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Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, which specializes in family movies, is expanding its feature-film activities with the goal of financing a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects along with moving into TV and animation.
Walden is also revamping its executive suite with David Weil stepping aside as CEO of Anchustz Film Group at the end of the year. Frank Smith, the longtime general counsel and head of business affairs, will become chief operating officer and oversee all aspects of Walden’s operations.
Walden, founded in 2001 by the reclusive financier Anschutz, did not disclose specifics on TV or animation projects.
Walden said it will finance the expansion through a replenishing media fund, backed by Anschutz Film Group, which allows Walden Media to not only finance the production of feature films, television series and animated content, but also provide P&A funding and gap financing for select projects.
Walden Media President and »
- Dave McNary
Longtime general counsel and head of business affairs Frank Smith (pictured) becomes COO of Walden Media, the family producer behind the first three The Chronicles Of Narnia films and the Journey To The Center Of The Earth series.
Walden is supported by a renewable media fund backed by Afg that allows it to finance most third-party features, TV series and animated content as well as invest P&A funding and gap financing in select projects.
The first-look deal with 20th Century Fox remains intact, however Walden is free to partner with any distributors on those projects it co-finances and co-produces with outside partners.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The best film noirs aren't just about the twisted schemes and desires of the characters trying to pull one over, but they instead dig into what drives our behavior and ambitions. And the upcoming Aussie thriller "Swerve" seems to be reaching for those heights. Starring Jason Clarke, Emma Booth and David Lyons, and written and directed by Craig Lahiff, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, and finds a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but is soon caught between a twisted police officer and his femme fatale wife. In this exclusive clip, we see all three leads in a poolside sequence brimming with sex and tension, as Clarke quickly asserts himself as the dominant figure in this trio. "Swerve" opens in limited release this Friday, December 6th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Terrence Malick has let many collaborators into his secretive, creative lair but only a select few have become regulars. But it looks like Hanan Townshend will join folks like production designer Jack Fisk, editor Billy Weber and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the lucky few. The composer has reunited with the filmmaker to score the director's upcoming "Knight of Cups," his second straight gig with Malick after composing the score for "To the Wonder." Of course, little is actually known of the plot, but it will feature in varying capacities (depending on who gets cut or not): Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman and Shea Whigham. But that's not all Townshend is working on. He's also been hired to contribute additional music to the Malick-produced "The Green Glade Rises," which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
July 2014 was supposed to be a huge month for two much-anticipated sequels: Fast and Furious 7 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, in the wake of Paul Walker’s passing and a halted production, it looks that the month will not belong to fast, furious cars, but instead to those damn, dirty apes. And a first trailer for Matt Reeves’ sequel to the 2011 sci-fi thriller should be hitting theatres soon, possibly before the end of 2013.
According to a tweet from Coming Soon, the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now rated and “should be coming soon.” Although Fox has not announced a release date online nor an attachment to any film yet, this is exciting news nonetheless.
It would make sense for Dawn’s trailer to debut in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. First and foremost, that film will have a »
- Jordan Adler
Swerve is as much a “thriller” as turkey bacon is bacon – and if you understand my feelings on bacon, you’ll know that turkey bacon is nothing but a cheap, farcical wannabe. Heading down under for Craig Lahiff’s latest film didn’t provide the exotic joys I wished for, as this imitation Coen brothers crime film fails to create the quirky, tense atmosphere it so reaches for. There’s guns, girls, and shrimp on the barbie, but nothing comes together in a very fun-filled way. This action ride feels like it’s gliding on cruise-control the whole time, with each twist and turn only being a minor speed-bump along the way. Yeah, this thing only goes from about 0 to 25, and takes a while to do so, circling the same track we’ve seen over, and over, and over, and over…you get my Tokyo Drift (So Many Car Puns! »
- Matt Donato
Title: Swerve Director: Craig Lahiff Starring: David Lyons, Emma Booth, Jason Clarke and Travis McMahon It can often be difficult to decipher the motivations and feelings of people you barely know, as their inspirations can be quite different from what you expect. That’s certainly the case for not only the characters’ interactions with each other in the Australian crime dram thriller ‘Swerve,’ from writer-director Craig Lahiff, but also the filmmaker’s intentions for the story. While the actors in the film formed genuine, gripping working relationships that continuously question their characters’ truthfulness, at times Lahiff’s story unfortunately comes across as confusing. ‘Swerve’ follows Colin (David Lyons), a drifter traveling across the [ Read More ]
The post Swerve Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The film follows the character of Colin (played by David Lyons), who happens across a fatal car accident alongside a suitcase full of cash. However, his good deed in informing the local police authorities and passing on the suitcase soon sees him fighting for his survival against the backdrop of the South Australian outback when a crazed cop (the always brilliant Jason Clarke) and his mysterious wife (Emma Booth) try to cover things up and keep the money for themselves.
Check out the first trailer for the crime thriller set for limited release in the Us from the 6th December. It’s already available on DVD in the UK.
Source: The Film Stage
The post First Trailer & Posters For Aussie »
- Craig Hunter
A suitcase full of money, a crooked cop, a femme fatale and plans gone wrong... It sounds like something we've seen before, but with the usually solid Jason Clarke ("Lawless," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Great Gatsby," "White House Down") in the lead, "Swerve" is one we'll definitely be checking out. Co-starring Emma Booth and David Lyons, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, but more importantly, a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but soon he's ensnared in the lives of a twisted police officer, his seductive wife, and as you might guess, he'll probably have to fight for his life. Again, this seems pretty standard but we are intrigued by The Hollywood Reporter review which drops Alfred Hitchcock, the Coen Brothers, James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler as reference points. "Swerve" opens in limited release on December 6th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following breakthrough roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless and The Great Gatsby over the past year (as well as a turn in White House Down), Australian actor Jason Clarke is making quite a name for himself. Next year, we'll see him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before that, audiences can check him out in a thriller called Swerve. The film from down under follows a man (David Lyons) who happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme and pursued by a crooked Cop (Clarke). The film hit festivals in 2011 and 2012, but it's coming to the Us next month, and we have a trailer. Here's the trailer for Craig Lahiff's Swerve via The Film Stage: When »
- Ethan Anderton
Rise of the Planet of the Apes had no right to be as brilliant as it was. An intelligent, moving and incredibly enjoyable science fiction film, it worked as both a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and a reboot of the series.
Today, a series of deleted scenes in animatic form have arrived online via ComicBookMovie, showing the apes wreaking havoc. Thankfully they were deleted as they would have been totally out of place, almost entirely comedic. Check them out here....
A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is to be released next year entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which will find Caesar and his ape companions in a battle with the last few humans. Andy Serkis returns to the cast as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III »
- Gary Collinson
Pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard Jason Clarke’s own Australian accent.
Other than that, not sure there’s much interesting here. A suitcase full of money, a dirty cop, a sexy manipulative woman, a naive sap? Yes, we’ve seen this before…
This one went straight to DVD in the U.K. a full year ago. Maybe I can find some time to give it a look…
- MaryAnn Johanson
Baltasar Kormákur is one of the national treasures of Iceland’s film industry, as a writer, director, producer and actor. His Icelandic films, like 101 Reykjavik and The Deep, often screen at the Toronto International Film Festivals (with the former winning the festival’s Discovery Award in 2000). Kormákur is also a noted actor in his country and appeared in the hit movie Reyjavik-Rotterdam. A few years after starring in that film, Kormákur would direct its American remake, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.
Today, Kormákur moves between big-budget American films and Icelandic projects. He is currently preparing to make Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke, based on the true story about a 1996 disaster on the mountain that killed eight climbers. Until then, Kormákur is celebrating the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his buddy comedy/thriller 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Recently, we sat »
- Jordan Adler
Here’s what we know on A.J. Edwards. He’s worked in the editor capacity on The New World and To the Wonder and was an “artistic consultant” on The Tree of Life. The Terrence Malick magic-hour stamp of approval will certainly help along in determining where the formerly titled The Green Blade Rises lands in 2014′s film fest circuit (Malick is among the producers on the film as well) and while I wouldn’t call Park City the lieu for presidential biopics, they are prime place for filmmaker debuts. Production on The Better Angels took place in late September of 2012, so one year’s worth of post-production time for a filmmaker with a background in editing means he has time to find his film (if the film needs finding that is). With a small news blurb stating that Zbigniew Preisner helped affix the film’s score. Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley, »
- Eric Lavallee
Out doing press ahead of next week’s DVD/Blu-ray release of "2 Guns", the film's director Baltasar Kormákur gave a quick update on a potential sequel.
The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg-led action film cost $61 million to make, and grossed ultimately $131 million worldwide. Reviews were mixed, leading to not many expecting a sequel. Nevertheless, Kormákur is already said to be considering it:
"Yeah, [Mark and I] talked about it as a possibility, absolutely, but it hasn’t got to the stage of like, 'Let’s do it.' Of course, I would love to, but that’s a financial discussion that I haven’t had.
Certainly, there could be more to come from [Wahlberg and Washington's characters]. It’s a great opportunity to do that and have more fun, but if not, that’s fine."
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Tucked in between this summer’s CG blockbusters was an old-school buddy-movie that proved to be irresistible fun. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington played two bank robbers who shared only one thing in common: both were unaware that the other was working undercover. So when they knock off a bank they think is working with the drug cartels, only to find out that their stolen money really belongs to the CIA, all heck breaks loose. You could injure your neck trying to untangle all the back-stabbing and two-timing that unfolds… or you could just soak up the charming chemistry between the two alpha-male stars. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – It’s kind of a light week at the Blu-ray and DVD store (do they still have those now that Blockbuster has closed?). As studios prep a lot of major releases for holiday season, a few titles have been released on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming services this week that we wanted to highlight, including a decent animated flick, a great foreign one, and a bunch of movies that may interest you but that you should probably avoid.
Photo credit: Cohen Media Group
The best new release of the week is this moving foreign film about a man shattered by the realization that his wife may not be who he’s always thought she was. The revelation brings to the surface the man’s own history and the piece becomes a moving meditation on the crisis in the Middle East and how the past and hidden conflicts are always there, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Bigger is definitely better this year at the American Film Market, which winds up its 34th edition Wednesday as prominent projects with major stars racked up the strongest sales.
Among the key titles provoking robust buyer reaction: Lionsgate’s crime-thriller “Mortdecai,” starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow; Lotus International’s Reese Witherspoon-Robert De Niro vehicle “The Intern,” with Nancy Meyers directing; FilmNation’s comedy “American Ultra,” starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg; and Qed International’s “Term Life,” starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.
Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair Patrick Wachsberger told Variety that buyers were able to look at some of the footage already shot on “Mortdecai.” Depp is playing Charles Mortdecai, an antihero art dealer and part-time rogue who is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account tied to Nazi gold.
“They loved it, and I love it, »
- Dave McNary
Emmett/Furla Films dropped out of the project several weeks ago, leading to the rush to find new financiers. Baltasar Kormakur ("Contraband," "The Deep") is directing this tale based on the disastrous 1996 attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain.
Shooting starts January 13th in Italy, Nepal and Iceland. The project is one of three Everest-themed films in the works, the others being a Doug Liman-directed film for Working Title, and a ten-part event series on Fox.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Emmett/Furla/Oasis backed away last month from financing “Everest.”
The action-adventure drama will recap the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead.
Kormakur was scouting for locations in the Dolomites this summer with Dave Breashears, who has climbed Everest five times and co-directed, lensed and produced Imax movie “Everest — shot during the 1996 tragedy. Jon Krakauer’s bestseller “Into Thin Air »
- Dave McNary
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