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Boushahri received with award from actress Emily Blunt, who sat on the jury along with Iwc Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern, Diff chairman Abdulhamid Juma, Diff artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, director Marc Forster, Iwc Schaffhausen brand director Karoline Huber and Screen International’s Mark Adams.
Set during a drought in the city of Kuwait in the early 20th century, The Water revolves around a young man with a melodious voice, who is in love with a beautiful girl from a lower-caste family. The two lovers face a multitude of social obstacles as the city’s residents turn to desperate measures to obtain water.
Boushahri previously produced the feature-length film Losing Ahmad, which made its world premiere at Diff in 2006 and won best documentary in the Gulf at the Emirates Film Competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Exclusive: Burn Notice, Cult, and Supernatural alum Alona Tal has joined the cast of Topher Grace’s movie musical One Shot. Grace stars as a failed star turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Tal will play KT, the ex-girlfriend and star of the show. Taye Diggs, Jc Chasez, and Broadway thesp Lesli Margherita also star in the backstage musical, which director Isaac Rentz is shooting in Mexico City from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi. Daniel Posada and Jason Tamasco are producing for Mexico-based Dark Factory Entertainment with Alex Garcia of Ag Studio.
Tal next stars in Amazon Studios’ upcoming Hand of God from helmer Marc Forster. She recently hit the big screen in Broken City opposite Mark Wahlberg. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and McKeon Myones Entertainment.
- Jen Yamato
The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its narrative and documentary competition lineups for the 2015 fest on Jan. 23-29.
The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” — will celebrate its 21st anniversary. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres.
Notable titles include Brander Kramer’s “Ratter,” starring Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson and Kaili Vernoff in the story of a young woman watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology; and “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” directed by Colin Offland in an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game »
- Dave McNary
Yesterday, we reported that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has signed on to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking. Today, the actor confirmed the casting on his Twitter page, while asking fans who they think should direct the comic book adaptation.
The project has been in the works for several years, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) first set to write the screenplay for Disney. The studio eventually passed on the project, deeming it "too edgy", before Universal Pictures picked up the rights. Marc Forster was originally set to direct, but he is no longer involved.
Based on the comic book of the same name created by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking centers on Duncan (Chris Pratt), a highly-trained assassin with multiple personality disorder, who possesses the skills of a cowboy, ninja and viking. He was part of a secret program known as Triplets, where »
Chris Pratt is in the midst of living out all of his childhood dreams on the big screen. First he traveled the galaxy as Star-Lord, then he tussled with dinosaurs in the recently-completed "Jurassic World," and now he's getting ready to play a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking -- all in the same film. The "Parks and Recreation" breakout star is attached to play the lead role(s) in Universal's "Cowboy Ninja Viking," according to Collider. Based on the comic book by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, "Cowboy" centers on a genetically-altered secret government assassin (is there any other kind these days?), whose Multiple Personality Disorder lends him the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking. After escaping the agency, he strikes out on his own and tracks down the mastermind behind the program which created him. The film has been in development at Universal for some »
- Dave Lewis
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has joined a very cool film project called Cowboy Ninja Viking! The movie is based n a comic book, and it was first announced back in 2010 when Disney picked it up and hired the writers of Zombieland, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, to tackle the script. A couple years later Universal Pictures picked up the rights to the comic and hired Marc Forster (World War Z) to direct it. He's no longer attached to the project, though.
The comic was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, and it's seriously going to make for a fun movie. The name of the main character in the story is Duncan, and he comes from a secret government program that turn schizophrenics into assassins. Duncan comes through the program with the badass skill sets and personalities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a freakin' viking. »
- Joey Paur
The book, which was created by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking and works for a secret government program. A movie has been planned for quite some time, with Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally set to write the screenplay for Disney. The studio deemed the property 'too edgy', and the graphic novel rights eventually wound up at Universal. World War Z director Marc Forster was at one time set to direct, but is no longer attached to the project.
Chris Pratt will star as Duncan, a counter-intelligence agent known as a 'triplet' because of his three distinct personalities. Duncan escapes his handlers, hunting down the millionaire who masterminded the 'Triplet' program. »
Will Chris Pratt make the forever gestating "Cowboy Ninja Viking" finally happen? Kicking around since at least 2010, the comic adaptation has seen "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick take a crack at the script, while Marc Forster at one point was attached to direct. None are involved now, but Pratt is reportedly attached to lead the movie at Universal. The story centers on Duncan, part of a "counter-intelligence program made up of Multiple Personality Disorder patients who are transformed into agents known as Triplets, so-called for their three different personalities (hence the title). Duncan subsequently escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program." Sounds like 'Bourne,' but with a triplet twist. [Collider] Stephen Graham is stepping off "Boardwalk Empire" and into "A Patch Of Fog." The actor will star in the movie about "a celebrated novelist »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story revolves around an assassin with dissociative identity disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and works for a secret government program. He escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese ("Zombieland") penned an earlier adaptation of the material which Disney rejected for being "too edgy". Universal picked it up out of turnaround and attached Marc Forster to direct. Forster is no longer attached and no new helmer is yet set.
The most recent script draft indicates that when the character switches personalities, he will physically manifest onscreen as three different people. To other characters in the film though, he still just looks like Pratt's character. »
- Garth Franklin
The Guardians of the Galaxy star is in line for another comic book adaptation, according to Collider.
An adaptation of writer Aj Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's Image Comics series has been in the works for some years.
Cowboy Ninja Viking centres around Duncan, the subject of a counter-intelligence programme that took advantage of his Multiple Personality Disorder to create three deadly fighters in one.
He escapes and goes on the hunt for the mastermind of the project.
The report claims that the movie will see the Cowboy, Ninja and Viking manifest visually on the screen.
Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese initially developed a script for Disney, which was rejected. Universal picked up the project in turnaround, and formerly had Marc Forster attached to direct.
Based on the Image Comics graphic novel, the movie adaption of Cowboy Ninja Viking, telling the tale of a schizophrenic government assassin who possesses the skills of three distinct personalities (hence the title), has been doing the rounds for a few years now. It once had Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and World War Z director Marc Forster attached, but they have since left the project. The project is still alive and kicking though, with Collider reporting that Chris Pratt, whose star continues to rise exponentially after Guardians of the Galaxy, will be staying the realm of comic book movies, signing on the dotted line to play lead Duncan, who escapes the shadowy Triplet program to hunt down the billionaire who masterminded it. Pratt is the perfect choice for the role, having a fantastic talent for juggling comedy and drama and is no stranger to the physicality the role will call for, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
This sounds like the kind of role Chris Pratt’s Parks and Recreation character Andy Dwyer would make up, but I promise that it’s legitimate. According to Collider, the Guardians of the Galaxy star has found his next tentpole franchise, in the form of Universal’s adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking.
Based on the 2009 Image Comics graphic novel from A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking revolves around a counter-intelligence unit filled with patients who suffer from multiple personality disorder. Dubbed “Triplets” because of their three separate personalities, they’re brought together by a psychotherapist named Dr. Sebastian Ghislain to become secret agents. When the unit falls apart, the Triplets become hired killers and it’s up to Pratt’s character, a man named Duncan, to find and stop them.
As with most page-to-screen adaptations, it sounds like the film will differ from the comics somewhat, as Collider »
- James Garcia
Chris Pratt quickly went from talented comedic actor to franchise star with this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s poised to lead another studio tentpole film. Sources tell us that Pratt is now attached to topline Universal’s adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. It sounds like the kind of title that would pique the interest of Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer, and indeed it’s a rather heightened genre project. The story revolves around an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and works for a secret government progam. More after the jump. A Cowboy Ninja Viking movie has been kicking around for a few years now. Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese initially penned the adaptation for Disney, »
- Adam Chitwood
In 2010, Disney purchased the rights to A.J. Leiberman and Riley Rossmo's graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. They hired Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to pen the script. When they turned in their final draft two years later Disney passed on it because they felt it was "too edgy." That's when Universal Pictures swooped in and purchased the film rights. At one point Marc Forster ("World War Z") was attached to direct but he's moved on. Outside of that we haven't heard anything new on this project, until today. Sources for Collider have informed the site that Chris Pratt ("Guardians of the Galaxy") is now set to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking. He'll play 'Duncan' the main protagonist. The story is about "a schizophrenic assassin ('Duncan') working for a secret government program who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking." Collider added: We »
When the novice producers set out to make the code-breaking period drama “The Imitation Game,” it was quite a leap of faith, as they left successful TV careers (Grossman as a development manager at DreamWorks TV, Ostrowsky as a writer’s assistant on “Gossip Girl”) and jumped headfirst into the risky world of indie production.
“We were so passionate about the project and it seemed like the right time,” says Grossman.
They sold it to Warner Bros. “But we got it back after Warners hadn’t greenlit it within a year, per our contract,” says Ostrowsky, “and we had to start over finding financing again.”
The pair, who had founded Ampersand Pictures, joined forces with Teddy Schwarzman (“All Is Lost”) and his company, Black Bear, and the project found a new home at the Weinstein Co.; Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) came on board as director and cast Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. »
- Iain Blair
When oscar-nominated director paul greengrass wanted “an authentic ocean experience and look” for his hijack hostage thriller “Captain Phillips” (pictured), he headed to the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, joining a long list of top helmers and high-profile productions that have filmed here. Among them: Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”), Angelina Jolie (“By the Sea”), Steven Spielberg (“Munich”), Wolfgang Petersen (“Troy”) and Marc Forster (“World War Z”).
Highly competitive incentives are part of the appeal. The Malta Film Commission offers a cash rebate of up to 27% on all eligible expenses incurred in Malta; 25% is available for all eligible productions, while an additional 2% is given to productions that shoot Malta as Malta. Value added tax, currently 18%, is fully refundable.
Its Mediterranean location, authentic architecture and stark landscapes are also part of Malta’s appeal for productions ranging from swords-and-sandals epics to war movies. “Malta is able to double as myriad classical and historical periods, »
- Iain Blair
Other winners come from Bulgaria and Us.
Portuguese film maker Gonçalo Tocha’s The Trail of a Tale (pictured) has won the $15,000 top prize in the Action4Climate documentary competition’s 18 -35 age category.
The film was made in collaboration with Imagine2020 and the New Economics Foundation.
The story is about a letter written in the future addressed to today’s society.
Second place with $10,000 went to Dobrin Kashavelov from Bulgaria for Global Warming. The third place $5,000 prize went to Nathan Dappen from the Us for Snows Of The Nile.
“These talented young film makers connect to their audience in emotional and powerful ways about the dangers of climate change. They have done serious, important work, which shows that climate change could result in a world that is unrecognizable today, and that we need act now to protect the planet for future generations,” said Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group.
The competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
As Netflix works to break into feature-length programming, Amazon is still taking steps to catch up with its competitor in the realm of original series. Following pilot season, the Internet superstore announced today that it has picked up the Steven Soderbergh exec-produced period story Red Oaks and the Ron Perlman-led Hand of God to series. Additionally, Amazon has ordered more scripts for Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans in order to further evaluate whether it will be a good fit for the company.
Red Oaks is a coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” ’80s. Craig Roberts (Neighbors) stars as a college student who is determined to make the most of the last days of his summer while working as an assistant tennis pro at a Jersey country club. Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind and more co-star in the series, which had its pilot directed by David Gordon Green. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With a critical success on its hands with Transparent, Amazon has ordered full series of its pilots Hand of God and Red Oaks, the company announced Friday. Hand of God, starring Ron Perlman, is a drama from World War Z director Marc Forster about a corrupt judge who becomes a vigilante after a breakdown that prompts him to think he is getting messages from God. On a totally different note, Red Oaks is a comedy executive produced by Steven Soderbergh about a New Jersey country club in the 1980s. The pilot was directed by David Gordon Green. "We are excited »
- Esther Zuckerman
Not to be forgotten in the wake of this week's big Netflix news, Amazon has announced its own series pickups today. The internet superstore has ordered full seasons of "Hand of God" and "Red Oaks." "Hand of God" is created by Ben Watkins ("Burn Notice") with Marc Forster ("World War Z") directing. The series features Ron Perlman in the lead as a man who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a quest for revenge. Perlman's character, Pernell Harris, believes he is getting messages from God, directing him. Dana Delany and Andre Royo are also featured in the cast. "Red Oaks" is directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). It is a period story, taking place in 1985, and follows an assistant tennis pro (Craig Roberts) at a Jersey country club and the people who work and frequent it. The series also stars Richard Kind, »
- Josh Lasser
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