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Amazon Prime and Open Road Films have signed a multi-year content licensing agreement. Prime will be the exclusive non-cable premium subscription home for Open Road Films’ theatrical releases, beginning with their 2016 theatrical slate. Starting in 2017, Prime members will have access to viewing the Open Road slate via the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/Piv. Open Road Films titles coming to Prime before any other non-cable subscription service in the U.S. will include: John Hillcoat's action-thriller "Triple 9," starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, and Gal GadotMichael Tiddes' comedy "Fifty Shades of Black," starring co-writer Marlon Wayans Garry Marshall's romantic-comedy "Mother’s Day," starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason SudeikisAction-thriller »
- Anne Thompson
The prolific Teresa Palmer, who has six films in the can readying for release (including John Hillcoat crime drama Triple 9 and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups), just signed on for the James Wan-produced horror pic Lights Out.
In a return to the horror genre, where she first made an impression in 2006’s The Grudge 2, Palmer will topline as an imperilled mother. Gabriel Bateman (CBS’ Stalker) was previously announced to be taking on the role of the young son in a family haunted by a supernatural entity that can only be seen in the dark. With everyone at risk, one family member is forced to battle the evil spirit head on.
David F. Sandberg will make his directorial debut on the pic, adapting his terrifying short of the same name. Lawrence Grey and Eric A. Heisserer are attached as producers, with Heisserer scripting an expansion of Sandberg’s story. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s only slow in the way a rattlesnake or a predatory killer is slow. This terrific film is actually tense, twisty and brilliant. Don’t be put off by the dull poster or the heartsinking critical talk since its Sundance premiere about it bringing a “European” sensibility to the western. Writer-director John Maclean makes a lethally stylish feature debut with this tale of murder and survival in the old west. He has put together a drum-tight picture with elegant and dust-dry humour; it’s wonderfully shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, and Maclean incidentally brings off a brutally outrageous digression that would make Quentin Tarantino proud.
- Peter Bradshaw
Atticus Ross spent no time thinking when I asked if he thought Brian Wilson is a genius. He is, said the Academy Award-winning composer. Which is why -- in part -- Ross spent more than a week trying to write just a single minute of music for the Beach Boy's biopic "Love & Mercy," why he felt responsibility to craft something that wasn't "lame" to tell Wilson's troubled history. It's Wilson's legacy that informed Ross' risk-taking action, to chop, screw and build off of stems from Wilson and the Beach Boys' actual recording sessions and make a score that can still stand alone as a singular artwork. Below is an abridged interview with Ross, about his work on "Love & Mercy." The composer/musician/Nine Inch Nails member also spoke on John Hillcoat's next film, writing with Trent Reznor, ] how Radiohead broke their own mold, making a soundtrack to a drug trip, »
- Katie Hasty
MadRiver Pictures will finance and produce Norco based on Adair Cole’s screenplay about the violent event that led to a shootout and high-speed chase in which more than 30 police cars and a police helicopter were destroyed.
Butan and Mason Novick will produce the story about the robbery in North Corona that is said to have changed law enforcement and led to what has become the increased militarisation of the police force. Edward Fee serves as executive producer.
“Adair wrote a script that tells this story with a raw, almost matter-of-fact intensity that it makes you feel like you are there,” said Butan.
“Adding Mark to the mix brings it all home, as he is one of the few filmmakers out there who provides the visual style this piece calls for but also »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The robbery and shootout saw two of the five heavily armed perpetrators and one sheriff’s deputy killed with another eight wounded. Gunfire damaged over 30 police cars and one police helicopter.
The shootout resulted in police officers starting to arm themselves with automatic weapons, leading to the increased militarization of police forces.
Butan launched MadRiver Pictures in Cannes following an initial capitalization from private and strategic investors and a $30 million revolving equity investment from Vendian Entertainment. The company plans to finance and produce three to four wide release films »
- Dave McNary
Open Road has just announced John Hillcoat's highly anticipated dirty cop drama Triple 9, which was previously schedule for a Sep. 11 release this year, has moved to March 4, 2016. This means not only are we not getting one of the more anticipated movies of the year, but the field of Oscar contenders (and Fall film festival contenders) is now off the grid. Bummer. Starring a massive ensemble, the film centers on a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down." Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Anthony Mackie, »
- Brad Brevet
Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.
The slot is prime awards season territory and comes four days after the start of the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, which must rank as a contender for the film’s world premiere launch pad.
The November 6 weekend will also see debuts for Trumbo via Bleecker Street and Fox Searchlight’s Sundance pick-up Brooklyn, as well as wide releases for the latest James Bond episode Spectre via Columbia Pictures, Fox’s The Peanuts Movie and The Outskirts through Clarius Entertainment.
Meanwhile Open Road has moved back its thriller Triple Nine from September 11 to March 4 2016.
John Hillcoat directed the story of crooked police officers blackmailed by Russian »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Spotlight” will expand on Nov. 13 and go wide on Nov. 20. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci also star in the story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation team, which reported the Boston Archdiocese’s cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.
Open Road also delayed police thriller “Triple Nine” from Sept. 11 to March 4, 2016. The movie stars Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Brian d’Arcy James and Clifton Collins, Jr.
John Hillcoat directed the story of a crew of dirty cops being blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist by inventing a 999, police code for “officer down.”
- Dave McNary
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at John Hillcoat’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Kevin Hart set off comedic fireworks when he teamed with Ice Cube on last spring’s Ride Along, but the comic’s next big-screen vehicle has him collaborating with an even more promising cast. Hart is set to lead Central Intelligence with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who last mined the spy genre for laughs with a supporting role in Get Smart. And today, the action-comedy has expanded to add Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul.
The Need for Speed actor will play the CIA partner of Johnson’s rogue spy, who seemingly sacrifices himself to save Johnson’s character (with the implication apparently being that he’s a little more of a snake than the other characters give him credit for). Central Intelligence heats up when an accountant (Hart), stuck in a dead-end job and daydreaming about his massive popularity back in high school, reconnects with a nerd he used to bully (Johnson) over Facebook, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by Henry Hobson
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
The zombie genre has hit a new high in popularity with the success of the FX show The Walking Dead and the last thing cinema needed was another zombie film where an infection breaks out and a band of ‘everyday’ people try to survive for two hours. To the credit of first-time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie is not the typical zombie film, but it offers essentially nothing new to the genre either, made worse by the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role in which he can establish no authority.
Hobson’s crucial mistake is making his film so dour and one-note without »
- Gary Collinson
At 28 years old, Shia Labeouf could be said to done it all, as far as cinema goes. He's led a major blockbuster franchise with "Transfomers," worked with directors as varied as Lars von Trier, John Hillcoat, Robert Redford and Oliver Stone, and has spent no shortage of time making headlines as an enfant terrible. So it's not a surprise that he's become wary of celebrity in general, and that he's finding more inspiration in performance art. "The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you," the actor told Variety. "The performance work is democratized and far more inclusive," he continued. "As a celebrity/star I am not an individual —I am a spectacular representation of a living human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jessica Chastain seemingly became famous overnight. While she shot “Wild Salome” with Al Pacino earlier (the movie still hasn’t come out stateside, but you can read our review here), 2011 marked The Year Of Chastain. Suddenly, she had a string of movies coming to cinemas: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial effort “Coriolanus,” John Madden's "The Debt," and, of course, “The Help,” which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. She was everywhere, and in high demand, soon garnering work and acclaim in films by Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, J. C. Chandor, and more (later this year she has films coming out by Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott). Read More: Jessica Chastain Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Avoiding Brooklyn Cliches, & An Unlikely Political Inspiration In a recent and very engaging one-hour conversation with photographer/filmmaker Sam Jones on. »
- Edward Davis
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
The Dutch-born Huisman plays Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the strike of 2:22.
Forced to go on leave, he meets and falls in love with Palmer.s character Sarah, who coincidentally was one of the passengers on the plane. To his horror Dyan realizes the same patterns in his life are happening every day.
Reid plays Jonas, a high profile New York-based artist who is an ex-boyfriend of Sarah.s. The cast includes Richard Davies as a fellow air traffic controller, John Waters as Dylan.s boss, Maeve Dermody as his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Armstrong and Remy Hii.
.We.re creating a smart, stylized romantic thriller,. Currie tells If. »
- Don Groves
★★☆☆☆ Julius Avery's debut feature Son of a Gun (2014) starts promisingly in a maximum security prison where young Jr (rising star Brenton Thwaites) has been sentenced to six months for some petty offence or another. The jail looks like a reformed and spruced-up version of John Hillcoat's Ghosts...of the Civil Dead (1988) but here it isn't the authorities or the prison itself that is the antagonist so much as a gang of rapist inmates. Having witnessed what happens to fresh meat in his new confines, Jr wisely seeks the protection of grizzled and famed con Brendan, played with angry determination and bearded fury by Ewan MacGregor.
- CineVue UK
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nearing a deal for a key role alongside his “12 Years a Slave” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
While it’s unclear which role Ejiofor is circling, an individual with knowledge of the project insisted it’s not the villain, who is believed to be Baron Mordo, and is more likely the Ancient One.
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Married actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer make a bold foray into indie filmmaking in the digital era with The Ever After, a mostly self-financed drama the couple co-wrote, star in, and will release online worldwide on Valentine’s Day via direct-to-consumer platform Vhx.
Webber, seen recently in Jessabelle and Happy Christmas, and Palmer, known for her roles in I Am Number Four and Warm Bodies, star as Thomas and Ava, a photographer and an actress with a young child and a lovely La home who must confront their innermost vulnerabilities to save their marriage when trauma strikes. (Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer above.)
In his third feature behind the camera after 2008’s Explicit Ills and 2012’s The End Of Love, Webber directs the partially crowdfunded drama which premiered last year at the La Film Festival. Filming took place in La and Palmer’s native Australia while Palmer was »
- Jen Yamato
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 BFI London Festival. One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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