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Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’

Film News Roundup: Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges Join Boyd Holbrook’s ‘Two/One’
In today’s film news roundup, “House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott joins the surreal drama “Two/One,” Faith Media Distribution generates $1.2 million in box office for “True to the Game,” and Sony’s teamed with WWE Studios on “The Marine 6.”

Castings

House of Cards” star Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, and Song Yang have joined Boyd Holbrook in the cast of Juan Cabral’s drama “Two/One.”

The movie is currently in production in Canada and explores the idea that while we sleep in one place, we are awake somewhere else — in this case, a world-class ski jumper in Canada and a corporate executive in Shanghai, China.

Producers of “Two/One” are Redrum Films’ Flora Fernandez Marengo and Chris Clark along with Dave Valleau of South Creek Pictures. Holbrook is an executive producer. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales and CAA reps domestic rights.

McElligott’s credits include “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “Hell on Wheels.” [link
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Jennifer Hudson’s Shocking Split: What to Know About Her Ex, David Otunga

Jennifer Hudson’s Shocking Split: What to Know About Her Ex, David Otunga
Jennifer Hudson‘s split from David Otunga—her romantic partner of 10 years—has fans reeling, and her protective order against the father of her 8-year-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., has many wondering what went wrong in their seemingly happy and stable relationship.

Despite Hudson’s legal steps, which her representative told People were “taken in the best interest of their son,” Otunga’s attorney released a statement insisting his client “has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him.
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Live-action Teen Titans show finds a director for its series premiere

It looks like Warner Bros. has found a director for the first episode of its live-action Teen Titans series, with Titans Podcast spotting a listing on the official website of Directors Guild of Canada Ontario which reveals that Brad Anderson is set to helm the series premiere.

Anderson’s feature film credits include the likes of The Machinist and The Call, while he has also directed episodes of TV shows such as The Wire and Fringe. Production is slated to get underway in Toronto, Canada on November 14th.

Titans will follow Dick Grayson as he emerges from Batman’s shadow to become the leader of a fearless band of young, soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Brenton Thwaites leads the cast as Dick Grayson, alongside Teagan Croft (The Osiris Child) as Raven, Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Starfire,
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'Dark Tower' Looks to Top Slow Weekend as Summer Slump Continues

'Dark Tower' Looks to Top Slow Weekend as Summer Slump Continues
Around this time last year Suicide Squad debuted to the tune of $133.6 million and gave the 2016 summer movie season a much-needed jolt. This year the summer movie season is in the midst of a slump, off nearly 9% compared to last year and don't expect this weekend to turn things around. Sony's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower should top the box office, but only with an opening around $20 million while fellow new wide release Kidnap appears unlikely to crack double digits. Meanwhile, Annapurna will deliver Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit nationwide following its limited release last weekend as it looks for a spot in the weekend top five among the holdovers. Back in 2010, Universal set a 2013 release date for The Dark Tower. At the time, Ron Howard was set to direct the Stephen King adaptation and there was talk of telling King's sci-fi fantasy story across both film and television.
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Review: A Halle Berry Vehicle with Four Flat Tires, ‘Kidnap’ Is the Worst Movie of the Summer

Review: A Halle Berry Vehicle with Four Flat Tires, ‘Kidnap’ Is the Worst Movie of the Summer
Screeching into theaters towards the end of an unusually strong summer movie season, “Kidnap” is here to remind a nation of spoiled filmgoers that yes, movies really can be this bad. “The Emoji Movie” might have been a boring and brazenly cynical piece of corporate propaganda, but at least it had the courtesy to be offensive. “Kidnap,” on the other hand, doesn’t have the the courtesy to be much of anything.

A Halle Berry vehicle with four flat tires, this oppressively half-assed thriller is fueled by a premise it never bothers to develop into an actual plot. Berry, slumming it as hard as any Oscar winner has ever slummed it before, plays Karla Dyson, a divorced diner waitress who’s struggling to maintain custody over her six-year-old son, Frankie (Sage Correa).

Unfortunately for Karla, that struggle is about to get very real. Her husband, it turns out, isn’t
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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Thriller ‘High Wire Act’ Lands at Bleecker Street

Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Thriller ‘High Wire Act’ Lands at Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “High Wire Act.”

The political thriller stars “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm as a top diplomat on a dangerous mission in Lebanon. Rosamund Pike, who turned heads with her Oscar-nominated turn in “Gone Girl,” portrays a CIA operative. The film is directed by Brad Anderson (“The Call”) and boasts a script by Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”).

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“Brad’s film is the kind of adult thriller a smarthouse audience craves,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen. “It’s tense, personal, and well-crafted right through its final heart-pounding moments.”

The film is produced by Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Gilroy, and Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson of ShivHans Pictures. Executive producers are Ted Field and Steve Saeta. The cast includes Dean Norris, Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender,
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Quote of the Day: Halle Berry Talks the Lack of Change Since Her Historic 2002 Oscar Win

Halle Berry in “Extant”: CBS

“This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance because this door has been opened,” a triumphant Halle Berry announced when she won the Best Actress Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” in 2002. Berry’s acceptance speech was recently quoted back to her by Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Berry was the first black woman to receive the honor — and after 15 years, she’s still the only black woman with the award.

“It’s troubling, to say the least,” Berry told Welteroth about the lack of change since her win. “It was probably one of my lowest professional moments,” she added, referencing the two consecutive years of #OscarsSoWhite.

“I sat there and I thought, ‘Wow, [my speech] really meant nothing, that meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think that meant nothing,’” Berry explained. “And I was profoundly hurt by that and saddened by that and it inspired me to try and get involved in other ways.”

None of the acting nominees at the 2015 or 2016 Oscar ceremonies were people of color — Berry described the severe lack of inclusivity as a “blackout” — which, in turn, inspired the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and conversations about racial inequality in Hollywood. As Berry pointed out, the lack of opportunity onscreen and off is why people of color are often shut out from award nods.

“I want to start directing, I want to star producing more, I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color,” Berry said. “We have to start telling stories that include us and if stories don’t include us, we have to start asking, ‘Why can’t that be a person of color? Why can’t that white male character be a black woman? Why can’t it?’ We have to start pushing the envelope and asking these questions.”

Berry has served as producer on several of her projects, including the upcoming thriller “Kidnap,” the sci-fi series “Extant,” and the multiple personality disorder drama “Frankie & Alice.” Her recent screen credits include “Kevin Hart: What Now?” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “The Call.” Berry will appear next in “Kings,” the English-language debut from “Mustang” helmer Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and this fall’s star-studded action comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Kidnap,” in which Berry plays the mother of an abducted child, hits theaters August 4.

Head over to Teen Vogue to watch Berry’s entire conversation with Welteroth. The “X-Men” actress discusses her history of trailblazing, the Black Lives Matter movement, and her racial identity.

Quote of the Day: Halle Berry Talks the Lack of Change Since Her Historic 2002 Oscar Win was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'Fate of the Furious' Set to Repeat at #1 as Five New Releases Hit Theaters

'Fate of the Furious' Set to Repeat at #1 as Five New Releases Hit Theaters
Saturday Am Update: The Fate of the Furious is right on pace with expectations, bringing in an estimated $11.2 million on Friday, en route to a $35-38 million second weekend. Meanwhile, the film will remain the #1 film in the world this weekend as its international total as of last night is $636.3 million and the international weekend estimate is currently $171 million from 65 territories as it looks to top $910 million by Sunday and will cross $1 billion worldwide next week. Of the new releases, it looks like Disneynature's Born in China will lead the way after it brought in $1.59 million on Friday, on its way to an opening weekend three-day around $4.6 million or so. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which is pretty much typical for these features. Warner's Unforgettable is proving to be anything but as it brought in a meager $1.67 million on Friday and is looking at a $4.4 million opening weekend.
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Alexander Skarsgard, Peter Dinklage sign up for 'The Dwarf'

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Alexander Skarsgard, Peter Dinklage sign up for 'The Dwarf'
Exclusive: Renaissance action film is being represented by Fortitude at this week’s Efm.

Game Of Thrones mainstay Peter Dinklage will star opposite Alexander Skarsgard as a Machiavellian right-hand man in $14m renaissance action film The Dwarf.

Brad Anderson, renowned for his work on edgy fare like The Machinist, Transsiberian and The Call, is on board to direct from a screenplay he wrote with Lyn Vaus.

Production is scheduled to commence in July in Italy on the project that Fortitude International has introduced to international buyers at the European Film Market (Efm).

Dinklage will play a fearless man who proves his mettle and earns the trust of a prince after he conquers an all-time wrestling champion in a contest.

Once he has jockeyed for position next to the seat of power, the dwarf pledges his undying loyalty and resorts to assassinations and subterfuge in his merciless quest to protect his new master.

Sriram Das, [link
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The many movie injuries of Halle Berry

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The movie work of Halle Berry has seen her break bones, and nearly choke to death on a fig during a sex scene…

Whatever you think of her movies, there’s little doubting that Academy Award winner Halle Berry has suffered for her art. Notably one of the few performers to win both an Academy Award and a Razzie for their acting, Berry – to her credit – also turned up to pick both up. That was back in an era where the Razzies didn’t feel as cheap and school bully-alike as they do now.

What I like about Halle Berry is I don’t think I’ve ever come away from one of her films feeling like she hasn’t put a shift in. Even the ones I’m not so keen on, there’s never a sense that she’s left me short-changed. You can’t deny,
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Brad Anderson Set To Direct Gary Whitta-Scripted ‘Fate’

Brad Anderson Set To Direct Gary Whitta-Scripted ‘Fate’
Exclusive: Brad Anderson has been set by financier-producer Amasia Entertainment to direct Fate, an original script by Gary Whitta, the scribe who wrote The Book Of Eli and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Anderson reunites with Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo’s Amasia after they collaborated on the Halle Berry-Abigail Breslin hit The Call. Fate is casting up now for a production start in the spring. The setup: Virgil is a man on the edge, all too familiar with the back…
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Into The Forest Starring Ellen Page Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 4th

Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007) and Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood star as sisters fighting for survival in Into the Forest, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on October 4 from Lionsgate. The heartfelt adaptation of Jean Hegland’s best-selling novel had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was theatrically released by A24. Also starring Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie, Into the Forest will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively. Official Synopsis

Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters whose peaceful lives are disrupted one day by a world-wide power outage. The sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world, fighting intruders, disease, loneliness, and starvation.

Blu-ray/DVD Special Features “The Making of Into the Forest” Featurette
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45 Movies To Look Forward To Before The End Of 2016

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Click to skip The Light Between Oceans - Sept 2nd

Why You Should See It: Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are currently two of Hollywood's most in demand talents and seeing them lighting up the screen together, in a Derek Cianfrance film no less, should be a treat.

Morgan - Sept 2nd

Why You Should See It: Kate Mara heads to space again with a Scott. This time, however, it's Luke, Ridley's son, in what promises to be a thrilling sci-fi debut (in the vein of Ex Machina) for the filmmaker.

Yoga Hosers - Sept 2nd

Why You Should See It: Kevin Smith's name should be enough to get you into theatres for Yoga Hosers. But if it's not, you can also look forward to Mr. Johnny Depp reprising his role of Guy Lapointe.

Sully - Sept 9th

Why
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Halle Berry Is Not To Be Trifled With In First Trailer For Kidnap

Three years ago, Brad Anderson thriller The Call placed Halle Berry on the other end of the line as a veteran emergency call operator, one tasked with rescuing a hapless young woman. Fast forward to now and the Oscar-winner is ready to face her own hostage situation in Kidnap, Luis Prieto’s upcoming thriller that has been aligned for an early December release.

Entering full kick-ass mode, Halle Berry plays Karla McCoy, a mother who goes on something of a rampage when her young son is kidnapped from a local park.

Drawing from her own experiences, Kidnap presented a role that Berry relished from the off, delving into high-octane action often reserved for the likes of, say, Liam Neeson or Arnold Schwarzenegger – one-liners and all.

“Being a parent, I understood this in a very visceral way. I play an ordinary mom forced to act in extraordinary ways. I got to
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‘Countdown’ VOD Review

Stars: Nick Nemeth, Glenn Jacobs, Katharine Isabelle, Josh Blacker, Alexander Kalugin, Michael Kopsa, Alan O’Silva, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Jennifer Cheon, Luke Roessler, Zinaid Memisevic, Alexander Mandra | Written by Michael Finch, Richard Wenk | Directed by John Stockwell

Now this is more like it! After finding success in the horror genre and taking a step up in the world with big(ger) budget films starring big name stars, such as Halle Berry in The Call and films like Oculus, WWE Studios have seemingly returned to the low-budget, WWE superstar featuring action movies that originally peaked my interest in the “studio” back in the early 2000s – in the days of The Condemned, 12 Rounds and The Marine – with Countdown.

Countdown sees the WWE give one of their most charismatic underdog “characters” Dolph Ziggler (aka Nick Nemeth) a chance to shine in an action hero role as Ray Thompson, a take-no-prisoners-get-the-job-done cop haunted by
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Larry Yang to Direct Chinese Remake of ‘The Call’ (Exclusive)

Larry Yang to Direct Chinese Remake of ‘The Call’ (Exclusive)
Larry Yang, the Chinese director whose heartfelt drama “Mountain Cry” was the closing film at last month’s Busan festival, will next direct a licensed remake of police thriller “The Call.”

Yang will adapt and direct the film, which is being set up at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Hairun Films. The two production companies are in final negotiation with the owners of the original film Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for the remake rights.

The Call” originally starred Halle Berry and was directed by Brad Anderson. It involves a 911 operator who takes a life altering call from a teenage girl and is forced to confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl. It was released by TriStar Pictures.

The remake will be the second picture, after “Mountain Cry” on a five-film slate being jointly produced by Vrpa and Hairun.

Also on the slate is “My Other Home,
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Rza Stages Breakout

Rza Stages Breakout
The Man With The Iron Fists didn't quite kick off Rza's directing career in the way he might have hoped (a single Dtv sequel directed by Death Race 2's Roel Reine is all we've seen so far of the intended massive franchise) but it also has harmed him in the long run. He's just finished behind the cameras with the hip-hop drama Coco, and he'll now move straight on to action thriller Breakout.Rza made Coco for Iron Fists studio Lionsgate, but Breakout is for Amasia, with whom he's also just worked as an actor on Mr Right. Breakout involves a photographer wrongfully imprisoned in Bangladesh for drug trafficking, whose father ropes in two old friends to find the truth and secure his release by any means necessary.Richard D'Ovidio (The Forger, The Call) wrote the screenplay, in cahoots with his regular collaborator (and wife) Nicole D'Ovidio. Shooting
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RZA Set To Direct Prison ‘Breakout’ Tale For Amasia Entertainment

RZA Set To Direct Prison ‘Breakout’ Tale For Amasia Entertainment
Amasia Entertainment principals Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo have closed a deal for RZA to direct the upcoming feature Breakout, from a script by Richard D'Ovidio a story by Richard & Nicole D'Ovidio. The project re-teams Amasia with RZA, who stars in their Mr. Right, which has its world premiere at Friday’s closing night gala of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The project also marks the company’s second outing with D’Ovidio, who wrote The Call starring…
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Joe Dante produced ‘Dark’ to premiere at Oldenburg

The debut narrative feature by director Nick Basile (American Carny), indie thriller Dark - written by Elias (Gut) and executive produced by Joe Dante (Gremlins) – will make its world premiere at the Oldenburg International Film Festival this September.

Funded partially through Kickstarter, the film is set in New York during the Northeast blackout of 2003 and centers on a disturbed young woman trapped alone in a loft during the outage. Dark stars Whitney Able (Monsters), Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead), Brendan Sexton III (Boys Don’t Cry), and Michael Eklund (The Call).

Dubbed the “European Sundance”, the Oldenburg International Film Festival runs this year from September 16th – 20th.

For more info on Dark, check out the official Facebook page.
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