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Nicolas Cage to star as a big-game hunter in Primal

Nicolas Cage is all set for his latest action role, starring as a big-game hunter in Primal.

Primal was unveiled this Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival and will see Nicolas Cage starring in the independent action movie. Production is set to get under way on October 23 in Puerto Rico.

Primal is the first outing for Wonderfilm Media which was launched by by Kirk Shaw, Daniel Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, and Bret Saxon. The production company is based out of Vancouver and Beverly Hills.

The film will be directed by Nick Powell, a veteran from the world of stunt coordination. Powell has credits to his name that include The Bourne Identity, X-Men: Last Stand, and Resident Evil.

Primal’s screenplay has been written by Richard Leder. Variety’s synopsis for the film reads:

“[Primal] centres on a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a
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Nicolas Cage to do battle with wild animals in his next film

Nick Harley Sep 13, 2017

Nicolas Cage will rage as a big game hunter stuck on a ship with his prey in action film Primal.

Snakes on a plane? How about Cage on a rage….on a boat? Okay, admittedly not as catchy, but I’m sure some marketing executive is already hard at work on a memorable tagline for Nicolas Cage’s new film, Primal.

In Primal, Cage will play a big-game hunter working on behalf of a zoo. He must survive on a Greek freightliner after his haul of dangerous, exotic wild animals is set free by an escaped political assassin, aboard the ship to be extradited to the U.S. The animals, including a rare White Panther, wreak havoc, chaos ensues.

Picturing Nic Cage deliver animal-based puns while putting down attacking jungle beasts sounds like the best/worst movie ever. We couldn’t be more excited. Nick Powell, a
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Nicolas Cage to Play a Big-Game Hunter in Action Movie ‘Primal’

Nicolas Cage to Play a Big-Game Hunter in Action Movie ‘Primal’
Nicolas Cage will star in the independent action movie “Primal” as a big-game hunter. Production is scheduled to start on Oct. 23 in Puerto Rico.

The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the Exchange is launching international sales.

“Primal” is the first project for Wonderfilm Media, launched by Kirk Shaw, Daniel Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, and Bret Saxon as a finance, development, and production entity based in Vancouver and Beverly Hills. Grodnik, who has credits on “Heist” and “Bobby,” is producing and Michael Becker is executive producing.

The film will be directed by Nick Powell, who is a veteran stunt coordinator with credits on “The Bourne Identity,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Resident Evil.”

The script, written by Richard Leder, centers on a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a
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Insomnia adds two films to slate

Insomnia Media Group is moving forward with two new projects: "A Fine Step" and "Master's Tree."

Luke Perry and Armand Assante star in "Step," a drama about a champion horse rider injured in a car accident and the woman who takes over the training and riding of Fandango, his prized Paso Fino horse. The project, whose title might change, has begun principal photography in Memphis.

Jonathan Meyers is directing from a screenplay by Dennis Sonnenschein and Doc Suggs. Bret Saxon is producing with Insomnia's Ari Palitz. Jon Yarbrough Jr., Doug Ames, Ron Coleman and Justin Gullett executive produce.

Cylk Cozart ("16 Blocks"), Justin Baldoni ("Heroes"), Leonor Varela ("The Man in the Iron Mask") and Amy Lavere ("Black Snake Moan") co-star.

Perry is repped by Fortitude and Himber Entertainment. Assante is repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners and Omniquest Media.

Insomnia also has signed David Mickey Evans ("Sandlot") to direct the Christmas drama "Tree,
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'Barry Minkow' finds its lead

Justin Baldoni has been cast in the title role in the real-life story of "Barry Minkow." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldoni joins James Caan, Armand Assante, Mark Hamill and Ving Rhames in the bizarre story of a teenage entrepreneur running a successful carpet company, Zzzz Best, who gets busted for running a Ponzi scheme. After experiencing a religious conversion in prison, Minkow becomes a pastor doing anti-fraud work with the FBI. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Meyers; Bruce Caulk will direct. Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler, Ari Palitz, William MacDonald, Charles Arthur Berg and Minkow are producing for Insomnia Media Group. The film is shooting in Los Angeles.
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'Barry Minkow' lands actor for title role

'Barry Minkow' lands actor for title role
Justin Baldoni has been cast in the title role in the real-life story of "Barry Minkow."

Baldoni joins James Caan, Armand Assante, Mark Hamill and Ving Rhames in the bizarre story of a teenage entrepreneur running a successful carpet company, Zzzz Best, who gets busted for running a Ponzi scheme. After experiencing a religious conversion in prison, Minkow becomes a pastor doing anti-fraud work with the FBI.

The screenplay was written by Jonathan Meyers; Bruce Caulk will direct.

Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler, Ari Palitz, William MacDonald, Charles Arthur Berg and Minkow are producing for Insomnia Media Group. The film is shooting in Los Angeles.

Baldoni, who is repped by Talent Works and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment, appeared on "Everwood" and "Heroes." He next appears in the feature "Unrequited."
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Murphy latest 'Hall' monitor

Brittany Murphy begins filming the indie feature Across the Hall Wednesday and also is eyeing a role in the dark comedy Poor Things. She would replace Lindsay Lohan, who has dropped out of the cast of the latter film.

In Hall, Murphy is starring opposite Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Danny Pino (The Burning Plain) in a thriller about a brutal standoff between a young man (Vogel), his fiancee and his best friend (Pino).

The cast also includes Dov Davidoff (Invincible), Brad Greenquist (Shiloh Falls) and Guillermo Diaz (Weeds).

Insomnia Media Group is producing the film, directed by Alex Merkin from a screenplay by Jesse Mittelstadt and Julien Schwab. Hall is based on Merkin's award-winning 2005 short film that starred Adrian Grenier (Entourage). WMA is repping the film domestically, while Voltage handles international sales.

Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler are among the producers.

Meanwhile, Murphy is under consideration as a replacement for Lohan in Poor, though negotiations have not yet begun.

Scott Marshall has come aboard to direct the film, replacing original director Ash Baron-Cohen, who departed over what was described as "creative differences."

Lohan fell out of the project in May when she admitted herself to a rehabilitation facility.

Insomnia gets Egypt fund jolt

NEW YORK -- In the latest capital infusion from the Middle East into an entertainment company, Insomnia Media Group has received a $550 million investment from Egypt-based asset management and brokerage firm Borak Holding.

The newly established Borak Media 7 Entertainment Fund will allow Insomnia to fund additional in-house movie projects, purchase film libraries and look to make strategic acquisitions of talent and entertainment management firms, the companies said Tuesday.

Insomnia and Borak said they already are collaborating on an untitled $70 million war epic being shot in Egypt, Morocco and Los Angeles.

Under the terms of the cash infusion, the Insomnia team retains majority control of the firm and decides the use of funds, with Borak serving as a capital partner.

Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler founded Insomnia in 1994. The firm says it is the only independent production outfit with its own permanent studio on the Universal Studios lot.

Among other things, Insomnia produces TV programming for Fox TV Studios and finances feature films like the upcoming The Grand, starring Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano and Cheryl Hines.

IMG vacuums up Minkow life story

IMG Film has acquired the life rights of Barry Minkow, who at age 20 became the youngest person to take a company public on Wall Street but later went to prison for fraud.

The story of the young carpet-cleaning entrepreneur-turned-convict who eventually became a Christian minister was featured in 2006 on a segment of 60 Minutes. His autobiography, Cleaning Up, will serve as the basis for the movie.

IMG expects to begin preproduction in the fourth quarter.

After serving seven years in prison for fraud, Minkow turned to the other side of the law. In the past four years, he has helped law enforcement in uncovering numerous financial crimes.

"I saw the '60 Minutes' piece and was floored; this is a huge comeback story," said IMG co-founder Jeff Bowler, who will produce the film along with IMG co-founder Bret Saxon.

IMG, a production and talent management company, recently produced Zak Penn's feature film The Grand, starring Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Dennis Farina and Cheryl Hines.

Fox, Miner take 'Street' for Insomnia

NEW YORK -- Vivica A. Fox and Rachel Miner will star and Laura Ramsey and Toby Hemingway are in final negotiations to star in York Shackleton's Street, the true story of a 16-year-old runaway, from producer Insomnia Media Group.

Fox will portray a woman who helps and mentors Lexi (Ramsey), a girl with a troubled mother, a convict father and a caring sister (Miner). After running away with a boyfriend who ends up abusing her, she finds shelter and love with a drug-addicted street kid (Hemingway) who teaches her how to survive in a tough Portland, Ore., neighborhood.

Jeff Bowler, Bret Saxon and Ari Palitz are producing Street for Insomnia. Shackleton's Auteur Entertainment is co-producing; Shackleton wrote the script, which is based on the life of co-producer Kristen Jensen. Luke Goss (Hellboy 2) is executive producing. William Morris is repping sales.

Insomnia, a production and talent management outfit founded by Bowler and Saxon, produced Zak Penn's mockumentary The Grand with Eleven Eleven Films.

De Niro takes cut of Primus' '20%'

De Niro takes cut of Primus' '20%'
NEW YORK -- Robert De Niro is executive producing writer-director Barry Primus' upcoming dramatic comedy "20% Fiction."

The film centers on a respected acting coach dissatisfied with his superficial life in Los Angeles. He finds love and self-fulfillment after moving to a small town and working with its quirky residents.

De Niro produced and co-starred in Primus' 1992 sophomore directorial effort, Mistress. Primus has served as De Niro's acting coach, and the two longtime friends have acted together in such films as New York, New York, Night and the City and Guilty by Suspicion.

Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler and Ari Palitz of Insomnia Media Group are financing the film and producing with Deco Entertainment's Nicholas Celozzi and Freddy Braidy. Principal photography is slated to begin in late September in Los Angeles.

Insomnia's recent projects include Zak Penn's The Grand. Braidy produced the Paris Hilton starrer Bottoms Up.

The Grand

The Grand
This review was written for the festival screening of "The Grand".Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK -- For his second directorial effort, screenwriter Zak Penn ("X-Men: The Last Stand") uses an improvisational approach similar to his feature debut, "Incident at Loch Ness", with much more successful results. This ensemble comedy about a group of eccentric players competing in a multimillion-dollar poker match will inevitably be compared to the works of Christopher Guest, but what "The Grand" lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its high percentage of funny moments.

Penn, who co-wrote the script with Matt Bierman, has assembled a top-notch cast of comedic performers who seem to be having one hell of a time. Their enjoyment is infectious, and while some of the gags invariably go on for too long, for the most part the film is crisply paced and consistently uproarious.

The central character is "One Eyed" Jack Faro (Woody Harrelson), who's lost the casino his grandfather left him because of his various addictions, not the least of which is to marriage. In order to gain it back from an addled real estate developer (Michael McKean), he enters a poker competition called "The Grand", the prize being $10 million.

To win, he must compete against a gallery of bizarre players, including Larry Schwartzman (David Cross), whose distraction techniques include wearing a burka; his sister, Lainie (Cheryl Hines), a profane Long Island housewife; LBJ "Deuce" Fairbanks (Dennis Farina), who longs for the good old days of breaking legs; Andy Andrews (Richard Kind), who garnered his spot at the table after winning an online game; Harold Melvin (Chris Parnell), a semi-autistic who lives with his elderly mother; "The German" (Werner Herzog), who needs to kill at least one animal a day; and others.

Also on hand are such characters as Lainie's husband (Ray Romano), a "lightning survivor"; her father (sitcom star Gabe Kaplan, now a real-life player); and other competitors played in cameos by such figures as Hank Azaria, Jason Alexander and director Brett Ratner, among many others.

Penn and Bierman have clearly allowed their performers to let loose, with mostly hilarious results. Their attempt to provide some emotional depth to the proceedings, with a subplot involving the dysfunctional Schwartzman family dynamics, is less successful, though it does little harm.

THE GRAND

Eleven Eleven Films, Insomnia Media Group

Credits:

Director: Zak Penn

Screenwriters: Zak Penn, Matt Bierman

Producers: Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler, Zak Penn, Gary Marcus, Bobby Schwartz, Ross M. Dinerstein

Executive producers: Ari Palitz, Matt Bierman

Co-producer: Lance Stockton

Director of photography: Anthony Hardwick

Production designer: Shepherd Frankel

Music: Stephen Endelman

Costume designer: Valerie Laven-Cooper

Editor: Abby Schwarzwalder

Cast:

"One-Eyed" Jack Faro: Woody Harrelson

Larry Schwartzman: David Cross

LBJ "Deuce" Fairbanks: Dennis Farina

Lainie Schwartzman: Cheryl Hines

Andy Andrews: Richard Kind

Harold Melvin: Chris Parnell

The German: Werner Herzog

Dr. Yakov Achmed: Jason Alexander

Fred Marsh: Ray Romano

Reggie Marshall: Mike Epps

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPAA rating

Shakur script lives to 'Tell' at Insomnia

Shakur script lives to 'Tell' at Insomnia
Insomnia Media Group has acquired Live 2 Tell, the only film script ever written by the late rap star Tupac 2Pac Shakur. The script was acquired from the performer's mother, Afeni Shakur, who will produce the project with Preston Holmes, associate producer of Hustle & Flow. Insomnia will develop Live 2 Tell as a feature film, with principal photography to begin in March. The script, which actor-rapper Shakur wrote in 1995 as a starring vehicle for himself, centers on a black teen from the projects who becomes a drug kingpin and then turns his life around. Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon are set to produce.

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