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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’, ‘The Unknown Known’, ‘The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden’, ‘Afflicted’, ‘Alan Partridge’, ‘Ilo Ilo’, ‘Frankie & Alice’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 5:40pm PDT

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)This is a jam-packed weekend of new releases, many hoping to be the perfect counter-programming pick against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Magnolia is opening Nymphomaniac: Vol II just weeks after releasing Vol. I in theaters. The film is the continuation of the much talked about Lars von Trier two-parter that has fascinated fans of the Danish filmmaker for well over a year. Documentaries are also on tap this weekend, including Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known and Zeitgeist’s The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden. CBS Films is bowing Afflicted, a title it became involved with early on, while Magnolia will open comedy Alan Partridge. Cannes Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo from Singapore is opening in limited release, while Codeblack/Lionsgate will launch Frankie & Alice in over 150 theaters. Other titles not profiled in depth but also among this weekend’s packed list of theatrical openers include Searchlight’s Dom Hemingway, Anchor Bay’s In The Blood and TWC’s On The Other Side Of The Tracks. And A24 will open Jonathan Glazer’s experimental sci-fi Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson in limited release.

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Director-writer: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Mia Goth
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia opened the first part of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac duo theatrically March 21 (it was available via digital/VOD beginning March 6) and is now following up with the second part of the film, which follows the saga of sex addict Joe (she prefers the term ‘nymphomaniac,’ however). Charlotte Gainsbourg is featured more prominently in Vol. II, depicting the older Joe in the final installment of the film, following up Vol. I in which Stacy Martin is seen primarily as the younger Joe (porn stars are used for Joe’s sex scenes). Though both parts are currently available via digital/VOD (Vol. II launched on demand March 20), there will be some theaters that will screen both films for audiences preferring to see both parts back to back. Read More »

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Codeblack Acquires Halle Berry-Starrer ‘Frankie & Alice’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT

Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has picked up North American rights to Frankie & Alice and has set an April 4, 2014 release date. The deal ends a long-in-coming domestic deal for the Halle Berry drama thriller about a woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease. The pic debuted in the Cannes market in 2010 and played that’s year’s AFI Fest but stalled after that. Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson co-star and Geoffrey Sax directed. The pic seems a good fit at Codeblack, which focuses on features for the African American market. It teamed in July with Summit Entertainment and Hartbeat Productions to release the concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which has grossed $32.4 million to date. Codeblack also just made a deal for rights to the Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree, and has pics in the works including suspense thriller Repentance starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan; romantic drama Things Never Said starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton; and The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete starring Jennifer Hudson. Codeblack Films GM Quincy Newell negotiated the Frankie & Alice acquisition with David B. Strapko of 37 Star Media Fund Corp and Stephanie Denton of New Cadence Entertainment.

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‘For Colored Girls’, Denzel, Halle, & Tyler Perry Win At NAACP Image Awards

Tyler Perry won bigtime in the movie and TV categories, while Prince was a surprise guest to give Halle Berry the Best Actress award for Frankie & Alice as the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced tonight during the live broadcast from LA’s Shrine Auditorium on Fox. The special was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady while performers and Presenters included Halle Berry, LL Cool J, Affion Crockett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock, actress Loretta Devine, singer Jason Derülo, actress/singer Kat Graham, actor Dulé Hill, actor Anthony Mackie, Judge Greg Mathis, actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Russell Peters and actress Anika Noni Rose. The special celebrated the accomplishments of people of color working in the fields of literature, music, television and film. Special honors included the Chairman’s Award recipient Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin and President’s Award recipient General Colin L. Powell.

Winners

Outstanding Motion Picture
“For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Halle Berry – “Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Frankie & Alice’

By | Friday December 3, 2010 @ 7:33am PST
Mike Fleming

Freestyle has released a trailer for Frankie & Alice, the Geoffrey Sax-directed drama about a woman with a multiple personality disorder that’s said to be Halle Berry’s strongest performance since Monster’s Ball. The film has a qualifying run in LA December 10 and then will be rolled out in February.

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OSCAR: Halle Berry’s Last-Minute Entrance Into Race With ‘Frankie & Alice’

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Hoping to duplicate the feat Jeff Bridges pulled off last year when he became a surprise last minute entry into the Oscar race — and winner — with Crazy Heart, Halle Berry is launching an awards season qualifying run for her indie effort Frankie & Alice. It opens December 17 in New York and Los Angeles before its regular theatrical release set for February 4 in the top 20 markets (shortly after nominations are announced). Freestyle Releasing will handle distribution with P and A reportedly provided by private funding the producers raised. Berry is also  a producer on the 1970s–set  psychological drama, a true story in which she plays a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder, exactly the kind of meaty role (and Oscar bait) that actors covet. Berry, an Oscar winner for Monster’s Ball (2001) has shepherded this as a “passion project” and is said to feel this is her best work since Ball — hence the awards push. I’m told 10,000 DVD screeners will go out to the entire Academy, critics groups, SAG Nominating Committee and others. As one of the more visible aspects of the campaign, Berry will be a prominent part of this year’s AFI Fest on November 9 in ”A Conversation With Halle Berry.”

The Best Actress race is already overcrowded this year with a boatload of contenders all jockeying for attention including Jennifer Lawrence, Annette Bening, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Hillary Swank, Sally Hawkins, Noomi Rapace, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Lesley Manville and Michelle Williams – to name a few. Whether it might have been wiser to wait until next year remains to be seen but this is an especially tough field. The last minute stealth entry could be an effective strategy but she will also be vying for attention with Kidman’s Rabbit Hole opening on the same day, with Lionsgate employing a similar strategy for their well-reviewed Toronto Fest pickup. Like Berry, Kidman is also a producer on her film. Read More »

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