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Cannes 2024: the buzz titles from North America


by Jeremy Kay, SCREEN DAILY

May 14th, 2024

Fortitude International launches talks on the Pierce Brosnan romantic thriller In The Wind from Passage Pictures. The former 007 star will play a reclusive retired spy drawn out by a neighbour, digging up secrets from both their pasts. Simon Barry, creator of Netflix hit show Warrior Nun, makes his feature directorial debut and produces with Passage through his Reality Distortion Field.

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Linda Hamilton & Abbie Cornish Board Anna Nicole Smith Pic ‘Trust Me, I’m A Doctor’; UTA, Fortitude To Launch Sales At Cannes


by Matt Grobar, DEADLINE

May 1st, 2024

Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards) have come aboard to star opposite Kal Penn in Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, a new film from writer-director Thane Economou (The Wedding Party) that will launch sales at the Cannes Market.


UTA Independent Film Group is handling domestic rights, and Fortitude International overseeing international.


CaliWood Pictures Invests In Nadine De Barros’ Film Sales Firm Fortitude International Ahead Of EFM

by Andreas Wiseman, DEADLINE

February 5, 2024

LA-based financier CaliWood Pictures has invested in Nadine de Barros’ international sales firm Fortitude ahead of the EFM market in Berlin. The terms of the investment were not disclosed but we understand de Barros will maintain control over company direction. The backing is designed to grow Fortitude’s production and finance capabilities and provide opportunities for both outfits.

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‘After’ franchise star Hero Fiennes Tiffin joins Irish thriller ‘Mr. Smith’; Fortitude launching AFM sales (exclusive)

by Jeremy Kay, SCREEN DAILY

October 30, 2023

Production scheduled for Ireland in February 2024. Hero Fiennes Tiffin, star of the YA After franchise, has signed on to play the lead in Irish thriller Mr. Smith, which Fortitude International will introduce to buyers at AFM this week. Declan O’Dwyer (Miss Scarlett And The Duke) will direct from his previously titled Black List screenplay Broken Cove, with Zoe Rocha of RubyRock Pictures on board to produce. Production is scheduled to commence production in Ireland in February 2024.

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Keira Knightley To Star In Dystopian Sci-Fi ‘Conception’ In Which The Government Has Taken Control Over Parenting; Fortitude Launching For AFM

by Andreas Wiseman, DEADLINE

October 26, 2023 10:51am

Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is set to star in dystopian sci-fi thriller Conception, in which the British government has taken control over parenting. Written and directed by Camille Griffin (Silent Night), Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler are producing for Maven Screen Media and Fortitude is launching for international sales at the upcoming AFM. CAA and Range Media Partners are handling domestic sales. Fortitude is also financing the film, which will be a UK production produced under an Equity contract.


'Michael Shannon, Kate Hudson to Star in Comedy 'Shriver'


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Don Johnson and Da'Vone Joy Randolph will also star in the satire, set in a small liberal arts college.

Michael Shannon, Kate Hudson, Don Johnson and Da’Vine Joy Randolph will star in comedy Shriver. The feature from writer-director Michael Maren is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chris Belden. The story is set in a small liberal arts college that— desperate to make a splash in the literary world— thinks they have found a famous writer who has been in hiding for 20 years, Shriver, and invites him to their writer's conference. Unfortunately, the person they have located is a different Shriver, a down-on-his-luck handyman who has never read a book in his life and has trouble telling the difference between his imagination and reality

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Diane Keaton & Jeremy irons to star in love, weddings, & other disasters' comedy from Dennis Dugan- Toronto

by Amanda N'Duka, DEADLINE

August 29, 2019 11:00am


Oscar winners Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons have been tapped to star in Love, Weddings & Other Disasters, a female-driven romantic comedy helmed by Dennis Dugan, the director behind films like Grown Ups, Big Daddy, and Happy Gilmore.

DNCE guitarist JinJoo Lee, Jesse McCartney and Veronica Ferres also co-star in the indie film, which will begin production next month in Boston. The pic will be presented before buyers via Fortitude at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Mel Gibson to play rowdy Santa Claus in 'Fatman' 

by Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter

May 8 2019 10:02am

The action comedy — heading to the Cannes market — is a darkly comic Christmas movie.
Ho ho ho, it's, er, Mel Gibson!

The actor is set to suit up as Santa Claus in upcoming action comedy Fatman, heading to the Cannes market with Fortitude (CAA reps for U.S.) The film, about a spoilt kid who hires a hitman to kill the famously festive Lapland resident, will be directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms (Small Town Crime, Waffle Street, Lost on Purpose), based on their original script. It will be produced by Brandon James of Rough House, Nadine de Barros (JT Leroy) of Fortitude and Lisa Wolofsky (White Crow) of Skywolf.

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iFIlm Review: ‘The Tribes of Palos Verdes’

by Peter Debruge, Variety

December 1, 2017


After 19 long years, Joy Nicholson’s ocean-spray coming-of-age tale “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” has finally found its way to the screen, and though there’s virtually zero sense of anticipation surrounding the arrival of this once-hot property, directors Emmett and Brendan Malloy have done right by the source material — a West Coast answer to Ang Lee’s Connecticut-set “The Ice Storm,” which came hit theaters a year before her novel was published. Like one of those surfers who blithely changes out of his wetsuit between parked cars along the Pacific Coast Highway, “Tribes” skins back the veneer of upper-middle-class suburbia, only to reveal heartbreak and dysfunction underneath.

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'Coup d’Etat': Film Review | Napa Valley 2017

by Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

November 21, 2017


Michael Caine stars as a ruthless dictator alongside Katie Holmes and Odeya Rush in this fiercely funny social satire.

Whether it’s crazed Communists threatening to rain nukes on half the planet or overgrown frat boys bullying the other half of the world into cowering submission, there’s not much humor to be found in contemporary world affairs. Clearly what’s needed is a pointed satire highlighting the inherent absurdity governing global politics today, and Coup d’Etat may just fit the bill.


Rapid Round: Zoe Kravitz on Tribeca Movie 'Vincent N Roxxy's' Shocking Ending, Preparing for Final 'Divergent' Film

by Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter

April 18, 2016


The actress, who stars opposite Emile Hirsch in the film premiering Monday night at the festival, talks about the "dream situation" of 'Big Little Lies' and her interest in challenging herself with a comedy


For most of its nearly two-hour running time, the Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz starrer Vincent N Roxxy plays out as a rural love story, following two strangers, a small-town loner (Hirsch's Vincent) and rebellious punk rocker (Kravitz's Roxxy) as they hide out at Vincent's family's farm and grow closer.

'30 Movies That Could Make the 2017 Oscars Less White

by Sulagna Misra, Vanity Fair

February 2, 2016 


"...1. Vincent-n-Roxxy stars Zoë Kravitz, who was in Mad Max: Fury Roadand the Divergent series and this summer’s very excellent Dope. No doubt she’ll be flashing that clever smile of hers in the way only she can..."

Joe Manganiello Joins alec baldwin, salma hayek's comedy 'drunk parents'

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anuary 15, 2016


Joe Manganiello, Jim Gaffigan, Bridget Moynahan and Ben Platt have joined Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek in the comedy “Drunk Parents,” which began shooting Wednesday in New York City.

Fred Wolf is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Peter Gaulke. Producers are Robert Ogden Barnum and Aaron L. Gilbert.

Fortitude International’s Nadine De Barros On Building To Last; Adds ‘Android’ With Olga Kurylenko – AFM

by Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline Hollywood

November 5, 2015


As the AFM kicks off, and Fortitude International nears its 2nd birthday, the company has built a slate of elevated genre, thrillers and comedies with the latest addition, Android, a space-set sci-fier that will star Olga Kurylenko.Keeping Mum’s Niall Johnson is directing from a script he co-wrote with Matt O’Reilly that taps into the current A.I. zeitgeist. Trademark Films’ Ivan Mactaggart is producing with Infinite Studios Singapore’s Mike Wiluan and Lindsey Martin and Magnet Management’s Jennie Frankel Frisbie.

AFM: J.K. Simmons to Star in 'The Bachelors'
by Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter

November 3, 2015


The 'Whiplash' Oscar winner will play a recently widowed dad who moves to a new city with his 17-year-old son.


Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) has signed on to star in The Bachelors, a dramedy from writer-director Kurt Voelker (Sweet November).


'Tribes of Palos Verdes' Firmed for February Start by Robbie Brenner; Jennifer Garner & Maika Monroe Star


by Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline Hollywood

October 29, 2015


Robbie Brennerhas set at The Firm her first project since leaving Relativity to become partner and film division president at Jeff Kwatinetz’s production/management company. And the film is one that she put together at Relativity, the company that is preparing to pull itself out of Chapter 11


Josh Hutcherson, Ben Kingsley Starring in Political Thriller 'Backstabbing for Beginners'

by Dave McNary, Variety

October 26, 2015


Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley will star in the political thriller “Backstabbing for Beginners.”  Danish director Per Fly is helming the film which starts shooting in January.  Hutcherson will play an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program, who’s thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves.  Kingsley will portray his boss, a seasoned diplomat who is the one person that Hutcherson’s character can trust — only to discover that there may be a conspiracy at the highest level.

TIFF: Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek to Star as 'Drunk Parents'

by Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

September 13, 2015


Fred Wolf is directing the Fortitude International and bron Studios comedy.  Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek have signed on to star in comedy Drunk Parents, which The House Bunny  helmer Fred Wolf will direct.

Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Sofia Vergara Join 'The Brits Are Coming'

by Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

August 27, 2015


Alice Eve, Maggie Q and Stephen Fry also have signed on to join Uma Thurman in the film, which Fortitude International will be selling at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Will Ferrell To Star In ‘Tom’s Dad’ For Lasse Hallstrom; Fortitude On Intl Sales – Cannes

by Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline Hollywood

May 16, 2015


Will Ferrell has been set to star in comedy Tom’s Dad for Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström. The news was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke of Point Blank Productions (Ben Hur); Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil; and Arsenal’s John Ptak (The Way Back). Principal photography is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

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Cannes: Why Fortitude's Nadine de Barros Isn't Daunted by Much, Even Being Courted by the C.I.A.


by Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter

May 13, 2015


AThe feisty, widely respected foreign sales vet's company is also getting involved in production, including 'Barton & Charlie,' starring Emily Blunt, and 'Eleven Missing Days,' the story of when Agatha Christie disappeared in her mid-30s.


Talk about Plucky. Nadine de Barros was studying political science at The American University of Paris (she was raised in the U.S. but her father was French, so she has dual citizenship).....

Sam Claflin Set In Biopic Of UK Soccer Legend Robin Friday

by Anita Busch, Deadline Hollywood

May 7, 2015


The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin has been set to star in Robin Friday, a biopic about the controversial 1970s English soccer legend who died at age 38. The film is based on the biography The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story, co-written by Paolo Hewitt, who also penned the screenplay was written by producer Julian Stone and Hewitt.

In the UK, Friday’s wild lifestyle and athletic prowess is well known as he was considered a working-class hero. In 2004, he was voted “all time cult hero” in a BBC poll...


by Tatiana Segal, Deadline Hollywood

April 21, 2015


With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off next month, QED International has tapped Nadine DeBarros and the sales team from Fortitude International to handle key-market sales for QED at the 2015 market.

DeBarros will introduce to foreign buyers QED’s slate, including Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock the Kasbah, starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson, to be released wide by Open Road Films; and The Family Fang, directed by Jason Bateman, who co-stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. QED will premiere new footage from The Family Fang for Cannes buyers. CAA is handling U.S. rights to the film.


by Linda Gay & Beatrice Verhoeven, The Wrap

April 15, 2015



How he’ll spend his summer: Being a badass in action flick, “Hitman: Agent 47,” as the head of a team helping a woman discover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Upcoming: Friend is going to be busy directing, writing, and starring alongside Emily Blunt in “Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill.” He’s also continuing to play Quinn on Showtime’s “Homeland” opposite Claire Danes.

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by Jeremy Kay Screen Daily 

December 8, 2014


Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.


James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent.

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Remain in light secures afm haul

by Andreas Wiseman, Screen Daily 

November 13, 2014


Fledgling Benelux distributor Remain in Light has secured a string of hot titles from the American Film Market.


The all-rights acquisitions include Fortitude duo The Runner, starring Nicolas Cage as an idealistic but flawed politician who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal, and James Ponsoldt drama The End of the Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg andJason Segel in the story of a magazine reporter who recounts his travels and conversations with iconic author David Foster Wallace.

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10 Producers to Watch: Robert Ogden Barnum


by Andrew Barker, Variety

November 11, 2014


Barnum has spent the past decade bridging finance and independent film, having worked with the likes of Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. But it’s in recent years that he’s fully come into his own, partnering with Cassian Elwes last year to create e2b Capital, and boasting a slate that includes Kevin Costner starrer “Black and White,” Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way” and Paul Bettany’s “Shelter.”

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Emily Blunt In Talks To Join Rupert Friend’s Feature Directorial Debut

by Anthony D'Alessandro, Deadline Hollywood

November 8, 2014


Emily Blunt is in negotiations to co-star in Rupert Friend’s feature directorial debut Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill. Pic is being co-financed by Bron Studios and Fortitude International along with Creative Wealth Media Finance.  Friend, who will also star, wrote the script and will produce alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand. Both Friend and Blunt previously starred together as Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum and Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth are executive producers. Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill is currently schedule to begin principal photography this spring.

AFM A-List: 18 Hot Titles at This Year's Market


Pamela McClintock, Hollywood Reporter

November 4, 2014


Foreign film distributors seeking to fill their 2015 and 2016 slates will have a diverse lineup from which to choose at AFM -- but whether they decide to bite and prebuy a project before it begins shooting is another question because many have been burned by a star dropping out. "You can't go out with something that isn't fully baked," says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer. Lotus co-chairman Bill Johnson agrees: "The bull's-eye has gotten pretty narrow in terms of what distributors will aggressively prebuy." Insiders say a handful of potential high-profile projects still hope to close before AFM gets underway Nov. 5, but as it now stands, here are the titles high on buyers' lists (some have even started shooting).

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AFM: Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz Board Action-Crime Drama 'Vincent-N-Roxxy'

by Tatiana Siegel, Hollywood Reporter

October 29, 2014


Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz have signed on to star in the action-crime drama Vincent-N-Roxxy, which is being produced by Keith Kjarval's Unified Pictures.

Gary Michael Schultz wrote the screenplay and will also direct the film.  

The film follows down-on-their-luck rebels Vincent (Hirsch) and Roxxy (Kravitz), who fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. Anton Yelchin and Megalyn Echikunwoke previously had been attached to star.

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Pierce Brosnan Thriller 'Urge' Rounds Out Cast 

by Rebecca Ford, Hollywood Reporter

October 14, 2014


Indie thriller Urge, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene, has rounded out its cast with Alexis Knapp, Bar Paly, Chris Geere and Nick Thune.


Veteran film producer Aaron Kaufman (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Chef) is making his directorial debut with the film, which centers on a group of friends who escape to an island destination weekend and find themselves unable to resist trying a new designer drug. But the drug has one major side effect: it makes people lose the ability to control their urges.

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Keanu Reeves Joins Dramatic Thriller ‘Daughter of God’

by Anthony D'Alessandro, Deadline Hollywood

September 6, 2014


Keanu Reeves is joining the dramatic cop thriller Daughter of God, which will mark his fourth go-round with producer Cassian Elwes. The duo worked previously together on Eli Roth’s horror thriller Knock, Knock, 2010’s  Henry’s Crime and 2012’s Generation Um….  Daughter of God follows a police detective, played by Reeves, who investigates the truth behind his partner’s death, while a young Latina woman, played by Ana de Armas, experiences strange happenings. 

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Berlin: Slow- Forming Packages, Timing & Talent Issues May Lead To Soft Market

by Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline Hollywood

February 6, 2014


Nadine de Barros, in town with her new sales and finance shop Fortitude International, is doing a soft launch in Berlin ahead of a wider push on the Riviera in May. “There are more and more sales companies, so we all have a need for product, so we’re all making offers to similar actors.” 

Fortitude, Untitled ink deal

by Jeremy Kay, Screen Daily

February 7, 2014


Freshly minted Fortitude International has lined up a key early supply deal for five films with Untitled Entertainment, led by an upcoming project from The Iceman director Ariel Vromen.


International sales and financing company Fortitude launched last month headed by sales veteran Nadine de Barros [pictured] and producers Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum.

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SPWA Takes Int’l Territories on Jason Segel-Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘End of the Tour’

by Dave McNary, Variety

February 7, 2014


Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has taken all rights in international English-speaking territories, Latin America and other European markets to “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and directed by James Ponsoldt.

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De Barros, Wagner, Barnum Form Sales & Finance Outfit Fortitude International

by Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline Hollywood

January 21, 2014 


Just ahead of Berlin’s European Film Market, foreign sales veteran Nadine de Barros, financier Daniel Wagner and producer Robert Ogden Barnum have come together to create Fortitude International.  With equity, bridge and senior debt capabilities at its disposal, the new sales and financing venture will fully finance projects and is looking to produce strong, commercial and director driven material immediately for a slate of 10-15 movies a year.

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