Hot Trailer: Docu ‘Fed Up’

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:05pm PDT

Fed Up is described as the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. Katie Couric narrates the documentary that focuses on the alarming and rising rate of obese children in America. Fed Up was directed by Stephanie Soechtig, and produced by Sarah Olson and Eve … Read More »

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Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’ To Open Los Angeles Film Festival

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:19am PDT

snowpRadius-TWC‘s sci-fi pic Snowpiercer has been tapped as the opening-night film at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 11. The pic opens in the U.S. on June 27. LAFF’s full lineup of nearly 200 films will be … Read More »

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Hot SXSW Red Band Trailer: ‘13 Sins’

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 4:34pm PDT

A down-on-his luck salesman gets a strange phone that sets him on a series of 13 tasks, each more sinister — and lucrative — than the last. Mark Webber stars in director Daniel Stamm’s 13 Sins, which had its world premiere Friday at SXSW as a Midnighters. Rutina Wesley, … Read More »

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‘20 Feet From Stardom’s Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton & Tata Vega To Perform At Film Independent Spirit Awards

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 1:59pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, 20feetMerry Clayton and Tata Vega are profiled in the Oscar-nominated Radius-TWC documentary and will perform at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. It will be the only musical performance at the ceremony. … Read More »

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Berlin: Radius-TWC Pays $2 Million For Pablo Escobar Pic ‘Paradise Lost’

Mike Fleming

escobaEXCLUSIVE: Radius-TWC has closed a deal to pay $2 million to Pathe for North American rights to Paradise Lost. The Andrea Di Stefano-directed film stars The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson as a young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with the country, especially when he meets and marries the gorgeous girl of his dreams. Then he finds himself sucked into the family business. She’s the niece of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who’s played by Benicio Del Toro. The film also stars Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene’s Brady Corbet and newcomer Claudia Traisac.

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The film has been slated for release later this year by Radius, whose presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have now made three deals during an otherwise sluggish Berlin (not counting TWC’s $7 million acquisition of The Imitation Game). Radius also snapped up the Salma Hayek thriller Everly and the Danish horror pic When Animals Dream. The label’s got some momentum, with two Oscar nominations for the docus 20 Feet From Stardom and Cutie And The Boxer.

Paradise Lost is produced by Dimitri Rassam and and co-produced by Romain Le Grand on behalf of Pathe and Frédérique Dumas on behalf of Orange Studio. Miguel Angel Faura from Spain’s Roxbury and Belgium’s uMedia also co-produced.

traisQuinn and Janego confirmed the deal. “We have been tracking this project for months and could not be more energized by Benicio’s  outstanding performance, Josh’s extraordinary turn and Claudia Traisac’s star-making role,” the pair said. “Di Stefano has delivered the goods and we feel privileged to be working alongside him on this fantastic film.” Read More »

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Berlin: Radius-TWC Snags Coming Of Age Werewolf Import ‘When Animals Dream’

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 12:15pm PST

When Animals DreamRadius-TWC has acquired Danish horror pic When Animals Dream (Når Dyret Drømmer), the tale of a 16-year-old girl living in a secluded fishing village who falls in love and discovers she’s a werewolf as she’s hunted down by … Read More »

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Berlin: Dimension & Radius-TWC Acquire U.S. Rights To Salma Hayek Thriller ‘Everly’

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 6:53am PST

salma hayekAfter last night’s massive Weinstein Co acquisition of The Imitation Game, domestic action has perked up slightly today. Dimension and Radius-TWC have made a preemptive move on Everly, acquiring U.S. rights to … Read More »

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Sundance: RADIUS-TWC Buys Katie Couric-Narrated Docu ‘Fed Up’

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 6:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

fedupEXCLUSIVE: In a deal that is closing right before the conclusion of the Sundance Film Festival, RADIUS-TWC is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Fed Up, the Katie Couric-narrated documentary about the alarming and … Read More »

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Sundance: Radius-TWC Acquires ‘The One I Love’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 8:25am PST
Mike Fleming

theoneBREAKING: The Weinstein Company is on the board with a Sundance acquisition, and it was the company’s multi-platform arm Radius-TWC that made the deal. Tom Quinn and Jason Janego’s division acquired worldwide rights to the Charlie McDowell-directed … Read More »

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Sundance: Radius-TWC Pre-Buys North American On ‘The Night Comes For Us,’ Next Pic By ‘The Raid’ Team

Mike Fleming

RAIDDREEXCLUSIVE: OK, so it’s been a slow go at least so far for Sundance deals so far. But here’s an intriguing pre-buy that has its roots in the festival. RADiUS-TWC has acquired North American rights to The Night Comes For Us, an action thriller that is directed by Timo Tjahjanto, whose film Killers is playing Sundance and is produced by The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans. Evans, whose sequel The Raid: Berandal is unveiling at Sundance through Sony Pictures Classics, will handle action direction in the film. It’s set to premiere tomorrow night. The film also brings back the stars of The Raid: Redemption, as martial artist Iko Uwais is choreographing the action mayhem and Taslim and Yayan Ruhian are starring. The film will be released in 2015.

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Taslim plays a mobster who returns to his local crime family in Jakarta only to find himself trapped in a word of betrayal and chaos. Evans will produce alongside Maya Barack Evans of PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer and Todd Brown. Read More »

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‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ Docu Expands In Run-Up To Oscar Balloting

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 2:28pm PST

20 Feet From StardomThe longest-running theatrical release of 2013 and will more than triple its screen count Friday — two weeks before Oscar nom balloting begins. Twenty Feet From Stardom, which puts a spotlight on backup singers for some of … Read More »

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‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ Singers Set To Sing National Anthem At 2014 Rose Bowl

By | Sunday December 8, 2013 @ 7:48pm PST

20 feet from stardomMerry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, the backup singers who get the spotlight in RADiUS-TWC‘s Oscar documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, will sing the National Anthem at the 100th … Read More »

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OSCARS: Radius-TWC Duo Hopeful To Garner Documentary Nominations With Full Plate Of Contenders

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 3:11pm PST
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Radius-TWC, the specialty division of The Weinstein Company devoted to multi-platform strategies, has only been in business now a couple of years. But it is clearly setting out to make its mark in the Oscar race in a big way this year with four documentaries, all with a strong chance of making the Academy’s short list if industry buzz is any factor at all. Cutie And The Boxer, Inequality For All, Twenty Feet From Stardom and The Unknown Known are the titles Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego highlighted when we met for coffee to discuss their awards strategy.

Oddly, though the company is known for day-and date VOD and theatrical releases — like the recent Ryan Gosling film Only God Forgives, Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi and Lovelace to name a few — all four of its docu contenders are traveling the more traditional route by hitting theatres before rolling out to other platforms. The pair have a definite strategy, not only for financial success but also hopefully at the Oscars. “We have I think approached this in a pretty transparent way. And we have put together our blueprint for what we think puts us into the race for each film — and the good news is they are all different”, Quinn said. “I feel like they each fit a very different mold in what could be a possible doc nominee. None of these have been released day and date.” He added that they don’t currently believe there is an audience for these movies on VOD, but there will be one day. “In order to build bigger value for these films in ancillary platforms we need to build them theatrically first,” he said.

And they look at all of these contenders as movies first. They pointed out that their first “traditional release” — the highly successful Twenty Feet From Stardom, the Morgan Neville-directed music docu about background singers — has grossed nearly $5 million (the year’s best for a docu) after successfully taking on non-docus in the specialty realm during its summer release including Frances Ha and Much Ado About Nothing. It’s also brought renewed heat in the music business to the careers of the veteran singers it chronicles. Music- and showbiz-centric documentaries have a tougher time with the Academy committee, which seems to gravitate toward heavier subject matter, but Quinn and Janego are hopeful about Twenty Feet, which I think transcends the genre in the same way as last year’s docu feature winner Searching For Sugar Man. Read More »

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RADiUS-TWC Reports Keanu Reeves Pic ‘Man Of Tai Chi’ Grossed $1.5 Million VOD

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 4:09pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

EXCLUSIVE: Days after John Sloss began reporting real-time VOD grosses for the Disney-shot indie Escape From Tomorrow and challenged his peers to do the same, RADiUS-TWC co-heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have become the latest distributors to go the transparency route. Quinn and Janego have told me that their Keanu Reeves-directed martial arts film Man Of Tai Chi has grossed $1.5 million across digital, satellite and cable platforms ahead of today’s theatrical rollout.

The film began its Ultra-VOD window September 27, and Quinn and Janego were pleased with the results, while noting the film was not available on all satellite services or in hotels. “I’m pleased with that number out of the gate,” Quinn said. “I’m happy we’re able to make this film as widely available theatrically as possible and without VOD frankly we couldn’t do that. It just wouldn’t make sense financially.”

Related: Hot Trailer: Keanu Reeves’ ‘Man Of Tai Chi’

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RADiUS- TWC, Dimension Acquire Daniel Radcliffe Toronto Thriller ‘Horns’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what might well be the last major deal for a buzz title that world premiered at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, Dimension and RADiUS-TWC have acquired U.S. rights to Horns, the Alexandre Aja-directed thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar. The deal was for multiple millions, rivaling the largest deals made for the other Toronto films.

Keith Bunin wrote the script, based on the novel by comic book author Joe Hill. The logline: After being blamed for the death of his longtime girlfriend (Temple), a small-town guy (Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head. The film was produced by Red Granite Pictures founders and producing partners Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in addition to Mandalay’s Cathy Shulman. Aja is also a producer.

Dimension chief Bob Weinstein and RADiUS-TWC co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have been working on this deal since the festival. It was certainly a talked-up title that several distributors pursued. They haven’t figured out the release configuration but are looking at 2014. Read More »

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Shutdown Special: Landmark, Radius-TWC Offer Free ‘Inequality For All’ Tickets To Federal & Military Employees

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Federal and military employees affected by the government shutdown are invited to go to the movies for free today, courtesy of Radius-TWC and Landmark Theatres. Qualifying federal and military workers with a valid Federal ID can claim a free ticket to the Radius-TWC docu Inequality For All today only at 13 Landmark theaters across the country. The film features professor, author, and former Clinton administration cabinet member Robert Reich as he illustrates the country’s widening income gap and its ripple effect on the US economy.

Here’s a list of Landmark Theatre locations participating in today’s shutdown promo: Read More »

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Toronto: RADiUS-TWC Acquires Mike Myers-Directed Docu ‘Supermensch’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: RADiUS-TWC, the boutique label of The Weinstein Company, has acquired North American distribution rights to Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon. The documentary, which premiered in Toronto on September 7 at Roy Thompson Hall, marks the feature directorial debut of Mike Myers. RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego plan to release the film theatrically in the first quarter of 2014. They tell me they see the breakout potential of 20 Feet From Stardom, the acclaimed docu they turned into a prestige film hit this spring after acquiring it at Sundance.

Related: Toronto: Fleming Q&A’s Mike Myers On ‘Supermensch

With backing from A&E IndieFilms, Myers devoted the documentary to the life journey of Shep Gordon, who became a music manager after a chance encounter in the 1960s with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Specifically, the latter felt bad after punching Gordon in the face the night before after Gordon, concerned she was being attacked, broke up what turned out to be a consensual sexual encounter taking place in the grass outside his hotel room window. From there, he colorfully steered the careers of such musical artists as Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, Teddy Pendergrass and Blondie, and he created the “celebrity chef” culture and became a confidante of the Dalai Lama. Myers, who met Gordon when he was trying to get Alice Cooper to appear in a Wayne’s World scene, interviewed himself and the likes of Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more. Myers creates a picture of a charming Hollywood mensch whose Midas touch for dealmaking realized the dreams of others, as he put his own happiness on the back burner. I found the Zelig-like subject and the film irresistible. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Lovelace’ Injunction Rejected By Federal Judge In $10M Copyright Suit

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:10 PM: Despite a $10 million copyright and trademark suit field on Tuesday, Lovelace is still coming out on Friday. US District Judge Thomas Griesa today rejected Arrow Productions request for a temporary … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Lovelace’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:38am PDT

Radius-TWC has posted the official trailer for Sundance premiere Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace, the star of Deep Throat, the 1972 pornographic film that became an international phenomenon. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the pic, a tale of fame, abuse and betrayal … Read More »

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