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Nicholas Hoult (upcoming Equals, Mad Max: Fury Road), Luke Evans (Furious 7, The Hobbit film series) and Henry Cavill (upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Man Of Steel) are set to star in the intense war drama Sand Castle, produced by Oscar nominated Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs, Saving Private Ryan) of The Mark Gordon Company, Justin Nappi (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) through his company Treehouse Pictures and Ben Pugh (upcoming Collide, Welcome To The Punch) of 42, it was announced today.
Set in Iraq circa 2003, Sand Castle is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult) who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit »
- Michelle McCue
Relativity Media president Tucker Tooley, who helped guide the company for the last eight years and through a two-month-long bankruptcy, is leaving the company in 30 days, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Tooley announced Monday.
The departure comes just as Relativity is trying to win approval for the sale of its television division to a group of senior lenders and the rest of the multimedia company to an investor group headed by Kavanaugh.
Tooley has overseen Relativity Studios, which was responsible for some of the most successful films at the struggling company, including “The Fighter,” “Limitless,” “Immortals” and “Act of Valor.” He also produced the 2103 hit “We’re the Millers,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.
“Tucker has been instrumental in building Relativity Studios and in the growth of our company,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “I am proud to call him one of my most trusted colleagues and friends. He »
- James Rainey
The company said in a statement that the deal “will create a path for Relativity to emerge from bankruptcy with a significantly fortified balance sheet.” Kavanaugh will remain chairman and CEO. The consortium reportedly includes supermarket magnate Ron Burkle.
If the deal is approved at a bankruptcy court hearing on Monday (Oct 5), Relativity will emerge from Chapter 11, said the statement, “with only $30 million in debt, a significant library and its business units fully intact.”
Those units include Relativity Studios, Relativity Digital Studios, Madvine, Relativity Music and the company’s stakes in Relativity Sports, Relativity Education and Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution, a Us distribution and marketing joint venture formed with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp in February 2014.
Relativity Television, producer of reality show Catfish and new CBS drama series [link=tt »
Last November, deep beneath the frozen ground of Pennsylvania, I visited the set of “The Last Witch Hunter”. Producer Mark Canton sat down to talk about how the film came into being, the hopes for an expanded universe, and what makes Kaulder different from other heroes. Unrelated, Canton also spoke about his hopes for teaming up with Zack Snyder again in the future. How did you get involved in “The Last Witch Hunter?” Mark Canton: I worked on it for about four years. Breck [Eisner] was aboard early and then Bernie [Goldmann] he came [on]. Then we just kept hammering away at the screenplay and Breck created this incredible world, which was really difficult to do in light of the fact that there was no IP on this. Normally everyone would think [a story like “The Last Witch Hunter”] would come from a graphic novel, but in this case, the graphic novel’s gonna follow [the movie.] We had no Frank Miller to fall back on, »
- Donna Dickens
This story first appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Would-be buyers are circling what remains, post-Chapter 11, of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media. The company’s assets — including international rights to Masterminds and Kidnap, the Immortals sequel and a reboot of The Crow — are on the block, with final bids due Sept. 25. Whatever the outcome, Kavanaugh’s exit spells opportunity for a select pack of new producers and distributors heading to Toronto who are ambitious enough to fill the market demand for midbudget films. "The
- Rebecca Ford, Scott Roxborough
In what appears to be a sci-fi thriller with an apocalyptic edge, Shane Abbess' next film has found its main cast in Aussie actress Isabel Lucas (Daybreakers, Immortals) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight). Even though Abbess' last film Infini (review), only partially wowed, it's always exciting when the Australian director mounts a new, ambitious project.
The story, written by Abbess, follows Sy, a drifter who falls in with Kane (Daniel MacPherson), an off-world military contractor trying to rescue his daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) from peril while evading a global crisis caused by the military contracting company he works for.
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'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Relativity was founded with the intention of starting a new studio from scratch using data to mitigate risks and maximize profits. From launching its own domestic distribution operation on the back of failed Overture Films to making deals in China, here are some of the pitstops on the road to declaring bankruptcy on Thursday.
2006: Relativity’s Gun Hill Road I fund co-finances 17 movies with Sony and Universal including “The Pursuit of Happyness” (above) and “Nanny McPhee”; Gun Hill II co-funds 18 films with Sony and Universal, including “Evan Almighty” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
2008: Hedge fund Elliott Management makes a $1 billion investment in Relativity.
2009: Relativity buys genre label Rogue Pictures from Universal for $150 million; sets multi-year distribution pact with Lionsgate. »
- Dave McNary
Relativity Media — the digital-age entertainment company that claimed clever financing and data analysis could help it unlock the secret to box office riches — filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday against a swarm of disgruntled investors and other creditors. The 11-year-old company that founder Ryan Kavanaugh had styled as a “next-generation global media company” will be sold at auction, a statement from the company said.
The upcoming sale will center on the enterprise’s film and television units. Left outside of the insolvency action are Relativity Sports; Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution, a joint venture with the European film operator; and Relativity Education. All those units will continue on as independent concerns. The company’s fashion operation, M3/Relativity, was shut down this week and its employees laid off Wednesday as part of a pinkslipping of 75 employees.
Kavanaugh and his board proposed the immediate auction of the company, which stated liabilities of up to $1 billion, »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.
Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.
Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films. »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Glances at fundamental questions of identity and humanity and decides that they are best resolved via fistfights, gun battles, and car chases. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Tarsem Singh’s films; big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A ruthless old real-estate tycoon billionaire, Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley: Exodus: Gods and Kings), is dying of cancer, so he has his mind transferred to a younger body (Ryan Reynolds: Woman in Gold), as you do when you’re a ruthless old man wealthy beyond belief and terrified of your mortality. Of course he doesn’t ask the tough questions about the hush-hush project of clearly dubious morality, not even when the suave mad scientist in charge, Albright (Matthew Goode: The Imitation Game), smoothly notes with a slick grin that he’s not asking the right questions. This is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The action follows twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported via tornado to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
I remember when I was young, my father, a sort of rogue ecologist who learned everything he knew about rivers and their ecosystems secondhand, told me about these species of bottom feeders that lived in streams all over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. I don’t remember what species they were but the thing about them was that they only flourished in polluted bodies of water. They didn’t flourish because of the pollution necessarily so much as their natural predators, killed off by the pollution, ceased to keep them in check and so their population would explode. Despite their usefulness as a gauge for the health of a stream, they were generally unwelcome.
- Chris Melkus
If the twin successes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina have something to say about genre fiction in 2015, it’s that a simple premise envisioned with thoughtful craft can pump as much blood to the cognitive parts of your brain as it does the pleasure centers. Meeting nicely in the middle between head-trip and Neanderthal action vehicle is Self/less, the latest film from acclaimed visualist and debatable storyteller Tarsem Singh (Aka Tarsem). Though his last two efforts – the Snow White and 300 also-rans, respectively, Mirror Mirror and Immortals - failed to produce Hollywood fare as bankable as his career-defining The Fall was beautiful, Self/less is unmistakably, uniquely Tarsem, despite the derivative appearance.
An apposite clash between creative forces seen and unseen makes for one of the many engaging threads to pull at while watching Self/less, a twisty thriller all about exteriors and interiors wrestling for control. »
- Sam Woolf
No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre and ambitious The Fall (2006), which was also sumptuous in appearance, if narratively lacking. Since then, he has made Immortals (reviewed here) and Mirror Mirror (reviewed here), two films that continued to demonstrate his preference (and reliance) for imagery and motion over story and sense. As far as the visuals are concerned, Self/Less represents the director's most reality-bound effort yet, following along as the very wealthy New York real-estate developer Damian (Kingsley affecting a New Yawk accent) comes to a decision about his future. Damian...
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Ben Kingsley plays a New York real estate mogul who pays big bucks to have his consciousness microwaved into Ryan Reynolds‘ body in “Self/less,” but the real reheating of leftovers has already occurred: this new science-fiction thriller borrows the foundation of a much better film — John Frankenheimer’s 1966 “Seconds” — and strips it of any larger meaning. Director Tarsem Singh, previously known for such art-direction extravaganzas as “The Fall” and “Immortals,” seems determined to prove that he can handle more mundane material that doesn’t call for as much visual flair. The film he has crafted from the script by. »
- Alonso Duralde
The latest film from visual auteur/director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), Self/less is hitting the big screens next week and we have 15 double passes to give away in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Halifax. To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Self/less” in the sujbject headline.
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Self/less stars Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery and Ben Kingsley, and tells the story of a very rich man dying from cancer, who undergoes an experimental medical procedure which transfers his consciousness into the body of someone younger. Unfortunately, there are consequences to the body that he chose that he must now live with. Watch the trailer below and best of luck!
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In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Director: Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “Immortals”) Writers: Alex Pastor & David Pastor (“Carriers,” “The Last Days”) Cast: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), Natalie Martinez (“Secrets and Lies”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife,” “The Imitation Game”), Victor Garber (“The Flash”), Derek Luke (“Empire”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley Producers: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel Distributor: Gramercy Pictures »
Quick, name the big summer movies that are still on the way. "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," "Ant-Man," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Terminator Genisys," "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Fantastic Four." Well, Gramercy hopes you remember that "Self/Less" is coming too, though with only a couple of weeks to go until it opens, they're going to have to work hard to get the excitement levels up for this one. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Tarsem's Biogenic Sci-Fi Thriller 'Self/Less' Starring Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley star in the movie about an old, dying rich dude who decides to test the waters of immortality by getting everything in this brain transferred to a new, hunkier body. The problem? It turns out his new body has old memories that come back to the fore, and behind it is a madman scientist who bends ethical boundaries. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Focus Features has released a new featurette and clip for Tarsem Singh‘s latest, Self/less, a psychological science fiction thriller about a man dying from cancer (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.” I'm intrigued by Self/less. The ramifications a man faces when he tries to beat god always makes for solid ground to build a riveting science fiction premise on, and Tarsem is a compelling director with an eccentric track record, so I'm always intrigued to see what he'll do next. Stylistically, Self/less looks quite restrained for the director, who can occasionally get so immersed in his visuals that narrative falls by the wayside. When he's at his best we get The Fall, at his worst, Immortals (which I actually »
- Haleigh Foutch
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