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Global producer-distributor Endemol has just bought an unspecified minority stake in Tony To's Ensemble Entertainment as part of its strategy of expanding its U.S. scripted TV portfolio for distribution worldwide.
To, one of the founders of Ensemble, specializes in so-called event TV, having been co-exec producer and/or director on such high-profile series as "Harsh Realm," "From the Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific." He is a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Golden Globe winner.
The new partnership will concentrate on co-producing and distributing internationally targeted drama series and miniseries for the world market.
"We founded Ensemble with the goal of creating an independent event television company, bringing innovative financing, management and creative resources into partnerships with top-tier writers, directors, producers and broadcasters.
Our partnership with Endemol represents a key strategic alliance for Ensemble," To added.
Tom Toumazis, chief commercial officer of Endemol, »
- By Elizabeth Guider
The first TV spot for Buried is online.
In the film, Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, a truck driver working in Iraq when he is ambushed and knocked unconscious. Waking up in a coffin with nothing more than a cell phone, a lighter, and a knife, he has to find a way out before he runs out of air. The movie will no doubt be one of the better thrillers that come out this fall and is perfectly situated for Halloween viewing.
Buried is receiving a limited release on September the 24th and then opening across the country on October the 8th.
- Allan Ford
Lionsgate has dug up a new poster for its upcoming thriller Buried and we've got it for you below. Buried stars Ryan Reynolds and also features Robert Paterson (Sahara), Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee) and Samantha Mathis (Harsh Realm, Grey's Anatomy). It is released in select theaters on September 24th before going nationwide on October 8th.
The new poster makes the most of high praise the film has been receiving from various outlets, including Access Hollywood, comingsoon.net, USA Today and The Times newspaper in the UK. The official synopsis, which we give you below, suggests the potential for Hitchcockian suspense thanks to a story that exploits common fears of confined spaces and being buried alive.
Here is that synopsis:
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man »
Buried tells of the claustrophobic ordeal of Paul Conroy after he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why. Life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival.
Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, Conroy's contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time. Fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.
Whispers of a “Commando” remake surfaced more than a year ago, but 20th Century Fox has finally confirmed it today, with the announcement that “Training Day’s” David Ayer will be writing and directing the remake. Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the original, which found the Big Oak playing the improbably named John Matrix, a former special forces soldier who is blackmailed into killing a South American dictator, with the bad guys using his daughter (played by a young Alyssa Milano) as leverage. But Arnold being Arnold, he of course ruins the bad guy’s plans, and comes looking for them. The film ends with a wild 30-something minute gunfight where I’m pretty sure Schwarzenegger kills about 50 or so guys, or thereabouts. Obviously you don’t hire a guy like Ayer and expect him to repeat the outrageous, cartoony action of the original. Ayer not only wrote “Training Day”, but »
5 items from 2010
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