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The wall of silence around digital and VOD numbers may be showing some initial cracks. This weekend, John Sloss’ Producers Distribution Agency is opening Escape From Tomorrow day and date and the veteran entertainment lawyer/sales agent said all numbers will “be transparent.” He vows to make it a model for others, saying it “behooves” filmmakers, insiders and — well, everyone — to understand how the numbers work. VOD/digital often out-weigh theatrical figures, but there has been little way to confirm individual numbers. The title joins another crowded weekend of newcomers, though the onslaught of Specialty titles appears to be decreasing in coming weeks. Among the limited release titles opening this weekend are Millennium’s As I Lay Dying from James Franco, CodeBlack/Lionsgate’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, Variance’s God Loves Uganda, FilmBuff’s Broadway Idiot and Tribeca Film/Nerdist’s Zero Charisma.
As I Lay Dying
Director-writer: James Franco
Writer: William Faulkner (novel)
Cast: James Franco, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Jenkins, Ahna O’Reily, Tim Blake Nelson
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
James Franco directed, adapted and stars in As I Lay Dying, based on William Faulkner’s novel. The ’30s classic is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. The ubiquitous Franco approached Millennium about being involved with the project, which gave him the go ahead. “James came to us and said he wanted to direct it,” said Millennium’s Mark Gill. Read More »
The coming-of-age story of two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City will open on October 11 in limited release, Lionsgate said today. Directed by George Tillman Jr, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete stars Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson. Michael Starrbury penned the script. The film will go up against Sony/Columbia’s Captain Phillips and Open Road’s Machete Kills which are opening wide. Relativity’s Romeo And Juliet, Buena Vista’s The Fifth Estate and Radius/TWC’s All The Boys Love Mandy Lane are also set to bow on that date.
EXCLUSIVE: A film about two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City has found a new home. Codeblack Films has picked up US distribution for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. The George Tillman Jr-directed film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. With 13-year-old Skylan Brooks as Mister and Ethan Dizon as 9-year-old Pete, Inevitable Defeat also stars Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie. Michael Starrbury wrote the movie. Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, and Bob Teitel produced with Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, and Amy Nauiokas executive producing. Inevitable Defeat was the debut of multiplatinum songstress Keys as a producer. Codeblack Films was launched by Lionsgate in May 2012 to develop and distribute films and other media for the urban market. The deal with the Lionsgate division was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers with Marc Danon, Lionsgate’s VP Acquisitions & Business Development, and Jean Chi, SVP Business & Legal Affairs.
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