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Trailer Watch: Helen Hunt Leads a Girls’ Volleyball Team to Glory in “The Miracle Season”

The Miracle Season

“How many teams ever win two championships back to back? Almost none,” a high school volleyball coach (Helen Hunt) tells her team in the trailer for “The Miracle Season.” The girls of West High School seem poised to to beat the odds and claim their second consecutive victory at state championships — until their captain and star player Caroline (Danika Yarosh) dies in a tragic accident.

The team is left reeling and mourning the loss of their friend and strongest player, but it’s the coach and Caroline’s best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty) who seem to be hit the hardest. Kelly takes over as team captain, but the girls have gone from champions to underdogs without Caroline.

After devoting themselves to the gym and the court, the girls manage to reclaim their concentration and enthusiasm and rebuild their team. They’ve become serious contenders. “You strong women.
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Charlie Gillespie Joins John Travolta In ‘Cigarette’; Chad Michael Collins Cast In ‘Home Invaders’

Charlie Gillespie Joins John Travolta In ‘Cigarette’; Chad Michael Collins Cast In ‘Home Invaders’
Charlie Gillespie has been cast in Cigarette (fka Speed Kills), the upcoming biopic starring John Travolta as Don Aronow, the speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire who created the Cigarette and other famous speedboats. John Luessenhop is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Aaron Cohen. Aronow lived a double life, which landed him in trouble with the law and drug lords. Gillespie will play Ben Aronow, Don’s teenage son who desperately tries to reconnect…
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Saban Films acquires 'Speed Kills'

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Hannibal Classics handles world sales in Cannes.

Saban Films has acquired Us rights from Hannibal Classics to John Luessenhop’s Speed Kills to star John Travolta, Mira Sorvino, Katheryn Winnick, Jordi Molla, James Remar and Kellan Lutz.

Richard Rionda Del Castro will produce the action thriller for Hannibal Classics, Blue Rider Entertainment and Oscar Generale.

Luessenhop and David Aaron Cohen wrote Speed Kills, which follows the true story of speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Don Aronow who leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords.

Principal photography is set to start at the end of the month in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Saban FilmsBill Bromiley said: “John Travolta has the uncanny ability to transform into true, larger than life characters. This high octane, high-end action thriller is the perfect showcase for John’s profound acting prowess.

Hannibal Films’ Del Castro said: “We have a long history of success with Saban
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Saban Films Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Speed Kills’ Starring John Travolta – Cannes

Saban Films Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Speed Kills’ Starring John Travolta – Cannes
Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights from Hannibal Classics to John Luessenhop's action thriller Speed Kills, starring John Travolta. Written by by Luessenhop (Takers) and David Aaron Cohen, Speed Kills is based on the true story of speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Don Aronow (Travolta), who leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords. The film begins principal photography at the end of the month in San Juan, Puerto…
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Saban Films Buys ‘Speed Kills’ With John Travolta

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights for “Speed Kills,” an action thriller with John Travolta and Mira Sorvino.

Speed Kills” follows a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire (Travolta), whose double life gets him in hot water with police and with drug lords. The film will begin principal photography in San Juan, Puerto Rico, soon.

Katheryn Winnick, Jordi Molla, James Remar and Kellan Lutz round out the cast. The pic will be produced by Richard Rionda Del Castro for Hannibal Classics, Blue Rider Entertainment and Oscar Generale.

The film was written by John Luessenhop (“Takers”) and David Aaron Cohen (“The Devil’s Own”).

Ness Saban and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal at Cannes on behalf of Saban Films with Rionda Del Castro on behalf of Hannibal.

Saban Films has been active at Cannes, nabbing U.S. distribution rights to Brian Smrz’s “24 Hours to Live” with Ethan Hawke and
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Kellan Lutz, Matthew Modine Join John Travolta’s ‘Speed Kills’ (Exclusive)

Kellan Lutz, Matthew Modine Join John Travolta’s ‘Speed Kills’ (Exclusive)
Kellan Lutz, Matthew Modine, James Remar, and Amaury Nolasco have joined John Travolta in speedboat racing saga “Speed Kills,” Variety has learned.

John Luessenhop is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Aaron Cohen. Production is launching in San Juan, P.R., and Miami Beach, Fla., on May 30.

Hannibal Classics is selling worldwide rights to the picture and expects sales to be completed by the end of the Cannes Film Festival.

Speed Kills” is inspired by the life of speedboat racing champion Donald Aronow, who also created boat brands including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder, and Cigarette. Travolta will play Aronow, who was murdered in 1987 in Miami. Katheryn Winnick is set to play the role of Lillian Aronow, a former Wilhelmina model and the second wife of Aronow.

Hannibal ClassicsRichard Rionda Del Castro is producing the film with Oscar Generale and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico.
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‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Joins John Travolta’s ‘Speed Kills’ (Exclusive)

‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Joins John Travolta’s ‘Speed Kills’ (Exclusive)
Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick has joined John Travolta, Mira Sorvino, and Jordi Molla aboard speedboat racing saga “Speed Kills,” Variety has learned.

John Luessenhop is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Aaron Cohen. Production is launching in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami Beach, Florida, on May 30.

Hannibal ClassicsRichard Rionda Del Castro is producing the film with Oscar Generale and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico. Travolta will executive produce alongside Anson Downes and Linda Favila as well as Walter Josten of Blue Rider Pictures and Hannibal’s Patricia Eberle, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth, Farouk Hadef, Jamal Sannan, and Grace Collins.

Hannibal Classics has been selling the worldwide rights to the picture and expects sales to be completed worldwide by the end of the Cannes Film Festival.

Speed Kills” is inspired by the life of speedboat racing champion Donald Aronow, who also created boat brands including Donzi Marine,
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John Travolta set to headline Speed Kills

According to Deadline, John Travolta has signed in to portray speedboat racing champion Don Aronow in Speed Kills, a new drama from director John Luessenhop (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Takers) and screenwriter David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights).

The film will see Travolta as Aronow, “a womanizing multimillionaire who created the Cigarette and other speedboats and sold them to presidents, the Shah of Iran, Malcolm Forbes and pop stars. At his height, he did business with the U.S. government and drug cartels at the same time — a double life that led to his mysterious murder in 1987 while he sat in his car in Miami.”

“Once I starting learning about Don Aronow’s life, I jumped at the opportunity to bring this story to the big screen,” said director Luessenhop. “John Travolta is the perfect actor to bring Aronow’s story to life.”

“I like biopic films,” added Travolta. “They are fascinating to me,
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John Travolta Playing Cigarette Boat Maker Don Aronow In ‘Speed Kills’

John Travolta Playing Cigarette Boat Maker Don Aronow In ‘Speed Kills’
Exclusive: John Travolta will star as speedboat racing champion Don Aronow in Speed Kills, the John Luessenhop-directed drama backed by Hannibal that will film in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami Beach starting May 30. Hannibal's Richard Rionda Del Castro is producing with Oscar Generale and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico. Friday Night LightsDavid Aaron Cohen wrote the script with Luessenhop. Paul Castro, a writer with close personal ties to the…
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William Hurt To Star Opposite Helen Hunt In ‘Live Like Line’

William Hurt To Star Opposite Helen Hunt In ‘Live Like Line’
Exclusive: William Hurt has been set to star opposite Helen Hunt in Live Like Line, the inspirational sports movie about a girls volleyball team trying to win against all odds. The film rejoins the actor with director Sean McNamara as they just completed The King’s Daughter (aka The Moon & The Sun) together. McNamara is directing Line with a script by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and revisions by Elissa Matsueda (Spare Parts). Shooting on the new film will…
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Casting: Hunt, Devine, Kim, Liberato, Benoist

Live Like Line

Helen Hunt is set to re-team with "Soul Surfer" director Sean McNamara on the inspirational sports movie "Live Like Line" at Ld Entertainment. David Aaron Cohen ("Friday Night Lights") penned the script with revisions by Elissa Matsueda. Filming is slated to begin in July.

The story chronicles Iowa City's West High girls volleyball team and its improbable run to the state championship under the guidance of their tough-love coach Kathy Bresnahan (Hunt) after the death of their star player Caroline 'Line' Found. [Source: Deadline]

When We First Met

Adam Devine ("Workaholics") is set to co-write and star opposite Alexandra Daddario ("San Andreas") in Ari Sandel's rom-com "When We First Met" for Footprint Features, Mxn and Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Devine stars as Noah, who spends the perfect first night with the girl of his dreams (Daddario) but gets relegated to the friend zone. He spends the next three
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David Aaron Cohen To Script ‘Son Of Hamas,’ Indie Pic Based On A Terrorist Leader’s Son Who Spied For Israel

David Aaron Cohen To Script ‘Son Of Hamas,’ Indie Pic Based On A Terrorist Leader’s Son Who Spied For Israel
Exclusive: David Aaron Cohen has signed on to adapt Son of Hamas, the bestselling memoir that Mosab Hassan Yousef wrote with Ron Brackin. The project has been set up independently and will be produced by Richard Harding and Sam Feuer of Sixth Sense Productions, and Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard Lewis. Development is being financed by The Shea Family Foundation, whose Dennis Baker will be executive producer along with Southpaw’s Gabrielle Jerou. In Son Of Hamas: A Gripping Account Of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue And Unthinkable Choices, Yousef describes growing up in the Palestinian West Bank as the son of a founding leader in the terrorist organization Hamas. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and was imprisoned and tortured several times by Israeli’s intelligence service Shin Bet. There, he saw Hamas was torturing its own as it tried to root out traitors. While that prompted him to question his loyalties,
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Cartoon Net ramping up live-action slate

New York -- Cartoon Network is taking a big step into live-action, prepping a slew of programs that represent the channel's largest slate in a long time.

The channel has more than a dozen projects in development including projects from writers David Titcher ("The Librarian"), Paul Dini ("Lost") and Mike Werb ("Face/Off," "The Mask"), among others. Chief content officer Rob Sorcher said that the network could possibly go to pilot with three of the projects this year, then launch a night of live-action programming sometime in 2010.

"That would absolutely be a win for us," Sorcher said Thursday.

The channel opened a Burbank-based scripted development series about a year ago. Last year, the network said it would pursue two avenues with live-action scripted series -- one in fantasy, action and adventure and the other in comedy.

"This is part of the overall expansion of programming at Cartoon Network," Sorcher said.
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