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Roberto Orci Drops Out of Power Rangers Movie

6 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Roberto Orci has dropped out as the executive producer on the Power Rangers movie being developed by Lionsgate. Not because anything is wrong with the production, but because of his commitment to Star Trek 3, which he is writing and directing. 

Regardless of the set back the studio is still moving forward with the movie and they are still planning to release it on July 22nd, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor) are currently writing the script. Haim Saban, creator of the Power Rangers franchise, is producing.

The movie will be a modern reinvention of the classic series which followed a group of ordinary high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who must harness those powers as a team to save the world from evil alien creatures.

I'm curious to see what this movie will be like. The series was so cheesy. I wonder if they'll bring that cheesiness along for the ride, »

- Joey Paur

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Orci: 'No No Power Rangers'

8 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Anyone out there excited about a Roberto Orci-led big screen reboot of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is about to be really sad. With all of the recent buzz surrounding production ramping up for his directorial debut, which happens to be Star Trek 3, Orci has now said that he can no longer exec-produce a new Power Rangers. Citing a schedule conflict, Orci is no longer attached to the project in any form.

But take heart, Power Ranger fans, because Haim Saban and Lionsgate are still adamant that there'll be a new film in theaters on July 22, 2016. As we speak, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First ClassThor) are hard at work on the script. The story will once again center on a group of everyday teenagers, who are suddenly chosen by an extra-terrestrial being named Zordon to protect earth from evil, intergalactic forces. He bestows them with great powers, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Tiff 2014: How Chris Rock, New Distribution Blood Fueled Film Deals

21 September 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.

The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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'Power Rangers' Movie Loses 'Star Trek 3' Director Roberto Orci

19 September 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Less than two months after Roberto Orci signed on to executive produce Lionsgate's Power Rangers movie, Deadline reports that he had to pull out of the project, because of his commitment to direct Paramount's Star Trek 3.

Roberto Orci was slated to executive produce and develop the story with screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), but now he is backing away from the project altogether.

This does not change Lionsgate's plans to release the film on July 22, 2016, although they still do not have a director attached at this time. The story is a reinvention of the hit TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which followed a group of high school kids who gain incredible powers, which they use to help save the world.

Haim Saban is producing alongside Saban Brands' Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. Lionsgate's Erik Feig and Jim Miller are overseeing the project. »

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'American Heist' Starring Adrien Brody Heads to Saban

12 September 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Saban Films is emerging as an aggressive buyer in Toronto, acquiring the U.S. rights to John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.

Here's what Saban Films president Bill Bromiley had to say in a statement.

"We were eager to see American Heist coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations. It's just the type of commercial talent driven film we are looking for at Saban."

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Saban Films Acquiring Action-Thriller American Heist

12 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

At Toronto, Saban Films has also acquired John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment. »

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Toronto: Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody's 'American Heist' Selling to Saban Films

12 September 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Continuing its buying streak at the Toronto Film Festival, Haim Saban's Saban Films is closing in on a $2 million deal for U.S. rights to Sarik Andreasyan's action thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody. The movie — also starring Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam — made its world premiere in Toronto on Thursday. American Heist stars Christensen and Brody as two brothers caught up in a high-stakes bank robbery. Earlier this week, Saban Films scooped up rights to another multi-generational heist movie, The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye

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'The Forger' Starring John Travolta Lands at Saban

10 September 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Philip Martin's thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan and Abigail Spencer, Marcus Thomas and Jennifer Ehle. With a screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 12th

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This marks Saban Films second acquisition of Toronto following the action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.

Released from prison so that he can spend time with his dying son (Tye Sheridan), an expert art forger (John Travolta) is coerced into participating in a major museum heist.

Said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley:

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"John Travolta was brilliant as a criminal who would go to any means to protect his son. We look forward to »

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Former MGM Marketing Exec Lands At Saban Brands

9 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After ramping up the exec ranks of its newly launched film division this spring, Haim Saban’s Saban Brands has hired Doug Finberg to lead brand marketing across its portfolio of properties. The former Evp Marketing at MGM Studios will step into the newly created role of Svp Marketing, heading marketing, publicity, creative, promotions, and digital initiatives at Saban. Those brands include Power Rangers, which Saban is rebooting with Lionsgate as a big-screen franchise, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Popples and Emojiville. Saban Films launched in May with an ambitious plan to release 8-10 commercial, talent-driven features per year, then hired Jonathan Saba as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance.

Finberg left MGM last September when his contract ran out, and the studio boosted TV/home entertainment Evp Michael Brown to a worldwide marketing post, where he assumed many of Finberg’s former responsibilities. Finberg now will bring »

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Toronto: Saban Films Buys Taylor Lautner’s ‘Tracers’ for North America

5 September 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haim Saban’s newly minted Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the action thriller “Tracers,” starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos.

The deal was announced at the Toronto Film Festival and is the second for four-month-old Saban Films, which launched just before the Cannes Film Festival and acquired Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” as its first movie.

Tracers” reunited Lautner with “Twilight” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, who are producing with D. Scott Lumpkin.

Lautner plays a New York City bicycle messenger in debt to an organized crime gang. He’s lured into the world of parkour after crashing his bike into a sexy stranger (Avgeropoulos).

The film is directed by Daniel Benmayor (“Bruc”) and written by Leslie Bohem, Matt Johnson, Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott.

Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films and Wme Global on behalf of the producers. »

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Taylor Lautner's Parkour Thriller 'Tracers' Heads to Saban Films

5 September 2014 11:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc. ("Scg"), announced today that the company has acquired the North American distribution rights to the action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga, Abduction) and Marie Avgeropoulos (50/50, The CW's The 100).

Tracers reteams Lautner with Twilight producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment who are producing alongside D. Scott Lumpkin.

The fast-paced action thriller follows New York City bicycle messenger, Cam (Lautner) who is the hottest thing on two wheels, but is in debt to an organized crime gang. When he crashes his bike into a sexy stranger, Nikki (Avgeropoulos), Cam is immediately seduced by her and the thrill of the high-stakes world of parkour.

Saban President Bill Bromiley had this to say in a statement.

"We were immediately drawn to Tracers because it amplifies and expands on action storytelling and captivates the thrill seeker in all of us. »

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Saban to Distribute Tracers, Starring Taylor Lautner

5 September 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that the company has acquired the North American distribution rights to the action thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga, Abduction) and Marie Avgeropoulos (50/50, "The 100"). Tracers reteams Lautner with Twilight producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment who are producing alongside D. Scott Lumpkin. »

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Toronto: Saban Films Buying Taylor Lautner Thriller ‘Tracers’

5 September 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Saban Films, the new distribution company hatched by Haim Saban and run by vet Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban, has made the first major deal on the ground at Toronto. It’s a 7-figure deal for U.S. rights on Tracers, the Daniel Ben Mayor-directed action thriller that stars Taylor Lautner and is produced by Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. That duo worked with Lautner on the Twilight Saga films. Lautner plays a New York City bike messenger who meets a girl and gets sucked into the world of parkour, and he gets caught up in an underworld element. Marie Avgeropoulos (50/50) plays the female lead. Wme Global brokered the deal with the Saban team.

Saban got on the map at Cannes when they acquired distribution rights to The Homesman, the Tommy Lee Jones-directed Western that’s being launched in Oscar season on November 7. Saban is releasing with Roadside Attractions. »

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‘Power Rangers’ New Season to Return to New Zealand

26 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hong Kong – New Zealand actor James Davies will co-star in “Power Rangers Dino Charge,” as the Saban BrandsPower Rangers” boys TV show is confirmed to return to the country for filming of the latest series.

Davies will be part of the group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil.

Production begins later this year in Auckland. It will be the 10th time that the iconic series has used New Zealand locations and facilities.

“The new season is particularly important as it is the first time that the production will formally engage [local] directing and writing interns to work alongside the experienced team,” said Dave Gibson, chief executive of funding body, the New Zealand Film Commission. “Having up-and-coming New Zealand talent actively participating in the creative process is something we value highly and forms part of a long-term strategy to develop New Zealand expertise, with »

- Patrick Frater

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Haim Saban on Israel: 'All I Can Do Is Share the Facts'

25 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Haim Saban, the unshakably pro-Israel media billionaire, says that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who have taken stridently anti-Israel positions, probably did so because they lack “facts.” Bardem and Cruz recently signed a widely circulated open letter that condemned Israel for its actions in Gaza.  “I think Bardem and Cruz are simply misinformed,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I think that once somebody bothers informing them and educating them on the facts, on what is happening on both sides, I don't they would call [the Israeli campaign in Gaza] 'genocide.' They would better understand that

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More Than 190 Hollywood Notables Sign Pro-Israel Statement Criticizing Hamas

23 August 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A pro-Israel activist organization is circulating a list of at least 190 names of high-profile Hollywood industry figures — studio heads, directors, producers, actors and managers — who have signed a statement criticizing the actions of Hamas. Actors Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Silverman, Minnie Driver, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen, Josh Charles and Tony Goldwyn; showrunners Aaron Sorkin, Diane English, Mayim Bialik, Doug Ellin and Greg Berlanti; directors Ivan Reitman and William Friedkin; producers Avi Arad, Scooter Braun, Jerry Weintraub, Avi Lerner; execs Ryan Kavaunagh, Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal and mogul Haim Saban are just a few of the names

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Hollywood Executives Condemn 'Hamas Terrorists' in Adl Ad

19 August 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday placed a full-page ad calling upon world leaders and "decent people everywhere " to make sure that "Hamas terrorists" cannot be rearmed so the "people of Gaza and Israel can move toward a more peaceful future." Among those signing the letter were MGM chairman Gary Barber, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Nu Image/Millennium Films co-chairman Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban. The ad, which was placed in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and The Jewish Journal, invokes

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- Tina Daunt

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Competition: Win ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai: Vol. 3′ on DVD

17 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The all new series Power Rangers Super Samurai: Volume 3 – Samurai Forever comes to DVD on 18th August 2014 and we have DVDs to giveaway! The all new series of Power Rangers Super Samurai concludes with an epic battle between the Power Rangers and Master Xandred, leader of the Nighloks.

Featuring 7 stunning episodes, Samurai Forever is yet another action-packed instalment in the Power Rangers Super Samurai series. In a climactic battle, the Rangers face off against Master Xandred for the last time. Lauren gives more symbol power to make a second Shiba fire disk. Jayden and the others destroy Master Xandred with the last of their symbol power. Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull are reunited.

To win Power Rangers Super Samurai: Volume 3 – Samurai Forever on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following is Not a member of the Power Rangers Super Samurai cast? Is it:

a) Hector David Jr. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Power Rangers’ coming to the big screen on July 22, 2016

14 August 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Because you apparently demanded it, Variety reports the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will be getting the reboot treatment from Lionsgate on July 22, 2016 and will see a reimagining of the origins of the group of teens gifted with extraterrestrial powers that they use to save the world from monstrous threats. The reboot will be scripted by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, with Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur, and Roberto Orci producing. The popular franchise debuted on Fox Kids in 1993 and has continually existed in eighteen different incarnations on television.

This new reboot is not the first time that the series will make the leap to the big screen. In 1995 20th Century Fox produced Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, which became quite the success after grossing over $66 million on a $15 million budget.

The post ‘Power Rangers’ coming to the big screen on July 22, 2016 appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Max Molinaro

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'Power Rangers' Movie Lands 2016 Release Date

14 August 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Lionsgate and Saban have announced that the Power Rangers movie will hit theaters in July of 2016. The script is being written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Based on a story by executive producer Roberto Orci and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) comes a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world.

The Power Rangers was a popular TV show in the '90s. There was also a movie in 1995. Power Rangers is being produced by Haim Saban, who created the franchise, along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who "morph" into superheroes and save the world from evil.

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- Laura Frances

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