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Following a breakthrough role in American Pie, actor Seann William Scott eventually found a place as the comedic relief in action comedies like Evolution, Bulletproof Monk and The Rundown. But lately, the actor has been pretty low key with voice roles in the Ice Age franchise, smaller profile films like Goon, an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and, of course, a return as Stifler in American Reunion. Now we have word from THR that Scott is getting back into action in a film called Skiptrace, and this time he'll team up with action veteran Jackie Chan for Paranorman and The Tale of Despereaux director Sam Fell. In addition, Chan and Scott will be joined by Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing in the action adventure set up at Exclusive Media and China's own Talent International Film Col. Chan came up with the story which follows a good cop (Chan) whose »
- Ethan Anderton
Seann William Scott (American Reunion, Role Models) has joined Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid) and Fan Bingbing (X-men: Days Of Future Past) in Academy Award nominated director Sam Fell’s action comedy Skiptrace, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Beijing based Talent International Film Co., Ltd.’s President Esmond Ren.
Set to start production on January 13, 2014, Skiptrace will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International (北京唐德国际电影文化有限公司) (Chinese Zodiac 12), who will also co-finance the film. In addition to starring, Chan is a producer on Skiptrace.
Based on Chan’s original idea, Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino and co-written by The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (Better Living Through Chemistry).
The film follows Bennie Black (Jackie Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime »
- Michelle McCue
Another casting announcement for you tonight: Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) has landed the female lead opposite Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) in his directorial debut, 1:30 Train. The indie romantic dramedy was written by Oscar-winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man). Seann William Scott (Goon) will star opposite Jackie Chan (Chinese Zodiac) in Skiptrace, directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) in his live-action debut. Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) also stars in this action-adventure film. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. First up from The Wrap is news that Eve will star in 1:30 Train, a picture that follows "two people who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. Evans will play a down-on-his-luck saxophone player who helps a young woman (Eve) in need and ends up falling for her. »
- Dave Trumbore
Balfour plays a mysterious outdoorsman who may or may not be who he says he is. Campbell plays a world-weary park ranger. Shooting began this week in Canada.
The film concerns a young couple, Alex, a seasoned camper and Jenn who is not. After much convincing, Jenn agrees to accompany Alex to his favorite campsite along the secluded Blackfoot Trail. Insisting he remembers the way, they push deep into the wilderness. After three days, their path disappears, then their food, and then their water.
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Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s next untitled film is currently shooting in Hawaii with an impressive cast led by Bradley Cooper. The Silver Linings Playbook Oscar-nominee stars as a defence contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from the Hawaii island, who, while working with an Air Force pilot played by Emma Stone, falls for the beauty in a unique romantic comedy.
Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride are all included in the cast but impressive late additions are being finalised. The great Bill Murray will feature in an as-yet-unknown role while This Is The End and Goon’s Jay Baruchel will play Cooper’s brother. Expect another superb soundtrack from Crowe who does arguably puts together some cracking tunes.
Source: The Wrap/THR
- Craig Hunter
More Canadian distribution news has come in for the upcoming terror tale Solo, and we have it for ya right here! Check it out, and look for more on this one as soon as we get it.
From the Press Release
Indiecan Entertainment has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to Isaac Cravit’s debut feature length thriller Solo. Solo is written and directed by Cravit and produced by Chris Bennett and Robert Budreau for Lumanity Productions.
La-based Continental Media acquired worldwide rights ahead of Cannes and sold the Us to The Orchard, who are partnering with horror specialist Shock Till You Drop on a late October release.
- Uncle Creepy
One of the many films to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol's The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn't sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it's loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. While I'm not sure when it's going to be released in America, it's definitely worth checking out down the road. Shortly after the premiere, I landed an extended video interview with Jay Baruchel. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about being at Tiff, what The Art of the Steal »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Kurt Russell may have spent the past few years making wine instead of making movies, but there's no denying that the man is still screen royalty -- especially considering that recent rumours of his involvement in "Fast & Furious 7" and/or "8" nearly broke the Internet.
In his new film "The Art of the Steal," Russell stars as Crunch Calhoun, a former getaway driver and current motorcycle stuntman more famous for his spectacular crashes than actually landing his jumps. That is, until his half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon) gets Crunch and the old crew back together for one final score, one that Crunch is hoping will go down in the history books.
So while you'd expect "The Art of the Steal" director Jonathan Sobol and co-star Jay Baruchel to geek out over getting to work with the legendary leading man in their new heist movie, what you don't expect is for Russell to »
- Rick Mele
Peter Debruge: Looking back on 11 days and several hundred movies, it’s somewhat disheartening to realize this is the year that Oscar hype all but overwhelmed the Toronto Film Festival. Things have been gradually building up to this, considering that the festival served to launch such best-picture winners as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” among others, but it’s unfortunate that this hollow chatter has taken the place of substantial conversation about the merits of the many films on offer, the vast majority of which were conceived with no designs on earning little gold statues.
There’s a silver lining for those who’ve been following from a distance all the buzz around such heftily financed pictures as “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Rush,” “Gravity” and “Prisoners,” as well as the scrappy, super-indie “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie no one wanted to make but »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Daniel Radcliffe was accompanied by co-stars Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, and Meagan Park as well as writer, Elan Mastai, and director, Michael Dowse ("Goon," "Take me Home Tonight") at the Toronto International Film Festival where the group held a rather eccentric press conference. Despite rare moments in which Driver and Park said a few words, the majority of the discussion was headed by Mastai, Dowse and Radcliffe. With three films at Tiff this year, it should come as no surprise that Radcliffe was the center of attention at this press conference. However, it didn't help that he was seated front and center of the panel; this only heightened the scrutiny. "The F Word" follows Radcliffe, a hopeless romantic med-school dropout, who attempts to pursue Kazan, who is already in a relationship. Radcliffe responded to questions pertaining to both his career and to the themes of "The F Word." Occasionally attempting to conceal any awkwardness, »
- Ohad Amram
The underlying sweetness of director Michael Dowse’s 2011 hockey comedy “Goon” was a mere warm-up act for the full-on charm offensive of “The F Word.” Had it centered around a less naturally engaging duo than Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, this cheekily contrived romantic comedy might have outworn its welcome with its tale of two twentysomething friends taking forever to acknowledge their true feelings for one another. Fortunately, their endless dithering is made not just tolerable but ingratiating thanks to sparkling performances and a level of wit, whimsy and self-conscious genre riffery that never gets in the way of emotional sincerity. Snapped up by CBS Films following its Toronto world premiere, this eminently commercial Canadian-Irish co-production should see decent returns from date-night crowds, with plenty of ancillary appeal.
“I just want us to be friends.” Dreadful words for any guy to hear in a movie like this, especially so in »
- Justin Chang
We’ve got a number of exciting acquisitions to report on this afternoon from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Briefly: The F Word – This fantastic relationship comedy from Goon director Michael Dowse stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who strikes up a close relationship with a girl (Zoe Kazan) who has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall). It was one of my favorite films from Tiff this year and CBS Films has acquired Us rights to the pic. Read Matt’s review here. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers – The ambitious two-part feature about a relationship between James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain is told from each partner’s point of view in two separate portions, and The Weinstein Company is now acquiring the U.S. rights to the Ned Benson-directed 190-minute pic per Deadline. The Railway Man – The Weinstein Company is also acquiring (per THR) this war/post-war »
- Adam Chitwood
Canadian director Michael Dowse's movies tend to revolve around vulgar, garrulous individuals driven to ridiculous extremes, from the hotheaded hockey player in 2011's "Goon" to the headbangers at the center of "Fubar" and "Fubar II." With "The F Word," a romantic comedy about a young platonic couple dealing with mutual sexual tension, he aspires to reach similarly naughty territory. Yet despite formidable performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as the duo in question, "The F Word" never comes close to realizing the expletive-fueled comedy implied by its title. More blatantly commercial in tone, it tries to have some bite to its will-they-or-won't-they scenario but ultimately winds up toothless. That being said, there are certainly worse versions of the conventions dominating "The F Word," which draws its material from the play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi. Radcliffe plays newly single Toronto-based pre-med student Wallace, who meets doe-eyed animator Chantry (Kazan) at. »
- Eric Kohn
CBS Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Dowse's The F Word, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this week. The film stars Daniel RadcliffeZoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, and Mackenzie Davis. CBS Films' Co-President Wolfgang Hammer and Evp of Acquisitions and Productions Scott Shooman made the joint announcement.
Directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon) from a screenplay by Elan Mastai, The F Word is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), a hopeless romantic who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. Deciding to put his life on hold, Wallace strikes up a friendship with animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who lives with her boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry click immediately, becoming best friends; but with the chemistry between them, can that last?
The deal price is expected to reach the $2.5 million range.
Directed by Michael Dowse (“Goon”), “The F Word” stars Daniel Radcliffe as a medical school dropout and romantic who meets an animator, played by Zoe Kazan. The relationship clicks despite the fact that she is already living with her boyfriend, portrayed by Rafe Spall.
Radcliffe’s “Horns” is also for sale at Toronto.
Deal for “The F Word” was first reported by the Deadline.com site.
- Dave McNary
With the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival passed and just five more days of the festival to go, CBS Films has stepped forward for the third major acquisition, picking up the U.S. distribution rights to The F Word , the new romantic comedy from Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse ( Goon ) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. In the movie, Radcliffe plays medical school dropout Wallace, a hopeless romantic who strikes up a friendship with an animator named Chantry (Kazan) who already has a boyfriend, played by Rafe Spall. You can read the full press release from CBS Films below: CBS Films announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Dowse.s The F Word which made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this »
With a reputation for making crude, lewd, funny and scrappy films, Michael Dowse wouldn't be the first, or even second, director to come to mind when you imagine a clever romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. But with The F Word, the Montrealer has found a surprising fit with lighter material than his 2011 hockey smash Goon or Fubar and its sequel would suggest was possible, but a change of pace, as it turns out, was a gamble that paid off.
Dowse, as self-effacing and honest as you'd imagine, and Kazan, as delightful, charming and sweet as you'd imagine, paid a visit to the Cineplex suite during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about why Harry Potter makes a good comedic leading man, if guys and girls can be friends and what Adam Driver of "Girls" added to the mix.
- Andrea Miller
Millennium Entertainment has paid in the region of $3m for Us rights to Fading Gigolo in the latest Toronto deal to emerge at the festival.
Review: Fading Gigolo
ICM Partners represented Us rights in the deal and Qed International handles international sales. Bill Block produced with Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte and Paul Hanson. Executive producers are Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Bart Walker and Scott Ferguson.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It’s likely that all you need to know to be sold on writer/director Jonathan Sobol’s new film, The Art of the Steal, is that it stars Kurt Russell as a low-rent, karate-chopping motorcycle daredevil who sometimes uses his motorcycle skills to be the wheelman during high stakes heists. So, sort of like Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, only hopefully we’ll get to watch the ridiculous motorcycle stuff for the whole movie this time. See? Everyone is sold already, and Russell isn’t even the only thing this movie has going for it. As much fun as he is to watch when he’s playing ridiculous characters like this, The Art of the Steal also gives you other fun stuff to look forward to, like Goon and This is the End star Jay Baruchel playing his awkward son, Matt Dillon playing his sleazy brother, Terence Stamp »
- Nathan Adams
Exclusive / Updated Aug 20: The annual stampede for Toronto acquisition titles is expected to return next month as programmers line up at least a dozen must-see premieres in the first weekend.
Lucky McKee’s Midnight Madness entry All Cheerleaders Die represented by Modernciné kicks off the avalanche at the Ryerson Theatre on Thursday Sept 5 after the 8pm world premiere of DreamWorks’ The Fifth Estate at Roy Thompson Hall.
Friday will offer the first viewing of Alex Aja’s fantasy horror Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe at 6pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Wme touts Us rights, Vvs Films will release in Canada and financier Red Granite co-produced with Mandalay Pictures and handles international sales.
That same day brings world premieres for the Kristen Wiig-Guy Pearce drama Hateship Loveship shepherded by UTA and Evolution in the Us and sold internationally by The Weinstein Company. It premieres at 2.30pm at the Princess Of Wales, followed at 6.30pm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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