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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Other Lamb’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘The Other Lamb’
Movies about religious cults used to be a relatively rare occurrence. They’ve grown more frequent of late, however, surely sending up some kind of emergency flare to illuminate disturbing general cultural trends. “The Other Lamb” is just one of several such films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, and as the English-language debut of Polish helmer Malgorzata Szumowska may have the best shot among them at finding a substantial audience beyond the festival circuit.

Still, this often visually striking tale of an all-female cult in thrall to its lone-male leader is very much art-house fare — slowly paced, terse with character and narrative insight. In the end, the director and screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen don’t really seem to be saying anything more complicated than the basic notion that blind submission to a patriarch is bad news for women, children and probably men as well. Still, the film’s
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Cannes: Real-Life Drama ‘Chinese Pilot’ Flown to Market by Distribution Workshop

  • Variety
Sales agent and producer Distribution Workshop has picked up international sales duties on “The Chinese Pilot,” an action drama that is expected to be one of the biggest Chinese films of this year. Sales begin this week on the margins of the Cannes Film Festival.

The film employs Hong Kong’s Andrew Lau as director, and Zhang Hanyu as civilian pilot Captain Liu Chuanjian.

The film is a cinematic portrayal of one of the most miraculous emergency landings in contemporary Chinese aviation history. The incident happened this time last year, after the windshield of a Sichuan Airlines A319 plane shattered in flight at 32,000 feet above the Tibetan Plateau. The plane lost much of its automated controls and caused the cabin to depressurize.

The co-pilot was partially sucked out of the plane and was saved only by his seat belt. Liu managed to regain control of the plane, flying solo with only manual controls,
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Young & Hungry Spinoff: Ashley Tisdale to Star in New Freeform Comedy — Plus, Misfits Adaptation in the Works

Young & Hungry Spinoff: Ashley Tisdale to Star in New Freeform Comedy — Plus, Misfits Adaptation in the Works
Freeform is hungry for more Logan Rawlings.

The network on Thursday announced that it’s developing a spinoff of Young & Hungry, which will follow Ashley Tisdale‘s spunky lesbian character as she sets out on a new, to-be-determined path. In addition to executive-producing Young & Hungry, Tisdale has also appeared in two episodes.

RelatedPost Mortem: Shadowhunters Boss Talks Jace’s Dark Future, New Characters in Season 2

Of course, Tisdale’s spinoff is just one of many(!) new series in development at the network. Read on for a full rundown of everything else Freeform has in the pipe:

* Later Bitches,
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Directors Andrew Lau And Andrew Loo Talk Revenge Of The Green Dragons

Based on actual crimes committed by the Chinatown gangs of late 1980s, Revenge of the Green Dragons is a gritty, real-life nightmare.  I chatted with co-directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Young and Dangerous) and Andrew Loo about partnering with executive producer Martin Scorsese and the challenges of bringing the Green Dragons back to the streets of New York City. The Lady Miz Diva:  What brought this story to your attention? Andrew Loo:  After we finished The Flock with Richard Gere, we decided at that point there was an opportunity to collaborate together on an English-language coproduction that Green Dragons helps define.  We were approached a pair of producers in New York who optioned the article, Revenge of the Green Dragons, by Frederick Dannen. So they...

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Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga

Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is no surprise considering he famously remade Lau’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs as The Departed (2006). Featuring a gritty period portrait of gangland warfare in New Your City, it’s clearly the sort of material that Scorsese seems to be attracted to, and thematically, one could even say there are influences of titles like Mean Streets (1973) or Goodfellas (1990) in the mix, with slight homages here and there. But the similiarites are only skin deep. This saga, which is actually based on fact, feels too zany and forthright, any realistic human elements crushed beneath its predilection for exaggerated, dramatic performances and hyperviolence.

In 1983 Flushing, a young boy, Sonny, crosses into the Us without parents. Snakehead Mama (Eugenia Yuan), head of a Chinese
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Review: Revenge of the Green Dragons (Tiff 2014)

  • JoBlo
Plot: In the late-eighties/early nineties, a violent gang of Chinese immigrants take the NYC underworld by storm, building up an empire focused on drug smuggling and human trafficking. Review: Revenge Of The Green Dragons is one of the few Tiff movies that . for me . has not lived up to my expectations. While his first American movie, The Flock, wasn't any good, director Andrew Lau (who co-directed this with writer Andrew Loo) has a long and accomplished career as a Hong Kong director,...
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Syfy adapting Frank Miller’s Ronin and Oni Press’ Letter 44

Syfy is looking to capitalise on the comic book craze, with the network snapping up the rights to Frank Miller’s DC Comics limited series Ronin, as well as Oni Press’ ongoing political space drama Letter 44, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

The network is currently searching for a writer for Ronin, with the site reporting that the miniseries will “take place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. He awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic New York in the body of Billy, a medical experiment. Now Billy/Ronin is chasing the demon, which has reawakened. Both parties want control of a sword with magical properties and will stop at nothing to get it back.”

Letter 44 is being eyed as an ongoing drama series, with Eric Gitter (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Peter Schwerin (The Flock) and Rene Echevarria (Terra Nova) executive producing and
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Syfy Developing Robert Kirkman’s Clone TV Series

At last year’s Comic-Con, it was revealed that a deal had been sealed with Universal Television to develop a TV series based on Clone, one of Robert Kirkman’s latest comic book series. We haven’t heard much since then, but Syfy just announced that a number of original programming projects, including Clone, are part of their upcoming development slate:

“New York – April 30, 2014 – Building on the momentum of Syfy’s growing slate of cutting edge, provocative original programming, Syfy today announced it was developing adaptations of the graphic novels Clone, from Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Letter 44, from Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3), as well as the popular novels The Magicians, based on the book series by Lev Grossman.

New Scripted Series Development

Clone – Based on the best-selling graphic novel. When retired soldier Luke Taylor investigates a break-in at his house, he never expected who the burglar
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Syfy Announces Several New Book/Graphic Novel Adaptations in Development

Building on its original programming, Syfy has announced several new projects in development, including adaptations of works by Frank Miller and Jonathan Mostow, a series from "The Walking Dead's" Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, plus the return of "Supernatural's" Sera Gamble!

From the Press Releases:

Syfy will develop as longform programming (i.e., miniseries) "Pax Romana," Jonathan Hickman’s graphic novel about a time traveling clash of ages and arms, and "Ronin," based on Frank Miller’s (300) comic book series about an avenging samurai.

"Pax Romana" is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Their destination: Ancient Rome. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks, and soldiers while thought-provoking themes are explored as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization. Writers: Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia ("Jericho,
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Arbitrage Review

Director: Nicholas Jarecki

Starring: Richard Gere, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Susan Sarandon, Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta.

Running Time: 107 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

I’ve always felt Richard Gere is an often undervalued actor. This is probably due to his links as the stereotypical romantic lead in the likes of An Officer And A Gentlemen, Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. After those huge box-office hits left the ladies swooning, it’s easy to forget his superb roles in Terrence Malick’s Days Of Heaven, Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo and my own personal favourite, the sadistic corrupt police officer, Dennis Peck, in Mike Figgis’ twisted cop thriller, Internal Affairs. Arbitrage sees Gere back in those, latter, murkier worlds and he’s all the better
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Martin Scorsese to Executive Produce Andrew Lau's Revenge of the Green Dragons

Martin Scorsese to Executive Produce Andrew Lau's Revenge of the Green Dragons
Martin Scorsese has signed on to executive produce director Andrew Lau new crime drama Revenge of the Green Dragons. Both filmmakers have a history together, of sorts, but this will be their first time directly working together. Andrew Lau directed the Chinese blockbuster Infernal Affairs, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's English-language thriller The Departed.

Michael Di Jiacomo wrote the screenplay for Revenge of the Green Dragons, based on an article in The New Yorker that centers on the Chinese-American underworld in New York City. The story revolves around two Chinese immigrants who are working their way up the ladder in the Green Dragons gang. They are faced with a moral dilemma when one of their associates has an affair with a high-ranking leader in the gang.

Im Global's genre division Octane is financing the project, with Stuart Ford, Allen Bain, Ara Katz, and Jesse Scolaro producing. Martin Scorsese
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Production Is Underway! New Image, Synopsis and Casting Details for Riddick

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a new photo of Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick in some Necro-style armor and goggles on the set of director David Twohy‘s forthcoming installment in the Riddick franchise.

Now, not only do we have a new image of Riddick during production, we also have a full press release announcing the start of production that includes a full synopsis for the film and details on the now fleshed out cast. Check it all out below!

Press Release:

Universal Pictures And One Race Films Begin Principal Photography On The Sci-fi Thriller Riddick, Starring Vin Diesel Long-Awaited Third Chapter in the Saga Starts Production in Montreal

Montreal, Feb. 3, 2012 – Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga
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Riddick (2013): Official Plot Synopsis and Character List

Riddick Plot Synopsis, Character List. The official plot synopsis and character list for Riddick (2013) answers who is in the David Twohy directed film, what characters they play, and the structure of the film. Riddick will star Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Nolan Gerard Funk, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Nable, Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Conrad Pla, and Keri Hilson.

The official Riddick plot synopsis:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by
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Riddick Has Officially Begun Filming

Riddick officially began filming today. So far, we have seen a number of images from Vin Diesel, but today we have confirmation that filming is underway. Universal, One Race Films, and Radar Pictures has released an official announcement that includes story details and casting news.

Here is the official press release:

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead
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Filming starts in Montreal on Vin Diesel's Riddick

Following a series of set pictures of Vin Diesel in costume, cameras today started rolling today on his latest project Riddick.

It's the third film in the franchise in which he plays the antihero title character: "A dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy."

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography had begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller which was earlier known by the more cumbersome title The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking.

The new film follows 2000's hit Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick and reunites Diesel with writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive).

Here's the official synopsis of the film:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered.
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Vin Diesel Looks Awesome in Bloody New Image from the Set of Riddick with Official Synopsis

  • HeyUGuys
In the past few weeks, Vin Diesel has treated us to the great first and second images of himself on the set of the upcoming third instalment in the Riddick series, Riddick. Continuing his kind stance of sharing the project with us every step of the way (all of which you can catch up on here), he’s treated us to the third image from the set, and it’s a great one.

Giving us a close-up of his face, we can see him wearing his trademark goggles from the first two films, Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, lying close to the ground, and looking pretty roughed up.

Writer-director David Twohy is returning behind the camera for the third film, which has been in development for many years. Collider also have the official updated synopsis for the film, which you can read in full beneath the great new image.
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Universal Pictures & One Race Films Begin Principal Photography On Riddick Starring Vin Diesel

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
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Riddick Filming Officially Announced: Full Cast List and New Plot Details

  • DailyDead
Universal Pictures has officially announced that principal photography has begun on Riddick. Included in the press release is an updated plot synopsis and confirmation of the main cast:

Montreal, Feb. 3, 2012: Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators
See full article at DailyDead »

Riddick Officially Announces Start of Production

Riddick Officially Announces Start of Production
Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast & Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
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[Review] The Double

  • The Film Stage
Richard Gere is making it awfully hard to admire his late-in-the-career try at new, exciting roles. Whether it’s playing an ambitious, reckless photojournalist in the sloppy The Hunting Party, a violent Public Safety officer in the grotesque, and grotesquely by-the-numbers, thriller The Flock or even the hardened cop-turned-hero in Antoine Fuqua‘s melodramatic Brooklyn’s Finest, it seems the cinematic world has passed the once-heartthrob on by. And so it is with The Double, screenwriter Michael Brandt‘s directorial debut, another choice by Gere, that at one time perhaps felt brave, feels tired and standard. Not unlike peer Kevin Costner (and Harrison Ford for that matter), either the material is no longer there for the stars they once were, or they no longer have the drive to broaden horizons and take real risks.

The Double tells the story of Paul Shepherdson (Gere), a recently retired, world-weary spy who’s
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