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Thriller ‘Phoenix Rises’, Rom-Com ‘Things Like This,’ Short ‘Darwin Fick’ Set Casts; Buffalo 8, Freestyle Acquisitions; More – Film Briefs

EXCLUSIVE: WWE star Natalie Eva Marie is determined to star alongside Randy Couture, Neal McDonough, feeble WWE model team champion Oleg Prudius, Bai Lin and feeble UFC Light-weight champion Rashad Evans in Phoenix Rises, an movement-thriller from Tadross Media Neighborhood, Bulldog Brothers Entertainment and director Daniel Zirilli that has entered production in Miami.

Tadross Media Neighborhood; Bulldog Brothers Entertainment

Phoenix Rises facilities on Fiona “Phoenix” Grant (Marie), a U.S. Military veteran Sergeant who’s instructing hand-to-hand fight talents in Afghanistan when she receives phrase that her father, Everett Grant (Couture), a prominent security specialist, has been killed in Florida. The police picture says it was suicide, nonetheless Fiona doesn’t assume it. Encouraged to grab a leave of absence by her commanding officer (McDonough), she heads aid to the U.S. and soon learns that the prime suspect is Maxim Vasiliiev (Prudius), a ruthless native drug kingpin with an navy of mercenaries and ample real, political and industry affect to preserve him exterior the law.  Armed to the enamel, she plans to grab out Vasiliiev alongside with her bare hands, and nothing goes to stay her.

Zirilli tailored the movie from a yarn he wrote with Alexander Nistratov. Michael Tadross, Jr., Bernard Saltzman and Alexander Nistratov are producing for Tadross Media Neighborhood and Bulldog Brothers Entertainment.

Couture is repped by Gersh and Xtreme Couture Administration; McDonough by Buchwald, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman; and Evans by The Spencer Company.


EXCLUSIVE: Joey Pollari (Treasure, Simon) and Bai Ling (Wild Wild West) will spherical out the cast of Issues Delight in This, a romantic comedy marking the characteristic directorial debut of actor Max Talisman (Natty Darkish Instances).

The movie written by Talisman tells the yarn of two guys named Zack who plunge in love amidst the chaos of Original York Metropolis. Fate looks to be to be pulling them together, if handiest they both believed in it.

(L-R) Joey Pollari, Bai Ling and Max Talisman
Luke Fontana; Private Courtesy; Tommy Flanagan

Talisman will moreover appear in the pic, with Jasmin Savoy Brown, Charlie Tahan, Eric Roberts, Dyan Cannon, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Michael D. Cohen, Santwon McCray, Willam Belli, Terry Moore, Krista Allen, Margaret Berkowitz, Matt Cullen, Jade Weber, Danny Chavarriaga, Maya Henry, Emily Rafala, Jake Reiner, Romy Reiner and Mitchell Hoog rounding out its forged.

Buzz Koenig is producing for Reverse Self-discipline Photos, with Brian McCulley for The Collective, Chavarriaga and Andrew Burrill. Jake Reiner is serving as its exec producer, with production to kick off this spring.

Pollari is repped by Pakula/King & Friends, UTA, Atlas Artists and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Ling by Sovereign Talent Neighborhood, Paradigm Artist Administration (UK) and Empire Company (Germany); and Talisman by Sovereign Talent Neighborhood, Connecting Talent Company and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.


EXCLUSIVE: Moe Jeudy-Lamour (Ted Lasso) and Samantha Robinson (As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood) hang signed on to star alongside Eve Austin and Kristin Samuelson in Darwin Fick, a rapid movie from writer, director and producer Joe Benedetto.

Darwin Fick
Trajectory Motion photos

The yarn facilities on a a legendary writer (Samuelson) plagued by writer’s block, who will get a assorted provide from a mysterious stranger (Austin). Benedetto is producing the movie through his company Trajectory Motion photos, alongside Austin and Samuelson.

Jeudy-Lamour is repped by TalentWorks and Protege Entertainment; Robinson by Gersh and Elevate Entertainment; Austin by Aligned Stars Company (Georgia) and Vamous Talento (UK); Samuelson by Marilyn’s Company (North Carolina); and Benedetto by Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz.


EXCLUSIVE: Buffalo 8 has obtained writer-director Kerry Bellessa’s fright-thriller Immanence for release on digital and VOD on February 4.

Immanence watches as a team of radio astronomers understand a mysterious signal in the deep sea that steadily is the realm’s first contact with extraterrestrials, while investigating a meteor strike in the Bermuda Triangle.

Buffalo 8

After witnessing rather a couple of impossible phenomena, the team turns into cheerful that one thing is attempting to focus on with them. Aboard their boat is Jonah (Michael Sea whisk), a loner with a mysterious past and cryptic motives. His religion leads him to counsel that this communication would be a manifestation of divinity, a hypothesis which the scientists straight reject. Soon the communications lumber from inexplicable to terrifying, threatening now not handiest the team’s beliefs, nonetheless moreover their lives. When chaos culminates in an ominous revelation that makes all people a likelihood, the team must fight for both their sanity and survival.

Kerry Bellessa penned the script with Joshua Oram and produced alongside Summer season Bellessa and Michael Sea whisk. Summer season Bellessa, Eugene Byrd, Anthony Ruivivar, Kasia Pilewicz, Asenneth Del Toro and Jamie Mcshane spherical out the cast.

The acquisition deal for Immanence was negotiated by NIkki Stier Justice on behalf of Buffalo 8. The movie’s trailer is also came upon under.


EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media has obtained worldwide rights to Carolina Rueda’s drama Oklahoma Mon Amour and North American rights to writer-director Vigil Chime’s supernatural fright pic The Touched One. The digital movie distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Neighborhood/Entertainment Studios will release both titles across VOD platforms, unveiling the feeble on February 8 and the latter on February 15.

Oklahoma Mon Amour
Freestyle Digital Media

Oklahoma Mon Amour watches as Sebastian (Richard Williams) travels by street from Oklahoma to Mexico to salvage his long-long gone brother, Nico (Arthur Dixon), sure to unveil the buried secrets that destroyed their household.

Rueda and Marcelo Rioseco penned the movie, which moreover stars David Slemmons, Kody Burns, Tatiana Rioseco, Richard Ray Whitman, Katie Williams and Sydne Grey. Pic was produced by OMA Motion photos.

The Touched One
Freestyle Digital Media

The Touched One follows Chinaza (Grace Ijeoma Aguy), a lady anointed by a sacred ram to electrify upright deeds, who goes attempting for a gang of males who did her substandard in uncover to factual them of their imperfect ways. Kenneth Okolie, Emeka Amakeze, Amechi Muonagor, Prince Nnanna Ndukwe and Clemson Cornel Agbogidi spherical out the cast of the movie produced by Chime and Overjoyed Julian Uchendu.

Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to electrify Oklahoma Mon Amour with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Motion photos, negotiating the deal for The Touched One with Chime of Breakfast Photos Entertainment and Halle Mariner at APA.

The trailers for both movies is also came upon under.


EXCLUSIVE: Closing date has the fundamental clips from Maika, a kids’s scramble movie, which made its world premiere on the Sundance Movie Competition on January 22. The Vietnamese sci-fi pic marks director Ham Tran’s first return to the fest in 15 years, on the heels of his 2006 drama Scoot from the Descend.

Private Courtesy

Maika follows 8-year-mature Hung (Phú Lại Trường), who’s grappling with the death of his mother and having set up of abode connecting to his father, when his handiest succesful friend moves away, alongside with others in his dwelling as a grasping landlord conspires to push all people out so he can promote the set up. One night time, as Hung retreats to the roof to be on my own and secret agent the night time sky, he witnesses an errant falling star hitting the ground by a lake attain his city, hopping on his bike attempting for scramble.

He arrives on the atomize set up of abode, and as an alternative of a meteor, discovers an alien girl (Diệp Anh Chu) from the planet Maika, who came attempting for her misplaced succesful friend. As Hung helps Maika salvage her succesful friend and derive aid to her dwelling, she inadvertently helps Hung compose fresh mates and mend his broken coronary heart. But likelihood lurks in every single set up, as Hung is now not the handiest one who’s conscious of of his fresh alien succesful friend…

Tin Tin, Ngọc Tưởng and   Kim Nhã Trần moreover star in the movie produced by Jenni Trang Le, Duy Ho, Anderson Le and Bao Nguyen. Quang Binh Nguyen Phan and Bich Hien Ngo Thi exec produced it, with Vi Vincent Ngo serving as its partner producer.

The fundamental clips from Maika is also came upon under.


EXCLUSIVE: Closing date moreover has the fundamental clip from Who Are You Of us, a drama from writer-director Ben Epstein that’s premiering on the Tall Movie Competition on February 5.

Endeavor Express

The movie facilities on 16-year-mature Alex (Ema Horvath), who runs some distance from boarding college, after a botched try to seduce her English teacher, to search out the organic father her mother repeatedly saved hidden and learn the darkish secret of her roots.

Devon Sawa, Yeardley Smith, Peter Parros, Siddhartha Dhananjay, Reid Miller, John Ales and Alyssa Milano spherical out its forged. Epstein, Jordan Foley, Toby Louie, and Crop Smith produced it, with Milano, Graham Moore, Yeardley Smith, Ben Cornwell, Fred Chandler, Neely Eisenstein, AJ Gordon, Irka Zazulak, Melissa Pianko and Rod Cooper exec producing. Take Nelson and Benjy Caplan served as co-producers.

Kevin Iwashina of Endeavor Express is handling sales for the movie.

Take a look at out the clip from Who Are You Of us under.


EXCLUSIVE: Passionflix has unveiled a brand fresh trailer for Tangled, a rom-com in accordance with Original York Instances bestselling writer Emma Trudge’s debut original of the identical name, which is determined to premiere on the romance-themed streaming provider on February 3.


The movie directed by Traci Hays facilities on Kate (Katherine Hughes), who refuses to plunge for playboy Drew’s (Josh Plasse) tactical talents to seduce her, making him want her some distance more.

Tangled moreover stars Cameron Jebo, Douglas Dickerman, Ruben Javier Caballero, Brittney Level, Katherine Barber, Jarrod Beck, Sailor Larocque, Kynzie Colmery, Brent McGee, Jeffrey Marshall, Jennifer Pierce Mathus, Cecilia Specht and Pamela Gold. Marcy Pocrnic handled the screenplay adaptation, with Michael Buttiglieri serving as the movie’s producer. Trudge exec produced it with Tosca Musk.

Be conscious the trailer for Tangled under.

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