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In honor of the film being released tomorrow, March 12 on VOD and Digital HD by Momentum Pictures, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip, which is titled ‘The CIA Betrayed You.’ The clip also features two of the other main stars from the comedy, including Michael Kingsbaker and William Baldwin, whose character, Drake Savage, issues the clip title revelation to Adriana.

Conspiracy theories have a way of rattling the universe…or, at least, unnerving someone’s own personal world. That’s certainly the case for actress Ana Serradilla’s character of Adriana Vazquez in the new action thriller, Welcome to Acapulco.

Welcome to Acapulco was directed by Guillermo Iván. The movie also stars Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), William Baldwin (Sliver), Bradley Gregg (Stand by Me), Jeannine Kaspar (Iron Man) and Michael Papajohn (Jurassic World).

In Welcome to Acapulco, video game designer Matt Booth (Kingsbaker) has one shot to save his career by unveiling his biggest project yet at the Video Game Awards in New Mexico. But after running into a friend at the airport and having a little too much to drink before his flight, he ends up in actual Mexico – specifically, Acapulco.

As soon as he lands, Matt finds himself on the run from high-powered criminals, deadly hitmen and the Feds, who are all looking for a mysterious package that he has allegedly smuggled through customs, yet knows nothing about. Partnering with a badass, beautiful femme fatale and channeling his inner video game action hero, the pair unravels a conspiracy that could shake the foundation of the United States, maybe even the world.

By Karen Benardello, shockya.com

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Add Simon Pegg to the list of actors who’ve undergone radical transformations for a role.

The British comedian surprised fans this weekend when he showed off his extreme weight loss and muscle gain for the upcoming film, Inheritance.

His personal trainer Nick Lower originally shared the photo on Friday and included the caption: “Simon Pegg 6 month body transformation for ‘Inheritance’ Movie. The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look.”

Pegg, 49, retweeted the photo and added a comment saying achieving his new look caused “occasional mild grumpiness.” Link to the post: https://t.co/d1V9OedEo6

Inheritance explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.

As Deadline previously reported, Pegg’s Terminal director Vaughn Stein is helming the film, and Lily Collins has signed on to co-star after Kate Mara dropped out as female lead because of scheduling changes.

Matthew Kennedy wrote the script, and Richard B. Lewis is producing via his Southpaw Entertainment with David Wulf.

Pegg’s other credits include Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

By Anita Bennett, Deadline

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Netflix is not entirely to blame for market woes in the independent sector, a panel of international sales agents said at the Entertainment Finance Forum presented by Winston Baker on Wednesday February 28th.

Despite frequent stories about the challenges of selling into the UK, Germany and France, Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier said the overall effect of market forces were the cause.

“Everything is changing around us and we’re going with the flow,” said Perrier. Sierra/Affinity president of sales and distribution Jonathan Kier noted the role of geopolitics.

“Turkey is in political upheaval,” said Kier. “Italy is in perpetual political upheaval. In the UK you have Brexit and in Russia the currency has collapsed.”

Netflix dominated the conversation, as the panellists said the streamer’s ability to come in and take all rights off the table was altering the way they deal with long-standing independent distribution partners. Nobody said it explicitly, but the clear implication was the situation was becoming complicated as traditional buyers struggled to compete.

Later in the day, panels on funding solutions and monetising the future of entertainment focused mostly on the need to make premium content and exploit the proliferation of platforms, while not overlooking the important of festivals as discovery platforms.

“A sales agent is the last person I talk to,” said producer Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films in a remark that would have raised eyebrows at the earlier panel of sales agents. “The idea is to let the market dictate how you finance [a project].”

Delirio Films arrived at Sundance last month with Shia LaBeouf starrer Honey Boy, and the documentaries Ask Dr Ruth, and Mike Wallace Is Here, fully aware that the route to distribution could differ on all three.

All three sold, however Leggett was under no illusion that festivals can be treacherous: difficult to get into, and hard to capture the attention of executives once inside. ”There are only a handful of festivals that drive sales (Sundance and Toronto). The riskiest thing is for independent filmmakers to rely on festivals.”

Each film required a plan and a back-up plan, he said, depending on its genre, budget, availability or otherwise of talent, and the experience level of the director.

By Jeremy Kay, Screendaily.com

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Buyers have responded strongly at EFM to Trauma Center, the first in the three-film pact between Bruce Willis and MoviePass Films that Highland Film Group has licensed in multiple territories.

Studiocanal has acquired rights to the hospital-set action thriller for France, YouPlanet for Spain, MisLabel for Scandinavia, IIF for Italy, Dutch Filmworks for Benelux, and Cinemundo for Portugal.

Elsewhere Trauma Center has gone in the Middle East (Falcon), Eastern Europe and South Africa (Daro), Japan (Nikkatsu), China (Vision), South Korea (Andamiro), Indonesia (Prima), Turkey and India (Tanweer), Greece (Feelgood), and Israel (Five Stars). Fox Vision acquired rights for pan-Asian pay-TV.

Production is scheduled to start on March 12 in Miami on the story of a former paramedic who gets injured after she witnesses a crossfire involving two corrupt cops. Dispatched to hospital, the woman must survive the night as the men hunt her down. Willis will play the police officer assigned to protect her.

Brian A Miller is directing from a screenplay by Paul da Silva. Willis’ long-time collaborators Randall Emmett and George Furla, whose Emmett Furla Oasis Films was snapped up by MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics last year, are producing. Executive producers are Ted Farnsworth, who serves as co-head of MoviePass Films alongside Emmett and Furla, as well as Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert.

HFG’s production and sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk with Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Simon Pegg and Lily Collins; Joshua Caldwell’s Southland with Bella Thorne; and Steven C. Miller’s action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.

By Jeremy Kay, Screendaily.com

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Today, we’re happy to debut an exclusive trailer and poster for Welcome to Acapulco, a new thriller that travels down to the sun-soaked beaches of Acapulco to unfold an action-packed mystery. The film follows video game designer Matt Booth, who heads to the Video Game Awards in New Mexico to unveil the project that will save his career. But when he has one to many at the airport, Matt ends up in Acapluco, Mexico instead and walks off the plane straight into a mess of high-powered criminals, hitmen, femme fatales, and FBI agents who all think he possesses a “package” that he knows nothing about.

Directed by Guillermo Ivan from a script by Garry CharlesWelcome to Acapulcostars Ana Serradilla, Michael Kingsbaker, Michael Madsen, Paul Sorvino, William Baldwin, Bradley Gregg, Jeannine Kaspar and Michael Papajohn. Momentum Pictures will release the film on digital and On Demand March 12th. 

By Haleigh Foutch, Collider.com

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