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.