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Cannes Roundup: ‘Bone In The Throat’, Francis Coppola’s ‘Twixt’, ‘Canterville Ghost’

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:32pm PDT

Bone In The Throat, Closer To Fine, Spy Vs. Stu
LA-based Dignity Film Finance president Maggie Monteith has three films the company is financing and producing this year. Titles in active development areBone In The Throat, an adaptation of Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling novel produced by Lenny Beckerman and Peter Heslop (The King’s Speech) and directed by commericials helmer Graham Henman, marking his feature debut. Henman is co-writing the adaptation with Mark Townend. Also in the works is the romantic comedy Closer To Fine to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) who also scripted. Scott LaStaiti is producing. Stern is currently in preproduction on the recently announced biopic about Steve Jobs with Ashton Kutcher. Third project is Spy Vs. Stu, an action comedy to be directed by Hervé Renoh (Coursier). Screenplay was written by Allie Dvorin & Keith Mitchell and Gren Wells. Dignity also recently completed Theatre Of Dreams, directed by David Scheinmann and starring Brian Cox as Sir Matt Busby the legendary Manchester United Football manager. International sales are being handled by Intandem.

Twixt, The Echo
German distributor Pandastorm Pictures has picked up Francis Ford Coppola´s mystery-thriller Twixt from Pathé International and The Echo, from the exec producers of The Ring and QED International. Twixt tells the story of writer Hall Baltimore, the “bargain basement Stephen King”, who arrives in a small town for a book tour and gets caught up in a real murder. Cast includes Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Ben Chaplin. In The Echo, an ex-convict (Jesse Bradford) has to live in his dead mother´s apartment as a condition of his parole. Spookiness and danger ensue.
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COMIC-CON: Some Film Studios Sitting Out

Deadline Comic-Con Movie Contributor Luke Y Thompson reports:

It’s the story every media outlet is dying to tell every year: “Comic-Con just ain’t what it used to be.” This year, however, the event — set for July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center — comes with some alarmist (and circumstantial) evidence: Warner Bros won’t be doing a movie presentation. Marvel Studios won’t be either, even though the tiniest teaser for The Avengers last year made for the most memorable panel. Disney initially appeared absent too. So what’s going on? Did the failure of Scott Pilgrim to triumph at the box office following a massive Con promotion last year leave studios leery?

Well, you’d think if that were the case, Universal would feel the most burned — yet they’re doubling down by holding the premiere of Cowboys and Aliens there, inviting many of the fans to attend; one would imagine the big names like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig will at least attend.

Disney, which now owns the Muppets and Marvel Studios, is likely saving those properties for its own D23 Expo in Anaheim toward the end of August. They are, however, bringing the DreamWorks pickup Fright Night to Comic-Con (in presentation and screening form) — notably, this is a movie that will open Aug. 19, the same day the D23 Expo begins, so it makes sense to hype it sooner. Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are the big names attending; curiously, the publicity has consistently downplayed the presence of former Doctor Who star David Tenant, and he has not been mentioned as attending, though he’d be given a hero’s welcome if he did.

Warner Bros’ lack of a movie panel may largely be due to the fact that the next Superman and Batman movies aren’t ready to show much yet — Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will be there, but on behalf of Relativity’s Immortals (also Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke; director Tarsem Singh is not currently expected). Certainly WB is showing a ton of TV previews, but I’ll leave that to my colleague Gary Hodges to discuss. The biggest question mark in my mind is what Time Warner-owned Entertainment Weekly will put on the cover of their Comic-Con issue now: traditionally, it’s been a big reveal from a Warners movie.

The biggest name being batted about right now as a possibility is Steven Spielberg, to present footage from his The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Certainly, a Tintin presentation would be wise, as the teaser has left many (myself included) highly skeptical. The fanbase needs persuading, and since it’s Spielberg, there’s probably at least one kickass scene that can get people hyped. But Paramount’s still playing things close to the vest — when I asked a publicist there about Comic-Con plans, I was told “It’s uncertain what or if we’re bringing anything.” That’s not a denial. And there has been talk of a Captain America screening — whether that translates into an actual panel is uncertain, as the regular press junkets and such will already be in full swing for the movie, opening that week. Read More »

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Francis Ford Coppola Headed To Comic-Con

By | Thursday June 30, 2011 @ 4:47pm PDT

Francis Ford Coppola, who last participated in Comic-Con to tout his 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is returning to the annual convention next month to discuss another horror project — his new film Twixt. The director will present portions of the experimental film he calls  “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career” on Saturday, July 23 in Hall H. (Of course, that career-beginning film was Dementia 13.) The film, which stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Ben Chaplin, incorporates live music by performance artist Dan Deacon, who will attend the panel to help demonstrate the viewing experience.

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