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To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month. "Blood Ties" (March 21) French heartthrob Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") is back in the director's chair with "Blood Ties." The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father. "Mistaken for Strangers" (March 28) The National are one of the most respected indie rock groups on the planet, »
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Last week, producer Joel Silver made some surprising comments about the 2009 adaptation Watchmen, stating that director Zack Snyder was too much of a "slave" to the original graphic novel by Alan Moore, while revealing that he preferred Terry Gilliam's original take on the project.
"It's funny, because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane."
In the original graphic novel, an alien squid attack is the event that brings all the warring nations of Earth together, but in the movie adaptation, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) was perceived as this world-altering threat. In Terry Gilliam's ending, Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) convinced Dr. Manhattan to go back in time and prevent his own creation, which caused several different changes to the story. »
While doing press for his upcoming action-thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver revealed new details about an earlier version of Watchmen that was worked on by director Terry Gilliam and writer Sam Hamm, which was much different than Zack Snyder's version. If you haven't seen Watchmen or read the original graphic novel, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this story.
While the producer felt that Zack Snyder approached the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore in the right way, he revealed that the director was too slavish to the source material, and Terry Gilliam's take was a much better movie.
"It was a Much much better movie [...] I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it Back from the studio at that point, because I ended up with both V for Vendetta »
Brittany Snow and William H. Macy are in talks to join indie Dial-a-Prayer, a drama that will shoot in Michigan in March. The film follows a young woman named Cora (Snow) who is sentenced to community service working in a prayer request call center. She discovers a sense of accomplishment from the work until she finds out a boy she thinks she helped save is hiding a secret from her. The project is produced by Jason Potash. Video: Fireside Chats: Selena Gomez and Billy Crudup Praise First-Time Director William H. Macy Snow's recent projects include Pitch
- Rebecca Ford
I know it’s only February but Her is one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Premature? Maybe. But for a hopeless romantic like myself, this film looks right up my street. Directed by Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore Twombly, a lonely divorcee who starts a friendship with an advanced operating system. Introduced to ‘Samantha’ (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), she helps Theodore realise that there’s so much more to life, and that by sitting at home alone he’s really missing out.
Due to her bubbly personality and ability to enliven Theodore, Samantha has been awarded the often looked-down-upon title of Manic Pixie Dream Girl (or should it be the Manic Pixel Dream Girl?), a stereotyped character trope regularly written into independent romantic comedies. However, we’ve decided to celebrate the Mpdg and have picked our five favourite characters, five women we believe would be best friends with Pixie Girl Samantha. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
AMC and Sony are developing a series based on the "Preacher" comic book by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and there's some interesting names involved behind the scenes. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are writing and executive producing, with "Breaking Bad" writer-producer Sam Catlin joining as showrunner.
What about on screen, though? When it comes time to find people to play the roles, choosing the right actors is going to be key. With that in mind, here are Zap2it's suggestions for the main characters in the show.
Custer is a small-town reverend, possessed by something created in the mating of an angel and a demon. Now he roams the earth, searching for a God who abandoned heaven. Paul already has a relationship with AMC and the tortured Preacher is something that would allow him to show range beyond Jesse Pinkman, which everyone knows he can do. »
Selena Gomez secretly completed a two-week rehab stint in January, but she's been spotted looking happier than ever since she left treatment. The "Come & Get It" singer was admitted to Arizona's Dawn at the Meadows on Jan. 5. After leaving treatment in January, the 21-year-old made her first public appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (below right), to promote "Rudderless," her new indie drama costarring Billy Crudup and William H. Macy.The brunette beauty also attended the 2014 Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer Event on Jan. 28 in Culver City, California (below left). Gomez was then spotted spending time with her friend Demi Lovato. The two were photographed at Craig's Restaurant in Los Angeles on Jan. 23. Check out the video above to see Selena and Demi leaving the eatery! In the March 2014 issue of Seventeen, the singer talks about the evolution of her friendship with Lovato, whom she's known since age 7."Demi's very, »
- tooFab Staff
Directed by William H. Macy
William H. Macy’s Rudderless takes on the process of grieving in the aftermath of a school shooting. The reasoning behind the tragedy is not explicated nor is it warranted. Instead, the film deals with the unraveling of one parent who cannot completely come to grips with the loss of his son. It’s towering subject matter that hasn’t been tackled since Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin artfully delved into the inner life of an adult victim left behind after her child slaughtered schoolmates. It’s not as heavy-hitting as Ramsay’s effort or in the least concerned with the grisly details of the devastating sequence of events, but still presses the same point that whenever traumatic crises happen, »
- Lane Scarberry
Rudderless is the first feature film directed by William H. Macy, and it made its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The movie was incredibly well made, and it tells a very heavy story about a father named Sam who loses his son in a school shooting. His son had left behind a box of original music that he recorded. Sam gets a hold of this music and falls in love with what his son had created. He ends up learning the songs himself, and plays them in a little bar where he is approached by a young man named Quentin who talks Sam into playing the music with him. They end up forming a band that becomes quite popular in the town. There's a secret behind everything that no one knows that throws everything off, and it takes the story to a whole new level of emotional wow. »
- Joey Paur
There comes a time in every festival where the slow burn of overbearing over-dramatic films imbues one with a feeling of general ambivalence. Every once in a while though, a film comes along that slashes it’s way through the thick layers of scar tissue, and penetrates deep into the heart and soul of our beings, reminding us why we started watching films in the first place. Rutterless is once such film.
Filmed in the small rural towns of Oklahoma, Rutterless tells the story of a Sam (Billy Crudup), as he comes to terms with the tragic loss of his son. For two years, Sam ostracizes himself from society, trading his luxury house for a small boat, and moving between the types of odds and ends job that allow him to retain his reclusive lifestyle. It’s not that he’s forgotten about his son, just that he refuses to confront it, »
- Ty Cooper
Today we have a domestic trailer for the upcoming "Blood Ties" thriller, starring Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, and Matthias Schoenaerts. Check it out below. Plot: Two brothers (Owen, Crudup), on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. The new movie is written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Little White Lies), and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It's now set to be released in select theaters and on iTunes on March 21st. Trailer: »
It's funny, but if you asked me to list my favorite actors, it would take me a while to get to Billy Crudup. Probably that's Crudup has made some strange, but often admirable, career choices and has occasionally vanished in the background in the sort of paycheck roles I wouldn't begrudge him for a second. However, when I think back on Crudup's body of work, he's given some performances that I consider to be all-time classics. "Almost Famous," for example, doesn't work without Crudup's passionate, mercurial Golden God Russell Hammond. In a perfect world, Crudup would have picked »
- Daniel Fienberg
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
Title: Rudderless Director: William H. Macy Starring: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy The unfortunately common nature of school shootings today makes it ever more likely that films will choose to tackle them. The story of a child’s life lost becomes the story of his or family’s life transformed, destined never to be the same because of the permanent and irreversible nature of that person’s absence. Rudderless, the feature film directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, charts the life of Sam (Billy Crudup), who lives a solitary life after the death of his son in a shooting at a college library and [ Read More ]
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Roadside Attractions has released the trailer for Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties," which is set for a limited release March 21. The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father. »
- Max O'Connell
I’m not sure which is more depressing:
1) Another story about cops and robbers, and brothers with a contentious relationship? Really?
Oh. Wait. Maybe it’s the same-old sameness that’s keep this from getting a major release? Could that be a reason to hope?
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Somewhere between pleasant and innocuous” is not a description one would — or should — expect to apply to a movie whose narrative is triggered by a school massacre. But that pretty well defines “Rudderless,” toplining Billy Crudup as a grieving father who gets a new lease on life playing his late son’s music. At least, it does until a late plot revelation tips William H. Macy’s directorial debut in a more serious direction that his script (co-penned with Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison) is very poorly equipped to handle. Result is somewhat baffling in retrospect, if actually rather bland and formulaic to watch. Official Sundance closer may score some theatrical exposure, though being neither quite mainstream crowdpleaser nor offbeat indie, it will likely play best on cable.
Divorced advertising executive Sam (Crudup) is expecting to meet his only child, Josh (Miles Heizer), when news arrives that someone has run »
- Dennis Harvey
Following a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the 70s crime thriller Blood Ties from director Guillaume Canet is coming to theaters this spring, and the first trailer has just popped up online. Featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as brothers on opposite sides of the law, this looks about as generic as you can get. While the 70s setting in New York adds some style to the proceedings, it looks like an impressive cast will go wasted. The Film Stage notes that when the film played at Cannes, it ran 2 hours and 24 minutes, but iTunes lists the runtime at 2 hours and 8 minutes, so some significant cuts have been made. Here's the first trailer for Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties, originally from Apple: Blood Ties is directed by Guillaume Canet's who co-wrote the script with James Gray. In 1974 New York, Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released »
- Ethan Anderton
After Billy Crudup and director William H. Macy described the new movie to Variety editor Stuart Oldham, Gomez went on to talk about her recent dramatic roles onscreen, from “Spring Breakers” to “Rudderless,” and how she doesn’t want to be known as a Disney star anymore.
“It’s easy to do the next teen film,” she said. “I don’t want to be a part of something like that.”
Macy later praised Gomez, who also sings in the movie, for her performance in “Rudderless” and how well she adapted to the dramatic role.
During the interview, hundreds of fans of the pop star/actress eagerly waited outside while some even tried to break into the lounge while the cameras were rolling.
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- Variety Staff
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