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Articles from January 30

Amazon Studios $14M 'Brittany Runs A Marathon Deal' Leads Mid-Week Sundance Flurry
Third major Park City deal for streamer within a week.Amazon Studios has struck again in Sundance, paying what is understood to be $14m for worldwide rights to Brittany Runs A Marathon, while Netflix was said to be closing the political documentary Knock...
Augmented Reality to Grow into Trillion Dollar Industry, Sundance Panel Hears
‘The level of sophistication we can reach now with these tools is so insanely powerful.’Augmented reality is likely to grow into a trillion dollar business whose extraordinarily lifelike experiences will both entertain and raise considerable ethical...
Chloë Grace Moretz to Star in Roseanne Liang Action-Horror 'Shadow in the Cloud'
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger of Automatik among producers.Chloë Grace Moretz will star for Roseanne Liang in the Second World War action-horror Shadow In The Cloud, which Endeavor Content will shop to worldwide buyers at the EFM in Berlin next...
Cliff Martinez on His 30-Year Career, 'Sex, Lies and Videotape', and Writing Ringtones for Apple
Martinez gave a masterclass at IFFR 2019.American composer Cliff Martinez is celebrating 30 years since the first film he scored, Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies And Videotape, burst onto the independent scene, at Sundance Film Festival in January 1989.Since...
'Corporate Animals': Sundance Review
Demi Moore stars in this tale of a corporate retreat gone badly wrongDir. Patrice Brice. US. 2019. 86 mins.It’s The Office meets Alive in this sporadically funny comedy about a corporate team-building retreat that ends in disaster. Director Patrick Brice...
Curzon's UK Premium VoD Platform Sees 97% Rise in Year-on-Year Revenue
Curzon Home Cinema streams its releases day-and-date for £10-£12.Curzon UK saw revenues for its premium video-on-demand (PVoD) service - which streams its releases day-and-date for £10-£12 - rise 97% in 2018 compared to 2017. The company did not disclose...
?Elle Driver Boards Sales on Wagner Moura's Directing Debut 'Marighella' (Exclusive)
“Because of the current moment we are experiencing in Brazil, this is a story that everyone wants to tell,” says Moura.Elle Driver has acquired international sales rights to Brazilian Narcos actor Wagner Moura’s politically-charged biopic Marighella,...
'God of the Piano': Rotterdam Review
A concert pianist resorts to desperate measures when her baby son is born with a hearing impairmentDir: Itay Tal. Israel. 2019. 80minsWhen she’s told that her newborn son is deaf, concert pianist Anat (Naama Preis, extraordinary) resorts to desperate...
'Hail Satan?': Rotterdam Review
Penny Lane’s entertaining documentary looks at new rise - or interpretation - of the horned oneDir Penny Lane. US. 2019. 95 minsIt’s time to retire your preconceptions about Satanism. According to this unexpectedly amiable documentary from Penny Lane,...
Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson Horror 'The Boy 2' Starts Production for STX, Lakeshore
Companies recently collaborated on Peppermint, Adrift.STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment said on Wednesday (30) that production has begun in Vancouver, British Columbia, on The Boy 2 starring Katie Holmes and Ralph Ineson.William Brent Bell reprises...
Legendary Entertainment, Hammer to Reboot British Sci-Fi 'Quatermass'
The Night Manager writer David Farr to adapt screenplay.Legendary Entertainment and Hammer are partnering on a reboot of the British sci-fi property Quatermass.David Farr (The Night Manager) will write and Hammer’s Simon Oakes will produce the project,...
'Little Monsters': Sundance Review
Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad fight the undead on a kindergarten school outingDir/scr: Abe Forsythe. Australia. 2018. 94 mins..From Shaun of the Dead to Zombieland to the more recent Anna And The Apocalypse, there has been no shortage of zombie-survival...
Middle East Distributor Front Row Appoints New COO in Expansion Drive
Dubai-based company will release its first slate of in-house developed Arabic content this year.Dubai-based company Front Row Filmed Entertainment has appointed Nicolas Torloting in the newly created company position of COO as part of its expansion drive...
Nick Robinson, Jason Clarke to Star in 'Silk Road' for Sierra/Affinity (Exclusive)
Berlin-bound sales title based on Rolling Stone article.Jason Clarke will star opposite Love, Simon lead Nick Robinson in the true crime drama Silk Road, which Sierra/Affinity will launch at the EFM next week.Tiller Russell directs from his adapted screenplay...
Peter Jackson to Direct Beatles Documentary Based on Unseen 'Let It Be' Footage
must The project will use around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio in 1969.Peter Jackson will direct a Beatles documentary based on unused footage from 1970 feature Let It Be.The project is produced by The Beatles’ Apple...
Secret Cinema Chiefs Talk Global Ambitions, Management Changes and 'Casino Royale'
Screen talks to the company heads about James Bond, international expansion and achieving a sounder business footing.Since its launch in the UK in 2007, Secret Cinema has always been associated with its charismatic founder Fabien Riggall, who has been...
Seville International Licences 'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' to Kino Lorber (Exclusive)
Streaming platform Kanopy to partner on release.Seville International announced from Sundance on Tuesday (29) it has licensed US rights on Anthropocene: The Human Epoch to Kino Lorber and struck key additional international sales.The documentary from...
Theatrical Subscription Service Sinemia Unveils Rollover Ticket Plans
‘We understand not everyone can make it to the movies as often as they’d like.’Theatrical subscription service Sinemia announced on Wednesday (30) that new and existing users will be able to rollover one ticket per month, and revealed discounted plans...
'Vice', 'Beale Street' EP on Board EFM-Bound Crime Thriller 'Chameleon' for APL Film (Exclusive)
Sales slate includes UK gangster film Mad Frank, graffiti artist drama Burners.US-based APL Film president of global sales Brian Sweet heads to the EFM with worldwide rights on the crime thriller Chameleon and will shop to buyers in Berlin next week.Vice...
?Wide House Picks Up Female Architect Doc 'City Dreamers' (Exclusive)
Documentary champions ground-breaking work of four major female architects.Paris-based documentary specialist Wide House has picked up international rights to Joseph Hillel’s City Dreamers, exploring the work of female architects Phyllis Lambert, Denise...
'Winter after Winter': Rotterdam Review
Xing Jian delivers a meticulously-composed story set in Japanese-occupied ManchuriaDir Xing Jian. China. 2019. 110 minsThe year is 1944. Manchuria in Northern China is under the occupation of Japanese forces who see the country, and its people, as resources...
'Wounds': Sundance Review
Babak Anvari follows up ‘Under The Shadow’ with some shockingly uninspired jump-scaresDir: Babak Anvari. US/UK. 2019. 94minsA handsome, carefree man discovers just how quickly his seemingly happy life can unravel in Wounds, an initially intriguing horror...
WTFilms to Launch EFM Sales on Generation 14plus Selection 'Knives and Skin' (Exclusive)
Jennifer Reeder’s second film hails from Newcity-owned Chicago Film Project.Paris-based sales agent WTFilms will be at the EFM next week to shop international sales excluding North America on the Generation 14Plus selection and feminist teen noir thriller...
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