Here Films teams with E1 for DVD deal
Independent supplier, E1 Entertainment and indie distributors Here Films and Regent Releasing announced a pact in which E1 will be the exclusive DVD distributor of all Here Films and Regent Releasing films in the United States and Canada through August 2012. E1 will release an average of four titles per month, which will include home video releases of Here Film’s U.S. theatrically-released world cinema and LGBT-focused films, as well as TV series from Here! TV. The partnership deal takes effect effective immediately with the release of “Departures,” the 2008 Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
Upcoming titles for 2010 also include Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Fortnight winner and Canada’s selection for Best Foreign Language Oscar, “I Killed My Mother,” Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute,” Haim Tabakman’s controversial Israeli drama, “Eyes Wide Open,” and Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin Silver Bear winner and the Iranian selection for Best Foreign Language Oscar, “About Elly.”
Peace Arch & Bain take rights to “Milton”
Peace Arch Entertainment has teamed with Emmy nominated producer Barnet Bain (“Homeless to Harvard”) to acquire screen rights to Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman’s children’s book, Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now. The story, being adapted as a live-action family film, centers on a boy who discovers that his obsession with pre-teen fears, shaky parental relationships, confidence issues and mistreatment by his schoolmates are preventing him from finding true happiness through living in the Now.
Reeves casts the “Right Ones”
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins will headline the cast of Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ adaptation of Let the Right One In, when principal photography begins this fall in New Mexico. Based on the bestselling Swedish novel, Lat den Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, “Let Me In” is a contemporary vampire tale about a young boy who befriends a girl new to his neighborhood.
Hu to star in “Perfect”
Kelly Hu (“X-Men 2”) will star in writer/director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s romantic comedy “Almost Perfect.” Pan will produce with Derrick Tseng (“Snow Angels”) and Riva Marker (“Trucker”). Production is set for October 2009 in New York City.
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NYT: For Studios, Polanski’s Box Office Is the Key
In a town where heat is measured by who will take your calls — and how quickly — Hollywood has most assuredly become a chillier place for Mr. Polanski over the last decade. And it has been for reasons beyond morals. Studio executives cite a cold box office streak and the director’s idiosyncratic approach to his career. In short, it’s a judgment call that this guy is no longer readily commercial. It’s not as if the sex crimes and his flight kept Hollywood from calling. For a time, Mr. Polanski continued to make studio movies in exile. Brooks Barnes reports.
VAR: “Coco” pulled over Polanski
Gallic helmer Jan Kounen has pulled his “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky” from the Zurich Film Festival in protest against Roman Polanski’s arrest on Saturday. Vincent Maraval, topper at Paris-based sales company Wild Bunch, which represents “Coco,” said, “We’re disgusted by the hypocrisy of the Swiss authorities. They shelter all kinds of thieves under banking secrecy and they sell out a film master.” “Coco” was set to screen out of competition on Friday. Elsa Keslassy reports.
THR: Samuel Goldwyn Award finalists selected
Five finalists for the 2009 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have been chosen. They are Jennifer Barclay of UCSD for her screenplay “Prank,” and four UCLA students: Rob Kotecki, for his screenplay “Blowback”; Eli Mael, “Oaktown”; Bradford Schmidt, “Landsailor”; and Joseph Tremba, “The Shoeshine Girl.” The winners will be selected by a jury consisting of producer Colin Callender, actress/producer Hilary Swank and CAA story editor Catherine Tarr. Gregg Kilday reports.
Screen: Ex-Miramax executive Colleen Seldin to handle sales for Locomotive Group
Former Miramax senior vice-president of international distribution and operations Colleen Seldin has resurfaced at New York-based Locomotive Entertainment Group. Seldin will oversee Locomotive Distribution, overseeing sales and distribution on film and television content across a wide array of genres. Jeremy Kay reports.