Gallery Update: HQ screencaps of Allen in In Fear have been added to the gallery.
I cannot with this man.
EXCLUSIVE: In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imititation Game, the Black List script that Morten Tyldum is directing with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Keira Knightley also stars in a film that will be shaped as a major release for the next awards season.
CAA brokered this deal based on a promo reel that had five bidders going after it hard before TWC just took it off the table, with the feeling that it has one of its major Oscar hopefuls for the next race. TWC currently has Philomena in the Best Picture race that will be decided next month.
Compared to the small sales of Sundance, this is a whopper and Harvey and Bob Weinstein and their team headed by COO David Glasser. They bested five competitors that sparked to a 15-minute compilation of scenes on a picture that has just gone into post-production. The film also stars Mark Strong and Matthew Goode, and it’s produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman. It was Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures label that took the risk on the film after Warner Bros let it go. The TWC acquisition team of Robert Wallach, Negeen Yazdi and Dan Guando chased this script for a year.
While the temptation is to liken this to TWC’s last period Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, Turing’s tale doesn’t end happy. After WWII, Turing was rewarded for his heroism by being prosecuted for being a homosexual. Disgraced and forced to choose chemical castration or else imprisonment, he eventually took his own life.
Harvey Weinstein confirmed the deal and said he was blown away by the footage. It was the same sum that TWC paid the last time there was a title with this much heat, when the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life? sold at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. That one also has Knightley starring.
“Teddy Schwarzman and Morten Tyldum took a script that Bob and I loved but were worried about its tone because if you got it wrong one inch to the left or one inch to the right, you would have major problems,” Weinstein told me. “These guys got it so perfect, they did a better job than I ever could have. Benedict is unbelievable, and this is going to be a big year for Keira. Between this and Can A Song Save Your Life? she is going to be a major star. We look at this as a major release and we’re thrilled to have it.”
Anchor Bay Films will release In Fear to Blu-ray and DVD on March 11th, but early theatrical engagements have been announced for Los Angeles and New York City:
“In Fear, the critically acclaimed international sensation and feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, makes its U.S. theatrical debut on March 7th, in exclusive engagements in New York at the Quad Cinemas and in Los Angeles at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas.
Produced by Nira Park (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
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Gallery Update: Over 90 HQ pictures (and more to come) from last night’s season four screening of “Downton Abbey,”are now up on the gallery.
Mulberry Presents A Christmas Carol With Allen Leech
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Gallery Update: Screencaps of the missing scenes from 3x07 and 3x08 released in the German iTunes downloads of Downton Abbey have been added to the gallery.
Missing Sybbie, Tom and Cora scene from the German iTunes version of 3x07. Thanks again to andorra97 for uploadng the ep and translating for us.
CORA: Hm, Sybbie, my darling. I think she knows her name already.
TOM: Sybbie? Not Sybil?
CORA: The same but yet not the same. Mary told me it’s all arranged for the christening. May we come?
TOM: If you wish. I just thought Lord Grantham would feel uncomfortable.
CORA: Nurse, I think it is time for our bath.
The nurse picks up the baby.
CORA (CONTD): We must not give the servants too much reason to talk. Do you have other plans, too?
TOM: My brother’s coming here for the christening. He wrote that he’s going to move to Liverpool. And I shall work in his business.
CORA: When will he arrive?
TOM: The day before the christening. Mary wants him to stay here, but I don’t think that’s such a good idea.
CORA: She didn’t mention it.
TOM: Maybe it was meant as a surprise?
Missing Tom scenes/lines from the German iTunes version of 3x08. Again, huge thanks to andorra97 for downloading this for us. Not really much here at all. I’m not good enough to translate the conversation with Cora (I’m sure someone will…?) but at the cricket match he just asks if Mrs Hughes knows where Sybbie is and Mrs Hughes replies she saw her with Lady Mary.
Scene Cora, Robert, Tom
ROBERT: Matthew has some ghastly plan for the estate and Tom is too scared to tell me. I need a drink.
CORA: Is that the brilliant plan?
TOM: Yes. And it will be successful.
CORA: Good. Well done. You must be happy.
TOM: I am happy. But I’m afraid Lord Grantham will be angry that we went this far without consulting him first.
CORA: You should understand his point of view. Did you start preparing your moving?
TOM: Not really. Not yet.
CORA: I wish so much that you don’t move out. Are you sure that is what you want? You two alone in an empty house?
TOM (looking over to Lord Grantham): Yes, I think it will be best.
Scene Mrs Hughes, Tom, Thomas
TOM: Do you know where Sybil is?
MRS HUGHES: Oh, I saw her with Lady Mary.