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‘Celeste And Jesse’ Hot In Debut; ‘Killer Joe’ Solid In 2nd Weekend: Specialty B.O.

By | Sunday August 5, 2012 @ 10:48am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Most specialty newcomers had a rough go in their rollouts over the weekend, but one film – Celeste And Jesse Forever – managed a spectacular debut. Magnolia Pictures360 also enjoyed a respectable opening, while others failed to gain traction. Sony Classics’ Sundance Film Festival pick-up Celeste And Jesse Forever, directed by Lee Toland Krieger and co-written by and starring Rashida Jones averaged a solid $28K at four locations in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend, easily topping other specialty debuts. “This is a real labor of love that took so long to get to the screen,” Krieger told Deadline. “The happy ending was when Sony Pictures Classics picked it up.” Sony Classics’ Michael Barker praised Krieger as a “true American independent talent.” The film, which had a budget under $1 million, will next head to Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. Read More »

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’360,’ ‘The Babymakers,’ ‘Celeste And Jesse Forever,’ ‘Girlfriend Boyfriend,’ ‘Sushi: The Global Catch’: Specialty Box Office Preview

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 10:45am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor at MovieLine.

Film Festival pickups highlight this weekend’s new specialty releases. Magnolia is targeting the traditional art house crowd for its cast-rich romantic-drama 360, while the director of The Babymakers said his comedy is the sort that big studios have now mostly abandoned. Sony Classics’ Celeste And Jesse Forever had a wild ride at different outfits before getting private financing and a pickup out of Sundance. China Lion nabbed Girlfriend Boyfriend at the Cannes Film Market and will target both gays and Asian audiences, while Alive Mind Cinema is taking a quasi-DIY approach for Seattle Film Festival doc Sushi: The Global Catch.

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: Peter Morgan (screenplay), Arthur Schnitzler
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, Lucia Siposová
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures picked up this romantic-drama out of last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The distributor was drawn to the film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Oscar-nominated writer Peter Morgan (The Queen) due to its pedigree of filmmakers and actors. “It’s a sophisticated team of filmmakers and a lovely cast,” said Magnolia exec Matt Cowal. “It’s a smart and elegant movie that will appeal to the classic art-house audience.” To reach that crowd, Magnolia created a poster and trailer for the “ensemble character-driven film, and we’ve been pushing this online.” It opens in exclusive runs today in New York and Los Angeles. Magnolia aims to reach the top 10 markets by August 10th and the top 20 by August 20th. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Fernando Meirelles’ ’360′

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 2:07pm PDT

Magnolia’s dramatic thriller 360 comes from director Fernando Meirelles and scribe Peter Morgan and stars Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu. It follows the stories of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships. Magnolia is doing a VOD premiere June 29 ahead of an August 3 theatrical bow.

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Magnolia Closing In On LFF Opener ‘360’

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Magnolia Pictures is set to close a U.S. deal for Fernando Meirelles’ sexual drama 360, which opened the 55th BFI London Film Festival last night. Artificial Eye is also in talks to release 360 here in the UK on March 3 2012, I understand. Co-produced by Revolution Films, the UK production company behind IFC’s The Trip, the Peter Morgan-scripted feature follows a sexual circle of prostitution, infidelity and true love. Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and Jude Law star. Paris-based sales agent Wild Bunch is selling the BBC Films-backed project internationally. Reviews here this morning have been pretty muted: The Daily Telegraph summed up the film as a “glossily unengaging trudge through other people’s love lives,” describing one moment where a character imagines a plane carrying away his lover as “spectacularly stupid.” The Times of London gives the film a pretty dismissive 3-star review, calling the plot improbable, and said the merry-go-round structure “crushes performances into twenty-minute slots that often fail to elicit our sympathy.. The Evening Standard though was much more positive, calling 360 “a well-crafted package” and “a film of beautiful moments, elegant structure and vivid locations.” Read More »

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BFI London Film Fest Opens With ’360′ From Fernando Meirelles

Mike Fleming

The BFI 55th London Film Festival will open with the European premiere of 360, the Fernando Meirelles-directed drama that stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins. The film opens Oct. 12 and the festival unveils the rest of its titles next Wednesday. I’m told that the opening film came down to 360 and My Week With Marilyn, but the latter film couldn’t make it because star Michelle Williams could not free herself from the production schedule of Disney’s The Great and Powerful Oz, and co-star Kenneth Branagh will be onstage in Belfast. These fest openers are sometimes determined by availability. For instance, the New York Film Festival seriously eyed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy for its opener, but the film’s star, Gary Oldman, could not free himself from The Dark Knight Rises.  The festival opens with Carnage, even though that film’s director Roman Polanski will certainly be a scratch.

360 is a Peter Morgan-scripted drama of interconnected stories about fidelity. It’s considered one of the hot acquisition titles that will unveil next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a possible Oscar contender. (Weisz won Best Supporting Actress for 2005′s The Constant Gardener, which was her last film with Meirelles.) The film is produced by Andrew Eaton and David Linde, Emanuel Michael, Danny Krausz and Chris Hanley. Read More »

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Tony Hopkins Joins Meirelles Drama ’360′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Hopkins is joining the cast of ’360,’ the Fernando Meirelles-directed drama that stars Rachel Weisz. The Peter Morgan-scripted drama is a series of intersecting storylines that deal with love and infidelity. Morgan wrote the project on spec, and then brought on David Linde, who’ll be exec producer. Andrew Eaton is producing. The financing is being finalized, with Linde and Eaton working with UTA to square funding through a combination of sources including Austrian financiers and BBC Films. Production will begin early next year in Europe. Read More »

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Rachel Weisz To Star In Sex Drama ‘360’

EXCLUSIVE: Former Universal co-chairman David Linde is aboard as executive producer. Rachel Weisz will reunite with her Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles on the psychosexual drama 360 that Peter Morgan has written. The drama is being produced by Austrian producer Dor Film and co-financed by BBC Films and its Austrian TV counterpart ORF Fernsehfilm. 360 is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play Reigen. Schnitzler’s Vienna-set fin-de-siècle drama has been filmed many times, including Max Ophuls’ 1950 film La Ronde. Reigen consists of short scenes between couples, shown before or after a sexual liaison. After each scene, one character from the pairing is then shown with another partner, who is then shown with another partner, and so on. Finally, the promiscuity comes full circle.

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