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Black Mass, 2015
Directed by Scott Cooper
Based on a true story, Black Mass charts the rise in power of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, beginning in Boston in 1975. His relationship with his Mother and Brother, his murderous Winter Hill gang and his connection to the FBI are all explored before, in 1995, he evades capture becoming one of the most wanted men in America.
On that fateful night in 1995, as James ‘Whitey’ Bulger packed his bags and left Boston, he never knew he’d make it onto the infamous FBI 10 Most Wanted List. Black Mass, the first official cinematic adaptation of the Jimmy Bulger story, unfortunately fails to capture this particular moment. The gangster had the knack to hide undercover for twelve years, after playing both sides by ‘informing’ for the FBI »
- Simon Columb
Stars: Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor, Belinda McClory, Nicholas Hammond, Carmen Duncan, Roger Ward, Suzannah McDonald, Juan Jackson, Stephen Phillips, Glenn Maynard | Written by Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory | Directed by Jon Hewitt
After a civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, Navy Seal Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell), is falsely imprisoned for the crime. But Rick is offered the chance of freedom – all he has to do is enter and survive a deadly game show, which pits him against some of the world’s most ruthless killers in a series of brutal locations. The rules are simple: kill or be killed. Can Rick survive the game, win his freedom and find out why he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit?
- Phil Wheat
Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette; Actor Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass; director Adam McKay will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short; screenwriters Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer will be honored with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight and the animated film Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter will receive the “Hollywood Animation Award.” The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins. Mulligan will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” for her role as Maud »
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Inside Out, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Adam McKay, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer have joined the parade of Oscar contenders set to receive special accolades at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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- Patrick Shanley
As the red carpet rolled out, eager fans lined the barriers ready to scream his name. No, not for Johnny Depp who played the lead role in Black Mass, Sunday's gala at the BFI London Film Festival. The crowds were there for Benedict Cumberbatch, with ear-deafening chants of his name as soon as he stepped out of his car.Black Mass follows the story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), a notorious 1970s Boston gangster who worked with the FBI as an informant to fight the mafia that were invading his turf. He liaised with his friend, FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), who became caught up in his world, while Whitey's brother and Massachusetts State Senator Billy Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) refuses to play a part.Speaking on the red carpet, producer John Lesher had nothing but praise for his ensemble cast. “It’s an embarrassment of riches when you have Johnny, »
Black Mass is a return to form for Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, an actor caught in the wilderness following an Oscar-nominated turn in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003, and its various sequels. His last few films, Transcendence, The Lone Ranger and last year’s dire Mortdecai, have failed to set the box-office alight, and now more than ever, Depp is in need not only a hit, but a great character to display his unbelievable talent as an actor. With the role of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Depp has just that.
Black Mass tells the true story of Bulger, a notorious crime boss who ruled South Boston from the mid-1970s. The brother of a Us senator, here played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Bulger was also a notorious »
- Paul Heath
“Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop (Ewan McGregor) gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) – a gunslinger whose hatred for »
- Scott J. Davis
A new international poster has debuted for the long-troubled western Jane Got A Gun, which you can view below:
Soon to be released after an almost three-year production history, Jane Got A Gun stars Oscar Winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in the title role as “a woman who asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.”
After it’s production and distribution troubles, The Weinstein Company are now behind the film’s release, which is soon to debut in some international territories.
Jane Got A Gun opens in France on November 25th, and is set for a Us release in February with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) directing the film after original helmer Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin) left the film the day before filming was due to start. The film also features Joel Edgerton (The Gift »
- Scott J. Davis
One would look far and wide to find a modern production that fell foul to numerous pitfalls in the manner of Jane Got a Gun. For the longest time, it seemed the troubled Western would never find its way out of development hell, with actor changeovers and the exit of director Lynne Ramsay at the 11th hour threatening to clip the film’s wings before it began in earnest; still, we’ve arrived at a point in time when the bandit thriller is finally nearing a release date, and The Weinstein Company has debuted a brand new poster to prove it.
Placing star Natalie Portman front and center as the titular heroine, the international one-sheet is a stylish, sun-kissed tease of what’s to come from the thriller. Supplanting Ramsay in the director’s chair (was she really in it in the first place?) is Warrior‘s Gavin O’Connor, »
- Michael Briers
While the release date blues continues to play out for the long delayed western "Jane Got A Gun," with the movie now bumped to a 2016 opening with new distributors The Weinstein Company, the picture is gearing up to hit cinemas overseas. Today the first international poster has arrived. Read More: Tiff Review: Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut 'A Tale Of Love And Darkness' Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook star in the movie once set to be helmed by Lynne Ramsay (she exited the day shooting was supposed to begin). After some casting switcheroos and the securing of replacement director Gavin O'Connor, filming resumed on the story of a a woman (Portman) who asks her ex-lover (Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. "Jane Got A Gun" opens in France on November 25th, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of this year’s pleasant surprises was the Joel Edgerton-written and directed Blumhouse thriller, The Gift. It was a film that shocked audiences with its restraint and ability to give genre fans a film with closer ties to Hitchcock than to the slash and dice genre films of today. Following a happily married couple played by Jason Bateman & Rebecca Hall, and “Gordo” (Edgerton) a stranger from the past of Bateman’s character, showing up to help reveal the true nature behind the supposedly friendly husband.
A very entertaining and intense story, the film was a breath of fresh air and for those who missed the film during its theatrical run: things are looking up, with the announcement of the character driven film heading to Digital HD/DVD/Bluray this October 27th, complete with quite a few special features to please supplemental junkies as well.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and »
- Jerry Smith
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, »
Following up Room, it looks like director Lenny Abrahamson will be reteaming with his Frank star Domhnall Gleeson for his next project. The Daily Mail reports they are readying an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ ghost story The Little Stranger to shoot next summer. Set in the 1940’s, it’s said to follow a small-town doctor who treats a family in an 18th century estate. Scripted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl), we’re certainly looking forward to the project.
As we wait for Midnight Special to make its debut next year, director Jeff Nichols is already hard at work on follow-up, Loving. After taking on sci-fi, he’s now doing an historical drama, one which follows Richard and Mildred Loving an interracial couple who got married in 1958 and had to fight to keep their union due to opposition. With Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the lead roles, Variety reports »
- Jordan Raup
Dennis Stock’s iconic portraits of James Dean clearly have personal resonance for photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn, and there’s a charge to the darkroom scenes (a recurrent slo-mo image of a red-light filament illuminating) in this eye-catching real-life drama that promises hidden truths revealed. Sadly, the rest is rather more humdrum, as Robert Pattinson’s convincing shutterbug pursues Dane DeHaan’s too-baby-faced Dean around La and New York, before finally following him to Fairmount, Indiana, where he snaps him playing the conga among the cattle. “He’s the symbol of a new movement or something,” Stock tells his Magnum Photos boss John G Morris (Joel Edgerton), in between musing on the universal appeal of photography (“It’s a good way of saying, ‘I’ve been here, you’ve been here’”) and »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
With the Oscar season very much underway, it’s time for some educated guesses on where the red carpet will lead this year. This page will be your hub for all 21 of the Academy’s feature film categories as we move through the twists and turns of the circuit. Click through on each to see a hearty list of contenders per category with ranked assessments of the various races.
Just remember: An Oscar season is fluid. Things do change, but we’ll be here to track the shifting and sliding as it happens.
With the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals behind us, a number of puzzle pieces are on the table. Intriguingly, the hottest players out of the gate come from indie distributors: Open Road’s “Spotlight” and A24’s “Room.” Both films were popular in Telluride (the former bowing in Venice) before they went into Toronto with a head of steam. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll have been added to the cast of 2016 biopic Loving. The film, inspired by HBO documentary The Loving Story, will tell the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. The two were married in 1958 but were arrested and forced out of their home state due to Virginia’s miscegenation statute in the 1924 Racial Integrity Act. It was this marriage that brought about the Loving vs. Virginia civil rights case in the Supreme Court.
In the film, Shannon will portray the photographer who shot iconic images of the couple for Life magazine, while Kroll is cast as Bernard Cohen – a politician who defended them before the Supreme Court.
Loving is currently shooting principal photography in Virginia, and is directed by Jeff Nichols. This will be the fifth time that Shannon has featured in one of Nichols’ movies. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are cast in the titular roles, »
- Gareth Cartwright
Shannon, who has appeared in all of Nichols’ features up to now, is set to star in the new film which is inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, and follows Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were put on trial in 1958 in Virginia.
Nichols has already assembled an impressive ensemble for the film, with Joel Edgerton (The Gift), and Ruth Negga (World War Z) as the titular couple, alongside Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Nick Kroll (Adult Beginners), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave) already cast.
Loving is currently in production and is set for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
Principal photography has begun on "Loving," writer/director Jeff Nichols' drama about the biracial couple, played by Joel Edgerton and Brit actress Ruth Negga, that sparked the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia. The film is inspired by Nancy Buirski's documentary "The Loving Story." After Richard and Mildred Loving married in June of 1958, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Richard and Mildred would spend the next nine years fighting to get home. New to the cast are Nick Kroll as Bernie Cohen, Jon Bass as Phil Hirschkop, Marton Csokas as Sheriff Brooks, and Bill Camp as Frank Beazley. Michael Shannon will play Life Magazine photographer Grey Villet, marking his fifth collaboration with Nichols, including films "Mud," "Take Shelter" and "Midnight. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Some directors have actors they like to work with in all their films, Mud’s Jeff Nichols has Michael Shannon and he’s keeping the tradition alive with is latest, Loving, which is also adding Nick Kroll.Nichols’ new film is inspired by 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story, in which Nancy Buirski chronicles the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, who married in 1958 in defiance of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. They were arrested and exiled from the state, but that kicked off a landmark civil rights debate that led to a Supreme Court case on the matter that invalidated laws banning interracial marriage.Joel Edgerton is playing Richard, while Ruth Negga is aboard as Mildred. Nichols wrote the script and has already started filming in Richmond, Virginia, with Bill Camp, Marton Csokas and Jon Bass also joining the cast.Loving will mark the fifth collaboration between Nichols and Shannon, »
Inspired by documentary “The Loving Story,” the film centers on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in June 1958. They were arrested, thrown into jail and exiled from the state. For the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.
Shannon will play Grey Villet, the Life Magazine photographer who shot the iconic images of the Lovings in 1965.
CAA is selling domestic rights, with Wild Bunch handling foreign sales.
The film will mark »
- Justin Kroll
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