.45 (2006) - News Poster

(2006)

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Germans are ready to buy

Germans are ready to buy
CANNES -- Germany's economy may still be spluttering, with unemployment at record highs and growth almost nonexistent, but after a couple years of quiet, German independent distributors are again pulling out their checkbooks at the Cannes market, snatching up several high-profile Hollywood projects. Andreas Fallsheer's fast-growing Falcom Media Group grabbed Gregory Nava's crime drama Bordertown, starring Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez, from Mobius International. The Swiss-based group also grabbed Mobius' .45, a modern Bonnie and Clyde tale featuring Milla Jovovich. Falcom also inked a deal to take German distribution rights for the horror title Rise, starring Lucy Liu, from Mandate Pictures. Babel, the Brad Pitt/Cate Blanchett/Gael Garcia Bernal omnibus feature from Mexican helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, was bought by Berlin-based Tobis Film from Summit Entertainment.

Busy Tyler adds Lifetime, indie roles to resume

Busy Tyler adds Lifetime, indie roles to resume
Aisha Tyler has added to what already has been a very busy year for her with roles in a Lifetime movie and an indie feature. Tyler, recurring on CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Fox's 24 and a lead in CBS' John Gray pilot, is set to star opposite Raven Symone in the Lifetime film tentatively titled For One Night and has joined Milla Jovovich, Angus Macfadyen and Stephen Dorff in Mobius Entertainment's indie .45. For One Night, slated start to production next month in New Orleans, centers on a black teenager (Symone) who, with the help of a newspaper reporter (Tyler), braves decades of segregation to stage the first interracial high school prom in the history of their small town. The project is produced by von Zerneck/Sertner Films in association with RES IPSA Media Inc. Written and to be directed by Gary Lennon, .45 is described as an erotic drama set in the seamy and edgy underworld of New York's Hell's Kitchen, where a Bonnie and Clyde-like couple turn on each other. Tyler will play a court-appointed social worker who interacts with Jovovich's character. Filming is scheduled to begin this week in Toronto. CBS' untitled John Gray drama pilot, in which Tyler stars opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, is based on James Van Praagh's psychic work. Tyler's casting in the project, which is in contention for fall, stems from her talent deal with the network inked in October (HR 10/19). Tyler is repped by Endeavor, ROAR and attorney John Meigs.

Jovovich, Fehr parlay 'Evil' streak

In the wake of a No. 1 debut by Resident Evil: Apocalypse in the boxoffice rankings last weekend, two of that film's stars are moving on to new projects. Milla Jovovich -- who toplined Screen Gems' Evil as well as its 2002 predecessor as the head of a military team battling virus-spawned mutants -- is in negotiations to star in .45, an indie about a married couple involved in small-time crime in New York's Hell's Kitchen during the mid-1970s. Oded Fehr, who co-stars in the second Evil movie, has signed on for John Gatins' Dreamer at DreamWorks.

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