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Film Mode partners with Screen Corp

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Exclusive: Mathilde Epstein joins as Film Mode COO.

Clay Epstein’s Los Angeles-based Film Mode Entertainment continues to ramp up a year after launch, partnering with James M. Vernon’s Screen Corporation on a slate of films and bringing on Mathilde Epstein [pictured] as COO.

Epstein kicks off with worldwide sales on The Ninth Passenger starring Jesse Metcalfe, Tom Maden, Alexia Fast and Timothy V. Murphy as students on a luxury yacht who fall prey to a mutant creature. Ian Pfaff directs and Corey Large and Felipe Dieppa are the producers.

Screen Corporation will develop and finance the roster, which includes The Girl Who Invented Kissing starring Suki Waterhouse as a seductive drifter who beguiles two small town brothers.

Vincent Piazza, Dash Mihok, Abbie Cornish and Luke Wilson star and Tom Sierchio directed. Large produced with George Zakk, while Joan LeSeur and Fliepe Dieppa served as executive producers.

Film Mode has also brought on sales veteran and former
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Cleveland According to Movies and Television

Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.

All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.

Cleveland Rocks

It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the
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Market Basket Documentary Launches at Boston Film Festival

Market Basket Documentary Launches at Boston Film Festival
The Boston Film Festival will host the first public screening of the documentary “We The People: The Market Basket Effect” on Sept. 20.

The film tells the story behind the six-week boycott of the Massachusetts-based Market Basket supermarket chain in the summer of 2014 in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, who had been removed by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, the majority shareholder in the company. The CEO was reinstated after Market Basket customers and the 25,000 employees successfully enforced the boycott of the 71-store regional chain, leading to a leveraged buyout of the company.

Arthur T. Demoulas contended that employees, managers and customers were members of a common enterprise and the chain became known for loyal employees, community involvement and reasonable prices.

The film is produced by New Hampshire natives Nick Buzzell and Mike Buzzell, former New Line Cinema executive Robert “Bobby” Friedman and Ted Leonsis, Chairman of SnagFilms. Friedman
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The Possession of Michael King Release Date Announced

It’s difficult to be scared of what you don’t believe in. Michael King, a documentary filmmaker whose wife has just died, has no belief in an afterlife and thus feels no fear when it comes to exploring the supernatural. He’s all too willing to tempt dark paranormal forces during the making of his latest film, and he’ll learn the hard way that supernatural forces not only exist, but are capable of great evil.

Anchor Bay Films’ upcoming horror movie The Possession of Michael King will be adding some paranormal scares to the summer.

The Possession of Michael King is slated for an August 22nd theater release and a home media release on August 26th:

“Beverly Hills, CA, May 28, 2014 – Anchor Bay Films is proud to announce the release of the highly-anticipated, terrifying supernatural horror film The Possession Of Michael King in theaters on August 22nd and available On iTunes,
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Starz Ups Kevin Kasha To Head Of Acquisitions

Kevin Kasha is moving up from his current role as Evp Worldwide Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment (Starz’s parent company) to the newly created position of Head of Acquisitions at Starz. In his new role, Kasha will oversee film, television series, and digital acquisitions for all of Starz’s businesses, including Starz Networks, Starz Worldwide Distribution, Starz Digital Media, and Anchor Bay Entertainment. The promotion was announced today by Michael Thornton, Chief Revenue Officer at Starz. Kasha joined Anchor Bay Films in 2008 as Svp Acquisitions. He was promoted to Evp Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions in the spring of 2010. During his five-year tenure, Kasha acquired more than 100 films, according to Starz, including Andy Garcia-starrer City Island and Solitary Man, starring Michael Douglas. Kasha also acquired the home entertainment and digital rights to AMC’s The Walking Dead. Recent acquisitions include Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem, Kill The Irishman,
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Robert Davi Releases "New York City Christmas" Single

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Our good friend actor Robert Davi has a sensational second career as a crooner. His Sinatra tribute show is getting rave reviews and the Huffington Post called him "a legend in the making". Now Davi has just released a wonderful new single on CD. New York City Christmas calls to mind the kind of unapologetically old-fashioned, sentimental holiday songs you just don't hear anymore. If you haven't heard him sing, you're in for a real treat.(We love that cover art by Steve Penley). Here is the official press release:

Los Angeles, CA--Singer/actor Robert Davi will be releasing his forthcoming “New York City Christmas” single for the upcoming holiday season. The song was recorded at the iconic Capitol Records’ Studio A, where Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole and The Beatles once laid down some of their most memorable work. Davi recorded “New York City Christmas” with arranger/conductor Chris Walden
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Jennifer Ehle, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer And Marcus Thomas Join The Forger Cast

BAFTA TV Award and Tony Award winning actress Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty, Contagion), Anson Mount (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” Safe), Abigail Spencer (Sundance Channel’s “Rectify,” Oz The Great And The Powerful) and Marcus Thomas (You Kill Me, Drowning Mona) join the cast of heist film The Forger.

The four will star alongside two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station) and Venice Film Festival Award winner for Best New Young Actor Tye Sheridan (Joe, Mud, The Tree Of Life).

The film started shooting today, October 7th on location in Boston, Massachusetts.

BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director Philip Martin (BBC’s “Wallander”) is directing from a script by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call).

The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his
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'Pulling Strings' review: Jaime Camil gets a Visa in Mexico City with romance

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"Pulling Strings" takes a bit of a hit by being the third Latin single-dad comedy to roll into American theaters in a month. And though it is funnier and out-charms "Tio Papi," it lacks the whimsy, magical realism and kid-friendly sentiment of the sleeper hit "Instructions Not Included."  

But this tale of a mariachi singer denied a visa, who then tries to trick and charm the American embassy staffer who turned him down, is a winning vehicle for singer / actor Jaime Camil

Alejandro (Camil) is raising his 9-year-old daughter alone, and fears what the Catholic school nuns are telling him is true -- that he's botching the job. She needs to go spend time with her grandparents. In Arizona.

Having no property, permanent address or passport, he gets little more than the no-eye-contact dismissal from U.S. Embassy functionary Rachel (Laura Ramsey of "No One Lives" and "Kill the Irishman
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Blu-ray Release: Catch Me If You Can

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $19.99

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Ten years on, Steven Spielberg’s (War Horse) 2002 biography movie, Catch Me If You Can, has its high-definition debut on Blu-ray.

The second film pairing Spielberg with Tom Hanks (Road to Perdition), Catch Me If You Can tells the true life story of Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic), a young con man who passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer and a doctor all before his 21st birthday. Hanks plays the FBI agent who tracks Frank across the globe.

Christopher Walken (Kill the Irishman) plays DiCaprio’s father in the movie, which also stars Martin Sheen (Seeking a Friend For the End of the World), Amy Adams (The Fighter), James Brolin (Burlesque) and Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). The script was written by Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist), based on the book by the real Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding.
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'Silent Night' Slashing into Select Theaters and on Blu-ray / DVD

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Even though Halloween is mere days away, Anchor Bay is already set to bring the Christmas carnage your way.

Ring in the bloody holidays this year with Silent Night, which is a loose remake of the classic film Silent Night, Deadly Night, as it slashes into select theaters November 30th; Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD on sale December 4th.

The film boasts genre favorite Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A) and was directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion, The Aggression Scale).

Check out the official details below.

From The Press Release

You better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he knows who’s been bad. On November 30th, Anchor Bay Films presents Silent Night on screen in ten major U.S. metropolitan areas. Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD will be available to unwrap nationwide on December 4th.

A loose
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Fire With Fire (2012)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012

Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Lionsgate

Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson enjoy a quiet moment before the shooting starts in Fire With Fire.

An impressive cast performers including Josh Duhamel (Life As We Know It), Bruce Willis (Red), Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Kill the Irishman) star in the undeniably B-movie-ish 2012 action-filled crime thriller film Fire With Fire.

After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son, firefighter Jeremy Coleman (Duhamel) barely escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against a white supremacist crime lord, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals Service. As his new identity becomes compromised, Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get is life back and save the lives of those he loves.

Directed by David Barrett, the
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‘Game of Thrones’ names ‘Political Animals’ Ciarán Hinds as their King Beyond The Wall

If you’ve been watching USA’s Political Animals then you might see why the folks over at HBO’s Game of Thrones thought Ciarán Hinds would nicely as Mance Rayder, the “King Beyond the Wall” who presides over the Free Folk north of the Wall. In Animals, Hinds plays a Bill Clinton-George Bush hybrid womanizer who miraculously spent two terms as president despite his hard-living lifestyle and lack of common sense. But Hinds is not a stranger to leadership roles nor HBO. Fans of Rome may remember him as Gaius Julius Caesar and he’s shown up recently in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Carter, and The Debt. EW broke the news earlier today. If you’re not caught up with GoT, then beware of spoilers below.

The Ireland native will return to his native birthplace of Belfast, where GoT shoots and sets up its production and
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Which Vinny Will You Find in New Jersey Shore Shark Attack Clips?

You know the premise of this is so ridiculously absurd we're pretty jazzed to see it! Feast your eyes on the majestic stupidity of these latest clips from Jersey Shore Shark Attack then stare in the mirror and realize just how out of shape you actually are.

From the Press Release

Attention all guidos and guidettes – get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray™ and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9th, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luke (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (“Making the Band 3”), Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Kill the Irishman), Jack Scalia (“All My Children”), Joey Fatone (N-Sync,
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Exclusive: Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Featurette!

Exclusive: Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Featurette!
We have an exclusive featurette from Jersey Shore Shark Attack, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay August 28. Stars Tony Sirico, Daniel Booko, and Vinny Guadagnino talk about their characters in this horror-comedy spoof of MTV's Jersey Shore. Take a look at this video to see Vinny Guadagnino portraying his news reporter character, and much more.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack - Exclusive Featurette

Attention all guidos and guidettes - get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luc (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (Making the Band 3), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas,
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Two New Clips From Hijacked, Starring Randy Couture And Dominic Purcell

Ufc legend Randy Couture and actor Dominic Purcell star in this latest straight-to-home video airplane actioner Hijacked, directed by Brandon Nutt. The film comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on July 31st, 2012.

We previously posted a trailer and a clip from the film and now we have two more clips featuring our action stars flexing their acting chops, while taking out a few baddies in the process.

I’m not usually one for this grade of film, but occasionally something like Hijacked can provide you with 2 hours of mindless entertainment and nonstop laughter. The acting looks cheesy and over-the-top, while the violence looks painfully rendered in CGI and not all that creative. I’m willing to give this one a shot, but only because Hijacked could become something of an underground classic.

Clip one is titled Cargo Hold and it briefly shows Couture and Purcell as they tussle with a possible rogue agent.
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Official Trailer for Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Anchor Bay will be releasing Jersey Shore Shark Attack on Blu-ray and DVD August 28th. The official trailer has been released and we have it for you to watch.

“Beverly Hills, CA – Attention all guidos and guidettes – get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray™ and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luke (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (“Making the Band 3”), Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Kill the Irishman), Jack Scalia (“All My Children”), Joey Fatone (N-Sync, “Dancing with the Stars”), Vinny Guadagnino (MTV’s “The Jersey Shore”), William Atherton (The Last Samurai, Die Hard) and
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Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Trailer

Jersey Shore Shark Attack Blu-ray Trailer
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has released the Blu-ray trailer for Jersey Shore Shark Attack, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD August 28. Jeremy Luc, Melissa Molinaro, Jack Scalia, Paul Sorvino, and Jersey Shore's own, Vinny Guadagnino, star in this Syfy Original Saturday Movie that puts a genre spin on MTV's hit reality series. Check out all the bloody fun with this new video.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack - Trailer

Attention all guidos and guidettes - get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luc (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro
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Official DVD / Blu-ray Trailer for Jersey Shore Shark Attack Swims on In!

So you missed the majesty that was Jersey Shore Shark Attack when it aired on Syfy? No worries; the flick will be on DVD and Blu-ray before you know it, and to celebrate its arrival, we have the home video trailer and a ticket to go and punch The Situation in his abs!

From the Press Release

Attention all guidos and guidettes – get out of the water! On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release on Blu-ray™ and DVD the movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. This genre-busting film, which aired as a Syfy Saturday Original Movie on June 9th, follows a crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. An entertaining and outrageous action-thriller, Jersey Shore Shark Attack features a talented cast including Jeremy Luke (Interpretation), Melissa Molinaro (“Making the Band 3”), Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Kill the Irishman), Jack Scalia
See full article at Dread Central »

'The Victim' Official Selection of Fantasia Filmfest and Frightfest UK

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Michael Biehn's directorial debut The Victim (starring Jennifer Blanc, Michael Biehn and Danielle Harris) has been receiving a ton of attention over the past year and now the buzz continues to grow.

The brutal suspense thriller is now an official selection of the Fantasia Filmfest in Montreal on July 23rd in J.A. DeSeve Cinema and Frightfest UK in London August 24th & 26th at Empire Cinema in London.

Check out the official details below and find the official trailer under the press release.

From the Press Release:

Anchor Bay Films and BlancBiehn Productions proudly announces Michael Biehn’s directorial debut The Victim as an official selection of the Fantasia Filmfest in Montreal on July 23rd in J.A. DeSeve Cinema and Frightfest UK in London August 24th & 26th at Empire Cinema in London.

“On behalf of the entire crew of The Victim, we are
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The Film Industry in Cannes - The Producer

I had the occasion to have lunch with film industry veteran Jonathan Dana at Cannes and he shared some war stories of what it means to be a "producer" in this day and age.

Zc: So Jonathan, what is it that you do?

Jd: Over my 41 years in the business I have done just about everything except own a theater, including being a partner in two of the prominent indie companies of the 80's and 90's (Atlantic Releasing and Triton Pictures),  before going back on my own in 1995 as a producer and producer's rep. I was also an initial investor in and, with the founders, supervised the launch of indie film community Withoutabox.com, now an operating division of IMDb.

I do both docs and fiction films and enjoy each. Two of my recent docs as a rep have been 2012 Spirit Award nominee "We Were Here" which has its televison premiere on Independent Lens this week, and "The Invisible War" which won the American Doc Audience Award at this year's Sundance and opens theatrically imminently.

As a producer does that mean you came to Cannes to sell something?

We're always selling something, no?

Did you have specific goals in mind for Cannes?  Did you achieve those goals?

Yes, I always have a specific mission in Cannes, whatever it might be in any particular year. One of the art forms, and survival skills, is being able to define your goals in your own mind ahead of time so you can constantly keep steering back to the mission amidst the apparent chaos of the fest and market. And yes, the fest was a success for me, despite its rather unusual wet weather.

This year my mission was to move forward a slate of films I am executive producing with Code Entertainment, the excellent production/finance company run by Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt with whom I have worked for many years ("You Kill Me", "Kill the Irishman", "Drowning Mona", "Sad Jack", upcoming.)

I also had the pleasure of representing the interests of screenwriter Jose Rivera, Rick Berg's client at Code's management division, who was unable to attend the premiere of his "On the Road". I loved the film, and it was a great 'red carpet' evening, with fine weather to boot!

How important is networking to what a producer does?

It's obviously a big part of the job, especially at a Cannes like this one where so many new sales and financing companies were announced. It is important to stay current, even though it often makes your head hurt. I was proud of myself this year, going totally electronic with my iPhone, both for scheduling and for keeping meeting notes, making the usually horrific task of post-Cannes debriefing entirely tolerable.

Do you have any advice for producers and filmmakers who feel that it's just too expensive to justify the cost of going to Cannes or another major festival?

There are many ways to skin a cat. No one event is irreplaceable. Just keep moving forward with the resources at hand. No one ever failed at the movie business just because they did not go to any particular festival.

Do you have any anecdotes or a particular "Cannes moment" of note?

Having been to Cannes 30 times, I am fortunate to have had numerous Cannes moments, including huge triumphs and failures, as well as the tiny moments that are at least equally memorable, so it is hard to pick one. I do remember standing at the top of the red carpet with Patty Hearst, a lovely woman, after the premiere of her biopic that we made with Paul Schrader, staring out at the crowd, thinking "Wow, there's all kinda ways to get to the top of these stairs."

Previous article on Sydney's Buzz about Jonathan Dana.

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Written by Zack Coffman.  Follow Zack's film marketing tips and adventures @choppertown on Twitter.
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