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Ice Cube and Son May Reteam for L.A. Riots Thriller

Ice Cube and Son May Reteam for L.A. Riots Thriller
Straight Outta Compton is set to enjoy its second weekend at the box office starting today, and many speculate that it will once again come out on top. After conquering the end of the summer season with this well-received biopic, it looks like the movie's producer and subject, Ice Cube, will reteam with his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., who plays the iconic rapper on screen. Only this time, they will be starring in the movie together. Maybe.

Donovan Marsh, best known for INumber Number, Spud and Spud 2: The Madness Continues, is set to direct April 29, 1992. The thriller will revolve around the infamous L.A. Riots that took place on that day. It was initially reported that Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr. would be starring in the movie as father and son. But shortly after the news broke, Ice Cube's publicist issued a statement.

"Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr.
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Zero Gravity Signs ‘Hotel 33’ Helmer Kellie Madison; ICM Signs Donovan Marsh; One Entertainment Expands To La

Hot off her Toronto deal to direct Jason Patrick in Hotel 33 for Open Road Films and Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films, Kellie Madison has signed with Zero Gravity Management. The horror thriller follows a small town Pennsylvania detective investigating the disappearance of a youngster in a haunted hotel where dozens went missing in 1953. Hotel 33 will mark Madison’s directorial debut and she’ll direct from her own script. Madison, also an actress, wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short Bathtub Picnic and wrote and produced telefilm Dear Mr. Gacy starring William Forsythe. Also at Toronto, writer-director Donovan Marsh has come aboard as a client at ICM Partners for representation in all areas. Marsh’s crime drama iNumber Number premiered at Tiff in the Contemporary World Cinema program, with Xyz Films handling sales and remake rights. South African born Marsh previously directed features Dollars and White Pipes and Spud, adapted
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Stylish Action From South Africa In iNUMBER Number Trailer

Director Donovan Marsh has hit these pages before thanks to his coming of age comedy Spud - which features John Cleese in a supporting role - but he's mining entirely different ground with his Toronto selected action film iNumber Number. Adroitly written and directed by South African filmmaker Donovan Marsh, this action-packed heist thriller -- about a pair of cops battling corrupt colleagues as well as a gang of armoured-car thieves -- boasts an oddball cast that brings comic relief to the ruthless thuggery.We've been saying for a while now at Twitch that there are major changes afoot within the African film industry and for an example of what sort of exciting stuff is brewing on the continent, take a look at the stylish, energetic...

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Q&A: John Cleese

'The worst thing anyone's ever said to me? "Are you Michael Palin?"'

John Cleese, 72, was born in Weston-super-Mare. At Cambridge University, he studied law and joined the Footlights, where he met Graham Chapman. In the late 60s, he formed the Monty Python troupe with Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Cleese went on to further success as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he wrote with his then wife, Connie Booth. In 1988, Cleese wrote and starred in the hit movie, A Fish Called Wanda. His latest film, Spud, is out on DVD. Cleese recently married for the fourth time and lives in Monaco.

When were you happiest?

There are different kinds of happiness, but the simplest was when I was 13 because what one had to do was so obvious.

What is your greatest fear?

Lack of meaning.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Q&A: John Cleese

'The worst thing anyone's ever said to me? "Are you Michael Palin?"'

John Cleese, 72, was born in Weston-super-Mare. At Cambridge University, he studied law and joined the Footlights, where he met Graham Chapman. In the late 60s, he formed the Monty Python troupe with Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Cleese went on to further success as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, which he wrote with his then wife, Connie Booth. In 1988, Cleese wrote and starred in the hit movie, A Fish Called Wanda. His latest film, Spud, is out on DVD. Cleese recently married for the fourth time and lives in Monaco.

When were you happiest?

There are different kinds of happiness, but the simplest was when I was 13 because what one had to do was so obvious.

What is your greatest fear?

Lack of meaning.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Book Giveaway - Win a copy of Spud by John van de Ruit

To celebrate the release of Spud starring John Cleese (Monty Python's Flying Circus) and Troye Sivan (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) on DVD today (Monday September 3rd), we have three copies of South African author John van de Ruit's 2005 novel of the same name to give away to our readers courtesy of Universal Pictures. Read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter the competition...

It's 1990, Nelson Mandela is being released from prison, and 13-year-old John Milton has just won a cricket scholarship to a prestigious private school in South Africa. Nicknamed Spud because of his small size, the boy lives in a dysfunctional home with a senile grandmother and a father who thinks Mandela's release means an imminent Communist takeover. Somehow, Spud's not quite prepared for his new life in an elite boarding school full of rich kids with cool monikers like Rambo, Boggo, and Mad Dog.
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Siff Confidential III: Winners Announced

To Be Heard” and “Hot Coffee” win big at Seattle International Film Festival’s awards ceremony today at Seattle’s Space Needle.

See below for the full list of winners and runners-up:

Siff 2011 Competition Awards

Siff 2011 Best New Director

Grand Jury Prize

Gandu, directed by “Q” Kaushik Mukherjee (India, 2010)

Jury Statement: “We chose to give the prize to a movie that bowled us over with its kinetic, brash humor and style-hoping dexterity, a portrait of tortured youth that refreshingly pokes fun at adolescent self-centeredness while simultaneously exploring the anger, despondency and malaise of a generation.”

Siff 2011 Best Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

Hot Coffee, directed by Susan Saladoff (USA, 2011)

Jury Statement: “Going beyond a well-known headline that was the butt of many jokes, Hot Coffee makes dry legal boilerplate spring to life in portraying human dramas with tragic consequences. It makes us all question our simple assumptions – it’s a film that needs to be seen.
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

Siff Confidential III: Winners Announced

To Be Heard” and “Hot Coffee” win big at Seattle International Film Festival’s awards ceremony today at Seattle’s Space Needle.

See below for the full list of winners and runners-up:

Siff 2011 Competition Awards

Siff 2011 Best New Director

Grand Jury Prize

Gandu, directed by “Q” Kaushik Mukherjee (India, 2010)

Jury Statement: “We chose to give the prize to a movie that bowled us over with its kinetic, brash humor and style-hoping dexterity, a portrait of tortured youth that refreshingly pokes fun at adolescent self-centeredness while simultaneously exploring the anger, despondency and malaise of a generation.”

Siff 2011 Best Documentary

Grand Jury Prize

Hot Coffee, directed by Susan Saladoff (USA, 2011)

Jury Statement: “Going beyond a well-known headline that was the butt of many jokes, Hot Coffee makes dry legal boilerplate spring to life in portraying human dramas with tragic consequences. It makes us all question our simple assumptions – it’s a film that needs to be seen.
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

Spud Trailer | Yet Another Rowlesian Work Of Whimsy... Featuring John Cleese

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Earlier this year, I described the quiet little indie flick Bass Ackwards as a "Rowlesian work of whimsy." I never really thought I'd have reason to drag that particular turn of phrase out again, but after watching the trailer for Spud, I feel I have no choice. This is, indeed, a Rowlesian work of whimsy. It's cute, it's got charming music, it focuses on a coming-of-age tale. It's the type of thing that makes me goddamn nauseous.

Except, of course, for two things:

1) It's a South African film, filmed in South Africa with an almost entirely South African cast. Despite my recent foray into American citizenship, I still identify a good bit with South Africa, and am always interested in seeing their film industry thrive... basically, I keep waiting for the next Totsi or District 9. Spud looks like it has some promise, in no small part because...

2) John Cleese.
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John Cleese Stars In South African Comedy Spud

It's hard to find a nation on the globe whose box office is not being dominated by either Harry Potter or Tangled right now, but there are a few. In Japan it's Space Battleship Yamato topping the chart. And Finland has Rare Exports. And South Africa? In South Africa it's schoolboy comedy Spud at the top of the list.

South Africa, the early 1990s. John "Spud" Milton has embarked on his first year at an elite, boys-only private school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path toward manhood. Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal
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Attempt by South African Actors to Unionize Stirs Debate

An effort by South African actors to form a new union is gathering momentum while being received dubiously by the region's production sector.

Currently, the country's actors have a small, but inactive union -- the 300-member Performing Arts Workers' Equity -- which answers to the Congress of South African Trade Unions. But in the hope of luring more foreign production, the current South African government in 2008 did away with the need for special work permits for foreign-born actors and crew -- weakening the power of Pawe to protect local talent.

According to organizer John Kani, the Tony winner and elder statesman of South African theater, the new union effort looks to protect the country's talent without restricting international filmmakers from taking advantage of South Africa's growing runaway production sector.

"We would like to see some form of gatekeeping or work permits," Kani says. "As it stands now, international actors can come into the country,
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Official Trailer for Donovan Marsh’s South African Coming-of-Age Comedy Spud

As a hardcore fan of all things Monty Python, I tend to follow the alumni wherever they go, regardless of how questionable their decisions may be. While rummaging through John Cleese’s Facebook page this morning, I discovered a trailer for director Donovan Marsh’s upcoming drama/comedy “Spud”, which is based on the novel by acclaimed author John Van De Ruit. The film takes place at a boarding school in South Africa during the early 90′s, and focuses on the misadventures of a boy named Spud. Judging from the lengthy synopsis provided below, the picture sounds like an edgier version of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, a movie I happen to think very highly of. No, I’m not kidding. Here’s the aforementioned synopsis: It’s South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s
See full article at Beyond Hollywood »

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