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8 items from 2015

'Mad Axeman' begins London shoot

4 December 2015 2:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The crime drama tells the story of Kray Twins accomplice Frank Mitchell.

Boudica Film International’s crime drama The Mad Axeman has started its London shoot.

The film, which is based on Gill Adams’ play Jump To Cow Heaven, is the debut feature for director Will Kerley.

Based on a true story, the story see Diarmaid Murtagh (The Monuments Men) playing Frank Mitchell, a criminal who is sprung from Dartmoor prison by the Kray twins in 1966.

Morgan Watkins (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Elen Rhys (The Bastard Executioner) are also amongst the cast.

Ian Davies and Rebecca Long produce for finance and production outfit Boudica, while Stella Nwimo is co-producing.

Shooting is scheduled to wrap in mid-December. »

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Diarmaid Murtagh Heads Cast of Boudica’s ‘The Mad Axman’

30 November 2015 3:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Boudica Films, the financing and production outfit run by Rebecca Long and Ian Davies, has started production on its fifth feature “The Mad Axman.”

The period feature, based on Gill Adamsʼ play “Jump to Cow Heaven,” is Will Kerleyʼs debut feature, and stars Diarmaid Murtagh (“The Monuments Men,” “The Lake”), Morgan Watkins (“The Hour,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) and Elen Rhys (“The Bastard Executioner”).

Based on a true story, Murtagh plays Frank Mitchell, “The Mad Axman,” who is sprung from Dartmoor Prison in 1966 by the Kray twins only to be holed up in a safe house in the company of a minder (Watkins) and a hostess (Rhys) as a nationwide man hunt ensues.

As the days draw closer to Christmas and as Mitchell waits to hear from the Krays and the Home Secretary, the politician in charge of justice, regarding his parole date; tensions rise with the minder and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Actor laments new release paradigm

21 September 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »





Sullivan Stapleton is disappointed Kill Me Three Times had a multi-platform release in Australia and limited theatrical exposure in the Us, but relieved that Cut Snake will finally open in cinemas this Thursday.

The actor is proud of both films but accepts that the cost of releasing films theatrically means it is increasingly difficult for distributors to secure screens and risk significant sums on P&A.

.It.s a bit of a shame but that.s the era we live in,. Stapleton tells If on the line from New York, where he is filming the NBC drama series Blindspot. .If releasing films (on digital platforms) means you can reach the widest possible audience, so be it..

In Kriv Stenders. Kill Me Three Times he played a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam.

In Tony Ayres. Cut Snake he is Pommie, an »

- Don Groves

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TV Review: ‘The Dovekeepers’

29 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s bestseller, “The Dovekeepers” is more of a wounded duck. Similar in tone to Lifetime’s “The Red Tent” by entering into such a story from a female perspective, the entire first half of this two-part miniseries essentially feels like an extended preamble to night two, which closes on a sobering note but proves dramatically flaccid until then. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have made a splashy migration into scripted epics with “The Bible” and NBC’s sequel “A.D.,” but anyone who can endure this with their wits is a true survivor.

Granted, it’s been a generation since the 1981 miniseries “Masada,” but assuming it’s available somewhere, going back and watching that splendid pairing of Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss is an infinitely preferable prospect.

As is, “Dovekeepers” should be most notable to fans of “NCIS »

- Brian Lowry

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J.K. Simmons Joins Action-Thriller ‘The Lake’

23 March 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Charlie Bewley and Diarmaid Murtagh have joined the cast of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp action-thriller “The Lake.”

Sullivan Stapleton stars in the story of a group of Navy SEALs attempting to uncover an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia. EuropaCorp has set a July 15, 2016, release date.

The project is being produced by Besson, Christophe Lambert and Lisa Elzey. “The Lake” is written by Besson and Richard Wenk and directed by Steven Quale (“Into the Storm”).

Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last month for “Whiplash.” He will appear in “Terminator Genisys,” “The Accountant,” “The Meddler” and “Kong: Skull Island” with Michael Keaton.

Bewley appeared in the “Twilight” series. Murtagh starred in the “Sons Of Liberty” miniseries and “Dracula Untold.”

News was first reported by Deadline.com.


- Dave McNary

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J.K. Simmons Leads Navy SEALs Charlie Bewley & Diarmaid Murtagh In Luc Besson’s ‘The Lake’

23 March 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: This year’s Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) along with Charlie Bewley (Twilight series) and Diarmaid Murtagh (Sons Of Liberty) have joined the cast of The Lake, the action-thriller from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The feature, which will be directed by Steven Quale (Into The Storm), is said to be one of the most expensive undertakings for EuropaCorp to date. The film is expected to open July 15, 2016. Bewley and Murtagh join Sullivan Stapleton (the Aussie star… »

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J.K. Simmons Heads For The Lake

23 March 2015 1:16 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Earlier this month 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Sullivan Stapleton signed up for The Lake, a new action thriller that bears the producing stamp from Luc Besson. The ensemble around him is beginning to fill out, with J.K. Simmons, Charlie Bewley and Diarmaid Murtagh reporting for duty.Into The Storm’s Steven Quale is handling the shot-calling for this one, which finds a group of Navy SEALs who discover a mysterious trove of treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia. Their quest becomes to find out who left it there and what its ultimate purpose might be. Naturally, that will lead to bullets flying and plenty of tough scrapes. It’s a Besson production: you were expecting quiet debate about war crimes? Simmons, who recently scored an Oscar for his performance in Whiplash, has several films due out this year, including Terminator Genisys (July 3), Worlds Apart and Rock Dog. »

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'Dracula Untold' Blu-ray Preview Features Dominic Cooper | Exclusive

5 February 2015 3:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) gets a message from Prince Vlad (Luke Evans) through General Ismail (Arkie Reece) in our exclusive clip from Dracula Untold, which just debuted on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week. This scene shows Ismail recalling memories from the past, which doesn't sit too well with Mehmed, who is literally forced to "kill the messenger." The question remains: was Ismail literally possessed by Vlad himself?

For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans - The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country »

- MovieWeb

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