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Berlin: CMG Picks Up LD’s Horror Pic ‘Where The Devil Hides’

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 9:53am PST

devilEdward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has picked up LD Entertainment’s Where The Devil Hides and will premiere the film for buyers during the EFM. The horror thriller tells the story of a prophecy in a small Pennsylvania village that on the eve of every girl’s 18th birthday, the devil might inhabit her soul. As that day approaches, six girls, all born on the sixth day of the sixth month, begin to mysteriously disappear one by one. Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dangerous Beauty), Alycia Debnam Carey (At The Tattooist), Adelaide Kane (Goats), Leah Pipes (Vampire Diaries, Glee), Thomas McDonell, and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) star. Christian E. Christiansen (The Roommate) directed from a script by Karl Mueller (Mr. Jones, The Divide). Where The Devil Hides was executive produced by Paddy Cullen and Scott Holroyd, and produced by Jennifer Monroe and Pete Shilaimon.


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Berlin: Will Sizzle Reels And Pre-Buys Heat Up Cold Market?

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 6:54am PST
Mike Fleming

berlEXCLUSIVE: The European Film Market has been a bit sparse, with things perking up with Open Road’s acquisition of Rock The Kasbah. I’ve heard that pre-buy deal amounted to a $2 million minimum guarantee, a 10% gross deal for Bill Murray and a 1200-screen release commitment. If there is going to be action in Berlin, it might well be through the sizzle reels or other pre-buys.

Berlin2014_200The script stage projects being introduced in Berlin that seem most promising are the Daniel Craig-starrer The Whole Truth, the Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed Roberto Duran biopic Hands Of Stone with Edgar Ramirez playing the legend, Robert De Niro his trainer and Usher his rival Sugar Ray Leonard; the Nima Nourizadeh-directed American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Stewart; the Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer Blood Mountain, about an Army ranger who must bring a terrorist to custody after his unit is wiped out in Pakistan; the Oren Moverman-directed Time Out Of Mind with Richard Gere; the Natalie Portman-directed A Tale Of Love And Darkness; Selma, the Ava DuVerney drama that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr; the David Gordon Green-directed The Line with Chris Pine; the Anton Corbjin-directed Life with Robert Pattinson; and the Paolo Sorrentino-directed In The Future with Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. A lot of these are being teased at Berlin, and will lead to sales at Cannes.

As for the sizzle reels, today is a big day with footage screenings of Imitation Game with Cumberbatch, and The Search, which is Michel Hazanavicius’ follow-up to The Artist. Here are the sizzle reels that have buyers hot and bothered: Read More »

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Myriad Pictures Taking Hilary Swank-Emmy Rossum Starrer ‘You’re Not You’ To EFM

> on October 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.The company said today it will handle international rights to the drama from Nights In Rodanthe director George C. Wolfe. You’re Not You stars two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as an accomplished thirtysomething whose life is upended by a sudden ALS diagnosis. When she and her husband (Josh Duhamel) hire a full-time caregiver (Emmy Rossum) who has a chaotic personal life, the women bond overMyriad logo their challenging circumstances and are able to unlock the best in each other. Marcia Gay Harden, Julian McMahon, Jason Ritter, Frances Fisher, Loretta Devine, Ali Larter and Ernie Hudson co-star in the pic written by Shana Feste based on Michelle Wildgen’s book. Myriad Pictures will introduce the film next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. You’re Not You is produced by DPP — the company run by Prince Azim, son of the Sultan of Brunei — in association with Di Novi Pictures and 2S Films, the latter led by Swank and Molly Smith, daughter of FedEx founder Fred Smith. The film’s Sundance party was held at his estate. CAA is handling domestic rights.

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EFM Roundup: K5 Lands Rights To Tim Robbins’ ‘Man Under’, Political Thriller ‘The Lion’s Share’; WestEnd Secures Atom Bomb Drama ‘Midnight Sun’

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K5 International has acquired international rights to Man Under, which will be directed by and star Tim Robbins. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz co-star in the pic, about a Yonkers family swept up in New York’s art and high society scene after their picture is taken by a photographer whose tragic death raises her profile and that of her subjects. Ann Cherkis (The Secret) wrote the screenplay, and Alexandra Milchan through her EMJAG Prods, Scott Lambert of Film 360, and Aimée Peyronnet of Wild Child Films are producing. K5 is introducing Man Under to EFM buyers at the Berlin Film Festival; UTA Independent Film Group is repping North American rights. Robbins is represented by UTA and 3 Arts, Pfeiffer by CAA and Management 360, and Moretz by WME and 3 Arts.

K5 also has taken worldwide rights to the political thriller The Lion’s Share, to be directed by Nathan Morlando and star Jim Sturgess and Djimon Hounsou. It begins shooting in September and is the story of journalist Aaron Fletcher (Sturgess), who travels to Somalia to secure a career-making interview with highly dangerous pirate Samakab “Kab” Roble (Hounsou). The danger escalates for both men and the interview takes on new stakes as the journalist learns the only way out may be to deliver the head of a man who is both hero and criminal. Morlando and Allison Black co-wrote; Black and Genevieve Hofmeyr are producing. … Read More »

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Hot Berlin Trailer*: ‘Big Ass Spider’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:36pm PST

I put an asterisk in the title there because I can’t promise this will be a massive breakout from the market stalls of the European Film Market. But I will say that the story of a giant arachnid (à la Ray Harryhausen) terrorizing Los Angeles, and sold here by Epic Pictures, looks fun and also somewhat reminiscent of Iron Sky, a movie that kicked off its career here last year and went on to have a cult life. Big Ass Spider does not have Nazis on the moon as did Iron Sky, but it was just selected for SXSW‘s Midnighters section where it will have its world premiere and features such actors as Ray Wise and Greg Grunberg — and there’s even a cameo by Troma chieftan Lloyd Kaufman. As needed, I’ll report back during the week on the spider’s international bite. The trailer is below (with a short intro from director Mike Mendez):

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EOne Scoops Up Berlin Film Titles

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 5:37am PST
Mike Fleming

Toronto/Los Angeles/London/Amsterdam/Sydney – February 15, 2012 – Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to a broad selection of premium titles at this year’s annual European Film Market in Berlin. From comedies and dramas to zombie-flicks and thrillers, eOne scored films for each of its core markets and inked a number of key multi-territory deals.

Entertainment One secured multi-territory rights for, among others:

· 2 GUNS, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, from Foresight, UK & Canada

· A MOST WANTED MAN, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, from FilmNation Entertainment, Canada & Benelux

· DEAD MINE, Writer/Director Steven Sheil, from Celluloid Nightmares, UK, Canada & Benelux

· LOVE PUNCH, starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, from SND, UK, Canada & Australia

· MISS YOU ALREADY, Director Paul Andrew Williams and starring Jennifer Aniston, from The Salt Company, UK, Canada & Australia

· SIDE EFFECTS (‘BITTER PILL’), Director Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law, from FilmNation, UK & Canada

· WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Director Jim Mickle, from Memento Films, UK & Canada

Other acquisition highlights from across eOne territories include:

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Kino Lorber Takes US Rights To EFM’s ‘The Well-Digger’s Daughter’

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 9:30am PST

The Well-Digger’s Daughter is set for a June commercial run at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and will expand to other major markets during the summer of 2012 via Kino Lorber. The film’s VOD and home video releases are set for later in the year. Screening in the European Film Market, the Daniel Auteuil directed film set in pre-WWII France is the story of Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil), a well digger who is forced to come to terms with his 18-year-old daughter’s early pregnancy. Well-Digger’s Daughter stars Auteuil (Caché) as well as Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Le Havre), Sabine Azéma (Private Fears in Public Places) and Nicolas Duvauchelle (White Material). The film will premiere in the U.S. at the upcoming 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance. The acquisition was negotiated between Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber and Pathé International’s Executive VP, International Sales, Muriel Sauzay.

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Sales and Production Unit Meyers Media Group To Launch With Four Films At EFM

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 11:05am PST

Global film sales and production company Meyers Media Group will launch at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin with four projects on its roster. Founders Lawrence Meyers will serve as the company’s president and Bobby Meyers will consult. The company’s EFM projects include Midnight Sun from producers Eric Morris (Say Uncle) and Ben Smith (The Bourne Legacy); 7 Red from producers Mace Neufeld (Hunt For Red October) and Robyn Shwer of Mace Neufeld Productions and Eryl Cochran and Branon Coluccio; Rider from producers Arnold Rifkin (16 Blocks) and Damon Martin (Another Happy Day); and One Square Mile from director Charles-Olivier Michaud (Snow & Ashes), which will begin shooting May 7th. Also joining the new company are Randy Dannenberg, formerly of Media 8 Entertainment, who will serve as EVP and will oversee production and acquisition. Peter Rowley will be VP International Distribution and Administration working with Lawrence Meyers in managing the company’s sales slate at international markets and festivals. Read More »

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Myriad Takes International Rights To ‘Nobody Walks’: Sundance

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST

Nobody Walks, the Ry Russo-Young film that stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt and sold to Magnolia Pictures for the U.S. during its Sundance premiere, now has an international rights deal. Myriad Pictures acquired the film and will screen it for buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico negotiated the deal with Jonathan Schwartz and Lawrence Kopeikin; Schwartz and Andrea Sperling produced and won a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing for their fest pics Nobody Walks and Smashed. Russo-Young and Lena Dunham co-wrote the script, which explores a married couple’s commitment to themselves and their family when an art student rents and moves into their back house.

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Berlin: EFM Launches American Indie Initiative; Forum Fills In Line-Up

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 6:41am PST

The European Film Market will host a special lounge devoted to American indie filmmakers at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin next month. Under the umbrella American Independents In Berlin and organized by the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Sundance Institute, the lounge will function as a showcase for over 50 U.S. indies where films will screen in two sections: Sundance At EFM and IFP Selects. EFM director Beki Probst calls the combination of films chosen by IFP and the market’s long-standing collaboration with the Sundance Institute “a fitting mix and an important expansion of our offering for EFM exhibitors, buyers and participants.” On the festival side, the Forum has completed its special screenings roster with a mix of world premieres, revivals and “unearthings” including Swoon, Tom Kalin’s 1992 Leopold and Loeb retelling, a full 20 years after it debuted in Berlin. Read More »

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