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Unread post by justintime » Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:50 pm

Thank you, Newt.

Haunting music across the board - just keeps all the visuals in my head long after I’ve seen the trailer. Can’t imagine the impact of the whole film.

That second piece, “One Single Voice”, is sublime, cuts to the heartstrings (as does, for me, the poignant accompaniment to The Libertine’s closing scenes/credits). Just to clarify - does “...performed by her...” mean Ms. Jenkins or Ms. Grey?

Still waiting (not patiently) to hear what kind of distribution awaits this film here, in the States.
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Unread post by meeps » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:10 am

More praise and a prize for Johnny :truefan:

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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:46 pm

meeps wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:10 am
More praise and a prize for Johnny :truefan:
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Unread post by justintime » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:47 pm

Thank you, meeps :bouquet: ! Lovely photo, and heartfelt praise from the Energo Camerimage International Festival organizers.

THR made sure to include a link to their prior article (October 8, 2020) noting Minamata was selling world-wide but was still lacking a U.S. distributor.
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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:00 pm

Johnny Depp Drama ‘Minamata’ Acquired By MGM; February 5 Release Set Through American International Pictures Label For Japan-Set Mercury Poisoning Scandal



EXCLUSIVE: MGM has acquired the Johnny Depp-starrer Minamata, through its American International Pictures label. The Andrew Levitas-directed drama has been set for a February 5 release, dropping into the extended awards season as a theatrical and day and date PVOD release. The film made its world premiere during the Berlin International Film Festival last February. In addition to U.S. rights, MGM acquired Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

While the recent focus on Depp has come for all the wrong reasons in a libel case he pressed against the Rupert Murdoch British tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” (a court ruling is expected Monday), this is a chance for the focus to swing back to his chameleonic screen work.

In a drama inspired by a true story, Depp plays Eugene Smith, a famed photojournalist who has disconnected from the world but takes a final assignment from his Life Magazine editor (Bill Nighy). He travels to the Japanese coastal city of Minamata, where locals have been ravaged by mercury poisoning from chemicals dumped into the waters by a factory. He’s accompanied by a Japanese translator (Minami) and encouraged by a local villager (Hiroyuki Sanada) as he helps expose decades of gross negligence by the Chisso Corporation. Minamata also stars Jun Kunimura, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano and Akiko Iwase.

Levitas directed the film from a screenplay by Levitas, David K. Kessler, Stephen Deuters, and Jason Forman.

MGM earlier this month announced it would relaunch AIP, the former B-movie factor hatched in the ‘50s by Samuel Arkoff. Minamata is produced by Levitas for Metalwork Pictures and Depp for Infinitum Nihil, along with Sam Sarkar, Bill Johnson, Gabrielle Tana, Kevan Van Thompson, David K Kessler, and Zach Avery. Executive Producers are Jason Forman, Stephen Deuters, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Peter Watson, Marie-Gabrielle Stewart, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, Nobu Hasegawa and Joe Hasegawa.

Levitas said he was “humbled and pleased that wonderful distributors like MGM, NGOs, and institutions, around the world have joined us in our effort to bring light and voice to the people of Minamata and all of those who are forgotten, oppressed, and left voiceless. This uplifting story of hope, passion, and community reminds us that alone we may be the parts per million, but together we are the millions.”

Chris Ottinger, President of World Wide Television Distribution & Acquisitions at MGM said that “It’s an incredibly dynamic moment in the acquisition space right now, which has allowed us the freedom to explore new opportunities within the premium content world. We are thrilled to be releasing Andrew’s film via this newly relaunched label.”

HanWay’s Gabrielle Stewart, CAA Media Finance and MGM’s Sam Wollman, EVP of Worldwide Acquisitions & Film Sales.

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Unread post by gipsyblues » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:56 am

:thankyou: SnoopyDances. Good News :applause2:

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Unread post by Sweeney Todd » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:21 am

:applause:
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Unread post by AdeleAgain » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:13 pm

Must stop focusing on the court cases and think about films! Actually so pleased the released is being delayed - pointless putting it out in cinemas in February - they aren't even open in the UK and I actually would love to make an event out of this one. Also no bad thing to push it back a bit, who knows, miracles may have happened and justice be delivered!

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Unread post by In-too-Depp » Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:48 pm

New stills.
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Unread post by gipsyblues » Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:39 am

:thankyou: In-too-Depp, for the great photos. Like many of you, I am happy to see this important ,wonderful and very good film. But it is really better to wait until the theaters reopen, :agreesign: AdeleAgain.

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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:10 am

:thanks!:

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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:21 pm

Release dates are being pushed back to September for US, UK, Japan, and others
Still scheduled to open in Russia on April 29.
Australia/New Zealand on May 6.

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Unread post by fireflydances » Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:17 pm

Just want to see him in this one so much. Wonder why they are pushing it back for so many months. Getting an in-theater audience? But we are all aware and interested NOW and frankly I would rather see it online then have to wait for months and months to see it in a movie theater. Sad. :sad:
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Unread post by justintime » Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:19 pm

Thank you, SnoopyDances, for that important bit of info. This is one time I am glad a Johnny-film is being pushed back - puts it closer to the arena it belongs, especially for the US, UK, and Japan. I hope they make a soundtrack available. That music just plays with my head (in a good way). I love it.
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"I don't like it in here . . . it's terribly crowded." ~ Hatter
"There's something about Johnny that breaks your heart." ~ John Logan, ST
"Tear deeper, Mother." ~ Wilmot