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I honestly had very little to go one when I added A.J. Edwards’ The Better Angels to my predictions list and the fact that it has been included among the New Frontier offerings means that we’re in for something out of the ordinary, as the section has often challenged conventional form. Produced by Terrence Malick, and filmed in B&W, it features Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and a newbie actor taking on the role of a young Lincoln. Here is the entire listing of five (plus installation projects), which will include Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s on-going Hit Record project.
The Better Angels / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: A.J. Edwards) — Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. »
- Eric Lavallee
While "Knight Of Cups" and "Untitled Music Scene Movie That Probably Won't Have Christian Bale In It Anymore" are still out in the wild, waiting to be completed, for those aching for some more Terrence Malick, this is one affiliated project that will get your 2014 off to a happy start. The reclusive director is producing "The Better Angels," the directorial debut of his protégé and collaborator A.J. Edwards. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley star in this evidently black-and-white film about the early years of Abraham Lincoln, with Kruger and Clarke as his parents. The official synopsis: Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Hanan Townshend ("To The Wonder") is scoring the film, and yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A day after unveiling the films in competition, the Sundance Institute today announced the films playing in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier and Sundance Kids sections of the event. This year's Spotlight lineup includes Jim Jarmusch's beloved "Only Lovers Left Alive," the acclaimed French thriller "Stranger by the Lake" and Jeremy Saulnier's Cannes-winning "Blue Ruin." Highlights in the New Frontiers section include Sundance regular Joseph Gordon-Levtitt's latest online video experiment "Hit Record On TV," and "The Better Angels" starring Brit Marling and Jason Clarke. Below are links to all the announced films. Premieres and Documentary Premieres section announcements are coming soon.2014 Competition Lineup:u.S Dramatic CompetitionU.S. Documentary CompetitionWorld Dramatic CompetitionWorld Documentary Competition Next<=>2014 Out of Competition:New Frontier FilmsPark City at MidnightSpotlightSundance Kids »
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Guest,” the latest effort from horror helmer Adam Wingard; “Killers,” a Web-based serial-killer thriller from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers; and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mock-doc collaboration between New Zealand-based directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) are among the eight oddball titles set to make their world premieres in Park City at Midnight at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Having noted that the dramatic competition lineups (unveiled Wednesday) contained a number of films with comedic and horror-thriller elements, festival director John Cooper pointed out that the distinctions between competitive and non-competitive titles were blurring more than ever.
“We considered all the Midnight titles for competition at one point,” he said. “It’s very fluid.”
- Justin Chang
Sundance Institute executives announced on December 5 that the festival will feature new work from artist Doug Aitken as well as Klip Collective’s external projections on the Egyptian Theatre.
An expanded New Frontier will showcase installations, performance, transmedia and panel discussion section. Most of the installations will be housed at a new, 5,000-square-foot location at the Gateway in Park City adjacent to Main Street.
“As human and machine, biological and media experiences blur and hybridise, the distinctions between them are also becoming irrelevant,” said curator of the exhibition and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot.
“The digital and the organic integrally constitute a new primordial pool. What does creativity and storytelling look like if we revel in this new way of being?”
“This year’s expanded New Frontier allows artists to continue pushing the boundaries in telling their stories,” said Sundance »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Here are the five films playing in the New Frontier sidebar. The Better Angels / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: A.J. Edwards) — Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley. World Premiere The Girl from Nagasaki / Germany, U.S.A., Japan, Italy (Director: Michel Comte, Screenwriters: Anne-Marie Mackay, Ayako Yoshida, Michel Comte) — This 3D feature film production of the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly is directed by world-renowned photographer Michel Comte. It's a modern-day tale that starts with the young madame emerging from the ashes of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Cast: Christopher Lee, Sasha Alexander, Michael Wincott, Michael Nyqvist, Robert Evans, Polina Semionova. International Premiere Hit Record On TV / U. »
Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, which specializes in family movies, is expanding its feature-film activities with the goal of financing a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects along with moving into TV and animation.
Anschutz is also revamping the executive suite with David Weil stepping aside as CEO of Anchustz Film Group at the end of the year. Frank Smith, Walden’s longtime general counsel and head of business affairs, will become Walden’s chief operating officer and oversee all aspects of Walden’s operations.
Walden, founded in 2001 by the reclusive financier Anschutz, did not disclose specifics on TV or animation projects.
Walden said it will finance the expansion through a replenishing media fund, backed by Anschutz Film Group, which allows it to not only finance production of feature films, TV series and animated content, but also provide P&A funding and gap financing for select projects.
Walden President and »
- Dave McNary
Longtime general counsel and head of business affairs Frank Smith (pictured) becomes COO of Walden Media, the family producer behind the first three The Chronicles Of Narnia films and the Journey To The Center Of The Earth series.
Walden is supported by a renewable media fund backed by Afg that allows it to finance most third-party features, TV series and animated content as well as invest P&A funding and gap financing in select projects.
The first-look deal with 20th Century Fox remains intact, however Walden is free to partner with any distributors on those projects it co-finances and co-produces with outside partners.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The best film noirs aren't just about the twisted schemes and desires of the characters trying to pull one over, but they instead dig into what drives our behavior and ambitions. And the upcoming Aussie thriller "Swerve" seems to be reaching for those heights. Starring Jason Clarke, Emma Booth and David Lyons, and written and directed by Craig Lahiff, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, and finds a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but is soon caught between a twisted police officer and his femme fatale wife. In this exclusive clip, we see all three leads in a poolside sequence brimming with sex and tension, as Clarke quickly asserts himself as the dominant figure in this trio. "Swerve" opens in limited release this Friday, December 6th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Terrence Malick has let many collaborators into his secretive, creative lair but only a select few have become regulars. But it looks like Hanan Townshend will join folks like production designer Jack Fisk, editor Billy Weber and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the lucky few. The composer has reunited with the filmmaker to score the director's upcoming "Knight of Cups," his second straight gig with Malick after composing the score for "To the Wonder." Of course, little is actually known of the plot, but it will feature in varying capacities (depending on who gets cut or not): Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman and Shea Whigham. But that's not all Townshend is working on. He's also been hired to contribute additional music to the Malick-produced "The Green Glade Rises," which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
July 2014 was supposed to be a huge month for two much-anticipated sequels: Fast and Furious 7 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, in the wake of Paul Walker’s passing and a halted production, it looks that the month will not belong to fast, furious cars, but instead to those damn, dirty apes. And a first trailer for Matt Reeves’ sequel to the 2011 sci-fi thriller should be hitting theatres soon, possibly before the end of 2013.
According to a tweet from Coming Soon, the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now rated and “should be coming soon.” Although Fox has not announced a release date online nor an attachment to any film yet, this is exciting news nonetheless.
It would make sense for Dawn’s trailer to debut in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. First and foremost, that film will have a »
- Jordan Adler
Swerve is as much a “thriller” as turkey bacon is bacon – and if you understand my feelings on bacon, you’ll know that turkey bacon is nothing but a cheap, farcical wannabe. Heading down under for Craig Lahiff’s latest film didn’t provide the exotic joys I wished for, as this imitation Coen brothers crime film fails to create the quirky, tense atmosphere it so reaches for. There’s guns, girls, and shrimp on the barbie, but nothing comes together in a very fun-filled way. This action ride feels like it’s gliding on cruise-control the whole time, with each twist and turn only being a minor speed-bump along the way. Yeah, this thing only goes from about 0 to 25, and takes a while to do so, circling the same track we’ve seen over, and over, and over, and over…you get my Tokyo Drift (So Many Car Puns! »
- Matt Donato
Title: Swerve Director: Craig Lahiff Starring: David Lyons, Emma Booth, Jason Clarke and Travis McMahon It can often be difficult to decipher the motivations and feelings of people you barely know, as their inspirations can be quite different from what you expect. That’s certainly the case for not only the characters’ interactions with each other in the Australian crime dram thriller ‘Swerve,’ from writer-director Craig Lahiff, but also the filmmaker’s intentions for the story. While the actors in the film formed genuine, gripping working relationships that continuously question their characters’ truthfulness, at times Lahiff’s story unfortunately comes across as confusing. ‘Swerve’ follows Colin (David Lyons), a drifter traveling across the [ Read More ]
The post Swerve Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The film follows the character of Colin (played by David Lyons), who happens across a fatal car accident alongside a suitcase full of cash. However, his good deed in informing the local police authorities and passing on the suitcase soon sees him fighting for his survival against the backdrop of the South Australian outback when a crazed cop (the always brilliant Jason Clarke) and his mysterious wife (Emma Booth) try to cover things up and keep the money for themselves.
Check out the first trailer for the crime thriller set for limited release in the Us from the 6th December. It’s already available on DVD in the UK.
Source: The Film Stage
The post First Trailer & Posters For Aussie »
- Craig Hunter
A suitcase full of money, a crooked cop, a femme fatale and plans gone wrong... It sounds like something we've seen before, but with the usually solid Jason Clarke ("Lawless," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Great Gatsby," "White House Down") in the lead, "Swerve" is one we'll definitely be checking out. Co-starring Emma Booth and David Lyons, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, but more importantly, a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but soon he's ensnared in the lives of a twisted police officer, his seductive wife, and as you might guess, he'll probably have to fight for his life. Again, this seems pretty standard but we are intrigued by The Hollywood Reporter review which drops Alfred Hitchcock, the Coen Brothers, James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler as reference points. "Swerve" opens in limited release on December 6th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following breakthrough roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless and The Great Gatsby over the past year (as well as a turn in White House Down), Australian actor Jason Clarke is making quite a name for himself. Next year, we'll see him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before that, audiences can check him out in a thriller called Swerve. The film from down under follows a man (David Lyons) who happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme and pursued by a crooked Cop (Clarke). The film hit festivals in 2011 and 2012, but it's coming to the Us next month, and we have a trailer. Here's the trailer for Craig Lahiff's Swerve via The Film Stage: When »
- Ethan Anderton
Rise of the Planet of the Apes had no right to be as brilliant as it was. An intelligent, moving and incredibly enjoyable science fiction film, it worked as both a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and a reboot of the series.
Today, a series of deleted scenes in animatic form have arrived online via ComicBookMovie, showing the apes wreaking havoc. Thankfully they were deleted as they would have been totally out of place, almost entirely comedic. Check them out here....
A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is to be released next year entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which will find Caesar and his ape companions in a battle with the last few humans. Andy Serkis returns to the cast as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III »
- Gary Collinson
Pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard Jason Clarke’s own Australian accent.
Other than that, not sure there’s much interesting here. A suitcase full of money, a dirty cop, a sexy manipulative woman, a naive sap? Yes, we’ve seen this before…
This one went straight to DVD in the U.K. a full year ago. Maybe I can find some time to give it a look…
- MaryAnn Johanson
Baltasar Kormákur is one of the national treasures of Iceland’s film industry, as a writer, director, producer and actor. His Icelandic films, like 101 Reykjavik and The Deep, often screen at the Toronto International Film Festivals (with the former winning the festival’s Discovery Award in 2000). Kormákur is also a noted actor in his country and appeared in the hit movie Reyjavik-Rotterdam. A few years after starring in that film, Kormákur would direct its American remake, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.
Today, Kormákur moves between big-budget American films and Icelandic projects. He is currently preparing to make Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke, based on the true story about a 1996 disaster on the mountain that killed eight climbers. Until then, Kormákur is celebrating the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his buddy comedy/thriller 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Recently, we sat »
- Jordan Adler
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