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Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir
Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly Reichardt’s 2013 title Night Moves) after its premiere at Sundance and snagging Elle Fanning a Best Actress award at the Karlovy Film Festival, Low Down is otherwise a rather unremarkable treatment of a slipping down life, bright lights dimmed by the self-induced depravity of drugs and alcohol. Told from the perspective of the teenage daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany, the film is the first time feature from Jeff Preiss, heretofore a music video director (Mariah Carey’s “Emotions”) and a documentary cinematographer. Perhaps this explains why much of the film feels concerned with superficial detailing of a vintage time and era rather than it does as a chapter in a young woman’s life growing up with troubled yet notable parental figures.
In 1974 Hollywood, »
- Nicholas Bell
The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).
Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.
This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:
Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.
He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »
Feardotcom (2002) Director: William Malone Stars: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea An evil website slowly drives its users insane until they die. And this was 10 years before Buzzfeed. Here's the best example of how stupid and terrible Feardotcom is. The original title was supposed to be the much more sensible Fear.Com. However, the studio greenlit the film without checking to see if that domain name was available and when the actual owner of »
- Jason Adams
Sources claim his comeback is "looking good" after serving nearly three years in a federal prison for tax evasion, and that he will make $3 million for the sequel, along with an undisclosed cut of the profits.
Wesley Snipes starred as the title character in 1998's Blade, 2002's Blade 2 and 2004's Blade: Trinity, which were all distributed by New Line Cinema. Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to Blade in May 2013, and the studio announced later that month that a new Blade movie is being developed.
Neither Blade 4 nor the casting of Wesley Snipes has been announced by Disney and Marvel Studios. The film doesn't currently have a screenwriter or director attached, but we'll keep you posted as soon as more information comes in. »
A report has sprung out by the New York Daily News that Wesley Snipes will reprise his role as the Daywalker, Blade. It is said that he is going to get paid 3 million dollars plus a cut of the profits. Now, this report isn't confirmed by any of marvel sources, so it's best that we take it with a grain of salt. We also noted that Marvel Studios has gotten the rights back to Blade since there wasn't a film made in that long period of time, so at this point anything's possible. With that said this report should be taking slowly and if it does come to be true, it'll be great seeing Wesley suiting back up for Blade! Sound off below with your thoughts! Blade is a 1998 American vampire-superhero-vigilante action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays »
As Game of Thrones‘ feisty swordstress Arya Stark, Maisie Williams isn’t typically seen as a damsel in distress — nor should she be — but following the stateside release of her new movie Heatstroke, that’s all about to change.
In Heatstroke — originally released in the UK in 2013, but now available in the U.S. on iTunes and VOD — Williams plays Josie, the daughter of Stephen Dorff’s Paul, who finds herself in desperate need of saving after a family trip to Africa goes horribly, »
Wesley Snipes headed down to San Diego this weekend to promote his action-packed sequel The Expendables 3 at Comic-Con 2014. In two separate interviews, the actor addresses the possibility of reprising one of his most iconic roles, the vampire-killer Blade.
While it doesn't seem that any definitive plans are in place yet, the actor told MTV that he would be open to returning for Blade 4.
"I'd be open to it. I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then. I think we're better at making that kind of a film now. Some of the things we did in the early parts of the franchise were experimental and now they've become customary in a lot »
The sun bears down on the characters in “Heatstroke," a new suspense thriller set in the African desert. At first it feels like an inspired location, a way to provide color to a familiar hide-and-seek chase actioner. But as the film goes on, the sun almost seems as if it's burning its own location, bearing down on its characters as a constant, unspoken judge. It's the sun who is going to reveal a hiding space, the sun who is going to keep water out of reach. It's the sun that will provide constant reminder of regret for the mistakes characters make. “Heatstroke” begins in the confines of the academic world. Stephen Dorff plays Paul, a sexy research professor with a love of the wilderness that completely surpasses not only his feelings for an ex-wife, but also model-esque new love Tally (model-esque Svetlana Metkina). Unfortunately, wayward daughter Josie (Maisie Williams) suspects the same, »
- Gabe Toro
Actress Maisie Williams has been garnering recognition and critical acclaim for her role of Arya Stark on HBO’s hit fantasy show Game of Thrones, but despite being incredibly busy with the show for a large part of the year, she has also found time to take on roles in a few small films, including Heatstroke, which was just released on VOD and in limited theaters on July 4th.
The film follows a research scientist, Paul (Stephen Dorff), his girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina), and his daughter Jo (Maisie Williams), as they travel to Africa to study hyenas. While there, they run into a group of poachers, which puts all three of them in danger, turning their trip into a desperate attempt at survival in a harsh environment.
To promote Heatstroke‘s release, I sat down with Maisie for an exclusive interview in which we discuss the behind the scenes workings »
- Jeff Beck
You may not yet recognize the name Maisie Williams, but if you watch HBO's Game of Thrones, you're probably already a big, big fan. On it she plays Arya Stark, the quiet, sharp, badass-in-blooming who is impossible to root against. Williams is slowly expanding beyond the blood-soaked world of Westeros, though, and her first major project outside of Game of Thrones is Heatstroke (available now on VOD, iTunes and select theaters). In it she plays a bratty young girl who hates having to spend the summer with her father (played by Stephen Dorff) on a research expedition in the African desert, and who finds herself in a fight-or-die scenario after her family comes across some poachers. The real Williams is far, far from her Heatstroke character, however. In fact...
- Peter Hall
Savage Harvest is a 1981 movie starring Tom Skerritt as the patriarch of a family under siege by a pride of lions in Africa. It is awesome. Heatstroke gives the impression early on that it’s aiming for a similar feel — albeit with the lions replaced by hyenas — but what follows is nothing of the sort. There is only one hyena. And it’s less of a carnivorous threat than it is the reassuring reincarnation of Stephen Dorff (probably). Paul (Dorff) is a hyena expert teaching classes on hyenas. The divorced father of one is planning a trip to South Africa with his girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina), but a call from his distraught ex-wife worried that their daughter Jo (Maisie Williams) is using drugs leads to the ornery teenager joining the research safari. Tally has little interest in taking care of a child, but she tries her best in the face of Jo’s constant attitude and ungratefulness »
- Rob Hunter
In the dramatic thriller Heatstroke, a family trip in the African desert veers drastically off course when a research scientist (Stephen Dorff), his girlfriend (Svetlana Metkina) and his teenage daughter (Maisie Williams) come face-to-face with a group of dangerous arms dealers. They face the ultimate test of survival, as they attempt to evade the killers and stay alive until they can make it back home. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, 16-year-old actress Maisie Williams (who turned in a terrific performance as Jo O’Malley, when she was just 14) talked about being drawn to strong female characters, not having to audition for the role, what she related to with Jo, what a great time she had shooting in South Africa, and the experience of getting to work with hyenas. She also talked about being a part of the most-watched show in the history of HBO, as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, »
- Christina Radish
It may begin with a character racing across a desert with a small plane in hot pursuit, but “Heatstroke” is not, to put it gently, the second coming of “North by Northwest.” An underwhelming survival thriller about a fragile family unit beset by violent thugs while on a research expedition in South Africa, this first feature from writer-director Evelyn Maude Purcell in nearly 30 years (since her 1986 comedy, “Nobody’s Fool”) remains watchable largely due to its vivid location photography, providing a suitably scenic, dust-choked backdrop for the otherwise thoroughly generic proceedings. Low-key theatrical and VOD exposure awaits.
Stephen Dorff completists may be disappointed to learn (spoiler alert) that his character, a hyena specialist named Paul O’Malley, doesn’t stick around for long — a shame, too, since the perpetually underrated actor offers something for the viewer to latch onto amid the script’s initial pileup of domestic-angst cliches. Happily in »
- Justin Chang
In Heatstroke — her first film role — Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams plays a thoroughly spoiled modern teen, forced to accompany her dad (played by Stephen Dorff) on his work trip, where he plans to study predators in their natural habitat — in this case, hyenas in the bush. (Not quite Lannisters, but deadlier than lions.) Just like her TV dad before him, Dorff's good intentions become his downfall, and soon Williams is surrounded by predators both human and animal, fighting the elements and running for her life. (For Game of Thrones fans, it can help sate your need for more Arya during the off-season). Williams, who was studying for her driving test the last time she chatted with Vulture, called us up to talk about befriending hyenas, missing Arya's direwolf, and why she's BFFs with the Queen of England now.Congratulations on passing the written part of your driving »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Survival stories are tricky ones to tell on film, and not just because they often require filming under extreme conditions. While a battle against the elements has inherent drama that’s universally relatable, conveying the physical demands of the chosen scenario is never easy. Dealing with an inhospitable environment is all about stamina after all, and so the real challenges come from developing characters an audience can root for, as they sweat and bleed for their lives, and our entertainment. Heatstroke, despite adding of few shades of novelty to the man vs. nature genre, strands the viewer in the company of generic-brand characters, plodding its way through a plot that does little to elevate the film above a nightmarish travelogue.
If nothing else, there’s an effective inverse-economy to Heatstroke’s brief runtime that will leave you appropriately exhausted and worn-out after only 90 minutes. An episodic structure gives the film »
- Sam Woolf
Director Brian A Miller's film stars Patric as a former Las Vegas crime boss who seeks revenge against a rival (Willis) when his daughter is kidnapped.
John Cusack plays Patric's partner-in-crime, while 50 Cent is one of the opposing henchmen.
The Prince is released on August 22 in the USA, with a UK opening yet to be confirmed. »
Evelyn Purcell's thriller Heatstroke will arrive in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes on July 4. The African set thriller stars Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Peter Stormare, who is, of course, the bad guy. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams makes her feature film debut. On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival test as she attempts to evade the killers and protect his teenage daughter.Here is an exclusive clip to share with you, along with the trailer. Enjoy!...
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The knock-on effect of the World Cup on all manner of arts scheduling extends even to the DVD market: just as cinemas aren't sacrificing their premier titles to the devouring distraction of football fever, home entertainment distributors are keeping the shelves pretty bare. Only one major film release is braving the heat this week, and if you had to pick one bit of elegant counter-programming for sports-averse viewers, The Invisible Woman (Lionsgate, 12) is as good as any.
Ralph Fiennes's second directorial effort is a biopic of rare intelligence and finesse. Detailing the long-hidden affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan, an aspiring actress three decades his junior, it spares us a Wikipedia-like trudge through the facts and instead locates the emotional specificities of the affair and its fallout. »
- Guy Lodge
In Steven Knight’s Locke the whole wide world is reduced to the nighttime interiors of Tom Hardy’s car. For most films, this kind of gimmicky paring-down would signal a limited, specialized experience, an artificial hurdle the drama could never overcome. I’ve seen Colin Farrell trapped in a phone booth, Stephen Dorff locked in a trunk and Ryan Reynolds buried under the […] »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
The film is inspired by the true tale of Jimmy Gralton who came up against political and religious opposition when he tried to revive an abandoned dance hall in rural Ireland in the 1930s.
Wild Bunch, which is handling sales, expects to sell-out on the title which premieres in competition on Thursday.
First territories due to show the film include the UK, where eOne will debut the film on May 30, and France, where Le Pacte has set a July 2 release.
Wild Bunch sold Spc all North American, Eastern Europe »
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