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The Austin Film Festival is dipping its toe into this year’s award-season waters, saying today it has set writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Loving starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as the fest’s opening-night film October 13. The lineup will also include another title eyeing trophies this fall: The Weinstein Company’s Lion, the Dev Patel-Nicole Kidman movie that is already hitting Toronto and London. Edgerton and Negga star in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving… »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Louisiana Film Prize has announced their 21 finalists for their annual competition. Each of the 21 films will compete at The Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend, taking place September 30-October 2 in Shreveport, La. Each year, the Prize asks filmmakers to create a short film (5-15 minutes), with all production shot in northwest Louisiana.
The Prize reports a record number of film registrations and that 48% of the films were directed by or produced by women or minority filmmakers.
The winner will take home a $50,000 cash grand prize, one of the world’s largest cash prizes for a short film. Aside from the one $50,000 winner, the top Louisiana Film Prize films will receive distribution through Shorts International on iTunes and will also screen at various festivals across the country. The »
- Kate Erbland
The Exhibitor Relations official Twitter account revealed that Sony Pictures has titled Bad Boys 3 as Bad Boys For Life, which will now open January 18th, 2018 instead of the initial June 17th, 2017 release date. The Grey and The A-team director Joe Carnahan is signed on to direct the threequel taking over directing duties from Michael Bay who helmed the last two Bad Boys films.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) August 11, 2016
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are expected to return as the two have starred in the first Bad Boys film in 1995 which grossed a moderate $65 million opening weekend and Bad Boys II with a $46.5 million domestic opening. Smith currently has two projects before Bad Boys For Life, which includes the drama Collateral Beauty and the fantasy/thriller Bright with Suicide Squad director »
- J.B. Casas
Prepare for the ultimate showdown when Jane Got A Gun comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD August 22, and Digital Download on August 15. We’re celebrating the release of this gritty western, starring Oscar © winner Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, by giving you the chance to win a bundle of all-action Blu-rays including […]
The post Win a Jane Got a Gun Blu-ray bundle appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Veteran distribution executive Andy Leyshon has joined Stx Entertainment as U.K. managing director of Stx’s international division.
The hire was announced Friday by David Kosse, president of Stx International. Two-year-old Stx hired Kosse in April to launch the division as part of a strategy to expand distribution of its content.
Leyshon will oversee sales and distribution of Stx content by identifying opportunities, securing partnerships, and maintaining relationships with distributors in the U.K., and overseeing the theatrical and multi-platform release of Stx films.
“I’ve known and worked with Andy for 15 years across two companies,” said Kosse. “He has great taste and a fantastic knowledge of the U.K. market, and he knows how to handle all types of films. I’m tremendously excited that he is joining us and helping build our new distribution business here in London.”
Leyshon’s first initiative will be overseeing sales and »
- Dave McNary
As the UK managing director of Stx’s international division, Leyshon will report to Kosse, with whom he served at Universal and Momentum Pictures.
He will oversee sales and distribution of Stx content and orchestrate theatrical and multi-platform releases. Top of the in-tray will be Nash Edgerton’s untitled action comedy that Stx and Amazon Studios are co-financing.
“I’ve known and worked with Andy for 15 years across two companies,” said Kosse. “He has great taste and a fantastic knowledge of the UK market, and he knows how to handle all types of films. I’m tremendously excited that he is joining us and helping »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Disney and James Ponsoldt (The End of Tour) are teaming up on Wild City, a "CG/live-action hybrid" which "explores the adventures of Los Angeles’ wild animals," according to the Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford. HBO's ordered up another comedy from Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass and an adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves headed up by Natalie Portman and producer Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie). Joel Edgerton is in early talks to join Jennifer Lawrence the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Anthony Mackie is joining John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor in Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's as-yet-untitled film about the 1967 Detroit riots. And we have news of more projects in the works. » - David Hudson »
While Kathryn Bigelow has found her lead for her currently untitled Zero Dark Thirty follow-up, she is still shaping the rest of the cast. Now, Deadline reports, Anthony Mackie has joined the film that charts the Detroit riots of 1967 which lasted over 5 summer days and was one of the most destructive in history. Mackie, re-teaming with the director, reportedly plays a Vietnam veteran who is a key role in the unfolding narrative. Off a script penned by Mark Boal (Zero Dark, The Hurt Locker), the film is said to focus on the discrimination that led to the protests.
This comes with news from Variety that three other roles have been filled by Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, currently in unknown roles. Reynor was recently in Sing Street, while Poulter shared a lot of screen time with Tom Hardy in The Revenant, and O’Toole can be seen next »
- Mike Mazzanti
Prepare for the ultimate showdown when Jane Got A Gun comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD August 22, and Digital Download on August 15. We’re celebrating the release of this gritty western, starring Oscar© winner Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, by giving you the chance to win a bundle of all-action Blu-rays including Sicario, Slow West, 3:10 To Yuma and Out Of The Furnace.
Jane Got A Gun tells the story of Jane Hammond (Portman), a young mother living in a secluded ranch on the vast New Mexico prairie. When her family’s life is threatened by a conniving gang of outlaws led by the nefarious John Bishop (McGregor), Jane is forced to seek help from her former fiancé (Edgerton), now a gunslinger, in order to protect her home. Sequestered at her ranch with a limited stockpile of weapons, Jane must trust her instincts as they await the epic showdown with the Bishops. »
- Gary Collinson
Last year Jennifer Lawrence was circling the lead role in Red Sparrow. A deal must’ve been made because now Joel Edgerton is in talks join her and director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games sequels) on the project. The thriller — which at one point interested David Fincher and Rooney Mara — is based on retired C.I.A. officer Jason Matthews‘ spy novel. Below, learn more about the potential […]
- Jack Giroux
Red Sparrow will take place in modern-day Russia, with Lawrence playing Dominika Egorova, a state intelligence officer coerced into becoming a ‘Sparrow’, a trained seductress who is tasked with operating against CIA agent Nathaniel Nash (Edgerton), who handles the agency’s most important Russian mole.
- Gary Collinson
Tony Sokol Aug 5, 2016
Red Sparrow, the upcoming espionage thriller from The Hunger Games franchise filmmaker Francis Lawrence, has rounded out its lead roles. Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence will be playing a trained seductress and Joel Edgerton will be taking the male lead.
Lawrence will be playing state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, who has been coerced into being trained as a 'Sparrow', which is the spy term for seductress. Edgerton will play a young CIA agent who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.
It's set in modern-day Russia where Dominika has infiltrated the intelligence community as a CIA double agent. »
Frances Lawrence is directing the film which Fox has already dated for Nov. 10, 2017.
The film is based on the Jason Matthews novel of the same name. Justin Haythe re-wrote the script, originally by Eric Warren Singer. Steve Zaillian is producing with Chernin Entertainment and Garrett Basch is exec produer.
The book is set in modern-day Russia in the intelligence bureaucracy with a young woman drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress assigned to operate against a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers fall into a spiral of attraction and deception that results in her leading life as a double agent.
- Dave McNary
While it came as no surprise to hear that Jennifer Lawrence would be taking the lead role in the upcoming thriller Red Sparrow – directed by Hunger Games franchise filmmaker Francis Lawrence – a new, interesting turn of events sees Joel Edgerton circling the position of male lead in that film. The tale is based on the espionage-heavy novel by Jason Matthews, and would see Edgerton engage in high-level drama and seduction with the Academy Award winning actress.
With an initial script by Eric Warren (American Hustle), that has been re-written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), the drama begins in modern-day Russia, where Dominika Egorova is introduced as a state intelligence officer. Egorova is unhappy in her career, because she has been strong-armed into the role of “Sparrow” – which is the term used to denote an agent trained as a “seductress.”
In this role, she is tasked to move against a relatively »
- Sarah Myles
Joel Edgerton is in early talks to join Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel at Fox. Francis Lawrence is directing. Justin Haythe rewrote a script by American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer. Chernin Entertainment is producing with Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch is exec producer. The book is set in contemporary Russia, and state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of… »
Ryan Lambie Aug 5, 2016
A boy with extraordinary powers. Government agents and other sinister forces pursuing the boy and his family across America. Such a story might imply a noisy, aggressive chase thriller, but director Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special offers up something far more thoughtful and intelligent. Sure, there are guns, stunts and some quite breathtaking images courtesy of those otherworldly powers possessed by the young Alton (Jaeden Liberher), but Midnight Special is also as dramatically involved and delicately crafted as Nichols’ earlier movies, which include the superb Take Shelter and Mud.
Midnight Special’s subtlety might explain why, despite its almost universal appreciation from critics, didn’t quite enjoy the box office success it deserved. In a multiplex landscape increasingly dominated by grand spectacle, Nichols’ sci-fi seemed almost »
TNT’s compelling new crime drama “Animal Kingdom” takes on a criminal family, the generations of lost innocence, and a young boy caught in the middle. The series follows Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole) who moves in with the rest of his family, a criminal clan governed by fierce matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin), after the death of his mother. J’s uncles include Barry “Baz” Brown (Scott Speedman), Smurf’s adopted son and robbery leader; Andrew “Pope” Cody (Shawn Hatosy), the mentally disturbed oldest son; Craig Cody (Ben Robson), the party-minded middle son; and Deran Cody (Jake Weary), the closeted youngest son. The series premiered this past June.
Read More: Review: ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 1 Honors the Film, But Lacks the Dynamic That Made It Great
The logline for tonight’s penultimate episode of the season reads, “While the Codys go after the biggest score of their lives, the »
- Vikram Murthi
With the major fall festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — less than a month away, a select group of films, directors and actors have emerged as the leaders of the pack. Much could change in the coming months, but these are the ones to beat.
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- Michael Nordine
Ahead of the release of the awards contender Loving, Joel Edgerton is in early talks to star opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow. The story, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews' espionage novel, follows a Russian intelligence officer (Lawrence) who is ordered against her will to become a "Sparrow," a trained seductress, and to operate against a young CIA agent who handles the agency’s most important Russian mole. Hunger Games helmer Francis Lawrence is reuniting with Jennifer Lawrence for the Chernin Entertainment and Fox film. Steven Zaillian is producing, while Garrett Basch is executive producing. Edgerton, who directed the
- Rebecca Ford
So far, it's been a good year for Jason Bateman. He voiced a sly and charming fox in the animated smash Zootopia, which has earned more than one billion dollars at the box office worldwide. He portrayed a nasty former classmate of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the action comedy Central Intelligence, a more modest yet still quite successful release this summer. As those two roles suggest, Bateman has a wide range as an actor. He can play an affable good guy, as he did on TV's Arrested Development for several seasons, or a multilayered character with an edge, as he showed in Joel Edgerton's terrific suspense drama The Gift last year. What sort of character will Bateman be playing in Office Christmas Party? The first teaser trailer for the holiday comedy has now...
- Peter Martin
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