Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘I Melt With You’

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘I Melt With You’

Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired US theatrical rights to Mark Pellington’s I MELT WITH YOU, an ensemble film starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Tim (Christian McKay), and Jonathan (Rob Lowe) are friends from college who gather for a weekend each year to celebrate their friendship and catch up with each […]

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

German film producer Bernd Eichinger, best known for movies such as “The Neverending Story,” “The Name of the Rose” and “Downfall,” has died, his production company told CNN. He was 61. Eichinger died of a heart attack Monday night in Los Angeles while dining with family and friends, his production company, Constantin Film, said in a statement. Read more …

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen

Fox Searchlight acquired the dramatic film Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley), playing in the  U.S. Dramatic Competition at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Sean Durkin, the cast also includes Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, and Sarah Paulson. Haunted by painful memories and suffering from increasing anxiety, Martha escapes an abusive cult and returns home to live with her older sister, Lucy, and Lucy’s husband, Ted. […]

Sundance Film Festival: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Guard starring Don Cheadle

Sundance Film Festival: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Guard starring Don Cheadle

Sony Pictures Classics has reportedly close the deal to take domestic and Latin American rights to The Guard. The film screened opening night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is featured in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category. Directed by John Michael McDonagh, the cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, and Dominique McElligot. Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a salty village cop in Ireland, has a subversive sense of humor, […]

Sundance Film Festival: Liddell Entertainment Acquires horror film ‘Silent House’

Sundance Film Festival: Liddell Entertainment Acquires horror film ‘Silent House’

Liddell Entertainment has acquired the horror film Silent House, a last minute addition to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by the Chris Kentis and Laura Lau  ( the duo behind Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and starring Elizabeth Olsen (sister to the Olsen twins), Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett, the film is screening in the festival’s Park City at Midnight category. […]

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Mark Cahil’s debut feature film ‘Another Earth’

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Acquires Mark Cahil’s debut feature film ‘Another Earth’

Fox Searchlight continues its buying spree at Sundance Film Festival picking up Mark Cahil’s debut feature film “Another Earth” for a reported $1.5 million-$2 million. Another Earth which stars William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor, and Flint Beverage, is currently screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category. Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. John Burroughs, a brilliant composer, has just reached […]

Kentucky & Regional Films showcased at upcoming Derby City Film Festival

Kentucky & Regional Films showcased at upcoming Derby City Film Festival

The Upcoming Derby City Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky is gearing up to be a big year, especially for local filmmakers. This year’s film festival includes 20 films from Kentucky filmmakers and 10 more from Indiana & Ohio. The latest press release from the festival follows below. Gritty crime dramas, quirky love stories, clay-mation sci-fi and stirring documentaries are just some of the themes being offered from films by Kentucky filmmakers at this year’s Derby […]

83rd Academy Awards® Nominations Announced

83rd Academy Awards® Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 25) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. “The King’s Speech,” emerged the frontrunner with 12 nominations including best picture, best director and best actor. Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards Performance by an actor in a leading role * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions) * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount) * Jesse […]

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Grabs “Homework” and Remake Rights to “The Bengali Detective”

Sundance Film Festival: Fox Searchlight Grabs “Homework” and Remake Rights to “The Bengali Detective”

Fox Searchlight continues it buying streak at Sundance Film Festival picking up Gavin Wiesen’s “Homework”and grabbing the remake rights to Philip Cox’s “The Bengali Detective.” “Homework,” from first-time director Gavin Wiesen stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, and Blair Underwood. George (Freddie Highmore), a smart teenage loner, has made it to his senior year despite the fact that he has never completed an assignment. Enter Sally (Emma Roberts), the school […]

2011 Producers Guild of America; ‘The King’s Speech” Takes Top Award

2011 Producers Guild of America; ‘The King’s Speech” Takes Top Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last weekend. In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards including James Cameron with the 2011 Milestone Award; Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with the 2011 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; Scott Rudin with the 2011 David […]

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media to release ‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” Documentary

Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media to release ‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” Documentary

Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times. The documentary film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Times newspaper – it goes inside the newsroom in 2010, capturing a tumultuous year of journalism The film, directed by Andrew Rossi, is playing in this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. documentary competition category. With the Internet surpassing print as our […]

Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media Acquires Iranian film ‘Circumstance’

Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media Acquires Iranian film ‘Circumstance’

Participant Media has grabbed the North American rights to the Iranian film Circumstance. The debut film from writer-director Maryam Keshavarz is competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category in this year’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Teenagers Atafeh, and her best friend, Shireen, are experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality amidst the subculture of Tehran’s underground art scene when Atafeh’s brother, Mehran, returns home from drug rehab as the prodigal son. Battling his demons, Mehran vehemently renounces […]

Sundance Film Festival: HBO Close to Getting Remake Rights to Irish Documentary ‘Knuckle’

Sundance Film Festival: HBO Close to Getting Remake Rights to Irish Documentary ‘Knuckle’

HBO is reportedly closed to deal to acquire the rights to director Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, a documentary about Irish bare-knuckle brawlers, and plan to turn it into a television drama for the network. The documentary, which premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is competing in the festival’s world cinema documentary competition, tells the story of the Travellers, a nomadic ethnic group that settles disputes through ritualized bare-knuckle fighting. The film tracks a long-simmering feud […]

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions to release ‘Margin Call’

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions to release ‘Margin Call’

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions has partnered to acquire and release J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call” which is playing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. “Margin Call” tells the story of key players at an investment firm during a 24-hour period in the beginning stages of the 2008 financial crisis. Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period […]

Sundance Film Festival: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘Buck’ Documentary

Sundance Film Festival: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘Buck’ Documentary

Sundance Selects grabbed the North American rights to the movie, “Buck,” which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Selects announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Cindy Meehl’s BUCK. The film, which is playing in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiered on Friday, January 21st.  The film centers around Buck […]

Sundance Film Festival: Weinstein Company Acquires Jesse Peretz’s new film “My Idiot Brother”

Sundance Film Festival: Weinstein Company Acquires Jesse Peretz’s new film “My Idiot Brother”

Weinstein Company (TWC) acquired US rights to Jesse Peretz’s new film “My Idiot Brother,” which had its world premiere Saturday at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The comedy stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, and Rashida Jones. Ned Rochlin (Paul Rudd) chooses to look for the good in every situation and the best in everyone he meets, which often puts him at odds with the world around him […]

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Acquires The Ledge

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Acquires The Ledge

IFC Films announced that the company acquired the U.S. rights to The Ledge, which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  The Ledge, directed and written by Matthew Chapman, stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy), Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty).  The film is produced by Mark Damon and Michael Mailer. In this race-against-time thriller, the opposing philosophies of two men embroiled in a complicated love triangle with a beautiful woman […]

2011 César Awards; Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary Award

2011 César Awards; Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary Award

Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced this year’s César Awards aka French Oscars. Terzian also confirmed that Quentin Tarantino will receive the ceremony’s honorary award, and will accept the award in person. Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men lead with 11 nominations, and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer with 8 nominations. The full list of nominees: Best Movie L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil Le nom des gens by […]

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Launching a new chapter with a new executive director, the official lineup of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), was announced today replete with Red Carpet Gusman Galas, Premieres, Competition Categories and Awards, REEL Education Seminars and other special presentations that make up the Festival,s showcase of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 4-13, 2011. The Festival launches on […]

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Twenty-nine films will vie for three Knight Grand Jury prizes in March at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors the grand jury prizes for the festival, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College. “These prizes help place the festival – and Miami’s growing film scene – on the world stage,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts and Miami program director for Knight Foundation, which has […]

Gary International Black Film Festival: February 11-13, 2011 | Film Trailers

Gary International Black Film Festival: February 11-13, 2011 | Film Trailers

The Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF), a three-day cultural event that brings independent Black film to Gary audiences, returns February 11 – 13, 2011. The festival will open with Director and NAACP Image Award Nominee, Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow; starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms and Omari Hardwick I WILL FOLLOW is a film about letting go, and about the surprising thirst for life we experience after the death of someone we love. Written […]

‘Potiche’ to open 34th Portland International Film Festival

‘Potiche’ to open 34th Portland International Film Festival

The 34th Portland International Film Festival opens Thursday, February 10, at the Newmark Theater in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) with the French film Potiche from director François Ozon (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool, 8 Women). This light-hearted, sharp-tongued comedy stars two of the most acclaimed and beloved French actors of all time, Catherine Deneuve (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, Indochine) and Gérard Depardieu (The Last Metro, Jean de Florette, Cyrano […]

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Next Generation of Documentary Filmmakers

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Next Generation of Documentary Filmmakers

One day before the start of the Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, and its gathering of independent filmmakers from around the world, the Ford Foundation announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. The new initiative, called JustFilms, will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers […]

Sony Grabs The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Sony Grabs The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

The Sundance Film Festival hasn’t even started yet and another documentary film has reportedly been acquired. Reelmovienews is reporting that the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which is set to premiere Saturday at the festival has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for distribution in U.S. and Canada. Acclaimed filmmaker and master provocateur Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with tongue-in-cheek perfection as he examines the world of […]