×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day

In today’s film news roundup, Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” performs well, Jon Heder’s “When Jeff Tried to Save the World” gets distribution and shooting has begun on transgender drama “Gossamer Folds.”

BOX OFFICE

Trafalgar Releasing has reported more than $3.5 million in box office revenue in one day for the Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” from director Mat Whitecross.

Trafalgar said the film sold more than 300,000 tickets in over 70 countries worldwide and across 2,650 movie theaters on Nov. 14. It was the no. 1 title in the Netherlands, no. 2 in the UK, Australia and Italy and no. 5 in the US.

The release was in collaboration with Coldplay’s management team at Warner Music, Parlophone and Dave Holmes Management. The film showcases live performances and backstage footage from the global stadium tour A Head Full of Dreams, alongside archive material captured over 20 years.

Coldplay manager Dave Holmes said, “We saw Coldplay fans from every corner of the globe heading to cinemas to experience the film together, and the feedback has been incredibly positive.”

ACQUISITION

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the worldwide rights to “When Jeff Tried to Save the World,” starring Jon Heder in the title role.

Maya Erskine, Jim O’Heir, Brendan Meyer, Anna Konkle, Steve Berg and Candi Milo also star. The film is directed by first­-time filmmaker Kendall Goldberg. It will be distributed under the company’s FilmBuff label, and will be available on all major VOD platforms on Dec. 7.

Heder plays the manager of an old­ school bowling alley called Winky’s World as he tries to save the community staple from its impending sale. Goldberg co­-wrote the script with Rachel Borgo. The film, which was shot in Chicago, is produced by Goldberg, Shane Simmons, Jimmy Seargeant and Burn Later Productions’ Sam Slater.

PROJECT LAUNCH

Paperclip Ltd, the production company co-founded by Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell, has started principal photography on transgender drama “Gossamer Folds.”

The film is co-produced by Paperclip Ltd and Mill House Motion Pictures and tells the story of Gossamer, a transgender woman, who befriends her new neighbor. Lisa Donato, whose credits include “Signature Move” and “There You Are,” is directing. The cast includes Jackson Robert Scott, Sprague Grayden, Shane West, Ethan Suplee, Franklin Ojeda Smith and transgender actress Alexandra Grey.

The 1986-set project tells the story of a 10-year-old, uprooted from the big city and unceremoniously moved to a small town where he is forced to spend a lonely summer bearing witness to his parents’ disintegrating marriage. He ends up befriending his new next-door neighbors, a recently retired English professor and his transgender daughter, Gossamer.

Nick Adams, director of Transgender Media & Representation at GLAAD, advised the project during pre-production.

“It is gratifying that the TRANSform Hollywood guide is helping filmmakers find the resources they need to tell authentic, accurate stories about transgender people,” Adams said. “‘Gossamer Folds’ is a rare story about a friendship between a young boy and a trans woman. I look forward to seeing a film that moves beyond the typical transition narrative and explores a trans woman’s relationship with her father, her friends, and her community.

“Gossamer Folds” is financed by Paperclip Ltd, with Smith and Cornwell producing alongside Jordan Foley and Jonathan Rosenthal of Mill House Motion Pictures and Adam Carl. It’s based on an original screenplay by Bridget Flanery. Smith is best known for voicing Lisa Simpson in the animated television series “The Simpsons.”

More Film

  • Brie Larson

    Brie Larson on Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: 'We Gotta Move Faster'

    While Brie Larson is thrilled over the success of the female-led “Captain Marvel,” the actress wants more diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Larson sat down with Variety’s Marc Malkin for the first episode of Variety and iHeartMedia’s new film podcast, “The Big Ticket.” “I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of [...]

  • Mammoth Films Festival to Open With

    'In Fabric' to Open Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

    Director Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric” starring “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie is set to open the fifth Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, the organization has announced today along with their film lineup. The festival in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., will take place May 22-26 and feature several films’ U.S. debuts. In addition to the narrative feature [...]

  • Kristen Stewart'JT LeRoy' Film Premiere, Arrivals,

    Kristen Stewart: 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot Is 'Woke' but Still 'Funny and Weird'

    “Charlie’s Angels” has made the jump to 2019. Kristen Stewart, who stars in the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot as one of the Angels, says the classic ’70s franchise has been updated to modern times without losing its pulpy action. “At one point I think we said it was woke and grounded, and everyone was like, ‘Wait, [...]

  • Calamity Jane

    Indie Sales Acquires Remi Chayé's Female-Driven Animated Feature 'Calamity' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paris-based company Indie Sales (“My Life as a Zucchini”) has acquired Rémi Chayé’s animated film “Calamity – The Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,” the French helmer’s follow up to his critically acclaimed feature debut “Long Way North.” “Calamity – The Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary” tells the story of the 12-year-old Martha Jane who must [...]

  • Scarlett Johansson on 2020 Election, Avengers

    Scarlett Johansson on Running for Office: 'Maybe at Some Point'

    President Scarlett Johansson, anyone? While she may not be running for office at the moment, Johansson says a campaign may be in her future. “Maybe some time in the future,” she says when asked if her political activism has inspired her own aspirations. “I think the greatest way to effect change is in local politics. [...]

  • Circus of Books

    Netflix Acquires Tribeca Doc 'Circus of Books,' Exec Produced by Ryan Murphy (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Circus of Books” ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rachel Mason wrote and directed the pic, and also produced it along with Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Camilla Hall and Adam Baron. Ryan Murphy, Josh Braun, John Battsek, Rhianon Jones and Gerald Herman executive produced. [...]

  • Santa Fe Studios Netflix

    Santa Fe Studios Competes With Other New Mexico Stages for Streaming Business

    Albuquerque Studios entered the spotlight last October when it was purchased by Netflix. While the complex is clearly the jewel in the crown of New Mexico’s production infrastructure, with eight soundstages totaling 132,000 square feet, 100,000 square feet of production offices, a large backlot and support space, it’s not the only modern studio facility in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content