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Stirring Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Sells Around The World For Endeavor Content — Cannes

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Stirring Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Sells Around The World For Endeavor Content — Cannes
Exclusive: Joyous Aretha Franklin music doc Amazing Grace has sold around the world for Endeavor Content.

The stirring Doc NYC and Berlin Film Festival title charts the Queen of Soul’s brilliant 1972 performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Neon released the film in U.S.

Deals have closed with Metropolitan in France, Weltkino in Germany, You Planet and Caramel Films for Spain, NonStop Entertainment in Scandinavia, Iceland and Baltic States, Paradiso in Benelux, Alambique in Portugal, Seven Films in Greece, and Salim Ramia in the Middle East.

The film has also landed with Edko in Hong Kong, Shaw in Singapore, Jinjin in South Korea, Movie Cloud in Taiwan, Spi International in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Czech, and Captive for airlines.

Neon released stateside on April 5 and StudioCanal released in the UK on May 10 and will launch Australia/Nz later this year.
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Michael Caine to Headline Comedy ‘Best Sellers’

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Michael Caine to Headline Comedy ‘Best Sellers’
Michael Caine is set to star in comedy “Best Sellers,” it was announced by Foresight Unlimited on Wednesday. Foresight is handling international sales on the Canada-u.K. co-production and will introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes Market.

The double Oscar-winner will star as a cantankerous, sharp-witted, has-been author whose goal is to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar and his cat. However, an ambitious young editor embarks on a wild book tour with the author in a last-ditch attempt to save a boutique publishing house. Shooting in Canada is scheduled to begin in mid-July. Further casting is yet to be announced.

“Best Sellers” is the directorial debut of Canadian actor Lina Roessler from an original screenplay by Anthony Grieco. It is produced by Arielle Elwes, Cassian Elwes, Petr Jákl, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Jonathan Vanger, and Pierre Even. Martin Barab, Jere Hausfater,
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‘Harry Haft’s Barry Levinson & Ben Foster Pitch Boxing Redemption Tale To Cannes Buyers

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Exclusive: When Deadline first revealed the fact-based historical drama Harry Haft was being put together by Bron Studios and New Mandate Films with Barry Levinson directing and Ben Foster starring, the premise seemed impossible to imagine. Based on the Justine Juel Gillmer Black List script adaptation of the Alan Scott Haft novel Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano, the film tells the story of a boxer who survived Auschwitz by being forced to fight fellow prisoners in the concentration camps in ghoulish gladiatorial battles. If he won, he got fed and allowed to live long enough for the next bout, while the 76 opponents he beat were led to their deaths in the camps. Haunted by the memories and guilt over the price of survival, Haft attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to rediscover a reason to live and to
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Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want

Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want
The Cannes Film Festival competition began today with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” but top North American distributors can’t afford to be distracted. They serve a market in which only the most carefully calibrated selections will thrive — and those who hesitate will almost certainly lose to the streaming buyers. With some of the best stuff already bought, theatrical distributors are forced to to look toward films that have yet to be shot.

Before the festival, HBO Sports scooped up “Diego Maradona,” British documentarian Asif Kapadia’s follow-up to Oscar-winning Cannes hit “Amy.” And after a 20-year symbiotic relationship, Spc acquired Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain & Glory” at the script stage two years ago, which now looks like an early contender for top prizes. Spc now has rights to all his films, and will book repertory Almodovar tributes in many cities around the film’s October opening.
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Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want

Cannes Has Plenty of Titles for Sale, But Fewer of the Ones That Buyers Want
The Cannes Film Festival competition began today with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” but top North American distributors can’t afford to be distracted. They serve a market in which only the most carefully calibrated selections will thrive — and those who hesitate will almost certainly lose to the streaming buyers. With some of the best stuff already bought, theatrical distributors are forced to to look toward films that have yet to be shot.

Before the festival, HBO Sports scooped up “Diego Maradona,” British documentarian Asif Kapadia’s follow-up to Oscar-winning Cannes hit “Amy.” And after a 20-year symbiotic relationship, Spc acquired Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain & Glory” at the script stage two years ago, which now looks like an early contender for top prizes. Spc now has rights to all his films, and will book repertory Almodovar tributes in many cities around the film’s October opening.
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Cannes: 13 Buzziest Movies for Sale From Chris Hemsworth to Michelle Pfeiffer

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Cannes: 13 Buzziest Movies for Sale From Chris Hemsworth to Michelle Pfeiffer
The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just a destination for auteurs and high fashion on the most glamorous red carpet in the world. It’s also a big film market for producers to unveil projects in need of distribution or some serious cash. Here are 13 of the buzziest title that are looking to woo bidders in the South of France.

“Down Under Cover”

Director: Tbd

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tiffany Haddish

Buzz factor: It’s like “Magic Mike” meets “The Heat.” This comedy about two detectives who go undercover to crack a case involving Australian strippers already has big bidders circling. And the Internet cheering. Expect for it to land a home with a major distributor soon.

Agents: CAA, FilmNation

“Cherry”

Directors: Russo brothers

Cast: Tom Holland

Buzz factor: After directing what will probably be the biggest movies of all time, the co-directors behind “Avengers: Endgame” are scaling back in this
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Kristen Stewart and Tom Glynn-Carney to star in Ben Foster’s directorial debut

Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) has enlisted Kristen Stewart (Jt LeRoy) and Tom Glynn-Carney (Tolkien) to star in his directorial debut, an as-yet-untitled film about author William Burroughs.

As revealed by THR, the movie will explore “a love triangle among Burroughs, the famous Beat Generation writer to be played by Foster, his unsung common-law muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American ex-pat named Allerton (Glynn-Carney), who dramatically upends their lives.

“Our film is kind of anti-Beat,” said Foster. “We meet our star-crossed lovers in New York City, head to the Texas border, roar through Mexico City’s underbelly and end up in the Amazon jungle. This film is about love, sex and self-discovery in all of its lush, dark and often hilarious complexity.”

See Also: Exclusive Interview – Tolkien stars Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney and Anthony Boyle on friendship and chemistry

Foster is currently shooting the World War
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Ben Foster, Kristen Stewart to star in William Burroughs love triangle drama

Ben Foster, Kristen Stewart to star in William Burroughs love triangle drama
Celluloid Dreams to launch sales in Cannes.

Ben Foster will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of William Burroughs’ early works and letters and will star opposite Kristen Stewart and Tom Glynn-Carney. Celluloid Dreams has acquired international rights and will launch sales in Cannes.

Foster and Oren Moverman adapted the screenplay, which explores a love triangle between Burroughs (Foster), his common-law muse Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young American ex-pat named Allerton (Glynn-Carney) who rocks their lives.

Olive ProductionsWren Arthur, Waypoint’s Ken Kao, and Sight Unseen’s Oren Moverman are producing, with Olive’s Steve Buscemi serving as executive producer.
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Kristen Stewart To Star In Ben Foster’s Directorial Debut About Writer William S. Burroughs

Ben Foster has really come into his own as an actor. After co-starring in 2016’s Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water,” the actor went on to star in “Hostiles” and last year’s incredible “Leave No Trace.” Those are a far cry from his early career, which saw him star in “Freaks and Geeks” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Now, the actor is trying his time behind the camera, with a directorial debut starring none other than Kristen Stewart.

Continue reading Kristen Stewart To Star In Ben Foster’s Directorial Debut About Writer William S. Burroughs at The Playlist.
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Highland Film Group to launch Cannes sales on 'Persephone' (exclusive)

Highland Film Group to launch Cannes sales on 'Persephone' (exclusive)
Game Of Thrones effects house Pixomondo Studios on board as co-producer.

Highland Film Group will launch international sales in Cannes on the sci-fi Persephone to star Mary Louise Parker, Brianna Hildebrand, Emile Hirsch, and Malcolm McDowell.

Writer-director Jeffrey Morris’ feature is set in the year 2185 when humans have fled an uninhabitable earth in search of a new world. When a team of three astronauts discover a massive planet, they are dispatched to engage with an unexpected lifeform that threatens the future of humanity.

Cassian Elwes will produce and represent Us rights. Anne Marie Gillen also produces, and Jere Hausfater serves as executive producer.
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Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster to Star in William S. Burroughs Film

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Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster to Star in William S. Burroughs Film
Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster and Tom Glynn-Carney have signed on to star in an untitled drama about Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs with Foster making his directorial debut on the project.

The film explores an unusual love triangle between Burroughs, portrayed by Foster; his charismatic, common-law muse, Joan Vollmer, played by Stewart; and a straight-laced American expatriate portrayed Glynn-Carney, who upends their lives to the extreme. Foster will direct from a script he’s co-written with Oren Moverman, based on Burroughs’ early works.

Burroughs, a heroin addict, killed Vollmer in a 1951 shooting accident in Mexico City. He achieved success two years later with his first novel, “Junkie.” He’s best known for his 1959 novel “Naked Lunch.”

Celluloid Dreams has acquired the international sales rights to the project and will be selling it at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 14. UTA Independent Film Group will handle sales for the United States and Canada.
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Kristen Stewart to Star in Ben Foster’s Directorial Debut

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Kristen Stewart to Star in Ben Foster’s Directorial Debut
Kristen Stewart will star in Ben Foster’s still-untitled directorial debut, an adaptation of William Burrough’s early works and letters.

Foster and Oren Moverman wrote the screenplay for the project — Celluloid Dreams has acquired the international sales rights for the film that will also star Tom Glynn-Carney.

Olive ProductionsWren Arthur, Waypoint’s Ken Kao, and Sight Unseen’s Moverman are producing, with Olive’s Steve Buscemi serving as executive producer.

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The film will explore an unusual love triangle between Burroughs (Foster) and his common-law muse Joan Vollmer (Stewart) and an American ex-pat named Allerton (Glynn-Carney). Burroughs is regarded as the primary literary outlaw of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, who served as an inspiration to many other writers.

“We have found the perfect partners in Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams,” Foster stated.
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Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster & Tom Glynn-Carney Lead Cast In William Burroughs Movie, Celluloid Dreams & UTA Launch Sales — Cannes

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Kristen Stewart, Ben Foster & Tom Glynn-Carney Lead Cast In William Burroughs Movie, Celluloid Dreams & UTA Launch Sales — Cannes
Kristen Stewart, Hell Or High Water star Ben Foster and Dunkirk actor Tom Glynn-Carney are to lead cast in a movie inspired by the early works and letters of iconic U.S. writer William Burroughs. This will be a hot one at the Cannes Film market next week.

Foster will make his directorial debut on the film and has also penned the script with Oren Moverman (Time Out Of Mind). The project explores the unusual love triangle between Burroughs (Foster), his unsung, brilliant, charismatic, common-law muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American ex-pat named Allerton (Glynn-Carney) who upends their lives to the extreme.
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Kristen Stewart, Tom Glynn-Carney to Star in Ben Foster's Directorial Debut

Kristen Stewart, Tom Glynn-Carney to Star in Ben Foster's Directorial Debut
Ben Foster is set to make his directorial debut and will star alongside Kristen Stewart and Tom Glynn-Carney in an untitled movie adaptation of Naked Lunch author William Burroughs' early works and letters.

Celluloid Dreams has nabbed the international sales rights to the project, to be introduced to buyers at Cannes. Foster and Oren Moverman will write the screenplay for the film about a love triangle among Burroughs, the famous Beat Generation writer to be played by Foster, his unsung common-law muse, Joan Vollmer (Stewart), and a young, straight-laced American ex-pat named Allerton, played by Glynn-Carney, who dramatically upends their lives....
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"True Detective": Nic Pizzolatto Shifts Plans for Season 4

While fans revel in the afterglow of “True Detective’s” return to form, Nic Pizzolatto is already thinking about what’s next. First and foremost is the potential Season 4 of his hit HBO anthology series, but there may be even more TV projects on the way from the Emmy-nominated writer.

As for his police drama, Pizzolatto told IndieWire he’s moved on from his initial idea for a follow-up.

“I had this idea, and to me, I think it’s a really strong idea, and it would be something I’ve never seen on television before,” Pizzolatto said, referencing a “crazy” idea he mentioned to Esquire after Season 3 wrapped. “But since then, I’ve had another idea that I’ve talked about with an actor, and that, to me, would be the most exciting thing we could do with ‘True Detective.'”

Pizzolatto said he still wants to do something
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Ken Jacobson Dies: Veteran Talent Manager Was 60

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Ken Jacobson Dies: Veteran Talent Manager Was 60
Ken Jacobson, one of the pioneers of talent management, died unexpectedly on Tuesday after more than three decades as a manager. I hear he was found unresponsive in his home. The cause of death is still being determined.

For 20 years, Jacobson was a founding partner of management firm James/Levy/Jacobson. Working alongside his partners, Jacobson was involved in launching the careers of such actors as James and Dave Franco, Jennie Garth, Jaimie Alexander, Michelle Williams, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mena Suvari and Erika Christensen. He signed Hilary Swank when she was 15, represented her for 10 years and helped her get Boys Don’t Cry, which earned her an Oscar. He also signed Ben Foster at the age of 12 and repped him for 20 years.

Jacobson’s career started in 1975 as an actor. For 10 years he appeared in theater in New York, including playing the role of David in the 1983 Tony Award-winning play Torch Song Trilogy.
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David Mackenzie leaves those Bond rumours behind for another new Spy franchise ‘Jett Day’

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Hell or High Water’ and ‘Outlaw King’ filmmaker, David Mackenzie, has entered into negotiations to take the helm on a new spy franchise ‘Jett Day’.

Dubbed as a sequel to ‘The Accountant’, the film follows a black ops agent on a mission to prevent a newly-discovered diamond mine from falling into Russian hands.

Written and produced by ‘Ozark’ creator Bill Dubuque, Warner Bros are hoping to fill the void between Bond films with this new Spy franchise to keep those audiences fulfilled until the next much-beloved Bond resurfaces for a new mission.

The studio is also hoping to enlist the services of a fresh-faced A-lister to front the franchise along the lines of a Michael B. Jordan or Channing Tatum.

Also in news – Toni Collette and Damien Lewis join cast of Dream Horse

Jon Berg and Zero Gravity’s Mark Williams will also produce. Warner Bros. executive Kevin McCormick will
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’s Shia Labeouf, Zack Gottsagen And Filmmakers Talk Non-Cutesy Authenticity Of SXSW Film

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’s Shia Labeouf, Zack Gottsagen And Filmmakers Talk Non-Cutesy Authenticity Of SXSW Film
The easy explanation of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s The Peanut Butter Falcon would be that it is a Mark Twain-esque adventure of a grimy small-time criminal and a man with Down syndrome who has run away from home with dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. There is a subtle charm and fun to the film folded into the drama that made its world premiere at SXSW March 9, but the nuance and layers of themes of family and acceptance run deep like the deltas of North Carolina on which the film was was shot. And the entire film was made because of one person: Zack Gottsagen.

Nilson and Schwartz first met Gottsagen at a camp for disabled actors about eight years ago in Venice, Calif. They were making a short film with Gottsagen and Nilson said that he was making intelligent acting decisions. Needless to say, the filmmaking duo was impressed.
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Anton Yelchin Remembered on 30th Birthday by Parents and Doc Filmmakers

Anton Yelchin Remembered on 30th Birthday by Parents and Doc Filmmakers
Anton Yelchin would have turned 30 today. The young star was burning so bright when he tragically passed away in 2016 following a freak accident with his Jeep that resulted in the actor being ripped from this world far too soon. Now, filmmakers Garret Price and Drake Doremus, in honor of Yelchin's 30th birthday, have unveiled details about their upcoming documentary Love, Antosha.

Love, Antosha was directed by Garret Price, who makes his directorial debut, and produced by Drake Doremus, who worked with Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy. Yelchin's parents, Viktor and Irina, initially approached Doremus to direct it. However, he opted to stay on as a producer, since he felt far too close to the material, and recommended Price instead. Here's what he had to say about it.

"There's a whole audience that needs to learn more about Anton. I met with Viktor and Irina, and they started telling me stories about Anton,
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Tom Sturridge Can Hear The Sobs: The Actor Talks About Off Broadway’s Heart-Wrenching ‘Sea Wall’ – Deadline Q&A

Tom Sturridge Can Hear The Sobs: The Actor Talks About Off Broadway’s Heart-Wrenching ‘Sea Wall’ – Deadline Q&A
On nights when Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal perform the two monologues that make up the Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed Off Broadway double bill Sea Wall/A Life, the British half of the duo silently takes his place on stage as the audience finds its seats. Before the actor says a word, the presence of his character Alex is felt, and a weighty presence it is. Alex will later tell the audience – the play, written by Simon Stephens, is performed by Sturridge as if in intimate conversation with this room of strangers – that people often make a startling observation about him:

There’s a hole running through the centre of my stomach. You must have all felt a bit awkward because you can probably see it. Even in this light. Mostly people chose not to talk about it. Some people tell me that they’re sorry but that yes,
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