Sarah Shahi Joins Al Pacino In ‘Hangman’

“Sarah Shahi has been added to the cast of Johnny Martin’s crime thriller Hangman alongside Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow. The film follows a homicide detective (Pacino) who teams up with a criminal profiler (Urban) to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children’s game Hangman. Shahi will play police Captain Lisa Watson. Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management’s Michael Mendelsohn produces with Cheyenne Enterprises’ Arnold Rifkin. Union Patriot Capital is also financing the project. Etchie Stroh is exe producing. Shahi’s credits include Fairly LegalPerson of Interest, Ray Donovan, and The Sopranos. She is repped by CAA, McKeon/Myones Entertainment, and Meyer & Downs.”

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Sarah Shahi Joins Al Pacino In ‘Hangman’; Indie Thriller ‘Getaway Girls’ Rounds Its Cast

 


Vengeance: A Love Story is Rated 4 STARS by Battleroyal!

“How provocatively can a woman behave before she’s asking to be sexually assaulted? How far, before any battering she receives becomes her fault, and not that of her attackers? The answer is of course that there is NO distance a woman can go before she deserves to be raped, but these are the questions being put to the good folk of Niagara Falls, NY, in this, the new film by director Johnny Martin (Delirium). Based on the 2003 novella Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates, Vengeance: A Love Story plays in many ways like an eighties/nineties thriller (I mean that in its best sense, it should be noted). This feeling is no doubt augmented by the star turns of both Don Johnson (Miami Vice) in strutting peacock mode as cocksure defender Jay Kirkpatrick and of a (thankfully) largely restrained Nicolas Cage (Face/Off) as John Dromoor, the detective determined to dispense justice when the law will not. But for me, the real stars here are Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods) as Teena, the victim of the attack, Deborah Kara Unger (Payback) as Agnes, Teena’s devastated mother, and especially Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) as Bethie, the girl who witnessed the entire assault on her mother. I expected to find myself referring to Miss Bateman as a newcomer but this is her fifteenth picture and, given her ability on display here, I really shouldn’t have been surprised.

In addition to the rape itself which is brutal but mercifully brief, Vengeance: A Love Story is often a hard watch, from the various scenes of young Bethie being harried in her small town by the friends and relatives of the rapists, to the court scenes in which Teena is pulled to pieces all over again in an entirely different but hardly less inhuman manner. Things become decidedly more “John Wick” much later on but this is of course a good thing, with the Niagara Falls themselves being used to quite beautiful effect in one instance.

Vengeance: A Love Story never drags, in fact it feels all-too-brief; Nicolas Cage drips laconic menace throughout, and the movie – due out on March 27th, 2017 – comes highly recommended. Four stars.”

 

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James Franco Starrer 'I Am Michael' to Be Released by Brainstorm Media

Written and directed by Justin Kelly, the film tells the true story of a gay activist who became a straight Christian pastor.

Brainstorm Media, the Beverly Hills-based indie distributor, has acquired writer-director Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael, starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts, which it will open theatrically Jan. 27 in 10 markets along with a day-and-date VOD release.

Based on a New York Times magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, the film, which debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, tells the true story of Michael Glatze, played by Franco, who was a high-profile gay youth activist who provoked controversy when he became a straight Christian pastor and claimed he was no longer gay. Quinto plays Glatze’s boyfriend, while Roberts plays the woman who becomes his girlfriend

“I Am Michael is an incredibly original film on a very important topic: identity. As we move into a new presidency where sexual orientation might once again be called into question, a film that examines this from such an unusual perspective is invaluable. I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Franco, who also collaborated with Kelly on the recently released King Cobra.

The film was executive produced by Gus Van Sant and produced by Franco and Vince Jolivette of production company Rabbit Bandini, Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, and Scott Reed and Ron Singer of That’s Hollywood. The picture was financed by Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management, LLC.

The deal was negotiated by Brian O’Shea of The Exchange, Michelle Shwarzstein for Brainstorm Media and Mendelsohn. DADA Films will handle theatrical booking and Required Viewing will handle PR on behalf of Brainstorm.


My Name is Lenny

Boxing movie “My Name Is Lenny,” which stars “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” actor Josh Helman, has started filming in London.

Principal photography on the film, which is produced by Salon Pictures and will be released in the U.K. by Lionsgate, is expected to take place over four weeks in North London neighborhoods Hoxton and Islington.

The pic is based on the true life story of bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, also known as “The Guv’nor.” Helman stars as the boxer, with Chanel Cresswell, a BAFTA winner with “This Is England: 90,” as his wife, Val McLean. UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (“Twin Peaks,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”) plays his arch rival, Roy “Pretty Boy” Shaw.

The supporting cast features Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” series, “Hail, Caesar!”), Nick Moran (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), Jennifer Brooke (“Astral”), Charley Palmer Rothwell (“Legend,” “Ripper Street”), and the current bare-knuckle boxing world champion, Decca Heggie.

Directed by Ron Scalpello (“Offender,” “Pressure,” “Bobby”), the screenplay is by Paul Van Carter (“Offender,” “The Guv’nor”) and Martin Askew (“Snow in Paradise,” “Rocknrolla”).

“The film chronicles Lenny McLean’s origin as a young street fighter in 1970s East End London, the haunting effects of horrific childhood abuse, and his bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw across three unlicensed boxing matches, culminating in Lenny taking the championship title of ‘The Guv’nor,’” according to a press statement.

In his later life, McLean went on to become a bestselling author, and had roles in TV and film, the best known being “Barry the Baptist” in Guy Ritchie’s debut “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” shortly before he died in 1998.

Van Carter and fellow Salon founder Nick Taussig produce, alongside Jamie McLean, son of Lenny, and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures. Salon’s Christopher J. Reynolds executive produces. Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital will fully finance the picture, and Embankment Films’ Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar are handling international sales.

Salon has also produced the feature documentary “The Guv’nor” about McLean, which will be released by Lionsgate on DVD from Oct. 10.

Salon recently wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky’s “Churchill,” starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.

Original: http://variety.com/2016/film/global/boxing-movie-my-name-is-lenny-london-1201841922/


USS Indianapolis

IT’S NOT REALLY summer without a tense action movie on the big screen, and judging by the dearth of box office successes over the past few months, viewers might be out of luck. All the American audience wanted was a big-budget action flick, something with bombs and explosions and justice—a country-defending hero striding in slow motion, stern-jawed authority figures conspiring in suits, and maybe some sharks.

Nicolas Cage has heard our call—and delivered. In USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, directed by Mario Van Peebles, America’s favorite unhinged actor brings his wild-eyed style to Captain Charles B. McVay III. In 1945, McVay’s ship was brought down by a Japanese submarine after delivering atomic bomb components to Titian Island; 900 survivors were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for five days. After 584 of the men died, McVay was court-martialed and tried by a US military tribunal. What happened with USS Indianapolis was the worst naval disaster in history, but in the first trailer for its film adaptation viewers can preview a catastrophe of a merrier sort: an enraged Nic Cage vs. the odds. And, of course, sharks.”

Original: https://www.wired.com/2016/09/uss-indianapolis-trailer


KINKY

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off of Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence, Vivica A. Fox has just signed on to star in the indie feature Kinky from Chocolate City writer/director Jean Claude LaMarre. The project is described as “a racy, African American sex drama, which is being positioned as counter programming to 50 Shades Darker.” The film is currently in pre-production and will roll in Los Angeles on September 15.

The story is set in the affluent community of Buckhead, Atlanta and follows Dr. Joyce Richardson (Fox), a talented, yet introverted surgeon at Sinai Hospital, who is struggling with the fact that she is still single despite all her professional successes. Her strict Christian upbringing is a constant source of internal conflict, and limits the kind of men she dates. However, upon a chance encounter with handsome Investor Darrin Wethington, she immediately begins a whirlwind romance with the wealthy businessman and entrepreneur. It isn’t long before she begins to explore her own sexual fantasies, and convinces Darrin to join her in S&M sex. This leads them into further exploration into that world.

Kinky is being financed by Patriot Pictures with LaMarre’s Nulite Entertainment serving as co-
producers on the project. Producers include Michael Mendelsohn, Jessie LeVostre and Eurika Pratts.

Fox is repped by agent Sheila Lagette at Media Artist Group.

Original: http://deadline.com/2016/08/vivica-a-fox-gets-kinky-chocolate-city-filmmaker-indie-film-1201802240/


Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow Starring in ‘Hangman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow are starring in the upcoming crime thriller “Hangman,” with shooting set to start Nov. 17 in Atlanta.

Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management’s CEO Michael Mendelsohn and Arnold Rifkin of Cheyenne Enterprises are producing. The film will be financed by Union Patriot Capital Management.

Patriot is collaborating on a series of films with Etchie Stroh (“The Promise,” “Afterglow”), who is the film’s executive producer and will represent the film for international sales in a new venture at the American Film Market.

“Hangman” will be directed by Johnny Martin, who helmed “Vengeance: A Love Story” starring Nicolas Cage and Don Johnson. Michael Caissie and Charles Huttinger co-wrote the screenplay, with revisions by director Johnny Martin and Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures.

Pacino will portray a decorated homicide detective and Urban will play a criminal profiler who collaborate to catch a serial killer who’s terrorizing a city with a macabre version of the children’s game Hangman. Snow will play a crime journalist shadowing the detectives.

“It’s every director’s dream to work with Al Pacino,” Martin said. “Brittany Snow brings a fresh, instinctual presence to the production, while Karl Urban’s strength, instinct, and versatility heighten the action and this genre. This film is amazing and will appeal to a wide audience.”

Rifkin’s credits include “Live Free or Die Hard,” “16 Blocks” and “Hostage.” Mendelsohn produced “Vengeance: A Love Story” and “USS Indianaplois: Men of Courage.”

Pacino is represented by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Urban is represented by UTA and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Snow is represented by WME, Principal Entertainment-LA and Ziffren Brittenham.


I Am Wrath

The plot points play out like they were written with yellow Hi-Liter, but the standard-issue revenge thriller, “I Am Wrath” still proves somewhat satisfying thanks to the pairing of John Travolta and Christopher Meloni as reformed black-ops agents pressed back into action after a personal tragedy.

On the surface, Travolta’s Stanley Hill is an everyman husband and father working as a auto plant manager in Columbus, Ohio — until his wife (Rebecca De Mornay) is brutally killed in an apparently random act of violence.

When the cops abruptly release the perpetrator (Luis Da Silva Jr.), Hill seeks out his personal brand of justice with the help of Meloni, now a barber who does intelligence work on the side.

Yes, we’ve seen this stuff many, many times before (often involving Liam Neeson), but Travolta, who took over the role from Nicolas Cage, and Meloni, who’s looking more and more like Robert De Niro every day, have a loose, easy chemistry that goes a long way to enliven all that overworked familiarity.

The coming-out-of-retirement theme must have held a special attraction for director Chuck Russell, who last stepped behind the cameras for 2002’s “The Scorpion King,” but, like his leads, efficiently makes the best of things with a compliant, it-is-what-it-is awareness.


Vengeance: A Love Story

Don Johnsonand Deborah Kara Unger (The Game, Silent Hill) have joined Nicolas Cage in the film Vegeance: A Love Story based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel Rape: A Love Story. The film, which also stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods) and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) is about a little girl (Bateman) who flags down Niagara Falls Police Detective John Dromoor (Cage) after her mother (Hutchison) has been brutally raped by four meth heads.
Unger plays the rape victim’s mother, a strong, fierce advocate for her daughter and granddaughter who has taken on the responsibility of caring for them at great risk, as the meth heads are let out of jail on bail. As they try to put the meth heads behind bars, the parents of the rapists hire the nationally renowned criminal defense attorney Jay Kirkpatrick (Johnson), who shifts the focus of evidence away from the defendants and puts the victim on trial.

The project, scripted by John Mankiewicz (House M.D., House of Cards) is being directed by Johnny Martin and is being shot right now in Atlanta.

Cage’s Saturn Films and Michael Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures are the production companies behind the film while executive producers are Harold Becker and Mike Nilon. Hannibal Classics is the film’s sales agent, executive producer Richard Rionda Del Castro (USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage).

Johnson is repped by CAA and Unger is repped by Innovative Artists and Elevate Entertainment.