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Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent. When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless. At the film’s press day, filmmaker/actor William H. Macy spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about looking for the right project for his directorial debut for at least 10 years now, handling the tragic act that serves as the catalyst for the film, the evolution »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – Actor William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless” is a film of open mic songwriting that tackles a recovery from grief with neat lyrics and easy metaphors. Instead of standing out, Macy has provided another sap’s ballad that has the cuteness of “Kumbaya”, one that aims to please the crowd without challenging emotions, only presenting them.
“Rudderless” is indeed the story of a man finding his direction, albeit through the music and lyrics of his late son Joshua (Miles Heizer). Two years after losing his son to a school shooting, disillusioned father and ex-husband Sam (Billy Crudup) lives alone on a boat that indeed does not have a rudder. He has abandoned his fancy corporate job to become a house painter. When his ex-wife Emily (Felicity Huffman) gives him the remaining items belonging to their son, Sam discovers a batch of demos made by Josh that no one has ever heard before. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Never mind the other specialty films this weekend. It’s really all about Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and its high-flying debut, averaging more than $100,000 per theater in its opening weekend.
The Venice/Telluride feature directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton had one of the best bows of the year, exceeded only by another of distributor Fox Searchlight’s specialty projects, last spring’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (that one opened in four theaters with nearly $203K averages).
But there was plenty of success this weekend to go around. Roadside opened Sundance fave Dear White People with gusto. Gkids’ The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, Rocky Mountain’s Got The Father and Tribeca’s Listen Up Philip also had solid to decent bows in limited release. And TWC’s St. Vincent and Spc’s Whiplash held strong in their second frame.
Birdman nested atop the »
- Brian Brooks
Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent. When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless. At the film’s press day, actress/singer Selena Gomez (who has a small but pivotal and emotionally impactful role in the movie) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to this project, how she could understand and sympathize with the scrutiny her character was under, »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – The 50th Chicago International Film Festival announced its award winners in a ceremony at the city’s Sofitel Chicago Water Tower on October 17th. The Gold Hugo for “Best Film” went to “The President,” a dark satire from Georgia, France, UK, and Germany. This year’s jury members for the international feature film competition included Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner and renowned German director Margarethe von Trotta.
Honored films include Niels Arden Oplev’s coming-of-age story “Speed Walking,” Abderrahmane Sissako’s luminous film “Timbuktu,” William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless,” Chicagoan Marie Ullrich’s “The Alley Cat,” and more.
International Feature Film Competition
Photo Credit: © Chicago International Film Festival
Gold Hugo for Best Film: “The President” (Georgia, France, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with the new drama Rudderless, which is in theaters starting today, and is also available on Digital HD and VOD. We have an exclusive featurette that finds stars Billy Crudup and Felicity Huffman discussing their work with the actor as he jumps behind the camera for this compelling tale.
Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. »
Plot: A grieving father discovers the music and lyrics which his son had recorded. In an effort to cope with the loss, he performs one of the songs on an open mic night where a young man in the audience is left in awe. Soon this new found friend convinces him to start a band using the songs that he was left with. Review: Rudderless, the directorial debut of Academy Award nominated actor William H. Macy tackles some very weighty subject matters. A father struggling to cope with the violent »
Perched at the top of this week’s flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it’s a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.
It’s part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts coming this weekend, including the controversy-minded Sundance award-winner Dear White People, William H. Macy‘s directorial debut Rudderless, Kristen Stewart‘s Camp X-Ray, Jason Schwartzman‘s Listen Up Philip, The Golden Era, Summer Of Blood, and one great revival, Alain Resnais’ 1959 landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour.
To get a sense of Fox Searchlight’s ambitions for Birdman, the film closed the New York Film Festival last weekend to strong reviews, but then »
- David Bloom
Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent. When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless. At the film’s press day, actor Anton Yelchin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about selling William H. Macy on the fact that he could do the music, what it was like to get to work with these amazing songs, the type of music that really moves him, »
- Christina Radish
It didn't take long for William H. Macy to go after Selena Gomez for Rudderless, the new indie movies that marks his directorial debut. "It was sort of a no-brainer as soon as we thought of it," Macy tells me. "I had just seen Spring Breakers and she's the best thing in that, and she said, 'Yes.' She's the real deal. I would love to do something with her again. That girl can act." Rudderless (in theaters and on VOD on Friday) focuses on the story of a father (Billy Crudup) who finds recordings of his son's music after he dies in a school shooting. Gomez makes an appearance in the film as the boy's girlfriend. "It's been such a mitzvah for us to have her »
Beta Cinema will be selling international rights at Afm. eOne is planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in the spring.
West stars as Walter, an usher at a movie theater who believes he is the son of God with the responsibility of deciding whether people go to heaven or hell. Virginia Madsen plays his neurotic mother and William H. Macy portrays a psychiatrist.
Neve Campbell, Peter Facinelli, Justin Kirk, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia and Levin Rambin also star. Producers are Ryan Harris, Brenden Patrick Hill, Christine Holder, Mark Holder and Benito Mueller.
- Dave McNary
eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy Walter and will release day-and-date theatrically and on VOD in spring 2015.
eOne brokered the deal with CAA. Beta Cinema represents international rights at Afm.
FilmBuff will release J C Khoury’s relationship comedy-drama All Relative theatrically and on VOD. The Shoot First Entertainment film will premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 18 followed by screenings at the Austin Film Festival. Jonathan Sadowski and Sara Paxton star.The Croatian foreign language Oscar submission Cowboys will receive its La premiere at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on October 23. Cowboys receives its Us premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival and tells of a theatre director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Entertainment One Films has picked up North American rights to Walter, starring The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West with a supporting cast that includes William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Neve Campbell, and more. West stars as Walter, a movie theater ticket taker who believes he’s the son of God and that it’s his duty to judge whether people are bound for Heaven or Hell. Anna Mastro directed and Paul Shoulberg adapted the screenplay from his own short story. Peter Facinelli, Justin Kirk, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, and Levin Rambin also star. Ryan Harris, Brenden Patrick Hill, Christine Holder, Mark Holder and Benito Mueller produced Walter and Bill Johnson, Jennifer Laurent, Michel Merkt and Wolfgang Mueller executive produced. A day and date theatrical/VOD release is planned for the spring. EOne’s Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Beta Cinema will rep »
- Jen Yamato
Directed by William H. Macy.
The death of his son causes the life of an ad company executive to fall apart until he meets a young aspiring musician who helps him to reconnect with the world again.
A university student is composing a song in his dorm room while simultaneously the father of the boy secures a major advertising contract. In a mood to celebrate the ad executive calls his son to skip his classes and to meet him at a bar; however, the meeting never takes place as the television set in the drinking establishment shows a news story about a fatal campus shooting.
Mourning the death of his son, hounded by the media, and seeking solace in alcohol, the distraught parent »
- Trevor Hogg
Shameless Season 5 Teaser Promo. Showtime‘s Shameless: Season 5 TV show teaser trailer entitled ‘New Neighbors, Old Hoods’ stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Allen White. Shameless: Season 5’s plot synopsis: “The Gallaghers are all dealing with the new circumstances in their [...]
Continue reading: Shameless: Season 5 TV Show Teaser Trailer: ‘New Neighbors, Old Hoods’ »
- Rollo Tomasi
Of all the movie hybrids, William H. Macy's feature directorial debut, Rudderless, is among the strangest, combining plot elements of the schlocky 1980s rock 'n' roll franchise Eddie and the Cruisers with that of somber grieving dramas like We Need to Talk About Kevin. The result, despite a few stellar moments, is a not-quite-tragic-enough meditation on mourning and self-healing, crossed with a not-quite-gritty-enough portrait of indie rockers trying to break big. A fine Billy Crudup plays a once-successful businessman turned alcoholic, houseboat-dwelling recluse, shell-shocked after the sudden death of his college-aged singer-songwriter son. At a dying open mic-bar a local teen (Anton Yelchin, in nattering Jesse Eisenberg mode) sees Crudup's chara »
In an exclusive look at William H. Macy's feature film directorial debut, Rudderless, Selena Gomez and Billy Crudup mourn the loss of a loved one, with slightly different reactions. In the film, which premiered at Sundance and is being released in theaters and on demand on Friday by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Crudup plays Sam, a divorced ad man whose son dies, leading him to go on a bender to forget his past before he stumbles across his son's music and uses the songs to reconnect with his late child. Watch more Sundance: 'Rudderless' Star Selena Gomez Says Music Industry 'Is
- Hilary Lewis
So let it be known throughout the land: William H. Macy has balls of steel. In addition to juggling a busy, successful film and television career, he’s taken on a new role—filmmaker. His first feature film, “Rudderless,” is a poignant story that explores finding happiness in the midst of loss and pain. And you know what? It’s really damn good. “Rudderless” follows the wonderful, horrible life of Sam (Billy Crudup), a successful advertising executive whose life is shaken up when his son is killed in a horrible college shooting tragedy. Sam isn’t coping with this well—his life now revolves around microwave pizza and hitting the bottle hard; fast forward a few years later and Sam is living on a boat and making money by painting houses for a contractor. He’s sobered up and just trying to live his life as best as he can. »
- Chase Whale
The on-again, off-again couple have had their relationship struggles spill onto Twitter and Instagram, but Selena warned us not to read too deeply into all of her posts.
News: Did Selena & Bieber Break Up Again
"I don't think about it," Selena said. "Half the time I don't really pay attention to it. I might post something that means I'm super excited about something, but I could post a picture of a water bottle and people will think it's subliminal for something."
Case in point, on October 1, Selena posted "We have to learn the hard way sometimes" before unfollowing Bieber on Instagram, then four days later, Justin posted a picture of the two together along with the caption, "We're »
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