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Anna Faris to produce, star in 'Summer Madness' for The Exchange

Producers earmarking spring 2020 start.

The Exchange launches worldwide sales at Afm next week on Summer Madness starring comedy superstar Anna Faris in a dual role as twins.

Faris, whose credits include Scary Movie, House Bunny, Overboard and current TV hit Mom, will play a broke and foul-mouthed sister to a successful and elegant twin who rallies her dysfunctional family in order to win a cash prize at her conniving mother’s annual gala event.

Faris will serve as producer alongside Kiss Kiss Bang Bang cinematographer Michael Barrett, Emilio Mauro (Beyond Skyline) and James Mottern, who will direct. The producers anticipated a spring 2020 start.
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‘Downton Abbey’ comfortably holds off ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ at UK box office

The TV-to-film adaptation dropped a moderate 36 per cent on its first session.

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Sept 20-22) Total gross to date Week 1 Downton Abbey (Universal) £3.3m £13.2m 2 2 Ad Astra (20th Century Fox) £1.7m £2.7m 1 3 It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros) £1.4m £16.2m 3 4 Hustlers (Stx) £1.1m £3.3m 2 5 Rambo: Last Blood (Lionsgate) £878,360 £1.1m 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.24

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Period drama Downton Abbey held its UK box office crown for a second weekend, falling a moderate 36% in taking £3.3m.

The film has £13.2m after two weekends. This is the eighth-highest total after two weekends in the UK this year,
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UK box office preview: will indie titles shine?

UK box office preview: will indie titles shine?
New releases include ‘The Souvenir’, ’Mrs Lowry & Son’, and ‘Bait’.

There is a flurry of intriguing indie title releases in the UK this weekend, while the top end of the chart looks like to be largely dominated by holdovers Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and Angel Has Fallen.

In the indie space, Curzon is handling the release of Joanna Hogg’s fourth feature, The Souvenir, which stars Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke in the story of a young film student who becomes romantically involved with a complicated man in 1980s London. Martin Scorsese was an executive producer
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The Exchange Tiff-bound with sales title ‘A Gift From Bob’ (exclusive)

The Exchange Tiff-bound with sales title ‘A Gift From Bob’ (exclusive)
Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale) to direct.

The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea and his team are preparing to kick off pre-sales in Toronto next week on family title A Gift From Bob from A Dog’s Way Home director Charles Martin Smith.

The follow-up to 2017 international theatrical release A Street Cat Named Bob is based on A Gift From Bob: How A Street Cat Helped One Man Learn The Meaning Of Christmas, James Bowen’s memoir about a busker who gains news insights into life through his cat. Garry Jenkins helped Bowen write the Bob books and adapted the screenplay.
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‘Schemers’ wins Edinburgh Film Festival audience award

‘Schemers’ wins Edinburgh Film Festival audience award
The 2019 Eiff closed with Mrs Lowry & Son yesterday (June 30).

Dave Mclean’s Schemers, about his early days in the music business in 1980s Scotland, has won this year’s audience award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which came to a close last night (June 30) with the premiere of Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall drama Mrs Lowry & Son.

Schemers follows a concert promoter who tries to stage an Iron Maiden gig in 1980s Dundee. It comes from debut feature filmmaker Dave Mclean and is based on his own experiences.

Newcomer Conor Berry leads the cast, alongside Tara Lee, Sean Connor,
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Five buzzy titles from the Edinburgh Film Festival

Five buzzy titles from the Edinburgh Film Festival
The festival has assembled a strong programme for local audiences.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff), proudly proclaiming its status as the world’s longest continually-running film festival (running since 1947) wrapped on Sunday with the world premiere of Adrian Noble’s Mrs Lowry & Son, starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

The festival opened 10 days earlier with the scrappily entertaining Boyz In The Wood by Scottish director Ninian Dorff, setting the tone for the fifth edition under artistic director Mark Adams.

An eclectic range of features was dotted with the UK premieres of significant homegrown films in 2019 so far – Joanna Hogg’s Sundance-winner The Souvenir,
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins at Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s ‘Farming’ Wins at Edinburgh International Film Festival
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming” has scooped the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s acting credits include “The Bourne Identity,” and “Suicide Squad.” “Farming,” about a black member of a white skinhead gang in 1980s Essex, is his directorial debut.

The winner was chosen by jury members Antonia Campbell-Hughes, David Hayman and Philip John. “The unanimous decision of the Michael Powell Jury goes to an important, powerful and disturbing film from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje,” they said. “This story forces us to confront an unfamiliar, uncomfortable reality. Farming keeps you invested in its brutal world. Culturally adrenalising. Visceral. Inspirational.”

The same jury awarded the Best Performance in a British Feature Film accolade to Damson Idris for his role in “Farming.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have received this prestigious award, named after one of my cinematic heroes, for my first film,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje said.
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Trailer Lands For ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ With Timothy Spall & Vanessa Redgrave

Ahead of its world premiere closing this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Vertigo Releasing has debuted the new trailer for Mrs Lowry & Son, a new drama based on a true story starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

As well as the trailer we also have a new poster to share.

Mrs Lowry & Son depicts the relationship between L.S. Lowry, one of Britain’s most iconic artists, and his mother Elizabeth, with whom he lived until her death. Spall plays Lowry and Redgrave his overbearing mother.

The film follows Lowry in the beginnings of his career, as he yearns for his work to be appreciated in London. However, his disdainful mother, Elizabeth actively tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions. Elizabeth never fails to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he is to her. At the same time, the film explores how Elizabeth is
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Edinburgh Film Festival unveils 2019 industry programme

must Line-up include sessions on casting, ethical documentary filmmaking and Spain focus.

The industry programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff, June 19-30) has been revealed.

The highlights include a session titled ‘Casting Light on Casting Directors’, featuring members of the Casting Society of America’s European chapter.

‘Minding Non-Fiction’, co-hosted by the Scottish Documentary Institute, will look at ethical documentary filmmaking and best practices for the mental health and wellbeing of both filmmaker and subject.

In the animation section, ‘Women In Animation: The State of the Art’ will feature women working in the sector, looking at
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Five Australian films to premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival

Eddie Izzard in ‘The Flip Side.’

Five Australian films have been invited to the 73rd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from June 19–30.

Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding, Thomas M Wright’s Acute Misfortune, Marion Pilowsky’s The Flip Side and Miranda Nation’s Undertow will screen in the World Perspectives strand.

Tony D’Aquino’s debut feature The Furies, a female-driven survival thriller, will be showcased in the Night Moves strand.

The festival describes D’Aquino’s film, which stars Airlie Dodds, Danielle Horvat, Linda Ngo and Taylor Ferguson, as a “gripping modern take on the 1980s slasher film, full of gore.”

Acute Misfortune is a “striking, brilliant and unconventional portrait” of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and idiosyncratic painters Adam Cullen; The Flip Side is a breezy rom-com about a budding chef and a British actor; Undertow is a tense and moving female-led
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Edinburgh Film Festival unveils 18 world premieres in 2019 programme

Edinburgh Film Festival unveils 18 world premieres in 2019 programme
New titles include ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’ and Emily Harris’ ‘Carmilla’.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has launched its full programme with 18 world premieres, 12 international premieres, eight European premieres and 78 UK premieres for its 73rd edition of the festival (June 19-30).

Jamie Adams’ Balance, Not Symmetry, a drama about a Glasgow art student, which has a soundtrack written by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, will have its world premiere as the People’s Gala screening at the event. It stars Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite and Lily Newmark. Biffy Cyro lead singer Simon Neil co-wrote the screenplay with Welsh writer-director Adams.
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'Fisherman's Friends' director Chris Foggin joins 'The Radleys' from Jo Brand script (exclusive)

Film is an adaptation of Matt Haig’s modern vampire novel.

Chris Foggin, who directed the recent UK box office hit Fisherman’s Friends, has been attached to a feature adaptation of Matt Haig’s modern vampire novel The Radleys.

Comedian Jo Brand, a TV Bafta winner for her writing work, has adapted the book for screen. Debbie Gray is producing through her UK company Genesius Pictures and has backed the development of the project with in-house funds.

Brand previously wrote 2018 UK comedy feature The More You Ignore Me, which Keith English directed and Gray produced through Genesius.

The Radleys
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The Exchange boards Latino superhero film 'El Chicano' for Afm (exclusive)

The Exchange boards Latino superhero film 'El Chicano' for Afm (exclusive)
Joe Carnahan, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Frank Grillo producing.

The Exchange has come on board to handle international sales at the Afm on Latino superhero film El Chicano featuring a powerhouse Latino cast led by Raúl Castillo and Kate del Castillo and based on a screenplay co-written by The A-Team director Joe Carnahan.

Tom Ortenberg’s Briarcliff Entertainment will handle Us distribution on the feature, which also stars George Lopez, Aimee Garcia (Dexter), and Emilio Rivera.

Ben Hernandez Bray will direct El Chicano, about a police officer (Castillo) in East Los Angeles drawn into events surrounding the death of his ex-con
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'Sesame Street' doc 'Street Gang' heads to Afm with The Exchange (exclusive)

'Sesame Street' doc 'Street Gang' heads to Afm with The Exchange (exclusive)
Film explores global TV phenomenon.

The Exchange has added worldwide sales rights to Sesame Street documentary Street Gang from Mad Hot Ballroom director Marilyn Agrelo, and will launch sales at the Afm next week.

CEO Brian O’Shea announced the acquisition on Monday (22) and said, “This is a story for all of us. Sesame Street has served as a cultural touchstone for multiple generations of children, in the U.S. and around the globe.”

Street Gang goes inside the hearts and minds of the Sesame Street creators to understand how they produced the show, and what it was like to
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Robbie Little, International Sales Agent and Producer, Dies en Route to Cannes

Robbie Little, International Sales Agent and Producer, Dies en Route to Cannes
Robbie Little, a familiar and well-loved figure at film markets who founded the Little Film Company with his wife Ellen, has died.

“Thank you, Sydney, for this loving tribute. You know, I remembered at some point that Robbie had called me around 1 am my time to say that he was up and getting ready to leave (and he sounded fine). So I realized he must have been awake and not asleep when he died so I e-mailed the police officer who found him and he confirmed to me that Robbie was on the floor and not in bed. It must have happened very fast because he didn’t have time to call for help. Love, Ellen”

Ellen Little became concerned when she had not heard from him four hours after he was to arrive in Cannes and called the hotel where he was staying in London. When they said he had checked out,
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Movie Sales & Production Vet Robbie Little Dies Unexpectedly En Route To Cannes

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Movie Sales & Production Vet Robbie Little Dies Unexpectedly En Route To Cannes
Industry veteran Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company, has died unexpectedly en route to the Cannes Film Festival. Little passed away in London of a suspected heart attack, his colleagues and friends have confirmed to Deadline.

Little launched his well-known sales and marketing outfit with his wife Ellen, and executive produced the company’s first film, Tsotsi, which won the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.

Previously, the well-traveled and well-liked exec established First Look Media to package finance and distribute movies in the domestic market. As President and Co-Chairman of First Look Media, he created First Look Home Entertainment, the company’s own video/DVD distribution division, which grew into a well known indie label.

Over the span of his career, he worked on movies including Waking Ned Devine, An American Haunting, Before Night Falls, Titus, Illuminata, The Prophecy film franchise, and Antonia’s Line (winner of
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