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It’s hard to believe it, but the fall film festival circuit is fast approaching. Things kick off with the Venice Film Festival on August 27th, and today new images from three films that will be showcased in Italy have landed online. Briefly: Good Kill – Writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) returns to timely material by telling the story of a Las Vegas-based drone pilot. The film stars Ethan Hawke and January Jones. Your Right Mind – Actress Katherine Heigl fronts director Ami Canaan Mann’s (Texas Killing Fields) contemporary romance as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter. Ben Barnes and Clea DuVaal also star. Hungry Hearts – Rising star Adam Driver leads this offbeat love story of a couple that meets, gets married, and anticipates the arrival of their baby until they are told that they will have an “indigo” child. Alba Rohrwacher and Roberta Maxwell also star. »
- Adam Chitwood
There was a time we'd give anything to be locked in anywhere with Eliza Dushku. Oh, who are we kidding? Please, someone shackle us to her and throw away the key! Read on for the first word on the home video release of her next flick, Locked In.
From the Press Release
The captivating drama stars Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray), Sarah Roemer (Disturbia), Eliza Dushku (TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Johnny Whitworth (Limitless). Locked In will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
Locked In follows the fragile lives of Joshua (Barnes) and Emma (Roemer) as a freak car accident leaves their daughter in a coma. Josh's world unravels when Emma blames him for the accident and discovers »
- Steve Barton
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Jason O'Mara will play future President George Washington in History's planned miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” TheWrap has confirmed. O'Mara joins the previously cast Ben Barnes, Ryan Eggold, Michael Raymond-James, Rafe Spall and Henry Thomas, each of whom are playing Founding Fathers who had a hand in declaring America's independence from England. Also part of the cast are Marton Csokas as General Thomas Gage and Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin. See also: History Developing American Revolution Miniseries ‘Sons of Liberty’ The six-part miniseries follows a group of young men — Sam Adams (Barnes), John Adams (Thomas), Paul Revere (Raymond-James), John Hancock (Spall) and Joseph. »
- Linda Ge
The Revolution(ary War) will be televised by History, and Jason O’Mara is joining the cause. EW has learned that the Terra Nova and Life on Mars actor has signed on to the cable network’s miniseries Sons of Liberty as George Washington, that famous commander-in-chief of the Continental Army who became America’s first president.
According to History, the six-hour miniseries follows the journey of our founding fathers—from the Boston Tea Party to the signing of the Declaration of Independence—as they “band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation. »
- Dan Snierson
History is making another addition to its original programming with an order for a new miniseries, Sons of Liberty. Hot off the continued success of Vikings, and the critical acclaim of other miniseries efforts (like The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys), the network now aims at what looks like a pretty interesting take on the lives of the biggest names of the American Revolution.
It seems as though we’re going for a “no really, they were just actual people,” approach to things, apparently trying to show that these were real men, with real lives and real problems, who threw themselves into something, probably far beyond their expectations. That could be a story worth telling, and there are some great cast members involved. Some audiences may have to be convinced that Ryan Eggold can get them to like him after he so recently got them to hate him on The Blacklist, »
- Marc Eastman
TVLine reports that Major Crimes producers hope they can book Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke for Philip Stroh‘s trial. The show tried to get Burke to appear for Stroh’s last appearance but he couldn’t fit it in his Revolution filming schedule.
History has announced an impressive cast for its upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty. It includes Michael Raymond-James (as Paul Revere), Henry Thomas (as John Adams), Ben Barnes (as Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (as Joseph Warren) and Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris playing Ben Franklin.
Lifetime has ordered four reality series including Threads, a competition series featuring young fashion designers who will eventually face judge Christian Siriano.
The Bechdel Test was in the spotlight again, thanks to a study asking how well Doctor Who treats its female characters. io9 explains why the Bechdel Test matters and how it’s effective. Even better, it takes »
- Lyle Masaki
The drama tells the story of Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond James), John Hancock (Rafe Spall) and Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) as they secretly band together to change history and make America a nation. Norris will play ...
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- Sadie Gennis
The six-part miniseries follows historical figures Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren as they secretly join forces to make America a nation. It enters production this summer.
“Breaking Bad” actor Dean Norris will play Benjamin Franklin. “The Chronicles of Narnia” star Ben Barnes will play Sam Adams, with Ryan Eggold as Warren, Michael Raymond James as Revere, Rafe Spall as Hancock and Henry Thomas as John Adams. Marton Csokas will take on the role of General Thomas Gage, alongside Emily Berrington as Margaret Gage.
“From the Boston Tea Party to the Declaration of Independence, ‘Sons of Liberty’ will tell the rebellious story of America’s greatest fight for freedom,” Hoogstrasaid in a statement. “History continues its »
- Andrea Seikaly
“Breaking Bad” and “Under the Dome” star Dean Norris leads an ensemble cast in History's new six-hour scripted miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” the network said Wednesday. Norris will play Benjamin Franklin in the series, which tells the story of the men who sparked the American Revolution. The actor is joined by Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) as Samuel Adams, Henry Thomas (ABC's “Betrayal”) as John Adams, Michael Raymond James (HBO's “True Blood”) as Paul Revere, Rafe Spall (“Prometheus,” “Life of Pi”) as John Hancock, and Ryan Eggold (NBC's “The Black List”) as Joseph Warren. Also read: ‘Pawn Stars’ Spinoff Gets Greenlight. »
- L.A. Ross
History is moving forward with its ambitious Revolutionary War miniseries and has firmed up a star-filled cast. The cable network has ordered the six-hour Sons of Liberty, which follows “a radical group of young men — Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren — as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.”
The sprawling cast includes many notable names playing famous founders: Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) is Sam Adams, “a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief;” Ryan Eggold (The Black List) is Joseph Warren, »
- James Hibberd
History is moving forward with Sons of Liberty, setting an all-star cast for its six-hour miniseries. The Revolutionary War miniseries, first announced more than a year ago, follows a defiant and radical group of young men -- Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren -- as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation. Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) stars as Sam Adams, a natural-born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief; Ryan Eggold (The Black List) is set as Warren, a doctor and man
- Lesley Goldberg
Exclusive: Highland Film Group has reported a solid Cannes market and closed key sales on the Nicolas Cage crime thriller.
Rights have gone in France (Metropolitan), Germany (Ascot Elite), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), Latin America (Swen), Japan (Kadokawa), China (Hgc) and South Korea (Line Tree).
Deals also closed in Spain (Inopia), Middle East (Falcon), Poland (Monolith), Israel (Five Stars), Indonesia (Pt Amero), Portugal (Lanterna De Pedra), Philippines (Octoart), Thailand (Ipa) and Turkey and India (Tanweer).
Highland struck further deals for South Afria (Blue Reign), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Padora), former Yugoslavia (Blitz) and Hungary and Romania (Prorom).
Crime thriller The Trust stars Cage and Jack Huston. The action centres on two crooked police officers who get thrown into a web of corruption after they discover a safe filled with mysterious contents.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ryan (Barnes) is a modern-day traveling folk singer with only a backpack and banjo to his name. Ryan puts his dreams of becoming a successful musician on hold when he meets Jackie, (Heigl) a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter. Together, with their passion for music, and soon, each other, they form an unlikely relationship.
Rounding out the cast alongside Heigl and Barnes are supporting cast members Clea DuVall (Argo), Sheryl Lee (Winter’S Bone), Emily Alyn Lind (J. Edgar), and Academy Award Winning musician/actor Ryan Bingham
- Michelle McCue
Debut images from a pair of upcoming films being shopped at Cannes have been officially unveiled. Firstly, the How to Make Love to An Englishman image reveals star Pierce Brosnan in the “sexually charged and sophisticated romantic comedy” from director Tom Vaughn (What Happens in Vegas). Brosnan plays a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Salma Hayek, but is forced to face the music when a complicated romantic entanglement emerges with her graduate student stepsister, played by Jessica Alba. The film is currently in post-production but doesn’t yet have a release date. Additionally, the first Your Right Mind image highlights star Katherine Heigl as a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter. Ami Canaan Mann (Texas Killing Fields) directs the contemporary romance, which stars Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia) as a traveling folk singer who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Hegil’s character. The film also stars Clea DuVaal, »
- Adam Chitwood
Katherine Heigl is taking a break from big budget romantic comedies to sing a song of sadness and romance in the upcoming indie drama "Your Right Mind," directed by Ami Canaan Mann ("Texas Killing Fields," TV's "Friday Night Lights"). The first still from the film has been released. Take a look at the top of the story. "Mind" centers on Ryan (Ben Barnes, the "Chronicles of Narnia" films), a touring folk singer who puts his burgeoning career on hold when he meets and forms a bond with a struggling country singer named Jackie (Heigl), who is locked in a dramatic custody battle over her daughter. "Mind" also stars Clea DuVall ("Argo"), Sheryl Lee ("Winter's Bone"), Emily Alyn Lind ("J. Edgar"), and musician/actor Ryan Bingham Molly Hassell is producing with Ami Canaan Mann and John Jencks. Jon Avnet ("Black Swan"), Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment"), Highland Film Group's Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, »
- Dave Lewis
Ben Barnes also stars in the pic being sold by Highland Film Group.
Molly Hassell is producing with Ami Canaan Mann and John Jencks. Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Highland Film Group’s (Hfg) Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, and Main Street Films’ Craig Chang are serving as executive producers.
- Variety Staff
Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to fashion documentary "Dior And I" for a theatrical release later this year. Frederic Tcheng's behind-the-scenes dock looks at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Haute Couture collection for the House of Christian Dior.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Susanna Fogel's "Life Partners". Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a straight woman and a lesbian best friend who find their relationship dynamics changing after the former falls for a new man.
Lionsgate has acquired U.K. rights to Adam Smith's directorial debut "Trespass Against Us" which begins shooting this Summer. Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear star in the story of three generations of the rowdy outlaw Cutler family.
The Weinstein Company has payed an estimated $3 million for U.S. rights to the Irish filmmaker John Carney »
- Garth Franklin
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Millennium Entertainment's CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. rights to James Mottern's (Trucker) crime-thriller God Only Knows starring Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Words), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, The Judge), Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), Kenny Wormald (Footloose), and Slaine (The Town). Written by Emilio Mauro (the upcoming Fox series The Middleman executive produced by Ben Affleck), God Only Knows was produced by Matthew E. Chausse and was shot in Rhode Island and Boston last fall.
Ben Barnes plays Nick, an ambitious young man running with the Boston crime syndicate. Once on the inside he realizes that the glory days of the Mafia are long gone. Behind his boss's (Keitel) back he decides to strike out on his own and expand the business. Seemingly on top of the world with more money than »
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