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Lifetime Orders 2 Movies: ‘Abduction Of Mary Stauffer’ Starring Alyson Hannigan & ‘Saving Alex’

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Lifetime Orders 2 Movies: ‘Abduction Of Mary Stauffer’ Starring Alyson Hannigan & ‘Saving Alex’
Exclusive: Lifetime has ordered two new original movies for the network’s Ripped From The Headlines fall slate, centered on true life events. They are 53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer (working title) starring Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Daphne Hoskins (The Detour); and Saving Alex (working title), starring Addison Holley (Annedroids), Ian Lake (Mary Kills People) and Sarah Booth (American Horror Story).

53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer (wt) is the harrowing true story of high school teacher Mary Stauffer (Hannigan) and her eight-year old daughter, Beth (Hoskins), who are held captive for 53 days by a former student who was obsessed with her. were forever changed when they were held at gunpoint on their way home. With their hands bound and forced into the trunk of Mary’s car, the mother and daughter were held captive by the man, Ming Sen Shiue, who Mary later discovered was
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Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg's entertaining true life account of a chapter in the Cold War concerns a crucial negotiation by a brave attorney (Tom Hanks) who goes way out on a limb in East Berlin. Hopefully I'm not alone feeling the same 'narrative undertow' in the storytelling style -- the movie works, but it's also aggravating. Bridge of Spies Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Touchstone 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 141 min. / Street Date February 2, 2016 / 39.99 Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Mikhail Gorevoy, Sebastian Koch, Burghart Kalussner. Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Film Editor Michael Kahn Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg Directed by Steven Spielberg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Steven Spielberg doing a genre movie is usually good news, and if you discount Forrest Gump most everybody has fond memories of Tom Hanks. A
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Bridge Of Spies review “Spielberg’s best since Schindler’s List”

Bridge Of Spies review: An intelligent, involving, and profoundly inspirational film. Bridge Of Spies review

It’s been a while since we saw a truly great Steven Spielberg film; arguably the last one being Munich. There’s been plenty of good (The Terminal), and very good (Saving Private Ryan) and one atrocious (a fourth outing for a certain archaeologist), but as far as Bridge Of Spies goes, this is Spielberg’s best since Schindler’s List. With such a diverse career, spanning all periods and genres, it’s quite the claim, but one that is justified in the sheer excellence of everything and everyone present on screen in his fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks.

Set in 1957, the film starts with one of the most memorable openings of recent years; a tense, almost dialogue free sequence that follows Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). He paints, gives suspicious looks, goes out for a walk,
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Dracula is Working for the Nazis in Fangs of War 3D: First Poster

Fangs of War aka Fangs of War 3D continues to develop and now a movie poster has been released for this World War II thriller. Jim Donovan ("Human Prey") will direct this tale of vampires and immortality. The story follows a squad of special forces as they try to intervene in the Nazi's scheme to extract everlasting life from Count Dracula. Stake in hand, they will deliver death once and for all to this creature of the night. But will they get there in time?

Fangs of War will star Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break"), Celina Jade (Legendary Assassin) and Tom Felton. 2013 will be a battle of wills between forces of the supernatural and the silly mortals who get in the way.

Director: Jim Donovan.

Writer: Geoffrey Gunn.

Cast: Dominic Purcell, Tom Felton, Celina Jade, and Gabreiel Freilich.

*Celina Jade will play Anna Van Helsing.

**Dominic Purcell starred in another Nazi
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Slick Poster for the Vampires in WWII Flick Fangs of War

We’ve had zombies, all manner of supernatural shenanigans, demons, and now, vampires in a World War II setting. Except director Jim Donovan’s “Fangs of War”, from a script by Geoffrey Gunn, seems to be more of a “re-envisioning” of the Bram StokerDracula” tale, but with, you know, WWII and Nazis. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like fun times to me. The film doesn’t have a cast yet, and is still not in production (kinda hard to do without a cast, ahem), but it’s already whipped itself up a promo teaser poster and a lengthy synopsis for those interested: The Year Is 1944.The Nazi Supernatural Division has taken Castle Dracula and set up a secret lab there with one purpose and one purpose only: unlock the secret behind the legendary Count Dracula’s immortality. The Allies however aren’t blind to the Nazi’s ambition,
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Sales Art For 'Fangs Of War' Promises Nazis, Vampires, Puns

Sales Art For 'Fangs Of War' Promises Nazis, Vampires, Puns
Fangs of War is now in pre-production. The film re-imagines Bram Stoker's classic during World War II, where the Nazis and Allies vie for control of Count Dracula and his legendary powers. Now the pic has some sales art to accompany its final financing push. The Director of the film Jim Donovan (Provocateur, Pure) with the original screenplay written by up-and-coming, Canadian born Geoffrey Gunn (Siren). Visual effects will be done by in-demand Rocket Science VFX in Toronto (Resident Evil Extinction, Resident Evil Afterlife 3D, Saw 3D, Land Of The Dead, Name Of The King, Whiteout, Slither, Game Plan) and stunt choreography will be designed by Jennifer Phillips...
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Cut Your Teeth on New Fangs of War Sales Art

World War II and Dracula. Two things that go together like Rankin and Bass, peanut butter and jelly, me and my profound curiosity as to why men have nipples. Either way, we've got some nifty new sales art for ya!

Canadian director Jim Donovan is directing this reimagining of Stoker’s vampire myth called Fangs of War from a script by Geoffrey Gunn. Stealth Media Group will be representing the film at the 2012 Berlin Film Market. Shooting is expected to begin this June. More soon!

Synopsis

The year is 1944. The Nazi Supernatural Division has taken Castle Dracula and set up a secret lab there with one purpose and one purpose only: unlock the secret behind the legendary Count Dracula’s immortality.

The Allies, however, aren’t blind to the Nazis’ ambition, thanks to their man behind enemy lines, Oss agent Rm Renfield. But when Renfield goes dark in Transylvania, it
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First Look at the Promo Art for WWII Dracula Re-Telling Fangs of War

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With the European Film Market approaching in Berlin, we have been sent a first look at the art for Fangs of War, a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that sets the story's events in the middle of World War II.  Jim Donovan is directing and currently casting.  Siren's Geoffrey Gunn penned the script.

The film re-imagines Bram Stoker's classic title as a World War II tale, where the Nazis and Allies vie for control of Count Dracula and his legendary powers.  Inside, you'll find the art and a full synopsis.

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World War II Nazis Hunt for Dracula’s Power In Fangs Of War

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It’s no secret that Hitler was into the occult. This premise has allowed for many a supernatural story to emerge. The Nazis want everything supernatural. They want the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the key to demons of another plane in Hellboy, the power of the Witchblade, the Scroll of the Ultimate in Bulletproof Monk, Werewolf Women of the S.S.(nuff said),… the list goes on and now, they seek the secret to immortality!

ShockTillYouDrop reports that Stealth Media Group is presenting a project called Fangs of War to the 2012 Berlin Film Market. Fangs of War is a re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a World War II context “where the Nazis and Allies vie for control of Count Dracula and his legendary powers.” Jim Donovan (Provacateur, Pure) is set to direct a script by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren).

Synopsis:

The Year Is
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'Fangs of War' A World War II Dracula Tale

'Fangs of War' A World War II Dracula Tale
London and La based Stealth Media Group will introduce at Berlin Fangs of War, which re-imagines Bram Stoker's classic during World War II, where the Nazis and Allies vie for control of Count Dracula and his legendary powers. The Director of the film Jim Donovan (Provocateur, Pure) with the original screenplay written by up-and-coming, Canadian born Geoffrey Gunn (Siren). Visual effects will be done by in-demand Rocket Science VFX in Toronto (Resident Evil Extinction, Resident Evil Afterlife 3D, Saw 3D, Land Of The Dead, Name Of The King, Whiteout, Slither, Game Plan) and stunt choreography will be designed by Jennifer Phillips (Underworld: Awakening, Thor, Salt, Twilight: Eclipse, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 300). Producers are looking to roll cameras June 2012 in Eastern Europe with post in Toronto, Canada. Delivery is planned for Early Quarter 2013. Check out a long synopsis inside.
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Dracula to Show His Fangs of War

We've seen many various retellings, reimaginings, and retreads of the famed tale of Dracula, which was originally penned by the legendary Bram Stoker. Everything from cartoons to pornos, but now? Now the original fanged fiend goes to war!

According to Screen Daily, Canadian director Jim Donovan is set to direct a reimagining of Stoker’s vampire myth called Fangs of War. Donovan will direct from a script by Geoffrey Gunn. Stealth Media Group will be representing the film at the 2012 Berlin Film Market. Shooting is expected to begin this June. More soon!

Synopsis

The year is 1944. The Nazi Supernatural Division has taken Castle Dracula and set up a secret lab there with one purpose and one purpose only: unlock the secret behind the legendary Count Dracula’s immortality.

The Allies, however, aren’t blind to the Nazis’ ambition, thanks to their man behind enemy lines, Oss agent Rm Renfield. But
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Dracula Re-Imagined as World War II Story Fangs of War

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London and La based Stealth Media Group is going to introduce a new project to buyers at the 2012 Berlin Film Market entitled Fangs of War.  Jim Donovan (ProvocateurPure) will direct from a script by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren).  Shooting is expected to begin this June.

The film re-imagines Bram Stoker's classic title as a World War II tale, where the Nazis and Allies vie for control of Count Dracula and his legendary powers. The film is being set up as a Canadian, Chinese, German Co-production produced by Ken Nakamura, of The Nakamura Group Advantage Inc. out of Canada,  Jan Fantl of Seaside Pictures/ Cine-Plus  out of Germany and Fang Yi Ning and Nicholas Peng of Cfi Film Fund out of China, where Emei Film Group will also handle Chinese distribution.

Here's a synopsis to chew on until then...

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3 saisons (2009)

Sometimes, urban dramas try to have so much sub plots that it becomes next to impossible to make a link between them. However, this isn't the case with Jim Donovan's lovely film 3 saisons, which takes place in Montreal. The film owes its quality not only to the cast's performance, but also to the way Donovan links 3 saisons's three different sub-plots.First of all, Carmine (Romano Orzari), a wealthy publicist, and Sasha (Caroline Néron), an actress stuck in playing in commercials, know that they want a child. The news that Sasha is pregnant should elate the couple. Unfortunately, behind their image of a happy couple, Carmine and Sasha might divorce. Besides, Sasha contemplates aborting her child, because she feels that Carmine cheats on her.

Secondly, Justine and Seb, two vagrants who like "freedom", live in the streets of Montreal. While he learns that Justine is pregnant, Seb tells her that
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Winners at the 30th Genie Awards

Yesterday, the Genie Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Oscars for those who don't know, were handed out. This year, Polytechnique dominated the Genie Awards and even took the award for Best Motion Picture. However, the presentation of the award on TV and on webcast was too short. Besides, it wasn't a live presentation and not all the awards were shows on TV/webcast. Second Besides: When will a TV network (and not some cable network that few Canadians have) broadcast the Genie Awards? Anyway, without further ado, here's the presentation of the winners.

1. Best Motion Picture

* 3 saisons.

* Before Tomorrow.

* Fifty Dead Men Walking.

* Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

* [Winner] Polytechnique.

2. Achievement in Direction:

* Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu for Before Tomorrow.

* Kari Skogland - Fifty Dead Men Walking.

* Charles Officer - Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

* [Winner] Denis Villeneuve - Polytechnique.

* Bruce McDonald - Pontypool.

3. Best Original Screenplay:

* Atom Egoyan - Adoration.

* Émile Gaudreault and Ian Lauzon - De père en flic
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Genie Awards 2010 Nominations

Maxim Gaudette in Polytechnique The 30th Genie Awards will take place Monday, April 12 at Toronto’s Guvernment / Kool Haus Entertainment Complex. Best Motion Picture 3 saisons – Maude Bouchard, Jim Donovan, Sandy Martinez, Bruno Rosato Before Tomorrow – Stephane Rituit Fifty Dead Men WalkingShawn Williamson, Stephen Hegyes, Peter La Terriere, Kari Skogland Nurse.Fighter.BoyIngrid Veninger Polytechnique – Maxime Remillard, Don Carmody Best Feature Length Documentary A Hard NameKristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon, Alan Zweig Les Dames En Bleu / Ladies In Blue – Claude Demers Inside Hana’s Suitcase – Larry Weinstein, Rudolf Biermann, Jessica Daniel Prom Night In MississippiPatricia Aquino, Paul Saltzman Rip: A Remix ManifestoMila Aung-Thwin, Kat Baulu, Brett Gaylor, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong Achievement [...]
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30th Genie Awards: Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique Leads Canada's Oscars Noms

It's one of those years where the great Atom Egoyan's contribution to cinema is totally insignificant (Adoration received 2 noms) and where Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique, in my books the best Canadian film of the year, grabbed the high count total of eleven nominations for the 30th Genie Awards. - It's one of those years where the great Atom Egoyan's contribution to cinema is totally insignificant (Adoration received 2 noms) and where Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique, in my books the best Canadian film of the year, grabbed the high count total of eleven nominations for the 30th Genie Awards. What is somewhat odd is how Canada's most internationally celebrated film in I Killed My Mother (J'ai tue ma mere) from Xavier Dolan receive not one single vote, a crime when you consider the textured writing, fluid cinematography and the brilliant performance from Anne Dorval - who plays the neurotic mother
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Nominations at the 30th Genie Awards

This morning, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Acct) had announced the nominees for the 30th Genie Awards. For those who don't know, this is the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars. This year, the leader in the race is Polytechnique with 11 nominations. Moreover, the winners will be announced on April 12, 2010.

1. Best Motion Picture

* 3 saisons.

* Before Tomorrow.

* Fifty Dead Men Walking.

* Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

* Polytechnique.

2. Achievement in Direction:

* Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu for Before Tomorrow.

* Kari Skogland - Fifty Dead Men Walking.

* Charles Officer - Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

* Denis Villeneuve - Polytechnique.

* Bruce McDonald - Pontypool.

3. Best Original Screenplay:

* Atom Egoyan - Adoration.

* Émile Gaudreault and Ian Lauzon - De père en flic (Father and Guns).

* Charles Officer and Ingrid Veninger - Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

* Jacques Davidts - Polytechnique.

* David Bezmozgis - Victoria Day.

4. Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Susan Avingaq and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu - Before Tomorrow.

* Kari Skogland - Fifty Dead Men Walking.
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