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Cutting Edge Group and Lakeshore Entertainment have closed terms on a strategic music venture in which Cutting Edge will administer and monetize Lakeshore’s music library of over 50 titles, Variety has learned exclusively.
The news was announced Monday at the American Film Market. Lakeshore has produced movies for the past two decades, including “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Age of Adaline,” “American Pastoral” and “The Boy.”
“Lakeshore are one of the leading film producers in the world” said Philip Moross, Cutting Edge CEO. “They are consistently producing high quality commercial films and we are thrilled to set up this new venture with them.”
The deal will see Cutting Edge exploit the music rights from Lakeshore’s library of titles.
Cutting Edge, based in London and Los Angeles, has a music library of over 400 films, TV shows and invests into 30-40 single films a year. Recent titles include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Sicario,” “Everest” and “Whiplash. »
- Dave McNary
Stx Entertainment has received a “significant” new investment from two Chinese media companies and several other investors — money that the company said will help it move closer to its goal of becoming a global, multi-platform media powerhouse.
China’s Tencent Holdings and Hong Kong’s Pccw both put undisclosed amounts into Stx in exchange for stakes in the company, which said it intends to expand beyond its budding film business into television, digital apps, video games, social media, virtual reality, and other platforms.
One individual familiar with the deal said it values the company at nearly $1.5 billion.
Others who have tried to start multi-media companies from scratch have struggled, but Stx’s founders and backers at the private equity fund Tpg believe they have a route to success because of rigorous attention to cost controls, a series of partnerships with other content providers, and a determination to operate without the »
- James Rainey
Veteran distribution executive Andy Leyshon has joined Stx Entertainment as U.K. managing director of Stx’s international division.
The hire was announced Friday by David Kosse, president of Stx International. Two-year-old Stx hired Kosse in April to launch the division as part of a strategy to expand distribution of its content.
Leyshon will oversee sales and distribution of Stx content by identifying opportunities, securing partnerships, and maintaining relationships with distributors in the U.K., and overseeing the theatrical and multi-platform release of Stx films.
“I’ve known and worked with Andy for 15 years across two companies,” said Kosse. “He has great taste and a fantastic knowledge of the U.K. market, and he knows how to handle all types of films. I’m tremendously excited that he is joining us and helping build our new distribution business here in London.”
Leyshon’s first initiative will be overseeing sales and »
- Dave McNary
The film marked the actor’s return to the action franchise after a nine-year hiatus, during which he repeatedly hinted that he might be done with his most popular role. He and director Paul Greengrass argued that 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum” had brought the character full circle by filling in him on the shadowy bureaucratic maneuvers that transformed him into a killing machine. What was left?
Be it creative spark or big paydays, the pair were somehow lured back to the series. That’s good news for Universal, which ran the risk of losing a Tiffany franchise without Damon’s involvement. In the interim, the studio had made an ill-conceived attempt at cinematic universe building with “The Bourne Legacy,” introducing Jeremy Renner as another amnesic ass-kicker dubbed Aaron Cross. »
- Brent Lang
Brown worked on “Central Intelligence,” “San Andreas,” “Horrible Bosses,” the “Harold & Kumar” series and the upcoming “Fist Fight” with Ice Cube; “Going in Style,” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin; and “The House” starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.
Schulman will be moving into a new corporate role within Stx Entertainment, overseeing the launch of a significant new initiative with pending details forthcoming.
He was most recently a senior VP of production for »
- Dave McNary
Things didn’t go as planned with “Free State of Jones.”
The $50 million Civil War drama, greenlit two years ago by STX Entertainment, was meant to announce the indie studio as a bright new player bent on producing quality movies for adults with top talent. But, despite the presence of star Matthew McConaughey and director Gary Ross, and an extensive advertising push, “Free State of Jones” collapsed at the domestic box office this past weekend, eking out less than $8 million in its debut and raising more questions about STX’s business model.
Stx got into the business precisely because it believes that there’s still an audience for the kind of projects major studios abandoned in favor of superhero adventures and tween franchises. The film, announced shortly after Stx was launched in 2014 by Robert Simonds and Tpg managing director Bill McGlashan, was handed a prime summer release date. Its failure »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Disney has acquired the feature film rights to Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.”
The story centers on Delilah Dirk, a 19th century adventurer, who plots to rob a corrupt Sultan in Constantinople evades the Sultan’s guards with the aid of her flying boat. She’s aided by her new friend, a Turkish tea-master Erdemoglu Selim, who becomes duty-bound to follow her across Turkey after she saves his life.
The book became a New York Times bestseller in 2013. No director, writer or actors are attached yet.
Lee broke into Hollywood by executive producing remakes of Asian films such as “The Ring, »
- Dave McNary
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Boy (2016)
Written by: Stacey Menear
Directed by: William Brent Bell
The scenario most always plays out the same way. A break out hit film or show with an ensemble cast spawns many unrelated off shoots with members of that cast allowed to showcase their talents on a singular level. Sometimes it’s spectacular, sometimes it’s tragic, and sometimes a film that would have completely flown under the radar, breaks through the haze of obscurity because of one golden ticket. That ticket is name recognition, and if the film isn’t a hit, it will at least find its place as a footnote in genre history.
If asking anyone about “The Boy” that might be interested in going to see a film of its ilk, »
The Boy was one of the big surprises this year for obvious reasons to those that have seen the movie. Before we jump into the final act, let’s talk about how this all came about. How did you get involved with this project and how far along was the story when you came on board?
William Brent Bell: I really wanted to do something out of the horror space and more in science fiction, or I wanted to do something really intimate and creepy, like a ghost story in a house. I met with Gary Lucchesi, the president of Lakeshore Entertainment, and he asked me if I’d read a script of theirs, which was The Boy. »
- Jonathan James
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Deadpool (decidedly adult superhero action-comedy; Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller; rated R) The Boy (horror; Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans; rated PG-13) Where to Invade Next (documentary; Michael Moore; rated R) Mustang (drama; Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu; rated PG-13) Search Party (comedy; T.J. Miller, Adam Pally; premieres 5/13 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) The Trust (action; Nicolas Cage...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What »
- Rob Hunter
Tuesday, May 10th looks to be a pretty big day in home entertainment, as we have over 20 different genre-related titles coming our way this week. Universal Studios is bringing home The Boy to both Blu-ray and DVD, and fans can finally get their hands all over Deadpool, which is also getting released on both formats this Tuesday courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Scream Factory is resurrecting the Patty Duke thriller, You’ll Like My Mother, in HD on May 10th, and Raro Video will release the cult classic Giallo film The Perfume of the Lady in Black on Blu-ray as well. We also have several great indie genre efforts making their way home on May 10th, including Synchronicity, Regression and the Wnuf Halloween Special.
- Heather Wixson
Director William Brent Bell talks about making his modern Gothic classic The Boy. “PG-13 is such a pain in the ass…” So says director William Brent Bell, the brain behind the wildly Gothic gem The Boy (read our rave review here), released last year to sturdy box office and typically mixed fan and critic response.…
- Chris Alexander
Tank 432 is a post-apocalyptic thriller, from director Nick Gillespie (Kill List). Previously titled Belly of the Bulldog, the film involves warfare and a group of mercenaries relentlessly pursued by a group of bandits. Rupert Evans (The Boy), Steve Garry and Deirdre Mullins star in this compelling feature. And, the UK will see this film through DVD, via Kaleidoscope Entertainment. The film's first trailer and the UK film poster are hosted here. The longer synopsis at Kaleidoscope involves a mystery. This band of mercenaries may in fact be rogue soldiers. They find their identities mentioned in a series of files, which lay in an abandoned tank. Have they gone Awol? Their pursuit, by a group of armed killers, will force the truth into the light of day. Otherwise, their refuge will become their coffin. Tank 432 is slated for a Summer release. This title will be available in the United Kingdom on August 22nd, »
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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Boy on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand beginning May 10th, and we’ve been provided with two Blu-ray prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive:
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Boy Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Press Release: “Universal City, California, March 9, 2016 – A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying »
- Derek Anderson
A poster and trailer have arrived online for the Ben Wheatley-produced thriller Tank 432 (a.k.a. Belly of the Bulldog). Written and directed by Nick Gillespie, the film is set to screen at the Cannes Film Festival later this month; take a look below…
On the run and with nowhere to hide, a group of mercenaries find themselves surrounded by an unidentified enemy. As gunfire hails down and their mysterious pursuers begin to close in, they must keep moving to find safe shelter.
The only chance of survival is to hide inside an abandoned tank discovered by inexperienced soldier, Reeves (Rupert Evans – Hell Boy, The Boy, Man in the High Castle). Once holed up inside the tank, they quickly discover the hatch is jammed and there is no way out.
As the mercenaries begin their desperate search for anything that may aid their escape, they fall upon a shocking »
- Amie Cranswick
We loved William Brent Bell’s film The Boy (review up this week!), and the good folks over at Universal thought it would be nice to see if you fright fanatics would too. We’ve partnered up with Universal to give out (2) prize packs for the creepy doll film (now on Digital HD and hitting Bluray/DVD/VOD on May 10th), each one containing a Bluray/Digital HD copy of the scarefest, along with a t-shirt and special candle.
From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and Stx Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the film is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).
Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a »
- Jerry Smith
A young American woman is uncovering the menacing nature of the English family she has recently signed on to care for in this year’s frightening mystery film, ‘The Boy.’ In the latest horror movie from genre director William Brent Bell, ‘The Walking Dead’ actress Lauren Cohan discovers that not every seemingly ideal couple is as endearing and picturesque as they initially seem. That tense revelation is being made as the movie, which is now available on Digital HD, is set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 10 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In celebration of the horror thriller’s home release, Shockya is offering two lucky [ Read More ]
The post The Boy Blu-ray and Digital HD Giveaway Reveals a Family’s Menacing Secrets appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Garth Franklin
Created by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated U.S. comic strip in 1951 – and not to be confused with the Beano character of the same name, Dennis the Menace spawned a live-action TV show in the 1950s, along with two animated series and a 1987 TV movie.
In 1993, the character made his big screen debut courtesy of director Nick Castle and writer-producer John Hughes, with a movie starring Mason Gamble as Dennis and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbour Mr. Wilson.
- Gary Collinson
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