Tag Archives: james schamus

“Indignation” is a classy powerhouse of restrained emotion

I love being surprised by a movie, no matter what type of a movie it is. A few weeks ago, I saw Indignation, a period piece that is just tremendous. I didn’t get a chance to write about it last week, so I wanted to double back now. It is[...]

Paranorman’s LAIKA begins production on The Boxtrolls

Marking their third project together, LAIKA and Focus Features, the two companies behind the current Academy Award-nominated animated feature ParaNorman, announced today that LAIKA has begun production on The Boxtrolls. The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17th, 2014. Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA[...]

Sundance: ‘Pariah’ acquired by Focus Features

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: In the latest of a steady stream of Sundance sales, Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the contemporary drama “Pariah,” which world-premiered In Competition at this year’s fest. The debut feature from writer/director Dee Rees, “Pariah” expands on a short film about Alike (Adepero Oduye), a[...]

Awards Season Roundup: How will “Social Network” play with Academy members?

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race. As “The Social Network” collects an army of positive reviews, the cast opens up about Mark Zuckerberg’s timely donation of $100 million to Newark’s public schools. Says “Social Network”[...]

Production Begins on Focus Films’ Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska

BY STAFF Production begins next week in the U.K. on Focus Features and BBC Films’ romantic drama Jane Eyre, produced by Ruby Films and based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel. Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature was Focus’ award-winning Sin Nombre, is directing Jane Eyre, to which Focus holds worldwide rights. Focus[...]

David Steven Cohen to receive WGA East Richard B. Jablow Award

BY STAFF David Steven Cohen will receive the Writers Guild of America, East’s (WGAE) Richard B. Jablow award for devoted service to the Guild. The award is named for Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel. Former WGAE President Chris Albers[...]

After 72 Hours Focus nabs “Kids”

Screencrave reports that after 72 hours of negotiations, Focus Features has sealed the deal for U.S., U.K., Germany, and South Africa rights to “The Kids Are All Right” at Sundance. Lisa Cholodenko’s film was a last minute addition to the festival and it has become the buzz of the week.[...]