Global Showbiz Briefs: Jean-Claude Van Damme Pic ‘Swelter’ Sells Out; ‘Rising Star’ Headed To Hungary; More

The Exchange Sells Out Jean-Claude Van Damme Pic ‘Swelter’
Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer Swelter had a hot run at the recent AFM. Sales company The Exchange says the film sold out worldwide with a North American deal currently under negotiation. The Muscles from Brussels is joined in the film by Alfred Molina, Lennie James, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Freya Tingley. Keith Parmer (Mob Rules) is director on the movie that sees a group of notorious Las Vegas casino robbers seeking out their former accomplice who’s now a cop with no memory of his past. Swelter is the first completed movie financed by Exchange Peaks Film Capital, a fund that’s financed by production outfit Grand Peaks and run by The Exchange. Among the territory deals secured during the AFM are the UK (Anchor Bay), Germany/Switzerland (Planet Media), Latin America (Swen), France (Happy Audience), Japan (Culture Convenience Club), Australia/NZ (Transmission), South Korea (Sonamu Pictures) and Singapore (Shaw), among many others. Exec producers are Grand Peaks’ Don Simpson and Nat McCormick, Laura Ivey and Brian O’Shea from The Exchange. Film Invaders’ Eleonore Dailly, Alan Simpson and Chris Ranta are producers.

‘Rising Star’ World Tour’s Latest Stop Is Hungary
Keshet International‘s hot singing competition format Rising Star is headed to yet another country. After deals in such places as the U.S. — where ABC is making its own version for next summer — France, Germany and Scandinavia, Rising Star will next visit Hungary. Local commercial network TV2 has ordered 14 episodes of the show for air in fall 2014. A UK deal on the interactive talent format is also understood to be close to fruition with ITV. Read More »

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Myriad Teams James McAvoy And Jessica Chastain In ‘Disappearance’ Double Feature

Mike Fleming

Tuesday, May 22, 2012…Cannes…. Golden Globe®-nominee James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class) will star opposite Academy® Award-nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) in the double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

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Myriad Pictures Names Mark Padilla VP Sales, Distribution Heading Into Cannes

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT

Mark Padilla has joined Myriad Pictures as VP sales and distribution, CEO Kirk D’Amico announced today. Padilla has come aboard as the distributer prepares its team for the Cannes Market. Padilla previously worked in a similar capacity for Essential Entertainment. In addition to sales and distribution Padilla will be involved in the acquisition of new titles. He reports to newly promoted SVP distribution Lisa Gutberlet. Padilla started his career at S. Hirsch Co. and subsequently moved to Arclight and in 2007 joined Essential where he worked on Barney’s Version starring Paul Giamatti and Scott Speedman, Defiancestarring Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber, and Red Dog starring Josh Lucas.

Myriad will represent the following slate of movies to buyers at Cannes:

INESCAPABLE – Marisa Tomei, Josh Jackson and Alexander Siddig star in this thriller about a man whose daughter is kidnapped in Damascus. His past puts her future – and her life – in jeopardy. Directed by Ruba Nada (Cairo Time).

A COMMON MAN – Academy Award®-winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross star in this action thriller about a terrorist threatening to blow up key locations in an urban city, but with an unexpected twist. The film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

BREAKING THE GIRLS – Jamie Babbit’s steamy thriller follows the relationship between two young women, one who unknowingly agrees to a double murder. Starring Madeline Zima, Agnes Bruckner and Shawn Ashmore. This film will premiere for buyers in the market in Cannes.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, HIS STORY and HER STORY – Two films telling one story, from the perspectives of a husband and wife. Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton will star. Shooting is scheduled to start this summer in New York City.

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Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton To Star In Double Feature

Mike Fleming

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Santa Monica…. Academy Award®-nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Wish You Were Here) have signed on to star in a double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from the different perspective of the husband, (Edgerton), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college. Academy Award® ‐ winner and 5-time nominee William Hurt (The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Syriana) is in discussion to join the cast.

Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. Cassandra Kulukundis (A Late Quartet, In Defiance of Gravity) is producing. Kulukundis is also Casting Director (There Will Be Blood, Shattered Glass).

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