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A trial date of March 9, 2015 has been set in the manslaughter and criminal trespass case of the four filmmakers indicted from Midnight Rider’s on-set death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. Pre-trial motions will be heard for two days prior, on February 12-13, and jury selection will start a month later on March 9. The order was issued early this morning by Judge Anthony Harrison in the Wayne County (Ga) Superior Court during a special status conference hearing. All discovery must be entered into the court by December 10, 2014.
Meanwhile, newly indicted first assistant director Hillary Schwartz appeared in the Wayne County Superior Court Tuesday during the status conference attended by all lawyers from those indicted in this case to talk about further discovery, motions, whether cameras would be allowed in the courtroom and other procedural issues. She attended the court hearing with her mother by her side.
Schwartz, at press time, »
- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend, Denzel Washington will stop at nothing to save Chloë Grace Moretz in the bloody action thriller "The Equalizer," a young boy tries to save his underground friends from an evil exterminator in the stop-motion animation movie "The Boxtrolls," the fourth season of "Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday night on ABC, and the Golden Globe-winning comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns for its second season Sunday night on Fox.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Two Faces of January" follows a con artist (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst), and a stranger (Oscar Isaac) who flee Athens after getting caught up in the death of a private detective. "Pride" is a comedy-drama that follows U.K. gay activists working to help miners during their prolonged strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. "Days and Nights" follows a family dealing with desire and the fragility of love over one weekend. »
- Jonny Black
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
10. Altered States (1980)
Directed by: Ken Russell
Is it a horror film? Many of Ken Russell’s films could be argued as such, but there’s enough in Altered States that makes it less horror and more science fiction/psychological thriller. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky, Altered States introduced the world to William Hurt (and also featured the film debut of Drew Barrymore). Edward Jessup (Hurt) is studying schizophrenia, but branches out into sensory deprivation experimentation with a floating tank. Eventually, he travels to Mexico to visit a tribe that provides him with an extract which he begins to take before his trips into the flotation tank, resulting in bizarre imagery and eventual physical devolution, once to a primitive man and to a near primordial blob. Side effects start to occur, causing Edward to suffer from episodes of partial regression even without the hallucinogenic drug. Russell’s direction shifts »
- Joshua Gaul
Chicago – There was something blank within “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,” although it dealt with the issues of loss, family and reconciliation. The all star cast, including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and William Hurt, add their performing spins to the story.
Character dramas with some juice is a rare bird in the cinema, so “Rigby” gets points for adding some emotion to this film going experience. But the theme of loss and the hope for redemption becomes redundant as the film progresses, and it goes from one scene to another, pairing the characters in conversation as if they’re in a therapy session, with none of those talks hitting the jugular vein of revelation. This probably mirrors real life more closely, but doesn’t resolve the drama of the screenplay. However, the film is a worthwhile happening – two more films were done about the main couple in their »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The upcoming weekend boasts an onslaught of new Specialty titles vying for audiences. In all likelihood, however, many will have a short big screen life as the fall’s awards contenders ramp up and crowd others out. Five of this week’s dozen-plus newcomers are spotlighted here with Fox Searchlight’s The Drop edging on a wide release. The feature starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini will bow in over 800 theaters. TWC’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby also joins the fray with a platform release. The film also has two accompanying titles told from the perspective of its two main characters, which will be released in more limited runs in October. Magnolia will open its thriller Honeymoon in a day and date release while Dada Films’ Swearnet: The Movie breaks a movie record with the most F-bombs ever. And Cohen Media Group’s My Old Lady bowed Wednesday in limited release. »
- Brian Brooks
Set in 1980s New England, the story follows a movie star (Allison Janney), who brings her new boyfriend to a family retreat on Memorial Day weekend that turns disastrous. Christian Camargo co-stars and makes his directorial debut with this adaptation, which also stars Katie Holmes, Ben Whishaw, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Juliet Rylance, Michael Nyqvist, Cherry Jones, Russell Means and Mark Rylance, arriving in theaters and on VOD platforms September 26.
Days and Nights is writer/director Christian Camargo's directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The »
As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that — with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair — he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He’s the main attraction in “Nightcrawler,” , but doesn’t have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience — us — that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal’s big, mannered star turn — a feast of capital-a acting that’s sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.
Very much a screenwriter’s movie in its habit of »
- Scott Foundas
• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
William Hurt and Alice Braga have joined the cast of revenge thriller “By Way of Helena,” which also stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. WestEnd Films has boarded the film as international sales agent, and will be introducing the film to buyers at Toronto.
The pic is the sophomore feature of director Kieran Darcy-Smith, whose 2012 thriller, “Wish You Were Here,” starred Joel Edgerton. That film played Sundance and subsequently scooped up several awards in Darcy-Smith’s native Australia.
Set in the Great Plains of 1880s, Texas Ranger David (Hemsworth) is sent to the secretive and isolated town of Mount Hermon to investigate the murders and disappearances of the local population. Elusive, charismatic and unsettling preacher Abraham (Harrelson) seems to be holding all the townsfolk in some kind of fearful grip — and he and David go back further than anyone realizes. »
- Leo Barraclough
Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions. Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with). And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest. There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room. But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster. Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter's Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Farrell stars as Peter Lake, who came to America on a model boat, and was brought into a life of thievery by Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe »
- Andre Dellamorte
4th Update, August 18, 7:58 Am: Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, waived his right for an arraignment early this morning and has entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones. She died on the first day of shooting the picture in Georgia, on February 20, after a train hit a metal bed that was placed on the tracks to film a dream sequence. Several others were injured by flying debris. Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife/producer Jody Savin were all criminally charged in the matter. Miller and Savin entered not guilty pleas last month.
Sedrish’s not guilty plea, which was entered early this morning to the Superior Court of Wayne County by his attorney John Ossick, comes only a week after the U. »
- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato
Kill the Messenger
Webb was a reporter investigating a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic in the Us and how profits were being used by the CIA to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. [Source: Flicks and Bits]
Blake Lively plays a young woman who mysteriously stopped aging long ago and finds the courage to begin living fully. Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew and Kathy Baker also star. [Source: Screen]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Actor Wesley Snipes revealed in a recent podcast interview with Empire Magazine that, at one time, he was going to make an appearance in »
- Garth Franklin
Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by his daughter after he captures and steals the life-force of a mermaid.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Brosnan plays the so-called Sun King, whose quest for immortality is challenged by hisn daughter after he captures and steals the life force of a mermaid, only to be
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Paramount will release the film on April 10, 2015.
The story follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality that leads him to capture and steal the life force of a mermaid. But Louis’ plans are complicated by his daughter, who befriends the creature and defies the most powerful monarch on earth.
International sales are being handled by Good Universe.
- Justin Kroll
Paramount Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to The Moon and The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan as King Louis Xiv in a tale of how the French monarch tries to achieve immortality by stealing the life force from a mermaid. The studio is slating the historical fantasy for a wide release on April 10, 2015. The cast also includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan. Sean McNamara has directed the film from the novel same name by Vonda N. McIntyre, with a script by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Bill Mechanic and Barry Berman, Harrington,
- Gregg Kilday
“The Moon and the Sun” is set for an April 10, 2015 release, Paramount announced Friday. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre's historical fantasy romance novel stars Pierce Brosnan as King Louis Xiv. Also read: ‘The November Man’ Review: Pierce Brosnan's Aging Spy Can't Save This Double-0 Dud The Sean McNamara-directed film centers around the King's quest for immortality, part of which includes stealing the life force from a mermaid played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (“X-Men: Days of Future Past.”) William Hurt co-stars as Pere La Chaise, a character who didn't appear in McIntyre's Nebula Award-winning novel. It »
- Travis Reilly
Paramount has locked U.S. distribution on period fantasy adventure The Moon And The Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario. The adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel follows King Louis Xiv’s quest for immortality as he captures and tries to steal the lifeforce of a mermaid, a quest complicated when his daughter befriends the creature. William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan also star in the film helmed by Soul Surfer‘s Sean McNamara, which Paramount has slotted for April 10 against Fox’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride. Pandemonium Films’ Bill Mechanic (Coraline) brought the pic to Paramount and produced alongside Hong Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie, McNamara, and David Brookwell. Script is by Laura Harrington, with revisions by Mechanic, and Barry Berman, Laura Harrington, James Schamus and Ron Bass. Good Universe is handling international sales.
- Jen Yamato
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