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

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 in July. Poots will play a young woman who, along with her fiancé (Eisenberg), is in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple becomes trapped…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

“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

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 »

‘Mobile Homes’ Poster: Imogen Poots Searches For a Better Life in Vladimir de Fontenay’s Directors’ Fortnight Premiere

Four years in the making, French filmmaker Vladimir de Fontenay is finally ready to bring the full force of his award-winning vision to the big screen, thanks to the Directors’ Fortnight premiere of his “Mobile Homes.” Based on his lauded short of the same name (which screened at both the SXSW Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in 2013, later going on to receive first prize at the Wasserman Awards, NYU Graduate Film School’s top honor, as well as a National Board of Review award), de Fonetnay’s film will bow later this week at Cannes.

Per the film’s official synopsis, “In forgotten towns along the American border, a young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.”

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The film stars Imogen Poots as the young mother, with Callum Turner and Callum Keith Rennie both playing supporting parts (what are the odds of that?).

In his official director’s statement, de Fontenay explains the personal experience that informed his creation of both the feature and the short, writing, “A few years ago, I was driving through upstate New York and was passed by a mobile home, towed by a massive truck. On the surface it had the appearance of a home, but below there was nothing to ground it. Moving a lot as a young adult, from France to Italy and then to the US (where I lived and studied), that image immediately resonated with me: it symbolized my fear of becoming uprooted, both free and trapped in something in movement, ungrounded and fragile.”

He continued, “I made a short film about a young mother escaping the dangers of her livelihood with her son in a moving mobile home. I cared deeply about the characters, wondering what was going to happen to them after the film ended. I went back to that image of the mobile home in transit and to this mother/son relationship. I started exploring their life through a feature film. The mobile home itself is emblematic of the development of the characters through their changing relationship to it. It seems particularly relevant to me.”

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“Mobile Homes” is premiering in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section later this week, with a world premiere date set for May 21.

Check out our exclusive poster for “Mobile Homes” below, which puts both Poots and her struggle at its center.

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


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 marriage.

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

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

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’

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 »

‘Frank & Lola’ Trailer: Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots Began a Seductive and Deceptive Affair

Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots have a sizzling chemistry in Matthew Ross’ directorial debut “Frank & Lola.” The alluring, romantic noir turned psychosexual drama tells the tale of love, obsession, betrayal, revenge and redemption.

Set in Las Vegas and Paris, Shannon stars as Frank, an up-and-coming chef who falls for Lola (Poots), an aspiring fashion designer. The two meet at defining moments in their life and began a passionate relationship — seemingly everything Frank has always wanted. His happiness is short-lived when a man from Lola’s past returns, forcing him to question everything about her. Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos, Rosanna Arquette co-star.

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The thriller premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and became one of the hottest titles there. Shortly after, Universal picked up a majority of worldwide distribution rights.

Shannon can next be seen in “Loving,” out November 4, and in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” set to be released on December 9. He will also star in “Horse Soldiers” opposite Chris Hemsworth and “The Current War” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult.

Poots was last seen in the short-lived Cameron Crowe series “Roadies” and has a number of films in the works including “Sweet Virginia,” “The Sleeping Shepherd” and “I Kill Giants.”

READ MORE: Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Horse Soldiers’

“Frank & Lola” will be released in limited theaters via Paladin on December 9, with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment debuting the film on digital HD and on demand that same day.

Check out the trailer and new poster below.

Frank&Lola Trailer from Paladin on Vimeo.

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

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…