Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Hit The Tomb, Tina Fey's Admission: Biz Break
Also in today's Biz Break: Tim Heidecker's polarizing Comedy finds a buyer, Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid heads to Cannes, an Italian festival war turns even uglier, and more...
The Tomb opens for Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Co.
Shooting is underway on the prison-break action thriller pairing two of the '80s most iconic stars with Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Amy Ryan, Vincent D'Onofrio and more. Mikael Hafstrom directs for Summit Entertainment.
Focus' Admission, with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, Gets Shooting
Paul Weitz will direct the film based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2009 novel of the same name, featuring Fey as a Princeton University admission officer who is caught off-guard while visiting an experimental high school whose co-founder (Rudd) attended college with her. Life-changing revelations ensue; Michael Sheen, Gloria Robin, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin co-star.
The Comedy Goes to Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film has announced its acquisition of director Rick Alverson's controversial character study, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on a Williamsburg hipster (Tim Heidecker) who is indifferent to the fact he's an heir and whiles away his on "games of mock sincerity and irreverence." Eric Wareheim, Gregg Turkington (a.k.a. Neil Hamburger), and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy co-star. Tribeca Film plans a select theatrical release day and date with on-demand platforms where it will be available in 40+ million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox and Samsung Media Hub.
Fat Kid Heads to Cannes
Matthew Lillard's SXSW Audience Award-winning directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World will go to Cannes with Outsider Pictures, which has acquired the international sales rights. Adapted from K. L. Going’s young adult novel, the film centers around Troy Billings — age 17, overweight and suicidal. Just as he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by Marcus, a charming high school dropout / street musician.
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IFC Films to Save the Date
Michael Mohan's ensemble romantic comedy, featuring Lizzy Kaplan, Martin Starr, Mark Webber, Alison Brie and Geoffrey Arend, has scored distribution through IFC Films. “Michael Mohan has made an emotionally moving and often very funny film about commitment, skillfully transplanting Jeffrey Brown’s graphic novels," said IFC president Jonathan Sehring. Deadline reports.
Italian culture minister blasts Rome Film Festival
The festival's controversial decision to shift dates to November — thus directly competing with the 30 year old Turin Film Festival and the 53-year-old Festival dei Popoli in Florence. The move is "against the overall interests of Italian cinema," according to culture czar Lorenzo Ornaghi. THR reports.