18 items from 2015
First announced quietly last summer, it looks like things are starting to push ahead for Cate Shortland's next feature, "Berlin Syndrome." If you're not familiar with the filmmaker's work, be sure to check out "Somersault," which features a breakout performance by Abbie Cornish, and a really good turn by Sam Worthington, and her moody WWII picture "Lore." The director's latest marks another shifting of gears. Based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller about a new relationship that suddenly shows some darker edges. Here's the official synopsis: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, it looks like CBS may soon have not one but two of this year’s Oscar nominees as members of the casts of their primetime series. The network announced today that Bradley Cooper will recur in its upcoming series Limitless, which will air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. this fall and is an adaptation of the 2011 movie that Cooper himself starred in, alongside Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. Cooper, who is also an executive producer on the series, will reprise his role as Eddie Morra from the original Limitless movie and serve as a mentor for the series’ main character, Brian Finch (Greek‘s Jake McDorman). Cooper will make his first appearance as Eddie in the Limitless pilot and will continue recur throughout Season 1, depending on his availability as the series moves forward. (Fun fact: Cooper and McDorman have worked together before. The two were co-stars in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film American… »
- Chris King
Memory loss can be a tricky thing to deal with in thrillers on screen – you have to get the tone right or it all just becomes silly. Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney think that the script for Lavender has what it takes, signing on to co-star in the psychologically flavoured film.Ed Gass-Donnelly, who most recently brought us The Last Exorcism Part II, is behind this one, which he co-wrote with Colin Frizzell. The film finds Cornish as a photographer who must grapple with severe memory issues. Clues start to pop up in her work that suggests she might just be responsible for the death of family members she never knew existed. We smell the scent of conspiracy, which probably doesn’t have much of a whiff of lavender about it. More... grapefruit, with a hint of fear.All being well, and with the rights on sale at Cannes, Gass-Donnelly »
Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”) and Dermot Mulroney (‘August: Osage County”) will star alongside Diego Klattenhoff (“The Blacklist”) in the psychological thriller “Lavender,” which Ed Gass-Donnelly will direct from a script he co-wrote with Colin Frizzell, it was announced Monday. After an accident leaves a photographer (Cornish) struggling with severe memory loss, strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) is also producing the film with Dave Valleau (“Capote”) through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner. Also Read: 'Insidious 3' Trailer Teases Origins. »
- Jeff Sneider
Ed Gass-Donnelly directs psychological thriller; Ambi to commence sales in Cannes
Abbie Cornish (Robocop) and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) have signed on to star in psychological thriller Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (The Last Exorcism Part II). Principal photography is slated to begin later this month in Toronto.
Cornish will play a photographer struggling with severe memory loss following an accident. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is co-financing with Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios with additional financing provided by The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media, and Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Ambi Distribution is handling international sales, excluding Canada where Pacific Northwest Pictures has distribution rights and will release the film. Xyz Films will handle domestic sales. “Lavender” will be introduced to buyers for the first time at Cannes.
Cornish will play a photographer struggling with severe memory loss. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Gass-Donnelly is producing the film with Dave Valleau through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner. Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is co-financing “Lavender” with Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios, with additional financing provided by The Movie Network, Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada.
Iervolino, Bacardi and Muraglia »
- Dave McNary
Neeson will portray a C.I.A. agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. [Source: THR]
The story centers on a recent college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man (Tom Hanks). [Source: THR]
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- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the La-based company’s Croisette sales slate.
The Oath centres on a respected doctor in Reykjavík who makes a life-changing decision after his daughter introduces the family to her manipulative boyfriend.
Ólafur Egilsson co-wrote the screenplay with Kormákur, who produces with Agnes Johansen and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson through Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in co-production with Dynamic Productions in Germany.
Kormákur, whose credits include 2 Guns, Contraband and Icelandic hits 101 Reykjavik and Jar City, recently wrapped production on Universal’s September 18 release Everest. He will also direct the TV crime series Trapped.
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A film boasting Mark Strong, Jamie Bell and Abbie Cornish in the cast? Don’t mind if we do. That’s the line-up promised by director Toa Fraser and his new based-on-truth thriller 6 Days.According to Deadline, the film will be drawn from the events in April 1980 when six armed gunmen took over the Iranian Embassy in London and held more than two-dozen people hostage. The Sas laid siege to the place and a tense standoff happened across six days, with the forces preparing to raid the place when the time was right. Fraser, who last directed The Dead Lands, is once more teaming up with writer Glenn Standring, and they have several former Sas members acting as consultants while filming takes place this summer. And, as you’ll not be too surprised to learn, the rights to the film will be up for sale at this month’s Cannes Film Market. »
Some very promising casting news today, as Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been set as the principal cast for Toa Fraser’s 6 Days, a siege thriller that the Auckland-based director will shoot this summer as the follow-up to his acclaimed drama The Dead Lands.
Based on a true story, the thriller centers on the storming of the Iranian Embassy at Princes Gate in London, in April of 1980. Six armed gunmen took over two dozen people inside the embassy as hostages during their campaign for Arab national sovereignty in the Khūzestān Province of Iran. The hostage-takers demanded the release of Arab prisoners from jails in the province, located in the south of Iran, as well as their own safe passage out of England, which the British government refused to grant. The ensuing six days saw tensions rise and hostages die violently, culminating in a raid by a group »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline is reporting that Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been cast as leads in Toa Fraser's embassy siege thriller 6 Days. Fraser is re-teaming with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring and producer Matthew Metcalfe. Xyz Films will be handling international sales at Cannes in a short while and is executive producing the project. The film is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London's Princess Gate taking over two dozen people hostage. Six days of tense standoff ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain's Special Air Service prepared to raid the building. Former members of the Sas who participated in the siege will act as consultants during production.Principal photography...
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Exclusive: Toa Fraser’s embassy siege thriller 6 Days has been generating buzz since the project was first announced last fall. Principal cast has now been set for the Auckland-based helmer’s follow-up to The Dead Lands with Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish starring. 6 Days is a re-team for Fraser with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring, producer Matthew Metcalfe, and Xyz Films which is executive producing and selling in Cannes. Icon previously acquired UK righ… »
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With the new series Grace and Frankie premiering in May on Netflix, let's revisit the first comic pairing of the legendary Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this time as an Unofficial Office Manager and Mousy New Secretary who have the world's worst boss. Also starring Dolly Parton and one of the great movie theme songs. The one thing we've never really considered about this movie is how it looks. So let's look. Invite a friend to play because who doesn't love this movie?
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We're joining Anne Marie's "Women's Pictures" series for a Jane Campion (she's the topic this month). Drown in the »
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Last week, CBS issued a pilot order for their Limitless TV series, based on the 2011 feature film of the same name, which had the movie's director Neil Burger attached to direct the pilot episode. Today, Deadline reports that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb has taken over the directorial duties on the pilot. Neil Burger was forced to drop out after scheduling complications arose with his Showtime drama pilot Billions, which is currently shooting in New York.
Neil Burger remains on board as an executive producer for the Limitless TV series, which will take a different approach to the story than the feature film. The movie followed a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper), who, with the help of an experimental drug, unlocks 100% of his brain's capabilities, which allows him to become an overnight financial genius. The series will center on a man named Brian Sinclair, who discovers the drug Nzt, »
CBS has officially ordered a pilot for a new TV series based on the 2011 feature film Limitless, with the movie's star Bradley Cooper serving as an executive producer. We first reported on the project back in October 2013, with CBS issuing a pilot production commitment nearly a year later, in October 2014. Neil Burger, who directed the feature which took in $161.8 million worldwide from a $27 million budget, will also serve as an executive producer and direct the pilot episode.
The pilot episode was written by Craig Sweeny (Medium, Elementary). In the movie, a drug is discovered by a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper), which unlocks 100% of his brain's capabilities, as he uses his new gifts to become a financial whiz kid. The series will follow a man who discovers the drug Nzt, and becomes coerced into using his amazing new abilities to solve cases every week for the FBI.
Amr Waked was last seen as a French cop wondering what the hell he’d gotten himself into during the madness of Lucy, and he’s not exactly putting his feet on the ground for a new assignment. The Egyptian actor has joined the cast of Gerard Butler sci-fi actin thriller Geostorm.Dean Devlin is making his film-directing debut on the movie, in which Butler plays a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the orbiting devices that control the Earth’s weather start to go haywire, leading to fears that the worst storm humanity has ever known could soon befall us all.Jim Sturgess will be Butler’s estranged brother, with whom he’ll have to work if he’s to stop the meteorological apocalypse. And Waked? According to Variety, he’s set to play tough international space-station security expert Ray Dussette, who will likely be an important ally for Butler. »
The dawn of Dusk! Abbie Cornish has actively been a rapper for years, but a 2007 video of the RoboCop actress spewing verses in Australia has been making the rounds since it was recently uploaded to YouTube. Cornish, 32, goes by the moniker of "Mc Dusk" and has even procured a Facebook page under that stage name. The star's Instagram account also actively promotes her rap career as she soon goes on tour with revered rapper Nas in Australia starting Jan. 20. In the clip, Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend [...] »
18 items from 2015
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