Posts Tagged ‘film’

‘The Look of Silence’ Takes Top Prize At CPH:DOX Fest

November 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Look of Silence,” U.S. docmaker Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated critical favorite “The Act of Killing,” continues to look a likely awards magnet after taking top honors at the CPH:DOX documentary film festival in Copenhagen.

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Director Didn’t Use CGI for Philip Seymour Hoffman Scenes

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

We’ll be seeing less of Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” films than initially expected as director Francis Lawrence has revealed that he didn’t utilize CGI to finish Hoffman’s remaining scenes. Hoffman had almost completed his turn as Plutarch Heavensbee for the final two installments of the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay – Part... Read more

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Gary Oldman in Talks for ‘Criminal Minds for Dummies’ with Mark Kassen Directing (EXCLUSIVE)

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Mark Kassen is set to direct gangster comedy “Criminal Empire for Dummies,” with Gary Oldman in talks to star. Kassen, who directed “Puncture,” will produce with Gremi Films’ Greg Hajdarowicz and Bo Cerba, and Cutting Edge Group’s James Gibb and Henry Boger. “Warrior” screenwriter Cliff Dorfman will pen the script, with... Read more

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Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Eyes Globes, But Oscar Chances Iffy

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Like all Tim Burton movies, “Big Eyes” is a visual/aural treat, with quirky humor, heart and a zippy pace. Cult status seems assured, and it could get attention at the Golden Globes. But Oscar is another question. For a respected director who has been making big, successful movies for nearly 30 years, his track record with Oscar is... Read more

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New York’s Dodgeville, Mexico’s Varios Lobos Team On ‘I’m No Longer Here’ (EXCLUSIVE)

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LOS CABOS –New York’s Dodgeville Films, producer of Sundance selected “To Be Takei,” is teaming with Mexico’s Varios Lobos to produce “Ya no estoy aqui” (I’m No Longer Here”), the second movie from Mexico’s Fernando Frias (“Receta”). A Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund recipient, “Here” also competes in Los Cabos Fest’s Mexico-U.S.-Canada Co-production Forum. Dodgeville’s Gerry... Read more

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VW of America Will Start Sponsoring CNN Documentaries

November 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Volkswagen of America has been chosen by CNN Films to sponsor its documentaries, expanding the relationship between the two companies. The car maker’s ads will start airing later this month during the CNN showing of the film Ivory Tower about the high cost of a college education in the U.S. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ads will include co-branded, custom material that will air during film breaks and lead-ins. The deal gives Volkswagen of America exclusivity when it comes to automotive advertising during the film presentations. The car maker’s agency, MediaCom, engineered the sponsorship deal. The three companies have worked together before when Volkswagen of America sponsored several episodes of CNN’s series, The Sixties. The New York Times reports that Volkswagen of America has more than doubled its ad spending on CNN in the past year. A CNN senior executive says there are plans to extend the Volkswagen relationship into social media and digital platforms. VW of America is also looking at an expanding relationship to get its brand message out in a softer-sell approach via quality documentaries. Jennifer Clayton, VW’s general manager for marketing communications, told the Times, “I want to let the experts do what they do. We are in the business of selling cars, not show business." CNN will reportedly have seven new documentaries completed by year’s end.

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‘Batman V. Superman’ Shooting in Imax

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be shot with Imax cameras, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed to Variety. News that the superhero matchup would use the cameras first bubbled up on Twitter after a user observed the filmmakers as they shot scenes in Chicago. Snyder’s “Man of Steel” showed in Imax, but didn’t use... Read more

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Riley Keough Crime Thriller Finds Financing (EXCLUSIVE)

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Starring Riley Keogh, “Wolverine Hotel” from director Patricia Chica is howling closer to production with a recent financing commitment from Jean-Guy Després, who will serve as exec producer. The edgy crime thriller is produced by Canada-based Byron Martin. Looking to cast a Latino actor as co-star, Chica met with rising Mexican thesp Luis Gerardo Mendez (“We Are... Read more

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IFC Midnight Acquires Australian Zombie Horror ‘Wyrmwood’

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Australian zombie horror “Wymwood.”

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Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson, Michael Pena Join ‘Vacation’ Sequel

November 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson and Michael Pena have joined the cast of New Line’s “Vacation” sequel. The quartet will portray the Four Corners cops. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are directing from their own script. The film has been shooting in Georgia and New Mexico. David Dobkin is producing through his David... Read more

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