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Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have issued an October 3, 2014 release date for The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle. The thriller will go up against 20th Century Fox's Gone Girl in wide release, along with limited release titles The Good Lie and The Hero of Color City.
No story details have been confirmed, but the project is based on the haunted doll Annabelle, which was featured in last year's hit thriller The Conjuring. The demonic toy was a part of a collection kept by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrainne Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring.
Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard and Eric Ladin star in Annabelle, with The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Peter Safran will serve as producer with The Conjuring director James Wan executive producing.
With its release just three months away, the first footage and images will likely surface in the near future, »
Billy Zane has joined the cast of indie Supreme Ruler, starring Ron Livingston. Marking the feature directorial debut of Duane Edwards, Supreme Ruler also will star Natalie Zea, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Geraghty. The drama with comedic sensibilities follows a small-town man (Livingston) who dreams of becoming "Supreme Ruler" of his local Buffalo Lodge, but is challenged by a hard-drinking womanizer (D'Onofrio). The two adversaries are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organization's national leaders. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-
- Rebecca Ford
Welcome to the latest entry in our brand-new feature here on Nerdly – the Review Round-Up – where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
What starts out as a seemingly geriatric take on The Hangover, Last Vegas sees wealthy and wild bachelor Billy (Douglas), grouchy grump Paddy (De Niro), lovable family man Archie (Freeman) and ladies man Sam (Kline), who have been best friends since childhood, journey to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and to relive their glory days when Billy, the group’s young at heart ladies’ man, »
- Phil Wheat
It may not be revolutionary to note that twentysomethings are different from thirtysomethings, but in director Joe Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, he takes that idea to the next level when Anna Kendrick’s hard-partying Jenny moves in with her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their young child.
Though Jenny might neglect responsibility at every turn, her presence actually helps Kelly (Lynskey) confront the state of her own artistic aspirations, allowing Swanberg to explore the very real tensions that emerge when one party in the relationship takes on the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. “I’m excited »
- Lindsey Bahr
Written and directed by Jenée Lamarque, the dark comedy The Pretty One features Zoe Kazan in a complex, balancing act of a performance as she plays identical twin sisters Laurel and Audrey. The two young women reunite for their birthday, and when tragedy strikes, Laurel, the sweet but painfully awkward sister, finds a chance to reinvent herself with all the confidence, style and independence that Audrey possesses. Check out our exclusive clip as the DVD and Digital HD debuts this week, featuring a confrontation between Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston as they come to blows on Audrey's porch over a misunderstanding.
Audrey (Zoe Kazan) has all of the qualities that her identical twin sister Laurel (Zoe Kazan) wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. Alternately, Laurel, sweet but painfully awkward, feels stuck in her life, still living at home, coddling their father and obsessed with the boy next door, for whom she used to babysit. »
You might be inclined to make a few quick assumptions about the intentions of Happy Christmas by virtue of its title alone. After all, what else could a film so monikered be about other than finding sappy, phone baloney catharsis in the spirit of the season? In nine out of ten cases, you’d be spot-on with any preconceptions you brew up about a film with that sort of appellation, but Happy Christmas is the ten where your guesswork will fail you.
That’s because Happy Christmas is the product of Joe Swanberg, perhaps best known for his 2013 film, Drinking Buddies, which saw him collaborate with performers like Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and Anna Kendrick. Happy Christmas sees Swanberg re-team with Kendrick in his Chicago roots; this time around, though, she’s Swanberg’s star, the figure at the center of his latest movie about arrested ...
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- Andy Crump
Joe Swanberg just cannot stop making movies. Since 2011, he has directed eleven feature films and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. Last year marked Swanberg’s first real flirtation into the mainstream with Drinking Buddies, which featured Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick – by far the starriest cast he’s ever had. Now, a trailer has dropped for Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, which finds him reuniting with Anna Kendrick once again. Could this be the beginning of a new phase in the director’s career?
The trailer for Happy Christmas certainly seems similar, tonally, to Drinking Buddies, but this time the focus is primarily on Kendrick. She plays Jenny, an immature young adult who moves in with her brother’s family and proceeds to shake up their idyllic life while simultaneously entering a relationship with the family’s baby-sitter/pot dealer. Joe Swanberg »
- Ken Guidry
Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to fashion documentary "Dior And I" for a theatrical release later this year. Frederic Tcheng's behind-the-scenes dock looks at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Haute Couture collection for the House of Christian Dior.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Susanna Fogel's "Life Partners". Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a straight woman and a lesbian best friend who find their relationship dynamics changing after the former falls for a new man.
Lionsgate has acquired U.K. rights to Adam Smith's directorial debut "Trespass Against Us" which begins shooting this Summer. Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear star in the story of three generations of the rowdy outlaw Cutler family.
The Weinstein Company has payed an estimated $3 million for U.S. rights to the Irish filmmaker John Carney »
- Garth Franklin
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Claudia Myers directed from her own script. Monaghan portrays a U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken.
The deal was negotiated by Phase 4′s Katharyn Howe with Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Voltage on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Phase 4 Films has landed North American distribution on Fort Bliss, the Claudia Myers-directed drama that stars Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Freddy Rodriguez, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akkinagbe, Pablo Schreiber and John Savage. Phase 4′s Katharyn Howe and brokered the deal with Voltage’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard. Pic will be released in the fall. The film tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her 5-year-old son has been broken. While struggling to reclaim her son’s affection, she must also reintegrate into life after war, haunted by harrowing memories from Afghanistan. Fort Bliss not only explores the incredible sacrifices made every day by men and women in the armed services, but the price that’s paid by their families as well. Myers wrote the script, and »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Touchy Feely, 2013.
Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton.
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Apparently the availability of healing hands is limited to one set per household. Writer/Director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), now almost notorious for her access to a stable of respected stars that really really want to make independent cinema, ploughs these connections to the hilt for her follow-up, Touchy Feely, a feature of 2013′s Sundance Festival which is now finally reaching our very own big, albeit limited, screens this weekend.
And looking at the line-up of featured players, you can almost feel the weight of Shelton’s »
- Gary Collinson
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.
Sales: Im Global
Director: Shawn Christensen
Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: A. J. Edwards
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Producers: Richard Saperstein, »
- Variety Staff
The Emmy Award winning Boardwalk Empire is back on August 19, 2014 when the fourth season debuts on Blu-ray ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital HD. The Blu-ray set also comes with a Digital HD copy. After barely surviving an overthrow attempt by gangster Gyp Rossetti, Nucky Thompson is laying low at the end of the Boardwalk. However, the calm will be short-lived, as Nucky faces new challenges, including a clash with a violent Harlem power-broker, a battle with his brother Eli over Eli's college-age son, and the irresistible lure of lucrative - and perilous - opportunities in Florida. Featuring "achingly good performances," (The Chicago Tribune), Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season is jam-packed with exclusive bonus material and is not to be missed!
Exclusive Blu-ray Features (along with all DVD extras):
Boardwalk Chronicle - an interactive, in-feature guide which offers character and location info as well as historical facts that are woven into each episode. »
Details of the film - which was written by Swanberg and Johnson - remain under wraps.
Bloom has most recently been seen reprising his Lord of the Rings role as Legolas in The Hobbit.
Digging for Fire is assumed to be named after the Pixies song 'Dig for Fire'. »
Indie darling Joe Swanberg caught the attention of the mainstream moviegoing public last year when he released Drinking Buddies, the smart and refreshing comedy that boasted fantastic chemistry from its main cast, which consisted of Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Now, the director is re-teaming with Johnson and Kendrick for his next film, Digging For Fire.
The Wrap is reporting that the two actors will be joined by Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate and comedian Mike Birbiglia. That’s a pretty awesome cast, and with a script from Johnson and Swanberg, the potential for this film to turn out to be just as enjoyable as the director’s last effort is certainly there.
Perhaps the most surprising thing to come out of all this though is that Swanberg is already done shooting. Yup, that’s right. Digging For Fire has already wrapped production. »
- Matt Joseph
What did Gretchen Mol think of her character’s dramatic arrest at the end of the latest season of “Boardwalk Empire?” We’ll be asking her about it in our live chat Wednesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. Pt/ 1:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Join the fierce 'Boardwalk Empire' discussion going on right now in our notorious message boards Mol plays Gillian Darmody, who we saw this past season struggle with a heroin addiction and fight for custody of her grandson Tommy. Her troubles escalated when the man she fell in love with, Roy Phillips (Ron Livingston), turned out to be an undercover Pinkerton detective who had her arrested for first degree murder. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel Take part in our chat by adding your comments or questions in our chat room box that will appear next to the video box on our home page. »
Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White. Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights. James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene). In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »
- Dave Trumbore
We’ve always liked to support the smaller projects and Josh Mond’s James White needs you to finish what they’ve started, and you can help via Kickstarter to get the post-production, editing, sounds design/mixing, and securing music rights side of the film completed!
We’re bringing this one to your attention for a couple of reasons. It’s not just because the team at Borderline Films already have an intelligent and powerful project history but mainly because we believe in these guys and the films they’re making…and want you to be a part of something unique.
Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers: Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at Nyu, their feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. They’ve been »
- Dan Bullock
Fort Bliss Trailer. Claudia Myers‘ Fort Bliss (2014) movie trailer stars Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Ron Livingston, and Freddy Rodríguez. Fort Bliss‘ plot synopsis: “After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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