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Heist comedy 'First Round Down' gets sales deal

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Heist comedy 'First Round Down' gets sales deal
Exclusive: Canadian outfit Marina Cordoni Entertainment is taking the title to the Efm.

Toronto’s Marina Cordoni Entertainment is in Berlin with the world market premiere of the Butler Brothers’ heist comedy First Round Down.

The feature centres on the misadventures of a former ice hockey prodigy. Dylan Bruce plays the lead as a former athlete and hitman on the straight and narrow who returns home to care for his younger brother and finds his chequered past catching up with him. Rachel Wilson and Rob Ramsay also star.

Substance Productions produced First Round Down in association with Marina Cordoni Entertainment, Telefilm Canada and Unobstructed View.

Cordoni has just licensed worldwide rights excluding Canada on Gail Harvey’s upcoming thriller Never Saw It Coming to Jay Firestone’s Prodigy Pictures. Katie Boland stars in the film, which is set to begin shooting on March 23.

The Efm sales slate includes Connor Gaston’s drama The Devout, Adam Garnet Jones’s Toronto
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First Round Down: Atlantic Film Festival Poster Debut For Canadian Indie

First Round Down, the latest indie film from the Butler brothers, Brett and Jason Butler, has its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, in Halifax, Sunday Sept 18. You are having your first look at the poster which was made exclusively for the festival. We have also included a short clip. Shot in Toronto and Hamilton, First Round Down centers around Tim Tucker (played by Orphan Black’s Dylan Bruce), a former junior hockey star turned hitman who returns home after a decade to take care of his brother and move on from his criminal past. Cast includes Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle), Rob Ramsay (Patchtown), John Kapelos (Republic of Doyle, The Breakfast Club), Peter MacNeill (A History of Violence), Pedro...

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Vsc snaps up 'First Round Down'

Video Service Corp has acquired all Us and Canadian rights to Brett and Jason Butler’s sophomore feature First Round Down and plan a mid-2016 release.

The Butler brothers’ Substance Production and Marina Cordoni produce with support from Telefilm and Canadian federal and provincial tax credits.

Dylan Bruce of Orphan Black plays Tim Tucker, a former ice junior hockey star who ties to move on from his criminal past.

The Canadian cast includes Rachel Wilson, John Kapelos, Kristian Bruun, Rob Ramsay, Peter MacNeill and Percy Hynes White.

Vsc founder Jonathan Gross brokered the deal with McE’s Marina Cordoni.
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Butler brothers prepare 'First Round Down'

Principal photography in Toronto and Hamilton is set to begin on October 20 on Brett and Jason Butler’s latest film.

First Round Down centres on Tim Tucker, a former junior hockey star turned hitman who returns home after a decade to take care of his brother and move on from his criminal past.

Dylan Bruce from Orphan Black stars alongside Rachel Wilson, Rob Ramsay, John Kapelos, Peter MacNeill, Pedro Miguel Arce and father-son duo Joel Percy Hynes and Percy Hynes White.

The production will work alongside the Hamilton Steelhawks Hockey Club, who officially return to the ice after a 27-year absence.

Scenes for the film will be shot during the Steelhawks’ home opener game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton on November 7.

Jason (pictured at right) and Brett Butler (pictured at left, pictured in front of the Hamilton Arena) of Substance Production previously directed the 2013 drama Mourning Has Broken. The brothers
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Indie Fantasy Patch Town Is Almost Fascinatingly Bad

Indie Fantasy Patch Town Is Almost Fascinatingly Bad
It’s one thing for a fantasy film to make no sense, but Patch Town’s problem is that its premise isn’t just unintelligible — it’s downright dumb. Based on his short film, director Craig Goodwill’s feature concerns a magical factory (ostensibly located, in secret, on the outskirts of mainstream society?) where a wicked businessman (Julian Richings) has assembly-line workers remove babies from cabbages and then use a machine to turn those babies into children’s dolls, which he sells to little girls. When those toys are eventually abandoned by their all-grown-up owners, they return to this factory to work as reanimated people.

That situation doesn’t sit well with portly, mop-topped Jon (Rob Ramsay), who with hi...
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Screen Media picks up 7 Chinese Brothers

Round-up: Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, Arc has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.

7 Chinese Brothers (pictured) premiered at SXSW and will go out day-and-date on theatrical and digital platforms in August.

Bob Byington wrote and directed the film about an alcoholic who works at a car maintenance store and tries to keep his life together in order to win over his boss.

Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root, Tunde Adebimpe and Eleanore Pienta also star.

Seth Needle of Screen Media brokered the deal with Zac Bright of Preferred Content and Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

Arc Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jr and has set a June 5 theatrical and digital day-and-date release. Peter Cousens directed the family drama about the connection between a slave
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Film Review: ‘Patch Town’

Film Review: ‘Patch Town’
A gloriously ambitious, spectacularly misguided Frankenstein’s monster of a movie that combines Soviet-era iconography, Eastern European folklore and Western consumer-culture critique with a dash of song and dance, “Patch Town” imagines a world where babies are harvested from cabbage fields, sold to children as dolls, then rounded up and enslaved to work in a prison-like toy factory. That’s an epic undertaking for any debuting feature helmer, and one has to admire the sheer scale of Craig Goodwill’s vision (first implemented in his 2011 short film), even if the writing and direction reveal that he’s not yet up to the task.

Still, better to have overreached and failed than to play it safe, and no one involved is less than fully committed to a project that, had it worked, might have sat alongside such mad-dreamer movies as “Brazil” and “The City of Lost Children.” Goodwill must have had
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Blue Mountain State

Network: Spike

Episodes: 39 (half-hour)

Seasons: Three

TV show dates: January 11, 2010 -- November 30, 2011

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Darin Brooks, Denise Richards, Alan Ritchson, Page Kennedy, Rayea Dinning, Sam Jones III, Chris Romano, Gabrielle Dennis, Ed Marinaro, Courtney Coleman, Frankie Shaw, Rob Ramsay, and Omari Newton.

TV show description:

This comedy series takes place at the fictional Blue Mountain State university and its football team, The Mountain Goats.

Coach Marty Daniels (Ed Marinaro) is a six-time national champion football coach from New Jersey, and is a pillar of the Bms community. Formerly a running back for the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, he dates his sex-crazed ex-wife, Debra (Denise Richards).

Kevin "Thad" Castle (Alan Ritchson) is a Senior linebacker and team captain from Connecticut. Despite his status as a two-time All-American
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'Hollyoaks' secures L'Oréal product placement deal

Hollyoaks has landed a product placement contract with cosmetics and beauty company L'Oréal, it has been announced. Channel 4 and Hollyoaks' production company Lime Pictures have secured a six-month deal with the firm, Broadcast reports. L'Oréal products will now appear in a number of settings on the show, including at the village's gym. They may also feature on adverts displayed on the local bus stop. The deal was brokered by media agency ZenithOptimedia, Channel 4's sponsorship, placement and funded content business manager Vicky Kell, Channel 4's partnership lead Rob Ramsay and Lime Pictures' managing director Sean Marley. (more)
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Patch Town to be turned around to full length

Following a highly successful run at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), Craig Goodwill director/writer of the short film Patch Town today announced Montreal-based Suki Films is on board to co-produce a feature version of the film. Patch Town has received high praise from the press, industry and the public throughout Tiff and is expected to travel the festival circuit with Sudbury International Film festival (Cinefest) as its next stop. The short stars Lisa Ray and Rob Ramsay, and is produced/written by Catherine Gourdier, produced by Anneli Ekborn and co-produced by David Sparkes. .After watching the wondrous satirical fairytale that is Patch Town and meeting Craig Goodwill we knew that we had no other choice but to extend the story into a feature,. said Kimberley Berlin and Susan Schneir of Suki Films. .The idea of the film is so unique and universal that we know it must be told.
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