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‘Sugar Mountain’ Trailer: Jason Momoa Is a Ruthless Thug in Survival Thriller

‘Sugar Mountain’ Trailer: Jason Momoa Is a Ruthless Thug in Survival Thriller
Jason Momoa is set to make his big debut as Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” next year, but before we see the actor as the DC Comics superhero fans can see him as a ruthless thug in “Sugar Mountain.”

The thriller centers around two brothers, deep in debt with Momoa, who fake a disappearance in the wilderness so they’ll have a great survival story to sell. Their hoax quickly turns sour when their plan puts their lives at risk.

The film is directed by Richard Gray and also stars Drew Roy, Haley Webb, Shane Coffey, and Cary Elwes as the local sheriff who begins to suspect fowl play.

Read More: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Trailer: Ang Lee’s War Drama Pushes The Boundaries Of Cinema To Polarizing New Limits

Gray’s previous credits include “Summer Coda,” “Blinder,” and “The Lookalike” starring Gillian Jacobs and Justin Long.
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Icons of Fright Interview With The Mule/Insidious Star Angus Sampson!

Interviewing an actor or director regarding their current film is always a lot of fun. The interview typically tends to head in one of two directions: either the subject gives short, very brief answers and it’s like pulling teeth asking someone questions or having a nice conversation with them, or the preferred way: the subject is very happy to have to chat, and it becomes much more like a conversation and the sometimes tedious standard of “ask question/get answer” fades away and it’s much more organic.

Such was the case, when we recently had a chat with Insidious/100 Bloody Acres star Angus Sampson, regarding The Mule, a crime thriller/comedy that Sampson not only stars in, but co-wrote with Leigh Whannell (the Saw/Insidious series, direction of Insidious: Chapter III) and also produced and co-directed. If there was a role in front and behind of the camera with The Mule,
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Us deal for Richard Gray's film

Well Go USA will launch Richard Gray's The Lookalike in Us cinemas and on digital HD on Friday November 7.

The dark comedy crime-romance stars Justin Long, John Corbett, Gillian Jacobs, Jerry O.Connell, Gina Gershon, Scottie Thompson and Luís Guzman.

Gray (Blinder, Mine Games, Summer Coda) is in post-production on the thriller Sugar Mountain, which stars Jason Momoa and Cary Elwes..

He's working with producer Mario Kassar on a new adaption of the Ryû Murakami novel, the story of a widower who, with the help of a TV producer friend, holds auditions supposedly for a leading lady as a cover to find a wife. The novel was adapted into a Japanese film in 1999.

.We.re thrilled to bring The Lookalike to audiences throughout the Us starting in November,. said Doris Pfardrescher, CEO/President of Well Go USA. .It.s a phenomenal film with extraordinary talent that seamlessly blends the elements of the thriller,
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Comedy-drama plumbs Melbourne's underbelly

Actor Paul Ireland is set to make his feature directing debut on Pawno, a dramedy set in a seedy pawn shop in Melbourne's western suburbs.

Scripted by actor-turned-writer Damian Hill, the film will follow one day in the lives of 14 characters as they attempt to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in an often cruel world.

.It is a unique and unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society,. said Hill, who is producing with Ireland through their company Toothless Pictures.

Due to start shooting in Footscray on November 23, the film.s ensemble cast includes John Brumpton, Hill, Maeve Dermody, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith and Tony Rickards.

Hill and Ireland, who formed Toothless Pictures last year, raised $12,500 via crowd-funding site Pozible and the balance of the budget from philanthropic investors after two years of toil.

.Our focus is to tell a compelling, poignant and layered story that will move and entertain,
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Australian directors in Hollywood

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Baz Luhrmann, George Miller, Robert Luketic, Alex Proyas and Phillip Noyce have carved out impressive careers in Hollywood over the past three decades. A second wave of directors are also now carving out impressive Us careers . and flying under the radar in their homeland.

Richard Gray recently finished filming The Lookalike . a Us thriller/crime comedy starring Justin Long and Luis Guzman . which was filmed in New Orleans and the Bahamas. The filmmaker has made four feature films (two shot in the Us) since Australian romance Summer Coda in 2010 and is currently promoting his Australian Rules drama Blinder, which will be seen on more than 100 screens from March 7.

.I'm such a fortunate guy,. Gray said by email. .I have a tremendous team and we've basically worked seven days a week for last five years to get us into a position where we can do what we love regularly. It's all
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Richard Gray’s The Lookalike acquired by Arclight Films

Richard Gray

An Australian film-maker has sold the international rights to his latest film, The Lookalike, set in the USA.

Arclight Films has acquired the film from director-producer Richard Gray and is presenting it to buyers in Berlin.

The Lookalike wrapped last month y in Louisiana and stars John Corbett, Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon, Gillian Jacobs and Luiz Guzman.

The deal was brokered by Gray’s Yellow Brick Films and Clay Epstein VP of sales and acquisitions for Arclight Films.

Gray said of the acquisition: “I’m extremely excited to be working with Arclight Films. Their reputation and ability to bridge the gap between us filmmakers and the marketplace is crucial to the success of The Lookalike.”

Epstein said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Justin, Richard and their extremely talented team of filmmakers and actor. The Lookalike has the perfect combination of commercial viability and
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Flat fee distribution company Backlot Studios launches with Richard Gray’s Blinder

A new company has launched into the Australian film distribution sector charging producers a flat fee for its service.

The model varies from a typical film distribution company which takes a percentage of box office revenue.

The Melbourne-based Backlot Studios is led by directors Tony Ianiro and Mark D’Angelo, both most recently of Paramount Pictures.

The company’s first film will be Richard Gray’s Aussie Rules-based film Blinder. It opens on March 7.

D’Angelo told Encore: “Part of our service is to liase with the producers and work with them as to how wide a film should go. Our job is to assess everything on a case by case basis. We can move a bit more fluidly.

Blinder was originally to be distributed this month through Jump Street Films but was dropped after Jump Street formed an exclusive distribution deal with Us-based multi-purpose film company Cargo Entertainment.

Gray
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Richard Gray secures impressive Us cast for upcoming indie flick The Lookalike

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Australian director Richard Gray has secured an impressive cast for upcoming Us feature The Lookalike. Justin Long, John Corbett, Luis Guzman, Jerry O'Connell, Gina Gershon, and Gillian Jacobs have all signed onto the project, which commences principle photography on November 28. To be filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Lookalike is an indie thriller said to be in the same vein of True Romance and Get Shorty. Gray.s previous credits include Summer Coda, starring Rachael Taylor and Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, and Mine Games, which has just completed the festival circuit.

His latest film, Blinder, gets wide theatrical release in Australia on February 21, 2013. The Lookalike was written by Gray.s wife Michele Gray, who is also producing. Producing alongside the pair are Justin Long, Richard Gray, Mike Gillespie, Frank Lotito, Virginia Kay, and Kaine Harling. .
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Richard Gray's The Lookalike casts Justin Long, shoots Nov 26

Director Richard Gray is set to begin filming his fourth feature film, The Lookalike, in November with actor Justin Long.

The Us thriller/crime comedy is being produced through Gray's Yellow Brick Films production company and will shoot in New Orleans and the Bahamas.

Long, who has appeared in films such as He's Just Not That Into You and Live Free or Die Hard, plays Holt - one of four leads. The other three actors will be announced shortly, with the shoot scheduled for November 26 - January 15.

Gray said The Lookalike, which was written by his wife Michele, was reminiscent of films such as True Romance and Get Shorty. The film follows Bobby and Frank who set out to find a lookalike for Sadie, whose death has jeopardised a major deal. The crazy search propels an ex-basketball champion, a gossip writer, a coke addict, and a deaf beauty into unlikely
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Film industry talent announced as Cockatoo Island Film Fest jury

Cinematographer Don McAlpine, documentary director Jennifer Peedom, producer Helen Bowden and actor/director Damian Walshe-Howling are among the members of the jury announced for the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

The announcement:

A number of Australia’s award-winning movie heavyweights have been confirmed for the three juries of the Cockatoo Island International Film Festival starting next week.

The juries will be for the Dramatic Feature competition, Documentary section and for Short Films.

The Golden Feather Awards, in six categories, will be presented at a major red carpet event on the island on Saturday night, 27 October. The Festival opens with acclaimed Us film The Master, on Wednesday 24 October.

Veteran cinematographer, Don McAlpine (Predator, Wolverine, Moulin Rouge) will chair the feature jury, award winning documentary film-maker Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest and Solo) the documentary section and actor/director/producer Jeremy Hartley Sims will head the Shorts jury.

Other members of the juries
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Blinder to sign up new distributor, first trailer released

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Australian rules football drama Blinder is searching for a new distributor.

A theatrical release was originally planned for January 24 but a clash with another planned release by independent distributor Jump Street Films spurred the change, according to director Richard Gray.

The $5 million film will now be screened for distributors in the next fortnight ahead of a planned wide theatrical release next year. Gray said keeping the release date within the window between the Australian Open in January and the start of the Afl main season was crucial with executive producers and former Afl greats Glenn Archer and Sam Keckovich, and legendary actor Jack Thompson, also lined up to do "a mountain of publicity".

The film also stars Josh Helman (Animal Kingdom, The Pacific), Oliver Ackland (The Slap, Cloudstreet), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Road Train
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Afl film to get January theatrical release

A new film by the director of Summer Coda has been announced for a late January theatrical release.

Blinder, the third feature film by Richard Gray after Summer Coda and the yet to be released Mine Games is scheduled for a January 24 opening.

The film began production in February in Torquay, Victoria before moving to Boston, USA to finish filming.

The story follows a former Afl player Tom, played by The Slap’s Oliver Ackland, who flees Australia on the back of a scandal that ended his career before it began.

On returning to clear his his name he reignites a relationship with an ex girlfriend. With his return also comes revelations regarding the shameful aftermath of his team’s grand final begin to cause termoil in his life once again.

Producing with Gray is co-writer Michele Davis-Gray as well as Virginia Kay, Mike Gillespie and Chris Lemole, executive produced
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Blinder begins production, casts Josh Helman

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Afl feature film Blinder kicks off its 10-week shoot today in Torquay, Victoria, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts.

The upcoming film has also cast Josh Helman (Animal Kingdom, The Pacific), who will appear alongside Oliver Ackland (The Slap, Cloudstreet), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Road Train) and Angus Sampson (Insidious).

Helman will star as James Mortimer, a great centre half-forward for the Torquay Tigers, in the $5 million Blinder, which is being marketed as a sports drama brimming with romance and sports action in the vein of Friday Night Lights and Bend It Like Beckham.

The story centres on 18-year-old Tom (Ackland) from Torquay who, having fled Australia on the back of a football scandal that ended his career before it started, returns home to clear his name and reignite an old flame. While celebrating the life of his recently-departed coach,
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Blinder begins production next month, casts Oliver Ackland, Rose McIver

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Afl feature film Blinder has unveiled its cast ahead of a 10-week shoot which begins next month in Victoria.

The film will star Oliver Ackland (The Slap), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Road Train) and Angus Sampson (Insidious).

Ackland plays an ex-footballer who returns home after a long absence to clear his name and reignite an old flame.

Richard Gray (Summer Coda, Mine Games) is directing the screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Didier and Michele Gray. They are also producing the film alongside former footballers Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich, as well as Virginia Kay, Bryce Menzies, Chris Lemole and Mike Gillespie.

.I grew up holidaying with family on the Great Ocean Road and always dreamed of shooting a film there," Gray said in a statement. "We have locations from Torquay to Apollo
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Blinder begins production next month, casts Oliver Ackland, Rose McIver

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Afl feature film Blinder has unveiled its cast ahead of a 10-week shoot which begins next month in Victoria. The film will star Oliver Ackland (The Slap), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Road Train) and Angus Sampson (Insidious). Ackland plays an ex-footballer who returns home after a long absence to clear his name and reignite an old flame. Richard Gray (Summer Coda, Mine Games) is directing the screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Didier and Michele Gray. They are also producing the film alongside former footballers Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich, as well as Virginia Kay, Bryce Menzies, Chris Lemole and Mike Gillespie. .I grew up holidaying with family on...
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Blinder begins production next month, casts Oliver Ackland, Rose McIver

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Afl feature film Blinder has unveiled its cast ahead of a 10-week shoot which begins next month in Victoria. The film will star Oliver Ackland (The Slap), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Road Train) and Angus Sampson (Insidious). Ackland plays an ex-footballer who returns home after a long absence to clear his name and reignite an old flame. Richard Gray (Summer Coda, Mine Games) is directing the screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Didier and Michele Gray. They are also producing the film alongside former footballers Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich, as well as Virginia Kay, Bryce Menzies, Chris Lemole and Mike Gillespie. .I grew up holidaying with family on...
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Richard Gray’s Afl film Blinder announces cast

Director Richard Gray

Casting has been announced for Australian Afl film Blinder, directed by Summer Coda’s Richard Gray.

Oliver Ackland (The Slap, Cloudstreet, Wasted on the Young), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Steve Bisley (Red Hill), Angus Sampson (Insidious), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), Zoe Carides (Death in Brunswick) and Bob Morley (Road Train) will begin a 10 week shoot in Torquay Victoria on February 20 before moving to Boston Massachusetts.

Written by Gray, Scott Didier and Michele Gray, the film is produced by the three as well as Afl greats Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich as well as Virginia Kay, Bryce Menzies and Us producers Chris Lemole and Mike Gillespie.

The story is of an ex-footballer who reignites an old flame after a long absence away from his home town, Blinder promises to be “a sports drama brimming with romance and scandal.”

Gray said: “We have locations from Torquay
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Summer Coda director to helm Aussie Rules film

Richard Gray, writer director of Summer Coda and the American Thriller Mine Games will direct Blinder, a film about Afl, romance and scandal.

Written by Gray, Scott Didier and Michele Davis-Gray the film is in the vein of Friday Night Lights and Bend it Like Beckham, but with a Sherrin, about an ex-footballer plagued by scandal who returns home after a long absence to clear his name and falls in love.

Casting is currently underway for the feature which will begin production in Torquay, Victoria on February 20, 2012 before moving to Boston Massachusetts to finish filming.

Gray, and Didier will produce with Virginia Kay and Bryce Menzies (Malcolm, Death in Brunswick, Two Hands) alongside Afl greats Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich.
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Richard Gray to direct Blinder in 2012

A new Australian sporting feature film, Blinder, is set to be filmed in Torquay, Victoria next February. The film is described as an Afl sports drama in the vein of the hugely popular Bend it Like Beckham and Emmy award-winning series Friday Night Lights. It will tell the story of an ex-footballer embroiled in a scandal who returns to his hometown in order to clear his name and reignite an old flame. Richard Gray (Summer Coda) is directing the screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Didier and his co-producer (and wife) Michelle Davis-Gray. Producing the film are Virginia Kay and Bryce Menzies (Ten Canoes) and also lending their expertise are former Afl players Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich. The film marks the director.s return to Australia after shooting...
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Richard Gray on the set of Mine Games

When If catches up with Richard Gray, he is in Los Angeles, in the midst of putting together a cut for supernatural thriller Mine Games. .It.s really exciting actually,. he says. .We.ve had some great calls from studios, so will be scheduling some screenings shortly. All fun stuff.. Described by Gray as Deliverance meets Donnie Darko, the film follows a group of young friends as they make a shocking discovery in an abandoned mine. When time loops back on itself, and they realize that one of them will be responsible for the death of the others, they struggle to change the future, only to find that this serves to seal their fate. It may seem an unusual follow up choice after last year.s romantic drama Summer Coda, which starred Rachael...
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