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Fellow buzzy films “We Live in Time” with Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield, and Anderson .Paak’s directorial debut will also screen.

The 2024 Toronto International Film Festival is getting even more star power.

The festival unveiled four more titles as part of its highly-anticipated lineup which already includes the debuts of “Nightbitch” starring Amy Adams and Elton John documentary “Elton John: Never Too Late.” Now, buzzy titles “Eden” and “We Live in Time” join the festival premieres as part of the Gala and Special Presentation programs, sponsored by Dyson. The festival will take place from September 5 through 15.

Survival thriller “Eden,” directed by Ron Howard, stars Jude Law, Ana de Armas, Sydney Sweeney, and Vanessa Kirby. The feature was written by Noah Pink and is based on true events “about the lengths we will go to in pursuit of a better life,” per the elusive logline.

A24 and STUDIOCANAL romance “We Live in Time” will also have its world premiere at the festival. Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield star as a couple whose chance encounter changes their lives as they fall in love, build a home, start a family, and face difficult truths, including that their unconventional place in nonlinear time.

Additionally, Grammy Award winner Anderson .Paak’s semi-autobiographical dramatic comedy film “K-POPS” marks his directorial debut. “Shepherds,” an adaptation of the Canadian novel “D’où viens tu, berger?” about a young advertising executive who trades in his Montreal life to become a shepherd in France will screen, as well as “Superboys of Malegaon” based on the life of amateur Indian filmmaker Nasir Shaikh.

“I’m thrilled to share today’s list of World Premiere films, featuring stories from around the world that highlight the scope and breadth of TIFF’s programming,” Anita Lee, the Chief Programming Officer of TIFF, said. “We have a Canada/France co-production set in the French Alps, directed by a French Canadian auteur; a Seoul-set comedic debut from musician Anderson .Paak; a Bollywood glimpse into the vibrant film industry of Malegaon, India; a London-set love story starring Florence Pugh from an Irish director; and a highly original survival thriller that takes us to the Galapagos Islands from Ron Howard. I can’t wait for TIFF audiences to take these journeys on the big screen and be transported by cinema together this September.”

The 2024 Toronto International Film Festival is getting even more star power.

The festival unveiled four more titles as part of its highly-anticipated lineup which already includes the debuts of “Nightbitch” starring Amy Adams and Elton John documentary “Elton John: Never Too Late.” Now, buzzy titles “Eden” and “We Live in Time” join the festival premieres as part of the Gala and Special Presentation programs, sponsored by Dyson. The festival will take place from September 5 through 15.

Survival thriller “Eden,” directed by Ron Howard, stars Jude Law, Ana de Armas, Sydney Sweeney, and Vanessa Kirby. The feature was written by Noah Pink and is based on true events “about the lengths we will go to in pursuit of a better life,” per the elusive logline.

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A24 and STUDIOCANAL romance “We Live in Time” will also have its world premiere at the festival. Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield star as a couple whose chance encounter changes their lives as they fall in love, build a home, start a family, and face difficult truths, including that their unconventional place in nonlinear time.

Additionally, Grammy Award winner Anderson .Paak’s semi-autobiographical dramatic comedy film “K-POPS” marks his directorial debut. “Shepherds,” an adaptation of the Canadian novel “D’où viens tu, berger?” about a young advertising executive who trades in his Montreal life to become a shepherd in France will screen, as well as “Superboys of Malegaon” based on the life of amateur Indian filmmaker Nasir Shaikh.

“I’m thrilled to share today’s list of World Premiere films, featuring stories from around the world that highlight the scope and breadth of TIFF’s programming,” Anita Lee, the Chief Programming Officer of TIFF, said. “We have a Canada/France co-production set in the French Alps, directed by a French Canadian auteur; a Seoul-set comedic debut from musician Anderson .Paak; a Bollywood glimpse into the vibrant film industry of Malegaon, India; a London-set love story starring Florence Pugh from an Irish director; and a highly original survival thriller that takes us to the Galapagos Islands from Ron Howard. I can’t wait for TIFF audiences to take these journeys on the big screen and be transported by cinema together this September.”

The full festival lineup will be announced August 13. Click here for additional announced TIFF 2024 titles and check out the newly added films below.

Film details (in alphabetical order):

Eden | Ron Howard | USA
World Premiere | Gala
Imagine Entertainment / AGC Studios

K-POPS | Anderson .Paak | USA
World Premiere | Special Presentation
Sales Title – Rights Available (WME)

Shepherds | Sophie Deraspe | Canada/France
World Premiere | Special Presentation
DCP, micro_scope, Avenue B Productions, Maison 4:3, Pyramide International

Superboys of Malegaon | Reema Kagti | India
World Premiere | Gala
Amazon MGM Studios

We Live in Time | John Crowley | United Kingdom/France
World Premiere | Special Presentation
Sphere Films / StudioCanal

Source: IndieWire

July 9, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Eden




Sydney has been nominated for the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best Lead Performance.

You can vote here.

Source: The Wrap

July 9, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Public Appearances




Sydney Sweeney Getting Into The Ring To Portray Trailblazing Boxer Christy Martin For Director David Michôd, Black Bear & Anonymous Content; Actress Is “Itching To Start Training” For Role – Cannes Market Hot Project

EXCLUSIVE: The in-demand Sydney Sweeney, coming off hit rom-com Anyone But You and horror pic Immaculate, is shifting gears again as she is set to portray trailblazing boxer Christy Martin in a new biopic which could be a knockout for buyers at the Cannes market where Black Bear will be launching.

Under the direction of Oz filmmaker David Michôd, known for visceral movies such as Animal Kingdom and The King, the currently untitled project will chart the true story of Martin’s rise to become America’s most well known female boxer in the 1990s — the “female Rocky” in the words of the film’s producers. A naturally gifted fighter, her life transformed in 1989 when she met her manager, and later husband, Jim Martin. Breaking boundaries, she became the first woman to sign with iconic promoter Don King, and the only female boxer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her charisma, good looks and resilience in the ring won her an avid fanbase and propelled her to become welterweight champion. But behind the well-honed public persona, she tackled personal demons, toxic relationships, and a brutal attempt on her life.

This is ripe material for Sweeney given the Euphoria and White Lotus star’s passion for boxing and MMA. The actress told Deadline: “I grappled and did kickboxing from 12-19 years old. I’ve been itching to get back into the ring, train, and transform my body. Christy’s story isn’t a light one, it’s physically and emotionally demanding, there’s a lot of weight to carry. But I love challenging myself.”

She continued: “Christy Martin not only legitimized female boxing, she overcame gender stereotypes, and fought through emotional, physical, and financial abuse. I’m passionate about the fighting world, Christy’s story shines a light on her incredible rise to the top while showing the struggles of fame behind the curtains. I feel compelled to tell a story about a woman who faced so much adversity and didn’t allow it to defeat her. It’s powerful, and emotional.”

Director Michôd told us: “I have a history of making movies about damaged men and I’d been wanting to make a film about a woman with a ferocious energy inside her. When I came across the Christy Martin story two years ago I knew I’d found it. Her ferocity is intelligible and justifiable and audiences will crave it because of the circumstances she was forced to endure”.

The plan is to shoot this fall in the U.S. Black Bear — which recently teamed with Sweeney on Immaculate — will introduce the project to international buyers at the Cannes market next week with UTA Independent Film Group, AC Independent, and Black Bear co-representing U.S. rights. Additional casting is being discussed by the team now.

This is a promising package in part because there is a level of discovery to the story. Michôd explained about the script’s arc: “The film is about Christy as a young gay woman in small-town West Virginia in the 1990s. She came from a relatively conservative family and wasn’t allowed to be who she was so she used boxing as a vehicle to express herself and her rage. She had to make some dangerous and fundamental compromises in her life, the most important of which was marrying an incredibly dangerous man.”

Script comes from Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch) and Michôd. Producers are Kerry Kohansky-Roberts (Boy Erased) for Anonymous Content, Michôd for Yoki, Justin Lothrop and Brent Stiefel (As You Are) for Votiv, Sweeney for Fifty-Fifty Films and and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear, which is also fully financing. The filmmakers tell us that Martin, the film’s subject, has been collaborating with the team on the project.

“David [Michôd] and I have been saying that this is a female rocky”, said producer Kohansky-Roberts (whose father worked at SI his whole career). “To make the cover of Sports Illustrated was hard enough, to do it as a female boxer was outstanding and she paved the way for so many boxers and MMA fighters to come”.

“Sydney’s performance in Reality knocked my socks off,” adds Michôd. “She has been ferociously sporty since she was a kid and has a taste for the fight game.” The actress is in post on Ron Howard’s starry thriller Eden and Apple’s Echo Valley alongside Julianne Moore.

Michôd’s seminal 2010 crime-drama Animal Kingdom is one of the great Australian films of recent decades, starring Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jackie Weaver. Since then, the filmmaker has gone on to work with Robert Pattinson in The Rover, Brad Pitt in War Machine and most recently Timothée Chalamet in The King. He is in post on A24 and Plan B’s Wizards!

Executive producers include Michael Heimler, John Friedberg, Foulkes, Brad Zimmerman for Yoki, Inc. and David Levine, Ryan Schwartz and Nick Shumaker, who will executive produce on behalf of Anonymous Content.

Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman said: “Black Bear is beyond thrilled to reteam with Sydney Sweeney, who is one of the most exciting and talented actors working today. We’ve also wanted to work with David Michôd for some time, and this material perfectly compliments David’s incredible skillset. Christy Martin’s story is an epic, and our film will deliver everything audiences expect and much, much more. We’re excited to step in to finance the project and produce alongside our incredible partners.”

Sweeney is represented by Paradigm and Stuart Brookman. Michôd is represented by UTA, Alan Wertheimer and Jackoway Austen. Foulkes is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Source: Deadline

May 10, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Boxer Christy Martin




The “Euphoria” star’s rep confirms she is not involved in the upcoming thriller “Day Drinker.”

Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney seemed anything but euphoric to hear reports that she will star in an upcoming supernatural thriller opposite Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp.

The story originated from film critic Jeff Sneider, who wrote in his newsletter “The InSneider” that Sweeney, 26, and Depp, 60, would appear in director Marc Webb’s movie Day Drinker.

Sweeney seemed to respond to the news in a tweet on Saturday. “Woke up to ✨rumors✨ anyways go see @ImmaculateMovie in theaters this weekend!,” she wrote, referring to her latest horror film.

A representative for Sweeney confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she is not involved in Day Drinker.

The piece about the Sweeney and Depp team-up still appears on Sneider’s website as an “exclusive,” and the post is still pinned to the top of his Twitter account. Sneider also quote-tweeted Sweeney’s remarks, writing, “A non-denial.”

Day Drinker is based on a story by Zach Dean, writer of Fast X and Chris Pratt’s The Tomorrow War. Set in Spain, Portugal, and France, the film centers on a grieving bartender who meets an “enigmatic stranger,” and explores themes of “love, friendship, and revenge.”

Webb, a filmmaker and music video director, helmed 2009’s 500 Days of Summer and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and has served as a producer on shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Hulu’s just-concluded Death and Other Details. He is now in production on Disney’s live-action Snow White remake, starring Rachel Zegler and Gal Godot.

Sweeney, meanwhile, is terrorizing filmgoers as a young nun in an Italian convent with a bloody evil pregnancy on her hands. Immaculate features cameos from both of Sweeney’s grandmothers, who enjoyed a nice Italian vacation while shooting it.

Depp’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years after his ex-wife Amber Heard’s accusations of domestic violence and the protracted legal battles that followed. He lost a libel lawsuit against The Sun in 2020 but won his defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2022. He recovered a $15 million award, though a jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages over her counterclaim against Depp.

The actor’s most recent acting credit was voicing Johnny Puff in the animated film Johnny Puff: Secret Mission. So far, neither Depp nor his former costars Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom will officially return for Jerry Bruckheimer’s planned reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 31, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Rumours




“Euphoria” Season 3 has been delayed at HBO.

“HBO and Sam Levinson remain committed to making an exceptional third season,” an HBO spokesperson told Variety. “In the interim, we are allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities.”

The scripts for Season 3 are still being written. The news comes after a report that the show’s third season has been scrapped entirely.

Production on the show’s third season had long been delayed, in part due to the Hollywood strikes and the July 2023 death of Angus Cloud, who played local drug dealer Fez. The show has also launched most of its cast — including Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney and Hunter Schafer — into the upper echelon of Hollywood, making it harder to coordinate production schedules.

In November 2023, HBO confirmed that the show’s third season was expected to premiere in 2025, meaning there would be at least a three-year gap between seasons since Season 2 debuted in January 2022. Due to the length of time in between seasons, rumors had been swirling that Season 3 would take place after a five-year time jump.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in January, Elordi joked that Season 3 would have to take place in the future, otherwise it would “seem like a weird bit.”

“I hope it’s soon, or they’re going to have to Benjamin Button me or something,” he said. “I’m going to have a bad back walking down the hallway, you know?”

“Euphoria” also stars Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Nika King, Storm Reid, Colman Domingo and Austin Abrams. It follows Rue (Zendaya), a teenage drug addict as she struggles to stay sober and readjust to high school after rehab. Though the show has garnered praise for its performances — Zendaya has won two Emmys for her portrayal of Rue — it has also generated backlash over its sexual content and portrayal of drug use.

Source: Variety

March 26, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Euphoria





It’s a great day to be on the Web, because we had Madame Web star Sydney Sweeney come play with spiders (just kidding, it was puppies). We asked her all about spidey-stunts, Euphoria goss, and bringing back the rom com. MADAME WEB NOW PLAYING EXCLUSIVELY IN MOVIE THEATERS
Get Tickets: https://www.madameweb.movie/

February 14, 2024        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Madame Web , Videos




November 15, 2023        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photoshoots , Videos




This is the first single from the band’s upcoming album “Hackney Diamonds.”

The Rolling Stones have released “Angry,” the first single off their new album “Hackney Diamonds.”

The song and its accompanying music video, starring “Euphoria” actress Sydney Sweeney and directed by Francois Rousselet, debuted following a press conference featuring members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on Wednesday from London.

The music video begins with Sweeney riding on the back of a red convertible throughout the streets of Los Angeles while wearing a black leather outfit, as footage of the band from throughout the years, performing along to the song, plays on billboards.

At the press conference, Sweeney said she “freaked out” when The Rolling Stones asked her to be in the music video and called it “the biggest thing ever.”

“I didn’t know it was gonna be the first single, but I loved the song when I heard it,” the “White Lotus” actress added. “It’s been stuck in my head.”

“Hackney Diamonds,” The Rolling Stones’ first album of original songs since their 2005 album, “A Bigger Bang,” will be released Oct. 20.

Source: ABC News

September 7, 2023        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Music




EXCLUSIVE: HBO Films has closed a deal for U.S. rights to the Berlin Film Festival buzz competition title Reality. Directed by Tina Satter, the docudrama is a breakout turn for Sydney Sweeney as convicted classified document leaker Reality Winner. Sweeney stars in the hit HBO series Euphoria.

Pic hasn’t been dated yet to premiere on HBO, but it will happen in the near future, certainly in time to qualify for Emmy consideration and to capitalize on the momentum from the rave reviews the film just received in Berlin. Sweeney’s performance was singled out for praise in most every review.

Reality Winner (her actual given name) grew up in Texas and went through the Air Force on her way to becoming a translator for the NSA. She was employed by the military contractor Pluribus International Corporation when she was arrested at 25, and eventually convicted of leaking an intelligence report about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections to the news website The Intercept. She was given the longest prison sentence for leaking unauthorized government information to the media, drawing a five year and three months prison stretch.

Using transcripts recorded of Winner’s interrogation by the FBI that became evidence in her subsequent trial, New York director Satter first fashioned this transcript — with zero embellishment — into a critically acclaimed stage play called Is This a Room in 2019. That formed the basis for this docudrama hybrid.

The film is produced by Noah Stahl, Brad Becker-Parton, Riva Marker, and Greg Nobile. Executive producers are Ellyn Daniels, Will O’Connor, Daniel Ginsberg, Andrew Beck, Bill Way, Elliott Whitton, Eva Maria Daniels, Philipp Engelhorn, Caitlin Gold, and Satter. David Duque-Estrada and Rita Walsh co-produced.

The film is a Seaview and 2 SQ FT production in association with Burn These Words, In The Cut, Fit Via Vi, Cinereach, and Tanbark Pictures production.

Deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and WME Independent.

Financing, production and distribution legal handled by Eugene Pikulin at 3B Law.

Source: Deadline

March 3, 2023        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews




EXCLUSIVE: Will Gluck is getting back to his rom-com roots and looks to have landed two of the most sought-after stars in town for his next project. Sources tell Deadline that Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled R-rated romantic comedy, with Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell set to star and Gluck directing.

While the plot is being kept under wraps, the project is based on Ilana Wolpert’s script, which Gluck is rewriting.

Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Gluck (who with his Olive Bridge Entertainment has a first-look deal at Sony) are producing, with Sweeney exec producing for Fifty-Fifty Films. Natalie Sellers and Alyssa Altman are exec producing for RK Films.

Sony landed the coveted package at the end of last year and after figuring out Sweeney’s schedule with her Euphoria dates. Shooting is expected to start at the end of next month.

Following her Emmy-nominated work on HBO’s Euphoria and The White Lotus, Sweeney has spent her Euphoria hiatus building up an impressive upcoming slate starting with the Sony/Marvel pic Madame Web. That production finished last year and began a new strong relationship with the studio and the budding star, as Sony would then land the rights to the package The Registration that she is attached to star and produce. She is also attached to exec produce and star in a new Barbarella movie at Sony Pictures and has also also recently partnered with Fifth Season to produce a TV adaptation of The Players Table. She also recently wrapped production on National Anthem.

For Powell, the film returns him to his rom-com roots as well after his career was launched in Netflix’s Set It Up opposite Zoey Deutch. He is coming off a big 2022 starting with Top Gun: Maverick. He also recently co-starred with Jonathan Majors and executive produced the historical war epic Devotion for Sony. Additionally, he will team with Chris Morgan in the sci-fi action thriller Deputy X for Universal and has signed on to the buddy comedy Foreign Relations, where he will star alongside Nick Jonas.

Best known for his comedies Easy A and Friends With Benefits, Gluck is currently developing End of the World, an action comedy he wrote with Chris Bremner and which Gluck will direct, and Just Dance for Ubisoft which Gluck wrote with AC Bradley and will direct. On the TV side, Gluck is adapting Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen with Noah Pink for Peacock, which he will direct and produce. He is also producing the Black List-topping Move On, a sci-fi romance by Ken Kobayashi, for Sony, and the live-action adaptation of Aristocats for Disney.

Wolpert is the executive story editor on Season 4 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series at Disney+. She is developing her original series Turn of the Century Teenage Bitch with Animal Pictures (Maya Rudolph & Natasha Lyonne), Paulilu (Paul Downs & Lucia Aniello) and 3 Arts. Previously, Wolpert sold and developed her original pilot I’m In Love With the Dancer From My Bat Mitzvah at the CW with Rachel Bloom. 

Sweeney is repped by Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Powell is repped by CAA and Johnson Shapiro. Gluck is repped by UTA. Wolpert is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

January 18, 2023        Posted by MyAnn        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews