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Action Thriller Panama Teams Morgan Freeman & Frank Grillo

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Action Thriller Panama Teams Morgan Freeman & Frank Grillo
Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Frank Grillo and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman have joined the action film Panama from The Highland Film Group.

According to the press release, Frank Grillo is set to star as James Becker, a rugged, decorated ex marine in 1989 Panama. When his former commander Stark, played by the great Morgan Freeman, sends him undercover to execute a high-value deal with untrustworthy adversaries, Becker is thrust into the chaos of the local civil war.

He must fight assassins, court femmes fatales and negotiate with the enemy in order to complete his mission. With his former commander by his side, Becker perseveres against all odds in hopes of making it home alive.

Panama is inspired by true events and comes from a script written by Daniel Adams and William R. Barber. Adams will also helm the project as director while Barber leads as executive producer alongside
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Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo to Star in Action Movie ‘Panama’

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Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo to Star in Action Movie ‘Panama’
Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are starring in the action movie “Panama” with Daniel Adams directing from a script he co-wrote with William R. Barber.

Highland Film Group will handle worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. “Panama” will be produced by Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Michelle Reihel, with Barber also serving as executive producer.

Inspired by true events and set in 1989 Panama, Grillo will portray a rugged, decorated ex-marine who is sent undercover by his former commander, played by Freeman, to execute a high-value deal with untrustworthy adversaries. While navigating through the chaos of the local civil war, he must fight assassins, court femmes fatales and negotiate with the enemy in order to complete his mission. Principal photography is set to commence in November.

Grillo’s credits include the Captain America and Purge franchises. He’s starring in the upcoming “Black and Blue,” “Boss Level
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Travis Fimmel to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller Zone 414

Known by many viewers for his role as Ragnar on the History channel series Vikings, Travis Fimmel is stepping out of medieval times and into the near future with a starring role in Zone 414, the feature film directorial debut from Andrew Baird that focuses on a mystery in a city of humanoid robots.

Press Release: Los Angeles – Highland Film Group announced today that Travis Fimmel has signed on to star in Andrew Baird’s feature film directorial debut, Zone 414. From a script penned by Bryan Edward Hill, the sci-fi thriller will be produced by Baird, 23ten’s Martin Brennan, source | management + production’s Jib Polhemus, and Deborah Shaw-Kolar with executive producers Mark Huffam and Bryan Edward Hill. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in the near future, Zone 414 is a colony of state-of-the-art humanoid robots. When its creator’s daughter goes missing,
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Joel McHale to Co-Star in New Home Invasion Movie Becky

Earlier this year it was reported that Kevin James will star as a "merciless" convict who invades a lake home in the action thriller Becky, the latest film from directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. The home invasion movie will pit James against Lulu Wilson as the teenage title character, and now Joel McHale has joined the cast as Wilson's father, along with additional cast members Amanda Brugel and Robert Maillet.

Press Release: Los Angeles – Highland Film Group announced today that Emmy® nominated Joel McHale, Amanda Brugel and Robert Maillet have joined Kevin James and Lulu Wilson in Becky. From directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the action-thriller is produced by Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Russ Posternak of Yale Productions alongside Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz of BoulderLight Pictures. Highland Film Group is handling international sales, which will continue at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. UTA Independent Film Group
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Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan’s Warparty Partners With China’s Starlight Entertainment Group

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Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan’s Warparty Partners With China’s Starlight Entertainment Group
Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan’s production company Warparty is partnering with China’s Starlight Entertainment Group for a first look deal, the company announced on Friday.

The duo enters far-reaching strategic partnership to develop and produce material for the worldwide marketplace.

“The opportunity to partner with Starlight and their incredibly talented group of producers and directors has given Warparty the opportunity to take our brand and style of filmmaking to China and the rest of the world in a way we could only dream about,” Grillo said in a statement.

Also Read: Frank Grillo on Future Marvel, 'Purge' Movies: 'I Think I'm Done'

“I can’t express my gratitude enough to Peter and Nancy and everyone at Starlight and Er Dong,” Carnahan said. “Being able to partner with these wonderful people has been a dream come true. These past few years have proven what a global force the Chinese
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Shanghai: Er Dong Pictures Adds to Web of Hollywood and Chinese Deals

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Chinese production and talent company Er Dong Pictures shed some light on its latest film investment slate and growing web of relationships in Asia and Hollywood.

The company, which is in the process of establishing a joint venture with Hollywood talent firm The Gersh Agency, and has a 12-film co-funding deal with Starlight Culture Entertainment, announced its involvement in new projects with Roland Emmerich, Jon M. Chu and Sylvester Stallone.

Projects include “Those About to Die,” a film project with Harald Kloser set as producer. Emmerich and Gianni Nunnari (“The Departed”) are also involved, though their roles were not specified.

“Sylvester Stallone will be cooperating with Er Dong Pictures and Starlight on three projects,” Er Dong said. The company appears to be boarding projects being hatched by Stallone’s Balboa Pictures, including the previously announced English-language remake of recent Korean action film “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil,” which had
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Frank Grillo to Star in Modern-Day Western ‘No Man’s Land’ (Exclusive)

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Frank Grillo to Star in Modern-Day Western ‘No Man’s Land’ (Exclusive)
Frank Grillo and Jake Allyn will play father-and-son Texas ranchers in “No Man’s Land,” a modern Western drama from director Conor Allyn.

Allyn and David Barraza Ibañez penned the script, which is inspired by the real-life “no man’s land” between the U.S.- Mexico border on the Rio Grande and the U.S. “hard border” fences to the north.

At the center of the story is a father-son vigilante patrol, which is thrust into chaos after Jackson Greer (Allyn) accidentally kills an immigrant boy. When his father (Grillo) tries to take the blame, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Chased by Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, Jackson embarks on a pilgrimage to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s vengeful father (Jorge Jimenez) only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate.

Margate House Films will produce
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Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan join Nicolas Cage martial arts thriller 'Jiu Jitsu'

Highland Film Group represents international rights; production to commence June 24.

Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Rick Yune and Marie Avgeropoulos have joined Nicolas Cage and Alain Moussi on the martial arts thriller Jiu Jitsu.

Production is scheduled to begin on June 24 and Highland Film Group represents international rights on the story about an ancient order of elite fighters who battle a vicious alien every six years to protect earth.

When celebrated war hero Jake is defeated by the alien Brax, the future of humanity hangs in the balance, until a team lead by Wylie (Cage) rescues Jake, now suffering from amnesia,
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Despite Controversy, Mel Gibson Is Still a Draw for Cannes Film Buyers

A rowdy Santa Claus, a sinister grandfather and stubborn retired detective: three very different roles in three new film projects, with one name linking them all. In Cannes, where Nicolas Cage might have been the 2018 market’s dominant name, this year it’s Mel Gibson. Thanks to Fatman, Rothchild and Force of Nature — plus the action-thriller Boss Level, first announced in 2017 and still up for grabs in some territories — Gibson appears to be the belle of the Marché ball.

But any mention of the man who gave us Mad Max, Lethal Weapon and Braveheart doesn’t come without its controversy, as proved ...
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Mel Gibson and Kate Bosworth cast in Force of Nature

Fresh from the news that he’s set to play a rowdy Santa Claus in Fatman, Mel Gibson has now added another project to his slate with Deadline reporting that he’ll be starring alongside Kate Bosworth in Force of Nature.

The action film will see Gibson as a stubborn retired police detective who has to protect the residents of a building during a hurricane evacuation when violent criminals turn up to pull off a mysterious heist.

See Also: Mel Gibson and Tye Sheridan to star in thriller Black Flies

Force of Nature is being directed by Michael Polish from a script by Cory Miller, and is being produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, who recently worked with Gibson on the upcoming Boss Level from director Joe Carnahan.

The post Mel Gibson and Kate Bosworth cast in Force of Nature appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Gunpowder Milkshake Cast and Details for Karen Gillan Action Film

Joseph Baxter May 17, 2019

Action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake is putting together an impressive cast, headlined by Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan.

Gunpowder Milkshake may sound like an ill-conceived idea for a combustible cold dairy drink, but it’s actually an intriguing action thriller – starring Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji actress Karen Gillan – that’s coming to the table with quite the ensemble for what’s shaping up to be a female-fronted assassin mythos.

Studiocanal and The Picture Company are conjuring the big screen project, which will arrive under the direction of internationally debuting helmers in Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who achieved acclaim in their native Israel with the 2013 Hebrew-language horror film, Big Bad Wolves, and 2010 horror offering Rabies. The directorial duo wrote the Gunpowder script with Ehud Lavski.

The scarce early plot details on Gunpowder Milkshake reveal a story centered on a mother-daughter assassin team, played by
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Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth To Star In ‘Force Of Nature’ – Cannes

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Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth To Star In ‘Force Of Nature’ – Cannes
Exclusive: Mel Gibson and Kate Bosworth are set to star in Force of Nature, an action film that Michael Polish will direct from a script by Cory Miller. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films CEOs and co-founders Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce with Luillo Ruiz, with Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert exec producing.

This will be the second Gibson vehicle on the Croisette, after his attachment was announced yesterday on Fatman. He is also getting close on directing The Wild Bunch, a new version of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed classic Western at Warner Bros which Gibson has been writing with Bryan Bagby.

Force of Nature centers on a cop who must protect the remaining residents of a building in the midst of a hurricane evacuation while violent criminals attempt to pull off a mysterious heist within the building. Gibson plays the stubborn retired detective who refuses to evacuate, and fights
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Mel Gibson Will Play Santa Claus in an Upcoming Film: 'He's the Perfect Choice,' Says Producer

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be played by Mel Gibson.

The actor, 63, will take on the role of the man in red in the forthcoming comedy Fatman, which tells the story of a 12-year-old who hires a hitman to kill Santa after the child gets a lump of coal in his stocking. Meanwhile, this rowdy Santa is already down on his luck due to his business decline.

“Mel is the perfect choice as Kris Kringle like we’ve never seen him before,” producer Nadine de Barros said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I
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Mel Gibson to put on the Santa suit in ‘Fatman’

Mel Gibson is attached to play Santa Claus in a brand new independent comedy ‘Fatman’ for Fortitude.

The film will be directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from their own script, it tells the story of a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline — while a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

Brandon James of Rough House, Nadine de Barros of Fortitude and Lisa Wolofsky of Skywolf will produce while James’ Rough House partners David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill will serve as executive producers.

“This rowdy Santa tale is a film we’ve been excited to make for some time and we’re thrilled to have equally passionate partners in Rough House and Fortitude who carry the same fire!” said Eshom and Ian Nelms.

Also in news – Haddish to team up
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Joe Carnahan Attacks Film Critic Over Mixed ‘El Chicano’ Review, Then Deletes His Twitter

Joe Carnahan Attacks Film Critic Over Mixed ‘El Chicano’ Review, Then Deletes His Twitter
Joe Carnahan has deleted his Twitter account after lashing out at a film critic who gave the new film “El Chicano” a mixed review. Carnahan produced the superhero movie and co-wrote the script with first-time director Ben Hernandez Bray. Film critic Carlos Aguilar reviewed “El Chicano” for the Los Angeles Times, calling the film “solidly acted” and a “technically accomplished spectacle” despite a troubling script that creates “separation between Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals, presented only as demonized, criminal, carnage-friendly, nationalist invaders.”

Aguilar submitted his review to Rotten Tomatoes as a positive one, but his criticisms clearly rubbed Carnahan the wrong way as the filmmaker used Twitter to attack the critic. Carnahan responded to Aguilar’s tweet about the review by saying, “You suck as a writer.”

“This motherfucker is proof that the days of Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, and Andrew Sarris are dead,” Carnahan wrote about Aguilar in a now-deleted post.
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Frank Grillo, Taryn Manning Among Those Joining Olivia Munn in ‘The Gateway’ (Exclusive)

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Frank Grillo, Taryn Manning Among Those Joining Olivia Munn in ‘The Gateway’ (Exclusive)
Frank Grillo, Keith David, Taryn Manning and Mark Boone Junior have joined the ensemble cast of “The Gateway.”

They join Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Bruce Dern and Zach Avery with Michele Civetta directing. Andrew Levitas is producing under his Metalwork Pictures banner alongside Stephen Israel.

The pic follows Parker, a downtrodden social worker in the grips of alcoholism, assigned to oversee care of the daughter of single mother, Dahlia, in this neo-noir thriller.

Grillo is fresh off the success of the acclaimed Netflix documentary series “Fight World,” an inside look at fight culture all over the globe that he produced and starred in as well as the brawl-thriller “Donnybrook” with Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley that opened the Toronto Film Festival. He has a slew of projects set to bow in 2019, starting with the Netflix project “Point Blank” followed by the thriller “Boss Level” opposite Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts,
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Michelle Yeoh Joins the Avatar Sequels as Dr. Karina Mogue

Michelle Yeoh Joins the Avatar Sequels as Dr. Karina Mogue
The cast of Avatar 2 and James Cameron's other sequels in the burgeoning franchise begins to grow. Michelle Yeoh, of Crazy Rich Asians fame, has officially boarded the cast in a new role. These movies have been in the works for nearly a decade and, if all goes according to plan, Cameron will have a five-movie, multi-billion dollar series under his belt. Now, he's got some help from Yeoh when it comes to making sure the forthcoming entries are successful.

While there is still a lot of mystery surrounding Avatar 2 and the other planned entries, we have word that Michelle Yeoh will play a new human scientist character in the movies. It isn't quite clear exactly which movies she'll have a role in as 2 and 3 were shot together, with certain parts of 3 and 4 also already in the works. Yeoh's casting was announced via the official Avatar Twitter account.
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Michelle Yeoh boards James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels

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It’s been announced today that ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Crazy Rich’ Asians star Michelle Yeoh has joined James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels.

Yeoh will play the role of scientist Dr. Karina Mogue. She will be joining Zoe Saldana, who reprises the role of the Na’vi princess Neytiri. Sam Worthington will also return as the human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully. Sigourney Weaver and bad guy Stephen Lang will be back too. Other newcomers include ‘Game of ThronesOona Chaplin and Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis will be joining the sequels, and Edie Falco is playing the new character General Ardmore. Kate Winslet will also be reuniting with Cameron playing the role of Ronal.

“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” said James Cameron.

Producer Jon Landau has previously
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Michelle Yeoh Joins James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels

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Michelle Yeoh Joins James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Michelle Yeoh is heading to Pandora. The veteran actress is boarding James Cameron’s “Avatar” franchise, and will portray scientist Dr. Karina Mogue.

“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters,” Cameron said. “I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the ‘Avatar’ sequels.”

Yeoh starred in “Crazy Rich Asians” as the mother of Henry Golding’s character. She also toplines CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery.” Her credits include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” The Malaysian actress will be seen next in Paul Feig’s “Last Christmas” alongside Emilia Clarke and Golding, and in Joe Carnahan’s “Boss Level.”

Avatar 2,” the first of four follow-ups, will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2020. The remaining installments will be released on the same weekend over the next few years, with “Avatar 3” arriving on Dec. 17, 2021; “Avatar 4” on Dec.
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Michelle Yeoh Joins James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Michelle Yeoh Joins James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar” sequels, the franchise’s social accounts announced on Monday.

The “Crazy Rich Asians” star will play a scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue.

“Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” Cameron said in a statement.

Also Read: 'Master Z: Ip Man Legacy' Film Review: Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista Kick It in Gorgeous, Muddled Martial-Arts Tale

The first of the planned “Avatar” sequels, four additional films in all, will arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.

Yeoh joins the existing cast returning from the first “Avatar” film, including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang in the journey back to Pandora, the planet of the giant blue alien creatures the Na’Vi. Among the new cast members are Edie Falco,
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