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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.
“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »
- Graham Winfrey
Rlj Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights for Mark Cullen's action comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice, starring Bruce Willis. This looks to be Cullen's directorial debut. He has worked with his brother, Robb, in television over the years. Together they wrote Kevin Smith's Cop Out, which Bruce Willis starred in with Tracy Morgan. Below is the full press release along with a description of the film so you know who Willis' Buddy is and why he is so important to him. Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated action/comedy Once Upon A Time In Venice, directed by Mark Cullen, which is set to release in theaters and on VOD on June 16. This...
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Looks like Bruce Willis is pretty keen on writer/directors Robb and Mark Cullen. The trio previously worked together on the Kevin Smith directed action comedy Cop Out which was written by the Cullen's and now Willis is working with the pair again, this time with Mark behind the camera.
Once Upon a Time in Venice stars Willis as a Venice Beach investigator by the name of Steve Ford. He's a smooth talking, punch throwing detective who also happens to love his dog and when his beloved pooch is stolen by a group of local thugs, he makes some questionable deals in order to get the dog back.
The film will open theatrically and on VOD on June 16 and stars Willis as a private eye in Venice Beach, California, who takes on a local gangster when his beloved dog is kidnapped.
Voltage financed and produced the project and sold out to international buyers as an untitled »
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“Once Upon a Time in Venice,” directed by Mark Cullen, will hit theater and VOD on June 16. The film is produced by Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier (“The Hurt Locker”), Zev Foreman (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Laura Ford, Mark Cullen, and Robb Cullen. The pic is executive produced by Jonathan Deckter and Stephen J. Eads.
This movie marks the second collaboration between Willis and the Cullen brothers. They previously worked on another action-comedy, 2010’s “Cop Out.”
The cast of “Once Upon a Time in Venice” includes John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg, and Kal Penn. Willis portrays a detective in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles whose beloved dog Buddy is stolen by local thugs — leading to a questionable alliance with the thugs’ devious leader, portrayed by Momoa. »
- Dave McNary
RLJ Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the action comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice” starring Bruce Willis and Jason Momoa, Mark Ward, RLJ’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, announced Tuesday. Directed by Mark Cullen, the film also stars John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn. The film is the second collaboration between Willis and writers Cullen and Robb Cullen, who previously worked on “Cop Out” in 2010 together. “Once Upon a Time in Venice” follows Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a detective who is good with the ladies and bad with the punches and who. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Once Upon A Time In Venice, an action comedy starring Bruce Willis and directed by Mark Cullen. Cullen and his brother Robb co-wrote the pic as they did for Willis’ 2010 pic Cop Out. A June 16 release date in theaters and VOD has been set. John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Adam Goldberg and Kal Penn co-star in the ensemble from Voltage Pictures. It centers on Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford (Willis), a… »
Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017
Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.
Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.
The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »
Kevin Smith feels like the cinematic equivalent of the law of diminishing returns. A once talented writer and filmmaker who has descended into a creative black hole that he continues to try to claw his way out of.
First off, let me pay some respects to the man. I love Clerks. Easily one of my top 10 films of all time. For that cinematic gem I can easily forgive him for every ridiculous gaffe (Tusk, Yoga Hosers) or total embarrassing effort (Cop Out, Jersey Girl). Like so many film fans who came into consciousness during the 1990’s, Smith was one of the independent voices that we looked up to. An unpretentious, genuinely funny guy who wanted to make his own kind of movies.
And there were those of us happily in that legion for many years. »
- Anghus Houvouras
9 items from 2017
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