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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Diplomacy director Volker Schlöndorff with Anne-Katrin Titze at Lincoln Center on Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man: "Actually, I always compared Niels Arestrup to Philip Seymour Hoffman." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, Volker Schlöndorff was awarded the Silver Medallion and Diplomacy (Diplomatie), starring Niels Arestrup and André Dussollier was screened, as well as Billy, How Did You Do It? (Billy Wilder, Wie Haben Sie's Gemacht?) and Baal starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In New York, we discussed his adaptations from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass to Cyril Gely's play Diplomatie and dubbing Dustin Hoffman in German with Otto Sander in Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman. Working with Sam Shepard on Voyager, Arestrup's correspondence with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister and Ralph Fiennes' Max Frisch desires are explored.
Anne-Katrin Titze: As far as adaptations are concerned, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.
Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.
Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam, »
- Jen Yamato
With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
IFC has sent over the official word on its upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Jim Mickle's (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) latest flick, Cold in July (review). Read on for all the details you need and more!
Cold in July Release Details
A man simply trying to protect his home and family commits a spur-of-the-moment act that will have unforeseen - and unimaginable - consequences in the simmering thriller Cold In July.
The film, boasting a powerhouse cast, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and Mpi Media Group on September 30, 2014, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane ("Dexter" star Michael C. Hall in an affectingly vulnerable performance) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Richard »
- Steve Barton
Directed by Jim Mickle
Set in a small Texas town, Cold in July opens with a bang in more ways than one. Family man Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) awakens one night in bed, convinced that an intruder has infiltrated his home. After fetching his pistol he creeps into the living room, is confronted face to face by the thug and shoots in him cold blood. The event transfixes Richard into a whirlpool of conflicting emotions as some people, including officer Ray Price (Nick Damici), claim he did the right and only thing he could do whereas Richard mulls over the avoidable loss of life. Far from over, Richard’s problems are accentuated when the apparent father of the departed, recently released career criminal Ben Russell (Sam Shepard), arrives in town and starts to threaten Richard and his family. »
- Edgar Chaput
Actor and director Boyd Holbrook has been raising funds on Indiegogo to complete his short film Peacock Killer, which is based on a short story by Sam Shepard. He’s just released a new teaser trailer, which suggests an epic sweep. Check it out and, if it intrigues you, consider donating to Holbrook’s campaign. (Oh, and read our profile of Holbrook when we selected him for last year’s 25 New Faces list.) »
- Scott Macaulay
Chicago – Zach Gilford is a familiar face to fans of the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” where he portrayed Matt Saracen. The actor grew up around Chicago in Evanston, Ill., and has risen through the ranks of acting in his new home of Los Angeles. He currently is featured in the sequel film, “The Purge: Anarchy.”
“The Purge: Anarchy” takes up the premise of the first film, which presupposes a near future America in which laws are suspended for one night a year, allowing all aggressions, crimes and firearms to be practiced with abandon. Zach Gilford portrays Shane, who is part of a couple – his real-life wife Kiele Sanchez is Liz, his other half – that are accidentally thrust into the Purge night with no protection, and hooks up with a armed vigilante named Leo (Frank Grillo). The sequel ups the ante of the first film, with more social commentary and fire power. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
New York — While doing eight performances a week on Broadway in the stirring revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the indefatigable James Franco has been juggling a rehearsal schedule for his stage directing debut with the Off-Broadway premiere of prolific novelist and playwright Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift. Why? That question is never answered during the anesthetizing 95 minutes of this emotionally bogus wannabe Sam Shepard effort, which basically teaches us that all men have the capacity for violence while all women are prone to lapses of hysterical finger-pointing and manipulation. Franco has recruited actor Scott
- David Rooney
Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Lanny Flaherty, Kristin Griffith, Dorothea Swiac, Joe Lanza, Rachel Zeiger-Haag | Written by Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale | Directed by Jim Mickle
Texan thriller Cold In July, has been hailed as the new No Country for Old Men. The latest film from director Jim Mickle is based on a pulp thriller novel by Joe R Lansdale, who arguably isn’t in the same league as Cormac McCarthy. But can his film adapattion live up to the hype? Having been a big fan of the brilliant albeit trashy series, Dexter, I was keen to see how Michael C. Hall adapted to the big screen.
The film sets off at a rapid pace, with foundations quickly set for an intriguing puzzle. Our protagonist Richard Dane (along with his dodgy Texan accent), is woken up by a curious noise in his downstairs kitchen. »
- Joe Cronin
Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Richard Dane once shot a man in his living room, just for having B&E’d into his home where his wife and their young child were sleeping in the middle of the night. But Richard (Michael C. Hall: Gamer, Paycheck) is a decent man, and though the police assure him that he was well within his rights to protect himself and his family, and he is certainly not going to be charged with any crime, he is shaken to the core.
This isn’t a thing that The Movies usually deal with, not on the scale »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Dexter's Michael C Hall) puts a bullet into a low-life burglar. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when the man's ex-con father (Sam Shepard) rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. A finely woven thriller with compelling performances, this is another gripping trip into the dark heart of America from the director of Stake Land. »
• Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on screen for the actress’ directorial debut Ithaca. Hanks would have a cameo role in the World War II coming-of-age drama based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy and already serves as an executive producer. Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) adapted the script that will also feature Ryan onscreen, as well as the previously announced Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and Jack Quaid, Ryan’s son with actor Dennis Quaid. This would be the fourth time the pair has appeared on screen together after Joe Versus the Volcano, »
- Jake Perlman
This 1989-set film noir is stronger on character and atmosphere than it is on plotting. Early on, the director Jim Mickle does an excellent job in portraying the confusion, guilt and terror that family man Richard Dane (Michael C Hall) feels after shooting dead an intruder in his home. It doesn't help that the man's father (a very sour and sullen Sam Shepard) wants revenge or that the local cops are behaving in a suspicious manner. »
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hanks is in negotiations to make a small cameo in "Ithaca," Ryan's directorial debut in which she's also starring. Hanks had previously signed on in a behind-the-scenes role to executive produce the film through his Playtone company.
If things pan out, this would mark the fourth time -- and first time in 16 years -- that the pair have starred together on the big screen, following "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."
"Ithaca" is an adaption of William Saroyan's 1943 novel "The Human Comedy," and focuses on a 14-year-old bike messenger delivering telegrams during World War II, and the war's effect on his hometown and his family. Hanks would play the boy's father. »
- Katie Roberts
Specifically it centers on a 14-year-old telegraph bicycle messenger named Homer Macauley who is left to take care of his widowed mother, older sister and four-year-old brother Ulysses after his older brother is sent off to fight.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
After appearing together in Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan look set to reunite in the big screen adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. It marks the directorial debut of Ryan and she will start shooting in Virginia next month.
Hanks is closely involved in the project as an executive producer, so the fact that he’s willing to make a cameo in the World War II set coming of age drama perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
The novel was adapted by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendresen, and he obviously worked with Hanks on that critically acclaimed HBO series. Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid have so far also been confirmed as starring in the movie. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing.
Set in a small town »
- Josh Wilding
Director Jim Mickle is beginning to form a reputation for himself, in constantly producing unique, creative productions, that can’t be confined to any one genre. Following on from We Are What Are, his latest, Cold in July, also epitomises this fact – though sadly such ingenuity can make his films somewhat difficult to sell to financiers.
“The fact it wasn’t a horror film made it tough,” he explained. “You can bend the rules a little more easily in horror and fans are more accepting, and financiers are a little more accepting. This is a little tougher because it had a foot in the horror genre, but also had a foot in so many other spots that people didn’t want to wholesale finance the thing because of that. There were so many years being so frustrated about this.”
- Stefan Pape
We already knew that Tom Hanks was set to work as a producer on Meg Ryan’s debut directorial effort Ithaca, but it looks like he’ll be briefly starring in the film too according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The place is Ithaca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley’s—a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants…In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.
According to the report, Hanks will play the father of the family »
- Luke Owen
From Sleepless In Seattle, to You’Ve Got Mail and Joe Versus The Volcano, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made a perfect movie duo for many years but it has, of course, been a while since they’ve hit the big screen together.
This one is a little different though as Ithaca will be Meg Ryan’s directorial debut with Hanks production company Playtone backing her. That’s not to say there won’t be a cameo for Hanks though and although this isn’t something he always does, it seems that some form of reunion is definitely on and for the fourth time.
The film is based on the 1943 novel by William Saroyan called The Human Comedy. It’s a World War II saga that’s sold as a ‘coming of age’ drama about life on the front line, something that Hanks definitely has connects to and would slot into comfortably. »
- Dan Bullock
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