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After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Relativity Studios announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights from Lotus Entertainment to the thriller Kidnap, starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Monster's Ball).
This is the second acquisition announced by the studio this week, along with The Woman in Black 2. It is also yet another step in building out Relativity Studios' action thriller genre, which has seen recent profitable grosses in 3 Days to Kill and The November Man and begins production this month on D.J. Caruso's The Disapppointments Room.
Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films financed the film with Lotus handling international sales. This is the second significant domestic deal for Lotus and Gold Star in recent weeks, after Lionsgate acquired the North American rights to Henry Hobson's film Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.
Exclusive: As we wait for the acquisition titles here at Toronto to get moving, Relativity has scored its second deal for a film not in the festival. Relativity has closed U.S. distribution rights to the Lotus Entertainment thriller Kidnap, which stars Halle Berry and will be directed by Luis Prieto from a script by Knate Gwaltney. Production on the thriller begins this fall. This follows Relativity’s deal on the fest’s opening day for Woman In Black 2, which is in the can.
It’s also the second deal for Lotus and Gold Star Films, the Kidnap financiers. They previously made a pre-fest North American rights deal with Lionsgate on Maggie, the Henry Hobson-directed zombie film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, the latter playing the title character who goes through the slow corpsey metamorphosis. Lotus is selling international on Kidnap, a task made easier given Berry »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Size definitely mattered for the teenage stars of "Ender's Game" ... who had a mine's-bigger-than-yours attitude on the set ... at least as far as their dressing room trailers were concerned. Both Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld made sure they didn't get stuck with a dinky or crappy trailer ... by including specific language in their minor's contracts. Studios are required to file these with the court for all actors under 18. According to the legal docs obtained by »
- TMZ Staff
Emergency telephone operator Jordan (Halle Berry) is left traumatised when a young girl frantically making a 911 call is kidnapped and murdered by a sadistic prowler. Six months later she find herself on the line with a teenager (Abigail Breslin) who has been snatched from a shopping mall and spirited away in the boot of a car. With the clock ticking against her, Jordan has to trace the victim before it's too late. »
The Vice of Virtue: Brougher’s Latest Achieves Varied Results
Those familiar with Hilary Brougher’s offbeat sensibilities, as showcased in her delightful 1997 debut The Sticky Fingers of Time, and the Tilda Swinton headlined drama Stephanie Daley (2006), will be happy to know that her long awaited third film has arrived, an adaptation of Jane Mendelsohn’s 2000 Young Adult novel, Innocence. A project first announced several years ago with a revolving list of high profile names announced as being attached (Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny, and Abigail Breslin, for instance), it seems Brougher’s had a bit of difficulty getting this project put together, which is evident in the final product, a film reminiscent of vintage stabs at Ya thrillers back in the 70s and 80s, such as several classic Disney titles. While it never quite succeeds as an effective thriller, Brougher manages to strike a moody ambience with this familiar material, »
- Nicholas Bell
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Lionsgate have acquired Henry Hobson's feature debut 'Maggie. The movie was all set to make its first appearance at this weeks Toronto International Film Festival but will now unfortunately not be screening. The apocalyptic zombie flick is being lined up for a theatrical run across the Us in early 2015. It stars Abigail Breslin ('The Call') in the title role as the infected daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger's ('End of Days') character. The movie shot in New Orleans, which Arnie will be co-producing as well, also stars British milf Joely Richardson ('Nip/Tuck', 'Vampire Academy'). »
Henry Hobson's film, which was set to premiere at the festival on September 12th, has now been pulled from the competition. Instead, the public will have to wait until the film's general theatrical release in early 2015.
The story follows a Midwestern farmer who cares for his daughter after she succumbs to a deadly plague.
Industry insiders tell Screen that one reason for the removal from the festival its that Lionsgate intends to re-cut the film and do not want to present it until it is ready.
Source: Collider »
- Garth Franklin
In a preemptive deal that knocked it out of the Toronto premieres line-up, Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to apocalyptic thiller Maggie. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman And Robin), Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck), Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, the relationship between father and daughter is tested. Henry Hobson is directing from the Black List script by John Scott 3. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are exec producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
- The Deadline Team
Lionsgate Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for the zombie thriller Maggie. This film was expected to premiere at the Toronto Int. Film Festival. However, this premiere date will be delayed. Instead, Maggie will be released later in 2015. This film, which is officially complete, involves a zombie virus, which infects a young woman; her father is powerless to save her. Fans will recognize several of the cast from the film, including Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Laura Cayouette. A few more details on the film are below. Maggie is an emotional tale of family ties. A worldwide virus is reducing the populace to man-eating flesheaters. Also, a father's love is tested when his daughter becomes ill and Wade (Schwarzenegger) must decide if he can watch Maggie (Breslin) devolve into something less than human. A trailer is expected soon »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Maggie was set to premiere at the festival on September 12, however now the public will have to wait until the early 2015 release.
Neither the film’s North American representatives CAA, Lionsgate itself, international sales agent Lotus Entertainment nor the festival had returned calls at time of writing to explain why the film would no longer premiere in Canada.
However industry insiders said Lionsgate intend to re-cut the film and do not want to present it until it is ready.
Silver Reel And Gold Star Films financed the story of a Midwestern farmer who cares for his daughter after she succumbs to a deadly plague.
Maggie marks the latest entry in Schwarzenegger’s return »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller “Maggie,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oscar nominated actress Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson, the studio announced Tuesday. Henry Hobson directed from a Black List script by John Scott 3. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel executive produced the film, which was financed by Silver Reel and Gold Star Films. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Toronto Film Fest: Jeff Sneider Picks. »
- Jeff Sneider
It kind of threw people for a loop when the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming film Maggie first circulated the Interwebs. For those who weren’t aware of the project’s announcement or casting, the film stars Schwarzenegger (obvs) alongside Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) in a zombie movie that is decidedly different from something like Day of the Dead or even Zombieland (which Breslin also starred in).
Maggie uses the premise of the zompocalypse to tell a much more intimate, indie-style story about a girl named Maggie (Breslin) who is one of many people infected in the zombie outbreak. Knowing her impending doom is approaching, Maggie finds comfort at home on the family farm, in the ...
- Kofi Outlaw
It was set to premiere at Tiff, but not anymore. Lionsgate has announced that in a "preemptive deal prior to the start" of Tiff, they've acquired the release rights to Maggie, an "apocalyptic thriller" (read: zombie movie) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The film was set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival late in the fest next month, but with an early 2015 release planned, they've decided to pull it from the fest (the film's original listing is now gone). Whether this upsets you or not, the good news is that it will still be released in theaters... eventually. Some photos from the film below. Schwarzenegger plays a Midwestern farmer who stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie. The script by John Scott 3 earned a top spot on The Black List in 2011, and »
- Alex Billington
Lionsgate has acquired North American distro rights to a new apocalyptic thriller called Maggie which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the father of Abigail Breslin, who has been inflicted by a virus that will innevitably turn her into a flesh eating zombie.
Maggie was a black list script that was written by John Scott 3. Henry Hobson directed and Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger.
The story of a deadly zombie virus that has spread a plague across the world. Breslin portrays a vivacious young woman who becomes infected.
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From the Press Release
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman and Robin).
The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
- Steve Barton
Wade knows his daughter Maggie is succumbing to an infection that will inevitably turn her into a zombie, but he’s hoping his fervent love will keep her human for as long as possible. With its Tiff world premiere right around the corner, the zombie drama Maggie has been picked up by Lionsgate and will now forego playing at the festival, looking to debut instead via an early 2015 theatrical release.
The news of Maggie not playing at Tiff comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Lionsgate now holds the film’s North American distribution rights. We have the official press release with full details below (a big thanks to Collider for the press release!).
“A Midwestern farmer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this audacious, genre-bending debut feature from director Henry Hobson.”
Directed by Henry Hobson »
- Derek Anderson
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator and The Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman & Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck). The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
In the genre-subverting apocalyptic thriller Maggie, which Lionsgate just acquired for North American distribution, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father grappling with his daughter’s imminent zombie-ness.
John Scott 3’s Black List script imagines a world overtaken by a zombie virus, but focuses the trauma on the relationship between a father and his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly devolves into one of the cannibalistic undead. Henry Hobson, whose main credits are for designing title sequences for video games, television shows, and films such as The Help and The Walking Dead, directed the film, which also stars Joely Richardson. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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