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Mark Ciardi’s newly minted Aspire Entertainment is developing a sequel to recently completed young-adult gothic romancer “Fallen,” starring Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson and Joely Richardson.
Aspire has also hired veteran exec Campbell McInnes as senior VP of feature production and development. He will oversee the company’s film division.
“Fallen,” directed by Scott Hicks, is based on the first novel in a four-part series by Lauren Kate. “Fallen” was published in 2009 and was followed by “Torment” in 2010, “Passion” in 2011 and “Rapture” in 2012.
Timlin portrays a quiet teen who’s sent to the Sword and Cross reform school after she’s suspected of killing a boy. The school turns out to be full of supernatural occurrences, and many of the students are fallen angels.
Silver Reel financed the $40 million film, »
- Dave McNary
We’re happy to share the news that the wonderful Mr Stephen Fry has been confirmed to return and host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 8th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, it’ll be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony and we think he’s a perfect choice, the great man had this to say:
“Hosting the Film Awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honour of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be providing all the coverage we can direct from the event, »
- Dan Bullock
The film, set for release Jan. 30 on Super Bowl weekend, centers on 19th century Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini. Garrett is making his acting debut alongside Jared Harris, Joely Richardson and Christian McKay.
The film is set in 1830, when violin virtuoso and womanizer Paganini is at the peak of his career. A battle for power ensues when he is lured to London against his will and takes a liking to his host’s daughter, played by Andrea Deck.
Garrett exec produced and wrote the score with Franck van der Heijden.
- Dave McNary
When alien archaeologists — or future human historians — look back on the films from the post-wwii era through today, and into the foreseeable future, they will surely come to the conclusion that girls and women of our time didn’t do much of anything besides marry men, mother children, and stand aside and applaud while the boys engage in all manner of exciting exploits.
Which is, of course, complete nonsense.
With my new Kickstarter, I am seeking funding for a project to detail on a very fine, nitty-gritty, film-by-film basis just how badly movies fail girls and women. (More details and links to supporting materials can be found and commented on here.)
I hope you will help support an effort that is badly needed and that has not been attempted before. A pledge of as little as $1 can help.
Why does it matter if girls and women aren’t well represented on film? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Cinema Management Group will launch sales on The Messenger at Afm.
The Messenger follows Jack (Sheehan) who gets obsessed with passing on the final message of a brutally murdered journalist.
Producer Terry Stone commented: “I am thrilled that Cinema Management Group will handle both domestic and international sales for The Messenger at this year’s Afm. It is a competitive market and, given their extensive experience, Cmg are perfectly suited to ensure the best results possible.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
London — International sales outfit Cinema Management Group has taken worldwide distribution rights to “The Messenger,” and will be selling the pic at the Afm. The trailer for the film launched today.
The feature is directed by David Blair (“Best Laid Plans,” “Accused”). The cast includes Robert Sheehan (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Misfits”), Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck,” “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), Jack Fox (“Dracula,” “Fresh Meat”), Lily Cole (“The Moth Diaries,” “Snow-white and the Huntsman”), David O’Hara (“Reach Me,” “The Departed”) and Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre,” “The Tudors”).
The pic is the story of Jack: in and out of secure units all of his young life, subjected to every drug thrown at him, every treatment they can think of… but nothing is able to make the dead go away, they always find a way through. The pic is the story of Jack’s last melt down: a story of frustration and guilt, »
- Leo Barraclough
We were all hoping that the London production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour would mark Keira Knightley's Broadway debut (she got great reviews in 2011 starring opposite Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss), but we'll take her however we can get her. Next fall, she will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of the tragic novel Thérèse Raquin, continuing with Knightley's affinity for period dramas. In other news, Big Brother standout Frankie J. Grande (the bro of another famous Grande, Ariana) will take on a supporting role in Rock of Ages for two months beginning Nov. »
- Jason Clark
"Words are my life," declares Emily Dickinson, portrayed by Joely Richardson in The Belle of Amherst. And indeed, words are what you get in this Off-Broadway revival of William Luce's 1976 one-woman play, immortalized by actress Julie Harris in a Tony Award-winning turn that she later reprised for a PBS television production. Conveying the essence of the reclusive poet's life via an interweaving of her poems, letters, diaries and pure imagination, it's an incisive portrait that provides a marvelous vehicle for talented actresses. Richardson is accustomed to having big shoes to fill thanks to her lineage:
- Frank Scheck
The Messenger, from Gateway Films, has recently completed shooting. This film was shot in the United Kingdom, by director David Blair. Shot in the summer, several more photos from the films have been released. The stills show the character Jack. Jack is a conduit between the physical and supernatural. And, this supernatural thriller stars Joely Richardson (Event Horizon), Robert Sheehan and Lily Cole. A preview for the film's upcoming release is here. There are a few plot points in The Messenger. Jack (Sheehan), the protagonist, has his own past to deal with. He is still trying to cope with his father's death. But, Jack is also caught in the middle of another complicated relationship. He is trying to pass a message from the other-world and from Mark to his wife, Sarah. A killer is also lurking just out of frame. The latest photos for The Messenger focus on Jack. He is confronted by a psychiatrist, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
The premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show is fast approaching, but fans of the show with an eye for design can jump into the carny culture with style right now, as FX has announced an online costume creation contest based on the show. Participants submit sketches and descriptions of their designs, and the winner will receive a cash prize, have their costume brought to life in a photo shoot, and more.
Press Release – “What: To celebrate the launch of American Horror Story’s much anticipated fourth installment Freak Show, premiering on October 8th, FX will launch a costume design competition. The contest invites participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series. Contestants will submit their American Horror Story sketches along with a description of their design inspirations, which will be judged by the show’s head costume designer Lou Eyrich, Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, »
- Derek Anderson
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Lionsgate have acquired Henry Hobson's feature debut 'Maggie. The movie was all set to make its first appearance at this weeks Toronto International Film Festival but will now unfortunately not be screening. The apocalyptic zombie flick is being lined up for a theatrical run across the Us in early 2015. It stars Abigail Breslin ('The Call') in the title role as the infected daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's ('End of Days') character. The movie shot in New Orleans, which Arnie will be co-producing as well, also stars British milf Joely Richardson ('Nip/Tuck', 'Vampire Academy'). »
In a preemptive deal that knocked it out of the Toronto premieres line-up, Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to apocalyptic thiller Maggie. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman And Robin), Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck), Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, the relationship between father and daughter is tested. Henry Hobson is directing from the Black List script by John Scott 3. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are exec producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
- The Deadline Team
Lionsgate Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for the zombie thriller Maggie. This film was expected to premiere at the Toronto Int. Film Festival. However, this premiere date will be delayed. Instead, Maggie will be released later in 2015. This film, which is officially complete, involves a zombie virus, which infects a young woman; her father is powerless to save her. Fans will recognize several of the cast from the film, including Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Laura Cayouette. A few more details on the film are below. Maggie is an emotional tale of family ties. A worldwide virus is reducing the populace to man-eating flesheaters. Also, a father's love is tested when his daughter becomes ill and Wade (Schwarzenegger) must decide if he can watch Maggie (Breslin) devolve into something less than human. A trailer is expected soon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller “Maggie,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oscar nominated actress Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson, the studio announced Tuesday. Henry Hobson directed from a Black List script by John Scott 3. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel executive produced the film, which was financed by Silver Reel and Gold Star Films. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Toronto Film Fest: Jeff Sneider Picks. »
- Jeff Sneider
It was set to premiere at Tiff, but not anymore. Lionsgate has announced that in a "preemptive deal prior to the start" of Tiff, they've acquired the release rights to Maggie, an "apocalyptic thriller" (read: zombie movie) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The film was set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival late in the fest next month, but with an early 2015 release planned, they've decided to pull it from the fest (the film's original listing is now gone). Whether this upsets you or not, the good news is that it will still be released in theaters... eventually. Some photos from the film below. Schwarzenegger plays a Midwestern farmer who stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie. The script by John Scott 3 earned a top spot on The Black List in 2011, and »
- Alex Billington
From the Press Release
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman and Robin).
The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
- Steve Barton
Wade knows his daughter Maggie is succumbing to an infection that will inevitably turn her into a zombie, but he’s hoping his fervent love will keep her human for as long as possible. With its Tiff world premiere right around the corner, the zombie drama Maggie has been picked up by Lionsgate and will now forego playing at the festival, looking to debut instead via an early 2015 theatrical release.
The news of Maggie not playing at Tiff comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Lionsgate now holds the film’s North American distribution rights. We have the official press release with full details below (a big thanks to Collider for the press release!).
“A Midwestern farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this audacious, genre-bending debut feature from director Henry Hobson.”
Directed by Henry Hobson »
- Derek Anderson
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator and The Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman & Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck). The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
In the genre-subverting apocalyptic thriller Maggie, which Lionsgate just acquired for North American distribution, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father grappling with his daughter’s imminent zombie-ness.
John Scott 3’s Black List script imagines a world overtaken by a zombie virus, but focuses the trauma on the relationship between a father and his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly devolves into one of the cannibalistic undead. Henry Hobson, whose main credits are for designing title sequences for video games, television shows, and films such as The Help and The Walking Dead, directed the film, which also stars Joely Richardson. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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