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15 Films to See in December

The various year-end lists from different groups might make you think 2017 is over, but look at the calendar and, lo, there’s an entire month left in which films will be released. Arriving in December is our most-anticipated picture of the year, sci-fi tales from both Lucasfilm and Alexander Payne, a movie about making the worst movie, and much more.

Matinees to See: Voyeur (12/1), The New Radical (12/1), The Pirates of Somalia (12/8), The Ballad of Lefty Brown (12/15), and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (12/29)

15. Downsizing (Alexander Payne; Dec. 22)

Synopsis: A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

Trailer

Why You Should See It: It might be his least-well-received film thus far, but the prospect of Alexander Payne taking on a high-concept sci-fi film is enough to pique interest. Of course, Valerian this is not. Rather, the story finds
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David Ayer Says Joker Should Have Been The Main Villain In Suicide Squad

There’s something quite refreshing about a filmmaker being very open and honest about the work they deliver – and also something very unusual. In this age of giant studio tentpole projects and high powered marketing machines, it’s most often the case that those involved with a film will predictably either sing its praises, or say nothing at all. To hear the writer-director of what was once one of the most highly anticipated movies of the DC Extended Universe express regret about his own story in conversation with a fan is nothing short of stunning – but that’s what we have with David Ayer, and his 2016 movie Suicide Squad.

While interacting with a fan on Twitter, David Ayer conceded that he regrets not making The Joker – played by Jared Leto – the main villain of the piece.

Yeah it was a big fun silly movie. It could have been a bigger
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Christian Bale In "Hostiles"

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Sneak Peek footage from the upcoming 'Old West' feature "Hostiles", written and directed by Scott Cooper starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane and Ben Foster, opening December 22, 2017:

"...a 'Us Cavalry officer', 'Captain Josph C. Blocker' (Bale) must escort a 'Cheyenne' war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to their home in Montana, circa 1892..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hostiles"...
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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Film News Roundup: ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ Movie Backed by Ambi Group

Film News Roundup: ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ Movie Backed by Ambi Group
In today’s film news round-up, “Bernie the Dolphin” finds backing, Michelle Johnson returns to Hollywood, and Constantin Film picks up rights to “Danger Girl.”

Project Backing

Ambi Group is teaming with Fairway Film Alliance to finance and produce live-action feature “Bernie the Dolphin,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Lola Sultan (“This Beautiful Fantastic”) has been cast in the lead role, alongside Kevin Sorbo, Patrick Muldoon and Stelio Savante. Kirk Harris will direct “Bernie the Dolphin” from a screenplay written by Terri Emerson and Marty Poole.

Producers are Fairway Film Alliance partners Poole and Harris and Ambi principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, as we well as Tony Armer, film commissioner for St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fl. Executive producers are Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb with Stelio Savante as associate producer.

Sultan has appeared in more than 20 commercials including the Frito-Lay “Trade you” national spot, which has aired more than 15,000 times. She can be seen next in “Monsters at Large
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New poster for Hostiles featuring Christian Bale and Wes Studi

Following a last week’s trailer [watch it here], a new poster has arrived online for Scott Cooper’s western drama Hostiles ahead of its release next month, featuring Christian Bale and Wes Studi; take a look below…

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.

Hostiles is set for release on December 22nd in the Us and on December 29th in the UK and stars Christian Bale,
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Christian Bale Takes a Bleak Ride in Trailer for Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

Coming to Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival without distribution, Hostiles finds Scott Cooper re-teaming with his Out of the Furnace star Christian Bale. Premiering to a solid response, it was then picked up by the fledgling Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and it’ll arrive in time for an awards campaign with a December release.

A new trailer has now been unveiled, which previews the story of a Us Cavalry officer who escorts a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. With gorgeous cinematography from Masanobu Takayanagi (who worked on Cooper’s last two films as well as Spotlight and The Grey), it also stars Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher. See the trailer below.

Tiff synopsis:

Fresh from 2015’s gangster film Black Mass, Scott Cooper has turned to another venerable American genre,
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New trailer for Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has debuted for the upcoming western drama Hostiles. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film sees Christian Bale leading a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lang, and Bill Camp; watch it below…

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.

Hostiles is set for
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Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier

Hostiles Trailer Takes Christian Bale Through the Brave Frontier
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has released the first trailer for Hostiles, which reunites director Scott Cooper and Christian Bale after their 2013 drama Out of the Furnace. The movie is slated to hit theaters in late December, which could make this an early favorite for the 2018 Oscars, although we still have quite some time before the awards season picture starts fully coming together. Still, this drama has been tearing through the prestige festival circuit, debuting at Telluride in September before appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rome Film Fest and more, as it gets ready to debut at AFI Fest in Los Angeles next week.

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an
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‘Te Ata’ Fully Financed By Chickasaw Nation, $2M Indie Looks Like $50M Hollywood Feature

‘Te Ata’ Fully Financed By Chickasaw Nation, $2M Indie Looks Like $50M Hollywood Feature
Last month, actor Adam Beach wrote an important guest column about what Native Americans have gone through in this country over the past 200 years and the historical trauma of having your culture stripped away as tribes were forced to assimilate. That is one of the themes of Te Ata, the second fully-financed film from the Chickasaw Nation which was shot in Oklahoma on a budget of around $2M. The film — the production, set design, and costumes of which are as meticulous…
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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires ‘Hostiles;’ Christian Bale-Starrer Gets Oscar Season Berth

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires ‘Hostiles;’ Christian Bale-Starrer Gets Oscar Season Berth
Exclusive: Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has won U.S. rights to Hostiles, the Western from writer-director Scott Cooper that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster and Adam Beach. Since its premiere in Telluride and Toronto, the film was expected to put Christian Bale squarely into the Oscar race in the Best Actor category, if a distributor and release date could be put in place in time. Allen’s Esmp will put the film in limited…
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Jared Leto plays down his on-set “method” antics on Suicide Squad

Jared Leto is well known for the extreme lengths he goes to in order to get into character, but his alleged antics during the shooting of Warner Bros.’ DC blockbuster Suicide Squad certainly raised a few eyebrows.

According to reports, Leto sent a number of bizarre “Joker-inspired” gifts to his cast mates, including live rats, a dead pig, bullets, “sticky” Playboy magazines, anal beads and even used condoms. However, it seems some of the more outlandish reports may have been wide of the mark, as Leto has downplayed the situation during an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote his new film Blade Runner 2049.

“Most of it was total bullshit,” said Leto. “Like that I was giving used condoms to people, which was not true. It doesn’t matter how loud you shout or hold up a sign with your pants off in Times Square — people will run the story that they want.
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Canadian First Nations Actor Adam Beach Pens Open Letter On Native Whitewashing In Hollywood

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Suicide Squad” actor Adam Beach highlights the importance of having native actors portray native characters in an essay for Deadline. “Natives have been fighting for centuries to preserve our lands and cultures and we are still working to reclaim our identities,” Beach wrote. “Our identity is our birthright.” Beach, 44, explained how “for the past 200 […]
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‘Suicide Squad’s Adam Beach On Why Casting Of Others For Native American Roles Is So Hurtful

Editors’ Note: The casting of non-Native Americans to play Native American characters has its roots in the earliest days of cinema. Though rarer today, it is not unheard of. Adam Beach, who made his breakthrough opposite Nicolas Cage starred in John Woo’s Windtalkers, was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and more recently was part of the Suicide Squad ensemble, argues in this open letter to the industry that to play the role of a…
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‘Suicide Squad’s Adam Beach On Why Casting Of Others For Native American Roles Is So Hurtful

‘Suicide Squad’s Adam Beach On Why Casting Of Others For Native American Roles Is So Hurtful
Editors’ Note: The casting of non-Native Americans to play Native American characters has its roots in the earliest days of cinema. Though rarer today, it is not unheard of. Adam Beach, who made his breakthrough opposite Nicolas Cage starred in John Woo’s Windtalkers, was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and more recently was part of the Suicide Squad ensemble, argues in this open letter to the industry that to play the role of a…
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Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn gets a new Hot Toys collectible figure

Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming sixth scale Harley Quinn (Dancer Dress Version) figure which is based on the likeness of Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain team-up Suicide Squad; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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Suicide Squad sees David Ayer (Fury) directing a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flag, Viola Davis (The Help) as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez (Hostel) as El Diablo, Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) as Slipknot, Jim Parrack (Fury) as Johnny Frost, Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Tiff 2017: ‘Hostiles’ review: Dir. Scott Cooper (2017)

Hostiles review: Scott Cooper follows up his 2015 crime epic Black Mass with a switch of genre for Hostiles, which features a powerful lead performance from Christian Bale.

Hostiles review by Paul Heath.

Hostiles review

From the director of Crazy Heart, Out Of The Furnace and 2015’s gangster epic Black Mass, comes period western Hostiles. Christian Bale leads the cast as a legendary Army captain who is tasked with transporting a Cheyenne chief through dangerous territory from New Mexico to Montana.

The year is 1892. We open on Rosamund Pike’s Rosalie Quaid teaching her two young children English grammar at the kitchen table of the family home somewhere in rural New Mexico. Outside is her husband who alerts them of an incoming danger, a hostile tribe who are after their horses and other property. In the opening few minutes, Quaid’s family are brutally massacred in a truly shocking first sequence,
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Film Review: Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

Film Review: Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’
It’s hardly “Heaven’s Gate,” but there’s a similar grandiosity of ambition — and a familiar sense of folly — to Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” a $40 million, independently produced, sure-to-be-r-rated Western in a marketplace where even a more broadly appealing oater, like Seth MacFarlane’s tongue-in-cheek “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” can barely earn that kind of money back. But “Hostiles” is no spoof; it’s a deadly serious examination of the strained relationship between white men and Native Americans in this country, one that acknowledges the racism and brutality the U.S. Army showed to frontier tribes, while giving a bigoted cavalry officer played by Christian Bale a chance to redeem himself.

Debuting at the Telluride film festival without a distributor in place, this impressively mounted, intellectually corrupt period piece isn’t your traditional Western, and clearly fancies itself a revisionist take on so many black-and-white us-vs.-them tales,
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Tiff 2017: Must Watch – Christian Bale In ‘Hostiles’ Trailer

Fresh from its debut at the Telluride Film Festival, Deadline have released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Christian Bale-led Hostiles. Scott Cooper directs the movie, which revolves around a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Bale is joined by an all-star cast, including Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher. It will feature at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off in Canada tomorrow.

Watch the first Hostiles teaser trailer in the player below.

The post Tiff 2017: Must Watch – Christian Bale In ‘HostilesTrailer appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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‘Hostiles’: Christian Bale And Rosamund Pike Can’t Save Overstuffed And Problematic Western [Telluride Review]

Telluride – Where do we even start with Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles”? Well, let’s get the specifics out of the way first.

The independently financed western, which premiered at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, is set in 1892 toward the end of the American government’s systematic decimation of the Native American people. “Hostiles” follows Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a retiring Army captain who is ordered to accompany, along with a number of other soldiers under his command, a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family (Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher and Xavier Horsechief) from New Mexico to Montana.

Continue reading ‘Hostiles’: Christian Bale And Rosamund Pike Can’t Save Overstuffed And Problematic Western [Telluride Review] at The Playlist.
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