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Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Foxcatcher (drama; Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo; rated R) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Ya action sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth; rated PG-13) The Last of Robin Hood (drama; Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon; rated R) Son of a Gun (action; Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites; rated R) Faults (thriller; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jon Gries...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Andrew Renzi‘s directorial debut about a third wheel starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Reed Morano‘s relationship testing drama featuring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson, Onur Tukel‘s secret unleashed on the airwaves and Gregory Kohn‘s hallucinatory tale with Eléonore Hendricks topling are part of the American independent offerings at the 14th Tribeca Film Festival. Renzi’s Franny and Morano’s Meadowland will be competing in the dozen selected in the World Narrative Competition while Tukel’s Applesauce and Kohn’s Come Down Molly are among the in the Viewpoints sidebar. Here are the selected titles below sans synopsis.
World Narrative Feature Competition (12)
- Eric Lavallee
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced half of its 2015 slate of 97 feature films, setting a lineup that includes the world premiere of features including James Franco starrer “The Adderall Diaries,” Olivia Wilde-Luke Wilson drama “Meadowland,” Richard Gere topliner “Franny” and “In My Father’s House,” a documentary about Che “Rhymefest” Smith, who recently won an Oscar for co-writing the song “Glory” from “Selma.”
Competitive titles in the dozen-film competition categories for world narrative feature and world documentary feature were among the first batch of 2015 movies that Tribeca announced, as were the 27 films on tap for the non-competitive Viewpoints section, focusing on notable perspectives and voices.
Programmers said the emphasis this year has been on risky films, new visions and talent discovery. Festival director Genna Terranova pointed out that in the past, “Whiplash” writer-director Damian Chazelle premiered his first film at the fest, and four Tribeca alumni made the »
- Gordon Cox
Today, the Tribeca Film Festival made its first major programming announcement for the 2015 edition, following the earlier reveal of opening night film "Live From New York!," by releasing the titles of the films playing in the World Narrative and Documentary competitions, as well as the full Viewpoints section. Included among the crop of films are a whopping 64 world premieres, with titles featuring James Franco, Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Elisabeth Moss and Juno Temple, among others. It's worth noting that the 2015 selection boasts films from 30 female directors -- the highest percentage in the festival's history. Nine of these directors (as well as two screenwriters) are eligible to receive the third annual Nora Ephron Award. In addition, the festival today announced it's partnered with At&T to host free festival screenings on Friday April 24, as part of At&T's "Film for All Friday" series. "We were inspired by and really admire the ambition. »
- Nigel M Smith
Dakota Fanning celebrated her 19th birthday this week and showed new maturity and sensuality in her latest photo spread for Vs magazine. The actress, so often over-sexualized as a teen, is more than ready to step into more mature roles. She shares individual magazine covers with Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Elizabeth Olsen, Freida Pinto and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. They make up the spring/summer 2015 issue’s Dream team. ...Read More »
Stewart will portray a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. After taking the job, Stewart’s character develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class.
Stewart was seen most recently in Julianne Moore’s “Still Alice.” She recently became the first American actress to win a Cesar at France’s most prominent film awards show for her co-starring role in “Cloud of Sils Maria.”
Stewart is repped by Gersh.
The news about Stewart was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
Us distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.
Garrett will continue as Mister Smith’s CEO, and will contribute to Bgp’s green-light committee with Mister Smith as the international sales and distribution arm for Broad Green productions.
Mister Smith will have first right to handle the sales and servicing of Bgp’s films internationally.
The partnership will allow the ambitiously expanding Bgp to acquire worldwide rights on selected feature projects, with Mister Smith selling and servicing international, and gives the latter the ability to offer filmmakers equity and financing for productions.
“The most difficult challenge any rapidly growing company faces is keeping its culture intact as it grows, and David is not only the very best at what he does, he is an incredible person,” said Bgp CEO »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Dakota Fanning's in the hot seat! The actress stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" on Tuesday, where she was grilled during a game of "Plead the Fifth" and "Never Have I Ever Whatsoever." Check out the video above to see what the "Man on Fire" star said about Tom Cruise and which "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star she thinks should get the boot! So who would the blonde beauty like to see off the reality show? "Brandi [Glanville]," Fanning confessed. "She's just a little aggressive for me on the show, I think." Dakota was also grilled about working with the 52-year-old action star and asked what was the weirdest thing he ever did on the set of their movie "War of the Worlds." "Nothing," the 21-year-old admitted, "Honestly, I have nothing odd that he did." But the fun didn't stop there, host Andy Cohen also convinced Fanning and fellow »
- tooFab Staff
Former child star Dakota Fanning is all grown up now, and to celebrate her 21st birthday (and zero arrests to date!) she stopped by the Bravo clubhouse for Watch What Happens Live! Andy Cohen joked that he felt "bad" for "plying her with alcohol," but the newly legal-to-drink star seemed quite capable of handling her booze. Alongside Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality Lisa Rinna, she played "Plead the Fifth" and "Never Have I Ever Whatsoever," and after the show, she even dished on her relationship with the Olsen twins and their little sister! It started when a caller asked the Effie Gray star if she had to pick between Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who would she want as her »
If you ever wondered what would happen if Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret went out for a night on the town and got into all kinds of comical trouble, then you’ll want to check out the latest film by director Julian Jarrold. A Royal Night Out follows the young Queen and her sister as they get a one night leave from Buckingham Palace to celebrate with the common folk in London. The film features the talent Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, and Jack Reynor. Although the film hit some casting hiccups along the way, with people like Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine having been attached, and unattached, to the project at various filming points, this talented cast promises to be a hoot.
While there’s no word as to whether A Royal Night Out will be coming to North American cinemas, »
- Caitlin Marceau
A movie that for a long time seemed stuck in development with folks like Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine, and Jeremy Irvine attached at various points, "A Royal Night Out" eventually rolled in front of cameras with a no less promising ensemble of actors. And the result looks like a pretty frothy little period piece that's a bit of spirited fun. Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots," "Becoming Jane," "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974") directs Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, and Jack Reynor in this comedy that takes place just at the close of World War II, and follows the teenage Princess Margaret and the future queen of England, Elizabeth II as they are granted one night from Buckingham Palace to join a celebrating London. And of course, comedic misadventure follows as they step out of the royal world they've always known »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tomorrow we will be saying good-bye to one of the greatest sitcoms of recent years. Parks and Recreation never dominated in the ratings, but it was able to build a strong following and was loved by the critics (after the shaky first season aired). A lot of that adoration can be attributed to the show’s star Amy Poehler. Poehler was known for her impersonations of Hillary Clinton, Kaitlin the odd little girl who had a fascination with her stepdad, Rick, Dakota Fanning, and morning talk show host Kelly Ripa on the late night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Poehler would leave the popular series in December 2008 to begin working on Parks and Recreation, which would begin airing the following spring. Poehler has devoted her time to making us laugh every week on the NBC series for the last seven seasons. Before we wish the series a fond farewell, »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Director: Richard Laxton
Running time: 108 minutes
The film is based on a true story, a marriage and its consequences that shocked Victorian society. For a woman to consider herself unhappy enough to leave her husband, and not just leave but fight to have their marriage annulled on legal terms, was simply unheard of in that era and yet the film doesn’t seem to be interested in pursuing this angle. Rather than delve into the social and personal reverberations of such a decision, Laxton instead plants his film largely in the growing distance between this husband and wife pairing. Unfortunately, the telling is nothing we haven’t »
- Victoria Bull
"I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story."
Tom Rosenberg, CEO of production company Lakeshore Entertainment, added: "Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
The film follows Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, »
Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut in Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming American Pastoral. McGregor will star with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth. Here's what Lakeshore Entertainment CEO Tom Rosenberg had to say in a statement.
"Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
Ewan McGregor had this to say in his own statement.
"It's a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Philip Roth's astounding novel American Pastoral. I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell and in this script I knew I had found that story. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being »
As of last fall, Salt director Phillip Noyce was still slated to direct the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth. However, since Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning joined the project last fall, it sounds like Noyce fell away from the project. Because now Deadline reports Ewan McGregor, who was already on board to lead the film, is now set to make his directorial debut with production slated to begin in September in Pittsburgh. Noyce had been trying to get this project off the ground for more than a decade, so it must have taken something pretty drastic to draw him away. The report notes that Fisher Stevens was courted at one point to direct the film, but clearly that didn't work out. McGregor leads the story as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Ewan McGregor (Son of a Gun, Moulin Rouge) is set to make his directorial debut this year with an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral with Lakeshore Entertainment. The film, which is set to be released next year, will see McGregor also co-starring alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Dakota Fanning (Night Moves).
Lakeshore’s CEO Tom Rosenburg said this today after the announcement: “Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral.”
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel American Pastoral.”, adds McGregor. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell and in this script I »
- Scott J. Davis
What does a handsome Scotsman know about a Jewish war veteran trying to keep his family together during the political turbulence of the late '60s? We'll find out soon enough, as Ewan McGregor has been tapped to make his directorial debut with the film adaptation of Phillip Roth's American Pastoral. McGregor was already set to star in the film, alongside Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Dakota Fanning as his daughter, and his penis as his penis. »
- Nate Jones
Production on American Pastoral is set to commence in September in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, on the story of an East Coast immigrant during the Vietnam War era whose daughter becomes a radical anti-war protestor.
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral,” said Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, who is producing with Gary Lucchesi.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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