– Chance the Rapper was there, so that made it ultra-cool. But the debut showing of the documentary ‘‘Shot in the Dark’’ at the Studio Movie Grill in Chatham on Monday night needed no one, no celebrity, no executive producer (as Chance is, along with Dwyane Wade), no crowd, no nothing to display itself as one of the most moving, exciting, emotionally riveting films about sports and inner-city life that has been made in, well, in the 23 years since Steve James’ iconic ‘‘Hoop Dreams’’ blew us out of the water.
– NYT Critic’s Pick – Dashed hopes, breathless victories and painful regrets make up “Shot in the Dark,” a documentary that has the rhythm of some spare yet deeply felt street poetry.
EXCLUSIVE: Series Kicks Off with “89 Blocks”, Executive Produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Followed by “Shot in the Dark”, Executive Produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper.
– EXCLUSIVE: Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have dated their Sundance Film Festival acquisition Juliet, Naked for release. The film will bow in a limited August 17 release, followed by a national release August 31, the long Labor Day weekend.
– Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. rights from Los Angeles Media Fund to Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedy “Juliet, Naked,” starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd.
– A winning tale of love and fan worship stars Ethan Hawke as a vanished indie rocker and Rose Byrne as the lonely heart he helps bring back to life.
– It was more than 20 years ago, but Jesse Peretz has no trouble remembering his first film at Sundance.
– Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and Paul Dano are among the actors-turned-directors at this year’s festival, which is jam-packed with hot acquisitions titles.
– EXCLUSIVE: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd are in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Juliet, Naked. Tamara Jenkins, who wrote The Savages, and Sideways writer Jim Taylor, have adapted the script from Hornby’s book, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.
– EXCLUSIVE: The director of Our Idiot Brother will direct Juliet, Naked based on the Nick Hornby novel in a project backed by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman’s fledgling producer-financier Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF).
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Step Sisters, the Charles Stone III-directed sorority comedy that had been in the works at Broad Green Pictures. That company had planned a March theatrical release for the pic, but in August said it was shuttering its production division, with about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Media Fund has signed a first-look deal with London-based company Who’s On First to produce film and TV projects primarily in the comedy space.
– EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling U.K.-based film producer Who’s On First has teed up its second feature, “The Exchange,” a Canada-set comedy from Tim Long, a writer and executive producer on “The Simpsons.”
– EXCLUSIVE: London-based Roughcut TV is backing Who’s On First, a new feature film production shingle that’s a joint venture between Roughcut’s former head of comedy Dan Hine and managing director Ash Atalla. The focus will be on mainstream comedies and dramedies with full funding for the development of its first feature, & Mrs, secured via the Los Angeles Media Fund.
– EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Media Fund has acquired rights to Ursula K. Le Guin’s iconic 1966 sci-fi novella Planet Of Exile which will be adapted by Daniel Stiepleman. LAMF’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman will produce alongside producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Downsizing) from Gran Via Productions. Stiepleman wrote the 2014 Black List script On The Basis Of Sex about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years; that one goes into production this summer.
– EXCLUSIVE: STX Entertainment has wrapped principal photography on their interplanetary adventure The Space Between Us, it was announced today by Oren Aviv, President of STX Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.
– EXCLUSIVE: STX Entertainment just added another project to its slate — the horror film The Bye Bye Man, which is based on the short story The Bridge To Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck. The project is being directed by Stacy Title (The Last Supper). STX will be co-financing, marketing and distributing on a worldwide basis and will go sometime in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Los Angeles Media Fund is also co-financing and is co‐producing with Intrepid Pictures. The budget is said to be around $6M.
– EXCLUSIVE: Horror film The Bye Bye Man has rounded out its cast, adding Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway, along with Cleo King, Jenna Kanell, and Erica Tremblay. They join Doug Jones, Michael Trucco, and previously-announced leads Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, and Lucien Laviscount.
– EXCLUSIVE: Alexandros Avranas’ film is based on the true story of a homicide investigation of a slain business man and the novelist eventually convicted of the murder.
– EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Alexandros Avranas’ True Crime starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Written by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland), True Crimes is based on a New Yorker article about the homicide investigation of a slain business man and the novelist eventually convicted of the murder. Saban has yet to set a theatrical release date.
– EXCLUSIVE: Jim Carrey is in talks to star in the indie drama “True Crime.” Based on the New Yorker article by David Grann, the story follows a murder investigation that turns to clues found in a book about an eerily similar crime. Alexandros Avranas is directing; Brett Ratner and John Cheng are producing with David Gerson (“Skiptrace”), while “Ida” producer Ewa Puszczynska will serve as co-producer. Jeremy Brock penned the script.