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Paris Co-Pro Village 2017: the buzz projects

22 June 2017 4:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

12 projects are seeking European partners at this year’s event.

Colombian director Simón Mesa Soto - whose 2014 short film Leidi was a Palme d’Or winner - is causing buzz at this year’s edition of the Paris Co-Pro Village (June 20-22) with his debut feature Amparo.

The film, about a mother’s struggle to keep her son out of military service, is one of 12 upcoming productions being presented at the event.

Organised by the team behind the Les Arcs European Film Festival, the three-day Co-Pro Village is aimed at connecting international filmmakers and their producers with French and European partners. »

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BBC Films boards battle rap drama 'Vs.' starring Connor Swindells

9 June 2017 12:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Project co-financed by Lorton Entertainment and produced by Silvertown Films.

BBC Films and Lorton Entertainment are co-financing battle rap drama Vs., which stars rising British actor Connor Swindells (pictured) and Adam Rooney aka Shotty Horroh.

The project was announced today by producer Bennett McGhee of Silvertown Films and is currently in production in London and Essex.

British filmmaker Ed Lilly (The Hive) makes his feature film debut, directing from an original screenplay co-written with Daniel Hayes.

The cast also includes Fola Evans-Akingbola (Game of Thrones), Ruth Sheen (Another Year) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude).  

Vs. is a drama about a withdrawn foster-teen (Swindells) teetering on the edge of self-destruction, who finds his feet – and his voice - in the world of UK battle rap.

BBC Films developed the film with Joe Oppenheimer and Beth Pattinson serving as executive producers alongside Lorton Entertainment’s Julian Bird and Wildgaze FilmsFinola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Jack Tarling (God’s »

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Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Film Adds Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford

6 June 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley WhitfordCarrie CoonJesse PlemonsDavid Cross, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods have joined the ensemble of Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers,” which already stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film centers on the Washington Post’s decision to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Formerly known as “The Post,” the movie is a co-production between Amblin Entertainment and Fox. The film has been fast-tracked with the hope of making this year’s awards season race, with production already underway.

The movie will see a limited release on Dec. 22 and go wide on Jan. 12, 2018.


Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar-Season Release

Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures purchased the spec from Liz Hannah last fall, with Pascal on board to produce along with Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rachel O’Connor will executive produce with »

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Win an iTunes code for A Family Man starring Gerard Butler

1 June 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

From the Academy Award nominated writer Bill Dubuque who penned The Judge (2014) and The Accountant (2016) comes the drama A Family Man (2016) starring Gerard Butler and Willem Dafoe. It’s available for digital download 5th June 2017 and to celebrate we have 3 iTunes codes to giveaway.

Dane Jensen (Butler) is a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss (Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane’s equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.

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Paddington 2 Trailer Has the Iconic Bear Going Back to Work

30 May 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days after The Weinstein Company set a January 2018 release date for the upcoming sequel Paddington 2, the studio had unveiled the first teaser trailer for this upcoming sequel. Along with the trailer, The Weinstein Company has also unveiled the first nine photos featuring Paddington Bear, along with a first look at new characters Knuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson), Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) and the returning members of the Brown family.

The Weinstein Company debuted this new trailer earlier today, which opens with Paddington Bear starting his new job as a window cleaner, but it doesn't go too well. After realizing that he can't lift the bucket of soapy water needed to clean these windows up the ladder, he devises a pulley system of sorts, which doesn't work out as planned for this beloved bear. This trailer also gives us a glimpse of Peter Capaldi's Mr. Curry, who returns from the original movie, »

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Naomi Watts Opens Up About Life After Split from Liev Schreiber: ‘There Are Good Days and Bad Days’

22 May 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After her 11-year relationship with Liev Schreiber came to an end last year, Naomi Watts says her life has had its ups and downs.

The actress, who’s starring in Netflix’s Gypsy, opened up about the split in a recent interview with Vogue Australia, saying that her relationship with Schreiber has continued to remain amicable.

“I mean, I’m single, I’m co-parenting. I’m doing okay,” Watts said. She and Schreiber have two children: Alexander (Sasha) Pete Schreiber, 8, and Samuel Kai Schreiber, 7.

Watts added that she’s been focusing on work and family to keep her mind off the breakup. »

- Mike Miller

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Naomi Watts Talks "Good Days" and "Bad Days" After Liev Schreiber Split

22 May 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As the song goes, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." No one knows that better than Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, who mutually decided to end their 11-year relationship last year. Neither has said much about the split in interviews, but in Vogue Australia's June issue, the actress admitted she's still processing the split. "I mean, I'm single," said Naomi, who stars in Netflix's Gypsy (out June 30). "I'm co-parenting. I'm doing Ok." Liev, meanwhile, is now dating interior designer Morgan Brown (who has dated Gerard Butler). Naomi—mom to Sasha Schreiber, 9, and Samuel Schreiber, 7—stayed busy with work and relied on pals like Nicole Kidman post-breakup. "There »

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Cannes: Lionsgate Takes Female Action Movie 'Peppermint'

21 May 2017 8:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lionsgate has scooped up worldwide distribution rights to Peppermint, a female-centric action project that has Pierre Morel, the helmer behind action hit Taken, on board to direct.

Lakeshore Entertainment brought the project to Cannes. Chad St. John, a co-writer on the Gerard Butler actioner London Has Fallen, penned the script for the project, which will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid.

Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from »

- Rebecca Ford

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Cannes: First Look at Gerard Butler in Protagonist Pictures’ ‘Keepers’

19 May 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Protagonist Pictures has released a first-look image from psychological thriller “Keepers,” which it is presenting to international buyers at the Cannes Film Market. The film, which has just concluded its six-week shoot, stars Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells as a trio of lighthouse keepers pitted against each other on a remote Scottish island.

Keepers” is the feature debut of Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, who recently worked on the BBC and FX’s “Taboo,” starring Tom Hardy. He was also a regular director on hit Danish crime drama “The Killing,” for which he was nominated for a BAFTA television award. Nyholm received a second BAFTA nomination for his work on 2015 miniseries “The Enfield Haunting,” starring Timothy Spall.

Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, “Keepers” was co-written by Celyn Jones and Joe Bone. It tells the story of three lighthouse keepers arriving on a remote, uninhabited island for a six-week shift, »

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First image from Keepers starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells

19 May 2017 4:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR has revealed the first image from the upcoming psychological thriller Keepers featuring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, and newcomer Connor Swindells. Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing), the film is inspired by the true events of the Flannan Isles Mystery of 1900; take a look here…

On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their 6 week shift. As Thomas (Peter Mullan), James (Gerard Butler) and Donald (Joe Alwyn) settle into their normal quiet routine, something unexpected, potentially life-changing occurs – they stumble upon gold. Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? A boat appears in the distance that might hold the answer to these questions…

What follows is a tense battle for survival, fed by isolation, paranoia and greed, leading three honest men down a path to destruction. »

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Cannes First Look: Gerard Butler Heads Back to Scotland in 'Keepers' (Exclusive Image)

18 May 2017 9:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gerard Butler returns to his Scottish roots for his latest film Keepers. He, along with fellow Scot Peter Mullan and newcomer Connor Swindells are featured in the first-look from the film, debuting exclusively at The Hollywood Reporter.

The psychological thriller recently wrapped a six-week shoot in Dumfries and at the Mull of Galloway. The story centers on three lighthouse keepers who arrive for their six-week shift and settle into their usual solitary routines on an uninhabited island. They soon stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep and are led down a path of survival, paranoia, greed, destruction and ultimately »

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Is Liev Schreiber Dating Gerard Butler’s Ex?

18 May 2017 3:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Does Liev Schreiber have a new lady in his life?

The actor was spotted out in Los Angeles Wednesday with Morgan Brown, an interior designer who dated actor Gerard Butler. Schreiber and Brown were observed on a cozy walk and in high spirits, walking with their arms around each other and laughing.

“They had a coffee date at Alfred on Melrose Place,” a source tells People. “It was definitely romantic. They were laughing and walking with their arms around each other. They looked very happy.”

The two were dressed casually, with Schreiber wearing dark jeans, a t-shirt, bright yellow ball »

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Sierra/Affinity Goes Beyond Sales With Movies Like ‘Atomic Blonde’

18 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producing and financing films, rather than just taking a fee to sell them, has always been an important part of Sierra/Affinity’s blueprint since the company launched in 2009. Nevertheless, it took several years for the company’s ambitions beyond sales to be fully realized.

The company has produced and financed several titles over the past couple of years and is pushing hard in that direction. As company founder Nick Meyer, who is being honored at Cannes with Variety‘s Achievement in International Film Award, sees it, “a key part of our growth as a company is that we are a production entity.”

Set for release this July via Focus Features is “Atomic Blonde,” the graphic-novel adaptation starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. Recent titles also produced and financed by Sierra include the critically hailed “Lost City of Z” by director James Gray, 1960s melodrama “A Kind of Murder,” John Hillcoat »

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Review: 2307: Winter’s Dream (2016)

16 May 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Set in an ice-age future, the planet’s surface has become uninhabitable, forcing mankind to live 10 meters below ground. Due to a lack of manpower humanoids are created and controlled by a team of “Spartans”, who act as slave police to keep them in order. When a rogue humanoid who lead a rebellion against the humans is spotted, a specialist team of Spartans are sent on a mission to hunt him down.

The film does well to create a futuristic look, although it does look as though the film has taken inspiration from a lot of other sci-fi movies, which could turn into a bit of an Easter egg hunt for fans. The pacing is good with plenty of twists throughout to keep you entertained, but for those expecting a popcorn action sci-fi this may be a slight disappointment, as it tries to go much deeper dealing with the character »

- Philip Rogers

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Action! Pierre Morel takes the helm on new female action thriller Peppermint

5 May 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

This year’s John Wick inspired female kick-ass action thriller, Atomic Blonde, seems to have awoken something in the male-centric world of Hollywood, the has met with positive reactions without even hitting the big screens yet but already Taken director, Pierre Morel has signed up to take the helm in the next female lead actioner, Peppermint.

The simple synopsis for the film reads; Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

Morel signed on the dotted line after a ferocious bidding war for the rights amongst the independent and major studio’s which eventually saw Lakeshore get their hands on the project which they hope to get production up and running by the autumn. A female lead has yet to be announced, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Unlocked review: Dir. Michael Apted (2017)

4 May 2017 2:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Unlocked review: Celebrated filmmaker Michael Apted unlocks some major Hollywood talent for this sub-par British crime thriller.

Unlocked review by Paul Heath.

Unlocked comes to the screen from directing legend Michael Apted, the man responsible for the likes of Gorillas In The Mist, Bond movie The World Is Not Enough and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, amongst many others. His six-decade career has seen Apted tackle many genres with varying budgets, but the filmmaker turns his hand to the world of crime in England’s capital with this new thriller loaded with tons of Hollywood talent.

Noomi Rapace leads the cast as Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who is lured back into action when London is put in danger of a biological attack. Racine is working as a social worker in the capital after failing to contain a terrorist attack in Paris five years »

- Paul Heath

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'Taken' Director Tackling Female Action Movie for Lakeshore

3 May 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After a fierce bidding war with both studios and independents, Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired the rights to a Peppermint, a female-centric action project that has Pierre Morel, the helmer behind action hit Taken, on board to direct.

Chad St. John, a co-writer on the Gerard Butler actioner London Has Fallen, penned the script for the project, which will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid.

Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life »

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F. Gary Gray's Furious Tendencies

28 April 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A Man ApartIn October 2016, Vin Diesel revealed that the director of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the multi-billion dollar series of films, would be none other than F. Gary Gray. To those familiar with his work, it seemed like a natural fit. Gray has worked in Hollywood for over twenty years and is one of the most financially successful black directors in history. Coming off of the massive success of Straight Outta Compton (his second film to gross over $100 million dollars at the domestic box office, after 2003’s The Italian Job), Gray seemed like the ideal choice for the latest Fast and Furious installment, where he could return to his cinematic trademarks: guns, heists, fast cars and racially diverse ensembles.  These elements were staples of Gray’s work even before his first feature in 1995. Gray, a South Central Los Angeles native, began as a cameraman for Bet and Fox, »

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London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films

22 April 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided funding for 55 movies last year, up from five in 2012. Movies backed have included Johnny Depp starrer “Black Mass,” “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Hunt tells Variety about how he balances his punk-rock ethos with a careful assessment of the risks inherent in the independent film business.

Hunt, who also co-heads 10-year-old sales company Bankside Films, started out as a photographer in the advertising business in the early 1990s. A punk rocker and Clash devotee at heart, he started to shoot music videos for bands like Big Audio Dynamite, as well as corporate films. From there he pogoed into producing micro-budgeted feature films, starting 20 years ago with “Fast Food,” starring Gerard Butler. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Pay Attention Or Fall Behind: Industry Pros Share How to Get Ahead in Entertainment (Video)

7 April 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Take heed young, aspiring filmmakers and producers: if you’re not paying careful attention to good advice, someone else is, and they’ll be the ones ahead of you. That was one of the words of wisdom given in a panel discussion at TheWrap’s latest in a series of Breaking Into the Business Live events. Wednesday night’s panel was held at the University for Creative Careers, or Scad in Atlanta, the first of such events held outside of La. Mark Canton and Tucker Tooley, two producers on the Gerard Butler heist film “Den of Thieves” filming now in Atlanta, »

- Brian Welk

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