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• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom Wilkinson. Ross Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby's boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR] • Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler »
- Jake Perlman
Producers are Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores along with Ian Levy of Midnight Kitchen Prods. and Patrick Newall. Dennis Bernardi of Mr. X is an executive producer. Voltage’s Babacar Diene and Dominic Rustam are co-producing.
Variety reported in May that Cage had signed on the project with Voltage launching sales at Cannes.
Cage plays a hard working Nyu English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween parade. Bent will play a detective in the film, which also stars Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”).
- Dave McNary
As the “Saw” franchise celebrates its 10th anniversary, star Lyriq Bent has signed on to join Nicolas Cage in the supernatural thriller “Pay the Ghost,” TheWrap has learned. Uli Edel (“The Baader Meinhof Complex”) is directing the picture for Voltage Films, whose Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores are producing with Ian Levy of Midnight Kitchen Productions and Patrick Newall. Dennis Bernardi of Mr. X is executive producing, while Voltage's Babacar Diene and Dominic Rustam are co-producing. Also read: Critics Crucify ‘Left Behind': 11 Reviews Better Than Nicolas Cage's Performance Dan Kay wrote the script based on a short story of the same name. »
- Jeff Sneider
London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.
Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.
“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.
The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”
The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our »
- Leo Barraclough
German helmer Florian Gallenberger won an Oscar for his 2000 short film Quiero Ser (I Want To Be…) and followed that up with such features as Honolulu and City Of War: The Story Of John Rabe. Both those films starred Daniel Bruhl with whom the director is reteaming on Colonia. Principal photography is about to begin on the thriller that has Emma Watson opposite Bruhl in a tale inspired by true events. They play a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel (Bruhl) is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena (Watson) tracks him to a sealed-off area in the south of the country called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher, but is in fact a place from which no one has ever escaped. In order to find her beloved, Lena decides to join the cult. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1st and 2nd, Houdini is now available on Digital HD. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary - breaking the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly and Evan Jones, the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s transformation from immigrant into the world’s first superstar. Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes.
Houdini is based »
- Michelle McCue
The story centers on a New York professor (Nicolas Cage) whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade. One year later, the professor begins to sense his son's presence, uncovering clues that lead him to a vengeful ghost who abducts children every Halloween. Sarah Wayne Callies is playing the professor's estranged wife Kristen, an environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to get their child back before the spirit life claims him forever.
Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing from a script by Daniel Kay, based on a short story by Tim Lebbon. Nicolas Chartier, Craig J. Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall are producing, with Cybill Lui and Dennis Berardi executive producing. Production is slated to begin next month in Toronto. »
There will be many reasons to watch History Channel's "Houdini," starting with Adrien Brody role as the famed illusionist/escapist. Another is down to Oscar nominated composer John Debney's score for the miniseries, his first work for director Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex"). “I would best describe the 'Houdini' score as Industrial Rock meets Gypsy rooted mystery. Uli Edel gave Houdini such a stylish and über-contemporary look. His attention to detail was impeccable and high spirit of creativity was infectious!” Debney told The Playlist. The series will track Houdini's rise from poverty to acclaim, providing Debney with a rich historical backdrop. “All of the score is in the main electronic, with the addition of a solo gypsy violin and cello. Lots of Zither and other stringed instruments were also used," he explained. "Early discussions on tone centered around the idea of giving Houdini a very edgy and contemporary. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: After evading zombies for three seasons on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies will hunt a sinister specter with Nicolas Cage in Voltage Pictures’ Pay The Ghost. Cage will star as a professor whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade in New York City. One year later he begins to sense his son’s presence and uncovers clues leading to a vicious and vengeful ghost that surfaces each Halloween to abduct children. Callies will play Kristen, Cage’s estranged wife and a whip smart environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to recover their son before he’s lost to the spirit world forever.
Uli Edel (Body of Evidence, The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing the supernatural thriller from a script by Dan Kay, based on a short story by horror and fantasy author Tim Lebbon. Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores, Ian Levy and Patrick Newall »
- Jen Yamato
Following History’s broadcast airing of the larger-than-life miniseries event on September 1 and 2, Houdini will be available on Digital HD the following day on September 3rd. Then, unveil even more of the secrets behind the greatest magician of all time in the extended version of Houdini on two-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and two-disc DVD (plus Digital) October 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Boasting an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Pianist, 2002) as The Great Harry Houdini, Kristen Connolly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Evan Jones (Gangster Squad), the scripted four-hour event chronicles Houdini’s extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary – breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. History’s Houdini follows the world-renowned master of escape’s »
- Melissa Thompson
He was a man who could do the impossible. He thrilled the entire world as one of the greatest magicians and illusionists of all time. And no, we're not talking about Criss Angel. Harry Houdini continues to fascinate decades after his mysterious death, commonly thought to be caused by appendicitis, though rumors of foul play persist to this day. And none other than Adrien Brody will bring this signature turn of the century saga to life. The full length trailer for the History Channel miniseries "Houdini" has dropped, indicating the series will track Houdini's rise to international stardom. Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex") directs a handsome production spanning four hours. It should be great to see Brody stretch into such a rich character. And yes, that's Kristin Connolly of "House Of Cards" fame as Houdini's wife. The series will air on September 1st and 2nd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The History Channel has released a full trailer for their new four-hour Houdini miniseries. The show will follow the life of the legendary magician from his beginnings in desperate poverty to the worldwide fame that he gained. The series stars Adrien Brody, and it looks like it's going to be pretty damn good.
Before David Blaine and David Copperfield, there was one man whose name was synonymous with being the master of illusion and escape - Harry Houdini. Houdini follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin. The drama will chronicle the life of a man who can defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.
- Joey Paur
Tom Schilling is one of Germany’s biggest stars. A former child actor who has seen much success in his adult career, he gave strong turns in Before the Fall – winning an award that garnered him a scholarship to go study at the Strasburg Institute in New York – and 2008’s Oscar-nominated The Baader Meinhof Complex. Quite fluent in English, the actor will soon be seen in North America in the big-screen adaptation of Suite Française, the dramedy Posthumous starring Brit Marling, and the historical drama The Woman in Gold, starring Ryan Reynolds, Tatiana Maslany and Helen Mirren.
Back in his native Germany, however, Schilling received much acclaim for the 2012 film Oh Boy!, winning a German Film Award and a Bambi Award for his portrayal of aimless slacker Niko Fischer. Now, audiences in North America can check out his award-winning performance as well, although the film has a new title: A Coffee in Berlin. »
- Jordan Adler
Just recently we caught the trailer for a new Nicolas Cage thriller called Rage that seems bound for the bargain bin. Now news from Cannes has Cage pegged to start in two very different films. First up, THR has word that the National Treasure star will venture into political drama with The Runner, which will mark the directing and writing debut of Austin Stark, a producer of Sundance indie films like Infinitely Polar Bear and Happythankyoumoreplease. The film is set in the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil sill and follows Cage as an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Sounds like new territory for Cage, which could be refreshing. Secondly, Variety reports Cage will also star in Pay the Ghost, a supernatural thriller set up at Voltage Films with Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) directing. »
- Ethan Anderton
Nicolas Cage is Hollywood’s King Of The Bizarrely-Titled Movie. There was Drive Angry, The Bad Lieutenant – Port Of Call New Orleans (try ordering that off Amazon after a few lagers) and Bangkok Dangerous. It’s like the names had been translated from Dutch by a Nepalese yak herder and then sent to the printers via predictive text. Now Mr Cage is adding to his catalogue by signing up for Pay The Ghost, just announced at Cannes.
What is the supernatural thriller about? Images abound of Cage in hock to a muscle-bound bailiff who just happens to be deceased! That’s not the lowdown unfortunately. In reality he plays an English professor searching for his missing son during Halloween. While the actor has the eccentricity required to play a convincing screen academic it could end up less a case of book keeping and more a cavalcade of butt kicking, depending »
- Steve Palace
There are two kinds of Nicolas Cage movies. There are the ones where he shows his dramatic and comedic breadth as an actor, in films as diverse as Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation and The Weather Man. Then, there are the rest of his films. Notorious for making schlock as well as the occasional stellar film, Cage has one of the biggest resumes of any actor his age. Now on a hot streak due to his role in David Gordon Green’s drama Joe, Cage has signed on to Pay the Ghost, a film that could fall in either category of his filmography.
Based on a short story by Tim Lebbon, Pay the Ghost is about a professor whose son is abducted during a Halloween parade. A year later, he and his wife begin to feel the son’s presence and decide to search for the boy. As they uncover clues »
- Jordan Adler
• Naomi Watts (The Impossible) is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees. Van Sant teased her potential casting at Cannes, where he hopes to shop the film. The drama follows an American ex-pat intent on taking his life in Japan’s Suicide Forest (or, the Sea of Trees) until he runs into Watanabe’s character — a fellow lost soul — and they both decide to find a way out of the forest together. Watts would play McConaughey’s wife in segments told in flashback. She currently has three movies in post including Birdman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Voltage is currently casting the other principal roles in anticipation of selling the film at the Cannes Film Market.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The story centers on a Nyu English professor seeking tenure, whose world is turned upside down when his eight-year-old son mysteriously disappears from a Halloween parade. Nicolas Cage's performance in the critically-acclaimed indie drama Joe is what lead the filmmakers to seek him out for this role.
Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) is directing from a screenplay by Daniel Kay, based on the short story of the same name by Tim Lebbon. The screenwriter developed the script on spec with Ian Levy of Midnight Kitchen Productions, who is producing alongside Voltage Pictures' Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores. Voltage is currently seeking a female lead for the project, in hopes of getting production started sometime this summer.
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