Sundance 2014: William H. Macy- Helmed ‘Rudderless’ Gets Closing-Night Slot; Roger Ebert Docu & ‘The Raid 2′ Among Premiere Selections

sundance 2014The Sundance Film Festival today unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 30th anniversary gathering in Park City next month. Among the selections in the out-of-RUDDERLESS_still2_BenKweller_BillyCrudup_AntonYelchin__byJRCooke_2013-12...competition sections is the … Read More »

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IFC Films Lands U.S. Rights To Michael Winterbottom-Helmed ‘The Trip To Italy’

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films has pre-bought U.S. rights to The Trip To Italy, with director Michael Winterbottom just getting underway. The film is the follow to the 2010 road trip comedy The Trip, which Winterbottom also directed. IFC released that film, and original stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for the second road trip. The Trip To Italy is a semi-fictional improvised tour of Italy, reuniting Rob and Steve (Brydon and Coogan). The film follows them as they travel through the countryside, talking about life, careers, and the world. The friends often got on each other’s nerves in the original. Melissa Parmenter is producing for Revolution Films, and Andrew Eaton and Henry Normal are exec producers. Pic is currently in production in Italy, a co-production with Babycow and Small Man Ltd. Read More »

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Hot Sundance Clip: ‘The Look of Love’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a peek at a racy clip for The Look Of Love, the Michael Winterbottom-directed Sundance film that has its premiere tomorrow. I’m not convinced this one is going to get a PG-13.

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Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton Join Michael Winterbottom’s ‘King Of Soho’

Michael Winterbottom’s King Of Soho has found its queens in a trio of British actresses who’ve boarded the comedy drama about legendary porn publisher and club impresario Paul Raymond. Steve Coogan stars as Raymond, a modern King Midas who became one of Britan’s wealthiest men by building an empire of gentleman’s clubs, adult magazines and nude theaters. Known as the “King of Soho,” Raymond, natch, led a colorful personal life, too. Anna Friel (Limitless) will play his first wife, Tamsin Egerton (Chalet Girl) his glamour model girlfriend and Imogen Poots (Filth, Fright Night) will star as his beloved daughter. Coogan, a huge comedy star in the UK, is best known to US audiences for Winterbottom’s recent road movie The Trip as well as for roles in Tropic Thunder and the Night At The Museum movies. He also previously teamed with Winterbottom on 24 Hour Party People and Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story. King Of Soho was written by Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy, Control). Film4 developed and Read More »

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AFM: Sony Group Pacts For Michael Winterbottom’s Jack Black Comedy ‘Bailout’

Culver City, CA (November 3, 2011) – Ealing Metro has struck a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) on Michael Winterbottom’s (Trishna, The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) eagerly anticipated comedy BAILOUT starring Jack Black (School of

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It’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll: Stars Align For Stone Roses And Beatles Movies

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 8:22am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films is set to back a movie about cult British rock band Stone Roses, whose reunion concerts announced last week sold out within minutes. The band’s self-titled debut has been voted the best British album of all time. Spike Island, a drama about the band’s May 1990 outdoor concert — which has been compared to the Woodstock of the ecstacy pill-dropping generation — starts shooting in March 2012. Elliott Tittensor (Shameless) and Matthew McNulty (Misfits) will co-star. Mat Whitecross, director of the Ian Dury biopic Sex&drugs&rock&roll, is the director, and the producers are Fiona Neilson and Esher Douglas of Fiesta Productions. State financier BFI Film Fund is already on board, as is Revolver Entertainment, which has taken UK rights. Bankside Films is co-financing and selling the project internationally. The band has given permission to use their music for the movie. Read More »

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Toronto: Sundance Selects Lands North American Rights To ‘Trishna’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Trishna, the Michael Winterbottom-directed drama that stars Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed. It has been a busy 24 hours for Jonathan Sehring and Arianna Bocco, who add this deal to yesterday’s IFC acquisitions of the Lynn Shelton-directed Toronto title Your Sister’s Sister and the gory Midnight Madness title The Incident, as well as the Abel Ferrara-directed Last Day on Earth. Read More »

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CANNES: Jack Black Teams For ‘Bailout’ Comedy With Director Michael Winterbottom

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 1:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Ealing Metro International and The King’s Speech financier Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, a Michael Winterbottom-directed comedy that will star Jack Black. The film is based on the Jess Walter novel The Financial Lives of The Read More »

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‘Slumdog’ Star Freida Pinto Now Indian ‘Tess’

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 10:01am PST

The Slumdog Millionaire actress starts shooting an Indian version of the classic Thomas Hardy tragic novel on location in Rajasthan and Mumbai on February 28th. Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) will co-star as the son of a wealthy property developer who … Read More »

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IFC Plans ‘Trip’ With Michael Winterbottom

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 8:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: IFC is wrapping up U.S. distribution on The Trip, the Michael Winterbottom road comedy that stars comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour eateries in Northern England. Winterbottom turned the humorous results into a 6-part BBC miniseries, … Read More »

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