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Though Jamie Dornan will soon be seen taking care of business and (literally) cracking the whip as a young entrepreneur with an exceptionally active social life over at Fifty Shades of Grey, he’s signed up for a bit of a fictional career change as he joins the cast of Alexandre Aja‘s The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. The film, an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Liz Jensen, follows a nine-year-old boy named Louis Drax who is a little different than the other kids. Brilliant, but perceived as weird, Louis always seems to have something terrible happen to him — and his ninth birthday is no different. He suffers a massive fall that nearly takes his life, and there are no details to shed light on how or why the incident occurred. Dornan steps in as Dr. Allan Pascal, a physician who is drawn to Drax’s peculiar case. Drax »
- Samantha Wilson
From the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension to the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked past pictures in the blood bucket. But with his adaptation of author Joe Hill’s novel, Horns, coming out this Halloween, Aja has just signed on to helm another book-to-screen project that’s more psychological thriller than bloodbath: The 9th Life of Louis Drax.
Based on the 2004 novel by Liz Jensen that follows a boy plagued by violent occurrences, The 9th Life of Louis Drax will star actor Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) as Dr. Allan Pascal, who tries to figure out the mysteries surrounding 9-year-old Louis Drax’s near-fatal accident. Aja will direct off a script by first-time scribe Max Minghella (who co-stars in Horns). Shooting on the Miramax film is set to begin this October in Vancouver, Canada. We have the official press release with full details below.
- Derek Anderson
Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha, and Haute Tension director Alexandre Aja is keeping really busy, and rightfully so as he's talented x10! Word of his latest project just hit the wire, and we have your details right here.
From the Press Release:
Global film and television studio Miramax today announced the production of the psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax and has cast Jamie Dornan (pictured; Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) to star in the film with Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct.
Marking his screenwriting debut, Max Minghella has written the feature screenplay based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title. The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be produced by Minghella and Tim Bricknell (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Breaking and Entering) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures, and Aja. The film »
- Steve Barton
Apparently destined to forever star in films with numbers in the title after his work in Fifty Shades Of Grey, Jamie Dornan is leaning into his tragic destiny by taking on a lead role in The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax.Okay, okay, so it’s just a coincidence – and Dornan is already at work on John Wells’ new culinary film, which doesn’t have a title but probably won’t end up with a numerical one – and this has an interesting history. Actor Max Minghella wrote the script, adapting Liz Jensen’s novel, and is carrying on a project that his father, director Anthony Minghella, had wanted to make for years before his death in 2008.The plot follows the titular 9-year-old boy, who suffers a near-fatal accident on his birthday. When a doctor (Dornan) starts treating the lad, he discovers a mystery that snaps the boundaries between reality and fantasy. »
No matter how good he looks in light-wash jeans, Jamie Dornan is more than just the man behind Christian Grey. The Fifty Shades actor is set to star in The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a new psychological thriller from Miramax that also has Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) in the director’s chair.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax, penned by first-time screenwriter Max Minghella (you may know him from acting turns on The Mindy Project and The Internship), tells the story of Louis Drax—beginning on the character’s 9th birthday, when, according to a press release, »
- Samantha Highfill
Global film and television studio Miramax today announced the production of the psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax and has cast Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) to star in the film with Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct.
Marking his screenwriting debut, Max Minghella has written the feature screenplay based on Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same title. The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be produced by Minghella and Tim Bricknell (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Breaking and Entering) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures and Aja. The film will be executive produced by Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy).
Principal photography will commence this October in Vancouver, Canada. Zanne Devine, Miramax's Executive Vice President, Production and Development, will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Sierra/Affinity will serve as the international sales agent. »
Minghella will also produce with Tim Bricknell (“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (“50/50″) of Brightlight Pictures and Aja. The film will be exec produced by Rosanne Korenberg.
Zanne Devine will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Sierra/Affinity will serve as the international sales agent.
“Tim and I are thrilled this deeply personal project is being brought to fruition with passion and integrity,” said Minghella. “We look forward to collaborating with Alex and Miramax to create a truly original movie that will captivate and surprise audiences.”
Minghella’s father »
- Dave McNary
Miramax has tapped French director Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, with Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan in the lead role. The adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bestselling novel follows young Louis Drax, who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the boy’s accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
The script is by actor Max Minghella, who makes his screenwriting debut and will produce alongside Tim Bricknell (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Breaking And Entering) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures, and Aja. Jensen’s book was first optioned in 2004 by Minghella’s father, the late writer-director Anthony Minghella, who had developed it with Sydney Pollack.
- Jen Yamato
Lauren Bacall Dead: 89-year-old Oscar nominee who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in ‘To Have and Have Not’ and ‘The Big Sleep’ Lauren Bacall has died following a massive stroke earlier today, August 12. Curiously, the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for The Mirror Has Two Faces, and the star of film classics such as To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and How to Marry a Millionaire, had been "killed" by an Internet hoax yesterday. Bacall would have turned 90 on September 16, 2014. According to Media Mass, the Lauren Bacall death rumors began on Monday, August 11, following the creation of a "R.I.P. Lauren Bacall" Facebook page that "attracted nearly one million of ‘likes.’" On the "R.I.P. Lauren Bacall" ‘About’ page, there was the following explanation: “At about 11 a.m. Et on Monday (August 11, 2014), our beloved actress Lauren Bacall passed away. Lauren Bacall was born on September 16, 1924 in New York. »
- Andre Soares
Brendan Gleeson is an actor beloved by directors; he’s collaborated with the likes of Anthony Minghella and Martin Scorsese. But perhaps no filmmaker has served him better than John Michael McDonagh, who cast Gleeson as the lead in the dark comedy “The Guard,” which went on to become the most profitable film in Irish history. Now, Gleeson is earning some of the best reviews of a very heralded career for his new collaboration with McDonagh, “Calvary.”
In the film, Gleeson plays Father James, a priest who is taking confession from a mysterious parishioner. The confessor reveals that as a boy, he was repeatedly molested by a priest. To make the church pay, he is going to kill Father James in one week—because murdering a good priest will hurt the church more than if he killed a bad one. After debuting in limited release on Aug. 1 with an impressive per-screen average, »
- Jenelle Riley
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.
Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses. »
- Frank Ochieng
Winter of Our Discontent: Amini’s Problem with Narrative Pabulum
Few crime writers can boast such a weighty lineage of cinematic adaptation as that of Patricia Highsmith, probably falling somewhere between Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell, if one were to measure. Wim Wenders, Rene Clement, Anthony Minghella and Liliana Cavani have all reincarnated her most celebrated character, Tom Ripley, to the big screen, while Hitchcock, Michel Deville, Claude Chabrol (and later this year, Todd Haynes) have adapted some of her signature titles. And so, it is with great regard that screenwriter Hossein Amini arrives with his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, a promise of scrappy ne’er-do-wells conning each other for money or guilty pleasures of the carnal sort, performed by a trio of renowned actors that rival Minghella’s starry line-up of The Talented Mr. Ripley. And yet, there’s something unnervingly stale about the whole endeavor, »
- Nicholas Bell
“I’ve just been at the Sydney Film Festival and came back through London, which is where I live, before I came here,” he said with a smile. “Now I’m drinking this caffeinated soda.”
Despite the changing time zones, Amini was in an exuberant mood, waxing on at length about his affection for novelist Patricia Highsmith and star Viggo Mortensen — and their ability to bring the dark side of human nature to the fore.
“I love the cruelty in her writing,” he told the audience. “Viggo really embraces the ugly side of characters… not a lot of stars do.”
- Dave McNary
Andrew counts down some of the best roles of Sean Bean's career, from the ones you'll know to the ones you probably won't...
Love him, fear him, smell him: the man breathes fire. And acting.
But what is Sean Bean? Well, adhering to a skeptical epistemology, we simply don't know, but for the purposes of this article he's the bloke who played Errol Partridge in Equilibrium, still to this day his defining role in Equilibrium.
While everyone at Den of Geek loves Equilibrium slightly more than they love each other, Sean Bean is only in it but for a moment. Unfortunately he mistakenly believes that holding up a book in front of his face will stop a bullet, when all he had to do to stop Christian Bale from shooting him was impersonate a puppy. Really, it's hard to argue that the film wouldn't be considerably »
Written and directed by Hossein Amini
USA and UK, 2014
Anyone acquainted with Roman theology or a pub quiz will know that January is a Anglicisation of the Roman god Janus, the two-faced figurine who stands at the cusp of the new year, simultaneously musing backward at recent lessons and experiences, and peering forward to the murky and elusive future ahead, a guardian at the crossroads of the past and present. These twin impulses swirl in the miasma of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January, first published in 1964. It’s a lesser-known work of her serrated literature, which is obsessed with psychological and sexual criminal deviancy, most famously brought to the screen by Hitchcock in the minor classic Strangers On A Train and by Anthony Minghella in 1999’s acclaimed The Talented Mr. Ripley. After decades of intense wrangling, accomplished screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, »
The Two Faces of January, 2014.
Directed by Hossein Amini.
A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.
Halfway through The Two Faces of January I couldn’t help but be reminded of the great Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr Ripley for the similarities are many; Americans abroad in the 1960s, a man who is not what he seems on face value, temptations, hidden pasts, lies, murder, and an attractive cast to boot. As the credits rolled I saw it was indeed based on a novel by the same author, Patricia Highsmith, and aside from giving myself a mental ‘pat on the back’ it helped in my realisation of why this film is so very good. »
- Gary Collinson
There are many attractive parts to this thriller handsome leads, a meaty Patricia Highsmith plot, Mediterranean sunlight on cream linen suits but it's no greater than the sum of them. It pitches its characters into hot water with consummate efficiency: Isaac is an American tour guide in 1960s Athens with for a wealthy mark or a pretty woman. He finds both in Mortensen and Dunst's holidaying couple, but their casual acquaintance gets serious after a sudden murder. The sunny landscape becomes shaded with suspicion, deception and sexual jealousy as the trio take flight. Mythological themes are neatly worked in, from Theseus to Oedipus, but Amini primarily draws on another classical tradition here: Anthony Minghella, and his own Highsmith adaptation, The Talented Mr Ripley. That's classy company mature middle-classy, to be specific though »
- Steve Rose
The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 67th edition, comprising eight world cinema names from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the Us, France and Mexico.
Cannes 2014: films
Those selected include Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director, screenwriter and producer who won Best Direction at Cannes in 2011 with Drive. His most recent film, Only God Forgives, played in Competition at Cannes last year.
Also chosen is Sofia Coppola, the Us director and screenwriter whose debut The Virgin Suicides was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1999. Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation, made it into »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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