EXCLUSIVE: The Michael Doneger directed documentary Fate of a Sport, which ESPN acquired ahead of the pic’s Tribeca Film Festival world premiere, will drop on ESPN+ on Aug. 29. The docu chronicles the story of lacrosse legend Paul Rabil and his fight to change the trajectory of the sport he loves by launching a new professional league, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). After 11 years as one of the most decorated players within a professional lacrosse league that was anything but professional, Rabil decides to create his own league of the sport that made him a star. In partnership with his brother Mike, Paul raises capital, poaches the top players, fights off lawsuits, and navigates through a global pandemic to establish the PLL as the premiere destination for professional lacrosse in the country. The docu features original interviews with the Rabils, Jeffrey Wright, Adam Silver, Bill Belichick, Peter Berg, Joe Tsai and Lyle Thompson. Fate of a Sport will have its … [Read more...] about ‘Fate Of A Sport’: ESPN Films Sets Streaming & Broadcast Dates For Lacrosse Documentary
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The 60th New York Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled its main slate of movies from established and upcoming directors including Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness by Ruben Östlund, Claire Denis ’ Stars at Noon (tied for Cannes Grand Prize), Park Chan-wook ’s Decision to Leave (Cannes Best Director) and Charlotte Wells ’ debut feature Aftersun (Cannes’ French Touch Jury Prize). The list of 32 films from 18 countries also features Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes , which took the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema and the l’Oeil d’Or for best documentary at Cannes. Another selection, Carla Simón’s Alcarràs, was awarded the Golden Bear at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival. Appearing in the NYFF main slate for the first time are Margaret Brown, Davy Chou (New Directors/New Films 2017), Laura Citarella (ND/NF 2015), Alice Diop (ND/NF 2021 and Art of the Real 2022), Mark Jenkin (ND/NF 2019), Marie Kreutzer, Ryuji Otsuka and Huang Ji, … [Read more...] about New York Film Festival Sets Main Slate For 60th Edition
EXCLUSIVE: When you’re an artist incarcerated in a penitentiary, it’s not as if the warden will provide whatever you need to paint, like, “Grab all the pigment and palette knives you want.” Jesse Krimes, while serving time in federal prison, not only devised a way to secretly make art using available materials like hair gel and bedsheets, but managed to sneak his artworks outside the walls. His remarkable story is told in the film Art & Krimes by Krimes , which MTV Documentary Films will release in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on September 30. Alysa Nahmias directed the film, which is expected to get a major awards push. “ Art & Krimes by Krimes is a portrait of an artist,” Nahmias wrote in a director’s statement, “but more than that, it is a distillation of my years-long dialogue with Jesse about his commitment to self-reflection, to discovering and believing in his own value as a human being in a mass-incarceration society that dehumanizes … [Read more...] about MTV Documentary Films Sets Release Date For ‘Art & Krimes By Krimes,’ Doc About Artist Who Made “Secret Masterpiece” Behind Bars
The 47th Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday selected the Mary Harron-directed Dalíland as its closing-night movie. The pic stars Ben Kingsley as the older Salvador Dalí and Ezra Miller as the younger Dalí. However, the TIFF press release left Miller’s name off the cast credits. It’s been public knowledge that Miller is in the film. The Flash star this week was charged with felony burglary in Vermont in addition to several other run-ins with the law this year. Deadline learned this morning that Miller has not been cut out of Dalíland . In a 2021 Cannes Market interview with Deadline , Harron told us: “We started looking at Dalí in the 1970s, the older Dalí, with flashbacks to the younger Dalí, which are rendered like an old movie. That format really excited me. Ezra had like three days between finishing Fantastic Beasts and starting The Flash, and insisted on coming and doing our film. The story is all played out through this kind of Nick Carraway figure … [Read more...] about Toronto Film Festival Closing-Night Film Is ‘Dalíland’: Where Is Ezra Miller?
Leading independent German distribution label Koch Films has been renamed as Plaion Pictures . The move is part of a larger rebranding operation by parent company Koch Media Group, which is also a major video games developer and publisher. From now on, the parent group will be known simply as Plaion, pronounced “play-on”. Based just outside Munich, Koch Films is one of Germany ’s theatrical distributors. Recent high-profile acquisitions have included Parasite , Titane , The Worst Person In The World and Cannes 2022 titles Broker , Decision To Leave , Mascarade and Men . “Koch Films has developed from a sales organization primarily active in German-speaking Europe to an international film company. The new brand Plaion Pictures stands for our international plans and ambitions,” said CEO Stefan Kapelari. Managing director Jochen Walter said the rebranding heralded a more ambitious international strategy. “In addition to our publishing and … [Read more...] about Germany’s Koch Films Rebrands As Plaion Pictures
AGBO’s The Gray Man is climbing the ladder toward becoming one of Netflix’s most watched movies ever over its first 28 days. The one it will eclipse next is AGBO’s Extraction , with The Adam Project and Birdbox within hailing distance on the streamer’s all-time list. “The goal was to provide audiences with some fun and heart. Clearly they’re responding,” Russo said. He and Anthony Russo are directing Millie Bobby Brown in The Electric State for Netflix, and they’re thinking about the sequel to The Gray Man , which will have Ryan Gosling back as the covert government agent/assassin. “Moving forward, the struggle for Sierra Six will be about whether he can forge a new destiny away from the CIA, or is forever fated to be an agent of death,” Russo told Deadline. The Gray Man has been one of several satisfying streamer films, the others being the Predator i nstallment Prey and the Thai cave thriller rescue film Thirteen Lives , any of which could have … [Read more...] about AGBO’s ‘The Gray Man’ Closes On ‘Extraction’ As 6th Most Viewed Netflix Film
20th Century Studios said Tuesday that its Predator spinoff Prey has notched the No. 1 premiere on Hulu to date across all of the streamer’s films and television series. The film also registered as the most-watched premiere on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star Banner in all other territories, based on hours watched in the first three days of its release. Specific stats as to its viewership have not been disclosed. Released on Hulu, Star+ and Disney+ on August 5, Prey is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago and tells the story of the fierce and highly skilled warrior, Naru ( Legion ‘s Amber Midthunder). The young woman has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying … [Read more...] about ‘Prey’ Lands No. 1 Premiere On Hulu To Date Across Film & TV
EXCLUSIVE : Audible , the audio platform owned by Amazon, is looking to expand the number of TV and film adaptations of its podcasts and original audiobooks. The company has hired Jackie Levine , formerly President of Robert Zemeckis’s ImageMovers, as Head of Television and Film. Levine will lead a new division to oversee the audio-to-screen pipeline for Audible Originals. She will identify projects to adapt and package with talent. She will report to Head of Content Acquisition and Development, Pat Shah. It comes as the competition to adapt podcast and audio IP intensifies; Spotify has a deal with Peter Chernin to adapt its podcasts and Apple, which has been moving further into original audio series, has turned a number of Wondery podcasts such as The Shrink Next Door, into TV series. Audible has been ramping up its original audio series and podcasts, and has seen a number of originals adapted for film and TV including When You Finish Saving The World , … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Audio Platform Audible To Ramp Up TV & Film Adaptations With Hire Of Jackie Levine
Allu Arjun starrer Pushpa, the film that ascended the Iconic star into a national celebrity is now in news again for its sequel. Pushpa 2 or Pushpa: The Rule will be a massive film in terms of production and reach, given the film's unprecedented success all over the country. The directorial venture of Sukumar is ready to kick start its production very soon. According to the insider buzz, the second part of Pushpa will go on floors from the end of September this year. While the incessant rains have dampened the plans of the crew to go forward with the filming, the ban on shootings from August 1st by the Producers Guild also has become one reason for the unit's delay. Rashmika Mandanna was cast as the film's female lead opposite Allu Arjun and the sequel will likely retain all the actors like Sunil, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Rao Ramesh, and Jagadeesh among others, with an addition of a new cast. Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil's role as Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat has received … [Read more...] about Pushpa Part 2 Shooting Update: Allu Arjun-Rashmika Starrer Sukumar’s Film To Go On Floors Very Soon!
UPDATED with detailed summary of the investigation: The company that produced the ill-fated Rust movie has been slapped with a fine of $136,793 by the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau for its “willful and serious” violation of workplace safety procedures. The fine, which is the maximum allowable, follows the Bureau’s six-month investigation into the circumstances leading up to the accidental shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on October 21. “There were serious management failures,” state Environmental Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said in a video statement (watch it below), “and more than sufficient evidence to suggest that if stardard industry practices were followed, the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutching and the serious injury to Joel Souza would not have occurred. … This is a complete failure of the employer to follow recognized national protocols that keep employees safe.” Read the report … [Read more...] about ‘Rust’ Production Company Fined Nearly $137,000 For “Willful & Serious” Safety Violations: “An Avoidable Loss Of Life Occurred”