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Universal wants Channing Tatum for Van Helsing in the Dark Universe

23 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal has already assembled plenty of star power for its Dark Universe, and it seems they could be looking to add another A-lister, with THR reporting that Channing Tatum is being eyed for the role of monster hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

Van Helsing made his debut in Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel, and has made numerous appearances on the big screen, having been portrayed by the likes of Edward Van Sloan, Peter Cushing, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Fonda, Mel Brooks and Christopher Plummer. His last Universal appearance came in 2004’s Van Helsing movie, where he was portrayed by Hugh Jackman.

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Should Tatum sign on, he’d join the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe (The Mummy), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein) and Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), while Dwayne Johnson, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have all been frequently linked to The Wolfman, »

- Gary Collinson

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Tribeca Festival Art Documentary ‘Blurred Lines’ Lands at Gravitas

17 July 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has bought worldwide VOD rights to the Barry Avrich documentary “Blurred Lines,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The films aims to break down controversial art world economics in a universe run seemingly without rules and regulations with behind-the-scenes access to art industry players and candid statements from prominent artists and participants like Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Rashid Johnson, Michael Ovitz, and Marina Abramovic.

“Blurred Lines” attempts to peel back the layers of the art world economy from production to circulation. It goes on to delineate integral players in the game of art-making, including curators, gallerists, collectors, donors, auction house, and the artists. Avrich tries to describe the complex ecosystem that supports the art world superstars.

“We are thrilled to have Gravitas represent the film and give audiences a backstage pass to a world you are not invited to,” Avrich said.

Avrich, who also served as an executive producer on “Blurred Lines,” has »

- Dave McNary

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Atom Egoyan pays tribute to Martin Landau by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 July 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Martin Landau starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Atom Egoyan's Remember

In 2016, when I spoke with Atom Egoyan about his film Remember, I commented to him that Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest came to mind and not only because of Martin Landau. His response was: "I think it's embedded in the script. I feel there is a lot of Hitchcock in this film. This idea of a character being manipulated by a plan or a machine that's outside of his control or his apprehension … It's strange, I remember talking with him [Landau] about shooting North By Northwest when we worked together many years ago. But I can't say it was conscious or deliberate."

Atom Egoyan on Martin Landau: "A great actor has left this stage with an astonishing body of work which we will remember and cherish." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

During my conversation at the Museum of Tolerance in New »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Martin Landau dies at 89 by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-07-17 07:19:54

16 July 2017 11:19 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Atom Egoyan's Remember: Zev (Christopher Plummer) with Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau)

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died, aged 89.

His publicist said the star had passed away in Los Angeles on Saturday following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation".

Landau, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Crimes And Misdemeanours and went on to win one for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, was also known for his roles as Rollin Hand in the long-running TV series Mission: Impossible.

He began his career as a cartoonist, moving into film around five years later. His film work would go on to include films as diverse as North By North West, Cleopatra and, more recently, Atom Egoyan's Remember. In an interview with Eye For Film's Anne-Katrin Titze, Egoyan spoke about working with Landau on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents, 30 years earlier. He said: "I »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Martin Landau Has Passed Away

16 July 2017 6:38 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

July 16th will be remembered as a day when we lost two cinematic legends. Following the heartbreaking news of George A. Romero's passing, it's now been reported that actor Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Landau passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from "unexpected complications."

Nominated several times for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (including for his work in Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors), Landau played horror icon Bela Lugosi opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, a superb supporting performance that earned him the Oscar win.

In addition to Coppola, Allen, and Burton, Landau worked with the great Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest. He would go on to appear in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, one of many guest-starring roles on genre television series, »

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Martin Landau, Legendary ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘North by Northwest’ Actor, Dies at 89

16 July 2017 5:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Martin Landau, a screen giant who brought his one-of-a-kind talents to Hollywood for more than 60 years, has died at 89. TMZ first reported the news, stating that the actor died yesterday of “unexpected complications” after briefly being hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center.

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Landau won a richly deserved Academy Award for his role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” having previously been nominated for both “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”; he also had three Golden Globes, six Emmy nominations, a BAFTA nod and several lifetime achievement awards to his name. More than that, though, he had an inimitable screen presence that both delighted and, when called for, unsettled.

Landau first came to wide attention for his performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” going on to appear in “Cleopatra, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Lady Macbeth’ Murders New Specialty Openers with Modest Box Office

16 July 2017 9:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Well-reviewed erotic period thriller “Lady Macbeth” (Roadside Attractions) led the new specialized limited lineup. But a below-$15,000 start at five major New York/Los Angeles theaters came in well below other stronger recent debuts.

With studio sequel “War for the Planet of the Apes” nabbing better-than-usual critical response (watch out for “Dunkirk” this week) and many popular films expanding, it’s getting tougher for even acclaimed new films to stand out.

Two top Sundance premieres — U.S. Narrative Competition title “To the Bone” and U.S. Documentary Audience Award winner “Chasing Coral” — both premiered on Netflix along with limited theatrical play. As usual for the company, the grosses went unreported.


Lady Macbeth (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2016, Sundance 2017

$68,813 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,762

This low-budget 19th-century adultery drama’s roots are closer to “Madame Bovary” and “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” than Shakespeare. With its bodice-ripping appeal, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘A Ghost Story’ and ‘The Big Sick’ Sustain Indie Box Office Surge

9 July 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A Ghost Story” (A24) joined the recent surge of strong limited openers. Boasting top reviews, David Lowery’s offbeat Sundance hit nabbed a wider than usual arthouse audience. A24 is terrific with the right project at casting a wider specialized market net, so this should join several recent titles led by “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) that have found wider interest as they expand.

This weekend, as breakout “The Big Sick” reaches a wider audience, it’s on its way to becoming the biggest specialized release of 2017 so far — and Amazon’s biggest grosser to date. It looks perfectly positioned for its nationwide break this Friday.

Syria documentary, likely Oscar-contender “City of Ghosts” (IFC) opened in New York only, landing high-end reviews for a reality-based theatrical release.


A Ghost Story (A24) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, Seattle, Bam 2017

$108,067 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Famous People You Never Knew Were In Star Trek

7 July 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Fortress of Solitude - TV News | See recent Fortress of Solitude - TV News news »

Here is a list of famous people you never knew were in Star Trek, including The Rock, Christopher Plummer, Andy Dick and more.

The post Famous People You Never Knew Were In Star Trek appeared first on Fortress of Solitude. »

- Edward Nigma

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‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Rescue Indie Box Office, Top All 2017 Specialty Openers

25 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Things are looking up at the specialty box office as two festival hits, Sundance breakout “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and Sofia Coppola’s Cannes director-winner “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) both beat all the 2017 limited openings to date. With $87,000 and $60,000 per theater averages respectively, they both accomplished something only one platform film (“Cafe Society”) achieved all last summer. And they did so the same weekend in some of the same theaters.

This shows that core specialty audiences are starving for cinematic nourishment they aren’t getting from mainstream studio fare.

The two new films join “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), which expanded well in its third week. A box office rebound for specialized non-mass-audience film is finally under way.


The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, Seattle 2017

$435,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $87,000

Amazon strikes again with its $12-million Sundance acquisition marking the biggest limited opening of the year, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Oaz Makes Daniel Abrams A Partner

22 June 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates has promoted Daniel Abrams to partner, joining longtime partners Michael Oscars, Gayle Abrams and Perry Zimel. The management and production company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month,. Oaz reps a roster that includes Christopher Plummer, Andrea Martin, Wendy Crewson, Kim Coates, Victor Garber, Edward Asner, Sharon Gless, Henry Czerny, Katie Ford, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Kristin Lehman among others. Daniel Abrams began… »

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Oaz Makes Daniel Abrams A Partner

22 June 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates has promoted Daniel Abrams to partner, joining longtime partners Michael Oscars, Gayle Abrams and Perry Zimel. The management and production company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month,. Oaz reps a roster that includes Christopher Plummer, Andrea Martin, Wendy Crewson, Kim Coates, Victor Garber, Edward Asner, Sharon Gless, Henry Czerny, Katie Ford, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Kristin Lehman among others. Daniel Abrams began… »

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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

19 June 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana. »

- Dave McNary

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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'

19 June 2017 12:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.

Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer whose credits include 127 Hours and The Full Monty, will adapt the screenplay.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood are on board as producers on Ondaatje’s sweeping 1987 saga of love and class. 

In The Skin Of A Lion takes place in Toronto in the early 1900s and chronicles the lives and loves of immigrant workers who built the city.

The book set the scene for Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is regarded as a sequel of sorts. The late Anthony Minghella adapted that novel, which famously went on to win nine Oscars .

Serendipity Point’s recent productions include Barney’s Version and the drama Remember starring Christopher Plummer.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Highpoint, The Lodger and Zaza: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

16 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of the most flat-out entertaining action-comedies of the 1980s — and one of the most inexplicably obscure — is now available on Blu-ray thanks to the good people at indie label Code Red. Highpoint (1982) stars Richard Harris as an unemployed accountant who finds himself at the center of a wild adventure involving the CIA, organized crime and a wealthy family whose members include a brother who has faked his own death (Christopher Plummer) and a sister with whom Harris falls in love (Beverly D’Angelo). The increasingly elaborate plot is gleefully silly and spectacularly amusing, anchored by Harris’ witty […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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Win An American Tail on Blu-ray

5 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of An American Tail on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

From director Don Bluth and creator David Kirschner, this critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse named Fievel. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a rousing, heartwarming animated adventure for the entire family!

Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Unable to remember his own name, but aware he has Special Forces training, he sets out to find out who he is. On arrival in NYC, he is arrested and accused of spying for Russia and banned from entering the Us. He is rendered to a military prison off the coast of Africa, where he is still being held. Each year Amnesty International »

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‘Churchill,’ ‘The Exception’ Among New Releases at Busy Indie Box Office

4 June 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After two weeks of slim pickings during the Cannes Film Festival, the floodgates opened on the art house release slate as several new titles arrived in theaters. Among them, two single-digit-screen releases, A24’s “The Exception” and IFC’s “Band Aid,” had the highest per-screen-averages this weekend. “The Exception,” which is directed by David Leveaux, stars Jai Courtney as a WWII German soldier tasked with investigating the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). Released on two screens, the film made $23,337 and has a 78 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. “Band Aid,” which was directed, written by, and starring Zoe Lister-Jones, follows a feuding. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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A24’s ‘The Exception’ & IFC Films’ ‘Band Aid’ Top Busy If Unremarkable Weekend – Specialty Box Office

4 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In a busy weekend of new Specialty releases, A24's The Exception and IFC Films' Band Aid topped out with the highest per theater averages, while documentary Letters From Baghdad followed fairly closely behind. Nothing proved spectacular, even though about a dozen new limited release titles gave audiences plenty of options. Period drama The Exception starring Christopher Plummer grossed $23,337 in two locations, while Band Aid by Zoe Lister-Jones took in $31,500 from three… »

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Christopher Plummer & Lily James Are ‘The Exception’; Zoe Lister-Jones Directs ‘Band Aid’: Specialty Preview

2 June 2017 6:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A24 heads out with period drama The Exception starring Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer and Christopher Plummer this weekend. There are a fair number of new specialties opening Friday, including Zoe Lister-Jones’ directorial debut Band Aid, in which she also stars alongside Adam Pally. IFC Films is opening the title in New York before heading to additional theaters as well as on-demand next week. Demetri Martin directs and also stars in Dean, rolling out via CBS Film… »

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Film Review: ‘The Exception’

2 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Germans may have been the bad guys in World War II, but those we meet in “The Exception” don’t fit the mold at all — which explains the title change in this historically inspired, charitably revisionist adaptation of military veteran Alan Judd’s “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” which marks a tony big-screen debut for British stage director David Leveaux. Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest, “The Exception” pokes fun at Hitler and his lockstep followers, while presenting its German protagonists as charming pacifists who’d rather be feeding the ducks and chasing skirts than waging genocide and world domination.

Mounted in the style of such art-house crowd-pleasers as “The King’s Speech” and “The Last Station” (with which it shares stage-and-screen royalty Christopher Plummer, bookending a career that practically began in uniform as the dashing Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music »

- Peter Debruge

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