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Harry Potter star to present two films at festival.
Inspired by real events, Radcliffe plays a young FBI agent who goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. Lionsgate Premiere is releasing the movie in the Us.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Amy Adams is getting out of the psych ward, or at least her character is in her new project, “Sharp Objects.” HBO has teamed up with the star for a new series based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. If Flynn’s name rings a few bells it’s likely because she also penned another successful book-to-film project: 2014 thriller “Gone Girl.” For this adaptation, HBO is foregoing the big screen in favor of a short, eight-episode series. The project will find a reporter recently discharged from a short stay in a psychiatric hospital, returning to her hometown to investigate the mysterious murder of two local, pre-teen girls. Adams, who will play the lead, is the only name currently attached to the project, but Firefly Casting is stocking additional roles as the production’s start date nears. While no shooting locations have been announced, filming will begin »
Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What was the best film of summer 2016?
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Rolling Stone
Gosh, where to start! It’s been a banner summer if, like me, you enjoy submerging yourself in vast unending ocean of incomprehensible bullshit at the movies. There was “Suicide Squad,” which is to plot structure what the Elephant Man is to facial bone structure. Loved me some “X-Men: Apocalypse,” an epic battle between an uncomfortable-looking ensemble of interesting-to-talented actors and a script intent on turning them all into cardboard cutouts. “The Shallows” was fun in the way that completing the maze on the back of a cereal box is fun, »
- David Ehrlich
Over the last decade, a lot of great actors and actresses have emerged as truly special modern talents. There are a handful of these performers that we can almost always count on to deliver truly great performances. But is there a way to determine who is the most consistent? Well, a new study at least tried to, and the results are very interesting.
The study was done by Medium and aimed to see which actors consistently appeared in the highest-rated movies. The site used data from the Taste movie app, which features ratings of movies to gather their data. As for the criteria? The time period was from 2006 to 2016, and the actor or actress had to have appeared in at least 5 movies during that time period, and had to have a leading or major supporting role in those movies. Here is how they did their calculations.
"After rounding up these actors, »
Santa Monica, CA (August 16, 2016) – Golden Globe® Nominee Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter franchise) star in the “bold and original” (Chicago Sun-Times) Swiss Army Man, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital), October 4 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as Daniels) in their feature film debut, the “wild and inventive” (The Huffington Post) storyfinds a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s directing award and a New York Times Critics’ Pick, Swiss Army Man also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) and features music by Manchester Orchestra members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. »
- ComicMix Staff
TheWrap casts the roles of Dean Strang, Steven Avery and Ken Kratz if the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” ever became a movie. Pilou Asbaek As Steven Avery The “Game of Thrones” actor’s beard is a perfect fit for the role of Steven Avery. While he hasn’t played a Wisconsinite before — if he can adopt a “Got” accent, he can do anything. Paul Dano As Brendan Dassey The “Love and Mercy” actor, while 15 years older than Dassey was around the time of Teresa Halbach’s murder, is our pick to play Avery’s nephew. In “Prisoners,” Dano plays »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Hejl
“Suicide Squad” is a movie so spectacularly awful that it’s tempting to see it as a malignant singularity. But in the context of a summer that’s produced a nearly unbroken string of lackluster-at-best blockbusters, it looks more like a perfect storm, the product of everything that’s wrong with studio filmmaking happening at the same time. Like the movie’s “Team X,” which gathers together the world’s most notorious criminals, “Suicide Squad” is the worst of the worst — but it’s not alone, and that makes it indicative of a larger problem.
As Kim Masters points out in her account of the movie’s troubled production in The Hollywood Reporter, the tempestuous backstory “barely stands out in today’s landscape.” Perhaps more alarming than Warner Bros.’ last-ditch attempts to salvage “Suicide Squad” are all the similarly uninspired summer tentpoles that apparently failed to set off alarm bells. »
- Sam Adams
The thriller was published earlier this year and centers on a popular high school student named Natasha. She’s discovered by a dog-walker, apparently drowned in a freezing river and dead for 13 minutes before starting to breathe again.
Natasha had been the leader of the Barbies, but the other group members are now cool to her. She also begins seeing patterns of 13.
Schwartz and Savage, who created The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” are on board to write the adaptation and produce through their Fake Empire company. De Luca Productions’ executive Lucy Kitada is executive producing along with Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski.
- Dave McNary
Following this summer’s Swiss Army Man and after currently taking a part in Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming Okja, Paul Dano is gearing up for his directorial debut Wildlife, Variety reports. The script, penned by Zoe Kazan and Dano himself, is adapted from the 1990 coming-of-age novel by Richard Ford, following a boy who watches his parents marriage unravel after a move. The couple have previously worked together in an acting capacity on Ruby Sparks, but it seems unlikely either will act in Wildlife. It is being produced, along with Dano, by Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark. There is no word yet on when it will begin production.
Staying in the indie world, Cedar Rapids and Youth in Revolt director Miguel Arteta‘s next film is Beatriz at Dinner and he has added three new cast members. Deadline reports Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek, and Jay Duplass have joined John Lithgow, »
- Mike Mazzanti
For an actor, stepping behind the camera can be a vulnerable enterprise, and that weight of expectation to deliver only increases if they’re taking on a literary work to adapt. John Krasinski gave it a whirl with David Foster Wallace, James Franco continues to chase the works of big authors to bring to the arthouse, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Emboldened, perhaps, by the life-affirming message of “Swiss Army Man,” Paul Dano is set to go behind the camera for the first time. The actor will make his directorial debut with “Wildlife,” an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel that Dano has co-written along with Zoe Kazan.
Neither actor is expected to appear onscreen in the film, reports Variety. “Wildlife” tells of a teenager named Joe Brinson whose parents’ marriage slowly dissolves after the family moves to Montana in 1960. Dano and Kazan have been in a relationship since 2007 and co-starred in “Ruby Sparks” (which Kazan wrote solo) together four years ago. Kazan’s recent credits include “Our Brand Is Crisis” and the South by Southwest premiere “My Blind Brother,” while Dano has been seen in “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners” and “Love & Mercy.”
- Michael Nordine
Based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, the story follows a teenage boy in 1960 who watches his parents' marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The narrator of the book is a teenage boy who watches his parents’ marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana. ”In the fall of 1960, when I was 16 and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him,” the book begins.
Neither Dano nor Kazan are expected to act in “Wildlife.” Dano’s credits include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Love & Mercy” and “Swiss Army Man.” He’s currently in production on “Okja” with “Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho.
- Dave McNary
The release date has been set for September 30 - the film’s first international opening - but further details of the collaboration are being kept under wraps for now.
A24 initially picked up North American rights in Sundance and in April announced that it would be releasing the film worldwide, teaming up with distributors and platforms to market and release the film in individual markets.
The adventure comedy follows castaway Hank (Dano) who encounters a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) when it washes up on shore. The pair become friends, embarking on a journey to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Exclusive: The edgy distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Justin Tipping’s coming-of-age drama and winner of the best cinematography in a Us narrative feature prize at Tribeca.
Tipping makes his feature directorial debut and is regarded as one of the independent and festival space’s hot emerging talents after his Student Academy 2012 bronze medal- winning short Nani and Swimming In Air earned plaudits.
Kicks tells the story of a 15-year-old boy who enlists a friend to undertake a dangerous mission through Oakland, California, to recover his stolen Air Jordans sneakers.
“Kicks is an accomplished first feature and will resonate with Canadian film lovers,” said Michael Robson, senior vice-president of acquisitions and business development for D Films. “The film boasts breakout performances from a mostly unknown cast and is a perfect complement to D Films’ roster of titles »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Being a child star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time can't be an easy feat. However, Daniel Radcliffe, who most may know as Harry Potter, has made bold and beautiful decisions after playing the famous wizard for a decade.
Today, Daniel turns twenty-seven, and we want to celebrate the last five years in which he's put away his wand, and instead has dazzled us in new and exciting ways that we honestly never could have anticipated. A young actor who keeps surprising us with his role choice - as in his latest film, Swiss Army Man, where he literally plays a corpse - Radcliffe has cast his own magical spell on us, and we've been entranced ever since we »
- Adriana Floridia
These reviews could fit in a tweet. Presented to assuage Nathaniel's guilt from not having properly reviewed them when they arrived, though he sometimes dropped hints of his feelings in other contexts.
Review: Wobbly start, Self sabotaging end. But, Oh!, those imaginative mental heights in the middle.
Grade: Middle Hour: A- / The Rest: C+
Story: An account of the long working relationship between famed editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and one of his literary finds Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Let us not mention the women (Nicole Kidman, The Lovely Laura Linney) lest we rage again at the terrible gender politics
Review: The work of an editor is shape & rhythm, so why is a film about a great one lumpy and lead-footed? »
- NATHANIEL R
Now that “Swiss Army Man” has considerably raised the collective cachet of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (known together as Daniels), one of their earlier works is being brought to greater attention. “Possibilia” first premiered at Tribeca in 2014 before being spotlighted as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers the next year, and now the “interactive love story set in the multiverse” is set to be released online. Watch its trailer below.
Alex Karpovsky (“Girls,” “Red Flag,” “Hail Caesar!”) and Zoe Jarman (“The Office,” “Modern Family”) star as a couple on the verge of breaking up. Per the official synopsis, “the viewer is able to slide between these possible outcomes even as they multiply, following the couple in the kitchen or the living room, in a raucous fight or tender embrace. Eventually the storyline fragments »
- Michael Nordine
Netflix has released a first look image from Okja, the new film from director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer), which features Tilda Swinton (Nancy Mirando) and Giancarlo Esposito (Frank Dawson) shooting on location in New York City.
Okja stars Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Southpaw) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Okja is set to premiere on Netflix and theatrically in 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Being aligned for release at some point next year, Joon-ho’s latest creative venture is in active production across the world as the South Korean filmmaker goes about capturing his “bold, global adventure.” He’s assembled an all-star cast to do so, too, and today’s first look image sheds light on Tilda Swinton and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito.
Attached to play the part of Nancy Mirando and Frank Dawson, respectively, this image is taken on the streets of the Big Apple, and it’s a safe bet that Swinton and Esposito will play pawns of a devious, multi-national company. You see, channeling the larger-than-life spirit of The Host – also a Joon-ho joint – the filmmaker’s latest work chronicles the extraordinary story »
- Michael Briers
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