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Film News Roundup: Lakeshore Entertainment Developing ‘The New Mrs. Keller’ Techno-Thriller

In today’s film news roundup, Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a Hitchcockian thriller, and Alex MacNicoll and Addison Timlin are starring in “Sleeping in Plastic.”

Project Launch

Lakeshore Entertainment is developing “The New Mrs. Keller,” a Hitchcockian techno-thriller based on Mark Hogan’s spec script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lakeshore, which plans to make the movie in 2018, is keeping the logline under wraps. Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, president Gary Lucchesi, and Eric Reid are producing.

Hogan most recently adapted the Scott Selby non-fiction book “A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin” for Mythology Entertainment with Jamie Dagg attached to direct.

Lakeshore Entertainment has financed the “Underworld” franchise along with “Runaway Bride,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Age of Adaline,” and “The Boy.”

Hogan is repped by Gersh and managed by Kaplan/Perrone.

Production Starts

Red Entertainment has started shooting crime drama “Sleeping in Plastic,” starring Alex MacNicoll (“Transparent”), Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok,
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Stone Village Lands Film, TV Rights to ‘God Wave Trilogy’ (Exclusive)

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Films have acquired the film and TV rights to Patrick Hemstreet’s “The God Wave Trilogy,” with plans to turn the books into a series of movies.

The producers paid six figures for the option. The first novel was published last year and the second — “The God Peak” — was released this week in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the superhumans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.

“I’ve been studying the neuroscience for this book during research I’ve been doing on substance abuse recovery for the past couple years,” Steindorff said. “When I saw how true and accurate the science was in this fiction novel, I was blow away to see the human potential and spiritual element that Patrick has tapped into. I’m inspired to bring this story to big screens.”

Producers
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Wish Upon movie review: be careful what movies you see about wishes you should be careful about

MaryAnn’s quick take… Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes… that don’t come free. Apparently they’re not making eighth graders read “The Monkey’s Paw” anymore. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Have you ever heard the phrase “Be careful what you wish for?” You haven’t? Then you are the only person besides Ohio high-schooler Clare, who acquires a magic box that grants seven wishes, and doesn’t seem to think there’s anything hinky going on even once way too many people around her are dying in freakish ways after she wishes to get rich — and does! — and wishes to be the most popular girl in school — and it happens! — and so on. I mean, one bizarre accident in your vicinity is weird, and two is a coincidence.
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‘The Silent Man’ First Clip: Liam Neeson Transforms Into ‘Deep Throat’ in Watergate Drama

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‘The Silent Man’ First Clip: Liam Neeson Transforms Into ‘Deep Throat’ in Watergate Drama
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to “The Silent Man,” marking the occasion by releasing a first-look photo and teaser for the Watergate drama. The film is written and directed by Peter Landesman (“Concussion”) and stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane and Kate Walsh.

Read More: How ‘Silence’ and ‘A Monster Calls’ Prove Liam Neeson Is Way More Than An Action Hero — Watch

The Silent Man” tells the true story of special agent Mark Felt (played by Neeson), the notorious secret informant who, in 1974, helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the greatest political scandal in Us history. Felt was given the pseudonym of “Deep Throat” until he revealed himself as the famous tipster in 2005. The all-star cast also includes Marton Csokas (“The Equalizer”), Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Tom Sizemore (“Black Hawk Down”), Wendi McLendon-Covey
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Here’s Liam Neeson as Deep Throat in new clip from The Silent Man

Sony Pictures Classics have provided us with our very first look at Liam Neeson as Deep Throat, the infamous whistle blower in the first clip from the upcoming The Silent Man.

The film revovles around Mark Felt – aka Deep Throat, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistle blower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, his career, his freedom – in the name of justice.

Also starring in the film are the likes of Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer), Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer), Tony Goldwyn
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‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Starring Matthew McConaughey Coming to 4K Uhd Blu-ray in August

Lionsgate continues to embrace the 4K Ultra HD format with yet another catalog title announcement, The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey.

In the 2011 film, McConaughey plays a slick talking criminal defense attorney who finally takes on a case that may get the better of him both inside and outside the courtroom. Co-starring are Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña and William H. Macy.

Bonus features from the previously released The Lincoln Lawyer Blu-ray edition carry forward in the inclusive Blu-ray Disc as part of the 4K combo pack that also includes Digital HD. Those extra features include the following:

“Making the Case: Creating The Lincoln Lawyer” Featurette

At Home on the Road” Featurette with Michael Connelly

One On One” Featurette with Matthew McConaughey and Michael Connelly

Deleted Scenes

Look for The Lincoln Lawyer 4K Uhd Blu-ray combo pack with Dolby Atmos audio on store shelves beginning August 15th.
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Lakeshore Entertainment Closes Deal for $250 Million Credit Facility

Lakeshore Entertainment Closes Deal for $250 Million Credit Facility
Lakeshore Entertainment Group — which has financed the “Underworld” franchise — has closed its fourth iteration of its revolving credit facility with partners recommitting to over $250 million for another five years.

JPMorgan again led the deal as sole bookrunner and administrative agent, alongside Bank of America and all existing capital partners, which provides a further five-year agreement. According to the company, the transaction never made it to the open capital markets, because Lakeshore’s current group of 10 banks all recommitted early to the new facility, most in amounts exceeding their prior commitments.

Lakeshore was launched in 1994 by CEO Tom Rosenberg. Producer Gary Lucchesi has been president since 1998. Its notable releases include “Runaway Bride,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Age of Adaline” and “The Boy.”

The company has one television show airing in January (Paramount TV’s “Heathers”) and plans to have another in production by the end of 2017.

The renewed
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Win Why Him? on Blu-ray

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Why Him? on 1st May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Bryan Cranston and James Franco fight the ultimate battle of wits and wills in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy from filmmaker John Hamburg (I Love you Man, Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, and Zoolander). Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Why Him? is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 1st May,
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Joan of Arc Sci-Fi Movie in Works Based on Lidia Yuknavitch’s Novel (Exclusive)

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions have won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”

The book is a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. A group of rebels unite to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force.

“I am thrilled to bring ‘The Book of Joan’ to the big screen,” Steindorf said. “Lidia has created some of the most dynamic, iconic female protagonists I have ever read and the novel couldn’t be more timely.”

David Boies is handling legal portions of the deal for Stone Village. Marcela Mar is co-producing

Stone Village’s producing credits include “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Jane Got a Gun,
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Ambi picks up Scandi thriller 'Guardian Angel'

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Ambi picks up Scandi thriller 'Guardian Angel'
Exclusive: Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-pro is currently shooting in Croatia and Denmark.

Ambi Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights (Scandinavia, Iceland and former Yugoslavia) to thriller The Guardian Angel, now shooting.

Writer-director Arto Halonen [pictured] is currently filming the Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production on location in Croatia and Denmark.

Pilou Asbæk (A War), Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer), Rade Serbedzija (Downton Abbey) and Cyron Melville (A Royal Affair) lead the cast.

The English-language film is based on the true story of Copenhagen’s Hypnosis Murders of 1951; a police investigation discovers that one man used manipulation and hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer.

“The story holds great interest for us today, not only as proof of the external power of controlling the human mind but also as it focuses on the visible and invisible manipulations acting upon us and affecting us as human beings,” said Halonen. “Focused on a single, fascinating case of an actual hypnosis crime, [link
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American Pastoral Arrives on Digital HD January 27 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 7

In Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, arrives on Digital HD January 27 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand February 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, comes to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand in Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut February 7 from Lionsgate. The engrossing story of the downfall of an American family will be available on Digital HD January 27. American Pastoral’s all-star cast includes Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting), Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001), Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga), Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) with screenplay by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer). The American Pastoral home entertainment release special features include audio commentary by Ewan McGregor, a discussion with the cast about their characters
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John Wick Fans Can Enjoy 4K Ultra HD Edition February 7

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Experience the adrenaline-fueled story of vengeance like never before when John Wick arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on February 7 from Lionsgate. Watch action icon Keanu Reeves star as John Wick, the ultimate hitman, in this Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh revenge thriller available before John Wick 2 arrives in theaters. 4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD, including High Dynamic Range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color. The pulse-pounding John Wick 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

Official Synopsis

When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick – a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin – they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.
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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Flying High With ‘Hell or High Water’

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Flying High With ‘Hell or High Water’
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is shedding its usual low profile, flying high with its Texas drama, “Hell or High Water,” becoming a serious awards contender.

Jeff Bridges has received a Gotham Awards nomination for his role as a Texas Ranger tracking down a pair of bankrobbing brothers. Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay for the film that debuted in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard has also nabbed a Gotham nomination. Domestic grosses on the $12 million project have gone past $27 million for Lionsgate/CBS Films. Not bad for Ske, which seems to have found solid ground in the ever-shifting and contracting independent marketplace.

Carla Hacken, who joined the company in 2014 as president of production after stints at Fox and New Regency, admits that “Hell or High Water” — Ske bought the Black List script in 2012 — required steadfast backing from Kimmel during its development. That included shooting in 110 degree heat in the early summer.

“It’s so
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Forest Whitaker joins Johnny Depp in Tupac/Biggie murder thriller LAbyrinth

Forest Whitaker’s already busy schedule just got even busier, as Deadline reports that he has signed on to star alongside Johnny Depp in LAbyrinth, an upcoming thriller which follows the investigation into the 1996 and 1997 murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, respectively.

Depp has been attached to the project since September and will supposedly portray Russell Poole, the real-life Los Angeles police detective who took on the case and looked for answers until his untimely death in 2015. The outlet claims that Whitaker will play a journalist that teams up with Poole; the two are set on a path that leaves them butting heads with cops, but “determined to find the truth” and “seek redemption.”

Between now and 2019, Whitaker will appear in several high-profile movies, perhaps the most notable of which being Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Marvel’s Black Panther. Recently, Whitaker appeared in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival,
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Forest Whitaker In Talks to Join Johnny Depp in Tupac/Biggie Murder Movie

Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Johnny Depp in Labyrinth, the real-life drama that will follow the criminal investigation behind the murders of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Whitaker would play a journalist who teams with Depp's disgraced Lapd detective, who has been unable to solve the mysterious deaths of two of hip-hop's biggest stars.

Helmer Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) will direct from a Black List script by Christian Contreras, which he adapted from journalist Randall Sullivan’s book LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight,...
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Matthew McConaughey Receives Maverick Actor Tribute At Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival is a rather unique experience in the festival realm, and they have awards/honors that don’t fit the normal mold of what people may be used to seeing. This year, Matthew McConaughey received the Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Actor Tribute in celebration of his cinematic achievements. It probably isn’t much a stretch for many to figure out that he’s among the most likely candidates for such an honor.

Prior to the ceremony, McConaughey’s highly-anticipated Gold screened for festival patrons. Matthew’s wife, Camilla Alves, Producer Teddy Schwarzman and The Weinstein Company COO David Glasser, were also in attendance. After the screening Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming hosted and moderated the on-stage conversation. Matthew was joined by his wife Camilla Alves.

Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves

Photo by Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup

McConaughey, is best known for his Academy Award®-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club,
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Listed: Top 5 Matthew McConaughey films

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Listed: Top 5 Matthew McConaughey filmsLISTED: Top 5 Matthew McConaughey filmsAmanda Wood11/4/2016 10:00:00 Am

What’s not to love about Matthew McConaughey? In addition to proving to be an immensely talented actor, he seems like the most chill guy in the business. He’s been a fan favourite for over two decades now, making us laugh, cry, and adopt the slogan “Alright, alright, alright” into everyday conversations.

Today is his 47th birthday, and so there's no better time to look at some of our favourite of his performances. Not to mention that we'll be seeing him again twice over this Christmas, as a koala hosting a singing competition in the animated Sing, and as a man in search for gold in, you guessed it, Gold.

Gold is likely yet another entry in McConaughey’s list of recent films that typically go on to become critical and awards darlings (see Mud, Dallas Buyer’s Club,
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AFM: Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Rohm Join Thriller ‘Wish Upon’

AFM: Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Rohm Join Thriller ‘Wish Upon’
Ryan Phillippe and Elisabeth Rohm have joined the cast of Broad Green Pictures’ thriller “Wish Upon,” opposite Joey King and newly cast Shannon Purser.

The film, directed by John Leonetti from a script written by Barbara Marshall, is being produced by Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark Productions. Mister Smith Entertainment is selling “Wish Upon,” which is currently in pre-production, to buyers for the first time at this year’s American Film Market.

King, who starred in “The Conjuring,” plays a 16-year-old misfit who finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted — only to discover that each wish demands a deadly payment.

Phillippe will next be seen in the television series “Shooter” this November on USA Network. His film credits include “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Breach” and “Crash.” Rohm co-starred in “Joy” and “American Hustle” and will be seen next in “Tribes of Palos Verdes.
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[Review] The Whole Truth

It’s been a curious few weeks for adult fare at the multiplex. With girls on trains, autistic accountants and ex-military vigilantes, there’s no shortage of movies that your mom would love. Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth fits nicely into that roster, but without the bestselling book, high concept or star power to warrant being a fall tentpole. It instead resembles a film whose script has been sitting on a shelf since 1996, cast included.

Situated as standard courtroom drama fodder, the film opens on Keanu Reeves’ cynical defense attorney Richard Ramsey having a bad time. Through the confines of some unwelcome narration, we learn that he is tasked with representing Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), a teenager on trial for the murder of his wealthy father and neighborhood shitheel, Boone (Jim Belushi). Ramsay is on the wrong end of what appears to be an open-and-shut murder case. He is more or less defenseless,
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Matthew McConaughey On How He Left His Rom-Com Days in the Dust: ‘All of the Sudden, I Understood’

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Matthew McConaughey On How He Left His Rom-Com Days in the Dust: ‘All of the Sudden, I Understood’
The McConaissance is real — and was carefully orchestrated by the man himself.

In the November issue of Esquire, Matthew McConaughey gets real about leaving his tried-and-true role as a rom-com leading man in the past for more serious roles like the True Detective series and The Dallas Buyers Club — which earned him an Oscar.

After filming 2008’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, McConaughey says, “All of a sudden. I understood, whoa, that’s become my brand.”

It was then that he made a “conscious decision” to “unbrand,” he tells the magazine.

Pamela Hanson

His plan involved taking somewhat of a hiatus,
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