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Millennium Sets Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett For ‘Survivor’ Thriller Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has set Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett to star in Survivor, a thriller that James McTeigue will direct starting January 20 in London. Charles Winkler and Irwin Winkler are producing. Phil Shelby wrote the script.

Jovovich plays a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

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‘Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich Joins Shakespeare Modernization ‘Cymbeline’

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline has a King in Ed Harris and now it has its Queen in Milla Jovovich. The actress has been added to the cast of the biker gang and bad cops update of the William Shakespeare play with Harris, Ethan Hawke and Penn Badgley. In the play, the Queen schemes to move her own son from a previous marriage onto the throne at the expense of the orphan Posthumus and the King’s daughter. Badgley will play Posthumus in the new version of Cymbeline. Best know for her role of killing machine Alice in her battles against the Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil franchise, Jovovich has acting as well as action chops. She starred opposite Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in the 2010 John Curran-directed Stone, among other roles. Not that Jovovich is done with Resident Evil. Sony’s Screen Gems has scheduled the sixth film in the $900 million worldwide grossing series for a September 12, 2014 release. Having signed with the agency back in February, Jovovich is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and lawyer Steve Warren.

Related: Penn Badgley Added To Shakespeare Adaptation Cymbeline

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CAA Signs ‘Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 8:40am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Milla Jovovich has signed with CAA, after a run with WME. The Ukrainian-born actress has quietly amassed an outsized gross track record, as one of the very few actresses who have flourished in action films. Her futuristic zombie extravaganza Resident Evil (hatched by her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson) is approaching $900 million in worldwide grosses, making it the biggest female-driven action film series ever and the biggest video game transfer. And she can sing.

Jovovich most recently did the femme fatale turn opposite Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in the John Curran-directed Stone, and I hear that another Resident Evil is in the early stages.

Jovovich continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment and lawyered by Steve Warren.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Mllla Jovovich returns in the fifth chapter of Sony/Screen Gems‘ durable franchise. Will ‘Resident Evil: Retribution‘ (in 3D) finally be the undoing of the Umbrella Corp? Slated to open September 14th:

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OSCARS: Milla Jovovich To Host Scientific And Technical Awards

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 4:56pm PST

Beverly Hills, CA – Actress Milla Jovovich will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 11, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Jovovich will present 10 awards to 30 individual recipients during the evening.

Jovovich is the star of “The Fifth Element” and the “Resident Evil” franchise. She will next be seen in the feature “Resident Evil: Retribution.”

Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation will be included in the Oscar ceremony.

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UPDATE: Summit Reacts To Milla Jovovich Ripping Via Twitter ‘Musketeers’ Marketing

UPDATE: Hollywood was buzzing Friday when actress Milla Jovovich took to Twitter to bitchslap Summit Entertainment over the promotion for Three Musketeers 3D. Jovovich texted that the film wasn’t marketed as a “fun family film” and that Summit is “resting on their laurels” because of the Twilight franchise and “making no effort” for her film. (See below). So I asked Summit last night what it thought of Milla’s accusations, and an executive pointed out that the actress had been up in Canada shooting the next Resident Evil installment “and working 15-hour days and probably didn’t see the campaign. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about and we don’t know where she’s coming from.” On the other hand, Jovovich is married to Three Musketeers 3D director Paul W.S. Anderson, so it’s hard to imagine she is completely clueless to how Summit marketed the film. Nevertheless, Summit points to awareness in the 80s as a sure sign that the movie was marketed adequately even if U.S. grosses were terrible. “Wouldn’t you think she would call us first about this? It’s frustrating. it’s not the right way to behave. If she has a problem then come to the studio and talk about it.” Milla was tweeting on her flight to Japan where Three Musketeers 3D is debuting at the Tokyo International Film Festival. I wonder if Summit will cancel her car pickup and strand her … Read More »

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UPDATE: 16 Injured On ‘Resident Evil’ Set; 7 Already Back To Work, Producers Say

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 11:32am PDT

Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb Join Milla Jovovich In ‘Resident Evil 5′

UPDATED: Sixteen background actors were injured and 11 were taken to the hospital today after an accident on the Toronto set of Sony/Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Retribution. The incident occurred at Cinespace Film Studios when the actors, dressed as zombies, fell through a gap in a 4-foot-high platform that separated from the set, causing leg, back and arm injuries, none of which were life-threatening, authorities said. According to production companies Davis Films/Impact Pictures and Constantin Film International, seven of the actors have already returned to the set. “It is with regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident,” the companies said in a just-released statement. “The thoughts of everyone involved in the production are with those who have been injured, and we hope that all have a quick and complete recovery. The filmmakers are continuing to work closely with the authorities in responding to this accident.” Read More »

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Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb Join Milla Jovovich In ‘Resident Evil 5′

Mike Fleming

Constantin Film and Screen Gems have cast up the fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise. The film brings back Milla Jovovich and is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the script and produces with Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody and Samuel Hadida.

Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr and Kevin Durand will star in the film. Urb, who was a regular on ABC’s Eastwick and starred in 2012, plays the leader of the Resistance, who teams with Jovovich’s Alice character as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the swarm of undead.

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TORONTO: Weinstein Co Buys ‘Dirty Girl’ Rights For $3+M After Festival Premiere

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE FROM TORONTO: In the second major acquisition of the day at the Toronto Film Festival, Dirty Girl is near a deal to be acquired by The Weinstein Co for distribution in the U.S., France, UK, Australia/New Zealand, and South Africa. I’m told there is a guaranteed theatrical release, and that the deal is north of $3 million. The deal is coming together quickly, and in short proximity of the film making its Toronto premiere this evening. The Abe Sylvia-directed indie is set in the 1980s and is about a young lady Read More »

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‘Resident Evil 3D’ Smashes Franchise Record For North America And Overseas

SATURDAY PM:/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Great to finally be on vacation, and even better that it’s a sloooow weekend at the box office while I’m gone.Sony is responsible for 54% of this quiet weekend’s estimated $75M box office grosses, and this is the studio’s 5th No. 1 opener this year:

1. Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (Screen Gems/Sony) NEW [3,203 Theaters]
Friday $10.9M, Saturday $10M, Weekend $28M

The only major studio film opening is Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, an easy #1 because it’ was shot in 3D, not converted, and it booked 2,000 3D screens among its 3,203 locations in North America, including 164 digital IMAX screens domestically for a 2-week run, and another 24 IMAX screens internationally. The previous three pics have opened between $17.7M in March 2002 to a high of $23.6M in September 2007, so 3D’s heftier ticket prices are responsible for this fourquel’s biggest numbers. Pic is another in that “world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice, continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety” franchise. This time, Los Angeles is filled with zombies, and Milla Jovovich again kicks butt, and again the latest installment is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who also produces with Jeremy Bolt and others. Sony gave it a high-profile presence at all the major sci-fi, horror, and other genre conventions.

Pic also opened great internationally this week, beating RE3 in Japan, Russia, Mexico, Spain, UK and others after Sony acquired the rights to most foreign territories for $52M. Afterlife opened to an estimated $45.5 million overseas, more than 2.5 times the openings of … Read More »

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