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Cary Fukunaga was going to film Pennywise the clown's Derry-based reign of terror this summer, but it's now been revealed that Fukunaga has left the director's chair of New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It, with principal photography delayed as a result.
TheWrap reports the news of Fukunaga's departure from It, revealing that the True Detective director felt creatively compromised as the film approached the start of filming in mid-June. Production on the It movie is now postponed and it's not certain how soon Fukunaga will be replaced or when production on the project will move forward.
Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema (which took on the It film last May) recently requested budget cuts on the adaptation of Stephen King's It (initially approved for a $30 million budget) and are strongly considering trimming the project down to one film, which conflicted with Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's ambitious two-movie screenplay adaptation of the epic 1986 novel. »
- Derek Anderson
Though it more recently looked like the new film version of Stephen King’s It was well on track, with True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga talking up his plans to make two movies from the story of an evil fiend targeting smalltown folk as both kids as adults and Will Poulter entering talks to play the demonic central creature, everything has come to a screeching halt. Fukunaga has left the film and New Line has called an indefinite halt to forward movement.The Wrap reports that the primary problem with this new take on the King tale was wrangling over the expanding budget. That two-film plan wasn’t going to be cheap and as the production moved from Warner Bros. to its more financially cautious New Line arm, Fukunaga was asked to make deeper cuts to his vision for the story. Adding to that was Fukunaga’s desire to shoot »
New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has lost its director.
“It” was set to be split up into two films, and sources say New Line was considering making only one movie due to budget concerns. Fukunaga, however, was adamant about making two pics. They could not agree on a budget, causing Fukunaga to clash with the studio.
Production was originally set to move forward this summer, but is now stalled.
Fukunaga came on board to the project in 2012, when it was set up at Warner Bros. before moving to New Line. »
- Alex Stedman
Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A 16-year-old boy and a world-weary man make their way through a dense forest on horseback. "That's just a shame," the boy says to his older counterpart as the two discover a felled tree, a man crushed beneath it, the hand of his rotted corpse still clenching the axe he used to chop it down. "Is itc" the man asks, chortling. The boy responds with a smirk, "No, no it isn't." His once-naive mind, now all but tainted by his companion's cynicism. The scene described above is one you might find in a Coen brothers film, or perhaps a Quentin Tarantino joint -- though devoid of the popular music Tarantino would use to contrast the 1870s American frontier backdrop. Yet here it is smack dab in the middle of Slow West, the feature directorial debut of John Maclean, and while the film is clearly inspired by Maclean's predecessors both classic and contemporary, »
- Jordan Benesh
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 have announced the official details for the critcally-acclaimed western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender (Shame), Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Ben Mendelsohn (Lost River), which is set for release in the USA on July 7th.
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In search of his fugitive girlfriend and her father, 16-year-old Jay (Smit-McPhee) heads west across the 19th-century American wilderness. Along the way, Jay meets Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler who protects him from the savage and lawless elements. But is Silas really watching out for Jay…or is he tied to the band of desperados tracking them? Every step west brings Jay closer to the truth-leading to an epic, bullet-laced showdown in this quintessential Western.
Special Features will include:
–“On Strange Land: Making Slow West” featurette
- Scott J. Davis
Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves.
Starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Kodi Smith-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier at the end of the 19th century, in search of the woman he loves. Along the way he is joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveller with his own agenda, and is hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Mendelsohn).
The movie is an adaptation of the novel by John Williams. The story follows the hardscrabble life, both interior and exterior, of a farmer turned academic making his way through the first half of the 20th century.
All three partners on the movie have had a stellar year: Blumhouse’s first micro-budget drama, “Whiplash,” won three Academy Awards; Cohen Media Group’s “Timbuktu” was an Academy Award nominee for foreign-language film; and Film4’s recent credits include Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” which has been a specialty hit in the U.S., and the company »
- Leo Barraclough
While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.
First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »
- Brian Welk
Even those that lived in the more unforgiving 19th century were apparently hopeless romantics. In writer/director John Maclean’s evocative fairy tale Western-adventure starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the heart leads and the head follows further behind. And in the trail of dead that mark the hard journey to reunion, unlikely families form. In the cruel and merciless landscapes of the Western frontier, a young man has traveled great distances for love. Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) has made a grand pilgrimage from Scotland across America in pursuit of his lost love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Having fled the country to America with her father, John (Rory McCann, the Hound from “Game Of Thrones”), the two are wanted for a tragedy that’s more accident than crime. Read More: Watch A New International Trailer And Clip For 'Slow West' With Michael Fassbender And Ben Mendelsohn Life is cheap »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ahead of its release next month, a UK poster and trailer have arrived online for Slow West, the upcoming Western drama starring Michael Fassbender and his X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee; check them out here…
Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier at the end of the 19th century, in search of the woman he loves. Along the way he is joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveller with his own agenda, and is hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn).
- Gary Collinson
Netflix’s new original series Bloodline centers around an affluent family in the Florida Keys, well regarded in the community for the inn and charter tour business run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek). Their business, and indeed world, is turned upside down with the arrival of family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), which sends his hometown siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) scrambling to figure out what to do with Danny. It’s the first heavy-hitting Netflix original that seeks to fill the juicy drama void between seasons of House of Cards.
But House of Cards is lush in its characterizations, plumbing the diseased actions of complex characters as well as being a fun, hyperbolically cinematic power fantasy. Bloodline plays more like a prime-time soap that would be at home on CBS airing after an NCIS spin-off. Creators Glenn Kessler, »
- Charlie Sanford
Given that shooting is looming, director Gareth Edwards must be in the final stages of putting his cast together for 2016's Star Wars film, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Edwards already has Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn on board the new movie, which is said to be a heist picture set around the plans for the original Death Star.
Now we learn that another of the film's lead roles has been cast.
The part has gone to Diego Luna, best known for movies such as Elysium and the excellent Y Tu Mama Tambien. The exact role that Luna has been cast in, as you might expect, remains unknown. Variety does report, however, that Rogue One is expected to have a big ensemble cast, "similar to The Dirty Dozen »
Variety has revealed that Gareth Edwards has cast his male lead for the ‘about to start shooting’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the stand-alone Star Wars movie from Lucasfilm. The film already has British actors Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed amongst the cast, along with potentially Ben Mendelsohn, but the trade is reporting that none other than Mexican actor Diego Luna, most famous for his movies with Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and the Us hits The Terminal and, more recently, The Book Of Life.
There is no mention of the exact character that Luna will play, but it is said to be one of the leads in the tentpole movie.
‘Rogue One’ is heavily in pre-production with the plot revolving around a group of soldiers who steal plans for the Death Star. It will be set in the Star Wars universe that we all know and love, but »
- Paul Heath
Nightcrawler co-star Riz Ahmed and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) have joined Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn in director Benedict Andrews’ upcoming drama Blackbird, which is due to shoot in the UK from June 13.
The buzzed about script, adapted by playwright David Harrower from his celebrated and controversial Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, charts the confrontation between a middle aged man and a young woman who had an illicit affair 15 years earlier, for which the man was arrested and imprisoned.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
What has been going around the rumor mill for a few weeks now has been confirmed. Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is now officially part of the cast of the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. Variety reported earlier today that Mendelsohn has landed the role of the film's villain but no one from Lucasfilm or Disney will confirm that for now. Honestly though, if Gareth Edwards can channel even a little bit of the Mendelsohn we saw in Animal Kingdom he could be a very noteworthy Star Wars villain indeed. Variety also reported that Mexican actor Diego Luna is also joining the cast, adding further ethnic diversity to the lineup. They join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed. ...
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Is the force officially with Diego Luna?! The 35-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff movie, according to Variety. Not much else is known about the casting or who Luna will play. Luna will join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn in the highly anticipated film (Mendelsohn is set to star as the film's primary villain according to the trade). The plot of Rogue One reportedly revolves around the heist of the Death Star by a group of rebel fighters with Ahmed and Luna playing rebel fighters. Back in March, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news of a Star Wars stand-alone film, which, according to the press release, is »
Gareth Edwards is in the process of adding another actor to his cast for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. According to Variety, Diego Luna is now in talks for one of the lead roles alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. Edwards showed up at the Star Wars Celebration convention in California recently to offer some more details about the movie, which will be set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, and features a group of rebel fighters pulling off a daring plan to steal the schematics for the first Death Star. Luna appears to be close to a role as one of those brave rebel types, serving alongside Jones and Ahmed, while Mendelsohn will be bringing his intensity to the main villain. Edwards is reportedly looking to build a larger ensemble for this one, with its mission dynamic resembling something more like The Dirty Dozen »
There’s something strange about the frontierland in writer-director John Maclean’s darkly hilarious, unexpectedly poetic Slow West, but as soon as you put your finger on what it is, it’s tough not to laugh. For his spin on the Wild West, where hard men find purpose and soft ones an early grave, the Scottish director cast an Aussie and an Irishman (Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender) as a dewey-eyed Scot and the Eastwood-esque loner guarding him on the quest for a lost love (Caren Pistorius), then shot the thing in New Zealand without a single American face in the main cast. Slow West is the genre presented from the perspective of an enthusiastic tourist.
The film is also a Coen-esque fairy tale that captures the sun-scorched allure of the West even as it playfully satirizes what so fascinates us about the time period. It’s alternately grim and gut-busting, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Those who witnessed Danny Rayburn's exquisite manipulation of his family in Netflix's new drama series Bloodline know what a sympathetic, fascinating and utterly complex villain Ben Mendelsohn is capable of bringing to the table. So it's very exciting that he has been announced as the main bad guy in the first Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. No details have been announced regarding the character he will play. But it is known that he will be after a group of Rebel fighters intent on stealing plans to the first Death Star, with a story that leads right into Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Disney and Lucasfilm have no comment on the news of Ben Mendelsohn's casting as the villain at this time. While the actor also wouldn't comment on the role in recent interviews, he did open up a little bit more about the »
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