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Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell to Star in Indie ‘Donnybrook’

Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell to Star in Indie ‘Donnybrook’
Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley, and James Badge Dale are set to star in the indie pic “Donnybrook.”

Tim Sutton is writing and directing.

Production starts on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.

Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, the film follows a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.

The film is produced by David Lancaster along with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, together with Backup Media. This is the third feature in the last two years that the two companies have made together after Fabrice du Welz’s “Message From the King” and Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes.”

Grillo can be seen next in Netflix’s action movie “Wheelman.” Bell was most
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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 Kill, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma. Creative people often have a myriad of interests, and Haaga is no exception. He’s written several screenplays, most notably for Cheap Thrills (directed by Evan Katz, and also produced by Snowfort) and Deadgirl, but moonlights as an actor, too. Similarly, the cheerful Matthew Gubler is a popular actor, most known for his role on Criminal Minds, and he’s directed some episodes and a few shorts, as well. So, what happens when you mix the talents of Haaga, Gubler, Snowfort, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Boe, Shelia Vand,...

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Ucp Expanding Development Slate w/ Dan Harmon, The Raven Cycle & more

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Universal Cable Productions Announces Key Projects Expanding Award-winning Studio’S Distinguished Genre Development Slate

Notable Projects Include:

Maggie Stiefvater’s New York Times Bestselling Series “The Raven Cycle” With Andrew Miller (“The Secret Circle”), Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) And Michael London of Groundswell Productions (“The Magicians”)

Hugh Howey’s Renowned Post-Apocalyptic Series “Sand” With Gary Whitta (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Marc Forster (“World War Z”) And Imperative Entertainment

“Sirens of Titan” With Dan Harmon (“Rick & Morty”) and Evan Katz (“Small Crimes”)

Announces Evan Spiliotopoulos (“Beauty and the Beast”)

To Write Highly Anticipated “Welcome to Hitchcock” Series

Options Iconic Hugo Award-Winning Science Fantasy Novel “Lord of Light”

Universal City, CA- July 18, 2017– As the annual gathering of TV and comic’s most loyal fans at San Diego’s Comic-Con International 2017 kicks offtomorrow, Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) unveiled today its annual genre development slate of notable projects for TV. The studio
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/Filmcast Ep. 420 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

/Filmcast Ep. 420 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
David, Jeff, and Brad discuss Evan Katz’s sophomore film Small Crimes, the riveting third season of Bloodline, and the disappointing 5-25-77. Learn more about the terrible continuity of the Pirates franchise. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: Shownotes What We’ve […]

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Backup Media to finance Tim Sutton’s 'Donnybrook'

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Backup Media to finance Tim Sutton’s 'Donnybrook'
Rumble Films is producing the fighting drama.

Paris-based Backup Media will fully finance writer-director Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook, which is being produced by Whiplash producer David Lancaster through his outfit Rumble Films.

Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family who competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.

Production is scheduled for August 2017 in Southern Ohio in the Us.

According to Backup Media, distribution deals are being finalised for Germany, Switzerland, Benelux and Austria, while Manuel Chiche and The Jokers will co-produce and release the film in France.

Lancaster is producing with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films. The two companies have previously collaborated on Fabrice du WelzMessage From The King and Evan KatzSmall Crimes.

UTA Independent Film Group is representing North America.

Launched in 2002, finance
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Backup Media to Fully Finance Tim Sutton’s ‘Donnybrook’ (Exclusive)

Backup Media to Fully Finance Tim Sutton’s ‘Donnybrook’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Backup Media has come on board to fully finance Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” the adaptation of Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel, which David Lancaster’s Rumble Films is producing.

On top of financing the film, Backup Media is currently negotiating distribution deals for France, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux and Austria. Manuel Chiche’s banner The Jokers is co-producing the pic and will release it in France.

Sutton’s fourth feature after “Pavilion,” “Memphis” and “Dark Night,” “Donnybrook” turns on a cash-strapped family man who competes in the Donnybrook, “a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.” The producers describe the film as a mix of “No Country for Old Men” and “Fight Club.”

“Between Frank Bill’s primal scream of a book and the controlled menace of Tim Sutton’s ‘Dark Night,’ well…[it] feels like we might be raising some hell,” said Lancaster, whose credits include “Whiplash” and “Nightcrawler.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Age of Shadows,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Small Crimes,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand
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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle
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Movie Review: Jaime Lannister goes ex-con weary in the uneven Netflix genre riff Small Crimes

As Joe Denton, the hapless ex-cop/ex-con protagonist of Small Crimes, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau wears a thick goatee that somehow, all by itself, transforms his look from Lannister nobility into discount Josh Brolin. That’s entirely appropriate for this seedy exercise in corruption and redemption—the sophomore feature from Evan Katz, who was credited as E.L. Katz on his 2014 debut, Cheap Thrills. As the film begins, Joe is being released from prison after a six-year stretch, though the details of his crimes are slow to emerge; conversations with the ironically named Lieutenant Pleasant (Gary Cole) makes it clear that Joe was previously on the force, where both were involved in graft and murder, but the dialogue throughout is naturalistic rather than expository. For a while, all we really know about Joe is that his life is in ruins: His ex-wife has left town with their two young daughters and ...
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21 Things We Learned from Simon Barrett’s Commentary on ‘Cathy’s Curse’

“You might ask why we are doing this commentary track.”Cathy’s Curse (1976)

Commentators: Simon Barrett (filmmaker), Brian Collins (critic/author)

1. This original cut features opening text that Collins (who also creates credits for TV/film) apparently recreated, and they’ve finally given Barrett the opportunity to read all nineteen words. They’re not present in the longer director’s cut. “I’ve never seen the longer cut,” says Barrett “and I won’t because I’m patriotic.”

2. The onscreen text was added by the distributors to explain the footage they cut for its release.

3. Barrett (and Collins?) recorded a “fan” commentary for the films years ago.

4. Barrett wonders about the Venn Diagram including people who are fans of the film and happen to know who both he and Collins are. “It’s like two specks that you can’t tell if they’re the same or not.”

5. “You know and I know that I’ve had
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15 Films to See in April

This month brings Amazonian exploration, shoot-’em-ups, boundary-pushing documentaries, kaiju battles, and more. Before the summer genuinely kicks off, and with it the Cannes Film Festival, there’s also a handful of films from last year’s outing. Check out our picks for what to see this month and chime in with what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Win it All (4/7), Gifted (4/7), Mine (4/7), Their Finest (4/7), The Void (4/7), Aftermath (4/7), Salt and Fire (4/7), The Assignment (4/7), Queen of the Desert (4/7), The Student (4/14), By the Time it Gets Dark (4/14), Little Boxes (4/14), The Fate of the Furious (4/14), The Promise (4/21), Tramps (4/21), One Week and a Day (4/28), Obit (4/26), Buster’s Mal Heart (4/28), and Sleight (4/28)

15. The Circle (James Ponsoldt; April 28)

Synopsis: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Evan Katz & Macon Blair On ‘Small Crimes,’ SXSW [Video Exclusive]

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Evan Katz & Macon Blair… by Uinterview Small Crimes, a crime-thriller film directed by Evan Katz, stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former cop who just got off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He returns home, seeking redemption, but ends up trapped in the mess he left behind. “[Denton] tried to […]

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SXSW 2017 Review: From Small Crimes Come Big Troubles

Four years ago, Evan Katz made his directorial debut with the pitch-black comedy thriller Cheap Thrills, pitting Pat Healy against Ethan Embry in a diabolical, desperate game of survival. Now Katz has returned to the director's chair with Small Crimes, which takes a decidedly more relaxed, though no less diabolical, approach to pitch-black comic suspense. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Joe Denton, introduced as he's released from prison and seeks to establish a new life in a small town where he was born and raised. But his old life casts a long shadow; no one looks happy to see him, not even his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert Forster). Gradually it's revealed that Joe was a police officer until he was busted for corruption and...

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Small Crimes Review [SXSW 2017]

With Small Crimes, Evan “E.L.” Katz joins the ranks of Jeremy Saulnier, Macon Blair and others who’ve embrace a dark, degenerate microcosm of rural Americana. It’s a growing trend, where backwoods suburbia morphs into a moral cesspool. Be it Nazi skinheads who board up a punk club or a crooked cop plunged into the same dark waters he previously emerged from, those like Katz have no problem kicking a few horses when they’re down. This makes for dead-end tension and minimal options, but sometimes there’s just a little too much hopelessness to go around. We’re all creatures of habit (can a criminal really reform?), but audiences need something to believe in – that’s the struggle here.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Joe Denton, a disgraced ex-cop who’s coming off a six-year prison stint. Denton – a father of two – wants nothing more than a second chance.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’

SXSW Film Review: ‘68 Kill’
Stepping just slightly outside the horror terrain he’s inhabited since an early run of Troma gigs (as actor, writer and producer), Trent Haaga’s second directorial feature “68 Kill” is much like his first, 2011’s “Chop” — as well as E.L. Katz’s 2013 “Cheap Thrills,” which he co-wrote — in that it’s a zesty black comedy whose nebbish hero gets subjected to a prolonged ordeal of painful misfortunes. This particular variation on that theme is based on Bryan Smith’s novel, yet the sadistic song remains much the same. Not everyone will enjoy this slide down a narrative garbage chute lined with thorns. But viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.

Dp Neeham B. Smith’s opening shot is of a fly stuck in honey — just as protagonist Chip (Mathew Gray Gubler) is hopelessly stuck on girlfriend Liza
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‘Cheap Thrills’ Director E.L. Katz Hits A Sophomore Slump With ‘Small Crimes’ [SXSW Review]

Director E.L. Katz made a strong debut in 2014 with his satisfyingly sickening and slick black comedy, “Cheap Thrills.” For his follow-up, he teamed with “Blue Ruin” star Macon Blair to pen a blood-drenched tale of second chances called “Small Crimes.” Once more, the fearsome filmmaker offers a mean little movie that follows a seemingly ordinary everyman down a road of greed and self-destruction.

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SXSW 2017 Dispatch: Great Crime Films, Both Big and Small

SXSW 2017 Dispatch: Great Crime Films, Both Big and Small Late night booze-fueled taco runs be damned, the SXSW train just keeps chugging along. There have been an ridiculous number of great moves in this year's program, many of which, it seems, revolve around the theme of crime (or at least have the word "crime" in the title). Always a compelling subject, this year's batch of filmmakers have really done the topic of criminality proud. Evan Katz impressed just about everyone with his debut Cheap Thrills a few years back. His latest, Small Crimes has been highly anticipated and it is most certainly worth the wait. It stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka, Jaime Lannister) as an ex-cop with a troubled past who gets out of prison...

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‘Iron Fist’ Star Finn Jones Punches Back at Negative Reviews

‘Iron Fist’ Star Finn Jones Punches Back at Negative Reviews
Netflix’s newest Marvel superhero isn’t going to just take criticism lying down.

After an early wave of negative reviews took aim at the first six episodes of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the U.K.’s Metro asked star Finn Jones’ thoughts on the matter.

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“These shows are not made for critics; they are first and foremost made for the fans,” he said. “I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see.”

As of this report, “Iron Fist” has earned a mere 14 percent score on
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Official Trailer for E.L. Katz's 'Small Crimes'

"It's happening all over again..." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Small Crimes, from writer/director E.L. Katz, who last made the cult favorite Cheap Thrills. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays a disgraced former cop who returns to his town from a prison sentence for attempted murder, hoping for redemption only to end up trapped in the mess he left behind. This film has an excellent supporting cast including Gary Cole, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Molly Parker, Michael Kinney, Pat Healy, and Macon Blair (who co-wrote the script). This trailer is actually quite impressive - the dialogue is spot on, footage looks great, there's some cool action, I'm definitely intrigued. Here's the first official trailer for E.L. Katz's Small Crimes, direct from Netflix's YouTube: After serving time for the attempted murder of a District Attorney, disgraced former cop Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) returns home looking for redemption.
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‘Small Crimes’ Review: Macon Blair and Evan Katz Join Forces For a Modestly Satisfying Dose of Pulp Fiction

‘Small Crimes’ Review: Macon Blair and Evan Katz Join Forces For a Modestly Satisfying Dose of Pulp Fiction
A pulpy slice of pie from deep in the heart of American nowhere, Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes” is far too convoluted for such an admittedly modest thriller, but the film ties together in such a perfect bow that it’s tempting to forgive all of the knots it took to get there.

At heart, this is a simple story of second chances. Crooked cop Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, striking the perfect balance between the disgraced prince he plays on “Game of Thrones” and Sawyer from “Lost”) has finally been granted parole after spending a few years in the pen for the attempted murder of a District Attorney, and he’s ready to turn his life around. Kind of. Maybe.

Joe is a raggedy shit-kicker, like a junkie who needs to shoot himself in the foot every few hours — you know the type. He spends the film’s opening shot
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