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Lionsgate nabbed U.S. distribution rights to the crime drama “Blood Ties” from Worldview Entertainment, the studio said Wednesday from the Cannes Film Festival.
The film premiered at the French Riviera gathering this week and features Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard.
Lionsgate said it plans to release the picture through its sister company, Roadside Attractions. “Blood Ties” is a remake of the French film “Les Liens du sang,” yet unspools in a distinctly American setting — New York City in the height (or depth) of its 1970s urban dissolution.
The crime drama finds a middle-aged crook struggling to readjust to society after he is released from prison, where he was being punished for his role in a gangland murder. There’s a fractured family dynamic at play, because the ex-convict’s younger brother is a cop with a bright future on the force. The film explores the twin push and pull of family and criminality.
Reviews have been mixed, with Variety’s Scott Foundas labeling it a “dramatically undernourished saga.” Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman singled Owen’s performance out for praise, calling it “mesmerizing.”
Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) directed from a screenplay he wrote with director James Gray (“We Own the Night”).
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Worldview Entertainment and Lionsgate was represented by Jason Constantine, the studio’s president of acquisitions and co-productions, with Eda Kowan, SVP of acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, EVP of business and legal affairs.
“Oz The Great and Powerful” has been nominated at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy”. Mila Kunis and James Franco also grabbed nominations for their roles in the film.
Mila Kunis is also up for the “Choice Female Hottie” award.
The first international trailer for “Blood Ties” has been released – watch it below!
Paul Haggis’ new pic, “Third Person” is scoring brisk biz for Belgian production and sales company Corsan, which has announced sales to 23 markets of the triple-tiered relationship drama with an ensemble cast comprising Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde and Kim Basinger.
Sales on “Third,” which previously shopped at Toronto and Berlin, now include China (HGC Ent.), Russia (Top Film), India (One World), France (Synergy), Japan (Presidio), Latin America (Playarte) and Middle East (Eagle).
Pic, now in post, had been pre-sold to Italy’s Moviemax Media Group during last year’s Toronto Film Festival, just before the start of shooting at Rome’s Cinecitta studios, where it tapped into Italo rebates.
Fully financed through Corsan, which has a business model based on Belgian tax breaks, “Third Person” interweaves three separate love stories in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.
Spotlight Pictures has acquired international rights to the romance Tar starring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain.
Tar is based on a poetry collection by Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams. The film blends adaptations of 12 poems to create a lyrical road trip through Williams’ life.
Franco stars as Williams, while Kunis plays his wife Catherine and Chastain portrays his mother. Rounding out the cast are Zach Braff, Henry Hopper and Bruce Campbell.
“We are thrilled to be working with Rabbit Bandini Productions and introducing such a beautiful, high-profile film to our buyers in Cannes,” said president of international sales for Spotlight Pictures Scott Bedno.
Carlos Rincon at Spotlight Pictures brokered the deal with Vince Jolivette and Miles Levy for Rabbit Bandini Productions.
The plot for “Jupiter Ascending” has been revealed by cinemablend.com.
The movie will be released on July 25th, 2014.
With expectations of a box-office bonanza this weekend, Disney is already planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, THR has confirmed.
Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a script for the follow-up, which would continue the adventures of Oz, played by James Franco.
Kapner came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz, basing it on the classic L. Frank Baum books, pitching it to producer Joe Roth, who set it up at Disney, and writing the initial drafts. He shares screenwriting credit with David Lindsay-Abaire, who came on board later in the process.
Roth would be back as producer.
The movie stars Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the fantasy tentpole, which, despite getting lukewarm reviews, is tracking to open at in the $80 million to $90 million range this weekend. That should go a long way toward off-setting the mega-budget, which was far north of $200 million.
Before Oz, Kapner wrote The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, and also worked on the action movie Romeo Must Die. He is repped by Gersh and Fineman Entertainment.
Planning for sequels to tentpoles has become increasingly the norm in Hollywood, with movies ranging from Snow White and Huntsman to comedies such as the Hangover series engaging in the practice.
Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” gives each of the Ozian ladies her turn in the spotlight. Benevolent witch Glinda (Michelle Williams) floats in her bubble and rules over the Munchkins, Quadlings and Tinkers. Silver-tongued Evanora (Rachel Weisz) orchestrates the running of the Emerald City. And Theodora, portrayed by Mila Kunis, is a naive young woman who finds herself lovestruck by mysterious stranger Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco).
For Kunis, the role represented a chance to once again act with Franco, one of her “dearest, closest friends,” she said, and to work with Raimi — a director she has long admired.
“Sam is the most collaborative director I’ve ever worked with,” she said. “He wears a suit every day to work out of respect to the crew …. He is willing to hear other people’s opinions, and he doesn’t come in with an ego or self-righteousness.”
The visually opulent film was a massive production — a new experience for Kunis, who had “never done anything of this size or magnitude,” she said.
That’s not to say she’s inexperienced. The 29-year-old Ukraine-born actress has been acting since she was a child. Kunis made a name for herself playing shallow cheerleader Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70s Show” — a role she landed at age 14. Soon after she began voicing Meg Griffin on “Family Guy,” then she turned heads in 2008 when she played the love interest in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Kunis’ performance opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 art-house hit “Black Swan” earned her supporting actress nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Hero Complex caught up with Kunis for five questions about “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which opens in theaters this weekend.
Beware: Spoilers lie ahead.
The nominations for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards were announced earlier today and Mila Kunis and the film “Ted” have received nominations!
Fans can vote for Mila and the movie at MTV.com until April 13, 2013!