Saturday, May 20, 2017

Halle Berry & Daniel Craig Drama 'Kings' Sells To The Orchard

'Kings', the drama that Halle Berry finished filming earlier this year opposite Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven, has been acquired by The Orchard, who has plans to release the film this fall with hopes of some award season love. Read details below:

Cannes: The Orchard Buys L.A. Riots Drama 'Kings'

The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to drama Kings, which is set against the backdrop of the 1992 L.A. riots and stars Halle Berry and Daniel Craig. The film was written and directed by Academy Award nominee Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), marking her first English-language feature.

Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray and Charlotte Ubben executive produced alongside Wei Han of Bliss Media. Maven and Bliss also co-financed the film. It is produced and co-financed by Charles Gillibert of CG Cinema. Vincent Maraval’s Insiders is handling international sales, with Maraval also serving as an executive producer. The Orchard is planning a fall release for the film, which is currently in postproduction.

Set in 1992 in South Central Los Angeles, Kings focuses on a foster family’s arrival to town just a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial. The deal marks the second prebuy acquisition for The Orchard at Cannes following a deal for Under the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Halle Berry Celebrates Mother's Day With Two Kids

Happy Mother's Day to Halle Berry!!! The 50-year-old actress posted photos on her official Instagram account of her celebrating the day by spending time with her two beautiful kids Nahla Ariela Aubry and Maceo Robert Martinez.

We have the toughest but most rewarding job on earth. So today, let’s celebrate each other. #mothersday

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Halle Berry Mourns The Death Of Her 16-Year-Old Cat

Halle Berry is mourning the loss of her 16-year-old cat Playdough, who had to be put down this week due to brain cancer. The award-winning actress took to her official Instagram account to reveal the loss, as well as, deliver a touching eulogy along with a picture of her and her three-year-old son Maceo giving the feline a smooch. Read it beneath:

Instagram: Yesterday my heart broke as we had to put our beloved Playdough to rest due to brain cancer. This little guy lit up our lives and brought us joy every day for 16 years! While his loss is tough for all of us, especially my children, it's an inevitable part of life. Playdough and Maceo were pals. Every morning they had b’fast together. Playdough his kibble and Maceo his Cheerios... Side by side... On the floor together. The bond my kids shared with Playdough was unique and special and through it, they learned compassion and kindness and the importance of loving and caring for life's sweetest creatures. Yesterday Playdough reminded us all that it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all! We will miss him! ❤️❤️❤️

Halle Berry's 'Kidnap' Set To Launch Aviron Pictures In August

After years in limbo amid the financial issues of distributor Relativity Media, we may finally get to see Halle Berry save her kidnapped son in 'Kidnap', a thriller directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Gwaltney that was initially set for in 2005.

The film has saw a string of release dates never materialize, but is now set to launch Aviron Pictures, a new distribution company by David Dinerstein, who founded Paramount Classics and was the architect of Fox Searchlight, on August 4th. Read details below:

Deadline: Just as the Cannes Film Festival is about to get underway, David Dinerstein, who founded Paramount Classics and was the architect of Fox Searchlight, is opening the doors to Aviron Pictures. The new distribution company will release up to eight wide releases a year beginning with the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap on August 4, followed by the Alec Baldwin-Salma Hayek comedy Drunk Parents in the fall, and an untitled horror film directed by Johannes Roberts in 2018 that’s a reboot of 2008’s The Strangers.

P&A funding for Aviron Pictures comes through Aviron Capital, a consortium of financiers including principal William Sadleir. Aviron Capital is an asset-backed senior lender with financing provided by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with more than $5 trillion under management. In addition, Aviron Pictures has a deal in place with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Dinerstein was joined by former Universal Pictures acquisitions executive Jason Resnick to help build out the Aviron Pictures slate and the label will be expanding its executive team in the near future. Aviron Pictures will also explore new media models on appropriate titles and platform release those movies as they see fit. Says Dinerstein, “Our intent has always been to let the films speak for the company, so we are proud to announce this slate of diverse pictures. For the past several months, we’ve been quietly tracking productions as we’ve been finalizing our financing. We are looking for the highest quality product and will only make a move if we are true believers in a film’s commercial potential theatrically and through all ancillary revenue opportunities. In that respect, our model is driven by creative execution and the potential for commercial excellence. We believe that these films squarely fit that bill.”

Aviron Pictures will be at the Cannes Film Festival looking for acquisitions.

Kidnap was originally set to be released by Relativity Media, and jumped around the calendar with its last date being March 10. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam produced Kidnap, alongside Joey Tufaro, Gregory Chou, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Berry under the Oscar-winning actress’ 606 Films banner. Given the film’s promising test scores particularly among African Americans, the producers sought to extract the adrenaline-fueled story about a woman trying to save her kidnapped son out of Relativity and were successful. Berry’s The Call was a profitable genre hit, made for $13M and grossing $68.6M worldwide. “Kidnap is a film we really believe in,” says Dinerstein, who took all U.S. rights to the Luis Prieto-directed thriller.

“The executives at Aviron have been passionate, treated us as collaborators, and demonstrated real outside-of-the-box thinking,” said producers di Bonaventura and Berry in a statement. “We know Kidnap is in very capable hands.”

Gold Star Films and Caspian Media Capital financed the Knate Gwaltney-penned film, with CAA representing the sale.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Halle Berry Honors Violence Survivor At VH1's 'Dear Mama'

Academy Award-winning actress and proud mother, Halle Berry, dazzled in black as she attended the VH1 event, 'Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms'.

Held at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California on Saturday, May 6th, she was there to honor a mom for the domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, The Jenesse Center.

For the past 18 years, Berry has been a champion for the center and all of the work they do, and urged audience members and viewers to support women in need.

"In light of what’s going on in our government right now, it’s important that we all stand up and fight to ensure that these women are not left behind and they are not penalized for being victims and dared to have the courage to survive." Watch a clip beneath:

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Behind The Scenes: Halle Berry Preps For Met Gala

Halle Berry gifted fans with a behind the scenes look at her meeting with Donatella Versace and how they prepared for her big debut at the Met Gala on her Instagram account. The full video will be released later this year when she launches her Hallewood app.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Photos Recap: Halle Berry Makes Jaws Drop At Met Gala

Peep more photos from Halle Berry's jaw-dropping due at the Met Gala on Monday, May 1st, where she wore a Atelier Versace catsuit featuring a long dramatic train.

Pop superstars Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are the co-chairs for the 'Rei Kawakubo / Commes des Garรงons: Art of the In-Between' themed event.

(Photos Courtesy of Daily Mail)

The actress posed for a photo with rap superstar Nicki Minaj.

She also documented her experience on her personal Instagram account.

Calm before the Met. #MetGala

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Simple hair by Castillo. Tonight, it's all about the fashion. #MetGala

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Donatella Versace. #CommedesGarรงons #MetGala

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Thinking about how I'm going to get up these stairs... #MetGala

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#Details by the great @karayoshimotobua.

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About last night...

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Halle Berry Makes Met Gala Debut In Sheer Jumpsuit

Marking her first appearance at the annual Met Gala event, award-winning actress Halle Berry, who has cover Vogue twice, arrived wearing a sheer body-hugging halter jumpsuit with over-the-top tiered train that left our jaws on the floor.

Pop superstars Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are the co-chairs for the 'Rei Kawakubo / Commes des Garรงons: Art of the In-Between' themed event.