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Palanquin Offers New Business Model for East-West Productions in SVoD Era

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Palanquin Offers New Business Model for East-West Productions in SVoD Era
For Westerners making movies in Asia, logistics can be problematic. And, for Asian filmmakers able to navigate local conditions, screenwriting for international audiences and access to markets can still be stumbling blocks.

Veteran producer and executive Guy Louthan is now developing a business that straddles East and West, deploys American production standards and techniques, and maximizes Asian cultural impact. It also comes at a time when global interest in Indian and Southeast Asian content is growing thanks to the aggressive local production strategies of Amazon, Netflix and HBO.

The Palanquin company that Louthan formed with British director Roland Joffe aims to bridge the gap with a slate of its own movies, close connections to local production services firms and a possible film fund once the business model has proved itself. He aims to provide full financial transparency and Asian creative involvement while delivering films that are likely to combine local and foreign locations,
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‘Line Of Descent’: First Trailer For Crime-Thriller Starring Brendan Fraser, Ronit Roy & Abhay Deol — Efm

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‘Line Of Descent’: First Trailer For Crime-Thriller Starring Brendan Fraser, Ronit Roy & Abhay Deol — Efm
Exclusive: Here’s a first trailer for writer-director Rohit Karn Batra’s crime-thriller Line Of Descent starring Brendan Fraser, Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra and Max Beesley. Storyboard Media is repping world sales on the project, which is screening at the Efm in Berlin.

Line of Descent, previously known as The Field, follows an established Indian mafia family after the death of their patriarch. Things brew to boiling point as his three sons go to war over the future of their criminal enterprise, while an accomplished cop conducts an undercover operation amidst their infighting. On the side-lines a manipulative arms-dealer sees an opportunity to increase his bottom line and conspires with all the brothers.

In post-production since 2016, the Hindi and English-language film is produced by Guy J. Louthan and Rohit Karn Batra, and Jai Khanna of Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
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Brendan Fraser Discusses His Busy Career and New Thriller ‘Line of Descent’

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Brendan Fraser Discusses His Busy Career and New Thriller ‘Line of Descent’
Brendan Fraser is certainly a busy actor. After a string of recent buzzy television performances and a role in “Doom Patrol,” an upcoming series for DC Universe. His latest feature film, “Line of Descent,” launches sales at the European Film Market via Storyboard Media. The Dehli-set crime thriller is written and directed by Rohit Karn Batra in his feature film debut, and also stars Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi and Max Beesley.

You’ve been in the business a long time.

I love working and being challenged by the process. I know the industry is changing. It’s reinvented itself a few times in just the amount of time that I’ve been a part of it. It’s always about finding new and exciting material.

It’s unusual to have a crime thriller set in India that’s not a Bollywood film.

The script had all of the best qualities of classic crime literature with very universal themes.
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Roland Joffe’s ‘Mata Hari’ Series Tops Debut Slate at Palanquin (Exclusive)

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A TV series about the Wwi spy Mata Hari, directed by Roland Joffe, is one of two projects that adorn the debut slate of new production company Palanquin. Noir-thriller “Call Center” completes the initial line up.

Palanquin is jointly headed by producer Guy Louthan and Joffe. The company will focus on producing Southeast Asian projects including India-based film and television projects.

Joffe believes that that the true story of Mata Hari is more bizarre than the lurid reputation that she has since attracted as an exotic dancer and spy. To be produced by John Fitzgerald and Julian Grimmond (“The Amazing Race”), “Mata Hari” is structured as an eight-part series that charts the extraordinary life of Magritte, a Dutch girl who escaped an abusive childhood, fled to the Far East with a brilliant but manipulative adventurer who was more than twice her age, and was sucked into the world of espionage,
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William Fichtner directing debut 'Cold Book' picked up by Storyboard Media (exclusive)

William Fichtner directing debut 'Cold Book' picked up by Storyboard Media (exclusive)
Fichtner’s acting credits include The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, and TV series Mom.

Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard’s Storyboard Media has picked up international sales rights to William Fichtner’s feature directorial debut Cold Brook for Efm.

Fichtner, whose acting credits include The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, and TV series Mom, stars alongside Kim Coates from Sons Of Anarchy and Harold Perrineau from Lost.

Cold Brook tells of two maintenance workers at an upstate New York college who are hailed local heroes when they apprehend an intruder. When they learn he is lost, they choose to help him in life.
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'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with Tiff audience award win

'Green Book' boosts awards season prospects with Tiff audience award win
India’s The Man Who Feels No Pain wins Midnight Madness award.

The period drama Green Book from Peter Farrelly has won the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) 2019 Grolsch People’s Choice Award and bolstered its awards season prospects given Tiff’s recent track record.

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in the tale of an Italian-American bouncer who drives an African-American jazz pianist on a 1960s concert tour of the South. Participant Media produced and financed Green Book through its joint venture with Amblin/Dreamworks, and Universal will release the film in the Us on November 21.

The Tiff audience
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‘Green Book’ Takes Toronto Film Festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award

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‘Green Book’ Takes Toronto Film Festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award
Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize positions Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” in prime Oscar territory — five audience award winners have gone on to capture best picture, including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.” In 2016, the prize went to “La La Land,” while last year’s award went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Both were nominated for best picture.

Peter Debruge wrote in his review of “Green Book” for Variety: “Featuring a pair of terrific performances by Viggo Mortensen as a goombah with a heart of gold and Mahershala Ali as multilingual composer-musician Don Shirley, the story may be unique, yet it goes pretty much exactly the way you might expect, with one huge twist: The credits read “Directed by Peter Farrelly” — which means this feel-good tour through American bigotry was made by one-half of the sibling duo responsible
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Brendan Fraser Signs With Gersh Agency

Gersh has signed actor Brendan Fraser. The Mummy star recently booked a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair. Fraser also recently wrapped indie The Field and was seen in the A&E miniseries Texas Rising alongside Bill Paxton and Ray Liotta. Previously, Fraser starred in the feature Gimme Shelter opposite Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens, and voiced characters in The Weinstein Company's Escape From Planet Earth and Open Road Films' The Nut Job. …
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Brendan Fraser to Star in Bollywood Thriller ‘The Field’ as a Gun-Running Villain

Brendan Fraser to Star in Bollywood Thriller ‘The Field’ as a Gun-Running Villain
Brendan Fraser’s mummy-killing days may be behind him, but Encino Man will rise again. The actor has just been announced as the villain in “The Field,” a Bollywood gangster drama marking the directorial debut of Rohit Karn Batra. He’s set to star as a gun-runner named Charu whose “illicit dealings with the Indian underworld wedges him in the middle of the family implosion.”

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Ray Liotta was initially attached the project when first it was announced in 2014, but alterations to the screenplay led to personnel changes as well. “The more the script evolved,” said Batra, “the more obvious it became Brendan was the best choice for the idiosyncratic role of Charu. For a director to explore this journey with him in a place like India is nothing less than a once in a lifetime opportunity.” India isn’t as well known to the outside world for its hard-hitting genre fare as it is for its musicals, but anyone who’s seen Anurag Kashyap’s five-hour “Gangs of Wasseypur” knows that “The Field” won’t be the first mob movie to emerge from Bollywood.

Read More: Review: Indian Mob Epic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Reinvents the Bollywood Gangster Pic with Pop Panache

Prem Chopra, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Vineet Singh and Radhika Apte will all be starring alongside Fraser, whose work in “Airheads” and “The Scout” has gone unheralded for far too long.

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Ronit Roy bags his first Hollywood project!

Joining the bandwagon of the West-bound Bollywood stars this year is Ronit Roy. The well-known film and TV star has bagged Rohit Karn Batra’s Hollywood film, ‘The Field’. Although this will be Ronit’s first Hollywood project, it will be a second international outing for the actor who was earlier a part of Deepa Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children’. ‘The Field’ revolving around a crime family is expected to go on the floors in April and besides Ronit stars Radhika Apte and Neeraj Kabi.

When contacted, Ronit confirms and reveals that he plays an elder brother in the mafia thriller that has a motley crew including Indian, British and American actors. The actor says, “I begin shooting in April. It is a period film portraying old Delhi, but it has a very international flavour.”

Adding that he is looking forward to the experience, Ronit furthers, “I accepted the role
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Radhika Apte wants a big break!

While she certainly needs a big break in some big banner film, right now the sultry siren Radhika Apte, who made the heads turn with her performance in Hunterrr and Badlapur recently, is looking for the much deserved break.

The actress is currently working on six-seven projects at a time (Tamil film Ula, Hindi films The Bright Day, Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, The Field, English venture Parched, Telugu film Lion and MTV International's untitled next)

It seems Radhika is quite worn-out with her hectic schedule and seeking for a break. She took a micro-blogging site to share about her state of mind. "I don't feel like working today .. And tomorrow .. And the day after .. I think I need a longer break," Radhika wrote.

Well, Radhika you indeed deserve a break!
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Shabana Azmi has joined the cast of the Hollywood film, The Black Prince

Acclaimed actress Shabana Azmi has joined the cast of Hollywood’s The Black Prince, a film telling the tragic yet fascinating true story of Maharaja Duleep Singh the last King of the Sikh Empire in Punjab. Son of the powerful ruler Ranjit Singh, he was born in 1838 and placed on the throne at the age of 5 after the death of his father. In 1849, when Punjab was annexed to British India, the young prince was removed from the throne and eventually sent off to England. His attempts to return to India and reclaim his kingdom were thwarted by the British. He ended up a pauper, dying alone in a Paris hotel in 1893.

Co-produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners executive Jai Khanna, the drama will be directed by Kavi Raz and features the acting debut of acclaimed singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj.

One of the most highly respected actresses in India, Shabana Azmi has appeared
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Brillstein Entertainment and Von Ryans Entertainment partner on acclaimed novel The Elephanta Suite

One of the great writers of our time, Paul Theroux is the winner of some of the most prestigious awards in literature. Time Magazine has praised The Elephanta Suite as “brilliantly evocative and propulsive.” The story follows a corporate drudge as he travels to India and has a life transforming experience when he strikes up a relationship with a mysterious, young woman.

Award winning filmmaker Joseph Mathew has adapted the novella and will direct it. His previous documentary Crossing Arizona premiered at Sundance and won the One Future Prize at Munich Film Festival. Shhyam Singhania of Von Ryans Entertainment will produce it along with sixteen years industry veteran Sanjay Bhattacharjee.

Jai Khanna of Brillstein Entertainment Partners will also helm it as a Co-Producer, by helping to shepherd the various international cast, crew and production logistics, as well as begin to secure international sales.

Joseph Mathew: “Besides its universal themes,
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Brillstein’s Jai Khanna to Produce the Indian Historical Drama ‘The Black Prince’

Maharaja Duleep Singh and singer-actor Satinder Sartaaj

Brillstein Entertainment Partners executive Jai Khanna will co-produce The Black Prince, described as the tragic yet fascinating story about the last king of the state of Punjab (in north India), Maharaja Duleep Singh. Written and to be directed by L.A.-based Indian filmmaker Kavi Raz, The Black Prince will feature the acting debut of one of Punjab’s most acclaimed singer-poets, Satinder Sartaaj.

The bilingual English-Hindi project is budgeted at about $5 million and is out to potential producing partners in India. Set in India and the U.K., The Black Prince is eyeing a late September start date. Brillstein will help shepherd the various international cast, crew and production logistics, as well as begin to secure international sales.

The film follows the story of the last Sikh Maharaja — the son of the powerful ruler Ranjit Singh — who was placed on the throne
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Casting: Rabe, Winger, Liotta, Collins

The Veil

Lily Rabe ("American Horror Story") has signed on to join Thomas Jane and Jessica Alba in Phil Joanou's microbudget horror thriller "The Veil" for Blumhouse.

The story is set thirty years after a religious cult take their own lives. The sole survivor, a 5-year-old girl, returns to the compound as an adult (Rabe) with a documentary crew. [Source: Heat Vision]

Boychoir

Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale have joined Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates in "Boychoir" at Informant Media. Filming beings in Connecticut this week.

The story follows a troubled youngster who locks horns with a demanding choir master. Francois Girard directs from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. [Source: Screen]

The Field

Ray Liotta has joined the cast of award-winning director Rohit Karn Batra's multi-storied crime thriller "The Field". Filming begins this Fall in India.

The story explores an undercover operation between a generational Indian mafia family. Liotta
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