Anti-Obama Doc 2016 Tops Fandango Sales; Ellen Page Set For Gay Rights Pic: Biz Break
Also in Wednesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Toronto 2012 Sci-Fi horror John Dies at the End heads for theatrical release. Also headed to theaters is Ernest Borgnine's final film. Ellen DeGeneres is in talks to reprise a Pixar favorite. And Tribeca Film Institute gives $400K in grants for transmedia projects.
Toronto 2012 Sci-Fi Horror John Dies at the End Heads for Release
Magnet Releasing will bring cult filmmaker Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End to theaters and VOD. The genre label of distribution company Magnolia Pictures will release the title via VOD in late December, followed by a theatrical release in early 2013. The feature will screen in the Midnight Madness section of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the film's description here.
Anti-Obama Doc Tops Online Ticketer Fandango
2016: Obama's America is selling more advanced tickets than any other film, Fandango said. The feature, which is based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage, expands nationwide Friday after posting solid numbers in limited release.
Ernest Borgnine's Final Film Vicente Fernandez Heading to Theaters
Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine’s final film, The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernández will head for theatrical release via Indican Pictures which acquired North American rights to the title. The film will open in Los Angeles this October, with additional select cities to follow, and will launch an awards campaign centered on Borgnine’s final performance. The pic debuted at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival where the actor won the Acting Prize. He passed away in July.
Tribeca Film Institute Grants $400K to Transmedia Projects
The program is in partnership with the Ford Foundation. Six interactive non-fiction projects explores a range of topics ranging from Guatemalan street gangs in Alma, A Tale of Violence to rural West Virginia issues in Hollow. Question Bridge explores black male identity. New Day New Standard centers on workers' rights, while Laika's Adventure is an educational story revolving around Connected Sparks, an online social change platform for children. And Immigrant Nation involves personal stories and multiple entry points surrounding U.S. immigrants. The TFI New Media Fund supports non-fiction film projects that go beyond traditional screens, exploring storytelling that is interactive, multi-platform and participatory.
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Ellen Page Set to Star in Pic Based on Landmark Gay Rights Case
Ellen Page will play Stacie Andree who was denied pension benefits from her longtime partner Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective who became terminally ill. The story is based on the Oscar-winning short documentary Freeheld, which production company Incognito Pictures is developing, Deadline reports.
Ellen DeGeneres Eyes Finding Nemo Sequel
The comedian is in talks to reprise her role in the wildly popular underwater animated feature from Disney/Pixar. She would again voice Dory, the blue tang fish with the short-term memory challenge that she played in the 2003 original, THR reports.