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From Vvs Films, Sneak Peek footage from director Josh C. Waller's action crime feature "McCanick", available on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo, starring David Morse, Mike Vogel, Trevor Morgan, Ciarán Hinds and the late Cory Monteith in his last screen role as a drug addict:
"...'Eugene 'Mack' McCanick (David Morse) is a foul-mouthed detective who, along with partner 'Floyd Intrator' (Mike Vogel), hunts down a young criminal named 'Simon Weeks' (Cory Monteith) who was just released from prison..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "McCanick"...
- Michael Stevens
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
With a trio of short films under his belt, Zachary Sluser hit indie film pay dirt with a measuring cup full of Sundance vets for his directorial debut. Starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes and supporting perfs from Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Langella and Ciaran Hinds, The Driftless Area wouldn’t be out of place at the fest as it is being tipped as a neo-noir dark romantic dramedy. Production began this past May in Vancouver, Canada with cinematographer Fjord Daniel Voldheim (Ragnarok) collaborating with a score supplied by Saunder Jurriaans & Daniel Bensi (Enemy).
Gist: Based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury who co-wrote the screenplay with Sluser, this tells the story of a young man by the name of Pierre Hunter (Yelchin) who falls in love with a mysterious woman named Stella (Deschanel) and finds himself in a game out of cat and »
- Eric Lavallee
Is a Frozen sequel going to happen? Optimistic fans of the animated behemoth think so after Disney registered several domain names for an upcoming film that people have now started to think may eventually turn into the homepage for Frozen 2. Disney fan site Stitch Kingdom were the first to spot this cyber revelation. According to the website, Disney registered several domain names on Thursday that seem to suggest they will release a film with the title, Strange Magic, and the leading theory is that it could possibly be a subtitle for a Frozen 2. But how have they reached this conclusion? Well, it turns out that there are actually two references to "strange magic" in the 2013 Walt Disney Animated feature. In the movie, both Grand Pabbie (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) and Duke of Weselton (voiced by Alan Tudyk) use the phrase. You can even see the latter doing so in »
The pair will take the title roles in Gary Michael Schultz's crime drama.
The Unified Pictures movie centres around the romance between down-on-their-luck rebels Roxxy (Kravitz) and Vincent (Hirsch).
Their love is threatened when the violence of their past catches up with them.
Hirsch was most recently seen in the Bonnie and Clyde television miniseries.
Gary Michael Schultz will direct from his own screenplay. Shooting will start in Louisiana in December.
International sales are being handled by Fortitude International, which will present the project to buyers at the upcoming Afm. Wme represents the film’s domestic distribution rights.
The film follows a down-on-their-luck pair of rebels who fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. “’Vincent-n-Roxxy’ is a very personal story for me and, at its core, it is a story about love, family and the unrelenting presence of violence,” said Schultz.
- Dave McNary
Written and Directed by Ned Benson.
One couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
For those who prefer their romantic films to be sappy, cheesy, mushy, schmaltzy, written by Nicholas Sparks or Stephanie Meyer be warned: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them may not tickle your taste buds. Not because it’s a bad film by any means, far from it, but because Ned Benson’s tale of love and loss in New York may well put you off rom-coms for good, and make you reassess everything you know and love about the genre.
Somewhat strangely, Eleanor Rigby is a film »
- Scott J. Davis
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announces that the movie, television and merchandise rights for John Carter have reverted back to the company. Walt Disney Pictures held the rights and produced the movie John Carter in 2012. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure.
"John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major »
Hitman: Agent 47’s release date has been pushed back by six months. The original release date was February 27th, 2015, but the movie is now set to arrive on August 28th, 2015. There is no clear indication why the film has been delayed but the change of release date may mean a better chance at box office success.
Based upon the popular video game series, the film is a reboot to the Hitman movie that came out in 2007, which starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. Paul Walker had originally been set to play the character in the reboot but after his tragic death last year Rupert Friend was cast instead.
Hitman: Agent 47 sees Aleksander Bach directing a cast that includes Rupert Friend (Homeland) as Agent 47 alongside Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), Hannah Ware (Boss), Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula), Dan Bakkedahl (Legit), Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), Rolf Kanies (The Countess), Ciaran Hinds »
- Thomas Roach
Originally a literal film of two halves, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby makes its debut at the London Film Festival in a radically altered form that combines the perspectives of Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) where they were once bifurcated. Writer-director Ned Benson made two films in 2012 - subtitled Him and Her - which followed the same story of a painfully broken marriage from Rashomon-style dual perspectives.
There's no getting around the fact that in blending the couple's viewpoints (reportedly at the behest of Harvey 'Scissorhands' Weinstein) Benson has lost much of what made his directorial debut original, and the limitations of his often heavy-handed script become more glaring without that intriguing structure at play.
Them feels decidedly uneven in terms of character focus, with Chastain's »
20th Century Fox made a few tweaks to its schedule today, shifting Independence Day 2 from the crowded July 1, 2016 release date to June 24, 2016, while moving Hitman: Agent 47 up nearly six months from February 27, 2015 to August 28, 2015.
Independence Day 2, which is reportedly bringing back Jeff Goldblum to star, would have faced Sony's Angry Birds, Disney's The Bfg and Warner Bros.' Tarzan on July 1, but now it only has to contend with Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot one week earlier. No story details have been given for Independence Day 2, which will not feature the return of Will Smith .
Hitman: Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend as the title character, will now face the Dimension Films thriller Regression on August 28, 2015, instead of going up against Warner Bros.' Focus and The Transporter Legacy on February 27, 2015. The plot is based on the video game of the same name, which follows a sole assassin who works for a sinister corporation. »
• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
The face of "Doctor Who" for the last four years, as well as one of the stars of Ryan Gosling's misfire "Lost River," Matt Smith is now bringing this talents to a twisted take on a Jane Austen classic. The actor is joining Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Burr Steers will finally get this long developing project moving, and the story follows "Liz Bennett, [who] is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home and chafes at the stiff societal ways of 1800s England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague." Smith will play Mr. Collins, and production starts next week. [THR] "Sons Of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal is joining Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciarin Hinds in "Bleed For This." The movie tells the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who’ll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.
Bleed For This deals with Pazienza’s miraculous recovery from a car crash that left him with a broken back. He was told he might never walk again, let alone fight, but no one could stop the Pazmanian Devil, a world champ in two weight classes. Pic is produced by Sikelia’s Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff Tillinger, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds has been cast in Bleed for This, the film based on the true story of boxer Vinny Pazienza. Miles Teller is starring as the five-time world champion boxer "Vinny Paz," who was injured in a near-fatal car crash at the peak of his career that left him with a broken neck. Not knowing if he'd ever walk again, he made an incredible comeback, and after months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Paz went back to the gym under the guidance of infamous trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) and made a triumphant
- Rebecca Ford
True-life boxing drama Bleed For This already has Miles Teller attached as slugger Vinny Pazienza. Now we know who will be playing his father, Angelo, because Ciaran Hinds has signed on to co-star.Boiler Room writer-director Ben Younger is scripting and directing this one, charting the story of Pazienza, who broke his neck in three places in a traffic accident in 1991 while he was at the peak of his career. Against doctors’ orders, Pazienza returned to the gym with his neck still encased in a metal halo, began working out and eventually won three more titles. He went on to retire with a 50-10 record.While Hinds worries about his onscreen son’s condition, Aaron Eckhart will be Pazienza’s trainer, Kevin Rooney, an infamous name in the boxing community of the time who pushes him to recover.Hinds, who recently appeared in a recurring role as Mance Rayder on Game Of Thrones, »
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them weaves together the individual experiences of Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy), an estranged couple aiming to revive their relationship in the face of tragedy. Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts an exclusive clip, giving viewers a glimpse of the relationship between Conor and Eleanor as they sit in a car during a storm. The film, produced by Dreambridge Films and distributed by The Weinstein Co., also stars Viola Davis, Bill Hader and Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Ned Benson, the project first screened as two films: Him and Her, at the Toronto Film Festival one
- Nicole Behnam
The Disney Parks Blog announced today that a new Frozen ride will replace Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion in Disney World's Epcot Center. The Maelstrom's last day of operation will be October 5, 2014, with the Frozen attraction scheduled to open sometime in 2016, though the Norway pavilion will remain open in the meantime. Take a look at a piece of concept art below, then read on for more details.
The concept art is part of a new attraction at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season, where Elsa will transform the Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night, starting in November. Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will also be featured in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The parade happens on select nights between November 7 and December 19, before running daily from December 20 to December 31.
In making the announcement, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman »
The upcoming weekend boasts an onslaught of new Specialty titles vying for audiences. In all likelihood, however, many will have a short big screen life as the fall’s awards contenders ramp up and crowd others out. Five of this week’s dozen-plus newcomers are spotlighted here with Fox Searchlight’s The Drop edging on a wide release. The feature starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini will bow in over 800 theaters. TWC’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby also joins the fray with a platform release. The film also has two accompanying titles told from the perspective of its two main characters, which will be released in more limited runs in October. Magnolia will open its thriller Honeymoon in a day and date release while Dada Films’ Swearnet: The Movie breaks a movie record with the most F-bombs ever. And Cohen Media Group’s My Old Lady bowed Wednesday in limited release. »
- Brian Brooks
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