The Irish Film and Television Academy has unveiled its nominees for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on April 5 in Dublin. In the Best Film category are Neil Jordan’s Byzantium; John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary; Steph Green’s Run & Jump; Stephen Brown’s The Sea; and John Butler’s The Stag. Ruiri Robinson is nominated for director for his debut sci-fi feature film The Last Days On Mars alongside Butler, Jordan and McDonagh. The Best Actor category includes Brendan Gleeson for Calvary; Domhnall Gleeson for About Time; Ciarán Hinds in The Sea; and The Stag’s Andrew Scott. Antonia Campbell-Hughes is nominated for Best Actress in 3096 Days, alongside Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium; Jane McGrath in Black Ice; and Kelly Thornton in Life’s A Breeze. The male supporting race includes Colin Farrell for Saving Mr Banks; Michael Fassbender for 12 Years A Slave; Edward MacLiam for Run & Jump and Peter McDonald for The Stag. Female supporting actors recognized are Sinead Cusack for The Sea; Fionnula Flannigan for Life’s A Breeze; Amy Huberman for The Stag and Orla O’Rourke for Calvary. Up for Best International Film are 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Philomena and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Among TV nominees is Gillian Anderson thriller The Fall; HBO’s Game Of Thrones; historical action drama Vikings; period crime series Quirke; and urban drama Love/Hate. Downton Abbey, Moone Boy and Dracula also scored acting nods. The full list of IFTA nominees is here.
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WGA Awards: ‘Captain Phillips’ & ‘Her’ Win Top Film Awards; ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Veep’ & ‘House Of Cards’ Score On TV Side
UPDATED WITH FULL LIST OF WINNERS: The 66th annual WGA Awards were handed out tonight in “simultaneous” ceremonies on both coasts — the WGA West is at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and the WGA East at the Edison Ballroom. Like last year, the NY crew announced its main awards well ahead of the LA ceremony. In the end, Billy Ray was the somewhat surprising winner of the Adapted Screenplay award for Sony’s Captain Phillips while Spike Jonze took the Original Screenplay honor for Warner Bros’ Her. If the time snafu sounds familiar it is; last year the LA event lagged NYC’s by almost an hour, meaning award winners were being announced first by WGAE and then trickled into the WGAW audience to ruin the suspense. Tonight, word began filtering into the JW Marriott of the main winners about 2 hours into the show. Ray and Jonze, who were in LA, came to the podium a good 40+ minutes after their awards were unveiled at the Edison and pretended to look surprised — all of the final big awards seemed to lose steam as most in the room new the winners.
On the TV side, Breaking Bad won both the Best Drama and Episodic Drama categories for the second time in three years and the third consecutive Best Drama trophy for the series’ final installment. House Of Cards picked up the first WGA Award for Netflix, taking the New Series honor. The streaming service led the network pack this year with six nominations as the guild amended its rules this year to allow eligibility for Netflix series that have been produced for initial exhibition in New Media. Veep won its first major series award with its Comedy Series win tonight over the likes of Modern Family, which was looking to take back the crown after losing last year to FX’s Louie. The fellow HBO comedy Veep launched, Girls, won the New Series award last year.
“Every writer deserves the kind of luck I’ve had. I owe quite a debt to Captain Richard Phillips,” said Ray, who was also nominated for an Oscar. “Capt. Phillps wrote this story, I just wrote it down.” The feature film competition this year was almost as interesting for what’s not in the running vs. what is. The most notable absences were Oscar Adapted Screenplay favorite John Ridley for 12 Years A Slave and fellow nominees Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena – the guild only includes screenplays that were produced under its signatory agreements. Ray’s win probably vaults him into the conversation with 12 Years.
Said Jonze, also an Oscar nominee: ”This is a high honor coming from the Writers Guild. … It’s a high honor coming from writers. In a way this is like an award for pain. A specfic pain that writers know. The highs and lows of sitting there by yourself. I thank you guys for that.”
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The wild tale of the Portland Mavericks looks to be coming to the big screen via one of its former employees. Little Children director and former Mavericks batboy Todd Field is in talks to direct and write an adaptation of the documentary The Battered Bastards Of Baseball, I’ve learned. Helmed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way and featuring multiple appearances by their uncle and former Maverick himself Kurt Russell, the docu launched in the Documentary Premiere section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 20 and has its final screening tomorrow. Despite reports earlier today that pitched Justin Lin as directing the adaptation, the former Fast & Furious helmer in fact is producing the adaptation through his Perfect Storm company. In play right now with several buyers at Sundance, according to sources close to the film, Battered Bastards chronicles how in 1973 Bonanza actor Bing Russell formed what at the time was America’s sole independent baseball team. Seen as a real-life version of the Bad News Bears, the Mavericks lasted three years before they were pushed out of Portland by the return of the major-league-backed Portland Beavers. Field is repped by CAA.
With Red Arrow International managing director Jens Richter moving over to the CEO post at FremantleMedia International, Red Arrow execs Irina Ignatiew and Henrik Pabst have been named to succeed him. The former Red Arrow deputy managing directors will replace Richter after a transition period and will jointly lead the distribution house. Ignatiew will have individual responsibility for global scripted distribution and Pabst for global format/factual distribution. Jan Frouman, group managing director of Red Arrow Entertainment Group said today, “It’s never easy to say goodbye to an executive as capable and accomplished as Jens Richter. He built Red Arrow International and has been with Red Arrow Entertainment Group from the start. But, to his credit, he also assembled a stellar team and enabled us to find his successors from within.” Among Red Arrow’s properties are cooking competition The Taste, Netflix’s Lilyhammer, BBC miniseries The Escape Artist, and comedy entertainment formats Benidorm Bastards and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
EXCLUSIVE: Pierce Brosnan is set to star in I.T., a revenge thriller that Stefano Sollima will direct. Voltage Pictures is financing. Brosnan will play a successful book publisher who finds himself pitted against a young disgruntled I.T. consultant who is tech savvy and uses that to threaten the author’s family and livelihood. Sollima hails from Italy, where he helmed the film A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards, and the upcoming SkyItalia miniseries Gomorra. I.T. will be produced by David T. Friendly, Craig Flores, Nicolas Chartier and Beau St. Clair, the latter of whom is Brosnan’s producing partner in Irish DreamTime. Dan Kay wrote the script based on an idea by Friendly through his Friendly Films banner.
They are now casting the antagonist role, and aiming for a 2014 start date. Voltage, which most recently backed the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed Don Jon, is out securing a domestic studio partner and will sell the film at AFM next month. Voltage’s Dominic Rustam negotiated the deals. Brosnan and Sollima are repped by CAA, Kay by APA
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This mini-movie supporting lineup promises to be a particularly unpredictable one, with at least three of the contenders and maybe four having a legitimate claim on the golden girl. It begins with James Cromwell’s chilling portrayal of a Nazi scientist in FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum and continues with Zachary Quinto‘s performance in the same project as a psychiatrist who has a secret life as a serial killer. They will be competing with Peter Mullan for his work as the sadistic Matt in the Sundance Channel miniseries Top Of The Lake and John Benjamin Hickey, nommed for his portrayal of the dying Cathy’s brother Sean in Showtime’s The Big C: Hereafter. Finally, there is the longest shot on the board: Scott Bakula in the HBO biopic Behind The Candelabra. The five nominees for mini-movie supporting actress honor five pretty spectacular performances, as we would expect. Any of the five could go home with the trophy. Heading this impressive group is the veteran Alfre Woodard, whose 17th nomination (for her work in the Lifetime reboot of Steel Magnolias) ties her with Ed Asner and surpasses the 16 of Tyne Daly. That’s some pretty impressive company, particularly considering that the 17 come for 16 different roles. She’s also got four wins to her credit. Woodard goes up against Sarah Paulson for FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum (her second nom) and Ellen Burstyn for USA’s Political Animals (her sixth) as well as first-timers Imelda Staunton (HBO’s The Girl) and Charlotte Rampling (for the Sundance Channel mini Restless).
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Why He Could Win: Throughout his long and colorful career, Cromwell has remained something of a beloved figure. The irony is that he could well win here for playing against type as a sadistic Nazi scientist and torturer in Asylum.
Why He Could Lose: This is annually a profoundly unpredictable category, and any of three first-time nominees could knock Cromwell off. He’s also never won in three previous noms, which may or may not be an indicator.
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NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to acclaimed filmmaker Claire Denis’ BASTARDS. The film, with a screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. The film, which made its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere next month at the 2013 New York Film Festival, following a North American Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sundance Selects is planning to release the film October 25.
The 51st New York Film Festival has rounded out its main slate of pictures, and they’ve put together an impressive program. We’ve told you that the opening-night Gala Selection is the Paul Greengrass-helmed Tom Hanks-starrer Captain Phillips, that the Centerpiece Gala Selection is the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, and the closing-night Gala Section is the Spike Jonze-directed Her. So here is everything else:
About Time, Director: Richard Curtis, UK
Richard Curtis adds a touch of time-travel to this hilarious romantic comedy, a perfect vehicle for the comic talents of Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Duncan, and emerging star Domhnall Gleeson. A Universal Pictures release.
Abuse Of Weakness (Abus de Faiblesse), Director: Catherine Breillat, France
Catherine Breillat’s haunting film about her 2004 stroke and subsequent self-destructive relationship with star swindler Christophe Rocancourt, starring Isabelle Huppert.
Alan Patridge, Director: Declan Lowney, UK/France
In the long-awaited big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation, the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge must serve as an intermediary when North Norfolk Digital is seized at gunpoint by a down-sized DJ.
BREAKING: UTA has named Yale Chasin to be an agent in the UTA Independent Film Group. Chasin is a veteran international sales and distribution executive who joins the agency from Relativity. Chasin will focus on film finance strategies for domestic and international productions. He joins a department that recently expanded with the promotions of Hailey Wierengo to agent and Mikey Schwartz Wright to coordinator. Rena Ronson and Rich Klubeck continue to co-head the division which includes agents David Flynn and Bec Smith.
“Yale brings a wealth of experience in international sales and distribution that makes him a great addition as we expand our global reach,” said UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson. Chasin joined Relativity in July, 2012 as vice president, International Sales & Distribution, where he helped structure Relativity’s international output deals and handled foreign sales in all open territories outside the U.S. Chasin also oversaw all international distribution of Relativity productions. Before that he was vice president of International Distribution for The Weinstein Company and oversaw international, distribution from TWC’s New York headquarters on films that included The Artist, The Kings Speech, The Fighter, A Single Man, Inglorious Bastards and The Reader. Chasin joined the Weinstein Company as an assistant in 2006.
Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film, but no deal is yet set with the actress. She took little upfront money the first time around and made a fortune when the bawdy film became a surprise hit.
Sony Pictures production president Hanna Minghella said the studio “loves Justin’s take on the material – it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun”. The original took in $216 million worldwide and hatched a half-hour series for CBS that will star Ari Graynor. The Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios co-production received a 13-episode midseason order. Kasdan next helms Sex Tape for Sony, with Diaz and Jason Segel starring. Malen, script Bastards made the Black List, is repped by Verve and H2F, and Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are repped by Mosaic and WME. Kasdan is represented by WME.
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Jonathan Deckter Named IM GLobal President
IM Global is heading to Cannes with a new president. Company CEO Stuart Ford has promoted Jonathan Deckter, a three-year veteran of the sales, financing and production outfit, just in time for the annual happenings on the Croisette. He was previously head of international sales and distribution. Elsewhere, IM Global also re-upped Bonnie Voland and her B. Voland company to oversee worldwide publicity and marketing and re-signed Tatyana Joffe as EVO International Sales.
Wild Bunch Names New Distribution Chief
France’s Wild Bunch Distribution has named the successor to chief Jean-Philippe Tirel who is stepping down to start his own acquisitions boutique. Former Pathé and Fox Searchlight exec Thierry Lacaze will take over leading the distributor backed up by the company’s existing team including Jérôme Rougier who runs acquisitions. The company has a slate of 22 films this year including official Cannes selection titles The Bastards from Claire Denis, La Vie D’Adèle from Abdellatif Kechiche and James Gray’s The Immigrant as well as Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.
NEW YORK— APRIL 18, 2013— Award-winning producer, social justice advocate and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, Chip Rosenbloom and NY Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and journalist, Dylan Ratigan are joining forces with award-winning director star and creator of MTV’s WORLD OF JENKS and author Andrew Jenks for an untitled documentary centered on the 2005 murder trial and controversial conviction, of college student Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 brutal assault and killing of Kent Heitholt, the popular sports editor for Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune. Ratigan and Rosenbloom will serve as producers on the project. Directed by Jenks, filming will begin immediately.
A lot of the buzz coming into today’s unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival’s 2013 Official Selection was spot on, although there were a handful of curveballs in the mix. One exec said to me after the announcement, “It’s a wise and balanced selection” that deals with the “eternal problem of how you recognize the talent of directors who are in a league of their own and deserve their spot, and how you open up to newcomers.” There’s a blend of the two this year with potentially more to come as further titles will be added once the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sidebars announce their lineups Monday and Tuesday. As I noted last week, the studios will have a muted presence in Cannes. Warner Bros is represented with opener The Great Gatsby, and it was confirmed today that Paramount’s Alexander Payne pic Nebraska will run in Competition.
Payne’s black-and-white father/son drama had recently been tipped to head for the fall circuit, but instead fest chief Thierry Frémaux said today that he’d seen it “48 hours ago” and announced its inclusion. FilmNation is handling international. This is Payne’s second time to the big party after 2002’s About Schmidt (although he was in Un Certain Regard as part of omnibus Paris, Je T’Aime in 2006). In a widely expected move, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis showed up on the Competition roster. They won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink. CBS Films picked up Llewyn Davis in February and StudioCanal, which financed, is selling international.
A reluctant Steven Soderbergh was convinced by Frémaux to move to the Competition with Behind The Candelabra after originally saying he’d prefer another slot. Frémaux remarked today that Soderbergh is known for his particularly laconic emails and after the fest director wrote a diatribe on why he should accept a competition berth, Soderbergh responded by email with a simple “Yes.” It’s a nice bookend for Soderbergh, whose first film, Sex, Lies And Videotape, won the Palme d’Or in 1989 and since he has said Candelabra will be his last film before retirement. The movie debuts on HBO in late May and HBO Enterprises is selling overseas. Two films that were expected for the competition but ended up in official Out of Competition slots are Guillaume Canet’s ensemble drama Blood Ties and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost. The latter stars Robert Redford, who Frémaux confirmed would be in Cannes. That pic is getting an October 25 release in the U.S. via Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
Below are the full lists as of today for the Official Selection titles that will make up the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. There were 1,858 submissions this year, with some even arriving as late as last night, according to fest chief Thierry Frémaux. As per norm, he will add some titles in the coming weeks:
Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
Only God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-Refn
La Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Behind The Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh
The Immigrant, dir: James Gray
Venus In Fur, dir: Roman Poalnski
Straw Shield, dir: Takashi Miike
Nebraska, dir: Alexander Payne
Jeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois Ozon
The Past, dir: Asghar Farhadi
Inside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
Jimmy P., dir: Arnaud Desplechin
Heli, dir: Amat Escalante
Grisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Like Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
La Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
Borgman, dir: Alex Vann Warmerdam
A Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke Jia
Michael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud Despallières
Un Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of Competition
Blood Ties, dir: Guillaume Canet
All Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
Un Certain Regard
The Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)
Omar, dir: Hany Abu-Assad
Death March, dir: Adolfo Alix, Jr
Fruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler*
The Bastards, dir: Claire Denis
Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav Diaz
As I Lay Dying, dir: James Franco
Miele, dir: Valeria Golino*
L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain Guiraudie
Bends, dir: Flora Lau*
L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy Panh
La Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez*
Anonymous, dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
Sarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud*
Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Films and Friendly Films have set Stefano Sollima to direct the Dan Kay-scripted workplace revenge thriller I.T. Done in the vein of One Hour Photo and Fatal Attraction, the script pits a disgruntled I.T. consultant against his employer, as the consultant uses all the ins and outs of his technical expertise and inside information to torment the boss’s family. Sollima last year made his feature directing debut on the Italian film A.C.A.B: All Cops Are Bastards.
The film is produced by David Friendly, Craig J. Flores, Nicolas Chartier. Little Miss Sunshine producer Friendly hatched the idea and enlisted Kay to write it before bringing it to Voltage Pictures’ Flores and Chartier to produce and finance. They are now casting the two lead roles in hopes of getting underway this summer, with Voltage handling foreign sales on the film. Voltage is already in Berlin, after premiering two high profile films in Sundance, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman and Don Jon’s Addiction.
EXCLUSIVE: One Earth Productions has announced a March 8 release date for Greedy Lying Bastards, a searing documentary about climate change. The filmmakers say the docu investigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change, despite consensus in the scientific community that it not only exists but is a growing problem moving us toward the brink of disaster. Focusing on the influence of Exxon and the Koch brothers, Greedy Lying Bastards features interviews with scientists, industry experts and international political delegates including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, as well as people personally affected by the changing climate and global warming deniers. Greedy Lying Bastards opens in 20 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Tampa, Miami, Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego. Directed by first-timer Craig Rosebraugh, the film is exec-produced by Daryl Hannah.
EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca Film and Focus World have picked up Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley. Tribeca will release the Daniel Algrant-directed film theatrically next year, with the companies working together on VOD and other digital platforms. The film, which debuted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, follows Jeff Buckley in the days leading up his 1991 tribute concert to his distant and now deceased father. Badgley plays the younger Buckley, who shot to fame in the 1990s before drowning in Tennessee’s Wolf River in 1997. Imogen Poots also stars. Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel penned the screenplay; the Smuggler Films pic was produced by Patrick Milling Smith, John Hart, Amy Nauiokas and Fred Zollo. Tribeca Film’s director of acquisitions Nick Savva; and Focus’ EVP Strategic Planning, Business Affairs and Acquisitions Avy Eschenasy and Kent Sanderson, Director, Alternative Content & Distribution, negotiated the deal with CAA and Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams for the filmmakers. Greetings is the first of three Buckley films to be released: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’s Reeve Carney signed on last year for another Buckley biopic, and Mad Bastards director Brendan Fletcher is mounting is A Pure Drop, based on the book A Pure Drop: The Life Of Jeff Buckley.
EXCLUSIVE: Six years after the debut of Ugly Betty, two of the key auspices behind the successful dramedy are reuniting for another light drama at ABC and ABC Studios about a Latino family. In a last-minute buy, the network has put in development Bastards, from Ugly Betty executive producer Salma Hayek and the show’s creator/executive producer Silvio Horta. Completing the A-list team behind the show is producer Mark Gordon, who will also executive produce. Written by Horta, Bastards centers on a colorful Cuban-American family who have their lives turned upside down when it’s revealed that the family patriarch had a child with the family maid over 25 years ago. Now his wife will do anything to protect her children’s inheritance and prevent her family’s deep dark secrets from ever seeing the light of day.
Bastards originated with an idea by Hayek. She and Jose Tamez, her producing partner at their ABC-Studios based Ventanarosa, had been trying to tackle the premise for awhile and had teamed with Gordon’s Mark Gordon Prods., which also is under a deal at ABC Studios. Horta, who is of Cuban- American descent, recently received a call from Tamez and Mark Gordon Prods.’ drama executive Nicholas Pepper who was once Horta’s ABC executive on Ugly Betty. “I immediately sparked to the concept — it was fun and juicy and had the opportunity for both a lot of salacious situations and humor as well as a lot of heart and emotions, hitting that sweet spot I like to write,” Horta said. After some very fast deal-making, the team sold the project at ABC. Back in 2005, others had taken a stab at adapting the popular telenovela Ugly Betty for American audiences before Horta, but his version stuck. “I hope history will repeat itself,” he quipped. Horta, Hayek, Tamez, Gordon and Pepper are executive producing.