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David Gordon Green's “Manglehorn,” Andrew Niccol's “Good Kill,” Abel Ferrara's “Pasolini” and Joshua Oppenheimer's “The Look of Silence” will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman” in the competition lineup of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (the Venice Biennale), Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday. Stars who could make the trek to the Italian festival include Al Pacino, who stars in “Manglehorn”; Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Michael Shannon, in Ramin Bahrani's “99 Homes”; Ethan Hawke, who appears in both “Good Kill” and Michael Amereyda's “Cymbeline,” the latter with Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich; Willem Dafoe, »
- Steve Pond
Television shows, generally, have a lengthy gestation period. There’s the early development and writing, the dealings with networks, casting and pre-production, among many other stages. Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is getting close to delivering his latest project – One Percent – to the small screen, however, courtesy of series producer Media Rights Captial.
With plans to take the project out to buyers shortly, Mrc is hoping to package quite a formidable range of talent to boost interest. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is directing the series, which he co-created along with Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo and Alexander Dinelaris. Ed Helms (The Office), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer) and two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) are apparently circling main roles in the production.
The story takes place within the organic farming community, and centres on a young couple – fighting to keep both their business and personal lives afloat. While the premise sounds a »
- Sarah Myles
Jessica Chastain may seem like she can do it all, but there's one project it looks like she just can't squeeze in. Attached as recently as this spring to "The Secret Scripture," Cineuropa now reports that Rooney Mara is the young female lead opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the film. She'll join Jack Reynor and Jeremy Irons in the Jim Sheridan directed film, based on the book by Sebastian Barry, about "a 100-year-old woman in a mental hospital and her relationship with her psychiatrist." Production will begin this fall. Alejandro González Iñárritu is keeping very busy. He's got "Birdman" ready to unveil at Venice, he'll be shooting "The Revenant" this fall, and he's also headed to the small screen where he'll direct the series "One Percent." And he's got some unlikely actors for the lead roles. Deadline reports that Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are lining up roles in the show that's "set. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Set against the world of organic farming, Helms plays a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play his wife, Harris his father.
Inarritu will direct. Studio Media Rights Capital will take the drama out to buyers for premium cable, basic cable and streaming in early August.
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- Garth Franklin
Ed Helms is prepping his return to the small screen. The Office alum is in final negotiations to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's TV drama One Percent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Ed Harris and Hilary Swank are also both near deals to join the project. Studio Media Rights Capital will take the drama out to buyers for premium cable, basic cable and streaming in early August. One Percent is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate
- Lesley Goldberg
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well. Here's the 10-minute video essay on Snowpiercer from Press Play (via The Film Stage): The cast for Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, »
- Ethan Anderton
All challengers fell under the mighty force of Andy Serkis in motion capture pajamas.
It was a battle of sequels this weekend, with returning champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes throwing down against The Purge: Anarchy. However, despite a commendably strong showing from The Purge, it still couldn't take down the mighty force of Andy Serkis's ape army.
While horror fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Purge: Anarchy – the film that capitalizes on the brilliant premise that all crime is legal for one night of the year, which was established in the first film and then immediately squandered on a mediocre home invasion plot – watching psychos murder each other in the streets of La didn't carry as much water as watching psycho primates murder humans all across the country.
Watch: How 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Made the Ape Come To Life
And as for the weekend's »
When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is sidelined by a career-ending injury, he finds himself searching for his next chapter in life in Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard and produced by Ferrell Barron, the animated adventure-comedy centers on a crew of elite firefighting aircraft whose mission is to protect historic Piston Peak National Park. The family friendly film about second chances features thrilling firefighting action scenes and an impressive voice cast that includes Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Gannaway and Barron talked about how they wanted to elevate the storytelling from the first film and tell a deeper story with the main character, the extensive research they did to ensure the authenticity of the story and to portray aerial firefighting accurately, »
- Sheila Roberts
Wow, talk about your quick sequel turn-around. This weekend sees two follow-ups to surprise box office hits from 2013. For thriller fans there’s The Purge: Anarchy (check out Mike Haffner’s review!) and for the kiddies it’s the return of that low flyer, Dusty Crophopper in Planes: Fire & Rescue. And once again, the ads tell us it’s set in the world of Cars (as with last year’s flick, this is not from the Pixar gang, it’s officially from DisneyToon Studios with much of the work produced by Prana Studios of India). It’s clear from this new film that the makers will not need to piggyback on the earlier Pixar hit again. With this one, Dusty and his pals can stake a claim on their own series, because like the new Apes film still in theatres, this is a much improved, superior sequel.
The opening »
- Jim Batts
Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes: Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard. Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires. She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook). When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement. Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, »
- Sheila Roberts
This week, Planes: Fire & Rescue is released by I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Pixar, and Ed Harris is attached as voice-actor. Therefore, this week's installment of our quiz is all about Ed. It's ironic to see, whoops, hear him as a voice actor, even if it's not for the first time. For Ed Harris is probably best known for looking strong, confident, the stereotypical American hero or Aryan villain, provided what the script calls for. That would be selling him short, though, because he is a fine, fine actor indeed, and not afraid to experiment with unusual character parts. Not all of these are successful, but more often than not Ed Harris turns out to be the most reliably good thing about the films he's in. So once again...
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Directed by Joon-ho Bong
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
Critics spend a lot of time dissecting what is going right (or more likely) wrong with a particular genre. As if there is some magic formula to filmmaking that anyone could adhere to and create something magical. Movies can’t be constructed like an erector set or drafted from a blueprint and built. Movies work or don’t work because of a number of factors and in this day and age where computers can generate fantastic worlds and impossible images it’s very rarely technical reasons that a summer action film does or doesn’t work. »
- Anghus Houvouras
2013’s Planes was the underdog story of a little film no one wanted, one that was destined for a direct-to-dvd release, but, against all odds, found its way to theatres. The merchandising windfall ensured by a whole new class of vehicle in the Cars universe was no doubt reason enough for Disney to release a half-assed, miscast, and poorly animated spin-off to the big screen, but a timely launch window allowed Planes to make back its (relatively) inexpensive budget fourfold. Going up against another round of weak weekend competition less than a year later, Planes: Fire & Rescue further pushes the envelope for what the House of Mouse deems “theatre-worthy.” To damn with faint praise, there’s no denying that Fire & Rescue is, at the very least, a marginal improvement over its execrable predecessor.
The first Planes having so dogmatically delivered every beat of its “local plane makes good” story »
- Sam Woolf
Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the crop duster turned world-famous air racer, in Planes: Fire and Rescue. After a successful racing season, Dusty comes home to his friends in Propwash Junction, but life takes an unexpected turn when a fateful training run leads to a new career with the elite Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base. Opening July 18th, the animated adventure-comedy directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Cook talked about reprising the role, what it means to be a part of the Disney family, how he wanted to tell a deeper story with Dusty this time around, why the theme of second chances resonated with him, the parallels in »
- Sheila Roberts
Get ready for more adventures in aviation! Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue—the follow-up to last summer's box office hit Planes—picks up right where the original left off. This time around, celebrity air racer Dusty Crophopper hopes to become an aerial firefighter! Dane Cook returns to voice the lead character in the second installment, with Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett and Modern Family's Julie Bowen also lending their voices to the sequel. Although the PG-rated animated release is not catered to adults, critics are unanimous that children will love this latest installment! The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes that the Disney sequel is »
Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.
“It’s a loving tribute to firefighters and the men and women who do this day in and day out,” Cook said before joining the rest of the film’s cast, which includes “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Fred Willard, Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, Wes Studi and Brad Garrett to present a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Country singer Brad Paisley, who is featured in the film, presented the grant with Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, who praised firefighters for being the individuals on the scene when everyone else has left.
Rescue vehicles lined the street outside the theater as guests, including Paisley »
- Marc Graser
Title: Planes: Fire & Rescue Director: Bobs Gannaway Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Hal Holbrook Endearingly reuniting and working with your long-term friends to not only entertain families in your community, but also teach them the importance of banding together in times of need, is an important message to send to children who are first being exposed to crucial life lessons. Not only did the cast of last year’s hit animated comedy, ‘Planes,’ endearingly reunite for the film’s new sequel, ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ to provide more family-friendly jokes for young children, but the [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
After a global weather crisis the only survivors on Earth are the passengers of a high-speed globe traveling train. A class system emerged on the train between the haves (front of the train) and the have-nots (back of the train).
Had I seen Snowpiercer without any knowledge of the making of the film I would have thought Terry Gilliam had directed it. And I mean this as a very high compliment. Snowpiercer is an art film disguised as a typical summer blockbuster, an orchid in a sea of carnations. Epic in scope, visually stunning, emotionally draining, and at times downright wacky, Snowpiercer is hard to describe and impossible to forget.
The entire film takes place on the Snowpiercer train, a train with a perpetual engine that travels the globe exactly once per year. »
- Amy Richau
You may not know it, but a futuristic thriller that opened overseas last year to glowing reviews and hefty box office business snuck into Us theatres less than a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I said snuck. Oh, and two of the actresses in it are recent Oscar winners. And the main star was a major part of the third highest grossing film of all time. Speaking of grosses, the director helmed South Korea’s biggest grossing movie…of all time. So, where are the billboards, when did the TV spots air? Most importantly, why didn’t they show the film to the press, so we can generate a little word-of-mouth buzz before opening day? Perhaps it’s because this is not a sequel or a reboot, and it’s not about a popular superhero (it is based on a graphic novel, though a fairly obscure French work). This is »
- Jim Batts
A new clip from Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue has surfaced with a special appearance by CHiPs star, Erik Estrada. In the clip we get a 70s TV retro vibe, complete with the original theme song from CHiPs, which includes our all-star helicopters making a run for a burning building to rescue a damsel in distress. Watch the latest Planes: Fire & Rescue clip below!
In Planes: Fire & Rescue, when world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
Planes: Fire & Rescue comes to theaters July 18th, »
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