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Thn are pleased to share the news that renowned independent distributor Odyssey DVD is re-launching in the UK and returns with a fantastic slate of cult and classic films. Including box office hits and all-star casts, the first six films are Grey Owl, Glengarry Glen Ross, Drums Along The Mohawk, Electra Glide In Blue, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Julia, released through September to October.
Up first is the still astonishingly-impressive Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), with the all-star cast of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin. The acclaimed film is based upon David Mamet’s award-winning and follows a group of desperate real estate agents in Chicago. Think of it as a low-key Margin Call or Wolf Of Wall Street of its day. When a hotshot executive (Alec Baldwin) from the head office arrives and proposes a vicious sales competition, in which the losers are fired, »
- Dan Bullock
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
★★☆☆☆Belonging to that generically wonky sub-genre of William Shakespeare's works known as the 'problem plays', Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline (2014) is an intriguingly off-the-wall production which ultimately doesn't quite gel. Cymbeline (Ed Harris) of the Briton Motorcycle gang goes to war with the Roman police department headed by Caius Lucius (Vondie Curtis-Hall). Meanwhile, his second wife (a barely seen Milla Jovovich) plots to remove Cymbeline's beloved daughter Imogen, 50 Shades of Grey (2015) actress Dakota Johnson, who is also endangered by trouble-making villain, Iachimo (Ethan Hawke), who taunts her boyfriend Posthumus (Penn Badgley) into an ill-advised bet against Imogen's fidelity.
- CineVue UK
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open Cannes ’13 title The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel in a dozen locations this weekend, while SXSW’s Juliette Lewis starrer Kelly & Cal will open exclusively in NYC. Sundance’s Last Days In Vietnam will have a theatrical run before heading to PBS next fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Frontera is taking advantage of a timely topic in the U.S. Venice financed its 2013 premiere Memphis, opening exclusively this weekend in NYC. And China Lion hopes to take a successful template for romantic dramas and apply that to But Always.
Director-writer: Ari Folman
Writer: Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Cast: Robin Wright, »
- Brian Brooks
A sheriff goes out to investigate the death of his own wife, and stumbles across a handful of bullets that he believes can be used as evidence in our exclusive clip from the upcoming modern day Western drama Frontera. But a sudden gun blast reveals that there's more to this story than meets the eye. Ed Harris stars as Sheriff Roy, who discovers that a Mexican immigrant (Michael Peña) in the U.S. illegally may be responsible for his wife's demise. Check out this latest footage, along with the trailer, before seeing Frontera, in theaters and available on iTunes and VOD now.
Frontera follows the events that take place after a former Arizona sheriff's wife (Amy Madigan) is killed while riding on their ranch. It appears a Mexican man (Michael Peña) crossing in to the Us illegally is at fault. As former Sheriff (Ed Harris) and current Sheriff (Aden Young) search for answers, »
From a quick look at their respective websites, it wouldn't seem obvious to bring together Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate for a film soundtrack. The former is a Professor of Music at Hofstra University, while the latter is a DJ and also heads up the London based Mondo Records. And yet, despite the differences on paper, the spirit of collaboration united the pair for "Frontera," the upcoming western/drama starring Ed Harris and Michael Pena. Co-written and directed by Michael Berry, the film takes place on the border between Arizona and Mexico, when already fraught tensions rise when an illegal immigrant crossing into the United States is accused of murder. But as the investigation uncovers the truth of what really happened, the lives of everyone involved will be changed forever. In these exclusive tracks—"Acceptance" and "The Chase"—Lampl and Tate combine to create something both sweeping and stirring, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sure, post-Labor Day blues have kicked in, Summer Fridays at work came and went, and back-to-school traffic and subway congestion is testing your patience, but there’s some good news! With the upcoming fall season comes some great films, from Oscar contenders to star-studded comedies, and we’ve hand-picked 10 that you should be checking out this month. Which are you most excited to see? “Frontera,” Sept. 5Starring Ed Harris, Michael Peña, and this week’s Backstage cover star Eva Longoria, “Frontera” follows a former Arizona Sheriff (Harris) as he searches for answers regarding his wife’s murder. Though it appears a Mexican man (Peña) crossing into the country illegally is at fault, the facts and answers of the case are more complex. Of the film, Longoria told Backstage, “I read [the script] and thought, Oh my God, this I have to do. I didn’t want to do any kind of »
This weekend, the Tom Hanks classic "Forrest Gump" gets a special one week IMAX release to mark its 20th anniversary, contestants work together to create the perfect society on the new reality series "Utopia," airing Sunday night on Fox; meanwhile, both the hit NBC series "The Blacklist," starring James Spader, and "All Is Lost," the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Robert Redford drama, arrive on Netflix.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Identical" follows twin brothers who are separated at birth. One of them becomes an iconic musician, while the other tries to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. Blake Rayne plays both brothers, and Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd appear in supporting roles. In "God Help the Girl," Eve starts writing songs to deal with emotional problems when she meets two musicians each at crossroads of their own. "Kelly & Cal" stars Juliette Lewis as a punk-rocker turned suburban mom »
- Jonny Black
Michael Almereyda enjoyed critical acclaim with his rendition of Hamlet in 2000, starring Ethan Hawke as the troubled Dane. He arrives at Venice with one of the Bard’s “problem plays”, Cymbeline, which Almereyda has bravely, though ultimately unsuccessfully tackled with Hawke as one of the leads.
The tale is a complex weave of plots, counterplots, misunderstandings and violent subterfuge, which in the original play, takes place between England, Italy and Wales. Almereyda has transplanted the action to an unspecified Us town and Cymbeline (Ed Harris), King of England, is now a biker gang leader who opposes the corrupt Rome police force. His conniving queen and second wife (Milla Jovovich) wants her son Cloten (Anton Yelchin) to marry Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson), but she has secretly married Posthumus (Penn Badgley). When Cymbeline finds out, Posthumus is exiled and subsequently meets up with Iachimo (Hawke) who wagers that he can woo Imogen. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Shakespeare has done quite a bit of work. You may have noticed this yourself. But one of his lesser known plays, Cymbeline, does not always get the credit it deserves. Luckily we have the likes of Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke, in a contemporary set film which keeps the bard’s excellent dialogue. Transposing the story of a British king to drug gangs in America, Michael Almereyda once again tackles Shakespeare with Hawke, after their successful 2000 adaptation of Hamlet. Cymbeline also looks to harken back to William Shakespeare’S Romeo + Juliet with the casting choices of John Leguizamo and Vondie Curtis-Hall.
The trailer, with a rip-roaring rock tune to back it up, certainly makes Shakespeare cool again, and the cast all do well at delivering their old timey speech. I’m always up for any adaptation of Shakespeare, so fingers crossed this will bring this play up to the level »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Cymbeline crew landed on the Lido today for the premiere of Michael Almereyda’s modern re-telling of one of Shakespeare’s later plays. Guns take the place of daggers, and dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang stand in for 16th century Britons. The romance, betrayal and revenge ensemble story stars Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgley, Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo, and John Leguizamo. The latter came to Venice today with Almereyda, Jovovich and Yelchin and said his experience on Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet had helped get him used to performing the Bard in a contemporary setting. Almereyda has also previously tackled Shakespeare with 2000’s Hamlet, which too starred Hawke. The group today reflected on how much of Shakespeare has consistently been the basis for wide-ranging films. “Its just a phenomenon,” said Almereyda. “There’s no other writer whose relevance and »
- Nancy Tartaglione
"Cymbeline" is perhaps the Shakespeare play that engenders the most contention--critics call it a plotty, confusing morass, while supporters rave that it should be acknowledged as one of the Bard's great masterpieces. All of which no doubt made it an intriguing and maybe irresistible challenge for director Michael Almereyda in his sophomore attempt at updating seventeeth-century drama for the big screen. Almereyda is best known for his 2000 adaptation of "Hamlet," set in contemporary New York City and focusing on the intrigue-filled overtake of Denmark Corporation. That film starred Ethan Hawke as its eponymous protagonist, and the actor is back for Almereyda's "Cymbeline," along with a name-filled ensemble cast including Ed Harris (as Cymbeline), Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. Oh, and most importantly: the dueling Roman and Celtic nobles of Shakespeare's original have here been reimagined as a rivalry »
- Jacob Combs
As one of the most popular playwrights in the world, a number of Shakespeare’s works have been adapted for the big screen, with filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Kenneth Branagh, and Joss Whedon drawing from Shakespeare’s material. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda himself added to the collection with 2000′s Hamlet, and his latest feature sees him returning to the Bard’s work. Adapting the play of the same name, the film is called Cymbeline, and Almereyda‘s Hamlet lead Ethan Hawke will joins him once again in this film. Cymbeline updates the setting from 16th century Britain to 21st century America, re-contextualising the play to focus on the fight between crooked cops and a biker gang. Joining Hawke onscreen is Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, and Milla Jovovich, and the film is set to be released in American theatres on January 23rd, 2015. A new trailer for the feature has »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Ethan Hawke is no stranger to Shakespearean interpretations onstage or onscreen, and he’s at it again with Cymbeline, re-teaming with his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda. Hawke starred as the eponymous character in that 2000 modern day interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Now, Hawke and Almereyda are going a little more obscure, and Ed Harris is playing the titular king. Almereyda’s reinterpretation places the story in the world of a biker gang, and has already drawn comparisons to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, what with all the gunfighting mixed in with iambic pentameter.
The play’s story is complicated, »
- Esther Zuckerman
In 2000, Michael Almereyda adapted Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke in the starring role. Fourteen years later, he’s brought the bard’s least-known play to the big screen with Cymbeline as a modern tale of cops versus biker gangs, premiering in Venice on Wednesday. Ed Harris plays the king of the biker gang, with Milla Jovovich as his evil queen. The film also stars 50 Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley and Anton Yelchin. And Hawke, in the peripheral role of Iachimo. “I think Ed Harris looks great in a leather jacket,” Jovovich joked
- Ariston Anderson
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Cymbeline" crime drama, starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Penn Badgley. Check it out below. Plot: Based on William Shakespeare's timeless play, "Cymbeline" unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The new movie is directed by Michael Almereyda. It has yet to get a release date, but is expected to get a Spring 2015 release. Trailer: »
One might expect the plottiest of Shakespeare’s plays to make the ploddiest of bigscreen adaptations, but With “Cymbeline,” as before, he preserves the text even while updating everything else, incorporating handguns, motorcycles and a full line of Apple products into a play that barely has room for all of its own intrigues. Meant to seem modern, the interpretation feels more out-of-time than ever, but holds our interest, thanks to a cast Lionsgate Grindstone can leverage when it releases in Spring 2015.
An unusually original later work from a playwright known for borrowing his storylines from popular literature and history, then elevating them through his own extraordinary gift for language, “Cymbeline” mostly appears to be a case of Shakespeare recycling himself. Today, the equivalent might be pop-culture magpie Quentin Tarantino capping off his career with a pic that recycled the best setpieces from each of his earlier films.
In “Cymbeline,” we »
- Peter Debruge
Here’s a trailer for the modern-day remake of Shakespeare’s lesser-known tragedy Cymbeline, from the director of 2000's Hamlet, Michael Almereyda. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson, and Anton Yelchin. The original play tells of an epic battle between the Roman and Celtic nobility, reimagined here as a showdown between some dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang. Think Sons of Anarchy, with way more Dan Humphrey speaking in iambic pentameter. »
- Anna Silman
Some movies seem to be put on this Earth just for actors. You look at the synopsis of a picture, and you think, "Well, it could be Ok," but then you notice who's in it — maybe a performer you like but haven't seen in a while, or someone you never liked at all, but the casting piques your curiosity — and you suddenly think it might be something you'd like to see. Michael Berry's debut feature, Frontera, is very much like a movie that might have been made 25 or 30 years ago, in the good way: A drama about an illegal Mexican immigrant (Michael Peña) who becomes a suspect in the death of the wife of a former Arizona sheriff (Ed Harris), it's actually about something greater than its mere mechanics. Chiefly, though, Frontera is a showcase for actors: H »
Just days before its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, the first trailer and clip has been released from Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Ethan Hawke leads an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson in this story set against the backdrop of a deadly battle between crooked cops and and a drug-dealing biker gang. Take a look at the first footage, then read on for more details from Lionsgate's official press release.
Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film's producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions. The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood »
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