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The big names are up top in the exclusive new poster for Guillaume Canet’s gritty ’70s thriller – and why not, when you’ve got a cast like this… Clive Owen is the man at the centre of the knotty New York crime flick – fresh out of prison after a grisly gangland killing sent him down. Waiting outside the gate is his sick dad (James Caan), his junkie ex-wife (Marion Cotillard), his new girlfriend (Mila Kunis), his cop brother (Billy Crudup) and his ex-girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) – all making it increasingly difficult for Owen’s ex-con to stay...
- Paul Bradshaw
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
Rome – Selena Gomez, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar Sy, Sullivan Stapleton, Leo Howard, and Lena Headey are among expected attendees at Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, the informal event on the Italo isle in the bay of Naples which prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere.
Gomez (pictured) is coming to present the European preem of William H. Macy’s directorial debut, “Rudderless,” this year’s Sundance closer about a grieving father, played by Billy Crudup, who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. The 21-year-old actress and pop singer will also be feted with one of two Ischia Kids Global Icons awards, the other one going to Leo Howard, the 16-year-old star of Disney Xd’s “Kickin’ it.”
“We are increasingly becoming a fest for hot rising young stars,” says Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini, who also tops sister event Capri Hollywood. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Yrf Entertainment financed and produced The Longest Week in association with Armian Pictures, Atlantic Pictures and Far Hills.
Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on VOD on September 5. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Gravitas Ventures has nabbed U.S. rights to Peter Glanz's "The Longest Week." The comedy stars Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman and is based on Glanz's short film "A Relationship in Four Days," which screened at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. The film will be released theatrically and on Video on Demand on September 5th. The film tells the story of a down-on-his-luck heir to fortune, Conrad Valmont, who get kicked to curb by his divorcing parents and fends for himself in big wide world by trying to woo Beatrice, his old buddy's girlfriend. Things don't go exactly to plan and Conrad soon comes to question the life he's lead and the person he can 'potentially' become. "With the film, Peter Glanz follows in the great tradition of Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, and Wes Anderson in incisively and hilariously portraying the challenges of falling »
- Oliver MacMahon
It’s the feature directing debut of Peter Glanz and is based on his short film “A Relationship in Four Days,” which was an official selection at Cannes and Sundance.
The film will be released theatrically and on Video on Demand on Sept. 5.
Bateman stars as an heir to a hotel fortune cut off from his allowance following his parents’ abrupt divorce. He’s taken in by his old friend (played by Crudup) and immediately falls for his girlfriend Beatrice, portrayed by Wilde.
- Dave McNary
Gravitas Ventures has acquired Manhattan-set comedy The Longest Week, starring Jason Bateman as Conrad, the spoiled 40-year-old heir to a hotel fortune who is cut off from his allowance after his parents’ divorce. Crashing with old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), he immediately falls for Dylan’s girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde) and falls headlong into an existential reflection as he tries to keep their relationship and his bank balance secret. Obvious Child‘s Jenny Slate also stars in the pic which marks writer-director Peter Glanz’s debut. Glanz adapted The Longest Week from his own Cannes and Sundance short A Relationship In Four Days. […] »
Gravitas Ventures has acquired all U.S. rights to Peter Glanz's directorial debut “The Longest Week,” a comedy that stars Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jenny Slate. The film will be released theatrically and on VOD on Sept. 5. Glanz's script is based on his short film “A Relationship in Four Days,” which played both Cannes and Sundance. Also read: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Cast Spell Favorite ‘Bad Words’ at Film's Premiere (Video) Bateman stars as Conrad Valmont, heir to a hotel fortune, who is cut off from his allowance following his parents abrupt divorce and tossed »
- Jeff Sneider
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Masters of Sex: Season One"
Why We're In: There's a fair amount of onscreen sexiness, but the nuanced look at humanity and sexuality is what has made this a must-see cable drama.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"A Hard Day's Night (Criterion)"
What's It About? This movie musical stars the Beatles as goofier versions of themselves, just as they're becoming the legendary band we all know and love.
Why We're In: Fancy digital restoration, fancy audio updates, interviews, a making-of doc, and more make this a must-have for fans of the Beatles or musicals or anything that's fun and cool.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"300: Rise of An Empire"
What's It About? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this »
- Jenni Miller
Featuring a sprawling cast — Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez and James Caan — a gritty 1970's New York City (shot on location too), and co-written by James Gray, there are a lot of reasons to give Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" a look. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it in theatres, we've got a few copies for some lucky readers. But to recap, the film follows Frank (Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future, who has to toe the line between family and the badge, when his ex-con brother Chris (Owen) gets out of the jail. Will Chris fall back into his old ways? And if he does, can Frank look the other way? It's tale of sons and siblings, but it wasn't necessarily always an easy shoot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
William H. Macy revealed on Twitter today that he’s playing opposite Mel Gibson in Jean-Francois Richet‘s Blood Father. Macy tweeted a photo with Gibson on the set. Blood Father is a Taken-style action thriller about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year old daughter, who has been targeted by drug dealers. Macy is repped by Wme. In April, Paramount Home Video and Samuel Goldwyn acquired U.S. rights to Rudderless, Macy’s directorial debut which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. That film stars Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. Rudderless follows a man (Crudup), who […] »
Rights to Unified Pictures and Bron Studios’ Sundance entry have gone to Japan (Phantom), Latin America (Star TV), Portugal (Lusomondo), Eastern Europe (Freeman Film Trade and Finance), South Korea (Green Narae Media), Israel (Forum Film), Middle East (Gulf) and South Africa (MNet).
As previously announced, Paramount has picked up Us rights and plans a theatrical run with Samuel Goldwyn Films in the autumn. Paramount also has Canada, the UK, Russia and select Asian territories. Mars holds French-speaking rights.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Running Time: 133 minutes
I still remember first hearing about this film. Back then it sounded like some kind of strange myth, which Miramax had bought the rights to and refused to release. Many rumours spread as to why, with the main one suggesting that Miramax’s parent company Disney, didn’t want an Asian set animated film to overshadow (and completely trounce in terms of quality) their effort at adapting the story of Mulan. When it was finally released into cinemas, it only got a limited release, again surrounded by rumours that Miramax were annoyed that director Miyazaki had stuck to his guns and refused them the right to edit any of the footage. All that seems so long ago now that Miyazaki »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
London — Content has added Leif Tilden’s “Life at These Speeds” to its sales slate, and will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes. Pic, which starts production this fall, features Douglas Booth (“Noah”), Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”), AnnaSophia Robb (“Bridge To Terabithia) and Sam Rockwell (“Moon”).
The pic is a romantic drama about the ability of happy memories to sustain us in the worst of times. After a teenager’s best friends die in a tragic accident, he finds that running allows him to remember them perfectly. Running, however, also brings him a certain notoriety, and he soon finds himself caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.
Content’s Jamie Carmichael said: “Every now and then a script comes from left »
- Leo Barraclough
Marc Novak wrote the story of a youngster who takes up running as a way of remembering his best friends who died in an accident.
“Every now and then a script comes from left field and entirely captures your imagination and your heart,” said Content’s Jamie Carmichael.
“Life At These Speeds is that script. It’s powerful, emotional, inspiring and uplifting – Leif, Tom and Scott have put together something truly beautiful.”
The Content slate includes: Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, Mike van Diem’s The Surprise, Jimi: All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin; family adventure Pudsey: The Movie and supernatural horror Dark Summer. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Shot on a Red digital camera but clearly intended as a silver-nitrate noir, Noah Buschel’s “Glass Chin” is a throwback to an earlier era. Set in the world of broken dreams, bloody knuckles and stale coffee, Buschel’s script is pure pulp poetry and easily the best thing about a pic that’s not quite flashy enough to transcend its low-budget origins, where staying true to itself means resisting any number of choices that might have made the scrappy project more commercial. Not selling out clearly matters for the indie writer-director, who has assembled this modest tragedy as a testament to personal integrity.
Coming off his tortured role on “House of Cards,” Corey Stoll has the soul, if not quite the physique to play a one-time boxer who never recovered from the bout that ended his career. The character thesp, who got his big break playing Ernest Hemingway in »
- Peter Debruge
One of the absolute highlights of this year's unusually robust Tribeca Film Festival was Noah Buschel's "Glass Chin" (read our review here). It's the tale of a down on his luck former boxer named Bud (played by Corey Stoll) who gets seduced by the criminal underworld. And there's no one more seductive than Billy Crudup, who plays J.J., a kind of loan shark/restaurateur, in a performance that borders on being downright mesmerizing. Crudup is a wonderful actor but in "Glass Chin" he taps into something really powerful and odd. And we were lucky enough to chat with him about the process of creating the character, which he equates to the experience making Zack Snyder's "Watchmen." Oh, and he gets a shout out J.J. Abrams for a "Star Wars" job too.It's important to note just how articulate Crudup is. There wasn't a moment when he was »
- Drew Taylor
New York (AP) — It was a brutal Tuesday morning for some A-list stars on Broadway. Snubbed for Tony Award nominations were Denzel Washington, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Billy Crudup, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig. Daniel Radcliffe struck out for his third consecutive Broadway show. Neil Patrick Harris, who won a nomination for his brilliant performance in the punk-rock show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," said he was surprised by the final list. But he's been a Tony host and knows from experience the process is often rough. "Having been the host in previous years, it's always interesting and surprising," he said. "It's a small group of people that nominate and you're never quite sure what they're responding to. That being said, it does get to showcase the talents of people who often don't get their moment in the spotlight." One of the »
- Mark Kennedy (AP)
Written and directed by Noah Buschel
Police sirens echo in the background of a wintry New York City night landscape. The prize-winning fight is heard on the radio, the one Bud “The Saint” Gordon has been risking his comeback and life on. He should be at the fight of which he is managing, but an affirmation as to what is most important has dawned on his soul. Has Bud made the right decision? As the fight plays out, not a single punch falls on screen. The audience is left in darkness, as the verdict rings true. What will happen to Bud “The Saint” Gordon now?
These questions and others profoundly layer Glass Chin, the crime boxing drama by writer/director Noah Buschel, who brought us last year’s critically acclaimed single-location film Sparrows Dance. Glass Chin follows Bud Gordon, a once-famed New Jersey boxer whose star fell »
- Christopher Clemente
When Billy Crudup took the stage Thursday night at the Academy of American Poets' Poetry & the Creative Mind gala in New York City, no one knew he'd be introducing a new voice in the literary world. Artists and celebrities including a chuckling Julianna Margulies, a smiling Meryl Streep, a stuffed-up and sniffling Tina Fey (who brought along a bag of cough drops), as well as Kevin Kline, Patrick Stewart and Rosie Perez watched intently. Crudup, who'd just finished reading Philip Levine's poem "Gospel" to a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, broke out a poem he said »
- Sara Hammel
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