17 items from 2014
The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.
Lightning evp and general manager Ken DuBow announced deals on the crime thriller have closed in the Middle East (Eagle Films), Portugal (Media Page), Scandinavia (Atlantic Film), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Zecon Plus Corp), Thailand (Ipa), Turkey (Moviebox), Mexico (Renaissance) and Israel (Yes/Dbs).
Herschel Faber’s comedy Cavemen starring Chad Michael Murray and Camilla Belle and Alexis Knapp has been licensed to Benelux (Koch Media), China (Melting Culture), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Zecon Plus Corp), Turkey (D Productions), Germany (Lighthouse Home Entertainment) and UK (Bskyb).
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A six-screen release- three in Perth and one each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane- is planned for the film which stars Jonathan Lapaglia as a troubled detective who hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer.
.We had offers from a couple of other Aussie distributors but Selina was definitely the most passionate and committed,. said Filmscope Entertainment.s Soto, who in May was named best director at the British Independent Film Festival, where The Reckoning had its world premiere.
Backed by ScreenWest and Lottery West, the film was produced by Filmscope Entertainment.s Deidre Kitcher, with Robert Lundberg, Roger and Kim Savill and Malcolm and Kate Rudd as executive producers. »
- Don Groves
Australian director John V. Soto (Needle) has completed his crime thriller The Reckoning. This suspenseful look at crime and punishment completed earlier this year. Recently, the film had its World Premiere at the British Independent Film Festival. And here, Soto won Best Director for this feature. The Reckoning stars Jonathan Lapaglia (The Hit List), Viva Bianca (Scorned), Luke Hemsworth and Hanna Mangan Lawrence. An exciting first trailer for The Reckoning is available here. The story for The Reckoning is complex. However, a detective has been murdered and his partner, Green (Lapaglia), must track down two runaway teens, whose camera holds the identity of the killer. More clues to the killer's identity and motivations are housed within the film's trailer. The Reckoning is a Reckoning Productions and Filmscope Entertainment production. This film, which was partially shot in Perth, Australia, continues to make its rounds on the film festival circuit and a North American release date. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
She plays Shannon, the grand-daughter of Bryan Brown's ex-crim Lennie, in the Matchbox Pictures. production which premieres this Friday night on ABC1.
Not only did she get to work with Brown and Sam Neill as Ted, a retired cop who teams up with Lennie to solve crimes and unravel scams, her character has two suitors: Mark Coles-Smith as Jason, the mechanic son of one of Lennie.s prison mates; and Damian Walshe-Howling.
.It was hilarious,. Hanna tells If on the line from Los Angeles, where she moved last year. .Bryan and Sam had known each other for years so they had a great chemistry on and off the set..
Shannon is a law student at Sydney University whose mother has died and father has long gone, »
- Don Groves
Soto was one of three nominees for best director together with Martin Kemp for Top Dog (the tale of a London bad boy who gets in over his head after he joins a dangerous criminal gang) and Floris Ramaekers for Sleeping Dogs (the story of one woman on the rocky road between happiness and tragedy). The Reckoning stars Jonathan Lapaglia as a troubled detective who hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer. The supporting cast includes Luke Hemsworth, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Viva Bianca and Alex Williams.
The thriller is due to open on 8-10 screens in Sydney, »
- Don Groves
Screening at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square on May 10, the crime thriller has been nominated for best film, director and actor.
The cast is headed by Jonathan Lapaglia (The Slap, Love Child), Luke Hemsworth (Kill Me Three Times, Brothers in Arms), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (X, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Viva Bianca (X, Spartacus) and Alex Williams (Paper Planes, Never Tear Us Apart).
The plot follows a troubled detective (Lapaglia) as he hunts two runaway teenagers who hold video footage that identifies a cop killer.
The tentative Australian release date is September 4, playing on 8-10 screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The film has been sold in seven international territories by Lightning Entertainment, which aims to close further deals at the Cannes film market.
- Don Groves
Recently, CBS released the new, official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 20 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Il Tavolo Bianco,” and it definitely sounds like things will get pretty drama-filled for Patrick as he might get put on trial for the murder of Red John, and more! In the new, 20th episode press release: Jane's freedom is going to be at stake when a grand jury is empanelled to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John. Press release number 2: Jane’s freedom will be at stake when a grand jury is empanelled to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John. In the meantime, Lisbon is going to try to find out how Jane feels about the possibility of her leaving Austin with Agent Pike, and Cho and Abbott are going to follow new leads in the »
Williamson, who.s 20, has signed with a Los Angeles-based manager and will play a key character named Tiffany in Broken Contract, writer-director James Pentecost.s action comedy that starts shooting in Perth on April 28.
Christopher Morris (Crownies, Janet King) plays Max, a down-on-his-luck club owner struggling to make ends meet. When a local gang threatens his livelihood and his family, he hires a hit man to protect the ones he loves. Tiffany is a bartender in a seedy strip joint who is trying to make ends meet while trying to find a missing family member.
Robinson, 22, is the first Australian in some years to be selected to take part in the Master.s program for film at the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama in London.
Before she departs for London, »
- Don Groves
A bunch of interesting trailers for various non-tentpole films have been released over the past 48 hours. Things kick off with "A Most Wanted Man," the film adaptation of the John le Carre novel and the final ever film of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Then there's the first trailer for "Pioneer," an "inspired by true events" thriller set in the North Sea in the early 1980s. Askel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Jonathan Lapaglia star in the story of a team of American divers helping Norway extract oil from the ocean floor - a tragic accident leads to one of the team realising his life is at stake - and not just from the elements.
Then there's a new and quite dark trailer for "Deliver Us from Evil," the supernatural thriller starring Eric Bana as a disbelieving cop and Edgar Ramirez and an unconventional priest who partner up on an exorcism case. »
- Garth Franklin
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan Lapaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below. Here's the official Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, in high def from Apple (via Collider): Pioneer is set in the early 1980's, »
- Alex Billington
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan Lapaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a Us release, however io9 has debuted a new Us poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good. Here's the latest Us poster for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, similar to the Norwegian one, debuted from io9: Here's a photo from the film »
- Alex Billington
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: Based on the true-life story of the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Petter (Aksel Hennie), is a professional diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. He has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission, but a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realises that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Whilst the synopsis might not make Pioneer sound particularly special, the story is very powerful, especially considering the fact that real people lived through the situation. The film has also been picked up by George Clooney who is eager »
- Kat Smith
The Nine Network has commissioned a second series of Playmaker Media's Love Child after the premiere drew more than 4 million viewers across three airings.
Created by writer/producer Sarah Lambert, the drama is set in Kings Cross Hospital and an adjacent home for unwed mothers in 1969.
Jessica Marais (who plays midwife Joan Millar), Jonathan Lapaglia (Dr. Patrick McNaughton) and Mandy McElhinney (Matron Frances Bolton) will return for series two, which starts on New Year.s Eve 1970.. Also returning are Ella Scott Lynch (Shirley Ryan), Sophie Hensser (Viv Maguire), Gracie Gilbert (Annie Carmichael) Harriet Dyer (Patricia Saunders) and Miranda Tapsell (Martha Tenant).
Shawn Seet, who was the set-up director on the first series, is on board for the second.. Nine.s Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan said: .We are delighted with how Australian audiences have fallen in love with Love Child, and we are looking forward to working »
- Staff writer
The premiere of Playmaker Media.s Nine Network drama Love Child has drawn nearly 4.5 million viewers, according to figures released today.
The first episode was watched by 2.2 million people nationally, including catch-up viewing. A repeat screening last Friday attracted a further 531,000 viewers and another airing on Sunday pulled in 422,000.
So the peak audience for the three broadcasts was 3.18 million in the five capitals and 1.27 million in regional areas, for a total of 4.451 million. A further 20,000 have downloaded the first four episodes via Nine.s second-screen app, Jump-In.
The second episode won its timeslot last night with a national average of 1.85 million viewers and a peak of 2.51 million.
.Love Child has been a labour of love for everyone here at Nine and at Playmaker Media,. said Michael Healy, Nine Network Director of Television. "It.s gratifying the series is resonating with audiences in such large numbers all over the country. I »
- Don Groves
The Nine Network has another hit Australian drama in Love Child, which drew 1.36 million viewers in the five capital cities last night.
Adding the regional audience of 566,280, the premiere of the 1960s-set series had a combined national average audience of 1.926 million.
It was the night's second highest rating show behind Seven's My Kitchen Rules,. easily beating Seven's Us drama Revenge which had 1.27 million viewers nationally, 862,000 in the capitals. .
Nine's gambit of previewing the. first four episodes on Jump-in before the premiere seems to have worked.
- Don Groves
Just days after their latest true-story drama The Monuments Men opened in theaters, producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are teaming with Sony Pictures to remake the Norwegian thriller Pioneer. At this time, George Clooney is not attached to direct, with the studio currently seeking a screenwriter for this English-language version.
Erik Skjoldbjærg directed the original Pioneer, which opened in Norway last year after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival. The story is set in the 1980s, at the height of the Norwegian Oil Boom, following a man and his brother who are tasked with laying a pipeline through the North Sea, diving deeper than anyone had ever gone before. When tragedy strikes, the man becomes determined to find out the truth about what really happened, while realizing his life is in danger.
NBC has ordered eight episodes, adapted by Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz.
The remake was first reported in October 2012 but NBC has now formally given the greenlight.
The Us version is likely to follow the same approach of each episode looking at a cataclysmic act -one man slapping another couple.s misbehaving child-. from the viewpoint of each participant and onlooker.
The Slap is the latest addition to an unprecedented wave of remakes for Us networks, which include Essential Media and Entertainment's Rake (Fox »
- Don Groves
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