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'Chef' Returning to Theaters

Indie sensation "Chef," from writer/director/producer/star Jon Favreau, is returning to theaters nationwide on August 29 from Open Road Films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 19, 2014 2:58 PM
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Sean Penn Goes Liam Neeson in Open Road's Euro-Thriller 'The Gunman,' Will Direct 'Last Face'

Heading into the Cannes market, Open Road Films has scooped up all U.S. rights to the political actioner "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn and directed by Pierre Morel ("Taken," "Transporter"). Even philanthropists have to collect a payday once in a while, so Penn seems to be following the Liam Neeson playbook--but has attracted a stellar ensemble around him including Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. Penn is prepping his next directorial effort "Last Face," for sale in the Cannes market.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2014 2:05 PM
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Open Road Acquires Barry Levinson's All-Star 'Rock the Kasbah'

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to independently-financed original comedy "Rock the Kasbah," starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The film is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson and will be selling at the European FIlm Market in Berlin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 7:32 PM
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Pre-Sundance Fest, Open Road Replaces Acquisitions Chief

Just ahead of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, AMC and Regal-owned indie distributor Open Road Films is replacing Ben Cotner, its departing senior VP of acquisitions, with new executive vice president of production and acquisitions, Peter Lawson. He'll have a chance to check out the Sundance world premiere of competition doc "The Case Against 8," which Cotner co-directed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2014 3:55 PM
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TIFF Buy: Open Road Acquires John Ridley's Must-See Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (TIFF VIDEO)

John Ridley is having a good Toronto. Not only did "12 Years a Slave" leap to the top of the Oscar pack, for which he could well earn an adapted screenplay nomination, but his directorial feature film debut "All Is By My Side," a smart slice-of-life from the London launch of Jimi Hendrix's career, has been acquired by Open Road. Ridley has succeeded where many have failed over the years, to make a Hendrix biopic by steering clear from the shoals of cooperating with the Hendrix estate. He skips his most famous music and relies on early covers like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 10:23 PM
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Back to 'Swingers': Favreau's Indie Pic 'Chef' Goes to Open Road

Jon Favreau has swung from hefty to skinny and back again, from indie to studio, original to sequel. Now yet another Marvel director is taking a studio vacation via indie production. The "Iron Man" director has returned to his "Swinger" roots, Joss Whedon-style, with "Chef," which he wrote, directed and stars in. Open Roads has picked up U/S rights to the film which starts shooting this July in Los Angeles for release on May 9, 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 6:35 PM
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Open Road to Release 'jOBS,' Starring Ashton Kutcher, on August 16 UPDATED

Open Road will release "jOBS," starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple visionary Steve Jobs, nationwide on August 16.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 12:10 PM
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Watch: Kutcher as Steve 'jOBS' Argues Against Belief that 'Nobody Wants to Buy a Computer' in First Clip

A first clip for Sundance closer "jOBS" has landed. The film, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the eponymous Apple innovator, screens in Park City on January 27 and opens April 19 via Open Road.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 2:37 PM
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Dax Shepard Talks DIY Road Movie 'Hit and Run,' Co-Starring Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper

Actor-writer-director Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") delivers a populist crowd-pleaser with his second film "Hit and Run," which debuted in July at Comic-Con. We sat down for an interview at the Hard Rock. While he admires director Steven Soderbergh's run-and-gun filmmaking, Shepard's role model as actor-director is Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" mode.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 2:17 PM
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Stewart's Dalliance Could Hit 'Twilight' Finale, Universal's 'Snow White' Sequel, IFC's 'On the Road'

Universal has been planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind David Koepp's script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin). The only problem is, Stewart and Sanders have been embroiled in a romantic dalliance of their own, well chronicled in the tabloids.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 3:56 PM
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