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5 Days of War is Renny Harlin.s latest offering, a sobering, and fact-based story of western journalists covering the deadly Russian invasion of Georgia. The atrocities they saw and recorded were mind bending, reminiscent of the Nazi occupation of Poland. But the American news networks didn.t want their footage . Georgia was too remote, and there were too many other stories to cover. Harlin spent a good deal of time and energy in Georgia, gathering information and testimonials for Five Days of War, and he did it all on his own terms. Once a director of big budget action films, and subject to the demands of big studios, he has found his heart in intimate films »
- Anne Brodie
Another giveaway for you, this time for a film that looks pretty impressive, and stars one of my personal favorites, Richard Coyle.
5 Days of War is a thriller about a journalist caught behind enemy lines during the war between Russia and the Georgian Republic. Inspired by real events, it's an intense look at not only surviving in such a situation, but also a devastating war that was over so fast most people hardly had a chance to notice it.
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- Marc Eastman
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, November 29th, is director Renny Harlin's riveting drama 5 Days of War, which stars Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. We have an exclusive look at this action-packed international thriller, with an all-new interview from star Emmanuelle Chriqui. Check it out below.
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Inspired by the real events of the swift, but devastating, five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, this action-packed international thriller centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle) caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a young Georgian schoolteacher from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family when she loses them in the chaos in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness, »
In "Five Days Of War," director Renny Harlin shows us a very different side of himself. Most view him as a poster child for the excess of nineties-era action films, as the architect behind "Die Hard 2," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Cliffhanger." But few realized he would ever be interested in turning an eye towards the real life tragedy of the Russo-Georgia War, a five day conflict where the world sat by and watched as one much more powerful country inhabited the other, reigning bloodshed on the people of Georgia in an attempted regional takeover. »
Director Renny Harlin's action thriller "5 days Of War", will be released on DVD/Blu-ray November 29, 2011, from Anchor Bay Films, following the 2008 'Russo-Georgian' war, including the events leading up to the conflict :
"....in Iraq, the 'Georgian' contingent of coalition forces save the life of American reporter 'Thomas Anders' (Rupert Friend). After Anders loses one of his colleagues in Iraq, he returns to Los Angeles but soon goes back to Georgia on the advice of of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing.
"Anders and his cameraman 'Sebastian Ganz' (Richard Coyle) delve deeper into Georgian life as the conflict escalates and they get caught in the crossfire when an air raid strikes a local wedding they stumble upon. With the help of a Georgian soldier who saved them in Iraq, their mission is now to get their report out of the country to raise awareness of violence they have witnessed. »
- Michael Stevens
Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay
Rupert Friend lives to see another day--for now--in 5 Days of War.
Based on true events, the action-filled movie 5 Days of War tells the story of a group of people caught behind enemy lines during 2008’s devastating five-day war between Russia and the Georgia Republic.
Directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight), the film centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as they are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Georgian schoolteacher Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Women in Trouble) from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness — and document — the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians. »
The Goats is not a story about Val Kilmer's coming of age, sadly. It could, however, be part of the evolution of Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso. The director has meandered from well-liked cult film The Salton Sea to youth-Hitchcock thriller Disturbia to the big budget schlock of Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four. He also worked on The Shield and has some other resume entries, but overall it isn't Now he's getting cameras rolling on The Goats, based on Brock Cole's young adult novel, with Knowing's pre-teen Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso in the lead roles of two kids who run away together after a summer camp incident, and Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly. Variety 's first announcement of the project said the story follows "two kids (Canterbury and Basso) at summer camp who fall victim to a »
- Russ Fischer
The latest actor to join the film is "Lost's" M.C. Gainey. He will play Big John Brittle, an overseer at Carrucan Plantation. The movie follows Jamie Foxx as the titular Django, a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter and goes to track down his slave wife and liberate her from her evil plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. "Django Unchained" also includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Kurt Russell and Laura Cayouette in its cast.
Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!
Deadline has learned that "Antwone Fisher" star Derek Luke is set to star as the male lead in Sony Tristar's remake of "Sparkle." He will play Stix Warren, a songwriter who is the love interest to Sparkle. The film also »
- Terri Schwartz
D.J. Caruso continues to ramp up casting on his passion project The Goats. Variety reports that Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly have joined the cast of the indie drama. Principal photography began today in Georgia. The film is based on Brock Cole's critically acclaimed young adult novel Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso "as kids at summer camp who fall victim to a cruel prank that leaves them stranded on Goat Island. Rather than face the humiliation of returning to camp, the duo decide to run away together on a three-day journey of self-discovery." Kilmer will play a deputy sheriff, while Mitchell will play Basso's mother and Maberly will play a camp counselor.
The Goats is being produced by Ar Films founder Alexander Rodnyansky and Media Talent Group founder and chairmanGeyer Kosinski. John McAdams, Serge Bespalov, James Brubaker and Ken Aguado are set to executive produce the film. »
Just yesterday we got word about the next project from Eagle Eye and Disturbia director D.J. Caruso in the form of The Goats, an indie drama which starts shooting today in Georgia. The story follows follows two kids (Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso) at summer camp who fall victim to a cruel prank that leaves them stranded on Goat Island. Rather than face the humiliation of returning to camp, the duo decide to run away together on a three-day journey of self-discovery. Now Variety has word that Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, The Crazies) have landed a couple roles in the promising indie drama. More below! Kate Maberly (who starred with Mitchell in Finding Neverland) will also star in the film as well. Kilmer is playing a deputy sheriff while Mitchell will play the mother of Basso's character. Maberly is playing the »
- Ethan Anderton
"The Goats," which is based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole, follows two kids at a summer camp (Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso) who fall victim to a cruel prank that leaves them stranded on Goat Island, after which they embark on a three-day journey of self-discovery.
Mitchell will be playing Basso's mother and Kilmer, who worked with director Caruso on the terrific drug drama, "The Salton Sea," will play a deputy sheriff. The cast also includes Kate Maberly, who played Wendy in "Finding Neverland," as a camp counselor.
- Bryan Enk
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) and Kate Maberly (Finding Neverland) have joined the cast of D.J. Caruso’s indie The Goats. Based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole, the story centers on two kids who are stranded on Goat Island following a summer camp prank. Rather than return to camp, the duo set out on their own adventure and run away. Chandler Canterbury (Knowing) and Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories) are set as the two young leads. Variety reports that Kilmer and Mitchell will play parents, with Maberly taking on the role of a camp counselor. Production on Caruso’s passion project began today in Georgia. Hit the jump for the casting news of Toby Kebbel in Zal Batmanglij’s The East, and a synopsis of The Goats. Additionally, Toby Kebbel (RocknRolla) has joined »
- Adam Chitwood
The Flying Machine, directed by Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey and Marek Skrobecki is an ambitious combination of 3D and live-action, while having the longest stop-motion take in history. It is produced by Hugh Welchman, the producer of Oscar-winning Peter & The Wolf. It also stars Lang Lang, the internationally-known Chinese pianist, who performs the etudes of Frédéric Chopin. And while The Flying Machine incorporates many interesting styles, the didactic storyline and the lifeless acting is pretty difficult to watch.
Georgie (Heather Graham) is a single mother of two children and a workaholic. Her daughter Jane (Kizzy Mee) loves the piano and insists that her mother take her and her brother Fred (Jamie Munns) to a cinema/piano performance by Lang Lang called The Magic Piano. Georgia does not pay attention to her children and to the performance because she is on her cellphone the entire time. At the end of the performance, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Inspired by the real events of the devastating five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, 5 Days of War is an action-packed thriller that centers around an American journalist, named Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend), and his cameraman, who are caught in the combat zone after rescuing a young woman (Emmanuelle Chriqui) from the aftermath of the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they happen to record the cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians, which they desperately want to broadcast for the world, in order to get the truth out. Recently director Renny Harlin spoke with us about how there was only a blueprint for the script when he became interested in the project, and that telling the story from a journalist’s point of view offered the best way to make it relatable. He also talked about how emotional the experience of actually filming in »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – In our latest action/war drama edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “5 Days of War” with Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia and Rupert Friend!
The film opens in Chicago on Sept. 2, 2011. “5 Days of War,” which is based on actual events, also stars Heather Graham, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Mikko Nousiainen, Antje Traue, Rade Serbedzija, Mikheil Gomiashvili, Johnathon Schaech and Anna Walton from director Renny Harlin and writer Mikko Alanne based on the screenplay by David Battle.
To win your free run-of-engagement movie pass for “5 Days of War,” just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! These movie passes are valid during the film’s theatrical run at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.
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We told you about Zachary Quinto's next producing gig for his Before The Door Pictures production company, the elevated horror film The Banshee Chapter, a couple of weeks ago; and already some nifty casting news has rolled on in!
From the Press Release
Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.
Zachary Quinto's (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Btd’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd’s Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Sean Akers are executive producing. »
- Uncle Creepy
Albuquerque, Nm (August 25, 2011) – Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.
Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser.s Stephanie Riggs and Btd.s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd.s Quinto (Twitter: @ZacharyQuinto) , Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.
The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with »
- Michelle McCue
Anchor Bay Films
While the world was watching the 11,028 athletes compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, people on both sides of the Russian-Georgian war were being killed. Director Renny Harlin, known for “Die Hard” and “Cliffhanger,” shot “5 Days of War” from the Georgian perspective on location in the former Russian territory. The 113-minute action drama stars Val Kilmer, Rupert Friend and Andy Garcia.
Read some reviews here.
“The film is littered with washed-up stars, in fact, presumably cast because »
- WSJ Staff
War zone reporters and the dangerous, adrenaline-fueled lives they lead are not new topics in narrative cinema. They’ve been around as long as there have been movies, but the 80s seemed to be the genre’s heyday with films like The Year Of Living Dangerously, Salvador, and The Killing Fields all providing political commentary and harrowing drama. Recent years have seen far fewer films on the topic even though there appears to be just as many international conflicts in need of documenting. Richard Gere took a stab at it in 2007 with the Bosnia-set film The Hunting Party, but that may just be it for recent non-documentaries focused on journalists under fire. (Well, unless we’re counting Uwe Boll’s Far Cry of course.) The past year has seen a slight uptick though as two new films hit screens with stories about members of the press on the front lines of battles around the world. The »
- Rob Hunter
Renny Harlin offers insight into the making of 5 Days of War, his most personal film to date
5 Days of War is an action-packed international thriller from acclaimed director Renny Harlin. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating 5-day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic in 2008.
We recently caught up with Renny Harlin to talk more extensively about the film and what inspired it. Our conversation is below.
The news that documentarian Tim Hetherington (director of Restrepo) died while behind enemy lines certainly hit hard. Your film focuses on the dangers of this particular job. How did hearing the news affect you, and help guide you in finalizing this for the big screen. »
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