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Netflix Defines Its Indie Future as Annapurna Film Head Ivana Lombardi Defects

Annapurna Pictures’ president of film Ivana Lombardi is leaving for a new job as Netflix’s director of independent film, where she’ll oversee titles like the upcoming sequel to hit teen rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Lombardi joins Ian Bricke, who holds the same title, at the indie division. Like Bricke, she’ll report to Lisa Nishimura, VP of independent film and documentary features, when she starts the job November 6.

Nishimura was promoted to oversee the indie division in March. Prior to that, the division was led by Bricke and Matt Brodlie, who left Netflix to join Disney+ in June. Before Nishimura moved into her new role, the duo reported to Original Film head Scott Stuber and had full greenlight authority for all films budgeted under $10 million. These included titles like Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life,” starring Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as well as made-for-streaming
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Eli Craig to Direct and Co-Write Horror Comedy Bride And Doom for Argent Pictures and Mandalay Pictures

After inverting the backwoods horror sub-genre in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (which might be followed up with a sequel) and exploring the terrors of parenthood in Little Evil, filmmaker Eli Craig will next focus on the scary side of weddings in Argent Pictures' new horror comedy Bride and Doom:

Press Release: May 1, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – Argent Pictures, the film production and financing outfit run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo are partnering with Jason Michael Berman at Mandalay Pictures on an original horror comedy titled Bride And Doom and have tapped Eli Craig to direct and co-write along with Josh Parkinson.

Argent’s Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, and Mandalay’s Jason Michael Berman will produce the film. Executive Producers are Argent partners Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley, and Derrick Brooks.

Cloverfield meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding in Bride And Doom – a
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Filming underway on comic book adaptation Last Days of American Crime

Back in July it was announced that Emmy Award-nominated The Assassination of Gianni Versace star Edgar Ramirez is set to headline a feature film adaptation of Rick Remender’s (Deadly Class) comic book series Last Days of American Crime, and now Remender has taken to Twitter to announce that filming is underway…

Last Days Of American Crime began filming. Coming next year to ⁦@netflix⁩ new editions of the book available from ⁦@ImageComics⁩ pic.twitter.com/AXsrMG5DJr

— Rick Remender (@Remender) November 5, 2018

Last Days of American Crime takes place “in a near future where the U.S. government, fighting terrorism and crime, plans to begin broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit an unlawful act.”

Ramirez is set to portray career criminal Graham Bricke, who finds himself caught up in a scheme to commit the heist of the century with a femme fatale and her boyfriend. They
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Anna Brewster, Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt Join Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’ (Exclusive)

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Anna Brewster, Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt Join Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’ (Exclusive)
Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, and Sharlto Copley have rounded out the cast of the Netflix pic “The Last Days of American Crime” starring Edgar Ramirez.

Taken 2” director Olivier Megaton is helming with Karl Gajdusek adapting the script.

Based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel “The Last Days of American Crime” by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, the story is set when, in a final response to fight terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Ramirez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash (Pitt) and Shelby Dupree (Brewster) to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.

Jesse Berger at Radical Studios will produce along with Jason Michael Berman at Mandalay Pictures, as well as Barry Levine.
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Jason Statham in Transporter 3 Available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack August 7th

Jason Statham is back for a third time in the blockbuster actions series when Transporter 3 arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) August 7 from Lionsgate.

Jason Statham is back for a third time in the blockbuster actions series when Transporter 3 arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) August 7 from Lionsgate. This edge-of-your-seat thriller stars Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand, and Robert Knepper. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K along with Dolby Vision Hdr to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this action-packed film. Dolby Vision transforms TV experiences in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The release also features Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room,
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Edgar Ramirez to lead Netflix’s comic book adaptation The Last Days of American Crime

According to THR, Emmy Award-nominated The Assassination of Gianni Versace star Edgar Ramirez is in line for a return to the small screen (and another ‘American Crime Story‘), with the actor in talks to join the cast of Netflix’s upcoming comic book adaptation The Last Days of American Crime.

Based on the Radical Studios comic book series by Rick Remender (Deadly Class) and described as “being in the vein of Sin City and The Purge“, The Last Days of American Crime takes place “in a near future where the U.S. government, fighting terrorism and crime, plans to begin broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit an unlawful act.”

Ramirez is set to portray career criminal Graham Bricke, who finds himself caught up in a scheme to commit the heist of the century with a femme fatale and her boyfriend. They find themselves in a
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Film News Roundup: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations for Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’

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In today’s film news roundup, Edgar Ramirez is in talks to play a criminal, Kiersey Clemons is in negotiations to portray a flower arranger and finalists have been announced for Universal’s Film Music Composer Initiative.

Castings

Edgar Ramirez is in talks to portray a career criminal in Netflix’s near-future movie “The Last Days of American Crime.”

The project is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Karl Gajdusek, whose credits include “Oblivion” and “Stranger Things.”

The story centers on U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash and Shelby Dupree to commit the heist of the century and the last crime
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Edgar Ramirez in Talks for Netflix Thriller 'The Last Days of American Crime' (Exclusive)

Edgar Ramirez is in negotiations to star in The Last Days of American Crime, Netflix’s adaptation of a Rick Remender comic book title.

Olivier Megaton, who directed action thriller Colombiana and two Taken movies, is helming the gritty crime thriller that has a screenplay written by Karl Gajdusek. Gajdusek wrote the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion and is an executive producer on Stranger Things.

The story is set in a near future where the U.S. government, fighting terrorism and crime, plans to begin broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit an unlawful act.

Ramirez will star as ...
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‘Transporter 3’ 4K Uhd Coming in August

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has revealed an August 7th release date for Transporter 3 starring Jason Statham on 4K Uhd Blu-ray.

Transporter 3 also stars Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand, and Robert Knepper. It marks the last time in the franchise that Statham would play the title role.

There's no word yet on when the first two Transporter films will be released on 4K Uhd.

Bonus features are culled from the previous Blu-ray release and include the following:

Audio Commentary with Director Olivier Megaton

“Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World” Featurette

“Making of Transporter 3” Featurette

Storyboards

Visual Effects

The Set

Theatrical Trailer

Pre-order Transporter 3 on 4K Uhd, Blu-ray and Digital combo at Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ2HRFpSUGM
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Fajr International Film Festival

36th Fajr International Film Festival announces the Winners

Closing ceremony of the 36th edition of Fajr international film festival was held in presence of Iran minister of culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, head of cinema organization Mohammad Mehdi Heidarian, festival director Reza Mir Karimi, and prominent Iranian and international cinema individuals including Oliver Stone, Reza Kianian, Oliver Montagon, and many well-known personalities. Reza Mirkarimi director of the festival delivered a short speech and said nothing could be don…

Director Oliver Stone says Iran is the heart of Middle East for me and I’m astonished by its cinema

American movie director Oliver Stone arrived in Tehran Monday morning aiming to attend the 36th edition Fajr international film festival runs April 19–27 in Tehran, Iran. Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers at Tehran University for the students craving to learn more and benefit from the knowledge and experiences of the prominent individuals.
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Demaizière and Teurlai's 'Lourdes' joins Upside Distribution slate (exclusive)

French filmmaker reveals fresh details about his Lourdes doc.

French filmmaker Thierry Demaizière has revealed fresh details about his joint work Lourdes, exploring the motivations of the millions of sick pilgrims and volunteers who flock to the French famous shrine town, which Upside Distribution launches at the Efm.

Mars Film has acquired French rights to the film, which marks Demaizière’s latest collaboration with Alban Teurlai after Reset, about Benjamin Millepied’s ill-fated tenure of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Rocco, an authorised portrait of legendary Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi.

“It came as a bit of a surprise to find ourselves making this film,” Demaizière said. “When we embarked on this film we had just come out of a documentary about the pornography world.”

He said part of the attraction to the subject was the discovery that no other feature documentary had been made about Lourdes even though there are close to six million visitors each year.

“It
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Thierry Demaizière's 'Lourdes' joins Upside Distribution slate (exclusive)

French filmmaker reveals fresh details about his Lourdes doc.

French filmmaker Thierry Demaizière has revealed fresh details about his joint work Lourdes, exploring the motivations of the millions of sick pilgrims and volunteers who flock to the French famous shrine town, which Upside Distribution launches at the Efm.

Mars Film has acquired French rights to the film, which marks Demaizière’s latest collaboration with Alban Teurlai after Reset, about Benjamin Millepied’s ill-fated tenure of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Rocco, an authorised portrait of legendary Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi.

“It came as a bit of a surprise to find ourselves making this film,” Demaizière said. “When we embarked on this film we had just come out of a documentary about the pornography world.”

He said part of the attraction to the subject was the discovery that no other feature documentary had been made about Lourdes even though there are close to six million visitors each year.

“It
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The Best Movie Action Scenes of 2017

Harrison Abbott on the best movie action scenes of 2017…

It’s that time again. That’s right, it’s time for arbitrary lists that subjectively rank the best/worst things of the year! This one is about 2017’s decent catalogue of cinematic action scenes, which means there’s likely a lot of omissions to piss you off.

With that in mind, remember to post your baffling vitriol and inexplicable anger in the comments.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Taxi Chase

Irrespective of its less-than-stellar narrative and apparent script problems, this polarising spy flick did at least confirm that Matthew Vaughn is in a league of his own when it comes to spectacle. No matter what material he’s working with, the British director can always be depended upon to pull off a killer set-piece or two. From Stardust’s inspired voodoo sword fight, to Kick-Ass’ unbelievable strobe-light rescue (and of course
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Keanu Reeves' Racing Movie Rally Car Just Made a Terrible Mistake

The Keanu-ssance is in full swing, but here's some news which could cause that upward trajectory to come to a crashing halt.

Before we get to the bad news, let's all get on the same page. We've known for months that Keanu Reeves is set to star in a China-set film racing movie called Rally Car. Here's the synopsis:

Rally Car centers on a hot-shot former champion Nascar driver (Reeves) who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high-stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the badass racer he thinks he is.

That alone might not be so terrible...the bad news is who is going to direct it.
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Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I’m started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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Keanu Reeves Will Speed In Front Of The Camera For Nascar Drama Rally Car

Keanu Reeves is in the midst of a pretty awesome comeback right now. After appearing in two of the most iconic action films of the 90s, and quite possibly of all-time, the actor didn’t have the best luck. In recent years, however, his fortunes have turned, and that’s mostly thanks to John Wick. The film saw Reeves play the titular hitman and though it didn’t do gangbusters at the box office, it became something of a cult hit and turned enough heads to warrant a sequel.

This weekend, John Wick: Chapter 2 shot its way into theaters and so far, things look promising for the flick. Reviews are very positive and though it’s going up against The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker at the box office, it should have no trouble pulling in a good chunk of change. So, where does Keanu go from here?
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Olivier Megaton Directing Keanu Reeves in Nascar Movie ‘Rally Car’

Olivier Megaton Directing Keanu Reeves in Nascar Movie ‘Rally Car’
Keanu Reeves is going to play an American Nascar driver down in the dumps. Almost a year and a half ago, the John Wick: Chapter Two star became interested in Rally, an action-comedy prominently set in China. Reeves’ character gets a second chance at greatness when he enters an international race across China. Below, learn more about the new Keanu […]

The post Olivier Megaton Directing Keanu Reeves in Nascar Movie ‘Rally Car’ appeared first on /Film.
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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2,
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Lionsgate snaps up Us rights to 'Rally Car'

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The company announced in Berlin on Thursday it had acquired Olivier Megaton’s upcoming action film to star Keanu Reeves.

Jeremy Lott wrote the screenplay to Rally Car based on a treatment by Hamel about a self-absorbed Nascar driver who teams up with a young Chinese woman in a cross-China race.

Reeves stars for Lionsgate-Summit in this weekend’s release John Wick: Chapter 2.

The film will shoot in China and the Us. Hamel and Reeves of Company Films produce with Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films.

Gary Glushon will serve as executive producer and Im Global represents international rights.

“We are thrilled to be in business once again with Keanu Reeves, who is extraordinary in the John Wick franchise, and we believe Rally Car has tremendous potential to see Keanu in action once again, this time behind a steering wheel,” said Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate.

“Jeremy has done
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