5 items from 2013
Title: Zaytoun Strand Releasing Director: Eran Riklis Screenwriter: Jader Rizq Cast: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi, Ali Suliman, Ashraf Barhom Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 9/3/13 Opens: September 20, 2013 The family that pees together, stays together, or at least that’s what the two lead persons in Eran Riklis’s “Zaytoun” have demonstrated. Though the family in this case is just two people and only distant cousins, when they simultaneously water the dry landscape in the sticks of Lebanon, their bonding is assured. The film features a remarkable performance from the fifteen-year-old Abdalla El Akal as Fahed a twelve-year-old Palestinian refugee in an unhappy camp in Lebanon. [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Shannyn Sossamon (Mistresses) is set to co-star opposite Matt Dillon in the Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan. Based on a best-selling novel, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller about Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillon), who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions as he faces the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Sossamon, repped by Apa and Oren Segal, will play Theresa Burke, Ethan’s wife. Theresa, who met Ethan when she was a trainee in the Secret Service, left the Service to raise their son Ben. Sossamon joins Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones and Melissa Leo in the cast. She recently wrapped The Jesuit. Ashraf Barhom has been cast in the high-profile FX drama pilot Tyrant, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the first trailer for their 300 sequel, Rise of an Empire, adding to the latest poster we just added recently. It's a good one, and looks to deliver action sequences galore for the blood-thirsty-warrior-lovers out there. Zack Snyder produces and also scripts with Kurt Johnstad, based on Frank Miller's Xerxes graphic novel. Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Jack O'Connell, Hans Matheson, Andrew Tiernan, Callan Mulvey, Caitlin Carmichael, Yigal Naor, Andrew Pleavin and Ashraf Barhom also star. This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. »
Directed by Eran Riklis.
Set in 1982, an Israeli fighter pilot, Yoni, gets shot down over Lebanon and subsequently kidnapped by a group of refugee Palestinians. After making his escape, Yoni attempts to make his way back home, and along the way forms a tentative bond with one of the kidnappers: a young boy whose entire world has been turned upside down.
Over the last decade, Hollywood has released a slew of films dealing with the hostility and tension in the Middle East; everything from the lack of nuclear weapons in Iraq (Green Zone) to the murky issue of torture (Rendition). While some were good and others not so good, they all shared one thing in common: very disappointing box office. It seems audiences are simply not interested in the conflict which dominates our news channels. »
- Flickering Myth
Image Credit: starkindustries.ru (Via NerdyGeek) The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes. 300: Rise of an Empire is being directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay written by Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel"), Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon. The cast includes: Eva Green as Artemisia, Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes, Mark Killeen as Greek Commander, Jack O'Connell as Calisto, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Callan Mulvey as Scyllias, Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes and Ashraf Barhom as General Bandari. »
5 items from 2013
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