John C. Reilly & Ashley Jensen Join Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz And More In ‘The Lobster’

ashley_jensenjohn c reillyAs principal photography gets underway in Ireland, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster has netted further cast to join the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux and Olivia Colman. John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley (The World’s End) and Jessica Barden (Far From The Madding Crowd) are boarding the unconventional love story from Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films. The dystopian tale follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. Ariane Labed (Before Midnight) and Angeliki Papoulia round out the cast. Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes in 2009, is making his English-language debut with The Lobster which he also co-scripted with longtime collaborator Efthimis Filippou. Read More »

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Berlin: Danish Helmer Janus Metz To Direct Action Thriller ‘Blowback’ From ’71′ Scribe

Berlinale 2014 badgeEXCLUSIVE: London-set action thriller Blowback is moving forward with Armadillo helmer Janus Metz in the director’s chair. Penned by Gregory Burke, writer of the hot Berlin Competition pic ’71, the film … Read More »

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Berlin: Idris Elba, Sam Worthington Join Noomi Rapace In Thriller ‘Alive Alone’

idris elbasam worthingtonAlive Alone, the Thunder Road produced drama that Protagonist Pictures is selling, was originally announced in Cannes with Noomi Rapace and Matthias … Read More »

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Hot Berlin Clip: Yann Demange’s ’71′

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 3:19am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Yann Demange’s Berlin Competition entry ’71 has a lot of heat on it going into the festival. The anti-war parable centers on a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Read More »

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Berlin Briefs: Protagonist Selling ‘The Legend Of Shorty’; Icon Returns To UK Distribution With Big Slate; Content Has ‘He Who Dares’ Sequel; Memento Is ‘Energized’

berlinaleofficialposterProtagonist Pictures is launching international sales at the EFM this week on Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos’ feature documentary The Legend Of Shorty. The film world premieres at SXSW in the Documentary Spotlight section in March. Submarine is co-repping the film for North America with Protagonist. Produced by Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man, Man On Wire) and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty (Thriller In Manila), the film focuses on ‘El Chapo’, aka Joaquin Guzman, the most powerful drugs lord in history – and one of the world’s most wanted men. The near mythical figure has evaded capture for over 10 years, and is alternately described as a brilliant business visionary, an amoral and ruthless murderer, a revolutionary hero and a latter-day Robin Hood. The Legend Of Shorty is produced by Red Box Films, Twofour and Ronachan Films, with funding from Film4, WGBH Frontline, Discovery Latin America and BFI. Read More »

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AFM: Michael Fassbender In Negotiations For Gangster Pic ‘Trespass Against Us’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 5:42am PDT

British director Adam Smith will make his narrative feature debut with Trespass Against Us. Alastair Siddons penned the script for the gangster pic and will produce with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Productions … Read More »

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Cannes: Protagonist, Thunder Road Set Matthias Schoenarts, Noomi Rapace For ‘Alive Alone’

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a movie package that should be a hot one at Cannes. Protagonist and Thunder Road have teamed on Alive Alone, a drama that marks the … Read More »

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Tribeca Film Acquires North American On Irish Pic ‘What Richard Did’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 8:01am PST
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Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing.

Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

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Mike Goodridge Segues Into CEO Role At Protagonist Pictures

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 6:35am PDT

It’s always interesting when a journalist goes from covering the biz to working in it. That’s what just happened to Mike Goodridge: The editor of UK trade Screen, will see the other side when he segues to become CEO of … Read More »

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Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Ben Roberts Named Director Of BFI Film Fund

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 5:13am PDT

BFI Film Fund Ben RobertsBen Roberts is to be the new Director of the BFI Film Fund, the BFI announced today. Thirty six year old Ben Roberts is currently CEO of Protagonist Pictures which represents many British films in the international market place. Since 2007 he has overseen a range of releases including recently, Submarine, Kill List, Nativity, Deep Blue Sea, Tyrannosaur, Streetdance 3D and In The Loop. Ben has 15 years film of industry experience across international sales, studio acquisitions, UK distribution and film finance, and has developed strong relationships with new and established filmmakers.

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Phase 4 Films Takes Rights To Family Comedy ‘Horrid Henry: The Movie’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 12:27pm PST

Based on Francesca Simon’s popular children’s book series, Horrid Henry: The Movie will head to North America via Phase 4 Films. The deal for the family comedy directed by Nick Moore includes U.S. and Canadian rights. Starring Theo … Read More »

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Protagonist To Proffer John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’: Berlin

Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales for Reprisal Films’ Calvary from The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. McDonagh also wrote the screenplay for the blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community. The director reteams here … Read More »

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AFM: Robert Pattinson Pic ‘Bel Ami’ Lands Distribution

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions grabbed North American rights to Bel Ami, the Protagonist Pictures drama that stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci. Pattinson plays penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy, who rises to power in Paris with … Read More »

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