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Killer's Game Teams Jason Statham and Director D.J. Caruso

Killer's Game Teams Jason Statham and Director D.J. Caruso
An adaptation of an action-thriller book that has been in development for over 20 years may now finally see the light of day, thanks to star Jason Statham and director D.J. Caruso. Statham is in talks to star in Killer's Game, with Stx Films in talks to finance and distribute the film, with D.J. Caruso set to take the helm. Steve Richards of Endurance Media and Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance will produce, although there is no word on who will write the screenplay adaptation just yet. Over the past 20 years, there have been more than a few well-known writers, directors, and stars who have tried to bring this project to the big screen.

Killer's Game is based on the novel of the same by Jay Bonansinga, which was published in 1997, and Hollywood was seeking this project even before it was published. The story centers on an assassin, who, after learning he is dying,
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The Anti-Bullying Message of "Standing Up" is Worth Spreading Around

Bullying is a serious issue. Kids who bully others need to be taught that it is never okay to do so, and kids who are bullied need to know that they are not alone. In a world where kids pay more attention to the moving pictures and graphics on the various screens that fill their lives, it can be hard to get through to them. Kids are more likely to listen to such a lecture if it is disguised as entertainment, especially as a film.

Standing Up is an adaptation of Brock Cole’s young adult novel The Goats. The film is written and directed by D.J. Caruso, best known for the teen-skewing Disturbia and I Am Number Four. It is solidly mediocre in story and production values, yet the message it carries is worth spreading.

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Standing Up DVD Review

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Standing Up DVD Review
Title: Standing Up Directed by: DJ Caruso Starring: Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Val Kilmer Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes, Rated PG, also available on VOD Special Features: Behind the Scenes Featurette & Trailer Based on the acclaimed young adult novel “The Goats” by Brock Cole is the story of two 12 year old kids who run away from a traumatic experience. Grace and Howie remember going to camp in the summer of 1984, and where they were both targeted by the other campers to be stripped of their clothes and stranded on “Goat Island” across the lake. This is a long standing tradition at the [ Read More ]

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 12-16, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 12-16, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

Lee DanielsThe Butler

Distributor: The Weinstein Co.

The director of “Precious” and “The Paperboy” plays things relatively straight in “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” a sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen that also positions itself as a panoramic snapshot of the African-American experience across nine decades. But if Daniels has tamped down the kinky sexuality and outre stylistic flourishes for his first PG-13 outing, his handprints can still be found in the film’s volatile mix of acting styles, gratuitous sentimentality cut with moments of real emotional power, and a tone that seesaws between serious social melodrama and outsized chitlin’-circuit theatrical. At its root the kind of starry, old-fashioned prestige pic the studios used to make, this stealthy late-summer release from the Weinstein Co.
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Sliff/Kids – Children’s Film Festival Continues This Weekend in St. Louis

I took the wife and kids to two of the Free events last weekend and we had a blast!

Cinema St. Louis’ Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival presented by Pnc Arts Alive continues this weekend.

Here are the Sliff/Kids Venues for the last weekend of the fest:

• Ronnies 20 Cine: 5320 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Attendees should go to the box office when they arrive at the theater to obtain complimentary tickets. • St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library Auditorium (screenings) and Creative Experience (camps): 1301 Olive St. downtown. • Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium: Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive (two blocks west of Skinker Boulevard). Parking is available in the lots between Skinker Boulevard and Chaplin Drive; no permits are required. And here is the line-up for the films show at Sliff/Kids this weekend. Did we mention that everything is Free??!!

Michael Sporn
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Sliff/Kids – Children’s Film Festival Begins Tonight in St. Louis

Sliff/Kids opens tonight! I’m planning on attending tonight’s show and tomorrow night’s as well. This should be a great, Free, event and hopefully will turn into an annual fest.

Did we mention everything is free!!!

Cinema St. Louis introduces Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, presented by Pnc Arts Alive. With a half-dozen presenting partners, Csl will offer film programs, camps, and a workshop as part of Sliff/Kids, which is held from July 26-Aug. 4, 2013. A total of 14 film programs will be screened on the fest’s two weekends (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4) at Webster University, the St. Louis Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, Washington University, Lindenwood University, and the Wildey Theatre. With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, filmmaking camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library’s
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Lightning Entertainment Acquires International Rights To Gus Starring Michelle Monaghan And Radha Mitchell

Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone) Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.

The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews in March, marks the feature film debut of Jessie McCormack, who directed from her own script.

McCormack is also a producer alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. The film is executive produced by Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules, The Bourne Identity). The deal was negotiated by Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners represents Monaghan and Mitchell and is also
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Sin City: A Dame To Kill gets Release Date!

Dimension Films has announced that their Robert Rodriquez and Frank Miller directed Sin City sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be released on October 4th 2013. There aren't really any other details revealed. I loved the first film and I imagine this will be just as good.

Here's the Full Press Release:

Frank Miller’S Sin City: A Dame To Kill For In Theaters Nationwide On October 4, 2013

Original Cast Members Mickey Rourke And Jessica Alba Return For The Highly Anticipated Sequel

New York, NY (14 May 2012) — Dimension Films announced today that the highly anticipated sequel Frank Miller’S Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will open nationwide on October 4, 2013. Casting is underway, with original cast members returning to work with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, from their script co-written by Academy Award® winner William Monahan . Academy Award® nominee Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba are already confirmed to return.
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Yes, 'John Carter' Was a Hit in Russia. Here's Why.

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Yes, 'John Carter' Was a Hit in Russia. Here's Why.
Alexander Rodnyansky has been a TV and film producer in Russia for decades. His most recent film, the Andrei Zvyagintsev-directed drama "Elena," won a special jury prize at the 2011 Festival de Cannes, and he has wrapped the American-made indies "Goat Island," from D.J. Caruso, and "Jayne Mansfield's Car," from Billy Bob Thornton. His next projects, which he also is financing, are the Robert Rodriguez genre sequels "Machete Kills" and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," both of which start filming this year. Despite his prolific output, Rodnyansky doesn't much like what he sees in the predilections of Russian moviegoers -- enough so that he has written an impassioned essay decrying what he describes as their "apathy" when it comes to confronting anything at the cinema that actually reflects the reality of Russian life. In Moscow theaters, the fantasy eye candy of "John Carter" and animated hijinks of...
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D.J. Caruso To Helm Sci-Fi Disaster Pic 'Invertigo,' Set For March 7, 2014 Release

D.J. Caruso To Helm Sci-Fi Disaster Pic 'Invertigo,' Set For March 7, 2014 Release
The story of excitable, if journeyman-level director D.J. Caruso is a long one, with him starting off his career with moodier fare like “The Salton Sea” and the far less impressive “Taking Lives,” before eventually delving into young-adult-prone projects like “Vertigo,” “Eagle Eye,” and last year's “I Am Number Four.” He’s continuing that string of films with the Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Chandler Canterbury, and Annalise Basso-starring “The Goat Island,” his passion project indie, which he's just locked and will be showing to distributors. But he won't be sitting idle for long, as Caruso has lined up his next movie pretty quickly.

Deadline report that Caruso will be taking the director’s chair for “Invertigo,” a sci-fi epic with a script by fanboy punching bag Ehren Kruger ("Transformers") and Bradley Cramp about a Nasa satellite that crash-lands in New York City, creating a “reverse-g vortex” where gravity on earth becomes inverted.
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Disturbia Director In Talks For Sci-Fi Drama Invertigo

Having just locked the final edit on his indie family feature Goat Island, director D.J. Caruso has already entered talks to helm Sony Pictures big budget production Invertigo. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and producer Bradley Cramp (Lord of War) penned the Sony-snatched spec script that revolves around a Nasa satellite crash landing in New York City that unleashes a .reverse-g vortex. that inverts gravity, demanding a world-saving rescue mission. Now, I'm a big fan of movie science fiction that I can buy for the course of the narrative. No problem. But I am baffled by what inverted gravity would be. Are people drifting off the ground and just floating helplessly into space? Because that is absolutely horrifying, and I have no idea what kind of movie science scenario could right my new greatest irrational fear. But Caruso has shown skills with atmospheric horror before with ...
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D.J. Caruso Gets A Case of Sony Pictures’ ‘Invertigo’

Update: THR reveals that Invertigo will be hitting on March 7th, 2014.

It’s been about nine months since anything regarding Mr. D.J. Caruso came across our virtual desk, but he’s coming back… with a vengeance. (No, probably not.) As Deadline reports, the Disturbia helmer has signed with Sony Pictures for Invertigo, a high-concept sci-fi feature scripted by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Scream 4) and Bradley Cramp.

Our initial report was bereft of any goods on the story, so let’s get down to that before any directing business comes into play. As it stands, Invertigo centers on the effects of a Nasa satellite crashing in New York City — the creation of a “reverse-g vortex” that, as the title would indicate, inverts gravity — and the ensuing rescue effort to stop it. (I’ll just admit it right now: conveyed with the proper visual pinache, that could look rather incredible.
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Sony Launching ‘Invertigo’ With D.J. Caruso

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Exclusive: Big deal coming together at Sony Pictures that involves DJ Caruso in talks to direct Invertigo, a drama scripted by Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp about a Nasa satellite that crash-lands in New York City, and it creates a “reverse-g vortex” where gravity is inverted. It imperils the planet if a rescue mission fails. Neal Moritz will produce, with Daniel Bobkur and Cramp exec producers. This is a big-scale picture that was bought as a spec and is on a fast track toward production. Caruso last directed I Am Number Four, and before that the hits Eagle Eye and Disturbia. He just finished writing and directing Goat Island, a passion project that he made independently, and family film Brock Cole. He just finished his final edit Monday and it’s being shown at the Arclight tonight to distributors for the first time. Caruso is also been attached to Preacher,
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Geyer Kosinski And Ar Films Launch $120 Million Film Fund

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Los Angeles – (19 January 2012) – Producer Alexander Rodnyansky’s Ar Films and Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group have announced their formation of a $120 million fund to develop and produce up to six motion pictures in the United States over the next two years. Rodnyansky and Kosinski have already produced two films. The first, Jayne Mansfield’S Car, is co-written by Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, directed by Thornton and stars an ensemble cast including Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson and Ron White. It will make its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale on February 13. The second film, The Goats (working title), is directed by DJ Caruso, who also adapted the classic young adult novel for the screen. The Goats stars Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell. Ar Films was founded by Rodnyansky in 2009. Through Ar Films, Rodnyansky controls one of
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Geyer Kosinski's Media Talent Group, Russia's Ar Films Form $120 Million Film Fund for Six Features

Media Talent Group, the management-production firm run by Geyer Kosinski, and Ar Films, the Russian-based company run by Alexander Rodnyansky, have formed a $120 million film fund with the goal to develop and produce up to six features in the U.S. Kosinski and Rodnyansky have already made two films, the first of which is Jayne Mansfield’s Car, an ensemble drama co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton that is premiering in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. The second movie is the recently wrapped coming-of-age drama The Goats directed by D.J.

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Radha Mitchell Finds The Frozen Ground

Radha Mitchell Finds The Frozen Ground
Last seen fending off insane locals in The Crazies, Radha Mitchell is switching to crime thriller territory for a future film, as she’s joined the cast of The Frozen Ground.The story, which is based on a real-life incident, finds a police officer (Nicolas Cage) hunting a serial killer (John Cusack) across the chilly Alaskan wilderness. He gets some help on that front from the one woman (Vanessa Hudgens) who was able to escape the maniac’s clutches.Mitchell will be playing Cage’s wife in the movie, which writer/director Scott Walker is already busy shooting.Once she’s done with Ground, she’ll hop back to Los Angeles to star in Tara Subkoff’s Playdate alongside Natasha Lyonne. There are few details available about the indie, but we do know it’ll kick off filming later this month.And those are just two of Mitchell’s current
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Brian Tyler to Score D.J. Caruso’s ‘The Goats’ and ‘John Dies at the End’

Brian Tyler is set to reunite with director D.J. Caruso on the upcoming indie drama The Goats. The movie written and directed by Caruso is based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole and stars Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso as kids at summer camp who fall victims to a prank that leaves them stranded at Goat Island. Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly are co-starring in the film produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Geyer Kosinski (School for Scoundrels). Tyler and Caruso have previously collaborated on the 2009 action thriller Eagle Eye starring Shia Labeouf. Principal photography on The Goats has recently started and the film is expected to be released in 2012.

Tyler is also reuniting with director Don Cascarelli on the indie horror film John Dies at the End. They have previously worked together on one of the composer’s first feature projects Bubba Ho-Tep. John Dies at the End
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D.J. Caruso Sets Up Coming-of-Age Indie ‘The Goats,’ With Val Kilmer

D.J. Caruso Sets Up Coming-of-Age Indie ‘The Goats,’ With Val Kilmer
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 [1]'s first announcement of the project said the story follows "two kids (Canterbury and Basso) at summer camp who fall victim to a
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'Django Unchained' Gains 'Lost' Alum

'Django Unchained' Gains 'Lost' Alum
The cast for "Django Unchained" continues to grow under the guidance of director Quentin Tarantino.

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.

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Derek Luke Will Now "Sparkle"

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
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Val Kilmer joins D.J. Caruso's The Goats

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.
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