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Spinning Man Trailer Deals Out Abduction with Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for their upcoming thriller Spinning Man, along with the first poster. Guy Pearce stars alongside Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver in this taut and twisty thriller, which serves as a gripping examination of crime, punishment, and conscience. While Guy Pearce's character may seem on the outside to be a harmless family man, he may be hiding a deadly secret.

Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Hannah goes missing, Evan's previous off-campus dalliances make his wife (Minnie Driver) question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Hannah's disappearance. Suddenly, the questions Evan faces aren't merely academic, they're a matter of life or death.
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Scott Davis

For anyone that loved Cannon Films in the 1980’s and their shlocky, grotesque but strangely enjoyable fare, Millennium Films are still flying the Golan-Globus flag some three decades later. Many of those who worked for the charismatic Israeli cousins during that manic few years through such “classics” as Invasion USA, Missing in Action, Lifeforce and Over The Top, are now part of Millennium and while a lot of their properties share much of its DNA, there’s an air of quality control with the new gang.

Their latest 21st-century Cannon-esque outing is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, another run-of-the-mill action-comedy that has all the hallmarks of being a little bit of a stinker from the off. But it’s with great joy that we can shake off those fears and proclaim the film one of the year’s most ridiculous but unabashedly delightful romps with two stars at the top of their powers.
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Pierce Brosnan Talks ‘Spinning Man’ On The Los Angeles Set – Cannes Market

Pierce Brosnan Talks ‘Spinning Man’ On The Los Angeles Set – Cannes Market
In the scorching heat of the San Fernando Valley, Pierce Brosnan is shooting Spinning Man, a new thriller from director Simon Kaijser (Stockholm East) and writer Matt Aldrich (Renny Harlin’s Cleaner), based on a novel by George Harrar. It’s being sold in Cannes by Film Bridge International and Deadline has come to set, a couple of weeks before the festival, to witness an interrogation room showdown between Brosnan’s tough detective, Robert Malloy, and Guy Pearce’s…
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Alix Madigan Departs Broad Green as Head of Creative Affairs

Alix Madigan is departing fast-growing Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs to return to her roots as an independent producer.

The split is amicable and comes as Broad Green ramps up its efforts to aim at the mainstream market with such fare as ensemble dance comedy “Step Sisters,” Bryan Cranston’s drug drama “The Infiltrator” and Billy Bob Thornton’s comedy “Bad Santa 2.”

Broad Green, operated by brothers Daniel and Gabriel Hammond, shifted focus last month by hiring “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez as president of production. Board Green’s biggest box office success so far was “A Walk in the Woods” with $30 million, but arthouse fare such as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” have not broken out.

Alvarez has a strong track record with producing credits including “Friday,” “Barbershop” and “Ride Along.”

Madigan was hired in September from Anonymous Content, where she was a
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Broad Green Hires Alix Madigan as Creative Affairs Chief

Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Anonymous Content staff producer Alix Madigan as head of creative affairs.

Madigan was previously a staff producer with Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She was a producer on “Winter’s Bone,” which featured a breakout Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence.

Madigan also produced “Laggies,” “White Bird in a Blizzard,” “May in the Summer” and “The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner and set for release in 2016. She also worked on “Smiley Face,” “Married Life,” “Cleaner,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Case 39” and “Girl Most Likely.”

Year-old Broad Green, founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has been active in building a slate of adult-themed dramas such as “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Infiltrator” and “Learning to Drive,” as well as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 19-23, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 19-23, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems

Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German
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Film Review: ‘Devil’s Pass’

Film Review: ‘Devil’s Pass’
After a solid decade toiling in the lower depths of big-budget misfires (“Driven,” “Exorcist: The Beginning”) and barely released director-for-hire jobs (“Cleaner,” “5 Days of War”), Finnish action specialist Renny Harlin shows fitful signs of life in “Devil’s Pass,” the latest but not the least in the surfeit of found-footage horror pics that have become to today’s B-movie landscape what power-tool-wielding slasher flicks were to the 1980s. The third such “Blair Witch”/”Paranormal Activity” knockoff to arrive in nearly as many weeks (on the heels of the deplorable “Evidence” and the pretty good “Frankenstein’s Army”), Harlin’s low-budget tale of a film crew retracing the steps of a doomed skiing expedition doesn’t cover any new ground, but is made with just enough craft that, were you to stumble upon it late at night during a bout of insomnia, you wouldn’t mind watching through to the end.
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Renny Harlin on The Dyatlov Pass Incident: 'There are only guesses'

Finnish director Renny Harlin, the maker of Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight, has now decided to tackle one of the eeriest mysteries in Russian history. Here he explains why

'Oh, you'll have fun with Renny," says his assistant as I'm ushered into his office in Venice, Los Angeles, three blocks from where Orson Welles filmed the opening sequence of Touch of Evil. "He's been doing his homework on you."

My mind fills with horrifying possibilities, recalling how Don Simpson would have a journalist's credit rating, divorce papers, and even criminal record to hand for an interview. But Finland's most successful director simply appears before me with a grin and says: "Hello, John, I very much enjoyed your – " and he quotes something I wrote a month back. "I laughed all day!" he adds.

Renny Harlin, a lean, ginger-haired man of medium height with a wind-burned, tough-guy sort of face,
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Glenn Close, James Franco & Brit Marling Have ‘The Grace That Keeps This World’

A legend, a hipster multi-hyphenate, and a rising star and filmmaker all coming together? Could be something special or...something else, but "Terri" director Azazel Jacobs is certainly raising the bar for his next effort. Glenn Close, James Franco and Brit Marling will star in the drama "The Grace That Keeps This World." Penned by Matthew Aldrich ("Cleaner," "Father Daughter Time" that has Matt Damon attached to direct and star), and based on the book by Tom Bailey, the story centers around a father in a small town whose relationship with his sons is fraying following an investigation into hunting violations. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon: Gary and Susan Hazen—high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake—live a simple and honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite their efforts, Gary senses that his sons are.
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Close, Franco and Marling Find The Grace That Keeps This World

Glenn Close, James Franco and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace That Keeps This World , Deadline reports. Azazel Jacobs ( Terri ) will direct with a script by Matthew Aldrich ( Cleaner ), based on the novel by Tom Bailey. Released in 2005, the book is officially described as follows: On the edge of the Adirondack wilderness, survival is a way of life for the Hazen family. Gary Hazen is a respected forester and hunter, known for his good instincts and meticulous planning. He and his wife, Susan, have raised their sons to appreciate the satisfaction of this difficult but honest life. In spite of this, the boys, men now, are slipping away. His older son, Gary David, is secretly dating a woman of whom his father would not approve even as Kevin, the younger boy, struggles...
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Stills, Teaser Trailer, and First Details on Jakob Bilinski's Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh

Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh is a modern, Midwesternized spin on the giallo sub-genre from writer/director Jakob Bilinski, and we have a look at the teaser trailer, several stills, and more!

Synopsis:

Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh tells the tale of a man with a sordid past who returns to the small town he's long since abandoned to bury his niece. Convinced she was murdered, he begins digging around the town and in the process uncovers its dark secrets, which include a deranged cult and a high body count.

The film stars Bill Gobin, Kayla Crance (East of Nowhere), Jim Dougherty (Scalene), Angela Steele (Beverly Lane), Scott Ganyo (Shade of Grey, Obsolescence, Spike TV's "1000 Ways To Die"), Rosalind Rubin (12 Rounds, Cleaner, Obsolescence), Grant Niezgodski (Reality, Reality on Demand), Sidney Shripka (Reality, Reality on Demand), Kevin Roach (The Book of Dallas, Reality on Demand), Alexander Hahn, and Jim O'Rear (Day of the Dead,
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for March 19th 2012

Another week, another Monday. So it’s time for the rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s another packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, March 19th 2012.

Pick(S) Of The Week

Tower Heist (DVD/Blu-ray)

A group of disgruntled luxury apartment employees, lead by Ben Stiller, attempt to take down their wealthiest resident (Alan Alda), who defrauded all of them from their pension plans. With the help of a recently-released ex-con (Eddie Murphy) who has a knack for robberies, a plan is in place to nab $20 million. Of course, what high-stakes, ensemble comedy would be complete without plenty of shenanigans to boot? The fantastic supporting cast includes Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Tia Leoni and Michael Pena.
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Matt Damon's new direction

Bourne star to direct first feature films, one of which is co-written with Us Office star John Krasinski and author Dave Eggers

Matt Damon plans to appear in his directorial debut, an as-yet-untitled drama that he will co-write with John Krasinski, star of the Us version of The Office.

Damon is set to take a role as a salesman who has a life-changing experience after he moves to a small-town in America, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Plot details are scarce, but Krasinski (who developed the story with author Dave Eggers) will star. The screenplay has been described as being in the vein of Oscar-winning legal drama Erin Brockovich.

Damon's other potential directing project is Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, news of which first emerged in May. Again, little information on the plot has been released, other than that the first draft was written by Matthew Aldrich,
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Matt Damon Casts Himself In Directorial Debut With Co-Writer & Co-Star John Krasinski

  • The Film Stage
Earlier this summer we reported that Matt Damon would direct the script Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, based off a spec screenplay by Cleaner screenwriter Matthew Aldrich. He will indeed be making his directorial debut in the near future, but it will not be that project, Variety reports.

The untitled drama is actually developed by author Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) and John Krasinski, who worked together on Away We Go. The Office star co-wrote the film with Damon and duo will both star in the Warner Bros. feature. Good Will Hunting and The Adjustment Bureau‘s Chris Moore will produce the story that follows Damon as “a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.”

With his buddy Ben Affleck having a blossoming directing career after Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the currently shooting Argo,
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New Trailer and Poster for "5 Days of War" starring Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui & Val Kilmer

Anchor Bay has recently released the trailer and one sheet for the latest action flick from Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, 12 Rounds), 5 Days of War which hits theaters on August 19th. The film stars Rupert Friend  (The Young Victoria, Jolene), Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage"), and Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as three people caught in the 5-day warzone created by the Russia-Georgian Republic conflict of 2008. Renny Harlin's track record is spotty and his films tend to vary wildly in quality. At least here he's got a talented group of young actors to lead the film with seasoned pros like Val Kilmer (MacGruber, Tombstone), Andy Garcia (City Island, Ocean's Eleven), and Heather Graham (The Hangover) to bolster the film. However he's wasted lineups better than this (see: Cleaner, Mindhunters), so it'll be interesting to see how it panned out.

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Director Renny Harlin covers the brief Russia-Georgia clash in the trailer for 5 Days of War

  • JoBlo
Although best known for his early action extravaganzas like Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2 and Long Kiss Goodnight, director Renny Harlin has been traveling dangerously close to direct-to-dvd material in the past few years (Cleaner, The Covenant). Perhaps trying to reinvent himself, Harlin decided to take on a gritty real-life war drama -- albeit complete with some of his trademark over-the-top explosive action. And his Mindhunters co-star Val Kilmer. Synopsis: 5 Days Of War is an action-packed...
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John Krasinski to star in Matt Damon's directorial debut filming next year

John Krasinski (The Office) is set to star in Matt Damon's directorial debut. The project is called Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses and it's been set up at Warner Bros. The film is based on a spec script written by Matthew Aldrich (Cleaner). According to The Film Stage, the story focuses on "a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice on a three-state crime spree.” Damon plans to stick to that story concept.

The news of the progress comes from Vulture, who recently spoke to Damon while he attended an event. The actor had this to say to the mag, "I've got a few things that I really want to direct, and one I'm actually going to start at the first quarter of next year." Damon went on to say that "John Krasinski's in it."

Not much is
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John Krasinski Boards Matt Damon’s Directorial Debut; Shooting Next Year

Matt Damon is about to jump into the world of directing, with the script Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses allowing him to make his arguably overdue debut behind the camera. Set up at Warner Bros., it’s based off a spec screenplay by Cleaner screenwriter Matthew Aldrich, which follows a man “who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice on a three-state crime spree.” There seems to be a lot of promise, as the screenplay caught the attention of much of Hollywood, and Damon doesn’t want to change it from its original form.

We haven’t heard too much about it since he picked it up, but Vulture (via ThePlaylist) just learned a big piece of news about the film from the actor himself. As he so aptly put it, “John Krasinski‘s in it.” They asked him if he was joking,
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Damon Wants Father Daughter Time

Damon Wants Father Daughter Time
Given that his old mucker Ben Affleck has been directing for a while now to plenty of acclaim, and that he's always expressed an interest in directing, it was only a matter of time before Matt Damon followed him behind the camera. And now he may have found his first project, with Deadline reporting that he’s seriously considering jumping on board newly-purchased spec script Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses as both star and director.Written by Cleaner’s Matthew Aldrich, the script follows a man on the lam with his daughter who just happens to be his accomplice on a crime spree that spreads across three Us states.Aldrich’s work has been the focus of a heavily contested script auction, with the likes of Paramount, Warner Bros., Relativity Media, producer Walter Parkes and even Matt Damon and producing partner Chris Moore, whose
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Matt Damon Wants to Direct Father Daughter Time

Warner Bros is finalizing a deal to acquire "Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses," a script written by Matthew Aldrich (Cleaner). Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will produce the film through their Pearl Street company. Damon is also considering starring and making his feature directing debut. The script focuses on a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice on a three-state crime spree. "The script is not high concept, it's a smallish, very personal, dark but playful road movie about a father and daughter," said Aldrich.
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