Category: Career

Holiday Horror Pic “Better Watch Out” lands at well go USA

Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Better Watch Out, a holiday horror pic directed by Chris Peckover with a cast led by Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton and Ed Oxenbould. Well Go is scaring up plans for an October 6 theatrical and digital release.

Penned by Peckover and Zack Kahn, the pic (formerly known as Safe Neighborhood) centers stars DeJonge as a babysitter who, one snowy night on a quiet suburban street, must defend her 12-year-old charge (Miller) from intruders. But she quickly learns that this is one extraordinary home invasion that demands an equally extraordinary response. Aleks Mikic and Dacre Montgomery also star.

In the release announcing the deal producers Brett Thornquest and Brion Hambel called their pic “a crowd-pleasing, high-octane horror-thriller companion to Home Alone, Gremlins and Die Hard.”

Thornquest and Sidonie Abbene of Storm Vision Entertainment produced with Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions. XYZ Films handled domestic sales. Pfardrescher negotiated the deal on behalf of Well Go and Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Virginia Madsen & more set for AIDS drama pic “1985” from Yen Tan

•• Cory Michael Smith, Designated Survivor‘s Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis (Gotham, FX’s The Shield) have been tapped to co- star in AIDS drama film 1985, along with Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp and Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II, Big Hero 6).

Pit Stop helm Yen Tan is directing from his own script, which is based on his SXSW Special Jury Prize winning short. It center on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his preteen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung).

Emmy winner Ash Christian is producing for Cranium Entertainment along with HutcH for MuseLessMime Productions, with filming slated to take place in Dallas next month. Nancy Schafer, Monte Zajicek and Stacey Davis are executive producers alongside Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore, who will also co-finance and handle sales through their Green-Light International banner.

Designated Survivor: “The Oath” (1×10) Press Release

•• President Kirkman fears there could be a traitor in the White House when he discovers shocking information connected to the Capitol Bombing. Confiding in Emily, Kirkman puts her in charge of quietly investigating. Meanwhile, new information surfaces about Congressman MacLeish, raising concerns regarding his vice presidential nomination.

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Designated Survivor: “The Enemy” (1×04) Press Release

•• The Enemy (1×04): Kirkman learns who is behind the attack and needs to grapple not only with the prospect of war, but brewing domestic troubles as well. Kirkman taps Emily to monitor the domestic situation, while Alex may be in for more than she bargains for when she seeks out help from Hookstraten.

Designated Survivor: “The Confession” (1×03) Press Release

•• The Confession (1×03): President Kirkman and his staff work to keep a high-level security breach of the White House a secret just as he’s about to give his first television interview. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing, and Agent Hannah Wells starts to develop her own theories about who was really behind the attack, on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” Wednesday October 5. (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT).

Designated Survivor gets Full-Season 1 Order at ABC!

Designated Survivor gets Full-Season 1 Order at ABC!

•• ABC has ordered a full season of “Designated Survivor”, the network ABC announced Thursday. The show received nine additional episodes bringing Season 1 total to 22 episodes.

“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member-turned-president of the United States following a deadly attack on Washington, DC. The show’s premiere averaged 15.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults aged 18-49 in Nielsen’s Live+3 ratings.

After the full order season, viewers are expecting a “Designated Survivor” Season 2 renewal for the series. It may be too early but some series received renewal before a season ends.

“Designated Survivor” airs Wednesday nights at 10|9c on ABC.