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Film News Roundup: ‘Project X’ Draws Amadeus Serafini Opposite John Cena, Jackie Chan (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: ‘Project X’ Draws Amadeus Serafini Opposite John Cena, Jackie Chan (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Amadeus Serafina gets a major role, Film Independent starts a residency program, Legendary is developing a heist project, Glenn Close is honored and the Haifa Film Festival receives support.

Castings

Scream” star Amadeus Serafini has scored his first major movie role, joining John Cena and Jackie Chan in the independent action-thriller “Project X,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Scott Waugh is directing from a script by Arash Amel. The project had formerly been titled “Ex-Baghdad” and is set at a Chinese-run oil refinery in the Middle East.

Serfaini will portray an American mercenary and Chan will play a Chinese private security contractor who is tasked with extracting oil workers from a refinery that’s been attacked. Char’s character is teamed up with a former U.S. Marine (Cena), when he learns that the attackers’ real plan is to steal the oil.

Chan will also produce
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Paula Patton in Traffik Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand July 17

A romantic weekend getaway spirals out of control when Traffik arrives on Digital July 10 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate. Starring and produced by Paula Patton, and written and directed by Deon Taylor, the jarring thriller explores the gritty world of human trafficking and follows a couple’s fight for survival.

A romantic weekend getaway spirals out of control when Traffik arrives on Digital July 10 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate. Starring and produced by Paula Patton, and written and directed by Deon Taylor, the jarring thriller explores the gritty world of human trafficking and follows a couple’s fight for survival. Traffik also stars Omar Epps, Laz Alonzo, Roselyn Sanchez, with Missi Pyle, and William Fichtner.

In this action-packed thriller, a weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turns deadly for Brea (Patton) and her boyfriend, John (Epps), after
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Shanghai: Jackie Chan, John Cena Talk Action Collaboration on 'Project X'

Shanghai: Jackie Chan, John Cena Talk Action Collaboration on 'Project X'
WWE champion and rising film star John Cena flew into the Shanghai International Film Festival this week to speak alongside screen legend Jackie Chan about their upcoming action-thriller-comedy Project X.

The big-budget Hong Kong–China co-production led by Chan is entirely Chinese funded, will be filmed all in China using local crews, but with Cena as co-star and Hollywood’s Scott Waugh (Act of Valor, Need for Speed) directing from a script by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco, Erased, The Titan).

“The highlight of this movie is really simple: we have one of the greatest legends of action working with a talented ...
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6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain – Review

Review by Jake Billingsley

Momentum Pictures will release 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain in select theaters and On Demand and Digital HD on October 13th.

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain is about as predictable as its title. Director Scott Waugh (Need for Speed, Act of Valor) takes us into the world of Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett), a former pro hockey star that lost his way. While we gauge our eyes upon the true events that shape LeMarque’s story, we inherit the central focus of his drug problem. We learn that all he has is his addiction, which comes with flashbacks that are almost just as bad; the one positive thing he has is his snowboard. Although, all three of these things eventually bring Eric to a peak of deeper isolation. He gets stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains; what a shocker right? Eric’s mom Susan, played by Mira Sorvino,
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New trailer & poster for ’6 Below’

A recreational trip to the mountains becomes a test of human endurance and a fight for survival in 6 Below, arriving in cinemas and on demand on October 13th courtesy of Signature Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film stars Josh Hartnett as Eric LeMarque, a snowboarder that went missing during a storm in the High Sierra Mountains.

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett; TV’s Penny Dreadful, Lucky Number Slevin) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

Directed by Scott Waugh (Need For Speed, Act Of Valour), 6 Below also stars Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, TV’s The Royals) and Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino (Summer Of Sam,
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New Trailer Lands For Josh Hartnett Starrer ‘6 Below’

Signature Entertainment has dropped the brand new trailer for the upcoming 6 Below, which stars Josh Hartnett. The film revolves around a recreational trip to the mountains which becomes a test of human endurance and a fight for survival. You can check out the new 6 Below trailer at the bottom of the post…

6 Below trailer: Josh Harnett leads the cast of this thrilling true story.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett) is a thrill-seeking snowboarder with a weight of personal demons on his back. When he gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierra Mountains, LeMarque is pushed to the limit and forced to battle those demons head-on as he fights against the worst the elements can throw at him.

Related: Penny Dreadful Season 3 Trailer: Fear Your Dark Side

Featuring a mesmerising tour de force from Hartnett as real-life hero LeMarque,
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‘6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain’ Trailer: Josh Hartnett Fights to Survive

‘6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain’ Trailer: Josh Hartnett Fights to Survive
Josh Hartnett recently did some of, if not the best work of his career with Penny Dreadful. Since the short-lived Showtime series wrapped up, he’s shot a few films yet to come out, including 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain. The snowy survival tale comes from director Scott Waugh, the stuntman-turned-director who helmed Act of Valor and Need for Speed. Below, check out […]

The post ‘6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain’ Trailer: Josh Hartnett Fights to Survive appeared first on /Film.
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Sylvester Stallone And Jackie Chan To Team Up For Ex-Baghdad

Fans of action movies are in for a real treat today, as Deadline is reporting that Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone, both icons of the genre, are set to team up for for Ex-Baghdad, an upcoming thriller produced by Chan’s Sr Media company. With a budget of $80 million, it’s looking to be one of the most costly Chinese productions to date and though both actors are now signed on, no release timetable or shooting schedule has been revealed just yet.

From what we understand, though, the film will revolve around a “Chinese-run oil refinery located in Mosul, Iraq that gets attacked by terrorists.” The owners of the refinery then call in Chan – who plays a private security contractor – to rescue the workers being held hostage. However, he can’t do it alone, and so he recruits Stallone’s ex-marine, leading to the two teaming up to save the day.
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Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan Teaming Up For Massive China-Produced Action Movie

Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan Teaming Up For Massive China-Produced Action Movie
Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan are teaming up for the first time to star in a two-hander action film to be produced in China, according to Deadline. The film will be titled “Ex-Baghdad” and it’s to be helmed by “Act of Valor” and “Need for Speed” director Scott Waugh. The $80 million project would be one of the biggest films to come out of China.

Read More: ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Justin Theroux Lead the Latest Spinoff

“Ex-Baghdad” follows a Chinese private security contractor (Chan) and an American former Marine (Stallone) who team up to stop a group of delinquents who attack a China-run oil refinery in Mosul, Iraq, to steal a fortune in oil.

The script is by Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco,” “The Titan”). Chan will produce through his company Sr Media, with Qi Jianhong (“1911”), Talent International’s Esmond Ren (“Chinese Zodiac”), and Hans Canosa
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Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan Team Up For a New Action-Thriller Called Ex-baghdad

Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone were originally supposed to work together on The Expendables 3. Things ended up not working out, though. Lucky for us, they found a new project to collaborate on! It's an action thriller called Ex-Baghdad and it's being directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor, Need For Speed).

According to Deadline, when Stallone decided to not move forward with The Expendables 4, this was the movie that he wanted to pursue. Want to know what it's about? Well, here's the story description!

When a China-run oil refinery is attacked in Mosul, Iraq, a Chinese private security contractor (Chan) is called in to extract the oil workers. He learns, however, that the attackers’ real plan is to steal a fortune in oil, and teams up with an American former Marine (Stallone) to stop them.

That sounds like an action-packed good time. One thing's for sure, it's going to
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Stallone and Chan team-up for Scott Waugh’s big budget Ex-Baghdad

Author: Zehra Phelan

What happens when you put together a man known as a raw street fighter with a martial arts expert? A brand new action thriller called Ex-Baghdad which will be led by The Expendables and Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone and Rush Hour’s Jackie Chan.

The Need for Speed and Act of Valor director, Scott Waugh will take the helm in the big budget action. Waugh will have a staggering $80 million dollars to play with for this film which will mark it as one of China’s biggest budget movies to ever come out of the country.

Anyone would assume the two veteran action stars would go head to head in this new venture, which is said to be Stallone’s replacement after he parted way with The Expendables but the two will actually be working as a team according to the following synopsis.

When a China-run oil refinery is attacked in Mosul,
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Atomic Blonde Red Band Trailer Is Nuts… But, Is It Good?

After Mad Max: Fury Road, and others, you might think that Charlize Theron as the main character in an action vehicle was not only a no-brainer, but something to jump to the top of the must-see list. Atomic Blonde is coming to prove things one way or the other, and a new red band trailer hopes to suck you in, but is this trailer the sell it thinks it is?

The film is based on a graphic novel and has Theron starring as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent during the Cold War who is sent to investigate the murder of another agent. If the trailer is any sort of true guide, this is a high-octane ride filled with fights, chases, and a decent amount of sex. If the graphic novel is a true guide, it’s a gritty, somewhat crazy investigation that focuses on a character who is somewhat lost within herself.
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Josh Hartnett thriller '6 Below' secures Us deal

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Exclusive: Tooley Productions strikes Efm deal on Eric LeMarque feature.

Momentum Pictures has acquired Us rights to Tooley Productions’ thriller 6 Below starring Josh Hartnett and Mira Sorvino.

Good Universe represents international rights at the Efm to the true story of Olympic hockey player Eric LeMarque, who survives when he gets lost in a storm while snowboarding and must come to terms with his drug addiction.

Scott Waugh directed 6 Below and previously collaborated with producer Tucker Tooley on Act Of Valor.

Tooley Productions and Sonar Entertainment financed the film, which eOne-owned Momentum plans to release later in the year. Tooley Productions’ first-look partner SquareOne will distribute in Germany.

Tooley produces alongside Hartnett and Waugh as well as Simon Swart, Bradley Pilz and October Sky Pictures. Thomas Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment is an executive producer.

6 Below will be one of the first films to be released in major market Us theatres in Barco Escape, the three-screen
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk review

Ang Lee's latest film is an unconventional film being distributed, on the whole, in a very conventional way...

In the race to set forth the future of cinema through various technological advances, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk feels like a major casualty. Once tipped for the Oscar race, the latest film from Ang Lee has bombed at the worldwide box office and been all but ignored by critics and awards bodies. This is partly due to complications in exhibiting the film in its intended format, because cinemas haven't adapted for this war drama as they did for major blockbusters of recent years.

Avatar successfully made the case for 3D, like the gift of fire from James Cameron to studio arsonists who post-converted every tentpole movie in sight, while Peter Jackson's Hobbit films were less successful in pioneering higher frame rates, inadvertently exposing the actors' make-up and making the audience dizzy.
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Immortals 2 Not Off The Table At Relativity

Before Henry Cavill became the Man of Steel for Warner Bros., there was Immortals, a lavish fantasy drama that first released five years ago. In those intervening years, Relativity Media has continually dropped hints of its plans to push on with a sequel – not all that surprising, given the original 2011 hit pulled in $226 million worldwide – and the latest report from Screen Daily indicates that Immortals 2 may not be such a far-fetched idea after all.

In fact, it’s one of a number of embryonic follow-ups kicking around at Relativity, now that the company has teamed up with Storyoscopic Films to engineer “family films and branded features with global appeal.” Among that slate of sequels no one asked for are November Man 2, Act of Valor 2 and Earth to Echo 2.

Out of those prospective films, Immortals 2 appears to hold the most potential, and not just because it features Henry Cavill’s name on the masthead.
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Relativity Studios Lands $200 Million in Slate Financing, Plans Four Film Sequels

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Relativity Studios Lands $200 Million in Slate Financing, Plans Four Film Sequels
Relativity Studios has entered a strategic partnership that will guarantee them north of $200 million in annual slate financing, the studio said Monday. The new partnership will result in a minimum of five projects per year moving forward, a spokesperson added. Immediate priorities include the star-studded animated film “Animal Crackers,” and sequels to some of the Relativity library’s greatest hits — like Henry Cavill’s “Immortals,” “November Man” and “Act of Valor.” More to come. Read the full release: Relativity Studios and Storyoscopic Films jointly announced today they have entered into a strategic partnership for Storyoscopic to produce and finance approximately five or more.
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Relativity, Storyoscopic set $200m slate fund

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Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios and Storyoscopic Films on Monday announced a joint venture whereby Storyoscopic will produce and finance approximately five or more projects a year.

Films produced under the joint venture and backed by what a source said would be at least $200m in production funding will release internationally via Relativity’s network of output partners and go through Relativity Europa Distribution (Red) in the Us.

Relativity launched Red in 2010 after it acquired Overture Films from John Malone’s Liberty Media and four years later EuropaCorp came on board in a reported $130m deal to acquire a 50% stake.

The venture comes as Relativity shifts its focus towards financing, producing and distributing family films and branded features with global appeal.

George Lee and Marcus Englefield, the duo behind 2D-to-3D conversion specialists Venture 3D, have worked with Hollywood and Chinese partners and launched Storyoscopic in 2013 to make family and genre films in the $15-50m range
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Lionsgate Circling Relativity Library As Chapter 7 Filing Looms

Lionsgate Circling Relativity Library As Chapter 7 Filing Looms
Exclusive: Lionsgate is circling Relativity’s 40-plus title library — which includes films such as Limitless and Act of Valor — after it has become clear that CEO Ryan Kavanaugh’s company is backed into a financial corner with cash flow rapidly declining. A Chapter 7 (liquidation) is on the horizon and could be filed before year’s end, sources tell Deadline, which if so would come only months after Relativity emerged from Chapter 11 restructuring in April. While multiple…
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Film Festival Roundup: BFI London Announces Full Lineup, Austin Adds Playwriting Track And Much More

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Film Festival Roundup: BFI London Announces Full Lineup, Austin Adds Playwriting Track And Much More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

– The BFI London Film Festival has announced its full program, running October 5 – 16. The festival will screen a total of 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 39 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 144 short films, including documentary, live action and animated works. A number of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, Screen Talks, Q&As and Industry Talks: Lff Connects during the fest.

The festival has previously announced both its opener — Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom” — and its closer — Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” — and those titles are joined by a bevy of new additions. Highlights include “The Birth of a Nation,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “Manchester By the Sea,” “La La Land” and many more. You can check
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Hartnett Plays LeMarque In "6 Below"

Josh Hartnett is set to star as former Olympic hockey player Eric LeMarque in the fact-based survival thriller "6 Below" for Tooley Productions.

LeMarque, who played for the Northern Michigan University hockey team and on the French team in the 1994 Olympics, got lost snowboarding in a massive storm. He survived eight days with nothing but his wits to sustain him - at the same time coming to terms with a drug addiction, and the self-destructive behavior that left him stranded.

Scott Waugh ("Act Of Valor") will direct the film which will be one of the first to be released in select theaters in partnership with Barco's immersive new Escape panoramic movie format. Filming begins next month in Utah.

Source: Deadline
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