“elevated genre film” with Snipes and Anne Heche “Armed Response”
7 November, 2016
Armed Response, fka Temple, Simmons and and Wesley Snipes’ Maandi Media DMM production company are producing with Michael Luisi through Simmons’ Erebus Pictures, a specialty horror label he formed last year with WWE Studios to produce “elevated genre films,” while Snipes and Anne Heche are among the film’s stars, . Other cast members include Dave Annable (“Brothers and Sisters”) and WWE wrestling star Seth Rollins. John Stockwell (“Middle of Nowhere,” “Blue Crush”) is directing. Based on a script by Matt Savelloni, the film reportedly tells the story of a team of trained operatives who experience strange phenomena after becoming trapped in an isolated military compound when its artificial intelligence shuts down. “Maandi strives to create elevated multi-media content that appeals to all demographics worldwide — from childhood fan to feature film collaborators.”
[September 23 Anne Heche at TIFF: ‘remarkable’ Catfight ]
This odd, nasty yet rather funny little film tears apart ideas of sisterhood and female friendship and replaces them with burning hate and gratuitous violence. The knock-down-drag-out pounding that Sandra Oh and Anne Heche exchange not once but three times in Catfight, The choreography of the outrageously extended fight scenes by stunt coordinator Balint Pinczehelyi is remarkable, with each successive appearance of exhaustion and surrender giving way to another flailing bout of punches and kicks, accompanied by amped-up visceral sound effects. Venue: Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentations)
Production companies: MPI Media Group
To put it bluntly, TIFF has become a dumping ground, serving up hundreds of new movies with hardly any discernible sense of curation. Aristic director Cameron Bailey seems to accept virtually any film with a couple starry names in the cast — provided that they agree to walk the red carpet, of course.
[May 16 2015 USA Network Dig: following soft ratings, decides to dump ]
Now, as its lead female star, Anne Heche sizes up “Dig” in retrospect a massive production focusing on tales of murder, conspiracy and intrigue in the fields of archeology, politics and religion.
The Jason Isaacs-fronted conspiracy drama was initially envisaged an event series that could return with a different mystery each season, ratings permitting.
However, following soft ratings, the network has decided not to pursue a second season, with Dig now existing as a limited ten-part event series (AKA miniseries).
[May 13 Anne Heche: more secrets, conspiracies and beliefs for ‘Dig’]
Air date Episode 18-49 demo % demo change Viewers (mil) % mil change
Thurs 3/5/2015 01-01 0.56 1.834
Thurs 3/12/2015 01-02 0.42 -25.00% 1.446 -21.16%
Thurs 3/19/2015 01-03 0.40 -4.76% 1.428 -1.24%
Thurs 3/26/2015 01-04 0.38 -5.00% 1.337 -6.37%
Thurs 4/2/2015 01-05 0.21 -44.74% 0.925 -30.82%
Thurs 4/9/2015 01-06 0.26 23.81% 0.948 2.49%
Thurs 4/16/2015 01-07 0.28 7.69% 1.075 13.40%
Thurs 4/23/2015 01-08 0.21 -25.00% 0.937 -12.84%
Thurs 4/30/2015 01-09 0.19 -9.52% 1.085 15.80%
Thurs 5/7/2015 01-10 0.28 47.37% 1.051 -3.13%
Season averages 0.32 rating among adults 18-49 1.21 million total viewers
USA Network has’Dig’ up for renewal – or not.
[March 10 religious conspiracy thriller gets sustaining ratings]
The combined runs across all three plays on USA on Thursday March 5:combined L3 audience of 5.8 MM total viewers.In total, a combined audience of almost 9MM tuned in for the premiere of Dig across USA and its sister networks, including Bravo, E!, Esquire and Oxygen from March 5- March 8.
[March 8] DIG, USA’s religious conspiracy thriller — drew a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 on March 5, with 1.83 million total viewers, was pretty close to the 0.55 rating and 1.75 million viewers USA drew on February 26 in the same time slot with an old Law & Order: SVU.
[September 17 2014
USA Network has made it official, picking up four additional episodes of DIG to bring the upcoming action thriller event series to a total of 10. The network also set a March 5 premiere date for the murder-mystery drama set against the backdrop of modern Jerusalem. FBI agent Peter Connelly under the guidance of his new boss, and occasional lover, Lynn Monahan (Anne Heche).
[September 17 Dig premiere March 5]
USA Network has pushed back the planned fall launch of its six-episode event series “Dig” to 2015 because of the conflict in the Middle East. USA is likely to pick up more episodes beyond the original order of six.
[September 8 USA Network Series Turns Split Into Jerusalem\
That was strange sight. You are walking through Split, enjoying peaceful atmosphere, maybe thinking where to go for a lunch. Suddenly, you find yourself in a Ban Mladen Street, surrounded by signs written in Hebrew, Israeli flags hung on buildings, and restaurant you always knew as Konoba Hvaranin offers a range of Middle East specialties. Finally – to make it even more bizarre – a bunch of Palestinian protesters is stopped by strong police forces. Parallel universe? No, just filming of another big TV production in Split.
[August 20 USA’s ‘Dig’ Moves Filming to Croatia Sept. 1
The cast and crew had been lensing on location in Israel since early summer. After fighting broke out between Israel and Gaza in July, however, NBC execs made the difficult decision to pull out their teams, relocating them instead to Albuquerque while scouting for a location whose exteriors could pass as Jerusalem on screen.
They will arrive in the Balkans on Sept. 1 for 13 days of shooting. Interior shots will continue to be filmed in Albuquerque. Croatia was selected.
[July 19 Anne Heche: after the MacGuffin – Cannon Fodder: Israeli zombie movie set in Lebanon]
Heche will play the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem in USA Network’s six-episode thriller “Dig,” Heche is coming off a brief run in the NBC comedy “Save Me” and is doing an arc on NBC’s Michael J. Fox Show. “Dig” will be filmed entirely in Jerusalem. The story line follows an FBI agent’s search for a religious artifact linked to a potentially world-changing conspiracy hundreds of years in the making while investigating the murder of a female archaeologist. Any resemblance to a Dan Brown story or an Indiana Jones adventure is of course purely coincidental. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Alphas,” “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy. Owner(s) NBCUniversal (Comcast Corporation)
The MacGuffin technique is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and thereafter declines in importance. Hitchcock defined a MacGuffin as the object around which the plot revolves, but as to what that object specifically is, he declared, “the audience don’t care”.
The main characters, Commander Doran and his Special Ops Team, are walking-talking stereotypes and the fact they speak Hebrew doesn’t change a thing about this. Writer/director Eitan Gafny doesn’t bother to create a brooding, unsettling atmosphere and seemingly doesn’t want us to have sympathy for any of the characters (including the totally innocent Lebanese population). Painful to watch as a genuine horror fan, the extreme gore and excessive bloodshed is all computer-generated garbage that didn’t require any cinematic craftsmanship.