13 items from 2016
Though the end of the year is already upon us, the Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, which will feature new work from Alex Ross Perry, Marti Noxon and Michael Almereyda, who will premiere his latest sci-fi film “Marjorie Prime.”
Based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by the same name, the film focuses on a futuristic service that creates holographic projections of deceased family members. In the film, the elderly Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends time with a younger version of her late husband (Jon Hamm) only for complications to arise when she tries to peace her life together. It co-stars Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Geena Davis (“Thelma and Louise”) and Stephanie Andujar (“A Walk Among The Tombstones”). See an exclusive photo from the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
“I’m thrilled to start our international sales division with such an esteemed veteran in the sales world,” said Sands. “We share the same passion and drive. With our dynamic slate at Insurgent, it is going to be an exciting partnership for us.”
De Gallegos said, “I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter in my career. Insurgent is the home I’ve been looking for; it is a dynamic team with cutting-edge taste and the relationships to produce the movies I want to make a reality.”
De Gallegos ran sales for Green-Light Intl. and handled titles including “Imperium, »
- Dave McNary
Insurgent Media has tapped sales executive Christian De Gallegos as the company’s new Head of International Sales. De Gallegos will oversee international sales for Insurgent Media's slate, reporting directly to CEO Ezna Sands. De Gallegos most recently ran sales at Green-Light International, handling titles including: Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe, among others. Before that, he was President of International Film Trust, where he handled titles including Cymbeline… »
CAA’s Micah Green and Roeg Sutherland, Im Global’s Stuart Ford and Wild Bunch-Insiders’ Vincent Maraval and, straddling the Mexico-Los Angeles axis, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Ag Studios’ Alex Garcia, are all confirmed for the inaugural Los Cabos Festival Meet-Mart, the Mexican festival’s first official market.
Bloom’s Alex Walton, Good Universe’s Helen Lee-Kim, Imr International’s Kimberly Fox, Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier are also firmed up, among sales agents. Of digital platforms, Netflix’s Matt Brodlie and Amazon Studios’ Michael Chong will also roll into Los Cabos.
Running Nov. 9-13 and also hosting the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, produced by Winston Baker, the 5th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival looks to have come of age in 2016.
It welcomes, all in, about 400 market delegates, up from about 300 in 2016. “It is a historic year for us. »
- John Hopewell
The Purge: Election Year review by Kat Hughes, August 2016.
The Purge: Election Year Review
A rare feat in the horror genre, Director James DeMonaco has written and directed all three Purge films. This has meant that the series doesn’t feel as schizophrenic as other franchises in the genre. Granted we’re a long way from the humble beginnings of the first film, but the three films are easily recognisable as relating to one another.
The series started in 2013 with The Purge, starring Lena Heady and Ethan Hawke, and was a film very much in the vein of home invasion flick Funny Games. This was followed in 2014 with The Purge: Anarchy which jumped backwards in time somewhat and introduced us to Frank Grillo’s sergeant character. The second outing took the action to the streets »
- Kat Hughes
On the eve of Comic-Con, iconic creator Stan Lee has unveiled “Nitron” as a new comic-book character franchise aimed at feature films, TV and digital platforms.
Lee, the creator of such characters as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Avengers and Iron Man, is partnering with Keya Morgan and Michael Benaroya on “Nitron,” which revolves around a highly intelligent and advanced species of Nitronians who covertly live on modern day Earth.
The comic-book will serve as the source material for film, TV and digital adaptations produced by Benaroya Pictures. The company said Tuesday it has secured an initial $50 million fund to finance the development and production with Benaroya as an anchor investor.
Benaroya, Lee and Morgan are writing the content and will be producers. Benaroya Publishing will release the comic-books in January as a six-volume series with subsequent issues to come out on a monthly basis.
“It’s a pleasure »
- Dave McNary
After starring in the Star Trek franchise reboot and a Terminator sequel in 2009, Anton Yelchin could have transitioned to making blockbusters full-time. But the actor, who died yesterday in a freak automobile accident at the age of 27, went in the opposite direction, putting his franchise clout to work on movies by cult directors like Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive), Joe Dante (Burying the Ex), Paul Schrader (Dying of the Light) and Michael Almereyda (Cymbeline).
Yelchin didn't talk like a movie star, either. For someone who'd been in the industry since he was a child, »
Los Angeles – The loss of a up-and-coming actor at an early age is always a tragic event, and Anton Yelchin has been added to that roster. In a freak automobile accident at his home, Yelchin died on June 19th, 2016. He was best known for embracing the role of Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” film series reboot. He was 27 years old.
Yelchin came to Chicago in 2011 to promote his romantic drama “Like Crazy,” and his charismatic youth was confidently within his burgeoning career. At that point, at 22 years old, he had already done the “Star Trek” reboot and “Terminator: Salvation,” and was looking forward to roles in “The Beaver” and as a voice actor in the first “Smurfs” film. He was intelligent, and had a good-head-on-his-shoulders perspective regarding the sometimes crazy world of the film business.
Photo credit: Paramount Home Entertainment
Anton Yelchin was born in 1989 in St. »
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The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after news broke earlier today that Anton Yelchin has died from a freak car accident. The actor was found dead at his home in the San Fernando Valley early this morning, pinned between his car and a concrete mailbox. As news of this tragic death started to spread, several of the actor's co-stars, friends, colleagues and others in the Hollywood community mourned his death on social media. Paramount Pictures also released the following statement regarding the beloved actor's death.
"All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Antony Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family."
Anton Yelchin, known for playing Chekov in the recent Star Trek films, has died. He was 27. Friends went to Yelchin’s Studio City, CA home early Sunday morning after he didn’t show up for a rehearsal. There they discovered him pinned between his own car and a brick pillar. “It appears he momentarily exited his car, and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” an Lapd spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter. His death comes just about a month ahead of the opening of the third of the rebooted Star Trek movies: Star Trek Beyond comes out July 22. Among Yelchin’s other film roles were horror remake Fright Night, crime thriller Alpha Dog, teenage comedy Charlie Bartlett, Felicity Jones romantic drama Like Crazy, and last year’s Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline. Yelchin also previously played guitar in punk band The Hammerheads. He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia »
- Emily Rome
The entertainment community is in mourning once again today, as a young actor passed away far too soon. Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies, including next month's Star Trek Beyond, has passed away at the age of 27. While details are still coming in, the actor appears to have died from a freak car accident.
Deadline reports that the actor was found by his friends early this morning, pinned by his car against a brick mailbox and security gate, apparently crushed to death by his own vehicle. No foul play is suspected in this car accident, although no further details were given. Here's what the actor's publicist Jennifer Allan had to say in a brief statement.
"Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning. His family requests you respect their privacy at this time."
TMZ reveals that the actor's friends became »
Update: The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee actor Anton Yelchin was driving at the time of his fatal accident was under recall, The Associated Press reports. The SUV's gear shifters reportedly confused drivers and caused vehicles to roll unexpectedly.
On Monday, Jeep auto-maker Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that the company is investigating and that it's premature to speculate on the crash cause. The 2015 Grand Cherokees were included in Fiat Chrysler's global recall of 1.1 million vehicles announced in April. A Los Angeles coroner's official has stated that Yelchin's death has been ruled an accident. »
We love a man who keeps his word and Frank Grillo is definitely a man who stands by his promises. We spoke to him a while back during the press run for the home entertainment release of The Purge Anarchy and he promised a third film in the series. He also promised he’d return and shared that the story would focus on the shadowy politicians behind the purge festivities.
This new trailer ticks all three boxes and then some. The Purge: Election Year is shaping up to be a very action-packed affair. The clip below sees Grillo doing everything in his power to keep a senator safe, think London Has Fallen, but when everyone wants to murder everyone else, not just disgruntled bad guys, that’s easier said than done. It also shows just how depraved the human race can be, though as hundreds of tourists from all over »
- Kat Hughes
13 items from 2016
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