Sundance Purchase: "The Descendants" Writers Sell "The Way, Way Back" 


The Oscar-winning writers, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, have sold "The Way, Way Back" to Fox Searchlight. The writing/directing duo's latest project stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet, and Liam James. "The Way, Way Back" is scheduled for release Summer of 2013.

Here's the full press release from Fox Searchlight:

PARK CITY, UT January 22, 2013 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired rights to North America as well as most major territories to the heartfelt comedy THE WAY, WAY BACK. Directed and written by Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, THE WAY, WAY BACK stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet and Liam James.

The film was produced by Kevin J. Walsh of The Walsh Company and Tom Rice of Sycamore Pictures, and executive produced by Sycamore’s Ben Nearn and George Parra, OddLot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker, Faxon, and Rash. OddLot Entertainment and Sycamore Pictures co-financed the project.

The film is scheduled to be released in Summer, 2013.

“Nat and Jim have crafted a uproarious coming of age story and it is great to be reunited with them,” said Gilula and Utley. “The amazingly pitch perfect cast never misses a beat and was well deserving of the standing ovation the film received yesterday.”

“This is a very personal film and it's been a long journey. We are so overwhelmed by the response it received at Sundance and are beyond delighted that it's found a home with our family at Fox Searchlight,” said Faxon and Rash

“We are all elated that a vibrant company like Fox Searchlight shares our enthusiasm for the film and faith in Jim and Nat as writers, directors and storytellers,” said Rice and Walsh.

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin).

Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and WME Global negotiated the deal with Craig Emanuel on behalf of the financiers.

Sierra / Affinity is handling international sales for the project for territories outside those acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.


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I Fell in Love with "Breakaway (Alagwa)" and star Jericho Rosales, director Ian Lorenos! Check Out My Fun "Breakaway" Piece! 


Director Ian Lorenos and actor Jericho Rosales visited the Southern California desert for the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. I'm proud to say that the city I live in hosts one of the most prominent film festivals in the world!

Lorenos and Rosales were in town for their fantastic indie, "Breakaway (Alagwa)." The film has been getting major awards buzz for its indelible performances (both Rosales and the child actor who plays his son, Bugoy Carino), well-written script (Lorenos wrote and directed the film), and intriguing plotline.

It was a pleasure meeting both star and director for one-on-one interviews. They both consider "Breakaway" an important film in their respective careers.

So how many kisses does "Breakaway" get? Find out below (this is the piece that appeared on TFC's Balitang America):



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Jessica Chastain Beat Herself, Everybody at Box-Office! "Mama" Scares Away Competition! 


Jessica Chastain, considered an Oscar-frontrunner for Best Actress ("Zero Dark Thirty") this awards season, can now add the title Box-Office Queen. Her Universal horror flick, "Mama," topped the box-office weekend with $28.1 million, and blasted Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand" which flopped at No. 10 with, gasp, $6.3 million! ("Mama" and "The Last Stand" movie reviews)

Even the lukewarm actioner, "Broken City," starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe easily beat Schwarzenegger and debuted at No. 6 with $9 million.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" also starring Chastain, fell to No.2 with $17.6 million.

In the international market, "Django Unchained" was the leader of the pack with $48.1 million, followed by "Life of Pi" with $20.7 million, and then "Les Miserables" at No. 3 with $19.4 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films in the U.S. market for weekend of January 18:

1. "Mama," $28.1 million.

2. "Zero Dark Thirty," $17.6 million. ($770,000 international.)

3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $11.4 million. ($700,000 international.)


4. "Gangster Squad," $9.1 million. ($5.7 million international.)

5. "Broken City," $9 million.

6. "A Haunted House," $8.3 million. ($1.6 million international.)

7. "Django Unchained," $8.2 million. ($48.1 million international.)

8. "Les Miserables," $7.8 million. ($19.4 million international.)


9. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $6.4 million. ($13.2 million international.)

10. "The Last Stand," $6.3 million. ($1.3 million international.)

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London Critics Hail "Amour," "Rust and Bone," Anne Hathaway 


Sure, the Academy Awards is just a few sleeps away but many award-giving bodies are still handing out trophies. Most recently, the London Critics' Circle gave out their kudos with "Amour," "Rust and Bone," and "The Imposter" taking home the major awards.

In the acting categories, Joaquin Phoenix beat out rival Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") for his brave performance in "The Master." Philip Seymour Hoffman was also honored from the movie with a Best Supporting Actor win, while Emmanuelle Riva took home the Best Actress award for her memorable performance in "Amour."

The only one constant winner during our trek to the Oscars is Anne Hathaway, also taking home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for "Les Miserables."

Here's the full list of nominees. For winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Amour (Artificial Eye)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Life of Pi (Fox)

The Master (Entertainment)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

Amour (Artificial Eye)

Holy Motors (Artificial Eye)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

*** Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

Tabu (New Wave)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

*** The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)

Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave)

The Queen of Versailles (Dogwoof)

Searching for Sugar Man (StudioCanal)

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

Les Miserables (Universal)

Sightseers (StudioCanal)

Skyfall (Sony)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (Fox)

Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables (Universal)

Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt (Arrow)

*** Joaquin Phoenix – The Master (Entertainment)

Jean-Louis Trintignant – Amour (Artificial Eye)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

Helen Hunt - The Sessions (Fox)

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook (Entertainment)

*** Emmanuelle Riva – Amour (Artificial Eye)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Alan Arkin – Argo (Warners)

Javier Bardem – Skyfall (Sony)

Michael Fassbender – Prometheus (Fox)

*** Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (Entertainment)

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln (Fox)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Amy Adams – The Master (Entertainment)

Judi Dench – Skyfall (Sony)

Sally Field – Lincoln (Fox)

*** Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables (Universal)

Isabelle Huppert – Amour (Artificial Eye)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Daniel Craig – Skyfall (Sony)

Charlie Creed-Miles - Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (Fox)

*** Toby Jones – Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

Steve Oram – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Emily Blunt – Looper (eOne) and Your Sister's Sister (StudioCanal)

Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) and Skyfall (Sony)

Alice Lowe – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

Helen Mirren – Hitchcock (Fox)

*** Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer (Paramount)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Samantha Barks – Les Miserables (Universal)

Fady Elsayed – My Brother the Devil (Verve)

*** Tom Holland – The Impossible (eOne)

Will Poulter – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Jack Reynor – What Richard Did (Artificial Eye)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master (Entertainment)

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Michael Haneke – Amour (Artificial Eye)

*** Ang Lee – Life of Pi (Fox)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master (Entertainment)

Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

*** Michael Haneke – Amour (Artificial Eye)

Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained (Sony)

Chris Terrio – Argo (Warners)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Ben Drew, writer/director – Ill Manors (Revolver)

Sally El Hosaini, writer/director – My Brother the Devil (Verve)

Dexter Fletcher, co-writer/director – Wild Bill (The Works/Universal)

Bart Layton, writer/director – The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

*** Alice Lowe & Steve Oram, writers – Sightseers (StudioCanal)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran, costumes (Universal)

Argo – William Goldenberg, film editing (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Ben Richardson, cinematography (StudioCanal)

Berberian Sound Studio – Joakim Sundstrom & Stevie Haywood, sound design (Artificial Eye)

Holy Motors – Bernard Floch, makeup (Artificial Eye)

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda, cinematography (Fox)

*** Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, visual effects (Fox)

The Master – Jack Fisk & David Crank, production design (Entertainment)

My Brother the Devil – David Raedeker, cinematography (Verve)

Rust and Bone – Alexandre Desplat, music (StudioCanal)

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Helena Bonham Carter

Top 10 Films

Amour (Artificial Eye)

The Master (Entertainment)

Life of Pi (Fox)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Zero Dark Thirty (Universal)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Django Unchained (Sony)

Tabu (New Wave)

Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

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"Les Miserables" Among Costume Designer Guild Award Nominee, See Full List! 


The Costume Designer Guild has announced the nominees for the 15th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards and the usual suspects have been rounded up -- "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Mirror Mirror," and "Snow White and the Huntsman" will all duke it out in their respective categories.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Stephani Lewis

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward

Silver Linings Playbook – Mark Bridges

Skyfall – Jany Temime

Zero Dark Thirty – George L. Little


EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Argo – Jacqueline West

Les Misérables – Paco Delgado

Lincoln - Joanna Johnston

Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka-Maimone


EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck

The Hunger Games – Judianna Makovsky

Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka

Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood


OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

Girls – Jennifer Rogien

Nashville – Susie DeSanto

Revenge – Jill Ohanneson

Smash – Molly Maginnis

Treme – Alonzo Wilson, Costume Designer. Ann Walters, co-Costume Designer


OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani

Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton


OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

American Horror Story: Asylum, Season 2 – Lou Eyrich

Hatfields & McCoys – Karri Hutchinson

Hemingway & Gellhorn – Ruth Myers


EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

Capital One: Couture – Roseanne Fiedler

Captain Morgan Black – Judianna Makovsky

Dos Equis: Most Interesting Man in the World – Julie Vogel

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