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Movie Review – Surviving the Wild (2018)

Surviving the Wild, 2018.

Directed by Patrick Alessandrin.

Starring Jon Voight, Jamie Kennedy, Vail Bloom, and Aidan Cullen.


After the death of his grandfather Shaun (Aidan Cullen) hikes into the mountains to escape his bickering parents followed by a benevolent guardian angel. With only a black Labrador for company Shaun soon discovers there are more things to fear in the wilderness than other animals.

There are good things to be garnered from this rites of passage feature beyond the presence of Oscar winner Jon Voight. Directed with economy the genre conventions of death, divorce and teenage disconnection are approached sensitively, allowing Voight to shape his performance with care. Newcomer Aidan Cullen holds his own opposite the veteran actor who is generous enough to remain understated in their scenes together. Cullen’s Shaun is savvy, emotionally isolated and in need of a guiding hand, which both parents seem incapable of providing.
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Jon Voight’s ‘Riley’s Peak,’ ‘Ghost Beyond’ Get Financing From Steven Paul

Jon Voight’s ‘Riley’s Peak,’ ‘Ghost Beyond’ Get Financing From Steven Paul
Steven Paul’s Sp Releasing has provided financing for two just-completed movies — action-adventure “Riley’s Peak” and horror-thriller “The Ghost Beyond,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Paul, one of the producers of Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell,” is continuing to ramp up Sp Releasing’s distribution slate as part of plans to distribute more than 50 films over the next three years through a multinational production effort and an expanding acquisitions drive. Titles typically have budgets under $10 million and will be released theatrically by Sp Releasing and through its worldwide output deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Riley’s Peak” stars Jon Voight, Jamie Kennedy, Vail Bloom (“Vanderpump Rules”) and newcomer Aiden Cullen. The story centers on a young boy (Cullen) and his dog as they trek the Kentucky wilderness on a journey to spread the ashes of his recently deceased grandfather, portrayed by Voight.

Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13”) directed
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Steven Paul Sets Good Times Film Venture With Thailand Property Mogul (Exclusive)

Steven Paul Sets Good Times Film Venture With Thailand Property Mogul (Exclusive)
Hollywood producer Steven Paul has teamed with Thai real estate mogul Pimol Srivikorn to launch movie production company Good Times Films.

The company will focus on film production in Thailand with annual output of 2 or 3 movies per year. All will be shot in English. Movies will be jointly financed by Paul and Srivikorn and be made with fully financed budgets of $3 million-$50 million. Some are likely to be structured as co-productions with Chinese companies, in which case Good Times would provide up to 20% of the budget.

Distribution, including in Thailand, will be effected through the multi-territory deal between Paul’s Sp International and Sony Pictures Releasing that was signed earlier this year.

First up will be the previously announced “Born to Be Ghosts,” which will shoot from early 2016 predominantly in China and partially in Thailand and be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13: Ultimatum”). “Born” is a $35 million thriller being
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Cannes: New Chinese Thriller is ‘Born’ to Spi and China’s C2M

Cannes: New Chinese Thriller is ‘Born’ to Spi and China’s C2M
Sp International and China’s C2M Media Group have agreed to co-produce “Born to Be Ghosts,” a stylized thriller that will be directed by France’s Patrick Alessandrin.

The film, pitched as a “new twist on the ‘Magnificent Seven’ genre,” is budgeted at $35 million. It will shoot predominantly in China in the first quarter of 2016.

A mixed international and Chinese cast is anticipated, and Spi and C2M will jointly control casting. Production is by Spi head Steven Paul and C2M’s Paolo Lee.

C2M will handle Chinese and Asian rights and Spi the rest of the world. North American distribution rights will be handled through Spi’s deal with Sony Pictures. Release is set a year later, in the first quarter of 2017.

The agreement was completed in Cannes and is in addition to the earlier pact to

co-produce $50 million China-u.S. action film “High Speed.”

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Gerard Butler in Talks for Kane & Lynch

Gerard Butler in Talks for Kane & Lynch
Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane in the languishing video game adaptation Kane & Lynch, with Nu Image/Millennium Films issuing an offer to Vin Diesel for the Lynch role. It isn't known if Vin Diesel plans on accepting the offer or not.

The project has been in development since 2007, with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx once attached to play the title characters. The project fell apart in September 2010, when French director Patrick Alessandrin (District 13 Ultimatum) backed away, causing production to be postponed.

Skip Woods (Ten) and Kyle Ward (Machete Kills) wrote the screenplay based on the Eidos Interactive video game. The story follows two death row inmates who are sprung from prison to retrieve a stolen fortune. Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter are producing, although it isn't known when shooting may begin.

Gerard Butler most recently starred in the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen. He is currently gearing up to shoot Gods of Egypt.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in David Ayer’s Ten

After spending seven years as the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is clearly trying to make up for lost time with his return to acting. He already has four films in the works (The Last Stand, The Expendables 2, The Tomb and Unknown Soldier) along with several other rumoured possibilities. Now he is adding yet another project to the pile as he has reportedly signed on to star in Ten, a new action movie from David Ayer (Harsh Times). The plot synopsis is as follows: "Ten revolves around the members of an elite DEA task force who depart from their usual operations and steal millions from a drug cartel safe house. Just when the team thinks they got away with it, someone begins to take out them out one by one." In other words, it's essentially yet another gritty cop drama from David Ayer, although in this case the script
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Arnold Schwarzenegger & David Ayer Team For Thriller 'Ten'

Well, he's back and Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to pile on the movie projects while old dudes blowing stuff up continues to be make money. He's got "The Expendables 2" coming this summer, "The Last Stand" and "The Tomb" looking set for 2013 and now he's tossing another movie on the slate.

Arnie will team with "Training Day" and "End Of Watch" helmer David Ayer for "Ten," a romantic comedy set the fast moving world of internet startups.....nah, who the fuck are we kidding? This is David Ayer, and of course, the story will center on an elite DEA task force who rob a drug cartel safe house, only find each member of the team starts getting taken down one by one. The script was penned by Skip Woods ( "Hitman," "X-Men Origins: The Wolverine," "The A-Team") so proceed with caution. Frankly, this sounds like any number of generic straight-to-dvd actioners, but
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Ayer Teaming up for DEA Action Movie Ten

Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Ayer? The guy who did “Commando” and the guy who wrote/directed gritty L.A. cop movies like “Training Day”, “Harsh Times”, and the upcoming “End of Watch”? Now this is a rather novel partnership. The two men are teaming up on a new action movie called “Ten”, from screenwriter Skip Woods (“Swordfish”). The project originally had Bruce Willis attached to star back in 2010. Willis and Schwarzenegger, by the way, are teaming up for the explosives-heavy “The Expendables 2″. Ayer will also be replacing Frenchman Patrick Alessandrin, who was previously attached to direct. In “Ten”, an elite DEA task force deals with the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash,
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Paul Walker Could Star in Luc Besson’s ‘District 13′ Remake ‘Brick Mansions’

Paul Walker Could Star in Luc Besson’s ‘District 13′ Remake ‘Brick Mansions’
[1] So, that Americanized version of Pierre Morel's French thriller District 13 we reported on back in 2009 [2] is still happening, and it may have just found one of its stars. Paul Walker has entered negotiations to join the cast of the remake, which will be titled Brick Mansions and relocated to a city in the States (probably Chicago). But the news isn't all bad! Also on board is David Belle, who starred in the original and its sequel but will be playing a different character here. Plus, the script comes from Luc Besson, who co-wrote the original, and Robert Mark Kamen, who collaborated with Besson on Taken. More details after the jump. Brick Mansions will revolve around an undercover detective (Walker) going after a drug dealer who's stolen a weapon of mass destruction. He heads to a ghetto known as Brick Mansions to find the criminal, enlisting the help of
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Elodie Yung In Talks For G.I. Joe 2

Elodie Yung In Talks For G.I. Joe 2
With Dwayne Johnson already in talks to bring it as Roadblock in G.I. Joe 2, director Jon Chu is looking to up the slinky sex appeal of the film while also maintaining the action quotient. So, according to the Heat Vision Blog, he now has French actress Elodie Yung in talks to sign up.Yung is probably best known for her kick-ass portrayal of Tao in Patrick Alessandrin’s sequel District 13: Ultimatum, where she was a tattooed hard nut who took on corrupt cops and fought most notably using a knife in her ponytail.She’s wanted to play Jinx, a young woman from California who discovers family ties to a ninja clan during a trip to Japan and becomes a fully-fledged member after showing off her martial arts prowess. She’s recruited to the military team by fellow ninja Snake Eyes.From the looks of this, Chu and
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Four Projects to Root For: Sexy Central American Thriller, A Closer Look at Banksy Art Piece & More

In this week's in-production column looks at the new project "Bump and Run," from first-time writer Stephen Schaller and up-and-coming French director Patrick Alessandrin, which is just now beginning pre-production. From Kickstarter, a film about a piece of equipment that became a Banksy art piece and the man who lives in it, the new film from "Noah's Arc" creator Patrik-Ian Polk, and what looks to be a gorgeous animated films ...
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Jamie Foxx Says “Kane & Lynch” Is Still Happening!

I thought this project was d-e-a-d-doomed, after the revolving door of directors and screenwriters hopping on and off this train over a short 2 to 3 month period last summer.

Last we talked about it, was in July 2010, when it was announced the director F. Gary Gray was no longer attached to direct it.

But let’s back up for a moment… follow the bouncing ball… initially, Simon Crane was hired to direct Lionsgate’s adaptation of the video game, Kane & Lynch, with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached to star, but he dropped out due to “creative differences” with the studio.

Then, F. Gary Gray was approached by Lionsgate to helm the project. But Gray eventually moved on for what may have been similar reasons as Crane’s.

Then the job was then offered to Wayne Kramer; but it was later announced that he was no longer in the running.

Soon thereafter,
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Casting Round-Up: Reilly in ‘Billion Dollar Movie’, Seyfried & Cusack in ‘Bullet’, Butler, Biel & Thurman are ‘Playing the Field’

Shaking off the doldrums of winter, productions are gearing up and casting decisions are raining down. Here’s the latest:

John C. Reilly is rumored to co-star in Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s movie adaptation of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, a comedy show that memorably included Reilly as local advice anchor Dr. Steve Brule. Notably, Reilly is not lined up to reprise the role of the wine-guzzling buffoon, but rather will be playing a fellow named Taquito. Make of that what you will.

The movie, ambitiously titled Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, will likely be as oddball as the show – and as packed with celebrity guests. Early talk suggests Will Ferrell, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Galifianakis, Harrison Ford and Will Forte may make appearances. (Tracking Board via /Film)

If you somehow missed out on Tim and Eric’s absurdity, check out my personal favorite Brule
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Seyfried, Cusack Set To Take A "Bullet"

Amanda Seyfried and John Cusack are reportedly onboard to star in Patrick Alessandrin's "The Bullet" reports Bleeding Cool.

The dark thriller follows a man only known as “The Clockmaker” who devises the ultimate plot of revenge against a seemingly random group of people by manipulating them to kill one another.

Shooting kicks off in Boston in April. Alessandrin helmed "District B-13: Ultimatum".
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Amanda Seyfried And John Cusack Teaming Up For Thriller The Bullet?

Amanda Seyfried's schedule is plenty packed these days, filming the futuristic thriller Now opposite Justin Timberlake, signing on recently for the kidnapping revenge film Gone, and getting ready to open her revisionist take on Red Riding Hood with director Catherine Hardwicke. But has she made room for one more movie in her lineup, to shoot in Boston this April? According to Boston film production sources (via Bleeding Cool) she has. They're hearing that director Patrick Alessandrin will be in the area come April to shoot The Bullet, which has Amanda Seyfriend and John Cusack on board to star. Here's the only information available about the plot: "The dark thriller about a man only known as .The Clockmaker. who devises the ultimate plot of revenge against a seemingly random group of people by manipulating them to kill one another. No word on whether Cusack will play the killer-- an interesting
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Jamie Foxx Says Kane and Lynch is Not Dead

A big screen adaptation of the "Kane and Lynch" video game, starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx was supposed to begin filming last fall, but got indefinitely postponed after filmmakers started dropping out, including Simon Crane and Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum). IGN now caught up with Foxx, who said that he's still attached to the project. "We're doing a couple of rewrites but we're still doing it," he said. "And it should be a lot of fun, a lot of action." The last time we heard about the film, Lionsgate was looking for a director and have been considering Wayne Kramer (Running Scared), F. Gary Gray (Italian Job) and Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn's Finest). The goal was to begin filming during the first quarter of 2011. Plot: Kane (Willis) is a mercenary. Lynch (Foxx) is a schizophrenic with no past. They meet while being transported to Death Row. When they are
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Jamie Foxx Talks 'Kane & Lynch'

While at a promotional event on the Fox lot for the upcoming 3D CG-animated film "Rio," IGN caught up with Jamie Foxx and gave them a very brief update on the bigscreen adaptation of the Eidos videogame "Kane & Lynch."  The film follows Adam "Kane" Marcus, a mercenary who makes an unlikely alliance with a schizophrenic killer named James Lynch. The duo is forced on a mission to retrieve a stolen microchip.Foxx is set to play the schizophrenic killer James Lynch and Bruce Willis will portray the mercenary Adam "Kane" Marcus. The film was slated to start production this past August but was postponed indefinitely since French up-and-comer director Patrick Alessandrin left the project. At the moment there is no director attached to the project.According to Foxx the movie is still a go and he is still on it: "We're doing a couple of rewrites but we're still doing it.
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Bruce Willis to Star in “Ten” for Producer Pal Joe Roth

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Bruce Willis has a lot of history with producer Joe Roth, in a good way.

Many years ago, Willis backed out of Disney’s Broadway Brawler after production had started due to a clash with the director, Lee Grant. Willis was looking at a lawsuit and a rather expensive $17.5m bill for the scrapped production, until Roth persuaded him to make a three-picture deal instead. Willis made Armageddon for a reduced fee to help cover the costs on Brawler and then added The Sixth Sense and The Kid. Total worldwide box office takings for the three? $1.3bn.

Willis seems to have a sense of owing Roth the occasional favour and Deadline are reporting that the friendship that has grown up between them is part of the reason behind Willis signing to star in “Ten”, a drama to be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) and scripted by Skip Woods (Wolverine,
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Bruce Willis Teams Up With Joe Roth, Again

Uber badass Bruce Willis and producer Joe Roth (also the director of “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise”), who have already teamed up in some capacity for seven movies, including “Armageddon” and “The Sixth Sense”, are at it again. Deadline reports that Willis will star in “Ten”, and upcoming drama produced by Roth. Not much is known about the actual plot, but Patrick Alessandrin (District B-13: Ultimatum”) is going to direct, and Skip Woods (“The A-Team”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) wrote the script. All things considered, this sounds more like a fast-paced action movie than a drama, but I guess we’ll see how everything unfolds. “Ten” will begin shooting in December, with a budget of less than $35 million.
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Bruce Willis Joins Ten for Producer Joe Roth

Bruce Willis joins Ten for producer Joe RothBruce Willis has attached himself to a new drama project entitled Ten, which Joe Roth will produce, according to Deadline New York.

Qed and producer Norton Herrick have committed to finance the movie, which will be produced with a $35 million budget. Patrick Alessandrin (District 13 Ultimatum) is directing the movie from a script by Skip Woods (The A-Team). There is no word on what the story of this new project will be, although it is said that a distributor will be set in the near future, with the movie to start shooting in December.

This news comes days after we reported that Joe Roth had set Rupert Sanders to direct the revisionist project Snow White and the Huntsman, which will offer an intriguing new take on the classic Snow White tale. The Huntsman, who originally had a cameo in the original story, will be
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