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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
The new film from acclaimed director Harmony Korine is gathering pace, with THR reporting that not only has the filmmaker set his cast of actors for The Trap, but that Focus Feautures is set to pre-buy the film before it begins production.
The Trap is “a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene” that will see Idris Elba (The Gunman) stars as “a gangster rap artist” and Benicio Del Toro (Inherent Vice) as “his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.”
In The Trap, written by Korine, “Rico (Elba) is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards »
- Scott J. Davis
After delivering the unexpectedly harrowing Spring Breakers, director Harmony Korine is choosing to dabble in a new realm of crime for The Trap. Swapping out the sunny undertones of his 2012 offering, this next jaunt hones in on the same Floridian setting for an albeit much darker tale of revenge. The gritty caper has now caught the eye of Focus Features, who are angling to lock down distribution on the pic. And it’s no surprise considering the calibre of talent now attached.
Per THR, Idris Elba has replaced Jamie Foxx, who was originally tied into one of the leading roles as a gangster rap artist. He is said to be joined by Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the pair committed years earlier.
The crux of the action is poised to take place in the present day as Del Toro’s convict »
- Gem Seddon
A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to direct and star in a new version of A Star Is Born, with the hope that Beyonce Knowles will co-star with him. The actor will be making his directorial debut; the singer was previously touted for the female lead when Clint Eastwood was under consideration to direct, which is also when Cooper was first approached for the male lead. If all goes well, this will be the third version of a movie about a doomed romance between a rising female star and a falling male star. [Deadline] The Trap: Idris Elba will replace Jamie Foxx as a 'gangster rap artist' in The Trap, to be directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Benicio Del Toro is set to co-star as the musician's best friend, who took the blame for a crime...
- Peter Martin
It’s been a couple years since Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers sharply divided audiences, but the writer/director is prepping his new film, called The Trap, and he’s pulling together the cast… with a couple changes. We’d heard before that Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro would play a rapper and his best friend, but now Foxx […]
- Russ Fischer
Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the Us rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here. In addition to Elba joining the project, Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and Korine's Spring Breakers scene stealer James Franco are all in final talks »
- Ethan Anderton
Idris Elba signing up for more movies is always a good thing, and this just means I have a few more films to add to my 'Must See' list. This first film will be the newest endeavor from writer/director Harmony Korine, who made a splash in 2013 with Spring Breakers. His latest and greatest, The Trap, follows gangster rap artist Rico (Idris Elba) and his best friend Slim (Benicio Del Toro), who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed. 14 years later, Slim is released from »
- Sean Wist
Idris Elba plays Rico, a gangster rap artist at the top of his career. That's when his former best friend Slim (Benicio Del Toro) is released from prison after fourteen years after taking the fall for a robbery they both committed years earlier.
Having learned that not only has Rick achieved fame and fortune, he's also married Slim's girlfriend and raised Slim's son as his own, the freshly released con is determined to exact revenge.
Slim recruits the help of a cocaine-happy manager (Franco) and a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson) in his task. Al Pacino is also onboard as Slim's parole officer.
Elba will replace Jamie Foxx who was previously attached to the project. It's a familiar topic for Elba who, along with being a highly regarded actor, »
- Garth Franklin
Elba will play Rico in the movie, a successful gangster rapper confronted by a friend from the past who is released from prison after 14 years.
Slim (Del Toro) is hellbent on revenge after taking the rap for a robbery and recruits a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson) and Rico's manager (Franco).
Elba recently began filming for the BBC's Luther miniseries, which will return for two 60-minute episodes later this year.
The 42-year-old will appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, and has also been working on war drama Beasts of No Nation, as well as a new documentary titled Mandela, My Dad and Me. »
Harmony Korine has lined up a stellar cast for his next film The Trap, which is on the precipice of being purchased by Focus Features. The studio is currently negotiating for the U.S. rights to the film, while Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino have each signed up to appear in it, too. But who are each of these actors going to play in Harmony Korine’s follow-up to Spring Breakers? Here’s a quick run-down: According to The Wrap, Idris Elba has signed up to replace Jamie Foxx in The Trap. Elba will play a gangster rapper and the former friend of Benicio Del Toro’s ex-con. The Usual Suspects actor’s character is seeking revenge against Elba after he let him take the blame for a robbery that the pair committed together 14 years previously. But it also sounds as though »
To say Harmony Korine is one of my favorite filmmakers would be a boldfaced lie. That is not to say his movies are not interesting, except for Mr. Lonely, but his approach of getting a group of people together and just messing around for a bit does not gel with me. Up until now, though, he has not had a group of people of this caliber, so his latest film, The Trap, certainly has me raising an eyebrow with a bit of a smirk. Idris Elba, everyone's favorite actor to hypothetically cast in movies, has signed on to play the film's lead Rico, a gangster rap artist at the height of his power, taking over for Jamie Foxx. Benicio Del Toro will play Rico's former best friend Slim, who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years earlier, and Slim is just now getting released from prison to »
- Mike Shutt
A project that made my Oscar 2015 predictions list, Cult filmmaker Harmony Korine’s "The Trap" was to feature the acting talents of Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro in front of the camera. But Foxx has now been replaced by Idris Elba. In terms of plot, the film will follow 2 childhood friends who become estranged. Later, as adults, one is successful while the other has become an incarcerated criminal, and is now out for revenge against his former friend. Del Toro will play the friend who was incarcerate and is seeking revenge against Elba, his former friend for whom he took a fall. Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino round out the cast, with Focus »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Idris Elba will replace Jamie Foxx alongside Benicio Del Toro in Harmony Korine’s “The Trap,” which will co-star Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino. Focus Features is in negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to the film, an individual with knowledge of the pending deal has told TheWrap. A representative for Focus declined to comment. Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, “The Trap” finds Del Toro playing an ex-con out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend (Elba) who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier. Franco will play Elba’s drug-addled. »
- Jeff Sneider
Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine’s next project is firming up, and it looks to be every bit as wild and intriguing as his last film. We learned last fall that Korine had cast Benicio Del Toro and Jamie Foxx to star in a gangster drama called The Trap, but now a casting swap and some fantastic ensemble additions have taken place as Focus Features is coming on to distribute. THR reports that Idris Elba is replacing Foxx in the pic, with Al Pacino, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson also in final talks to join the cast. Elba will play a gangster rap artist named Rico who is at the top of his career when Slim (Del Toro), his best friend who took the fall for him for a robbery, is released from prison after 14 years. Now on the outside, Slim is determined to exact revenge on his adversary, »
- Adam Chitwood
Focus Features is in final talks to to prebuy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's The Trap, a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene starring Idris Elba as a gangster rap artist and Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier. Elba is attached to replace Jamie Foxx, with Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco also in final talks to join the cast (Del Toro was announced last year). Korine, who is repped by CAA, has been a hot commodity since his 2013
- Pamela McClintock
There’s a bad news/good news situation for Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine, who no longer has the services of Jamie Foxx for his new revenge thriller, The Trap. The good news is that none other than John Loofah Idris Elba will step into the role instead, and that Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino are also all set, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Trap, set deep in the Miami music scene, finds Benicio Del Toro playing Rico, a man who has been in prison for 14 years, simmering with resentment against the rapper and former friend Slim (Elba) who let him take the fall. Upon his release, he recruits a surfer (Pattinson) to help him get revenge.Franco, who played Alien for Korine in Spring Breakers, will here by Elba’s drug-addled manager while Pacino is on board as Del Toro’s parole officer. Korine should be gearing up to shoot soon. »
Newly passed legislation makes it easier for feature film productions to qualfy for the 30% labour credit.
New Mexico legislature has made key improvements to the state’s tax incentive programme for film and television production.
The newly passed legislation is in keeping with the goals of both the Governor and legislative leaders to pass substantive economic development bills during New Mexico’s current legislative session, which ends Saturday [March 21].
Coming two years after the state passed the “Breaking Bad Bill” that increased financial incentives for series television to 30%, the legislation extends the 30% credit to stand-alone pilot episodes and makes it easier for feature film productions to qualify for the 30% labour credit by expanding the definition of “qualified facilities”.
Dana Arnold, CEO of Albuquerque Studios, commented: “We want to thank the legislators and the Governor for promoting job creation and small business growth in New Mexico. These bills make New Mexico even more competitive and attractive for producers, while »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The folks at Framestore have posted a behind-the-scenes video from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy showing the visual effects work that went into the creation of Rocket Raccoon. Check it out here…
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, The Master) latest film Inherent Vice, which will arrive in the States on April 28th.
Pre-order Inherent Vice On Blu-ray Here
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice features an all-star cast heading by Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), as well as Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Katherine Waterston (Night Moves), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Martin Short (Three Amigos), Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), musician Joanna Newsom and Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend — whom she just happens to be in love with — and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say. »
- Scott J. Davis
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