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When his late friends’ daughter Olivia resurfaces with a new husband and a baby on the way, Franny tries to overcome his emotional and physical suffering by inserting himself into their lives. Outrageously charming and limitlessly infuriating, Franny hands his young friends undreamt-of opportunities while attempting to micromanage their lives in ever more intrusive ways.
A bravura portrait of a larger-than-life personality in crisis, the film is writer-director Andrew Renzi’s debut feature film.
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- Michelle McCue
The first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Andrew Renzi’s upcoming drama The Benefactor which stars Richard Gere as a philanthropist who in an attempt to relive his past, meddles in the lives of newly-married couples. The film, originally titled Franny, premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and also stars Dakota Fanning and Theo James. Check it out here…
The Benefactor is set for release on February 29th in the UK.
- Amie Cranswick
Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the first trailer for Andrew Renzi’s well-reviewed directorial debut “The Benefactor,” which features a dynamite performance from Richard Gere. Originally known as “Franny,” the indie drama stars Gere as a wealthy yet troubled philanthropist who enters the lives of a young married couple played by Dakota Fanning and rising star Theo James. Gere’s character, Franny, is wracked with guilt as he holds himself responsible for the deaths of Fanning’s parents. Five years later, after learning of her new beau, he reaches out to help them but gets a little too close, a little too quickly. »
- Jeff Sneider
Formerly titled "Franny," Andrew Renzi's feature debut arrives with a new name and a new trailer today as "The Benefactor," which stars Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning in a wrenching drama centered around one man's downward spiral. Read More: Tribeca Review: Richard Gere as You've Never Seen Him Before in 'Franny' Five years after her life was turned upside down by the accidental death of her parents, orphaned Olivia (Fanning) turns to the sole man who survived the car accident that killed her parents for financial and emotional support, Franny (Gere). But when it becomes clear that Franny's charity goes deeper than casual altruism, he begins to crumble under the weight of his addictions and obligations. Watch the new trailer for the forthcoming film above, and catch "The Benefactor" in theaters January 26. Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmaker #28 : Andrew Renzi Puts Richard Gere Front and »
- Aubrey Page
"All I want is what's best for your family." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the trailer for a film called The Benefactor, formerly known as Franny when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. It stars veteran actor Richard Gere as an eccentric rich man who meddles with the life of a deceased friend's young daughter, played by Dakota Fanning, and her new husband, played by Theo James. It looks like there's some very mysterious things going on with Gere's character that we don't all see, but I'm curious for that reason - to find out what is happening and who he really is. The performances in this look impressive. Here's the first trailer for Andrew Renzi's The Benefactor, originally from IMDb (via The Film Stage): Description from Tribeca: "Richard Gere delivers a bravura performance as the title character, a rich eccentric man who worms his »
- Alex Billington
What's in a name? When it comes to the original title of the upcoming movie starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, and Theo James, it seems that "Franny" didn't quite do the trick. So now as the film heads to cinemas, it has been given a new moniker, "The Benefactor," and a trailer to go with it. Read More: The Essentials: The 10 Best Richard Gere Performances Directed by Andrew Renzi, the film follows a rich, troubled philanthropist who comes into the lives of young married couple Olivia and Luke. The twist? He caused the deaths of Olivia's parents in a car accident and has been plagued by emotional turmoil ever since. The picture didn't quite work for us when we saw it at Karlovy Vary —Jessica Kiang wrote, "we get a character study of a character almost entirely composed of screenwriting conveniences and actorly flourishes —some sort of mythological beast that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Seeking out substantial leading characters of complexity within independent dramas in recent years, Richard Gere has delivered accomplished performances in Arbitrage and Time Out of Mind. He’s now found another with The Benefactor (formerly known as Franny), the directorial debut of Andrew Renzi, which follows Gere as the title character, a profoundly rich philanthropist who enjoys helping out those close to him while he struggles with his own demons of addiction. Also starring Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Cheryl Hines, and Dylan Baker, the first trailer has now landed today ahead of a January release.
We said in our review, “Gorgeously shot on 35mm film by Joe Anderson (who has worked on Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Martha Marcy May Marlene), there’s a richness to the cinematography that, along with the central performance, hearkens back to a character study from a few decades prior. For a feature debut, »
- Leonard Pearce
Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16×9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.
As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited selection of allies including Green Arrow, »
- ComicMix Staff
We heard back in September that Justice League Unlimited was coming to Blu-ray, and now the Warner Archive Collection has announced that Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series will hit shelves tomorrow, November 10th, bringing all 39 episodes of the show to HD. The full press release follows…
As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited »
- Gary Collinson
The popular animated series, Justice League Unlimited, is finally coming to blu-ray in a new complete series set and if you can't wait for it, you're in luck. It's releasing Tomorrow!
Well this is kinda neat. If you really enjoyed the Justice League Unlimited animated series, which has a pretty dedicated fan following (with good reason), then you should be pretty happy to hear that the entire season is coming to blu-ray for the first time in one collection. Better yet, it's landing tomorrow, November 10th.
Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16x9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.
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Bryan Cranston (Dalton Trumbo), Helen Mirren (Hedda Hopper), Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., producers Michael London, Kevin Kelly Brown, Monica Levinson, Shivani Rawat, Nimitt Mankand, Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen, Trumbo director Jay Roach and writer John McNamara were joined by Niki Trumbo, Mitzi Trumbo, Taylor Hackford, Dana Delany, Chuck Scarborough, Elle MacPherson, Tony Bennett, Susan Crow, Julie Taymor, Robert Wuhl, Ruben Blades, Tim Daly, Jean Shafiroff and Kathleen Turner at the Museum of Modern Art.
Diane Lane, great in Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing, where she worked with Dakota Fanning, is teamed with Elle Fanning in Trumbo. Michael Stuhlbarg is Edward G. Robinson. Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, and Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, the Centerpiece and »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Elle Fanning has grown up right before our eyes! The star goes super edgy on the cover of Nylon's November "America Issue" -- and stuns in a delicate tank, leather shorts and lace tights. Inside the mag, the 17-year-old opens up about her relationship with her famous older sis and her latest role playing a transgender teen in the upcoming flick "About Ray". The "Maleficent" actress and sister Dakota Fanning were able to avoid the pitfalls of young fame, with the 21-year-old proving to be a great role model for her sibling. Despite growing up in the spotlight, the pair maintained a typical sister relationship. “We’re four years apart and when we were little we would fight all the time," Elle revealed. "I’m taller, so I would be the one beating her up, it was funny." Now that she's nearly all grown up, the teen is taking on »
- tooFab Staff
Based on Philip Roth’s novel, “American Pastoral” follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by committing a deadly act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Evans plays the role of McGregor’s younger brother. Evans just finished shooting a leading role in “Man in the High Castle,” Amazon’s series based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. He also stars opposite Lauren Cohan in Lakeshore’s “The Boy,” set to be released early next year.
Evans is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, »
- Dave McNary
He already has the cameras rolling in Pittsburgh, but actor – and now director – Ewan McGregor still has room for new cast members in American Pastoral. McGregor has added Rupert Evans to the list.McGregor took over the director’s chair after Phillip Noyce decided to pass on the film, which has a script from John Romano adapted from Philip Roth’s novel. Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker, David Strathairn and Valorie Curry are all set to appear, »
A month after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Starz has purchased U.S. rights to Jason Bateman’s dark comedy “The Family Fang” and is planning to release the film theatrically in 2016, Variety has learned.
As part of the deal, Starz Digital will handle the dramedy’s digital, on-demand, and theatrical rollout. Starz’s Anchor Bay division will oversee the home video roll out following its theatrical run, and the film’s television premiere will take place on the Starz premium cable network.
“The Family Fang” is adapted from Kevin Wilson’s 2011 comic novel of the same name and stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman as siblings who reunite with their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett). A weekend of family dysfunction takes a detour after the parents suddenly go missing. The film is Bateman’s second as a director, following 2013’s “Bad Words.”
In a favorable review in Variety, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
To celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, released on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD from 14th September 2015, we are offering 2 winners the chance to take home a copy of the film DVD!
Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)—alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) —must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind… if they can! This action-packed adventure is a must-own, mind-blowing blast!
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, »
- Laura Holmes
Schwan joins Covert Media after serving in a business development role for Grosvenor Park Media and as an Evp at Sierra/Affinity, where she oversaw the sales and distribution of films including “Drive” and “Ender’s Game.” She also headed the international division of The Film Department, which produced “Law Abiding Citizen,” and worked from 2000 to 2007 as an international sales executive at Lionsgate Films, overseeing “Monster’s Ball,” “Hotel Rwanda” and the “Saw” franchise.
Covert Media is aiming to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year with budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range.
Its slate at Toronto includes the Bill Murray »
- Dave McNary
He then took the high spirits into the press conference, where he talked about his chilling portrayal of real-life Boston villain James "Whitey" Bulger, in the crime drama "Black Mass." Entering in a lime-green jacket and trademark tinted specs, Depp assured the press pack that what looked like a beer bottle was non-alcoholic and that if he slurred his words, "it's your fault." He was certainly sharp as a tack in graciously getting the conference adjudicator off the hook when she referred to Depp's co-star Dakota Johnson as Dakota Fanning. "My name is Dakota Fanning," said Depp. "I changed my name last week." And when the first question was whether he had to find "some evil in himself" to play a mass murderer who ruled South Boston for more than 20 years, he quipped: "I found evil in myself a long time ago and I've accepted it. We are old friends. »
- Demetrios Matheou
David Strathain (Good Night and Good Luck), Peter Riegert (The Mask), Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Valorie Curry (The Following) have all joined the cast, and will team up with the already announced Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and McGregor himself.
Based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the book follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, “a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.”
American Pastoral is scheduled to start filming within the next month for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
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