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‘Assassination Nation’ Sells to Neon and the Russo Bros. for $10 Million-Plus — Sundance 2018

A Salem, Massachusetts-set offering from Sundance’s Midnight section — “Assassination Nation” — surprised everyone by becoming the festival’s biggest buy thus far. Deadline reports that multiple distributors jockeyed overnight for the worldwide distribution rights to “The Wizard of Lies” co-screenwriter Sam Levinson’s second feature as a writer-director, with the top bid, from Neon and the Russo Bros.’ Agbo, coming in “north of $10 million.”

“Assassination Nation” is itale of four high school girls seeking payback — with guns, knives, and baseball bats — from a mysterious hacker circulating their compromising selfies and texts. Bidders hoped to capitalize on the current international dialogue towards female empowerment while tapping into the persistent threat of online predators.

Audiences cheered during the film’s trigger warning at the January 20 premiere. Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Bella Thorne, and Joel McHale star. In 2011, Levinson collected Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for “Another Happy Day.”

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Keira Knightley Delivers An Oscar Worthy Performance In Biopic ‘Colette’ [Sundance Review]

A real surprise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Wash Westmoreland‘s “Colette,” the movie is destined to be a crowd pleaser in the truest sense of the term. Focusing on Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the Parisian author responsible for her husband’s literary success, the film has a towering performance from Keira Knightley, who plays Colette with such warmth and fiery feminism, that it would be hard not to make woman’s past run parallel with today’s world.

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American Crime Story: Where Else Have You Seen Gianni Before?

While the entire cast of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story bear a striking resemblance to their onscreen counterparts (have you seen Penelope Cruz as Donatella?) the most convincing casting choice has to be Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace himself. If you've been wondering where you know this actor from but can't place him, that might be due to his incredible, almost unrecognizable transformation into the famed fashion designer. Ramírez entered the world of acting as a minor player, often playing very small roles in Spanish movies and television shows. He got his big break starring alongside Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke in Domino back in 2005. He also snagged supporting roles in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, and Zero Dark Thirty before moving on to bigger roles in like Ares in Wrath of the Titans and Mendoza in Deliver Us from Evil. Ramírez also starred in the short-lived miniseries Carlos.
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Sundance: ‘Assassination Nation’ Sells for More Than $10 Million

Sundance: ‘Assassination Nation’ Sells for More Than $10 Million
Neon and Agbo, two new film players, have inked the biggest deal of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, picking up global rights to “Assassination Nation” for more than $10 million.

The pact provides a jolt of energy to a moribund sales market. Neon, is just over a year old, and picked up several Oscar nominations on Tuesday for “I, Tonya.” Agbo, is the production company launched by “Captain America: Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Assassination Nation” debuted in Sundance’s Midnight section, a part of the festival usually reserved for horror films. It centers on four teenage girls in a small suburb who take up arms after their personal texts and sexually suggestive selfies are leaked by an anonymous hacker. The film had attracted a lot of attention with buyers heading into the festival because it was seen as providing a feminist take on the revenge genre.

Crowds embraced the picture, but critics
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Sasha Lane Discusses Her Gay Identity in ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ — Sundance 2018

Sasha Lane Discusses Her Gay Identity in ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ — Sundance 2018
Sasha Lane, who made waves for her assured and naturalistic performance in 2016’s “American Honey,” discussed her gay identity in an interview for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival. Lane was promoting the new Lgbt film “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which premiered Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. While Lane has been out as bisexual since 2015, she has never discussed her sexuality openly in the context of her career before.

In the film, Lane plays Jane, a teenager at a conversion therapy center, who befriends the titular main character, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. The story follows Cameron’s experience at the treatment facility after she is caught having an affair with a female classmate on prom night. Her religious parental guardians (her parents are dead) send her to conversion therapy against her will, where she meets other queer people for the first time.

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‘Burden’ Review: Garrett Hedlund’s Best Performance Anchors Searing True-Life Kkk Redemption Drama — Sundance 2018

‘Burden’ Review: Garrett Hedlund’s Best Performance Anchors Searing True-Life Kkk Redemption Drama — Sundance 2018
If Mike Burden didn’t actually exist, and writer and director Andrew Heckler created a fictional character, it wouldn’t work. But as it happens, Mike Burden was a Kkk member with a heart of gold who left the Klan because of the love of a good woman, eventually aligning himself with an African-American minister he was once prepared to assassinate, all while laboring mightily under the, get this, burden implied by his surname. It sounds too neat, too crazy, too scripted. But he is real, and so is Heckler’s decades-in-the-making biopic “Burden,” which isn’t neat, crazy, or too scripted.

Instead, what Heckler — a first-time filmmaker finally getting to make his passion project after nearly 20 years — offers is a hard-won redemption story that doesn’t cut corners and or look for easy answers. As Burden, Garrett Hedlund astonishes in a nuanced portrait of a man resistant to change,
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Sundance Deals: Keira Knightley-Starrer “Colette” and Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” Score Deals

“Colette”: Sundance

Sundance kicked off a few days ago and the business side of the Park City fest is just heating up. The largest indie fest in the U.S. is hosting the world premieres of 100 films, many of which are seeking distribution. Keira Knightley and Debra Granik’s latest offerings have both scored deals.

Described by Deadline as “the first major deal on the ground,” Bleecker Street and 30 West teamed up to buy the U.S. rights to Knightley-starrer “Colette.” The bidding started at $4 million, and with multiple parties interested, the period drama ended up going for mid-seven figures.

The pic sees two-time Oscar nominee Knightley playing “a young country woman who marries a famous literary entrepreneur in turn-of-the-century Paris,” the source writes. “At her husband’s request, Colette pens a series of bestselling novels published under his name.” Knightley has been receiving raves for her performance. Directed
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Sundance: John Cho’s ‘Search’ Sells to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Sundance: John Cho’s ‘Search’ Sells to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has nabbed global rights to “Search,” a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing.

The film follows a father’s search for his missing teenage daughter, primarily focusing on his online detective work. The clues he picks up are found on her laptop. The film is shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens — something that sounds gimmicky, but a creative choice that apparently resonated with buyers who were circling the project. The deal was for a sizable $5 million. That’s a hefty price considering that neither Cho nor Messing are box office draws.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has been active at this year’s festival, nabbing foreign rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” and Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace.” Otherwise, it’s been a slow market for Sundance debuts. Bleecker Street and 30West bought “Colette” with Keira Knightley, and studios are circling the likes of “Juliet, Naked” and “Blindspotting
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‘Colette’ Review: Keira Knightley Starts a Sexual Revolution in this Frothy French Biopic — Sundance 2018

‘Colette’ Review: Keira Knightley Starts a Sexual Revolution in this Frothy French Biopic — Sundance 2018
At first presenting itself as a tightly corseted “Big Eyes” set during the Belle Époque, “Colette” erupts into a fun, frothy, and unmistakably feminist biopic as soon as Keira Knightley and Dominic West start having sex with everyone in sight. Chronicling the strange, true story of turn-of-the-century Paris’ most popular writer, Wash Westmoreland’s handsomely mounted (ahem) costume drama may not share the revolutionary zeal of its namesake, but what it lacks in novelty it more than makes up for in diamond-encrusted turtles, frilly dresses worthy of Reynolds Woodcock, and the simple pleasures of a movie about a beautiful woman learning to chase her bliss.

The year is 1892, and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) is just another girl in the Burgundy countryside without a dowery. The locals refer to her as “the girl with the hair,” in part because of the epic braids on either side of her head, and in part
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Colette review – Keira Knightley is on top form in exhilarating literary biopic

The life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette makes for fascinating drama in a nuanced and inspiring film with a luminous central performance

No, not another biopic about a writer! Ugh, Keira Knightley’s in a corset again! Get all of that out of your system now because I’m here to tell you that Wash Westmoreland’s Colette is exhilarating, funny, inspiring and (remember: corsets!) gorgeous, too.

The first third of this story is pretty traditional. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) is a country girl waiting to get whisked away into marriage by the worldly literary “entrepreneur” known simply as Willy (Dominic West). When the new bride is presented at the salons, Parisian gossips are stunned. The notorious libertine Willy is to settle down?

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Keira Knightley Says Streaming Services Are Helping Create More Compelling Roles for Women in Film — Sundance 2018

Keira Knightley Says Streaming Services Are Helping Create More Compelling Roles for Women in Film — Sundance 2018
There’s no big secret as to why Keira Knightley keeps gravitating towards historical and period-set movies: they just happen to offer her the kind of roles she’s eager to sink her teeth into. Recently, the actress told Variety, “I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed.” For her, the “very inspiring” characters keep showing up in movies set decades, even centuries ago.

Such is the case with Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette,” which just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Knightley in the eponymous role of the trailblazing French author. But while “Colette” itself includes plenty of “modern” touches and ideas, Knightley is also enthused by what she sees as an uptick in better, beefier roles for women in modern-set movies.

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Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)

Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has nabbed U.K. rights to “Colette” out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The studio is planning a theatrical release for the historical biopic, which features Keira Knightley in the title role as the legendary French writer. The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the best-sellers she churns out, leading to a decisive confrontation.

After premiering to solid reviews on Saturday night, “Colette” locked a domestic distribution pact with 30West and Bleecker Street. The two companies are eyeing a stateside theatrical debut at some point in 2018.

Knightley’s performance as the bisexual novelist is the film’s highlight with some even speculating it could land the two-time Oscar nominee back in the awards hunt.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her #MeToo Moment at Sundance

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in on the joke.

The Supreme Court justice told NPR’s Nina Totenberg during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday that she’s a big fan of Kate McKinnon, the comedian who parodies the jurist on SNL as a vitamin swigging, Hgh-taking progressive icon determined to outlast the Trump administration.

“I would like to say ‘Ginsburged’ sometimes to my colleagues,” Ginsburg said to loud applause, referencing McKinnon’s tag-line. “I liked the actress who portrayed me.”

Even at Sundance, where the likes of Keira Knightley and Jake Gyllenhaal can be seen walking around the snow-covered town, there’s no bigger star than Ginsburg. Crowds waited hours to see her speak this morning, and there’s a reason. A cottage industry has grown up around the 84-year-old justice, from comic books to coffee mugs, all bearing the nickname “The Notorious Rbg.” Asked about what her fellow justices think about her celebrity
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'Colette' starring Keira Knightley sells to Bleecker Street, 30West at Sundance (update)

Slamdance opener Pick Of The Litter sparks interest for Submarine.

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January 21 Update: Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a mid-seven-figure Us deal as the first major on-site deal in Park City closed in the small hours of Sunday following Saturday night’s world premiere.

CAA and Endeavor Content handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers and fielded interest from Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight. The Premieres selection from Number 9 Films, Killer Films and Bold Films stars Knightley as the titular French author and had been a hot ticket for buyers.

Westmoreland directs and shares a writing credit with his late husband and collaborator Richard Glatzer (who died in 2015) and Rebecca Lemkowicz. HanWay Films represents international rights.

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace sold to Spwa in an international deal after it delivered a stirring debut on Saturday and plays again
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'Colette' sells to Bleecker Street, 30West at Sundance (update)

Slamdance opener Pick Of The Litter sparks interest for Submarine.

January 21 Update: Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a mid-seven-figure Us deal as the first major on-site deal in Park City closed in the small hours of Sunday following Saturday night’s world premiere.

CAA and Endeavor Content handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers and fielded interest from Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight. The Premieres selection from Number 9 Films, Killer Films and Bold Films stars Knightley as the titular French author and had been a hot ticket for buyers.

Colette: Review

Westmoreland directs and shares a writing credit with his late husband and collaborator Richard Glatzer (who died in 2015) and Rebecca Lemkowicz. HanWay Films represents international rights.

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace sold to Spwa in an international deal after it delivered a stirring debut on Saturday and plays again
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'Colette' sells to Bleecker Street, 30West at Sundance

Slamdance opener Pick Of The Litter sparks interest for Submarine.

January 21 Update: Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a mid-seven-figure Us deal as the first major on-site deal in Park City closed in the small hours of Sunday following Saturday night’s world premiere.

CAA and Endeavor Content handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers and fielded interest from Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight. The Premieres selection from Number 9 Films, Killer Films and Bold Films stars Knightley as the titular French author and had been a hot ticket for buyers.

Colette: Review

Westmoreland directs and shares a writing credit with his late husband and collaborator Richard Glatzer (who died in 2015) and Rebecca Lemkowicz. HanWay Films represents international rights.

Meanwhile Carlos López Estrada’s buddy comedy Blindspotting is heating up with insiders talking of an imminent deal, as buyers continue to pursue American Animals and Sorry To
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Keira Knightley’s ‘Colette’ Sells to Bleecker Street and 30West

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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. Also Read: Keira Knightley...
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Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street

Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street and 30West have partnered to buy “Colette,” a drama about the famous French writer that stars Keira Knightley following the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The deal is said to be in the mid-seven figures. The companies are said to be eyeing a traditional theatrical release at some point in 2018. It marks the first significant acquisition of this year’s festival — a market that’s been moving at a glacial pace with buyers complaining that the slate is arty and lacking in commercial heft.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough. It was directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the novels.

In a largely favorable review, Variety’s [link
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Keira Knightley-Starrer ‘Colette’ In First Big Sundance Deal: Bleecker Street & 30West Team For U.S. Rights

Keira Knightley-Starrer ‘Colette’ In First Big Sundance Deal: Bleecker Street & 30West Team For U.S. Rights
Exclusive: In the first major deal on the ground at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street and 30West teamed on a mid-seven figure U.S. rights pact for Colette, the Wash Westmoreland-directed film that stars Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, and Aiysha Hart. Word in Sundance was that the filmmakers started the bidding looking for $4 million, this after a rousing Eccles Theater premiere at 6:30 Saturday. Multiple bidders…
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Colette’

As much as we romanticize Belle Époque Paris, the City of Light was not so enlightened when it came to women’s rights at the turn of the 20th century. Their fortunes nearly always depended on marriage, or else being “kept” by wealthy men; they were forbidden from wearing pants and could be arrested for being seen in public dressed in men’s clothes; and as pseudonymous literary sensation “George Sand” demonstrated, they were discouraged from writing and publishing, under their own names at least.

And yet, that was the Paris into which Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was whisked upon marrying Henry Gauthier-Villars, Aka “Willy,” a popular author and critic who pushed her write, then took credit for her wildly successful “Claudine” stories. Less stuffy literary biopic than ever-relevant female-empowerment saga, “Colette” ranks as one of the great rolse for which Keira Knightley will be remembered. While hardly the first English-language feature to go behind the famous French byline
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