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Film News Roundup: Shia Labeouf to Star in David Ayer’s Thriller ‘Tax Collector’

Film News Roundup: Shia Labeouf to Star in David Ayer’s Thriller ‘Tax Collector’
In today’s film news roundup, Shia Labeouf is starring in “Tax Collector,” Scout Taylor-Compton joins “Abeyance,” and streaming service Docsville is expanding.

Castings

Shia Labeouf and Bobby Soto are starring in David Ayer’s crime thriller “Tax Collector,” which will be shot in Los Angeles this summer.

Cross Creek Pictures is financing “Tax Collector,” a co-production between Cross Creek and Cedar Park Entertainment, Ayer’s production company. Ayer and Chris Long of Cedar Park are the producers. The filmmakers are keeping the logline under wraps.

Ayer’s directing credits include “End of Watch,” “Sabotage,” “Fury,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Bright.” Labeouf worked with Ayer in the World War II action-drama “Fury.” Labeouf’s show business drama “Honey Boy” is in post-production.

Cross Creek is repped by CAA Media Finance and Schuyler Moore of Greenberg Glusker Fields. Cedar Park, Ayer, and Long are repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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‘The Terror’ interviews: Jared Harris, Ridley Scott, David Kajganich and Soo Hugh exclusive chats [Watch]

AMC is back in the Emmy race this year with its limited series “The Terror.” Based on the book by Dan Simmons, the show is a fictionalized account of a lost expedition to the Arctic from 1845-1848. Gold Derby recently spoke with star Jared Harris, executive producer Ridley Scott, and showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh about their work. Scroll down and click on any of their names below to be taken to their full interviews.

Harris plays Francis Crozier, captain of the Hms Terror. In his research for the role, Harris discovered letters Crozier wrote before embarking on his journey. “It’s a really interesting snapshot of what this man’s state of mind was,” he reveals. “It was quite sad in that he had basically understood that at this point of his life he had nothing except … the Royal Navy.” Harris was previously nominated for Best Drama Supporting
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Ridley Scott (‘The Terror’ executive producer) on the ‘inordinately courageous’ events that inspired AMC limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]

Ridley Scott (‘The Terror’ executive producer) on the ‘inordinately courageous’ events that inspired AMC limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]
“The trick is not to make it a history lesson,” explains Ridley Scott about producing “The Terror.” This AMC limited series is a fictionalized account of a lost expedition to the Arctic from 1845-1848, during which the Hms Terror and Hms Erebus become stuck and their crews are stalked by an elusive menace. “When something as remarkable and inordinately courageous as this” happens Scott is compelled to bring it to the screen. He served as an executive producer on the series, which was developed by David Kajganich and stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds. Watch our exclusive video interview with Scott above.

See Jared Harris (‘The Terror’): Horror limited series succeeds because of ‘patience and restraint in the storytelling’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

With its exotic setting and period details, “The Terror” was a massive undertaking, but the key is to work with “good people,” explains Scott. “You get bad people,
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‘211’ Review: Nicolas Cage Stars in an Inept Heist Thriller Even By Straight-to-vod Standards

‘211’ Review: Nicolas Cage Stars in an Inept Heist Thriller Even By Straight-to-vod Standards
Unwatchable even by the subterranean standards of a direct-to-video Nicolas Cage thriller, director York Shackleton’s “211” is the kind of low-grade schlock that leaves you with a newfound respect for the basic competence that most bad movies bring to the table. Not even the opening credits feel totally credible, as they insist the film is “based on a screenplay” by the filmmaker, a point of attribution that doubles as a brutal self-own.

These are but a few of the many haunting questions that loom over “211”: “What?,” the more existential “why?,” and of course “wait… how the hell did this movie about war profiteers in Afghanistan suddenly become a heartwarming story about a black teenager who learns how to stop worrying and love white cops?”

Also, when the film’s IMDb trivia page says that “Nicolas Cage read the script in 2014,” was that the only time? And finally: “What the hell is a ‘211,’ anyway?
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Nicolas Cage Plays a Cop in True-Story Police Action Thriller Film '211'

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" Momentum Pictures has released the official trailer for an action thriller titled 211, or #211, which is a reference to the police code "211" - meaning a robbery in progress. Inspired by one of the "longest and bloodiest bank heists in history", the film is described as a combination of End of Watch meets Black Hawk Down. Does it look like that description? See for yourself below. Nicolas Cage stars as a police officer who takes a civilian on a ride along, then gets caught up in this violent bank robbery heist. In addition to Cage, it also stars Cory Hardrict, Michael Rainey Jr., Ori Pfeffer, Weston Cage, Sophie Skelton and Alexandra Dinu. This looks like an all-out, action-packed, very intense bank robbery movie. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for York Alec Shackleton's 211, direct from YouTube: A film inspired by one of the longest and bloodiest real-life events in police history.
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'Tag' Producer Todd Garner Launches Podcast

Producer Todd Garner — a longtime studio executive turned producer who has worked on everything from Black Hawk Down to the Paul Blart: Mall Cop franchise — just launched a podcast all about his chosen, if not a bit misunderstood, line of work.

With The Producer's Guide, Garner flexed some expert interview muscles straight out of the gate with his first guest, longtime friend Adam Sandler, by showing he knows how to handle A-list interviews while also getting a guest to open up about a subject he rarely talks about. In Sandler's case, he discussed his Netflix deal, a groundbreaking contract ...
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‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)
At the end of “The Sandlot,” the narrator explains how each of the kids ended up as each one fades from the screen. Some moved away, Benny the Jet made it to the big leagues, and Squints married Wendy Peffercorn. Earlier, TheWrap explored why some movies will be remembered but “The Sandlot” will never die. But 25 years later, we’ll explore where the film’s actors actually ended up.

Tom Guiry – Scotty Smalls

After making his film debut with “The Sandlot,” Tom Guiry continued to pursue acting and landed roles in “Mystic River,” “The Revenant” and “Black Hawk Down.” He most recently starred in “Wonder Wheel” and “Sollers Point.”

Mike Vitar – Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

Mike Vitar continued his reputation as a sporty, teen heartthrob by appearing in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels “D2” and “D3.” His last acting role was in 1997 for a show called “Chicago Hope,” at which point he retired and became a firefighter. But in 2015, Vitar was charged with assault and reached a plea deal to avoid time behind bars in 2017.

Chauncey Leopardi – Squints

Leopardi spoke with TheWrap and says he’s keeping busy with a family and some businesses, as well as appearing at events for “The Sandlot” whenever he can. As an actor he’s also starred in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls” and most recently “Coldwater” in 2013.

Patrick Renna – Ham

Originally from Boston, Patrick Renna still acts. Outside of “The Sandlot,” he had a memorable leading role in “The Big Green” while still young. More recently, he starred in episodes of “Boston Legal,” “Judging Amy” and 2016’s “Fear, Inc.”

Marty York – Yeah-Yeah

In addition to seriously bulking up, Marty York appeared in episodes of “Boy Meets World” and “The Eric Andre Show.”

Brandon Quintin Adams – Kenny DeNunez

Brandon Quintin Adams, also just Brandon Adams, had small roles in other ’90s hits “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister-Sister” and “Moesha.” He also did a voice for “Kingdom Hearts 2” and has recorded music as a rapper under the name B. Lee.

Grant Gelt – Bertram Grover Weeks

Grant Gelt had a few acting roles after “The Sandlot,” including “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!,” but he now works as a music manager.

Victor Dimattia – Timmy Timmons

Victor Dimattia went on two direct two short films and appeared in the 2018 indie “Get Married Or Die.”

Shane Obedzinski – Tommy “Repeat” Timmons

Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Shane Obedzinski didn’t directly follow in the footsteps of his onscreen brother. After leaving acting, he opened a pizza shop in Florida, but was glad to join in for the 20th anniversary festivities.

Marley Shelton – Wendy Peffercorn

Marley Shelton, who played the lifeguard all the boys are gaga over in “The Sandlot” Wendy Peffercorn, has starred in “Sin City,” “Planet Terror,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Death Proof,” “Scream 4” and more. She currently stars on the series “Rise” and will next be seen in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage.”

Denis Leary – Bill, Scott’s Stepdad

Taking a role as a fairly straight-laced, if imposing stepdad was a departure for the firebrand comedian back in 1993, but he would eventually move into far more dramatic roles on “Rescue Me” and more. And thankfully, he’s still a fan of “The Sandlot.”

Karen Allen – Scott’s Mom

Following “The Sandlot,” Karen Allen would reprise her more famous role as Marion in “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.” She most recently starred in “Year by the Sea” in 2016.

James Earl Jones – Mr. Mertle

It’s like he never really left!

Read original story ‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos) At TheWrap
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Eric Bana to Hoodwink Connie Britton in Bravo's True-Crime Drama Dirty John

Eric Bana to Hoodwink Connie Britton in Bravo's True-Crime Drama Dirty John
Never did the course of true crime love run smooth: Eric Bana has been cast as the slick John Meehan in Bravo’s upcoming Dirty John, TVLine has learned.

The Hulk star will play the good-looking, charming title character, who romances Connie Britton’s character, Debra Newell, and later pulls her into his web of lies. The series is based on the true-crime podcast of the same name and, per the official logline, “chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation.”

Primarily a film actor, Bana’s big-screen credits include Black Hawk Down,
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Eric Bana to Star Opposite Connie Britton in Bravo Anthology Series ‘Dirty John’

Eric Bana to Star Opposite Connie Britton in Bravo Anthology Series ‘Dirty John’
Eric Bana has been cast in a lead role opposite Connie Britton in the upcoming Bravo anthology series “Dirty John.”

Bravo gave “Dirty John” a two-season order in January. The scripted anthology series is based on the series of articles published by the Los Angeles Times’ last fall. Bana, in his U.S. television debut, will star as John Meehan, a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation.

Bana
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Visegrad Film Forum to host Mick Audsley, Slawomir Idziak masterclasses

7th edition will run from April 17-21 in Bratislava.

Visegrad Film Forum has announced a series of masterclasses to take place at its 7th edition, which will run from April 17-21 at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

Editor Mick Audsley (Twelve Monkeys), cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down), special effects supervisor Eggert Ketilsson (Batman Begins) and director Marcel Lozinski (89mm From Europe) will all attend the event to discuss their respective fields.

Idziak will also host a workshop in which attendees will attempt to recreate Three Colours: Blue, the 1993 film he shot with director Krzysztof Kieslowski.
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Oscar Winner Michael Minkler Partners With Pace (Exclusive)

Sound vet Michael Minkler — who won Oscars as a rerecording mixer on Dreamgirls, Chicago and Black Hawk Down — has become a partner in production services firm Pace. This first order of business: an expansion in sound by designing the company's first Dolby Atmos mixing theater, which is now operational.

It's part of a larger growth strategy for Pace and its production service partner IgnitedSpaces. In early 2017, Heath Ryan-led Pace moved its operations (it previously has small spaces in Westwood and Studio City) to IgnitedSpaces’ now 45,000 sq. foot facility, which is a stone’s throw from Hollywood & Highland. The...
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Oscar Winner Michael Minkler Partners With Pace (Exclusive)

Oscar Winner Michael Minkler Partners With Pace (Exclusive)
Sound vet Michael Minkler — who won Oscars as a rerecording mixer on Dreamgirls, Chicago and Black Hawk Down — has become a partner in production services firm Pace. This first order of business: an expansion in sound by designing the company's first Dolby Atmos mixing theater, which is now operational.

It's part of a larger growth strategy for Pace and its production service partner IgnitedSpaces. In early 2017, Heath Ryan-led Pace moved its operations (it previously has small spaces in Westwood and Studio City) to IgnitedSpaces’ now 45,000 sq. foot facility, which is a stone’s throw from Hollywood & Highland. The...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)
At the end of “The Sandlot,” the narrator explains how each of the kids ended up as each one fades from the screen. Some moved away, Benny the Jet made it to the big leagues, and Squints married Wendy Peffercorn. Earlier, TheWrap explored why some movies will be remembered but “The Sandlot” will never die. But 25 years later, we’ll explore where the film’s actors actually ended up. Tom Guiry – Scotty Smalls After making his film debut with “The Sandlot,” Tom Guiry continued to pursue acting and landed roles in “Mystic River,” “The Revenant” and “Black Hawk Down.” He most...
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Film Review: ‘Operation Red Sea’

Film Review: ‘Operation Red Sea’
To save one single Chinese national held hostage in a war-torn African country, China’s navy sends an elite squad on an anti-terrorist mission the features so many explosions it’s like Operation Desert Storm squeezed into one day. Despite the premise’s similarity to “Wolf Warrior 2,” (China’s top-grossing film), Hong Kong action-director Dante Lam’s “Operation Red Sea” is war propaganda that comes off as antiwar, a patriotic film so carried away by its own visceral, pulverizing violence that patriotism almost becomes an afterthought. Military geeks and genre fans in overseas markets will be awestruck by the mind-blowing action, but domestic audiences expressed disappointment at the film’s downplaying of individual heroism and feel-good nationalism. Nevertheless, the movie has still placed second in box office among Chinese New Year blockbusters and doubled profits over Lam’s previous film “Operation Mekong.”

The closest Hollywood precedents of Lam’s
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Diane Kruger, Eric Bana in Talks for Spy Thriller ‘The Operative’

Diane Kruger, Eric Bana in Talks for Spy Thriller ‘The Operative’
Diane Kruger and Eric Bana are in negotiations to star in the spy thriller “The Operative” with “Bethlehem” director Yuval Adler attached to helm.

The Operative” is the story of a woman recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran who becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject. The screenplay is written by Adler and adapted from the Israeli best-seller “The English Teacher,” written by former Israeli intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir.

Endeavor Content will handle U.S. sales. Bloom is introducing “The Operative” to foreign buyers next week at the Berlin Film Festival.

Producers are Spiro FilmsEitan Mansuri, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey, and Match Factory Production’s Michael Weber and Viola Fügen. Teddy Schwarzman will executive produce and finance under his Black Bear Pictures banner. Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie is co-producing the film, which is supported by the Israeli Film Fund and Film and Medienstiftung Nrw.[p
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Diane Kruger, Eric Bana circle Efm-bound spy thriller 'The Operative' (exclusive)

Bloom boards international sales; Israeli wunderkind Yuval Adler makes English-language directorial debut.

Diane Kruger and her Troy co-star Eric Bana are in negotiations to headline spy thriller The Operative, a red-hot package that Bloom will introduce to buyers at the Efm in Berlin next week.

Israeli wunderkind Yuval Adler will make his English-language feature directorial debut and broke out with 2013 Venice Days Fedeora Award winner Bethlehem.

Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures is financing The Operative and will serve as executive producer. The producers are Spiro FilmsEitan Mansuri, who produced Israeli sensation Foxtrot, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey (20th Century Women), and Foxtrot producers Michael Weber and Viola Fügen of Match Factory.

Kruger, riding high following her Cannes best actress triumph in Fatih Akin’s German drama In The Fade, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film last month, stars as rogue Mossad agent Rachel, who vanishes while attending her father’s funeral in London
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Oscars 2018: War is hell, but it’s heaven for sound editors and sound mixers

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Oscars 2018: War is hell, but it’s heaven for sound editors and sound mixers
Dunkirk” is the heavy favorite to win Oscars for Best Sound Editing (for Richard King and Alex Gibson) and Best Sound Mixing (for Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Mark Weingarten). These two fields are some of the most misunderstood at the Oscars, by audiences, by some voters and, admittedly, by some awards pundits like me. But because war movies like “Dunkirk” give audiences so much to hear — explosions, gunshots, jet engines, dialogue and dramatic music — they tend to win awards in these categories.

Sound mixers record and adjust the levels of different sound elements, while editors assemble those elements, from dialogue to sound effects to sounds they create themselves for the production. Or as our Oscarologist Tim Gray (La Times) put it, “After the sound editor has assembled what the audience hears, the sound mixer determines how they hear it.” Sound experts within the motion picture academy decide who gets nominated at the Oscars,
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Sir Ridley Scott To Receive 2018 BAFTA Fellowship

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honour Sir Ridley Scott with the Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 18 February.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. Mel Brooks received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

On Monday 19 February, Ridley Scott will discuss craft and career at a special ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, its headquarters in London. The event is a part of long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the world’s leading film
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Ridley Scott to receive the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Film Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that it will honour Sir Ridley Scott with the BAFTA Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 18th.

“It is a privilege to have been able to make a career for myself in this industry and to be honoured for my body of work is indeed very gratifying,” said Scott, whose career has spanned over 40 years and includes films such as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant and All the Money in the World.

“Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema,” added Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA. “His passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have provided cinema goers with a tantalising range of films,
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‘Jumanji’ Rules Again, as the Box Office Just Can’t Shake Off 2017

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As “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony) plunders its way to a potential $400 million domestic gross (and not that far under $1 billion worldwide), it took the #1 spot for its third time. Despite the lack of breakout performers, grosses were close to totals last year.

Still, any reversal from the early uptick might be a warning sign. Final 2017 statistics on ticket sales came in, with the six percent fall in total audience making it the lowest attendance since at least 1993, and per capita the lowest draw among the public in even more decades.

All three new releases in the top 10 — “12 Strong” (Warner Bros.), “Den of Thieves” (Stx) and “Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions) — are independent productions utilizing distributors through service deals. It’s not uncommon (technically, that was the case with “Blade Runner 2049” and Warners), but none are big-ticket items for their distributors. Still, their performances still might suggest a weaker start to the year.
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