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7 items from 2012


Casting: Davis, Mullan, Poots, Loggia

5 November 2012 9:18 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Prisoners

Viola Davis has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" which begins shooting early next year.

The story revolves around a small-town carpenter (Hugh Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. Keller takes the law into his own hands and runs up against a hot-shot cop (Jake Gyllenhaal). [Source: The Wrap]

Sunshine on Leith

Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks have joined the cast of "Wild Bill" director Dexter Fletcher's new musical "Sunshine On Leith" at DNA Films.

Stephen Greenhorn wrote the script about two friends returning to Leith after a stint in the army, while various Proclaimers tunes are incorporated into the narrative. A six week shoot is currently underway in Edinburgh and Glasgow. [Source: Variety]

Are We Officially Dating

Imogen Poots has scored a role opposite Zac Efron in Tom Gormicon's young ensemble rom-com "Are We Officially Dating?" which begins shooting this month in New York City.

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- Garth Franklin

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Afm 2012: Sales Art and Casting News for Asif Akbar's Beautiful Evil

3 November 2012 1:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Along with the horror comedy Bristled:The Howl Chronicles announced earlier in the week, Fleur De Lis Film Studios has unveiled yet another film on its growing production slate - horror thriller Beautiful Evil - and we have some casting news as well as the film's artwork.

From the Press Release:

Beautiful Evil revolves around a celebrity photographer, Steve "Flash" Turner, who discovers that a wealthy, beautiful baroness - someone he'd do anything to get on film - might be a homicidal monster.

Veteran actor Robert Loggia (Scarface, TV's "The Sopranos"), Yasmine Bleeth (TV's "Baywatch"), and Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Tekken) will headline the Hollywood Hills-set creature feature announced at Afm this week. Genre vets Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr (Dracula 3000), Christopher Showerman (The Land That Time Forgot), Tim Thomerson (Trancers), and Andrew Lawrence (TV's "Bones") have supporting roles in the film; Beautiful Evil is written by Bj and Julia Davis and directed by Asif Akbar. »

- The Woman In Black

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Afm 2012: Fleur De Lis Film Studios Announces New Horror Comedy Bristled:The Howl Chronicles

2 November 2012 1:31 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Word has come out of the American Film Market 2012 that Fleur De Lis Film Studios announced Bristled: The Howl Chronicles, written by Clint Morris and directed by Asif Akbar. Read on for the first details.

The project, which is still in pre-production, will star Eric Stoltz, Brooke Lewis, Christopher Showerman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Matthew Lawrence, Kane Hodder, Issa Bayaua, Jonathan Silverman, and Masha Shapiro.

Synopsis:

John Howl is a young Los Angeles police detective out to find the killer of a young film star. As the charming but angst-ridden officer dives deeper into the case, he realizes Hollywood is a totally different world than the one he lives in- not that it's any more weird; after all, he's a werewolf by night! Though his work hours are hindered by the beast inside, Howl's journey through the mean streets of Hollywood is a blood quest for justice and towards his need to feed. »

- The Woman In Black

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Brittany Murphy Getting A Biopic And Bizarre Promotion For A Documentary

25 October 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The death of bubbly comedian Brittany Murphy at 32 was puzzling and deeply tragic. The actress, who may be best remembered from her role as burnout turned knockout in Clueless, died under mysterious circumstances in 2009, and gossip and strange rumors persisted for months and years after. Now these rumors and a whole host of new ones will be the subject of at least one film about Murphy and her death. Film School Rejects received a bizarre press report that pronounces "Brittany Murphy.s Mysterious Death Chronicled in Controversial New Documentary; Biopic on the 8 Mile Star to Follow in 2014.. Why a documentary and a biopic you might wonder? Well, that might be because the somehow already controversial doc isn't so much about Murphy as it is about some sort of government conspiracy. Directed by Asif Akbar, the documentary is titled Top Priority: The Terror Within appears to be an adaptation of the »

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No, Really: Documentary Titled ‘Top Priority: The Terror Within’ Is About Brittany Murphy

24 October 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Occasionally, the telefax at Reject HQ (just like in Argo!) spits out a press release that gives even snarky snarkers like us a moment of pause. One such facsimile arrived via the wire (or the radio, or the broadband, or the we’re-really-not-sure) last night, and we’ve struggled ever since to properly articulate its contents. It’s that much of a head-scratcher. The press release proclaims, “Brittany Murphy‘s Mysterious Death Chronicled in Controversial New Documentary; Biopic on the 8 Mile Star to Follow in 2014.” Pardon? Two Murphy features? And one is not only already made, but already “controversial”? And then it got weirder. The first of the two features, Asif Akbar‘s documentary, will premiere at the American Film Market next week. The release promises that “the memory and legacy of actress Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Clueless, Don’t Say A Word), who tragically died under mysterious circumstances  in 2009 at the young age of 32, will be at »

- Kate Erbland

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Afm: Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen Team For 9/11 Pic ‘September Morn’

17 October 2012 10:56 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Woody Harrelson and Martin Sheen will star in September Morn, a drama framed around 9/11. The film, in the vein of Twelve Angry Men, has been set up by Fleur De Lis Film Studios. B.J. Davis is directing a script by Howard Cohen. A group revisits and questions the independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001 when terrorists used commercial airliners to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ed Asner, John Heard, Esai Morales, Daniel Sunjata and Judd Nelson also star in a film that will be shopped next week at Afm. John D. Schofield is producing with Julia Davis, Asner, Bob Dziadkowiec, James Lane, Asif Akbar, Chris Emery, Holland Vandennieuwenhof, Arthur Payne, Galyna Kovalska, Eva Choina, and John Rusconi. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Top Priority: The Terror Within Movie Review

13 July 2012 4:15 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Top Priority: The Terror Within Director: Asif Akbar An intensely felt but jumbled and poorly reasoned cinematic treatise against governmental bureaucracy run amok and specifically a series of Constitutional rights abuses by the Department of Homeland Security, documentary “Top Priority: The Terror Within” tells the story of Julia Davis, a whistleblower who found herself on the receiving end of a years-long campaign of vindictive persecution. A tangled mess of sprawling and sometimes vague allegations never wrestled into any sort of coherent and compelling shape, the movie chronicles a shocking story, but one that seems better suited to the television news magazine format, or at least a more polished, experienced nonfiction hand.  [ Read More ] »

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