Keira Knightley’s ‘Colette’ Sells to Bleecker Street and 30West

Keira Knightley’s period drama “Colette” has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a seven-figure deal, TheWrap has learned.

In the first big deal of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the companies will team up to acquire rights to director Wash Westmoreland’s biopic of the early-20th-century French novelist best known for works like “Gigi.”

The film follows Knightley’s Colette as she writes her loosely autobiographical Claudine novels, which become huge best-sellers in Paris, but begins increasingly frustrated since her domineering husband (Dominic West) takes authorial credit. Eventually she sets out on her own transgressive adventures without her husband.

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Westmoreland, whose previous films include “Quinceañera” and “Still Alice,” co-wrote the script with the late Richard Glatzer and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In addition to Knightley and West, the cast also includes Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiysha Hart.

The film, which premiered Saturday in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival, was produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters.

Micah Green and Dan Friedkin’s 30West and Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street are planning a theatrical release for the film sometime in 2018.

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Keira Knightley’s period drama “Colette” has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a seven-figure deal, TheWrap has learned.

In the first big deal of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the companies will team up to acquire rights to director Wash Westmoreland’s biopic of the early-20th-century French novelist best known for works like “Gigi.”

The film follows Knightley’s Colette as she writes her loosely autobiographical Claudine novels, which become huge best-sellers in Paris, but begins increasingly frustrated since her domineering husband (Dominic West) takes authorial credit. Eventually she sets out on her own transgressive adventures without her husband.

Westmoreland, whose previous films include “Quinceañera” and “Still Alice,” co-wrote the script with the late Richard Glatzer and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In addition to Knightley and West, the cast also includes Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiysha Hart.

The film, which premiered Saturday in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival, was produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters.

Micah Green and Dan Friedkin’s 30West and Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street are planning a theatrical release for the film sometime in 2018.

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Octavia Spencer On Female Empowerment Movement: “Can’t Be About Women Vs. Men” – Sundance ‘Power Of Story’ Panel

At the “The Power of Story: Culture of Shift” panel at the Sundance Film Festival this morning, Octavia Spencer reminded the crowd that the current female empowerment revolution of #MeToo and Time’s Up “can’t be about women versus men.” Rather, she said, we need to make sure “it’s about the people being abused, and that this (movement) is to empower them.”
“We have to allow these voices to be heard,” said Spencer. “We can’t rush to judgement.” But “it’s also about power…

At the “The Power of Story: Culture of Shift” panel at the Sundance Film Festival this morning, Octavia Spencer reminded the crowd that the current female empowerment revolution of #MeToo and Time’s Up “can’t be about women versus men.” Rather, she said, we need to make sure “it’s about the people being abused, and that this (movement) is to empower them.” “We have to allow these voices to be heard,” said Spencer. “We can’t rush to judgement.” But “it’s also about power…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Weinstein Company Bidders Down to Six, Sale Price Dips Below $500 Million

Bids for the embattled Weinstein Company have been narrowed down to six, the highest among them coming in at under $500 million, a new report says.

Half that price is an assumption of debt, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, and any new owner would not inherit the presumably massive legal liability stemming from lawsuits over Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct while he ran the studio.

Lionsgate, Hollywood legacy and philanthropist Abigail Disney and former U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet account for half the bidders, TheWrap previously reported.

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Investment firms Vine Alternative and Shamrock Capital, as well as Christine Vachon’s Killer Content, are also in the race.

While bidders like Contreras-Sweet have pledged to keep the studio in tact and engage its nearly 200 employees, some bidders are hoping to extract library titles and breakout money makers like TWC’s television hit “Project Runway.”

In late December, a TWC insider said Contreras-Sweet would be preferable to, say, Lionsgate as the latter would likely absorb the most attractive parts of the company and dump the rest.

Shareholders are expected to come up empty handed, WSJ said, thanks to considerable existing debt and litigation, like two class action lawsuits in the works against former CEO Harvey. Moelis & Co. is handling the sale.

Complicating matters for TWC is its suffocating debt. Two individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap the company’s estimated total debt is about $900 million, however insiders pegged it at closer to $300 million outstanding. TWC re-upped a $500 million senior credit facility with a variety of institutions last year, which carries a 4 percent interest rate. And the company is only releasing about six to eight movies a year.

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TWC’s speciality label Dimension Films has stagnated while the sale gets underway. Production is wrapping for a Spring release of Robert De Niro’s “War With Grandpa.” There’s also the finished awards hopeful “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, whose release was pushed after the October sexual harassment scandal ignited Hollywood.

Once a sale is complete TWC will rebrand and change its name, TheWrap reported in October.

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Bids for the embattled Weinstein Company have been narrowed down to six, the highest among them coming in at under $500 million, a new report says.

Half that price is an assumption of debt, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, and any new owner would not inherit the presumably massive legal liability stemming from lawsuits over Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct while he ran the studio.

Lionsgate, Hollywood legacy and philanthropist Abigail Disney and former U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet account for half the bidders, TheWrap previously reported.

Investment firms Vine Alternative and Shamrock Capital, as well as Christine Vachon’s Killer Content, are also in the race.

While bidders like Contreras-Sweet have pledged to keep the studio in tact and engage its nearly 200 employees, some bidders are hoping to extract library titles and breakout money makers like TWC’s television hit “Project Runway.”

In late December, a TWC insider said Contreras-Sweet would be preferable to, say, Lionsgate as the latter would likely absorb the most attractive parts of the company and dump the rest.

Shareholders are expected to come up empty handed, WSJ said, thanks to considerable existing debt and litigation, like two class action lawsuits in the works against former CEO Harvey. Moelis & Co. is handling the sale.

Complicating matters for TWC is its suffocating debt. Two individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap the company’s estimated total debt is about $900 million, however insiders pegged it at closer to $300 million outstanding. TWC re-upped a $500 million senior credit facility with a variety of institutions last year, which carries a 4 percent interest rate. And the company is only releasing about six to eight movies a year.

TWC’s speciality label Dimension Films has stagnated while the sale gets underway. Production is wrapping for a Spring release of Robert De Niro’s “War With Grandpa.” There’s also the finished awards hopeful “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, whose release was pushed after the October sexual harassment scandal ignited Hollywood.

Once a sale is complete TWC will rebrand and change its name, TheWrap reported in October.

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‘Wonderstruck’s Todd Haynes On Capturing The Deaf Experience – The Contenders London Video

Following up his Oscar-nominated Carol, Todd Haynes couldn’t have chosen a more ambitious project than Wonderstruck, a tale of two deaf teenagers growing up 50 years apart in New York City, trying to unravel mysteries of their family lives.
Adapted by Brian Selznick from his own novel, the raw materials came to Killer Films’ Christine Vachon while the director was finishing up Carol in 2015, and the attraction was immediate. “The script came to us via [costume designer]…

Following up his Oscar-nominated Carol, Todd Haynes couldn’t have chosen a more ambitious project than Wonderstruck, a tale of two deaf teenagers growing up 50 years apart in New York City, trying to unravel mysteries of their family lives. Adapted by Brian Selznick from his own novel, the raw materials came to Killer Films’ Christine Vachon while the director was finishing up Carol in 2015, and the attraction was immediate. “The script came to us via [costume designer]…

Producers, Creatives Talk ‘Safe Spaces’ – Produced By NY

The topic was “The Power of Creative Collaboration,” and it seemed inevitable that the long shadow of Harvey Weinstein would be cast over the panels during today’s “Produced By New York” annual confab thrown today by the PGA. During the first of two “Master Class” discussions with eight film producers and creatives, moderator Bruce Cohen addressed the elephant in the room head on, asking how they created an environment in which everyone felt protected.
The subject was…

The topic was “The Power of Creative Collaboration,” and it seemed inevitable that the long shadow of Harvey Weinstein would be cast over the panels during today’s “Produced By New York” annual confab thrown today by the PGA. During the first of two “Master Class” discussions with eight film producers and creatives, moderator Bruce Cohen addressed the elephant in the room head on, asking how they created an environment in which everyone felt protected. The subject was…

Todd Haynes to Direct Velvet Underground Documentary With Killer Films

Scorsese and The Band. Demme and Talking Heads. Next great music documentary: Haynes and The Velvet Underground.

Todd Haynes, visionary director of “Carol” and “Far From Heaven,” is teaming longtime collaborator Christine Vachon’s Killer Films to direct his first documentary, about legendary rock group The Velvet Underground. David Blackman and Universal Music Group will also produce.

Variety reported the news out of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, where Haynes received the Pardo d’onore Manor award for career achievement. Haynes’ debut feature “Poison,” played in festival competition in 1991. The festival screened “Wonderstruck,” the newest film from Haynes which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside “Poison.”

Haynes is also working with Amazon on a limited TV series ““an intensely important figure of immense historical and cultural influence,” the director told Variety.

The new project is currently in development, but will feature interviews with the living members of the band, as well as relying on “[Andy] Warhol films but also a rich culture of experimental film, a vernacular we have lost and we don’t have, [and that] we increasingly get further removed from,” Haynes said.

He will also use archival footage, though the director said it will be “challenging,” given the group’s surprising dearth of visual documentation. Haynes said he was looking forward to “getting in deep to the resources and material and stock and archival footage and the actual cinema and experimental work.”

In the grand tradition of great filmmakers documenting great musicians, The Velvet Underground documentary promises to rank among the best, hopefully on par with Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” and Jonathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense.” Haynes proved his in depth music knowledge with 2007’s experimental Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” and if this next project is anything like that groundbreaking film, it will undoubtedly do Nico and The Velvet Underground justice.