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Olivier Assayas's new film is set amid the fallout of the May 68 uprising and the rebellious antics of its hero recall the director's own youthful protests. He talks about adrenaline rushes and breaking rules
Olivier Assayas, the writer, director and former film critic, is truly cool. He is the maker of some of the most playful, intellectual French cinema of the past two decades. His tastes are eclectic, his skill-set vast: he can move confidently between witty romps (such as his 1996 breakthrough, Irma Vep, one of the cleverest of all films about film-making, or the techno-thriller Demonlover) and lavish, patient period pieces (Les Destinées Sentimentales) or slow-burn emotional studies (Summer Hours). His most formidable achievement is the five-and-a-half-hour Carlos, a painstaking recreation of the rise of Carlos the Jackal made for television in 2010 but mounted with a scope and handsomeness to shame any Hollywood equivalent.
Separated from the actor Maggie Cheung, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Penned by Kim Fupz Aakeson (“A Somewhat Gentle Man”) and produced by Paradox Film, the $6.1 million pic stars Skarsgard as an upright citizen who, following his son’s sudden death, embarks on a revenge rampage that gets him embroiled in a drug war between Norwegian and Serbian mobsters.
“I see ‘The Prize Idiot’ as a reinvention of a Western but set in the mountains. It deals with such topics as ethnic prejudice and nationalism in a humorous way,” said Moland (pictured).
Cast also includes Pal Sverre Hagen (“Kon-Tiki”) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (“Borgen”).
TrustNordisk is shopping the film at Cannes Film Market, which kicks off Thursday, and has already pre-sold all rights to German distributor Neue Visionen. Nordisk Film is skedded to release it in Norway in February.
“Idiot” is »
- Elsa Keslassy
As excited as we were at the prospect of “Before Sunset” with two old guys in the woods (no really!), it has been confirmed that the director of “A Walk in the Woods” will now be Robert Redford and not Richard Linklater, as we previously reported. There’s no word on exactly why, although Linklater is probably going to be pretty busy with the big promo push for “Before Midnight,” and Redford has already spoken about wanting to get back in front of and behind the camera in a serious way since stepping down from Sundance. Redford will direct himself and Nick Nolte in the story of a veteran ex-pat writer who, in a bid to rediscover the America he left behind as well as his joie de vivre, heads off on the perilous Appalachian Trail with an out-of-shape, ex-alcoholic friend. It’s a project that’s been kicking around »
- Kieran McMahon
Robert Redford has been trying for years to get an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s hilarious comic memoir A Walk In The Woods on screen. Originally planned as a reunion for Redford and his Sundance pal Paul Newman, that idea was thwarted by Newman’s death. And after a long trek through development, he’s finally found a director to do it his way. In short, he’ll do it himself.Nick Nolte is currently on to co-star in the film, which will adapt Bryson’s tome (subtitle: Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail), about attempting to conquer at least part of the 2000-mile Trail with his friend "Stephen Katz" (a pseudonym for Matthew Angerer).In the years since he first optioned the book, Redford has been through several directorial possibilities, including Barry Levinson, Richard Linklater and, as they told the Empire Pod-team last year, Little Miss Sunshine duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. »
The veteran actor has revealed that his character will be a villain.
Redford will play Agent Alexander Pierce, a minor character and Nick Fury ally from Marvel Comics continuity.
"I like the idea of playing a villain... I did that just because it's a different thing for me to do," he told The Straits Times.
The actor previously revealed that his character would serve as head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Studios sequel.
The villains already confirmed for the film are Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc and Toby Jones reprising his role as Arnim Zola.
Robert Redford will direct A Walk in the Woods.
While Richard Linklater was previously said to be in talks for the project, Screen Daily reports that Redford will also take on the directing role.
A Walk in the Woods follows two old friends who decide to walk the Appalachians Trail. As they walk, they reminisce about their lives.
Robert Redford is set to replace filmmaker Richard Linklater as director of the independently financed film adaptation of Bill Bryson's popular 1998 lightly comedic travel memoir "A Walk in the Woods".
Redford also produces and star in the film which involves two boyhood friends who go their separate ways and come back later in life for an outdoor adventure - a walk along the Appalachian Trail.
Nick Nolte will co-star as the other friend and the pair make wry observations about life along their journey.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
The third leg of Marvel's Phase Two, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is currently in production, with one of the most notable new casting additions being none other than film legend Robert Redford. Last month, the actor was confirmed to be playing the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the actor recently dropped a major spoiler that could have reverberations for the rest of Marvel's Phase Two (and Phase Three) slate.
Be warned, what follows is a Major Spoiler, so you better stop reading right now if you don't want to know more.
During an interview with The Strait Times (via Here Be Geeks), the actor casually dropped the following bombshell.
"I like the idea of playing a villain... I did that just because it's a different thing for me to do."
It should be noted that nothing has been confirmed by Marvel, and that the sequel already has a number of villains, »
Robert Redford has decided to direct A Walk in the Woods, a project he's long been pursuing and always intended to star in. He'll star opposite Nick Nolte. Based on travel writer Bill Bryson's popular book A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, the movie is finally taking shape. Im Global is taking the film to the Cannes Film Market for Route One Films, which is producing. Story: Robert Redford Launches Sundance Productions for TV and Multimedia Wme is representing domestic rights, while a summer start date is being eyed. Producers include Route One's Jay Stern,
- Pamela McClintock
So much for the notion of Richard Linklater directing the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. The film has been in development for a number of years with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte attached to star as two childhood friends who meet up later in life to attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, making observations about the world around them and catching up with their own lives during the journey. It was reported last month that Linklater was in discussions to direct the comedic pic, but now Screen Daily reports that Redford will instead be taking on directing duties himself. The film has a script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and is on track to start production later this year should everything come together. Redford most recently helmed the political thriller The Company You Keep and is set to appear in Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Adam Chitwood
Attached to star in the project since even before its source material was published, Robert Redford has now also taken the director's chair for A Walk in the Woods . Screen Daily reports that he'll also star alongside Nick Nolte in the adaptation of Bill Bryson's 1998 novel, officially described as follows: The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America.majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you.re going to take a hike, it.s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you.ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way.and a couple of bears. Already a classic, »
Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall), Lambert Wilson (Of Gods And Men) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) have joined the cast of Mockingbird Pictures and Demarest Films’ 5 To 7 alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness). The film, set to start shooting in May in New York, is written and will be directed by Victor Levin (AMC’s “Mad Men”).
5 to 7 is being produced and co-financed by Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson of Demarest Films, and by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures with their investor group as executive producers. The film is co-executive produced by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group, which is handling international sales and will represent the film at the Cannes Film Market. CAA and Wme are co-representing the U.S. rights.
5 To 7 is set in New York, »
- Michelle McCue
A former member of the revolutionary militant group the Weather Underground goes on the run after a journalist outs him in The Company You Keep, a political thriller directed by Robert Redford and based on Neil Gordon’s novel. It’s a film that touches on the costs of political commitment, specifically the fervent activism of young college kids in the ’60s who, swept up in the revolutionary moment, took actions that they pay for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, it’s not as thought-provoking, or as political, as it sounds. Since Redford doesn’t have the guts to either condemn or applaud the Weather Underground radicals, The Company You Keep basically boils down to one long, boring chase. There’s a subject here for a good movie, perhaps even a great one, but this isn’t it.
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” is a steak devoid of juice. It has all the trappings of an effortlessly enjoyable genre exercise, but it doesn’t bring a single fresh idea to the table. It goes through the usual motions of a standard gangster picture while giving each overqualified member of its ensemble exactly one note to play. And they’re all exceedingly familiar notes, conveying a tune so familiar even Sam would refuse to play it again.
Josh Brolin plays a square-jawed officer with a perpetually concerned wife. Ryan Gosling plays a suave ladykiller (god what a stretch) who falls for a femme fatale (Emma Stone, looking like a kid playing dress-up). Nick Nolte wheezes and grunts. Giovanni Ribisi wears nerdy glasses, signaling that his character’s fade-out will arrive long before the final one. Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña supply different shades of skin color and little else. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Paradigm, which has been adding lit clients after bringing in established agents like Robert Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston, has made a good score in the talent realm: It signed Thomas Jane. Jane, the star of HBO’s Hung and films that include The Punisher, Deep Blue Sea and Boogie Nights, makes the move from CAA as he is preparing to star in and direct A Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand. The Western thriller, being produced by Geyer Kosinski, also stars Jeremy Irons and Nick Nolte. Jane’s separately starring opposite Paul Walker, Brendan Fraser and Matt Dillon in Pawn Shop Chronicles, opposite Sly Stallone in Reach Me and opposite James Marsden and Billy Bob Thornton in Red Machine. Jane continues to be managed by Media Talent Group. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Although it has the glamour of classic Hollywood and the gritty violence of the genre, Gangster Squad feels a tad too formulaic to ever fully stand on its own. The film features solid performances from its incredible ensemble cast, but seems to borrow a tad too much from past gangster films . most notably Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. Loosely based on true events, Gangster Squad was directed by Ruben Fleischer with a screenplay by Will Beall, the film features a top notch cast of Hollywood talent including Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sullivan Stapleton, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, and Giovanni Ribisi. Set in 1949.s Los Angeles, the film opens with »
- Patrick Luce
Exclusive: Christine Lahti will star with Katie Holmes in Mania Days, the Paul Dalio-directed indie that will be produced by Spike Lee. Lahti will play the mother of Holmes’ character. Lahti recently shot the pilot Beverly Hills Cop for Shawn Ryan at CBS and she will next be seen opposite Nick Nolte, Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld and Guy Pearce in the Liza Johnson-directed Hateship, Courtship, and opposite Juno Temple in the Tony Aloupis-directed Truck Stop. She is repped by ICM and Management 360. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
HBO isn’t ready to back down in the legal case against Luck.
Barbara Casey, the former American Humane Association employee who claims she was fired for speaking out about the HBO show’s treatment of its horses, took legal action in January, claiming wrongful termination against the Aha, but also accusing HBO, along with Stewart Productions, which produced the show, of aiding and abetting an alleged animal abuse cover-up. (The cable network canceled its racetrack drama in March 2012 following a PETA protest and the death of three horses.)
HBO and Stewart Productions replied to that lawsuit with a demurrer »
- Emily Rome
Director Ruben Fleischer follows up two comedy films: Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less with Gangster Squad, a cliché-ridden crime drama that borrows from every other title in the genre, while adding almost nothing to the mix, aside from the questionable decision to shoot the film digitally. Gangster Squad isn’t dragged down by its performances or its direction, but the script leaves it dead in the water before it’s even given a fighting chance.
Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a ruthless crime lord. He’s thirsty for blood, money and power and his rise to the top is simple; kill everyone in your way. He buys cops when needed, but prefers to just eliminate people out of the equation altogether.
- Jeremy Lebens
Robert Redford's new film sees the Hollywood liberal play a craggy radical, hiding away from a criminally subversive past under an assumed name. Once the FBI rumbles him, the agents on his trail spend some time comparing the image of his lined face to that of his much younger, 1970s, moustachioed self.
Cinema audiences across the world have travelled down that same long, ageing trail with Redford too, watching as his luminous youth in the role of Bubber in the 1966 film The Chase was gradually replaced, first by the poised cynicism of The Candidate and then by the stately leading man in Out of Africa or the worn-out sleaze of his Indecent Proposal to Demi Moore. Yet, as a man, Redford's radical zeal remains undimmed.
- Vanessa Thorpe, Philip French
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