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BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Son Of A Gun' Starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander & Brenton Thwaites

17 October 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Films of Andrew Dominik: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

17 October 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Andrew Dominik’s second feature film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is an unmitigated masterpiece.  After testing out his prowess on the fleet, trim Chopper Dominik went for a stately sprawl for his followup and pulled it off with remarkable precision.  A slow, meditative western with a commercially unwieldly title (Brad Pitt reportedly made it part of his deal that the studio wasn’t allowed to abbreviate it)  -  the film was facing an uphill commercial battle from the beginning, despite the starpower of its lead.  Not knowing how to market such a thing, Warner Bros. released Jesse James into a scant 301 theaters in the fall of 2007 to the tune of a $3.9 million domestic gross. Yet, the film lives on in something of an ongoing revival and continues to find an audience through positive word of mouth.  Speaking of platitudes, at this point you’ve »

- Evan Dickson

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National call-out for feature film scripts

16 October 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

ScreenWest has issued a national and international call for scripts to be developed as a debut feature for Western Australian directors.

The aim is to find well-developed projects for each of three directors in the agency.s 2014-15 Feature Navigator initiative.

Mike Hoath, Maziar Lahooti and Robert Forsyth will participate in the innovative development program designed to progress the careers of Wa directors through skills development and identifying and developing a debut feature film project.

Agents, managers, distributors and credited producers are invited to submit scripts to the Feature Navigator directors for their consideration.

.Mike, Maziar and Robert have each shown a huge amount of talent in their short films and other work to date, and have a stand-out command of the directing craft that will certainly lead to a strong debut feature film and ongoing career in the screen industry,. said ScreenWest acting CEO . development, Rikki Lea Bestall.

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- Don Groves

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New on Netflix: October 2014

2 October 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

October has arrived, which means a whole slew of new titles are ready to queue up on Netflix Instant. This month’s highlights in the U.S. include Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Galaxy Quest, Team America: World Police and the first season of the […] »

- Sean

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Brad Pitt Praises Shia Labeouf, Talks Directors and Saying 'No' in Hollywood

30 September 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time," Brad Pitt told GQ in an interview for the magazine's upcoming issue. He went on to say that, "No is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself... To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving." Pitt's self-diagnosed "snobbishness" about directors certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Throughout his career, Pitt has worked with David Fincher (Seven) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) three times apiece, Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) twice, and a slew of other great directors once each, including Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). Additionally, Pitt's selectiveness has led him to starring in director David Ayer's (End of Watch) upcoming film Fury, a World War II tank drama that focuses on a crew of battle-hardened allied soldiers during a mission deep in enemy territory. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn Set for 'True Detective' Season Two

23 September 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

HBO has confirmed two of the four leads in the second season of True Detective. The eight-episode season will revolve around three police officers, one of whom will be played by Vince Vaughn, working with a criminal (Colin Farrell) as they untangle a conspiracy in the wake of a murder.

Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a life-long criminal attempting to shift into honest work when the murder of a business partner threatens his newfound livelihood. Farrell, who confirmed his casting on the show over the weekend, is set to appear as Ray Velcoro, »

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

17 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Tiff Review: 'American Heist' Starring Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen And Jordana Brewster

9 September 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A conversation occurs midway through Sarik Andreasyan’s “American Heist,” in which a thug quotes Thomas Jefferson, his favorite Us president; “The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.” Our mind immediately calls back to Brad Pitt’s closing monologue in “Killing Them Softly” where he singles out the very same Jefferson as a hypocrite, guilty for founding America as a business. Some films have a tendency to comment scathingly on an allegedly corrupt American financial system, dispelling the myth of the American dream with eager cynicism (most especially certain films that call attention to these critiques by including the word ‘American’ in their title. Some, like Andrew Dominik’s exceptionally colloquial piece, artfully unravel the fabric of this culture through intelligent and subtle cinematic means, while others tear into the very same fabric with a blunt instrument, until the viewer is left exasperated. Andreasyan’s film doesn’t waste much time in firmly. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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7 Filmmakers that should give TV a try

8 September 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Richard Linklater

In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.

Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »

- Max Molinaro

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Justin Lin In Talks To Direct 'True Detective' Season 2 Episodes, Rachel McAdams Circling Female Lead

5 September 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After winning huge acclaim and a large viewership with a first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, HBO are close to finalize the second run of Nic Pizzolatto's crime anthology series "True Detective." We know that the setting is moving to California, we know that Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn are circling roles, we know that director Cary Fukunaga likely wasn't returning for the second go-round, and that multiple helmers would be taking his place. We had our own say on who should step in for Fukunaga, and William Friedkin told us he'd had discussions with HBO, while Andrew Dominik was also rumored (but had a conflict via his "Blonde" project). However, it looks like a decision's been made, and it's one that's going to cause a lot of fuss. Deadline reveals that Justin Lin, the man who directed the last four "Fast & Furious" movies, from »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Daily | Fall Festivals and the Zeitgeist

26 August 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

With Venice opening tomorrow, Telluride this weekend and, beginning September 4, Toronto, the "But seriously, folks" fall festival season is finally underway. New York, too, has announced the lineup for its Nyff Convergence program (September 27 and 28). Also in today's roundup of news and views: David Bordwell argues that reading movies as reflections of a presumed zeitgeist is limiting at best; Adrian Martin delves into Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946); Cinema Guild's picked up Lisandro Alonso's Jauja; Hilton Als celebrates Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979); Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is writing a screenplay for a 3D remake of The Shaolin Temple, the 1982 martial arts classic starring Jet Li, for Jason Lin to direct; and more. » - David Hudson »

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Chopper Director To Pen Justin Lin's Shaolin Temple Remake

24 August 2014 11:09 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Andrew Dominik, the New Zealand writer-director of Chopper, Killing Them Softly and the criminally under-seen western The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford will next write the screenplay for Shaolin Temple, the big-budget remake of the 1982 Shaw Brothers classic, for Justin Lin.The Fast And Furious director is currently in production on the latest instalment of The Bourne Identity franchise, but will then turn his attentions to this 3D reinterpretation of the film that debuted the talents of a young Jet Li more than three decades ago. Produced by Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight Pictures, this Chinese co-production has already been tagged as a large scale tentpole release with...

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Andrew Dominik Writing Shaolin Temple

24 August 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Even in the annals of unlikely filmmaker collaborations, we’re not sure anyone would have foreseen Chopper/Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik writing a remake for Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin to direct. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening with Shaolin Temple.Dominik will write the script for the film, which takes as its basis the 1982 movie that launched Jet Li’s screen career. Based on Shaolin folklore, it’s set as the Sui Dynasty ebbs and the Tang Dynasty rises to power. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his most trusted generals, the son of one of his slaves escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu and heads out to stop the traitor.Lin – who is currently focused on TV projects and developing the next instalment in the Bourne franchise – will tackle Shaolin Temple once his duties with Aaron Cross and co. are complete. »

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Andrew Dominik the Writing the Screenplay Justin Lin's 'Shaolin Temple' Remake

23 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sometimes I forget Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) not only directs, but writes his films and now he's preparing to write a script for someone else and it's hardly one you'd expect. Deadline is reporting Dominik will pen the screenplay for a 3D remake of the 1982 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) set to direct. The film tells the story of a slave worker who escapes from the cruel retainers of the emperor of the Tang dynasty. He seeks asylum at the Shaolin Temple and enters the monkhood and trains with the monks. His motivation, however, is far from saintly having promised to use the skill he learns for defense only, he seeks revenge on the man that murdered his father. When the project was announced back in 2014, Perfect Storm Entertainment, CEO Troy Craig Poon, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Killing Them Softly' Director to Write 'Shaolin Temple' Remake

22 August 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filmmaker Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) has signed on to write the screenplay for the Shaolin Temple remake, which has Justin Lin attached to direct.

The original Shaolin Temple, which was released in 1982, marked the feature film debut of Jet Li. The story is set between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty, centering on the son of a Tang emperor slave worker who escapes to the temple to learn kung fu, so he can get revenge on the General who betrayed the emperor. The project was first announced back in January, with Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures backing the 3D project which will likely cost more than $100 million.

After writing and directing Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, this will be the first project that Andrew Dominik will only write and not direct. »

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Script News: Shaolin, Whites, Day, Highmore

22 August 2014 4:23 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Shaolin Temple

Andrew Dominik ("Chopper," "Killing Them Softly") has come onboard to write the Justin Lin-directed China-set 3D feature "Shaolin Temple" for Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures. Troy Craig Poon, Bruno Wu and Wang Changtian are producing.

A remake of the 1982 film which served as Jet Li's screen debut, the story is set in the period between China's Sui and Tang Dynasties. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. [Source: Deadline]

The Whites

Sony Pictures is in negotiations to option the film rights to "Clockers" and "The Wanderers" author Richard Price's upcoming crime novel "The Whites" for Scott Rudin to produce.

The story follows detective Billy Graves, whose tainted past comes back to haunt him when he takes on a »

- Garth Franklin

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Andrew Dominik Writing 'Shaolin Temple' 3D Remake for Justin Lin

22 August 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below! The film unfolds after the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, and one of his slave workers who escapes to the temple decides to train in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This is expected to be pretty »

- Ethan Anderton

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Andrew Dominik Will Script Shaolin Temple, For Justin Lin To Direct

22 August 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In an unlikely but extremely promising match-up, Killing Them Softly writer-director Andrew Dominik has been tapped by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures to pen the script for Shaolin Temple, a martial arts revenge epic which is set to be directed by The Fast and the Furious helmer Justin Lin.

The pic, a remake of the 1982 movie on which martial arts legend Jet Li made his feature debut, is being planned as a big-scale 3D epic with a hefty budget (when it was announced back in January, Shaolin Temple‘s projected budget clocked in at over $100 million). It’s inspired by Shaolin myth and takes place in ancient China, during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty.

As per Deadline: When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Andrew Dominik to Pen Justin Lin’s 3D Shaolin Temple Remake

22 August 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape.  It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay.  The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator.  Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel.  That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off. Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement. When the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Andrew Dominik To Write Justin Lin's 3D Martial Arts Remake Of 'Shaolin Temple'

22 August 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While we await news of Andrew Dominik's "Blonde" starring Jessica Chastain, which is supposed to start filming before the end of the year (more on that in a sec), the filmmaker is taking on another project, and an unlikely one at that. Deadline reports that Dominik has been tapped to pen the script for Justin Lin's 3D remake of Jet Li's 1982 martial arts flick, "The Shaolin Temple." Yes, really. The story follows a lowly slave worker who trains with Shaolin monks and then uses his skills to kill the emperor of the Tang dynasty, a man who murdered his father (and also brutally took over the throne). The plan is to give it the tentpole treatment, with a budget of over $100 million. So...why is Dominik taking this on? We could think of a couple of reasons. The gig probably pays pretty well, but more likely, it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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