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Frightfest Glasgow Interview: Julien Seri talks ‘Anderson Falls’

  • Nerdly
Ahead of the UK premiere of serial killer thriller Anderson Falls at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Julien Seri reflects on the his first ‘American’ experience, challenging fight scenes and the importance of personal vision.

It has been five years since we premiered Night Fare at FrightFest London, what have you been up to since then?

I worked on two, very singular, projects as a producer and/or director. I signed for both with Wild Bunch, but we’ve failed to produce them yet. So I keep fighting. And I did a lot of commercials, TV series and music videos.

When did you first hear about the Anderson Falls script and why did you think it was perfect for you to direct?

I received the script late 2017. I read it and said ‘yes’ in the same day. It was a perfect American experience for me because it was low budget,
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Longtime International Sales Exec Harold Van Lier Steps Away From Movie Biz & Into Publishing

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Exclusive: Veteran international sales executive Harold van Lier, who has served as a partner and President of Distribution at London-based financier Anton since 2015, is stepping away from the film business to join art publisher Taschen in a sales capacity.

Belgian van Lier, a well known figure in the distribution world and a regular fixture at movie markets, is leaving Anton today but will continue to be based in Europe in his new role.

Former Global Road, eOne and Protagonist executive Charlotte van Weede has been brought on to handle sales on Anton’s strong slate of projects at the upcoming Afm.

At Anton, which he has helped grow into a formidable European mini-studio with CEO Sebastien Raybaud, Van Lier worked closely on upcoming movies including Gerard Butler thriller Greenland and Intouchables producer Laurent Zeitoun’s animation Fireheart. Anton launched an La office earlier this year and is also investing in
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Jennifer Garner Has a Death Wish! Peppermint Available on Blu-ray and DVD December 11th

Revenge has no limits for Riley North in the action-packed thriller, Peppermint, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A powerful story about an underdog hero fighting for justice, the high-octane film is directed by Pierre Morel and stars a stellar cast including Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba and Annie Ilonzeh.

Young mother Riley North (Garner) awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the Lapd and the FBI – as she
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Pierre Morel to Direct French Prison Escape Movie

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Pierre Morel to Direct French Prison Escape Movie
French director Pierre Morel has come on board an untitled movie project about notorious French gangster and jailbreaker Rédoine Faïd.

Condé Nast Entertainment and Sentient Entertainment are producing the project, based on Julie Miller’s Vanity Fair story “How Hollywood Inspired France’s Most Daring Prison Escape.”

Faïd had been on the lam for three month after a daring helicopter escape from a penitentiary in July before he was re-captured last week. Faïd has an obsession with Hollywood films, which has inspired his career of armed robberies and breakouts from prison and led to him being called “The Jailbreak King.”

In 2013, Faïd was on the run for more than a month after he broke out of the Sequedin prison, using explosives to blast through five prison doors, holding four prison wardens hostage during the escape and employing the use of a getaway car, which he burned in Lille and left in another vehicle.
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Review: Peppermint does not leave a sweet taste in this all-too-familiar female fury fable at payback

It seems like a long time since Peppermint star Jennifer Garner has kicked some major butt when we last saw her on the small screen in creator J.J. Abrams's spy series  Alias. In fact, Garner is no stranger to action-oriented butt-kicking on the big screen either (remember her feisty assassin in the frenetic yet forgettable 2005 superhero bomb Elektra?). Now Garner is back in raw form looking to bang heads in the name of retaliation courtesy of director Pierre Morel's toothless revenge thriller Peppermint. Morel and screenwriter Chad St. John ("London Has Fallen") look to breathe some lurid, excitable life into this cockeyed confection of furious feminine-driven strife. Garner is such an adventurous actress. Her range in various genres, for the most part, is considered reasonable and resilient. Whether it...

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Movie Review – Peppermint (2018)

Peppermint, 2018.

Directed by Pierre Morel.

Starring Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Tyson Ritter, and Method Man.

Synopsis:

Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her.

Much has already been said and will continue to be said about the problematic nature of Peppermint, which basically sees a wronged and rightfully vengeful Caucasian mother gunning down hordes upon hordes of Hispanic gangsters. The fact that director Pierre Morel chose to go the direction of clichés and stereotypes isn’t what bothers me or necessarily makes the film underwhelming. No, Peppermint is also a movie where I can’t even tell you one of the villains’ names; they are generic cronies being passed off as
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Italian Distributor Lucky Red Responds To Exhibitor Anger Over Netflix’s Venice Plan

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Italian distributor Lucky Red has responded to anger from local exhibitors that its Venice-bound film On My Skin (Sulla Mia Pelle) will screen on Netflix soon after its festival debut.

In a statement sent to me today, the distributor has said it is “proud” the drama will be shown in Venice and that the film’s near-day-and-date global release is an “extraordinary event” and a “big opportunity” for audiences.

The Italian-language film about police brutality is due to open Venice’s Horizons strand and get a global release via Netflix soon after on September 12. It is also due to have a theatrical component in Italy.

However, earlier this week, trade bodies repping local cinemas issued a strongly worded statement criticizing day-and-date releasing for its impact on traditional models. The statement also took a pop at Venice chief Alberto Barbera for condoning a shortening of the theatrical window.

“Every exhibitor will
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Peppermint Trailer Transforms Jennifer Garner Into the Angel of Death

Peppermint Trailer Transforms Jennifer Garner Into the Angel of Death
What would happen if you take Jennifer Garner, pair her up with the dude who directed Taken and basically turned her into The Punisher? The first trailer for Peppermint is here to answer that question. This may not be something you knew you wanted, but it may well be something you're interested in after seeing the trailer, as Garner makes a strong case for becoming an action star. Enough time has passed for us to forget Elektra.

The trailer seems to borrow a lot from the Punisher movie that starred Thomas Jane as the titular Marvel hero. We see Jennifer Garner's family gunned down in similar fashion and she emerges years later to exact her vengeance on the criminals responsible. There are also elements of Eli Roth's recent Death Wish remake here, with a regular citizen cleaning up the streets and public opinion on her side. Not everything here looks completely amazing,
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‘Peppermint’ Trailer: Jennifer Garner Goes Back To The Kick-Ass Action Days Of ‘Alias’

Jennifer Garner is a mother with a very particular set of skills in “Peppermint,” the upcoming revenge thriller from “Taken” director Pierre Morel.

The “District 13” helmsman probably feels like he could do with a hit after his last feature, 2015’s Sean Penn vehicle “The Gunman,” bombed at the box office and fared no better with critics.

Continue reading ‘Peppermint’ Trailer: Jennifer Garner Goes Back To The Kick-Ass Action Days Of ‘Alias’ at The Playlist.
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First Trailer for Revenge Movie 'Peppermint' Starring Jennifer Garner

"Watching someone take everything from you, it turns you into somebody else." Stx Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for an action movie titled Peppermint, which is currently set to open in theaters in September at the beginning of the fall season. Peppermint is the latest from French director Pierre Morel and is about a fierce momma who becomes an assassin. Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her. Jennifer Garner stars, with John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, Method Man, Tyson Ritter, and Annie Ilonzeh. This looks as expected from Morel - heavy on gritty action, a bit cheesy but still entertaining, and kind of badass. Here's the first trailer (+ teaser poster) for Pierre Morel's Peppermint, direct from Stx's YouTube: Peppermint is
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'The Square' star Claes Bang joins 'The New Mrs. Keller' for Lakeshore

'The Square' star Claes Bang joins 'The New Mrs. Keller' for Lakeshore
Producers eye October start on sci-fi thriller.

Claes Bang of Swedish Palme d’Or winner The Square will star and Pierre Morel will direct sci-fi thriller The New Mrs. Keller for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Casting is underway for the title role ahead of an anticipated October start.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid will produce The New Mrs. Keller and acquired the spec screenplay by Mark Hogan in late 2017.

The story is set in the near future as the sophisticated Vera Keller ensnares her prominent surgeon husband David Keller in a trap.

As virtual reality intertwines with reality
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Claes Bang to star in 'The New Mrs. Keller' for Lakeshore

Claes Bang to star in 'The New Mrs. Keller' for Lakeshore
Producers eye October start on sci-fi thriller.

Claes Bang of Swedish Palme d’Or winner The Square will star and Pierre Morel will direct sci-fi thriller The New Mrs. Keller for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Casting is underway for the title role ahead of an anticipated October start.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid will produce The New Mrs. Keller and acquired the spec screenplay by Mark Hogan in late 2017.

The story is set in the near future as the sophisticated Vera Keller ensnares her prominent surgeon husband David Keller in a trap.

As virtual reality intertwines with reality
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Asia Argento Distances Herself From Letter Signed By Over 100 Women In Italian Film Business

Asia Argento Distances Herself From Letter Signed By Over 100 Women In Italian Film Business
xXx star Asia Argento has distanced herself from a letter signed by over 100 women in the Italian entertainment industry, saying that she is waiting for "concrete gestures" before getting involved in their campaign. The letter, titled Dissenso Comune, was published in Italian newspaper La Repubblica and organized by Romanzo Criminale and The Gunman star Jasmine Trinca. The letter calls sexual harassment a "transverse phenomenon." "It is a system indeed. It is part of a…
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Liam Neeson: exploring a decade of action thrillers

Ryan Lambie Jan 19, 2018

For 10 years, Liam Neeson's been throwing punches and shooting guns. We take a look back at his decade of action thrillers...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Liam Neeson's more recent thrillers. If there's an entry you haven't seen, we'd advise skipping to the next one - apart from The Commuter, which we won't spoil because it isn't out yet.

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For some, he's an Oscar nominee, thanks to his superb performance in Schindler's List. To others, he's the larger-than-life presence in such blockbusters as The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and Clash Of The Titans.

Since 2008, though, Liam Neeson's taken an unexpected turn into action-thriller territory; now often seen wearing a leather jacket, a gun in his fist and his knuckles bloodied, Neeson's found a new audience as a hard-hitting macho man.
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Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV.

Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist.
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The First: Sean Penn is heading to Mars in new sci-fi series

Joseph Baxter Sep 21, 2017

Sean Penn is set to star in a space exploration series on Channel 4 called The First, from the creator of House Of Cards...

Sean Penn, the controversial, two-time-Oscar-winning actor who first achieved notable acclaim for playing one-liner-spouting stoner Jeff Spicoli, is about to do something that he’s never done in his storied acting career: headline a television series, specifically, streaming series The First for Channel 4 and Hulu.

Penn, like an increasing amount of A-list actors, will take the television plunge in this new project, which was given a straight-to-series order by the streaming outlet back in May - a space exploration-themed story set in a near-future that will follow humanity’s first mission to colonise Mars.

Interestingly, the visionary behind the series is not one typically associated with the space/sci-fi/adventure genre. Beau Willimon, who is best known as the creator, writer and
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mother! movie review: from Wtf to Stfu

MaryAnn’s quick take… Darren Aronofsky’s self-pitying cinematic rending of garments is repulsive, transparent, and pointless. A grotesquely wrapped gift box of utter banality. I’m “biast” (pro): have mostly been a fan of Darren Aronofsky; love Jennifer Lawrence

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has. Maybe never. (Yes, the title is most emphatically with a lowercase “m” and an exclamation point. And yes, that’s emblematic of what’s making me so angry.) As mother! — *grrr* — unfurled over its two-hour runtime, I found myself actually clenching my jaw with ever-increasing fury as Aronofsky’s head wended its way further and further up his own cinematic ass only to declare just how delicious his farts smell. This is a filmmaker for whom
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (aka Dead Men Tell No Tales) movie review: yo ho no

MaryAnn’s quick take… The franchise finally overstays its welcome with this cacophony of CGI spectacle, a contrived and confusing plot, and a newly cruel and stupid Jack Sparrow. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the original trilogy…

I’m “biast” (con): …but started to lose a little patience with the fourth film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Okay, make it stop. This amusement-park ride has gone on long enough. It is no longer any fun. I’m feeling a bit nauseated, in fact.

I adored the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy: they were smart, fun popcorn flicks that worked as clever updates on the classic Hollywood swashbuckler, all adventure and movie-movie romance and total, wonderful nonsense. With the third installment, 2007’s At World’s End, the series even managed to whip up some satirical zing, in its plot about gig-economy independent-contractor pirates versus
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Action! Pierre Morel takes the helm on new female action thriller Peppermint

Author: Zehra Phelan

This year’s John Wick inspired female kick-ass action thriller, Atomic Blonde, seems to have awoken something in the male-centric world of Hollywood, the has met with positive reactions without even hitting the big screens yet but already Taken director, Pierre Morel has signed up to take the helm in the next female lead actioner, Peppermint.

The simple synopsis for the film reads; Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

Morel signed on the dotted line after a ferocious bidding war for the rights amongst the independent and major studio’s which eventually saw Lakeshore get their hands on the project which they hope to get production up and running by the autumn. A female lead has yet to be announced,
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Peppermint: Taken director to make 'female John Wick'

Tony Sokol May 5, 2017

Taken director Pierre Morel will helm Peppermint, an action movie about a young mother with nothing to lose.

Lakeshore Entertainment, which explored the action horror genre with the Underworld franchise, will bring Peppermint, a 'female John Wick' story, to the screen. The studio announced that the project will be directed by Pierre Morel, who directed Taken, the 2008 action movie that starred Liam Neeson.

The screenplay is being written by Chad St John, who co-wrote London Has Fallen.

Peppermint is a revenge story that centres on a young mother with nothing to lose who goes after her rivals.

Morel also directed Sean Penn’s thriller The Gunman, the French-language thriller District 13, and the upcoming Overdrive, starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, which he shot in France.

Peppermint is being produced by Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid of Lakeshore Entertainment, which won the
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