Alex Essoe To Co-Star In Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Death Of Me’

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EXCLUSIVE: Alex Essoe, who just booked a role playing Danny Torrance’s motherin Warner Bros’ The Shining continuation Doctor Sleep, has landed another cool genre part. She has been set to co-star opposite Luke Hemsworth and Maggie Q in Death of Me, the new Darren Lynn Bousman-directed psychological thriller penned by Ari Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish.

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The film is set on an exotic island where a couple (Hemsworth and Maggie Q) on holiday wake up with no recollection of what transpired the night before. They find a video that shows them as willing participants in a ritual that inexplicably ends with him murdering her.

Essoe, whose credits include Midnighters and Starry Eyes, plays Samantha, the owner of the Airbnb who aids the couple’s search for the truth.

Production just got underway in Thailand on Death of Me, with Envision Media Arts’ Lee Nelson and Tish and Samuel Marshall Productions’ Charles Dorfman producing. EMA’s David Buelow, Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery, Dobre Films’ Michael Klein and Christopher D’Elia and 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz are executive producers.

Media Finance Capital, Samuel Marshall Productions and EMA financed, and 13 Films is handling international sales.

Essoe is repped by Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.

Alex Essoe To Co-Star In Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Death Of Me’

Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth to star in ‘Death Of Me’ for 13 Films

Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth to star in ‘Death Of Me’ for 13 Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth have been set to star in Death Of Me, a horror-thriller directed by Darren Lynn Bousman that starts principal photography this week in Thailand.

The film, about a couple on an exotic holiday who discover they have participated in a husband’s ritual murder of his wife, is financed by Media Finance Capital, Samuel Marshall Productions and Envision Media Arts (EMA). 13 Films is handling international rights.

Ari Margolis, James Morley III and David Tish wrote the script and the producers are Lee Nelson and David Tish of EMA and Charles Dorfman of Samuel Marshall Productions.

Executive producers are David Buelow for EMA, David Gilbery for Media Finance Capital, Michael Klein and Christopher D’Elia of Dobre Films and Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz for 13 Films.

Bousman, whose previous films include the second, third and fourth entries in the Saw franchise, commented: “I have been so lucky in my career to work in such amazing and unique places. Shooting this film in Thailand and getting to work with such talented actors and crew is a dream come true. I am excited for people to see this incredibly macabre and suspenseful tale we have been working very hard on.”

Nelson said: “This is the mind-bending genre film we’ve been searching for and Darren is going to take it to the next level. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with our amazing cast and crew. With Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth we’ve assembled a strong cast and can’t wait to put our unique stamp on the horror genre.”

Gilbery added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with EMA and 13 Films on what promises to be a really exciting project. Darren is a film maker that we admire and so we were pleased to back him and are looking forward to seeing him do what he does best.”

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Russell Brand & Paula Patton Join Michael Caine & Matthew Goode In Family Pic ‘Four Kids And It’

Russell Brand and Paula Patton have joined Oscar-winner Michael Caine and The Crown star Matthew Goode in family adventure film Four Kids And It.

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Shoot is under way in Ireland on the feature which is directed by Andy De Emmony (West Is West) and follows 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, the kids accidently find a Psammead, a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called It (voiced by Caine) who can grant them one wish a day.

Brand plays the local oddball villain Tristan bent on capturing the Psammead for his own gain. The children at the center of the family adventure are played by Ashley Aufderheide (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Teddie Malleson-Allen (Swallows And Amazons) alongside Billy Jenkins (The Crown) and newcomer Ellie-Mae Siame who play their younger siblings.

Principal photography began on July 16th on location in Ireland. Produced by Dan Films’ Julie Baines and Kindle Entertainment’s Anne Brogan, the screenplay is written by Simon Lewis adapted from the novel Four Children and It by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson. Additional writing is provided by Mark Oswin.

Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp serves as executive producer on the film. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi and Gregory R. Schenz also serve as executive producers alongside Geraldine East. Paul Donovan of the Irish production company Deadpan Pictures and Dan Films’ Jonathan Taylor serve as co-producers.

The film is being fully financed by Dr. Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp of T&B Media Global. 13 Films is handling worldwide distribution rights.

The It character is designed by creature creators Brian and Wendy Froud. The former is the conceptual character designer for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and the latter is the original creator of Star Wars’ Yoda. The digitally created Psammead used in the film is being built by creature effects company MILK, the company behind the Oscar-winning effects in Ex Machina. The below-the-line production team also includes editor Alex Mackie (The Crown) and DoP John Pardue (Finding Your Feet).

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13 Films scores deals on romance ‘See You Soon’ with Harvey Keitel (exclusive)

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13 Films has announced a handful of deals on the romantic drama See You Soon with Harvey Keitel, led by a sale to Shenzhen Enjoy Pictures in China.

Liam McIntyre and newcomer Jenia Tanaeva star in the completed film about a football player who picks up a career-threatening injury in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Eagle Films has acquired Middle Eastern rights and AONE Entertainment will distribute in South Korea.

David Mahmoudieh directed See You Soon, in which the stricken sportsman strives to get his career back on track as he falls for a Russian single mother.

The feature shot on location in Greece, Romania, and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Tanaeva co-wrote the screenplay with Mike Cestari and Joe Ballarini, and produced alongside Monella Kaplan. Alexander Mikhalskiy served as executive producer.

See You Soon is a story about people, about true love, about man becoming a better person and doing his absolute best to be with a woman he loves,” Tanaeva said. “It’s a story about a single mom, raking a huge step in to the unknown in order to get a better life for her son and herself. See You Soon is about believing, trying, loving, growing and finding happiness.”

Adrian Grenier political thriller ‘Affairs Of State’ lands at Grindstone Entertainment (exclusive)

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Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American rights to Eric Bross’ Cannes market title Affairs Of State starring Adrian Grenier and David Corenswet.

13 films will commence international sales in Cannes next month. The cast includes Thora Birch, David James Elliott, Grace Victoria Cox, and Mimi Rogers. The film will receive a limited theatrical debut as part of a multi-platform on-demand release on June 15.

Affairs Of State follows a Washington D.C. aide on a quest to power who will stop at nothing to get involved in a senator’s White House campaign. Tom Cudworth wrote the screenplay and the producer is Stephen Israel.

Affairs Of State is a taut political thriller with some wild twists and turns,” Ryan Black, vice-president of acquisitions at Grindstone, said. “With an incredibly timely story and a great ensemble cast, we are excited to be releasing the film.”

“The film really has something to say about the dysfunction in modern politics,” Israel said.

“I was truly excited to work with actors of such calibre,” Bross added. “David is a true discovery, and Mimi Rogers and Adrian Grenier in particular take on roles unlike anything I’ve seen from them before – they both deliver truly brave and outstanding performances.”

Black with Ben Weiss and Derek Kigongo of Paradigm brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmaker.

Mark O’Brien To Play Legendary Hockey Player In ‘Goalie’

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EXCLUSIVE: Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire) will portray legendary NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk in the biopic feature, Goalie, from Blue Ice Pictures. Adriana Maggs is directing the indie based on the Night Work poem by Randall Maggs and Sawchuk: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Goalie by David Dupuis.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Sawchuk played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for various teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and the New York Rangers between 1950 and 1970. The father of seven, who was believed to have been struggling with depression, was haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. He died at 40 from a pulmonary embolism.

Maggs wrote the screenplay with Jane Maggs. Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels are producing the pic with Neil Tabatznik and Mark O’Brien serving as executive producers.

O’Brien, who next appears in  Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner,  and the untitled Noah Baumbach project, is repped by Thruline Entertainment, Don Buchwald & Associates, The Characters Talent Agency and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.

Mark O’Brien To Play Legendary Hockey Player In ‘Goalie’

Mark O’Brien To Play Legendary Hockey Player In ‘Goalie’

Jean Reno Joins ‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp And Anjelica Huston In ‘Waiting For Anya’

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Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional) is joining Stranger Things star Noah Schnappand Anjelica Huston in World War II drama Waiting For Anya, which is now underway in France. Also new to the Goldfinch Studios project are actors Frederick Schmidt (Taboo), Josephine De La Baum (Madame) and Sadie Frost (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie).

The film was launched at the recent EFM by L.A.-based 13 Sales. Deals closed there with Pan Asia (Fox Networks Group Asia), Middle East (Eagle Films), Greece (Tanweer), Portugal (NOS Lusomundo), and Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey & India (SPI). Schnapp will play a young shepherd, Jo, in the film alongside Huston’s widow Horcada. The movie is an adaptation of the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. Set in Lescun, southern France, it follows Jo’s involvement in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain. The Pianist star Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein (I’ve Loved You So Long) and Tomas Lemarquis (X-Men: Apocalypse) also feature.

Directed by Ben Cookson, director of Emily Atack and Philip McGinley’s Almost Married, the film is written by Morpurgo, who first published the book in 1990, and Toby Torlesse. The movie is produced by Phin Glynn for Bad Penny Productions and Alan Latham for Goldfinch Studios. Executive producers are Kirsty Bell, Victor Glynn, Geoffrey Iles and co-producer is Daz Spencer-Lovesey. 13 Films is also an exec producer.

Jean Reno Joins ‘Stranger Things’ Star Noah Schnapp And Anjelica Huston In ‘Waiting For Anya’

In ‘The Forgiven,’ Desmond Tutu faces off with a white separatist

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The film’s strength lies in the dialogue between the characters, portrayed by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

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An intermittently powerful drama loosely derived from real events, Roland Joffé’s “The Forgiven” takes place in newly post-apartheid South Africa and is based on a play by Michael Ashton called “The Archbishop and the Antichrist.”

The archbishop is Desmond Tutu (Forest Whitaker), who was chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which sought to investigate the brutal politically inspired abuses committed during the apartheid years. The perpetrator must confess to the crime. Forgiveness for the crime is sometimes paired with legal amnesty from prosecution. Restitution could be made to the victims of the crime.

The antichrist is Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana), an unregenerate white separatist with a history of apartheid-era violence who is doing major time in Pollsmoor Prison. In an attempt to avail himself of the TRC, he writes a letter to Tutu riddled with references to Plato and Milton, figuring this will get the archbishop’s attention. It does, and soon a meeting between the two is arranged in prison.

Their dialogue over several meetings is the intense core of the conflict in “The Forgiven” and by far its strongest aspect. It’s clear in these scenes that we are watching a filmed play. It’s also clear that none of that matters. Joffé understands that, if what we are watching is indeed worth watching, the best way to be “cinematic” is often to simply fix the camera on the protagonists without a lot of fancy folderol.

In their first meeting, Tutu, who has already been shown to be a preternaturally patient man of faith, is confronted by a man who grinningly hurls racial epithets at him and scoffs at the archbishop’s attempts to salvage his soul. Tutu believes that no man is beyond redemption. Blomfeld, his eyes sparked with hate, believes he has done nothing for which he should be redeemed.

Tutu’s associates had warned him away from Blomfeld, but he persists, despite being shadowed by private misgivings that the convict is beyond reach. The reason the serial encounters between these two men hit home is because Blomfeld’s inevitable change of heart is presented with a fine degree of complexity. He doesn’t change overnight; in many respects, he changes hardly at all. But as the film progresses, it unfolds a back story to his racism that, while not condoning his actions, at least supports the notion that he is capable of salvation.

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Forest Whitaker’s Archbishop Tutu faces off against Eric Bana’s convict in The Forgiven trailer

CLARK COLLIS February 21, 2018 AT 12:00 PM EST

Almost two decades after Eric Bana turned in a career-making performance playing much-jailed criminal Mark Read in Chopper, the Australian actor once again finds himself behind bars in The Forgiven. Directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) and based on a play by Michael Ashton, the film stars Forest Whitaker as the real-life figure of South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu who is summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Bana) and is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the criminal.

The Forgiven is released in cinemas in Los Angeles and New York, March 9. The film’s theatrical release will expand from March 16 and the movie will also be available to watch on VOD and digital HD from that date.

Exclusively watch the trailer for The Forgiven, above.