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Linking two of Latin America’s high-profile producers, Argentina’s Az Films has boarded “El Duende” (The Elf), a horror parable lead-produced by Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian producer of Sundance entry “All Your Dead Ones,” TV smash hit “Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord“ and now “Blanca,” one of Vivendi’s Studio Plus mobile-first premium web series.
64A Films co-founder Diego Ramirez has also announced some of the most ambitious TV plans of any independent movie production house in Latin America: Production of 10 one-hour TV series and 10 10-minute-per-episode series. Carlos Moreno’s one-hour “El Dorado,” the story of the Spanish Conquest, based on William Ospina’s “The Amazon Trilogy,” is now in advanced development.
“The Elf” will shoot in English, said Ramirez, whose producer credits also include Carlos Moreno’s “Dog Eat Dog.” It marks the second solo feature from Jorge Navas, who debuted with 2009 Venice Days player “Blood and Rain,” described »
- John Hopewell
Ryan Kwanten has joined Maggie Grace and John Malcovich in Supercon, the comedy heist pic from Zak Knutson. The casting reunites the Aussie-born Kwanten and Grace, who also team in Rob Cohen’s action thriller Category 5. Supercon follows a motley group of comic book artists and former TV stars earning a living working fan conventions who set out to rob a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon. Kwanten (True Blood) plays a voice actor who comes up with the plan… »
True Blood may have ended on television, but the hit show is set to become a new stage musical.
Novellist Elizabeth Scott is writing the lyrics and the book for the planned production, while Nathan Barr, who provided much of the music on the original show, will be handling the music aspect of the new show.
HBO’s True Blood by Alan Ball, based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, ran for seven seasons and ended in 2014. It revolved around the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality. Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer and Ryan Kwanten were also amongst the primary cast.
No news on when the potential musical will land, but we’ll keep you updated.
The post ‘True Blood’ is set to become a stage musical appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Book and lyrics for the piece are reportedly being written by novelist Elizabeth Scott while Nathan Barr, who worked on the music for the series, will handle the music. No news on the specific story or characters to be included.
Source: TV Line »
- Garth Franklin
Shout! Factory has acquired a package of rights to the Australian animated feature and plans a multi-platform release.
Shout! Factory has picked up Australian animated feature Blinky Bill: The Movie for North America from Munich-based sales agency Studio 100 Film.
With a package of exclusive rights including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment, Shout! Factory plans a strategic launch of the film across multiple platforms through its Shout! Factory Kids imprint.
Produced by Studio 100’s Sydney-based animation studio Flying Bark Productions, Blinky Bill: The Movie has a voice cast headed by Ryan Kwanten, Rufus Sewell, Toni Collette and David Wenham. It tells the story of mischievous koala Bill’s search for his dad in the outback, in the company of a zoo koala and a frill-necked lizard. Deane Taylor directed and Alexs Stadermann co-directed.
Introduced in a 1933 book series, the character has appeared in 1992 film Blinky Bill, The Mischievous »
The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen has settled on his latest pair of storm-chasers, with news emerging today that Ryan Kwanten and Taken star Maggie Grace have landed roles in upcoming disaster pic, Category 5.
Kwanten and Grace now join a cast that already features Ben-Hur and Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell, who closed a deal to headline the drama late last month. He’ll play the part of a meteorologist who, alongside his ex-Marine brother (Kwanten) and a Us Treasury agent (Grace), must pull together to thwart a devastating hack on the U.S. Mint Facility during one of the greatest storms on record.
Blending genres in the hope of creating a pulse-pounding thriller, Category 5 is based on an original script penned by Cohen himself, with help from Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis.
Here’s the official pitch for the feature film: »
- Michael Briers
The story follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike.
Kebbel plays a meteorologist left in the deserted beach town along with a treasury agent (Grace) and his brother, an ex-Marine (Kwanten). Ineson heads the team of thieves trying to accomplish the heist.
Cohen helms from a script he co-wrote with Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis. Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr. and Rob Cohen will produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As we pointed out this morning, it’s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious opened in theaters. Now the director of that first film in the franchise is capitalizing on that anniversary and announcing the casting for his new movie by invoking the street racing movie that launched what’s now a behemoth of a heist action franchise. “Coinciding with the 15 Year Anniversary of Rob Cohen’s 2001 blockbuster hit…” this press release begins. Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are joining Cohen’s Category 5. Here’s what the upcoming action-thriller is about: Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Toby Kebbel), a treasury agent (Grace), and the »
- Emily Rome
Maggie Grace, who starred opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken trilogy, Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) have been set to star alongside Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur) in Rob Cohen’ new action/thriller Category 5. Scripted by Cohen, Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a… »
Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis. The movie follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike.
Kebbel plays a meteorologist left in the deserted beach town along with a treasury agent (Grace) and his brother, an ex-Marine played by Kwanten. Ineson heads the team of thieves trying to accomplish the heist of the century.
Producers are Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr. and Rob Cohen. Bill Immerman, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Christopher Conover and Allie Greenleaf Maldonado are executive producing.
- Dave McNary
Rights have gone in Australia (Roadshow), Spain (MediaSet), Germany (Polyband), Italy (Minerva), Turkey (DigiTurk), and Russia/Cis (Mgn).
Further deals closed in Canada (Vvs), Brazil (Globo), Middle East (Eagle Films), former Yugoslavia (Stars Ent), Spanish Latin America (Alebrije), Asia pay TV (Fox), and airlines (Captive).
Who Gets The Dog? follows the escapades of a career-focused woman and her unemployed husband on the brink of divorce at war over who should get custody of their beloved pooch. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Goldstone was recently Selected as the opening film of the Sydney Film Festival .
About the film:
Whenever a movie sits on the shelf for more than a couple years before being released, it’s hard not to wonder if the reason is because it turned out poorly. But when you look through the history books, or run a quick Google search, you’ll realize that many exceptional horror movies have languished in pre-release hell over the years. Films like You’re Next, The Cabin in the Woods, and Trick ‘r Treat took their sweet time entering our lives, and the same can certainly be said about Flight 7500 (formerly 7500).
But was this one worth the wait?
Written by Craig Rosenberg and directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), and originally set for release way back in 2012, Flight 7500 centers on the passengers of a doomed flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo. »
- John Squires
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Forest (horror; Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney; rated PG-13) Flight 7500 (horror; Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Ryan Kwanten; rated PG-13) Bill (comedy; Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby; premieres 4/15 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated PG) I Am Wrath (action; John Travolta, Christopher Meloni; premieres 4/15 on cable Mod weeks before theatrical release; rated R) The Adderall Diaries (drama; James Franco, Amber Heard...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Flight 7500 is a film we’ve been paying attention to for quite some time. Originally scheduled for an August 2012 release, the thriller in the sky film was postponed time and time again, until now. The folks at Lionsgate are releasing the Ryan Kwanten/Amy Smary-led film on April 12th, and we have a brand new Exclusive clip from the film, from us to you fright fanatics. Looks pretty intense, right?
From the director of The Grudge comes this spine-chilling journey into fear. On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies — and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.
- Jerry Smith
The judges for this year's Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship are Toni Collette, Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, head of casting for Paramount Joseph Middleton (Donnie Darko, The Bourne Identity), producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Gods of Egypt, Sicario), casting director Sherry Thomas (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) and director Phillip Noyce.
.The Heath Ledger Scholarship is AiF.s flagship education program and represents everything the foundation stands for", said Australians in Film's president Simonne Overend. "This is a potentially life changing moment for a young actor and AiF is thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to someone".
"The incredible group of influential judges assembled to select this year.s scholarship.s recipient is a testament to the level of regard to which the scholarship is held in Hollywood".
.I am happy to be involved in this initiative., said Collette. .I liked Heath very »
- Staff Writer
Ahead of its Us release next month, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for the third instalment in Emmanuel Benbihy’s ‘Cities of Love’ series Rio, I Love You which stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Rodrigo Santoro, Emily Mortimer, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Jason Isaacs and Ryan Kwanten. Take a look below…
The third episode of the Cities of Love franchise, Rio, I Love You is an anthology, created by 10 visionary directors from across the globe. The story line of each segment focuses on an encounter of love in a different neighborhood of the city, demonstrating the distinctive qualities and character of that location. The film serves to bridge gaps between cultures, educating and entertaining the audience, while celebrating unique and universal expressions of love.
Rio, I Love You is set for release on April 15th in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
The concept is a good one: gather up some top shelf filmmakers and have them create an omnibus of shorts centered around a particular city. Previously we've seen "Paris, je t'Aime" and "New York, I Love You," and as it goes with the format, some segments are always better than others. Now the focus goes to Brazil for "Rio, I Love You," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Interview: Paolo Sorrentino Talks 'Youth,' The Happiest Moment Of Filmmaking, Michael Caine, Sun Kill Moon & More Filmmakers Guillermo Arriaga, Stephan Elliott, Im Sang-soo, Nadine Labaki, Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, Carlos Saldanha, Paolo Sorrentino, John Turturro and Andrucha Waddington have each crafted shorts taking place in the lively city, and Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Harvey Keitel, Vincent Cassell, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten and Fernanda Montenegro appear in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Remember when the Masters of the Universe movie was out of developmental purgatory and moving forward? Warner Bros. selected John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) to direct the film. Unfortunately it never happened. But come on, this thing is inevitable right? Frankly I’d love to see Dolph Lundgren come back but we know that’s not possible. Assuming it’s not animated, I’ve cast actors and actresses in the roles of Eternia’s bravest warriors and most evil beings right here. He’s what it would look like: Ryan Kwanten as He-Man Ryan Kwanten was one of the best things about True Blood, and he’s
Casting the Inevitable Masters of the Universe Movie Reboot »
John F. Kennedy’s assassination: It’s a part of American history that launched over 50 years of debate and speculation. The questions of what really happened at Dealey Plaza and who this man Lee Harvey Oswald was have been the subjects of countless books. Stephen King added his own book to that collection — a fictional take on this history, though one with a lot of historical research involved. The Master of Horror blended together elements of political intrigue, suspense, mystery, and romance with his 2011 book 11/22/63, about a schoolteacher who travels back in time to prevent JFK’s assassination. The eight-part series based on the book and produced by J.J. Abrams debuts today on Hulu. New episodes will be released weekly on Mondays on the streaming service. During the three years (five in the book) that James Franco’s time-traveling Jake Epping spends in the past, leading up to the fateful »
- Emily Rome
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