Thursday, January 27, 2011
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “ANOTHER EARTH”
Specialty Arm Acquires Rights to English Speaking Territories
PARK CITY, UT January 26, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired rights to English speaking territories for the emotionally charged sci-fi drama ANOTHER EARTH. Directed by Mike Cahill and written by Cahill and Brit Marling, ANOTHER EARTH stars William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor and Flint Beverage. The film was produced by Hunter Gray of Artists Public Domain, Mike Cahill, Brit Marling and Nicholas Shumaker.
“There are haunting yet touching and beautiful elements in Brit Marling and Mike Cahill’s first feature. Brit's performance is a revelation,” said Utley and Gilula. “We are excited to be working with such extraordinarily talented filmmakers.”
“We were stunned and provoked by this original new vision of our world,” said Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight’s President of Production. “This profound love story and philosophical meditation, set in a real yet future world took our breath away.”
“Fox Searchlight has proven to be the true champion of the auteur filmmaker, and I am honored to work with them and hope this is just the beginning,” said Cahill.
“Artists Public Domain strives to allow filmmakers to realize their creative vision. It has been wonderful to have Another Earth so well received at Sundance and to now be in the hands of Fox Searchlight,” said Gray.
In ANOTHER EARTH, Rhoda Williams (Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES “HOMEWORK”
Specialty Arm Acquires Most Worldwide Rights
PARK CITY, UT January 23, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired most worldwide rights to the film HOMEWORK. Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen in his directorial debut, HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam Robards and Blair Underwood. The film was produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kara Baker, Gia Walsh and Darren Goldberg. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.
“Homework is a real coming of age story, it touched us with its genuine performances, depth and wit,” said Utley. “We're thrilled to continue Searchlight's tradition of being a home to first time filmmakers.”
“We couldn't have found a better home than Searchlight, a company renowned for championing new storytellers,” says Wiesen.
“We are delighted to have found an impassioned partner for Homework. Searchlight shares our passion for this gem of a film. We couldn't be in better hands,” say Dana, Baker, Walsh and Goldberg.
HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally, a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES
“MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE”
Specialty Arm Acquires Worldwide Rights
PARK CITY, UT January 24, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the suspenseful drama MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Written and directed by Sean Durkin, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Maybach Cunningham and FilmHaven entertainment present a Borderline Films Production in association with This Is that. The film was produced by Josh Mond, Antonio Campos, Chris Maybach and Patrick Cunningham. Ted Hope, Matt Palmieri, Saerom Kim, Saemi Kim and Alexander Schepsman are executive producers with Andrew Corkin as co-producer. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.
“We were all captivated by the compelling performances and the expert craftsmanship of Sean Durkin,” said Gilula and Utley. “We are excited to bring this gripping drama to audiences everywhere.”
“Sean Durkin has crafted a riveting first feature,” said Claudia Lewis, President of Production. “We are thrilled to be working with a director who has such an original voice. We hope to make many more films with Borderline Films, this exceptional team of young filmmakers.”
“Josh, Antonio and I have had such an incredible experience at Sundance this year," said Durkin. "We are excited to be working with Searchlight, a company that has consistently embraced new voices and unique storytelling.”
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.
Monday, January 24, 2011
OVERVIEW: It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California. But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watch in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted out the Los Angeles skyline. From tankers to drones and hydra-like extraterrestrials, the aliens are inescapable and seemingly indestructible. From the masterful directors, The Brothers Strause Skyline will keep you guessing in this action-packed sci-fi adventure.
In this heart-pounding thrill ride starring Eric Balfour (“Haven,” “24”), Donald Faison ("Scrubs,"Clueless), David Zayas (“Dexter”), Brittany Daniel (Little Man, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Scottie Thompson (“Trauma,” Star Trek), Skyline will take every survival instinct a group of friends has to elude capture. Skyline debuts on Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand on March 22, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and purest digital sound available.
· BD-LIVETM: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers and more!
· pocket BLU™: USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, BlackBerry®, Nokia® Smartphone, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™player. Also available on the iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high-resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
o Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
· MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the film.
· uHEAR™: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn’t hear!
BONUS FEATURES (DVD and BLU-RAY™):
· FEATURE COMMENTARY: With Directors Greg and Colin Strause
· FEATURE COMMENTARY: With Co-writer/Producer Liam O’Donnell and Co-Writer Joshua Cordes
· DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
· ALTERNATE SCENES
· ANIMATION PRE-VISUALIZATION
· THEATRICAL TRAILERS AND MORE
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Just for fun, let's look at some similarities and differences between these two stories of drama and dance this holiday season:
The Nutcracker: An epic battle between mice and gingerbread soldiers takes place on Christmas eve. The Nutcracker leads the gingerbread soldiers but is wounded by the Mouse King who is only stopped when a little girl throws her slipper at him.
Black Swan: An epic battle between two dancers at a ballet company for the leading role on their production of The Swan Princess. Natalie Portman is the pure white swan and Mila Kunis is the passionate black swan. Somebody is wounded...or are both wounded? We don't really know but what we do know is that only ONE can have the lead role. There aren't any slippers thrown that we know of but there is sure to be some broken glass.
The Nutcracker: The nutcracker turns into a prince
Black Swan: Does Natalie Portman turn into the Black Swan...we don't really know yet.
The Nutcracker: Ends with a joyful dance between the leading lady and the prince.
Black Swan: Ends with a dance
We all know the story of The Nutcracker but BLACK is still a mystery. So go see it on December 10th and you too can make your own fun comparisons!
Monday, November 1, 2010