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Actor Jake Picking has joined the cast of Josh Brolin‘s Arizona wildfire drama “Granite Mountain,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Picking will portray one of the heroic crew to battle a lethal 2103 wildfire in Prescott, Arizona. The film is currently in production in New Mexico. “Granite Mountain,” originally titled “No Exit,” also stars Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. Also Read: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller in Talks to Star in True Firefighter Tale 'No Exit' The film was written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer. Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy,” “Oblivion”) is directing, with Black »
- Matt Donnelly
Like all the best fairy tales, Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth is a much more grown-up effort than its fantasy trappings let on. Sure, it’s directed by the man who introduced both The Muppets and Sesame Street to the world, but don’t be fooled by all of the puppets and cute creatures and catchy songs: this is a film geared at children but actually about the end of childhood. Bittersweet, that.
On its face, Labyrinth offers a traditional take on the hero’s journey codified by Joseph Campbell: Jennifer Connelly’s sixteen-year-old Sarah wishes her baby brother would be taken away by Goblin King Jareth (the late, great David Bowie) and, when he is, must travel to a fantasy realm to rescue him. On a deeper and darker level, however, the screenplay by Monty Python’s own Terry Jones is the story of a young woman maturing into an adult, »
- Patrick Bromley
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Dale joins the Fox thriller in the title role, one described as an “ex-cop plagued by the violent death of his wife and son who battles to find a missing girl but soon discovers a sinister presence around him.”
Lifting inspiration from Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey’s comic of the same name, THR cautions that The Empty Man will diverge from its source material in some respects, but stopped short of disclosing what those creative departures will entail. What we do know is Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are attached to produce on behalf of Boom! Studios, and production is expected to get underway in South Africa before the year’s end. »
- Michael Briers
Chrissie Zullo has created some really cool original artwork exclusively for Fandango, like her Women of Star Wars, Deadpool and Wonder Woman pieces, but it was her Labyrinth print below that we have a soft spot for. The piece beautifully captures David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth; Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, the distraught sister who must journey through the Labyrinth to rescue her baby brother; and Ludo, Hoggle and the rest of the magical...
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Manuel here. American Pastoral, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth has a trio of leading performers that I find myself often rooting for—despite early buzzy career moves, each have become underrated and/or undervalued players: Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, and Ewan McGregor who's doing double duty here. American Pastoral marks his directorial debut.
I initially wanted to share the beautiful new poster for it which is haunting and simple; a perfect example of a one sheet that establishes quickly the mood of the piece. Roth's title and the film's tagline "A radically ordinary story" surely help. This is the American Dream engulfed in flames which means the nuclear family at the core of McGregor's film (Connelly playing his wife, Fanning his daughter) will be anything but ordinary.
And then I found the trailer had dropped and 30 seconds in I was already sold (which would've made a »
- Manuel Betancourt
The fantasy musical is about a teenage girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who has 13 hours to solve a majestic labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby from the sinister Goblin King, played by the multi-talented David Bowie.
Today, the movie is considered a cult classic and loved by so many!
Filled with a cast of wonderful puppets, which were brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, we here at Cineplex are very excited to be releasing this coming-of-age tale onto the big screen again in all its magical glory! So mark your calendars now for this one night only event! »
- Scott Goodyer
Actor Ewan McGregor has certainly been keeping busy lately, filming his long-awaited sequel Trainspotting 2 and also signing on for his first major American TV role, starring in Season 3 of FX's Fargo. The actor is also getting ready to debut his directorial debut American Pastoral, with the first trailer arriving over the weekend. The first-time filmmaker also stars in this drama set during the Vietnam War.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede's life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, »
It isn’t just that the book has received so much critical and popular acclaim, but the fact that an adaptation could so easily go wrong with a story that attempts to tackle the human condition in precisely this way.
Philip Roth’s novel is an almost bizarrely pointed look at how people “work,” and what it means to try to know and understand other people. While the plot, more or less, focuses on a specific incident, it is as much about what happens to anyone if you start really examining the facade everyone puts forward as being “them.”
That’s a tricky movie no matter what the “plot” involves, and it’s the sort of thing that requires a director that really »
- Marc Eastman
"Where is she?" Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the directional debut of actor Ewan McGregor, an adaption of the Philip Roth novel American Pastoral, about a family in the 1960s that falls apart when their daughter disappears after being accused of committing a violent act. This is actually the second film this year based on a Philip Roth story, the other being the excellent film Indignation which first premiered at Sundance. McGregor stars in this, with Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker, Rupert Evans, Valorie Curry and David Strathairn. This looks like a very strong directorial debut from McGregor, and I'm quite curious to see it. I like the music and the way the story reveals itself. Here's the first full trailer for Ewan McGregor's American Pastoral, originally from Vanity Fair: Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as »
- Alex Billington
Based on Phillip Roth's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the story follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s.
McGregor plays a once legendary high school athlete now successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing an act of political terrorism, he dedicates himself to finding her and what he discovers shakes him to the core.
David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry also star in the film which John Romano adapted and both Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi produced. The film kicks off a limited release on October 21st.
- Garth Franklin
The first trailer and poster have arrived online for Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral, which is based upon Philip Roth‘s Pulitzer Prize winning novel and sees McGregor starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathain and Uzo Aduba; check them out below…
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, »
- Amie Cranswick
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, star of FX’s Fargo and soon Trainspotting 2, is poised to make the leap behind the lens later this year with American Pastoral, and you can now lay eyes on the eerie first trailer for McGregor’s directorial debut.
Adapted from Philip Roth’s complex, multiple award-winning novel of the same name, McGregor will also headline the hard-hitting drama as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a “once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.”
Also starring Jennifer Connelly, »
- Michael Briers
Philip Roth has as many highly acclaimed books to his name as any other American novelist of his generation, few of them more beloved than “American Pastoral.” A film adaptation of his 1997 novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize, has thus been anticipated for nearly two decades now. It’s finally coming later this year, courtesy of a director you might not expect: Ewan McGregor, in his feature debut. Watch the movie’s first trailer below.
“I have dreamt of directing a feature for the last 15 years and never found the ‘right’ story,” McGregor tells Vanity Fair, who first premiered the trailer. “I wanted to direct, not for the sake of being a director, but because there was a story I had to tell. That story tells of a well-off businessman whose seemingly perfect life »
- Michael Nordine
It seems impossible, or maybe just stupid: adapt what is perhaps the most acclaimed novel by perhaps our greatest living novelist as your directorial debut, which you’ll also star in as a character with whom, based on the many and very critical descriptions from said most-acclaimed-novel-by-greatest-living-novelist, you don’t even have the greatest resemblance. Here we are, then, with Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth‘s Pulitzer-winning, meta-fictional masterpiece of grieving, complex generational rifts, and glove-making — not exactly a Sundance-premiering dramedy.
I very much hope not to look like a fool in four months’ time when I say, now, that the first preview points towards something with character — perhaps rather good, even. Early days, yes (hence the disclaimer), yet this is a fine sampling of period-evoking design, shots and palette that evoke some sense of visual purpose — hello, The American and Control Dp Martin Ruhe — and, »
- Nick Newman
It’s taken us thirty years but we’ve finally figured out what Sarah did wrong with those guards…
We love Labyrinth, it’s a film that shaped many of this writer’s formative years and we can’t believe that it turns thirty this year; but it’s a bittersweet anniversary as David Bowie sadly passed away earlier this year. To most of the team he will always be the Goblin King and his turn as Jareth is so magnetic and charismatic that you can’t help but secretly want Sarah to just forget about the baby and run away with him.
Our heroine Sarah was played by a young Jennifer Connelly. Sarah is a sixteen year old girl who doesn’t like her new stepmother and younger brother. After being left babysitting a crying baby again she wishes that her brother Toby be taken away by the goblins. »
- Kat Hughes
Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay’s “Wonder” adaptation will hit theaters on April 7, 2017, Lionsgate announced on Tuesday, along with the release dates of Miles Teller firefighter pic “Granite Mountain” and Pantelion comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover.”
Roberts plays the mother of “Room” breakout Tremblay in “Wonder,” based on the novel by Raquel J. Palacio. The drama tells the story of August Pullman, who, born with facial differences that prevented him from going to a mainstream school earlier in life, becomes an unlikely hero when he enters the local fifth grade.
- Alex Stedman
The action-drama is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of twenty firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians.
Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. The Aussie and the Brit join an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Ben Hardy, who is onscreen as Archangel in X-Men: Apocalypse, has joined the cast of Granite Mountain, portraying one of the heroic firemen whose life was lost in the battle to douse the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona. He joins Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale in the feature directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy). The screenplay was written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down, Transform… »
Deadline has learned that Jennifer Connelly has been added to the cast of the firefighter film Granite Mountain (previously titled No Exit), joining Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch. Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) will direct the movie, which is "based on the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots who fought the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona’s history... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The true story tale deals with the Granite Mountain Hotshots who fought the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona's history and were trapped on a mountainside. Only one man of the twenty-member team, Brendan McDonough, survived the experience.
Connelly is set to play the role of Amanda Marsh, the wife and 'horse-whispering farrier' of the supervisor of the 'tier one' team of Hotshots.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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