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Berlin: Clarius Dials Up Rights to John Cusack-Samuel L. Jackson Thriller ‘Cell’

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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FEBRUARY 5, 2015 | 09:00AM PT

Clarius Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the Stephen King thriller “Cell,” starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (“Paranormal Activity 2”).

International Film Trust is handling foreign rights to the film, which it is selling at the European Film Market.

Pic is based on the Stephen King novel; King wrote the screenplay with revisions by Adam Alleca (“Last House on the Left”) and Mark Leyner (“War Inc.”).

“Cell” is produced by Michael Benaroya, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten and Shara Kay.

Cusack, Paddy Cullen, Edward Mokhtarian, Armen Aghaeian, Xavier Gens, Laurence Freed, Stephen Hays, Peter Graham, Ben Sachs, Tyler Hawes, Brian Pope, Geno Tazioli, Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin are executive producers; Leyner, Ben Insler and James Lejsek are co-producers.

The deal was negotiated by Nick Ogiony at CAA and Ben Weiss at Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers and William Sadleir from Clarius Entertainment.

Source: Variety / Carole Horst

Sundance: Get Ready To Dance In Clip From ‘Z For Zachariah’ With Chris Pine, Margot Robbie, And Chiwetel Ejiofor

Friday, January 30th, 2015
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Since her impressive breakout turn in “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Margot Robbie has been missing from the big screen with three films set to hit this year, one of which is the Sundance-premiering “Z for Zachariah.” While we won’t have a review until after the screening this weekend, you can make do with a short clip from the post-apocalyptic film, via Hitfix.

Running under a minute, the clip centers on an innocent moment between the three survivors of a disaster that wipes out most of the planet. Though it could be billed as a picture in the science-fiction realm, the film is directed by Craig Zobel, whose “Compliance” focused on the ways people can wield power over others. So yeah, expect less gunfights and more exploration of the relationships that develop between strangers in the face of a tragedy.

“Z for Zachariah” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this Saturday at the Library Center Theatre at 8:30 PM. Watch the clip below and keep an eye out for our review.

Source: IndieWire / Cain Rodriguez

Watch: Nicole Kidman Plays a Real-Life Victorian Archaeologist in ‘Queen of the Desert’

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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If you’ve ever wondered what Homeland’s Sergeant Nicholas Brody and Moulin Rouge’s Satine look like kissing, today is your lucky day. A one-minute clip of Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert has debuted online, and it begins with a newly mustachioed Damien Lewis locking lips with Nicole Kidman, who plays real-life archaeologist, traveler, explorer, writer, cartographer, and political officer Gertrude Bell. (However did she fit all those titles on her business card?)

Kidman’s Gertrude is all business here, too, quickly pulling away from Lewis with a mysterious explanation: “I’d never be with a man again because I lost a man.”

It’s certainly a promising role for Kidman, who most recently appeared in the extremely well-received Paddington, which is still in theaters.

Queen of the Desert will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will be screened in competition.

Source: IndieWire / Laura Berger

Everest: An Ensemble Cast in the True Story about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ EVEREST IS AN ADVENTURE-THRILLER FILM INSPIRED BY THE REAL EVENTS SURROUNDING A TREACHEROUS ATTEMPT TO REACH THE SUMMIT OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN. IT FOLLOWS THE AWE-INSPIRING JOURNEY OF TWO DIFFERENT EXPEDITIONS CHALLENGED BEYOND THEIR LIMITS BY ONE OF THE FIERCEST SNOWSTORMS EVER ENCOUNTERED BY MANKIND. THEIR METTLE TESTED BY THE HARSHEST OF ELEMENTS FOUND ON THE PLANET, THE CLIMBERS WILL BE SEEN FACING NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE OBSTACLES AS THEIR LIFELONG OBSESSION BECOMES A BREATHTAKING STRUGGLE FOR THEIR VERY SURVIVAL.

4:20 PM EST 1/12/2015 BY KARA MICHELLE, CELEBEAT REPORTER

Everest: An Ensemble Cast in the True Story about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster

Universal Pictures’ Everest is an adventure-thriller film inspired by the real events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. It follows the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will be seen facing nearly impossible obstacles as their lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for their very survival.

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur from a screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy and Mark Medoff, Everest will be shown in theaters in 3D beginning September 18.

Everest stars Martin Henderson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, and Thomas M. Wright. Others in the cast include Martin Henderson, Michael Kelly, Naoko Mori, Clive Standen, Vanessa Kirby, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson, Charlotte Boving, and Micah Hauptman. The film which is now in post-production is being scored by Dario Marianelli.

According to the studio, the upcoming movie is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster wherein eight people were caught in a blizzard and died as they struggled to reach and then descend from the summit. There were then two expedition groups of mountain climbers. One led by Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) was called ‘Mountain Madness’ while the other, called ‘Adventure Consultants,’ was led by Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke). Both Fischer and Hall were among those killed during the real 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

The script for Everest was reportedly based on the various written accounts about what happened in Mount Everest on May 10-11, 1996, as well on actual interviews with some of the survivors. Among the books written about the events are Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers who were both members of Hall’s group at the time of the disaster and The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev who was part of Fischer’s group.

Universal to Release EVEREST on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal; Capt. Vijay Lama talks about his experience on set

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason ClarkeJosh BrolinJohn Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin HendersonEmily WatsonMichael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

Everest is amongst the most anticipated movies of 2015.

ALPINE SHOOT: Capt Vijay Lama (left) who acts as a rescue pilot in the forthcoming Hollywood movie Everest on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 with a helicopter painted in Nepal Army colours.

The story revolves around Beck Weathers, an American climber who miraculously survived two nights above 8,000m and was rescued with a Taiwanese climber, by Nepali Army rescue pilot, Col Madan KC from Camp II. The risky rescue was the highest-ever helicopter landing in history at the time. Col KC’s role is played by Nepali actor and airline pilot, Capt Vijay Lama.

For Vijay Lama, who has acted in numerous Nepali films over the last three decades, 2014 was an exciting year in which he got to experience how Hollywood movies are made. He was on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 where some of the scenes of the helicopter rescue on Mt Everest were shot. Later, he went toPinewood Studios to shoot some of the other scenes in a flight simulator.

“I got to be treated like a star with other members of the cast, including Josh Brolin, Martin Henderson, John Hawkes,” Lama recalled, “ever since my first Nepali film I had always dreamt of acting in a Hollywood movie. I am living proof that dreams are not impossible if you believe in it and pursue it honestly.”

Being a pilot made the role easier for Lama, who insisted on speaking in Nepali with his co-pilot with English subtitles.

Lama says he was also impressed with the logistics and preparation that goes into an international film shoot. “The crew and the cast of Everest is so huge that it took many people who were assigned specific tasks to work together,” he recalls, “one little mistake would mean huge losses. It was a team game, team spirit, team effort and most of all team discipline – something we in Nepal can learn from.”

Working in the mountains of Val Senales in Italy was not easy for the crew and cast, there were blizzards, wind and unexpected delays. In comparison, it was easier shooting at Pinewood where the summit of Everest, the Hillary Step, helicopter simulators were all recreated in the studio. Says Lama: “Working with these international units have humbled me and have given me more reason to work harder in the coming days and learn to be more professional in the subjects I am involved in.”

Saban In Talks For Pierce Brosnan Comedy ‘How To Make Love Like An Englishman’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Saban Films is in negotiations to acquire U.S. distrib rights on Tom Vaughan’s How to Make Love Like an Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. Written by Matthew Newman, film follows a Cambridge University professor, played by Brosnan, who meets his match, portrayed by Hayek. However, complications ensue when the professor gets her graduate student stepsister (Alba) pregnant and he’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess.

Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films, and CAA on behalf of the producers. Foreign is being handled by The Solution Entertainment Group. Also producing are Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St.Clair with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase, Grant Cramer and Simon Orange. Pierce Brosnan, Michael R. Williams, Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, Matthew Newman, Stephan Martiroysan, Stuart Brown and Mike Sullivan are serving as EPs with Sriram Das and Steven Shapiro as co-EPs and Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak, Keith Arnold and Mark Fasano as co-producers. Merced Media Partners, PalmStar Media Capital, and Envision Entertainment financed How to Make Love Like an Englishman.

Saban acquired Tommy Lees Jones directorial The Homesman out of Cannes, and the film was co-released by Roadside Attractions on November 14. Saban recently picked up U.S. for the Nicolas Cage crime thriller The Trust. Their slate also includes John Travolta’s The Forger; action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment; and American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “AKON” Thiam.

Our Top Pick Of The Sundance Film Festival 2015 – Z for Zachariah

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Guarantee you’ll be talking about Z for Zachariah next year

The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the 16 feature films competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition for the 2015 event this week, alongside the documentary lineup. There’s a load of interesting entries in there including the Jack Black starring The D-Train and Kristen Wiig playing a woman whose boyfriend is sleeping with her daughter in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. But our top pick for the renowned festival is Z for Zachariah, we guarantee everyone will be talking about it next year, and here’s why…

The festival has released some official info on each film, so let’s start with the synopsis for Z for Zachariah:

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman’s affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature. Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine.

Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in Z for Zachariah

The film is based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, which was published posthumously in 1974 after the author’s wife Sally M. Conly and daughter Jane Leslie Conly completed the book guided by his notes. O’Brien mainly concentrated on children’s books during his career, with Z for Zachariah winning teen literature awards. And we know how well post-apocalyptic, teen novels do on the big screen. This year’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent enjoyed big box office success while Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series have become mega hits at the cinema thanks to Jennifer Lawrence and co.

Interestingly though, it looks like screenwriter Nissar Modi has altered O’Brien’s book. Fans will know it’s all about Margot Robbie’s character Ann Burden and Chiwetel’s Loomis in the novel. Chris is taking on the role of a second stranger, Caleb, who stumbles into Ann’s life though, and with the trio all in the official still and synopsis it’s safe to say the movie has made some pretty big plot changes, another one being that Ann in the book is just a teenager. Of course the changes mean fans of the book will be in for a twist or two which should help draw in more viewers. Clever.

The film is based on the 1970s teen novel

The cast may be small but it’s pretty stellar, with Brit Chiwetel receiving an Oscar nomination this year for 12 Years a Slave, while Margot Robbie (who replaced Amanda Seyfried after that actress dropped out) starred in the other big 2014 Academy Awards contender from Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street, AND she’s just been cast in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad.  Pine meanwhile is no stranger to blockbusters thanks to his lead role in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movies and this year’s big Christmas movie Into The Woods.

The other big star is the landscape, with director Craig Zobel choosing the beautiful Banks Peninsula in New Zealand to shoot, and we all know how stunning that country’s landscape looks on screen thanks to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies. While entirely shot in New Zealand though, the film is set in the USA’s Mid-West, as is the book.

Despite the popularity of the book, the movie plans have been languishing around Hollywood for awhile, with the screenplay appearing on the famous Hollywood Black List, an annual survey of the “most liked” motion picture screenplays not yet produced, based on a survey of studio bigwigs.

Z for Zachariah will screen at Sundance in Utah sometime between January 22 and February 1 2015, and is expected to open on worldwide, general release later in the year.

Source: Entertainment Wise / Joanna Crawley

First Look: ‘Z for Zachariah’ Starring Chris Pine, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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NOVEMBER 8, 2014 | 03:09PM PT

Variety has the exclusive first look photo from Craig Zobel’s “Z for Zachariah,” starring Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Adapted from Robert C. O’Brien post-apocalyptic 1974 novel, the thriller follows a small-town girl (Robbie) who lives alone on a farm in the only valley with breathable air in the wake of nuclear war. Her world is turned upside down when two strangers wander in from the forest.

The film is directed by Craig Zobel, produced by Material Pictures, and exec produced by Lucky Hat Entertainment along with Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment, who is handling international sales.

The sci-fier is slated for release next year.

Source: Variety

A glimpse inside the multi-talented mind behind ‘Bus 657′

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama – “Bus 657″ screenwriter and actor Stephen Cyrus Sepher doesn’t have an agent or a manager, yet Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista are speaking his words and Sepher is acting alongside them.

And as the L.A. native experiences his work being filmed in Mobile, it feels pretty dreamy.

“I sat down at a Starbucks seven years ago and I wrote the script and here we are today,” Sepher said.  ”It’s surreal to me.”

The casino heist thriller started filming in Mobile last week, and so far the cast and crew have made use of locations including The Battle House, Hayley’s Bar and the USS Alabama battleship.

This is Sepher’s second time working in the Port City. He had a bit part in the Bruce Willis movie “Vice,” which was filmed here earlier this year.

We recently caught up with Sepher and talked to him about his career, “Bus 657,” and of course, De Niro.

Q: How did you get started in showbiz?

A: I started acting when I was about 18 years old. I picked up writing because I wanted to showcase my acting. I’ve written probably about 13 screenplays along the way.

Q: How have you reached this level of success without an agent or manager?

A: I’ve done it all through my own contacts. I had a manager tell me, ‘What you’re doing is a miracle.’ And Ray Liotta, who saw a short film of mine called “4 Minutes,” was very supportive. We have a mutual friend. I shot “4 minutes” by myself, directed it, acted in it and produced it. It was a very low budget film. Liotta put his name on the film as producer to get it more publicity. I still don’t have an agent or manager, and at this point I want an agent for the acting part (of my career.)

Q: Please tell us about some of your other previous film projects.

A: There’s a movie that I wrote, directed and acted in called “One More Round.” We had some really great TV actors in it. That was my first (feature film) and it was a good start. I also did a short film called “The Mortgage Guy” that was about the debacle of the mortgage industry. I wrote that about a year before the debacle actually happened.

Q: “Bus 657″ was originally called “Bus 757.” Why was the name changed?

A: The distribution company had ideas about marketing this film. They didn’t want it to sound like an airplane.

Q: How did you end up acting in the movie?

A: When I signed my deal (for the screenplay) with the production company it was contingent upon me being in it as an actor. I negotiated a role as Julian Dante, one of the guys that helps rob this casino.

Q: Before we go any further, tell us the plot of “Bus 657.”

A: The story’s about Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character Luke Vaughn. He’s in a jam. His daughter needs to get an operation and he’s worked for Robert De Niro’s character The Pope for many years. The Pope owns the casino. Vaughn needs the money and he doesn’t get the money.  He partners up with Dave Bautista, who plays a character named Cox. And I am Cox’s guy that he brings in and the three of us rob the casino…It’s not just a brainless action movie. It really touches on human emotions, survival and instincts.

Q: How does the bus fit into all of this?

A:I don’t want to give away the story, but the bus is used to get away.

Q: What is the character of The Pope like?

A: The Pope is a very established successful man who has done it his way as far as dealing with the underworld, and he wants to retire. This whole heist happens to be at the time when he’s kind of trying to do his thing and living life normally. We pull him back in to this whole crime thing.

Q: Why is De Niro perfect for the role?

A: I’ve been a huge fan for a long time.  He influenced my behavior as an actor and he’s influenced my film-making vision. I grew up watching his movies  and it just so happens to be that it  came full circle. I wrote something that I saw him in. I kind of wrote the role for him very specifically and he’s nailing it. He’s fantastic…I have a small scene with him on the bus. He’s very focused. He’s a focused guy

Q: What are some of your favorite De Niro movies?

A: I love “Midnight Run,” and I  really liked him in “Casino” and “Goodfellas.” And the great thing is he’s playing a gangster in “Bus 657.” It’s a blessing.

Q: How did you manage to snag De Niro for “Bus 657″?

A: The producers, Emmett Furla Productions, made that happen. They pitched him the script and he liked it. He liked the writing and that was key. He wanted to be involved in it as The Pope.  And then he worked with the director Scott Mann and they fine-tuned a lot of things.

Q: Why is Mobile a good place to film?

A: Some of the stuff is just like what you see on a Universal Studios back lot. A lot of the buildings and a lot of the streets are very much like the stuff they built in L.A., but its natural. There’s a lot of history here. Scott Mann is really a great director and he’s picked really incredible locations. The look of this movie, from what I’ve seen, is pretty amazing. Everybody from top down has brought their game to this on all levels. It’s looking really fantastic.

Source: Al.com / Tamara Ikenberg