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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Boyhood’, ‘Land Ho!’, ‘A Long Way Home’, ‘Closed Curtain’

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 8:04pm PDT

Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Boyhood’, ‘Land Ho!’, ‘A Long Way Home’, ‘Closed Curtain’It’s not every week that a major milestone in filmmaking opens in theaters, but this is one. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a dozen years in the making, finally makes its ways to an initial handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The IFC Films release has a lot of momentum behind it, with word-of-mouth and buzz that should translate into a successful opening; word has it that advance sales are “strong”. It will be joined by a filmmaking milestone of a much different sort in Variance Films’ Closed Curtain, an acclaimed feature created by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who made the film discretely despite being banned from his craft at home and under the watchful eyes of authorities. Sony Classics’ Sundance title Land Ho! provides a comic twist to this week’s opening Specialties, as will Magnolia Pictures’ A Long Way Down.

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Director-writer: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater
Distributor: IFC Films

Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking film had ridden a long wave of buzz even before its sneak preview at the Sundance Film Festival and its debut in Berlin this year. Twelve years in the making, the drama centers on the life of a boy, Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane throughout), between ages 5 and 18. The film began in 2002 when Linklater teamed with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Linklater also tapped his daughter Lorelei Linklater to play Mason’s sister. In Berlin, Linklater said they simply referred … Read More »

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‘Land Ho!’ Co-Helmer Martha Stephens Signs With UTA

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 3:40pm PDT

martha stephensEXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Martha Stephens, whose road-trip comedy Land Ho! premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Sony Classics before the fest closed, has signed with UTA. Stephens (Pilgrim Song, Passenger Pigeons) collaborated with Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) to co-direct and co-write the film about two former brothers-in-law who go traveling on a youthful adventure through Iceland. Land Ho! is slated to be released July 11 and also screens at Tribeca this month and LA Film Fest in June. David Gordon Green is an exec producer alongside Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger of Gamechanger Films on the pic, which was produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Dates Sundance Acquisition ‘Land Ho!’ for July 11

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 10:20am PDT

Land Ho! FilmLand Ho! the bawdy road trip comedy from Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz will be released on July 11 in New York and Los Angeles Sony Pictures Classics announced today. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it was acquired by SPC and will make two more festival stops before its U.S. bow: at Tribeca this month and Los Angeles Film Festival in June.  Land Ho! tells the tale of two retirees who vie to relive their youthful days in Reykjavik, Iceland’s spa and nightclub scene. Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Land Ho!’ Filmmaker Aaron Katz

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 7:22pm PST
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Aaron Katz, who co-wrote and co-directed the road trip comedy Land Ho! "Land Ho!" Portraits - 2014 Sundance Film Festivalwith Martha Stephens that premiered at Sundance this year, has inked with CAA. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the pic, which follows a pair of retirees who set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through LandHo!Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. A release this year is planned. Katz, formerly with UTA, made his feature debut with Dance Party USA, which premiered at the 2006 SXSW. His sophomore feature, Quiet City, earned a Spirit Award nomination in 2007, and IFC Films released his third film 2010′s Cold Weather.

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Sundance: Sony Classics Acquires Road Trip Comedy ‘Land Ho!’

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:26am PST

LandHo!Park City, Utah (January 22, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced this morning that it has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy LAND HO!, which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. SPC plans to release the film nationwide in 2014.

The film is produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings, and executive produced by Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608David Gordon Green, and Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger of Gamechanger Films. LAND HO! is the first film to be financed by Gamechanger, which launched last fall to exclusively finance features directed and co-directed by women.

Starring Paul Eenhoorn (THIS IS MARTIN BONNER) and newcomer Earl Lynn Nelson, LAND HO! follows a pair of retirees who set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites.

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