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11 items from 2017


Epic seals deals on thriller 'Radius'

19 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film stars Diego Klattenhoff and Charlotte Sullivan.

Epic Pictures has closed key territories in Cannes on its thriller Radius starring Pacific Rim, Homeland and The Blacklist star Diego Klattenhoff and Charlotte Sullivan

Deals have concluded in Italy (Minerva), Japan (At Entertainment), Indonesia (Cgv), Taiwan (MovieCloud), and Vietnam (Skyline Media).

Shaked Berenson, Patrick Ewald and their team also licensed rights in Middle East (Eagle Film), Mexico (Sky Distribution), and Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile (Bf Distribution). CineSky acquired airline rights.

Radius tells of a man who awakes from an accident and discovers that everything that comes within 15 metres of him dies.

The film marks the Los Angeles-based company’s second collaboration with Turbo Kid producers Anne-Marie Gélinas and Rkss.

Epic’s Cannes sales slate includes Sam Elliot in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, about a war hero summoned to hunt down a plague-carrying beast in the Canadian wilderness. 

Writer-director Robert »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Lucky McKee Boards The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot

19 May 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Lucky McKee, the man who brought us May and The Woman, has joined as a producer on Epic Picture Group’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot, according to FrightFest co-director Alan Jones. Jones writes, “Fab news. Lucky McKee… Continue Reading →

The post Lucky McKee Boards The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Jonathan Barkan

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John Cusack to Star in Thriller ‘Broken Ridge’

3 May 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Cusack has come on board the independent thriller “Broken Ridge.”

Greenlight International will be introducing the project, to be shot in Alabama this summer, to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lucky McKee is directing from a script by Raul Inglis and Joshua Wagner. The story is set in the Great Smoky Mountains and follows two brothers who investigate a series of murders. The producers are Matthew Robert Kelly, Rob Weston and Gerry Pass.

Cusack and McKee teamed up in the chase thriller “Misfortune,” which was shot last year in Georgia and is currently in post-production. “Don’t Breathe’s” Daniel Zovatto and Willa Fitzgerald also star, with Cusack portraying a quick-witted businessman who had left everything behind, including his family, to start a new life after embezzling a client’s money.

Cusack has credits dating back to the mid 1980s with “The Sure Thing” and “Sixteen Candles.” His »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: John Cusack to Star in 'Broken Ridge' (Exclusive)

2 May 2017 1:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Cusack has signed on to star in Broken Ridge, a thriller to be directed by Lucky McKee.

Cusack and McKee will be reuniting, having just worked together on their latest film, Misfortune.

With a script by Raul Inglis and Joshua Wagner, the story follows two brothers on different sides of the law who investigate a series of strange murders plaguing their Smoky Mountain town after a construction crew shows up.

Matthew Robert Kelly, Rob Weston and Gerry Pass are producing the project, which is aiming to shoot this summer in Alabama. Greenlight International will be introducing the project »

- Rebecca Ford,Borys Kit

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‘Carrie Pilby’ Trailer: Bel Powley Takes On Another Offbeat Ya Heroine With New Adaptation — Watch

16 February 2017 10:47 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first official international trailer for “Carrie Pilby” has been released. Following her 2015 big screen breakout, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and the subsequent “A Royal Night Out,” Bel Powley returns with yet one more unconventional young adult role. The indie drama is an adaptation of Caren Lissner’s 2010 coming-of-age novel of the same name.

Read More: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

In the film, Powley plays the eponymous Carrie Pilby, an extremely intelligent young woman, who, at age 19, speaks seven languages and has already graduated from Harvard. However, she doesn’t have any friends or a boyfriend, and has “a reputation for being a bit of a hermit.” But all that is about to change, as her therapist makes her create a list of goals that include making a friend and going on a date before the end of the year. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Berlinale 2017: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

12 February 2017 11:50 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the Berlin Film Festival comes the news that two young actors who made big splashes a few years back are set to star in new films: Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) will headline Marius A. Markevicius’ “Ashes in the Snow,” while Ellar Coltrane of “Boyhood” is co-starring alongside John Cusack in Lucky McKee’s thriller “Misfortune.” Avail yourself of a photo from the latter below.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Here’s the synopsis for “Ashes in the Snow”: “Based on the internationally best-selling novel ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys, ‘Ashes in the Snow’ introduces us to Lina, a sixteen-year-old budding artist in 1941 Lithuania, who along with her mother and young brother are deported by the Soviets to a Siberian work camp. Faced with years of hard labor in an unforgiving climate, Lina »

- Michael Nordine

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‘For Ahkeem’ Review: This Vérité Doc About a St. Louis Teen Offers Compellingly Humane Proof of the Fact That Black Lives Matter — Berlinale 2017

12 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Documentary is an infinite form, but — at the risk of being terribly reductive — most documentary subjects can be divided into one of two groups: People who are too exceptional to resist, and people who are too ordinary to ignore. The former hinges on interest, the latter on empathy. A black teenager in a run-down suburb of St. Louis, Daje Shelton not only falls into that second category, her story defines why we need it.

Seventeen years old and already convinced that she’s already doomed to a dead end, Daje is a student who’s teetering on the edge of becoming a statistic; she’s growing up in the state that kicks more black kids out of school than any other, and she can’t help but feel the inertia of that fact. “For Ahkeem” lucidly captures that feeling as well as any non-fiction film since “Hoop Dreams,” even if »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Final Portrait’ Review: Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush Star in Stanley Tucci’s Engaging Biopic — Berlinale 2017

11 February 2017 12:36 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Used up your vacation days? The news got you burned out, battered and blue? Well, let director Stanley Tucci offer this balm for frayed nerves, whisking you off to France with the amiable, shaggy-dog of a film that is “Final Portrait.” The story of artist Alberto Giacometti towards the end of his life, the film is less a biopic than it is a long ramble with an engaging eccentric, all set in Paris, 1964.

If this sounds appealing and oddly familiar, hey, you’re right on both counts. With his fifth directorial feature, Tucci returns to territory he previously explored with his 2000 outing, “Joe Gould’s Secret.” Both films tell of the relationship between a young writer and an older oddball, treading lightly on narrative to instead focus on the textures, settings and details that make up the older man’s vie bohème. Swap out Greenwich Village of the ’40s for »

- Ben Croll

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Berlin First Look: John Cusack, Ellar Coltrane Meet Their 'Misfortune'

10 February 2017 9:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ellar Coltrane has ended up in a bloody mess in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive first look at Misfortune.

The thriller sees Coltrane as Victor, who, along with some friends, finds a bag of cash that belongs to a troubled businessman (John Cusack) who will stop at nothing to get it back.

Lucky McKee directed the film from a script by Jared Butler and Lars Norberg.

Radiant Films International is showing promo footage of the film at the European Film Market.

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- Rebecca Ford

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Sundance Midnight Memories: May (2002) and The Woman (2011)

20 January 2017 11:42 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Welcome back, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Click here for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]

It’s unfortunate that when many fans hear the names “Lucky McKee” and “Sundance” mentioned in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is an incident in which an audience member had a total public meltdown after the festival screened McKee’s fourth feature (fifth if you count Red, which he co-directed), The Woman, in 2011. After the movie—an adaptation of a novel of the same name he co-wrote with Jack Ketchum—premiere as part of Sundance’s Midnights program, an irate man stood up and began shouting that the movie was “disgusting” and that it degraded both men and women. The freak-out was caught on video and went viral within the film community, garnering The Woman a reputation as a piece of art so potentially transgressive and shocking that it would warrant such a response even before most people saw the movie.

The bummer of the »

- Patrick Bromley

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Sundance Midnight Memories: Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

16 January 2017 3:30 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Happy Monday, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]

The Sundance Film Festival has hosted the premieres of many a great genre offering; from Lucky McKee’s May in 2002 to Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead in 2014, the festival spotlights genre work by turns impactful, thoughtful, or just delightful. And many of the films’ backstories are often as inspired as the work itself. Case in point: Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, which premiered January 21st, 2011 at Sundance, and is still as fun to watch as its journey to the screen is fascinating.

Back in 2007, when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were set to release Grindhouse (their double feature love letter to exploitation cinema), they announced a contest for fake exploitation trailers to go along with ones already filmed by established filmmakers such as Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie.

Canadian filmmaking aspirant Eisener (who has gone on to helm segments for The ABCs of Death »

- Scott Drebit

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