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Directed by Jon Cassar.
In the Old West, former Civil War-veteran John Henry returns to his frontier hometown where he must repair a fractious relationship with his Reverend father, and face the demons of his past when a gang of outlaws threaten the community…
Not just a throwback to the Western of old, Forsaken is a film born of historical connections. Directed by Jon Cassar, who worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the series that made him iconic, 24, and starring Kiefer alongside his legendary father Donald Sutherland, something they’ve only briefly done before – sharing screen time in the little known Max Dugan Returns in the early 80’s and appearing not together in Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill in 1996. For them, the appeal was appearing not just together but as father and son on screen, »
- Tony Black
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Wolverine” actress Rila Fukushima has joined Scarlett Johansson in Dreamworks’ “Ghost In The Shell.” Fukushima joins a cast that includes Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbaek, and Takeshi Kitano.
The film adaptation is based on the popular manga/anime which follows a female cyborg named Kusanagi who leads an elite task force called Section 9 who specializes in counter cyber-terrorism in a futuristic Tokyo.
“Snow White And The Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders will direct the film with a script written by Jamie Moss and Jonathan Herman. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film. Fukushima is best known for playing the DC Comics villain Katana on the CW’s “Arrow” and the mutant Yukio in 2013's “The Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman.
Source: THR »
- J.B. Casas
If you want a job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself. And when you have the part of Grecco the Greek, a transgender Cleveland gangster, and everyone from Michael Douglas to Nick Nolte to Quentin Tarantino to Jeff Goldblum to Martin Scorsese to Christopher Walken to Rupert Everett to Michael Wincott decline your […]
- Will Ashton
Scarlett Johansson looks ready for her stint as a human-cyborg in her upcoming film”Ghost in the Shell.” Paramount and DreamWorks released the first photo of the Johansson-starring anime-based film on Thursday.
Johansson, playing “Ghost in the Shell” character Motoko Kusanagi, sports a two-length shaggy black bob in this first look.
The live-action film will follow a member of a covert ops unit of elite task force Section 9, a “one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid” who is devoted to “stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists.”
The film, although in the early stages of production, has already received some criticism. Johansson’s casting seemed surprising to many fans of the Japanese hit, who called it whitewashing. Several petitions circulated online opposing the casting.
Johansson, though, has become a bona fide action star. “Lucy” made $394 million worldwide.
- Maria Cavassuto
Hello, Major. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have revealed the first official photo from the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie, marking the beginning of production with this debut. Here's the really cool part - Ghost in the Shell is filming down in New Zealand, using some of the same crews and stages as The Hobbit. Not only that, but they're working with Weta Workshop to design many elements of this sci-fi adaptation. Scarlett Johansson stars, and is seen in the first photo. The cast also includes Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. "The production will broaden the perceptions of the diversity of New Zealand's locations by showcasing a science fiction urban setting in New Zealand." Photo in full below. Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property (first developed by Masamune Shirow), Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite »
- Alex Billington
Title: Forsaken Momentum Pictures Director: Jon Cassar Writer: Brad Mirman Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole, Demi Moore, Greg Ellis Running Time: 90 min Rated: R (Violence & Language) In Theaters And Available On VOD: February 19, 2016 In 1872, Fowler Wyoming’s bad boy John Henry Clayton (Keifer Sutherland, 24) returns home after retiring from gunfighting. When he makes it home to his father Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games franchise), he learns of all the events he missed while he was away. His mother died and his sweetheart Mary-Alice (Demi Moore, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) has married and had a son. The town [ Read More ]
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By Lee Pfeiffer
The dividing line between a film being an homage and a rip-off is sorely tested with "Forsaken", a 2015 Canadian Western by director Jon Cassar, who is best known for his acclaimed, award-winning work in television. This is a rare venture into feature film making for him and the result left me with decidedly mixed emotions. The film marks another collaboration between Cassar and actor Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in Cassar's wildly successful TV series "24". That the two men are comfortable with each other's style is immediately apparent from the first frames of the film. We want to extend kudos to them for bravely venturing where few in the movie industry dare to tread any longer: the realm of the Western, a genre that has been routinely neglected for decades. Despite the success of Westerns such as "Unforgiven", "Dances With Wolves" and "Open Range", studio chiefs can't seem »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
This week, after an absurdly long delay following its premiere at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" sighs, whispers and twirls its way into theaters. Love it, loathe it, or end up somewhere in between (our review), there is no doubt that, like every Malick movie that has come before, it is the Malickiest to date. It has as astonishing cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Wincott, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Clifton Collins Jr., Cherry Jones, Nick Offerman, and so on and so on — wait, is that Dan Harmon? In a world of colossal star egos, where A-list careers are defined by towering awards-bait roles, it's amazing that Malick gets even Z-listers to show up when the standard punchline is "Congratulations! You've been cast in a Terrence Malick outtake! »
- Jessica Kiang
Going into Forsaken with the intent to enjoy yourself is quite easy: with likable real-life father/son pair Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland playing on-screen family, all set amidst the backdrop of a post-Civil War small western town, the potential for an emotionally-fueled slice of western escapism is palpable. And it should go without saying that the familial chemistry shared between the two leads is Forsaken‘s biggest draw.
They’re easy to watch, the setting is lush (while occasionally incongruous in a studio backlot kind-of-way), and Kiefer has the angsty gunslinger bit nailed down, but Forsaken‘s mind-numbing story derails the movie of all momentum. Its bad guys are bland (save one), its moralistic preachiness is off-putting, and its unadorned direction repeatedly robs potentially captivating scenes of any emotional relevance.
The Sutherlands occasionally manage to cut through that, but it’s far too rare. Here Sutherland the Senior plays William Clayton, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Director Jon Cassar breathes new life into the Western genre while honoring its traditions in Forsaken, a beautiful, haunting piece of work that will be released day and date on February 19. In a story reminiscent of Shane and Pale Rider, Kiefer Sutherland plays John Henry Clayton, a reformed gunslinger drawn back into action when he returns to his hometown and finds it under siege by an unscrupulous land grabber (Brian Cox). While sparring with Cox’s hired guns (led by Michael Wincott in a rich, thrillingly entertaining performance), Clayton also reconnects with an old love who has moved on (Demi […] »
- Jim Hemphill
When one looks back at mid ‘70s to early ‘80s horror, it’s quite surprising to see how many Canadian made films are nestled among fan favorites. Titles such as Black Christmas, Shivers, Prom Night, Happy Birthday to Me, and My Bloody Valentine continue to delight and shock veteran horror lovers or those just starting their jagged journey down the terror path. There is one, however, that due to a troubled production and poor distribution, seems relegated to the discount bins of time. Today, we’re pulling back the curtain on, uh, Curtains (1983), an unsung slasher weirder than a sack full of rabid beavers.
Released by Jensen Farley Pictures in March of ’83 in the Us, and September of ’84 by Norstar Releasing in (my home and) native land, Curtains received a very limited release in both countries, but coming as it did at a time when the Canadian film industry had »
- Scott Drebit
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variation of men seeking redemption while dealing with their parental issues, along comes Forsaken – starring Kiefer Sutherland, and his legendary father, Donald. Directed by Jon Cassar (24), and written by Brad Mirman (Highlander: The Final Dimension), the western is clearly aimed at those that would like the thrill of watching father and son engage in impassioned yelling over past misdeeds.
Check out the official plot summary below for more info:
“In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, »
- Sarah Myles
"Are them stories true about the men you killed?" Momentum Pictures has debuted a trailer for the western Forsaken, about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers. The film stars father and son duo Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland, along with Demi Moore, Michael Wincott, Brian Cox, Landon Liboiron and Siobhan Williams. This has been a very strong season for westerns, including Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight, as well as the underrated Slow West. There's also Jane Got a Gun coming up, but this also looks like a solid indie western worth checking out. Plus it's cool to see the two Sutherlands in a movie. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jon Cassar's Forsaken, direct from YouTube: In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, »
- Alex Billington
After an epic year for westerns, including Bone Tomahawk, Slow West, The Hateful Eight and even Jauja and The Revenant to an extent, we’ll get a few more this year. Following Aferim! and Jane Got a Gun this month, Forsaken will arrive in February, and today brings the first trailer.
Led by both Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland, the film follows the former as a retired gunslinger who returns to his hometown in order to the mend the relationship with his estranged father — you can guess who — but they get involved with protecting the area. Coming from longtime 24 producer and director Jon Cassar, we didn’t hear much about it when it premiered at Tiff last year, but hopefully it’s a sleeper surprise this spring.
In 1872, John Henry »
- Leonard Pearce
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