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We've had a look at Johnny Depp's baldy visage in an early poster and a trailer for upcoming crime drama Black Mass. Now it's time for this Boston crim, hardly known for his collaborative spirit, to share the limelight with a few of his fellow characters. In a movie in which little will be black and white, there's some serious shades of grey among this lot.With Out Of The Furnace’s Scott Cooper directing, Black Mass tells the story of Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him. Bulger fled in 1994, was captured in 2011 in California and has since been sentenced to two consecutive life »
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
“Midnight Special,” which reteams Shannon with “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, also stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. The film marks the first studio project for Nichols, who directed from his own script.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
“Midnight Special” will open against Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1,” TriStar’s “Miracles From Heaven” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”
- Dave McNary
We expected this was coming, we were just waiting for the announcement. Our friends at ERCBoxoffice have confirmed that Warner Bros is delaying Jeff Nichols' big studio sci-fi movie Midnight Special until March of 2016. It was originally scheduled for release on Thanksgiving, November 25th, later this fall. The film is finished and has been test screening all year along, with reports that it needs some additional work surfacing across the internet. Jeff Nichols' (pictured above) Midnight Special, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, will now open on March 18th, 2016 next year. Jeff Nichols' (Mud) Midnight Special is taking the slow train--pushed back 4 months to Mar. 18, 2016.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) July 28, 2015 Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special was being billed as more of a family film, and it certainly has that sounds to it. In an interview Nichols explained the origin of the idea behind »
- Alex Billington
Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, and Black Mass, a Seventies-era crime drama about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), are among the first crop of movies announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
The Martian — based on the bestseller by Andy Weir — will make its world premiere at Tiff. It stars Damon as an astronaut left to fend for himself on the red planet after being separated from his crew in their attempt to flee Mars amidst a storm. »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
Warner Bros had dated Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for November 25 but has now pushed the pic to March 18, 2016. The pic stars Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard and centers on a father and his 8-year old who go on the run when dad realizes the boy has some kind of special powers. This is indie stalwart Nichols’ first studio pic after the Indie Spirit-winning Mud, the Cannes-winning Take Shelter and Shotgun Storie… »
With the Venice Film Festival slowly confirming its line-up for this year’s 72nd festival, news has come via Variety that Warner Bros. Pictures’ crime drama Black Mass is to have its world premiere out of competition.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Black Mass stars Johnny Depp (Public Enemies) as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger alongside a stellar cast including Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Adam Scott (The Overnight), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Kevin Bacon (Cop Car).
See Also: Watch the new trailer for Black Mass
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »
- Scott J. Davis
Universal is giving "Jem and the Holograms" fans a chance to appear in the upcoming teen-musical fantasy. Winners of this digital casting call will be selected based on "Jem"-inspired videos posted on social channels like YouTube.
The 'Star in Jem' contest is inviting anyone to post multiple videos of themselves singing or dancing to one of the songs from the movie (after downloading music from the site). For actors, the studio is looking for testimonials addressed to the fictional Jem about "how she has given you courage to be yourself." [Source: Variety]
The series launched this spring to just 430,000 total viewers and mixed reviews, and it failed to pick up an Emmy nomination. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Read More: Watch: Johnny Depp Turns Cold-Blooded Mob Boss In The New Trailer For Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’ Just days after the New York Film Festival lined up the world premiere of Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," the fall film festival circuit continues to take shape thanks to the 72nd Venice Film Festival, which has secured the world premiere of Scott Cooper's "Black Mass." The Johnny Depp-starring drama will screen out-of-competition. Based on the book of the same name by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, the drama stars Depp as notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who became an FBI informant to eliminate criminal competition from the '70s to the early '90s. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, among many others. The film will be released on September 18. The Venice Film Festival runs September 2-12. As previously announced, »
- Zack Sharf
Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which tells the true story of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) on September 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
Johnny Depp stars as Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Jesse Plemons (Paul) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).
Edgerton plays an FBI agent who forms an alliance with Bulger in an attempt to take down their mutual rival the Italian mob.
Producers are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
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As it turns out, those early reports were correct. Today, the Biennale di Venezia announced the out-of-competition world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated drama "Black Mass," directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart," "Out of the Furnace") at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. The mobster drama stars Johnny Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, along with an ensemble cast that features Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon. "Black Mass" makes the second out of competition film announced in Vence after "Everest," the opening night film. Read More: The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals "Black Mass" will be screened on Friday September 4th 2015 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido. Directed by Alberto Barbera and »
- Rodrigo Perez
Venice Film Festival organizers today announced that Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring biopic of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will get its world premiere out of competition at this year’s fest. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon. The film will screen September 4 in the Sala Grande. Venice’s dates this year are… »
“Black Mass” will screen on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Sala Grande venue in the Lido’s Palazzo del Cinema.
“Black Mass,” which Warner Bros. will release in the U.S. on Sept. 18, is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. The Italian release is scheduled for Oct. 1.
- Nick Vivarelli
Who's the real creep in the well-reviewed thriller The Gift, out August 7? Is it Gordo (played by writer-director Joel Edgerton), the high-school acquaintance who runs into well-heeled married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) at the mall and then keeps showing up at their glamorous Hollywood Hills house uninvited? Or is it secretly Simon, who shows flashes of cold, smug-creep indifference in this exclusive scene, where he finally tries to break things off with Gordo as his more sympathetic wife looks on? Whoever the creep may be, there's certainly something long buried between both men that Simon would prefer to keep in the ground, but as Gordo's continued unwelcome gifts will make clear, he's not going away that easily. The friend breakup: always so tricky to pull off! »
- Kyle Buchanan
It goes without saying that the impact of social media is a constantly changing, organic experience. You may communicate with someone who lives minutes from your door more virtually than in person. Families keep in closer touch with each other and friendships are fostered across thousands of miles with often up to the minute updates. And, for better or worse, people who decades ago would have faded from your life are still able to find you. Yes, you can’t hide from your High School graduating class anymore. If one former classmate finds you that means another 100 can and the social pressures of accepting or declining a connection make the latter choice a rare event. But what if you had purposefully avoided everyone from that period of your life? Should that give your partner pause? That would be somewhat strange, no? It’s a question deftly explored in the new drama “The Gift. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marking the feature-film directing debut of actor Joel Edgerton (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Warrior”), “The Gift” is a brilliantly bleak chiller, a horror film that simultaneously feels like it could go almost anywhere while still ending in a way that feels utterly ordained by everything that’s gone before. It’s a grim bit of business, but it’s also loaded with the kind of laughter that you need when you’re scared, like the vent on a pressure cooker. The story revolves around just three people, but it draws their world around them with exquisite detail and then as tight as a noose. »
- James Rocchi
The sins of the high-school cafeteria come home to roost in “The Gift,” a coolly unsettling thriller that begins as an unironic homage to late-’80s/early-’90s yuppies-in-peril dramas like “Fatal Attraction” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” before taking a turn toward the moral and existential minefield of Michael Haneke’s “Cache.” A modest but accomplished directing debut for actor and screenwriter Joel Edgerton (who also gives himself a plum role here), “The Gift” is a more psychological, slow-burn genre exercise than the psycho-stalker shocker it’s being sold as by Diy horror specialists Blumhouse and Robert Simonds’ newly launched Stx Entertainment. But some supremely effective chills and good word of mouth could spell sleeper success for this Aug. 7 opener.
To an extent, “The Gift” functions as a riff on what might be Edgerton’s pet theme — that of an ordinary man undone by a little white »
- Scott Foundas
The dog days soon will be upon us, and with them the dregs of American cinema dumped unceremoniously into the local multiplex. But you could do a lot worse than The Gift, a creepy, crafty throwback to early ’90s stalker thrillers like Pacific Heights, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female and Unlawful Entry. Taken on its own undemanding terms and considered within its not very original framework, Joel Edgerton’s feature-length directorial debut is a pleasant — or pleasantly unpleasant — surprise, hitting its genre marks in brisk, unfussy fashion and raising a few hairs on the
- Jon Frosch
Marvel's First Family must come together to stop the maniacal Doom in a new TV spot for 20th Century Fox's superhero reboot Fantastic Four, arriving in theaters nationwide August 7. These new scenes highlight the "clobbering" power of The Thing (Jamie Bell), as he literally rips off the top of a massive military tank. We also see Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) tells this super-powered quartet that they have to work as a team to stop the evil Doom (Toby Kebbell).
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The superhero movie is adapted from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, »
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