Harry Potter is the devil, or something like it, in Alexandre Aja’s dark fantasy Horns, adapted from Joe Hill’s novel. Daniel Radcliffe made his first trip to Comic-Con over the weekend in support of the Halloween Radius-TWC release. Check out the first trailer, in which Radcliffe’s Ig Perrish awakens after the murder of his girlfriend with demonic horns on his head and the power to manipulate the base impulses of the people around him:
After a hot tour of the fest circuit this year, Radius-TWC‘s The One I Love hits theaters on Aug. 22. Marking the feature directorial debut of Charlie McDowell, the romantic comedy follows Ethan and Sophie, a thirtysomething couple on the verge of separation, who make a quick vacation escape to rekindle their love life, only to see offbeat results. Screenwriter Justin Lader churned out a 50-page script with suggested dialogue, giving Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss the opportunity to improvise their lines. Take a look:
Daniel Radcliffe is attending Comic-Con for the first time in conjunction with Horns, the Radius-TWC fantasy horror release that he is toplining. Radcliffe will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4PM Friday, July 25, to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder. Ig’s horns have the power to put people in a trance and trigger them to speak unspeakable thoughts. Horns premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In 2010, eager Harry Potter fans clad in Hogwarts robes waited hours to see him at Comic-Con’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows panel, but Radcliffe was a no-show due to postproduction work, later apologizing to the franchise’s devotees. In addition, Salma Hayek will be showing brand-new footage from Radius-TWC’s action-thriller Everly directed by Joe Lynch. Hayek plays a woman who faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob moss, while being stuck in her apartment.
EXCLUSIVE: Radius-TWC offered a rare look inside the VOD numbers today, providing nontheatrical earnings for its recent documentaries The Unknown Known and Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom. The company, which unveiled the Mike Myers-helmed Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, opened Oscar winner Errol Morris’ Unknown Known in early April. It has cumed nearly $270K in its nine weeks in theaters, but VOD/digital platforms drew an additional $1 million. Meanwhile, 20 Feet From Stardom, has banked $1.3 million from VOD/digital, adding to its $4.945 million theatrical take in its 52 consecutive weeks of release since June 14, 2013. “We’re going to keep going until it hits $5 million,” said Quinn, Co-President of Radius along with Jason Janego.
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“There’s an interesting nexus of several things happening at once,” Quinn told Deadline. “I think it’s worth highlighting some of the nonfiction work that we’ve done. We did [Unknown Known] as day-and-date because we feel that the director Errol Morris has a heavy following on Twitter and even skews younger in some respects but also because of the notoriety of the subject, Don Rumsfeld. That collective gross gives a sense of how it fits into the marketplace. If it were a purely theatrical film, it would be the second-highest-grossing documentary of the year [so far].” The total would put Unknown Known roughly on par with IFC Films’ doc Finding Vivian Maier, which has cumed about $1.36 million theatrically. (That film also is available via on demand platforms, but IFC Films remains hush-hush about its nontheatrical grosses). Sony Classics’ Tim’s Vermeer, meanwhile, has grossed about $1.67 million theatrically since its January release. “Errol absolutely loves this release pattern and likes the interaction that it allows for,” said Quinn. “I think he’d like to do this again, and we’d love to work with him again.” Read More »
Radius-TWC has picked up its second pic from this year’s Cannes Film Festival Critics Week sidebar, acquiring U.S. rights to the David Robert Mitchell horror movie It Follows. The deal follows the Weinstein Company label’s buy of fellow Critics Week selection When Animals Dream this year; it picked up Blue Ruin at Cannes the year before. A first-quarter 2015 release is planned for It Follows, which centers on a teenager (Maika Monroe) who finds herself plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her after she has a strange sexual encounter. Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe star. Animal Kingdom and Northern Lights financed the pic, and Radius-TWC principals Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Cinetic in conjunction with Jen Dana on behalf of the filmmakers. Mitchell, who also wrote and directed 2010′s The Myth Of The American Sleepover, produced with Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, David Kaplan and Erik Rommesmo.
UPDATE, 6:15 PM: Hours after it was bought by RADiUS-TWC, the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On was chosen to receive the Documentary Award and the Jon Favreau-directed Chef won the Narrative Award. Both audience awards are sponsored by Heineken. Open Road begins the release rollout of Chef on May 9.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 2:32 pm PST: RADiUS-TWC has closed a deal for worldwide rights and remake rights for Keep On Keepin’ On, the documentary about a blind piano prodigy and his mentorship by a jazz legend whose pupils included Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. The film, which is produced by Jones and Paula DuPré Pesman (who won an Oscar for The Cove), made its premiere at Tribeca, where it won the Best New Documentary Director prize for helmer Al Hicks.
The dealmaking at Tribeca is not usually memorable, but several films at the fest have bites and other sales might follow this. This was a hot property; Netflix, Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia and Samuel Goldwyn all sparked to the documentary after its premiere. I’m told the deal was low-seven figures.
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“I’ve spent my life making people famous,” Shep Gordon says matter-of-factly in this documentary about the music manager who went on to create the concept of the celebrity chef and become a confidant of the Dalai Lama. There’s a lot of laughing and smiling going on in the trailer for Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, Mike Myers‘ love letter to the man and his legion of superfriends: Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Emeril Lagasse and on and on. It also tells the story of a humble man who did everything to make other people’s dream come true while putting his own life on the back burner. Radius-TWC, which acquired the film shortly after its Toronto premiere last year, will open it June 6. Have a look, dig the Teddy Pendergrass “women-only” concert snippet, and try not to grin a bit:
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The romantic comedy premiered at Sundance and screens this week at Tribeca. Radius/TWC acquired worldwide rights to The One I Love within 24 hours of its Park City bow and now has set an August 15 release date. Charlie McDowell directed the pic, which stars Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as spouses in a crumbling marriage who escape for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves and end up facing an unusual dilemma. Ted Danson co-stars, and Justin Lader wrote it. Here’s a clip:
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 Marson. Along with narrating, Couric is exec producer with Laurie David, Regina Scully, Heather Reisman, and Atlas Films’ Michael Walrath and Michelle Walrath. Radius-TWC releases the film wide on May 9. Check out the trailer:
Radius-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 unveiled May 6. The pic from Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho already has opened in territories including China and earned $3.88M on its first day in Korea. Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and John Hurt star in the movie, which takes place in a postapocalyptic society on a train that never stops. This one has an interesting past. The Weinstein Company bought U.S. rights on the movie back in 2012 at AFM on the basis of a script and some sample footage. A wide release was in the contract until Bong turned in a cut of just beyond 2 1/2 hours, and a battle ensued before a truce was made: Bong kept the length of his action film, but instead of a wide release, it will be a platform release with a rollout. Check out the trailer here.
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, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman co-star in the Radius-TWC pic, which Stamm (The Last Exorcism) scripted with David Birke. It’s available on demand March 14 and in theaters April 18. Here’s the rather violent red band trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry 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. Director Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom, a look at the lives of several of the music industry’s greatest backup singers, is nominated for a Spirit Award in the Best Documentary category. It also made the cut as one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. Currently the No. 1 documentary on iTunes, the pic continues to build momentum as the culmination of awards season approaches. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the Spirit Awards will be handed out during a daytime luncheon in Santa Monica and broadcast later that evening at 10 PM on IFC.
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EXCLUSIVE: 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 Games‘ Josh 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.
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.
Quinn 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 »
Radius-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 the village. Jonas Arnby directs the Gaumont Int’l-repped pic described as Let the Right One In meets Carrie. Jakob Oftebro, Lars Mikkelsen of The Killing, and Sonja Suhl star in the film produced by Alphaville in association with Gaumont Int’l and Back Up Films. Radius-TWC’s Tom Quinn negotiated the deal with Gaumont’s Cécile Gaget. When Animals Dream has also sold to Altitude (UK), Australia (Madman), Germany (Prokino), and Odeon (Greece) and is poised for stateside release later this year with a possible stop in Cannes.
After 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 the Salma Hayek thriller. Joe Lynch is directing the pic that’s from the Black List script by Yale Hannon. It’s described as an intense action thriller aboout a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter. Togo Igawa (Last Samurai), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance) and veteran Hiroyuki Watanabe also star. Dimension and Radius have set a fourth quarter 2014 release.
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Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said, “We’ve been on the hunt for a female driven action franchise and we’ve finally found it in Everly. Salma is utterly transcendent.”
The film was produced and financed by recently launched Singapore venture Vega, Baby! and produced via Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’ Crime Scene Pictures. Luke Rivett of Anonymous Content and Andrew Pfeffer also produced. Rizal Risjad, Ricky Budhrani and Paul Green are the executive producers. Brett Hedblom is the co-producer. and Sierra/Affinity has international sales Quinn and Janego negotiated the deal with CAA, Paris and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: 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 rising rate of obese children in America. Several distributors chased the film, because of its hot button topic that is similar to the embraceable issue examined in Bully. I’ve heard the deal was near $2 million.
Fed Up was directed by Stephanie Soechtig, and produced by Sarah Olson and Eve Marson. Along with narrating, Couric is exec producer with Laurie David, Regina Scully, Heather Reisman, and Atlas Films’ Michael Walrath and Michelle Walrath. Deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
Beyond chronicling the futile efforts of several young people to shed weight, including a 250-pound 15-year old boy and a 212-pound 12-year old girl, the film reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. The result is a humungous health epidemic. The filmmakers trace the historical pattern and places the blame squarely on the food manufacturers that after WWII moved away from natural foods in favor of sugars and processed ingredients as a way to drive profits. As a result, we have a lot of fat kids who develop problems not normally seen in ones … Read More »
BREAKING: 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 The One I Love for around $2 million, in a deal that happened 24 hours after the film debuted. The pic stars Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson and is about a couple with a crumbling marriage that escapes for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves. What they discover awaiting them is an unusual dilemma. The film’s first screening was Tuesday night at the MARC.
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EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Taslim 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 »
The 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 music’s biggest acts, will expand from 10 to 32 theaters for its 28th week of release. The Oscar-shortlisted documentary, which Radius-TWC picked up at Sundance, is directed by Morgan Neville and stars Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love.
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