US-based distributor Vertical Entertainment has acquired US and UK rights to Daniel Graham’s The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica, and is scheduling a theatrical release in both territories for later this year.
The deal was secured through the film’s executive producer Simon Williams, an investment director at finance partner Ingenious.
Sales agent AMP International has separately sold the film to Australia (Rialto Film), Benelux (FilmFreak), India (Pictureworks), Middle East (Front Row), Turkey (SiyahBeyaz) and Greece (Odeon).
Shot on location in Malta in 2019 (long before the Covid-19 pandemic), the film depicts a pandemic which hits the island causing residents to flee. An architect chooses to stay to finish his commission for the eponymous eccentric billionaire.
Timothy Spall plays the architect with Peter Stormare as the Grand Duke and Matt Hookings as St Francis of Assisi.
Hookings of Camelot Films and Chris Hardman of Hardman Pictures produced the film, with financing from Ingenious, LipSync Productions and the Malta Film Commission.
It is the second feature for director Graham after 2019 drama Opus Zero starring Willem Dafoe. Graham previously worked in UK distribution at companies including Artificial Eye and Axiom Films.
MCC’s LiveLabs digital one-act reading series continues February 25 at 6:30 PM ET with The Things Are Against Us by Susan Soon He Stanton. After the premiere, the play will be available on demand through March 14. Ellie Heyman directs.
Juan Castano, Emily Davis, Susannah Flood (The Cherry Orchard), Babak Tafti, and Danny Wolohan (West Side Story, To Kill a Mockingbird) star in this family drama set in a mysterious house with a mind of its own.
MCC’s most recent LiveLab, On Love by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Awoye Timpo, is available on MCC on Demand through February 26.
MCC has also added Virtual Student Matinees to the LiveLabs series, making programming available for classrooms with a MCC-led workshop and tailored study guide. Titles available for student matinee showings are The Things Are Against Us, as well as On Love, Frankie & Will, and When.
For more information on Virtual Student Matinees or for LiveLabs ticketing, visit MCCTheater.org.
“It’s not an ask; this is a do this or else kind of thing.”
Looks like not much has changed in the relationship between assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) and corrupt FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon). Showtime’s Boston-set crime drama City on a Hill returns March 28 for season 2, and EW has an exclusive first look above.
“Jackie, you ain’t getting rid of me — ever,” says Decourcy in a tense bar showdown. “If you could have gotten rid of me, you would have. The fact that you can’t got’s to be driving you f—ing insane.”
Firing back, Jackie notes, “People tend to hang themselves. We all do. Just a matter of time.”
“We have a bit more shock when it comes to the people around Jackie and Decourcy and how their lives intersect with ours,” he shares. “We’re going through different levels of fear, terror, self-reflection when it comes to who these people are in the space they’re in. Even Jackie has those moments where he has to look in the mirror and say, ‘Who am I? And is this who I really want to be?'”
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Here’s the official synopsis: “Season two centers on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. As coalition leader Grace Campbell (Pernell Walker) works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose. Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr, who is here to exploit Boston’s defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Suffolk DA. No one is safe from the collateral damage.”
[01/28/21 – 10:01 AM] “City on a Hill” Season Two to Premiere on Showtime Sunday, March 28 at 10 PM ET/PT Beginning April 18, the series will move to 9 p.m. ET/PT.
“CITY ON A HILL” SEASON TWO TO PREMIERE ON SHOWTIME(R) SUNDAY, MARCH 28 AT 10 PM ET/PTAcclaimed One-Hour Drama Stars Golden Globe(R) Winner Kevin Bacon and SAG Award(R) Winner Aldis HodgeNetwork Releases Official Key Art For New SeasonLOS ANGELES – January 28, 2021 – SHOWTIME will premiere the second season of its one-hour drama series CITY ON A HILL, starring Golden Globe winner and Emmy(R) nominee Kevin Bacon and Screen Actors Guild(R) award winner Aldis Hodge, on Sunday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Beginning April 18, the series will move to 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, SHOWTIME has released the official key art for season two, which will consist of eight one-hour episodes.Season two centers on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. As coalition leader Grace Campbell (Pernell Walker) works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose. Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Bacon), who is here to exploit Boston’s defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Suffolk DA. No one is safe from the collateral damage.Season two also stars Lauren E. Banks, Mark O’Brien, Amanda Clayton, Matthew Del Negro and Jill Hennessy with guest stars Pernell Walker, Lucia Ryan, Kameron Kierce, Shannon Wallace, John Doman, and Michael O’Keefe.CITY ON A HILL is executive produced by multiple Emmy winner Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street), who also serves as showrunner. In addition, CITY ON A HILL is executive produced by Jennifer Todd, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jorge Zamacona Barry Levinson, Chuck MacLean and Michael Cuesta. Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Michele Giordano serve as co-executive producers.SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple(R), Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku(R), Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One and PlayStation(R)4. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at http://www.showtime.com/.
How will this team resolve the tragedy from Ep 1 tonight:
JT’s also arrived on the street and encounter other police officers. The cops are not persuaded that JT is one of them, they call him “boy” and demand he put his hands up even though he clearly explains he’s with Major Crimes. They won’t even let him get his badge out before a white officer attempts to choke him against the wall. JT manages to shove him away so he can breathe, and the other cops all take aim and command JT to put his hands up once again.
JT’s seconds from being shot when both Malcolm and Dani rush up. It’s only after Dani shows her badge and confirms he’s a cop that the officers lower their weapons.