One Chance, the David Frankel-directed film about opera singer Paul Potts, will make its first performance on Yahoo Screen, an advertiser-supported online service from Yahoo. In a new wrinkle about finding an audience for a crowd pleasing film with no big stars, Yahoo has made a deal with The Weinstein Company to air the film on its Yahoo Screen service ten days before it rolls out in theater this fall. The plan is different from the multi-platform strategy used by RADiUS-TWC on films like Snowpiercer, which has broadened to 356 screens and grossed $3.5 million theatrically. Here, Yahoo will show a commercial movie to its audience, making it available free, before TWC takes it to movie screens. The film opened last year overseas and grossed $9.9 million.
Potts was an assistant who dreamed of being an opera singer. His audition for Britain’s Got Talent became a YouTube sensation. He went on to win the competition and has a thriving career. James Corden, who won the Tony for Orie Man, Two Guvnors and who co-stars in the TWC release Begin Again, plays Potts. Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach also star.
How wide the film opens after its Yahoo bow remains to be determined when the film opens later this fall. Exhibitors don’t love the multi-platform model, and as is often the case with some multi-platform releases, and it will be interesting to see how they greet an online showing. TWC will four wall some theaters to reach … Read More »
In this special holiday edition of our Deadline Awards Watch podcast, Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi about the making of Captain Phillips with director Paul Greengrass. Pete also talks with Taylor Swift, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter behind “Sweeter Than Fiction,” the theme song of One Chance, about writing for films and her own budding acting career. If you didn’t make the in-theater screenings for these films, hearing Pete’s Q&As is almost like being there — particularly if you’re an awards voter busily working through a big DVD pile of awards contenders this holiday week. Also in this episode, Pete talks with host David Bloom about all the newly debuted films jamming this week’s box office.
Just call it Weinstein Premiere-O-Rama. The company launched four movies with splashy galas at the Toronto International Film Festival in the span of 48 hours (is this some sort of weird record?). That included Saturday night’s Mandela: Long Walk To FreedomWorld Premiere, Sunday’s North American launch of Philomenaand last night’s World Premieres of August: Osage County and One Chancedirectly against each other. When I saw Harvey Weinstein at the combined Soho House after-party for the Monday films I told him he obviously loves Toronto. He was moving fast between his movies showing up everywhere, including on stage for August before it began. ”Everything came together and we just thought this would be the perfect way to get these films out there,” he said clearly beaming at the reaction.
All the films won standing ovations, not uncommon in movie-friendly Toronto (people like getting up on their feet here) but even by those standards the raucous, prolonged standing O for August: Osage County was definitely the most enthusiastic I have encountered at this year’s fest. And the John Wells-directed movie adaptation of actor/writer Tracy Letts’ Tony-winning Midwestern-set Broadway play about a dysfunctional family to end all dysfunctional families played like gangbusters with much audible reaction throughout. Star Meryl Streep was a last-minute cancellation due to illness and co-producer George Clooney (with Grant Heslov) didn’t make the trek to Canada for this film or Gravity in which he co-stars with Sandra Bullock since he was back in L.A. still working on posting his latest directorial gig, Monuments Men as well as shooting Disney’s Tomorrowland. But most of the cast was there including Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts, clearly the belle of this ball. When I spoke with her afterwards she was definitely on cloud nine over the reaction the film received and obviously excited to be working with this cast and opposite Streep who manages to do the impossible and tops Streep as the bitterly funny, bitingly caustic mother who lets it rip, particularly in the film’s (and the play’s ) signature dinner scene. Roberts is also at her best and both should be major Oscar contenders in the impossibly crowded lead actress category. This would make nomination #18 for Streep. Could anyone ever top her own record? Read More »
Myriad Pictures is handling all international rights on Miss Meadows, written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins. The dark satire/fairy tale stars Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale. Myriad will introduce it to buyers in Toronto. Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a gun-toting vigilante. Badge Dale is the local sheriff who falls in love with her. The film is produced by Crazy Heart‘s Rob Carliner and Eric Brenner. Read More »
The Weinstein Co‘s One Chance is the rags-to-riches story of Britain’s Got Talent‘s 2007 winner Paul Potts. The David Frankel-directed pic stars James Corden as Potts, the cell phone salesman who became an overnight sensation and a successful opera singer. Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach also star. It world premieres on Monday as a Special Presentation in Toronto. Here’s the first trailer: