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.

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

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RUSSELL BRAND IN ‘FOUR KIDS AND IT’

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.

https://www.screendaily.com/news/first-look-russell-brand-in-four-kids-and-it-exclusive/5134238.article

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
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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

BY  5 NOVEMBER 2018

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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.”

https://www.screendaily.com/news/ifta-unveils-new-board-of-directors/5134309.article

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Floated For ‘Altitude’ Thriller

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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.

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/david-tennant-emily-watson-thriller-quicksand-1202990168/

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.

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IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights to Female-Powered Thriller ‘An Acceptable Loss’ With Jamie Lee Curtis (EXCLUSIVE)

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IFC Films has nabbed U.S. rights to Joe Chappelle’s female-driven thriller “An Acceptable Loss” with Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter ahead of its world premiere at Chicago Film Festival this weekend.

A contemporary take on the classic political drama, “An Acceptable Loss” (formerly titled “The Pages”) was produced by Colleen Griffen of CorradoMooncoin and executive produced by Candy Straight and Laura K. Lewis.

The story follows former top U.S. security adviser Elizabeth “Libby” Lamm (Sumpter) as she confronts the ethical implications of past decisions made under Rachel Burke (Curtis), a commanding politician with an unwavering knack for achieving her goals. The film also stars Ben Tavassoli (“Overlord”) and Jeff Hephner (“Peppermint”).

“An Acceptable Loss” was shot in Chicago which is also the hometown to filmmakers Chappelle and Griffen.

“It took many talented folks and one gorgeous city, Chicago — to produce this riveting female driven thriller that confronts morality in our modern political landscape,” said Griffen, adding that he was “very grateful to partner with IFC on the release for ‘An Acceptable Loss.’”

IFC Films is planning a theatrical roll-out in January. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, executive VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films/Sundance Selects and CAA, on behalf of the filmmakers. L.A.-based boutique 13 Films is handling international sales on “An Acceptable Loss.”

https://variety.com/2018/film/global/ifc-jamie-lee-curtis-an-acceptable-loss-chicago-film-festival-1202976906/

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Behind The Scenes Of ‘Four Kids And It’ With Russell Brand And Paula Patton

EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Of ‘Four Kids And It’ With Russell Brand And Paula Patton

When you mix a renowned children’s author in Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who has sold over 40 million copies of her books worldwide, with the charisma of Russell Brand, you know the resulting film is going to garner a ton of attention!

Russell and co-stars Paula Patton and Matthew Goode just wrapped up filming in Dublin, Ireland — and we’ve got the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of all the prep!

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“Four Kids and It” is an adventure story about four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is, in fact, a bonding trip with their potential future step-siblings engineered by new couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode). During an argument, they accidentally find a Psammead, a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called IT (voiced by Michael Caine) who can grant them one wish a day — only to see the wish cancelled as soon as the sun sets. The kids must learn to work together and choose their wishes wisely after an evil villain (played by Brand) makes it his mission to steal the Psammead for himself.

Keep an eye here for details on the exciting project as we get closer to a 2019 release date!

EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Of ‘Four Kids And It’ With Russell Brand And Paula Patton