March 2011 - Posts

Daily indieWIRE Clicks: James Wan Gets Creepy, "Source Code" Earns Early Oscar Buzz & More

Today on indieWIRE James Wan dishes on his love of horror films, "Source Code" generates Oscar buzz and "Hanna" continues to charm the critics. James Wan Defends Scary Movies Known for launching the seminal torture porn series "Saw," director James Wan sat down with indieWIRE to discuss his latest horror outing, "Insidious," and why he enjoys scaring the hell out of audiences. "I always find that the horror filmmakers I’ve ...
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Sundance Selects Sashays "Pina" to the U.S.

U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' "Pina" have been picked up by Sundance Selects, the company said Thursday. An in-depth look into the work of iconic dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, world-premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival in February. Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects negotiated the pact with Tim Haslam, CEO of Hanway Films on behalf of the filmmakers. In related news, HanWay ...
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Phase 4 Gets "Lucky" in North America

North American rights to director Gil Cates Jr.’s dark comedy "Lucky" have been acquired by Phase 4 Films, Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of the company said Thursday. The film will make its world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival this week. Phase 4 will release the film theatrically and on its new Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform this summer. Larry Greenberg, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Phase 4 negotiated ...
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Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Extend Their Partnership

Tyler Perry, the recipient of the Visionary Award for filmmaking tonight at Las Vegas' CinemaCon, will continue his partnership with Lionsgate through a multi-year film and home entertainment deal. Partners with Perry since 2005, Lionsgate will release his upcoming "Madea" franchise films and "We The Peeples," as well as his DVDs, plays and other material. Matt Johnson, from Ziffren Brittenham and WME, prepared the deal for Perry. "Lionsgate has been ...
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ICM President Chris Silbermann Announces Co-Heads of Talent

International Creative Management (ICM) President Chris Silbermann announced today that Lorrie Bartlett, Dar Rollins and Adam Schweitzer will become Co-Heads of Talent. This will centralize the agency's leadership across varied entertainment platforms, including film, television, theater, branding and new media. Bartlett, Rollins and Schweitzer represent a variety of well-known film and television actors, including Al Pacino, Christoph Waltz, Dianne Wiest, Eric Stonestreet and Zoe Saldana. Bartlett teamed up with ICM ...
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"Bomb" Ignites Balcony Releasing this Spring

Balcony Releasing has picked up rights to Greg Jacobs and John Siskel's "Louder Than A Bomb," which it will open in U.S. theaters beginning in late Spring, with a New York roll out slated for May 18. The feature documentary tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. Siskel is the newphew of the late critic Gene ...
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Five Projects We're Rooting For: ACT UP Doc, "Shoplifting from American Apparel" and More

In this week's in-production column, indieWIRE speaks with Scott Robbe, producer of an untitled ACT UP project. Also in the spotlight are three films from IndieGoGo: "Shoplifting from American Apparel" (one of our favorite titles); a documentary of women in rock; and an NYU thesis project about a newly svelte, newly womanizing young man. And we put a spotlight on a Kickstarter campaign from the Wallabout Film Festival, run by ...
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Boston Underground Film Festival Awards This Year's Vibrating Bunnies

The films at the Boston Underground Film Festival all compete for the festival's singular award: a vibrating bunny statuette. The award is given to winners from all categories, with this year's recipients being announced Sunday night. Usama Alshaibi's "Profane" was the unanimous winner of the Best of the Fest Award. The same prize went to Can Evernol's "To My Mother and Father" in the Shorts section. "I am very honored ...
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"Insidious" Director James Wan: Tired of torture porn, "I want to make my romantic comedy"

Seven years after launching the horror franchise "Saw," director James Wan wants to revitalize the genre once more with his haunted house thriller, "Insidious." Like "Saw," it was an independent production and written by his long-time collaborator Leigh Whanell. However, "Insidious" boasts none of the gore that defines their biggest hit and comes with a PG-13 rating. The Malaysian-born, Australia-raised director sat down with indieWIRE to discuss his change of ...
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Lionsgate's Microbudget Division: Comedies, Horror Movies, Minority Casts

Lionsgate detailed three films it will produce as part of an initiative to create films with budgets under $2 million. The titles include "Rapturepalooza," described as "a post-apocalyptic comedy," "Gay Dude," a coming-of-age comedy "with a twist" and supernatural thriller "6 Miranda Drive." Lionsgate expects most of the division's films to fall into either the comedy or horror genres, which it called "sweet spots" for the company and "historically driven ...
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Chapman University's Film School is Going Into the Movie Business

Chapman University wants to get into the movie business. Its Dodge College of Film and Media Arts has launched a new production and distribution company, Chapman Entertainment, that plans to produce and distribute a slate of five to 10 microbudget films each year. Budgets are expected to range from $250,000-$625,000, with funding coming from equity partners and private donors. Chapman, which is located in Southern California's Orange County, will contribute ...
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: "Hanna" Finds Some Love, Michigan Gets a Bad Rep & More

Today on indieWIRE "Hanna" gets some love, a recent Oscar-winner opens up about her latest drama and Michigan gets a bad rep. "Hanna" Gets a Killer Review Caryn James was lucky enough to catch Joe Wright's ("Atonement") first stab at an action thriller and she liked what she saw. "I've found Wright's literary adaptations competent, pretty, and never as moving as they should be," she wrote. "But his coolness works ...
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57th Oberhausen Shorts Fest to Feature 141 Films in Competition

The Oberhausen International Short Film Festival is back for its 57th edition with 141 films from 40 different countries to screen across its various competitions. The festival received nearly 6,000 submissions from almost 100 countries this year. Those selected will compete for prizes worth a total of €41, 000. Competitions on tap for this year's edition include the International, German, NRW, and the MuVi competition for best German music video. ...
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Rooftop Films and Hot Docs Reteaming For Second Year

Rooftop Films will return to the roofs of Toronto this May to continue their partnership with Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival. This year, they will be screening three films outdoors on the roof of the London Tap House in downtown Toronto. Descriptions for the screenings are below. All take place on the Roof of the London Tap House 250 Adelaide Street West (Adelaide at Duncan), beginning at ...
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Kim and Liza "Meet Monica Velour"

Kim Cattrall got cozy with Liza Minnelli at a special screening of "Meet Monica Velour," in which Cattrall stars as an 80s porn star long past her prime. The event, hosted by Pamella Roland, kicked off at New York's Landmark Sunshine Cinema and was followed by an intimate after party atop Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side. Cattrall and Minnelli were joined by the film's newbie director Keith Bearden ...
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