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Cannes: Netflix Acquires Kevin James’ ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Variety, 5/19/15: Netflix has made its first big splash at the Cannes Film Festival by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Kevin James comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” Variety has learned.

The purchase, which is in final negotiations, is a formidable coup for Netflix as it continues to build on its reputation in the realm of distributing original films.

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Dylan Sellers Sets Rivers Edge Films Shingle With PalmStar Media Backing

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Deadline Hollywood, 2/20/15: EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Sellers has formed Rivers Edge Films, a production company that kicks off with a strategic partnership with Kevin Frakes’ finance/production company PalmStar Media. Palmstar will fund Sellers’ overhead, production and development costs. They will jointly produce four to five films with budgets between $20 million and $40 million. Sellers will likely have a producing role in some of PalmStar’s other films.

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‘John Wick’ Partners PalmStar & Thunder Road Make $200 Million Slate Financing Deal

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Deadline Hollywood, 10/22/14: On the eve of the opening of their Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick, PalmStar Media Capital and Thunder Road Pictures have made an overall financing deal that will give Basil Iwanyk’s production company more than $200 million in equity annually to fully finance and produce five to six star-driven films with budgets between $20 million and $50 million. PalmStar has the option to finance or co-finance the bigger-budget films. Iwanyk’s company will also have over $5 million in development capital to percolate projects in the deal he has closed with PalmStar Media CEO Kevin Frakes.

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Bill Block, Kevin Frakes Partner on $500 Million Film Slate with Merced

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Variety, 10/8/14: Production-financing veterans Bill Block (“Fury”) and Kevin Frakes have teamed with hedge fund Merced Capital L.P. to launch a $500 million slate of films under the Merced Media moniker.

The new venture will be a development, production and financing vehicle and unveil its first projects shortly.

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Keanu Reeves To Tell “The Whole Truth”

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Dark Horizons, 6/14/14:  Two months after Daniel Craig unexpectedly dropped out, Keanu Reeves has now taken over the lead role in “Frozen River” director Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama “The Whole Truth” at PalmStar Entertainment.

Reeves will play a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Nicholas Kazan penned the script.

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WWE Studios to Co-Produce Vince Vaughn Thriller ‘Term Life’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Variety, 4/4/14: In what marks one of its biggest film projects to date, WWE Studios has joined PalmStar Media Capital to co-finance and co-produce the Vince Vaughn thriller “Term Life” that Peter Billingsley will direct and Universal Pictures will release in 2015.

The film is currently lensing, and co-stars Jon Favreau and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Pierce Brosnan’s Spy Thriller ‘November Man’ Gets U.S. Distribution

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Variety, 04/02/14:Relativity Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “November Man,” starring Pierce Brosnan as a former spy.

Brosnan appeared in four James Bond films as the iconic spy, the last coming in 2002 with “Die Another Day.””

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Kristen Stewart’s ‘American Ultra’ Heading to Lionsgate

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Variety, 3/1/14:  Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights for $7 million to upcoming indie action-comedy “American Ultra,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

The studio acquired the project a month before shooting starts in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis.

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FilmNation sings for Carney, U2

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ScreenDaily, 2/6/14: EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has bulked up its red-hot EFM slate with international rights to Sing Street, the latest project from John Carney.

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