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11 items from 2007

Omega on board Allen's 'Lefay'

26 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Swiss-based sales and financier Omega Entertainment said Thursday that it will co-finance and handle international sales for Howard Michael Gould's directorial debut, "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay".

The Tim Allen starrer also is financed by Ring Prods. and hedge fund Aramid, and produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners' David McIlvain and Holly Wiersma.

The comedy was packaged by Cassian Elwes of WMA, who is repping the film for U.S. distribution.

It tells the tale of recently deceased Henry Lefay, whose lifelong womanizing has left numerous ex- and current wives fighting over the funeral arrangements.

His long-suffering daughter Barbara (Elisha Cuthbert) is left to clear up the mess after his death. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell, Paz Vega, Jenna Elfma, Lindsay Sloane and S. Epatha Merkerson.

The movie, which Gould also wrote, recently wrapped after a six-week shoot in Connecticut.

Omega Entertainment was formed in 2006 by Markus Barmettler and Enrique Steiger. This year, Peter Rogers, former president of international distribution at Lakeshore Entertainment, was appointed Omega president. »

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Elfman ties knot for indie 'Six Wives'

27 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jenna Elfman has joined the cast of indie feature The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, written and directed by Howard Michael Gould.

The script centers on a man (Tim Allen) whose wife and five ex-wives -- ranging in age from 25 to 55 -- fight over his will when they believe he is dead. Elfman is playing his second wife, who is also his fourth wife, a small-town diva.

Elisha Cuthbert is already on board to play Allen's daughter, who has never married, while Andie MacDowell, Paz Vega, Kelli Garner and S. Epatha Merkerson are playing the other spouses.

Shooting began this week in Connecticut.

Holly Wiersma and David McIlvain are producing.

Elfman recently signed to star in the Darren Star show tentatively titled Literary Superstars, which is slated to shoot in December.

She is repped by CAA and attorney Jonathan West. »

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Cuthbert Splits From Hockey Beau

29 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former 24 star Elisha Cuthbert has split from her ice hockey player boyfriend Sean Avery, according to media reports. The couple started dating in 2005 after the blonde actress ended her engagement to Trace Ayala - best friend and business partner of Justin Timberlake. Friends of the couple tell the U.S. edition of OK! magazine that Cuthbert ended the relationship several weeks ago. A pal says, "She's a serial monogamist, jumping from one relationship to another." »

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Cuthbert Wants Bigger Role in '24' Movie

13 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Elisha Cuthbert is backing plans for a film version of the hit TV show 24, but only if her character plays a bigger part. The Captivity star currently plays Kim Bauer, daughter of Kiefer Sutherland's agent Jack Bauer of the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles, and is keen to reprise the role on the big screen. However, she's convinced the movie would be much better if producers let her share some of the action with her busy on-screen dad. She says, "There's definitely room for (a movie). But it depends on whether or not Kiefer can take it any more! The poor guy's been hacking away at Jack Bauer for years. If he's into it, it'll be great, because everything he does is awesome. People love to watch my character Kim, but she's also a bit of a spanner in the works and I wouldn't want her to be that. Three years ago I wanted her to be Jack's partner and kick a**, but to the producers it was like, 'We've got to be realistic about this.' But if the movie comes round and it works to have her there, then I'd love to play her again." »

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Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

27 June 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If there is one thing genre fans love more than genre films and magazines that report on genre films, it’s genre-focused conventions (“cons” for short, i.e. “Comic Con”) – gatherings of fans and industry professionals (and press!). While I’d feel pretty out of place at a Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons  convention, I will feel right at home this weekend at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, coming to the New York area this weekend (June 29 through July 1) by way of Secaucus, NJ. Secaucus is a five to ten minute train ride from Penn Station, and a familiar location to anyone who commutes via rail from NJ to NYC during the week.Fangoria, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the magazine, is the world’s number premiere supplier of horror-related journalism, reporting on films, print, video games, toys, and any other form of media »

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Bradford hears chilling 'Echo'

12 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jesse Bradford has signed to star in The Echo, a remake of the acclaimed Filipino thriller Sigaw being produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment.

Yam Laranas, who co-wrote and directed Sigaw, is directing the movie, which is being additionally produced by Shin Shimosawa, Tyler Mitchell and Will Wright.

The story centers on a young ex-con (Bradford) who moves into an old apartment building only to learn his neighbor is an abusive police officer who savagely beats his wife and daughter. When the ex-con tries to intervene, he becomes trapped in a curse.

Eric Bernt wrote the screenplay.

QED's Kimberly Fox and Elliot Ferwerda are exec producing. QED International is handling all worldwide sales on the picture.

The film is being fully financed by venture capitalist Robert Hoff through his new company RightOff Entertainment. He serves as exec producer.

Shooting is scheduled to begin mid-August in Toronto.

Bradford next stars in Gold Circle's My Sassy Girl, opposite Elisha Cuthbert, also being produced by Vertigo. »

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Bleiberg to rep 'Quiet Man' at Cannes

5 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Bleiberg Entertainment has acquired international rights to the comedy/drama "He Was a Quiet Man" starring Christian Slater, William H. Macy and Elisha Cuthbert for international sales at the Festival de Cannes.

Writer/director Frank A. Cappello's film, which debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, centers on an isolated office worker (Slater) who saves the life of a co-worker (Cuthbert). Macy plays his company's boss. The project was produced by Michael Leahy.

Bleiberg was launched in September 2005 to develop, fund, produce and sell international theatrical films the company develops, funds and produces a diverse array of feature films. The outfit is now producing Paul Schrader's "Adam Resurrected", starring Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, and co-produced "The Band's Visit", which premieres in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

The deal was negotated by Bleiberg chairman Ehud Bleiberg and svp Shannon Banal with the film's reps, Ronna Wallace and attorney Shelly Surpin. »

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Groups protest 'Wristcutters' ads

26 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Fifteen suicide prevention groups are dead set against After Dark Films' proposed campaign for the comedy Wristcutters: A Love Story, which is set to bill itself with signs showing people killing themselves.

After Dark Films co-owner Courtney Solomon said late Friday that while the film's promotion may feature images of people jumping off a bridge, electrocuting and hanging themselves, they would be displayed as traffic-style stop or yield signs with a barring-style circle and line over the illustrations, along with hearts to reference the film's romantic story line. He said the campaign may change before its mid-July rollout because of the outcry.

Solomon intends to offer screenings or DVDs of the film to concerned organizations in the next few weeks, then discuss the campaign with them and ask for their input. "The movie takes place in purgatory, and its message is that love is better than suicide," he said, adding that the film may even help prevent suicide. "Our job is to get people into the theater in a way that's accessible to them. There are many different ways to skin a cat. God forbid someone was considering committing suicide. This film may change their opinion."

It's just the latest controversy for After Dark, which last week removed billboards and taxi signage for Captivity, after complaints over depictions of star Elisha Cuthbert being tortured and killed (HR 3/20).

After reading about the Wristcutters signage, the R-rated film's target audience of 17- to 30-year-olds, and Solomon's comment that he hopes the signs "don't cause too many accidents," (HR 3/8), a coalition of groups including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health America and the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA sent a letter to Solomon and Lionsgate CEO Jon Felthheimer on March 13 contending that the marketing campaign is overkill. »

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'Captivity' Posters Come Down After Complaints

21 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Disturbing new posters advertising horror movie Captivity are to be taken down from billboards in Los Angeles and New York following a string of complaints. Production house After Dark Films and officials at the Motion Picture Association of America were flooded with complaints when the posters went up last week. People felt the images of the abduction, torture and death of a young woman, portrayed by 24 star Elisha Cuthbert, were too graphic and insisted they be ripped down. The producers insist the billboards went up by mistake, and have agreed to pay for the removal of the ads in both cities. After Dark CEO Courtney Solomon tells trade paper The Hollywood Reporter the wrong files were sent to the printer, who then passed them on to the billboard company without approval from any executives. The producers were attending the ShoWest industry convention in Las Vegas last week and had no idea the wrong billboards were posted until they started receiving a flood of e-mails and phone calls from angry parents and offended women. Solomon says, "I wasn't going to go with this campaign. I thought it was OTT (over the top). Nothing like this can ever happen again. This was not a malicious act, not a PR stunt. We're truly sorry for anyone we offended." The Roland Joffe film will open in the US in May. »

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Curtain falls quickly on 'Captivity' ad campaign

20 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In the wake of a public outcry against Los Angeles billboards and New York taxicab tops advertising the upcoming movie Captivity with images of the abduction, torture and death of a young woman, After Dark Films said it will take down the offending ads by 2 p.m. today.

After Dark, its theatrical distribution partner Lionsgate Films and the MPAA received a barrage of phone calls objecting to the gratuitous depiction of the film's star Elisha Cuthbert being tortured and killed.

The billboards, first posted March 13, feature four frames with captions above each one. "Abduction" shows Cuthbert with a gloved hand over her face; "Confinement" features the actress behind a chain-link fence with a bloody finger poking through; "Torture" depicts Cuthbert's face, covered in white gauze, with tubes shoved up her nose; and "Termination" shows her with her head thrown back, seemingly dead.

The ads appeared on 30 Los Angeles-area billboards and 1,400 New York taxi tops. After Dark is paying to have them removed -- and while some billboards in the Hollywood area were still visible Monday, others already had come down.

Lionsgate said Monday that it had no involvement with the ads, which were produced by Art Machine Digital, and that all the marketing for the movie had been handled solely by After Dark.

"This film was done in association with After Dark Films. The nature of the association allows After Dark autonomy over their marketing materials, and therefore we neither saw nor approved this billboard before it was posted," said Peter Wilkes, head of Lionsgate investor relations. »

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He Was a Quiet Man

16 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This review was written for the festival screening of "He Was a Quiet Man".AUSTIN -- A funny thing happened on the way to the office massacre. Or is it more tragic than funny? An on-the-brink cubicle drone has a hard time deciding this issue in "He Was a Quiet Man", a hard-to-classify excursion with marketable names but a look and tone that seems more suited for late-night cable than theatrical release.

Christian Slater stretches his acting muscles here, donning bad-skin makeup and thinned-out hair as a downtrodden schlub who fantasizes constantly about killing co-workers who demean him. Unfortunately, the character is introduced in a way that makes it impossible not to compare Slater's Bob to Milton, the Stephen Root character in "Office Space" -- unfortunate because while the film itself is ambivalent, Slater doesn't seem to think he's in a comedy.

We open with numerous peeks into Bob's active fantasy life -- his fish talk to him, he blows up the office on his lunch break -- so when something exciting actually happens to him, we keep waiting for the back-to-reality punch line: One day, as Bob is fondling the gun he hides in his desk and muttering about which bullet has whose name on it, a co-worker beats him to the punch, killing a few and wounding one woman before Bob, hoping to save the object of his office crush, puts five bullets in the gunman's chest.

The resulting hero's welcome stretches our suspension of disbelief. Bob is made vice president of "creative thinking," given a company Lexus and prime office and is pushed into the life of the beautiful girl he saved, Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert). His new life is a yo-yo, though, where every silver lining hides a cloud: The new dream job involves picking up the boss' dry cleaning. The rescued damsel despises him for letting her survive as a quadriplegic. Vanessa does get over her grudge and decides to become Bob's girlfriend. Then he triggers a moment so traumatic that she moves a pinkie finger thought to be permanently dead.

The plot's extremes make for trying viewing, particularly as screenwriter-director Frank A. Cappello doesn't seem to care whether we buy them or not. (Bob's peak in his creative thinking duties? Putting a tiny water cooler by every phone so people will feel more free to speak their minds.) The exaggerated reality -- people either sneer at Bob or fawn over him, nothing in between -- is poorly suited to what sometimes seems the movie's goal of digging into the character's psyche. From the opening Travis Bickle-style voice-over to Slater's seriousness, we're encouraged to think about what makes a man crack. By the time the picture decides to wrap up unanswered questions for the viewer, many in the room will be too unengaged by the drama to care.


Quiet Man Prods.


Director/screenwriter/co-producer: Frank A. Cappello

Producer: Michael Leahy

Executive producer: Jason Hallock

Director of photography: Brandon Trost

Production designer: Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini

Music: Jeff Beal

Costume designer: Sarah Trost

Editor: Kirk M. Morri


Bob: Christian Slater

Vanessa: Elisha Cuthbert

Gene: William H. Macy

Paula: Sascha Knopf

Running time -- 99 minutes

No MPAA rating


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