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Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).
If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »
- Scott Foundas
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
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12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
With Relativity Media recently picking up The Woman in Black: Angel of Death for Us distribution, we knew that stateside filmgoers would eventually get the chance to re-enter the haunted Eel Marsh House, and now the official release date for the horror sequel has been announced for early next year.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (aka The Woman in Black 2) will hit Us theaters on January 30th, 2015. From Hammer and eOne, the follow-up to the 2012 horror film that stars Daniel Radcliffe is directed by Tom Harper off a screenplay by Jon Croker that’s partially based on an original story by The Woman in Black author, Susan Hill. The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, and Phoebe Fox. Last year it was revealed that the film will open in the UK on February 13th, 2015.
“England, 1941 With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Derek Anderson
Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Steve Barton
Relativity has set a release date for The Woman in Black sequel to star Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCoy and to hit theaters on Jan. 30. Tom Harper will direct the follow-up to the haunted house thriller, which will be set in the same house 40 years later when a group of children, who are evacuated from London during World War II, come to stay and awaken the house's darkest inhabitants. Relativity acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the sequel from Hammer and Entertainment One. The original The Woman in Black movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe, grossed more than
- Etan Vlessing
A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jeremy Irvine for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Michael Douglas as a wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert. To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Irvine), but after a tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive. During the interview Jeremy Irvine talked about working with Douglas, the physically challenging shoot, the story, watching it for the first time with an audience, and more. In addition, he also talked about shooting Roland Emmerich's Stonewall (about the gay rights movement), his process as an actor, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, Fallen, Mary Shelley's Monster with Sophie Turner, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Michael Douglas was up at the Toronto Film Festival this week touting The Reach, where he stars as an avaricious big-game hunter who commits an accidental murder in the desert, then chases the innocent tracker (Jeremy Irvine) who happens to witness it. Douglas has played a lot of villains over the course of his career, but his Reach baddie is perhaps the most cut-and-dry of any of them, an out-and-out monster who drives an ultra-jacked SUV, barks evil orders into a satellite phone, and screams at our poor hero, "Why don't you just Die!" What made Douglas go so far to the dark side? He sat down with Vulture a few days ago to explain, as well as to chat about his next project, the Marvel movie Ant-Man.At the premiere, you said you took this archvillain role because, "Culturally, we're back to good guys and bad guys." Tell me »
- Kyle Buchanan
For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.
“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »
- Esther Zuckerman
A few days ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Douglas for his new cat-and-mouse thriller The Reach. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti (Carré Blanc), the film features Douglas as wealthy businessman determined to kill big game in the Mojave Desert. To help accomplish his goal, he hires a local guide (played by Jeremy Irvine), but after a tragic accident they quickly become adversaries, and the rest of the film is about which person will survive. As a huge fan of Michael Douglas for my entire life, it was fantastic getting to talk with him for the first time. While I definitely thought about discussing Ant-Man and a few other future projects, I decided to use my limited time to discuss his past work. Specifically, why he never directed any feature films after helping one episode of The Streets of San Francisco. In addition, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I like the premise of humans hunting other humans for sport because it’s delightfully ludicrous and perversely entertaining. It’s a lean, direct concept that removes the frills to become a battle of wits between the hunter and “the most dangerous game”. For the majority of its runtime, Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s The Reach sits comfortably inside this framework. The story takes the occasional shortcut, but it also works in some subtext about economic inequality, which is a nice touch. However, as the movie starts winding down, I realized I was perhaps giving Léonetti too much credit as The Reach crashes and burns in spectacular fashion. Ben (Jeremy Irvine) is bummed about his girlfriend (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) leaving to go to college, but he doesn’t have much time to dwell on it as he’s recruited by the local sheriff (Ronny Cox) to be a guide for wealthy asshole »
- Matt Goldberg
It takes a lot these days to create a movie thriller that is somewhat original and fresh. There are so many well-worn set-ups that every so often, we need something slightly unusual to shake the genre up a bit. That may be what we have to look forward to with The Reach, which made an appearance at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now sealing a $2 million deal for the Us distribution rights.
The film stars Michael Douglas as Madec – a high-profile corporate lawyer whose intimidating skill in the courtroom is matched by his cold precision as a hunter. Obtaining a rare permit to spend seven days hunting big game in the Mojave Desert, Madec hires the quiet, conservative young Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as a guide, but finds his retreat takes a turn for the darker when he accidentally shoots an innocent man and realizes Ben won’t be helping him cover it up. »
- Sarah Myles
Plot: A young guide (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself stalked in the Mohave desert by a rich hunter (Michael Douglas) after the two are involved in an accidental shooting. Review: The Reach could – and should – have been a great little thriller. With a class warfare theme that finds an impoverished youth being hunted by a wealthy one percenter in the most rugged landscape you can imagine, this could have a been a strong piece of entertainment with some really ingenious »
- Chris Bumbray
Paramount Pictures has reportedly emerged as frontrunner to acquire the Chris Rock-directed "Top Five". The film, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, sparked a furious bidding war with the worldwide rights tipped to go for a whopping $12.5 million. That's a big jump up from the biggest deal of last year at the fest, the Keira Knightley film "Begin Again," which went for $7 million.
Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Pharoah star in the film about a former stand up comedian turned film star about to be hit by a major change in his life. [Source: Deadline]
Chris Evans has reconfirmed to Variety that the only films he plans to act in after his Marvel contract is up are films he intended to direct. As for that potential retirement from the role of Captain America, »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are closing a deal around $2 million for U.S. rights for The Reach, the Jean-Baptiste Leonetti-directed thriller that stars Michael Douglas as an arrogant businessman/big game hunter who pursues a trophy and accidentally kills an innocent man. Jeremy Irvine plays the young guide who took him into the vast expanses of the Mojave desert. When the guide refuses to conspire in a cover-up, it becomes a mano a mano fight to the death as the hunter attempts to cover his tracks. Stephen Susco wrote the script and Douglas produced the tight thriller with Robert Mitas. Wme Global is brokering the deal that calls for the kind of day and date release that Lionsgate and Roadside executed so well on the films Arbitrage and Margin Call. The Reach plays in the Special Presentations section here at Toronto.
- Mike Fleming Jr
United States filmgoers will now have the chance to return to the haunted Eel Marsh House along with a group of teachers and schoolchildren fleeing a bomb-pummeled 1940’s London in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the follow-up to the 2012 Hammer horror film that starred Daniel Radcliffe. Relativity Media has picked up the sequel for Us distribution.
Deadline reports that Relativity acquired Us distribution rights for the horror movie from Hammer and eOne. A Us release date for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death has yet to be announced, but last year it was revealed that the film would open in the UK on February 13th, 2015. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details as they surface.
- Derek Anderson
If the acquisitions frenzy and precedent-setting deals struck in Berlin and Cannes is going to continue, it will surprise many of the sellers who’ve come to the Toronto Film Festival to fill slots in their 2015 slates. Maybe it’s because there were so many spectacular deals this year, of perhaps it’s because Toronto 2014 is so stocked with studio films that star the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray and Denzel Washington. Whatever the reason, acquisition titles seem to be lower key than last year, when Can A Song Save Your Life and Bad Words prompted overnight auctions and $7 million deals, and just about every movie that played here found distribution.
The deal action got underway yesterday and today with Relativity’s acquisition of The Woman In Black 2 and Saban Entertainment’s deal for fest title Tracers. All the ingredients for a continued buying surge seem to be there, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Relativity Media has made a seven figure deal to acquire Us distribution rights to Tom Harper's horror sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. The film will star Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox and Helen McCrory.
The sequel is set in the same house as the original, but 40 years later. A group of children are evacuated from London during WWII and taken to the house. After the children begin to act strangely, the local military discovers that the group have awakened a dark force.
The original starred Daniel Radcliffe and was released in 2012. It grossed over $162 million globally. The sequel is being directed by Tom Harper and is written by Jon Croker. The writer is also producing with Tobin Armbrust, Simon Oakes, Ben Holden and Richard Jackson.
Hammer Films’ gothic scarefest The Woman in Black was an undeniable hit back in 2012. The big screen adaptation of Susan Hill’s eerie novel pulled in close to $130 million at the international box office and managed to strike a chord with its native audience in the UK. Moreover, it comfortably shepherded Daniel Radcliffe away from the shackles of a certain boy wizard and allowed him to stretch his acting muscles as a competent leading man. (The latter point is debatable, but we digress.)
That said, the young British actor won’t feature in the upcoming sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is to be distributed by Relativity Media in North America following a recent deal penned during the Toronto International Film Festival. According to Deadline, the partnership between the studios is said to be north of seven-figures.
In Radcliffe’s stead, the horror sequel will star War Horse »
- Michael Briers
“I feel like I was sucker-punched, but it was a happy punch,” Robert Downey Jr. told me after the Toronto Film Festival’s opening-night movie The Judge. At the Montecito restaurant after-party, the star and his wife Susan Downey, who was one of the producers of the project, admitted they had not seen the film before in such a large venue as Roy Thomson Hall, where the October 10th Warner Bros release had its world premiere Thursday night.
Downey admitted to tearing up at least five times watching the film tonight. I sat near the cast and noticed that co-star Dax Shepard was a complete emotional mess the minute the lights came up and the audience stood to applaud. Susan Downey agreed with me that if audiences — particularly adult filmgoers who don’t necessarily rush to movies on the first weekend — show up to support the film it will mean »
- Pete Hammond
The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, »
- Steve Barton
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