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:

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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.

Eric Bana Joins Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’



October 27, 2016 3:19pm

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton.

The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption.

Joffé is producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films.

Bana is next up in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. He’s repped by WME and Sloane Offer.

Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

Distributor-Financier 13 Films Taps Endgame Exec As VP


October 26, 2016 3:32pm

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and distribution outfit 13 Films has hired former Endgame Entertainment head of business and legal affairs Greg Schenz as VP. The industry veteran will be tasked with spearheading the company’s expansion into producing both films and TV projects.

The new gig comes ahead of the American Film Market next month. 13 Films plans to board productions at earlier stages to work with producers and filmmakers to package and finance projects. On that front, it just came aboard Jane Millen, a crime thriller starring Olga Kurylenko from writer-director Cynthia Mort, where the company will produce, finance and handle sales for the pic as part of their AFM slate.

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“We are ecstatic to have Greg formally join our team as we expand our operations to get involved with film and TV projects at early stages,” said 13 Films president Tannaz Anisi. “His background and understanding of complex financial, legal and business matters is essential to navigating this competitive world and we are delighted to have his insight and expertise.”

At Endgame, Schenz worked on such films as An Education, Looper, Freeheld and The Discovery. He also held posts at Intermedia and Beacon Pictures.

“I am excited to be part of a vibrant company as they expand their activities in the production of film and television,” Schenz said. “Being involved from the ground up gives us the edge to create content we know can work in the marketplace and continue our success.”

Distributor-Financier 13 Films Taps Endgame Exec As VP

13 Films reports Cannes rush for ‘Extortion’, ‘Manhattan Nocturne’

EXCLUSIVE: President Tannaz Anisi and her team have returned from the Croisette following a slew of deals on two of the company’s prestige titles.

Los Angeles-based 13 Films has sold action title Extortionstarring Barkhad Abdi, Eion Baily and Danny Glover to Ascot Elite Entertainment for Germany, Signature Entertainment for the UK and Interfilm Co. for Japan.

Further deals closed in Spain (Corbi Media), Greece, Indonesia and Turkey (Tanweer), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), China (DDDream), South Korea (Sookie Pictures), and the Philippines (Ocotarts).

The film is in the final stages of post and made its market screening debut in Cannes. Phil Volken directsExtortion from his screenplay about a vacationing doctor who must find his kidnapped family after they are stranded on an island. Bethany Joy Lenz also stars.

Manhattan Nocturne stars Adrien Brody and Yvonne Strahovski and Grindstone Entertainment Group released the film in the US via the Lionsgate Premiere label on May 20.

The story about a journalist who tumbles into a web of sexual intrigue and blackmail will open in the UK through Altitude Film Distribution and in Japan via Zazie Films. Atlantic Film acquired rights for Scandinavia, Notorious Pictures for Italy, and Flins & Peniculas for Spain.

13 Films previously licensed rights for Germany (Telemunchen), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Latin America (Alebrije), South Africa (Ster-Kinekor), Greece (Tanweer), China (DDDream), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Middle East (Eagle Films), Taiwan (Winday), South Korea (With Lion), Portugal (Films 4 You), Turkey (Central Park), Thailand (Coral Culture Contents), former Yugoslavia (Dexin Film), and India (Pictureworks).

Captive Entertainment holds airlines rights and Fox TV will open across pan Asia.

The 13 Films slate includes Adrien Grenier political thriller Public Affairs, British dark comedy Croak written by David Thewlis, Worlds Apart starring J.K. Simmons, and The Forgiven, which will see Roland Joffé direct Forest Whittaker and Vince Vaughn

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Thora Birch


Thora Birch has joined Adrian Grenier and Mimi Rogers in the political thriller “Public Affairs,” Varietyhas learned exclusively.

Eric Bross is directing from a script by Tom Cudworth. Producers are School Pictures’ Stephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) and George Voskericyan (“Helicopter Mom”) of American Film Productions. Shooting starts this month in Norfolk, Va.

13 Films has international rights to the project, which was introduced to buyers in Cannes.

“Public Affairs” follows a young campaign aide who sleeps with a presidential candidate’s wife — a mistake that sends him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail. He is left fighting not only for his career, but also his life.

“I’ve long-admired Thora’s raw talent and am thrilled that she has joined the team,” said Israel. “Her honesty and depth will truly complement an already-strong cast.”

Birch’s credits include “Patriot Games,” “American Beauty” and “Ghost World.” She took a break from acting for several years, but has resumed her career and is currently shooting “Above Suspicion” opposite Jack Huston, Emilia Clarke and Johnny Knoxville, reuniting her with “Patriot Games” director Phillip Noyce.

Birch recently wrapped the independent feature “The Etruscan Smile” opposite Brian Cox and JJ Feild. She also has a recurring role on the USA series “Colony.”

13 Films’ slate includes the family adventure film “Four Kids and It,” starring Michael Caine, Bill Nighy and Matthew Goode; sci-fi thriller “Spectrum,” toplined by Lucas Till; British dark comedy “Croak,” written by David Thewlis; “Worlds Apart,” starring J.K. Simmons; “The Forgiven,” with Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn; thriller “A Patch of Fog,” toplined by Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill; and supernatural thriller “Voice From the Stone,” starring Clarke and Marton Csokas.

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