8 items from 2007
30 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sean Connery's son, Jason Connery, is directing the tale of an elite group of soldiers (Gooding, Manning, Jason London, Franky G, Zack Ward, Stephanie Jacobson and Brandon Fobbs) sent on a covert mission by a government agent (Cruz) to retrieve a missing scientist (Perlman) from an underground lab.
They encounter a priest (Rollins) who tells them that an "ancient evil" has been released, causing their greatest fears to come to life. Their former leader (Winstone) plays a pivotal role in uncovering what is actually taking place at the facility. Bill Moseley and Sarah Ann Morris play members of the compromised research team.
Former Universal Pictures head Sid Sheinberg, his sons Jon and Bill Sheinberg (Slappy and the Stinkers) and Steve Harris are producing the film from a screenplay by Keith Kjornes. Connery has acted in more than 30 films and television roles, and recently made his directing debut with Pandemic.
Gooding is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment. »
- It was a night of multiple winners instead of winners with multiple wins at the 17th annual Gotham awards - where the Ifp recognize the best in independent filmmaking through 6 simple award categories. With only Todd Haynes' Dylan project as a possible threat, it was perhaps an easy win for Sean Penn's Into the Wild. And thought Craig Zobel got shut out in two categories, the director was rewarded with the Breakthrough director award. Michael Moore's popularity has not diminished as he picked up documentary film award of the year (evidently for Sicko) and Reitman's Juno continued its rise in popularity with Ellen Page picking up breakthrough actor award over Emile Hirsch's perf in Into the Wild. Voters were dead-locked in the ensemble category: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead was perhaps the favored of the category and people didn't forget Focus Features' summer »
The Punisher star Thomas Jane has discovered making movies is a tough business - he has to keep his cast warm. The actor is making his directorial debut with a 3-D thriller called The Dark Country, which is currently shooting on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jane is also starring in the project alongside The Texas Chainsaw Massacre actress Lauren German and Hellboy's Ron Perlman. And he admits it's a challenge just keeping his castmates comfortable. He explains, "It's a lot of work. We're shooting nights and it's a challenge. It's getting a little nippy out here and it's supposed to be a summer night scene, so my poor co-star, Lauren German, is out there wearing next to nothing. She's freezing for her art. But I'm secretly having a great time; I have a great cast and a fantastic crew." »
The acclaimed feature, which premiered in the fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, features Ron Perlman, James LeGros, Connie Britton, Kevin Corrigan, Jamie Harrold and Fessenden as members of a remote Alaskan oil-hunting team haunted by an unseen presence, which may or may not come from their imaginations.
Winter will be given a platform theatrical release and a simultaneous VOD release in mid-September. The film screens todayfri and Sunday at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival.
The film was produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte ("thirteen," Laurel Canyon). Writer-director Fessenden's credits include the arty horror films Wendigo and Habit. He has produced many genre films through his Glass Eye Pix production co., which handled production duties on Winter with Anidote Films.
IFC vp acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Sarah Lash from Cinetic Media, who represented the filmmakers. »
Producer-director Uwe Boll has teamed with Freestyle Releasing for the distribution of three films.
Headlining the package deal is the $60 million "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," which stars Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies, Matthew Lillard and Burt Reynolds. Freestyle is slated to open the film Jan. 18 on 2,500 screens in North America.
The project is based on developer Gas Powered Games' "Dungeon Siege" franchise, which was released on PC by Microsoft Game Studios.
Freestyle co-president Marke Borde said "King" will be Freesyle's tentpole movie. He said the P&A behind the movie is about $20 million to start. Boll is providing P&A for all three movies through private funding.
"Freestyle is really getting behind this picture," Borde said. "We've hired support staff just to market this picture, and we plan on reaching out to both traditional media as well as video game media to take full advantage of the Microsoft 'Dungeon Siege' video game."
There are plans to promote the movie at Comic-Con and other events, Boll said. »
NEW YORK -- Dominic Monaghan will play an 18th century gravedigger and Ron Perlman is attached to play his priest in the horror film I Sell the Dead for producer-actor Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix.
Monaghan (ABC's Lost, the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Fessenden (Broken Flowers) will portray London corpse traders who perform services for an aristocratic doctor. Perlman (Hellboy) is in final negotiations to play a mysterious priest who takes confession from Monaghan's character.
Angus Scrimm, who played the evil Tall Man in the Phantasm horror film series, is in final talks to play the doctor.
Production on the indie film from writer-director Glenn McQuaid will begin in May in New York, scheduled between the end of Monaghan's Lost shooting schedule for ABC and the beginning of Perlman's Hellboy 2: The Golden Army shoot for director Guillermo Del Toro and Universal Pictures.
Sell will be produced by Peter Phok and Fessenden through Glass Eye's Scareflix horror banner. It marks McQuaid's feature film debut. He directed the gravedigger-themed short The Resurrection Apprentice, starring Fessenden. »
- Jameson here with a recap of Day 2 of the New York Comic Con:Saturday February 24: I arrived at 9 am for a press-only preview of The Hills Have Eyes 2 and breakfast with Wes Craven, who is acting as a producer and screenwriter on the sequel to the remake of his original sophomore feature film, The Hills Have Eyes. Also present were his so and co-writer Jonathan Craven, along with two cast members, Jessica Stroup and Daniela Alonso. I talked to Jessica for a few minutes and she spoke enthusiastically about the combat training and rock climbing the cast did in preparation for the film, and also how lunch on the set could be a little odd at times with half the cast walking around in full mutant make-up. I also got the chance to speak with Wes Craven, and ask him one question: What scares him? He claimed no phobias, »
2 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
APA has upped agents Barry McPherson and Josh Humiston to partner.
McPherson, whose roster includes Josh Cooke, Jorge Garcia, Will Sasso, Gary Dourdan, Crispin Glover, Bruce Campbell, Tony winner Viola Davis, Tichina Arnold, Christine Ebersole, Beverly Mitchell, Ron Perlman and John Rhys Davies, will remain vp talent and oversee the agency's New York theater department. Humiston will stay in APA's modern-rock department and work with the agency's music roster, which includes Fleetwood Mac, Lenny Kravitz and Robert Plant.
"Barry and Josh show where hard work will get you in this business," APA president and CEO Jim Gosnell said. He added that the promotions "help us achieve our goals as an agency and further our position in this business."
McPherson joined APA in 1993 as an assistant and has been an agent in the company's talent division for the past 11 years. »
8 items from 2007
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