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A couple of years ago writer-director Noah Buschel unleashed his tiny, deeply affecting "Sparrows Dance,"a movie set in a single apartment, with only two characters. For his highly anticipated follow-up (at least by us), he has expanded his palette considerably, this time tackling a modestly scaled crime drama about a down-on-his-luck former boxer (Corey Stoll from "House of Cards") who becomes embroiled in the criminal operation of a weirdo gangster/restaurateur (Billy Crudup), all while struggling to maintain his longtime romantic relationship (Marin Ireland, who starred in "Sparrows Dance"). It's one of the best movies you'll see at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and what's more—we've got an exclusive clip. In the clip, Bud "The Saint" Gordon (Stoll) is trying to explain to his girlfriend (Ireland) about what went down the other night while doing a job for Jj (Crudup). We don't want to give away too much… »
- Drew Taylor
Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today a collaboration to bring Rudderless to theatrical and home viewing audiences. The feature directorial debut of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee William H. Macy, Rudderless was produced by Keith Kjarval (Unified Pictures) and Brad Greiner in association with Aaron L. Gilbert's Bron Studios and had its world premiere as the Closing Night Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Jamie Chung (Believe), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix).
Samuel Goldwyn Films will handle U.S. theatrical distribution day-and-date with Paramount Home Media Distribution's VOD release. Paramount will also handle other U.S. ancillary platforms and all distribution in Canada, the UK, Russia and certain territories in Asia.
After a man has his life torn apart when he loses his son, »
"Rudderless," William H. Macy's directorial debut and the closing night film at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will be making its way to theaters and VOD thanks to a single deal struck between Samuel Goldwyn Films and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Per a joint press release issued by the two companies, the U.S. theatrical and VOD release will occur simultaneously. The deal allots U.S. theatrical distribution rights to Samuel Goldwyn, while Paramount handles VOD, other U.S. ancillary platforms, Canada U.K., Russia and parts of Asia. Billy Crudup stars as a grieving father who has given up on his own life following the premature death of his son. When Crudup's character happens upon a box full of his deceased son's unpublished music, he decides to learn how to play the songs -- setting out on a journey of self-discovery. Anton Yelchin co-stars as a young musician »
- Shipra Gupta
Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed up to acquire U.S. rights to Rudderless, William H. Macy's directorial debut. Samuel Goldwyn will handle U.S. theatrical distribution day-and-date with Paramount Home Media Distribution’s VOD release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. Video: Sundance: 'Rudderless' Star Selena Gomez Says Music Industry 'Is Very Vain' The story follows a man (Crudup) who is grieving over the death of his son. He stumbles across a box of
- Rebecca Ford
Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today a collaboration to bring William H. Macy's Rudderless , to theatrical and home viewing audiences. The film stars Billy Crudup ( Almost Famous ), Anton Yelchin ( Star Trek Into Darkness ), Felicity Huffman (.Desperate Housewives.), Jamie Chung (.Believe.), Selena Gomez ( Spring Breakers ) and Laurence Fishburne ( The Matrix ). The feature directorial debut of the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, Macy's Rudderless follows a man who has his life torn apart when he loses his so. Content wasting the rest of his days until he discovers a box of unpublished music coming from an unexpected source, he begins obsessively learning the songs, until one day he decides to play one of them at a local bar. The »
The studio is planning to distribute the film with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. in the fall.
Macy made his feature directorial debut, helming from a script by Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison about a grieving father (Crudup) who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics.
News was first reported by the Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Just because spring has sprung doesn’t mean there isn’t still action coming out of January’s Sundance Film Festival. I’m told that Paramount is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Rudderless, the film that Shameless star William H. Macy directed. It closed the Park City festival. Paramount will acquire North American rights and several additional territories. It will start with a theatrical run in a deal that is taking shape with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. The film will be released later this fall. Macy stars with Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and Felicity Huffman in a musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. Scripted by Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, the film revolves around a grieving father in a downward spiral who stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
Firefox: magnificent drama about a girl gang in 1950s New York, astonishing in its peek into the hidden traumas of girls’ everyday lives [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Past: remarkably grounded French drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, with one of the year’s best ensembles [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Blood Ties: some excellent performances — by Clive Owen and Billy Crudup — can’t disguise the fact that there’s absolutely nothing here we haven’t seen too many times before [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
Flyboys: old-fashioned adventure »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Set in New York in 1974, Blood Ties tells the story of 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen), who has just been released after several years in prison for murder, and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Even though Frank hopes that his brother has changed, Chris just can’t shake his past and a life of crime. From director Guillaume Canet (who also wrote it with James Gray), the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clive Owen talked about how filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron helped bring this project to his attention, what made him want to sign on, collaborating with Guillaume Canet (who was an actor in the original French film this was adapted from), his process for finding this character, why he doesn’t believe in over-rehearsing, and how much he »
- Christina Radish
There’s no questioning the aesthetics of Guillaume Canet’s handsome-looking “Blood Ties.” Set in 1970’s New York City, the film revels in low-key details: the immaculate wardrobe, the music, the feel. If anyone watches “Blood Ties” in twenty years, they would not guess it was a film released in 2014. Of course, the odds on anyone watching something so clichéd and ultimately paper-thin in story and theme are very slim. Maybe it’s a Billy Crudup Retrospective. Crudup stars as Frank, a New York City cop with a strict sense of principle. The start of the film has a rowdy drug bust set to the joyful kick-drum syncopation of Kiss’ “New York Groove” (the soundtrack sounds incredibl…y expensive), but it’s Frank who bursts the bubble when he demands the music be cut off. He’s got associates and friends on the job, but his family, including sister Marie »
- Gabe Toro
Billy Crudup is one of those actors who refuses to be pigeonholed. He’s comfortable on stage and on screen, in big-budget Hollywood productions and modest indie films. He’s played bad guys, good guys, tough guys, sensitive guys. But it’s fair to say that he’s most attracted to roles where he gets to play some kind of flawed anti-hero. In his latest film, Blood Ties, which is part gritty crime thriller, part family drama, Crudup does exactly that, as a New York cop in 1974 who struggles against his ex-con brother (Clive Owen) after he’s released from prison. It’s a remake of the 2008 French film, Les Liens du Sang, which was itself based on a book. Directed by Guillaume Canet, a French star in his own right who actually originated the role Crudup plays in the American version, the film also stars James Caan, as the family’s imperfect patriarch, »
- Cindy White
I’m “biast” (con): this looked really really familiar
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Dear god, poor Zoe Saldana. Is she doomed to forever be The Girl, the put-upon yet noble yet just-trying-to-get-by woman in sprawling tales of supposedly morally complicated men doing bad things to the other men they have complicated relationships with? I mean, she just did this in Out of the Furnace, and here she is again, in yet another story of brothers on opposite sides of the law whose connection — of blood and honor — is sorely tested by the criminal behavior of one of them. *grrr* This time it’s New York City in 1974, and Clive Owen »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The much buzzed-about film adaptation of Veronica Roth's literary series, Divergent, hits theaters this weekend with a new bevy of tough women who kick butt. And what's not to love about the Muppets returning to the big screen? Check out our recommendations on what films are worth seeing and skipping this weekend. See ThisDivergent var brightcovevideoid = '3372463640001'; Comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games is near irresistible, and understandably so, given that they both feature a feisty teen heroine battling to save her family in a dystopian future. Unfortunately for the newcomer, such comparisons are nearly ever in Katniss's favor, »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Writer/director James Gray has explored brotherhood with real depth over his career. From We Own the Night to the The Yards, Gray shows a deep understanding for unconditional love. He knows how to make cliches feel honest, like two brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Gray slyly subverted that idea in We Own the Night, a drama that went unnoticed in 2007. Blood Ties, which Gray co-wrote with the film’s director Guillaume Canet, will likely go unnoticed as well, but for very different reasons. Unlike We Own the Night, Canet’s film shows no interest in reinventing the wheel or putting down any personal stamp. When the protagonists at the center of Blood Ties make the tough decisions, Gray and Canet are unwilling to do the same with their by-the-number crime picture. Ever since Chris (Clive Owen) and Frank (Billy Crudup) were kids they’ve been different. Chris »
- Jack Giroux
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Blood Ties opens today in limited release.] There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be. It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters. We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers. Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are. Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience. Set in Brooklyn in 1974, Frank (Billy Crudup) is a lousy cop whose brother Chris (Clive Owen) is out of prison on a work furlough. Their relationship resembles roommates more than people who grew up together, and rather than deal with their estrangement, they’re each »
- Matt Goldberg
The 2014 box office, already up 8 percent from last year, is heating up as Divergent stares down Muppets Most Wanted, both of which open in over 3,000 theaters this weekend. But, the Ya adaptation looks to be the clear frontrunner and it would not surprise if it doubled the Muppets’ opening returns.
Divergent is one of the first big-budget films of 2014 to target a primarily female audience after weeks of expensive, male-targeted fare. The interest seems to be there for a big opening weekend, too. Beyond the popularity of the books, Fandango is reporting that Divergent accounts for more than 80 percent of its pre-sales. »
- Lindsey Bahr
To call Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties a love letter to the 1970s is a bit of an understatement. The Clive Owen, Billy Crudup brothers-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law drama absolutely oozes with 1970s nostalgia, from its impeccable costume and production design to its almost fetishistic use of 1970s music. Even the story is a throwback to some of the great crime films of the era, not to mention the choice to cast James Caan. While it doesn't quite get every beat right, strong performances and a satisfying plot make it a memory trip worth taking. Frank (Crudup) has always had a contentious relationship with his older brother Chris (Owen), though as much as he hates to admit it, his decision to become a cop wasn't enough to stop him...
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With the clothes, soundtrack, hair and attitude to match, you might think that Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" was airlifted out the world of gritty 1970s cinema, and dropped into cinemas this year. Striving to tell an authentic, period-detailed story of brothers, crime and family, Canet's film assembles an all start cast and lights a fuse of tension, action and drama. Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Caan, the 1974, New York set story tells the tale ex-con Chris, recently released from prison, trying to go legit. But when the world of crime comes calling once again, he'll head down a path that'll pit him against his brother Frank, who has carried on the family tradition of being a cop. And that's not all. As you'll see in this exclusive clip, Chris also clashes with Anthony, Frank's girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, where fists and blood flies. »
- Edward Davis
Arriving in theaters and On Demand this Friday, March 21, writer/director Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties features an ensemble cast that includes Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, James Caan and Zoe Saldana. Today, we're debuting an exclusive clip from a scene between Owen and Kunis and you can check it out in the player below! An official selection at both the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals, Blood Ties is a gripping drama set New York City, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their »
Billy Crudup can relate to the struggles of his cop character Frank in his latest film Blood Ties. Frank must live with his criminal brother Chris (Clive Owen) as they struggle to have a relationship while on opposite sides of the law. Or, as Crudup described it, “Before you know it, they’re acting like nine year olds again. Except this time, they have guns.”
Crudup told Uinterview that his own relationships with his two older brothers helped him play Frank, as he could easily slip back into the competitive brother mindset. “I can remember getting stitches under my eye," Crudup said. "I broke my thumb one time, we fought a lot. We would always take it to just the edge just to drive the parents a little bit crazy, but not too many trips to the hospital.”
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