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Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Picked Up, Sequel In The Works & More TIFF Acquistions

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 10:58 AM
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The feeding frenzy that is the backstage wheeling-and-dealing at a major film festival has come to Toronto, and bobbing up from the churning waters are a number of intriguing bodies... We hear from our friends at Hitfix that CBS Films has nabbed “The F Word,” not (sadly?) the feature-length Gordon Ramsay movie we've all been waiting for, but rather a “(500) Days of Summer”-esque rom-com, starring Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe, and word around the fest has been pretty positive by those who've seen it. It's directed by Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight") and also features Rafe Spall and “Girls” star Adam Driver.

Casting: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Jean Dujardin & More Sign Up For New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's been a flurry of actors signing onto projects in recent days, with indie projects, tentpoles and European productions all in the mix, here's a quick rundown of who signed onto what.

'Jobs' With Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs Opens On April 19th, 37th Anniversary Of The Founding Of Apple

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 3:53 PM
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While Park City is already starting to empty, don't be fooled, as there are plenty more films to come before things wrap up. And one that many are curious about is "Jobs," the biopic of Steve Jobs with Ashton Kutcher in the lead that premieres as the closing night entry of the Sundance Film Festival. But if you're eager to see it soon, you won't have to wait too long.

You'll Get To See Ashton Kutcher Play Steve 'Jobs' In Theaters This Spring

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 4, 2013 5:01 PM
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The annals of cinema history have seen many a pair of dueling projects treading over the same ground -- think about the two Truman Capote biopics a few years ago, or the dueling Alfred Hitchcock flicks this past fall. And after the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, two projects have joined that storied history. Whereas one has been moving at a slow and steady pace (the Aaron Sorkin-scripted and sure to be higher-budgeted film), the other, lower-budget and Ashton Kutcher-starring film, “Jobs,” has already been completed and is set for a closing night bow at Sundance. In fact, Deadline is reporting that the latter film now has a distribution deal in place with Open Road.

Open Road Picks Up 'Machete Kills' For 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 7:06 PM
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With "Killer Elite," "The Grey," "Lockout" and "End Of Watch" among the titles of the nascent distributors Open Road, it's safe to say they specialize in a particular niche. Low to modest budget genre fare with a touch of star or brand power (ie. "Silent Hill"). And now they've picked up a project that has both.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & David Ayer Team For Thriller 'Ten'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 3:25 PM
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Well, he's back and Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to pile on the movie projects while old dudes blowing stuff up continues to be make money. He's got "The Expendables 2" coming this summer, "The Last Stand" and "The Tomb" looking set for 2013 and now he's tossing another movie on the slate.

Steven Soderbergh's 'The Bitter Pill' With Rooney Mara, Jude Law & Channing Tatum Set For February 8, 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 2:25 PM
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When we spoke to Steven Soderbergh back in January, he indicated that he was aiming for a March 2013 release for his upcoming "The Bitter Pill" and it looks like at the very least, he got the first frame date he was looking for.

Open Road Films Picks Up David Ayer's Cop-Drama 'End Of Watch' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 24, 2012 11:43 AM
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After the box office success of Joe Carnahan's "The Grey" starring Liam Neeson, it looks like distribution shingle Open Road Films has a bit of cash to splash now reportedly in final negotiations to acquire David Ayer's third directorial effort in cop-drama "End Of Watch."

Weekend Box Office: 'The Grey' Sees Green, While Audiences Stay Away From The 'Ledge'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 29, 2012 12:14 PM
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Good ole’ dependable Liam Neeson. This is the third straight early-year period where the character actor turned badass leading man has scored a number one hit. While “The Grey” couldn’t pull in the same numbers as “Taken” or “Unknown,” it did top $20 million. Not a bad figure considering this was a much less commercial beast, with an R-rating, and it’s arguable that few leading men could have gotten a man-vs.-wilderness drama into an eight figure debut. This is distributor Open Road’s second ever release. Their first, last year’s “Killer Elite,” seemed like a surefire commercial proposition, but it pulled in half of what “The Grey” is looking to make on this opening weekend. You could argue this was a bait and switch, as the ads centered around spoiling, and misinterpreting, the film’s ending -- Cinemascore was a not-entirely-kind B-. But everyone got the opening they wanted -- this puts Open Road on the map, it gets Joe Carnahan out of Director Jail following “The A-Team” and it continues Neeson’s winning streak. Also worth noting: throughout each week in 2012 so far, the number one slot at the box office has been filled by R-rated fare.

'Underworld: Awakening' Taking Up Screens Prevented Steven Soderbergh From Prepping IMAX Version Of 'Haywire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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You might not remember, but back when Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller "Contagion" hit theaters last fall, it also landed on over 250 IMAX screens. While the director has dabbled in many genres and styles over the years, we would've thought IMAX might prove to be more of a gimmick than an aesthetic he would pursue. But talking recently with the AV Club, Soderbergh admits he too was surprised to be taken with the format, calling the "Contagion" IMAX edition "awesome."

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