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Rome – “Boyhood” protag Ellar Coltrane will be feted by Italy’s Capri-Hollywood film festival dedicated to launching Oscar hopefuls and establishing a creative and business bridgehead between Hollywood and the Italian film and showbiz communities.
The young actor from Texas, chosen by director Richard Linklater after an extensive casting process to play Mason Evans Jr. from age six through 18, will receive the Capri Family Award during the informal event on the Italo isle off the coast of Naples. Capri is gaining increasing prominence as a platform for Academy Awards campaigns.
“Capri, Hollywood is more and more focusing its attention on giving recognition to young movie stars,” said Pascal Vicedomini, the Italo journo who heads the fest and also runs its sister event Ischia Global, and the L.A. Italia Italo cinema showcase.
- Nick Vivarelli
The classic horror film The Omen and its slightly less-classic sequels have had a remarkably long shelf life. With four films spanning from the original in 1976 to 1991, plus a remake of the first film in 2006, The Omen series rivals The Exorcist for bad films spawned from a pretty good original. Now, The Omen trajectory will continue with a six-episode series from Fox called Damien, which will star Bradley James as everyone’s favorite Antichrist.
Damien charts the grown-up life of Damien Thorn, the evil little guy who killed everyone in the first film. Damien has become taller and sexier, though, and is apparently struggling to come to terms with the whole spawn of Satan thing. It’s not easy being the Antichrist.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey just scored two key roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, code name Cobalt, and now it looks as though Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related) is getting in on the action as well. It’s being reported that Curtis snagged the lead role in the pilot episode, which takes place during the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but in a different location. On top of that, Lifetime’s straight-to-series follow-up of The Omen just scored its headliner as well. Bradley James will lead Damien as the title character. Hit the jump for more on both shows The Walking Dead companion series focuses on two main characters, a female guidance counselor and a divorced teacher. According to Deadline, Curtis will take the role of the divorced teacher who’s being described as “a good man who tries to do right by everyone in his life. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Less than four months after Lifetime issued a series order for The Omen TV series entitled Damien, Merlin star Bradley James has signed on to play the title character. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will make his TV directing debut by taking the helm for the pilot episode and serving as an executive producer. The show is slated to premiere sometime in 2015 on Lifetime.
We first reported on the project back in May, when former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The six-episode series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the devilish child from the original 1976 film who has grown into an adult, seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. Damien is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, the Antichrist, »
“He must Die, Mr. Thorn!” According to Deadline, English actor Bradley James (best known as King Arthur on BBC’s “Merlin”) will take the lead as the adorable Antichrist in Lifetime’s series remake of The Omen titled “Damien.” Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) makes his TV debut directing debut and is also executive producing the first installment of…
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- Max Evry
Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth") will helm and executive produce the first episode which essentially ignores the previous sequels. In this version, Damien Thorn (James) has now grown up. He is still haunted by his past and must now come to terms with his true destiny - that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Fox TV Studios will produce the six-episode series which is slated to premiere in 2015. Glen Mazzara penned and will executive produce the show.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Here’s an update on a project that sounds highly promising, albeit one which we’ve not heard anything in a while - Lifetime’s televisual The Omen follow-up.
The show, a continuation of Damien’s story, will see Damien growing older and realising his destiny as the Antichrist. For once, this sounds like a franchise revival which actually has something a little different to explore.
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According to Deadline, the 31-year-old will play the title character in Lifetime's Damien.
The six-episode drama will delve into the life of Damien Thorn as an adult, years after the 1976 film which told the story of his childhood as an Antichrist.
Damien will be forced to come to terms with his true identity in the face of the satanic forces around him.
The series, which is expected to premiere sometime in 2015, marks Shekhar Kapur's first step into directing for the small screen, and he will also serve as executive producer for the first episode.
He raised hell for his parents as a boy in 1976’s The Omen, and in Damien, Lifetime’s upcoming follow-up series based on the classic horror film, viewers will see an adult Damien Thorn try to cope with the frightening fact that he is the spawn of Satan. We now know who will play the show’s titular role, as well as the creative mind that will helm the first episode of the series.
According to Deadline, Bradley James, who played Arthur Pendragon, the noble future Camelot king on BBC One’s Merlin TV show, has been cast as Damien in Lifetime’s The Omen series. It’s also been announced that Shekhar Kapur, who has helmed films such as Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, will direct and executive produce the first episode of Damien.
The six-episode series is written and executive produced by former The Walking Dead showrunner »
- Derek Anderson
Blanchett has won two 'Academy Awards', three 'Screen Actors Guild Awards', three 'Golden Globe Awards' and three 'BAFTA Awards'.
She was also appointed 'Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters' by the French government in 2012.
Blanchett first gained international attention for her role as 'Elizabeth I of England' in director Shekhar Kapur's 1998 film "Elizabeth", followed by her portrayal of 'Katharine Hepburn' in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film, "The Aviator".
Blanchett's other notable films include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001–03) and "The Hobbit" trilogy (2012–14), "Veronica Guerin" (2003), "Babel" (2006), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button »
- Michael Stevens
Rome – The Italo preem of “The Imitation Game” will open the 19th edition of the Capri-Hollywood film festival dedicated to launching Oscar hopefuls and establishing a creative and business bridgehead between Hollywood and Italy’s film and showbiz communities.
“Imitation Game,” considered a front-runner in the Golden Globes and Oscar races, will launch into Italy on December 27 from the Italo isle off the coast of Naples. The British biopic about prodigal mathematician and Wwi codebreaker Alan Turing, toplining Benedict Cumberbatch, will be released theatrically in Italy via local distributor Videa on January 1. The Weinstein Company is distributing the pic worldwide.
”We thank Harvey Weinstein for again choosing our festival as the Italian springboard for an extraordinary film that is in the running for a number of major global awards,” said Pascal Vicedomini the Italo journo who heads the fest and also runs its sister event Ischia Global and the L. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Lotus Entertainment has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi’s thriller November Criminals, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener. Beth O’Neil is producing with Lotus, which is also handling international sales at Afm. CAA and Wme are co-repping on the domestic side.
The screenplay from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) is adapted from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel, a murder mystery about two teenagers thrown into the dangerous underbelly of Washington DC when they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.
Lotus has a full plate at Afm with international sales duties on Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse as well as Replicas starring Keanu Reeves and Kidnap starring Halle Berry on its slate.
Gervasi and Knight are repped by CAA. Moretz is repped by Wme and Keener by Gersh.
- Jen Yamato
Steven Knight adapted the screenplay from Sam Munson’s novel about a pair of teenagers who fall in love while investigating the murder of a friend in a dangerous part of Washington DC. CAA and Wme jointly represent Us rights.
“This is a beautiful love story between two teenagers set against the backdrop of a murder mystery and it’s thrilling to have an amazing cast taking shape led by Chloe and Catherine.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Producer Peter Safran and writers Chad and Carey Hayes — who teamed on “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” — are collaborating on religious drama “The Crucifixion” and have tapped “Hitman” director Xavier Gens to helm.
Safran and the Hayes brothers will produce, with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian executive producing. Lotus will handle international sales at the American Film Market.
The story centers on a priest being jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism — leading to an investigative journalist striving to determine whether the priest lost the battle with a demonic presence.
Lotus recently announced it’s handling international sales on Shekhar Kapur’s “Tiger’s Curse.”
- Dave McNary
“Peter and the Hayes brothers have an amazing track record in the genre space, and we’re excited to be teaming up with them,” said Seibel. “We felt that a smart, edgy thriller like The Crucifixion combined with this amazing creative team had all the right ingredients to be a global box office hit.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
As final prep took place for the 35th American Film Market in Santa Monica, temperatures began rising — and so did optimism that the independent marketplace would generate significant transactions.
A flurry of deals came together in the week leading up to the Afm’s opening Wednesday: Henry Cavill starring in the action-thriller “Stratton”; Morton Csokas joining Emilia Clarke in “Voice From the Stone”; Shekhar Kapur directing “Tiger’s Curse”; Mitch Glazer’s TV series “Magic City” (pictured) becoming a movie with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray; Jon Bernthal and Catalina Sandino Moreno joining Catherine Zeta-Jones in drug-lord drama “The Godmother”; and Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning starring in “Three Generations.”
Adding to the positive vibes were several recent funding announcements: Kevin Frakes’ PalmStar backing Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road and Bill Block’s Qed plus Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp securing $600 million in financing with Scarlett Johanssen »
- Dave McNary
"Zombieland" and "Gangster Squad" helmer Ruben Fleischer will direct an untitled drug drama that's in the works. Based on the recent New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule," the film tells the true story of "Leo Sharp, the Indiana man who this year was caught running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was sent to the slammer at age 90." No word yet on who will write the script. [Deadline] "Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur is going Ya with "Tiger's Curse." Based on the books by Colleen Houck, the story centers on "teenager Kelsey Hayes, who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an exotic adventure across the far reaches of the globe where »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Internationally acclaimed producer and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) has come on to direct the epic adventure film Tiger's Curse, based on the first in a series of New York Times bestselling novels by author Colleen Houck. Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, has adapted the book for the screen.
Ineffable Pictures' founder Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel will produce along with Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, and with director Shekhar Kapur. Lotus' D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are executive producing and Lotus will introduce the action/adventure to foreign buyers starting at Afm.
Tiger's Curse follows Kelsey Hayes who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an »
He directed short segments in New York, I Love You and Venice 70, but we haven't seen a feature from director Shekhar Kapur since 2007's Elizabeth: The Golden Age. That's about to change, however, with the news that he's signed on to the Ya adaptation Tiger's Curse. Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) wrote the screenplay based on Colleen Houck's novel.The first in a saga that currently runs to four books and a novella, Tiger's Curse involves young Kelsey Hayes. In the market for a summer job before university, she finds herself in the unlikely position of looking after a white tiger called Dhiren in a travelling circus. Agreeing to be responsible for transporting the tiger back to India after he's been sold, she finds herself key to an ancient Indian curse. Cue globetrotting Lara Croft-type adventures with a dash of supernatural romance for good measure.“Colleen Houck has created »
Based on a series of novels by Colleen Houck, the story centers on a woman who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren while working at a circus in Oregon over the summer.
When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, the woman learns that the tiger is a prince who is the victim of a 300-year-old curse.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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