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Ketchup Ent. Acquires U.S. Rights To David Hayter-Helmed ‘Wolves’

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 4:55pm PST
Mike Fleming

WOLVES Day 30EXCLUSIVE: Ketchup Entertainment today acquired U.S. distribution rights on Wolves, the action thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of X-Men and Watchmen scribe David Hayter. Written by Hayter, the film stars X-Men: First ClassLucas Till, Watchmen‘s Stephen McHattie, and Game Of ThronesJason Momoa. Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban produced with makeup effects by Oscar-winning creature designers Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey. Till plays a high school student who witnesses the brutal murder of his parents, and finds himself turning into a savage wolf. He is thrust between two warring wolf packs fighting for control of Lupine Ridge.  Merritt Patterson and John Pyper-Ferguson round out the cast. The film will be released this summer.

hayterSaid Ketchup CEO Gareth West: “From the first time we saw Wolves, we knew audiences would be swept up in the exciting action and powerful storytelling. Wolves is a great addition to the Ketchup slate.” Said Hayter: “My producers and I have worked for years to make Wolves something special and unique, and I am confident that we have found committed partners who share that vision.”

The film was funded by Copperheart Entertainment, TF1 International and Telefilm Canada. Ketchup’s West and acquisitions head Stephen Stanley negotiated with UTA Independent Film Group and exec producer Benedict Carver on the deal. Ketchup’s recent acquisitions include the Pierce Brosnan-Emma Thompson comedy Love Punch, the Paul … Read More »

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Lucas Till Joins Teen Drama ‘Sins Of Our Youth’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 10:22am PDT

Lucas Till has more than mutants in his movie future. While the X-Men: First Class actor is set to return as Havok for Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Till is also joining Sins Of Our Youth. He’ll be joined in the teen drama by Super 8’s Joel Courtney and Breakfast Club alumni Ally Sheedy. Details are sketchy over Till, Courtney and Sheedy’s characters but the pic focuses on four teenage boys who accidentally kill a younger boy while shooting off rifles. As the quartet tries to deal with the killing, things take an even darker turn. Gary Entin is directing based on an original screenplay by his brother Edmund. As he did with the Entin brothers on the high school-based Geography Club, Michael Huffington is producing under his Huffington Pictures banner. Sins Of Our Youth is scheduled to start principal photography this week on location in and around Las Vegas. Joel Courtney is repped by CAA, Ally Sheedy is represented by Innovative Artists and Lucas Till is repped by APA,

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Lucas Till Returning For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Lucas Till will be rejoining the mutant corps in Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the director revealed today via Twitter. The actor appeared as young superhero Alex Summers AKA Havok in 2011′s X-Men: First Class and will fall in with a sprawling cast comprised of returning thesps from multiple X-Men film generations, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Fox releases the pic May 23, 2014.

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Josh Duhamel Joins Indie Drama ‘Strings’ Alongside Maria Bello And Lucas Till

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT

The Transformers and Safe Haven actor has signed on to star with Maria Bello, Lucas Till and Tom Everett Scott in Strings, from rookie helmer Daniel Duran. Josh Duhamel will play Alex, an Army veteran and counselor in a small town who takes a casual approach when treating Josh (Till). Alex slowly earns his patient’s trust and respect, but their camaraderie is challenged when Josh makes a shocking discovery. The ensemble indie drama, which begins filming Sunday in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was written by Oscar Torres. Duran, Torres, Danny Rodriguez and Phyllis Laing are producing the film.

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Who Has ‘Divergent’ Chemistry With Shailene Woodley?

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment is bearing down on the male lead in Divergent, the adaptation of the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel that will star Shailene Woodley. She’s the next hot gal after a breakout performance in The Descendants, followed by scoring the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. I’m told that Summit held Divergent “chemistry” readings yesterday that paired Woodley with four young actors: Luke Bracey, Brenton Thwaites, Lucas Till and Jack Reynor.

Since I barely got my high school Regent’s diploma with a 65 in chemistry (at the time it was a jump shot at the buzzer following the 32 I scored in trigonometry), I am the wrong person to ask about who emerged with a leg up by acing this chemistry test. But I think it means we should have a winner shortly, and it likely will be one of these up and comers. Read More »

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Another Young Hollywood Star Finds Agent

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 2:10pm PDT

APA recently signed Lucas Till, who plays the mutant Havoc in Fox’s upcoming X-Men: First Class, after every major agency was actively courting him. Because Young Hollywood is where the buzz is these days at tenpercenteries. Till will be repped at APA by Jim Osborne, who was the kid’s agent at Paradigm, too. Also following Osborne to APA has been Thomas Kretschmann  and Gary Oldman. UPDATE: Meanwhile, Paradigm has lost to other agencies recently Taraji Henson, Mariska Hargitay, Liv Tyler, Scott Foley and Jenny McCarthy.

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‘X-Men: First Class’ Drafts Twilight Vampire Edi Gathegi To Play Biracial Mutant Darwin

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Edi Gathegi, who played a chillingly evil vampire in Twilight and Twilight Saga: New Moon, is joining X-Men: First Class in the role of Darwin. That character, the first bi-racial mutant (in the comic series), has the power of “reactive evolution,” which allows him to adapt to any situation or environment. Plunged underwater, he’ll grow gills, he’ll gain night vision in pitch black and his skin grows fire retardant when burned.

Gathegi, who played Laurent in the Twilight films, just wrapped production on the Paul Johansson-directed adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged. He’s repped by Paradigm and Framework.

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has set James McAvoy to play Xavier, Michael Fassbender to play Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult to play Beast, Jennifer Lawrence to play Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones to play Banshee and Lucas Till to play Havoc. Kevin Bacon is playing the villain.

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Kevin Bacon In Talks For ‘X-Men: First Class’ Baddie

Mike Fleming

kevin_baconI’m told that Kevin Bacon has the offer and is negotiating to play the villain role in X-Men: First Class. Not sure of his character, and they have to make his deal, but Bacon would line up nicely alongside James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Alice Eve (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), and Lucas Till (Havoc). Director Matthew Vaughn is casting up a storm as the picture nears the start line.

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