Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Aaron Eckhart Takes 'Fade Out' Role

By Liza Foreman

Aaron Eckhart  will star in the psychological thriller "Fade Out," to be directed by Robert Salerno and produced by Anthony Bregman and Naomi Despres.

Salerno will direct from an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel will executive produce, alongside John Penotti and Tim Williams.

Recovering from a nervous breakdown, screenwriter Jim Connelly (Eckhart) spends his days in a tropical beachfront villa being cared for by his glamorous wife Anne. He starts writing a new screenplay about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife, but his intense paranoia and hallucinations cause fiction and reality to blur. As the events in Jim's screenplay appear to materialize, he becomes a suspect in his own wife's disappearance and must outrun the police as he pieces together the puzzle seemingly designed by his very own mind.

Currently in pre-production, principal photography on the film will commence in mid-February 2014 in Puerto Rico.

The Solution will represent international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market this week. Producers are currently handling US rights.

"'Fade Out' is as irresistible as a potent Caribbean cocktail: a twisted mind-bending thriller set in a sun-soaked beach town -- from a smart script full of surprising twists, and with true artists in front of and behind the camera,” said Bregman.

“Aaron is a versatile actor who has shown immense range across his performances and is the perfect actor to bring the character to life in this Hitchcockian thriller. We’re delighted to be partnering with Bob Salerno on his directorial debut and debuting the project at AFM,” said Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Eckhart is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.

LizaOnFilm: Kyoto in Fall

LizaOnFilm: Kyoto in Fall

Kyoto in Fall

Friday, October 18, 2013

LizaOnFilm: 26th Tokyo Film Fest. Jury Talks

LizaOnFilm: 26th Tokyo Film Fest. Jury Talks: By Liza Foreman The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013) is underway. Here is what the jury had to say at thei...

26th Tokyo Film Fest. Jury Talks

By Liza Foreman

The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013) is underway. Here is what the jury had to say at their opening press conference on Thursday. And we will hear from them in about eight days time, following their marathon film watching schedule, and see what they have to say then.
15 films have been selected for the competition section. The judges this year include jury head Chen Kaige (pictured) and -
Chris Weitz: I’d like to express my gratitude for being chosen as a jury for the Tokyo International Film Festival. The variety of films chosen for competition are pretty extraordinary. There are comedies, dramas, and films with great social importance. What I’m looking for is a spark of creativity. The ideal thing for a director would be to draw inspiration. Personally, I’m looking for something that’ll remind me why I love cinema so much.
Moon So-ri: I’m so happy to be able to come to Japan again. In fact, coming to Japan is like seeing a good friend. I’d like to watch and enjoy the films as an audience rather than as a jury. After the film is over, I’ll probably really think about that film in terms of the director’s thoughts, what message the director wanted to convey, and how deep the director’s heart was in the film. The film that reached out to my heart the most is probably the one that I’d like most.
I’ve been touched by actors with decades of experience in acting and have been impressed by children or amateur actors as well. Rather than the actors’ surroundings or techniques, what’s important is his/her sincerity towards acting. When that sincerity is felt, I believe one’s heart is greatly moved. I hope to see such acting in the competition films.
Chris Brown: It’s a double pleasure to be at this festival—to be a member of the jury and to have my film screened at this festival. I look for inspiration in films. But at the same time, there are so many movies to see that it’s as if being presented with the most incredible feast! In each and one of them, one will find inspiration and stimulation through a story that is exciting. My hope is that, that is what I will find in this banquet of delicacies.
Shinobu Terajima: I realize that I have a very important role as a member of the jury. I think it’s much easier to walk down the Green Carpet than having to judge films. A film is shown on a dark screen where all of a sudden, I am pulled into the screen and the film. Those are the films that remain with me for a long time. I like movies where various facets of human nature and behavior are portrayed.
As for judging films as an actress, there are movies I see purely for entertainment. Yet, as an actress, I do pay close attention to the acting in films. If I think I’d do better, then maybe that movie wasn’t such a good one... But when I feel almost jealous towards the acting, I know it’s a good film. As a matter of fact, I was very jealous of Ms. Moon So-ri’s acting in Oasis!
Chen Kaige: We have our responsibilities as a juries but I also think the pressure is on the media. That is, this festival lies in the hands of how the media presents this festival to the world. I am working on my next film at the moment, so coming to the Tokyo International Film Festival is a great chance to see films created by new directors.
A film mirrors the director as he/she is. Therefore, even if you don’t personally know the director, a film can tell you who a friend is. I look forward to seeing films that are rich in unique personal experiences. Without experiences, the world of cinema wouldn’t have come this far. At the same time, experiences are something which the audience should be able to empathize with. I hope to see such films at this festival.
Young directors are free from the pressures of filmmaking. I was just over 30 years old when I shot, Yellow Earth. After I studied film direction at the Beijing Film Academy, I had no experience in filmmaking and very little concept of what film direction was about. It was a bold move I took making that film. After shooting several films, you begin to be judged on the outcome of the film which becomes daunting. Yet, young directors need none of that—I say they be bold and challenging, and to maintain and express their purity in their films.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tom Hanks and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Open 26th Tokyo Film Festival

By Liza Foreman

The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 – 25, 2013) opened Thursday, with Tom Hanks posing gamely with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, ahead of the opening night film, the Somali pirate drama “Captain Phillips” in which Mr. Hanks stars.
Prime Minister Abe spoke before the screening about the commitment of the Japanese government to “Cool Japan,” a scheme designed to support the growth and export of soft industries, including audiovisual content and fashion. “I would like to make the growth of content a central part of Japanese economic growth,” he said during his speech in which he also talked up the recent successes of Japanese films abroad.  He noted that DreamWorks will remake the Cannes Jury Prize Winner, “Like Father, Like Son” from director Hirokazu Kore-eda. 
Prime Minister Abe’s sentiments were also echoed by Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, who also spoke at the opening night ceremony in Roppongi Hills. Hanks regailed audiences with an amusing tale of meeting the real life Captain Phillips prior to making the film by Paul Greengrass who was in attendance. The film is based on a real life drama from 2009 in which a cargo ship was pirated and the captain taken hostage. Chen Kaige heads this year’s jury.
Mr. Kaige presented on stage the jury members including the director Chris Weitz, the producer Chris Brown and the Japanese actresses Shinobu Terajima and Moon So-ri. Films in competition this year include the Iran’s “Bending the Rules,” “Barber’s Tale” from The Philippines, and the Georgian film “Blind Dates.”
Tokyo has a long tradition of supporting new directors and also green causes through its Green Carpet and other eco friendly events. Yasushi Shiina serves as director general for the festival this year, taking over the reigns from the outgoing head, Tom Yoda.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

LizaOnFilm: Prada Spring/Summer 2014: A Think Piece on Women a...

LizaOnFilm: Prada Spring/Summer 2014: A Think Piece on Women a...: By Liza Foreman Prada Spring-Summer 2014 Britney Spears is not the first person you think of when wandering between the stucco-c...

Prada Spring/Summer 2014: A Think Piece on Women and Politics

By Liza Foreman

Prada Spring-Summer 2014

Britney Spears is not the first person you think of when wandering between the stucco-covered, old-world facades of Milan, the Italian fashion capital, where the upscale worker-bees wander around in bespoke suits.

But inside of the Prada Spring Summer 2014  ready-to-wear show, Spears’ “Work Bitch” set the tone for another scene altogether, a mad-world created in a fit of inspiration by Miuccia Prada, with the back up of  a group of muralists who created a louder-than-life set played back in the, well, playful outfits.

Images from the muralists explored ideas of femininity and power in murals that were inspired, actually, by political wall art from Mexican muralists, a la Diego Luna.

The show space was set up as a streetscape, created around a central island where the expressionistic art played loud and colorful, like the clothes.

Prada dubbed the project “In The Heart of the Multitude.”

It was a collection filled with loud primary colors, seemingly inspired by the garish colors of footballer’s match kits – think a red sporty dress over a green ribbed vest-style T-shirt, complete with plays on footballer socks worn by the models, and the stripes that might run down the side of a player’s shorts, but here were featured across the waistline of dresses or around the neckline.

Perhaps a Mexican street kid with football dreams lurked in the background?

Then there were the political-art, street-art inspired faces emblazoned across fun furry coats and sporty dresses, and decorative elements that looked as if they were made using a touch of left-over Christmas tree tinsel.

Sparkling brassiers resembled a cheeky designer version of a belly dancer’s bra, but worn here over fun dresses or on top of a khaki-colored prep girl’s winter coat.

But then these were not girls that spent hours worrying about their underwear. They were here to kick it, wearing footballer inspired socks-turned-leggings that ran like a dancer’s warm-up kit from the ankle to the knee.

Prada featured a play on the brassier throughout, be it in cut out shapes included as a swirl of color in a series of sporty looking dresses, some seemingly bejeweled in sparkling necklace-like patterns, or sweatshirts where the pattern of a bra was cut out in different bold shades.

Models clutching girlie bags and wore dead-pan expressions.

Faces like Pierre Mornet’s (one of the six artists) “Trois Femmes” could be found turning the corner of a skirt or looking the viewer face on from the center of a dress.

The collection was a walking update on a sort of pop-art inspired, political-art themed show with playful ornamentation, that worked on one level as think piece on women and politics and women and what they wear.

Remember when the feminists burned their bras!

The clothes were filled with rich imagination, and some of the combination of designs and materials that made up a dress or a coat looked like a patchwork piece of walking art, or a rare piece of old-world tapestry with an updated look.

Think a dress with a green sparkling top half combined with a mural of a face that cut through the center of the dress, which ended in a black embroidered-style panel leading to a sporty striped hem-line above the knee.

The six artists working on the show space, included the Los Angeles based Miles “El Mac” Gregor, the muralists Mesa, Gabriel Specter, and Stinkfish, and illustrators Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet.

A version of this story first appeared on TheFashionBeast.com

Saturday, September 7, 2013

LizaOnFilm: 70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced

LizaOnFilm: 70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced: 70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced By Liza Foreman The 70th Venice Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a raft o...

70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced

70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced

By Liza Foreman

The 70th Venice Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a raft of prizes awarded here on the Lido by a jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

The main prize, the Golden Lion, went to Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi while Best Director went to one of the hottest titles from the festival, Miss Violence, and director Alexandros Avranas.

The Grand Jury prize prize went to Tsai Ming-liang for Stray Dogs which had been tipped by critics to win prizes here despite its depressing imagery which saw many festival guests walk out of screenings.

In it second prize of the night, Miss Violence also won Best Actor for Themis Panou s performance.

Best Actress went to Elena Cotta for Via Castellana Bandiera by Emma Dante.

The prize was expected to go to Judy Dench who played a simple woman who leads a tortured life, after her son is take by nuns in the film, Philomena. With the help of a journalist she traces her son, only to find he has passed.

David Gordon Green s film Joe took home Best Young Actor or actress for Tye Sheridan s performance.

Philomena settled for Best Screenplay in an award which went to Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.

The Special Jury Prize went to Philip Groening for Die Frau des Polizisten.

In a press conference after the awards, Saturday night, Paul Schrader talked up new technologies and exempliry uses of them as among the factors influencing the decisions reached by the jury.

He singled out the buzzed about Iranian film Fish and Cat for its use of technology.

This year s jury included the British director Andrea Arnold, German actress Martina Gedeck, French actress Virgine Ledoye and Ryuichi Sakamoto of Japan.

This year saw the second go round of the Venice film market which attracted a smattering of players.

Overall, Venice was celebrated as a place where the focus was clearly on the films, without the distractions of the market and business found in Cannes and Berlin.

Festival favorites included the film Locke by Steven Knight.

Monday, July 22, 2013

LizaOnFilm: Royal Baby Watch: Britain's New Royal Baby Finally...

LizaOnFilm: Royal Baby Watch: Britain's New Royal Baby Finally...: Official statement from Kensington Palace on birth The full statement from Kensington Palace: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cam...

Royal Baby Watch: Britain's New Royal Baby Finally Arrives

Official statement from Kensington Palace on birth

The full statement from Kensington Palace:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LizaOnFilm: From Terminator 2 to Mindfulness: The Movie With T...

LizaOnFilm: From Terminator 2 to Mindfulness: The Movie With T...: Thich Nhat Hanh By Liza Foreman By Liza Foreman Threshold Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature docum...

From Terminator 2 to Mindfulness: The Movie With Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh
By Liza Foreman

Threshold Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature documentary, Mindfulness: The Movie, based on the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

The documentary stars Thich Nhat Hanh, and features interviews with Oliver Stone, Cesar Milan, Deepak Chopra and Sharon Stone, among others.

Larry Kasanoff, chairman and chief executive officer of Threshold Entertainment Group, launched the campaign to raise post production funds for the film.

“All the new age-y mumbo jumbo aside, mindfulness means simply focusing on and enjoying the present moment,” said Kasanoff. “Through meeting Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) and through all our martial arts films and TV, I’ve become such a fan of it. Every time I see something about mindfulness, though, it’s so serious. I wanted to make a film is a fun way for people to understand mindfulness. Mindfulness makes you happy, so why not make a happy film.”

Thich Nhat Hanh pioneered mindfulness, its teachings, and brought it to the west over the last 60 years in over 100 books, thousands of speeches, and a Nobel Peace prize nomination from Martin Luther King, Jr. Larry and Thay became friends, and out of that friendship, the film was born.

Donors to the campaign will receive a special credit on the film and see their name on the screen under the Film Funder category.

Other rewards available include behind-the-scenes photos from the film and t-shirts featuring the film’s logo.

Most of the film has been shot.

Mindfulness: The Movie features Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings of mindfulness including discussions by recognized leaders from science, art, entertainment, medicine, politics, religion and sports, talking about how mindfulness helps them.

The film’s production team includes Larry Kasanoff (Platoon, Terminator 2, True Lies, Mortal Kombat) as producer and director, with Jimmy Ienner as executive producer, and Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing) serving as music supervisor. Post production services will be provided by Threshold Animation Studios.

Campaign address:


Thursday, July 4, 2013

LizaOnFilm: 2013 ANDAM Fellowship Winners Announced: Christine...

LizaOnFilm: 2013 ANDAM Fellowship Winners Announced: Christine...: The jury members met on Thursday, July 4th to select, by simple majority vote, the fellowship winners of the 2013 ANDAM Fashion Award edit...

2013 ANDAM Fellowship Winners Announced: Christine Phung, Alexandre Mattiussi

The jury members met on Thursday, July 4th to select, by simple majority vote, the fellowship winners of the 2013 ANDAM Fashion Award edition.

Made up of its consortium of sponsors - Fashion GPS, Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Company, Longchamp, LVMH, Les Galeries Lafayette, OTB, Swarovski, thecorner.com and the house of Yves Saint Laurent – and fashion professionals, the ANDAM national commission is pleased to award the Grand Prix to:

AMI – Alexandre Mattiussi

Thanks to an exceptional endowment of € 250.000 and the mentorship for two consecutive seasons by Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, ANDAM offers Lauréat the means to establish his label, to create his structure in France and become an active participant in the French economy. “I am very happy to be the mentor of this 2013 edition and its cutting-edge selection. Each year, the ANDAM prize grows in terms of quality and creativity. I am certain that most of the 2013 finalists will become important in the future”.

“This news fills me with great emotion, joy and happiness; I am both thrilled and proud. Thanks to Andam, AMI’s growth potential is ensured. This award is also for my family, my friends and my team and for all the help

and support they have provided from the very start.”

AMI Alexandre Mattiussi

Graduated from Duperré School, Alexander Mattiussi honed his knowledge at Dior’s ‘30 Avenue Montaigne’ men’s line, before joining Givenchy as first menswear assistant in 2004 and Marc Jacobs Men in 2009. In 2010, he launched his own label AMI, a unique concept of ready- to-wear for men: a complete men’s wardrobe, well designed, easy, chic and above all, cool. He showed his first collection in January 2011, during Paris Men Fashion Week.

The second edition of the First Collections Prize is granted to:

Christine Phung (pictured above)

The financial support of €75.000 and the supply of “La Suite” space by the Galeries Lafayette for the installation of their showroom will help Lauréat to develop its brand and gain an international visibility.

“It is a great honour for me to see my work recognized and granted by a prestigious jury. Before my 4th collection, the ANDAM endowment offers me a springboard for my strategic and commercial development”

Christine Phung

Graduated from Duperré school and IFM, Christine Phung successively worked for Christophe Lemaire, Chloé, Vanessa Bruno, Lacoste and Dior. In 2011, she created her own label and won the ‘Grand Prix de la Ville Paris’. In 2012, she finished her first collection and

is nominated among the finalists of Mango Fashion Awards. Last March, she was selected by the French Federation of Couture to present her third collection at the Designer Apartments.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LizaOnFilm: Lydia Maurer Departs Paco Rabanne

LizaOnFilm: Lydia Maurer Departs Paco Rabanne: By Liza Foreman The House of Paco Rabanne has today announced the departure of Lydia Maurer, its Artistic Director of Women's Ready-to-W...

Lydia Maurer Departs Paco Rabanne

By Liza Foreman

The House of Paco Rabanne has today announced the departure of Lydia Maurer, its Artistic Director of Women's Ready-to-Wear. She headed the in-house design team for the past year as part of the ongoing relaunch of the iconic French luxury brand.

The House of Paco Rabanne comments: "Lydia Maurer brought a new spirit of femininity and modernity to Paco Rabanne ready-to-wear. Her work on the Spring/Summer 2013 and Fall/Winter 2013 shows contributed to raising the profile of the House on the international fashion stage."

The House of Paco Rabanne thanks Lydia Maurer for her contribution and wishes her every success in her future projects.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Asif Kapadia Finds 'Ali and Nino'

By Liza Foreman

Asif Kapadia has signed to direct Ali and Nino, Academy Award winning writer Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Kurban Said’s best-selling epic love story set in Azerbaijan.

The film will be produced by PeaPie founder Kris Thykier, with Leyla Aliyeva serving as Executive Producer. Leading international sales and financing company IM Global, a division of the Reliance ADA group, will handle worldwide sales. The film is scheduled to go into production in the first quarter of 2014.

The novel is set in Baku with the historical backdrop of the First World War on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union. It tells the love story of Ali Khan Shirvanshir, the male descendant of a royal Muslim family and Nino Kipiani, a beautiful, Christian, Georgian princess.

Producer Kris Thykier comments: “We are delighted to have Asif Kapadia on board to direct this epic story which we hope will resonate with audiences across the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the story unfold under Asif’s expert direction.”

BAFTA award winning director Asif Kapadia directed the  documentary Senna (2010), chronicling the life of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, which is the highest grossing UK documentary of all time. Asif’s first feature film,The Warrior (2003) received international acclaim on the festival circuit, winning the Alexander Korda Award for outstanding British film of the year at the BAFTAs.

Director Asif Kapadia comments: ““Ali and Nino is such a poignant and timeless novel and I am thrilled to be collaborating with such a talented screenwriter as Christopher Hampton to bring it to life.”

The film is an Azeri / UK co-production expected to shoot in the first quarter of 2014. Oscar-winning British playwright, screenwriter and director Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement, A Dangerous Method) is penning the screenplay.

The film was written by Kurban Said and published in German in 1937. The love story is arguably one of the most famous works of Azerbaijani literature and has since been translated into 33 languages worldwide with nearly 100 reprints.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Brendan Fraser Gets 'In With The Outlaws'

By Liza Foreman

Brendan Fraser has signed on to star in the comedy In With the Outlaws for Stick ‘Em Up Productions.

Shoreline Entertainment will handle sales on the film.

The rootin’ tootin’gun slingin’ caper is due to commence principal photography this fall.

The film turns the classic western genre on its head as it portrays what life would be like for British immigrants settling in the Wild West.

In With the Outlaws is being directed by Andy Morahan (Highlander III: the Sorcerer, Murder in Mind) and is written and produced by Nicholas Sercombe.

Shoreline CEO Morris Ruskin said: “I’m attracted to the project because it is an extremely funny and entertaining script with a hero that is absolutely perfect for Brendan Fraser.”

Sercombe added: “We are delighted to have found a strong relationship with Morris Ruskin at Shoreline Entertainment, who is both a seasoned and respected producer and is highly compatible with a comedy feature such as In With the Outlaws”.

The deal was negotiated by Steve Macy on behalf of Shoreline and Sercombe on behalf of the production.

Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton Board 'Life Itself'

By Liza Foreman

Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton will star together for the first time in the  comedy Life Itself. The film will be directed by Richard Loncraine and is based on the novel Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment, from a screenplay written by Charlie Peters.

In the film, Keaton and Freeman play a long-married New York City couple who find themselves swept into an emotional and comical real estate bidding war when they put their beloved downtown apartment on the market - which means they must also suddenly come to terms with the possibility of moving from the home where they have spent most of their adult lives.

Myriad has acquired international sales rights, and is introducing the project at this week's Cannes Marche du Film. CAA and WME Global co-represent the North American rights.

Life Itself will be produced by Revelations Entertainment in association with Latitude Productions.

Life Itself tell the story of one eventful weekend in the life of Ruth (Keaton) and Alex (Freeman), an aging New York couple who have finally decided to sell their East Village apartment of 40 years. They fear that they are getting too old to climb the stairs, and Ruth's realtor niece has convinced them that they can make a small fortune on the sale. Alex, an artist, and Ruth, a former schoolteacher, are enticed by the prospect of suddenly having more money than they ever dreamt possible. But as they prepare for the open house, the couple's beloved little dog gets sick and has to be taken to an animal hospital, and New York City suddenly goes on high alert when a truck gets stuck in the Midtown tunnel and the driver flees the scene.

Said Myriad's D'Amico, "We are happy to be working with Morgan and Lori again (Myriad previously handled international sales for 10 Items or Less) and of course the extraordinary Diane Keaton on this clever and timely comedy set in the world of New York real estate and art. We know that Richard Loncraine will do a great job directing this insightful script by Charlie Peters.""

Friday, May 17, 2013

Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey Join Pierce Brosnan in November Man

By Liza Foreman

Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and Bill Smitrovich are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man, directed by Roger Donaldson.

The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.

With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, the film tells the story of an ex-CIA operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy.

The film is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Envision’s Grant Cramer, Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan, and Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of The Solution.

Financing for the film was arranged by PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes and Envision’s Grant Cramer. The Solution is handling international rights and CAA represents the U.S. distribution rights.

“Pierce and I couldn’t be happier with the cast we’ve put together on a project that’s been a true labor of love,” producer Beau St. Clair said. “We’re excited to reintroduce Pierce to the spy game, especially with such great talent surrounding him.”

Peter Webber Finds Next Project in 'Happy Camp'

By Liza Foreman

Peter Webber, director of the Academy Award nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring, Hannibal Rising and Emperor, is attached to Bedlam Productions’ Happy Camp. The noir thriller is set to shoot in North America at the end of 2013.

Happy Camp is the debut screenplay by playwright Zayd Dohrn and will be produced by Stella Nwimo, making her in house feature film debut for Bedlam Productions. "Stella's arrival at Bedlam has brought in a succession of great properties. We are very proud to see Stella get her first film away under the Bedlam banner," said Gareth Unwin, CEO at Bedlam.

Happy Camp follows a drug-addled former Deputy Sheriff, CAL searching for his missing daughter amongst the complex politics of a rural Californian logging community. Taking place just off-reservation, the story exists where several worlds collide, with drug dealers, Native Americans, and corrupt officials all coming to blows. Meanwhile CAL grows increasingly desperate as he unearths a major conspiracy involving his daughter and a devastating forest fire rages, threatening to destroy the town of Happy Camp.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

LizaOnFilm: EXCLUSIVE: Chris Pine and Voltage Board Taliban-Th...

LizaOnFilm: EXCLUSIVE: Chris Pine and Voltage Board Taliban-Th...: By Liza Foreman Voltage Pictures has added the Taliban-themed Untitled Drones Project to its Cannes line up. The package, as it...

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Pine and Voltage Board Taliban-Themed 'Untitled Drones Project' in Cannes

By Liza Foreman

Voltage Pictures has added the Taliban-themed Untitled Drones Project to its Cannes line up.

The package, as it is being presented here, includes Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) in the lead role, with Andrew Niccol (Lord of War, Gattaca) directing and writing. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier is producing.

The story follows a fighter pilot turned drone pilot.  Based in Las Vegas, he fights the Taliban by remote control all day before going home to the burbs to fight with his wife and kids.

However,  the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end? One soldier’s tale with epic implications.

Other titles on Voltage’s Cannes slate include The Canyons from director Paul Schrader, which is screening at the Marché du Film. Starring Lindsay Lohan, the film follows a group of twenty-somethings who engage in sex and crime sprees in Los Angeles. Bret Easton Ellis wrote the script.

Other Voltage projects include Home Invasion from director Sean Carter.  In pre-production, the film follows a family at odds after they're imprisoned in their own home, and thrust into a life-and-death game by unknown forces.

The thriller was developed by Silver  Pictures low-budget label, Zinc entertainment.

Also in the works is Testament from writer director Eric Bress.

At a prestigious boarding school in Texas, life is fairly ordinary for this small community, with each person dealing with their daily dramas. All of this changes when the teacher and his students are forced to fight for their lives as the Ten Plagues of The Old Testament strike the small town and the entire world

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LizaOnFilm: EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London...

LizaOnFilm: EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London...: By Liza Foreman Cargo Entertainment ( The Angriest Man in Brooklyn ) has added London Town to its Cannes slate. The film will...

EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London Town with Daniel Huttlestone

By Liza Foreman

Cargo Entertainment (The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) has added London Town to its Cannes slate.

The film will be produced by Christine Vachon and Sofia Sondervan.

The cast for the package being presented in Cannes, includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone.

Huttlestone played the role of Gavroche in Les Miserables.

The film is set in England in 1978 as unemployment hits a high. 14-year-old Shay Baker (Huttlestone) has a hard time, as his family tries to stay afloat and his father (Rhys Myers) works two jobs.

One day, Shay’s estranged mother sends him a cassette of music from London and he is captivated by the band The Clash.

The music and a young punk woman helps him keep going.

The coming-of-age/adventure will be directed by Derrick Borte.

Borte’s previous credits include The Joneses.

Sondervan’s credits include Cadillac Records and Feel The Noise.

Vachon’s past films include Velvet Goldmine and Kill Your Darlings.

Based in New York, Cargo Entertainment was founded in 2011 by Marina Grasic, Jan Korbelin and Mark Lindsay.

It is a worldwide sales, financing, production and distribution company.

Other films on their Cannes’ slate include the drama/thriller Free Ride with Anna Paquin; The Angriest Man in Brooklyn with Robin Williams; Attachment with Sharon Stone; Zipper with Patrick Wilson; Cell with John Cusak; and Kings Highway with Adrien Brody.

This story appeared in print in the Cannes Market News on May 15


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Metallica to Rock Cannes

By Liza Foreman

Exclusive Media will present writer/director Nimród Antal’s  3D concert/suspense film Metallica Through the Never, featuring the iconic band, to international buyers at the  Cannes Film Market, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s president of international sales and distribution, Alex Walton.

Starring Metallica members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan, the film is produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins.

The film marries footage and editing techniques with a  narrative, in which a crewmember (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned upside down.

Picturehouse will distribute the film in North America exclusively in IMAX theatres on Sept. 27, 2013 and will expand on Oct. 4, 2013.

Alex Walton negotiated the rights deal with Picturehouse’s Bob Berney and QPrime's Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch.

“This feature film is a wild and a refreshingly unique cinematic experience – a Metallica extravaganza that will electrify fans and movie-goers around the world,” said Walton.

"After wading through multiple international distribution options for our film, we are excited to be partnering up with the folks at Exclusive Media, who we feel understand Metallica and understand our film better than anyone else," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Throw in the cherry-on-top, launching our international sales with a couple of screenings at the film market during alittle up-and-coming film festival in Cannes, and it feels like we're off to a pretty rockin' start."

Since they formed in 1981, Metallica have gone from anunderground heavy metal band to one of the most successful rock bands in history, with an intensely loyal fan base. Over the course of three decades, Metallica has sold over 100 million albums, 5 million videos and DVDs, won multiple awards including nine Grammys and have become the most played artist on rock radio.

In 2012, the band earned $86.1 million with 30 shows during their worldwide tour, making them the 8th highest grossing heavy metal/hard rock concert tour of the year.

Antal is best known for writing and directing the film Kontroll, which won numerous awards, including the Award of the Youth at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Hugo (main prize) at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as a European Film Award nomination for best director.