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Did you ever want to see a mix of "Minority Report" and "Looper"? Well, "Predestination" might just fit the bill. The sci-fi/action flick reteams Ethan Hawke with "Daybreakers" filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig, and after a jaunt on the festival circuit this year, it's headed to theaters in the early part of 2015, and a new trailer is here. Co-starring Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, and more, the story is a bit twisty, and not the easiest thing to summarize, so I'll let the official synopsis do the talking. Here you go: Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Earlier this week the official poster for the Spierig brothers’ Predestination checked in, and now, to ensure God’s will is done this weekend, the film’s trailer has arrived! Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke,… Continue Reading →
The post It’s Your Fate to See the Official Predestination Trailer appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
The compelling indie “Match," starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this past fall. The cast alone is intriguing, especially since Lillard returned to form after “The Descendants.” Directed by playwright/filmmaker Stephen Belber (the pen behind "Tape" with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), the film centers on a Seattle woman and her husband (Gugino and Lillard) coming to New York to conduct an interview with a Juilliard ballet professor (Stewart) for her dissertation on the history of dance in the 1960s. But it becomes increasingly clear during these extensive inquiries that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. Here’s the official synopsis: Iconic actor Patrick Stewart gives one of his most emotional performances in this character driven drama playing high-spirited Tobias “Tobi” Powell, a master dance teacher at Julliard with a lifetime of »
- Edward Davis
Keeping a cast together for a dozen years deserves a little recognition, according to the Casting Society of America. The group is set to present “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in January. The award “recognizes an individual’s contributions to the entertainment industry and inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process.” CBS Entertainment Chairwoman Nina Tassler was the last person to be honored by the Csa with the award. During the production of “Boyhood,” Linklater spent a decade working with casting director Beth Sepko, who helped discover newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who plays the son of Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Lorelei Linklater plays Coltrane’s sister Samantha. The length of the shoot "demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting. His career is full of such work, »
Linklater has directed 17 feature films including "Boyhood," a 12-year-long passion project guaranteed to be on many, many critics' top ten lists—and a sure bet for an Oscar Best Picture nomination. For over a decade, Linklater has collaborated losely with casting director Beth Sepko, who worked on "Boyhood" starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Read More: Linklater on Unique Time Travel Fiction 'Boyhood,' with Coltrane, Hawke and Arquette (Exclusive Video) The Career Achievement Award was last handed to Nina Tassler, now chairman of CBS Entertainment. Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award recipient, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall (this year's "Into the Woods") and Hoyt Bowers Award recipient, Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis. All honorees will take the stage at the Artios Awards, which for the first time ever, will be held in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates »
- Matt Patches
Paris — Douglas Kennedy, a critically-acclaimed American novelist known for his keen eye, is set to make his TV drama debut with France’s Ab Groupe and indie producer Sydney Gallonde, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kennedy will adapt two of his best-selling novels, “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “A Special Relationship.” Ab Groupe, a vertically-integrated media group which runs France’s largest paybox, is co-producing, financing and handling international sales.
The two TV adaptations are being produced by Gallonde’s Vab Production. An up-and-coming French producer, Gallonde recently got another high-profile American novelist, Harlan Coben, to write his first TV show — an adaptation of his book “No Second Chance” — for Gaul’s top commercial network TF1.
Kennedy is currently writing the treatment for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The book will likely be turned into an eight episode, hourlong drama series, per Kennedy. The show will shoot in English with an Anglo-Saxon cast. »
- Elsa Keslassy
This story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The clock was ticking: It was the second year of production on Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Ethan Hawke, who had been filming Assault on Precinct 13 in Canada, had managed to get a few days off from that film, so he'd headed down to Austin, Texas, to shoot a sequence in Boyhood in which Mason Sr. — the divorced dad he plays — takes his kids, Mason Jr. (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) and his big sister, Samantha (Linklater's own daughter, Lorelei), on an outing to a bowling alley.
- Gregg Kilday
Earlier this month we got a look at the trailer for the Spierig Brothers’ (Daybreakers) new sci-fi Predestination starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister) [watch it here], and now we have a poster to go with it…
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for eternity. Now, on his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
- Gary Collinson
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
This week sees the UK home entertainment release of The Purge: Anarchy and you can read our review here. The film is of course a sequel to 2013’s The Purge, which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The first film introduced the set up; in near future America the government have deemed all crimes legal for twelve hours, one night a year. You can commit any crime from jay-walking to murder without any repercussions. In the first movie Hawke and Headey’s picture-perfect family life came under threat as their house was broken into during Purge Night.
The Purge: Anarchy follows an entirely new set of characters who find themselves trapped out on the streets during the carnage. At the head of the group is an enigmatic character referenced to only as Sergeant, played by Frank Grillo. Ahead of the DVD release we were fortunate enough to spend time with »
- Kat Smith
Ethan Hawke with be the subject of an upcoming BAFTA A Life in Pictures event that will provide a retrospective of his career. The event will be held in London on Dec. 18. The three-time Oscar nominee will be onstage to talk through his career and craft from the 1980s with Explorers and Dead Poets Society, right through to his acclaimed turn in Richard Linklater’s 2014 indie hit Boyhood and self-directed doc Seymour. Read more James McAvoy Takes Best Actor Crown at BAFTA Scotland Awards BAFTA’s long-running A Life In Pictures program has previous featured interviews with
- Alex Ritman
The actor reunites with Daybreakers filmmakers Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig for this sci-fi thriller, where he stars as a Temporal Agent who has been sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
Sarah Snook co-stars as a woman who crosses paths with this Agent after a tumultuous life, with the supporting cast rounded out by Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West and Freya Stafford. Based on the Robert A. Heinlein story "All You Zombies," Predestination arrives in theaters January 9, 2015. Take a look at the one-sheet below, and stay tuned for more footage and images as we get closer to this sci-fi thriller's release. »
Director: James DeMonaco
The Purge: Anarchy is the follow up to the 2013 film The Purge which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The franchise is set in the near-future in which the ruling American government, in an attempt to combat crime, has decreed that one night a year, for twelve hours, all crime is legal. In the first film Hawke and Headey played a married couple who had to save their family after their house got broken into during the annual Purge festivities. The first film was set mainly in the house whilst The Purge: Anarchy opens up the world, focusing on a group of strangers who all find themselves trapped on the dangerous streets during the ‘holiday’.
At the head of the group is an enigmatic character, played by Frank Grillo, referred to only as Sergeant. His stance on »
- Kat Smith
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
One of the most interesting precursors to me is always the Independent Spirit Awards. They don’t always cite the same things that the Academy does, so it’s a chance to see smaller and more eclectic fare given a moment in the sun. Even though the Spirit Award have matched up with Oscar more often in the recent past than was usual, it’s still a place where you can see honors for films that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance. Personally, that’s one of the my favorite things about certain precursors, the fact that they bestow citations on worthy cinema that could have been ignored entirely. Before I give you my shot in the dark predictions for this year’s Spirit Awards (which will announce their nominees in under two weeks…specifically on November 25th), I just wanted to further my point about the choices made by this group. »
- Joey Magidson
Who can forget 2003 when filmmaker-duo Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini landed at Sundance with a highly inventive biopic, a seminal film really in the indie film cannon. Featuring the debatably unlikeable Clevelander Harvey Pekar, American Splendor moved put the pair on a pedestal, and while they’ve been back to Sundance for The Extra Man (’10), they’ve pretty much stuck to commercial indie items in The Nanny Diaries (07), Cinema Verite – HBO ’11, and Girl Most Likely (aka Imogene) ’12. Starring Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson, production began way back at the end of January on Ten Thousand Saints, which comes with a built-in fanbase due to the novel on which it is based on. Should be a high value sales item if included.
- Eric Lavallee
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
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