The pandemic-fueled national revival of the classic American drive-in movie theater continues, and even the dense Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood is getting into the act.
Arena Cinelounge Sunset is backing the Arena Cinelounge Drive-in Hollywood. The venue will be located behind the landmark Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood at 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue, and plans to be open seven days a week.
The first screening will bow on Dec. 1, 2020 with Wander, a thriller starring Aaron Eckhart, Katheryn Winnick, Heather Graham, Roger Dorman and Tommy Lee Jones.
“Our aim is to bring the same bespoke charisma Arena Cinelounge is known for as an independent theater to the Drive-In experience,” owner Christian Meoli told NBC News. “We’re excited to be exhibiting and curating again and look forward to continuing to offer audiences new, classic and culturally relevant content.”
Other films on the schedule include the documentary The Weather Underground from 2002 and Breach, starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane.
Art installations, laser light shows by DJ Lino Meoli, and popcorn are also on the drive-in menu. Admission is $40 per car, which covers up to five movie-goers). Masks are required if you need to leave your vehicle.
Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try to save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined.
That’s the plot of The Comeback Trail, which has its official trailer out and a theatrical release scheduled for Friday, November 13. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, Emile Hirsch, Eddie Griffin and Kate Katzman star.
Directed by George Gallo, and written by Gallo and Josh Posner, the film is produced by Phil Kim, Patrick Hibler, Joy Sirott Hurwitz, Julie Lott Gallo, Richard Salvatore and David E. Ornston. The distributor is Cloudburst Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has acquired North American rights to conspiracy thriller Wander starring Aaron Eckhart (Midway), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Heather Graham (Desperados) and Oscar-winner winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men).
The completed film follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.
April Mullen (Below Her Mouth) directed the feature from a script by Tim Doiron (88). Mullen and Doiron also produced with VMI Worldwide’s Andre Relis, Verdi Productions’ Chad A. Verdi, Don Kee Productions’ Jason Allison, Aloe Entertainment’s Mary Aloe, Falconer Picture’s Douglas Falconer and James Van Der Woerd.
Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban Films with Steve Break along with VMI Worldwide’s J.D. Beaufils.
Executive producers are VMI Worldwide’s J.D. Beaufils, Verdi Productions’ Michelle Verdi and Chad A. Verdi Jr., Don Kee Productions’ Michael S. Smith and Franchesca Lantz, Tamer Abaza, Jeffrey Bohn, Angie Pack, Charles Saikaley, Siren Studios’ Craig Chapman, Roger Dorman, Circle 4 Entertainment’s Adam Falkoff, Phoenicia Pictures’ Ameer Fawaz and Christelle Conan from Ingenious Media whom provided funding.
Saban’s Bill Bromiley said: “The whole cast brings heart and soul to this gripping thriller. It is a fun ride seeing Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones in these respective roles; we’re honored to be working with April Mullen on this achievement.”
Director Mullen added: “I’m thrilled to be working with Saban on releasing Wander to the masses. The film honors all the silent warriors who persevere and fight for the light through the darkest of circumstances.”
Saban recently announced that it is entering the UK market via a partnership with Altitude Media Group. Upcoming on the company’s slate are Dennis Dugan’s Love, Weddings & Other Disasters starring Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons; Jamie Babbit’s The Stand-In with Drew Barrymore in a dual lead role; John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis; and Twist with Michael Caine, Lena Headey and Rita Ora.
This article is from: https://deadline.com/2020/09/aaron-eckhart-tommy-lee-jones-wander-saban-films-north-america-1234575793/
EXCLUSIVE: Domestic rights for the George Gallo directed Robert De Niro comedy The Comeback Trail have been scooped up by Cloudburst Entertainment for a Nov. 13 wide release. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones star.
The second teaming between De Niro and Gallo since the 1988 action comedy Midnight Run, which the latter wrote, follows Max Barber (De Niro) and his partner Walter (Zach Braff) who play down-and-out B-Movie producers who find themselves in trouble with mob boss Reggie Fontaine (Morgan Freeman). To save himself and Walter, Barber has to sell the only great script he’s ever had to his former intern and, now, A-Movie producer, James Moore (Emile Hirsch). On the first day of shooting Moore’s lead actor dies in a stunt accident and lets him cash in on a huge insurance policy. That gives Barber an idea to do the same. They take a horrible script called The Oldest Gun In The West and hire a washed-up cowboy actor, Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) to play the lead. Known for doing his own stunts during his prime, Montana is poised for an early demise allowing Barber to get away with his get-rich-quick scam. Only one problem…nobody told Montana. Eddie Griffin also stars the Gallo
“The Comeback Trail is the perfect film for the holidays. It will get America laughing right when it needs it the most. We are honored to be working with the StoryBoard Media team lead by Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Philip Kim, as well as producers Patrick Hibler, Julie Lott Gallo and Richard Salvatore and the amazing cast and crew.” said Steve Fedyski, CEO of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cloudburst Entertainment. David Ornston, Patrick Muldoon and Joy Hurwitz also produced The Comeback Trail. Gallo co-wrote the screenplay with Josh Posner. The Comeback Trail was sold last year at Cannes.
“We are pleased to be in business with Cloudburst and their impressive new venture. With their extensive experience in all facets of film marketing and distribution, we are excited at the aligned vision to help make this four-quadrant comedy a success!” said Storyboard’s Costa de Beauregard.
The deal was negotiated by Cloudburst COO Ken Rather and Dave Macaione on behalf of the distributor with Costa de Beauregard and Executive Producer/attorney Harris Tulchin for StoryBoard Media, which co-represented the domestic distribution rights with CAA Media Finance.
Gallo wrote the story for Bad Boys and as a director he’s helmed 29th Street, Middle Men, Columbus Circle, Bigger, and the John Travolta-Morgan Freeman thriller The Poison Rose.
This article is from: https://deadline.com/2020/06/robert-de-niro-tommy-lee-jones-morgan-freeman-george-gallo-comedy-the-comeback-trail-acquired-by-cloudburst-entertainment-1202970771/
EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Lee Jones has joined Katheryn Winnick, Aaron Eckhart and Heather Graham in April Mullen’s conspiracy thriller Wander.
The Men In Black actor, who won an best supporting Oscar for his role in The Fugitive, will play eccentric conspiracy theorist Jimmy Cleats in the feature, which was written by Tim Doiron.
Wander follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. Graham is set to play Shelley Luscomb, an attorney and close friend of Arthur. Shelley has known Arthur long before his world unraveled and acts a voice of reason in his life. Jones’ Cleats is confidant to Eckhart’s Bretnik. Winnick plays Elsa Viceroy, a mysterious authority figure who catches Bretnik’s attention as the investigation deepens.
Earlier this week, Deadline revealed that Breaking Bad’s Raymond Cruz and Roswell’s Brendan Fehr had also joined the film.
Wander is the follow-up to Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, which was shot by an all-female crew. The picture premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mullen has been at the forefront of the movement towards equality on screen and behind the scenes, representing a strong female voice as a director in film & TV over the past decade.
Doiron and Mullen will produce alongside Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide, Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions, Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment, Doug Falconer of Falconer Picture and James Van Der Woerd. Christelle Conan is executive producing. Funding provided by Ingenious Media. Production started last month and the feature will be shooting entirely in New Mexico.
Jones recently starred in Just Getting Started alongside Morgan Freeman and Rob Reiner’s Shock and Awe with Woody Harrelson and he is also set to star in Ad Astra alongside Brad Pitt. Winnick (left) recently wrapped Flag Day with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Miles Teller and is set to star, and direct an episode of Netflix’s martial arts series Wu Assassins. She is best known for her role in Vikings.
“We’re honored to have legendary actor Tommy Lee Jones join us in Wander. He is a brilliant actor – truly unique, with a twist of eccentricity – all the elements needed to bring the unpredictable nature of Jimmy to life. Our dynamic conspiracy duo, Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones, are perfectly matched to capture the heartbeat of the film,” said Mullen.
“Winnick is a powerhouse of talent. She’s intelligent, radiant and deeply committed. We’re thrilled to have her join our cast in Wander,” she added
“This is the film that everyone will be speaking about at Cannes 2020. The script and cast is mind blowing,” said producer Chad A. Verdi.
Jones is repped by CAA, Viewpoint, Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim & De La Torre. Winnick is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
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ZACH BRAFF JOINS ROBERT DE NIRO PIC ‘THE COMEBACK TRAIL’ — CANNES
Zach Braff is joining Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman in writer-director George Gallo’s action-comedy The Comeback Trail.
De Niro will play Max Barber, a man in debt to a mob boss (played by Freeman), who creates an insurance fraud by casting washed-up, suicidal cowboy/movie star Duke Montana (Jones) in a poorly written Western with the intention of killing him during the first days of filming. Duke somehow rises to the occasion, redeems his past misdeeds and brings Max and others along on the same journey.
Braff will play Max’s producing partner. The film will reunite him with Freeman whom he directed in the 2017 Warner Brothers feature Going In Style.
Josh Posner co-wrote the film’s screenplay, which is based on the 1970s film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the late Harry Hurwitz. Lensing is due to begin in June in New Mexico. Storyboard Media is selling in Cannes.
Producers are Steven Tyler Sahlein, March On Productions’ Richard Salvatore (The Big Wedding), and David Ornston, along with Joy Sirott Hurwitz and Julie Lott Gallo. The film is being financed and executive produced by Empire Media Partners’ Justin Calvillo and John DeMarco, Storyboard Media’s Philip Kim, Patrick Hibler, and Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard, along with Ben Ruedinger and Joerg Fischer.
Braff recently wrapped indie film Percy starring opposite Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci and directed the short In The Time It Takes To Get There starring Florence Pugh and Alicia Silverstone. He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Ken Richman.
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AARON ECKHART IS SET TO TOPLINE WANDER—A CONSPIRACY THRILLER
Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen, Sully) is set to topline Wander, a conspiracy thriller which Below Her Mouth helmer April Mullen is directing from a script by Tim Doiron. Shooting is slated to begin this June in New Mexico. Mullen and Doiron are producing the pic alongside Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide and Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions.
The story centers around Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the small town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.
VMI Worldwide, which has worldwide rights for the film, will present the project to buyers in Cannes.
Eckhart, who will next be seen in Roland Emmerich’s historical actioner, Midway, and the Steven C. Miller-directed thriller, Live!, is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.
Verve reps both Mullen and Doiron.
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