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‘Papicha’ Producers Join Forces to Launch Investment Fund (Exclusive)

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‘Papicha’ Producers Join Forces to Launch Investment Fund (Exclusive)
After collaborating on Mounia Meddour’s 2019 Un Certain Regard title “Papicha,” High Sea Production and Tribus P have joined forces with CG Cinema to launch an investment fund, Dock, which is dedicated to financing and co-financing director-driven film and TV content for the international market.

Patrick André at High Sea, Charles Gillibert at CG Cinema and Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu at Tribus P Films will work together to co-finance four to five films as well as three series or other formats per year during the next five years. The fund’s committee will include André, Gillibert, Vacharasinthu and investors. The fund will be open to international third-party productions that are not set up at High Sea Production, CG Cinéma or Tribus P.

Dock’s first slate of projects include Alex Carvalho’s “La salamandre,” inspired by Jean-Christophe Rufin’s novel and set in Brazil. The movie will star Marina Fois, Jesuita Barbosa and Laetitia Dosch.
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Rooney Mara-Starring Festival Favorite ‘Una’ Lines Up Fall Release Date — Exclusive

Rooney Mara-Starring Festival Favorite ‘Una’ Lines Up Fall Release Date — Exclusive
After a strong run on last year’s festival circuit — including premieres at Telluride, Tiff, London, and Sydney — Benedict Andrews’ acclaimed “Una” has lined up its official theatrical release date. Swen Releasing will open the film in New York City on October 6 and Los Angeles on October 13 before rolling out nationwide, when it will enter the fall fray with strong word of mouth and a daring plotline.

Read More‘Una’ Trailer: Rooney Mara Confronts the Past — and Ben Mendelsohn — in Tense Drama

Described in IndieWire’s Telluride Film Festival review as “a story of sexual abuse that vibrates with the anxious uncertainty of a survivor, a dialogue-driven drama that simmers with the combustible suspense of a Tarantino movie,” the film stars Rooney Mara in the title role, playing a young woman who decides to pay a visit to the (much) older man (Ben Mendelsohn) with whom she had a sexual
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Newswire: Michelle Williams joins Adam Driver in Leos Carax’s Sparks musical

Ever since the French filmmaker Leos Carax announced Annette as his next film, the project has seemed just too strange to survive the often perilous road to financing and production: an English-language musical from the director of The Lovers On The Bridge and Holy Motors, with original songs by the cult art-pop duo Sparks, set to star Adam Driver as a widowered stand-up comedian with a supernaturally gifted baby daughter. And yet somehow it has found itself a big-deal distributor and survived the departure of Rooney Mara, who was attached to co-star but apparently decided that doing two eccentric art-film musicals in one year was a little much.

The project has finally settled on a replacement for Mara, with Michelle Williams filling her vacated (and still undisclosed) role. As reported by The Film Stage, Williams had been rumored as the project’s new female lead since being spotted with Carax
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Michelle Williams in Talks to Replace Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’

Michelle Williams may soon be joining French filmmaker Leos Carax’s upcoming English-language drama “Annette,” taking a role that had originally gone to Rooney Mara before the actress dropped out. Williams’ deal is still being negotiated, despite reports to the contrary, so it’s too early to say whether she and Carax will get to collaborate for the first time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Adam Driver will star in the lead role.

Read More: Rihanna Will Not Star in Leos Carax Pop Star Drama ‘Annette’; Was It Too Good to Be True?

Annette” marks Carax’s English-language debut and his first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors,” which has been named by IndieWire as one of the best films of the century so far. The film is a musical drama about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his
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Rooney Mara Replaced By Michelle Williams In Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’

Rooney Mara Replaced By Michelle Williams In Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’
It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride when it comes to “Holy Motors” director Leos Carax‘s next film, “Annette.” At first, the film was promising the alluring trio of Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and Rihanna in starring roles, only for the latter pair to drop out this spring. Since then, things have been pretty quiet around the movie, but it looks like the project has just received a big, new addition.

Continue reading Rooney Mara Replaced By Michelle Williams In Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’ at The Playlist.
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Michelle Williams Replaces Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’

Following his one-of-a-kind Holy Motors in 2012, Leos Carax is finally set to begin shooting his follow-up this summer, the English-language musical Annettte, however its casting has not been without its hiccups. After being attached for some time, both Rooney Mara and Rihanna dropped out, but now it looks like the cast is materializing. She was spotted with the director earlier this year (see below tweet) and now Michelle Williams has officially come aboard.

According to Cécile Olivy of the agency Mcasting, the casting is now confirmed, which also reveals a shoot will kick off in July and conclude in September. The musical tells the tragic story of a stand-up comedian (Adam Driver) whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his 2-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift. Featuring music from Sparks and distribution from Amazon Studios, this project continues quite a streak for Williams, who had
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How Amazon and Ted Hope Are Trying to Bring Back the ’90s Indie Film Boom

Today, Amazon Studios announced it has signed an exclusive first-look deal with indie powerhouses Bona Fide Productions (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Le Grisbi Productions (“Birdman”) and Killer Films (“Boys Don’t Cry”). Amazon is already doing business with all three entities – it’s about to unveil “Wonderstruck” (Killer) and “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Bona Fide) at Cannes – and the news is yet another sign that the company will continue to finance high-quality independent filmmaking from some of the most revered American directors out there. But it also signals a key reunion of major figures from an earlier period — the nineties indie film boom.

Read More: 7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

By formally reuniting New York indie film icons – head of motion picture production at Amazon Studios Ted Hope and Killers Films founder Christine Vachon – Amazon is almost singlehandedly using its deep pockets to reignite
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Adam Driver Is Not Your Typical Movie Star, But He’s One of the Best Actors Working Today — Watch

Adam Driver Is Not Your Typical Movie Star, But He’s One of the Best Actors Working Today — Watch
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If you love indie cinema, then Adam Driver has probably become one of your favorite actors over the last several years. Performances in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “While We’re Young,” “Tracks,” “Hungry Hearts” and “Midnight Special” have given Driver the chance to show off a dynamic range, but it wasn’t until Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” last year where Driver confirmed what most of us knew was inevitable: This dude is a major movie star.

In Jarmusch’s intimate masterpiece, Driver holds the entire picture together with his sensitive and soul-searching work as a New Jersey bus driver and aspiring poet going through the motions of everyday life. Nothing too dramatic happens from a plot perspective, but the way Driver manages to explore his character’s inner life makes “Paterson” feel so true to life and so profound.
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That Rihanna/Lupita Nyong’o Movie Could Actually Happen, If Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae Have Anything to Say About It

That Rihanna/Lupita Nyong’o Movie Could Actually Happen, If Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae Have Anything to Say About It
Is a viral tweet being made into a movie? A picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting next to each other caught the attention of many last week, including a Twitter user going by simply “k” who suggested that “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.” The “12 Years a Slave” star took notice (“I’m down if you are,” she tweeted at Rhianna), as did her potential co-star: “I’m in Pit’z,” responded the singer-turned-actress.

Read More: ‘Billy on the Street’: Lupita Nyong’o Tries Her Hand at Standup Comedy in Hilarious New Clip — Watch

Each of these tweets proved massively popular, and so a dream team was assembled in would-be viewers’ hearts: Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th”) as director, Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl,” “Insecure”) as screenwriter. Both have expressed their interest on Twitter — “Lights set.
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‘Bates Motel’ Series Finale Trailer: There Is No Going Back for Norman — Watch

‘Bates Motel’ Series Finale Trailer: There Is No Going Back for Norman — Watch
A&E Network has released the trailer for series finale of “Bates Motel.” The final episode of the contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film “Psycho” will air on Monday, April 24, immediately followed by “Bates Motel: The Check Out,” a half-hour special where the main cast will answer questions from fans of the series gathered from social media.

Read More: ‘Psycho’ Gets Woke: Rihanna’s ‘Bates Motel’ Shower Scene is a Progressive Twist on Hitchcock — Showrunner Interview

The fifth and last season saw Norman (Freddie Highmore) dealing with the aftermath of his methodical killing of his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga). Norman struggled with his violent blackouts as his deceased mother came back from the dead and threatened to take complete control of his mind. As Norma is heard saying on trailer, “there is no going back” for Norman.

Rihanna joined the cast this season to play the iconic Marion Crane,
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse
Hot off the critical and awards season success of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon is continuing to ink major production deals with some of the art house world’s biggest stars, from newly-minted Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to the the delightfully original Leos Carax — and that’s just the start. Amazon’s relationship with creators also includes a number of television heavy-hitters, including Amy Sherman-Palladino and Matthew Weiner, but the keen eye they’ve turned on filmmakers is the one to watch.

Still, there is much work to be done. While Amazon has had major success working with filmmaker and showrunner Jill Soloway — and its latest batch of pilots includes a standout from “Gilmore Girls” alum Sherman-Palladino — the list of filmmakers who recently signed on to produce features with the studio is woefully lacking when it comes to female talents. If you can grab a Yorgos Lanthimos,
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Rihanna & Rooney Mara Won’t Be In Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’ With Adam Driver After All

A new movie from French arthouse wonder Leos Carax starring Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and Rihanna sounded like a dream. And indeed, that’s all it ever will be, as “Annette” moves forward but without two-thirds of that leading trio.

Read More: Terrence Malick Plays A Familiar Soul Searching Tune In ‘Song To Song’ [SXSW Review]

Word has arrived that both pop star Rihanna and the always-excellent Rooney Mara will not be in the movie.

Continue reading Rihanna & Rooney Mara Won’t Be In Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’ With Adam Driver After All at The Playlist.
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Rihanna Will Not Star in Leos Carax Pop Star Drama ‘Annette’; Was It Too Good to Be True?

Rihanna Will Not Star in Leos Carax Pop Star Drama ‘Annette’; Was It Too Good to Be True?
The indie movie world got some amazing news earlier this week when Amazon acquired U.S. rights to Leos Carax’s “Annette.” The film, which marks the first English-language project from the “Holy Motors” director, begins production this spring and has the very enticing duo of Adam Driver and Rihanna in the leading roles. Or at least it did.

Read More: ‘Holy Motors’ Director Leos Carax Will Soon Start Production on ‘Annette’ With Adam Driver and Rihanna

Pitchfork is now reporting that Rihanna’s representatives have confirmed that the pop star is not starring “Annette.” Rihanna had been reportedly attached to the film for several months, as was Rooney Mara. The Amazon acquisition release made note that Mara had left the film, but did mention Rihanna was still on board. According to the singer’s reps, this is no longer the case. No word yet on how this might affect
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Good News for 'Annette' (not Bening)!

by Spencer Coile

I didn't mean to spook you all with that title-- I know many of us are still mourning La Bening's Oscar snub for 20th Century Women. But I come to you with good film tidings. 

For those of you musical lovers out there looking to get a new fix, look no further. Holy Motors director Leos Carax is coming back in 2018 with his new film, a musical no less, titled Annette. And it gets even better...
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Adam Driver and Rihanna to star in Amazon’s Annette

Amazon has purchased the Us distribution rights to the film Annette which will star actor Adam Driver and singer Rihanna.

Annette recently had actress Rooney Mara attached, only for her to leave the project because of other commitments. The search is on for a new female lead but has managed to acquire the services of Star WarsAdam Driver and global pop star Rihanna.

Variety has learned that Amazon has acquired the United States distribution rights for the movie, which is to be a music filled drama by French director Leos Carax. Annette will be Carax’s English language debut.

Annette will begin filming this spring in Los Angeles and is being produced by Bruno Pesery via his Paris-based production company Arena Films.

Director Carax’s credits Boy Meet Girl, Mauvais Sang, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, and Holy Motors.
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Adam Driver to Star in New Music Drama 'Annette'

Update: A rep for Rihanna tells Rolling Stone that the singer, originally rumored to be involved in the film, will be not starring in Annette. This article has been updated accordingly to reflect the new information.

Adam Driver will star in Annette, a new music drama from French director Leos Carax, Variety reports. The Los Angeles art-rock duo Sparks wrote the screenplay and new music for the film.

According to Deadline, Annette tells the story of a stand-up comedian who's left to raise a two-year-old with a surprising gift after his opera singer wife dies.
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Newswire: Amazon will distribute Leos Carax’s bizarre Sparks musical

From Deadline comes the news that Amazon Studios will be the U.S. and Canadian distributor for Annette, the anticipated (and seemingly insane) new movie from the idiosyncratic French writer-director Leos Carax. Described as a musical about a stand-up comedian, the film stars Adam Driver and features original songs by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, also known as the cult art-pop duo Sparks. Rooney Mara, who was originally attached in a leading role, has since dropped out, reportedly due to her commitment to another bizarre-sounding arthouse musical, the Mica Levi-scored, Brady Corbet-directed Vox Lux.

Annette, which will only be Carax’s sixth film in 33 years, promises to be the largest project that the director has undertaken since 1991’s The Lovers Of The Bridge. (Which, coincidentally, came out on Blu-ray today, with a booklet essay by yours truly.) The filmmaker, whose real name is Alex Dupont, is the son
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