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Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz’s ‘Escobar’ Closes Slew of Major Territory Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz’s ‘Escobar’ Closes Slew of Major Territory Pre-Sales (Exclusive)
Barcelona — Nu Image has closed a raft of pre-sales on Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz starrer “Escobar,” which is scheduled to go into production on Oct. 24, directed by Spain’s Fernando León de Aranoa, whose credits include 2002’s San Sebastian Golden Seashell-winner “Mondays in the Sun,” which won Bardem a best actor Spanish Academy Goya, and 2015 Directors’ Fortnight entry “A Perfect Day,” with Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins.

Of major territories, “Escobar” has been sold to the U.K. (Icon Film Distribution), Latin America (California Filmes), France (Snd-M6 Groupe), Spain (Filmax), Australia/Nz (Becker Film Group), West Indies (Vaa Film Distributors), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks), Greece/Cyprus (Odeon), Italy (Notorious), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Star Media Entertainment), India/Philippines (Parkit Films), Indonesia (Amero Mitra Film), Vietnam (Rain Film), Middle East (Eagle), Turkey (Tanweer), Eastern Europe (ProRom) and the Cis and Baltic States (Magnum).

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Pilots ‘Runner’, ‘Fantasy Life’ ‘King Of 7B’ Add To Cast

Updates: Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries) and Megan Dodds (The Contract) have booked series regular roles opposite Adam Rodriguez and Paula Patton in ABC's drama pilot Runner. Written by Michael Cooney based on the Turkish series Son and directed by Michael Offer, the 20th TV/ABC Studios project centers on Lauren Marks (Patton), a wife and mother who had believed her husband had died in a plane crash, only to discover him alive, well and traveling with a mysterious…
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Game Of Thrones' James Cosmo for spy-thriller series Magnum Opus

Game Of Thrones star James Cosmo is to star in upcoming spy-thriller series Magnum Opus.

The actor, who plays Jeor Mormont on the HBO series Game Of Thrones, will be joined by Jamie Anderson (The Contract) and Sam Douglas (Snatch) on the project.

Timothy Gibbs is to star, co-direct, co-write and produce the series, which has been picked up by London-based production company Carnaby International.

The television series will focus on a CIA operative's fight for justice following the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in Lockerbie that killed his parents.

Speaking to Variety about the project, Gibbs said: "This is a genuinely independently-produced TV series.

"We have gotten offers from some of the biggest, blue-chip distributors in the business to distribute Magnum Opus, one company even wanted to buy it outright but Carnaby offered us the fairest of deals, and is small enough to recognise we need a true partnership but
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Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Bonnie & Clyde' Remake Starring Emile Hirsch & Holliday Grainger

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Bonnie & Clyde' Remake Starring Emile Hirsch & Holliday Grainger
So this is happening, and I guess you better just just deal with it. The story of "Bonnie & Clyde," immortalized in Arthur Penn's iconic 1967 film, is now being told again by Bruce Beresford ("Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," "Mao's Last Dancer" and "The Contract") with Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the outlaws. The results? Well, see for yourself below. A two-part, miniseries production between A&E, Lifetime and History, the budget looks certainly small screen—HBO this isn't. And really, it doesn't make much of a case for standing on its own outside of the movie we already know. That being said, we like the leads, and with Holly Hunter and William Hurt in support, we suppose this might get a watch out of morbid curiosity from our end. "Bonnie & Clyde" arrives on your TV on Sunday, December 8th and Monday, December 9th at 9 Pm. Watch below. [Deadline]

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Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Bonnie & Clyde' Remake Starring Emile Hirsch & Holliday Grainger

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So this is happening, and I guess you better just just deal with it. The story of "Bonnie & Clyde," immortalized in Arthur Penn's iconic 1967 film, is now being told again by Bruce Beresford ("Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," "Mao's Last Dancer" and "The Contract") with Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the outlaws. The results? Well, see for yourself below. A two-part, miniseries production between A&E, Lifetime and History, the budget looks certainly small screen—HBO this isn't. And really, it doesn't make much of a case for standing on its own outside of the movie we already know. That being said, we like the leads, and with Holly Hunter and William Hurt in support, we suppose this might get a watch out of morbid curiosity from our end. "Bonnie & Clyde" arrives on your TV on Sunday, December 8th and Monday, December 9th at 9 Pm. Watch below. [Deadline]
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Elizabeth Olsen's Peace, Love and Misunderstanding Trailer

Today we have the trailer for "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding," starring Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford, and Rosanna Arquette. Check it out below. Plot: An uptight NYC lawyer (Keener) takes her two teenagers (Olsen, Nat Wolff) to her hippie mother's (Fonda) farmhouse upstate for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets and self-discovery. The new movie is directed by Bruce Beresford (The Contract, Double Jeopardy) and has already appeared at several film festival. It is now set to hit theaters on June 8th, in limited release. Trailer:
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Watch: Elizabeth Olsen in the 'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding' Trailer

If you haven't heard of Elizabeth Olsen by now, who is seemingly much more suited for feature films than her twin siblings Mary-Kate and Ashley, then you're missing out on some fantastic performances. She made a splash at Sundance in 2011 with Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene and shined again at the festival this year with Liberal Arts and Red Lights. Now she's back in Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, a film about an uptight NYC lawyer (Catherine Keener) who takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's (Jane Fonda) farmhouse upstate for a family vacation. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love & Misunderstanding from Yahoo! Movies: Bruce Beresford (The Contract, Double Jeopardy) directs Peace, Love & Misunderstanding from a script by freshmen writers Joseph Muszynski and Christina Mengert. The film follows an uptight NYC lawyer (Catherine Keener) takes her two teenagers (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat
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John Cusack To Replace Tobey Maguire In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

It's not too long since we last lamented the state of John Cusack's career: long one of our favorite actors, the decade or so since "High Fidelity" has seen at best, enjoyable-but-flawed movies like "Runaway Jury," "The Ice Harvest" or "1408," through to films that were barely released, like "Grace Is Gone" and "The Contract," to, at worst, pictures that were never released, like "Shanghai" and serial killer thriller "The Factory," both shot in 2008, and still sitting on the shelf. But signs are good for a comeback: he's playing Edgar Allan Poe in next year's period thriller "The Raven,"…
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Blu-Ray Monday: April 19, 2011

Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray New Releases

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Steven Seagal is Born To Raise Hell… so he says. (2010) Morgan Freeman Double Feature: Code / The Contract Get into nature from the comfort of your home with the Earth From Above films: Amazing Lands / Life / Stunning Waters Jack Black gets adventurous in Gulliver’S Travels in 3D (2010) Donnie Yen kicks butt in the sequel IP Man 2 as a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition (2010) Named by the British Film Institute as one of the ten best British films of the century, Kes: Criterion Collection (1969) from director Ken Loach. Colin Firth sh-sh-shines in director Tom Hooper’s Best Picture winner The King’S Speech (2010) Not noticed by the Academy, Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley star in The Last Legion (2007) Director Tinto Brass Monamour (2005) as a 2-Disc Special Edition. Flashback to the glory days (snicker) of video game movie adaptations with Mortal Kombat (1995) Then…
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Keener and Fonda Find 'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding' with Beresford's Next

If I could get dime every time Bruce Beresford's name was attached to a project, I'd have made at least a buck in the last decade. Just recently mentioned as the person who'd be taking the director's chair in Enchantress Of Numbers - the tale of the first female computer geek before computers were invented -- it now seems as if that gig is doubtful for anytime soon, as the filmmaker has landed a generational dramedy featuring the rarely seen Jane Fonda taking on some acting work and would be paired along with Catherine Keener. - If I could get dime every time Bruce Beresford's name was attached to a project, I'd have made at least a buck in the last decade. Just recently mentioned as the person who'd be taking the director's chair in Enchantress Of Numbers - the tale of the first female computer geek before
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Keener and Fonda Find 'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding' with Beresford's Next

If I could get dime every time Bruce Beresford's name was attached to a project, I'd have made at least a buck in the last decade. Just recently mentioned as the person who'd be taking the director's chair in Enchantress Of Numbers - the tale of the first female computer geek before computers were invented -- it now seems as if that gig is doubtful for anytime soon, as the filmmaker has landed a generational dramedy featuring the rarely seen Jane Fonda taking on some acting work and would be paired along with Catherine Keener. Production Weekly reports that Bruce Beresford will direct Peace, Love & Misunderstanding in NY this July. Set on a rural farm, this is about three generations of women in one family: the grandmother (Fonda), mother (Keener), and daughter - which should be cast sometime soon. André Fleuren, Bereford's Dp on Evelyn, has also boarded the project.
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John Cusack: From So Cool To Sad Sack?

John Cusack: From So Cool To Sad Sack?
The idea hit me first when I was watching John Cusack in 2012. Yes, it was weird that the actor had lent himself to a role that required him to shout and fake-drive a lot against blue screen, but what was stranger was that even his barely sketched character seemed cribbed from his recent films: he played a limo driver, as he did in Identity, and an author, as in 1408 and Martian Child, who tried to bond with his estranged progeny by taking them on a trip, kinda like in The Contract and Grace Is Gone. But, sufficiently mindblown by 2012's spectacle and moments of giraffe emotion, I forgot about the seeming sameness. That was, until this week's Hot Tub Time Machine.
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Walken, Freeman, and Macy Team Up For The Maiden Heist

It’s hard to a fault a movie that features Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and William H. Macy in key roles, even if it does look like yet another wacky heist movie featuring actors who are capable of better things. Peter Hewitt’s 2009 crime comedy “The Maiden Heist” certainly has potential, but after watching the trailer, I’m not entirely sold on the idea. I used to be able to trust Morgan Freeman, that is, until I properly investigated both “The Contract” and “The Code,” two films that are the very definition of mediocre. What’s more, it’s from the guy who directed that terrible live-action “Garfield” flick. Yikes. Perhaps “The Maiden Heist” suffers from a lackluster trailer, one that degrades the film’s overall quality. Then again, maybe not. Here’s what it’s all about: A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan
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"The Contract" - Blu-ray review

The Contractby Peter Dimako, Editor Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly enough, I found this a tad better the second time around on Blu-ray disc. Unfortunately, the features are very limited. I do however love the menu layout that sits on top of scenes playing away from the film. Obviously these are the ones that offer the most action of the film. Still, I find that there could have been a lot more done performance-wise and in terms of the screenplay. For the original review of the film, please see below. For those unfamiliar with the film, here’s the story: While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go arwy and
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