‘Green Book’ Drives Past $200M Worldwide; Oscar Winner At $27M In China

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Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book has driven past $200M global. The Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures film from director Peter Farrelly hit the milestone with Wednesday’s updated grosses. That includes $77.3M domestically via Universal…

‘Roma’ Secures China Arthouse Release In Bumper Year For Oscar Winners

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While awards season drew to a close in the U.S. nearly two weeks ago, it’s evidently still open season in China. After Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book’s stunning debut at Middle Kingdom turnstiles last weekend, and amid news that four-time A…

‘Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón On Redefining Cinema In A Netflix Age & Lamenting Negative Oscar Campaigns

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What is cinema? It’s a question Alfonso Cuarón has been compelled to answer for as long as he has been making films. Is it a grand theatrical presentation, carefully calibrated and shielded from a home entertainment audience for the longest time possib…

Netflix Acquiring Sundance Documentary ‘American Factory’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Sundance deals keep coming, heading into the festival’s closing awards. Netflix is on the verge of making its second Sundance deal, acquiring world rights on American Factory, the film that is directed by Steven Bognar & Julia …

Participant Media Ups Trio Of Execs

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EXCLUSIVE: After finishing a year in which it backed awards bait films Roma, Green Book, RBG and America To Me, and starting 2019 with American Factory and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind premiering here at Sundance, Participant Media has elevated three…

Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins Join Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ DuPont Drama

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Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins have joined the cast of the new untitled movie from Todd Haynes, an environmental drama about the chemical company DuPont, Participant Media announced Wednesday.

Mark Ruffalo is starring and producing the film.

Hathaway and Robbins join the feature based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.” Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman also joined the cast of the film directed by Haynes from a script written by Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa.

Production of the film will begin next week in Cincinnati, and it centers around Robert Bilott (Ruffalo), a corporate defense attorney who took on an environmental suit against DuPont. The suit would ultimately expose a decades-long history of chemical pollution.

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Ruffalo will produce the film, with Killer Films’ Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce, along with Michael Sledd. Bilott will serve as a consultant on the film, with Participant’s Robert Kessel overseeing development and production on behalf of the company. Participant also has optioned the life rights of Bilott.

Hathaway in 2019 will be seen opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Serenity” and opposite Rebel Wilson in the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake “The Hustle.” Robbins was last seen in the HBO series “Here and Now.”

Hathaway is represented by CAA. Robbins and Pullman are represented by ICM. Ruffalo and Harper are represented by UTA. Garber is represented by Industry Entertainment. Camp and Winningham are represented by Innovative Artists. Jackson Harper is repped by AC Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

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Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, More Join Mark Ruffalo In Todd Haynes-Participant Drama About DuPont Pollution Scandal

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Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins will star alongside Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal, we can reveal.
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Alfonso Cuaron On ‘Roma’s Foreign Language Golden Globe Win: “Cinema Allows Us To Tear Down Walls”

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“Cinema at its best allows us to tear down walls and builds bridges to other cultures,” said Alfonso Cuaron in a timely and graceful speech this evening as he accepted the Golden Globe for his Best Foreign Language Film winner Roma. With th…

Mark Ruffalo To Star In Participant Media’s Todd Haynes Pic About DuPont Pollution Scandal

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Three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) will star in Participant Media’s upcoming feature about the lawyer who took on chemical company DuPont, I can reveal.
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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Joins BBC’s ‘Noughts & Crosses’ Series (EXCLUSIVE)

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Participant Media have joined the eagerly anticipated TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s popular novel series “Noughts & Crosses.” Roc Nation will handle the soundtrack for the show, which is set in an alternate world where …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Drama ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Open AFI Fest 2018

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“On the Basis of Sex,” the drama that tells the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will open the 2018 AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced Tuesday.

The film will have its world premiere at the festival’s opening night gala that is taking place at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 8. AFI Fest will run until Nov. 15.

Felicity Jones stars as Ginsburg, and Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates also star. Mimi Leder directs while Daniel Stiepleman wrote the screenplay.

See Video: Felicity Jones Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg in First Trailer for ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Robert Cort will produce, while Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce.

“AFI was founded to celebrate excellence in the art form and to ensure it for future generations,” said Bob Gazzale, president & CEO of AFI. “‘On the Basis of Sex’ brings these dual mandates together as one — a story essential to our times and a triumph for one of the first female directors at the AFI Conservatory.  It’s our honor to shine a proper light upon Mimi and this landmark film.”

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Leder added, “As one of the first women ever admitted to the AFI Conservatory, it’s particularly meaningful to me that ‘On the Basis of Sex’ will open AFI Fest 2018. My time at the Conservatory was a life-changing experience and informed my creative journey. I am forever grateful. The origin story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in this 25th anniversary year of her appointment to the Supreme Court, couldn’t come at a more important moment in our history nor be shown at a more relevant place than AFI Fest, a symbol of artistic integrity and the enduring power of cinema. I hope girls and young women in particular will see the film and find inspiration to realize their own unlimited potential.”

“On the Basis of Sex” follows the young Ginsburg as she teams up with her husband Marty (Hammer) to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals, hoping to overturn gender discrimination.

The drama will be released on Dec. 25, just in time for Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.

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‘Captive State’ Trailer: Everything Seems Just Fine Here

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Venice: Participant Launches ‘Aquarela’ Sales; ‘Price of Free’ Goes to YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)

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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ to Screen as New York Film Festival Centerpiece

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“Roma,” the latest film from Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón, will screen as the centerpiece of this year’s New York Film Festival.
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Focus Features Changes Dates For ‘Boy Erased’ & ‘On The Basis Of Sex’ In The Fall-Holiday Window

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Focus Features is pushing Anonymous Content’s Boy Erased from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2, a prime release date for awards season bait, while moving Participant Media’s On the Basis of Sex from Nov.  9 to Dec. 25, limited, also an awards launch time.
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Participant Media Names Nicole Quenqua SVP of Communications

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Participant Media has named Nicole Quenqua, formerly head of publicity for The Weinstein Company, as its new senior vice president of communications.

Quenqua will make the move from TWC’s offices in New York to Participant’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will lead and supervise entertainment publicity, events and corporate communications for the social issue-oriented studio. Quenqua will report to Christina Kounelias, executive vice president, worldwide marketing.

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Nicole has excellent and relevant experience driving the PR campaigns of some of the most prominent and influential films of the last decade,” said Kounelias in a statement made Wednesday. “Her passion and expertise for creating and capturing cultural moments will be invaluable to Participant as we continue to tap into new ways to inspire action–all tied to storytelling that inspires, empowers and connects audiences around the world.”

Quenqua’s move comes roughly a month after The Weinstein Company’s assets were purchased for $310 million by Lantern Capital, saving the studio from filing for bankruptcy. Prior to the sale, Quenqua spearheaded the publicity campaigns for many of TWC’s Oscar-winning films during her seven-year tenure there, including “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Django Unchained.”

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Prior to TWC, Quenqua was a VP at Rubenstein Communications for three years following her role as a senior publicist at Focus Features. She started her career working at Disney and MGM.

“I am extremely excited to join a company whose mission and content invites audiences to actively participate in helping create a better world. I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life and career–re-locating to sunny Southern California–and working with such a dedicated team of professionals,” said Quenqua.

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