Smit-McPhee and Jenkins in ‘Let the Right One In’ remake

Posted by · 2:47 pm · October 1st, 2009

Word just in from Overture Films that Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”), Richard Jenkins (Oscar-nominated this year for “The Visitor”) and Chloe Moretz (I profess ignorance) are to headline “Let Me In,” the forthcoming and unwelcome (in these parts, anyway) U.S. remake of last year’s arthouse sensation “Let the Right One In.” The presence of Jenkins […]

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‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ to 2010

Posted by · 8:35 am · September 30th, 2009

I just noticed the fine print on an invite today that stated “Brooklyn’s Finest,” recently acquired by Overture Films after Senator Entertainment had to give it up, has been slated for a Spring 2010 release. The film first landed at Sundance and had its champions there.  In particular, I’ve been hearing a lead actor push […]

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Hirsch to join long line of movie Hamlets

Posted by · 5:28 pm · June 3rd, 2009

With three major film adaptations in the latest two decades alone, I wouldn’t have thought “Hamlet” was crying out for another big-screen treatment, but apparently I was wrong. (What’s wrong with Shakespeare’s other plays? Not too shabby, some of ’em.) Anyway, news came yesterday that Catherine Hardwicke is to helm the latest outing for the […]

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Overture Films sets release date for Michael Moore’s latest

Posted by · 4:06 pm · May 21st, 2009

Totally beside the point, but the first thing I thought when this press release popped up into my inbox was how happy I am to see studios like Overture and Summit succeeding in what has too long been an industry run by the big guns.  I miss the days when an October Films could get […]

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Overture gets Clooney’s ‘Goats’

Posted by · 9:38 am · May 19th, 2009

This strikes me as quite a coup for Overture Films, the young indie outfit that recently made their presence felt with a hard-won Oscar nod for “The Visitor.” In the biggest Cannes acquisition so far, Overture has nabbed the U.S. rights to Grant Heslov’s “Men Who Stare at Goats.” The film, a political satire from […]

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And the Oscar for Cutest Swag goes to…

Posted by · 7:47 am · December 4th, 2008

… Overture Films, for this miniature djembe drum sent all the way from Beverly Hills to London to promote “The Visitor.” Well, it made me smile. Incidentally, the soundtrack — by Oscar-winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek — is really rather lovely.

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REVIEW: “Last Chance Harvey” (***)

Posted by · 7:42 am · November 9th, 2008

Remember “Falling in Love?” I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t. A modest join-the-dots 1984 romantic drama charting the will-they-won’t-they courtship between two married New York commuters, it should never have gone beyond the dimensions of a TV screen… …but for the fact that the two commuters happened to be played by Robert De Niro […]

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A slew of new awards sites go live

Posted by · 5:51 am · October 31st, 2008

Take your pick: Fox Searchlight Overture Films Warner Bros. Walt Disney The Weinstein Company Yari Film Group

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9/27 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:24 am · September 27th, 2008

• Anne Thompson reports that Paramount Vantage will officially debut the “Revolutionary Road” trailer on Sunday’s episode of “Mad Men.”  Very smart. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The toughest journalist gigs in cinema. [Time Out] • In the introductory post of his long in the works awards blog (welcome to the fray), Pete Hammond bangs the […]

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