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A24 picks up Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us

17 December 2014 9:53 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.

The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.

Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons, »

- William Fanelli

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Aaron Paul Talks Exodus: Gods And Kings, Working with Ridley Scott, the Parting of the Red Sea Sequence, Future Projects, and More

16 December 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters around the world is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. At the press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, why he'll always remember shooting the Red Sea sequence, deleted scenes, future projects, his wife's charity, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. Aaron Paul: What was it like working for Ridley Scott on a huge Hollywood movie. Was there a day or two that he'll always remember from making Exodus? »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Sundance Buy: A24 and DirecTV Snag Frontier Western 'Slow West' Starring Michael Fassbender

16 December 2014 11:59 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of the film's 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere, John Maclean’s 19th-century western "Slow West" has been picked up by A24 Films. Following its debut in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, "Slow West" will receive an exclusive video on demand release via Directv before A24 opens the film in select theaters. A24 and Directv partnered similarly on their Spring 2014 release "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. No word yet on a release date for "Slow West." Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Caren Pistorius (Australian TV series "Offspring") star in the British director's feature debut, which was shot in Scotland and New Zealand (filling in for Colorado) and did not make the 2014 fall »

- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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A24 & DirecTV Snatch Up 'Slow West' Ahead of Sundance Premiere

15 December 2014 2:01 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival hasn't even started yet (it's still over a month away), but one of the in-competition films has already been picked up for distribution. THR reports A24 and DirecTV have picked up New Zealand's rural drama Slow West for release in the United States. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, the film follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He end sup being joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) along the way. Here's the first photo from John Maclean's Slow West from the Sundance film guide: Sounds like a solid western to me, and if it's already getting picked, then it sounds like first-time filmmaker John Maclean might have a bright future ahead of him. The film will debut exclusively on »

- Ethan Anderton

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Kodi Smit-McPhee’s ‘Slow West’ Bought by A24, DirecTV for U.S.

15 December 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Maclean’s directorial debut “Slow West,” starring “Dawn of Planet of the Apes” star Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.

Slow West” will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

The film, set at the end of the 19th century, follows the story of a 16-year-old, played by Smit-McPhee, as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler; Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.

Fassbender and Maclean worked together previously on two short films — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist.”

Slow West” is produced by Fassbender’s partner Conor McCaughan of Dmc Film, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. It’s the first project to be produced by Dmc Film. »

- Dave McNary

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Slow West finds Us home

15 December 2014 11:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A24 and Directv have swooped on their latest film, taking Us rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.

John Maclean’s directorial debut will screen in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and takes place in the late 1800’s as a 16-year-old journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves.

Fassbender plays the youngster’s mysterious companion and Mendelsohn is the outlaw on their tail.

Fassbender and Maclean previously worked together on two of Maclean’s short films, Man On A Motorcycle and the 2012 best short film BAFTA winner Pitch Black Heist.

Producing Slow West are Conor McCaughan, Fassbender’s partner at Dmc Film, as well as Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films.

Film4 developed the project and co-financed with the BFI, the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Fassbender's "Slow West" Acquired

15 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights to John Maclean's directorial debut "Slow West". Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn star in the film which will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Set at the end of the 19th Century, Smit-McPhee plays a teen journeying across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.

It's a busy day for Fassbender, his frequent screen collaborator Steve McQueen ("Shame," "Hunger," "12 Years a Slave") told The BBC that there's a role for the actor in his upcoming biopic of civil rights activist Paul Robeson:

"If Michael wants to do it, I'm sure there'll be something for him. He means very much to me, and we met at a pivotal time in both our lives. It's important to me to keep my original »

- Garth Franklin

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Film Review: No Faith in the Spectacle of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

12 December 2014 6:57 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The world certainly didn’t need another “Ten Commandments,” but director Ridley Scott tries to remake the 50’s Biblical epic anyway – led by Christian Bale as a scowling and shouting Moses. Yet Bale can’t hold a staff to Charlton Heston and Scott is no Cecil B. DeMille.

Ostensibly this is a movie about the power of faith, but Scott’s film has no soul within.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Bale starts as the favored adopted son of the aging pharaoh Seti (John Turturro). He’s the pharaoh who would rather hand over the keys to his kingdom to Moses than his own flesh and blood, the egotistical Ramses (an uncomfortable-looking Joel Edgerton). Moses starts out a cynic, but after a little trip to see the suffering the slaves are enduring, he learns of his own true Hebrew heritage.

Once the pharaoh dies and Ramses takes power he has Moses banished to exile. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exodus: Gods And Kings Review

12 December 2014 2:21 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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The burden of history weighs heavily on Christian Bale’s Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Its director, Ridley Scott, can no doubt sympathize. He’s adapting a story that’s literally scripture, but cinematic gospel is stacked against him as well. With DeMille having told what is, to many, the definitive Bible story in The Ten Commandments, and Scott himself having largely perfected the 21st century sword and sandal epic with Gladiator, what novelty can Gods and Kings really bring to the table? The answer is typically modern of Scott and other blockbuster filmmakers: more and more spectacle, less and less clarity of vision.

“Israelite means “one who fights with God,”” Moses is told early on by Ben Mendelsohn’s snivelling viceroy, the sort of character Peter Ustinov would have devoured back during a time when »

- Sam Woolf

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Ridley Scott, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul Talk About Bringing Exodus: Gods And Kings To Life

12 December 2014 9:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

2015 is going to be a big year at Collider.  Behind-the-scenes I've been working on a number of things that will make the site an even better place to get your news, reviews and interviews.  I can't wait to launch all the cool upgrades and reveal what I've been doing. While you’ll have to wait for most of that to take effect, we are launching one of the upgrades today.  As most of you know, when we interview people at press junkets, we run the full interview.  While we're going to continue offering that option, we're also going to offer highlights from all the interviews in one video and mix in footage and graphics.  Curious about what I mean?  Then hit the jump to see Ridley ScottChristian BaleJoel Edgerton and Aaron Paul talk about bringing Exodus: Gods and Kings to life. Finally, before getting to the video, as most of you know, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Ridley Scott and Christian Bale Talk Exodus: Gods And Kings, the 4-Hour First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Camel Poop, and More

12 December 2014 12:56 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As most of you know, Exodus: Gods and Kings is Ridley Scott’s take on the Biblical story of Moses with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale.  They talked about why they wanted to tell this story, the 4-hour long first cut, how the Blu-ray will have 25 minutes of deleted scenes, memorable moments from the set including Bale’s experience with camel poop and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.  Exodus: Gods and Kings is currently playing in select markets around the world and is due to »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Edgy Fare is Often the Path to Future Oscar Wins

11 December 2014 11:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Jennifer Lawrence skinned a squirrel in “Winter’s Bone,” she proved she wasn’t just another ingenue. And while she got a lead actress nomination for that backcountry role (and a ticket to “The Hunger Games”), she won for “Silver Linings Playbook” two years later. Her path follows a pattern of early breakthroughs in independent films that mark a future Oscar contender: Reese Witherspoon in “Election,” Julianne Moore in “Boogie Nights” and Mark Ruffalo in “You Can Count on Me.”

As these performers have become Oscar contenders, they open a door for a new crop of actors who may not get an Oscar nomination this year but could call 2014 a breakthrough year in their careers thanks to indie success. This group ranges from unknown Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) to Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), multihyphenate Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) to Chadwick Boseman (“Get on Up”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything »

- Thelma Adams

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Biblical Epic

11 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. With all the emphasis on the trees and the lights and the shiny, shiny gifts, it's easy to forget about the holiday's deeply religious roots, about the birth of Christ and the three wise men and all of that. And there's at least one movie out this season that tries to at least carry the spiritual flavor of the holiday forward -- Fox's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," an epic, hugely expensive re-telling of the story of Moses (this time played by former Batman Christian Bale) leading the Jews out of Egypt, and far away from the cruel pharaoh (Joel Edgerton).

This is a story that has been told countless times before, most notably in the cinematic incarnations of "The Ten Commandments" (starring Charlton Heston) and "Prince of Egypt" (the DreamWorks animated disappointment). So the question remains -- why now? »

- Drew Taylor

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Joel Edgerton Talks Exodus: Gods And Kings, Working with Ridley Scott, Shooting with Multiple Cameras, Deleted Scenes, Life and Black Mass

10 December 2014 7:49 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in select markets around the world and opening this weekend in North America is Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.  As most of you know, the film is Scott’s take on the Bliblical story of Moses, with Christian Bale playing the former Egyptian prince and Joel Edgerton filling the role of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses.  The film also stars John TurturroAaron PaulBen MendelsohnSigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.  For more on the film watch these clips or the trailer. Last week at the big press junket in Paris I landed an exclusive video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it was like working for Ridley Scott, what he learned on set that he could apply to other movies, working with multiple cameras at the same time, deleted scenes, what he stole from the set of Scott Cooper's Black Mass, Anton Corbijn »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Exodus: Gods and Kings | Review

9 December 2014 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods

Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses fable with Exodus: Gods and Kings, an epic reveling in its white-washed glamour casting, a detail which ends as a faux pas eclipsed by the rather banal treatment on hand. Those unfamiliar with this particular bit of mythology may be a bit confused with Scott’s attempt at subtle rendering, eschewing grandiose melodrama for an angle that (at least tries) to favor a bit of soul searching for Moses, the key to his success hinging upon the identity crisis brought about by being raised as an elitist royal before he’s promptly banished when the taint of Hebrew heritage is revealed. Too solemn in its mighty grandeur, Scott’s treatment seems already mummified, an update that has even less cinematic magic than »

- Nicholas Bell

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ With Christian Bale as Moses

9 December 2014 5:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses!

Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which opens on Dec. 12, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, María Valverde and Hiam Abbass from director Ridley Scott and writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage.

To win your free “Exodus: Gods and Kings” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Note: You can enter »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sundance 2015 Premieres Announced

8 December 2014 5:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

Digging for Fire / U. »

- Ricky

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Sundance 2015: First Images From Mississippi Grind, Lila & Eve, and I’LL See You In My Dreams

8 December 2014 3:13 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Premieres Category (aka their prestigious, arty selections that draw a crowd).  And now we've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that slate: I'll See You In My Dreams - Directed by Brett Haley; written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch; starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman. Lila & Eve - Directed by Charles Stone III; written by Patrick Gilfillan; starring Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell and Aml Ameen. Mississippi Grind - Written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden; starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard and Robin Weigert. Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. I'll See You In My Dreams »

- Evan Dickson

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Sundance ’15: Baumbach, Fleck/Boden, Pulcini/Berman, Ponsoldt & Another Swanberg Among Premieres

8 December 2014 1:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.

Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”

By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »

- Justin Chang

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