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• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.
The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.
Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »
- Emily Breen
Director Tom McCarthy has already rounded up an impressive ensemble cast for Spotlight, his drama that tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all already on board the film, and now THR has word that Almost Famous star Billy Crudup (who just took a role in the Stanford Prison Experiment) is taking a role in the film as Eric MacLeish, a high-powered member of the Boston legal establishment. Read more below! The title of the film is in reference to the Spotlight Team of reporters at the Boston newspaper who discovered this terrifying citywide conspiracy that was covering sexual child abuse in the religious organization. The team included Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber), Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton) and special »
- Ethan Anderton
Matt Osterman directs the thriller from New Artists Alliance and North American distributor XLrator Media about astronauts who agree to take part in a simulated mission that may not be all that it seems. Dane Cook and Ben Feldman round out the key cast.
“Matt has penned a mind-bending screenplay that reminds us why we make movies to begin with,” said Naa’s Cowan. “Its complete sense of awe, mystery, and character grabbed us right away. And the crazy reality is that Nasa and »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »
- Jen Yamato
We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.
Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.
The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson »
- Phil Wheat
“Boyhood” has grown up to impress Hollywood’s studio system.
After breaking out this summer as a critical and box office hit for IFC Films, Paramount Home Media Distribution has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to Richard Linklater’s drama. Deal should give the film considerable exposure at retail when it makes its way onto homevideo platforms sometime this fall.
The studio has yet to disclose when it will release the film, but Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution following the film’s theatrical run. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers, releasing it simultaneously with Paramount’s efforts on certain platforms.
Linklater, who also wrote “Boyhood,” lensed the film over the past 12 years with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, in order to document star Ellar Coltrane growing up on screen as the character of Mason. »
- Marc Graser
It was only yesterday that we brought you the trailer to Billy Crudup’s latest venture, Rudderless, and now it looks like he might be attaching his name to something else. News has surfaced that the Almost Famous actor will star alongside Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot) in Stanford Prison Experiment, based on true events.
With a script penned by Tim Talbott (South Park, Chicago Fire), the story is taken from an experiment conducted at Stanford University in the 1970s. A group of 19 and 20 year-old students are separated into two groups – prisoners and wardens. With a two week trial period, the participants are left to their own devices. However, with free reign to do what they want – and having gone a little power-crazy – the experiment has to be cut short due to ‘sadistic’ abuse.
As I said in yesterday’s article, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Following a pair of breakthrough performances from Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we haven't seen the actor get nearly as much work as we want him to. But now he's lined up what could be a promising indie project with Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Based on the social study of the same name, the film has been in development for over a decade and The Wrap reports it's coming together with C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez at the helm. This certainly seems like timely subject matter considering what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri. For those who don't know the Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted at the university back in 1971 where randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either prison guards or prisoners and left conduct themselves as they would in a jail. »
- Ethan Anderton
After Sam’s (Crudup) teenage son is killed in a shooting, he goes off the rails, not able to cope with the loss. However, after finding CDs of original music recorded by his son before his death, Sam decides to collaborate with local musician Quentin (Anton Yelchin) to bring the memory of him to life. Selena Gomez, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Chung and Kate Micucci co-star.
As a big fan of Crudup as the perfectly imperfect rock star Russell Hammond in Almost Famous I’m stoked to see him returning to a musical role. This looks amazing! What do you think?
Source: YouTube »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Deborah here, with a double-entry of Yes, No, Maybe So. First up, Rudderless from actor turned director William H Macy. (He's up for an Emmy Monday night for Shameless)
Directorial debut of William H. Macy. I'm a fan. He's using his wife, the awesome Felicity Huffman. Also Billy Crudup. There's a sweet naturalism to the trailer. It looks like Begin Again, except with more death and less money. I loved Begin Again.
It looks like Begin Again, except with more death and less money. How about a new movie?
More after the jump including the trailers themselves »
- Deborah Lipp
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes UK]
new to stream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever [my review] [iTunes UK] Tracks: romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After more than a decade in development, a movie about the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” is finally moving forward with Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano set to star and “C.O.G.” filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”) directing, TheWrap has learned. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features are financing the indie project, which Brent Emery and Lizzie Friedman are producing with Greg Little, Lauren Bratman and “The Hurt Locker” star Brian Geraghty. The film is based on the landmark experiment conducted at Stanford University in the summer of 1971, in which randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either »
- Jeff Sneider
Blood Ties, 2013.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released from prison on good behaviour, several years after he was involved in a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Hoping that Chris has changed, Frank is willing to give his brother a chance – he shares his home, finds him a job and helps him reconnect with his children and ex-wife. But Chris’ past quickly begins to catch up with him and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable.
When you read a synopsis like the one for Blood Ties, you can’t help but think that it’s a fairly generic and familiar story. Thankfully it’s nowhere near »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week. Rudderless I don’t care much for the melodrama in the first half of the trailer, but after this new promo for Rudderless gets past the sad stuff, it really picks up simply because the music is so good. We’ve seen main characters unable to get devastating losses before and come close to self destruction because of it, but what then makes Rudderless feel like a fresh, rousing spin on the scenario is how Billy Crudup’s character winds up coping with it – through music, and music that’s catchy enough to make you want to see the full film for that alone. The Guest It’s hard enough for a full...
- Perri Nemiroff
Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the first trailer for William H. Macy's Rudderless. This is the first film that he has directed, and it is really quite beautiful. I loved it. I saw it at Sundance earlier this year, and it's one of those moving, inspirational films that needs to be seen. Here's the story description:
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 »
- Joey Paur
Having made films in the English language as an actor, Guillaume Canet is yet to make a film in the States as a director, but now remakes a film he once starred in, to bring us Blood Ties. We had the great pleasure in speaking to Canet, who discussed why he chose this particular story, why he has turned down big Hollywood scripts in the past years, and what it was like directing his partner, Marion Cotillard.
No, to be honest, it was the first time in my life I was reading a script as an actor and that I had this weird feeling when I was reading it, I really wanted to direct it. Which was weird for me. »
- Stefan Pape
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