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Once Upon A Time In Venice – Review

18 June 2017 5:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Mark Longden

I genuinely have no idea what to make of Once Upon A Time In Venice. Like, why was it made? Who thought “yes, this is definitely the best we can manage” and released it to the public? Just before I looked up the career of co-writer / director Mark Cullen, I had the creeping realisation that this felt like a double episode of a basic-cable light drama show like “Burn Notice”, only not quite as good; it turns out Cullen has previous form in TV, being the creator of two failed shows (“Back In The Game” and “Mr Robinson”), and also the writer of “Cop Out”, the comedy that director Kevin Smith described as the most miserable experience of his life.

But I feel like Mr Cullen shouldn’t get the lion’s share of the blame for this – that must go to top-billed Bruce Willis, who »

- Movie Geeks

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Film Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’

15 June 2017 5:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Remember “Cop Out,” 2010’s less-than-momentous clash of the action-comic stylings of Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan? If the answer is “no,” you’d be entirely forgiven, yet Willis himself appears to regard it with some measure of fondness. That’s the most plausible explanation for his headlining presence in “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” a similarly negligible but rather more chaotic caper from Mark and Robb Cullen, the fraternal duo behind the “Cop Out” screenplay. Assuming directing as well as writing duties this time, the Cullens prove no heirs to the Coens as conductors of oddball underworld mayhem, with much of their glib quippery soured by gauche minority stereotyping. What scant charms this direct-to-video-style Nineties throwback has belong mostly to Willis, as a grizzled Venice Beach gumshoe juggling a number of shaggy-dog cases, chief among them the abduction of his own literal mutt. The back alleys of ancillary and streaming await. »

- Guy Lodge

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Movie Review: As Bruce Willis proves in Once Upon A Time In Venice, you can’t embarrass yourself if you don’t try

15 June 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

While there’s little chance that Bruce Willis will ever again get to work with the kind of material and behind-the-camera talent that helped make him a wiseass action star in the 1980s and ’90s, he tries the fourth or fifth next best thing with Once Upon A Time In Venice, a tiresome imitation of smart-alecky Shane Black whodunits like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Last Boy Scout. Willis plays Steve Ford, a Venice Beach private eye and disgraced loose cannon cop whose beloved Parson Russell terrier gets abducted by drug dealer Spyder (a conceptually Latino Jason Momoa) while he’s supposed to be working a case for local real estate developer Lou The Jew (Adam Goldberg)—a simple enough premise that first-time director Mark Cullen and his co-writer and brother, Robb Cullen, excruciate into 35 minutes. (The dog doesn’t even show up until the 20-minute mark.) That »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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John Goodman’s Dream List: 3 Filmmakers He Wants to Work With After ‘Roseanne’

12 June 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Goodman and Bruce Willis have been friends since 1979, but somehow never worked together before “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” the action-comedy that hits theaters and video-on-demand on Friday, June 16. The directorial debut of writer-producer Mark Cullen, “Once Upon a Time in Venice” stars Willis as a Venice Beach P.I. who teams up with his surf shop-owner best friend (Goodman) to track down a drug dealer’s stolen cocaine. The film co-stars Jason Momoa​, Famke Janssen​, Thomas Middleditch​ and Adam Goldberg.

Read More: ‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works As Stars and Producers Plot 8-Episode Event Series

For Goodman, who received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in March, being able to finally work with Willis on a movie was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“They said it was a Bruce Willis movie, so I was prone to say yes before I even read the script,” Goodman said during a recent interview, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Graves: Season Two; Adam Goldberg & Spencer Grammer Join Epix Series

19 May 2017 7:09 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Graves has some new company. Recently, Epix announced Adam Goldberg and Spencer Grammer have joined season two of the TV series.The dramedy stars Nick Nolte as a former U.S. president who embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, and Angélica Maria.Read More… »


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TVLine Items: Costner in Yellowstone, New Major Crimes Regular and More

15 May 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kevin Costner is moving into Yellowstone.

The film actor will star in Paramount Network’s sweeping family drama series, written and directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario).

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Costner — who previously graced the small screen in the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys — will play John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, an area constantly under attack by its neighbors: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first national park.

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‘Graves’: Adam Goldberg & Spencer Grammer Set To Recur In Season 2

15 May 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Adam Goldberg (Fargo, The Jim Gaffigan Show) and Spencer Grammer (Greek, Mr. Robinson, Ironside) have signed on for recurring roles in Season 2 of Epix comedy series Graves. The series, from Lionsgate, has begun production in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Nm with an eye towards a return on Epix later this year. After a year of public protests against his Presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) turning inward in search of the man he… »

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Bruce Willis in Trailer for Action Comedy 'Once Upon a Time in Venice'

25 April 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"What are you doing?" "I gotta go steal back some drugs for these gang guy so I can get my dog back." Rlj Entertainment has released an official trailer for a new action comedy titled Once Upon a Time in Venice, starring Bruce Willis and John Goodman. This film seems like a straight up John Wick rip off, but maybe it's not even that, perhaps it's a John Wick spoof, a "SoCal John Wick". There's a badass guy in disguise, and someone steals his dog, so to get him back he has to bust some heads. Simple as that. The cast includes plenty of cool people: Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Röhm, Kal Penn, Adam Goldberg, Thomas Middleditch, Stephanie Sigman, and Wood Harris. This kind of looks fun, but it also seems like it could be terrible, hopefully not. It's from the same writer as Cop Car, for reference. Enjoy. »

- Alex Billington

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Bruce Willis goes all John Wick in first trailer for Once Upon a Time in Venice

24 April 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having secured distribution earlier this month, Rlj Entertainment has now unveiled a poster and trailer for the action comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice, which sees Bruce Willis as a private investigator who goes all John Wick when his dog is kidnapped by criminals; check them out here…

Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark’s goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him.

Once Upon a Time in Venice is set for release on June 16th and »

- Gary Collinson

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

7 April 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »

- Graham Winfrey

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Photographer Fights Negative Pit Bull Stereotypes One Adorable Picture at a Time

6 April 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

How do you change the way people picture pit bulls? With pictures!

That’s what pet photographer Adam Goldberg is doing. Since August 2016, Goldberg has been snapping photos of adoptable pit bulls looking goofy, sweet, playful and kind, a.k.a. all things that pit bulls really are.

Unfortunately, many people have unfounded negative opinions about pit bulls: that the breed is dangerous, violent and mean. Some of these stereotypes are from unfair media representations and the inclusion of pit bulls in dog fighting rings.

Goldberg, searching for a way to change this perception, has turned his lens on the »

- Kelli Bender

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Bruce Willis’ Once Upon a Time in Venice finds distributor

4 April 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bruce Willis-led action comedy Once Upon a Time in Venice has found a distributor after Rlj Entertainment picked up the Us rights to the movie.

The film which stars Willis as a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles — along side John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn – revolves around Willis’ dog getting kidnapped and how he teams up with criminal Jason Momoa to retrieve the pet.

The deal for the rights was negotiated by Rlj’s Mark Ward with Voltage Pictures president Jonathan Deckter.

Reported by Variety, Ward said about the project: “We are excited to work with such a talented ensemble cast, with Bruce Willis at its helm,” and that, “Bruce Willis is an iconic actor known for his action roles and impeccable comedic timing”.

Once Upon a Time in Venice is directed by Mark Cullen and is »

- Samuel Brace

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Bruce Willis action-comedy lands at Rlj Entertainment

4 April 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voltage Pictures financed Once Upon A Time In Venice. Separately, Mongrel Media to distribute Colossal in Canada; Saban Films acquires True Crimes.

Rlj Entertainment has picked up all Us rights from Voltage to the action-comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice.

The film will open theatrically and on VOD on June 16 and stars Willis as a private eye in Venice Beach, California, who takes on a local gangster when his beloved dog is kidnapped.

The ensemble includes John GoodmanThomas Middleditch, Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa, X-Men’s Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn.

Mark Cullen directed and reunites with Willis after he co-wrote the 2010 Kevin Smith action-comedy Cop Out with Robb Cullen.

Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier produced with Laura Ford, Zev Foreman, Cullen and Cullen. Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter served as executive producer with Stephen J. Eads.

Voltage financed and produced the project and sold out to international buyers as an untitled »

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Bruce Willis’ Action-Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Lands at RLJ Entertainment

4 April 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the Bruce Willis action-comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice.”

Once Upon a Time in Venice,” directed by Mark Cullen, will hit theater and VOD on June 16. The film is produced by Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier (“The Hurt Locker”), Zev Foreman (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Laura Ford, Mark Cullen, and Robb Cullen. The pic is executive produced by Jonathan Deckter and Stephen J. Eads.

This movie marks the second collaboration between Willis and the Cullen brothers. They previously worked on another action-comedy, 2010’s “Cop Out.”

The cast of “Once Upon a Time in Venice” includes John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn. Willis portrays a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles whose beloved dog Buddy is stolen by local thugs — leading to a questionable alliance with the thugs’ devious leader, portrayed by Momoa. »

- Dave McNary

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Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa Action Comedy ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Picked Up by RLJ Entertainment

4 April 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

RLJ Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the action comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice” starring Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa, Mark Ward, RLJ’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, announced Tuesday. Directed by Mark Cullen, the film also stars John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn. The film is the second collaboration between Willis and writers Cullen and Robb Cullen, who previously worked on “Cop Out” in 2010 together. “Once Upon a Time in Venice” follows Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a detective who is good with the ladies and bad with the punches and who. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Bruce Willis’ ‘Once Upon A Time In Venice’ Sells To Rlj, Sets June Release

4 April 2017 9:14 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Once Upon A Time In Venice, an action comedy starring Bruce Willis and directed by Mark Cullen. Cullen and his brother Robb co-wrote the pic as they did for Willis’ 2010 pic Cop Out. A June 16 release date in theaters and VOD has been set. John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn co-star in the ensemble from Voltage Pictures. It centers on Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a… »

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Voltage Pictures Hires Lotus Production President Ara Keshishian

23 March 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Voltage Pictures has hired Ara Keshishian — who was Lotus Entertainment’s president of production — to produce feature films and television series for the company.

At Lotus, Keshishian produced the Lionsgate/Roadside release “Maggie,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the upcoming “November Criminals,” starring Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz.

He has also overseen production and executive produced the Roadside Attractions release “Z for Zachariah,” starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the upcoming thriller “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and the science fiction thriller “Replicas,” with Keanu Reeves for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

“I have known Ara for many years since his days as an agent,” said CEO Nicolas Chartier. “We are incredibly excited to have him join the team. His taste, track record and relationships will be a great compliment to our existing team.”

Voltage handles production, financing and sales with credits including “The Hurt Locker” and “Dallas Buyers Club. »

- Dave McNary

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Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci to Be Honored at Vail Film Festival (Exclusive)

17 March 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Vail Film Festival has announced that it will celebrate women filmmakers, honoring Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci and opening with Susan Johnson’s coming-of-age story “Carrie Pilby,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The 14th annual festival will run from March 30 to April 2, closing with Amanda Sharp’s family drama “Sticky Notes,” which stars Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta.

Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award in recognition of  her having directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films. She wrote and starred in the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke, and received Oscar nominations for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Julie Delpy: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in My Films Anymore, »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Raid’ Remake: Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo Reveal Big Changes for Their Adaptation

23 February 2017 11:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Recently Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo announced that they will be teaming up to produce an American remake of the hit Indonesian action film “The Raid,” and now the two have followed up that announcement with an interview with Collider. The two specifically spoke about how their project will be more of a reimagining of the source material, and will make significant changes to the story and style to the original film. All of these changes have the approval of the original film’s director, Gareth Evans, who is producing the film, and told Carnahan and Grillo after extensively discussing their project: “Go make your version. I want to see your version.”

Read More: Watch: ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans Just Released a Stunning Samurai Short Film

The first major change the remake will see is the setting, as Carnahan’s version will take place in Caracas, Venezuela. The reason for this change, »

- Michael Gonzalez

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Joe Carnahan on R-rated Uncharted script, The Raid remake

23 February 2017 1:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Uncharted movie remake was written with an R-rating in mind.

Narc and The A-Team filmmaker Joe Carnahan has got a ton of projects on the go at the moment. His next directorial effort will be Bad Boys For Life, the third film in the Bad Boys series, which is set to go into production this year. Apart from that, Carnahan has written the screenplay for the  Uncharted movie remake which he gave a brief update on to Coming Soon.

“When I wrote ‘Uncharted,’ I didn’t spare the rod,” Carnahan said.  “I wrote it the way the video game is. They swear in the game, they’re kinda foul-mouthed and I kept all that stuff intact and I definitely didn’t write it as a PG-13 movie, I wrote it the way that movie should be written.”

“R-rated movies were the movies we were into – “Predator”, those were all R-rated films. »

- Paul Heath

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