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[Review] Level Up

24 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

You watch enough hero-backed-into-a-corner action films like Crank, Taken, or The Equalizer and you start to find your mind drifting away from the sheer monotony of their progression. Their characters are built to survive these situations no matter how dire because people want to see the good guy win. They want to see him risk everything, travel in the murky areas of morality, and be the badass society doesn’t allow them to be, but that ultimate victory is key because escapism only works when your surrogate onscreen walks away. How else could there be a sequel? But what happens when a Joe Schmo is thrust into proving his mettle through the same type of scenario? What would those films look like through a Shaun of the Dead filter?

The answer arrives in the form of Adam Randall‘s Level Up, a high-concept thriller wherein slacker Matt (Josh Bowman) is »

- Jared Mobarak

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New L.A.-based Talent Agency Elsewhere Works Inks Hot Spanish, Belgian Scribes

22 January 2016 5:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spanish TV writers Cristobal Garrido and Adolfo Valor, known for high-concept English-language sci-fi drama “The Refugees,” and Belgian scribe Thomas Gunzig, who co-penned Jaco Van Dormael’s standout black comedy “The Brand new Testament,” have signed with Los Angeles-based Elsewhere Works.

The recently launched talent agency works with European writers and directors and represents them on the U.S. market.

Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox recently acquired English-language remake rights to Garrido and Valor’s unconventional comedy “Ghost Graduation.”

The Refugees,” which was co-produced by  BBC Worldwide and Atresmedia, is about the impact on a small rural community of millions of refugees travelling back in time from the future travel to seek shelter in the present. Skein recently aired on laSexta in Spain and was nominated for Best European Series at the prestigious Prix Europa.

Gunzig (pictured) is considered instrumental to the success of wacky “The Brand New Testament, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Starline Boards ‘Harry Brown’ Writer’s Directorial Debut ‘Henry’ (Exclusive)

18 January 2016 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — London-based Starline Entertainment has teamed up with Nice One Film on thriller “Henry,” the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Gary Young, best known for revenge thriller “Harry Brown,” in which Michael Caine earned plaudits playing a gun-toting retiree.

Henry” centers on the son of a ruthless assassin desperately trying to escape his destiny. Young describes the movie as “a stylish, modern-day film noir that deals with the existentialist themes of nature and nurture.”

The film is produced by Shantelle Rochester-Henry (“The Rise of the Krays”) and Nancy Bressolles (“London Heist”) for Nice One Film, in association with Jordan Barker (“Torment”) and Borga Dorter (“The Waiting Room”) of Toronto-based Gearshift Films. Filming is earmarked for September.

Starline, which will be selling world rights, will be working closely with Nice One and Gearshift to develop and package the project for the international market.

Starline’s partner and director of acquisitions, Piers Nightingale, »

- Leo Barraclough

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