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London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
eOne UK is aiming to release around 35 films per year going forward as it looks to cement its position as one of the top five distributors in the UK.
Upcoming films on the slate include The Rover (August 15), A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (September 19), The Homesman (October), Mr Turner (October 31), Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? (November), Foxcatcher (January 9) and The Water Diviner (January).
Also on the impressive roster are Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg (July 22, 2016), J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Denis Villeneuve’s A Story Of Your Life, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, court-room drama The Whole Truth and franchise sequel Insurgent.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
If you’re a fan of end-of-the-world movies such as The Road Warrior, Escape from New York and The Terminator, then you may want to check out Flickering Myth contributor david j. moore’s new book World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies, which has recently been released by Schiffer Publishing.
The deluxe hardback book is packed with over 800 movie reviews, ranging from blockbusters such as The Hunger Games, The Matrix Trilogy and World War Z to cult B-movies like Cyborg, Fortress and Hell Comes to Frogtown, providing the definitive guide to the genre.
As well as the exhaustive selection of reviews, the book also contains interviews with over 60 filmmakers and actors, including Albert Pyun, Russell Mulcahy, Neil Marshall, Roger Christianson, Martin Campbell, Paul W.S. Anderson, John Hillcoat and Roddy Piper, and 427 colour photographs.
You can order World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies via Amazon. »
- Gary Collinson
They’re more used to sharing District 12 for the Hunger Games films, but Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth are now headed for the Old West. Deadline reports that they’re set to butt heads in revenge Western By Way Of Helena.Matt Cook wrote the script, which Kieran Darcy-Smith will bring to life, following the story of David (Hemsworth), an 1880s Texas Ranger dispatched to an isolated frontier town to investigate some mysterious murders.But when he arrives, he discovers the place is in the iron grip of local preacher Abraham (Harrelson), who is none too happy with the new arrival poking around in his town’s affairs. You can reasonably assume from that synopsis that tempers will flare and bullets will be exchanged. Revenge Westerns seem to be flavour of the month, don't they?Harrelson is part of the cast for John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine and »
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While its not necessarily our first look at Wonder Woman on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, star Gal Gadot has shared a couple of behind-the-scenes images from her upcoming thriller Triple Nine. The actress Tweeted out two photos, one with her on-screen sister Kate Winslet and the other with Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Take a look.
What an amazing "Sister" I have ;) #999 #triplenine#kateWinsletpic.twitter.com/9U0ToexdOD
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) June 30, 2014
Yooooooooo.... ;) @aaronpaul_8 #999 #tripleninepic.twitter.com/OuGSLi8BVm
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) June 30, 2014
Triple Nine is the latest drama from director John Hillcoat, the man behind The Road and Lawless. The story follows a group of criminals who have concocted a master plan for their upcoming Los Angeles heist. They will kill a police officer, a Code 999, diverting the force's attentions away from the real crime scene. In theaters 2015.
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Gal Gadot (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fast & Furious 6) tweeted a couple photos from the set of John Hillcoat's Triple Nine (included at the bottom of this post), reminding me this is a film I think has only been mentioned once on this site and that was almost four years ago when Shia Labeouf was circling the pic after Labeouf worked with Hillcoat on Lawless. Now there's no Labeouf, but the cast is stacked for this corrupt cop drama. The film centers on a group of corrupt police officers who are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. In order to orchestrate the plan a "999", code for 'officer down', must be executed and a rookie police officer is the proposed victim. Along with Gadot, the film stars Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Clifton Collins Jr., Anthony Mackie and Norman Reedus. »
- Brad Brevet
Update: Hardy is now officially confirmed as part of the cast, according to Variety. Initially rearing its head as a John Hillcoat project way back in 2010, Western The Revenant passed to director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel) twelve months later. After a couple of years of being loosely "attached", Leonardo DiCaprio then signed on to star in April. Now, in a potential Inception reunion, Tom Hardy is in talks to join him.Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith have adapted the film from Michael Punke’s 2003 novel, which follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. The two men assigned to bury his body then decide tojust rob him and abandon him instead. But Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge.Sean Penn had been considering playing one of the thieving burial party, »
Fresh off the overwhelming success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and 12 Years a Slave, the first image of Michael Fassbender’s in his latest project, Slow West, has surfaced. The film – which also features The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee – was actually shot towards the back end of last year and sees Fassbender team up with director John Maclean, with whom he has previously collaborated on two short films.
For those unfamiliar with Slow West, here’s the official plot synopsis:
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centers on 17 year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who has traveled from Scotland to Colorado to be reunited with the woman with whom he is infatuated. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveler named Silas »
- Dale Barham
It basically goes like this: if you put Jessica Chastain in something, we're going to watch. The actress has made the most of her breakout role in Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" to work with auteurs like John Hillcoat, Katherine Bigelow, Jeff Nichols, Christopher Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro and more. And she's added another big name to her CV with "Miss Julie." Directed by the legendary Liv Ullman, and co-starring Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, the film is and adaptation of August Strindberg's acclaimed play, telling the tale of Julie and John who fall into an affair that's as passionate as it is savage, with their escape plan for a new life together resulting in something tragic. This cast? That story? Hell yes. So check out the images below and hey, maybe let's get a teaser trailer soon? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the Ifd library for UK theatrical release.
The Ifd library comprises more than 200 titles including Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, John Hillcoat’s The Road, John Carney’s Once, Emilio Estevez’s The Way, and Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
Park Circus specialises in putting classic films back on the big screen and represents more than 20,000 titles from major studios and independent rights owners. This summer, it will handle the international re-release of Some Like It Hot, The Lady From Shanghai, The Deer Hunter and To Catch A Thief.
Ifd, which re-launched last September backed by New Sparta, recently released animated feature Postman Pat: The Movie, which has generated nearly £3m ($5m) at the UK box office after three weeks on release.
The independent »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
After getting caught up with superpowered aliens in I Am Number Four and recovering zombies in Warm Bodies, the lovely Australian actress Teresa Palmer is heading into remake territory. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Palmer is taking the female lead in their remake of the action thriller Point Break starring Edgar Ramirez (who replaced the departed Gerard Butler) in the role of Bodhi, originated by Patrick Swayze, and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, the role played by Keanu Reeves. It's not clear how pivotal of a role Palmer will have, but if it follows suit of the original, she won't have a large amount of screentime. Our best guess is that Palmer will play Utah's significant other in the film, but maybe the remake changes the story a bit and allows for a female role to get more involved in the story. Palmer is currently busy shooting Triple Nine with director John Hillcoat, »
- Ethan Anderton
Luke Bracey stars as FBI agent Johnny Utah, who infiltrates a criminal enterprise set within the extreme sports world. Édgar Ramírez is portraying Bodhi, with Ray Winstone playing Utah's veteran FBI partner. Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey and originally portrayed Utah, Bodhi, Utah's partner in the 1989 original Point Break, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Teresa Palmer is playing Johnny Utah's love interest in the reboot, originally portrayed by Lori Petty.
Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall), with Alcon's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson producing alongside John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. No production schedule was given.
Teresa Palmer is negotiating to star alongside Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey in Alcon‘s reboot of the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Palmer is best known for Lionsgate’s zombie comedy Warm Bodies but will next be seen in director Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. She is currently on set for John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine (Open Road Films) with Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot and Michael Pena. Palmer is repped by Wme, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Webber & Dern. The film is about a […] »
The movie will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals but will be set in the world of extreme sports. Palmer will play Bracey’s love interest.
- Justin Kroll
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
The futuristic love story takes place in a society where emotions have been eradicated. Ridley Scott will produce. [Source: Screen]
The story follows two sisters who throw one last rager before their parents' house is sold. Ike Barinholtz also stars in the film currently targeting a December 18th 2015. [Source: Deadline]
Mark Strong plays a British black ops agent forced to go on the run with his long-lost English soccer hooligan brother »
- Garth Franklin
The cast of John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine just got a little more badass. Today, we’ve learned that Clifton Collins Jr., last seen in Transcendence and perhaps best known for his roles in Pacific Rim and on one-and-done TV dramas Red Widow and The Event, has come aboard the crime thriller in a supporting role.
No word yet on Collins’ role, but Triple Nine will focus on a scheme gone awry planned by a group of dirty cops. The full synopsis, via Deadline, reads:
A crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
With Hillcoat, »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the cameras set to roll next month, John Hillcoat hasn’t quite finished putting together the promising cast for his new crime thriller Triple Nine. Clifton Collins Jr. is just the latest name to join the roster.With a script by Matt Cook, Triple Nine – taken from Us police code for an officer needing assistance rather than the UK emergency number – finds a crew of dirty cops in even deeper hot water than usual when the Russian mob blackmails them into pulling off a tricky heist in Los Angeles. To distract the authorities’ attention from their crime, the officers hatch a deadly plan aimed at a young colleague. He manages to foil their attack, and goes on the offensive against the whole operation.Casey Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Michael B. Jordan is set as a streetwise fellow cop who conspires with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s master thief to double-cross Affleck’s character. »
The story centers on a group of corrupt police officers, who are blackmailed by the Russian mob to pull off a nearly-impossible heist. They realize that the only way to execute the heist is to manufacture a Triple Nine (999), the police code for officer down. Their plan goes awry when the rookie cop they set up for his execution turns the tables on them, setting up finale filled with twists and double-crosses.
No details were given for Clifton Collins Jr.'s character, but he joins a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, Michael Peña, Woody Harrelson and Clifton Collins Jr.'s co-star in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Norman Reedus.
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