Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Abramorama is partnering with Showtime Networks to release the documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars in limited theaters on Nov. 24. It will then premiere on Showtime on Feb. 10.
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, the doc is described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of the legendary musician. Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) is among the producers of the film, which was edited by Chris King (Amy, Exit Through the Gift Shop). The title made its world premiere in September at the...
Kaplan will be based in New York and report to Gravitas president Michael Murphy, licensing new releases and library titles to international buyers.
“We see traditional international sales as complementary to our global licensing business,” Murphy told Screen. “We want to be able to give our filmmakers the best of both worlds to maximize revenue and exposure.”
Kaplan most recently served as senior vice-president of global sales at Gunpowder & Sky Distribution, and served in the same capacity at FilmBuff, which Gunpowder & Sky acquired last year.
“In addition to having great sales acumen, Scott brings a critical expertise to our team,” Murphy said. “He has a great eye for global acquisitions. In the last few years we’ve seen strong international growth and with the addition of Scott we’re going to step on the gas to further increase global awareness.”
The official lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 18–28, was announced April 13. While a few more screenings will undoubtably be added as we creep nearer to the festival, the selections announced feature a lot worth getting excited over — including, for the first time, two television shows (Twin Peaks and Top of the Lake) and a virtual reality film (Carne y Arena). Also, considering that The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled are both in the main competition, there is, assuming equal probability, an 11.1% chance that a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will take home the top prize. Considering
This year, the festival jury will be headed by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, with French actress Sandrine Kiberlain presiding over the Camera d’Or jury and Romanian
Like so many recent films about contemporary artists, the movie functions more as publicity than portrait, reminding viewers within its first two minutes that Cattelan’s work sells at auction for $10 million — as if that
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The hotel also has a piano bar, which features a mechanical piano that is controlled remotely. According to the hotel’s website, every night, the piano will play back a concert recorded exclusively for it. Elton John performed via the remote-controlled piano at the grand-opening party (see video below). Massive Attack’s 3D will be the first artist in residence. Upcoming performers include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Flea and Hans Zimmer.
The distributor, whose recent releases include “An Art that Nature Makes,” “Notes on Blindness” and “Strike a Pose,” will premiere the pic in New York City in the fall, followed by a nationwide release on Bond’s new Karma Cinema label, followed by a digital, educational and DVD release later in the year.
“The film follows Padma Angdu, who is no ordinary boy,” according to a statement. “In a past life he was a venerated Buddhist master. His village already treats him like a saint as a result. The village doctor, who has taken the boy under his wing, prepares him to be able to pass on his wisdom.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which
The hire was announced Thursday on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival. Morera will be responsible for executing cross-platform communications strategy for Bond/360 releases.
Before joining Bond/360, Morera served as director of programming for Lionsgate’s Tribeca Shortlist Svod in New York. She had also worked as senior content programmer for Gaia.com Svod in Colorado since 2005.
Morera has produced and directed documentary shorts and worked as a development executive for Jane Berliner and Handprint Entertainment.
Bond/360’s upcoming slate includes “Strike a Pose,” “The Settlers,” “Karl Marx City,” and “God Knows Where I Am.”
“Una Morera is an experienced documentary marketing professional,” said Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon. “She has a deep knowledge of the documentary landscape and an unrelenting passion to connect audiences with films across platforms.
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With 120 features playing at Sundance, there are plenty of hot titles remaining for acquisition executive, though it will be tough for any film to exceed last year’s $17.5 million purchase of “The Birth of a Nation” by Fox Searchlight, the biggest deal in the festival’s history.
Which movies are likely to have buyers lining up in the cold this year? Here are 14 hot
Each cover highlights one of the main characters, draped in orange, black and white, as they were on the original film’s poster. The first cover features Ewan McGregor’s Renton, the second Robert Carlyle as Begbie, the third Ewen Bremner as Spud, and the fourth sees Jonny Lee Miller as Simon aka “Sick Boy.”
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In addition to these character-centric covers, Empire subscribers will also receive a special one designed by none other than Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop subject Mr. Brainwash. It features the four main characters in a street-art style cover resembling graffiti.
Drawing inspiration from Irvine Welsh’s novel sequel Porno,
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Though a number of media outlets have reported that the Sunshine’s lease will be up for renegotiation at the end of 2018, the existential threat facing the theater has less to do with its lease than the possibility that a new buyer will demolish the building and replace it with a towering apartment complex. Built in 1898, the property has a reported price tag of more than $35 million.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Total Verhoeven” begins with the likes of RoboCop, Showgirls, and Turkish Delight.
Experience the best of an oft-maligned format with “3-D Auteurs,” showcasing contemporary and classic technological innovation.
Labyrinth will screen on Sunday morning.
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“Tom Hanks: A Tribute” begins tonight, while “To Save
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Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?
Logline: Two unlucky filmmakers get way lost trying to find and interview the Banksy of prank phone calls: Longmont Potion Castle.
This film is a documentary about a documentary about two documentarians trying to make a documentary about an anonymous prank phone caller with a huge cult following. It’s a scripted/unscripted reality performance piece about a crazy dude who has taken prank phone calls to a new artistic level over the past thirty years. It’s got a great indie comedy vibe, but with hidden camera pranks,
No documentary has ever received a nomination for Hollywood’s top prize, despite true landmarks of the form — like “Shoah” and “Hoop Dreams” (the latter controversially snubbed in the doc category as well) — making strong cases.
In 2013 and 2015, a pair of documentaries by Joshua Oppenheimer — “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence” — topped many critical assessments of the years’ best cinema, but nobody expected noms for best picture. In 2005, “March of the Penguins” became a cultural event that did bang-up box office, but it couldn’t break out of the documentary feature category at the Oscars.
And talk about cultural events: A year earlier,
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Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.
“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a
Financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. New York-based FilmBuff, founded in 2008, has been an early mover in digital distribution and has expanded into digital-first content in recent years. FilmBuff will be rebranded as Gunpowder & Sky Distribution, and will be led by FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown in her new role as executive VP of distribution.
“Now we have development, production, marketing and distribution – it’s a full panoply of services for independent creators,” said G&S chief Toffler, formerly CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music Group and a longtime MTV exec. “Now we have an arm that will let us sell stuff around the world, and not only our own stuff, but also for to the Fullscreens, Vices and Mashables.”
According to Toffler,
FilmBuff, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York, will be rebranded Gunpowder & Sky Distribution as part of the deal, and former CEO Janet Brown has been named Gunpowder & Sky’s Evp of distribution. Founded in 2007, FilmBuff was responsible for distributing the Oscar-nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop as well as Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team. In addition to bold-faced publishers like Vice, Conde Nast, and Mashable, FilmBuff has also handled branded content from Ge,
Included among the openers are two films from directors of Best Picture winners that got little attention: “Mr. Church” from Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Finding Altamira” from Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). Fortunes take different paths. Ron Howard directed “Eight Days a Week,” while Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone are nabbing attention with “Sully” at #1 and “Snowden” farther back in the pack, respectively.
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 72
$615,632 in 88 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,243 ; Cumulative: $772,467
Ron Howard is the latest Oscar-winner (see Eastwood,
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