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Mia Kirshner (The L Word) and Waleed Zuaiter (Revolution, Homeland) have booked recurring roles on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Kzk), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Kirshner, repped by Apa, Wishlab and Characters, most recently shot a guest role on ABC pilot Clementine. Zuaiter, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Ramos Management, will play Major Eckhardt, a mysterious authority figure in the Florida Keys who is having an affair with Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini). Zuaiter is coming off a starring role in the Oscar-nominated film Omar. Elaine Tan has been cast in a recurring role in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hand Of God, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Without A Trace alum Enrique Murciano and Katie Finneran (The Michael J. Fox Show) have been cast in recurring roles on Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Murciano, repped by Untitled and Gersh, plays, Meg’s (Cardellini) boyfriend Marco, a member of the county sheriff’s department. He will next be seen in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Water & Power and recurring on Starz drama Power. Finneran, repped by Innovative, plays Kevin’s (Butz) red-haired, witty wife Belle. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Jack O'Connell gives an electrifying performance as a violent teenager forced to confront parental authority in prison
When inspirational director Alan Clarke cooked up an authentic television portrait of incarcerated British youth in the late 1970s, the resultant film was so alarming that it was promptly banned by the BBC. Clarke subsequently remade Scum for the cinema, and both the small- and big-screen versions of his most notorious work have since cast long shadows over their respective mediums. Plaudits, then, to David Mackenzie for fashioning a tough but empathetic (if uneven) prison drama which marks out its own territory in an arena in which Clarke's epochal work is still the daddy, even now.
Shot (but not set) in Northern Ireland on a tight schedule and even tighter budget, this eye-catching and frequently pulse-pounding drama finds high-risk young offender Eric (Jack O'Connell) being moved up to an adult prison where he »
- Mark Kermode
Starred Up (18)
We've seen enough prison movies to know the drill, but this is closer to A Prophet than The Great Escape – a bracing mix of brutal thriller, institutional critique and complex character drama. Conviction is key, both in the day-to-day details and the natural performances, particularly O'Connell – a young offender violent enough to be housed with the grown-ups, including his own father. It feels like things could kick off with every scene.
Labor Day (12A)
The Juno director tries nuanced domestic drama – and it doesn't really suit him. Erotic tremors are a given when Brolin's escaped convict shacks up with Winslet's lonely single mum, but you'll need to park your disbelief. »
- Steve Rose
There’s an animalism to the inside. As soon as you step through the gates of a penitentiary you are stripped – both literally and figuratively – of everything that makes you a person. Your belongings, clothes, and then your dignity are all removed over the course of about 3 minutes. And then you’re in – that’s it, you’re stuck. There is no coaching for this, you’re just thrown in the deep end. One day you are not in prison, and the next day you are. It’s very easy to lock people away, placing them out of sight and out of mind, but these pariahs face an existence plagued by the sort of fear and brutality that we reserve only for our worst nightmares.
When we first begin following Eric (Jack O’Connell), Starred Up‘s main character, he remains wordless as he is escorted through hallways and metal »
- Dominic Mill
Starred Up, an unconventional father-son story set in prison, represents a number of things for British cinema. Firstly, it’s emblematic of how strong UK-set and UK-made productions have been recently; in the past year alone, we’ve had The Selfish Giant, For Those in Peril, and A Field in England among others, all proving that the country is in very healthy cinematic shape indeed. It also gives us more reason to laud young British talent – Jack O’Connell provides a mesmerizing exhibition of vulnerable intensity, plus an extraordinarily interesting journey to our shores from Ben Mendelsohn, an actor more accustomed to his native Australian dramas (as the main source of evil in 2011′s Animal Kingdom) and American blockbusters (a glorified stooge in The Dark Knight Rises in a lesser one in Killing Them Softly).
But what Starred Up also does, is reveal a way of life that moves along every day, »
- Gary Green
Former prison psychotherapist Jonathan Asser's debut screenplay takes an uncompromising look at the violence that underpins life behind bars in this brutal, macho drama
The title of this brutal, violent and very macho prison movie from director David Mackenzie means "transferred prematurely from juvenile detention to adult jail". The film's press pack came with a glossary explaining to reviewers some of the other code-words: "kanga" meaning officer; "tech" meaning mobile phone; "kick off back door" meaning anal sex, and "straightener", meaning pre-planned fight. For me, this last word has a certain kind of sad irony and prose-poetry. It is the debut screenplay from Jonathan Asser, a psychotherapist who has experience treating long-term prisoners with anger-management issues. That phrase itself is perhaps a kind of official code, which looks increasingly euphemistic as the film progresses.
Jack O'Connell is Eric, a 19-year-old who has been starred up, upgraded to adult prison »
- Peter Bradshaw
It is hard to work out whether Starred Up is an Oedipal drama posing as a prison movie – or vice versa. Whatever the case, there is so much testosterone-fuelled intensity flying around here that you hardly notice the creaks in the plotting. This is in-your-face film-making: raw, uncomfortable, and boasting tremendous performances from its leads, Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend. »
Sam Shepard has been cast as Kyle Chandler's father in an upcoming Netflix drama. The still-untitled show, from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, is about a family of adult siblings whose secrets resurface when their black-sheep brother returns. (Oooh, ominous.) Shepard will play the dad; Sissy Spacek will play the mom; and Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ben Mendelsohn will play the kids, with Mendelsohn as said black sheep. Now all the show needs is a title. »
- Margaret Lyons
Sam Shepard (August: Osage County) has joined the cast of Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Kzk), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Shepard will play the patriarch of the family, with Sissy Spacek previously cast as his wife. Related: Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin To Topline Netflix Comedy Series »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Following prolonged negotiations, Sam Shepard is headed for Netflix. The August: Osage County star is set to topline the streaming service's family drama from the creators of Damages, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 13-episode series -- produced by Sony Pictures Television -- hails from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka Kzk). The series centers on a family's adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light with the return of their black-sheep brother (The Dark Knight Rises' Ben Mendelsohn). Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 Oscar nominee Shepard (The Right Stuff) will star as Robert,
- Lesley Goldberg
Director: David Mackenzie.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: Prematurely moved from a young offenders’ institution to an adult prison due to his uncontrollable violent tendencies, nineteen-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell) is given a lifeline by unconventional therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend).
A dark, unflinching insight into the prison system and the ever-present clash between punishment and rehabilitation, Starred Up, the debut screenplay from first time writer Jonathan Asser (himself a former prison therapist), is as much a tale of family and friendship as it is of prison life.
Centering on new inmate Eric (brilliantly played by former Skins star Jack O’Connell), a young boy too violent and broken to remain in a young offenders’ institute, the film follows him as he is moved to prison; a cruel, uninviting and cutthroat world where everyone is a threat and no one gives a damn. »
- Matt Dennis
Not a film to just kick back and enjoy, instead prison drama Starred Up takes you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you up. British director David Mackenzie certainly likes to challenge an audience (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense), but he also knows how to get a raw, affecting performance out of an actor and in the case of Skins graduate Jack O'Connell, it's blistering.
As soon as O'Connell comes striding through the prison door, his aura is electric. He plays Eric, a young offender who is "starred up" for having an especially violent temper and controversially banged up with the big boys. In fact, that's his preference because it means he'll be under the same roof as his father, Neville (played by Ben Mendelsohn, who gives a richly textured portrayal, »
It's a bright, crunchy winter morning and Ben Mendelsohn wants to walk while we talk. More than that, he wants to smoke. Would you like to try disagreeing with Ben Mendelsohn? Me neither. So we walk. The narrow Soho streets are sticky with last night's beer and crammed with people. Within seconds, the 44-year-old Australian actor is a few steps ahead and I have to strain to catch his words, which isn't as tricky as it sounds since most of them are "fuck".
"People are never shy about telling you what they fucking think," he calls back at me through the crowd. "At the same time, fuck that. Fuck what they think they fucking want or this or »
- Ryan Gilbey
TV news and notes:
- Sundance will premiere Season 2 of its critically acclaimed drama "Rectify" on June 19. The new season will have freed death-row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) becoming more engaged with the outside world and even allowing himself to think about the future. It will also delve more deeply into the lives of people affected by Daniel's return.
- Comedy Central has renewed "Kroll Show" for a third season. The sketch show starring and created by Nick Kroll has been averaging 1.1 million viewers in overnight ratings for Season 2; there's no word yet on when Season 3 will premiere.
- The cast of "Constantine" continues to grow. The new members of the NBC pilot include former "Lost" star Harold Perrineau, "True Blood" alum Lucy Griffiths and "True Detective's" Charles Halford. Griffiths will play Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine's deceased friends who becomes targeted by demons. Constantine saves »
Director: Ridley Scott
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Emun Elliott, Golshifteh Farahani, Dar Salim, Ghassan Massoud, Hiam Abbass
Sure, people are bound to be bent out of shape about the very non-Egyptian casting of its leads, but since we’re talking about mythology and Scott is a vocal agnostic, it seems rather fitting. Beyond what we assume will be yet another memorably committed performance from Bale, and a big budget role for Aaron Paul, Scott reunites with his Alien star Sigourney Weaver for the third outing, this time as the Egyptian Queen, Tuya (let’s hope it’s a better union than 1492: Conquest of Paradise in which she starred as Queen Isabella »
- Nicholas Bell
Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star in an upcoming Netflix drama alongside Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek, Deadline reports. The show, from Damages' Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, focuses on a family of adult siblings (with Spacek as their mother) whose black-sheep brother (Mendelsohn) return and dredges up old secrets. Butz will play the youngest brother, "the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the 'unofficial mayor' of this small coastal town." Butz is great — two Tonys don't lie — but the dream of Kyle Chandler and James Wolk playing brothers endures. »
- Margaret Lyons
Exclusive: The Rayburn siblings are all in place. Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. It centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Chandler, Mendelsohn, Cardellini, Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Butz will play the youngest brother Kevin, the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the “unofficial mayor” of this small coastal town. Butz, repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management, is one of only nine actors ever to have won a lead actor Tony Award twice. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.
On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences »
- Eric Lavallee
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”
On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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