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Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") and Gina Carano ("Fast and Furious 6") are set to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Steven C. Miller-directed "Extraction" at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Umair Aleem and Max Adams penned the script about a CIA rookie (Lutz) who sets out to find his kidnapped father (Willis) against the agency’s wishes.
Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games") and Martin Henderson ("Everest") will join Max Martini, Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech in the independent drama "Hellbent" which begins filming this week in New Mexico.
Tjardus Greidanus is directing from his own script. Fuhrman portrays a ten runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known. [Source: Variety]
Singer Demi Lovato is set »
- Garth Franklin
Fuhrman portrays a teenage runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known.
Henderson and Fuhrman are represented by CAA and Management 360. Elise is repped by Apa and Untitled Entertainment, Martini by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content and Schaech by Apa and Mgmt Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
The $7 million deal calls for Open Road to handle domestic distribution and Spwa to handle international.
There’s also a minimum $15 million P&A commitment.
Wme negotiated the deal.
Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s urban comedy “Dope” is shaping up to be the dopest film at Sundance as bidding for the film has soared to $7 million and climbing, with studios such as Fox Searchlight and »
- Jeff Sneider
Sure to be one of the buzzier commercial prospects coming out of Sundance this year, “Dope” is a buoyant teenage caper that has at least as much in common with John Hughes-style high-school comedies as it does with most ‘hood narratives involving drugs, gangs and crime. That mix risks silliness at times, but there’s so much playful energy and wit to Rick Famuyiwa’s indie-est project since “The Wood” (1999) that few viewers will mind. A soundtrack featuring new songs by Pharrell Williams will be a big plus in promoting a film that might conceivably fall between arthouse and mainstream camps theatrically, but should play well to any wider audiences it reaches.
High-school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore) embodies one cliche demographically: He’s a poor black Los Angeleno supported by a single working mom (Kimberly Elise), his father long gone (back to Africa, in fact). But in other ways, »
- Dennis Harvey
Kimberly Elise stars in the upcoming movie "Back to School Mom," which Lifetime has set a premiere date of Saturday, February 14, at 8pm Et/Pt. Directed by Christopher Erskine, and produced by Milan Selassie, tells the story of a 41-year-old woman who goes back to college to finish her last year of school. While there, she becomes good friends with a classmate, who turns out to be the son she gave up 20 years earlier. Joining Kimberly Elise in front of the camera are Loretta Devine, Rick Fox, Garcelle Beauvais, Harry Lennix and Denzel Whitaker. No trailer yet; stay tuned. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Revenge of the Nerds meets Boyz N the Hood in the first trailer for Dope. This comedic hood thriller mash-up is set to make it's World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Giving it a leg above the competition are appearances by rapper A$AP Rocky and Workaholics star Blake Anderson.
In Dope, Malcolm is an anomaly, a "geek living in the Bottoms," the drug-infested, gang-run ghetto part of Inglewood. A victim of circumstance, but with admirable ambition, Malcolm gets caught in the crossfires of a drug buy gone bad. Using his wits and considerable smarts, he manages to take a dicey situation and make it work in his favor.
Dope features an amazing ensemble of stars including Shameik Moore (Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Amazon's Transparent, MTV's Eye Candy), Kimberly Elise (VH1's Hit the Floor, »
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga all appear in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, the film follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Further, from the official synopsis: "Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga all appear in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, the film follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Fruitvale Station") are producing the film, which will feature original music »
- Tambay A. Obenson
8 items from 2015
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