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Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Eiza González, T.I. To Star In Heist Film ‘Cut Throat City’ With RZA Directing

Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Eiza González, T.I.  To Star In Heist Film ‘Cut Throat City’ With RZA Directing
Exclusive: Empire star Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes (Blade), Eiza González (Baby Driver), rapper and actor Tip "T.I." Harris (Ant-Man), Demetrius Shipp Jr. (All Eyez on Me) and Shameik Moore (Netflix’s The Get Down) have all been tapped to star in post-Katrina heist drama, Cut Throat City, with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA at the helm. The pic, currently filming in New Orleans, is produced by Elliott Michael Smith of Rumble Riot Pictures, Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures
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Nicolas Cage’s ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ Lands at FilmRise

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ Lands at FilmRise
FilmRise has acquired the Patriot Pictures thriller “Vengeance: A Love Story,” starring Nicolas Cage as a detective seeking vigilante justice.

FilmRise is planning a fall release in theaters and on VOD. Cage had been attached to direct “Vengeance: A Love Story” in 2016, but later stepped aside.

The film, is based on the 2003 novel “Rape: A Love Story” by Joyce Carol Oates. The novel centers on the aftermath a gang rape, with the victim left for dead in a park boathouse. The woman is a single mother in her 30s, and the attack is witnessed by her daughter — whose credibility is attacked at the subsequent trial.

Patriot’s Harold Becker and Michael Mendelsohn developed the film for eight years. Anna Hutchison portrays the single mother and Talitha Bateman plays her 12-year old daughter. Don Johnson portrays the criminal defense attorney.

“Vengeance is an incredible story of the subsequent effect violence (and vigilante justice) have on multiple generations of women,” said Mendelsohn. “It’s a modern movie with super talented professionals, Nicolas Cage and Don Johnson, going head to head.”

Vengeance: A Love Story” was shot in Atlanta and directed by Johnny Martin, a former stuntman and second unit director in his feature directorial debut. The “Vengeance” screenplay was adapted by John Mankiewicz.

Vengeance: A Love Story” was produced by Cage and Mendelsohn. Executive producers are Harold Becker, Mike Nilon, Patricia Eberle, and Richard Rionda Del Castro; and co-executive produced by Martin J. Barab, Dama Claire and Randy Mendelsohn, as well as Etchie Stroh and Shahar Stroh of Moonstone Entertainment. Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management fully financed the film.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise’s Danny Fisher and Max Einhorn with Etchie Stroh.

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UK poster for My Name Is Lenny starring Josh Helman as Lenny McLean

Lionsgate has released a new UK poster for My Name Is Lenny, the upcoming biopic of bareknuckle righter Lenny McLean, played by Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse). Check it out here…

See Also: First look at Josh Helman as Lenny McLean in biopic My Name is Lenny

My Name Is Lenny chronicles Lenny McLean’s origin as a young street fighter in 1970s East End London, the haunting effects of horrific childhood abuse, and his bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw across three unlicensed boxing matches, culminating in Lenny taking the championship title of “The Guv’nor”.

Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse; Mad Max: Fury Road) stars as Britain’s toughest man, with BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This Is England: 90; The Aliens) as his wife, Val McLean, and current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping (Twin Peaks; xXx: Return of Xander Cage) as his arch rival, Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw.
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Brainstorm Media Acquires Sundance Pic ‘I Am Michael’, Sets January Theatrical Release Date

Brainstorm Media has picked up distribution rights to writer-director Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts, and will released the indie in U.S. theaters and on digital January 27. The pic premiered at Sundance last year and is produced by Franco and Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini, Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, and Scott Reed and Ron Singer of That’s Hollywood and exec produced by Gus Van Sant. Based on Benoit…
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Sarah Shahi Joins Al Pacino In ‘Hangman’; Indie Thriller ‘Getaway Girls’ Rounds Its Cast

Sarah Shahi Joins Al Pacino In ‘Hangman’; Indie Thriller ‘Getaway Girls’ Rounds Its Cast
Sarah Shahi has been added to the cast of Johnny Martin's crime thriller Hangman alongside Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow. The film follows a homicide detective (Pacino) who teams up with a criminal profiler (Urban) to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game Hangman. Shahi will play police Captain Lisa Watson. Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management's Michael Mendelsohn produces with Cheyenne Enterprises' Arnold…
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Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow Starring in ‘Hangman’ (Exclusive)

Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow Starring in ‘Hangman’ (Exclusive)
Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow are starring in the upcoming crime thriller “Hangman,” with shooting set to start Nov. 17 in Atlanta.

Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management’s CEO Michael Mendelsohn and Arnold Rifkin of Cheyenne Enterprises are producing. The film will be financed by Union Patriot Capital Management.

Patriot is collaborating on a series of films with Etchie Stroh (“The Promise,” “Afterglow”), who is the film’s executive producer and will represent the film for international sales in a new venture at the American Film Market.

Hangman” will be directed by Johnny Martin, who helmed “Vengeance: A Love Story” starring Nicolas Cage and Don Johnson. Michael Caissie and Charles Huttinger co-wrote the screenplay, with revisions by director Johnny Martin and Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures.

Pacino will portray a decorated homicide detective and Urban will play a criminal profiler who collaborate to catch a serial killer who
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John Hurt joins boxing drama 'My Name Is Lenny'

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Exclusive: Shooting has wrapped in East London on the Salon Pictures features.

Two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt has joined the cast of My Name Is Lenny, the boxing drama biopic from UK production outfit Salon Pictures.

Wrapping a four-week shoot in London’s East End today (Sept 19), the film tells the story of one of Britain’s most notorious bare-knuckle fighters, Lenny McLean.

Josh Helman stars as the titular Lenny, alongside Nick Moran, Chanel Cresswell, current Ufc Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping and Charlie Palmer Rothwell. Hurt has replaced Michael Gambon in the cast.

Ron Scalpello (Offender) directs from a screenplay written by Paul Van Carter and Martin Askew. Van Carter produces with his fellow Salon Pictures co-founder Nick Taussig, alongside Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures (who are financing the feature) and Jamie McLean, son of the titular Lenny. Salon’s Christopher J Reynolds is an executive producer.

Embankment is handling sales. Lionsgate picked
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Fury Road's Josh Helman to play bare-knuckle fighter in My Name is Lenny

Chanel Cresswell and Josh Helman in.My.Name is Lenny.

Principal photography has begun in London on My Name is Lenny, starring Aussie actor Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) as British bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean..

The film is being produced by Salon Pictures, which recently wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky.s Churchill starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson..

Joining Helman is current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping as his arch rival, Roy .Pretty Boy. Shaw as well as veterans Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Hail Caesar) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

The film is directed by Ron Scalpello (Offender, Pressure) and written by Martin Askew (Rocknrolla) and Salon co-founder Paul Van Carter (one of the producers of Churchill).

Van Carter said that Salon was "delighted to finally bring the legend of Lenny to life by making an intelligent and intimate film with our amazing cast.
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First look at Josh Helman as Lenny McLean in biopic My Name is Lenny

With production getting underway today, Salon Pictures has released a first look image of Josh Helman as Lenny McClean in the upcoming biopic My Name is Lenny. The image shows Helman alongside This Is England star Chanel Cresswell, who plays his wife Val…

My Name Is Lenny chronicles Lenny McLean’s origin as a young street fighter in 1970s East End London, the haunting effects of horrific childhood abuse, and his bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw across three unlicensed boxing matches, culminating in Lenny taking the championship title of “The Guv’nor”.

Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse; Mad Max: Fury Road) stars as Britain’s toughest man, with BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This Is England: 90; The Aliens) as his wife, Val McLean, and current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping (Twin Peaks; xXx: Return of Xander Cage) as his arch rival, Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw. The supporting cast also features Michael Gambon
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Lionsgate takes boxing biopic 'My Name Is Lenny' for UK

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Shooting has begun in London on the Salon Pictures feature, which stars Josh Helman and Michael Gambon.

Lionsgate has taken UK rights to Salon Pictures’ forthcoming boxing biopic My Name Is Lenny, which stars Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Michael Gambon.

The film began principal photography today in London, with a four-week shoot set to take place across locales including Hoxton and Islington.

The biopic tells the story of bare knuckle boxer Lenny McLean, who grew up in 1970s East London and went on to become a champion fighter.

Ron Scalpello (Offender) directs from a screenplay written by Paul Van Carter and Martin Askew.

Van Carter produces with his fellow Salon Pictures co-founder Nick Taussig, alongside Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures (who are financing the feature) and Jamie McLean, son of the titular Lenny. Salon’s Christopher J Reynolds is an executive producer.

Embankment are handling sales.

Also on Salon Pictures’ slate is the Brian Cox-starring
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Boxing Movie ‘My Name Is Lenny’ Starts to Shoot in London (Exclusive)

Boxing Movie ‘My Name Is Lenny’ Starts to Shoot in London (Exclusive)
Boxing movie “My Name Is Lenny,” which stars “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” actor Josh Helman, has started filming in London.

Principal photography on the film, which is produced by Salon Pictures and will be released in the U.K. by Lionsgate, is expected to take place over four weeks in North London neighborhoods Hoxton and Islington.

The pic is based on the true life story of bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, also known as “The Guv’nor.” Helman stars as the boxer, with Chanel Cresswell, a BAFTA winner with “This Is England: 90,” as his wife, Val McLean. Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping (“Twin Peaks,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”) plays his arch rival, Roy “Pretty Boy” Shaw.

The supporting cast features Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” series, “Hail, Caesar!”), Nick Moran (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), Jennifer Brooke (“Astral”), Charley Palmer Rothwell (“Legend,
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Nicolas Cage to Direct Adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates Novel ‘Rape: A Love Story’

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Nicolas Cage to Direct Adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates Novel ‘Rape: A Love Story’
After attaching himself to star in “Vengeance: A Love Story” back in February, Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has signed on to direct the indie thriller, it was announced Tuesday by Michael Mendelsohn (“I Am Wrath”) of Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management. John Mankiewicz (“House of Cards”) wrote the script, which is based on Joyce Carol Oates‘ award-winning 2003 novel “Rape: A Love Story.” The story follows a single mother who is raped by four meth addicts, left for dead, and nursed back to health by her own mother. When the perpetrators make bail and are released from prison, their.
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Nicolas Cage to Direct Thriller ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’

Nicolas Cage to Direct Thriller ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’
Nicolas Cage will direct and star in the independent thriller “Vengeance: A Love Story.”

Variety reported last month that Cage was on board to play a detective in the film. Michael Mendelsohn, CEO of Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management, is producing. Shooting is set to begin in April in Atlanta.

Cage is directing from a John Mankiewicz screenplay, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2003 novel “Rape: A Love Story.”

Oates’ novel centers on the aftermath a gang rape, with the victim left for dead in a park boathouse. The woman is a single mother in her 30s, and the attack is witnessed by her daughter — whose credibility is attacked at the subsequent trial. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.

“I’m excited to work on ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ and bring Joyce Carol Oates’ bittersweet novel to the screen,” Cage said. “Storytelling has
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Nicolas Cage to direct 'Vengeance'

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Nicolas Cage to direct 'Vengeance'
The Oscar-winning actor is attached to star in Vengeance: A Love Story and will direct the project.

Hannibal Classics serves as sales agent and Patriot Pictures CEO Michael Mendelsohn produces the story about a detective on the case of four meth addicts charged with the rape of a young woman.

Production is scheduled for April 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I’m excited to work on Vengeance: A Love Story and bring Joyce Carol Oates’ bittersweet novel to the screen,” said Cage.

“Storytelling has always been my passion and I’m honoured to work with this talented team to tell a tale of the suffering too many women have endured.”

John Mankiewicz adapted the screenplay to Oates’ novel, Rape: A Love Story.

Harold Becker and Mike Nilon are executive producers alongside Hannibal’s Richard Rionda Del Castro

“I love working with Nicolas Cage. He is a scholar, gentleman, and a talented actor. Delighted to work
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Nicolas Cage Takes Over Director Duties From Harold Becker On ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’

Nicolas Cage Takes Over Director Duties From Harold Becker On ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’
Breaking: Harold Becker has left the director’s chair on the Nicolas Cage starring drama thriller Vengeance: A Love Story during pre-production. Cage — who has a long history with the producer/financier Michael Mendelsohn — has stepped in to helm the project which he had already signed on to star. A source with knowledge of the goings on said that there was a dispute over the budget which producers wanted to trim by $1M and a disagreement arose on whether it would affect…
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Nicolas Cage To Direct "Vengenance"

Following word last month that he would be starring, Nicolas Cage is now onboard to also direct the upcoming independent thriller "Vengeance: A Love Story" for Patriot Pictures.

Cage is directing from a John Mankiewicz screenplay, based on Joyce Carol Oates' 2003 novel "Rape: A Love Story." The action is set in the aftermath a gang rape with the victim, a single mother in her 30s, left for dead in a park boathouse.

The attack was witnessed by her daughter, whose credibility is attacked at the subsequent trial, leading to a Gulf War veteran turned policeman (Cage) becoming her unexpected champion.

Michael Mendelsohn will produce and filming begins in April in Atlanta.

Source: Variety
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Nic Cage Joins "Vengeance: A Love Story"

Nicolas Cage will star in the Harold Becker-directed thriller "Vengeance: A Love Story" at Hannibal Classics and Patriot Pictures.

John Mankiewicz adapted the screenplay based on Joyce Carol Oates' 2003 novel. The story centers on the aftermath of a victim of gang rape, left for dead in a park boathouse.

The victim is a single mother in her 30s and the attack is witnessed by her daughter. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.

Samuel L. Jackson was attached to a previous incarnation of the project in 2009. Richard Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn will produce and filming begins in March in Atlanta.

Source: Variety
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Berlin: Nicolas Cage to Star in ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Nicolas Cage to Star in ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ (Exclusive)
Nicolas Cage will star in Hannibal Classics’ thriller “Vengeance: A Love Story,” with shooting starting in March in Atlanta, Variety has learned.

Hannibal is starting international sales this week at the Berlin Film Festival.

Producers are Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal Classics and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures. The

executive producer is Patricia Eberle.

Harold Becker is directing from a John Mankiewicz screenplay, based on the 2003 novel by Joyce Carol Oates called “Rape: A Love Story.”

Oates’ novel centers on the aftermath of a victim of gang rape, left for dead in a park boathouse. The victim is a single mother in her 30s and the attack is witnessed by her daughter. A policeman who is a Gulf War veteran becomes her unexpected champion.

“Vengeance: A Love Story” was in development by Hannibal in 2009 with Samuel L. Jackson attached.

Hannibal and Cage teamed up a year ago on the
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Us Briefs: Lionsgate acquires 'Natural Born Pranksters'

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Us Briefs: Lionsgate acquires 'Natural Born Pranksters'
Studio teams with YouTube stars on day-and-date launchLionsgate has picked up distribution rights from Collective Digital Studio to Natural Born Pranksters starring YouTube pranksters VitalyzdTV, Roman Atwood and Dennis Roady. Lionsgate will release the film day-and-date in theatres, via Est and VOD in early 2016.Momentum Pictures has acquired all North American rights from Ambi Distribution to the feature film All Roads Lead To Rome. Ella Lemhagen directed the rom-com that stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova and Paz Vega. Josh Appignanesi and Cindy Myers co-wrote the screenplay. All Roads Lead To Rome will open day-and-date theatrically and on digital in 2016.Patriot Pictures CEO Michael Mendelsohn is preparing to start production this month on comedy Chocolate City 2: Vegas Battle. Viacom’s Paramount and Bet acquired Chocolate City, Jean-Claude Lamarre will direct the sequel, described as being in the vein of the Magic Mike and Bring It On franchises. Mendelsohn produces and finances via his Patriot Pictures and Union
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Toronto: James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ Bought by Alchemy for North America

Toronto: James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ Bought by Alchemy for North America
Alchemy has acquired North American distribution rights to James Franco’s Hollywood-set dramedy “Zeroville” for a 2016 release.

The film, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson, stars Franco, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Joey King, Dave Franco and Danny McBride. Filming began last October in Los Angeles.

Franco directs from a screenplay by Paul Felten and Ian Olds. The story centers on a young man obsessed with cinema who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 and climbs the ranks of Hollywood’s ’70s movie elite while finding true love to be a dangerous romance.

Producers are James Franco and Vince Jolivette via their Rabbit Bandini Productions banner, along with Caroline Aragon and Michael Mendelsohn via his Patriot Pictures banner.

Alchemy made the announcement at the Toronto Film Festival, where it has four titles screening — Nanni Moretti’s comedic drama “Mia Madre”; Yorgos Lanthimos’ satire “The Lobster,
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