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Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
This month’s must-see movies is looking a lot different than we had originally expected. With George Clooney’s The Monuments and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher pushed to next year, the Oscar race has tightened a little, but it’s still all to play for.
As ever, December is one of the biggest months of the year for the Oscar-primed films, and it goes without saying that the majority of this month’s must-see movies are amongst those likely to make an appearance come January’s nominations announcement. (The sheer number is the reason for extending the usual top 10 list to a top 15). But every year brings a number of great counterprogramming choices, and this year is no different, with Ron Burgundy and co. making their long-awaited return later this month.
So with all that in mind, here’s a run-down of the fifteen films you really must see this month, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
There are a handful of filmmakers looking for rare air this year. If "American Hustle," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska" end up with Oscar nominations for Best Picture in January, then that means David O. Russell, the Coen brothers and Alexander Payne will enter the exclusive company of 11 other filmmakers who have directed three Best Picture nominees in a row. And next year, Bennett Miller will be looking to do the same with "Foxcatcher," which was recently rescheduled for a 2014 release. Of course, stats like these are rather pointless given the nature of the category, which has moved back »
- Kristopher Tapley
A less-noticed component of Annapurna has been Panorama Media.
Launched at Cannes last year to move into the foreign sales arena, it’s enabled Ellison to use foreign pre-sales to cover part of the production costs and be a player in the increasingly vital international market.
Panorama, headed by industry vets Marc Butan and Kim Fox, comes to Afm with “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Jessica Chastain’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and James Gray’s “Lost City of Z,” starring Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Butan said Panorama started with a skeleton staff of three.
“We formally launched »
- Dave McNary
This year’s Oscar race is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years. With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave already announcing themselves as major frontrunners in multiple categories, well-received smaller dramas duking it out to overtake the top spot, and films from Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell still on the way, there’s not a lot of breathing room. Perhaps that’s why we’ve already seen a number of would-be contenders get the heck out of Dodge and move to 2014 with the latest being George Clooney’s World War II drama The Monuments Men. The pic had all the staples of an Academy favorite, but with its release now shifted to next February, which of the other contenders might benefit from its absence? We discuss that and more in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump. While The Monuments Men is »
- Adam Chitwood
• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
• 12 Years a Slave antagonist Michael Fassbender is in talks to play a man who wants out of the family business in the gangster pic Trespass Against Us. Adam Smith, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and Skins, will make his feature debut on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
While we'll have to wait until a yet-to-be determined date in 2014 to watch Channing Tatum wrestle with murder (or something) in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the guy has no shortage of projects on the go. Next year it seems he has a movie coming every other month with the animated "The Lego Movie," comedy sequel "22 Jump Street" and sci-fi actioner "Jupiter Ascending" (and may we point out the diversity of those gigs too) all on tap. And he's not resting on his laurels as he gears up for another gig. THR reveals that Tatum will star in Jonathan Levine's "Bad Romance." Plot details? Sorry, none yet. However, Levine has carved out an interesting career thus far going from horror "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" (finally released this year after floating in distributor limbo), to pot coming-of-age tale "The Wackness," to cancer dramedy "50/50" and zombie romance "Warm Bodies." And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Channing Tatum is lining up another producing project, and this time he’ll star as well. THR reports that Tatum is in talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for MGM, with 50/50 and Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine set to write and direct. Details on the film are not given, but if it’s anything like Levine’s previous work it’ll be a swell blend of humor, drama, and of course, romance. Tatum is currently busy filming the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and has a range of roles on the horizon. Next year he’ll be seen in Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Bennett Miller’s real-life drama Foxcatcher, and the excellent-looking animated pic The Lego Movie. Hit the jump for casting news concerning a comedy legend joining DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O. Additionally, Variety reports that Bill Murray will voice the villain »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum is set to take lead in Warm Bodies and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine's next project, Bad Romance . The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the White House Down star will also produce alongside Reid Carolin. There are no plot details available for Bad Romance at this time, but it is said that Levine will also be providing the screenplay. Tatum has a whopping five major releases lined up for 2014. He'll appear in Bennett Miller's recently delayed Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending opposite Mila Kunis, and 22 Jump Street reuniting with Jonah Hill. That's in addition to voicework for both The Lego Movie (as Superman) and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Book of Life . (Photo »
Another great week for the streaming services with some good watches from this year, last year, the year before and about ten or twenty years back. I struggle to believe we can keep up this kind of momentum and variety until Christmas but we will see what happens. At the moment this column is just a pleasure to write due to the variety of stuff available.
One thing that has amazed me this week is how a worthy and quite brilliant drama like Disconnect can just squeak out on to streaming with so little fanfare. Have things really changed that much? Is relevant, timely cinema worthy of discussion made independently really such an off-putting thing to studios and distributors? A few years back when the Mubi service was introduced on the PlayStation Network, it threatened to give us free and pay per view independent cinema that you couldn’t see anywhere else. »
- Chris Holt
This year's Best Director race got thinned out a bit recently as such heavy hitters as Bennett Miller and George Clooney took their leave of the 2013 film awards season. But there's still a healthy crop of hopefuls, from debut filmmakers to veteran craftsmen. How will the final line-up shake down? What's immediately notable about this year's slate is how reflective of a hugely competitive year it is, just like virtually every other category. Last year the directors branch threw us for a major loops, snubbing the likes of Ben Affleck ("Argo") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") while giving a »
- Kristopher Tapley
It was the awards season that looked too good to be true. And so, indeed, it proved. Over the past few weeks, three of the most eagerly anticipated films scheduled for release in coming months have had their release dates abruptly moved back, thereby ruling them out of the running for the 2014 Oscars.
Audiences will now have to wait until later next year for their first look at George Clooney's second world war art heist caper The Monuments Men, as well as Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in biopic Grace of Monaco and Steve Carell as reclusive philanthropist-turned-killer John du Pont in Foxcatcher.
- Catherine Shoard
The first act of the Oscar season is playing out like an episode of "Survivor."
Several anticipated films planned to be released in the heart of awards season have picked up stakes and moved to 2014. Changes often happen in the highly contentious fall movie season, but rarely has there been an exodus like this.
Most recently, George Clooney's World War II drama The Monuments Men, previously dated for December 18, was moved by Sony to early next year, after the end-of-year eligibility cutoff. Earlier postponed was Bennett Miller's brother drama Foxcatcher, with Channing Tatum and Steve Carell; Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly; and James Grey's The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is also up in the air, widely expected to move from a long-planned November release to Christmas. Scorsese is racing to edit his ambitious Wall Street epic, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
The Gotham premiere on Oct. 24 of HBO’s “Seduced and Abandoned” was not your typical documentary affair. The attendance of A-list helmers Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson and Bennett Miller as well as a posh filet mignon sit-down dinner at the Porter House made it an unusual nonfiction event.
“We want to welcome you to the New York Bar Mitzvah party for James Toback,” said HBO’s Richard Plepler while introducing the film. “Most Bar Mitzvah boys only get one party, but James is so talented that we gave him two — one in L.A. and one tonight. We are very proud of you.”
Shot during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, doc follows Toback and pic’s producer Alec Baldwin as they try to find financing for a loose remake of “Last Tango in Paris.” Along the way actors including Ryan Gosling and Jesssica Chastain, filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Scorsese, »
- Addie Morfoot
• Felicity Jones may have helped put director Drake Doremus on the map with her affecting performance in his lovely indie Like Crazy, and then again in Breathe In, but Doremus is eying a new heroine for his next project: Kristen Stewart. The director is reportedly courting the Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) for Equals, a science fiction love story. Moon scribe Nathan Parker wrote the script. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Dornan replaces Charlie Hunnam, who left the role earlier this month amid rumours that the Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star had been spooked by overwhelming fan attention, or may have required more input into the script than producers were willing to grant. Studio Universal and director Sam Taylor-Johnson have been searching for a replacement ever since, with the project due for release in nine months time and shooting to start imminently.
Dornan stars as Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time and also plays a serial »
- Ben Child
I’m not doubting her talent as an actress, in fact she was pretty outstanding in Factory Girl, but Sienna Miller appears more in the tabloids than she does on the screen. Since she first caught my eye in Matthew Vaughn’s superb gangster flick Layer Cake, it’s difficult to recall many more memorable roles. That may be about to change as she will next be seen in Bennett Miller’s Oscar-baiting true-life drama Foxcatcher and now she’s off to Berlin to begin shooting chaotic comedy Business Trip.
Miller will join Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and June Diane Raphael in the film being directed by Ken Scott. It’s produced by New Regency from a script by Steve Conrad and follows a struggling Midwestern businessman who assembles a team in a crazy cross-country journey in an effort to win a major contract. She’ll play one Vaughn’s »
- Craig Hunter
The release of The Wolf of Wall Street has been up in the air, with editing said to be unfinished, however it now seems as if a Christmas release is likely. Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to open on December 25th, which could move Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit back to January 27th 2014.
However, The Times has reported that Jack Ryan will not in fact be moved, with an official announcement from Paramount expected to come in the upcoming days. Furthermore, Paramount's website still maintains that The Wolf of Wall Street will open on November 15th.
With The Wolf of Wall Street back in the Oscar race, other movie studios have begun to push back their features. George Clooney's The Monuments Men - which seemed set be a major Oscar contender - looks as if it will be bumped to early 2014. The reason for this? »
- Gary Collinson
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