Hot Trailer: ‘Dom Hemingway’

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 8:27am PDT

Jude Law plays the eponymous larger-than-life safecracker in black comedy Dom Hemingway. Back on the streets of London after 12 years in prison, he’s eager to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut. But things take a turn when he and his partner (Richard … Read More »

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Cannes Briefs: Red Sea Media Picks Up 2; UMedia & ‘Amazing Mr Jones’; Ealing Metro Re-Brands; Lionsgate UK’s Buying Spree; Weinstein Co. Presents Short Film Series

Red Sea Media Acquires 2 Titles For Marché du Film
Red Sea Media has acquired worldwide rights, excluding North America, for two new titles: horror-thriller Sacrilege and comedic horror pic Hell Baby. Red Sea will introduce both at the upcoming Marché du Film. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Sacrilege is produced by Rick Dugdale of Enderby Entertainment through Enderby’s horror division Tony-Seven Films, Sean E. DeMott through Execution Style Entertainment and Chris M. Bonifay through Limb from Limb Pictures. Sacrilege is about a family who takes back their son 3 years after he is kidnapped & brainwashed by a devil worshipping cult. Now, he would like nothing more than to watch them get murdered. With the cult surrounding their cabin, the family must fight for their lives while trying to undo the damage. No cast has yet been announced. Hell Baby tells the story of an expectant couple who move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans — a house with a demonic curse. Things spiral out of control and only the Vatican’s elite exorcism team can save them — or can they? Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel, Michael Ian Black, Paul Scheer, Keegan Michael Key, Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon star. Darko Entertainment’s Hell Baby was written and directed by Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon and produced by Jeff Culotta, Ted Hamm, Sean McKittrick and Peter Principato. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Filth’ Red Band

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 11:31am PDT

Lionsgate UK has released the first trailer for Filth, the Jon S. Baird-directed film that’s based on Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel. The Trainspotting author also exec produces the pic that stars James McAvoy as a bigoted and corrupt cop who will stop at nothing … Read More »

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Lionsgate UK To Back Alan Rickman Directing Kate Winslet In ‘A Little Chaos’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 3:35am PST

Deadline noted in February that Alan Rickman is set to direct British indie A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and Rust & Bone‘s Matthias Schoenaerts. Lionsgate UK has boarded the film as main financier as part of a drive to double its investment in local film. Rickman will also star in the love story about rival landscape gardeners who are competing to design a fountain at Versailles for Louis XIV. Principal photography starts in April. Rickman previously directed Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law in 1997′s The Winter Guest. He recently signed with ICM Partners and next plays Ronald Reagan in the Lee Daniels-directed The Butler. Winslet is next starring in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. Belgian actor Schoenaerts, who broke out in 2011′s Bullhead, just won France’s César Award for Best Male Newcomer in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone.

Gail Egan, Andrea Caldrewood and Bertrand Faivre are producing with Lionsgate UK’s Zygi Kamasa exec producing. The studio will co-produce alongside BBC Films and Lipsync. Ray Cooper, Christine Langan, Julia Taylor Stanley, Norman Merry will also executive produce. Lionsgate UK will take UK rights and rep U.S. rights with Lionsgate International handling the rest of the world. Australia’s Transmission has Oz. Read More »

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EFM Roundup: Atom Egoyan’s ‘Queen Of The Night’; Lionsgate UK Boards British Indies

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 10:50am PST

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Bruce Greenwood Joins Atom Egoyan’s ‘Queen Of The Night’
The European Film Market kicks off at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday and we’ll be posting rolling briefs on a daily basis from today and … Read More »

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‘The Hunger Games’ Edited In U.K. To Secure Teen-Friendly Rating

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 3:24am PDT

The Hunger Games RatingLionsgate UK has shaved years off the potential local rating for The Hunger Games by making 7 seconds worth of tweaks. According to Britain’s ratings board the BBFC, the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate without the changes Lionsgate made in order to secure the younger-skewing 12A rating (similar to a PG-13 in the U.S.). Fixes were made in four scenes of violence and one showing details of injuries. The board says the edits were for the most part implemented ahead of formal submission, after Lionsgate had sought advice on how to ensure the 12A. Some or all of the tweaks — many of which apparently had to do with blood — were substitutions. The film will be released March 23 with the consumer advice tag: “Contains intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments.” In the U.S., The Hunger Games secured a PG-13 for “intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens.” The Gary Ross-directed adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ hit novel (the first in a trilogy) has been tracking huge with expectations Read More »

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Lionsgate UK Names Roberta Ibba-Hartog Head Of TV – UK & Eastern Europe

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 2:12am PST

HBO and Sony veteran Roberta Ibba-Hartog has joined Lionsgate UK as head of TV, UK and Eastern Europe, the company announced today. She will be responsible for sales and distribution of films and TV series in the UK and Ireland and also oversee Eastern European sales. The full press release is below:

London, Friday 20 January 2012: Lionsgate UK have hired Roberta Ibba-Hartog as Head of TV, UK and Eastern Europe. In this new role Ibba-Hartog will be responsible for the sales and distribution of all Lions Gate films and TV series for UK and Eire and will oversee sales in Eastern Europe.

She joins Lionsgate from her previous position as Vice President of International Distribution (CEE, Korea and Japan) at HBO. Prior to HBO, Roberta worked at Sony Pictures International as Director of Sales, covering Nordic, Benelux and CEE.

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Lionsgate UK To Distribute Icon Titles, But No News On Library Deal

Lionsgate UK today confirmed its new distribution pact with Icon UK, saying it will handle the release of all of the latter’s titles moving forward. The deal is for rights to all films to come, but, for the moment at least, the Icon library is not included. Speculation has been that Lionsgate would take over the library, which includes PreciousMan On Wire, A Single Man, Paranormal Activity and others. Lionsgate UK already handles the home entertainment rights for the Miramax and Nu Image libraries and recently entered a multi-year licensing deal with Netflix ahead of the streaming service’s 2012 UK launch. Icon’s releases in 2011 have included Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Lionsgate will now handle the release of Winding Refn’s next picture, Only God Forgives, along with Walter Salles’ On The Road, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and the very English Postman Pat: The Movie. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: China, UK

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 11:58pm PST

Advertising Up 12.5% For China’s Biggest Broadcaster
Foreign and Chinese advertisers will pay about $2.25 billion next year for time on China’s biggest television network CCTV. That’s up roughly 12.5% over 2011. That may seem high compared to the rest of the world which is generally chalking up low Read More »

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First Look: Helena Bonham Carter As Miss Havisham In ‘Great Expectations’

Here’s a first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, the witchy central character in Great Expectations, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Miss Havisham is an iconic character over here in Britain: an embittered spinster … Read More »

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Netflix Makes Pay Deal With Lionsgate UK As Streaming Company Prepares For UK Launch

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EXCLUSIVE: In a clear signal that Netflix is preparing for a major expansion into the UK, the streaming company has made what I believe to be its first content deal with a film company there. My sources tell me that … Read More »

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Lionsgate UK Remaking ‘The Professionals’

The UK arm of Lionsgate will start pre-production on its big-budget remake of cult 1970s British TV series The Professionals this fall. The action series about secret agents was a hit across Europe and in Australia but never made it … Read More »

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