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Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Vincent Cassel Join ‘Momentum’

VARIETY – Olga Kurylenko and Vincent Cassel are set to square off in Stephen Campanelli’s action thriller “Momentum.”

Morgan Freeman and Shea Whigham co-star.

Colette Aguilar, sales president at Moonrise Pictures, “Momentum’s” sales agent, made the key cast announcement at the Toronto Festival.

Campanelli has been best known as Clint Eastwood’s camera operator since “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Anton Ernst, the producer of South Africa’s Oscar submission in 2012, “Little One,” will produce via his banners Thaba Media and Azari Media.

From a screenplay by helmer-scribe Adam Marcus (“Let It Snow”) and writing partner Debra Sullivan, “Momentum” has Kurylenko as a thief on the run from not only the law but also Cassel’s assassin gang.

Moonrise has launched pre-sales, licensing Andre Boissier’s Revolutionary Releasing rights to CIS, Eastern Europe and Turkey, key territories now for any actioner. Gulf Film has closed the Middle East. Grosvenor Park is co-financing “Momentum,” Ernst said.

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Goodbye to ‘Magic City’: Starz Cancels Mitch Glazer’s Miami Drama After Two Seasons

INDIEWIRE – Starz renewed Miami period drama “Magic City” for a second season before the first even began airing last year, but it looks like those two seasons were enough. Deadline broke the story that the premium network has chosen not to continue with the series, which is currently airing — its season (and now series) finale is scheduled for this Friday. The network released the following statement:

“Magic City” will be concluding its two-season run on Starz with Friday’s series finale. We are tremendously proud of the series and everyone involved. From the writers, to the cast and crew, it has been an incredible collaboration. This was a story born from Mitch Glazer’s singular vision of Miami, the Magic City of his childhood, and we are grateful to him for bringing it to life on Starz. The season’s story arc will allow us to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the series, and we thank all the fans who checked in to the Miramar Playa.

Created by Mitch Glazer (“Scrooged,” “Passion Play”), “Magic City” stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike Evans, owner of a high-end Miami Beach hotel, who’s been increasingly unwillingly partnered with gangster Ben Diamond (Danny Huston). Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait and Kelly Lynch are also part of the cast, as is James Caan, who joined the show in its second season.

The show had all the right trappings, including plenty of fab period beachy costuming, but never attracted serious viewership or critical attention. Starz, which also canceled Chicago political drama “Boss” after two seasons, has been moving toward more genre- and action-oriented programming lately, with the David Goyer historical fantasy series “Da Vinci’s Demons” due back for another season in 2014 and the Michael Bay-produced pirate show “Black Sails” set to premiere in January.

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Olga Kurylenko on ‘Magic City’ Season 2

CRAVE ONLINE – Season two of STARZ’s original series “Magic City” is underway and Vera is about to take the stage in tonight’s episode.

We sat down with Vera’s portrayer, Olga Kurylenko to discuss her role as the wife of Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and now we’re getting to see all the fruits of her labor. During our interview, Kurylenko offered her thoughts on the Evans’ marriage and spoke about her dance training. I also asked her a few 007 questions, because I am a Quantum of Solace defender.

Is Vera playing a much bigger part in Ike’s business this season?
In this season, I really enjoyed doing it because I think there was more for me to do. First of all, I get to dance, so I was training for a month, preparing my performance. That was great, to perform on stage in front of all this audience. A lot of similar themes are going through the second season, like Vera is still trying to stay very close to her family and create her own family. She’s still on the road to trying to have a baby, but in this season new opportunities open up. A bit odd opportunities, but it is a way for her to have a baby but I can’t give it away.

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Pierce Brosnan’s ‘November Man’ Scores Olga Kurylenko

VARIETY.COM – Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and Bill Smitrovich are joining Pierce Brosnan in the action-thriller “November Man,” directed by Roger Donaldson.

The castings were announced at Cannes on Friday — three days before the start of production in Europe — by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. The Solution is handling international rights and CAA represents the U.S. rights.

Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime announced the project at Cannes last year as part of a multipicture financing and distribution deal with the Solution Entertainment Group, with “November Man” set as the launch title and framed as a potential franchise-starter.

Script has been written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek (“Oblivion”) and developed from Bill Granger’s “There Are No Spies,” the seventh book in Granger’s 13-part “November Man” series.

Brosnan portrays an ex-CIA operative pitted against his former pupil, played by Bracey. The two are in a race to find a woman — portrayed by Kurylenko — who is hiding from her past and who holds the key to an international conspiracy.