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We'll be seeing a lot more of up-and-coming British actress Melanie Liburd on this side of the pond (USA), as the actress continues to add projects to her growing slate. First, as announced on this blog 2 weeks ago, she'll be featured in Ernest Dickerson’s next film, "Double Play," which begins filming this month in Curacao. She's part of a cast that includes notables like Lennie James, Colin Salmon, Isaach De Bankolé, Louis Gossett Jr., Saycon Sengbloh and others. And, second, initially announced a month ago (although I missed the news), she's been cast as a Red Priestess on the upcoming 6th season of HBO’s hit fantasy/drama series "Game of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We'll be seeing a lot more of up-and-coming British actress Melanie Liburd on this side of the pond (USA), as the actress continues to add projects to her growing slate. First, as announced on this blog 2 weeks ago, she'll be featured in Ernest Dickerson’s next film, "Double Play," which begins filming this month in Curacao. She's part of a cast that includes notables like Lennie James, Colin Salmon, Isaach De Bankolé, Louis Gossett Jr., Saycon Sengbloh and others. And, second, initially announced a month ago (although I missed the news), she's been cast as a Red Priestess on the upcoming 6th season of HBO’s hit fantasy/drama series "Game of Thrones." Her casting has led to much speculation on what this could mean for the current Red Priestess, played by Carice Van Houten, in the form of Melisandre. Is Liburd's Red Priestess simply another one to complement Melisandre, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Producer Lisa Cortes announced today that La La Anthony has joined the cast of Ernest Dickerson’s "Double Play," which will begin shooting this month in Curacao. The actress adds to a cast that already includes Lennie James, Colin Salmon, Alexander Karim, Isaach De Bankolé and Mustafa Shakir. Louis Gossett Jr., Melanie Liburd, Saycon Sengbloh, Bronson Pinchot and newcomer Dani Dare round out the cast of the drama which is based on Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed novel of the same name, considered his magnum opus. Says Cortes, "When I met La La a year ago I saw a strong, passionate talent and introduced her »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film stars French Oscar (Cesar) Winner and International Star Isaach De Bankolé (Casino Royale, Cavalry, 24, Manderlay, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Chocolat), Juliet Landau (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Ed Wood) and South African star and SAG Nominee & American Movie award winner Stelio Savante (The Making of The Mob: New York, Eisenstein in Guanajuato and A Million Colours).
Where the Road Runs Out tells the story of professor George Mensa (Isaach De Bankole), who suddenly finds himself back in the jungles of Africa when an old friend unexpectedly passes away. Inheriting a field station in the mosquito infested jungle, George soon learns that challenges come in all sizes when a local orphan boy Jimmy shows up at his doorstep. »
- Gary Collinson
Plus… Scream Factory and Chiller unveil cast on Fender Bender and The Orchard acquires DemonBlack Mass star Johnny Depp will receivethe renamed Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 6, 2016. Shout! Factory genre label Scream Factory and the Chiller network have unveiled cast on Mark Pavia’s thriller Fender Bender. Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis and Cassidy Freeman head the cast and shooting has begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico.The Orchard has acquired North American rights to Demon by the late director Marcin Wrona. The film, about a haunted plot of land, premiered in Toronto and will open in 2016.Fairway Film Alliance has added Where The Road Runs Out to its Afm sales line-up. Isaach De Bankolé,Juliet Landau and Stelio Savante star in the drama about a professor who finds love after he returns to the jungles of Africa following the death of a friend.Streaming service »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Fairway Film Alliance has added the first feature film to shoot in Equatorial Guinea, "Where The Road Runs Out," to its American Film Market (Afm) lineup, where the acclaimed drama will be shopped to distributors. The multiple film festival award winner stars Isaach De Bankolé, Juliet Landau, and Stelio Savante, in a story about a Rotterdam-based respected scientist and lecturer (Isaach De Bankole) who has grown weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend who has been running a field research station in Africa gives him the incentive he needs to turn his back on his academia and return to his African roots. Arriving in Equatorial »
- Shadow And Act
Lennie James, Colin Salmon, Alexander Karim, Isaach De Bankolé and Mustafa Shakir are all attached to star in "Double Play," the upcoming feature film from director Ernest Dickerson, producer Lisa Cortes announced today. Louis Gossett Jr., Melanie Liburd, Saycon Sengbloh, Bronson Pinchot and newcomer Dani Dare round out the cast of the drama which is based on Frank Martinus Arion’s internationally acclaimed novel of the same name, considered his magnum opus. Set in 1973 and 2010, on the Caribbean island of Curacao, "Double Play" tells the story of Ostrik (Salmon) who returns to his childhood home, and the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Prophecy and politics are intertwined in a realm where strange and beautiful imagery takes on dark meaning, and violence and male posturing rules all. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ivory Coast hasn’t had much of a film industry over the past nearly 20 years of civil unrest, political upheaval, and outright war; I’m pretty sure I’d not previously seen an Ivorian film at all. But it is getting a bit of resurgence thanks to a single movie, Run, the first narrative feature from Ivorian filmmaker Philippe Lacôte, which debuted at Cannes last year in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section and was recently named as the nation’s submission for next year’s Best Foreign Language Oscars category; this is only the second time Ivory Coast has made such a submission, and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ruth Wilson, Jessica Plummer, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Matt Lucas have joined the cast of John Cameron Mitchell's "How To Talk To Girls At Parties" at A24. The film is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman while Howard Gertler, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman are producing.
The story follows a shy teenage punk rocker in 1970s suburban London, and his two closest friends. One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of intensely attractive, otherworldly girls; at first they think they're from a cult, but eventually come to realize the girls are literally aliens with nefarious plans. [Source: Deadline]
Ashes in the Snow
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Lennie James, Colin Salmon, Alexander Karim, Mustafa Shakir and Isaach De Bankolé have been tapped to star in Double Play, the adaptation of Frank Martinus Arion's novel that Juice and The Wire helmer Ernest Dickerson is directing. The screenplay was written by Evan Jones and Alaric Alexander Smeets, and production is ramping up to start this month on location in the book’s setting of Curacao. Louis Gossett Jr., Melanie Liburd, Saycon Sengbloh, Bronson Pinchot… »
Summit Entertainment released their new action/fantasy movie, "The Last Witch Hunter" into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics. It turns out that this is another one that didn't resonate well with most of them, getting just an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 19 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Elijah Wood, Isaach De Bankolé, Joseph Gilgun, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Rose Leslie and Vin Diesel. We've added comments from a few of the critics,below. Simon Abrams from RogerEbert.com, gave it an ok 75 grade, stating: " While most other films sprint through expository dialogue, and bluster their way through action scenes, The Last Witch Hunter is measured enough to make you want to suspend your disbelief." Michael O'Sullivan over at the Washington Post, gave it a 50 grade, stating: " As Kaulder, Diesel does what he does, »
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 23. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Jem and the Holograms Director: John M. Chu Cast: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, Juliette Lewis, Nicholas Braun, Isabella Kai Rice, Samantha Newark, Britta Phillips, Nathan Moore, Barnaby Carpenter, Robin Lynn Synopsis: "In a hyper-linked social media age, an orphaned teenage girl, Jerrica Jem Benton, becomes an online recording sensation, and she and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt - one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles - in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father." The Last Witch Hunter Director: Breck Eisner Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Lotte Verbeek, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Allegra Carpenter, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Aimee Carrero, Isaach de Bankolé, »
- Steve Greene
One of the trickier tasks Vin Diesel’s eponymous hero faces in “The Last Witch Hunter” is tracking a villain by his signature scent of “moldering crabapples” — a distinctive enough fragrance in its own right, but hard to separate from the generally funky aroma of decomposition that permeates Breck Eisner’s limp, lame-brained occult thriller. Too drab to succeed even as defiantly unvirtuous trash, this era-stradding tale of an immortal medieval warrior protecting modern-day New York from a Black Death reboot stifles Diesel’s rough-hewn charisma via a sludgy, impermeable oil spill of CGI effects — in the service of largely unspectacular hocus pocus. Despite a pre-Halloween release date, the pic is more gung-ho than gooseflesh-inclined in genre; either way, it’s unlikely to mint the franchise threatened by its eminently welcome ending.
- Guy Lodge
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Rudolf Buitendach’s award winning Where The Road Runs Out (Isaach De Bankolé, Juliet Landau, Stelio Savante, Sizo Motsoko) will make its international premiere at this year’s Durban Film Festival on July 19th at 6pm. Director-producer Rudolf Buitendach in attendance, and partially shot on location in Durban and Rotterdam the international premiere represent a homecoming of sorts for the film.
Where The Road Runs Out tells the story of a Rotterdam based, respected scientist and lecturer (Isaach De Bankolé) who has grown weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend who has been running a field research station in Africa gives him the incentive he needs to turn his back on his academia and return to his African roots. Arriving in Equatorial Guinea he finds the field station in a state of disrepair. Through a local boy Jimi (Sizo Motsoko) his jaded eyes are »
- Gary Collinson
We've gathered in one entry links to interviews with Alejandro Jodorowsky, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean-Claude Carrière, Claire Denis, Gaspar Noé, Roy Andersson, Catherine Breillat, Isaach de Bankolé, Hu Jie, Jason Segel, Samantha Fuller, Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie and their Heaven Knows What star, Arielle Holmes, Bill Plympton, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Caveh Zahedi, Desiree Akhavan, Judd Apatow, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Bob Byington, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn and the team behind Results, Andrew Bujalski, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan. » - David Hudson »
The Hungarian director of Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu, returns with yet another not so conventional oeuvre, Mirage. After the world premiere held at Toronto last year, the film enters the Slovak and Czech theatre circuit (Slovakia is a minor co-producer on the film) with the blessings of the lead character himself and a star from Jarmusch´ stable, Isaach de Bankolé, who promoted the film at the recently wrapped Febiofest film festival. "Far away from the capital city, country life perished. Criminal gangs occupy abandoned farms, bringing back slavery,"... These prefatory titles welcome viewers while explicitly disclosing the central theme they are about to witness. Francis (Isaach de Bankolé), who is on the run for bribing and match-fixing, nonchalantly walks the plain until arriving at a rural...
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As the festival journey for Where the Road Runs Out continues, Rudolf Buitendach, the film’s director-producer in an exclusive comment to Flickering Myth emphasised the struggle of the independent filmmaker.
Looking to the film’s festival success to date and the continuation of the festival journey, Buitendach commented: “’Every-time we watch it at a new venue we feel the love from the audience. And when people come up to us afterwards it is always to express that this is a film with real heart. It really makes it all worthwhile for our continued struggle as independent filmmakers.”
- Gary Collinson
The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter in 2011.
The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.
Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.
The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.
The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
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