syfy’s highly anticipated adaptation of Deadly Class by Aven… Read