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One of the many projects Guillermo del Toro has moving forward is a TV version of The Strain, based on the trilogy of vampire novels he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. FX has ordered a pilot episode and we have news of three more additions to the cast.
As previously reported, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) has been cast in the lead role, and Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution) will also be joining him. Stoll will be playing Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, while Durand is taking on the part of “a second-generation Ukranian-American, a once-solitary rat exterminator who eagerly joins the war against vampires who have invaded New York.”
- Jonathan James
Two more names have signed on to appear in the upcoming FX adaptation of the Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan vampire opus The Strain. Read on for the details surrounding the latest additions, who happen to know a few things about changing the course of history.
THR reports that Titanic's Jonathan Hyde (pictured) and Inglourious Basterds' Richard Sammel have boarded the television project. Hyde will portray the series regular role of Eldritch Palmer, an elderly tycoon who's the third-richest man in the world who has been an invalid since childhood. Though his life-long fight against his frail body, he's developed a relentless drive to attain immortality by any means necessary.
Sammel, meanwhile, will play Thomas Eichorst, a mysterious figure from Professor Abraham Setrakian's past whose re-emergence in New York is not a coincidence. (The role of Setrakian has yet to be cast.) They join the previously announced Corey Stoll, »
- Uncle Creepy
It seems to be a trend with movies, most recently I’ve noticed it with Star Trek Into Darkness, but movies have started to move their dates up to Wednesday instead of the traditional Friday to capitalize on their opening weekend. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the latest to take advantage of the trend.
According to book author, Cassandra Clare on her Tumblr, the release date has been moved up to August 21, and she’s thrilled about it.
I’m really excited because it means the fans will get to see the movie earlier! It also reflects a lot of confidence in the film on the part of the studio to move it to a Wednesday release date so I’m really excited about that, too.
- Jess Orso
Jonathan Hyde and Richard Sammel have joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain. The former has appeared in films like The Mummy and Anaconda. Sammel, meanwhile, was spotted taking a baseball bat to the side of his head in Inglourious Basterds.
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Those fascinated, angered and equally disturbed by Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger’s acclaimed trio of Paradise Lost documentaries, as well as Amy Berg’s recent West Of Memphis, may be intrigued to see how fact-based crime biopic Devil’S Knot plays out. The film, directed by Atom Egoyan, is based on the same-titled book by Mara Leveritt, centring on the harrowing case of the three young boys murdered in Arkansas, 1993 and the subsequent controversial incarceration of the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.).
The official first image of the true-crime thriller features Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch (who was one of the three children so brutally butchered) alongside Alessandro Nivola as Terry Hobbs, her husband and Steve’s stepfather. The film also stars Colin Firth, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer and Elias Koteas.
- Craig Hunter
Corey Stoll ("House of Cards") is already set to star as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Maestro will play his colleague and lover Dr. Nora Martinez in the series about a mysterious viral outbreak that turns people into vampires. Kevin Durand (who played Martin Keamy on "Lost") is also in the cast as Vasily Fet, an exterminator turned eager vampire slayer.
Although only in the pilot stage right now, FX is expected to order 13 episodes of the series which is also executive produced by Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"). Del Toro will direct the pilot and co-wrote the script with Hogan.
Two pieces of casting news to share... Mia Maestro has been cast to play opposite Corey Stoll in The Strain, the upcoming horror series in development at FX based on the novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro is directing the pilot. Maestro is also joining Kevin Durand, who was cast in the pilot last month. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) is acting as showrunner.
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Fruitvale Station, 2013.
Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler.
The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Ryan Coogler's directorial debut was a favourite at the Sundance Festival, and deservedly so. It is a stunning piece of narrative that tells the true story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident of San Francisco, and his final New Year's Eve.
The film's opening scene is shot on a phone and shows a group of unidentified men being detained by police officers on a station platform. The scene is brutal, shocking and nothing we haven't seen or read about before.
Next we see Oscar in his room with girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz). His amorous advances come to nothing, »
- Flickering Myth
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Occasionally Cannes will follow the trend set by Sundance, and cherry-pick a couple of the American festival’s biggest successes to add to its own competitions. Last year the exceptional Beasts Of The Southern Wild followed that path, and this year, the pleasure goes to Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which picked up a lot of heat at Sundance, and which will benefit from the critical reception from this screening in Cannes, if the early responses are anything to go by, when it gets a release.
Projects like this deserve the attention that can come from successful associations with grand old institutes like Cannes, and it’s a distinct pleasure to see this kind of film in competition alongside some major established talents.
- Simon Gallagher
A long, long time ago, before Chris Pine was Captain Kirk, he had a very different kind of role; one of the three psychotic Tremor Brothers (alongside Kevin Durand and Maury Sterling), "Mad Max"-like neo-Nazis who stole the show in Joe Carnahan's fun-on-paper, less-so-in-practice "Smokin' Aces." The film didn't make much of an impact, and many forget that Pine was even in, but he clearly made an impression on the director; Carnahan wanted to cast Pine alongside George Clooney in his film version of James Ellroy's "White Jazz" (and in his Escobar movie "Killing Pablo") only to be foiled when Pine was cast in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot. Neither of Carnahan's pictures ever came together, but with the filmmaker coming off the strong reviews of "The Grey," and Pine about to top up his stardom with this week's "Star Trek Into Darkness," the two are finally set to reteam, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
I have no idea why you would debut a trailer on a Friday night, but that's exactly what the Weinstein Co. did with their Fruitvale Station trailer so I decided to just hold off and make it a first priority this Monday morning as I am currently flying somewhere over the middle of the U.S. on my way to Cannes where I will be seeing Fruitvale this Thursday, May 16. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival and will play the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes this year. The film stars Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who loved his friends, was generous to strangers, and had a hard time telling the truth to the mother of his beautiful daughter. Oscar was scared and courageous and charming and raw, »
- Brad Brevet
Debuting at Sundance at the start of the year, Fruitvale Station – then screening under the name Fruitvale – instantly became a contender for the awards season at the end of the year, only further bolstered by its acquisition by The Weinstein Company.
Based on a true story, the film was initially expected to be released in the height of the awards season in October this year, but was shifted to a summer release in a surprise move from TWC. With the film heading to Cannes this month, and its July Us release date not far off, the powerful first trailer has debuted over on Yahoo Movies.
Oscar Grant was a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who loved his friends, was generous to strangers, and had a hard time telling the truth to the mother of his beautiful daughter. He was scared and courageous and charming and raw, and as human as the community he was part of. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Written and directed by debutant Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is the Sundance Award-winning true-life drama starring rising actor Michael B. Jordan. The Chronicle co-star headlines as Oscar Grant, a 22 year-old man about to celebrate the New Year, and who is desperate to be a better father to his young daughter. However, what happened on that fateful day in Oakland, California, brought shame on the city and local Police Force following the shocking events captured on digital cameras and cell phones.
Check out the first trailer, poster and official plot synopsis below:
This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, »
- Craig Hunter
With its tough, true-life subject matter, writer/director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station proved to be a huge hit at Sundance this year, scoring both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Now we can all get a look at what moved people to such a degree as the trailer arrives via Yahoo.Fruitvale Station stars Chronicle’s Michael B. Jordon as Oscar, a 22-year-old man in San Francisco’s Bay Area just trying to make his way in the world. With a young daughter to support and a loving partner in Melonie Diaz’s Sophina, Oscar’s life slowly seems to be turning around.Yet he’s hardly an angel: he’s got a criminal past and is having trouble finding work. And when he and Sophina head out to celebrate New Year’s, his train ride turns terrifying…With the likes Of Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, »
That chunk o’hunk, Ryan Reynolds proves he’s not afraid to cry. Or wear a hat. At least in this first image from the upcoming thriller, Queen Of The Night he isn’t. The latest from director Atom Egoyan tells the story of a grieving father struggling to come to terms with the fate of his missing daughter. Reynolds is joined by Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Kevin Durand.
From the looks of this photo, it might turn out to be…well, a bit of a spoiler. Scope it out below, then judge for yourself after reading the film’s official synopsis:
In Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, Queen Of The Night, Ryan Reynolds plays Matthew, the father of an abducted child, Cass. Eight years after his daughter’s abduction, a series of disturbing clues surface, convincing Matthew that Cass, now 17, is still alive. In a terrifying race against time, »
- Gem Seddon
The first trailer for writer-director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station has debuted, giving us an intense depiction of a deadly night in Oakland, Calif. The Weinstein Company looks to have another winner on their hands with this based-on-true-events crime drama. Fruitvale Station, slated for a July 12 limited release, bowed at the Sundance Film Festival in January to much critical excitement (read our review). Starring Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights), Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand (Lost) and Chad Michael Murray, the film centres on Oscar (Michael B. Jordan), a young man in the San Francisco Bay area who encounters friends, family, enemies and strangers on New Years Eve. Watch the trailer below.
Fruitvale Station Trailer. Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale Station (2013) movie trailer stars Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Ahna O’Reilly. Fruitvale Station‘s plot synopsis: “This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and [...]
Continue reading: Fruitvale Station (2013) Movie Trailer: Tragic Story Brought to Life »
- Rollo Tomasi
Coming to select theaters on July 12 is the critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station. Based on a true story, Michael B. Jordan stars as a 22-year-old Bay Area resident that wakes up one morning to set his life straight. He hopes to reconnect with his mother and the girlfriend he hasn't been completely truthful with. As he sets out on his journey, he realizes change is going to come hard. But on this fateful New Year's Day, he is shot in cold blood by a Bart officer outside of the Fruitvale subway station. His tragic death shakes the Bay Area, and the entire nation, to its very core. Watch the first trailer from Fruitvale Station, which also stars Chad Michael Murray, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Durand.
Fruitvale Station Trailer
A new trailer has been released for Fruitvale Station.
The killing of Grant was captured by various digital videos and cell phone cameras, which made it to the internet and subsequently sparked outrage and protests.
Jordan previously starred in Chronicle, and can be seen next in Are We Officially Dating?.
Fruitvale Station is out on limited release in the Us on July 13. No UK release date has been confirmed. »
We've seen Instruments of Good and Evil so far, and now it's time for the reveal of an Instrument of Chaos in this latest character poster for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Check out Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn.
Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Elyas M'Barek, Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jemima West, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, and Jamie Campbell Bower star in the film helmed by Harald Zwart. Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King wrote the script.
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle »
- The Woman In Black
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