EXCLUSIVE: WME has inked filmmaker Heidi Ewing who recently directed, wrote and produced I Carry You With Me, which won this year’s Audience Award and Innovator Award in the NEXT! category at the Sundance Film Festival and was sold to Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films days into the festival.
Ewing was also nominated for an Oscar in the 2007 Feature Documentary category for Magnolia Pictures’ Jesus Camp. That doc followed the children who attend a Charismatic Christian summer camp outside Devils Lake, North Dakota, wishing that they’ll become the next Billy Graham.Christian Vásquez and Armando Espitia appear I Carry You With Me by Heidi Ewing. Sundance
Based on a true story, Ewing’s recent I Carry You With Me is an epic romance that follows two gay men from provincial Mexico as they chase the promise of social and economic freedoms in New York City. SPC will release the film theatrically in June.
Ewing also directed Roco films’ 2012 doc Detropia which followed the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base in the city of Detroit, as well as the Netflix 2017 doc One of Us which penetrates the insular world of New York’s Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals who were driven to break away despite threats of retaliation. Ewing is also directing the upcoming limited docu-series Love Fraud at Showtime with her longtime directing collaborator and co-Oscar nominee Rachel Grady. The four-part series follows the search of Richard Scott Smith, who used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon women looking for love. The story unravels in real time as Smith’s victims band together to seek sweet revenge.
WME has signed Ewing for representation in all areas. She continues to be represented by Victoria Cook at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Holland asked Pratt to name his favorite actor named Tom during Thursday's episode of the ABC late-night show.
Tom Holland surprised his Onward co-star Chris Pratt during the latter's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday.
While taking questions from the audience, Pratt was surprised to see a familiar face when Holland asked his Onward co-star to name his favorite actor 'out of all of the actors in the world.'
Pratt said Denzel Washington was his favorite actor, though Holland wasn't happy with the answer. 'How about an actor whose name begins with Tom?' asked Holland. Pratt responded, 'Oh. Tom Cruise.'
'What if his second name began with an H? Tom H,' Holland said. Pratt excitedly answered, 'Hanks!'
When Holland prompted Pratt to name his favorite British actor named Tom, Pratt responded by stating that Tom Hanks is not British.
'Oh, I see where this is going,' said Pratt. 'Tom Hardy. He played Venom and he was very good.'
Holland responded that the correct answer was a younger actor, so Pratt said Tom Hiddleston was his next favorite British actor named Tom with a last name that begins with an H.
Once Holland gave up on having Pratt say he is his favorite actor, Kimmel invited him to join them on the stage.
The two later discussed their upcoming Pixar movie Onward. Set in a suburban fantasy world populated by elves, trolls, mermaids, centaurs and other magical creatures, the animated film follows two teenage elf brothers Holland and Pratt that embark on an extraordinary quest in an attempt to bring their late father back to life.
Kimmel asked if Pratt and Holland feel like brothers after playing siblings in the film. 'Absolutely,' answered Holland. Pratt added, 'It feels like it.'
Watch the full interview below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Well it is all just about over but the counting, and in fact I would guess PriceWaterhouse accountants have even finished that at this point. What that means is two numbers crunchers out of everyone in the whole world are now looking at every pundit’s predictions, including mine I suppose, and laughing hysterically about how we got it all wrong. Or not. One Academy member called me this week to say essentially this looks to be one of the most predictable years ever. “I think just about everyone is probably going to win their office pool,” he laughed.Shutterstock
He might have a point because the four acting categories appear to be in the bag, at least if we are to go by every precursor show preceding the Oscars that have chosen , in lockstep, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, and Laura Dern . And with all its guild wins, plus the Golden Globes and BAFTA 1917 seems as close to a lock for Best Picture and a possible sweep as we have seen in some time . So the difference in glory or disgrace with your Oscar pool ballot just might come down to who wins Best Live Action Short. A lot of the talk at various parties including last night’s Universal and Focus Features celebration at Spago, as well as today’s Publicists Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton revolved around possible upsets. Are all of the indicators incorrect this year? Can there be a shocker looming Sunday? That would be fun , but don’t bet the condo on it. This is a year where there seems to be some fairly unanimous agreement in terms of those soothsayers who try to foretell what names will be in those envelopes.
WHAT YOUR BOOKIE SAYS ABOUT THE OSCARSTodd Wawrychuk/AMPAS
If you want to drive yourself crazy though try checking the various oddsmakers who are out there giving us the book on winners, apparently using whatever data they have picked up by listening to prognosticators. You can actually bet money in New Jersey , Indiana, and the UK , even though technically those two PriceWaterhouse accountants could probably clean up knowing who the winners are already. And while you are at it a lot of the bookies are taking bets on things other than just the winners. For instance you can wager on stuff like the gender of the first presenter on stage Female 2/5 , Male 2/1, Transgender 20/1; How many times Kobe or Mamba will be said 5/6; Presenters who put on glasses before reading the cue card Under 2 1/2 -1/4 – Over 2 1/2 – 5/2; Who will Best Actor thank first Academy 1/1- husband, wife, partner 5/2-director 3/1-mother 7/1- God 10/1; Will “Trump” be said during the broadcast? NO 2/3 – YES 11/10; Winners who continue their speech over exit music Over 4 1/2 total winners and Under 4 1/2 total winners both at 5/6; Winners who trip or fall on way to microphone No – 1/9 – YES 5/1. Well you get the idea.20th Century/Universal
1917 appears to lead most bookmaker odds I have looked at , and the acting races also seem to be following the trends , but at least one offers some promising odds for “dark horses” giving Parasite best chance to upset for Best Picture despite no foreign language film ever having won; Scarlett Johansson upsetting Zellweger for Best Actress offering stats that say actresses playing real life people haven’t been as successful as actors doing the same thing, and that first time winners have a better chance. Zellweger plays Judy Garland and won an Oscar already while Johansson...
As film aggregator Distribber and its corporate parent, GoDigital Inc., veered toward financial collapse, it continued collecting royalty payments from platforms like iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix. For filmmakers, collecting those royalties is another matter: Restructuring firm GlassRatner, which is overseeing the firm’s liquidation, offers no assurance whether or when filmmakers can expect to be paid what they’re owed.
However, there is one clear exception: Netflix. The streamer is working directly with filmmakers to account for payments that Netflix sent to GoDigital and were not passed on to the filmmakers. That means Netflix plans to pay out those royalties twice — this time, directly to the filmmakers — according to a person familiar with the situation.
“Although we have not reached an agreement with GoDigital for the assignment of your license agreement, we are now moving forward with the process of getting paperwork in place in order to begin releasing payments to you,” reads an email that Netflix sent to affected filmmakers in October. It also requests that filmmakers forward supporting documents, including a tally of all outstanding payments.
Most Distribber and GoDigital filmmakers placed their films on transactional platforms like Amazon and iTunes, with the aggregator acting as a middleman that handles encoding, quality control, and serves as a royalty clearinghouse. However, since the platforms take a cut from the rental or purchase of each film, they have broader standards for acceptance. Netflix worked with GoDigital less frequently since the streamer doesn’t have an open-submission strategy. It accepts a more select number of films in exchange for flat-rate royalties over a set period.
One self-financed filmmaker said he’s owed three quarterly payments from GoDigital totaling between $40,000 and $50,000. Most comes from the flat rate paid by Netflix each quarter. He said he’s counting on those funds to compensate people who worked on his project and recoup his investment, he said.
GlassRatner managing director Seth Freeman has suggested that filmmakers might have better luck looking to the platforms for their payments. “There may be a legal argument that since the film was exploited on their platform and they received payment, the platform is responsible to pay the film owner,” he told Variety. “Absent any legal duty, the reality is that the platforms need the content and the amounts needed to take care of the unpaid licensing fees is tiny for them, but still important to the film owners. From a PR and goodwill standpoint, the platforms would greatly benefit.”
While Netflix’s action could certainly generate goodwill, it can only help a small portion of the GoDigital clients now waiting for their royalties. According to a website set up by GlassRatner to offer information about the liquidation process, all GoDigital content has been removed from Amazon, while Netflix “is prepared to enter into a direct license” with former GoDigital filmmakers.
As for Apple, however, GlassRatner “has had a couple conversations with iTunes Apple and it does not appear they share the same sense of urgency in facilitating a transition of GoDigital’s account that avoids having to remove content from iTunes Apple and the time and expense of relaunching it.”
As the site notes, “[GlassRatner] is continuing to have conversations with certain platforms on how to implement a smooth transition that would avoid removing films already on their platforms. This is not progressing as quickly as [GlassRatner] desires.”
Last month, an attorney representing Distribber filmmaker Jevona Watson told IndieWire that Distribber’s failure calls...