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A round-up of bite-sized gossip and news from the past day

Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights along with Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, South Africa, and Scandinavia rights to the Jesse Atlas directed ”Soul Assassin” starring Emmy Award Winner® Bruce Willis (”Die Hard” franchise, ”Pulp Fiction”, ”Motherless Brooklyn”), Nomzamo Mbatha (”Coming 2 America”) and Barry Jay Minoff (”Exposure”, ”Among the Shadows”). Atlas wrote the revenge thriller alongside Aaron Wolfe, based on their short ”Let Them Die Like Lovers”. ”Soul Assassin” follows a former black-ops soldier who takes the place of a man who died as part of an experimental military program, to find out who killed him. The thriller marks the latest collaboration between Saban Films and Willis, following Chuck Russell’s recently announced ”Paradise City”, Jared Cohn’s ”Reactor”, and the recently released ”Cosmic Sin” and ”Breach”.


Quiver Distribution announced today that it has acquired ”13 Minutes”, written and directed by Lindsay Gossling in her feature directorial debut, from a story developed by Gossling and Travis Farncombe. The film’s ensemble cast includes Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz, Davi Santos, Amy Smart, Sofia Vassilieva and Paz Vega. and. It is slated for release on October 29 in select theaters and VOD. In ”13 Minutes”, the day starts out as usual for residents in the small Heartland town of Minninnewah. It’s springtime and big storms are typically no cause for concern – until the largest tornado on record threatens to ravage the town, leaving the inhabitants with only thirteen minutes to find shelter, search for their loved ones, and fight for their lives. In the wake of total devastation, four families must overcome their differences and find strength in themselves and each other in order to survive.


Two new featurettes for the upcoming “Snake Eyes”, releasing July 23, have been released by Paramount.


A new trailer for “Whirlybird”, In Theaters and On VOD August 6, has been released by Greenwich Entertainment.

Soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ‘80s and ‘90s Los Angeles, a young couple revolutionized breaking news with their brazen helicopter reporting. Culled from this news duo’s sprawling video archive is a poignant L.A. story of a family in turbulence hovering over a city unhinged.

A pioneer of helicopter reporting, Zoey Tur, along with then-wife Marika Gerrard, forever changed broadcast news with their action-packed live coverage of monumental moments in the history of L.A., including the 1992 riots and the O.J. Simpson Ford Bronco chase in 1994. This intense work delivered a needed daily dose of adrenaline for Zoey (known then as Bob) but the thousands of hours spent chasing breaking news eventually took its toll.

Through the meticulous digitization and restoration of Zoey and Marika’s sprawling video tape archive, this documentary brings to life the candid memories and reflections delivered by Zoey and Marika – as well as their kids, including their daughter, MSNBC host and author Katy Tur. In Matt Yoka’s feature debut, WHIRLYBIRD, he delivers an immersive L.A. epic through the intimate story of a relationship.


Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that Halloween Horror Nights will open again this year in Burbank and Orlando. One of the attractions will be the “Haunting of Hill House” attraction. [More…]


Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American and UK rights to ”Ida Red”, written and directed by John Swab (”Body Brokers”, ”Run with the Hunted”).  The action thriller stars Josh Harnett (Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor), Frank Grillo (Captain America and Purge Franchises, Kingdom, Wheelman) and Academy Award-winner, Melissa Leo (The Fighter, The Big Short).  The supporting cast includes: Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), William Forsythe (The Rock, The Devil’s Rejects), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Mark Boone Junior (Memento), Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys) and George “Slaine” Carroll (The Town).

The film follows Ida ‘Red’ Walker (Leo), who may not survive her 20-year prison sentence for armed robbery.  She turns to her son, Wyatt (Hartnett), for one last job and a chance to regain her freedom. The film wrapped production amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.”


Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind and Isabella Star LaBlanc have joined Paramount+’s “Pet Sematary” prequel. Lindsey Beer will direct from a script she wrote that is based on a draft by Jeff Buhler. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce. [More…]


Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan will co-write and executive produce a TV pilot for Netflix based on Boom! Studios comic “Something is Killing the Children”. [More…]


Greta Gerwig will direct the Margot Robbie-starring film based on Mattel’s “Barbie”. [More…]


“24” alum Kiefer Sutherland will play play President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposite previously cast Gillian Anderson (as Eleanor) in Showtime’s upcoming anthology series “The First Lady”. [More…]


John Boyega has stepped in for Jonathan Majors on the film “892”, the story of a Marine war veteran who faces mental and emotional challenges when he tries to reintegrate back into civilian life. [More…]


New “Indiana Jones 5” set photos seemingly confirm the rumoured storyline involving a 1960’s race to space. [More…]


Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Justin Chambers will play Marlon Brando in “The Offer”, the behind-the-scenes story of the making of “The Godfather”. [More…]


Amazon has announced a sequel to the smash hit “The Tomorrow War”, with star Chris Pratt and director Chris McKay expected to return. [More…]


HBO has released a new image from “And Just Like That…”, the “Sex and the City” revival that that has begun production in New York City.

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A new trailer for STX Films’ “Queenpins”, in theaters September 10, has been released.

Inspired by a true story, QUEENPINS is an outrageous comedy about a bored and frustrated suburban homemaker, Connie (Kristen Bell) and her best pal JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), a vlogger with dreams, who turn a hobby into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. After firing off a letter to the conglomerate behind a box of cereal gone stale, and receiving an apology along with dozens of freebies, the duo hatch an illegal coupon club scheme that scams millions from mega-corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers. On the trail to total coupon dominance, a hapless Loss Prevention Officer (Paul Walter Hauser) from the local supermarket chain joins forces with a determined U.S. Postal Inspector (Vince Vaughn) in hot pursuit of these newly-minted “Queenpins” of pink collar crime.

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