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Hot UK Trailer: ‘How I Live Now’

Soairse Ronan stars in Last King Of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now. She plays Daisy, an American teenager who’s sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. But romance and an idyllic summer are interrupted by an escalating conflict in Europe. George MacKay and Tom Holland also star in the film that’s based on Meg Rosoff’s novel. Magnolia Pictures will release Stateside in the fall; eOne is releasing in the UK on October 4.

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Scoot McNairy Shores Up ‘Black Sea’ Role

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 6:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scoot McNairy is set star with Jude Law in Black Sea, the underwater adventure film for Focus Features that Kevin Macdonald is directing. Law plays a rogue skipper who gathers a crew and a submarine in order to search for sunken treasure in the Black Sea. McNairy plays an American who convinces the captain to undertake a mission, even though the skipper has been double crossed before and knows it could be a set-up.

McNairy just wrapped David Michod’s The Rover with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and he starred alongside Michael Fassbender in Frank. The Argo star also has Twelve Years A Slave wrapped and just starred in the AMC pilot Halt And Catch Fire. McNairy is repped by WME, The Group and Jackoway Tyerman.

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Focus Acquires Hot Cannes Title ‘Black Sea’ With Kevin Macdonald Directing Jude Law

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: As distributors line their coffers with big films for Cannes, Focus Features has grabbed one, acquiring worldwide rights to Black Sea, an adventure thriller that Kevin Macdonald will direct with Jude Law starring. It’s contemporary, and Law will play a submarine captain who is laid off by a salvage company and makes a deal with a shadowy backer to look for a storied sunken sub reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. Since this find would get him even with his ex-bosses, he puts together a crew of English and Russian sailors for the task, taking off to uncharted depths with his motley crew. The closer they get to the prize, the riskier it becomes to trust one another.

Law just starred for Focus Features in Anna Karenina. Film 4 developed, co-produced and is co-financing Black Sea with Focus, and Macdonald has committed to make it next. Macdonald, who helmed the Oscar-winning docu One Day In September and Touching the Void, and who directed The Last King Of Scotland and State Of Play and The Eagle, last helmed the Saoirse Ronan/Tom Holland-starrer How I Live Now and the docu Marley. Focus holds worldwide rights — excluding the U.K. free-TV rights held by Film4, and international sales will begin at Cannes. Macdonald and Charles Steel are producing. Dennis Kelly, who recently authored the book of the acclaimed stage musical adaptation of Matilda, is writing the Black Sea script. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Magnolia’s ‘Marley’

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 6:07pm PST

Magnolia Pictures had already picked up U.S. rights to the Kevin Macdonald documentary about the reggae legend. The pic made its world premiere last weekend at the Berlin festival, where it sold a slew of territories. Magnolia has set an April 20 release for North America, and it is timed to roll out worldwide throughout the summer to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence. Here’s the trailer, which promises new tracks and never-before-seen footage.

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‘Marley’ Doc Sold Ahead Of Berlin Bow

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 11:29pm PST

Universal Pictures Intl. Entertainment has just acquired the Bob Marley documentary Marley, for all rights within the UK and Scandinavia. Lucky Red has picked up rights for Italy and Avalon Distribution has Spain. Magnolia Pictures previously acquired U.S. rights to the Shangri-La Entertainment/Tuff Gong Pictures production. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the film is scheduled for theatrical release in North America and the UK on April 20th, then will roll out worldwide throughout the summer to coincide with the 50th anniversary year of Jamaican Independence. Macdonald, Rohan Marley and longtime Bob Marley collaborator Neville Garrick will be in Berlin to present the film on February 12th. Filming took place in Ghana, Japan and the UK as well as in Jamaica and the U.S. It’s the first time Marley’s family has authorized use of their private archives. Directors of photography include Alwin Kuchler and Mike Eley. The editor is Dan Glendenning.

Fortissimo Films has also sold South Africa (Nu Metro), Portugal (Lusomundo / Film & TV House), Germany & Austria (Studio Canal Germany), Poland (Best Film), France (Wild Side Films), Latin America (HBO Latin America Pan Regional Pay TV), Australia & New Zealand (Roadshow Films PTY Ltd), Benelux (E1), Middle East (Front Row) and Switzerland (Elite Film A.G.).

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Kevin Macdonald Jamming On Bob Marley Docu

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 1:13pm PST
Mike Fleming

Kevin Macdonald has signed on to direct Marley, a film about the late activist reggae singer. On the docu front, Macdonald directed the Oscar winning One Day In September and Touching the Void. Marley is a coproduction between Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment and was put together by Chris Blackwell and Steve Bing with full cooperation of Marley’s family. The pic will be released in fall, 2011, timed around the 30th anniversary of Marley’s death in 1981. Macdonald’s next film, the Roman era drama The Eagle, will be released February 11 by Focus with Channing Tatum and Jaime Bell starring.

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Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald Set Sundance Bow For ‘Life In A Day’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011): Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) has completed work on Life In A Day, a cinematic experiment to capture life around the world in a single day. Drawing from 4,500 hours of footage sent in from 192 countries, the film was produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free UK in partnership with YouTube. Contributors whose submissions were chosen are credited as co-directors, and 26 of them have been invited to attend the world premiere of the film on Thursday, January 27, as part of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Viewers worldwide are invited to tune into the live stream on for their only chance to see the film before it’s available in select theaters, on demand and premanently online later in 2011. Following the premiere, festival director John Cooper will moderate a global Q&A with Macdonald and the 26 filmmakers. For viewers who will be unable to tune in at 6:00pm MT, the film will be re-broadcast on on January 28th at 7pm in their local time zone, and subtitled in 25 languages.

The 26 contributors invited to attend the premiere span the globe from Egypt to the Ukraine. Their film clips capture a wide array of life experiences, including a Korean man who has been cycling the world for nine years, a young mother battling cancer, and a Russian free-runner making Moscow his playground.

Executive producer Ridley Scott says, “I

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Eagle’

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 1:54pm PST
Mike Fleming

Focus Features has released a trailer for The Eagle, the Kevin Macdonald-directed historical drama that stars Channing Tatum as a Roman leader who heads off into the wilds of Scotland to discover what happened to his father, who vanished along with the legion he commanded. Jamie Bell plays the slave who accompanies him. The film opens February 25, 2011.

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