Saban Films Pick Up Director Darren Lynn Bousman’s Horror Film DEATH OF ME


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Saban Films has picked up the distribution rights to director Darren Lynn Bousman’s new horror film Death of Me, which stars Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth.

Bousman has directed a lot of horror movies in his career such as several Saw films (including the new one), Repo! The Genetic Opera, and The Devil’s Carnival. I’ve enjoyed watching many of his films, and this next one of his sounds like it’ll be good.

The story for the movie centers on “a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.”


Well, that sounds like fun! It’s like a satanic horror filled version of The Hangover. The movie was written by Ari Margolis, James Morley III, and David Tish, and Saban is looking to release it in 2020.

Source: Deadline

Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult Feud in ‘The Current War’ Trailer


101 Studios has released an official new trailer for the Martin Scorcese-produced thriller, “The Current War,”  offering a glimpse into the dramatic 19th century battle over electricity that became known as the “war of the currents.”

The film, which is a dramatization of real-life events, will follow the tumultuous journey of Thomas Edison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, as he attempts to use his DC technology to introduce light to Manhattan. However, his initial efforts are obstructed when businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and his partner Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) rival the inventor with Tesla’s own AC electrical current.

In the new trailer, it’s clear that the film won’t hold back in the portrayal of the historical corporate feud. In the teaser, Edison says, “This is a battle of the greatest minds of America,” to which Westinghouse threatens, “If you want to be remembered, it’s simple: Shoot a president. But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.”

Written by Michael Mitnick (“The Giver”) and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the historical drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017 where it was met with negative reviews from critics. Weeks later, the film became one of several completed films that found itself dropped from its original distributor, The Weinstein Company, in the wake of the producer’s sexual abuse scandal in the fall of 2017.

In the two years that followed, however, Gomez-Rejon made substantial changes to the original footage, swapping out the film’s musical score, cutting its run time, and adding new scenes. Eventually, the film was bought by David Glasser’s newly established 101 Studios.

“The Current War,” which also stars Tom Holland, will make its limited release debut on Oct. 4 and will premiere nationwide Oct. 11.

Bella Thorne to star in horror ‘The Friendship Game’


13 Films will launch international sales in Cannes next week on horror film The Friendship Game with Bella Thorne set to star.

Scooter Corkle will direct from a screenplay by Damien Ober (The OA, Black List’s Randle Is Benign) about teenagers in a small town who find a strange object that tests their loyalties with increasingly destructive consequences.

The Friendship Game is scheduled to start production in Vancouver in August. CAA represents North American rights.

Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (The Witch), fresh from wrapping Viggo Mortensen’s directing debut Falling, will serve as producer. Executive producers are Thorne, Ober, Gabriel Chicoine, Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films, and Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz for 13 Films.

Thorne’s credits include Midnight Sun, Assassination Nation, The Duff, and Blended.

The Friendship Game marks Corkle’s second feature after 2017 mystery thriller Hollow In The Land, which starred Dianna Agron and Shawn Ashmore and centred on a troubled woman who sets out to find her missing brother.

The haunting brilliance of goalie Terry Sawchuk comes to the big screen

Originally published February 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

Terry Sawchuk, considered by many to be the greatest goalie of all time, will have a new movie biopic about his life debut on March 1 in Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto. (AP Photo)

Terry Sawchuk, considered by many to be the greatest goalie of all time, will have a new movie biopic about his life debut on March 1 in Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto. (AP Photo)

Legendary NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk and his struggles with depression are featured in a new “Goalie” movie biopic premiering March 1 in Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto. Sawchuk long ago already participated in one big “Opening Night” in Seattle and had additional connections to this city.

Geoff Baker

Seattle Times staff reporter

Inside the NHL

Legendary former NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk at least played one “Opening Night’’ in Seattle, even if a new movie biopic about him won’t initially be screened here.

A netminder many consider the greatest ever was in goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 30, 1964, when they staged the first sporting event at what’s now KeyArena with an exhibition game against the minor professional Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League. More than 8,600 fans, including tuxedoed socialite patrons looking dressed more for opera than hockey, flocked to the Seattle Coliseum to watch Sawchuk’s defending Stanley Cup champion Leafs dismantle the Totems 7-1.

So, it’s hardly a surprise NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke said his group is looking into possibly helping bring the film here. Titled “Goalie,’’ the movie stars Mark O’Brien as the Winnipeg-born Hall of Famer, while Kevin Pollak of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’’ plays Red Wings general manager Jack Adams and O’Brien’s real-life wife, Georgina Reilly of “Murdoch Mysteries,’’ plays Sawchuk’s wife, Pat.

For now, the movie’s producer, Blue Ice Pictures, is launching it Friday in Vancouver, B.C., and Toronto but plans other Canadian and U.S. showings later this spring. Given Sawchuk’s history in jump-starting KeyArena, it makes sense Leiweke’s group would want the movie shown here ahead of the venue being reopened for the NHL franchise they plan to debut there in October 2021.

That 1964 KeyArena opener wasn’t the only piece of Seattle history attached to Sawchuk, a man whose career was as haunting as it was brilliant. If previews for the movie are any indication, it should delve well beyond his statistical accomplishments: four Stanley Cup titles, four Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s top netminder, a Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and a then-record 103 shutouts in a 21-season Hall of Fame career with Detroit, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers.

What makes the Sawchuk story a potentially fascinating movie subject is his darker side, formulated around a lifelong struggle with depression. Sawchuk was long believed to suffer from an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, a taboo subject for athletes in his 1950s and ’60s heyday and only now starting to be better understood within the sporting community.

Frankly, trying to grasp the Sawchuk legend without peering into his mental state is like attempting to figure out hockey without all of the ice and pucks. A proverbial chip on the shoulder, self-doubt, breakdowns, abusive behavior and struggles with alcohol permeated his career right up to his still somewhat-unexplained death in 1970 at age 40 after his first and only season as a New York Rangers backup.

“There’s massive human depth to Terry Sawchuk which is why he has inspired a lot of fascination and obsession over the years, beyond his un-paralleled skills, grit and the records that lasted for decades,” producer Daniel Iron, vice president of Blue Ice Pictures, said in a release.

There’s no position in hockey quite as alone on the ice as the goalie, which can make it tougher on those already predisposed to depression and anxiety. Gump Worsley, Clint Malarchuk, Corey Hirsch and more recently, Robin Lehner, all dealt with various forms of depression throughout their NHL careers, though none of the outcomes were as tragic as what befell Sawchuk.

Before that 1964 opener at the Coliseum, he’d played two other Seattle exhibitions at the Civic Ice Center — later known as Mercer Arena — while with the Detroit Red Wings in 1959 and 1960. In the first of those, the Red Wings outlasted the Totems in a 5-4 thriller.

“I scored a goal on Terry Sawchuk and it was probably one of the all-time highlights of my career,’’ Camas resident Tom McVie, 83, then a top Totems scorer, recently told me. “I made sure I got the puck from him after that.’’

The next time the teams met, a year later, the Red Wings cruised to a 6-1 victory.

In the 1964 Coliseum opener four years later, another of the Leafs playing and scoring his team’s fifth goal was winger Ron Stewart. He and Sawchuk became friends and roommates in Toronto and wound up renting a house together in Long Island, N.Y., during the 1969-70 season when playing for the Rangers.

Sawchuk had been brought to New York by onetime Seattle Americans — what the Totems franchise was previously called — goalie Emile (The Cat) Francis, who by then was the Rangers general manager. Francis had wanted a veteran backup for Ed Giacomin and Sawchuk’s days as a No. 1 goalie were by then done.

After that season, in which Sawchuk appeared in only eight games, he and Stewart — both recently divorced and heavy drinkers — got into an argument at a neighborhood tavern over money and the costs of cleaning the rental home before turning it back over for the summer.

They were asked to leave the bar, but continued arguing on the home’s front lawn, where things turned physical. Sawchuk is said to have tumbled awkwardly over Stewart’s knee.

Sawchuk was hospitalized with internal injuries. He underwent surgery for a ruptured gall bladder, but also had a bleeding liver that forced an additional operation from which Sawchuk never recovered.

After a month in the hospital, Sawchuk died of a pulmonary embolism. Former Seattle goalie Francis spent the final days of Sawchuk’s life by his bedside and later went to identify his body at the morgue.

Sawchuk told police before his death he accepted full blame for what happened. A Nassau County grand jury investigating Stewart’s role ruled the death an accident.

To this day, it’s unclear whether Sawchuk’s liver damage was caused by the fight, or his prior drinking. Events surrounding the altercation were also sketchy — initially described as “horseplay’’ between teammates — and Stewart, who almost never discussed the incident, is said to have remained tormented by it the remainder of his life.

He died in Kelowna, B.C., in 2012 at age 79.

Sawchuk’s death, to a degree, remains one of the NHL’s lingering mysteries, though the lifelong events leading to it had long been whispered about in league circles. The Sawchuk movie should enlighten more people about the demons that plagued him and perhaps further destigmatize mental illness on a mass scale within the realm of pro sport so athletes needing help can get it in time.

Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286 or gbaker@seattletimes.comon Twitter: @GeoffBakerTimes. Geoff Baker covers the Sounders and is a sports enterprise and investigative reporter for The Seattle Times who writes a column on hockey and the NHL.

First look: Russell Brand in ‘Four Kids And It’

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Russell Brand family film Four Kids And It is attracting buyer interest at this year’s AFM for 13 Films.

Screen can reveal the first look image from the film, above.

Andy De Emmony (West Is West) directs the adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s novel, while Julie Baines and Anne Brogan produce. The shoot wrapped in Dublin recently.

Brand’s co-stars incluce Paula Patton, Michael Caine and Matthew Goode.

Simon Lewis has adapted Wilson’s novel for screen, with additional writing by Mark Oswin.

The story follows four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is a bonding trip with potential future step siblings. An argument leads to the discovery of magical, sandy, grumpy creature IT, who can grant them one wish a day that will be cancelled when the sun sets.

Ashley Aufderheide, Teddie Malleson-Allen, Billy Jenkins and Ellie-Mae Siame will play the four children of the title.

Wilson’s 2012 novel Four Children And It is a retelling of E. Nesbit’s Five Children And It, published in 1902.

Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp of T&B Media Global, 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi and Gregory R. Schenz and Geraldine East are exec producing. Jonathan Taylor and Paul Donovan are co-producers.

Ahriyavraromp is fully financing the feature, with 13 Films handling worldwide distribution rights. He has also come on board another 13 Films project, Goldfinch Studios’ Michael Morpurgo adaptation Waiting For Anya, as an executive producer and co-financier through T&B.

Arnold 2.0: how Calum Von Moger played young Schwarzenegger to perfection in ‘Bigger’

  • Australian bodybuilder gets a boost as his film debut earns praise
  • Former Mr Universe recovering from his third major surgery in 10 months

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 October, 2018, 8:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2018, 3:22pm


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Von Moger was selected from hundreds of hopefuls last year to play the part of the Austrian Oak in the movie that traces the rise of the Weider brothers – Joe and Ben – who fought adversity as Canadian Jews to build a fitness empire after “discovering” Schwarzenegger in the 1960s.

The 28-year-old Los Angeles-based Australian is a well-known YouTube and Instagram star with more than two million followers before he took on the role of a lifetime.

For a start, Von Moger does strike an uncanny resemblance to the seven-time Mr Olympia and he played the part in the George Gallo-directed movie, based on true events, to perfection according to film critics. In the movie, Von Moger, who is of Dutch and Austrian descent, looks eerily like the most famous bodybuilder in the world with muscles and height (they are both 1.88m tall) to match. Even his Austrian accent impressed the former California governor himself.

The movie opened to a limited release in North America this month and although it has been generally been panned by critics, Von Moger saves the day as the stand-out star in his first movie role.

“I think I did all right [in the movie]. I’ll let you guys be the judge of that,” said Von Moger, who has 2.8 million Instagram followers, in an interview on his YouTube channel.

“I’m excited because it’s a very cool story and I think a lot of you will enjoy it,” he added.

“I have been taking acting classes with a dialect coach,” he told Today Extra on how he perfected his Austrian accent.

The Weider brothers are credited with building the backbone of the fitness industry, founding the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) and amassing an empire that included bodybuilding and fitness magazines, and manufactured fitness equipment.

Von Moger has a pivotal part in the movie as the young bodybuilder who leaves his native Austria on his journey to the Mr Olympia contest and to fame before becoming one of the most iconic Hollywood stars. The Australian bodybuilder was excited to play his idol in the film.

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IFTA unveils new board of directors



Cornerstone Films co-head Alison Thompson and The Exchange executive vice-president of worldwide distribution Nat McCormick are among the new intake to join the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) board, it emerged during the organisation’s trade show AFM.

The new members announced on Monday (5) following IFTA’s annual elections include: Gene George (Lionsgate), Frederick Tsui (Media Asia), Pierre David (Reel One Entertainment), Anna Marsh (StudioCanal), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), and Alexandra Cocean (Voltage Pictures).

The new intake will serve for the 2018-2020 term as part of IFTA’s 20-person board.

The executives join those currently serving the second year of their two-year term: Tannaz Anisi (13 Films), Paul Bales (The Asylum), Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film Seekers), Gabrielle Stewart (Hanway Films), Carl Clifton (Hyde Park International), Jason Buckley (Lakeshore Entertainment), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), Jeannine Tang (Participant Media), and Lise Romanoff (Vision Films).

The executive committee will continue to be led by chairperson Michael Ryan (GFM Films), vice-chairperson Andrew Kramer (Global Entertainment Strategies), and vice-chairperson/secretary Clay Epstein (Film Mode Entertainment).

“This board represents the true global breadth of IFTA’s membership, which has grown to 22 countries, as well as the diverse film and television programming they finance, produce, sell and distribute,” said Ryan. “The expertise each one brings to the table will be invaluable to the organization as we face the future.”

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Floated For ‘Altitude’ Thriller

October 30, 2018 5:38pm
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to star in Altitude, a thriller set on on a runaway hot-air balloon in the works from writer-director Marc Fienberg. The pic is in preproduction and shooting is scheduled to start in January in South Africa. 13 Films is repping international rights to the project and is presenting it to buyers at the American Film Market, which kicks off Wednesday in Santa Monica. Meyers would play a man who has planned the perfect romantic proposal to his girlfriend in front of their friends and family aboard a hot air balloon. An abrupt accident leaves only the couple and Bailey’s estranged ex-boyfriend on board as the balloon rises at out-of-control speeds, forcing the trio to try anything to stay alive. Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris, 13 Films’ Greg Schenz, South African based Charl Van der Merwe of Silverline 360 and Kalahari Film & Media’s Irfaan Fredericks are producers. Tannaz Anisi is executive producing. Meyers is repped by ICM Partners.


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David Tennant Joins Emily Watson in Psychological Thriller ‘Quicksand’


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David Tennant is joining Emily Watson in the psychological thriller “Quicksand.”

The film, due to shoot in April on the Greek island of Crete, re-teams the British actors, who starred as a couple in 2013’s “The Politician’s Husband,” a three-episode British miniseries.

Quicksand” follows a British couple living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. The husband is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.

TV director Mark Brozel is making his feature film debut from a script by Steve Lewis & Tony Owen. Mark Lavender and Joel Scott-Halkes are producing, while Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz are executive producing for 13 Films. The executive producer is Peter Garde, in cooperation with Indigo View.

The project will be presented to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31 in Santa Monica, Calif.

“This script is terrifically well-crafted and deeply conceived,” Lavender said. “With rich psychological undertones and plenty of beautiful visual moments, it is a contemporary classic in the making. And with this cast and director, it’ll take the audience on a visceral ride, resonating long-term.”

Tennant’s credits include “Doctor Who,” “Broadchurch,” his new BBC show “There She Goes,” and Amazon’s upcoming series “Good Omens.”

“I’m thrilled to re-unite David and Emily on the big screen in this taut psycho-thriller,” Brozel said.

Lavender of Rough Sea Productions produced the indie “Frozen.” Scott-Halkes is the founder of the London-based production company Osiko Films.

Tennant, Watson, and Brozel are represented by the Independent Talent Group in the U.K., and UTA in the U.S.


13 Films launches sales on ‘QUICKSAND’ starring David Tennant and Emily Watson

Beverly Hills, CA (October 23rd, 2018) – David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”), fresh off the set of his new BBC show “There She Goes” and Amazon’s upcoming “Good Omens”, has signed on to star opposite Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, Kingsman franchise) in top TV director Mark Brozel’s (AMC – “Humans”, Netflix – “Troy: Fall of a City”, YouTube Premium – “Origin”) feature-film debut QUICKSAND. The film is currently slated to shoot April, 2019 on the island of Crete, Greece.

“I’m thrilled to re-unite David and Emily on the big screen in this taut psycho-thriller,” said director Mark Brozel.

QUICKSAND is a tense thriller about British couple, Dan (Tennant) and Sarah (Watson), who are living out their dream in the Mediterranean. But their paradise comes to an abrupt end when their visiting son is tragically murdered by a local youth. Dan, grief stricken, is offered a chance at revenge by a dangerous stranger who won’t take no for an answer, but the price of revenge is one more murder.

The script was penned by Steve Lewis & Tony Owen with Mark Lavender and Joel Scott-Halkes producing. Tannaz Anisi (Voice from the Stone, Manhattan Night) and Greg Schenz (The Forgiven, Freeheld) will Executive Produce for 13 Films. The project will be presented to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica.

“This script is terrifically well-crafted and deeply conceived. With rich psychological undertones and plenty of beautiful visual moments, it is a contemporary classic-in-the-making. And with this cast and director, it’ll take the audience on a visceral ride, resonating long-term,” said Mark Lavender.

Mark Lavender of Rough Sea Productions produced the festival-hit Frozen with a host of the aristocracy of UK actors including Shirley Henderson, Richard Armitage and Maxine Peake. Joel Scott-Halkes is founder of London based production company Osiko Films. They are joined by Executive Producer Peter Garde (Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville) in cooperation with Indigo View.

David Tennant, Emily Watson and Mark Brozel are represented by the Independent Talent Group in the UK and UTA in the US.

13 Films

13 Films is an international sales and finance company based in Beverly Hills founded by Tannaz Anisi.

Their current slate includes the fantastical family adventure Four Kids and It starring Sir Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Matthew Goode and Paula Patton currently in post-production, upcoming WWII thriller Waiting for Anya based on War Horse author, Sir Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name starring Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”), Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, the recently wrapped Death of Me from veteran horror director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise) starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth as well as The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison alongside Tom Holland, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult.


For more information, please contact:

Ross Marian

13 Films

Tel: +1 310.358.3026