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Gotti, the biopic starring John Travolta as mob boss John V. Gotti, is heading to Cannes, where it will screen May 15, festival organizers confirmed Wednesday.

The film will have “its world premiere as a special gala screening in the Palais des Festivals at Cannes,” the festival said. Sunrider Productions’ Edward Walson also made the announcement.

The fest described the screening, which does not appear to be part of the official lineup, as “a private presentation in the presence of John Travolta and [festival director] Thierry Fremaux”. It will be held in the Salle Bunuel, one of the smaller screening rooms in the Palais, rather that in that facility’s two main venues, the Grand Lumiere or the Debussy.

The festival also announced today that Travolta will take part in a master class conversation with critic Didier Allouch on May 16. And that evening he will mark the 40th anniversary of Grease by introducing the film at a Movies on the Beach screening.

Director Kevin Connolly, Travolta and his co-stars Kelly Preston and Stacey Keach are expected to be on hand for Gotti‘s world premiere.

With a screenplay adapted from Gotti’s memoir Shadow of My Father, the script was written by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi and dramatizes Gotti’s rise to power as boss of the Gambino crime family.

“To have our world premiere as part of the most prestigious film festival in the world is quite an honor,” Travolta said as part of the announcement. “I would like to thank festival director Thierry Fremaux for including Gotti as part of the festival events.”

The film, produced by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films alongside Highland Film Group and Fiore Films, with Randall Emmett, George Furla and Michael Froch serving as producers, is slated to be released in the U.S. on June 15.

By Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter

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If you liked I, Tonya, get ready for Margot Robbie‘s second producorial effort under her LuckyChap banner, the mysterious Neo-Noir Terminal. We got our first teaser trailer for the film last week, and it was a stylish cinematography showcase, but we still haven’t got much of a taste for what this movie is about or who the characters are. Fortunately, we’ve got an exclusive first look at the film’s theatrical and motion posters to give us a little a first look at the film’s cast of characters ahead of the full trailer debut.

The film marks the feature directorial debut of assistant director Vaughn Stein (Beauty and the Beast), who also wrote the script, and follows a twisting tale of two assassins (played by Dexter Fletcher and Max Irons) on a dangerous mission for a mysterious employer. Their journey brings them across a number of colorful characters including an enigmatic janitor and a mysterious femme fatale named Annie (Robbie), who might just have more to do with their mission than they think.

Robbie will debut the full trailer on Wednesday, but for now, you can get a sneak peek in the posters below. Terminal also stars Simon Pegg and Mike Myers. RLJE will release the film in theaters on May 11, 2018.

By Haleigh Foutch, Collider

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Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s brutal A Vigilante, feels like it’s coming along at just the right cultural moment that it could become a talking point for female empowerment. It’s a story of trauma, domestic violence and vengeance that’s driven by a fearless, remarkable performance from Olivia Wilde, doing the best work of her career. Whenever the film stumbles narratively – there’s some chronological gamesmanship that doesn’t work and a flawed final act – Wilde is there to pick it up and keep moving it along, just as her character does for the people in the film.

She plays Sadie, a woman we meet putting on a wig, colored contacts, and make-up. Sadie is a vigilante. Anyone who needs help – but primarily women in domestic violence situations – can go through the right channels to find her and, well, get vengeance. She’s not a killer. She’s more of an extractor. She will get the person in need out of their dangerous situation, which is what so many victims of domestic violence can’t do for themselves. And Sadie will use whatever means necessary, including violence. She has trained herself in combat and knows how to force a man to leave his family or rescue a child from a true waking nightmare.

Of course, Sadie does this work because of trauma in her own past. In an early scene, Sadie hears a song that clearly sparks a memory and has a massive breakdown. It’s frightening, and it’s not the last. Wilde gives herself over completely to the most physically challenging role of her career. Sadie is a woman who is all cool when she’s on the job but often screams, cries, and shakes when the trauma that got her here returns in memory. One of the reasons that A Vigilante works is that Wilde and her writer/director are careful to treat people who have suffered violence respectfully and honestly. Trauma and violence aren’t just plot devices in this world – they are a part of an ongoing massacre in this country in which men, mostly men, kill women and children. A Vigilante could have been B-movie exploitation, but it never crosses that line, handling its difficult subject matter well, and reminding us how incredible Wilde can be in the right material.

By Brian Tallerico, rogerebert.com

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EXCLUSIVEHighland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights to Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo action drama Boss Level.

The company, which is led by Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, is launching the Joe Carnahan-directed picture at Berlin and joins its EFM slate, which also includes Tye Sheridan’s The Night Clerk and Margot Robbie’s Terminal.

The film follows a retired special forces veteran, played by Grillo, who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Gibson plays Colonel Clive Ventor, the powerful head of a shadowy program. Carnahan wrote the script.

Gibson is coming off the back of S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, which he starred in alongside Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter as well as Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Grillo, who starred in Captain America and the Purge franchise, recently starred in Netflix’s Wheelman and Wolf Warrior 2. He is set to star in brawl thriller Donnybrook and Netflix doc Fight World.

The film is financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla. It is a co-production between EFO, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free, whose Jules Daly will be exec producer.

Gibson is repped by CAA, Grillo by CAA and Management 360, and Carnahan by CAA.

By Peter White, Deadline.com

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EXCLUSIVE: X-Men and Ready Player One star Tye Sheridan is to front crime drama The Night Clerk, written and directed by Original Sin director and Bonfire of the Vanities screenwriter Michael Cristofer. The film is produced by David Wulf, producer of forthcoming Nic Cage vehicle Looking Glass, and Highland Film Group, which is launching it at Berlin next week.

The feature sees Sheridan star as a hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, an intelligent young man on the autism spectrum, who uses secret surveillance cameras to record guests in an effort to improve his social interaction skills. However, when a woman is murdered Bromley becomes the prime suspect and he refuses to reveal his illegal cameras that would prove his innocence. As the police investigation closes in, he becomes close to a beautiful guest named Andrea, but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.

Principal photography begins in Utah in May. Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier’s Highland Film Group, the firm behind Margot Robbie’s Terminal and Jason Momoa’s Braven, will begin international sales at the EFM in Berlin with Highland and The Gersh Agency co-repping U.S. sales.

It is the latest role for rising actor Sheridan, who is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which is released by Warner Bros on March 29, and Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds, which is released in June. He’s just off the back of X-Men: Apocalypse, where he revived his role as Cyclops, and has also appeared in Jeff Nichols’ Mud after breaking through in Terrence Malik’s The Tree Of Life.

The Night Clerk is the directorial return for Cristofer, who last directed Antonia Banderas and Angelina Jolie’ erotic thriller Original Sin in 2001 and Jolie’s Jay McInerney-penned HBO movie Gia in 1998. More recently he has been in front of the camera with roles in TV series including Mr Robot, American Horror Story and Ray Donovan. Sheridan is represented by WME, Mosaic and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher and Cristofer is represented by The Gersh Agency and Parseghian Planco.

Other titles on Highland’s Berlin slate include Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley, Vaughn Stein’s Terminal, Jon Avnet’s Three Christs starring Richard Gere, Eric Bress’ supernatural psychological thriller Ghosts of War, Lin Oeding’s Braven, Scott Mann’s Final Score starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan; and a remake of The Crow directed by Corin Hardy.

By Peter White

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