12 items from 2017
The recent wave of so-called bathroom bills, which seem to be predicated on the notion that transgender people either didn’t exist or weren’t using public restrooms until a few years ago, has made its way to Texas. In response, Legacy Community Health and the Aclu of Texas have partnered with one of the state’s best-known filmmakers to direct a PSA decrying the proposed law. Watch Richard Linklater’s minute-long “Taking a Seat, Making a Stand” below.
Part of the I Pee with Lgbt campaign, the video features several people making the point that “this isn’t a privacy issue — it’s a discrimination issue.” “Lt. Gov. Patrick and other state lawmakers who support S.B. 6 portray the bill as a ‘common sense’ protection of ‘common decency,'” said, Terri Burke, executive director of the Aclu of Texas, »
- Michael Nordine
Pj Vogt, co-host of the popular Gimlet Media podcast Reply All, went on vacation; when he got back, he had a movie deal. The January 19 program, “Man of the People,” had been optioned by Annapurna Pictures, with Richard Linklater directing and Robert Downey, Jr. as producer and star.
“It’s absolutely surreal,” Vogt said.
“Man of the People” profiled John Brinkley, the radio pioneer and medical salesman whose self-proclaimed miracle cures ranged from impotence to infertility. Vogt said he stumbled on the story after visiting his cousins in Texas.
“They were saying I should move there because they were a bunch of radio stations hidden in ranches,” he said. “For a while, we thought it was going to be a story about border blasters.”
Instead he found the strange tale of Brinkley, one that also encompasses a state governor’s race, the national popularization of country music, and the rise of the American Medical Association. »
- Steve Greene
Robert Downey Jr. and director Richard Linklater are teaming up for the film adaptation of the “Man of the People” episode of the “Reply All” podcast, which aired on January 19, 2017. Downey Jr. will star in the film, which does not have a title yet.
The film will be centered on the true story of hoaxer Dr. John Brinkley, who makes a fortune by scamming people with fake medicine. As his fame and fortune are on the rise, Dr. Brinkley gets the attention of the editor of “Journal of the American Medical Associations” between 1924 and 1950, Dr. Morris Fishbein, who becomes committed to taking him down.
This project will be produced by Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Downey Jr., alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Film production banner with Gimlet Media’s Pj Vogt, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
With four films likely premiering (or already set for a release) this year, Jake Gyllenhaal has now found his next role. The Enemy star is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly for The Sisters Brothers, according to Variety. The latest film from Palme d’Or-winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet, Rust and Bone), the neo-noir western is an adaptation of the novel by the same name from Patrick DeWitt, which centers on two brothers (Riley and Phoenix) who are hired to kill a man. This will be Audiard’s first full English-language film and as for Gyllenhaal, following last fall’s Nocturnal Animals, he’ll have Life, Stronger, Wildlife, and Okja all arriving this year.
Meanwhile, another top Hollywood star, Oscar Isaac, has joined the cast of a new World War II thriller titled The Garbo Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the espionage tale penned by »
- Mike Mazzanti
Ethan Hawke’s upcoming film, “Blaze,” has just added a number of actors to its already impressive lineup, including “Boyhood” director himself Richard Linklater. Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Wyatt Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Hawke will be joining Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sybil Rosen, Charlie Sexton, and Josh Hamilton in the music biopic based on singer and songwriter Blaze Foley.
Co-written, produced and directed by Hawke, the film is based on Sybil Rosen’s memoir ‘Living in the Woods in a Tree.’ It follows the life of the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Dickey will star as the musician, Shawkat plays Rosen and Rosen portrays her own mother.
Rosen, who co-wrote the film with Hawke, was Blaze’s real, life-long love and their passionate affair is said to form the narrative spine of the film.
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- Liz Calvario
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Blaze is a biopic of country and Western songwriter Blaze Foley, who lived in a treehouse in the 1970s with his longtime girlfriend Sybil Rosen. The film is set during the time when Foley transformed from a hippie musician to an influential singer-songwriter.
Hawke co-wrote the script with Rosen, adapting her memoir, Living in the Woods in a Tree, for the screen. Rosen will play »
- Mia Galuppo
Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Wyatt Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Richard Linklater are in Ethan Hawke’s drama Blaze. Hawke, who also co-stars, produced and directed and even co-wrote the story based on Sybil Rosen's memoir Living In The Woods In A Tree, about Rosen’s real, life-long love Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Newcomer Ben Dickey, an accomplished songwriter and… »
Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight – and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell). To anyone else, Francis’ approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can’t help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she’s bananas, he’s bananas… except he’s also a professional assassin.
However Francis is a hitman with a cause: he kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn’t joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. »
- Phil Wheat
Sam Rockwell has taken the lead role in the drama “We’re Just Married,” which has been acquired for international sales by The Exchange and will debut at the 2017 European Film Market. Also starring Lily Rabe and Chris Messina, “We’re Just Married” follows a suburban housewife named Mary at the onset of the 1970s who ends her marriage after having an affair with a neighbor, wrecking havoc on her quiet cul-se-sac. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia from a script by David Rabe (“The Firm”), “We’re Just Married” is produced by Lily Rabe and Bettina Barrow. Also Read: Inside the Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Time to. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
The Exchange has acquired international rights for the movie and will launch sales this week at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. Wme global is handling U.S. rights.
The movie is set at the beginning of the 1970s and follows a suburban wife who ends her marriage after having an affair with her neighbor, wreaking havoc on a quiet cul-de-sac.
- Dave McNary
Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.
“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”
While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.
“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Netflix presents the first Look at the highly-anticipated futuristic thriller Mute. Enter the captivating world of visionary filmmaker Duncan Jones, featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and newcomer Seyneb Saleh. Duncan Jones, the creative mind behind the cult-hit Moon and Source Code, returns to his creative roots with this original and gripping story set in an immersive universe.
Taking place in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo's search for her takes him deep into the city's seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love. »
12 items from 2017
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