‘Maria’: Ben Rekhi Wraps Timely Manila Drug-War Thriller With Alessandra De Rossi
EXCLUSIVE: While he’s in post-production on The Ashram, which The Orchard is releasing domestically, director Ben Rekhi last week wrapped filming on his follow-up, Maria. The feature thriller is based on a true story and stars Italian-Filipino actress Alessandra de Rossi in the title role.
Set against the drug wars in the Philippines, the timely story finds Maria fending for her three children alone after her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances. As she… Read
Cathy King Joins 42 As Literary Manager & Partner
EXCLUSIVE: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley’s management and production company, 42, has brought Cathy King into the fray as Literary Manager and Partner. Formerly at London’s Independent Talent Group, the respected King will continue to work with a high-profile client list at 42 that includes such names as Julian Fellowes, Abi Morgan, Chris Chibnall, Amanda Coe, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Philippa Lowthorpe, Toby Whithouse, Hettie Macdonald and… Read
‘Jumanji’ Keeps Offshore Crown, Nears $400M; ‘Last Jedi’ Waltzes Past ‘Beauty’ Worldwide – International Box Office
UPDATE: Major holdovers and expansions, combined with sprinklings of key awards contender releases kept offshore turnstiles clicking to varied offerings this weekend. Leading the action, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle rocked up with another $81M including a $40M start in China, and as it approaches $400M at the international box office. The Jake Kasdan-helmed adventure was No. 1 in 31 offshore markets with strong holds across the board and has swung to $383M… Read
‘The Commuter’ Review: If It’s January It’s Time For Liam Neeson To Swing Into Action, And He’s Still Got It
You know the Oscar movies have all opened when it is time for Liam Neeson to save us all from some dire consequences. This time it all takes place on a train, but rest assured this 65-year-old action star doesn’t look like he is signing up for Social Security anytime soon. He’s still very capable of kicking ass just when it needs to be kicked.
In The Commuter, Neeson plays Michael McCauley, an ex-cop (of course) who has spent the past decade as an insurance salesman. He… Read
‘Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins Joins Chadwick Boseman On Uni Thriller ‘Expatriate’
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has attached to direct Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in Expatriate, an international thriller set around a 1970s plane hijacking. Boseman wrote the script with his writing partner Logan Coles.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce through their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions banner alongside Rain Man and Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and his Gran Via Productions. Mark Ceryak will also produce, and… Read
‘Beirut’ Trailer: Jon Hamm & Rosamund Pike Star In Middle East Thriller
The first trailer to the Jon Hamm thriller Beirut is out, the initial stage of the campaign for the Bleecker Street film set for an April 13 theatrical release.
In the film, a U.S. diplomat (Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. The film also stars Dean Norris, Larry Pine and Shea Whigham.
Beirut is… Read
‘Breaking In’: Universal Dates Gabrielle Union Home-Invasion Thriller For Early Summer
Universal Pictures has set a May 11 release for Breaking In, a home-invasion thriller starring Gabrielle Union. The actress, whose BET series Being Mary Jane is ending with a two-hour movie this year, also produced the movie in a reteam with Will Packer via his Will Packer Productions.
Directed by James McTeigue from Ryan Engel’s script, Breaking In follows Shaun (Union) who, after the sudden death of her father, takes her two kids to Dad's Malibu mansion to settle his… Read
Universal Pre-Empts ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ Package For Kevin Hart, Tim Story Re-Team; Studio Also Pacts Hartbeat Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has pre-empted the action comedy spec package My Own Worst Enemy, and is eyeing a summer start date for a film that will star Kevin Hart and be directed by Tim Story. This is a big commitment by the studio to the film, Hart and Story, and also Universal has cemented its relationship to make Hart a cornerstone supplier, as the studio has established a first-look deal with Hart and his Hartbeat Productions.
This comes on the heels of Hart scoring big in… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown In Legendary Film Deal To Produce & Star In Enola Holmes Mysteries
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Entertainment has made a deal with Emmy-nominated breakout Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown to star in and produce a feature film series based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series. Brown will produce through her PCMA Productions banner.
Brown developed a relationship with Legendary as she just completed a starring role in the Michael Dougherty-directed Godzilla sequel for Legendary and Warner Bros.
The book series began with… Read
BAFTA Nominations Show Love For ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Blade Runner’ & British Films; Shut Out ‘The Post’
There’s much to chew on in this morning’s BAFTA Film Awards nominations. The 6,500-strong British Academy of Film and Television Arts tossed a lot of love towards titles with UK-centric stories and/or pedigrees while embracing Guillermo del Toro’s lyrical fantasy The Shape Of Water. The Fox Searchlight film, for which del Toro won the Directing Golden Globe on Sunday, scored a leading 12 nominations.
The group entirely snubbed Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a serious and… Read
‘Red Sparrow’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence Lets It Fly In Spy Thriller
“You have a gift, you know how to survive — this is what you are meant to do.” That’s the launch point for Jennifer Lawrence’s ballerina-turned-secret weapon in Red Sparrow, the movie adaptation of Jason Matthews’s spy novel that 20th Century Fox is prepping for its March 2 release with a new trailer.
Francis Lawrence is directing Justin Haythe’s script for the film, which features a loaded cast including Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling… Read
‘Last Jedi’ Jumps To #13 On WW Chart; Unlucky In China Bow; ‘Jumanji’ Rocks Past $500M Global – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now crossed the $1.2B global mark, overtaking both Captain America: Civil War and Minions to become the No. 13 movie of all time worldwide. The Rian Johnson-helmed epic now stands at $1,205.2M.
At the international box office, it added $64.7M to take the offshore cume to $632.7M. Of that, only $28.7M came from China where Star Wars has had a rough time cracking the market. Although Jedi is currently running 33% ahead of Rogue… Read