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Rachel Weisz To Star In Snatchback

14 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sorry, Dredd-heads, but it doesn’t look like director Pete Travis is waiting around in hopes of a green-light for a follow-up to his beloved but low-grossing 2012 comic-book adaptation. The helmer is now lining up kidnap thriller Snatchback, with Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz in the lead role.

Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will take on the role of Maureen Dabbagh, a real Virginia woman whose ex-husband kidnapped their two-year-old daughter and fled to the Middle East back in 1992. Dabbagh spent over 10 years tracking the pair across the volatile region before she finally got her daughter back.

In Snatchback, which Travis also scribed, the true story will get a rather Hollywood twist, with Dabbagh becoming a mercenary of sorts, embarking on dangerous missions to help other families to recover their kidnapped children from the Middle East while continuing her own search.

Weisz co-developed and will produce the project, which is currently »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Rachel Weisz To Star In True-Story Drama 'Snatchback' From 'Dredd' Director Pete Travis

14 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinematically speaking, Pete Travis has mostly been know for action fare like "Vantage Point" and "Dredd." But he has swung toward drama with the Golden Globe-nominated "Endgame," and now he's lining up a project that sounds like it'll feature elements of both genres, with a pretty great actress in the lead. Screen Daily reports that Rachel Weisz will lead "Snatchback." The film is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, who headed to the Middle East to find her two-year-old daughter after she was kidnapped by Maureen's husband. Travis' take on the material turns Maureen into a "mercenary" (Wtf) who helps other families find their stolen children, while continuing to search for her own. Okay, that's one way to twist this story into something more popcorn-friendly, even if it seems slightly dubious. So, is this basically like a more action packed "Not Without My Daughter"? Production will begin later this year, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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25 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 2000s

13 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and, erm, Kangaroo Jack: they all nabbed the box office top spot last decade...

By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.

The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.

Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?

Eye Of The Beholder

January 2000, one week

Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »

- simonbrew

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Weisz Joins Kidnap Tale "Snatchback"

13 May 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rachel Weisz will star in and produce the true story kidnap thriller "Snatchback" for Braven Films. Pete Travis ("Dredd," "Vantage Point") penned and will direct the $15 million-budged feature.

The story is based on the life of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter and finally found her.

Weisz will play a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her own search.

Weisz and Frida Torresblanco will produce and shooting aims to begin later this year.

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Rachel Weisz to Star in Pete Travis’ Thriller ‘Snatchback’

13 May 2015 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Rachel Weisz is set to star in “Snatchback,” a thriller set in the dangerous world of illegal child recovery. It is written and will be directed by Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”).

Weisz, who appears in two competition films at Cannes — “The Lobster” and “Youth” –developed the project with Travis and producer Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose New York-based Braven Films is producing. Weisz and Torresblanco are producers.

Weisz portrays Mo, whose daughter was abducted by the father when she was 3 years old. In the years after the kidnapping, Mo becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children, while never giving up on her own search.

The film is inspired by the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their 2-year-old daughter, and took her to the Middle East in 1992. She spent over »

- Leo Barraclough

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Rachel Weisz to star in Pete Travis kidnap thriller 'Snatchback'

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.

Rachel Weisz is to star in and produce $15m kidnapping thriller Snatchback, from Dredd director Pete Travis.

Oscar-winner Weisz (The Constant Gardener) co-developed the project and will produce alongside Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) of New York-based Braven Films.

Travis, also known for making Omagh and Vantage Point, has written the script and will direct.

Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the Us each year, before she finally found her.

In Travis’s script, Weisz’s character becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Filming To Start, NBCU Sets Italian ‘Parenthood’ – Global Briefs

22 April 2015 12:52 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

London-set film noir thriller City Of Tiny Lights, written by Patrick Neate based on his novel, will begin principal photography April 27. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame, Dredd), the movie stars Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays Shelley, his long lost love.  Ensemble cast includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine And I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother T… »

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‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Filming To Start, NBCU Sets Italian ‘Parenthood’ – Global Briefs

22 April 2015 12:52 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

London-set film noir thriller City Of Tiny Lights, written by Patrick Neate based on his novel, will begin principal photography April 27. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame, Dredd), the movie stars Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays Shelley, his long lost love.  Ensemble cast includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine And I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother T… »

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English Actress & Writer, Cush Jumbo, Lands Co-Starring Role in London-Set Noir 'City of Tiny Lights'

21 April 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

British actress Cush Jumbo, actress of stage and screen, who played the lead role in an all-female production of "Julius Caesar" at London's Donmar Warehouse theatre a couple of years ago, has booked a co-starring role in "City of Tiny Lights," a London-set film noir written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, and to be directed by Pete Travis ("Vantage Point," "Dredd"), and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien. With principal photography set to begin on April 27, for a 6-week shoot in London, Jumbo joins a cast led by Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") who plays »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'City of Tiny Lights' to shoot next week

21 April 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.

City of Tiny Lights, a London-set film noir is to begin principal photography on April 27. The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.

Written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, the film will be directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien.

The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays private eye Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful) as Shelley, his long lost love. 

The ensemble includes Roshan Seth (Indian Summers) and Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo, who recently landed a recurring role on Us drama The Good Wife,and James Floyd (My Brother the Devil).

The film centres on deadbeat private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) who walks into his office to find high-class prostitute Melody (Jumbo) seeking his help »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Actress Billie Piper Joins London-set Thriller ‘City of Tiny Lights’

21 April 2015 5:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Penny Dreadful” actress Billie Piper has joined the cast of London-set film noir “City of Tiny Lights,” which starts principal photography on Monday.

Pete Travis, whose credits include “Vantage Point,” “Endgame” and “Dredd,” directs the pic, which Protagonist Pictures will be selling at Cannes. Icon Film Distribution will be releasing the film, which will shoot for six weeks in London, in the U.K. and Ireland next year.

The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler,” “Shifty,” “Four Lions”) who plays down-at-heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar. Piper, who plays Brona Croft in “Penny Dreadful,” and whose credits include “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and “Doctor Who,” plays Shelley, Akhtar’s long-lost love. The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (“Josephine and I,” “The Inbetweeners”), James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil,” “Everywhere and Nowhere”) and Roshan Seth (“Indian Summers,” “Gandhi,” “My Beautiful Laundrette”).

The screenplay is written by author Patrick Neate, based »

- Leo Barraclough

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Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution Names Tommy Gargotta Marketing President

26 March 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing, the studio announced Thursday. Gargotta will oversee marketing for the distribution company which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the U.S. and Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert, who jointly made the announcement. Gargotta joins Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution following 13 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently serving as president of worldwide creative advertising. At Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for films and franchises such as “S.W.A.T.,” “50 First Dates,” “The Da Vinci Code, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Mario Van Peebles Joins ‘For Justice'; ‘Heart Matters’, ‘Rush Hour’ Add To Cast

18 March 2015 4:23 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mario Van Peebles (Ali) has been cast in a guest role with a series option in CBS' civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Also joining as a series regular is Leonardo Nam (Vantage Point) . Based on James Patterson's debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, For Justice centers on Special Agent Natalia "Nat" Chappel (Anika Noni Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and… »

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Interview: Ayelet Zurer talks about Hostages

15 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Risker chats with Hostages star Ayelet Zurer

In 2013 Ayelet Zurer was nominated for the Best Actress in a Drama Series category at the Israeli Television Academy Awards for both Shtisel and Bnei Aruba. The latter is more familiarly known to UK audiences as Hostages, which aired in BBC Four’s Saturday 9pm foreign drama prime time slot. It was for her performance as Dr. Yael Danon in Bnei Aruba/Hostages, a character only introduced to UK audiences in recent weeks that Zurer was awarded her second success at the Israeli Television Academy Awards; following on from her Best Actress award for BeTipul in 2005.

When Flickering Myth spoke with Zurer recently ahead of the series finale of Hostages and its UK home entertainment release she offered: “The more I grow up and mature into what I am supposed to be in this world I guess I understand that my interest »

- Gary Collinson

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Weekend Report: Moviegoers Flee From 'Fifty Shades'

22 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coming off a massive holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted 74 percent in its second outing. Still, the movie easily held on the top spot this weekend with $22.3 million.Among the new releases, McFarland, USA and The Duff did solid business, while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 flopped.Fifty Shades of Grey's 74 percent drop is steeper than the second weekend declines for The Fault in our Stars, Valentine's Day, and all five Twilight movies. It's the second-biggest decline ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations; the worst belongs to the Friday the 13th remake, which fell 80 percent on this same weekend in 2009.Adapted from an immensely popular book and opening on Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be fairly front-loaded. Still, the movie's horrible reviews (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and weak word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore) surely contributed in some way.Fifty Shades has now earned $129.2 million, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Fifty Shades' Nears $300 Million Overseas

22 February 2015 10:57 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Fifty Shades of Grey held on to first place at the international box office this weekend with $68.1 million.That's off 56 percent from last weekend, which is a far better that the movie's hold in the U.S. (down 73 percent). To date, it's already earned $280.5 million, which is ahead of Sex and the City and the first Twilight ($263 million and $200 million, respectively).In the next day or two, it will pass the first Hunger Games movie ($283 million). With South Korea on the way, Fifty Shades could theoretically reach $400 million overseas.Playing in 53 markets, Kingsman: The Secret Service earned $32.8 million this weekend, which brings its total to $86.4 million. Thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday, the movie jumped 86 percent to $8.9 million in South Korea; it's already earned $17.8 million there, which puts it ahead of all Bond and Bourne movies.It opened to $3.5 million in France*a very solid result*and scored a »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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