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Written for the screen by Christopher Kyle
Directed by Susanne Bier
USA/France/Czech Republic, 2014
Based on a bestselling novel by Ron Rash, Serena, as brought to the screen by director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Christopher Kyle, feels like a husk of an adaptation even to one completely unfamiliar with the source material. It’s the sort of film that, at least in the form prepped for theatrical release, makes one inclined to believe its makers have completely lost the ability to tell a story. And it’s not like that ever seems like a deliberate stylistic choice, with Bier actually focusing on some thematic flourish off on the sidelines. Serena is always focused on its plot. Its perpetually rushed, choppily told, borderline confusing plot.
Part of the trouble in the telling is that the film’s a tonal mess. In her native Denmark, and with American cinema forays »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costarred in a movie shot between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle which is finally hitting screens after a couple of years on the shelf and a stint on pay-per-view. Serena, a gothic tale of greed and ambition run amok, is set amongst the timber industry in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression. The movie has not received much love from critics and indeed it’s kind of a mess – an overripe melodrama that’s all over the map in terms of tone. It’s full of gorgeous moments alternating with many more that feel literate to the point of boredom, and others where the characters motivations make little sense. But I liked it and think it deserves a better reception then it’s received. If you’re looking for an old fashioned sumptuous costume drama starring two always-watchable leads with proven chemistry »
- Tom Stockman
Place Beyond the Pines: Bier’s Ungainly Period Piece Revels in Unintentional Gaffs
Danish director Susanna Bier’s second English language film, Serena, has gained a bit of notoriety after an unexpected delayed theatrical release in the Us. A melodramatically inclined period piece based on a novel by Ron Rash (author of The World Made Straight, of which an adaptation was released earlier this year), the lush production design and starry cast creates a misleading veneer, which slowly gives way to a rather kooky portrait of its eponymous lead character. Presented with soberingly grim determination, the film lapses into unintentionally laughable territory, though not to a degree worthy of camp aesthetic or cult following.
Filming shortly after their award winning collaboration on 2012’s The Silver Linings Playbook, the first onscreen reunion of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper finally saw a premiere at the 2014 London Film Festival and reactions have been »
- Nicholas Bell
You probably aren’t aware of this, but a third Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence collaboration is opening in theaters this weekend. In fact, it has been available On Demand for weeks already. Yes, a film that stars arguably the two biggest stars in Hollywood had a VOD start before the impending limited release on Friday. What movie is this, you ask? Well, it’s Serena, a once incredibly high profile adaptation that had the likes of Darren Aronfosky and Angelina Jolie circling it. Initially slated to come out even before American Hustle, hoping to capitalize on the Cooper/Lawrence success in Silver Linings Playbook, this seemed like a strong Academy Awards player. So…what happened? For those of you not in the know about Serena, here’s a brief overview. It’s adapted from the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, directed by Oscar winning foreign filmmaker Susanne Bier, »
- Joey Magidson
Oliver Stone is currently hard at work on a biopic of American whistle blower Edward Snowden, entitled Snowden, and today we can reveal a first look at actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt who stars in the title role. Snowden famously leaked classified information from the Nsa (National Security Agency) in 2013, and is currently exiled in Russia. He was also the subject of last year’s Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour, which is an outstanding work.
We’re expecting the film towards the end of the year (the Us has a tentative Christmas Day release penciled in), just in time for awards season. Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, and Rhys Ifans also star. Shooting is underway over in Munich, »
- Paul Heath
Snowden is shooting now in Munich and will move to other global locations. The cast includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant.
Open Road and Endgame plan a late awards season December 25 release in the Us. Wild Bunch handles international sales and previously licensed German rights to Universum and Japanese rights to Gaga.
Pathe Films developed the project with Stone’s longtime producing partner Moritz Borman and will distribute in France and Benelux. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Updated with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25. Interest in the Nsa whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… »
Filming has begun on Oliver Stone's Snowden, which tells the story of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from his time in the U.S military to becoming infamous the world over for leaking classified information. Snowden finds Stone tackling the political and cultural issues he seems most at home with, and beyond Levitt, features an impressive supporting cast, including Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson, and Nicolas Cage. Open Road have released the first official image from the movie, focusing on Snowden in his military days. Levitt took to his Facebook page to share another look at the movie, as well as a behind the scenes shot he calls "Oliver Stone's first selfie". Snowden hits the U.S. on December 25th. No word on a European release at this time. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The first photo of Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic was released Tuesday morning. This image portrays Snowden in his pre-whistleblower days, when he was "an ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country." Read More Nicolas Cage Boards Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Snowden is currently shooting in Munich before moving to other locations around the world. Shailene Woodley is playing Snowden's girlfriend in the film, while Nicolas Cage has been cast as a former U.S. intelligence officer. Other castmembers include Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. The thriller
- THR Staff
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Savages might have put a bit of a dent in Oliver Stone's ratings, but it's hard not to feel the buzz around his upcoming project, Snowden, which has just started shooting. To celebrate the start of proceedings, the film's marketing folk have released these two images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a Us Army reserve by the name of Edward Snowden.Yes, Oliver Stone is getting political, gathering together Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant and Joely Richardson (as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to create his based-on-truth drama about the infamous Nsa whistleblower. Stone bought up two prime sources for his film: Time Of The Octopus, a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, giving him access to the story of the whistleblower who reluctantly sought asylum in Russia and had to wait to see »
In the first look image below, before he was a whistle-blower, Edward was an ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country. The pic is currently shooting in Munich, before moving on to locations around the world. Open Road Films will release “Snowden” in the U.S. on December 25, 2015.
Open Road has U.S. distribution rights. Pathé Films, which developed the project with Stone’s producing partner Moritz Borman, has retained distribution rights for France and Benelux. Wild Bunch will handle international sales in all other territories.
- Laura Prudom
Gordon-Levitt posted another picture of himself in character to mark the first day of production on the project.
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) March 3, 2015
Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage recently joined the cast as a former Us Intelligence official.
Snowden will be released on December 25 in the Us. »
With his work portraying Philippe Petit all but wrapped up, as Robert Zemeckis’ ambitious, biographical drama The Walk moves into post-production, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has turned all of his attention to Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic, Snowden. For the film, the actor is set to embody the controversial figure, and today Open Road Films has unveiled the first image of Gordon-Levitt on set looking ready for battle.
Snowden will tell the story of the titular whistleblower who once served his country before making headlines the world over after he leaked classified information to the Nsa relating to Prism, Internet security and much more. As a matter of fact, the former computer professional remains a prominent figure to this day thanks to Laura Poitras’ acclaimed drama, Citizenfour, which recently nabbed the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
But timing isn’t the only thing on the film’s side, as Stone »
- Michael Briers
One movie that didn't make our main slate of Premature 2016 Best Picture Oscar Contenders was Oliver Stone's "Snowden," but maybe we shouldn't count him out. After all, the filmmaker is a two-time Best Director Oscar winner, and he's got a third for writing the screenplay for "Midnight Express." That said, it's been two decades since he was nominated for anything, but that could change with his latest pic, and the currently-in-production drama has unveiled its first photos. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes the title role of the whistleblower, with these images showing us the ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country before he made international headlines. Nicolas Cage, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant round out the cast in supporting roles. Will this be a probing look at a contemporary figure or something more along the lines of the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Set for the 2015 Awards season is acclaimed director Oliver Stone's latest drama, now titled Snowden. We have a first look photo featuring leading man Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is prepared for battle both on and off the field. Arriving in theaters this December, the movie also co-stars an amazing ensemble that includes Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Olyphant and Joely Richardson.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden, the Nsa whistleblower who uncovered massive governmental surveillance programs carried out on ordinary civilians. His story was told last year in the documentary Citizenfour, which recounted the events in real time and went onto win the Best Documentary Oscar at this year's 87th Academy Awards.
With filming underway on what is surely expected by many to be an Oscar contender over the coming months the first pictures of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's Snowden have been released. Written and directed by Stone, Snowden is based on the books "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" by Luke Harding and "Time of the Octopus" by Anatoly Kucherena. Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden and on his Facebook page he released the following note, which explains the pictures you're seeing here: I was surprised when I first learned this about Snowden--that he enlisted in the Us Army in 2004. He wanted to go fight in Iraq, but during basic training at Fort Benning, he broke both of his legs and received an administrative discharge. After that, he was still determined to serve his country (love him or hate him, you gotta admit »
- Brad Brevet
The Deep Blue Good-by
Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite Christian Bale in James Mangold's film adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 pulp novel "The Deep Blue Good-by" at 20th Century Fox. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing.
Bale plays Travis McGee a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. Dennis Lehane penned the script, with Scott Frank working on the most recent draft. [Source: Variety]
All I See Is You
Blake Lively and Jason Clarke have scored the lead roles in Marc Forster's indie psychologial thriller "All I See Is You" for Sc International Pictures. Forster, Michael Selby, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby and Jillian Kugler will produce.
The story follows and blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, »
- Garth Franklin
Nicolas Cage has not been in a strong film for a while, yet given the subject matter of his newest project, this is hopefully about to change. Indeed, Cage has been cast in the new Oliver Stone film, Snowden.
On the heels of Edward Snowden’s story striking Oscar gold last night, when Citizenfour took home the statuette for Best Documentary Feature, Stone’s narrative account on the man is taking increasing shape.
Cage has been cast in the role of a former Us intelligence officer that becomes entangled in the Snowden case. This further builds an impressive cast that is led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the titular role of the man who leaked classified information about Nsa wiretapping citizens. The ensemble also includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, »
Nicolas Cage is the latest name to join the fray as production has begun on Oliver Stone’s "Snowden," his international thriller centered on the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Cage will play the role of a former U.S. Intelligence Official in the film that already stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former computer contractor who leaked classified National Security Agency documents in the summer of 2013. Aside from Gordon-Levitt in the title role, the movie features a critically-acclaimed cast comprised of Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Joely Richardson, and Timothy Olyphant. Principal photography is currently underway in Munich and will continue in various locations around the world until mid-May. And it looks like the drama will vie for Oscar. Open Road Films will release the movie on December 25th, with Pathe following in France on December 30th, and Universum in Germany on. »
- Edward Davis
Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s "Snowden," which already stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular Nsa whistleblower, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Cage will play a former U.S. Intelligence Official in this international thriller that has already begun filming in Munich and will continue in various locations around the world until mid-May. Pathé Films developed the project with Stone’s long-time producing partner Moritz Borman and have retained distribution rights for France and Benelux. Wild Bunch is handling international sales in all other territories, with Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment partnering for the U.S. release. Read More: Nicolas Cage Stars as the Man Who Hunted Bin Laden with a Sword in Upcoming 'Army of One' Produced by Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle, the film's script by Kieran Fitzgerald ("The »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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