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6 items from 2014


Afm: Backup Media Pacts for Three Asian Pics

7 November 2014 6:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based film financier Backup Media is diving deeper into high-profile Asian arthouse and genre films.

Bolstered by its partnership with producer Lorna Tee, Backup Media has acquired three Asian pics: Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse,” Sabu’s “Ten no chasuke” and Ifa Isfansyah’s “The Golden Cane Warrior.”

“We are convinced that Europe is the main secondary market for Asian director-driven films. Europe is where these films can still have natural theatrical ambitions,” said Joel Thibout, who co-founded Backup Media with Jean-Baptiste Babin and David Atlan-Jackson.

Thibout described “Apocalypse” as “a vampire meets yakuza” pic. It’s produced by Japanese studio Nikkatsu.

“Chasuke” is produced by Office Kitano. “Warrior” is an Indonesian martial art feature produced by Mira Lesmana. All three Asian projects will be pitched to international buyers in early 2015.

Backup Media is also keeping its focus on ambitious French movies. It’s co-financing Nicolas Saada’s “Taj Mahal »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Casting Net: Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to star in Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night'

4 September 2014 4:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Once he takes off his Batman cape, Ben Affleck will direct Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning in the Prohibition Era film Live By Night. Affleck has adapted the Dennis Lehane novel himself, reuniting the pair after Affleck’s feature debut Gone Baby Gone, which  was also based on a Lehane novel. The story centers around Joe Coughlin, the police captain’s son who gets himself involved in the world of organized crime. Miller will play Emma, the girlfriend of Coughlin’s mobster boss whom he falls in love with. Saldana has been cast as Graciella Suarez, a woman Coughlin meets in Tampa, »

- Jake Perlman

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Nymphomaniac actress Stacy Martin for terrorism thriller Taj Mahal

4 September 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Stacy Martin has been cast in French thriller Taj Mahal.

The Nymphomaniac actress will star in the film set during the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

It will follow the events of the night when terrorists seized Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, taking the guests hostage and killing and injuring hundreds.

Nicolas Saada is writing the screenplay and directing the movie, which will also star Gina McKee, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and Alba Rohrwacher.

Taj Mahal begins shooting next month and will be released early next year.

Martin recently described the explicit sex scenes in Nymphomaniac as "very technical" and "almost... a bit boring". »

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Toronto: ‘Nymphomaniac’ Star Stacy Martin to Star in French Thriller ‘Mahal’ (Exclusive)

3 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Nymphomaniac” star stacy Martin is set to topline “Taj Mahal,” a high-concept thriller set against the backdrop of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

Sold by Bac Films and produced by Patrick Sobelman at Agat Films, “Taj Mahal” will be directed by Nicolas Saada, who also penned the script.

Saada ranks as one of France’s best-known screenwriters of thrillers and spy movies. The last movie penned by Saada, “Sleepless Night” (also handled by Bac), is being remade by Warner Bros. in the U.S. Saada made his directorial debut with the Guillaume Canet starrer “Spy(ies),” a critical hit nominated for a Cesar and selected for Chicago, Rome and Tel Aviv film festivals.

Led by Gilles Sousa, Bac Films’ international sales team will present “Taj Mahal” to buyers at Toronto.

Budgeted in the $10 million range, the pic takes place over one night inside Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Stacy Martin joins High-Rise

27 June 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.

Nymphomaniac star Stacy Martin has joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s upcoming thriller High-Rise.

Martin joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss in the anticipated dystopian thriller which is due to get underway in Belfast in July, with Jeremy Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company.

The in-demand actress will take on the character ‘Fay’ in the feature about the lives of an affluent community cut off from society in a luxury block of flats.

Martin is currently shooting Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut The Tale of Tales, which also stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly.

Based on a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, Martin plays the character ‘Young Dora’ in the film which explores the yearning for youth and physical beauty, generational conflict and the struggle for power.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Violent Saturday DVD Review

27 April 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Richard Fleischer

Starring: Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Stephen McNally, Virginia Leith, Tommy Noonan, Lee Marvin, Margaret Hayes, J. Carrol NaishErnest Borgnine

Running Time: 90 minutes

Rating: 12

Extras: Making of feature by Nicolas Saada and a video appreciation by William Friedkin

Masters of Cinema’s new release, Violent Saturday, takes us back to a time when the gangsters were sharp, the dames were dubious and low lifes were everywhere.

Released in 1955, Richard Fleischer’s crime drama certainly doesn’t skimp on the pulp and violence (as you might expect from its title), but it leans more towards small town melodrama with some unpleasant undercurrents, than full blown film noir.

This genre merging is helped by the film’s look as much as its plot. Violent Saturday is shot both in colour and CinemaScope (an anamorphic wide lens) and presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.55:1 for home release. Add »

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