Too many independents?

Posted by · 4:38 pm · October 21st, 2008

I know I’m just one of many who have been concerned about the future of independent film, following the closing in quick succession of Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures, and the incorporation of Paramount Vantage into the main body of the studio. Someone who has a different perspective on matters, however, is Miramax head Daniel […]

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The long journey to Searchlight for Boyle’s ‘Slumdog’

Posted by · 8:37 am · September 18th, 2008

The Envelope’s John Horn does a wonderful job today of reporting on the long, winding road home for director Danny Boyle and his festival hit “Slumdog Millionaire.”  Fox Searchlight has handled the domestic distribution of most of the director’s titles, but “Slumdog” had to face some trials and tribulations to get there. Here’s a taste: […]

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Warner ventures into the arthouse with ‘Chanel’

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 27th, 2008

Well, if nothing else, 2009’s Best Costume Design award is forespoken. Screen Daily reports that Warner Brothers is beginning production next month on “Coco Before Chanel,” a French-language biopic of the iconic fashion designer. Warner will distribute the film internationally next year. Audrey Tautou will play Chanel (presumably after flipping a coin with Marion Cotillard), […]

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Israel leaves Vantage: “It’s not the same company”

Posted by · 8:20 am · July 16th, 2008

This strikes me as very bad news indeed. Amy Israel, head of acquisition and production at Paramount Vantage, has been shown the exit. You’d think overseeing the production of such titles as “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood,” and acquiring, among others, “An Inconvenient Truth,” would count for something. Apparently not. […]

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Time Warner weeds out indie filmmaking

Posted by · 11:38 am · May 8th, 2008

The news that Time Warner is phasing out Picturehouse Entertainment and Warner Independent Pictures was a bit upsetting this morning, I have to say. WIP may not have hit any major strides (though a Best Picture nominee one year after it became a brand wasn’t too shabby), but I believe Bob Berney had built something […]

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REVIEW: “The Painted Veil” (***1/2)

Posted by · 5:17 pm · November 11th, 2006

Romance seems to be the theme that sparks the most diverse reaction from the artistic community, filmmakers in particular.  There are various methods and structures utilized to tell tales of the elusiveness of love, and new, fresh takes on this binding structure of human interaction come into the cinematic arena every year. Some audiences prefer […]

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