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Lionsgate Sets Eighth ‘Saw’ Movie in Horror Franchise

13 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is re-launching its “Saw” franchise with an eighth film, tentatively titled “Legacy,” set to be shot in Toronto in the late summer.

The studio had no comment on the film.

A production listing for the Ontario Media Development Corp., reported by the site Bloody Disgusting, lists the directing team of Peter and Michael Spierig and producers Mark Burg and Owen Kholes with shooting starting on Sept. 12.

Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million and was James Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell and Leigh Whannell starring.

The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw,” who traps victims in situations that test their will to live.

Burg, Kholes and »

- Dave McNary

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The 20 Best Biopics of the Last 20 Years

23 June 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Picture the ending of the standard-issue based-on-a-true-story film. Once the picture fades on a family’s final teary goodbye or the camera pans up from our hero(ine) in a moment of triumph, there’s a postscript. And then, the inevitable grainy home video or candid photo of the “real” main character, proof that someone in the casting office (or the hair/make-up department) did their job and brought you the closest facsimile of the real thing.

This may be the most common approach, but it doesn’t produce the best biopics. Good biographies recreate a moment; great ones evoke a sprit that reverberates through the current time.

Read More: Director Debuts: The 20 Best First Films of the Last 20 Years

The standout biographical films from the past two decades reflect the different ways that we commemorate figures of fame or infamy. Sometimes we devote three hours of our lives to »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Zack Sharf, David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Russell Goldman, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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Monster Pictures acquires Cannes breakout Raw

14 June 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Monster Pictures picked up eight new titles at this year.s Marché du Film (the Cannes Film Market), including genre buzz film Raw.

Raw is the feature debut of French director Julia Ducournau, and tells.the story of a vegetarian who takes a dark turn following a carnivorous college hazing ritual.

In what was its most successful market outing to date, Monster Pictures also snapped up Anurag Kashap.s Bombay crime thriller Psycho Raman; Nicolas Pesce.s directorial debut The Eyes of My Mother; Billy O'Brian.s I Am Not A Serial Killer, which stars Christopher Lloyd and Max Records; Rohit Mittal.s debut Autohead; Satanic; UK/Dutch slasher The Windmill Massacre, starring Noah Taylor; and an in-production horror anthology to be announced shortly.

These films add to Monster Pictures. other recent acquisitions including Suntan, Antibirth and The Greasy Strangler.

Suntan, Psycho Raman and The Eyes of My Mother all make their Australian debuts at the Sydney Film Festival.

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- Staff Writer

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First look at Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’ with Cillian Murphy & Brie Larson

14 May 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s just under a year ago that we reported filming had begun for the Ben Wheatley directed and Martin Scorsese produced Free Fire and today we’ve got the first look at the impressive cast for his next venture.

Written by Wheatley and Amy Jump, the film stars Brie Larson as Justine, a woman who brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Ord (Armie Hammer) and Vernon (Sharlto Copley) but when the deal goes south and shots are fired, a game of survival begins…

Check out the first, very stylish as we’d expect, look below:

As well as the aforementioned, we’ve also got the likes of Jack Reynor, Babou CeesayEnzo CilentiSam Riley, Noah Taylor, Patrick Bergin, Tom Davis and Mark Monero involved.

Free Fire is produced by Andy Starke of Rook Films, with »

- Dan Bullock

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First look image from Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

11 May 2016 2:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a first look image from Free Fire, the new film from acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley, which features Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley.

Free Fire “revolves around a woman’s fight for survival after an arms deal she facilitates turns deadly” and features a cast that also includes Sharlto Copley, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor and Enzo Cilenti. As yet, there’s no word on a release date.

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- Gary Collinson

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First Free Fire Photo Teams Brie Larson and Armie Hammer

10 May 2016 2:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans of prolific British filmmaker Ben Wheatley will be able to see his next film, the critically-acclaimed High-Rise, in limited release this weekend. The director has also recently finished work on his next film, Free Fire. The movie doesn't have a release date in place at this time, but today we have the first photo from this thriller, featuring stars Brie Larson and Armie Hammer. With the debut of this image, the first trailer could be just around the corner, so stay tuned.

This photo, which comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, also gives us a glimpse at Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley. British actor Michael Smiley doesn't star in High-Rise, but he has appeared in all of director Ben Wheatley's other movies thus far, Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. While most of Ben Wheatley's movies have been set in his native U. »

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

18 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir, »

- Gina Carbone

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Superhero cop show ‘Powers’ comes to Spike

22 March 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Powers is the latest comic adaptation – based on the Marvel/Icon comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming – from the team who produced The Walking Dead which turns the concept of superheroes on their head and asks: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t heroic at all?

For those that haven’t heard of the show before (why not?) Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker played by Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and Deena Pilgrim played by Susan Heyward (666 Park Avenue, 30 Rock). Powers was actually the PlayStation Network’s first scripted original programming, premiering on March 10th 2015; however now the UK arm of Spike have announced it is to join their roster of shows which also includes From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

The Powers Division is assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, »

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Noah Taylor, Yael Stone join Blackfella Films' Sbs crime series Deep Water

20 March 2016 6:31 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Noah Taylor in the Spierig Bros' Predestination.

Noah Taylor and Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone will star in Sbs.s new four-part crime drama series, Deep Water, produced by Blackfella Films.

Joining them in the crime thriller are Stone's husband Dan Spielman (The Code, Accidental Soldier, Offspring), William McInnes (The Time of Our Lives, The Slap), Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries), Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Ben Oxenbould (The Kettering Incident, Old School, Rake), Simon Burke (Devil.s Playground), John Brumpton (Catching Milat, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries) and others..

Sbs are billing Deep Water as its first "cross-genre, cross-platform event which will include a four-part drama series, a feature documentary and unique online web series and content".

The series is executive produced by Sbs.s Sue Masters, produced by Blackfella Films. Miranda Dear and Darren Dale and written by Kris Wyld »

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A24 Boards Brie Larson’s Action-Thriller ‘Free Fire’

10 March 2016 11:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Ben Wheatley’s action-thriller “Free Fire,” which will star Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.

Larson won the best actress Oscar on Feb. 28 for “Room,” which was released by A24.

Martin Scorsese is exec producing “Free Fire,” which also stars Sam Riley and Noah Taylor. Wheatley is directing from a script he co-wrote with Amy Jump.

Andrew Starke is producing. Additional executive producers include Sikelia’s Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Reno Antoniades, Film4’s David Kosse and Sam Lavender, along with Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke from the British Film Institute.

Free Fire” centers around an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Larson will portray a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues. »

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A24 picks up 'Free Fire' for the Us

10 March 2016 10:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The cutting-edge distributor, fresh from its recent three-Oscar haul, has acquired Us rights to UK wunderkind Ben Wheatley’s thriller.

Brie Larson, who won the Academy Award for A24’s Room, stars with Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Jack Reynor.

Sam Riley and Noah Taylor also star in the tale of a fight for survival that ensues when an arms deal in a remote warehouse goes awry. Amy Jump co-wrote the screenplay with Wheatley.

Martin Scorsese is on board as executive producer, while Andrew Starke is the producer. Additional executive producers are Sikelia’s Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Reno Antoniades, Film4’s David Kosse and Sam Lavender, and Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke from the British Film Institute.

Wheatley’s J G Ballard adaptation High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston will open in the Us on April 28 via Magnolia Pictures.

A24 negotiated the deal with Wme Global. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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And Then There Were None Review

9 March 2016 3:05 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Both nights of the miniseries were provided prior to broadcast.

Even though it might not have been represented in direct name, for decades there have been countless spiritual successors and adaptations of Agatha Christie’s airtight whodunnit And Then There Were None. TV versions go so far back that the novel’s original British title seemed decent enough for the small screen. More modern interpretations – CBS’ slick summer slasher Harper’s Island – have kept its structure and enhanced the splatter.

There have been Family Guy episodes, crappy Ya updates, and now BBC One and Lifetime have joined forces for a co-production of the novel. There’s a lurid new sex-and-violence bent to pull the material into the modern world it’s airing in (and Lifetime’s lineup), but writer Sarah Phelps has largely stayed close to Christie’s biggest turns. It’s a mouse trap set-up that can’t help »

- Mitchel Broussard

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TV Review: ‘And Then There Were None’

9 March 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If you were to take the charismatic cast of “And Then There Were None” and strand them in a remote country house with cameras but no pre-written lines, the footage that resulted would probably still be worth watching. But what if smart producers took the likes of Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Noah Taylor, Anna Maxwell Martin, Aidan Turner, Burn Gorman and Sam Neill, and gave them a streamlined, supple script that ekes every ounce of suspense, commentary and pathos from the classic Agatha Christie novel?

The results are astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining. This two-night BBC miniseries — snared for the U.S. by co-producer Lifetime — is as addictive as anything likely to air on either side of the Atlantic this year. “And Then There Were None” is wise not to overstay its welcome, but it still ends much too soon.

There are twists aplenty in this tale, which adds several »

- Maureen Ryan

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Lifetime Sets U.S. Date For Christie's "None"

3 March 2016 12:03 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lifetime have announced a Sunday March 13th premiere date for the acclaimed and dark BBC mini-series adaptation of arguably the most influential and best-selling mystery novel of all time - Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None".

Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Aidan Turner, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor, Maeve Dermody, Douglas Booth, Burn Gorman and Anna-Maxwell Martin star in the story of eight guests invited to a remote island manor at the behest of a mysterious Mr. U. N. Owen. All of them, and the two servants on the island, have a guilty secret and soon each gets knocked off one by one - the survivors turning on each other as their number dwindles.

Originally released as three one-hour episodes in the U.K., Lifetime is airing the work instead in two telemovie-length parts on that day and the next night (Monday March 14th). There's also a new trailer for the U. »

- Garth Franklin

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Dan Mazer’s Rock Star Comedy ‘Stiff’ in the Works as Movie

22 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andras Hamori’s H2O Motion Pictures is launching development on the rock-star comedy “Stiff” and the thriller “American Solo,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Stiff” is based on a script from Dan Mazer, the longtime writing and producing partner of Sacha Baron Cohen. The project centers on an ’80s rock star who falls into a 30-year coma and wakes to find the world and his family have moved on without him.

“Stiff” will be directed by Michael Dowse, whose most recent film was the Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan comedy-drama “What If.” Dowse will produce with Hamori and Jodi Cahn will exec produce.

“Stiff” will begin production in the summer/fall in London.

H2O has also optioned the film rights for the German novel “American Solo” by Katja Eichinger, prior to its English-language publication. The thriller follows the story of a famous musician who kidnaps his neighbor’s beautiful young »

- Dave McNary

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F&Me Boosts Production Slate to 12 Films (Exclusive)

15 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based production house Film and Music Entertainment, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has expanded its 2015/2016 active production slate to 12 pictures. The company has produced more than 50 feature films in-house.

F&Me, which is headed by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, has come on board Bodo Kox’s screenplay “The Man With the Magic Box,” produced by Iza Igel at Alter Ego Prods., and is in an advanced stage of negotiation with Polish partners to join Andrzej Jakimowski’s new production, as well as a collaboration with producers Radoslaw Drabik and Michal Kachinski, whose rom-com “Planet Single” has been blazing a trail at the Polish box office in the last 10 days.

F&Me’s slate includes “I Want to Be Like You,” by writer-director Konstantin Bojanov, which is in post-production in Berlin. The road movie about a young artist’s journey to meet his hero stars “71’s” Barry Keoghan, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with Peter Medak Directing (Exclusive)

12 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

H2O Motion Pictures is producing the biopic “Herzl,” based on the life of political activist Theodore Herzl — one of the key players in the creation of the state of Israel — with a fall shoot planned, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Herzl” will shoot on location in Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Paris and Jerusalem. Hungarian-born Peter Medak, whose credits include “The Ruling Class” and “Let Him Have It,” will direct from a script by Nicholas Kazan, who received an Oscar nomination for “Reversal of Fortune.”

Andras Hamori, whose credits include “Sunshine,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Cheri,” is producing.

Set at the turn of the 20th century,”Herzl” follows the story of self-made political activist Theodor Herzl and his tumultuous family life with Viennese socialite Julie Naschauer. Herzl saw the solution to the “Jewish Question” in the creation of a new country and laid the groundwork for contemporary Israel.

Development began over four years ago, »

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Berlin: Shout! Factory Buzzed by ‘Maya The Bee’ Sequel

12 February 2016 10:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles-based Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to animated feature “Maya the Bee 2 – The Honey Games.”

The acquisition also covers other sequels to the 2014 hit “Maya the Bee Movie” and gives the company theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment rights. The deal was struck with Studio 100 Media.

The film is directed by Alexs Stadermann and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Australia’s Flying Bark Prods. Delivery is set for 2017.

Voice cast includes Coco Jack Gillies, Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke.

The TV series and the first film are based on the century-old German’s children’s novel. Popular in Europe, Australia and Asia, the self-discovery tale about a bee and her animal friends was previously sold to some 160 territories.

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- Patrick Frater

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F&Me unveils 10 film slate at Efm

12 February 2016 5:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: London-based production outfit introduces 10 films to the market, including Mariam Khatchvani’s Dede.

London-based production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) has unveiled a 10-strong slate of films that it is introducing to buyers at the Efm.

Dede [pictured], the debut feature of Mariam Khatchvani, stars George Babluani and Natia Vibliani in the story of a woman who marries a man in defiance of her family’s wishes.

The Georgia-uk-Croatia-Dutch co-pro wrapped at the end of last month. Developed at the Sundance Lab, the project featured in Les Arcs’ works-in-progress strand and has support from the Doha Film Institute and the Georgian National Film Centre.

Another title the company has in Berlin is I Want To Be Like You. Written and directed by Konstantin Bojanov (Ave), the road movie follows a young artist’s journey to meet his hero. The cast includes 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan (’71), Kim Bodnia (Pusher) and Thure Lindhardt (Into The Wild). The »

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F&Me unveils 10 picture slate at Efm

12 February 2016 5:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London-based production outfit introduces 10 films to the market, including Mariam Khatchvani’s Dede.

London-based production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) has unveiled a 10-strong slate of films that it is introducing to buyers at the Efm.

Dede [pictured], the debut feature of Mariam Khatchvani, stars George Babluani and Natia Vibliani in the story of a woman who marries a man in defiance of her family’s wishes.

The Georgia-uk-Croatia-Dutch co-pro wrapped at the end of last month. Developed at the Sundance Lab, the project featured in Les Arcs’ works-in-progress strand and has support from the Doha Film Institute and the Georgian National Film Centre.

Another title the company has in Berlin is I Want To Be Like You. Written and directed by Konstantin Bojanov (Ave), the road movie follows a young artist’s journey to meet his hero. The cast includes 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan (’71), Kim Bodnia (Pusher) and Thure Lindhardt (Into The Wild). The »

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