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Rob Cohen Action-Thriller ‘The Hurricane Heist’ Acquired By Entertainment Studios

Big-budget action-thriller The Hurricane Heist from director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) has landed at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. The news comes fresh off the company’s successful release of 47 Meters Down, which has earned $41.1M domestic to date. The deep-water shark thriller starring Mandy Moore marked their first foray into theatrical distribution.

The Hurricane Heist, which is slated to open in theaters in the first quarter of 2018, was written by Cohen, Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton and Carlos Davis. Moshe Diamant has signed on to produce alongside Mark Damon, Chris Milburn, Rob Cohen, Karen Baldwin, Michael Tadross, Jr., Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, and Bill Immerman.

The story follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. mint facility at the same time a disastrous Category 5 hurricane is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Tony Kebbel), a Treasury agent (Maggie Grace) and the meteorologist’s ex-Marine brother (Ryan Kwanten). Together they not only must survive the hurricane, but also stop the mastermind thieves from accomplishing the heist of the century.

“The Hurricane Heist is a non-stop epic action motion picture,” said Allen in a statement. “Rob Cohen has delivered a thrill ride that is going to keep audiences on the edge of their seats worldwide.”

Added Mark Damon, Chairman and CEO of Foresight Unlimited, which is handling international sales: “We’re delighted to have Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures acquire this big budget event film. Byron Allen and his team are very creative, aggressive, and an absolute force to be reckoned with. I’m highly confident that The Hurricane Heist will be a solid hit for this new, innovative distributor.”

The deal was negotiated by Damon as well as ESMP’s Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous along with Jenna Sanz-Agero and Ben Kramer and Joe Della Rosa from CAA

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‘The Oath’: Ryan Kwanten To Co-Star In Crackle Drama Series

Former True Blood star Ryan Kwanten is set for a lead role opposite Sean Bean in Crackle’s upcoming drama series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) and his G-Unit Film & Television. In addition, Kwanten will serve as a producer on the series.

Kwanten will play Steve Hammond, son of Tom Hammond (Bean) and the leader of a cop gang, The Ravens. A cool, pragmatic, reluctant leader with the mind and instincts of a shrewd tactician, Hammond is a survivor–a natural protector who values taking care of those closest to him, his family, his team.

Written and created by former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-0, Secrets & Lies), the 10-episode original series explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join—only a select few make the cut–but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks.

The premiere episode will be directed by Jeff T. Thomas (Blindspot, Wayward Pines).

Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group executive produce with Halpin, who also is showrunner.

Kwanten starred for seven seasons on the critically praised HBO series True Blood and he also appeared on Fox comedy New Girl. He will next be seen starring in features Supercon, a comedy alongside John Malkovich, and Rob Cohen’s action film Category 5 with Maggie Grace. Kwanten is repped by WME, LINK Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

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Kwanten shows off his bulging biceps and sculpted abs after catching a wave in sunny Los Angeles

He’s the former Home And Away star turned Hollywood heartthrob.

And Ryan Kwanten showed off his chiselled abs and bulging biceps as he enjoyed a day at Venice beach last week.

Making sure to stay sun-safe, the 39-year-old hunk covered up in a long-sleeved rash vest and a baseball hat while out surfing. Wearing a pair of brown and green board shorts, the HBO star took of his blue cap to shake the water out of his hair. Sporting a rugged beard, Ryan took off his top to reveal his sculpted torso as he stood on the sand.

Formerly from Sydney, the ex-soap star has been living in California for several years, where he has continued to find fame on an international scale. He’s most famous in the US for his role as Jason Stackhouse in the drama series True Blood.

The show ran for six years between 2008 and 2014, with Ryan’s scene alongside co-star Alexander Skarsgard being one of the most memorable.

There are racy scenes showed Ryan naked and kissing his male co-star.

The Australian hunk told Daily Mail Australia he signed on to do the show knowing he’d most likely have to star in a nude scene eventually.

‘I knew it was HBO, I knew it was Alan Ball but I knew I’d be in safe hands!’ he said.

Meanwhile, his handsome co-star praised Ryan’s kissing talents on The Project in June. Asked to select the best kisser out of his on-screen partners Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Ryan, the 40-year-old star quipped: ‘Out of the three I’ve got to say Ryan Kwanten is surprisingly a good kisser actually.’

‘He’s very tender. You wouldn’t think it because he’s kind of a tough guy but very soft, gentle, tender touch’, he continued.

Ryan also played Vinnie Patterson on Home And Away from 1997 to 2002, with Ada Nicodemou acting as his on-screen wife Leah Poulos.