Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Asian and Eastern European rights to filmmaker Gabe Polsky's Red Army.
The documentary centers on the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team during the Cold War. The squad was the most successful dynasty in sports history. It is told through the eyes of the team captain Slava Fetisov and focuses on the friendships, betrayals, and his personal life, which let to his transformation from national hero to political enemy.
Gabe Polsky had this to say about the film.
"At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul."
"We can't wait to present this film to audiences everywhere. This is Russian history as seen from the perspective of professional ice hockey. Director Gabe Polsky has made a dramatic, entertaining movie about historic heroes on the ice. Red Army has the same level of depth and freshness as Inside Job and The Fog of War, the last two documentaries we brought to Cannes. We look forward to presenting the film with Gabe and his producers."
Red Army is making its world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
Chinese and Britain formally approve a pact aimed at giving Britain’s filmmakers better access to the booming Chinese market.
"The Moon Is… the Sun's Dream" by the "Oldboy" helmer will be shown on IPTV, digital cable, online and mobile channels beginning Thursday.
The Canadian distributor will continue to handle titles for Bob Weinstein like the upcoming "Paddington" and "The Railway Man" through 2019.
The website will feature ad-supported titles from the company's library of films.
The 2014 January through March ticket sales of 39.9 million are 2.1 million lower than 2013 despite attention grabbing rollouts for "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "The Lego Movie."
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Discussing his Wood Allen-starring romantic comedy, Turturro said, "People sometimes go to [sex workers] for reasons beyond just sexual contact -- and sometimes they are truly helped."
The breakthrough "12 Years a Slave" star won this year's best supporting actress Oscar.
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After writing as a unit for more than a decade and turning into something of a production company powerhouse/hive mind, Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have decided to call it quits. No, snark fans, they’re not quitting the biz but merely focusing on separate film projects, which in Kurtzman’s case means negotiating to direct Amazing Spider-spin-off Venom and in Orci’s, lobbying to sit in the big chair for Star Trek 3.
The directorial news is not that surprising. Kurtzman, after all, already has one credit under his belt with indie People Like Us and both have worked on more than enough huge movies to learn a thing or two. But while we can see Sony handing the lower-risk Venom on to a relative newcomer in the director’s chair, it might be a harder sell for Paramount to pull a Starfleet and give control of one of its franchise jewels to a man who, like Chris Pine’s Kirk, has no experience directly running the show.
Star Trek 3, which Orci is writing with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, has been the subject of much speculation over who might direct it now that J.J Abrams is a bit busy in another galaxy far, far away. Attack The Block’s Joe Cornish was seriously considered but long appears to have turned down the idea. Orci would be a bigger risk, but in his favour has his franchise writing credits and vast experience running TV shows.
Talking of the small screen, it appears that while the pair – who have mutually and amicably decided to separate their creative partnership – will split their developing film projects between them, they will likely keep the TV side of their business united.
The director of “Slumming” and “Whores' Glory,” who was 54, died in Liberia of Malaria.
Long-time Hulk actor/voice artist Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll be back to voice the green giant again in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Don't worry, though, Hulk won't be attempting to rival Tony Stark in the blabbermouth stakes – Ferrigno is onboard to provide Hulk's signature ground-shaking roars.
Ferrigno previously played Hulk on screen in two TV shows called The Incredible Hulk (one in the '70s, the other in the '90s), plus numerous standalone movies including The Death Of The Incredible Hulk.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in the UK on 24 April 2015.
At WonderCon this past weekend, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox brought out writer/director Dean DeBlois and actor Jay Baruchel to introduce How To Train Your Dragon 2. Then, to even more excitement from the crowd, the pair unveiled a cut-down, five-minute version of the film’s opening, which the company has now put online via Yahoo.
The second (of a planned trilogy) Dragon outing takes place five years after the original. The island Vikings of Berk have well and truly adapted to life with dragons. People and giant creatures share their world happily and even indulge in crazy sports like dragon racing.
Our hero Hiccup (Baruchel), meanwhile, has matured – a little – and become restless, exploring the world with best friend and loyal dragon Toothless, mapping as they go. It’s on one of his missions that Hiccup stumbles upon a potential new threat and an important part of his life…
With most of the main cast returning for the sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2 includes the voices of Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson, with new recruits Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou. It’ll arrive in our cinemas on July 4.
Where next after the unlikely pitch-hitter of The Lego Movie? Looking for the next colourful and popular intellectual property to turn into a blockbuster narrative animated classic, producer Adam Rifkin has hit on the sweetie brand Peeps. His producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin are supporting him in his dream.
Peeps are sugar-coated marshmallows much loved in America and Canada. They come in day-glo colours and are shaped mostly like cute animals (chicks, bunnies and so on), with seasonal variations for Hallowe'en, Valentine's Day and Christmas. Pennsylvania manufacturer Just Born makes something like $2bn a year from them. Scientists have ascertained that Peeps do not dissolve in acetone, sodium hydroxide or sulphuric acid, which sounds like a gambit from The Unbelievable Truth but seems to be legit.
As is the way of these things (see butter sculpting and so on), there is also an odd culture around Peeps involving diorama contests: the winner of a Washington Post competition this year recreated the setting of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. This is the crux of the film's pitch, which sees a lone Peep getting separated from his comrades just before a contest, and having to make his way through the fantasy-lands of several alien dioramas before he can get back to his own. So, yeah.
We live in a world where we don't have a Thundercats movie. Just saying.
Rifkin's previous credits include Underdog and the rather good Detroit Rock City. As a writer he also gave us Mousehunt and, perhaps significantly here, Small Soldiers. He'll be writing the Peeps screenplay himself before taking the project out for studio deals.
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