Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots To Topline ‘Castle in the Ground’ Crime Drama From Joey Klein

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Alex Wolff and Imogen Poots have been tapped to lead writer/director Joey Klein’s crime drama Castle in the Ground, which is being produced by William Woods via his Woods Entertainment banner and Michael Solomon of Band With Pictures.
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‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Teaser: Timid Jesse Eisenberg Turns To Sensei Alessandro Nivola In SXSW Dark Comedy

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“I’m afraid of other men. They intimidate me. I want to be what intimidates me,” Jesse Eisenberg’s Casey says when asked about why he decides to sign up for karate classes. The line is from the newly released first look at Bleec…

5 Tips on How to Direct a Chicken on Camera: ‘Embrace the Chaos’ (Guest Blog)

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I believe animals in film bring a sense of reality to the scene. They make us more conscious about the actions and decisions of our heroes.
There’s a beautiful scene in “Panic in Needle Park,” when Al Pacino and Kitty Winn play addict…

‘Vivarium’: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg Enter Sci-Fi Thriller; XYZ Selling – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are set to star in Vivarium, a sci-fi thriller from Without Name helmer Lorcan Finnegan. XYZ Films is exec producing and handling world sales which kick off in Cannes next week. Production starts in Ireland i…

Director Anders Walter took inspiration from 80s movies for I Kill Giants

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Writer Joe Kelly and illustrator Ken Niimura’s graphic novel I Kill Giants, a sprawling adventure about a loner kid named Barbara Thorson who retreats into a magical world to fight evil giants that may or may not all be in her head, is being adapted for the big screen. In the video above, director Anders Walter talks…

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The stars of I Kill Giants on why making movies for girls matters

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Writer Joe Kelly and illustrator Ken Niimura’s graphic novel I Kill Giants, a sprawling adventure about loner kid Barbara Thorson, who retreats into a magical world to fight evil giants that may or may not all be in her head, is being adapted for the big screen. In the video above, stars Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe,…

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‘Friday’s Child’ Filmmaker & Cast Tackle The Issue Of Foster Care Through A Visionary Lens — SXSW

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Actor Tye Sheridan is doing double duty at SXSW. Many might be pressing start for his role in the festival’s surprise screening of Ready Player One, but his other film, Friday’s Child directed by A.J. Edwards speaks more to the independent bend of the film fest with a story that focuses on a Sheridan’s Richie, an 18-year-old fresh out of foster care who becomes  a young drifter that turns to petty crime to survive and discovers an impossible love in an unlikely friend…

Imogen Poots Drama ‘Mobile Homes’ Gets U.S. Release With Dark Star – Berlin

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Imogen Poots’ drama Mobile Homes is heading to the U.S. after Dark Star Pictures acquired North American rights and set up a summer theatrical debut. The firm struck a deal with Mongrel International at EFM in Berlin for the border thriller, which is directed by Vladimir de Fontenay, based on his short film of the same name.
The film, which also stars Callum Turner, Callum Keith Rennie and Frank Oulton, is filmed in Niagra Falls and tells the story of the forgotten towns…

It’s one teen girl against huge monsters in the trailer for I Kill Giants

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Sometimes being a kid can feel like it’s just you against the entire world. In the case of the teenage protagonist of new film I Kill Giants, it’s not just the world that she’s fighting; it’s absolutely massive creatures that want to destroy her whole life.

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Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Art of Self-Defense’ Lands at Bleecker Street

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Bleecker Street has bought worldwide distribution rights to Riley Stearns’ dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola. Principal photography begins Monday in Kentucky. The film is written and directed by Stearns (“Faults”), and produced by End Cue. Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and… Read more »

Jesse Eisenberg Karate Comedy ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Sells to Bleecker Street

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Bleecker Street has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the dark comedy, “The Art of Self-Defense,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessando Nivola. The Riley Stearns film begins shooting today in Kentucky.

Eisenberg stars as a man attacked at random on the street, who trains in a local dojo as a means to defend himself from further harm. Nivola plays his coach.

There, he “uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hyper-masculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots),” according to Bleecker Street.

Stearns last film, “Faults,” starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead and received strong notices at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

Also Read: Jesse Eisenberg to Play Nazi-Fighting Mime in ‘Resistance’

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with an exciting filmmaker like Riley,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen in a statement. “Ever since we saw his work at Sundance and SXSW we knew we wanted to be in business with him and we can’t wait to bring his original and hilarious vision to audiences around the world.”

Stearns called “The Art of Self-Defense” a “very personal film that happens to have karate in it,” in a statement. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by actors, a crew, producers and a distributor like Bleecker Street who care as deeply about the project as I do,” he added.


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The film is produced by Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler and Walter Kortschak. Karpen is an Executive Producer on the film.

The deal was negotiated by Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street and Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street. CAA handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers.

Bleecker Street is premiering Andy Serkis’ directorial debut “Breathe” Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Cannes Facetime: Imogen Poots on Albee, ‘Mobile Homes’ and Roosters

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The British actress Imogen Poots recently seen in “Green Room” and “Roadies” will wrap her theater debut playing Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” before heading to Cannes with her film “Mobile Homes.” Directed by Vladimir de Fontenay, the movie casts Poots as a woman who drifts from place to place with her boyfriend… Read more »

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’: Theater Review

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Olivier winners Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star as the hosts from hell in this West End production of Edward Albee’s best known play, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’ arguably American theater’s richest examination of an unhappy more

Jena Friedman to Direct Comedy ‘Serial Dater’ With Imogen Poots, Timothy Simons

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Stand-up comedian and former “The Daily Show” producer Jena Friedman is to make her directorial debut with comedy “Serial Dater,” which stars Imogen Poots (“Green Room,” “Knight of Cups”), Timothy Simons (HBO’s “Veep”) and John Cho (“Star Trek” and “Harold and Kumar” franchises). WestEnd Films has started international sales in Berlin. The movie, which shoots… Read more »

Imogen Poots Becomes A ‘Serial Dater’ For Jena Friedman — Berlin

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EXCLUSIVE: Brit actress Imogen Poots is attached to star in romantic comedy Serial Dater, written and directed by comedian Jena Friedman. Timothy Simons, who’s best known for his role in HBO’s Veep, is also in talks for a role in the pic.
Molly Conners, who was an exec producer on Birdman and upcoming Tulip Fever, is producing with Amanda Bowers (Wish I Was Here) and Anders Bard (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly).
Story follows Jane, a career-driven 30 year-old surviving…

Film Review: ‘Frank & Lola’

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In the ’90s, the “Pulp Fiction” revolution inspired a whole lot of bad “Pulp Fiction” imitations, and it also brought forth a new wave of faux film noir — “stylish” low-budget indie thrillers that featured ceiling fans and light glaring through venetian blinds and ’40s-meets-’90s vamps in designer lipstick who strutted and posed like the… Read more »

Michael Shannon & Imogen Poots’ ‘Frank & Lola’ Gets December Release Date

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EXCLUSIVE: Frank & LolaMatthew M. Ross’ masterful feature directorial debut that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a December 9 theatrical release in 20-25 markets. Universal acquired the title out of the festival for $2 million, but Paladin is distributing through its partnership with Great Point Media, the company owned by Frank & Lola producer Robert Halmi Jr. owns.
Ross is a former Variety film reporter and Filmmaker editor, and he…