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FBI Investigates Sundance Hack, Fest Doesn’t Think Directed Toward Specific Film

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

FBI Investigates Sundance Hack, Fest Doesn’t Think Directed Toward Specific Film

China Dalian Wanda Group’s AMC Theatres Pays Almost $1 Billion For Nordic Cinema Group, Largest Exhibitor In Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, As Well As Denmark; On Heels Of $1.2 Billion Acquisition Of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, Europe’s Largest, As Well As Takeover Of Carmike Cinemas For $1.1 Billion, Which Made It Largest U.S. Exhibitor

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

China Dalian Wanda Group’s AMC Theatres Pays Almost $1 Billion For Nordic Cinema Group, Largest Exhibitor In Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, As Well As Denmark; On Heels Of $1.2 Billion Acquisition Of Odeon & UCI Cinemas, Europe’s Largest, As Well As Takeover Of Carmike Cinemas For $1.1 Billion, Which Made It Largest U.S. Exhibitor

Arrival Doesn’t Make Contact In China

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Arrival Doesn’t Make Contact In China

China Makes Most VPN Service Providers Illegal To Preserve “Great Firewall”

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

China Makes Most VPN Service Providers Illegal To Preserve “Great Firewall”

A Dog’s Purpose Producer Gavin Palone

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

“I also hold myself accountable because, even though I was not present, I knew and had written about how ineffective AHA has been over the years.”
A Dog’s Purpose Producer Gavin Palone

Magnolia Pics Go Hulu After Netflix Streaming Expires

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Magnolia Pics Go Hulu After Netflix Streaming Expires

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Blumhouse On The True Story Behind Split

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Blumhouse On The True Story Behind Split

A. O. Scott On Split

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

“Some years back — it’s startling to contemplate just how long ago it was — Mr. Shyamalan was puffed up into a cinematic visionary, hailed on the cover of Newsweek as ‘The Next Spielberg.’ That hype (and his own self-aggrandizing tendencies) placed a disproportionate burden of significance on a filmmaker who has always been, at heart, a superior genre hack. Blumhouse seems like the right company for Mr. Shyamalan.”
A. O. Scott On Split

League-Quinn Neon Label Makes First On-Site Sundance Acquisition

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

 

  • In a competitive bidding situation, Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, Ingrid Goes West, following the world premiere on Friday night.
  • Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Based on a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the dark comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff.
  • Star Thrower Entertainment and 141 Entertainment financed and produced.
  • Producers include: Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, 141 Entertainment’s Adam and Robert Mirels, and Aubrey Plaza.  Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum executive produced. CAA represented the US rights and negotiated the deal.
  • Ingrid Goes West follows Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media “influencer” with a seemingly-perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything, and move to the West Coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.
  • Ingrid Goes West marks Spicer’s feature directorial debut. He recently co-wrote Flower, along with Max Winkler who will also direct. The film is a twisted coming-of-age comedy starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Tim Heidecker, which Spicer will also produce alongside Rough House Pictures and Diablo Entertainment. Along with Winkler, Spicer will write the recently announced Rocketeer sequel for Disney.

French Protests Over Polanski Presiding Over Césars

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

French Protests Over Polanski Presiding Over Césars

Glenn Kenny On Later Scorsese

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

“For all its attention to detail in depicting the trappings of 17th century life in is settings, Silence is shot and edited with a directness and immediacy of the sort that Scorsese has not brought to bear on his prior period films.”
Glenn Kenny On Later Scorsese

Paramount Makes Settlement In Star Trek Fan Film Infringement

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

“Axanar and Mr. Peters acknowledge that both films were not approved by Paramount or CBS, and that both works crossed boundaries acceptable to CBS and Paramount relating to copyright law.”
Paramount Makes Settlement In Star Trek Fan Film Infringement

London Film Critics Circle Has La La Land On Top; Huppert For Things To Come; Affleck

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

London Film Critics Circle Has La La Land On Top; Huppert For Things To Come; Affleck

Can Drummer Jaki Liebezeit Was 78

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

CAN Drummer Jaki Liebezeit Was 78

Bass Player Pete Overend Watts, 69, Co-Founder Of Mott The Hoople

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Bass Player Pete Overend Watts, 69, Co-Founder Of Mott The Hoople

Trailering James Gray’s THE LOST CITY OF Z (1’55”)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Janelle Monáe Says “I Am The Whole Package”

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

“Millennials will not be silenced – we’re the powerhouse now. We’re not going to let those who want to ‘make America great again’ truly take over. We’re not allowing him to run the world, even though he thinks he is.”
Janelle Monáe Says “I Am The Whole Package”

“Trump’s deep humorlessness, lack of acting ability and bottomless vanity are all there in his first film appearance as ‘Donald Trump,’ in Ghosts Can’t Do It, from 1989, the same year that saw ‘Trump: The Game’ released to toy stores. “

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

“Trump’s deep humorlessness, lack of acting ability and bottomless vanity are all there in his first film appearance as ‘Donald Trump,’ in Ghosts Can’t Do It, from 1989, the same year that saw ‘Trump: The Game’ released to toy stores. “

Sundance Fever: Amazon Studios Dose The Big Sick With $11 Million

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Sundance Fever: Amazon Studios Dose The Big Sick With $11 Million