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Child of God is both a thriller and a horror film. This title has been shown at several film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival. And, Child of God is a character study, which focuses on the character Lester Ballard. As well, James Franco both stars and directs this feature. This film also stars Scott Haze and Tim Blake Nelson. Child of God follows Lester Ballard (Haze). Lester is a nomad, who travels from locale to locale, in search of something. A man without ties, Lester devolves into something sinister. Child of God has released lots of promotional material, recently. A movie poster for the film is here and a teaser trailer is available below, along with a still of Lester. Fans of surreal thrillers can preview the film here. Release Date: Tba. Director: James Franco. Writer: Cormac McCarthy Cast: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and James Franco. A »
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‘Cause it’s too cold for you here and now, so let me hold both of your hands and lead you to this latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.
We’ve pulled together a collection of tunes from the hottest shows, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @mishasolomontv. »
- Misha Solomon
Whatever opinion one has of atheism won’t be changed, or even challenged, by “The Unbelievers.” This superficial documentary from first-time feature helmer Gus Holwerda follows scientists and avowed atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss on a supposed “rock ‘n’ roll tour” of media and public appearances. While every moment is captured with the reverence of a fawning fan, Holwerda’s star-struck approach neglects to shed new light on his subjects or even showcase their greatest hits. Perhaps it’s appropriate that any meaningful afterlife following limited theatrical engagements appears to be wishful thinking.
Evolutionary biologist and “The God Delusion” author Dawkins is the clear headliner, but theoretical physicist and “A Universe From Nothing” author Krauss gets a bit more screentime (he’s an executive producer, natch) as the two make a series of appearances both individually and together in the U.S. and Australia. A prolonged stretch Down Under »
- Geoff Berkshire
• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures has sparked a flurry of speculation by registering domains for The Last Of Us —specifically TheLastofusMovie.net and TheLasTofus-Movie.com — hinting that a potential feature film could be on the cards. Naughty Dog’s bold, critically-adorned title set a series of records upon release, selling 3.4 million units within the space of three weeks.
Alas, it’s advised to take this news with a grain of salt. Sony could simply be marking its territory by registering the aforementioned domains, which doesn’t necessarily signify that an adaptation is underway. Still, given the innate quality of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic odyssey, it’s logical that Sony would consider bringing The Last of Us to a screen near you. The in-game narrative echoes themes of darkness and human peril in the vein of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and the core dynamic of Joel and Ellie has an inherent, film-esque quality to it. »
- Michael Briers
As Evan Rachel Wood has found to her dismay, cunnilingus as a form of oral sex still remains taboo in Hollywood – so how can it go mainstream?
• Evan Rachel Wood on Hollywood's cunnilingus censorship
Yesterday, actor Evan Rachel Wood launched a Twitter polemic against the ratings board in the Us, the MPAA, for necessitating the removal of a scene where her character in Charlie Countryman receives oral sex. The edit was presumably made so the film avoids the Nc-17 rating that would effectively bar it from many mainstream cinemas.
It's a microcosmic example of a much wider issue: cunnilingus is de facto arthouse. Even coming from the surprisingly stilted world of intra-male sex chat, it's clear that among my twentysomething peers this is a thoroughly mainstream, necessary part of modern sex – ignoring the fact that most men thoroughly enjoy it. And yet Hollywood, with its lumbering moral turning circle, hasn't come round to the idea. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
[Editor's Note: The Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Jose Solis asks you to reconsider Cameron Diaz's supporting performance in The Counselor.]
It’s not only her scenery chewing, her car-fucking skills, her ability to pull off excess jewelry and animal print or the lustful-yet-motherly way in which she looks at her pet cheetahs. It's her commitment to this insanity that makes Cameron Diaz brilliant in The Counselor. Playing the heartless envoy from hell, Malkina, she creates one of the most compelling visions of evil contemporary cinema has given us. Because her evil seems to have roots in a horrifying childhood (her parents were thrown out of a helicopter!) she escapes the burden of just being a universal symbol of cruelty (a la Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men). She even shows us a glimpse of what might be underlying human qualities underneath her faux-bronzed skin when she shows envy and certain disappointment at not being able to love the way her friend Laura (Pé) does. Diaz delivers Cormac McCarthy »
Playing the part of George, he'll be joined by Chris O'Dowd in the role of Lenny. O'Dowd initially found fame on British television in The It Crowd before successfully making the transition to Hollywood, appearing in Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and the hit HBO TV series Girls.
Franco originally announced the project in March this year, and gave details of casting and direction a month ago, but the project has been officially announced by lead producer David Binder. The play's director will be Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony for her production of August: Osage County, since turned into a film starring Meryl Streep. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The thriller “The Counselor” follows a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who finds himself in over his head after getting involved in a dangerous drug deal. Novelist Cormac McCarthy wrote the unconventional screenplay; Ridley Scott directed the film. “Ridley was very respectful of Cormac and wanted to make sure that his vision and Cormac’s vision were properly merged,” says producer Nick Wechsler. “It is the first produced screenplay from this very esteemed writer, and we have a grand master as a director, so there were a lot of people who wanted to be in this movie.” Although the film stars Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt, casting director Avy Kaufman came on to the project before anyone was attached and started the casting process from scratch. “[It] was not easy, but [it was] fun looking for these ‘character types,’ ” Kaufman says of the very specific, criminally minded types being cast. »
Oscar has a way of falling in love with first-time scripters, including Chris Terrio (“Argo”), Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Diablo Cody (“Juno”), Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) and Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”).
“I wasn’t sitting looking at a computer writing,” Gordon-Levitt says. “I was up on my feet acting. When I would get the scene to a version that I like then I would go back to the keyboard and write it down. My writing process was not dissimilar from my acting process. I was basically doing the same thing except a few steps earlier.”
- Addie Morfoot
• More on the UK box office
• Gravity - review
• The Counselor - review
With a dip of just 14% from the previous weekend, Gravity easily resisted the challenge of a bunch of mid-level newcomers, retaining the box-office crown with £4.84m. After 11 days, Alfonso Cuarón's space-set drama has grossed an impressive £14.71m, with 3D contributing 90% of the tally.
Although Gravity has a long way to go to match the year's very biggest live-action hits such as Les Misérables, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, the film is a dead cert to be the top grosser for a film not based on an existing property or established characters. Currently, the top live-action non-sequel that is not based on familiar elements is Django Unchained, with £15.7m, although some might argue that Quentin Tarantino »
- Charles Gant
The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters in limited release December 6. Below, Toh! ranks all 16 films by the Coens. 1. "No Country For Old Men" (2007) Godard said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun, but the Coens, faithfully adapting Cormac McCarthy's bloodstained postmodern western, rewrite that formula with a guy (Josh Brolin) and a bag of cash. 2007 brought two extremely disciplined, formally austere epics from obsessive auteurs (this, and PTA's "There Will Be Blood"). Hyperbole is hard-earned, but this lean and mean tale of biblical grandeur stands above other films of that year and, for that matter, most films of the decade. If nothing else, "No Country" is the proof-text of cinematic sound design. You'll never witness a performance as evil and shiver-inducing as Javier Bardem's Oscar-winning portrayal of a serial killer. Late at night, it's not Norman Bates' shadow »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
The Counselor, 2013.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
A slick lawyer gets in over his head after becoming involved in drug trafficking to ease his financial difficulties.
Cameron Diaz removes her underwear and slowly steps out of the bright yellow Ferrari. She climbs onto the bonnet, sensually, and performs a lurid sex act with the windscreen. Javier Bardem compares it to that fish that suckles on the fish tank. Cormac McCarthy wrote this. The writer of No Country For Old Men and The Road, maybe the greatest living writer, wrote Cameron Diaz having sex with a car. Of the many problems that plague The Counselor, the aimless script may trump the stale acting and poor direction.
- Gary Collinson
After stealing every scene he was in as the villain in last year's triumphant James Bond outing "Skyfall" (he didn't chew the scenery as much as gobbled it up whole), Javier Bardem could be back in bad guy mode for Warner Bros' upcoming "Peter Pan" tale "Pan." But he wouldn't play the villain you were probably expecting...
According to the report on Deadline, Bardem wouldn't be playing Captain Hook, the famous adversary of Peter Pan; instead he would be playing the real life historical figure of Blackbeard. (Blackbeard was recently integrated into a fantastical story courtesy of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides;" in that film the villainous pirate was played by a wonderfully over-the-top Ian McShane.) This is kind of odd, no? Although considering the "origin story" conceit of this take on "Peter Pan," we could very easily see Blackbeard, say, lose his hand in the third act »
- Drew Taylor
Ahoy, zombie-fans! Wasn’t it sort of weird to find yourself caring about Mr. Brian Heriot? Wait, I mean, Phillip? Wait, I mean: can someone still be The Governor if he’s abdicated his governance?
Hang on, let’s remind ourselves of where we left off: The antibiotics brigade returned to the prison with the anti-flu medication just in time to save Glenn. It was too late for Caleb, Mr. Jacobs, Henry the Intubated Patient, and assorted other red-shirts. Rick and Carl mowed down a sea of zombies once the walkers breached their security perimeter. »
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Having long failed to bring Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian to the screen ("it would have been rated double-x"), Ridley Scott settles for second prize with this self-consciously overcooked existential thriller in which McCarthy proves that while he may be a matchless author, screenwriting is not his forte. Peopled with the kind of endlessly soliloquising drug dealers whom even Quentin Tarantino would give a wide berth, The Counsellor gets an A-list cast to recite B-movie dialogue with C-minus results. All spiced up with brief interludes of U-for-unclassified excess featuring robotic garrotes, high-speed decapitations and Cameron Diaz having sex with a windscreen while Javier Bardem compares her genitals to the mouth of a scum-sucking catfish. Really.
Michael Fassbender is the nameless straight who makes a once-only »
- Mark Kermode
Don Jon (18)
Never one to shy away from a risky project, Gordon-Levitt dives into sexual politics and pornography addiction for his first directing job, and just about pulls it off. He's charming as ever, playing a cocksure Italian-American casanova who secretly prefers online onanism to real sex – until dream girl Johanssen prompts him to take a hold of himself. It's snappy, funny, and pertinent, though the Noo Joisey stereotyping is an unnecessary let-down.
The Butler (12A)
Old school but illuminating take on American history and the civil rights struggle, viewed through the eyes of a black White House butler who served eight presidents. The dazzling cast is almost a distraction, »
- Steve Rose
The action may be fast as a pingball, but the high-calibre cast can't stop Ridley Scott's latest from running out of ping
Ridley Scott's violent Tex-Mex action thriller is all mouth and no trousers. But it's quite a mouth: the original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy is (for a while) seductive, elusive and allusive. It's a sub-David Mamet Esperanto of tough-guy worldliness, hinting at a world of evil. Devotees of the Coens' version of his No Country for Old Men, with its horrible garotte scene, may feel their hearts sinking with the initial mention here of a hi-tech strangulation device, introduced in the opening reel on the same principle as Chekhov's famous act-one pistol. There's a crazy-paving mosaic of cast and plot.
Michael Fassbender is a yuppie lawyer, addressed only as "counsellor" in the American style, who has evidently gleaned info and contacts from the clientele to get »
- Peter Bradshaw
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