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Us Briefs: Sierra/Affinity to launch Efm sales on 'Vox Lux'

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Nick Meyer and Jonathan Kier at the sales team will kick off talks with buyers on the project from Bold Films, for whom Sierra/Affinity handles exclusive sales.

Brady Corbet wrote and directed Vox Lux, about the life and times of a pop superstar who rose to fame after a life-changing event. Production is set to begin this month.

Bold Films is fully financing and Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters produce with Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films, and Brian Young of Three Six Zero Entertainment. Bold’s Svetlana Metkina and Sia are executive producers.

Film Independent and animation maestros Laika have announced a second year of the Laika Animation Fellowship in Project Involve. The Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an animator in the diversity mentorship programme.Silvatar Media has signed Timo von Gunten to direct action heist feature Eiffel. Morgan Hage wrote the screenplay from a story by von Gunten and an earlier
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Bold launches London office

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Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.

Svetlana Metkina is named managing director and Dominic Buchanan becomes vice-president of production and development.

Bold Films has also expanded its senior creative team in Los Angeles, hiring Lisa Zambri and Jon Oakes as senior vice-presidents of production and development.

“We are tremendously excited to open our offices in London,” said Walters. “A consistent presence in the UK and Europe will allow us to access a whole new group of exciting talent in the UK and Europe and help establish key strategic relationships with the major European distributors in film and television.

“Svetlana and Dominic’s passion, aggressiveness and talent will be crucial to expanding Bold Films’ slate to hit our four-six films per annum target.”

President of motion pictures Matthew Rhodes added: “Lisa and Jon both have impeccable taste and relationships. They will blanket the town to uncover the best
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Review: 'Heatstroke' Starring Stephen Dorff And Maisie Williams

The sun bears down on the characters in “Heatstroke," a new suspense thriller set in the African desert. At first it feels like an inspired location, a way to provide color to a familiar hide-and-seek chase actioner. But as the film goes on, the sun almost seems as if it's burning its own location, bearing down on its characters as a constant, unspoken judge. It's the sun who is going to reveal a hiding space, the sun who is going to keep water out of reach. It's the sun that will provide constant reminder of regret for the mistakes characters make. “Heatstroke” begins in the confines of the academic world. Stephen Dorff plays Paul, a sexy research professor with a love of the wilderness that completely surpasses not only his feelings for an ex-wife, but also model-esque new love Tally (model-esque Svetlana Metkina). Unfortunately, wayward daughter Josie (Maisie Williams) suspects the same,
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Exclusive Interview With Maisie Williams On Heatstroke

Actress Maisie Williams has been garnering recognition and critical acclaim for her role of Arya Stark on HBO’s hit fantasy show Game of Thrones, but despite being incredibly busy with the show for a large part of the year, she has also found time to take on roles in a few small films, including Heatstroke, which was just released on VOD and in limited theaters on July 4th.

The film follows a research scientist, Paul (Stephen Dorff), his girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina), and his daughter Jo (Maisie Williams), as they travel to Africa to study hyenas. While there, they run into a group of poachers, which puts all three of them in danger, turning their trip into a desperate attempt at survival in a harsh environment.

To promote Heatstroke‘s release, I sat down with Maisie for an exclusive interview in which we discuss the behind the scenes workings
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‘Heatstroke’ Review: Maisie Williams Leaves Winter Behind for an African Adventure

Savage Harvest is a 1981 movie starring Tom Skerritt as the patriarch of a family under siege by a pride of lions in Africa. It is awesome. Heatstroke gives the impression early on that it’s aiming for a similar feel — albeit with the lions replaced by hyenas — but what follows is nothing of the sort. There is only one hyena. And it’s less of a carnivorous threat than it is the reassuring reincarnation of Stephen Dorff (probably). Paul (Dorff) is a hyena expert teaching classes on hyenas. The divorced father of one is planning a trip to South Africa with his girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina), but a call from his distraught ex-wife worried that their daughter Jo (Maisie Williams) is using drugs leads to the ornery teenager joining the research safari. Tally has little interest in taking care of a child, but she tries her best in the face of Jo’s constant attitude and ungratefulness
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Maisie Williams Talks Heatstroke, Working with Hyenas, Game Of Thrones, Wanting to Go to Comic-Con, and More

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In the dramatic thriller Heatstroke, a family trip in the African desert veers drastically off course when a research scientist (Stephen Dorff), his girlfriend (Svetlana Metkina) and his teenage daughter (Maisie Williams) come face-to-face with a group of dangerous arms dealers. They face the ultimate test of survival, as they attempt to evade the killers and stay alive until they can make it back home. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, 16-year-old actress Maisie Williams (who turned in a terrific performance as Jo O’Malley, when she was just 14) talked about being drawn to strong female characters, not having to audition for the role, what she related to with Jo, what a great time she had shooting in South Africa, and the experience of getting to work with hyenas. She also talked about being a part of the most-watched show in the history of HBO, as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones,
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Film Review: ‘Heatstroke’

Film Review: ‘Heatstroke’
It may begin with a character racing across a desert with a small plane in hot pursuit, but “Heatstroke” is not, to put it gently, the second coming of “North by Northwest.” An underwhelming survival thriller about a fragile family unit beset by violent thugs while on a research expedition in South Africa, this first feature from writer-director Evelyn Maude Purcell in nearly 30 years (since her 1986 comedy, “Nobody’s Fool”) remains watchable largely due to its vivid location photography, providing a suitably scenic, dust-choked backdrop for the otherwise thoroughly generic proceedings. Low-key theatrical and VOD exposure awaits.

Stephen Dorff completists may be disappointed to learn (spoiler alert) that his character, a hyena specialist named Paul O’Malley, doesn’t stick around for long — a shame, too, since the perpetually underrated actor offers something for the viewer to latch onto amid the script’s initial pileup of domestic-angst cliches. Happily in
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Heatstroke Review

Survival stories are tricky ones to tell on film, and not just because they often require filming under extreme conditions. While a battle against the elements has inherent drama that’s universally relatable, conveying the physical demands of the chosen scenario is never easy. Dealing with an inhospitable environment is all about stamina after all, and so the real challenges come from developing characters an audience can root for, as they sweat and bleed for their lives, and our entertainment. Heatstroke, despite adding of few shades of novelty to the man vs. nature genre, strands the viewer in the company of generic-brand characters, plodding its way through a plot that does little to elevate the film above a nightmarish travelogue.

If nothing else, there’s an effective inverse-economy to Heatstroke’s brief runtime that will leave you appropriately exhausted and worn-out after only 90 minutes. An episodic structure gives the film
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Watch: Exclusive Clip From Heatstroke, Starring Peter Stormare And Maisie Williams

Evelyn Purcell's thriller Heatstroke will arrive in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes on July 4. The African set thriller stars Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Peter Stormare, who is, of course, the bad guy. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams makes her feature film debut. On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival test as she attempts to evade the killers and protect his teenage daughter.Here is an exclusive clip to share with you, along with the trailer. Enjoy!...

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Some Evidence Might Be Misleading: A Movie Review

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi. Writer: John Swetnam. Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Torrey DeVitto, Harry Lennix, Svetlana Metkina, Dale Dickey, Radha Mitchell and Stephen Moyer. Evidence is a film from first time screenwriter John Swetnam. His screenplay is set-up much like a typical slasher film, but this title is really more of a thriller. Evidence stars Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"). Both actors play detectives, who are trying to piece together a series of murders via found videotape. They are mostly successfull; yet, the killer or killers is always one step ahead of them. And, Evidence is a solid entry in the found footage style of filmmaking. The film's story involves several passengers, journeying to Las Vegas. The future magician, chorus line dancer, fugitive and shady bus driver are some of the characters on the bus. Each character is given a few lines of dialogue, before they are chased
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Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams stars in Heatstroke

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15 year old Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in HBO's Game of Thrones, stars alongside Stephen Dorff and Svetlana Metkina in Heatstroke, a screen adaptation of the novel "Leave No Trace", directed by Evelyn Maude Purcell for Bold Films.

Maisie plays Josie, the wilful teenage daughter of Paul, a research scientist, who is murdered in the desolate African desert. His girlfriend, Tally (Svetlana Metkina), a female aid worker, is put to the ultimate test of survival when she is tasked with traversing the harsh terrain in order to protect Josie and evade Paul's killers.

Maisie has just wrapped on filming the third series of Game of Thrones, and will next be seen in BBC One's Halloween chiller The Secret of Crickley Hall.
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Predictable SAG winners -

  • One of many awards that confirm the heavy favs for Feb’s Oscar winners, the Screen Actors Guild crowned names that we are overwhelmingly familiar with. Here’s the list of winners excluding the television awards. ActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond (2006)Blood Diamond
[/link]"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Winner: Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Winner: Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Winner: Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a Scandal"Abigail Breslin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Winner: Jennifer Hudson - "Dreamgirls"Rinko Kikuchi -
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SAG nominees!

[/link], Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine garnered 3 noms each while Blood Diamond, The Departed, Little Children and Notes on a Scandal grabbed a pair each. Winners to be announced on Jan.28th, the SAG noms are chosen by a panel of 2,100 guild members. Here is the complete list for both film and television.Motion PICTURESActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a
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