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        Leslie Jones-Kristen Bell Coupon Cartel Saga ‘Queenpins’ Lands With Rocket Science — Cannes

        • Deadline
        Leslie Jones-Kristen Bell Coupon Cartel Saga ‘Queenpins’ Lands With Rocket Science — Cannes
        Exclusive: On the eve of the Cannes market, Rocket Science has come on board to finance and handle international sales on dark comedy package Queenpins, starring Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters) and Kristen Bell (The Good Place).

        CAA Media Finance arranged the financing and is handling U.S. rights. Linda McDonough (Drive) is producing.

        Written and to be directed by husband and wife team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky), the film is inspired by the true story of the largest counterfeit coupon caper in history. It centers on two Phoenix best-friends who create a scheme to counterfeit coupons and soon find themselves running a $40M scam.

        Saturday Night Live alum Jones has The Angry Birds Movie 2 upcoming. Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Bell is in production on Frozen 2.

        Rocket Science’s Cannes slate also includes Ana Lily Amirpour’s female-led reboot of survival blockbuster Cliffhanger
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        'Detective Pikachu' Looks for Strong Opening While 'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Top $700M

        'Detective Pikachu' Looks for Strong Opening While 'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Top $700M
        Mother's Day weekend is looking as if it will be yet another Avengers-led weekend at the box office as Avengers: Endgame will become only the fourth film ever to top $700 million at the domestic box office this weekend, but this holiday weekend won't only be about Avengers. Warner Bros. is releasing the highly anticipated video game adaptation Pokemon: Detective Pikachu in just over 4,200 locations while Stx and Uar will be vying for Mother's Day audiences with Poms and The Hustle respectively. Additionally, Disney has changed things up with Fox Searchlight's Tolkien, which was originally scheduled to begin its limited run this weekend, but instead the Mouse House will give the film a wide berth in nearly 1,500 locations. Entering its third weekend in domestic release, Disney's Avengers: Endgame is looking to top $700 million this weekend and, in fact, should push over $730 million which will make it the third highest grossing
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        Natasha Lyonne Joins Jon Stewart’s Political Drama ‘Irresistible’ (Exclusive)

        • Variety
        Natasha Lyonne Joins Jon Stewart’s Political Drama ‘Irresistible’ (Exclusive)
        Following her critically acclaimed Netflix series “Russian Doll,” Natasha Lyonne is heading back to the big screen. The actress is joining Steve Carell in the ensemble cast of Jon Stewart’s upcoming comedy “Irresistible.”

        The movie, also starring Topher Grace, Rose Byrne, and Chris Cooper, follows a Democrat political consultant (Carell) who helps a retired ex-Marine colonel (Cooper) run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town. Lyonne’s role is currently unknown.

        Variety first reported that Stewart and Carell would team together on what would be Stewart’s second directing project. His directorial debut was 2014’s political drama “Rosewater,” which centered on journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogated him under suspicion that he was a spy.

        Stewart will also produce “Irresistible” alongside Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

        Lyonne most recently starred in “Russian Doll,
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        ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘Us’ Lead Golden Trailer Awards Nominations

        ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘Us’ Lead Golden Trailer Awards Nominations
        If you thought that moment from the first trailer for “A Star Is Born” where Lady Gaga bellows the breakdown of “Shallow” was incredible, you’re not alone. That trailer, in particular, helped to lead “A Star Is Born” in nominations at the 20th annual Golden Trailer Awards

        The 20th annual awards ceremony, which honors marketing executives and companies that create movie trailers, commercials and posters worldwide, announced the full list of nominees for 2019 on Thursday. In addition to “A Star Is Born,” which scored 12 nominations, “Roma” landed 11 and Jordan Peele’s “Us” had 10 to outpace the competition.

        Among the studios, Netflix led the tally of all studios or networks with 66 nominations between their films and series, including “Roma,” “Stranger Things: Season 3” and “Bird Box,” among others. Warner Bros. along with its subsidiaries, HBO and New Line, had 59 nominations, with “A Star Is Born,” “Game of Thrones, Season 8” and “Aquaman” among them.
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        James Cameron Congratulates ‘Avengers: Endgame’ For Sinking ‘Titanic’s’ Box Office Record

        James Cameron Congratulates ‘Avengers: Endgame’ For Sinking ‘Titanic’s’ Box Office Record
        Titanic” director James Cameron tipped his hat to Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios for the historic box office success of “Avengers: Endgame.”

        After just two weekends in theaters, “Avengers: Endgame” surpassed “Titanic” as the second-biggest movie of all time. “Titanic,” a box office juggernaut in its own right, raked in a mighty $2.187 million in global ticket sales. So far, “Avengers: Endgame” has amassed $2.27 billion and counting.

        “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic,” Cameron wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement.”

        Cameron noted that despite naysayers forecasting the death of multiplexes, “Avengers: Endgame” proves audiences will still come out for the right theatrical experience.

        “You’ve shown that the movie industry is not the only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever!,” he said.

        Indeed, moviegoers have turned out in record force for “Avengers: Endgame.” It
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        BBC Films' Eva Yates, Film4's Ollie Madden among speakers for 2019 Media Production Show

        Fourth year of the event will be on June 11 and 12.

        BBC Films commissioning executive Eva Yates and Film4’s head of creative Ollie Madden will be among the speakers at the fourth edition of the Media Production Show (Mps), running June 11 and 12, 2019 at Olympia London.

        The event is a showcase for talent and technology in the UK media industry, bringing together figures from the broadcast and film sectors to share insights about the future of content creation.

        Further speakers in the programme include Aaron Haye, production designer of the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody; sound designer Glenn Freemantle of Sound24, whose recent
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        ?New Brussels-based outfit Bff boards Valentyn Vasyanovych's 'Atlantis'

        Best Friend Forever (Bff) was launched by Martin Gondre and Charlie Bin.

        New Brussels-based sales and production services company Best Friend Forever (Bff) has boarded sales on Ukrainian producer and director Valentyn Vasyanovych’s dystopian drama Atlantis ahead of Cannes.

        Set in near future, war-torn eastern Ukraine, the drama revolves around a former soldier suffering from Ptsd, working at a local smelter and struggling to adapt to the reality of a life in pieces and a land in ruins.

        When the smelter shuts down and he loses his job he finds salvation by volunteer Black Tulip mission dedicated to exhuming war corpses.
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        First trailer for Ira Sachs' Cannes-bound 'Frankie' starring Isabelle Huppert (exclusive)

        Competition title is Sachs’ Cannes debut.

        Screen can exclusively reveal the first trailer for Ira Sachs’ Cannes Competition title Frankie.

        The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a famous French actress, who after learning she has only months to live, gathers her family for one last holiday in Sintra, Portugal.

        Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier, Pascal Greggory, Ariyon Bakare, Vinette Robinson and Greg Kinnear co-star.

        Sachs wrote the screenplay with Mauricio Zacharias. Frankie is the director’s Cannes debut and the first time he has shot outside the Us.

        Sachs’ previous films include The Delta, Sundance Grand Jury prize winner
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        UK’s Grimmfest launches horror production company (exclusive)

        Grimmfest Films will develop, produce and part-finance features and streaming content.

        Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones, directors of Manchester-based UK genre film festival Grimmfest, are launching a production company called Grimmfest Films.

        The company will develop, produce and part-finance feature films and streaming content from filmmakers who have premiered work in the festival. This year’s event runs from October 3-6.

        Grimmfest Films is financially supported by M2 Media Post Inc, providing an equity fund to invest in post-production. Further funding announcements are pending.

        The management team includes executive producer Sarada McDermott McDermott’s credits include co-producer roles on Fighting With My Family and Tolkien.
        See full article at ScreenDaily »

        The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ 16-Bit Trailer, The Science of Marvel & More

        The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ 16-Bit Trailer, The Science of Marvel & More
        The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch a 16-bit version of the Star Wars: […]

        The post The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ 16-Bit Trailer, The Science of Marvel & More appeared first on /Film.
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        Sales outfit Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes (exclusive)

        Sales outfit Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes (exclusive)
        Titles are animation ’Nutcracker And The Magic Flute’ and sci-fi ’Spaceball’.

        International sales outfit Luminescence has acquired two titles produced by Sergey Selyanov’s Russian production house Ctb – Nutcracker And The Magic Flute and Spaceball.

        The company will launch sales on the titles at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

        Nutcracker And The Magic Flute is an animated adventure comedy based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic 1816 story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker.

        The narrative centres around ballerina Marie, whose toys come alive
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        Russia's Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes sales (exclusive)

        Russia's Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes sales (exclusive)
        Titles are animation ’Nutcracker And The Magic Flute’ and sci-fi ’Spaceball’.

        International sales outfit Luminescence has acquired two titles produced by Sergey Selyanov’s Russian production house Ctb – Nutcracker And The Magic Flute and Spaceball.

        The company will launch sales on the titles at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

        Nutcracker And The Magic Flute is an animated adventure comedy based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic 1816 story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker.

        The narrative centres around ballerina Marie, whose toys come alive
        See full article at ScreenDaily »

        Altitude bolsters UK release slate with 'Little Monsters', 'Meeting Gorbachev' (exclusive)

        Altitude bolsters UK release slate with 'Little Monsters', 'Meeting Gorbachev' (exclusive)
        Company unveils plans for its summer slate including ‘Maradona’, ‘Horrible Histories’.

        Altitude Film Distribution, the releasing arm of UK mini-studio Altitude Film Entertainment, has added four titles to its UK release slate.

        The company has picked up rights to Andre Singer and Werner Herzog’s documentary Meeting Gorbachev. The film, which premiered at Telluride last year, sees Herzog interview the former general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to get an insight into his life and career. Altitude picked up the title from History Films and will release in November.

        Altitude has also bought Little Monsters, the
        See full article at ScreenDaily »

        Bros Head to the U.S. in ‘After the Screaming Stops’ Doc Via Gravitas Ventures

        The film charting the stormy reunion of British pop band Bros has been picked up for the U.S. by Gravitas Ventures, which will release the feature documentary on home entertainment and on-demand channels.

        “Bros: After the Screaming Stops” captured viewers’ imaginations in the U.K., showing the band’s twin brothers preparing for a reunion gig. Luke and Matt Goss are seen candidly sharing their thoughts on getting back together – and the film shows some tender and some more volatile meetings between the pair. They also reflect on the stellar success of their band in the 1980s.

        The documentary won a BAFTA craft award earlier this year. Red Arrow’s Gravitas landed the U.S. rights from Fulwell 73, James Corden’s British production company.

        “Since the very first screening, the reaction we’ve received to ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Leo Pearlman,
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Diego Maradona documentary: official trailer –?video

        The full trailer has been released for Diego Maradona, a feature-length documentary about the Argentinian legend’s time at Italian club Napoli. Produced from over 500 hours of footage from Maradona’s personal archive by the Academy Award-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film will trace his on and off the pitch exploits in Italy during the 1980s. Diego Maradona will premiere at the Cannes film festival, before hitting cinemas on 14 June.
        See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

        Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

        An Ohio cinema has removed ‘Gish’ from its name due to her role in notorious 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. Cultural myopia – or proof of newly enlightened times?

        Lillian Gish, the “first lady of American cinema”, starred in more than 100 films between 1912 and 1987, including greats such as Broken Blossoms and The Night of the Hunter, and pioneered many of the techniques essential to cinema acting – especially mesmerising closeups. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an AFI Lifetime Achievement award and an honorary Oscar. But now, more than 25 years since her death aged 99, her stock appears to have fallen. The trustees of a student union in Ohio have voted unanimously to remove the name of Gish and her sister Dorothy from a university cinema because of one film that she appeared in, the notoriously racist The Birth of a Nation.

        Dw Griffith’s 1915 film epic is still dangerous,
        See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

        Penélope Cruz to Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award

        Penélope Cruz to Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award
        Barcelona – Soon set to be seen at Cannes’ in Pedro Almodóvar’s competition contender “Pain and Glory.” Penélope Cruz will receive the 2019 Donostia Award for career achievement at the 67th San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept. 20-28 at the Basque resort city.

        The Spanish actress will be honored doubly way, as she will also be the official image on this year’s festival poster.

        No other Spanish actress has received the international recognition of Cruz, nor her number of top-echelon prizes and nominations as she has battled to broaden the roles open to Latin actresses.

        She demonstrated a range most memorably perhaps winning a best supporting actress Academy Award and Bafta winner for her performance as Maria Elena in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

        “Cruz, who officially graduated from sex kitten to powerhouse melodramatic actress in ‘Volver,’ is in full Anna Magnani mode here, storming up and down mountain
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)

        Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)
        Veteran actor Jean Reno has been tapped to star in “Rogue City,” a thriller that sees director Olivier Marchal re-team with French studio Gaumont.

        Budgeted at $13 million, the film is set in Marseille and follows an anti-gang cop (Reno) with unorthodox methods who investigates a shooting at a local nightclub along with his longtime rival.

        Lannick Gautry, Stanislas Merhar and David Belle complete the cast. Alain Figlarz, who has previously worked on “Taken 3,” “The Bourne Identity” and “The Transporter,” will be handling the action scenes and stunts.

        The movie is set to start shooting on location in the south of France in September. Gaumont will kick off pre-sales for “Rogue City” at Cannes with a fully story-boarded script, and expects to release “Rogue City” in France during the second quarter of 2020.

        Marchal is himself a former cop who worked for both the police and French intelligence. Through films such
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Amanda Nevill to Exit as CEO of British Film Institute

        Longtime British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill is stepping down from the post early next year, the BFI announced Friday. Nevill has been at the BFI, a cornerstone of the U.K. film business, since 2003.

        She was the first woman at the helm of the organization. The BFI said it had already started the process of looking for her successor.

        Nevill said in a statement that it was time to “pursue some other interests and avenues.” She is not thought to be leaving for another industry position.

        “I think the real test of any job is whether at the end you still feel as much excitement and eager energy to do things and make a difference as you did on your first few months…and I do. I have so much to be thankful for, I have learned so much, and had some of the most wonderful cultural moments that
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        BFI CEO Amanda Nevill to step down in 2020

        BFI’s first female chief executive is departing after 16 years at the public body.

        Amanda Nevill, the chief executive officer of the British Film Institute (BFI), is stepping down from her position in 2020.

        Nevill joined the organisation as CEO in 2003, the first female executive to take the role.

        ”After 16 brilliant but incredibly busy years, I’m excited to have some time to pursue other interests and new avenues… some of which I hope won’t be far away from this world for which I will always be a passionate advocate,” said Nevill in a statement.

        The BFI said that its
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