17 items from 2016
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- Garth Franklin
Karla Souza has booked a role in Jacob’s Ladder, director David M. Rosenthal's re-imagining of the 1990 thriller. She will play Annie/Angel, a trauma nurse who works with Jacob's medical crew in Afghanistan. The Ld Entertainment film was scripted by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe at Ld Entertainment will produce alongside Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films. Souza is a regular on ABC's How to Get Aw… »
A new feature film shooting in Atlanta from director David M. Rosenthal needs background talent for several scenes June 25, including “blue collar types,” “hip-hop girls,” and “construction workers.” “Jacob’s Ladder,” which stars Michael Ealy and Nicole Beharie, is a “modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers.” Casting director Heather Taylor is looking at headshots of Atlanta-based actors now, so throw your hat into the ring! For more information, see the full casting notice here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Atlanta audition listings! »
Unified Pictures has reached an agreement with Vancouver-based Look to the Sky Films to join its recently announced slate fund, Variety has learned exclusively.
The fund, which will produce at least three films annually with budgets up to $15 million, was announced in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is teaming with Unified Pictures on the drama “American Violence” as the first project in the fund with Canadian venture firm Victory Square Labs.
In addition to bringing further capital into the fund, Look to the Sky will provide ongoing production support for films set to shoot in Canada.
“We are very pleased to increase the scope of the fund’s reach with the addition of Look to the Sky, and while not all of the films will be Canadian based, it is comforting to have local support on the films we earmark for Vancouver,” said Unified Pictures founder Keith Kjarval. »
- Dave McNary
The film will be directed by commercial director Johnny Hardstaff from a script by Dan Hannon and Scott Sandler. Di Bonaventura will produce alongside Unified topper Keith Kjarval. Unified’s Tyler Jackson will serve as co-producer.
“American Violence” will center on a social recluse who effortlessly dispatches terrorists who have stormed into a chemical plant and taken hostages. In order to return to his beloved everyday routine, he must undergo psychological evaluation by a doctor who’s surprised by his indifference to the events and fearful of his capabilities with a weapon — leading to a deeper investigation than she expected.
The new fund, announced Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, will finance production of a minimum of three films per »
- Dave McNary
Irons plays Atticus Smith, a highly celebrated actor who couldn't be more different from his estranged son (Huston), a devoted husband and professor.
When a medical condition forces Atticus to hitch a ride from Los Angeles to New York to be at his daughter's wedding, his son becomes his only option and the duo ensue on a madcap road adventure together.
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- Garth Franklin
The buddy movie is about to get a double shot of thespian adrenaline, thanks to just-announced family comedy An Actor Prepares.
Seasoned board-treader Jeremy Irons will play notorious star Atticus, who finds himself stuck in a car with uptight academic son Paul (Jack Huston, pictured above). Paul hasn’t talked to his famous father in years, but has to give Atticus a ride to New York for a clan wedding. Sparks should inevitably fly in Steve Clark‘s “madcap, odd couple journey”, named after the legendary drama student touchstone by Konstantin Stanislavski.
Irons has contrasted his strait-laced persona with anarchic storytelling (most recently in High-Rise) to great effect and though Huston is portraying a professor, he has enough wildcard charisma for a dozen Hollywood films: he’s about to fill Charlton Heston’s sandals in the Ben Hur remake.
- Steve Palace
Content Media is introducing the comedy to buyers at Cannes.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin this autumn on the story about a philandering actor and his estranged, academic son who reconnect during a cross-country road trip to a wedding. CAA represents North American rights.
“This is pure performance and comedy gold,” said Content president of film Jamie Carmichael. “We can’t wait to see Mr Irons and Mr Huston go head to head in this wonderfully funny and emotional crowd-pleaser – and we’re thrilled to be working with Steve, David and our friends at 3 Arts.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Content Media is handing international rights for the title and is launching the project to buyers in Cannes this week. CAA reps North American rights.
Story follows Atticus Smith (Irons) who is a highly celebrated actor whose spectacular career is matched only by his rugged good looks and devilish charm. His estranged son (Huston), a devoted husband and professor, couldn’t be more different from his father. But when a medical condition forces Atticus to hitch a ride from Los Angeles to New York to be at his daughter’s wedding, his son becomes his only option and the duo ensue on a madcap road adventure together. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Exclusive: Nicole Beharie, one of the main stars of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow who was surprisingly killed off in the season finale two weeks ago, and Grey Anatomy’s Jesse Williams have been set to star opposite Michael Ealy in the re-imagining of the 1990 thriller Jacob’s Ladder for director David M. Rosenthal. Williams has a major role in the film. Beharie made her film debut in the film American Violet and also played Jackie Robinson’s wife opposite Chadwick Boseman in the… »
To celebrate the release of the tense thriller The Perfect Guy, which is out on Digital HD & DVD now, we have two featurettes from the release to share with our readers.
After a painful breakup with her long-term boyfriend (Morris Chestnut), successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger, Carter (Michael Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But, after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he turns her life upside down.
Our first feature shows actress Sanaa Lathan go into what it was like to film such an intense movie, and what went into making The Perfect Guy, while the second features director David M. Rosenthal, who explains why he wanted to make a film of its kind. You can watch each of them below. »
- Paul Heath
- Gary Collinson
As reported by Bloody Disgusting earlier this week, Jeepers Creepers 3 is looking to start production in Vancouver next month, with Gina Phillips allegedly set to reprise her role from the first movie. And yet many fans may not be familiar with the criminal past of franchise director Victor Salva: a 15 month prison stint for sexually molesting Nathan Forrest Winters, the 12-year-old star of his 1989 horror film Clownhouse. Since JC3 was first announced, outrage has been brewing over Salva's involvement, but is it possible to separate the artist from the art? For some, it clearly isn't; for others, knowledge of the director's terrible act won't preclude them from enjoying the franchise's long-awaited third entry. On this week's episode of HitFix's new horror chat series Nightmare Fuel, I discuss the complex issue with horror filmmaker, author and Dread Central West Coast contributor Staci Layne Wilson, in addition to the forthcoming Jacob's Ladder remake, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Three years after first being put into development, Ld Entertainment's Jacob's Ladder is finally moving in the right direction. Deadline reports that Michael Ealy has signed on to star, reuniting with The Perfect Guy director David M. Rosenthal. Principal photography is now set to begin in mid-May, although no release date has been given at this time.
The original Jacob's Ladder starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The original movie also starred Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle and Ving Rhames, with Adrian Lyne directing. This remake will be a modern-day take on the story, focusing on two brothers.
Here's the thing about remakes: even the bad ones can't taint our fond memories of the original. Which is why I'm choosing not to feel any way at all about today's news that Ld Entertainment's Jacob's Ladder "reimagining" will be directed by David M. Rosenthal, who helmed last year's critically-reviled thriller The Perfect Guy (which nevertheless made $60 million at the box office). Before that: A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell (49% Rotten Tomatoes score) and Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin (52%). Am I sensing a downward trend here? Joining Rosenthal for the destined-to-be-mediocre effort is his Perfect Guy star Michael Ealy, who is talented and attractive and will likely be wasted in the lead role. All due respect to Rosenthal, but his resume makes it pretty clear what kind of "remake" they're going for here. The original Jacob's Ladder may not be a masterpiece, but it is still a bracing, personal and »
- Chris Eggertsen
Exclusive: Michael Ealy will climb Jacob’s Ladder along with director David M. Rosenthal, who helmed the star in The Perfect Guy. The film is LD Entertainment’s re-imagining of the 1990 supernatural thriller. Scripted by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp, this a modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe at Ld Entertainment will produce alongside Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films (Fright… »
Tim Robbins starred in the original as a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in strange flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that haunt him.
David M. Rosenthal ("The Perfect Guy") directs the new take which has been penned by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp. Jake Wade Wall sold the pitch for this new version which sounds like a distinct change in tone and is described as a "modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
17 items from 2016
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