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Frank Grillo, Maggie Q to Star in Thriller ‘Cutman’ (Exclusive)

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Frank Grillo, Maggie Q to Star in Thriller ‘Cutman’ (Exclusive)
Frank Grillo and Maggie Q will star in “Cutman,” a dramatic thriller directed by Michael Mailer and written by Tiffany Heath.

Grillo will play an over-the-hill boxer who begins working as the muscle for a local gangster. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a young girl whose mother is a heroin addict (Maggie Q).

Michael Mailer Films will produce in partnership with Bluegrass Pictures, Digital Ignition Entertainment and Tremendous Entertainment. The producers include Mailer, Joel Shapiro, Scott Kluge and Alessandro Penazzi, and the executive producers are Angela Ceccio, Michael Clofine and Jeff Elliott.

Jason Sutter’s new sales division at Brickell and Broadbridge will represent international sales for the movie.

Grillo launched the production company Warparty with director Joe Carnahan in 2016, with the intent to option and develop material from a variety of sources, and produce between three to five films per year. The shingle’s inaugural film,
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Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Guns Akimbo, Starring Samara Weaving and Daniel Radcliffe

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Following its recent premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and screening at Fantastic Fest, it has been announced that Guns Akimbo, starring Samara Weaving and Daniel Radcliffe, and directed by Deathgasm's Jason Lei Howden, has been acquired by Saban Films for North American release:

Press Release: Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to writer/director Jason Lei Howden’s (Deathgasm) Guns Akimbo following its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The darkly comedic action sci-fi thriller stars Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ned Dennehy. Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and Four Knights Film’s Tom Hern produced.

Guns Akimbo watches a nerdy video game developer (Radcliffe) become the next contestant in an illegal live-streamed death match, in this hilariously dark, viciously violent, and chillingly prescient sci-fi thriller.

“With gaming on the rise, Guns Akimbo
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Saban Films acquires Daniel Radcliffe sci-fi thriller 'Guns Akimbo'

Altitude Film Sales handles international rights.

Saban Films announced at Afm it has acquired North American rights to Daniel Radcliffe comedic sci-fi thriller and recent Toronto world premiere Guns Akimbo.

Jason Lei Howden wrote and directed the film about a nerdy video game developer who participates in an illegal, live-streamed death match.

Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ned Dennehy round out the key cast, and Occupant Entertainment’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino produced with Four Knights Film’s Tom Hern.

Altitude Film Sales handles international rights and Endeavor Content represented Us rights. Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba
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Shonda Rhimes Teams With iHeartMedia To Launch Shondaland Audio

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Shonda Rhimes Teams With iHeartMedia To Launch Shondaland Audio
Shonda Rhimes has conquered television and now she has her eye on the podcast world. The Emmy-nominated superproducer and writer is partnering with iHeartMedia to launch Shondaland Audio.

Rhimes is set to executive produce a new slate of iHeartRadio Originals on Shondaland Audio which will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. The agreement includes a full slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts set to release over the next three years. Rhimes will oversee development and Sandie Bailey, Chief Digital and Design Officer, will manage day-to-day operations.

“Podcasting continues to see tremendous growth and I’m excited to partner with iHeartMedia as Shondaland expands its storytelling journey into this medium which has seemed to usher in a unique sense of boldness, intimacy and connection,” said Rhimes. “With iHeartMedia we aim to share stories that are engaging, insightful, and reflect a robust world-view while staying true to the authentic storytelling voice that has become synonymous with Shondaland.
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Rlje Films Acquires North American Rights to Vfw Ahead of its Fantastic Fest World Premiere

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Before Vfw makes its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, Rlje Films has grabbed up North American rights to release the movie in theaters and VOD in early 2020. Here's the official press release:

Los Angeles, Sept. 17, 2019 – Rlje Films has acquired North American rights to the action-horror feature Vfw ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD first quarter 2020.

Written by Max Brallier (“The Last Kids on Earth”) & Matthew McArdle and directed by

Joe Begos, the film stars Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, George Wendt (“Cheers”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Travis Hammer (“Godless”), and Dora Madison (“Friday Night Lights”).

“We are so excited to work with the legendary Stephen Lang,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Rlje Films.
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Aaron Eckhart Cop Pic ‘Line Of Duty’ Picked Up By Saban Films, Sets November Release – Toronto

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Saban Films has taken U.S. rights to the Aaron Eckhart action thriller Line of Duty from Escape Plan 2 director Steven C. Miller.

The pic follows Eckhart as a disgraced cop who finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed. The film will be receiving a November theatrical release.

Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road), Dina Meyer (Saw), Breaking Bad Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito (Maze Runner franchise) and Ben McKenzie (Gotham) also star.

Line of Duty was produced by the Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel & Craig Chapman, Skip Williamson, Scott Lastaiti, Martin Sprock, Tiffany Stone, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin.

“This fast-paced thriller is action-packed and bound to captivate audiences and keep them on their toes,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said. “It’s a testament to Steven’s skills as a filmmaker, and the cast, led by Aaron, give stunning performances.
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Saban Films Pick Up Director Darren Lynn Bousman’s Horror Film Death Of Me

Saban Films has picked up the distribution rights to director Darren Lynn Bousman’s new horror film Death of Me, which stars Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth.

Bousman has directed a lot of horror movies in his career such as several Saw films (including the new one), Repo! The Genetic Opera, and The Devil’s Carnival. I’ve enjoyed watching many of his films, and this next one of his sounds like it’ll be good.

The story for the movie centers on “a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.”

Well, that sounds like fun! It’s like a satanic horror filled version of The Hangover.
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Film News Roundup: August Maturo to Star in Horror Movie ‘Slapface’

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Film News Roundup: August Maturo to Star in Horror Movie ‘Slapface’
In today’s film news roundup, August Maturo gets a starring role and “Death of Me” and “Fatale” find homes.

Casting

Girl Meets World” star August Maturo has been cast as the lead character in the upcoming indie horror feature, “Slapface.”

Maturo will play a boy who deals with the loss of his mother by creating a relationship with a dangerous monster. Jeremiah Kipp will direct.

Maturo recently starred as Daniel in Warner Bros.’ 2018 horror thriller, “The Nun,” opposite Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir.

Acquisitions

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s “Death of Me,” starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth.

Bousman directed from a script penned by Ari Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish, which centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night,
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Saban Snags Death Of Me from Saw Franchise’s Darren Lynn Bousman

Darren Lynn Bousman has been directing Saw movies for years and is currently helming Chris Rock’s reboot in Toronto. But the lauded horror maestro won’t be taking a break when that film wraps. Today brings word that his next film, Death of Me, has been acquired by Saban Films and the studio plans to release […]

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Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s Death Of Me

Death of Me, starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, is getting a theatrical release next year thanks to Saban Films. Here's the announcement from Saban Films with plot details that make this sound like the horror version of The Hangover:

Los Angeles (August 22, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s Death of Me. Starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth and from a script penned by Ari Margolis (Black Days) & James Morley III and David Tish (Blood Money).

Death of Me centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.

“Darren
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Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Death Of Me’ Lands At Saban Films

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Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s Death of Me, the horror director’s latest pic that stars Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth. It is planning a 2020 theatrical release.

The pic, penned by Ari Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish, centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.

Envision Media ArtsLee Nelson and Tish produced with Samuel Marshall ProductionsCharlie Dorfman. Executive producers are David Gilbery and Marlon Vogelgesang from financier Media Finance Capital with 13 FilmsTannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz.

13 Films will be repping foreign rights at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival with several territory deals already in the books.
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Saban Films Picks Up Maggie Q Starrer 'Death of Me'

Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to thriller mystery Death of Me, starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth.

Saw filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman directed the movie that centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with hangovers and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she's actually very much alive.

Ari Margolis, James Morley III and David Tish wrote the movie, which was produced by Envision Media Arts' Lee Nelson ...
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Iwan Rheon, Tom Cullen to star in UK thriller ‘Barbarians’ (exclusive)

Iwan Rheon, Tom Cullen to star in UK thriller ‘Barbarians’ (exclusive)
The cast also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno, Conor Swindells, Will Kemp, and Tommy McDonnell.

Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) have been signed to star in UK thriller Barbarians, which started shooting this week in Surrey and is the feature directing debut of Charlie Dorfman, who also wrote the script.

The cast also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Affair), newcomer Ines Spiridonov, Conor Swindells (Sex Education), Will Kemp (Reign), and Tommy McDonnell (Starred Up).

Rheon, Cullen and Swindells were Screen Stars of Tomorrow in 2010, 2011 and 2017 respectively.

Director Dorfman has worked as an executive producer on the
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Alex Essoe To Co-Star In Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Death Of Me’

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Alex Essoe To Co-Star In Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Death Of Me’
Exclusive: Alex Essoe, who just booked a role playing Danny Torrance’s mother in Warner BrosThe Shining continuation Doctor Sleep, has landed another cool genre part. She has been set to co-star opposite Luke Hemsworth and Maggie Q in Death of Me, the new Darren Lynn Bousman-directed psychological thriller penned by Ari Margolis & James Morley III and David Tish.

The film is set on an exotic island where a couple (Hemsworth and Maggie Q) on holiday wake up with no recollection of what transpired the night before. They find a video that shows them as willing participants in a ritual that inexplicably ends with him murdering her.

Essoe, whose credits include Midnighters and Starry Eyes, plays Samantha, the owner of the Airbnb who aids the couple’s search for the truth.

Production just got underway in Thailand on Death of Me, with Envision Media ArtsLee Nelson and
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Radar Pictures Putting a Spell on Theatres

Voodoo. You know it. You love it. You need more movies with it in them. Thankfully that's exactly what's on the way as Radar Pictures has come onboard to produce horror-thriller Spell from the writing team of Ari Margolis and James Morley III.

According to Variety Spell centers on a young couple who wake up with no memory of the first night of their tropical vacation. As they piece together the events of the night before, they discover they were the victims of a sadistic voodoo ritual, spurring a desperate quest for a cure for the horrific illness now afflicting them.

Margolis and Morley have previously written and directed Black Days, nominated for the grand jury prize at Slamdance. They are currently attached to direct supernatural thriller The Dead of Winter, which they also wrote.

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'Spell' Pits Couple in Middle of Voodoo Ritual

Radar Pictures has come onboard to produce horror-thriller Spell, from the writing team of Ari Margolis and James Morley III, says Variety. " 'Spell' centers on a young couple who wake up with no memory of the first night of their tropical vacation. As they piece together the events of the night before, they discover they were the victims of a sadistic voodoo ritual, spurring a desperate quest for a cure for the horrific illness now afflicting them." Margolis and Morley have previously written and directed Black Days, nominated for the grand jury prize at Slamdance. They are currently attached to direct supernatural thriller The Dead of Winter, which they also wrote.
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