EXCLUSIVE: This year’s Directors’ Fortnight lineup features a familiar tale in We Are What We Are, the American remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 Directors’ Fortnight selection Somos Lo Que Hay. Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner star in Mickle’s version as sisters forced to take on their family’s gruesome tradition after their mother’s death. Pic debuts in the same sidebar where the original first caught producer Andrew D. Corkin’s eye three years ago. Corkin’s Uncorked Productions optioned US remake rights with Rodrigo Bellott, took it to Memento Films’ Nick Shumaker, and tapped Jim Mickle (Stake Land) to co-write and direct. Linda Moran from Belladonna Productions and Jack Turner rounded out the producing team. Mickle describes his version as a “call and response” companion piece to the Mexican original, which told a different version of the cannibalistic family tale. Memento Films is already plotting franchise sales at Cannes, with Finnish director AJ Annila tapped to direct a prequel written by We Are What We Are co-scribe Nick Damici and Grau himself developing a 2014 sequel. eOne snatched up the pic out of Sundance and will release it theatrically. Check out Deadline’s exclusive clip: Watch this video on YouTube.
EXCLUSIVE: Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is making his first foray into the digital world, joining with Break Media on thriller Higher Power (see trailer below). Produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures and the digital video company’s SVP Entertainment Development Greg Siegel and Evan Cholfin, the film is a sci-fi thriller about a regular guy who acquires the power of a demi-God. The plan is to shoot Higher Power as a feature but release it in several formats. As one example, the movie will be reformatted into chapters to be distributed online through Break Media’s male-targeted network. Higher Power will also come out as a feature through more traditional distribution options including Netflix and Amazon, VOD and international film and television channels. 300 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine VFX specialist Matthew Santoro is slated to direct from a script by Julia Fair. “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Greg, his team at Break Media, and Matt and Julia on this project, which I believe can be a new model for bringing high-concept, long-form content to the public,” said di Bonaventura in a statement today. Check out the trailer here:
HBO’s Family Tree hasn’t started with very strong viewing roots. The 10:30 PM debut Sunday of the new comedy pulled in 794,000 viewers. That was a big drop off from the 1.2 million who watched its lead-in Veep and down from the 872,000 who tuned in for the debut of Girls in the same slot on April 15, 2012. Over two plays, Family Tree had about 975,000 viewers, down from the 1.1 million Girls had. Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd stars in the Christopher Guest co-created spring mockumentary series as a recently single and unemployed thirtysomething who seeks to discover himself by investigating his wacky extended family. The series is set to premiere on BBC2 in the UK this month as well. Elsewhere in the night on HBO, Game of Thrones’ four week record viewership streak came to an end with the flagship show getting 4.8 million viewers for its 9 PM broadcast. A very strong number but down from the 5.3 million who watched the 9 PM show on May 5. Over all two plays for the night, Thrones had 6 million viewers, down from the 6.8 million of last week. Sunday’s Veep was even with its season 2 debut on April 14. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus starring political satire received 1.5 million viewers over two plays on Sunday.
By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's struggling Labor government on Tuesday used the last budget before national elections to delay a long-promised return to surplus, blaming a stubbornly high Australian dollar and lower commodity prices for a dramatic fall in revenues. With polls pointing to a solid defeat for Prime Minister Julia Gillard at elections set for September 14, Treasurer Wayne Swan locked in 10 years of funding for landmark disability and school education policies aimed at reversing its downward trajectory, and committed more money to roads and suburban rail projects. ...
By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's struggling Labor government on Tuesday used the last budget before national elections to delay a long-promised return to surplus, blaming a stubbornly high Australian dollar and lower commodity prices for a dramatic fall in revenues. With polls pointing to a solid defeat for Prime Minister Julia Gillard at elections set for September 14, Treasurer Wayne Swan locked in 10 years of funding for landmark disability and schools education policies aimed at reversing its downward trajectory, and committed more money to roads and suburban rail projects. ...
Dimitri Marick is returning to Pine Valley. Prospect Park’s The Online Network announced today that Michael Nader will reprise the role, returning to the online revival of All My Children on June 3rd. Brooke English, played by Julia Barr, has offered Dimitri a job as head of one of Chandler Enterprises new divisions – Chandler Media – which he gratefully accepts. The question is – how will Pine Valley residents react to Dimitri’s return after all these years? Nader (Dynasty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) first appeared on the ABC daytime drama in 1991. New 30-minute episodes of All My Children are streamed Mondays-Thursdays on TOLN partners Hulu and iTunes.
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