9 items from 2015
The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas Rising details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for freedom despite insurmountable odds and to »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at History Channel's upcoming eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," which stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Kris Kristofferson. Check out the photos below. Plot: The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and "Texas Rising" details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. »
Arc Entertainment has acquired exclusive North American rights to "The Squeeze," a thriller that marries the well-loved hobbies of golf and gambling. Written and directed by Terry Jastrow, "The Squeeze" follows a gambler who stumbles upon a world-class golfer living in a small town. He convinces his new friend to take his high-flying dreams and trade them in for high-stakes matches. Then things start to get ugly. The thriller stars Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katherine Lanasa, Jillian Murray and Jason Dohring. Read More: Sundance Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn Anchor Uneven 'Mississippi Grind' Golfers and gambling experts alike were quick to sing the film's praises: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said, "'The Squeeze' is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic," while Steve Wynn (chairman of Wynn Resorts) said, "If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you'll love this movie." Arc Entertainment Head of Acquisitions. »
- Rosie Narasaki
Kino Lorber has taken all Us rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.
The film charts the legal dispute that arose when the Paris-based magazine and target of the January massacre by Islamist terrorists re-printed Danish cartoons first published in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad.
Daniel Laconte directed the film, which includes interviews with Charlie Hebdo cartoonists such as Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who were killed on January 7.
The Squeeze will open in the Us on premium VOD and in select markets on April »
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Keanu Reeves’ current career reboot, kickstarted by a return-to-form turn in John Wick, looks set to continue if this week’s news is any indication. Yesterday he signed up to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s female-led horror, The Neon Demon, he’s already completed work on Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, and now, he’s hitting the streets of New York for his next effort, Daughter Of God.
As the film is currently in the process of being sold at the European Film Market, a small batch of images from the project have hit the web. Reeves takes center stage in both snaps as a police detective investigating the murder of his partner.
Written and directed by Gee Malik Linton – who will make his directorial debut with the movie – the story hones in on Reeves’ Detective, Scott Galban, as he seeks out the truth during his investigation. »
- Gem Seddon
Alchemy has acquired all North American distribution rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," starring Patrick Wilson opposite Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. The purchase represents Alchemy's second 2015 Sundance Film Festival buy, following their early pick up of the Nicole Kidman drama "Stangerland." Wilson stars in the film as Sam Ellis, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future whose one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family and career. "'Zipper' is a sophisticated political thriller anchored by Patrick Wilson's riveting performance as a man battling a burgeoning sexual addition," said Bill Lee, Alchemy's CEO. "We're excited to bring this gripping film to audiences everywhere." Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff »
- Zack Sharf
Indie distributor Alchemy has snapped up North American rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," a 2015 Sundance premiere starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. Co-written by Stephens and Joel Viertel, "Zipper" will hit theaters and VOD later in 2015. Here's the synopsis: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction threatening to destroy his life, family, and career. In a relatively strong Sundance for female-directed films, "Zipper" garnered mixed reviews upon its Park City premiere, though CraveOnline calls it "The grown-up thriller of the year," akin to David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The Guardian says there are elements to admire »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Just as sex scandals are pretty much as old as politics themselves, as long as we've had films, we've had cinematic depictions of sex scandals, usually serious and sometimes comedic. Whether filmmakers have had to be coy about the nature of the scandals -- see "The Best Man" or "Advise and Consent" -- or whether filmmakers have been able to directly tear sex scandals from the headlines -- see "Primary Colors" -- the ground has been fertile. Fortunately -- Unfortunately? -- sex scandals just keep coming along and we keep lapping them up, from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards to Anthony Weiner. Bringing the genre to Sundance this year was "Zipper," a largely straight-faced approach to a plausibly finger-on-the-pulse topic, which falls flat because of a middle act in which the drama spirals into dated addiction craziness. When it's a political thriller, "Zipper" is respectably acted and presented and has some merit. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Cargo will represent international sales at the Efm later this week. Alchemy brokered the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the film-makers.
The Orchard brokered the deal for Finders Keepers with Wme Global and plans a theatrical and digital release in 2015.
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9 items from 2015
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