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Tang Media in Negotiations to Buy ‘Spotlight’ Studio Open Road

Tang Media in Negotiations to Buy ‘Spotlight’ Studio Open Road
Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners is in negotiations to buy Los Angeles-based Open Road.

If the transaction is completed — and sources stress that it’s still in the early stages — it would represent a significant expansion into distribution for two-year-old Tang Media, which bought a majority stake last year in Stuart Ford’s sales-financing company IM Global. Tang Media also bought Luke Ryan’s content developer Chaotic Good Studios and its Fanalytics service last year.

Open Road is best known for releasing “Spotlight,” the best picture Academy Award winner about the Boston Globe’s investigation into pedophile priests. It grossed $90 million worldwide in 2015 and 2016.
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The Nihilistic Cinema Of Sam Peckinpah Is Celebrated In This Career-Spanning Video Montage

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“Would you believe that heroism has become old fashioned?” So says a character in Sam Peckinpah‘s underseen 1975 gem “The Killer Elite.” Peckinpah, a man who spent his entire career dealing with the theme of what it means to be a hero, was also known as “Bloody Sam,” which gives you all the details you need […]

The post The Nihilistic Cinema Of Sam Peckinpah Is Celebrated In This Career-Spanning Video Montage appeared first on The Playlist.
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Filming Begins on Dennis Iliadis’ He’S Out There

  • DailyDead
He helmed the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and took viewers to a party they wouldn’t soon forget in 2013’s +1. Now director Dennis Iliadis is hard at work on his latest film, He’s Out There, which has started filming in Canada:

Press Release: Montreal, July 29, 2016 – Principal photography has begun on Screen Gems’ suspense thriller, He’s Out There. Yvonne Strahovski stars, along with Justin Bruening, Anna Pniowsky, Abigail Pniowsky, Julian Bailey and Ryan McDonald. Dennis Iliadis directs, from a script by Mike Scannell. Producers are Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino of Unbroken Pictures. Glenn Gainor is executive producer.

On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare.

Yvonne Strahovski’s film roles include I, Frankenstein, The Guilt Trip and Killer Elite, and she will next
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A History Of Violence: Ninjas get their big American break, with a little help from Chuck Norris

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With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

The Octagon (1980)

There’s a scene in The Killer Elite, a not-great Sam Peckinpah movie from 1975, where Burt Young, the man who would go on to play Paulie in Rocky a year later, fights a ninja on the deck of a battleship. The ninja does not prove to be much of a problem for him. Young casually picks up the ninja and dumps him overboard. If the ninja even resists, we don’t see it. Instead, we see him go screaming into the water. And we see Young—squat, balding, portly, not exactly a physical wonder—leaning on the guardrail and watching him plunge. Then he makes this noise: “Hmp.” Like, “That was ...
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A Theory On De Niro's Bad Film Choices

There's no doubt that Robert De Niro is a great actor, but there's also little argument that his cinematic choices since the turn of the millennium have been rather questionable. As a result, like various acting legends who've reached their elderly years, these days he's been labelled a 'paycheck actor' in various reviews for films like "Dirty Grandpa," "What Just Happened" and "Killer Elite".

Why has this happened to not just him but many other famed acting legends of the 1980s and 1990s? One of De Niro's old co-stars and highly respected actress in her own right, Illeana Douglas, has a theory and says the fault lies less with De Niro and more with the current movie-making environment. Appearing on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast recently, she spoke about her own experiences working with him on films like "Goodfellas" and "Cape Fear":

"I think that, and I can only
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Great Double Features I’Ve Seen #1: Smokey And The Bandit (1977) And Convoy (1978)

(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)

The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of
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‘Spotlight’ Producer Open Road Teams With Crystal City for Financing

Fresh off the success of “Spotlight,” Open Road Films is teaming with Crystal City Entertainment/Boundary Stone Films in a multi-picture development financing pact for all of Open Road Films’ own productions over the coming years.

The deal will cover two to four films annually with the titles getting a wide domestic release via Open Road Films and foreign sales being handled by Open Road International and partner Film Nation.

Open Road was launched in 2011 by Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theaters, two of the largest U.S. exhibitors. Besides “Spotlight,” which has topped $33 million domestically and received six Oscar nominations, Open Road has seen strong performances from mid-budget titles such as “The Grey,” “Killer Elite,” “A Haunted House,” “The Host,” “Side Effects,” “The Nut Job” and “Chef.”

Ari Daniel Pinchot of Crystal City Entertainment/Boundary Stone Films said, “Led by Tom Ortenberg, Open Road Films has a fantastic track
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Bingbing Li Enters The Nest

Bingbing Li Enters The Nest
Re-teaming with Darclight, the company behind her most recent movie Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, Bingbing Li will next head for The Nest. She's producing and will star in the arachnophobic sci-fi thriller. Kimble Rendall (Second-Unit on the Matrix sequels, I, Robot and Killer Elite) is directing.The plot involves a team of scientists who, in order to get to the "discovery of the century", must negotiate a labyrinth of carnivorous spiders. There's always bloody something, isn't there?It's a Chinese-Australian co-production: the fourth to come about through an arrangement between Screen Australia and the China Film Co-Production Corporation since 2006. It's being touted as the biggest-budget project to come out of that deal so far, although the number isn't being specified. Given that the previous three co-productions - Children Of The Silk Road, The Dragon Pearl and 33 Postcards - amount to a combined total budget of about $60m,
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Locarno 2015. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

  • MUBI
Below you will find our favorite films of the 68th Locarno Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Daniel Kasmantop Picksi. L’Accademia delle Muse, CosmosII. Thithi, Happy Hour, Right Now, Wrong ThenIII. Deux Rémi, deux, 88:88COVERAGEDay 1: James White (Josh Mond), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)Day 2: Infinitas (Marlen Khutsiev), I Am Twenty (Marlen Khutsiev), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Sam Peckinpah)Day 3: Cosmos (Andrzej Żuławski), The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)Day 4: Thithi (Raam Reddy), Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón), Chant d'hiver (Otar Iosseliani), July Rain (Marlen Khutsiev), Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino)Day 5: L’Accademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerín), Les idoles (Marc'o), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah), The Killer Elite (Sam Peckinpah)Day 6: Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio), No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman), Epilogue (Marlen Khutsiev)Day 7: Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari
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Watch a montage of Jason Statham punching people

  • SoundOnSight
Since his debut in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, actor Jason Statham has emerged in the past few years as one of the leading action heroes currently working, with his popularity being proven by the fact that the Transporter series, which he headlined for the first three films, has gone on to a tv show adaptation and will be rebooted in theatres next weekend with The Transporter Refueled. That’s not the only action franchise Statham has headlined, however, as he has also been the leading man in the Crank films and been a part of the Expendables franchise and, more recently, the Fast and Furious franchise.

Action heroes often have to throw lots of punches onscreen, and Statham has been no exception in this regard. Now the youtube channel Burger Fiction has put together a compilation of the numerous punches Statham has thrown onscreen
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Locarno 2015. Day 5

  • MUBI
Spanish director José Luis Guerín is best known in the States for his pseudo-fictional love letter to women-watching In the City of Sylvia, but in fact is a prolific documentary filmmaker and has brought with him to Locarno the lovely and elegant pseudo-documentary L’Accademia delle Muse. Playful and clever as ever, Guerín has collaborated with Professor Raffaele Pinto and several actresses, perhaps students, to stage a false course in philology. The class, populated almost entirely by women, discusses the nature, influence and meaning of muses in poetry, and what starts as seemingly a documentary on this classroom, its teacher and a few select students, subtly evolves into a drama of words and unseen actions.The issues at stake as discourse in the class—what desire means, if it has to be sexual, the difference between a woman and a muse, how a lover influences the beloved and vice versa
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You’re going to need BT to watch Fear The Walking Dead in the UK

We’ve just received word that AMC are to launch in the UK with an exclusive deal with BT (British Telecom). With that news comes the additional information that The Walking Dead spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead, will air exclusively on the channel on 31st August, which is a week after its North American air date.

If you are a BT customer you have no worries as the new channel is 100% free to subscribers to their phone and broadband service; a bit like BT Sport (which snapped up a huge chunk of Champions League coverage this year). The service will be automatically added to users set-top boxes from August 28th.

The news is bound to cause upset with fans of The Walking Dead as there are a lot of us who are not BT subscribers, and a BT subscription comes at an extra premium. If you want to watch the
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Turkey Shoot Remake Elimination Game Gets a Trailer

Did you know that Brian Trenchard-Smith's classic Ozploitation film, Turkey Shoot, has been remade into a modern action film starring Dominic Purcell (Killer Elite, Prison Break), Viva Bianca (Spartacus) and Robert Taylor? Me neither.

Packed with mayhem, stunts, and special effects, Elimination Game (still Turkey Shoot in some parts of the world) is said to be "a warped reflection of the global fascination with increasingly brutal reality-television competition game shows."

Synopsis:

In the wake of a shocking civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, disgraced Navy Seal Rick Tyler is sentenced to rot in a maximum security military prison until he is offered the opportunity to put his life on the line to win his freedom. A one-man force o [Continued ...]
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June VOD Releases Include We Are Still Here, The Nightmare, Burying The Ex

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*Updated* The month of June has a spectacular variety of horror and sci-fi titles arriving on VOD that make for a ton of opportunities for fans to beat the summer heat from the comfort of your own living room, all while catching up on some great films. Rodney Ascher’s latest terrifying sleep paralysis documentary, The Nightmare, is getting a release courtesy of Gravitas Ventures, Dark Sky Films is unleashing Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here in early June and the latest from iconic director Joe DanteBurying the Ex—digs its way onto VOD via Image Entertainment.

Amigo Undead (Gravitas Ventures) - June 2nd

Amigo Undead is a horror/comedy that begins when Kevin Ostrowski, a straight laced financial adviser, is invited to his ne’er do well older brother Norm’s 40th birthday party. It takes some arm twisting, but the free-wheelin’ Norm eventually convinces his brother
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Yvonne Strahovski Discovers All I See Is You

Yvonne Strahovski Discovers All I See Is You
Blake Lively and Jason Clarke are already at the top of the cast, and now All I See Is You has another confirmed cast member. Yvonne Strahovski (24: Live Another Day, Dexter, Chuck) has joined Marc Forster's psychological drama.Forster wrote the script for this one with Sean Conway and it finds him back in the sort of brain-tickling thriller territory he explored with 2005’s Stay, rather than the blockbuster terrain of World War Z. All I See Is You involves Lively as a blind woman whose sight is restored. But while that would surely count as a reason for celebration, her repaired vision means she can now see all the undiscovered details about herself, her husband (Clarke), her marriage and their lives together. Strahovski will be playing Lively's best friend. She's probably best known at the moment for the TV credits we mentioned above, but she's also had feature experience in Killer Elite,
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Twilight Time 4th Anniversary Promotion Through April 3

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Twilight Time is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a major promotion that sees some of their limited edition titles reduced in price through April 3. These are the titles on sale.

Group 1

Retail price point: $24.95

Picnic

Pal Joey

Bite The Bullet

Bell, Book, And Candle

Bye Bye Birdie

In Like Flint

Major Dundee

The Blue Max

Crimes And Misdemeanors

Used Cars

Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6

Group 2

Retail price point: $19.95

Rapture

Roots Of Heaven

Swamp Water

Demetrius And The Gladiators

Desiree

The Wayward Bus

Cover Girl

High Time

The Sound And The Fury

The Rains Of Ranchipur

Bonjour Tristesse

Beloved Infidel

Lost Horizon

The Blue Lagoon

Experiment In Terror

Nicholas And Alexandra

Pony Soldier

The Song Of Bernadette

Philadelphia

The Only Game In Town

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Sleepless In Seattle

The Disappearance

Sexy Beast

Drums Along The Mohawk

Alamo Bay

The Other

Mindwarp

Jane Eyre

Oliver

The Way We Were
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The Voice UK rises to 7.4 million to top Sunday night

The Voice UK topped the ratings on its first Sunday outing this year, overnight data reveals.

The BBC One talent show's final Knockout Rounds were seen by an average audience of 7.46 million viewers (31.9%) at 7.45pm, up from Saturday's 6.99m (31.9%).

Earlier, Countryfile brought in 6.17m (30.1%) at 6.45pm, while Poldark dropped around 400,000 to 6.56m (28.2%) at 9pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 2.59m (23.9%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, Pompidou amused 665k (3.5%) at 6.30pm, followed by Comic Relief - The Best Bits with 1.20m (5.7%) at 7pm.

Red Arrows: Inside the Bubble replaced Top Gear with 1.32m (5.6%) at 8pm, while Dragons' Den was seen by 2.12m (9.2%) at 9pm. Bluestone 42 returned for a new series with 498k (2.9%) at 10pm.

ITV's The Chase entertained 3.34m (16.9%) at 6.30pm (161k/0.7% on +1), while Off Their Rockers tickled 3.19m (14.4%) at 7.30pm.

All Star Family Fortunes quizzed 3.21m (13.6%) at 8pm (170k/0.7%), and Mr Selfridge dropped to a new low of
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‘Sniper’ Hits Eastwood Highs; ‘Taken’, ‘Son’ Top International Box Office: Final

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‘Sniper’ Hits Eastwood Highs; ‘Taken’, ‘Son’ Top International Box Office: Final
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.

Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah

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We can still feel the heat generated from Craig Zobel’s Compliance. His sophomore film, which was made on a dime (his directorial debut Great World of Sound was made for a nickel and was also showcased at Sundance), got under the skin of select imbecile auds at its Park City premiere, but in the same token it intellectually tickled the critical masses. Adept in human discord in its purest form, this quality surely got infused on his third directing outing, Z for Zachariah, which is large scale humanity in crisis. You don’t often see Blacklist scripts (ranked #26th in 2009) break into Sundance, but in a Take Shelter scheme of things, this shot in New Zealand production benefitting from a plethora of producers on board could fit a sci-fi mold of Duncan JonesMoon. Despite the presence of A listers such as Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, conceivably, big
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AFM: Open Road Teams With FilmNation for International Sales, Distribution

In a pre-American Film Market movie, Open Road Films has launched an expansion into international sales and distribution with FilmNation Entertainment.

The agreement was announced Thursday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation.

Open Road touted the deal as making it a “one-stop shop” for filmmakers seeking worldwide distribution and said it will be able to provide equity and bank financing for productions. It will also continue to acquire films for distribution in the United States.

“As Open Road Films grows, expanding our domestic footprint to international sales was a natural progression,” Ortenberg said.

Open Road was launched in 2011 by AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group. Its top grosser was “The Nut Job” with $98 million; other notable titles include “The Host,” “Killer Elite,” “The Grey” and “Side Effects.”

It opens Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” on Friday.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.
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