The Covenant (2006)
Los Angeles-based Cristal Pictures made the announcement as part of disclosing that it has been founded and bankrolled by China’s East Light Film Company to finance and produce mid-to-high range budgeted, English-language motion pictures for domestic and global theatrical distribution. Cristal’s co-CEOs are veteran execs Chris Liu and Scott Einbinder.
East Light is based in Beijing and Hong Kong and headed by Liu. To support Cristal’s long-term business plan, East Light has additionally raised substantial equity from several China, Hong Kong and South East Asian-based investors.
“Hitman’s Bodyguard,” directed by Patrick Hughes, is in post-production. It also stars Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.
The film is also financed by Millennium Films with Lionsgate Films set to release in North America on Aug.
Cristal Pictures will produce and finance mid-to-high range English-language features for global theatrical distribution. The company has the capacity to fully finance projects as official Chinese co-productions or as films that can be distributed in China through the import quota.
Chris Liu of Beijing and Hong Kong-based East Light will serve as co-ceo alongside Einbinder after East Light raised equity from Chinese, Hong Kong and South East Asian investors to back the venture.
Cristal recently co-financed and co-produced Millennium Films’ Hitman’s Bodyguard, an action-comedy in post-production starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.
Patrick Hughes directs and Lionsgate will distribute wide in North America on August 16, 2017. Cristal retains Chinese distribution rights and plans to release
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Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.
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Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour
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,
The film stars Toby Hemingway (pictured; Black Swan, The Covenant) and Rainn Wilson ("The Office," Super, House of 1000 Corpses). Based on the Hit List winning feature, Good Samaritan tells of Nathan Rome (Hemingway), an agoraphobic who videotaped a man get fatally beaten while numerous bystanders watched and didn't intervene.
The short opens with Nathan being interviewed by George Reed (Wilson), a conservative talk show host who blasts Nathan for his inaction. George points out that two of the other witnesses have died mysteriously and cryptically ponders if Nathan might be next. Nathan is convinced the other deaths were accidents. But after George shreds his morality on national TV,
Patrick gets shirtless and says farewell … again, and Aidan displays his enhanced interrogation techniques
Here are five highlights:
Patrick decides to attend the wake of dear old demented dad, and after one of Jimmy’s co-workers (who is the walking definition of “Big Lug”) drones on about what a swell guy Jimmy was, Patrick interrupts, calling Jimmy a rapist, and for good measure hocks a giant loogie on to Jimmy’s picture. Hey, we all mourn in our own way. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s co-lugs aren’t too thrilled with Jimmy’s tribute, and proceed to beat the pulp out of him.
Victoria collects him from the hospital, and it’s obvious that Patrick is a lost man, drowning in his own anger.
Victoria: “You’re going to get yourself killed.”
Patrick: “Well, maybe I should.”
Victoria: “You don’t honestly believe that.”
Devil's Pass follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.
After the jump, Harlin explains why he decided to do a found footage film, the challenges that came with its creation and how he
What happened to that guy? The less said about The Covenant, 12 Rounds, and 5 Days of War, the better. His latest, Devil’s Pass (IFC releases it in select theaters and on VOD August 23), is not a return to form. It has far more in common with his recent work than his early career. Renny has lost his groove.
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