Sony Pictures Classics Dates Sundance Acquisition ‘Land Ho!’ for July 11

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 10:20am PDT

Land Ho! FilmLand Ho! the bawdy road trip comedy from Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz will be released on July 11 in New York and Los Angeles Sony Pictures Classics announced today. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it was acquired by SPC and will make two more festival stops before its U.S. bow: at Tribeca this month and Los Angeles Film Festival in June.  Land Ho! tells the tale of two retirees who vie to relive their youthful days in Reykjavik, Iceland’s spa and nightclub scene. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Joins Together With Who Managers Docu ‘Lambert & Stamp’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 1:15pm PDT

LambertandStamp_still1_ChrisStamp_KitLambert__byColinJonesTopFotoTheImag...__140108195932The documentary about Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp premiered at Sundance, and now it’s headed on an international tour. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Lambert & Stamp for North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia. … Read More »

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It’s Official: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Zhang Yimou’s ‘Coming Home’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 2:55pm PST

Marrakech International Film Festival - Tribute To Zhang Yimou - Red Carpet PhotocallThis marks the 12th film from Chinese director Zhang Yimou to be distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. The negotiations were one of the worst-kept secrets at the Berlin Film Festival. The studio made it official today, a day after Zhang signed on to helm Universal’s adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel The Parsifal Mosaic. Here’s the release:

NEW YORK (February 18, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou’s COMING HOME starring Gong Li. The film, currently in post-production, is produced by Bill Kong and LeVision Pictures’ Zhang Zhao. Lava Bear Films’ David Linde executive produced.

sonyclassicsInspired by Yan Geling’s “THE CRIMINAL LU YANSHI with a screenplay written by Jingshi Zou, COMING HOME is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes last year before being acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and playing the fall fest circuit. A trailer has dropped for the documentary about veteran Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s ill-fated attempt to bring Frank … Read More »

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UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Berlin Competition Title ‘Aloft’ (Video)

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, THURSDAY AM: BerlinFilmFestival_badgeAs the Berlin Film Festival kicks off today, Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed its acquisition of all U.S. and Latin American rights to competition title, Aloft. This is Milk Of Read More »

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OSCARS: Dressing ‘The Invisible Woman’

79f00e7e-8459-11e3-_510625b“There are so many people doing such great work out there,” said The Invisible Woman costume designer Michael O’Connor, who is Oscar-nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design. O’Connor — who worked on the period drama about the life of Charles Dickens — was one of the most gracious people I’ve ever interviewed, handing out credit to his staff, his director Ralph Fiennes and even to his peers on other films. “If you look at a film like Nebraska, those clothes say everything about those people,” O’Connor said. “It’s good, intelligent work.” His appreciation and passion for the work is evident in every detail of the clothing he speaks of. He’s also fascinated with the historical research that comes into play prior to the actual designs and selection of fabrics. “The looking into it is the fun part,” he said. “There are subtleties that change throughout the years, and I love monitoring and watching that stuff. You know, the men started wearing suits at this time in the 1850s. The women’s bonnets changed shape as the shape of the dresses changed. The bonnets became shorter, more rounded and less of the face is hidden. They were made with a clever craft that no one makes these days anymore. The corners, the pockets for the watches, the overall attention to detail was there always.”

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He said some of his inspiration came from the French neo-classical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, whose work is displayed in the Louvre. He and Fiennes — who portrayed Dickens with a contagious enthusiasm — spent a lot of time thinking about what a particular character would weare. the_invisible_woman_ralph_fiennes_felicity_jones_2Felicity Jones, for instance, played Dickens’ very young and demur mistress. “We had discussions like, ‘Would her character really wear this kind of dress?’ Even little, tiny rickrack mossy, mustard-colored braids on Felicity’s dress, we discussed because we wanted to make sure the costume wasn’t speaking beyond the character. You didn’t want her to gleam out even though she was the lead actress, because the camera is going to find her anyway, so (in a scene with her family) you put her sisters around her in pink.” His greatest find was an original, mint condition waist coat from the period with green vine leaves and grapes on it against black that Fiennes wore in one scene. O’Connor said his director embraced the period completely because he wanted it to be a truthful film. “When the actors are wearing these clothes, it makes them feel different,” he said. Which is the same kind of thinking behind the costuming of one of the greatest films of all time, Gone with the Wind.

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

infinitely polar bearSony Pictures Classics confirmed that it has acquired distrib rights to Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, the film that marks the directorial debut of Maya Forbes (who also scripted the autobiographical story). The film, set in the 1970s, follows an eccentric father who tries to win back his wife by taking responsibility for their two young, hard-to-handle daughters. Sony will distribute the picture in North America, Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Confirms Deal For Sundance Pic ‘Love Is Strange’

Mike Fleming

loveisUPDATE, 2:58 PM: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s report from yesterday, acquiring Ira Sachs’ Sundance pic  Love Is Strange for North America, Germany and Scandinavia. Read the release below after the original story.

PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Sony Pictures Classics is acquiring Love Is Strange, the film scripted and directed by Ira Sachs that stars Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan. The timely film is about two longtime gay lovers who finally get married. Sundance 2014One of them then gets fired and is unable to pay the rent. The couple must move in, separately, with a nephew and his family in Brooklyn and the two gay cops next door. The film got a strong response when it premiered last Saturday at the Eccles Theater. The deal is being made by WME Global. The film also got a French distribution deal with Pretty Pictures right after its premiere. SPC previously acquired the opening-night film Whiplash, and then the comedy Land Ho!

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Lunchbox’

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 6:17am PST

Ritesh Batra’s debut feature The Lunchbox recently screened in the Spotlight section of Sundance. It earlier played Toronto, Telluride and the AFI Fest. But the film first came to international attention when it charmed Cannes Critics’ Week audiences. That’s when Sony Pictures Read More »

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Sundance: Sony Classics Acquires Road Trip Comedy ‘Land Ho!’

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 9:26am PST

LandHo!Park City, Utah (January 22, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced this morning that it has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy LAND HO!, which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. SPC plans to release the film nationwide in 2014.

The film is produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings, and executive produced by Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608David Gordon Green, and Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger of Gamechanger Films. LAND HO! is the first film to be financed by Gamechanger, which launched last fall to exclusively finance features directed and co-directed by women.

Starring Paul Eenhoorn (THIS IS MARTIN BONNER) and newcomer Earl Lynn Nelson, LAND HO! follows a pair of retirees who set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Raid 2′

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:37am PST

Raid 2Sony Pictures Classics has released a new action-packed trailer for Gareth Evans‘ martial arts sequel The Raid 2 ahead of its Sundance bow tonight. This is a hot ticket in Park City where the first Raid film screened after making a splashy debut at Toronto in 2011. Iko Uwais reprises his role as Rama, the Jakarta cop who battled his way through a tenement filled with criminals in the first pic only to go undercover in the sequel to uncover the corrupt baddies at the top of the food chain. Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, and Julie Estelle join the fray in The Raid 2 which also sees the return of Raid actor/stunt choreographer Yayan Ruhian. SPC releases The Raid 2 on March 28 but they’re not the only studio banking on the Raid team. Yesterday at Sundance RADiUS-TWC pre-bought North American rights to Evans’ next project, The Night Takes Us, to be directed by Timo Tjahjanto (Killers) and produced by Evans with original Raid cast members starring. Read More »

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics To Get ‘Whiplash’ In Fest’s First Major Deal

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 4:50am PST
Mike Fleming

whiplEXCLUSIVE: The first major deal at the Sundance Film Festival is nearly done, with Sony Pictures Classics close to closing a deal for Whiplash that is in the vicinity of $2.5 million for North America, Germany and Australia. This was the festival’s opening night film. It stars Miles Teller as a school drummer with potential who strives for perfection under the tutelage of a ruthless band conductor, played by J.K. Simmons. SundanceWriter/director Damien Chazelle originated Whiplash as a prize winning short at last year’s Sundance and came back with a feature length film this time. Austin Stowell also starred.

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The film played through the roof, and got stellar reviews after its Thursday night bow. Yesterday, the festival was buzzing about the film, and word around was that distributors including Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate and A24 were kicking the tires. But it was SPC partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard that swooped in to close the deal. The auction has been going on from Friday night through early Saturday. A humorous break in the action came when a Farmers Insurance commercial came on (the TV was playing in the background) featuring the insurance company’s spokesman — Simmons. Will provide more details when I get them. Most of the film’s foreign rights sold to Sony, so there is symmetry to this deal. WME Global repped the film. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive premiered in Cannes last year where Sony Pictures Classics acquired it. The film then went on to berths in Toronto and the New York Film Festival. Now, it’s a Spotlight title in Sundance with … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Next Woody Allen Pic ‘Magic In The Moonlight’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 2:08pm PST

woodyMaybe Sony Classics‘ Tom Bernard and Michael Barker have something cooking here with Woody Allen huh? The distributor just announced it has landed North American rights to like the bazillionth Allen-directed film in a row, the South of France in the … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Lands Hungarian Oscar Entry ‘The Notebook’

By | Thursday January 2, 2014 @ 4:37pm PST
Mike Fleming

noteSony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to The Notebook, Hungary’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Janos Szasz directed the pic and Intuit Pictures produced with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films. The film, adapted from … Read More »

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Sony Classics, Stage 6 Set ‘The Raid 2′ For March 28 Release

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 8:30am PST

the-raid-2__130417223503-275x182The martial arts actioner will bow in the U.S. on March 28, Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films announced today. Slated to world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Fest, the Indonesian action sequel picks up where the … Read More »

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Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ Returning To 300 Theaters This Weekend

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 3:44pm PST

blue-jasmine_05-300x156New York, NY (December 10, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release again Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine on 300 theaters nationwide this weekend. The film was in 35 theaters this past weekend so will be expanded into a

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Invisible Woman’

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 2:10pm PST

Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes at Berlin in February. He plays Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman, and the title character is Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the young actress Dickens met at the height of his career … Read More »

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Sony Classics Acquires Paul Haggis’ ‘Third Person’

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 2:24pm PST

NEW YORK (November 7, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to Paul Haggis’ THIRD PERSON. Written and directed by Haggis, the film had its world premiere at the 2013

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