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Another Twist In 'The Tree Of Life' U.K. Release Saga As Legal Battle Kicks Off

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2011 12:57 PM
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A brief addendum to our piece yesterday on the story behind the surprise announcement of a U.K. release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" before its mooted Cannes debut -- and it's another twist in what's turned out to be one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes business stories of the year. Icon Film Distribution Ltd, who've been set to distribute the film in the U.K. for some time, announced a May 4th release at the start of the week, something firmly denied by the film's U.S. distributors Fox Searchlight, and others close to the film.

What In The Name of Jessica Chastain Is Going On With 'The Tree of Life' And Its U.K. Release Date?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Probably the biggest controversy of the week (despite the efforts of Disney and Jennifer Garner) has come over "The Tree of Life," the latest film from Terrence Malick that has been whipping up near-religious levels of anticipation in film fans everywhere, ourselves included. The film was all-but-confirmed to be playing Cannes last week, something that's been rumored ever since Fox Searchlight announced they'd be opening it in the U.S. at the end of May. But a spanner was thrown into the works by Empire's story on Monday that Icon, the distribution company originally founded by Mel Gibson, and who have the rights to the film in a number of territories, were planning to release it in the U.K. on Wednesday May 4th -- a week before Cannes gets underway, and over three weeks before the film opens in the States.

Mike Skinner Of The Streets Writing Music For Film Version Of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:34 AM
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The idea of popular musicians being used to score films is by no means a new one -- indeed, some of the top composers at present, such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell, got their start in bands (Oingo Boingo and Pop Will Eat Itself, respectively). But we seem to have reached an interesting tipping point in the last few years, with a whole spate of bands and musicians, particularly from the electronic music and hip hop worlds, penning full scores for high-profile movies.

Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach Replace Felicity Jones & Imogen Poots In 'Trap For Cinderella'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2011 1:23 AM
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For smaller independent producers, the problem with your long-atttached star suddenly generating new heat is that they're flooded with new offers; bigger films, more tempting films. As such, it can be hard to keep their interest -- Carey Mulligan, for instance, dropped out of British indie "This Beautiful Fantastic" in favor of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" after "An Education" blew up. That same issue now faces Iain Softley and his psychodrama "Trap for Cinderella."

Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan & Rasmus Hardiker Lead British Horror-Com 'Cockneys Vs. Zombies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 1:52 AM
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Only a few weeks back, we were commenting on how the vampire genre, which has dominated the spookier side of cinema for the last several years, what with the likes of "Twilight" and "Let The Right One In," was seemingly giving up the ghost, as it were, with zombie movies suddenly dominating the news. On the back of the immense success of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the recent horror-comedy "Zombieland," six projects were announced in the course of three weeks, adding to a whopping twenty already in development. Could there possibly be room for one more?

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