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IFC Films has acquired North American rights and set a December release on the time-hopping tale about a seemingly odd couple who meet at the Hollywood Cemetery during a meteor shower. Eric Winter also stars.
“The film has a unique quality – it’s funny, emotional and very beautiful – and wonderfully clever too. It will have couples of all ages talking about Emmy and Justin long into the night!”
“With his feature film debut, Sam Esmail has created a romance for the ages,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “Emmy and Justin shine in this chronicle of a star-crossed relationship.”
Chad Hamilton produces »
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Director: Guillaume Canet
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Based on the 2008 French film Rivals, director Guillaume Canet recreates the familial drama in 1970s Brooklyn. With a knockout cast and New York setting Blood Ties was a promising venture, but had much to prove to admirers of the original.
Rivals prevailed in depicting a gritty crime drama that could easily be mistaken for a rediscovered 70s movie. Canet, who starred in the original, provides an unsuccessful remake. There was an expectation for more, especially with a winning cast. Unfortunately Blood Ties is a bland revision that opts for familiar formulaic clichés.
The film details the lives of two brothers, Chris (Clive Owen) and Frank (Billy Crudup). Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released from prison and younger brother Frank, a cop, reluctantly waits for him outside the gates. Frank, hopes that his brother has changed, »
- Ciham Messouki
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)
Blood Ties, 2014.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Two brothers – one a cop, the other a con – discover that not everything is black and white when it comes to family loyalty.
Coming from the same place as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way, Blood Ties is a crime drama set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and centres around the relationship between brothers Chris and Frank Pierzynski. Chris (Clive Owen) has served nine years for murder when he is released on the condition that he can get a job and go straight. His younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup) is a detective in the NYPD and sets him up with a job and a place to live but old habits die hard and Chris returns to his old ways to make ends meet. »
- Gary Collinson
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
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. »
“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.
IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.
A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.
Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
The film »
- Jonathan James
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
Selena Gomez is crushing on someone twice her age!
The 21-year-old told Jimmy Kimmel that when it comes to her celebrity crush, it's not her on-again off-again beau Justin Bieber, but someone of the more mature variety – her "Rudderless" co-star Billy Crudup!
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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, 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
Cover your ears, Justin Bieber: Selena Gomez has the hots for another guy! The 21-year-old singer-actress revealed on Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live that she had a crush on one of her Rudderless co-stars long before she knew they'd be working together... So who was it?! Billy Crudup! Apparently, Selena fell for the now 46-year-old actor after seeing him as guitarist Russell Hammond in 2000's Almost Famous. "I had a crush on him," she admitted, giggling. "I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, so I was like Penny Lane for a good month—I wore the outfits and had the hair and the glasses...and then, I found out I was going to be a part of the movie [with Billy] and it took me »
IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the Afm.
Dark Summer is a stylised contemporary ghost story about a home-alone teenager on house arrest who experiences a terrifying presence. Keir Gilchrist stars with Stella Maeve, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell and Peter Stormare.
The distributor has set the multi-platform release for January 9, 2015, after brokering the deal with Preferred Content and Content Media.
“IFC Midnight truly excels in the elevated genre space and has been a great North American home for the Pact franchise – so we’re very happy to have them as partners on Dark Summer,” said Carmichael.
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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 »
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
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Life After Beth (zombie rom-com; Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan; rated R) Camp X-Ray (drama; Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Extraterrestrial (sci-fi horror; Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma; pretheatrical release premieres 10/17; not rated) Felony (thriller; Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) Rudderless (drama; Billy Crudup, William H...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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 Kennedys: After Camelot
Holmes will also executive produce and direct one of the four episodes with "24" veteran Jon Cassar helming the other three. Shooting begins in the spring in Canada. [Source: The Live Feed]
Olivia Thirlby ("Dredd") and Nelsan Ellis ("True Blood" have joined the ensemble cast of Kyle Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment". Thirlby will play the wife of Billy Crudup's Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Ellis will play Jesse Fletcher.
The story deals with the infamous 1971 psychological exercise in which college students exhibited shocking cruel and sadistic behavior when divided into camps of prisoners and prison guards. Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, James Frecheville, Johnny Simmons, Ki Hong Lee and Michael Angarano also star. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
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