George Gallo To Direct Tyler Hoechlin In Bodybuilding Pioneers Pic ‘Bigger’ – Toronto

by Anthony D’Alessandro
September 7, 2017 11:18am

EXCLUSIVE: Bad Boys and Midnight Run scribe George Gallo is set to direct his ninth feature Bigger about bodybuilding pioneer brothers Joe and Ben Weider, who against all odds, battled poverty and anti-Semitism to create the fitness industry as we know it. Tyler Hoechlin from Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, MTV’s Teen Wolf and MGM’s upcoming The Domestics will play Joe Weider, who discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger and founded the International Federation of Bodybuilding which operates today in 55 countries.

Bigger was written by Brad and Ellen Furman, Andy Weiss and Gallo. Production begins next month in Alabama. Weiss and Gallo wrote the latter’s 2009 film Middle Men about internet porn architect Jack Harris. Weiss is one of the writers on Sony’s Yann Demange-directed movie White Boy Rick due out on Jan. 26. Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions banner is producing Bigger with Scott LaStaiti.

“The brothers’ story sets a powerful example of what hard work and extreme focus can achieve for the youth of today. These brothers literally changed the world” says Jones.

Gallo adds, “It’s beyond inspirational, and will resonate with not only the massive crowd of those who have found the balance of body and mind as essential for a healthy life but also the throngs of people that were inspired by Joe and his Mr. Olympia events.”

Eric Weider of Weider Health and Fitness will exec produce with Bee Holder’s Camila Castro. Hoechlin is repped by UTA and Management 360 and attorney Todd Rubenstein. Gallo is repped by Industry and ICM Partners. 13 Films will handle international sales. The deal for Bee Holder was handled by Shannon Hensley and Michael Weiss of AGMB.

George Gallo To Direct Tyler Hoechlin In Bodybuilding Pioneers Pic ‘Bigger’ – Toronto

Emilia Clarke Tries to Help a (Cursed?) Child in Exclusive Clip From Supernatural Thriller ‘Voice from the Stone’

Nick Schager
Yahoo Movies March 30, 2017

Coping with the loss of a parent is an unquestionably traumatic experience for a young child, and that’s certainly the case for the boy at the center of Voice from the Stone, an upcoming supernatural thriller starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Making matters worse here, however, is that along with grief, there are evil forces at play, although one wouldn’t necessarily know it from the scene we’re debuting exclusively at Yahoo Movies (watch it above), in which we see more of Clarke’s initial encounter with her young charge (glimpsed at in the trailer below).

Set in 1950s Tuscany, Verena (Clarke) is a nurse who comes to live with a family headed by Klaus (Marton Csokas), who’s getting over the death of his wife. So too is his son Jakob (Edward Dring), who’s not only gone mute since losing his mother — he’s stopped reacting to anything, in any way, shape, or form. His stoicism holds firm in the face of Verena’s introductory joking and his father’s passive-aggressive comments. As soon becomes clear, though, he’s not just being surly; an unholy presence may be involved in corrupting the sorrowful kid.

Given that Hideo Nakata (director of the original Japanese-language The Ring) was originally slated to helm it all the way back in 2009 — with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the lead — it’s safe to assume that Voice from the Stone will venture into some scary territory when it debuts simultaneously in theaters and on Digital HD on April 28.

‘Voice From the Stone’: Watch a trailer:

Watch our exclusive trailer for Emilia Clarke’s ‘Voice from the Stone’

Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, March 14, 2017

The exclusive trailer reveal of director Eric Howell’s ‘Voice from the Stone,’ a supernatural drama starring Emilia Clarke.


Photo: Momentum Pictures

Emilia Clarke has faced down her share of deadly screen foes as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

It’s a different story when the British actress is placed in a beautiful but moody Italian castle, including one creepy room featuring a real hawk, for the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone. Even Clarke got a little freaked out.

“That hawk never stopped making me scream,” says Clarke, 30. “Oh, man, the castle we filmed in was scary. I don’t believe in ghosts but if there was anything to make me question that, it was shooting there at night.”

Clarke survived the haunting ordeal of making the movie, which reveals its first trailer at before arriving in theaters (it’s simultaneously available via video on demand and digital HD) April 28.

The story marks director Eric Howell’s four-year journey to bring what he calls an “Hitchcockian fairy tale,” based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo, to the screen. Howell’s prospects for getting his first feature off the ground were boosted significantly by bringing aboard Clarke, the Game of Thrones standout who propelled the love story in last year’s romantic hit Me Before You.

Clarke says the script “stole her heart” and she jumped to play Verena, a young nurse who specializes in helping children deal with trauma in 1950s Tuscany. Verena is hired to work with a young boy named Jakob (Edward Dring), who is so distraught by the sudden death of his mother, a renowned pianist, that he has stopped speaking.

This is no Mary Poppins: Verena has to work with Jakob’s increasingly erratic behavior and belief that his deceased mother is speaking to him from the castle walls. Verena tries to flee the disintegrating situation, but her love for Jakob and her romantic relationship with his father Klaus (Marton Csokas) pull her back.

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Emilia Clarke Is Starring In A Horror Movie


Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke is starring in a new movie, Entertainment Tonight reports, and it sounds creepy AF.

Based on an Italian novel, Voice From the Stone features a nurse named Verena, who is in charge of a boy possessed by a spirit hiding in the castle where he resides.

“Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own,” the synopsis reads. Select theaters will start showing the film on April 28.

Evanescence’s Amy Lee, who’s still making music and released a new album in September, has contributed to the soundtrack.

Clarke has already shown she’s more than a dragon trainer through her role in Me Before You, and it looks like she’s continuing to diversity her credits. In addition to this project, the actress is working on a Star Wars movie centered on Han Solo.

With only two more seasons of Game of Thrones left, it’ll be hard to say goodbye to Khaleesi. But it might mean we’ll be seeing more of Clarke on the big screen.

Conleth Hill… The Master of Whisperers, and star of “A Patch of Fog,” shares some secrets.

Bill Bradley – Entertainment Editor, The Huffington Post


With 30 years in the business, Conleth Hill’s career, well, “Varys,” but how much it changes may be surprising.

The actor told The Huffington Post that with the exception of “Game of Thrones,” he generally doesn’t play the same character multiple times. He switches things up. In fact, Hill said that the only similarity between the mysterious eunuch he plays on the HBO show and the troubled author he portrays in his new thriller, “A Patch of Fog,” is that, you know, he’s both of them. In addition to those roles, Hill is currently in rehearsals for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in the West End.

Like on “Game of Thrones,” Varys is just a busy guy.

Hill’s character on the HBO show has been known as the Master of Whisperers, so while chatting with the actor about his new projects, we asked about some real-life whispers, too. It may surprise some that Hill confirmed he already made a bid to sit on the Iron Throne as another character.

One time, I saw you dispelled that you were once a married fisherman before becoming an actor.

They took it from the Wikipedia entry, which I didn’t do. I don’t really go, apart from reading The Huffington Post, near the internet, but someone had filled in my Wikipedia with lots of mysterious details, which I have to say I found amusing.

There are other rumors, too.

Don’t believe anything you read.

One says you almost didn’t play your character, Sandy Duffy, in “A Patch of Fog.”

Thankfully, fortuitously, the guy who was gonna play him dropped out. I think before principal photography started, so I didn’t have much time to prepare, but I’m dealing with a great script, and everything I needed was on there.

Another rumor says you originally tried out for King Robert Baratheon on “Game of Thrones.”

It is true, to be honest, but I have to say that I came out of the meeting, which went all right, and looked who was in after me, saw who it was, and went, “Well, he’d be all right for it,” and he was, and he got it. You know, that’s showbiz.

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EXCLUSIVE: Emilia Clarke Is a Long Way From Westeros in First Look at ‘Voice From the Stone’

by John Boone 7:30 AM PST, January 13, 2017

Photo: Momentum Pictures

When she’s not busy literally burning down the patriarchy as the mother of dragons, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is steadily becoming quite the movie star. Following the success of last year’s weepie, Me Before You, she landed a role in the Star Wars spinoff about young Han Solo. Before that, she has something completely different in store: a thriller called Voice From the Stone. The period film, which is adapted from an Italian novel by Silvio Raffo and co-stars Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings and, more recently, Loving), centers on Clarke’s Verena, a nurse hired to help a young mute boy living in an isolated castle in Italy. Photo: Momentum Pictures Photo: Momentum Pictures Photo: Momentum Pictures Photo: Momentum Pictures

As the official synopsis reveals, though, “Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.”

If that all sounds dark and spooky, well, it makes sense then that the movie features music from Amy Lee of Evanescence. And if these first-look photos are any indication, it seems the film will also show a more seductive side to Clarke:

Photo: Momentum Pictures

Photo: Momentum Pictures Photo: Momentum Pictures Photo: Momentum Pictures Voice From the Stone hits select theaters, video on demand and digital HD on April 28.

Stephen Graham Goes on the Hunt in Exclusive Clip from ‘A Patch of Fog’

Written by on January 16, 2017


From his break-out role in Snatch to taking part in productions from Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Tomas Alfredson, Shane Meadows, and more, Stephen Graham has always been a compelling aspect of any production. His latest, the Belfast thriller A Patch of Fog finds him taking the role of a security guard who finds a once-famous novelist shoplifting, then blackmails him into a friendship. Following a U.K. bow last summer, the film will arrive stateside this month and we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip.

We said in our review from TIFF, “After Michael Lennox’s success with the Oscar-nominated short Boogaloo and Graham, it was only a matter of time before he’d delve back into the feature game with his debut solo fiction. Scripted by John Cairns and Michael McCartney, A Patch of Fog possesses the type of intrigue and suspense that’s able to capture the attention of two grossly underused character actors in Conleth Hill and Stephen Graham. One plays a famous writer living off the royalties of the only novel he’s ever written (over two decades previous) and the other a department store security guard. Both prove depressed, lonely men seeking a rush present complacency won’t provide and they’re on a collision course.”

Check out our exclusive clip below, along with the trailer.


A Patch of Fog opens on January 24 on iTunes and VOD.

AFM: Brenton Thwaites joins ‘Entry Level’

31 October, 2016 | By Jeremy Kay


EXCLUSIVE: The rising star will play the lead in the action thriller from Practical Pictures, which 13 Films will introduce to international buyers this week.

Thwaites, who will be seen next May in Disney’s summer tentpole Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will play a young man who wakes up to find himself in a high-security office building.

When he is forced by a stranger to complete a series of dangerous tasks he becomes implicated in a deadly crime with global consequences.

Benjamin Hurley wrote the screenplay and Franck Khalfoun, whose Amityville: The Awakening is scheduled to open in January through The Weinstein Company, will direct.

Practical Pictures’ Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor are producing Entry Level and the company’s credits include the American Pie and Final Destination franchises.

Joining them on the producer roster is Tom Butterfield of Content Media, whose credits include upcoming releases The Vault and An Actor Prepares. Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment will serve as executive producer.

Production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 and the thriller has qualified for the California Film Commission’s film and TV tax credit.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Brenton as our leading man,” said Perry and Taylor. “Audiences worldwide are going to be thoroughly entertained by this fast-paced action thriller.”

“Brenton is an amazingly talented actor,” said 13 Films president Tannaz Anisi. “We are beyond excited to see him physically and emotionally anchor this suspenseful script.”

Australian-born Thwaites has starred in Oculus, Maleficent and The Giver, among others. He is represented by WME and Industry Entertainment.

The 13 Films slate includes family adventure film Four Kids And It starring Michael Caine, Bill Nighy, Paula Patton and Mathew Goode; political thriller Public Affairs starring Thora Birch, Adrien Grenier and Mimi Rogers; and sci-fi thriller Spectrum.

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AFM: Emilia Clarke’s ‘Voice From the Stone’ Nabbed by Momentum for North America

11:52 AM PDT 11/4/2016 by Scott Roxborough

‘Voice From the Stone’

The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress stars in the mystery thriller from first-time director Eric D. Howell.
Momentum Pictures has picked up North American rights to Voice From the Stone, a mystery thriller starring Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

Clarke plays a young nurse in the 1950s who travels to an isolated stone castle in Tuscany, Italy, to care for the mute heir of a family fortune. Once there, she finds herself submerged deeper and deeper in the castle’s hidden secrets.

The feature, which marks the directorial debut of helmer Eric D. Howell, is based on the Italian novel La voce della Pietra by writer Silvio Raffo and was adapted for the screen by Andrew Shaw.

Sejin Croninger, senior vp worldwide acquisitions for Momentum, negotiated the deal for Voice From the Stone with Entertainment One and with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Momentum is planning an all-platform release for Voice From the Stone in the first quarter of 2017. Thirteen Films is handling international sales for the project at AFM.