10 items from 2015
Venice — A decade ago, Johnny Depp appeared to be fast closing in on his first best actor Oscar. After having acquired a reputation through the 1990s as one of Hollywood’s most singularly creative leading men — giving award-caliber performances in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Donnie Brasco” — his first nomination was a belated one. He was 40 in 2003: It was a testament to how much respect Depp had earned during his formative years that the Academy finally welcomed him to the club for his flamboyant gonzo turn in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” It was, needless to say, the polar opposite of an Oscar-chasing vehicle. You don’t get nominated for a jokey Disney summer blockbusters unless your peers really, really like you.
He lost to Sean Penn, of course, but it was a close-run thing; Depp had pulled off an upset win at the Screen Actors Guild awards, »
- Guy Lodge
Erin Cummings (The Iceman) has signed on for a lead role opposite Richard Dreyfuss in ABC's miniseries Madoff. Cummings will play Eleanor Squillari, personal secretary to Bernie Madoff's (Dreyfuss), in the project from ABC News' Lincoln Square Prods. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini follows the rise and spectacular fall of the now-imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he… »
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
Winston Baker has unveiled the lineup for its sixth annual International Film Finance Forum, sponsored in part by Variety, to coincide with the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
The forum, which takes place on May 15 at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, will feature top entertainment industry professionals including directors, producers, financiers, agents and executives.
Featured events during the half-day program include a panel on digital strategies and a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “One Day”) and writer and director Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”).
Additional information, including registration, can be found on the event’s website.
The full list of confirmed speakers:
Ashok Amritraj, chairman and CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment Tom Ara, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Joseph Calabrese, global chair, entertainment, sports and media practice, Latham & Watkins Jeffrey Chan, co-founder and CEO, Distribution Workshop Joseph Chianese, executive VP, Ep Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners Guillaume de Chalendar, senior VP, »
- Seth Kelley
Michael Shannon has proved how creepy he can be in action films and thrillers like Man of Steel and The Iceman, but his latest movie is straight-up horror territory. In The Harvest, coming out in select theaters and On Demand on April 10, he and Samantha Morton star as parents who basically keep their sickly son prisoner in their home. When they get some new neighbors, the girl insists on befriending the kid and starts to discover some pretty strange goings-on in the home. I honestly can't tell who should be more afraid of being in that house: the neighbor girl or that poor kid. The movie actually looks really great, and if you've emotionally recovered from It Follows, why not scare the crap out of yourself again? Check out the trailer below, plus even more upcoming horror movies! »
Last month, we reported that British actor Sam Strike was cast as the title character in Millennium Films' Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. Just a few days later, however, it was revealed that Sam Strike is actually playing one of three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will be ultimately revealed as Leatherface. Today, we have word from Badass Digest that Stephen Dorff has signed on to play the sheriff who tracks down these deranged kids.
The site also reports that it will actually be four teenagers, not three, while confirming last month's report that Angela Bettis is playing the matriarch of the Sawyer clan. Newcomer James Bloor is playing the second of four teenage maniacs, all of whom have an affinity for using chainsaws. These unstable kids are on the lam after escaping from a mental institution, taking a nurse as hostage. The movie is set in the 1970s, »
Cinema deviants can come in all forms or variety. It is just a matter of taking your pick as to what kind of deviant you consider. Perhaps your preference of deviant is of the sexual or molesting persuasion? Or maybe in the arena of hustlers or swindlers or cheaters? Will notorious gangsters and corrupt officials fit the bill for your definition of legitimate deviant sources?
The one type of deviant prototype that no one can question or disregard in terms of an impacting impression is the serial killer…or any killer where the impulse to slaughter is mindless fun or in some cases a perverse release to punish society for their own inner psychological demons and despair.
In “Killer Instinct”: Top Ten Disturbed Deviants in the Movies we will look at the selections of twisted individuals whose overwhelming passion for the pleasure of pain and punishment against their fellow »
- Frank Ochieng
James Cameron's long-gestating free-diving project The Dive is finally coming together with director Francis Lawrence and star Jennifer Lawrence. So we predict a possible name-change in the not-too-distant future for the Dive that Ariel Vromen has just signed up for. His is a submarine drama, for which he's also writing and producing alongside Laura Rister (Lawless).The Iceman director's screenplay involves a retired naval officer traumatised by an earlier event, who starts working undercover for the DEA among cartel smugglers. It sounds as if he gets rumbled though, since his family are then kidnapped, and he has to face his fear of the ocean to deliver a fortune's worth of cocaine and confront a dangerous narcotics kingpin.The film is the first fruit of a five-picture deal between Untitled Entertainment and Fortitude International, who have put up all the finance. There's no cast attached yet, but Dive is expected »
The high-profile project signifies the push into production by the La-based Fortitude, whose sales chief Nadine de Barros heads to Berlin alongside fellow co-founders Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner on the occasion of the company’s first anniversary.
Vromen and Laura Rister will produce Dive with Fortitude’s Barnum and Wagner. Ran Mor is co-producer. The producers are holding on to Us rights.
The acclaimed director of The Iceman will direct from his screenplay about a former Naval officer haunted by an earlier episode who goes undercover for the DEA when he pilots a cartel submarine.
When the man’s family are kidnapped he must confront his fear of the deep to bring down an evil kingpin and save the day.
The sales, production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Zarra’s Law,” a crime drama that stars “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas” star Tony Sirico, will come to DVD and VOD Tuesday and for all of our crime drama fans, we have an exclusive clip from the film. The film features one of the pivotal family moments in the film; a discussion about how the danger of a gun depends on the gun’s owner. Check it out below the post. Along with Sirico, “Zarra’s law” stars Brendan Fehr (“The Night Shift,” “Roswell”), Erin Cummings (“The Iceman”), Nick Sandow (“Orange is the New Black”) and Burt Young (“Rocky” franchise). The film is written by Jospeh Scarpinito and Charles Kipps and directed by [ Read More ]
The post Exclusive: Zarra’s Law Clip Tells the Story of Family Guns appeared first on Shockya.com. »
10 items from 2015
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