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Must Watch: Sing Along with Pete in New TV Spot for 'Pete's Dragon'

8 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Look all around you and see... Deep in the forest, there dragons will be." Oh my goodness, this looks soo wonderful. Disney has unveiled a new TV spot for David Lowery's live-action take on Pete's Dragon, and it's an extended 60-second spot. Oakes Fegley plays Pete and we actually get to hear him singing in this trailer and it's so magical it will make you smile instantly. There's also a few new shots of Elliot the dragon, but this is really just an exciting little glimpse of the movie. The full cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall and Isiah Whitlock Jr. It seems Disney is very confident with the movie that Lowery made, and is happy to start showing more and more of it leading up to the release later this summer. I'm pretty damn excited to see it myself, »

- Alex Billington

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Robert Redford Speaks About the Blood Spilt In ‘The American West’

18 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There’s been much record of the Civil War and World War I, but what about the time inbetween? AMC’s new limited docudrama series “The American West” documents exactly that, unveiling that the period was full of spilt blood, political unrest and iconic outlaws.

In an IndieWire exclusive clip, the show portrays the result of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a conflict between American troops and Native American tribes over the gold on the tribes’ land. The clip features commentary by Robert Redford and the show will also host other actors from classic Westerns, including James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon and Ed Harris.

Read More: ‘Hell on Wheels’ Final Season: Confrontation Sparks an Uneasy Partnership in Exclusive Video

Per the release, “Spanning the years 1865 to 1890, ‘The American West,’ will show how — in the aftermath of the Civil War — the United States transforms into the “land of opportunity. »

- Kyle Kizu

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Robert Redford Speaks About the Blood Spilt In ‘The American West’

18 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s been much record of the Civil War and World War I, but what about the time inbetween? AMC’s new limited docudrama series “The American West” documents exactly that, unveiling that the period was full of spilt blood, political unrest and iconic outlaws.

In an IndieWire exclusive clip, the show portrays the result of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a conflict between American troops and Native American tribes over the gold on the tribes’ land. The clip features commentary by Robert Redford and the show will also host other actors from classic Westerns, including James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon and Ed Harris.

Read More: ‘Hell on Wheels’ Final Season: Confrontation Sparks an Uneasy Partnership in Exclusive Video

Per the release, “Spanning the years 1865 to 1890, ‘The American West,’ will show how — in the aftermath of the Civil War — the United States transforms into the “land of opportunity. »

- Kyle Kizu

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Swiss Army Man – Review

30 June 2016 10:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For many, Summer is a time to “get away from it all”. That’s been a theme for lots of movie characters over the years. Robert Redford in All Is Lost and James Franco in 127 Hours escaped the rat race to explore the world solo, but both getaways lead to disaster (we just saw that last weekend with Blake Lively in The Shallows). Of course, solitude is often not a choice, but the result of fate. It perhaps started with Robinson Crusoe (made into several films), the idea of one or two people (or the seven TV folks on a “three-hour tour”) stranded on a desolate island. Swept Away was an Italian flick and an American remake, but the recent epic adventure that most movie fans would recall might be 2000’s Cast Away, This new film explores similar themes, but while Tom Hanks had a volleyball named Wilson as company, »

- Jim Batts

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Opens Its Doors to Central European and World Cinema

24 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Once again the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival is set to open its doors and host the most important event for the cinema community in Central Europe. For eight days the film industry and film lovers will experience a busy program of screenings, workshops and parties.

On July 1, festival president Jiri Bartoska, together with artistic director Karel Och, will welcome attendees at the gala opening in the Grand Hall of the Hotel Thermal. The celebration will include the world premiere of Sean Ellis’ “Anthropoid,” and will be attended by the film’s stars — Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, and their Czech colleague Anna Geislerova.

The film’s story concerns a key moment in World War II — and a fateful one in what is now the Czech Republic — the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the No. 3 man in Nazi Germany, by Czechoslovak members of the British commandos. The U.K./France/Czech co-production will debut Aug. »

- Jakub Zika

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How Norman Reedus Changed His The Walking Dead Character

23 June 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Everything you know about The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon is a lie. Well, not entirely true, but Norman Reedus revealed his character was supposed to have a very different mode of transportation instead of his signature motorcycle: a horse. "I saw it written and I'm kind of afraid of horses, with their big eyeballs and they can smell your fear and all that stuff" Reedus told Conan O'Brien when the host asked if it was true that he nixed the horse. But it wasn't just the fear that had him ask for the change to the now iconic motorcycle. Reedus previously had horse-riding experience on screen in a movie with Robert Redford. He was supposed to have an entrance on a horse and spout some lines, but »

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Film Review: 'The Shallows'

23 June 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Your reaction to the horror thriller The Shallows (starring the beautiful Blake Lively) will depend on your overall relationship with shark movies.  If you’re like me—secretly afraid of the water after a much-too-young viewing of Jaws—you’ll probably be on the edge of your seat and have an exhilarating experience. If you’re put to bed by these movies, you won’t be impressed by the latest in this now overdone genre. Because I avoid shark attack movies like the plague I’m not one to tell you how well The Shallows measures up against the others. But, on a standalone basis, I really have few bad things to say about The Shallows.

The talented Lively plays a fearless American tourist, Nancy, visiting Mexico to surf grieving the untimely death of her mother. Soon she finds herself marooned on a group of rocks 300 feet from the shore, »

- J Don Birnam

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Redford Center Establishes Filmmaker Grants

22 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Redford Center, which was founded in 2005 by Jamie and Robert Redford, will be accepting inaugural submissions starting today for a newly established grant program — Redford Center Grants. The program will provide grant funds, mentorship opportunities and networking to support filmmakers “who understand the power of a well-told, well-timed story as a means to inspire positive change in the world.” The pilot program will focus on environmental projects. Funded by the… »

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Real-Life Bears and Advice From Tarantino: 7 Of The Craziest Stories From Behind The Scenes Of ‘Swiss Army Man’

21 June 2016 2:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Swiss Army Man” opens in limited release this Friday and nationwide on July 1. You’ve likely heard a lot about the film already, from the walkouts at its first Sundance screening all the way to star Daniel Radcliffe touring NYC with his stunt dummy.

Yet in a month of poorly reviewed sequels, “Swiss Army Man” stands alone as a full, pure, emotional experience. The film’s co-directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, combine a sense of absurdity and seemingly low-hanging-fruit fart jokes with pathos and soul. They have created a new, magical thing.

This week, IndieWire’s deputy editor and chief critic Eric Kohn sat down with the Daniels, as they liked to be called, at a panel at New York City’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Showing the audience clips from the film and their previous music videos, the Daniels talked about the collision of self-awareness and genuine »

- Russell Goldman

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Film Review: ‘The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry’

19 June 2016 5:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Equal parts hagiographic biography and heartland celebration, “The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” should be of interest to passionate devotees of the film’s subject — an award-winning poet, essayist, novelist and farmer noted for his environmental activism — and anyone concerned about the challenges and opportunities facing family farmers in an age of industrial agriculture. Trouble is, director Laura Dunn’s well-meaning but meandering documentary isn’t likely to generate much interest beyond those target audiences, despite its recent accumulation of accolades on the festival circuit.

Dunn’s latest effort can be viewed as a companion piece to her previous feature, “The Unforeseen” (2007), an affectingly melancholy contemplation of the clashes between developers and environmentalists in and around Austin, Texas. From that film, which skillfully employed Berry’s poem “Santa Clara Valley” as running commentary, Dunn has progressed to making Berry the “star” of an ambitious documentary that attempts to be »

- Joe Leydon

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Review – The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

17 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Fundamentals of Caring, 2016.

Directed by Rob Burnett.

Starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena GomezJennifer Ehle, Julia Denton and Bobby Cannavale.

Synopsis:

A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

 

The Netflix juggernaut is soon going to devour us given the rate the subscription service is outwardly expanding into their “Originals” so much that in the near future we may all have our own original with them. All in jest of course, but given their recent successes with television and film originals, as well as snapping us such talents as Adam Sandler, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford to name a few. Now even Paul Rudd is an honorary Netflix-er, with his latest film The Fundamentals of Caring snapped up at this year’s Sundance and is soon to receive its debut on the service.

Rudd stars as Ben, »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Final Season: Confrontation Sparks an Uneasy Partnership in Exclusive Video

17 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The final episodes of AMC’s western period drama “Hell on Wheels” are rolling out in quick succession. According to AMC, the last seven episodes of the series mark the end of Cullen Bohannon’s work on America’s first transcontinental railroad.

Read More: Is ‘Hell on Wheels’ Worth Adding to Your DVR Line-up in Its New Season?

From the official final season synopsis: “The last push to finish brings with it a reckoning for Bohannon and the men standing in his path: the bloodthirsty Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl); the mercenary Chang (Byron Mann); and the rapacious Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney). Bohannon contends with corruption, greed and murder as he leads the trek to complete the final stages of the building of the railroad from the Central Pacific through the Sierras and across the Utah desert to Promontory Point. While the railroad’s completion is certain, who and what will survive »

- Kate Halliwell

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Final Season: Confrontation Sparks an Uneasy Partnership in Exclusive Video

17 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final episodes of AMC’s western period drama “Hell on Wheels” are rolling out in quick succession. According to AMC, the last seven episodes of the series mark the end of Cullen Bohannon’s work on America’s first transcontinental railroad.

Read More: Is ‘Hell on Wheels’ Worth Adding to Your DVR Line-up in Its New Season?

From the official final season synopsis: “The last push to finish brings with it a reckoning for Bohannon and the men standing in his path: the bloodthirsty Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl); the mercenary Chang (Byron Mann); and the rapacious Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney). Bohannon contends with corruption, greed and murder as he leads the trek to complete the final stages of the building of the railroad from the Central Pacific through the Sierras and across the Utah desert to Promontory Point. While the railroad’s completion is certain, who and what will survive »

- Kate Halliwell

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The American West Clip: Burt Reynolds and Robert Redford Talk Jesse James

17 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

We know how much you love watching the American West come alive on AMC's Hell on Wheels.

For five seasons you have watched the struggle to build railroad that will make travel between the east and west a reality and not necessarily a death sentence due to the hardships of traveling by horseback and on foot.

An all new episode of AMC’s limited series, The American West, airs this Saturday, June 18th at 10/9c.

On the second episode, “Two Front War” – executive produced by Robert Redford and Stephen David, and directed by John EalerJesse James targets the railroads.

Custer is sent on a secret mission in Sioux Territory.

Grant deals with growing unrest in the west and south.

There was so much going on during that time, it's almost hard to believe, isn't it?

But if we're going to compare and contrast to what's happening on Hell on Wheels, »

- Carissa Pavlica

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Adderall Diaries Blu-ray – Stars James Franco

15 June 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Franco and Harris are blistering as a father and son confronting their past.” — says Dan Callahan of The Wrap on the new thriller The Adderall Diaries.

The Adderall Diaries is A Twisted Journey Through Sex, Drugs, and Lies that Unfolds on Blu-ray™ and DVD on July 5 from Lionsgate

Follow a troubled author’s journey to uncover the truth of his past in the sexy, gritty film The Adderall Diaries, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD July 5 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, the film stars Academy Award® nominee James Franco (Best Actor, 127 Hours, 2010), four-time Academy Award® nominee Ed Harris (Best Supporting Actor, Apollo 13, 1995), Amber Heard (The Danish Girl), with Cynthia Nixon (HBO’s “Sex and the City”), and Golden Globe® winner Christian Slater (TV’s “Mr. Robot”). Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Adderall Diaries is written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky (The Color of Time) and executive produced by Robert Redford (A Walk in the Woods). Oscar® nominee James Franco is riveting as a famous but troubled author whose fascination with a high-profile murder case brings his own dark past into focus. Based on the best-selling book by Stephen Elliott,The Adderall Diaries follows one man’s desperate journey through sex, drugs, and lies as he tries to separate fact from fiction and ignite a life-changing romance. Ed Harris and Amber Heard costar in this gritty story about the shocking discoveries that lie beneath the truth.

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The home entertainment release of The Adderall Diaries includes audio commentary with the director, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and deleted scenes. The Adderall Diaries will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Deleted Scenes Audio Commentary with Director Pamela RomanowskyThe Adderall Diaries: A Director’s Perspective” Featurette

 

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- Tom Stockman

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New poster and trailer for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

15 June 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Walt Disney Pictures has released a trailer and poster for David Lowery’s upcoming remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon; take a look below…

See Also: First teaser trailer and images for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Pete’s Dragon is set for release on August 12th and features a cast that includes Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Robert Redford.

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- Amie Cranswick

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David Lowery brings joy and wonder to a sneak peek at Disney's 'Pete's Dragon' remake

14 June 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I arrived mid-morning in Hollywood, parked, and headed directly to the event being held right next door to the Jimmy Kimmel theater. There was already a decent line by the time I walked up. I thought the event started at ten, but it turns out that’s just when check-in opens, so I ended up spending almost an hour just sitting in the theater waiting. My bad. Reading is probably important when planning your schedule. The El Capitan is Disney’s showcase venue. It’s the reason they bought it in the very early ‘90s and went to work restoring it. They wanted a place to be able to stage a film as an event, where they could control every part of the experience, and certainly, that was in full effect the morning of the event. The balconies on either side of the main stage were filled with the flora and faunae of Underland, since Alice Through The Looking Glass is currently playing at the theater. The music that was playing from the moment we were checked in and seated was one Disney song after another. I love “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” as much as anyone, but they were playing a sort of medley version by the Generic White People Orchestra where they go from film to film, doing two minutes of most of the major songs in each of the films, with no break in the wall of Disney music. It never quite builds to a conclusion because it’s designed to keep you soaking in the Disney atmosphere. We were there to see a presentation for David Lowery’s remake of Pete’s Dragon, and while I don’t attend many of these because I don’t want to keep seeing chunks of a movie repeatedly before I see the finished film, in this case, I’m curious. I’m curious because I don’t love the original, but I know many, many people who do. I’m curious because I’ve read the script and it surprised me. It’s much more than a simple Disney update. And I’m curious because David Lowery is a guy who has been impressing me for a long time now. We met when he used to send me reviews of movies he’d see at film festivals, and I’d publish them on my previous website. David, like all of our contributors, had a secret spy name, and any of the spies who I developed a relationship with as an editor were guys who I thought had a really great take on film. David, in particular, had great taste, and a very clear and precise approach as a reviewer. He would find great moments in average films, and he was frequently one of the first guys to pick up on an emerging voice. When he made the jump to filmmaker, I wasn’t surprised. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a very good first film with a strong emphasis on performance. But when he signed to write and direct Pete’s Dragon, I was surprised mainly because I’ve always thought of the original film as a sort of lesser-than-lesser ‘70s Disney mess. The most notable thing about it was the production design of the weird hick town where the whole thing took place, which has always reminded me of the Robert Altman version of Sweethaven in Popeye. Lowery didn’t strike me as a guy who had this kind of film bouncing around inside him, or as a guy who would even watch the original Pete’s Dragon, much less want to remake it. When the script landed in my e-mail box, I couldn’t resist. I read it quickly, and I was totally taken aback by what he’d done with it. I could see Spielberg and Truffaut in the DNA of the script, but it wasn’t done as homage. It’s just a strongly structured story about imagination and survival and childhood and friendship, and it was written with complete sincerity. There’s nothing meta-textual or winky-winky about it. I realized right away that Lowery was determined to make this something real, and that he was approaching it from a genuinely personal place, not as a corporate gig. When he took the stage last Tuesday, David seemed both nervous and excited, like he could barely contain his energy. He said that if it was up to him, he would have shown the whole film. Instead, they picked four scenes to showcase. He mentioned that the film takes place in an intentionally vague Pacific Northwest in a particular but unstated point in the past. In the first clip, we met Mr. Meechum (Robert Redford) and his daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard). He’s the town eccentric, and she’s a ranger in the nearby forest. He tells a scary story to a bunch of kids about the time he met a dragon, and just as he’s got all the kids freaked out, she deflates the story completely, telling the kids that there are no dragons in the forest. Sweet. Simple. Short. Nice to see a bit of Redford in action. The second clip was the best of the bunch that we saw, and it was basically just a long day with Pete and Elliott together. It’s beautiful stuff, and holy cow, they’ve done a good job of making Elliott a living, breathing thing. He’s a big dog, Pete’s best friend and protector, and the way Lowery shoots him is like he’s a real character, not a special effect. If you’ve been dying to play The Last Guardian on Playstation and you’ve been frustrated by all the delays of the game, then brace yourself, because you’ll get your fix here. Oakes Fegley is the kid they found to play Pete, and he’s just as important to the equation as getting the dragon right. We’ve got to believe that this is a little kid who spent six years by himself in the woods with only a dragon as a friend, and Lowery has done a wonderful job of making this friendship feel real and tactile and finding a way of inviting us into this private world. There’s a joy here akin to the scenes on the island between the little boy and the horse in Ballard’s The Black Stallion, high praise indeed. The third scene they showed us involved Pete taking everyone to meet Elliott, and while there’s no way for any of us to avoid using “The Spielberg Face” during the reveal of something magical like this, there’s a reason for that. It’s a perfect expression of that way you feel when you experience something that fundamentally changes the way you see the world. That’s what I love about film and film language. There is a camera move that conveys something as complicated as an emotional paradigm shift, and it communicates so clearly that you can use it in a children’s film. You can see a little bit of this scene in the new trailer. You also see some of the big chase that ensues when Gavin (Karl Urban) manages to capture Elliott, only to have Pete and Grace and Mr. Meechum and friends all bust the dragon out. Well-shot and well-staged, the chase scene’s main tension came from whether or not Elliott was going to recover enough to be able to fly. They showed us exactly enough of the chase to make sure that it sucked when they turned it off on a cliffhanger, and I give them credit for knowing just how to guarantee that everyone in that room will be looking forward to the rest of the film when it comes out later this year. The Q&A that was staged after the footage was fine, and David Lowery seemed really happy with the new trailer and how they walked the line between selling the film and preserving some of its bigger secrets. For the most part, Bryce Dallas Howard and Lowery offered up the same sort of “it was a lot of fun” comments you hear at any Q&A, but I liked how he described his decision to make the movie. It felt sincere, like it came from a place of love. For Howard, that was definitely the case. She is an unabashed fan of the original. “I love Pete’s Dragon,” she told the crowd. “And in loving it, I didn’t want it to just be a copycat thing. I felt like this story and the themes in the original film [was] the charm of the original movie. What made that film last is the central idea of friendship. When I heard it wasn’t a straight-up remake, I wanted to be part of that. And as a parent, I want there to be beautiful films out there that are innocent and timeless. I was super-proud to be part of this.” My favorite exchange was at the tail end of the Q&A, as they were talking about Oakes Fegley and what a special kid he is. Lowery talked about looking for a kid who wasn’t polished and super-professional. “When a ten-year-old can cry on cue, that’s an amazing skill, and it’s pretty much not what I’m looking for at all.” Without missing a beat, Howard replied, “You never would have hired me at ten.” Let’s see if David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon is as shaggy and wild at heart as the dragon itself when the film arrives in theaters August 12, 2016. »

- Drew McWeeny

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How Indie Filmmaker David Lowery Embraced ‘Pete’s Dragon’ at Disney

14 June 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The first thing that indie filmmaker David Lowery will tell you is that it wasn’t such a great leap going from “Ain’t Them Body Saints” to “Pete’s Dragon.” Other than taking longer to make, the result’s still small, personal and hand-crafted.

“One of my favorite movies growing up was ‘The Black Stallion’ and I watched that again in preparation for this movie,” Lowery told me after sneak-peeking some “Pete’s Dragon” footage at the El Capitan last week with star Bryce Dallas Howard (who revealed that she pursued the project for years).

“And I was thinking if [‘Black Stallion’] was made today it would be an arthouse movie,” he said. “But when I was growing up, that was family entertainment. I do wish those lines weren’t so clearly drawn. I wish there was a little more art in the mainstream and a little more mainstream in the art sometimes. And I obviously like the far reaches of art and the far reaches of mainstream [including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”]. And I think you can get away with introducing people to new ideas, new concepts, new flavors and new tones in the mainstream.”

Read More: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer: David Lowery’s Reimagination of the Disney Animated Classic Takes Flight

In Lowery’s live-action updating of the ’77 Disney cult classic, a 10-year-old orphan (Oakes Fegley) and a cuddly dragon help bring a disbelieving forest ranger (Dallas Howard) and her elderly, loquacious, woodcarving father (Robert Redford) closer together.

“Being open to incomprehensible possibilities is a wonderful facet of existence,” said Lowery. “And so with this movie, the magic to me is that there’s a creature in the woods that obeys the laws of physics, for the most part, but has managed to avoid detection, like Big Foot or the Loch Ness monster. I respond incredibly strongly to cuddly, furry animals, and I wanted him to be distinct, fairly iconic and to be remembered well. And I wanted to love him.”

Shot in the bucolic woods of New Zealand, Lowery had the added benefit of working with nearby Weta Digital on the furry, green dragon, Elliott. The animation hit that sweet spot between photoreal and caricature— a far cry from “Game of Thrones.”

“The fur led me to Weta because of the ‘Apes’ films and because they add soul to their characters,” said Lowery, who found it an odd coincidence that Weta was also working simultaneously on Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” and that both movies have children befriending 20-foot creatures confronting xenophobia.

Like Weta’s King Louie in “The Jungle Book,” Elliott is totally key-frame animation, and has a decidedly stop-motion vibe. “What I love about stop-motion is that your brain instantly tells you that this isn’t real and sets that worry aside so that you just accept what you’re seeing as real,” said Lowery. “Obviously with CG you’re aspiring for a higher degree of reality. But even though we wanted his weight to feel real in the world and he really belongs there, we wanted to exaggerate certain things so he would have that slight edge of surrealism to him.”

On “Pete’s Dragon,” the editor-turned director learned not to overuse close-ups. For an intense conversation on a front porch, it was more effective to back off for a medium shot. “Let’s let the geography tell a little bit more of the story,” decided Lowery, who will next direct Redford in “The Old Man and the Gun,” an indie about an elderly bank robber that begins shooting in October.

After that Lowery wants to go even smaller for a $1 million movie. “The cinematic language binds them all together,” he said. Then Lowery tackles a live-action re-imagining of Disney’s “Peter Pan,” a project he initially declined because he’s too much of a J.M. Barrie enthusiast. “But after some nudging, I realized that ‘St. Nick,’ my first movie, was about two runaway kids that don’t want to grow up,” he said. “It’s about lost children, so this is something that is near and dear to me and it’s not hard finding a way to make it personal.”

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- Bill Desowitz

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New trailer and poster for Pete's Dragon

14 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The latest trailer for Pete's Dragon has flown in (sorry) and we finally get a full, glorious look at the dragon, which looks like Falcor fell into a giant vat of colour dye and grew scaly wings. Anyway, lots of dragon action awaits you below, as does Bryce Dallas Howard who looks quite weird with the ranger hat on. Anyway... Released: August 12, 2016. Synopsis: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an »

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Full Trailer for Disney's New 'Pete's Dragon' Directed by David Lowery

14 June 2016 12:24 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I need to get back to him. He gets scared when I'm gone." Disney has debuted the new full-length trailer for their upcoming remake of Pete's Dragon, this time starring young actor Oakes Fegley as Pete. The teaser first released earlier this year was truly just a tease and didn't even show the dragon at all, now we finally get a good look at the friendly dragon Elliot in this trailer. And he actually looks pretty dang good. The full cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall and Isiah Whitlock Jr. This looks wonderful, the score helps, but it also seems like the kind of movie that is both magical and exciting to watch. I'm impressed - can't wait to see this now. Here's the second trailer (+ poster) for David Lowery's Pete's Dragon, direct from Disney's YouTube: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales »

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