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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Metallica Through The Never’, ‘Muscle Shoals’, ‘Shepard & Dark’, ‘We Are What We Are’, ‘Morning’, ‘The Wicker Man’, ‘On The Job’, ‘The Network’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Picturehouse makes a heavy metal return with the roll out of Metallica Through The Never. The reincarnation of the brand once a Time Warner entity, is taking a unique approach to its first release with an exclusive IMAX weekend run. September is going out with a bang in terms of number of releases. The weekend is packed once again, though one exec told me off the cuff that he sees it as “lifting all boats,” while another disagreed. The Specialty Box Office has had more losers than winners – though isn’t that always the case – theatrically, though last week’s Enough Said managed great numbers despite the flood of fellow newcomers. Docs make a plentiful showing this weekend including Magnolia’s Muscle Shoals, which debuted at Sundance and Music Box’s TIFF ’12 premiere Shepard & Dark along with SXSW’s The Network, which FilmBuff will roll out theatrically. Entertainment One will open the English-language version of We Are What We Are, while TV actor Leland Orser takes a turn as film director with Anchor Bay’s Morning. Rialto has three openers this weekend including the 40th anniversary restoration of The Wicker Man and Well Go USA will bow its Cannes premiere, On The Job.

Metallica Through The Never
Director-writer: Nimród Antal
Writers: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich
Subjects: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Jeremy Raymond, Mackenzie Gray, Toby Hargrave
Distributor: Picturehouse

Action/music feature Metallica Through The Never is the first release of the second manifestation of Picturehouse, the former New Line Cinema and HBO Films label formed in 2005 that later closed house and then was revived by its head, veteran film exec Bob Berney along with wife/partner Jeanne Berney. The feature centers on Trip, a young roadie for Metallica who is sent on a mission during the band’s show, but what was meant to be a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘We Are What We Are’

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT

Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are tells a twisted version of Jorge Michel Grau’s original Spanish-language Cannes chiller Somos Lo Que Hay: Here Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner play sisters forced to continue their family’s gruesome tradition following the death of their mother. Michael Parks, Kelly McGillis, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell, and newcomer Jack Gore also star. EOne releases the pic on September 27. Check out the trailer:

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Cannes: Backup Media, Memento Bring Heat To Fest Helmer Jim Mickle’s ‘Cold In July’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Backup Media has teamed up with Memento Films International to finance Cold In July, an adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be director Jim Mickle‘s next film. Mickle’s We Are What We Are is playing in Directors’ Fortnight section here at Cannes. Shooting on Cold In July begins in late July with an early 2014 delivery. Adapted by Nick Damici and Mickle, the film is being produced by Belladonna Productions’ Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, and Linda Moran — frequent Mickle collaborators.

The plot: Richard Dane shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem. “It was important to us to find partners on the movie who would help us create an environment for Jim, where he would be protected and be able to excel as a filmmaker,” Linda Moran and Rene Bastian from Belladonna said. “We are very happy to have found the full support of the Backup/MFI team.” Read More »

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Hot Cannes Clip: ‘We Are What We Are’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This year’s Directors’ Fortnight lineup features a familiar tale in We Are What We Are, the American remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 Directors’ Fortnight selection Somos Lo Que Hay. Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner star in Mickle’s version as sisters forced to take on their family’s gruesome tradition after their mother’s death. Pic debuts in the same sidebar where the original first caught producer Andrew D. Corkin’s eye three years ago. Corkin’s Uncorked Productions optioned US remake rights with Rodrigo Bellott, took it to Memento Films’ Nick Shumaker, and tapped Jim Mickle (Stake Land) to co-write and direct. Linda Moran from Belladonna Productions and Jack Turner rounded out the producing team.

Mickle describes his version as a “call and response” companion piece to the Mexican original, which told a different version of the cannibalistic family tale. Memento Films is already plotting franchise sales at Cannes, with Finnish director AJ Annila tapped to direct a prequel written by We Are What We Are co-scribe Nick Damici and Grau himself developing a 2014 sequel. eOne snatched up the pic out of Sundance and will release it theatrically. Check out Deadline’s exclusive clip:

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