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Cinemax just recruited a Marine sniper. Okay, so Prometheus actor Logan Marshall-Green isn’t really a soldier, but he’ll play one on TV. The network chose him to star in their new drama pilot titled Quarry.
The pilot is based upon a Max Allan Collins’ book, which follows a Marine sniper who returns home from Vietnam in 1973 to become disillusioned by the America he finds. It isn’t the one he left behind and it isn’t kind to him. “Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River,” reported THR. I told you it was a drama, and what a drama, but I see exciting thriller elements here as well.
If you are thinking that the title is weird, don’t. A quarry holds rocks and any member of the military can tell you there are »
- Sasha Nova
Logan Marshall-Green has been cast as the title character in Quarry, a drama project for Cinemax based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper (Marshall-Green) who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. John Hillcoat is set to direct the pilot, co-produced by Anonymous Content. Hillcoat, Gordy, Fuller, Collins and Ken Levin executive produce with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
© Metallica Through The Never, Courtesy of Picturehouse
Exclusive Media will present award-winning writer/director Nimród Antal’s (Predators, Kontroll) captivating 3D concert/suspense film Metallica Through The Never featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands to international buyers at this year’s upcoming Cannes Film Market, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton.
Starring Metallica members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-man 2), Metallica Through The Never is produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). The film marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative, in which a crewmember (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set »
- Michelle McCue
Cannes: Below I’ve compiled this year’s list of what Cannes films are most often being mentioned by potential buyers. But already there’s been a bit of action in the marketplace, with Warner Bros acquiring domestic on the Ryan Gosling-directed How To Catch A Monster. Sellers feel a good appetite for deal-making is in the air. “This has been the busiest month we’ve had going into a Cannes Film Festival. The frenetic activity has never been this intense,” said Roeg Sutherland, who runs CAA’s independent film operation with Micah Green. “It’s not that a lot of new companies are jumping in like they did last year. But we’re seeing those companies coming back here with good slates, which is the healthiest thing for everybody.” I can tell you that sellers this year are cautiously optimistic this Cannes market will be closer to 2011′s »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“It was a terrible time to start,” Samuels admits. “Everyone was in a preserve-and- protect mode and wanted to get out of their obligations. The silver lining is that we wound up revisiting all aspects of our (business) plans.”
Basner agrees, emphasizing that FilmNation needed to be flexible to get past the past — mainly by backing a few less-than-obvious projects rather than the panic approach of going for volume.
We started to operate in different ways that made better sense for the new world order,” he says. “We were focused on having a diversified slate of films — a mixture of commercial wide-release films like ‘Sanctum’ and specialty films such as ‘The King’s Speech.’”
In the five years since FilmNation debuted, the movie business has undergone deep changes, »
- Dave McNary
Since joining Curtis Brown in 1997, Nick Marston (pictured above) has led its transformation from musty literary boutique into one of London’s largest and most dynamic talent agencies, with its own flourishing production arm.
As chairman of the theater, film and TV department, Marston reps the film rights to novelists such as John Le Carre and David Mitchell. His writing and directing clients include John Hillcoat, Rowan Joffe, Hossein Amini and Niels Arden Oplev.
- Adam Dawtrey
Aiming to increase production, FilmNation Entertainment has obtained $50 million in additional capital via an equity-backed revolving credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank.
The announcement comes a week ahead of the opening of Cannes, where FilmNation is premiering a trio of titles — Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” in competition, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” opening Un Certain Regard and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” (pictured) screening out of competition.
The five-year-old sales-financing-production company said the additional funds are in line with its long-term growth strategy. It noted that it recently acquired the majority of worldwide rights to David Michod’s “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and is co-financing Nic Mathieu’s “Story of Your Life” with Lava Bear Films.
FilmNation pointed out in the announcement that the funds come at a time when major studios are devoting increasing resources to tentpole fare, »
- Dave McNary
If Megan Ellison shows what a very, very rich person with a yen for moviemaking can do, Cynthia Stafford is determined to show what a "a mini-mogul" who got her funding from a big lottery win, can do. In the last few months, as Ellison, daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison, has counted the profits and losses from such high-profile films as Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and John Hillcoat's "Lawless," Stafford has seen three of her own films come to the market. With a smaller fund and »
- Steve Pond
Deadline is reporting that Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has joined Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi flick Interstellar. The actress will star alongside Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in the highly anticipated film, which is set to touch down in theatres on November 7th, 2014.
Details on Interstellar are hard to come by but we do know that it will be based on a script by Chris’ brother Jonathan and that it will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions as it brings us the story of a group of explorers who embark through a wormhole on “a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Oh, and there will also be lots of native IMAX footage. So there’s that too.
- Matt Joseph
Having already notched her belt with Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat and Ralph Fiennes (among others) and lining up gigs this year with Liv Ullman ("Miss Julie") and Guillermo Del Toro ("Crimson Peak"), it's safe to say that Jessica Chastain has her pick of the crop. And now she's adding another big time filmmaker on to her enviable CV. Chastain is coming on board Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick "Interstellar," joining the already cast Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Yeah, we know, holy shit this cast. Of course, details are being kept quiet but we do know that the movie originates from a long developing script by Jonathan Nolan, with Chris putting his own twist on it with a rewrite, in a movie that will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions, telling the story of a group of explorers who go through a wormhole. Shooting begins later this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
they're not the stars but they steal the show. Chosen by the Guide's film writers, the prizes for the 23 best supporting actors of 2013 go to …
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
Oh, so you think you have your summer movie watching schedule all mapped out? Well, prepare to make some adjustments as the arthouse near you is changing up the game. Perhaps the biggest news of the bunch is that Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster" (now evidently titled "Grandmasters") has been given an August 23rd wide release date by The Weinstein Company. It's a bit of a curious move as it will position the movie against Edgar Wright's "The World's End" and Ya franchise "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones." But most notably, that late August date has not been good to the distributor with both John Hillcoat's "Lawless" and the comedy "Our Idiot Brother" kinda fizzling in the late summer slot in recent years. But hey, at least it's coming, right? Meanwhile, the Eli Roth-produced and starring horror "Aftershock" will jolt your bones on May 10th. The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Del Toro's haunted-house flick to get a new cast member? According to a Variety report, this year's Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty) is in "final negotiations" to become the latest addition to the cast of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's haunted-house movie Crimson Peak. If her signature does end up in the dotted line, Chastain will be featured next to Pacific Rim / Queer as Folk's Charlie Hunnam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Star Trek Into Darkness' Benedict Cumberbatch, and one of Chastain's The Help co-stars: Emma Stone. Needless to say, for that to happen all of the aforementioned names must actually end up in the film. As per Justin Kroll's Variety article, the plot of the Legendary Pictures horror film (possibly to be handled by Universal Pictures) remains unknown. Could GdT's latest turn out to be Robert Wise's The Haunting »
- Andre Soares
With the successes of its original programs like Banshee and Strike Back, Cinemax is looking keep the streak going by greenlighting the pilot for a project based on the Max Allan Collins series of novels, Quarry. At first I thought this series must be about what it’s like to work in a quarry and would follow the lives of several laborers as they struggle with the dangers of their jobs and how it affects their already shaky personal lives, but upon more thorough research it would appear Quarry isn’t like that at all. I’m saddened, but I was suppose the project still sounds pretty cool…
Graham Gorgy and Michael D. Fuller are writing the Quarry pilot, reported Deadline. John Hillcoat is on board to direct with Anonymous Content co-producing. Hillcoat, Gorgy and Fuller will executive produce along with Anonymous’ Stever Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon. »
- Brody Gibson
Exclusive: Ted Tally, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Silence Of The Lambs, has followed his longtime agent Robert Bookman to Paradigm. Bookman left CAA to go to work for Sam Gores’s agency a month ago, and Tally becomes the first big Bookie client to make the move. Bookman has been among a number of well established CAA agents who’ve recently moved on to other agencies, and the question is always whether their star clients will follow suit. Bookman had close relationships at CAA with the likes of Cameron Crowe, Paul Greengrass, Jim Sheridan, Martin McDonagh, John Hillcoat and Martin Campbell. No word yet on other talent, but landing Tally is a coup for Paradigm. His other credits include Red Dragon, Before And After, The Juror and All The Pretty Horses. He won the National Review Award for scripting that Cormac McCarthy adaptation. As playwright, Tally won an Obie »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The story centers on a Marine sniper who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public.
Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Cinemax has given a pilot order to Quarry, a drama project based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. John Hillcoat is set to direct the pilot, co-produced by Anonymous Content. Hillcoat, Gordy and Fuller, all Anonymous clients, executive produce with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon. The Quarry pilot order comes on the heels of Cinemax renewing its freshman drama Banshee for a second season. Both Banshee and Cinemax’s first original primetime series, Strike Back, which »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Looking to further expand its original programming slate, Cinemax has ordered a ’70s-set drama pilot titled Quarry, TVLine has learned.
Based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins, the project centers on a Marine marksman who, upon returning home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. The disillusioned vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the Mississippi River.
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- Megan Masters
Gist: Like her feature debut – the 2011 Main Competition alum Sleeping Beauty – Julia Leigh is again directing her own screenplay, only this time it’ll be adapted from one of her own novels: 2008’s critically lauded Disquiet. (Her other novel, 1999’s The Hunter, was adapted to the screen in 2011 by Daniel Nettheim and starred Willem Dafoe.) This more recent novel, which has been described as “so spare that it seems as if the characters are deprived of some of their life,” concerns a mother of two young children who leaves her husband and goes to live with her own mother in rural France. Based on the cover of the book (see image above), her mother is ridiculously wealthy and has indulged herself with a massive mansion, so who can blame her?
Prediction: While Leigh was gifted with an exceedingly rare Competition berth for her debut feature, we »
- Blake Williams
For a 17th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues its mandate of celebrating Hollywood cinema and recognizing excellence in Hollywood, both in-front and behind the camera. This year the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills. In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards®. The “Los Angeles Times” recognized the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala Ceremony as a “pre-Oscar showcase,” and the “New York Times,” called it the “first mandatory stop in the awards season.” “We are very excited to be having our seventeenth annual Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony on October 21. Last year’s event was one of the best yet, with our presenters and honorees including Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, John Hawkes, »
- Josh Abraham
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