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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


Wild Horses

In his first film as writer-director-star since 2002’s “Assassination Tango,” Robert Duvall delivers a complex, ambitious genre piece that combines family drama and murder mystery, set...

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‘USS: Indianapolis’ Shoot Set for June in Alabama (EXCLUSIVE)

Hannibal Pictures has set “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” for a June shoot in Alabama with Mario Van Peebles (pictured above) directing. The project, which has been in development since 2011,...

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Local filming for Nicolas Cage movie kicks off

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Two big-name stars are in town for one big movie. “Tokarev”, starring Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover, began filming June 10 in Downtown Mobile. Fans of Cage can...

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Talking ‘Tokarev’: a chat with the film’s powerful producers

MOBILE, Alabama—The cast and crew of the Nicolas Cage thriller “Tokarev” are scheduled to be in Mobile through the middle of July. But “Tokarev” producer Michael Mendelsohn...

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Image Ent. Joins Hannibal on Nicolas Cage Starrer ‘Tokarev’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Image Entertainment is boarding “Tokarev,” acquiring North American rights to Hannibal Classics’ upcoming Nicolas Cage action-thriller with plans for a first-quarter theatrical release....

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Stealth Media locks in $25 million in financing

Stealth Media Group has obtained $25 million in senior and gap production financing for four movies with Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital and Patriot Pictures. Deal was announced...

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Getting Real with Indie Film Finance

Michael Mendelsohn is the Chairman and CEO of Patriot Pictures, and currently manages senior and mezzanine debt portfolios for banks and financial institutions specializing in entertainment.  Michael...

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Hannover House and Patriot Pictures Team Up

Hannover House and Patriot Pictures announced today they are teaming up for a financing, production and distribution deal, starting with All’s Faire in Love, opening this Friday, and continuing...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


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...

Read More


Wild Horses

In his first film as writer-director-star since 2002’s “Assassination Tango,” Robert Duvall delivers a complex, ambitious genre piece that combines family drama and murder mystery, set...

Read More


‘USS: Indianapolis’ Shoot Set for June in Alabama (EXCLUSIVE)

Hannibal Pictures has set “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” for a June shoot in Alabama with Mario Van Peebles (pictured above) directing. The project, which has been in development since 2011,...

Read More


Local filming for Nicolas Cage movie kicks off

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Two big-name stars are in town for one big movie. “Tokarev”, starring Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover, began filming June 10 in Downtown Mobile. Fans of Cage can...

Read More


Talking ‘Tokarev’: a chat with the film’s powerful producers

MOBILE, Alabama—The cast and crew of the Nicolas Cage thriller “Tokarev” are scheduled to be in Mobile through the middle of July. But “Tokarev” producer Michael Mendelsohn...

Read More


Image Ent. Joins Hannibal on Nicolas Cage Starrer ‘Tokarev’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Image Entertainment is boarding “Tokarev,” acquiring North American rights to Hannibal Classics’ upcoming Nicolas Cage action-thriller with plans for a first-quarter theatrical release....

Read More


Stealth Media locks in $25 million in financing

Stealth Media Group has obtained $25 million in senior and gap production financing for four movies with Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital and Patriot Pictures. Deal was announced...

Read More


Getting Real with Indie Film Finance

Michael Mendelsohn is the Chairman and CEO of Patriot Pictures, and currently manages senior and mezzanine debt portfolios for banks and financial institutions specializing in entertainment.  Michael...

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Hannover House and Patriot Pictures Team Up

Hannover House and Patriot Pictures announced today they are teaming up for a financing, production and distribution deal, starting with All’s Faire in Love, opening this Friday, and continuing...

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Michigan moves from cars to stars

With its once-vaunted automobile industry on the brink, Michigan these days is less about cars and more about stars. In a move to diversify its beleaguered economy, it has embraced the entertainment...

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Another art at Cannes:

CANNES, France (CNN) — It rained in Cannes on Friday, and for that, Michael Mendelsohn was thankful. “My father always said if you want to sell something, do it in the rain,”...

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Samuel L. Jackson film to be shot in Michigan

To become a Hollywood Midwest, Michigan needs to convince filmmakers to work here — and then give them a positive experience so they’ll want to return. That’s the case with producer Michael...

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Taxes Hold ‘Em

Tax incentives are great, but what happens when the well runs dry? Source: THR.com – April 15, 2009 By Todd Longwell With at least 40 U.S. states now boasting film and TV production incentives,...

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Trio set for ‘Rape’ drama

Maria Bello, Abigail Breslin and Samuel L. Jackson will star in the indie drama “Rape: A Love Story.” Harold Becker (“Domestic Disturbance”) will helm. Michael Mendelsohn is...

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Momentum Pictures recently acquired film

“30 Days of Night” helmer David Slade has signed on to direct topical thriller “Unthinkable” for Michael Mendelsohn and Caldecott Chubb. Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”)...

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Clooney to narrate HBO documentary

George Clooney is on board to narrate and exec produce “Sand and Sorrow,” an HBO doc from Paul Freedman about the Darfur crisis “Sand and Sorrow” follows the history of the...

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Sand and Sorrow

(Documentary)A Station 18 Films, Patriot Pictures presentation of an Amahoro Collaborative production. (International sales: Velvet Octopus Film Sales, London.) Produced by Paul Freedman. Executive...

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Velvet Octopus picks up ‘Sand’

LONDON — “Sand and Sorrow,” the Darfur documentary narrated and exec produced by George Clooney, has been picked up for international sales by Simon Crowe’s Velvet Octopus. Written...

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Never has so much money from Wall Street been flowing into studio coffers, mixing two storied worlds.

One day early last year, Marvel Entertainment CEO Avi Arad, the Harley-Davidson-riding former toy designer, stood at the front of Paramount’s 200-plus seat Sherry Lansing Theater and pitched a...

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Duffs are “Material’ girls

Sibling thesps Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff will team for the first time in “Material Girls,” with Martha CoolidgeMartha Coolidge directing. Maverick FilmsMaverick Films and Patriot...

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New Arclight man in L.A.

SYDNEY — Arclight Films has named Jonathan Deckter prexy of international sales, based in Los Angeles. One of Deckter’s first assignments is selling “The Wretched,” a...

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Momentum Pictures recently acquired film

“30 Days of Night” helmer David Slade has signed on to direct topical thriller “Unthinkable” for Michael Mendelsohn and Caldecott Chubb. Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”)...

Read More


Clooney to narrate HBO documentary

George Clooney is on board to narrate and exec produce “Sand and Sorrow,” an HBO doc from Paul Freedman about the Darfur crisis “Sand and Sorrow” follows the history of the...

Read More


Sand and Sorrow

(Documentary)A Station 18 Films, Patriot Pictures presentation of an Amahoro Collaborative production. (International sales: Velvet Octopus Film Sales, London.) Produced by Paul Freedman. Executive...

Read More


Velvet Octopus picks up ‘Sand’

LONDON — “Sand and Sorrow,” the Darfur documentary narrated and exec produced by George Clooney, has been picked up for international sales by Simon Crowe’s Velvet Octopus. Written...

Read More


Never has so much money from Wall Street been flowing into studio coffers, mixing two storied worlds.

One day early last year, Marvel Entertainment CEO Avi Arad, the Harley-Davidson-riding former toy designer, stood at the front of Paramount’s 200-plus seat Sherry Lansing Theater and pitched a...

Read More


Duffs are “Material’ girls

Sibling thesps Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff will team for the first time in “Material Girls,” with Martha CoolidgeMartha Coolidge directing. Maverick FilmsMaverick Films and Patriot...

Read More


New Arclight man in L.A.

SYDNEY — Arclight Films has named Jonathan Deckter prexy of international sales, based in Los Angeles. One of Deckter’s first assignments is selling “The Wretched,” a...

Read More