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Rlj Entertainment Picks Up Us Rights to The Limehouse Golem, Starring Bill Nighy & Olivia Cooke

If you're already having Bates Motel withdrawals and you're going to miss Olivia Cooke's performance as Emma, Rlj Entertainment might have just the cure for what ails you, as they've just acquired the Us rights to The Limehouse Golem, a new serial killer thriller set in London and starring Cooke alongside Bill Nighy.

Keep an eye out for The Limehouse Golem in theaters and on VOD beginning September 8th, and check out the official press release with full details on the film:

Press Release: Los Angeles, June 1, 2017 – Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller The Limehouse Golem. Based on the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” by Peter Ackroyd, the film was written by the acclaimed writer Jane Goldman (Kingsmen, The Woman in Black), directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and produced by Stephen Woolley (Their Finest, Interview with a Vampire), Joanna Laurie
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Edinburgh 2017 Announces Retrospective Programme: The Future Is History

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Edinburgh International Film Festival is looking to the future by highlighting the classics of the past with three retrospective strands entitled "Great Britain," "Scotland" and "The Western World of The Future". Great Britain Billed as "a timely reflection of British culture past" the Great Britain strand explores the works of ex-Beatle George Harrison's HandMade Films and feature such cult classics as Time Bandits, Withnail & I and The Long Goodbye Friday. Also celebrated here is the work of Matt Johnson of legendary post-punk group The The, and his director brother Gerard Johnson. 1987's The The: Infected - The Movie will play here alongside the UK Premiere of new documentary The Inertia Variations, which focuses on Matt's life and work....

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Shudder’s October Titles to Include 1980s Anthology Series Tales From The Darkside

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Shudder will take viewers to the place that's "not as brightly lit" this Halloween season, as the 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside will be available to watch in its entirety on the horror streaming service beginning October 1st:

Press Release: New York, New York – September 26, 2016 – The AMC-backed streaming service, Shudder, is The entertainment destination for everything you need to watch this Halloween season. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan or simply looking for the scariest films to celebrate this time of year, Shudder has something for everyone in its sweeping library, carefully curated by some of the top horror experts in the world.

As Halloween approaches, Shudder is expanding its database with a variety of new titles including cult favorites, blockbuster hits, and classic thrillers. Additionally, for the first time ever, Shudder will be offering horror TV series to complement its expansive film library.

Premiering October 20th
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Toronto Film Review: ‘City of Tiny Lights’

Toronto Film Review: ‘City of Tiny Lights’
Down-at-heel London-based private detective Tommy (Riz Ahmed) is investigating the disappearance of a Russian sex worker when he stumbles across a corpse. The body’s identity pulls him into a shadowy web of intrigue tangentially related to a tragedy that took place during his teenage years, and to which the narrative keeps flashing back. If the essential elements of “City of Tiny Lights” seem familiar, it’s because they are. Yet director Pete Travis’s film is distinguished by some transposition of noir tropes into cultural spaces not traditionally associated with the genre — from the London bar scene to a mosque — that keeps things from feeling too déjà vu.

On paper, this downbeat thriller is a surefire winner. Riz Ahmed, one of the best and fastest-rising of the current crop of young British actors (and probably about to go properly stellar in “Star Wars: Rogue One”) plays a Pi
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Peter Ferdinando joins Sam Rockwell in 'Blue Iguana'

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Peter Ferdinando joins Sam Rockwell in 'Blue Iguana'
Exclusive: Hyena star, who recently filmed Ghost In The Shell with Scarlett Johansson, takes villain role in black comedy.

Peter Ferdinando has joined Sam Rockwell and Phoebe Fox in Blue Iguana, a black comedy from writer-director Hadi Hajaig.

The British actor is known for Gerard Johnson’s Tony (2009) and Hyena (2014), and also appeared in Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England (2013) and High-Rise (2015) as well as David Mackenzie’s Starred Up (2013).

Ferdinando will next be seen in big budget productions King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie, and Ghost In The Shell, which stars Scarlett Johansson

He was most recently seen in period golf film Tommy’s Honour, which opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival last month.

Blue Iguana centres on a low level criminal (Rockwell) with no future who is just out of prison. Fox plays a low level lawyer who falls in love with him. The cast also
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Casting: Bennett, Celaya, Gisondo, Landberg

Thank You for Your Service

Haley Bennett ("The Equalizer") is in talks to play a love interest of Miles Teller in Jason Hall's post-traumatic stress disorder drama "Thank You for Your Service" for DreamWorks Pictures. Bennett is the top choice but no offer has been made as yet.

Based on David Finkel's 2013 book of the same name follows up the fate of a battalion chronicled in an earlier Finkel book which engaged in a 15-month tour of Baghdad during the surge of 2007-08. [Source: Variety]

Fist Fight

Chanel Celaya ("21 Jump Street") is set to join Richie Keen's comedy "Fist Fight" at New Line. Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell and Dean Norris are also on board to star in the film which Evan Susser and Van Robichaux penned.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day play two teachers who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in a fist fight with each other.
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Skyler Gisondo Joins Catherine Zeta-Jones in Drug Drama ‘Godmother’

Skyler Gisondo Joins Catherine Zeta-Jones in Drug Drama ‘Godmother’
Skyler Gisondo has joined the cast of “Godmother,” starring Catherine Zeta Jones as the late drug kingpin Griselda Blanco.

Gisondo will play an ambitious frat boy who gets in over his head within the cocaine trade.

Gerard Johnson is set to direct with Nicholas Pileggi and Daniela Cretu producing. Olivier Martinez, John Leguizamo and Jordi Molla also star.

“Godmother” is in pre-production in Puerto Rico.

Gisondo starred in New Line’s “Vacation” as the older son of Ed Helms’ character and in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” as the son of Ben Stiller’s character.

Sierra/Affinity is selling “The Godmother” at the American Film Market. The project was unveiled a year ago at Afm. Sierra/Affinity holds the life rights to Blanco, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Medellin, Colombia in 2012.

Blanco instigated and fueled many of the Miami drug wars that took place
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‘The Godmother’ Changes Directors, Adds Alexa Demie; J.K. Simmons And Terry Bradshaw Are ‘Bastards’; Dave Franco Back For ‘Neighbors 2’

The Godmother has added newcomer Alexa Demie to the cast, and a new director has taken the helm, as director Gerard Johnson has come on to replace Eva Sørhaug. Set primarily during the 70s and 80s, the film will trace the rise and fall of Griselda Blanco, the so called “godmother of cocaine”, from her impoverished youth as columbian teenage prostitute, to establishing a cocaine business with her husband in New York, and finally to becoming one of the most feared links in…
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Hyena DVD Review

Director: Gerard Johnson

Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 112 minutes

Special Features: Behind The Scenes / Cast & Crew Interviews / UK Theatrical Trailer

Reuniting Tony writer/director Gerard Johnson with his cousin and former leading man Peter Ferdinando, Hyena isn’t for the faint of heart. Taking inspiration from a variety of sources – including french cinema, Bad Lieutenant and a corrupt cop former acquaintance – Hyena takes the audience to some dark places and pulls very few punches along the way.

When two brutal Albanian brothers decide to muscle in on the London drug trade, Met drug squad officer Di Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is powerless to stop them. With £100,000 invested in a cocaine route run by the outgoing Turkish gang, Michael realises he needs to work alongside the new boys if he’s ever going to get his money back. Unfortunately he’s been assigned to investigate
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DVD Review: 'Hyena'

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★★★★☆ From the moody opening - a beautifully orchestrated slow-motion (and mostly silent) attack on a neon-lit nightclub - it's immediately clear that Hyena (2014) is a film which is reaching for something outside of the usual overcooked efforts from a largely saturated genre. It offers the kind of brooding, full-bodied police corruption yarn that works perfectly in a Us setting but can end up looking trite and contrived when done on UK soil. Thankfully, writer/director Gerard Johnson does a fine job of negating the genre clichés and builds up a very credible account of a copper on the edge without trying to mimic the State-side films he's used as loose inspiration.
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‘Hyena’ DVD Review

Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham ,Neil Maskell, Richard Domer, Myanna Burring | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnson

Review by Andrew McArthur

Gerald Johnson (2009′s Tony) writes and directs Hyena which follows corrupt cop Michael (Peter Ferdinando) who leads a special task-force that tackles London’s biggest drug traffickers. Michael turns a blind eye against the illegal activity of the Turkish and Albanian criminal community of the city, however the reappearance of an old colleague from his past threatens to expose he and his unit’s corruption.

From its opening the visceral style of Hyena hits like a sledgehammer. We see Michael and his crew in a silent, slow-motion attack in a pulsating blue and neon white nightclub. This bold and brutal visual style continues in the film’s graphic and unrestrained nature from stomach-turning mutilations and killings to the equally traumatising sight of the erect penis of an overweight Turkish
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Hyena | Review

Scavenger’s Song: Johnson’s Chilling, Stylized Sophomore Feature

Opening with a brooding, atmospheric ambience as we drift through a throbbing drug bust set to an electric synth score, Gerard Johnson’s exciting sophomore film, Hyena, recalls early 80’s efforts from the likes of Abel Ferrara or Michael Mann, an exciting concoction of style and tone overlaying familiar narrative tropes. Though the film doesn’t quite maintain this level of elation, dipping into a customary groove that reveals little outside of the inevitable consequences that accompany the actions we see here, Johnson proves to be a promisingly abrasive new voice coming out of the UK. Utilizing the talents of DoP Benjamin Kracun (For Those in Peril, 2013), and bringing along composer Matt Johnson and editor Ian Davies from his 2009 debut, serial killer film Tony, the end result is an unsettling nightmare sporting an arresting energy often absent from trajectories so recognizable.
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Gritty Crime Flick Hyena Takes You to Hell With Style

Gritty Crime Flick Hyena Takes You to Hell With Style
Much like his 2009 social-realist psychodrama Tony — starring a chilling Peter Ferdinando as a council-estate loner on a Dahmer-esque murder bender — writer-director Gerard Johnson's equally ruthless and arrestingly gritty crime thriller Hyena lurks among the human scum of London's grayest cracks. Unrecognizably paunchy and sturdier in this second collaboration, Ferdinando convincingly earns the feral title as Michael, a duplicitous detective sergeant who lives like Bad Lieutenant in a Pusher underworld of swarthy, multi-ethnic villains (and those are just his colleagues). On the take with every coke-addled, xenophobic droog in his vice squad, yet secretly buying or tipping off Turkish traffickers and limb-chopping Albanian brothers, Mic...
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Review: Strikingly Nihilistic 'Hyena' Starring Peter Ferdinando & Stephen Graham

"You need to keep me sweet," amoral vice cop Michael Logan hisses to two confused, machete-wielding Albanian thugs. The detective's English slang, obfuscated by a thick brogue throughout the picture, means he’s going to need a taste. The Albanians have forged new drug trafficking routes, Logan's discovered them, and if they want the shady law enforcer to continue turning a blind eye to their crimes, they'd better pay the piper. However, since the Albanians are unconscionably ruthless sociopaths who tolerate Logan rather than let him dictate terms, this chaotic situation of his own making is not going to go over well. And it doesn’t, only becoming viciously worse, and, for Logan, an even more depraved moral morass to descend into. Directed by Gerard Johnson (the man behind the grisly 2009 London serial killer film, “Tony”), his sophomore film “Hyena” is an occasionally frustrating, but nonetheless strikingly nihilistic effort. It
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Watch: Realistic Violence Makes Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena' No Laughing Matter

Watch: Realistic Violence Makes Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena' No Laughing Matter
Read More: Exclusive: Stephen Graham Will Make You Talk In Clip From Crime Flick 'Hyena' Plus New Poster For this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan and Indiewire teamed up for a series of Tribeca Talks with this year's film talent. Writer-director Gerard Johnson and actor Peter Ferdinando stopped by to discuss their film "Hyena." "Hyena" stars Ferdinando as a London cop, swimming in a cesspool of corruption, who helps an Albanian woman escape the sex trade. In the clip above, Johnson declares that violence isn't pretty, so it shouldn't be pretty on screen. "It should never look clean and smart, it should look ugly," he said. "That's entertaining on one level, but it's not real." Be sure to check out the full panel discussion on iTunes in either audio or video form.  Read More: Tiff Review: Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena' Starring
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[Review] ‘Hyena’ Is Brutal and Unapologetic, But Also Depressing and Bleak

[Review] ‘Hyena’ Is Brutal and Unapologetic, But Also Depressing and Bleak
Admittedly, I’m not up on my knowledge of crime thrillers. Then again, it’s not one of my favorite genres. But, there are films that do elicit multiple viewings, such as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Writer/director Gerard Johnson, whose previous work Tony hinted at London’s seedy underground, returns with corrupt-cop thriller Hyena, which made its debut […]
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Hyena review – into a miasma of despair and evil

Gerard Johnson’s film is a flawed but powerful and, at times, unwatchably violent thriller about corrupt drug-squad officers

There are some unwatchably violent scenes in this powerful if flawed police corruption thriller. A miasma of despair and evil seeps into every corner of the world that director Gerard Johnson conjures up, like carbon monoxide. Di Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is a Met drug squad officer who has secretly invested £100,000 in a cocaine route being opened by a Turkish gang. When this connection is brutally taken over by a couple of murderous Albanian brothers, Michael has to open a discreet channel of communication with them if he is to get his money back – something he explains away to his menacing superior officer Di David Knight (Stephen Graham) as cultivating intelligence sources. It is an ambiguous practice that has made corruption a way of life for him, and which is to lead to carnage.
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Hyena review – into a miasma of despair and evil

Gerard Johnson’s film is a flawed but powerful and, at times, unwatchably violent thriller about corrupt drug-squad officers

There are some unwatchably violent scenes in this powerful if flawed police corruption thriller. A miasma of despair and evil seeps into every corner of the world that director Gerard Johnson conjures up, like carbon monoxide. Di Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is a Met drug squad officer who has secretly invested £100,000 in a cocaine route being opened by a Turkish gang. When this connection is brutally taken over by a couple of murderous Albanian brothers, Michael has to open a discreet channel of communication with them if he is to get his money back – something he explains away to his menacing superior officer Di David Knight (Stephen Graham) as cultivating intelligence sources. It is an ambiguous practice that has made corruption a way of life for him, and which is to lead to carnage.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger-Starring Zombie Film, ‘Maggie,’ Giant Wasps Movie ‘Stung’ & More Announced for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has always featured macabre offerings for horror hounds to enjoy, and this year is no exception. A poignant zombie drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin (which was originally scheduled to premiere at last year's Tiff), a mutated wasps creature feature co-starring Lance Henriksen and Clifton Collins Jr., and Adrián García Bogliano's darkly humorous kidnapping tale are just a few films on the onscreen scare slate for the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Press Release - "New York, NY (March 3, 2015) —The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections as well as work in progress screenings. The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City.

The Spotlight section features 40 films, consisting of 23 narratives and 17 documentaries. Twenty-four films in the selection world premiere at the Festival.
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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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