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British Urban Film Festival appoints Deacon, Ali, Fontaine

9 October 2015 4:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The trio join the board of the festival, which aims to increase the heritage of British diversity.

Former Bafta rising star Adam Deacon will join the board of the British Urban Film Festival (Buff), which celebrated its tenth year in 2015.

In total, there are seven new board members and patrons, including director Mo Ali, whose feature Montana premiered at Buff in 2014, and actor/director Femi Oyeniran, who appeared alongside Deacon in Kidulthood and had his directorial debut Fresh Off The Boat screen at Buff in 2009.

Sue Caro, the former senior diversity manager of the BBC, is also a new appointee.

There are four actors joining the board: Clint Dyer (Unknown); Lateef Lovejoy (The Dark Knight); Aaron Fontaine (Hollyoaks); and Kyla Frye (The Key).

Other appointees include producers Charlie Hanson (Cemetery Junction) and Damian Jones (Belle).

Writers Donna Marie Dowe and Babi Isako (Venus vs Mars) complete the new-look board, both of whom will be script judges for the »

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Toronto: Level 33 Teams with Sss Entertainment on Acquisition Fund

10 September 2015 4:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indie distributor Level 33 Entertainment and production-financing company Sss Entertainment have formed a content acquisition fund to buy North American distribution rights to feature films, Variety has learned exclusively.

Level 33 recently released “After Words,” starring Marcia Gay Harden and Oscar Jaenada, and “Copenhagen,” starring Gethin Anthony (NBC’s “Aquarius”).

The companies unveiled the partnership on the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival, where Level 33 executives are in search of potential titles for acquisition using its first phase of funding.

Upcoming Level 33 releases include “Montana” with Lars Mikkelsen and Michelle Fairley on Sept. 18 and “Manhattan Romance,” starring Katherine Waterston, Gaby Hoffmann, Caitlin FitzGerald and Tom O’Brien, on Oct. 2.

Sss Entertainment recently produced school-shooter drama “White Rabbit,” starring Britt Robertson, and has locked a distribution deal for Tim McCann’s latest film “The Aftermath,” starring Sam Trammell and Vanessa Ferlito. It also recently wrapped production on the horror film “Jack Goes Home, »

- Dave McNary

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Molifilms comedy 'Gloves Off' underway

10 September 2015 3:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Brad Moore, Denise Van Outen, Ricky Tomlinson, Alan Ford among cast.

Molifilms comedy-drama Gloves Off is underway in the UK, with a cast including Brad Moore, Ricky Tomlinson and Denise Van Outen.

Writer-director Steve Nesbit’s (North v South) feature follows a former boxer who must train a charge for a bare-knuckle encounter in a bid to raise money to save his local gym.

Brad Moore (Montana) stars (and co-writes) alongside Alan Ford (Snatch), Denise Van Outen (The Only Way Is Essex) and Matt Barber (Downton Abbey), while there are also roles for Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family), Paul Barber (The Full Monty) and stand-up Tom Crane.

Producers are Gareth Maxwell Roberts (The Mortician), Lucy Selwood (Golden Years) and Lawrence King (North v South).

The film is the third film in a slate of Eis-backed features including Golden Years and horror Thea.

Shoot will take place in and around Leeds until October 16. »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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British Action/Thriller 'Montana' Gets U.S. Release Set for Sept.

28 August 2015 7:53 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As Tambay first said about the project last fall, "typically, in movies with this particular kind of mentor/mentee narrative, the black man is often the mentor (think Morgan Freeman), as in the old sage who trains or imparts his profound wisdom on the younger mentee, who's usually played by a white actor."  But with his film "Montana," starring Lars Mikkelsen, Michelle Fairley, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters and McKell David, British director Mo Ali puts a different spin on the tried premise.  According to the film's official synopsis: "On the mean streets of London's East End, fourteen-year old Montana (McKell David) discovers that the powerful crime »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Michelle Fairley’s ‘Montana’ Acquired by Level 33

19 August 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The action-thriller “Montana” has been acquired by Level 33 Entertainment, which has set a September 19 release for North American theaters and VOD, Variety has learned exclusively.

Montana” stars Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”), Lars Mikkelsen (“House of Cards”) and newcomer McKell David as the titular Montana. Mikkelsen plays a former Serbian commando who bonds with a 14-year-old boy to plot revenge against a powerful crime lord while trying to stay one step ahead of Fairley’s criminal investigator.

The film also stars Ashley Walter, Brad Moore, Adam Deacon and Dominique Tipper.

Mo Ali (“Shank”) directs from Jeremy Sheldon’s script. Producers are Mark Foligno, Iain Richardson and Gareth Maxwell Roberts.

The deal for the film was negotiated by James Norrie of The Salt Company International on behalf of the filmmakers and by Andreas Olavarria for Level 33 Entertainment.


- Dave McNary

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Warner Bros. Takes U.K. Rights to Glenn Close Zombie Thriller ‘She Who Brings Gifts’

13 May 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up U.K. rights to post-apocalyptic zombie thriller “She Who Brings Gifts.” Further cast have joined the project, alongside Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film in Cannes.

Newcomer Sennia Nanua, who is 12 years old, will take the leading role. McCarthy said of Nanua: “Sennia walked into the room as the last of 500 girls I’d met and just shone. She has taken being the lead actress in a film with Glenn, Gemma and Paddy in her stride and completely inhabits this amazing character. She’s a very special girl.”

Also added to the cast are Anamaria Marinca (“Fury,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,” “Europa Report”), Fisayo Akinade (“Cucumber,” “Banana,” “Ordinary Lies”), Anthony Welsh (“Starred Up,” “My Brother the Devil”) and Dominique Tipper (“Dmx,” “Vampire Academy,” “Montana,” “The Expanse”).

She Who Brings Gifts” takes place a generation after the world has ended. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Oap heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot

26 February 2015 2:25 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.

Principal photography is underway in the UK on comedy-caper Golden Years, produced by MoliFilms Entertainment executive Mark Foligno (Montana, The Rise).

Bernard Hill (Wolf Hall, Lord of the Rings) and Virginia McKenna (Sliding Doors, Born Free) star in the comedy heist film as a retired couple forced into a life of crime after they fall victim to the pensions crisis.

John Miller (Living in Hope) directs from a script he co-wrote with Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon. It marks the feature debut of UK television presenter Knowles, best known for long-running BBC series Diy Sos.

Funding comes from MoliFilms.

Supporting cast includes Sue Johnston (Downtown Abbey), Alun Armstrong (Braveheart), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Phil Davies (Vera Drake) and Brad Moore (The Rise).

Shoot will take place in Bristol and the Cotswolds during March and April.

Former Molinare executive Foligno, an executive »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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LatinoBuzz: A Belated Valentine’s Day Edition

24 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

We wanted to let everyone get their hopes and getting "50 Shades of Grey" out of your system before we completely ruined Valentines with awful memories of hearts being crushed to a pulp. So, we caught up with current and future Latino filmmakers we actually do love! We asked them about their worst dates (because we love bringing up the past.) Their fave love story and anyone in the movies they’ve crush on. Give them so ‘Follows’!

Daniel Armando – (Filmmaker) What It Was

Worst Valentine's date: There's a Valentine's date I remember and it wasn't because it was a bad date, but because it was a realization I had. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the stroll through the park was lovely. It was the ideal perfect Valentine's date, but I was slowly realizing that it was with someone who didn't feel the same way I did. I felt bad because I wish I had spent it with someone who did feel the same way and who I truly loved. A romantic film that comes to mind is Forrest Gump. The love that Forrest had for Jenny is amazingly beautiful. Through all the excitement, confusion, and chaos that surrounded his life the one thing he was sure about was his calm, simple, and never-ending love for Jenny. He's not a smart man, but he knows what love is.


Douglas Spain – (Producer/Actor) North By El Norte

My favorite cinematic love story is 'The Terminator'. Yes, it's an amazing Sci-Fi/Action film but at the core it's a love story: A man travels back in time to save the woman he fell in love with via a photo that was given to him by his unbeknownst son. His future was 2029, which isn't too far away and interestingly enough, people nowadays fall in love via photos on Instagram. If a man traveled back in time to be with me you can bet I would never terminate that relationship. Lol. I did try online dating once and the guy was not the same from the pictures on his profile. After some small talk, I said to him, "I'll be back." But unlike The Terminator, I didn't come back. Instead I hauled ass out of there.

Twitter: @DouglasSpain

Jessica Molina – (Host/Producer) Daily Dos

Years ago I went out with this fella who tried to impress me with money – never a good idea. He picked me up in (his sister’s) Range Rover. He was in med school and broke down how much money he was going to make each year following his graduation. Dude pretty much talked about himself the whole date. To top it off, based on his suggestion, we went to a restaurant but he barely ate because he’d already eaten. Nothing a girl loves more than to be stuffing her face alone on a first date! The conversation was lacking, but I do remember the food was delicious! I don’t have a favorite love story that comes to mind; I just love ‘love.’ I love seeing my friends in love – love seeing them honored and appreciated. So those are my favorite love stories the ones in which the people I care for most are receiving the absolute best.

Noah played by Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. Say what you want, but I love that movie! Here’s a man who was fun, kind, passionate, crafty, and insanely loyal. (And very easy on the eyes!)

Twitter: @jessicahosts

Laura Gomez (Filmmaker/Actress) Orange Is The New Black

Not so much "bad date," more like no chemistry date. I didn't necessarily go to a breakup album, but rather to specific songs that reminded me of the person and would ironically make me feel even more nostalgic. Cuando Te Beso, Juan Luis Guerra, Negra Murguera, from Argentine band Bersuit Vergarabat, lots of Concha Buika and Amy Winehouse (just 'cause) and old School Mecano. Mecano has a song about "how hard it's to forget him"... I must have listened to that song thousands of times.

The Bridges of Madison County is definitely one my favorite romantic films of all times, and you need some serious ice cream eating at that scene where Francesca (the luminous Meryl Streep) holds the door knob and is fighting not to open it as Clint Eastwood places the necklace with the cross on the mirror. Ufff, I always cry with that scene.

Some of my film crushes are Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Benicio del Toro and Edgar Ramirez. I guess it's a combination of looks and their raw talent. Absolute best.

Twitter: @lg_lauragomez

Elise DuRant (Filmmaker) Eden

I have some favorite love story moments. One of them is in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, when he goes on a first date with Kathy played by Patricia Arquette. They're in this little car in the Spook House when in the middle of the ride, the lights go out. As they wait, in that silence, he turns to her and tells her that he likes to dress as a woman, wear women’s sweaters and undergarments. She's a little confused. She asks him if that means he doesn’t like sex with women. “No!” he tells her, he loves sex with women. She takes it in, and after a moment she acceptingly says, “Okay.” The lights go on, the ride starts up again, and they continue through the Spook House. It’s such a sweet moment of acceptance, the permission to be who we are. It’s so sweet and simple and so elegantly done.

Worst date: It was a first date and after he kissed me -- a sweet kiss -- he told me he was trying to kick heroin.

Celebrity crush: On this Valentine's I would have to choose Warren Oates. Tell me if you -- man or woman -- don't have a crush on him after seeing him in The Wild Bunch, Badlands, Cockfighter, and Two-Lane Blacktop.

Twitter: @elise_durant

Vivian Lamolli (Actress) East Los High

Hmm this is kind of a hard one because I've always managed somehow to not have a love interest on Cupid's Day of Love! But I guess I would have to go with 8th grade, a boy named Michael gave me an empty heart box :(...he had eaten all the chocolates!!!

A very particular breakup had me crushed around the holidays, and when Kelly Clarkson came out with her album My December I couldn't put it down. I realized that she was going through a really difficult breakup as well when she wrote the beautiful songs and it made me even closer to the words. Kelly, you helped me see the light girl!!!

Oooo there are just too many crushes I can't decide!!! But, forever and always Mr. Justin Timberlake will stand the test of time for me. I mean, what can't he do?? I tend to have talent crushes often and Justin's voice, dance skills, wit, and obvious gorgeous looks...well, damn God must have spent a little more time on you Jt!! Haha. Loving him since those *Nsync platinum blonde hair days, congratulations to little miss Jessica Biel!!

Twitter: @Vivalivin

Veronica Valencia (Actress) The Other Barrio

I don't think I've been on a really bad date on Valentine's, I've just been alone which is bad enough lol.... But the worst date?? This was a first date. I think he was really trying to impress me but was saying all the wrong things. All he talked about was material things. Like how he had a speed boat, Mercedes, etc... He went on to talk about how much money he made the previous year and how the current year he was going to surpass that amount. Maybe for most women they would've been impressed but I never returned his call or text again. Celebrity crush? ...Brad Pitt! Ever since I watched Legends of the Fall and A River Runs Through It I fell in love with the state of Montana. In fact, the main reason why I started dating my current boyfriend was because he was born and raised from Montana. So, I have to give Brad Pitt the credit there, Lol! I absolutely love nature. I love hiking and camping...Someday, Montana will be my home.

Twitter: @vluvsong

Written by Juan Caceres . LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook »

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Pregnant Jessica Biel Is "Very Happy and Thrilled to Be Having a Baby"

6 February 2015 2:10 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jessica Biel can't wait to be a mommy! E! News learns that the pregnant celeb, who has stayed mum throughout her pregnancy, has been kickin' back and relaxing as much as she can until the time comes to welcome her first child with hubby Justin Timberlake. "They spent a few weeks in Montana celebrating Justin's birthday," a source tells E! News. "Jessica laid low but was happy being in the snow and relaxing with friends. Now they are back and getting ready for Au Fudge to open and for the baby to come. Yesterday, Jessica went to a meeting in Studio City where they unveiled the logo. She is hoping to stay very involved with the restaurant right up until she has the »

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Metrodome, Moli launch production fund

16 January 2015 2:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Nirpal Bhogal thriller first film on slate.

UK distributor-producer Metrodome has joined forces with Montana and Best Laid Plans producers MoliFilms to launch a new production fund.

The companies will fundraise under a series of Eis and non Eis schemes with Metrodome Group selling international rights and distributing the majority of the films in the UK.

Metrodome International’s Caroline Couret-Delègue will oversee international sales. The Infidel producer Uzma Hasan of Little House Productions will supervise key productions on the slate on behalf of Metrodome whilst Gareth Maxwell Roberts will supervise on behalf of MoliFilms.

Thea, a supernatural thriller directed by Nirpal Bhogal (Misfits, Sket) is the first film on the slate and is slated to shoot in Q1 2015.

The film will be produced by Hasan (who is expected to bring further projects to the venture) and co-produced by MoliFilms’ Gareth Maxwell Roberts and Metrodome Group’s Jezz Vernon. MoliFilms’ [link »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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