Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay’s ‘Burn Your Maps’ for release date set

Cinelou Films has set an Oscar weekend release date of Feb. 24 for its Vera Farmiga-Jacob Tremblay comedy-drama “Burn Your Maps”, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, directed by Jordan Roberts, centers on an American 8-year-old who declares to his parents that he is actually a Mongolian goat herder born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker, they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world.

“It’s the same kind of quirky story as ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ and we think mature audience will respond – particularly with an opening on the Oscar weekend,” said Mark Canton, who founded Cinelou in 2014 with Courtney Solomon.

“Burn Your Maps” is the fifth title from Cinelou, founded as a prestige label specializing in character-driven adult-targeted movies in the $10 million range. Since then, it’s released Jennifer Aniston’s dark comedy “Cake” and Eddie Murphy’s “Mr. Church” with Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian” set to open Jan. 13 through Sony Classics. “Cake” performed solidly in limited release with $2.9 million and Aniston received Golden Globe and SAG nominations. “Mister Church” was less successful with $685,000 via Freestyle.

On Wednesday, the Sundance Film Festival gave a competition slot on Jan. 21 to Cinelou’s military drama “The Yellow Birds,” starring Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling international distribution for a total of six Cinelou releases.

“Burn Your Maps,” which premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, will open in two New York and two Los Angeles theaters on Feb. 24 before widening to somewhere between 350 and 600 locations. Canton and Solomon assert that their focus on quality material provides Cinelou with the momentum to continue attracting top talent – with plans to announce three more movie projects next year.

“Actors are looking to do something besides superhero and franchise movies,” Solomon said. “And we’re really enjoying what we’re doing.”

Canton was a studio exec at Warner Bros. and was the chairman of Columbia Pictures in the 1990s. His producing credits include the “300” movies, “Immortals,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Escape Plan.”

Solomon was the head of genre specialist After Dark Films before joining Cinelou.

Source: Mexico Star

‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Premiere Date, Spoilers, and More; Vera Farmiga to Stick Around?

The prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” “Bates Motel” finally comes to an end with its 5th season. Fans are up to witness through their TV screens how a seemingly normal teenager in the name of Norman Bates will lose his mind and turn into one of the most horrifying serial killers in the history of movies. Executive Producers of the show promises a beautiful and emotional ending.

When the showrunners to the critically acclaimed Motel Bates announced in Comic Con San Diego that they are officially ending the series in Season 5, fans were surprised and that is an understatement.

But the producers insisted that when Season 1 took off, they immediately thought that they’d only stick until Season 5 as they already thought about the perfect ending.

Although a specific date for its release hasn’t been confirmed yet, Motel Bates Season 5 is expected to air sometime in March 2017, Variety reported. The 5th season is also expected to introduce another character in the show’s homage to the “Psycho” franchise.

While “Bates Motel” has succeeded both in honoring the greatest horror movie and being a successful creepy TV series, it will come to an end as it introduces Marion Crane, who will be played by superstar singer Rihanna, Cinema Blend reported.

Rihanna will appear in multiple episodes and the show will perhaps re-enact the famous shower scene that has become one of film’s most iconic moments. “Psycho” is famous for its plot twists and turns but it has climbed into stellar success when Marion Crane stepped into her doomed shower scene.

Vera Farmiga is also expected to reprise her dead character Norma Bates. This season will be the unravelling of Norman and he will be having visions of his dead mother doing simple chores around the motel. In Norman’s mind, his mother is still very much alive and the producers promised this will have bone-chilling moments played out in the entire 10-episode Season 5.

Source: University Herald

Jacob Tremblay & Vera Farmiga for “Burn Your Maps” Interview

We present our highlights from the press conference of Jordan Roberts’ Burn your Maps from the 2016 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF16).

The film stars Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Marton Csokas, Suraj Sharma, and Virginia Madsen.

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany – He believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.

It’s been quite a ride for the cast, and here they talk about filming up in Calgary, watching Jacob fighting storms, playing with goats and riding a horse. It’s been quite a ride for the young star.



Vera Farmiga went on to talk about working with Jacob, the chemistry between them and how the young actor is open, mischievous and very savvy. She also talks about she was inspired by the relationship between the actor and his mother, which she used in their time on screen.



It was an easy choice for Farmiga to make, here she talks about reading the story and how the love and hope inherent in the script and the connection she made with her own life at the time.



Moving on to the director Jordan Roberts, and here he talks about casting the ‘little squirt’, and how he first encountered Jacob Tremblay from an audition tape. He talks of the honesty that the actor displayed, and how they came to cast him.



Tremblay himself talked about playing the character of Wes, and why the strange story connected with him.



He also talked about learning riding a horse, how to feed a goat, though they smell, and the general experience. And a note from the young actor – riding a horse without a saddle is painful…



With his role in Room blowing the roof off, so to speak, the young actor’s career. Here he talks about getting the role, and how the director and he worked on creating the character once he was cast.



The director expressed his surprise at how perfect Calgary doubled for Mongolia, and how easily it matched the environment.



Having filmed the movie in Canada it made sense for the director to be invited back for the Toronto Film Festival. He talks about how important Canada was to him personally and the film, particularly the kindness of the people.

Source: HeyUGuys

Patrick Wilson Joins Liam Neeson in Action Thriller ‘The Commuter’

The move also reteams Wilson with his ‘Conjuring 2’ star Vera Farmiga.
Patrick Wilson is joining Liam Neeson in The Commuter, the latest action collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and Neeson.

The move also reteams Wilson with his Conjuring 2 star Vera Farmiga, who is the female lead of the Studiocanal-backed project which will be distributed by Lionsgate.

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.

The script, by Philip de Blasi and Byron Willinger, centers on an insurance salesman (Neeson) in the midst of his daily commute who is forced by a mysterious stranger (Farmiga) to uncover the identity of a passenger before the train’s last stop.

Wilson has a key role in the thriller, playing the salesman’s trusted friend who helps him along the way.

The Commuter is the fourth movie Collet-Serra has done with Neeson after Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. The pic currently is shooting in London.

Wilson is coming off starring in one of this summer’s biggest hits, The Conjuring 2, where he reprised his role of paranormal investigator Ed Warren (Farmiga plays his wife). The New Line horror sequel has grossed over $318 million worldwide.

Wilson, repped by CAA and Anonymous Content, next appears opposite Michael Keaton in The Founder.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

‘Bates Motel To End With Season 5 – Comic-Con

A&E is checking out of Bates Motel. The network announced during the show’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con that the fifth season of the Psycho prequel will be its last.


Bates Motel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Both actors have drawn praise for their performances, receiving Emmy and Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star.

Bates Motel, from Universal Television, is executive produced by Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Vera Farmiga Joins Liam Neeson in Thriller ‘The Commuter’

“The Conjuring 2” star Vera Farmiga is coming aboard the Liam Neeson thriller “The Commuter.”

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the film, marking the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who teamed up on last year’s “Run All Night,” 2013’s “Nonstop” and 2011’s “Unknown.”

Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi wrote the script for Studiocanal and the Picture Company. Shooting is expected to start this summer.

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing. Collet-Serra will also serve as executive producer along with his Ombra Films partner Juan Sola.

Lionsgate bought U.S. rights for “The Commuter” and the “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, in November at the American Film Market.
“The Commuter” centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Farmiga will play a mysterious woman who boards a commuter train and proposes an enticing opportunity to Neeson’s character.

Collet-Serra, a native of Spain, has been in post-production on Sony’s “The Shallows,” starring Blake Lively. The thriller hits theaters on June 24.

His other credits include the “House of Wax” remake in 2005 and 2009’s “Orphan,” in which Farmiga starred.

Farmiga is repped by CAA, manager Jon Rubinstein and attorney Jodi Peikoff. News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Source: Variety