Every week, I get several press releases, screening invitations and other notifications from a handful of studio contacts. While I won’t be sharing any information regarding my screening invites, some of the press releases might be of interest to my readers, so I thought I’d start sharing them in toto with all of you. These could include new image galleries for various films or important updates to upcoming releases from various smaller studios and art house production companies.
- Press Release: Final ‘Lawless’ Poster Debuts
- Press Release: ‘Six’ Greenlit for Director Kirk Wong
- Press Release: Director Paul Feig Re-units with Ronna & Beverly Creators
- Press Release: Fall Preview – 42 West
- Press Release: Fall Preview – Brigade
- Press Release: Fall Preview – Susan Penk Public Relations
Press Release: Final ‘Lawless’ Poster Debuts
The Weinstein Company debuts the new poster at Hit Fix.
Press Release: ‘Six’ Greenlit for Director Kirk Wong
KIRK WONG’S HIGH OCTANE ACTION THRILLER ‘SIX’ RAMPS UP
Hyde Park Takes Worldwide Rights
Los Angeles, CA – (July 30, 2012) –OK101 Ltd, Fantawild Film Industry Investment Inc., Asia Entertainment Media Ltd., National Film Capital and Hyde Park International have greenlit director Kirk Wong’s martial arts action thriller SIX, which was written by Li Feng (“Hero”), Eric Martinez (“Beyond the Mat”) and Doug Brode. OK101, Fantawild, Asia Entertainment Media and National Film Capital are co-producing while Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park International (HPI) will executive produce and handle worldwide sales, excluding Greater China.
SIX is a martial arts action thriller enveloped in Manga trappings. A mad scientist has successfully created five hybrids by fusing human and animal genes together, granting them animal-like capabilities that allow them to fight fiercely. The five must join together when another of their kind known only as SIX intends to hunt them down and harness their powers. A lethal game of hide-and-seek soon begins, driven by the emotional journey between these compelling characters that are also romantically entangled. At the final showdown, the secret of SIX is revealed.
The film commences principal photography on location in China and Louisiana in November 2012. The cast will include Hollywood and Asian stars.
Hailing from Hong Kong, Wong is a veteran of Asian cinema who has been directing films for over thirty years. Some of his credits include CRIME STORY with Jackie Chan, THE GUNMEN, ROCK & ROLL COP, and THE BIG HIT starring Mark Wahlberg.
“I am excited to work with such a talented filmmaker as Kirk in bringing Asian mysticism to Western commercial cinema,” said Ashok Amritraj, Chairman of Hyde Park Entertainment Group. “We look forward to making SIX a global success.”
Hyde Park Entertainment Group (HPEG) has produced or distributed box office successes and critically acclaimed titles including GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D, THE DOUBLE, BLUE VALENTINE, BERNIE and MACHETE. Amongst HPEG’s current slate of films are the four-quadrant family adventure film MIDNIGHT SUN; the UNTITLED ELMORE LEONARD PROJECT starring Jennifer Aniston, ADULT WORLD starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack; and SUNLIGHT JR. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.
Press Release: Director Paul Feig Re-units with Ronna & Beverly Creators
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig re-unites with Ronna & Beverly creators & stars on his new movie
Hot off the heels of filming their new chat show Ronna & Beverly, for Sky Atlantic in the UK, comedy performers and writers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo are thrilled to be re-uniting with Paul Feig as they get cast in his new movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Feig is a huge fan of Jessica and Jamie, having worked with them on their live chat Ronna & Beverly, which they perform monthly in LA at the UCB Theatre. He was also involved in showcasing the show at the Soho Theatre in London and is the Exec Producer on their brand new chat show Ronna & Beverly, which goes out in the UK on Sky Atlantic HD from early September.
American writers and performers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. Between them their credits include Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex And The City. Following a series of critically acclaimed stage shows in the UK and across the States, Ronna and Beverly have become one of the most established and well-loved live acts, thanks to a combination of outrageously funny celebrity interviews and beautifully observed comic performances from Jessica and Jamie.Jamie Denbo is represented by Pakula King & Associates and Jessica Chaffin is represented by CAA.
About the movie
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in the buddy cop comedy directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). The story pairs an uptight, star FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) with a tough Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) They must team up to take down a drug lord but first have to overcome their mutual distrust and learn to work together. Chernin Entertainment will produce the film that is based on Katie Dippold’s original script. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are Producers. Paul Feig and Missy Imperato are Executive Producers. Filming began on July 5th in Boston, Massachusetts.
About Fox Filmed Entertainment
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox International Productions.
Press Release: Fall Preview – 42 West
NOT FADE AWAY
Written and Directed by David Chase
Opening Fall 2012
It’s 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of NewJersey decide to form a rock band. Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini.
This film is not yet rated
CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Paramount Vantage and Indian Paintbrush present
In association with The Weinstein Company
A Gran Via / Chase Films Production
A David Chase Film
Executive Producers Steven Rales, Mark Roybal, Steven Van Zandt and Kerry Orent
Produced by Mark Johnson and David Chase
Written and Directed by David Chase
OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
DocuWeeks New York
August 10 – 16, 2012
On September 11, 2001, Cantor Fitzgerald became famous for the worst of all possible reasons. 658 of their employees were missing in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Though Cantor suffered more casualties than any other organization, their story was soon pushed aside as the media ambushed CEO Howard Lutnick, who went from face-of-the-tragedy to pariah within weeks. A true stranger-than-fiction account, unfolding over months and years, the film captures what it feels like to be caught in the crosshairs of history.
HIT AND RUN
August 22, 2012
From the producer of Wedding Crashers – written and directed by and starring comic talent Dax Shepard (NBC’s “Parenthood”) HIT AND RUN is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a nice guy with a questionable past who risks everything when he busts out of the witness protection program to deliver his fiancé (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold) … and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former pals, a band of gangsters (led by Bradley Cooper), enter the fray.
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2012
GENRE: Romantic Action Comedy
RUNNING TIME: TBD
MPAA Rating: TBD
DISTRIBUTOR: Open Road Films
CAST: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, David Koechner, Joy Bryant, Ryan Hansen, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes
DIRECTORS: Dax Shepard and David Palmer
WRITER: Dax Shepard
PRODUCERS: Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip, and Jim Casey
RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2012
Written & Directed by: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Produced by: Jim Young, Tatiana Kelly, Michael Benaroya
Cast: Bradley Cooper (Limitless), Jeremy Irons (Margin Call), Dennis Quaid (Footloose), Zoë Saldana (Avatar), Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia series)
In The Words, an aspiring writer claims another man’s long lost work as his own only to find there are steep consequences when ambition is valued above life’s most fundamental, impassioned three words.
A multi-layered romantic drama with an all-star cast, The Words centers on Rory Jansen, a talented writer with a beautiful wife and mounting internal and external pressure to achieve success. What he chooses to do in order to fulfill his ambition has the potential to cost him everything, and he soon finds himself repeating the mistakes of someone in the past. Now, the worlds of two men living in different times threaten to converge as both are forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for placing ambition before love.
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
Opens September 7, 2012
in NY, LA and Seattle
Expanding nationwide in the following weeks
Beauty Is Embarrassing is a funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.
Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Most recently, his word paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world.
Beauty Is Embarrassing chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show. The pieces are drawn from performances at venues in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles including the famous Roseland Ballroom and the Largo Theater.
Whether he’s parading a twenty foot tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his LBJ puppet suit, relaxing in his studio pickin’ his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White always seems to have a youthful grin and a desperate drive to create art and objects. It is an infectious quality that will inspire everyone to find their pleasure in life and pursue it at all costs.
At its core, Beauty Is Embarrassing is a reminder that we should all follow our passion. It is those creative impulses that will lead us to where we need to go.
THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT and INTREPID PICTURES
A FRÍA LUZ DEL DÍA, A.I.E. Production
Directed by MABROUK EL MECHRI
Written by SCOTT WIPER & JOHN PETRO
Produced by TREVOR MACY & MARC D. EVANS
Executive Produced by STEVEN ZAILLIAN, SCOTT WIPER, KEVIN MANN, MATTHEW PERNICIARO, JESÚS MARTÍNEZ ASENCIO
Starring HENRY CAVILL, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, VERÓNICA ECHEGUI and BRUCE WILLIS
Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) goes to Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family but his whole world turns upside down when the family is kidnapped by intelligence agents hell-bent on recovering a mysterious briefcase and Will suddenly finds himself on the run.
In theaters September 7, 2012.
I’M CAROLYN PARKER: THE GOOD, THE MAD AND THE BEATIFUL
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Opens September 12, 2012 in New York
Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the floodwaters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the “impossible dream” of bringing her ruined home back to life.
I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 40’s, raised in segregated New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, who became a teen-ager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s, who worked for thirty years as a cook-turned-chef in the hotel industry, and became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanian’s right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina. That Carolyn faced these odds with unbridled wit, spirituality and an abiding sense of social justice borne of her life in New Orleans makes for a unique cinematic tale of personal triumph.
I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful is the portrait of an “ordinary family” who banded together under extraordinary circumstances, and reclaimed their home.
RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
September 14, 2012
The wildly successful film franchise adaptation that has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to the popular video game series, Resident Evil, returns in its highly anticipated fifth installment, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION in state-of-the art 3D.
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
Written and Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson,
Produced by Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S. Anderson , Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida
Executive Producers Martin Moszkowicz, Victor Hadida
Cast Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillroy, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, With Boris Kodjoe and Li Bing Bing
This film is not yet rated by the MPAA. For future ratings information refer to http://www.filmratings.com. Credits not final
THE OTHER DREAM TEAM
** RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2012 **
Director: Marius Markevicius
Producers: Jon Weinbach, Marius Markevicius
Cast: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arturas Karnisovas, Bill Walton, Mickey Hart
Led by the trail-blazing skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the ’88 Seoul Olympics, Marciulionis and Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four year later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, willing newly-independent Lithuania to the medal stand in Barcelona.
“The Other Dream Team” documents the Lithuanians’ experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. As they smuggled VCRs on road trips and hid from KGB agents, Lithuania’s basketball stars always shared a common goal – to utilize their athletic gifts to help a nation bloom.
The ’92 Lithuanian team won fans around the world for its hard-nosed play – and also through its unusual connection with the Grateful Dead. Inspired by the Lithuanian team’s message of freedom, the Dead band provided financial assistance to the Lithuanians and helped create the team’s distinctive, tie-dye warm ups.
In Barcelona, Lithuania advanced to the medal round, where the team faced Russia – Lithuania’s oppressor since 1940 – for the bronze. Lithuania emerged victorious, and then rose to the medal stand wearing colorful gear emblazoned with the Dead’s signature skeleton logo. By beating Russia, David had beaten Goliath – and the Lithuanian team had raised the game of basketball into a memorable expression of political and cultural identity.
With a mix of verite scenes, incisive interviews and extraordinary archival footage and photos culled from former Soviet archives, audiences will see how a special group of athletes journeyed through the bleak era of Communism to the rebirth of a nation — and the re-discovery own free will. “The Other Dream Team” is a story that will resonate for any viewer with an interest in politics, pop culture or basketball. It is global basketball’s ultimate ‘long, strange trip’ — with a very happy ending.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT Presents
A MR. MUDD Production
Directed by STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Screenplay by STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Based on the Best-Selling Novel by STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Produced by LIANNE HALFON, RUSSELL SMITH, JOHN MALKOVICH, STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Starring LOGAN LERMAN, EMMA WATSON, EZRA MILLER, MAE WHITMAN, KATE WALSH, NINA DOBREV, DYLAN MCDERMOTT
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Rated PG-13. Limited U.S. release September 14, 2012.
END OF WATCH
END OF WATCH is a powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage starring Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.
Giving the story a gripping, first-person immediacy, the action unfolds entirely through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a riveting portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.
RELEASE DATE: September 21st 2012
RUNNING TIME: TBD
MPAA Rating: TBD
DISTRIBUTOR: Open Road Films
PRINCIPAL CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, Natalie Martinez
DIRECTOR: David Ayer (Street Kings, Harsh Times)
WRITER: David Ayer (Training Day, The Fast and the Furious)
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
*** RELEASE DATE: September 21st, 2012 ***
Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Producer: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections.
The House I Live In
Charlotte Street Films Presents
A film by Eugene Jarecki
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2012
Running Time: 105 minutes
Over the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars and accounted for over 45 million arrests. The US incarcerates almost 25% of the prisoners in the entire world although we have only 5% of the world’s population. Black individuals comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of drug users, yet they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses and 56% of those incarcerated for drug crimes.
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.
Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, the film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.
Directed by SCOTT DERRICKSON
Screenplay by SCOTT DERRICKSON and C. ROBERT CARGILL
Produced by JASON BLUM and BRIAN KAVANAUGH-JONES
Starring ETHAN HAWKE, VINCENT D’ONOFRIO, and JAMES RANSONE
SINISTER is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films and the writer-director of THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.
In theaters October 5, 2012.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Director STEWART HENDLER
“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leading into the events of “Halo 4.” Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with special insights into the story of “Halo 4” and the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience.
Web series premieres October 5, 2012
Millennium Films Presents
Opens October 5, 2012
Rated R for sexual content, violence and language.
From Oscar® nominated director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) comes a provocative, sexually-charged tale of desire, ambition, prejudice and crime set in the 1960s swamplands of South Florida. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, THE PAPERBOY dips into the gritty human underside of a murder investigation, as a compelling cast of characters confront obsession, deception and their own dark, dark demons on the muddy road towards retribution.
It all begins in the steamy rural backwater of Moat County, Florida, where things have been done the same way for decades, yet change is bubbling beneath the surface. Boyish Jack Jansen (Efron), son of the local newspaper publisher, has just returned home after being kicked out of college, only to take the lowly job of paperboy. But that too changes when his idolized journalist brother Ward (McConaughey) comes to town from Miami on the trail of a story that could make his career.
Bringing in tow his hotshot writing partner Yardley (Oyelowo) and the alluring death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Kidman), Ward plans to prove that an innocent man has been railroaded on his way to the electric chair. With Jack as their driver, the quartet arranges to meet Hillary Van Wetter (Cusack), the seedy alligator hunter hastily convicted of killing the local sheriff, at the prison. But what erupts between them all is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts that will set off not only a search for the truth but a chain reaction of passion and violence. Observing it all is Jack’s only real confidante — the disregarded family maid Anita (Gray) – who watches in dismay as his innocence is turned inside out.
THE PAPERBOY is directed by Lee Daniels based on the novel by Pete Dexter (PARIS TROUT). The film’s producers are Hilary Shor (CHILDREN OF MEN), Daniels, Nu Image/Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner, Ed Cathell III (SECRET LIVES OF BEES, PLAYING THE FIELD) and Cassian Elwes (BLUE VALENTINE). The executive producers are Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill and Jan De Bont.
A Film by ROB COHEN
Screenplay by MARC MOSS and ROB COHEN and KERRY WILLIAMSON
Based on the Novel “Cross” by JAMES PATTERSON
Produced by BILL BLOCK, PAUL HANSON, JAMES PATTERSON, STEVE BOWEN, LEOPOLDO GOUT, and RANDALL EMMETT
Starring TYLER PERRY, MATTHEW FOX, EDWARD BURNS, RACHEL NICHOLS and JEAN RENO
ALEX CROSS follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.
In theaters October 19, 2012
DIRECTOR JACOB ESTES
November 2, 2012
After 10 years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) have an idyllic suburban life, and a marriage that is stuck. That all changes on the day that Jeff decides to plant the perfect backyard, a home improvement project that almost instantly sets off a hysterical chain of events involving multiple infidelities, extortion, organ donation, and somebody ending up on the wrong side of a bow-and-arrow. Devilish throughout, THE DETAILS also stars Laura Linney in a stand-out performances as the Lang’s lonely neighbor, Lila.
In the end, the film is both a love story and an existential horror story. The root of Jeff’s misdeeds after all, is that he wants to love his wife but no longer knows how. Filmmaker Jacob Aaron Estes plays with the notion that the smallest thing can unravel our lives. His narrative spontaneity and anarchic spirit allow characters to keep digging themselves into deeper moral holes to see if the universe will punish them. The result is a darkly funny meditation on marital malaise.
A Film by Sheldon Candis
Starring Common and Michael Rainey Jr.
Co-starring Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good and Michael Kenneth Williams
Release Date: November 9, 2012
N.B. LUV HAS NO PERIODS AND IS NOT AN ACRONYM.
Eleven-year-old WOODY WATSON is a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life — and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody also reveres his uncle VINCENT as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent’s fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction.
When Vincent bypasses his nephew’s school one day and offers to show Woody how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join his uncle on a field trip of life lessons.
With a foreclosed warehouse property, Vincent plans to open his own crab shack restaurant. However, when he is denied a bank loan the legitimate way, the temptations of Vincent’s old life working for Baltimore crime boss MR. FISH return to haunt him. A day once bright with optimism quickly spirals downward into a world of violence. Coming of age all too fast by day’s end, Woody starts to doubt his hero and ultimately must decide where he stands.
RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2012
Written & Directed by: Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
Produced by: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
Cast: Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses), Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Tom Waits (The Book of Eli), Abbie Cornish (W.E.)
Written and Directed by Oscar®-winner Martin McDonagh, the comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. Co-starring Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2
Based on the Novel “Breaking Dawn” by STEPHENIE MEYER / Screenplay by MELISSA ROSENBERG
Produced by WYCK GODFREY, KAREN ROSENFELT AND STEPHENIE MEYER
Starring KRISTEN STEWART, ROBERT PATTINSON AND TAYLOR LAUTNER
The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
In theaters November 16, 2012. http://thedarkesthourisnear.com/
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT and TELECINCO
An APACHES ENTERTAINMENT and TELECINCO CINEMA Production
Directed by J. A. BAYONA
Written by SERGIO G. SÁNCHEZ
Produced by BELÉN ATIENZA, ENRIQUE LÓPEZ LAVIGNE, ÁLVARO
Starring NAOMI WATTS, EWAN MCGREGOR, TOM HOLLAND
A powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE).
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.
U.S. release in 2012. Limited U.S. release December 21, 2012.
Press Release: Fall Preview – Brigade
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
Written by: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias
Directed by: Ira Sachs
Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Syvane, Paprika Steen
Studio: Music Box Films
Release Date: September 7, 2012
A decade-spanning story of a passionate, volatile relationship between two men in New York City
Winner of Outfest’s Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film, as well as the Berlin International Film Festival’s prestigious Teddy Award, Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (acclaimed Danish actor Thure Lindhardt in his first leading role in a U.S. film) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself. Keep the Lights On is shot with a grainy beauty that resonates with the texture of New York City, accentuated by disco beats and a mournful cello, both from musician Arthur Russell’s eclectic catalog. Director Ira Sachs’s fearlessly personal screenplay is anchored by Lindhardt, who embodies Erik’s isolation and vulnerability with a gentle presence. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and layered, Keep the Lights On is a film that looks at love and all of its manifestations, taking it to dark depths and bringing it back to a place of grace.
Written and Directed by: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky
Starring: Melissa Leo
Release Date: September 12, 2012
After serving time in prison, Francine tries to gain a foothold in small-town North America.
As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, and her path through life becomes much like an orbiting satellite: detached, lonely and ultimately destined to crash.
After serving time in prison, Francine settles down in small-town North America. Through a series of temporary jobs, she tries to regain a foothold in society. However, this security proves just as elusive as the connections she tries to forge with people in the town. As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, a development that leads her in a tragically wrong direction.
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s fiction debut Francine focuses on the title figure during a brief chapter in her life. Oscar winner Melissa Leo conveys the longings and woes of the distressed protagonist with remarkable precision, delivering a performance of tremendous force. The narrative provides no psychological backstory, and yet we grow increasingly close to this fragile person, whose life does not have a clear path but rather consists of a series of emotional states. As the protagonist moves through the film’s impressive locations, her path through life is much like an orbiting satellite: detached, lonely and ultimately destined to crash.
Written and Directed by: Jonathan Lisecki
Starring: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver, Jonathan Lisecki, Alycia Delmore, Adam Driver, Dulé Hill
Studio: Wolfe Releasing
Release Date: October 12, 2012
Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way – undeterred by the fact that Matt is gay and Jenn is straight.
Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? Gayby is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.
Directed by: Sean Baker
Starring: Dree Hemingway and Besedka Johnson
Studio: Music Box Films
Release Date: November 2012
An exploration of the unlikely friendship between 21 year old Jane and 85 year-old Sadie, two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley.
One of the most provocative films at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (breakout actress Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey, while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden.
After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie’s yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie’s past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve herdilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.
Starlet is Sean Baker’s follow-up to the acclaimed Prince of Broadway, winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Press Release: Fall Preview – Susan Penk Public Relations
SIX MILLION AND ONE
Release date: September 28, 2012- Lincoln Plaza NYC
Language: Hebrew, English, German with English subtitles
Director/Producer/Writer: David Fisher
Editor: Hadas Ayalon
Camera: Ronen Mayo, Claudio Steinberg, Ronen Schechner
Starring/With: The Fisher Family (David Fisher, Esti Fisher, Gideon Fisher & Ronel Fisher)
Distributed by: Nancy Fishman Film Releasing
Theater: Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
Past present and future mix in this eloquent, intense and surprisingly humorous portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father—a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. David’s journey takes him to the U.S., where he meets American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of his father and Gunskirchen camp. This sparks a remarkable journey to Austria by the Fisher siblings. They joke, kibitz and quarrel, and remind us that history and memory require active discussion among later generations.
JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY
Release date: October 17, 2012
Director/Writer: Henry Jaglom
Producer: Rosemary Marks
Editor: Ron Vignone
DP: Hanania Baer, Nancy Schreiber
Starring: Tanna Frederick, Judd Nelson, Diane Slainger, Jack Heller, David Proval, Julie Davis, Harriet Schock, Mary Crosby, Sabrina Jaglom, Simon Jaglom, Linda Carson, Jack Quaid, Eliza Roberts, Peter Townend, Emily Alexander
Distributed by: A Rainbow Film Company Production /A Rainbow Release
Whether trodding the boards for paying audiences or performing at the kitchen table for her theatrical family (mother Diane Salinger, father Jack Heller, uncle David Proval, boarder Harriet Schock) the only place Pandora Isaacs (Tanna Frederick) has ever felt truly safe and entirely at home is onstage. Like so many actors she is not completely sure about the difference between real life and the theater and – as she willingly admits – she really doesn’t want to. Stinging from a recent romantic break-up, she retreats to the safety of her parents’ ramshackle suburban country house – Just 45 Minutes From Broadway – where her non-theatrical sister (Julie Davis) and her sister’s real-estate mogul fiancé (Judd Nelson) are also arriving for the weekend and the family’s yearly Passover Seder, which is presided over by another uncle (Michael Emil). Other relatives and guests in attendance include Mary Crosby, Sabrina and Simon Jaglom, Linda Carson and Jack Quaid.