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Joel Kinnaman, Mark Strong’s ‘Silent Hour’ Thriller Sells Wide Globally for AGC International

Brad Anderson’s action-thriller The Silent Hour, starring Joel Kinnaman and Mark Strong, nabbed a slew of worldwide presales at the recent American Film Market. AGC International, the international sales and distribution arm of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, closed deals with Square One Entertainment in Germany; Signature Entertainment in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; […]

AFM According to Sales Exec Pia Patatian

What I miss most about not attending film markets during the pandemic is … After so many years of meeting clients and friends four to five times a year and building this bond, suddenly not being able to meet in person for two years was really difficult!  What I don’t miss about film markets is […]

AFM Flashback: In 1987, ‘Hellraiser’ Brought the Guts, Earned Glory 

Over the years, dozens, if not hundreds, of horror films have slashed their way through the American Film Market, but few have left as indelible an impression — not to mention an almost never-ending string of sequels and reboots — as 1987’s Hellraiser, horror novelist Clive Barker’s journey to hell and back. Based on Barker’s […]

AFM: German Superstar Til Schweiger Addresses His “Primal Fear” in New Film ‘Dear Kurt’

Stateside, German actor Til Schweiger has become a “that guy” of action thrillers, a supporting player who turns up —in Atomic Blond, King Arthur or Inglourious Basterds — for a memorable line (“Say auf Wiedersehen to your Nazi balls!”) or some high-energy action scene. The parts Schweiger gets offered — Medieval, Highland Film Group’s new period actioner screening at AFM, in which he co-stars alongside Ben […]

Millennium Films’ Jeffrey Greenstein on Updating Hollywood’s Most Macho Studio for the 21st Century

In the 30 years since Avi Lerner founded Millennium Media, then Nu Image, in 1992, the company, legendary at the American Film Market for its straight-to-video mockbusters (Freefall, Cyborg Cop), creature features (Crocodile, Killer Rats) and cookie-cutter macho action mov- ies (Operation Delta Force, Deadly Outbreak) has grown up. A bit. Millennium hasn’t abandoned its genre roots, but […]

How an Online Frenzy Lit a Fuse Under Microbudget Slasher ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey’

When a major studio film goes viral before its release, it can be something of a mixed blessing. Has it taken off online because it’s being widely ridiculed? Have hundreds of thousands of people across the world gone on social media to relentlessly mock the weird appearance of your anthropomorphic ring-loving blue hedgehog or pour […]

AFM: Danny Trejo on His Journey From Ex-Con to “Mexican Superhero” and What Makes Him “The King of Independent Movies” (Exclusive)

Danny Trejo has no plans to retire. The craggy-faced Latino action star spent decades in the B-movie trenches, playing ex-cons and bodyguards, tough guys and prison thugs —drawing inspiration from his real-life stints in California state facilities in San Quentin, Soledad, Folsom, and Vacaville—before becoming “a Mexican superhero” with Robert Rodriguez’s Machete series. But at […]

AFM: Michael Douglas Teams with Son Cameron on ‘Blood Knot’ (Exclusive)

Oscar-winner Michael Douglas and son Cameron will share the screen in the upcoming family drama Blood Knot, playing a father and son trying to mend their broken relationship. The Wall Street and Ant Man and the Wasp star and his oldest son last appeared together in Fred Schepisi’s 2003 dramedy It Runs in The Family, […]

Maria Bakalova Joins Eva Green, Ruby Rose in Millennium Action Thriller ‘Dirty Angels’ (Exclusive)

Maria Bakalova has joined Eva Green and Ruby Rose in Dirty Angels, Millennium Media’s action thriller being directed by Martin Campbell. JoJo T. Gibbs and Rona-Lee Shim’on have also boarded the call sheet of the production, which will shoot in Morocco and Millennium Media’s Nu Boyana Studio in Greece beginning in December. Written by Alissa […]

AFM: COVID Costs Continue to Plague Indie Sector

Vaccinations are up, hospitalisations down and, as evidenced by the crowds of international buyers at the Lowes Hotel for AFM this week, global travel is back. But for the industry, COVD, and the complications it brings for financing, insuring and producing independent films, is here to stay.  “The financial impact of COVID, the logistics, COVID […]

Temporary Power Outage Disrupts The Asylum’s 25th Anniversary Party on Santa Monica Pier

The Asylum — the independent film and TV studio known for its Sharknado franchise and zombie series Z Nation — celebrated its 25th anniversary with a bash on the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday night. But instead of helping blow out the candles, revelers were forced to deal with blown fuses as the Pier suffered a […]

AFM According to Marketing Exec Mounia Wissinger

What I missed most when not attending film markets during the pandemic is … Seeing people, meeting new people. What I don’t miss about film markets is …  Having to get out of my pajamas for real-life meetings — bring back the party PJs! What I’ve missed most about Los Angeles as a city is …  […]