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Steven Spielberg sets composers for Ready Player One and The Papers

9 July 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that the ever-busy Steven Spielberg is set to reunite with John Williams on his Pentagon Papers movie The Papers, which will mark their 28th collaboration. However, with post-production on The Papers set to take place alongside Spielberg’s next film Ready Player One, Williams will be sitting out the latter, with Alan Silvestri stepping in to compose the score for the book adaptation.

Steven and John decided Alan Silvestri was the perfect choice for ‘Ready Player One’ since Steven has worked (as a producer) with Alan on the Back to the Future films in the 1980s and Alan has scored other films for Steven’s Amblin and DreamWorks,” reads the official statement from Amblin Entertainment.

Williams, who is currently working on the score for December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has worked with Spielberg on all but two of the filmmaker’s movies – The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. »

- Gary Collinson

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Steven Spielberg rounds out his supporting cast for The Papers

7 June 2017 11:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having already cast Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for his upcoming Pentagon Papers drama, Steven Spielberg has now rounded out his cast for the film, which is now officially going by the title of The Papers.

Deadline reports that Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods have all signed on to appear in the movie, which began filming in New York last week.

The Papers tells the story of The Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, a classified study into the United States involvement in Vietnam, and the newspaper’s legal struggle over the right to publish the report. Hanks will play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep as publisher Kay Graham.

The Papers is set for a limited Oscar-qualifying limited release from December 22nd, with »

- Gary Collinson

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Full Cast Revealed for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Papers’

6 June 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A few months ago we thought the next Steven Spielberg film we’ll see will be his March-bound Ready Player One, but as the director is known to do, while he’s in post-production on his sci-fi tentpole, he’ll also be shooting a new drama. Once going by The Post, his Pentagon Papers film — now titled The Papers — starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep has begun production and now the full cast has been unveiled.

Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods have all joined the the film, according to Variety. Along with being a Mr. Show reunion, it’s quite the varied, impressive supporting ensemble, and we’re already imagining the newsroom banter.

The drama will follow the true story of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and »

- Jordan Raup

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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Movie, Now ‘The Papers’, Adds Cast

6 June 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods have joined the cast for The Papers, the Steven Spielberg-directed movie about the Washington Post's role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post's editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham joined the New York Times in challenging the federal government over their… »

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Interview: Director Pat Healy of ‘Take Me’ at Chicago Critics Film Festival on May 15, 2017

14 May 2017 12:18 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – An original voice, in an original conceptual movie, is a rare category of cinema art. Director and lead actor Pat Healy, working from a script from Mike Makowsky, has fashioned “Take Me,” a thriller about kidnapping and having the tables turned.

Healy is Ray, a kind of loser who stumbles upon a new business… providing kidnapping scenarios for willing clients. Business is bad – there is an hilarious opening with Ray trying to get a loan from a local bank – until a new client emerges (Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange is the New Black’), who wants more from the service than the faux kidnapper had ever provided. The film, rich with tones of darkness and redemption, is exquisitely fashioned by Pat Healy, in his first feature length film as a director.

Director and Lead Actor Pat Healy of ‘Take Me

Photo credit: The Orchard

Pat Healy has been a journeyman actor, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Tribeca 2017 Review Round-Up: The Endless, Take Me, and Tilt

12 May 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Over the last few weeks, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the best that the indie filmmaking world has to offer, and during the fest’s run, I had the chance to check out just a few of the genre-related offerings on Tribeca’s lineup: The Endless from Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, Pat Healy’s feature film directorial debut, Take Me, and the psychological thriller Tilt from Kasra Farahani. Read on for my thoughts on this trio of thought-provoking cinematic treats.

The Endless: Before I start discussing The Endless, I want to take a moment and say that I feel like the best way to experience the latest from Benson and Moorhead is to go in knowing as little as possible, because that’s how I saw it, and it 110% blew my mind. That being said, part of my job is reviewing movies, so I promise I will keep »

- Heather Wixson

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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2017 – Take Me (2017)

12 May 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Take Me, 2017.

Directed by Pat Healy.

Starring Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy, Alycia Delmore, and Jim O’Heir.

Synopsis:

Ray is a fledgling entrepreneur who specializes in high-end simulated abductions. He jumps at the chance when a mysterious client contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end. But the job isn’t all that it seems.

Take Me is quite the madcap ride; it puts an interesting spin on bizarre roleplay fantasies that some people crave for whatever strange reason. Typically, these dream scenarios are usually built into relationships or something more sexual (hello Bdsm and the continuously awful crop of Fifty Shades nonsense that hell-spawned from it), but never before have I heard of a person actively employing someone to simulate a real-life kidnapping of him or herself. The desire can be for numerous reasons, ranging from fulfilling a demented and honestly disturbing pleasure of danger and pain, »

- Robert Kojder

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Check out the outstanding Chicago Critics Film Festival lineup and its guest appearances

8 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It goes without saying that Flickering Myth is primarily a UK based multimedia website, but Chicago is also quickly becoming our second home so to speak. As a critic writing for this site coming up on three years now, it is truly an honor to be a part of the Chicago Critics Film Festival for the first time alongside its fifth year running. Naturally, we would like as many of our Midwest American readers as possible to come out for the slate of awesome film premieres, retro showings, documentaries, and shorts, some of which feature special guests.

Kicking things off will be raunchy nun comedy The Little Hours complete with Aubrey Plaza and more in attendance, while David Lowery’s (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) artistic look at time and loss in A Ghost Story will close out the festivities. Emanating from the historic Music Box Theatre »

- Robert Kojder

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Taylor Schilling on Being Kidnapped in 'Take Me' and New Season of 'Oitnb'

7 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Taylor Schilling's new movie Take Me finds the Orange Is the New Black star in quite the strange scenario.

The film centers around Ray Moody (played by director Pat Healy), who is running an immersive kidnapping therapy business out of his basement. Anna St. Blair (Schilling) is a successful Hollywood businesswoman who discovers his Kidnap Solutions, LLC website — which, as a fun Easter egg, now exists online just as it's shown in the film — and makes the struggling Ray an offer he can't refuse: a weekend abduction, with the special request of being slapped around, for far »

- Jackie Strause

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Take Me Review

6 May 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Pat Healy’s Take Me is a wild card – but what else would you expect from a man whose performances are just as unpredictable? It’s a nifty little whodunnit that’s loads of fun, given how every action remains in question. Writer Mike Makowsky keeps details simple, but still finds a way to manipulate characters with the help of Healy’s vision. You’d expect something a little more tense, but oddly good-natured goofs represent tonal comfort. Frankly, this shouldn’t work. A who’s-playing-who “thriller” that bumbles along to an oboe score? Like a cartoon might? Consider this one a not-so-criminal anomaly. 

Healy also stars as the film’s lead character, Ray Moody, who runs a business called Kidnap Solutions that simulates real-life kidnappings for paying customers. Why, you ask? As Ray describes, he loves helping people. Whether you’re trying to kick an eating habit or need the isolation, »

- Matt Donato

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'Take Me': Film Review

5 May 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

First things first: Dispel all associations with David Fincher's The Game when approaching Take Me, Pat Healy's nasty little quasi-comedy about people who pay to have themselves kidnapped. The operation here is much more humble than the shadowy, powerful one toying with super-rich executives there: Think one man with a van, who will imprison you for eight hours, traumatizing you just enough to help break your addiction to junk food. Starring opposite Taylor Schilling in his first feature as director, Healy knows exactly the mix of comical bumbling and psychological tension he wants here, executing the premise in a way »

- John DeFore

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Kicks Off Summer 2017! -- The Weekend Warrior

4 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Kicks Off the Summer With a Sci-Fi Action-Comedy 

After three weeks of dominating the box office, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious is going to have to give way to a new movie, and that’s because the first weekend of May means that it’s officially...The Summer Movie Season!!!!

Just like the last couple years, the summer movie season is kicking off with a new movie from Marvel Studios, and their sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios/Disney), reunites Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Michael Rooker’s Yondu with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Groot and Rocket Racoon, for the next »

- Edward Douglas

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Kidnapping Goes Wrong in Pat Healy's Action Comedy Take Me [Trailer]

2 May 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Best known for his dramatic turns in a number of cult favourite movies over the last few years, notably Compliance, Cheap Thrills and The Innkeepers, Pat Healy is making his feature film debut behind the camera in the action comedy Take Me.

Written by up-and-comer Mike Makowsky, Healy directs and also stars as Ray Moody, a businessman with an upstart business specializing in kidnappings. That's right, for a fee, Moody will orchestrate the kidnapping of your dreams.

For his latest job, he's hired by Anna St. Blair (Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black" fame) for a "surprise" kidnapping job. Things quickly get bad for Moody when it turns out Anna may not be who she claims to be. Comedy ensues.

This doesn't look quite as dark as [Continued ...] »

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May 2017 VOD Releases Include Get Out, Hounds Of Love, A Cure For Wellness

1 May 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

May 2017 is going to give genre fans plenty of reasons to stay home this month, as we have a lot of cool titles to look forward to. The month kicks off with Even Lambs Have Teeth on May 2nd, and just a few days later, Take Me (the latest from Pat Healy) and the horror comedy Another Evil make their digital debuts. Jordan Peele’s Get Out makes its digital bow on May 9th before hitting VOD platforms just a few weeks later, and the Australian thriller Hounds of Love gets released on May 12th. And, for those of you who might have missed it in theaters, A Cure for Wellness arrives on Digital HD at the end of the month, too.

Other notable VOD releases for May 2017 include The Black Room, The Survivalist, Breakdown Lane, and 96 Souls.

American Exorcism (Uncork’d Entertainment) – May 2nd

After narrowly surviving a harrowing possession, »

- Heather Wixson

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Tribeca Review: ‘Take Me’ is an Amateurish Directorial Debut from Pat Healy

30 April 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Perhaps not all films are suited for the Duplass brothers treatment. Take Me, an amateurish directorial debut from actor Pat Healy, working from a script by Mike Makowsky, attempts to shoehorn a screwball comedy into the kind of drama where the action breaks for long scenes that easily might stretch 5-20 pages on paper for exposition. The effect is designed to create sympathy for characters in situations that find themselves in troubling situations of their own making, which is difficult when both characters prove to be so unlikable at their core.

Many bad, low-budget indies have been shot in the basement of many filmmaker’s parents’ houses, often about an abduction, but despite the presence of professional production values, Take Me does not add to the canon. The film first finds Ray Moody (played by Healy) seeking a bank loan for his business Kidnap Solutions LLC, a Los Angeles-based one-man »

- John Fink

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Tribeca 2017 Interview: Pat Healy on Transitioning to the Role of Director for Take Me

28 April 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While he’s helmed short films in the past, actor Pat Healy makes his feature film directorial debut with the darkly comedic Take Me, an unconventional heist/crime caper of sorts that features Healy in the role of Ray, professional kidnapper, who gets more than he bargains for with his latest “victim,” Anna (Taylor Schilling).

Take Me recently premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and Daily Dead chatted with Healy about the project. In our conversation, he discussed taking the reins as director, his approach to the material, collaborating with Schilling and Take Me producers Jay and Mark Duplass, and more.

It’s so great to speak with you today, Pat. Take Me was a lot of fun and as a movie fan, the one thing I want the most out of a film is just something that keeps you guessing and keeps you surprised. So I loved this. I »

- Heather Wixson

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Take Me’

28 April 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the history of bad ideas, entrepreneurial or otherwise, perhaps none has ever been worse than that of Ray Moody (Pat Healy), who earns his living providing kidnapping role-playing scenarios for clients interested in confronting personal issues or acting out deviant fantasies. Ray’s wannabe-therapeutic business predictably leads to trouble in “Take Me,” star Healy’s nimble directorial debut, which exploits its screwy premise for both unnerving laughs and volatile thrills. Tailor-made for a cult following, it should be eagerly snatched up by audiences after its Tribeca film festival premiere.

Having relocated from Atlantic City to Los Angeles due to a shady past incident involving his ex-wife, Ray finds banks unwilling to financially commit to his Kidnap Solutions, LLC, which he claims “helps people,” such as an early, overweight client (Jim O’Heir) who uses a seizure scenario to overcome his fast-food eating habits. Forced to secretly borrow cash from his brother-in-law, »

- Nick Schager

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New to Streaming: ‘The Age of Shadows,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Small Crimes,’ and More

28 April 2017 3:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand »

- The Film Stage

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Amy Madigan, Ken Marino and Sky Ferreira Join Scott Free’s ‘Burning Woman’ (Exclusive)

27 April 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Madigan, Pat Healy, Ken Marino, Sky Ferreira, and Macon Blair have joined the cast of Scott Free’s “The Burning Woman” with Jake Scott directing.

The pic currently stars Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Will Sasso. Brad Ingelsby, who wrote “Run All Night” and “Out of the Furnace,” is penning the script.

The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.

Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mike Pruss will produce through the Scott Free banner. Scott Free’s Ryan Stowell will executive produce.

Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.

Madigan is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Anonymous Content; Healy is repped by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin, and Jackoway »

- Justin Kroll

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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

26 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends 

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle »

- Edward Douglas

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