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Jason Clarke’s ‘Chappaquiddick’ Gets November Release Date

Jason Clarke’s ‘Chappaquiddick’ Gets November Release Date
Jason Clarke’s “Chappaquiddick” has been set for an awards-season domestic release on Nov. 22 by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

The movie, which Entertainment Studios acquired in advance of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, recounts the events surrounding a 1969 car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, a young campaign worker for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy, who was driving the car, waited 10 hours before reporting the accident.

Directed by John Curran from a Black List screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, “Chappaquiddick” stars Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Kopechne. Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown, and Taylor Nichols also star.

The movie was financed and produced by Apex’s Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes. Dmg Entertainment’s Chris Fenton is executive producing with Allen and Logan alongside producer Chris Cowles.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a strong review: “As a movie, ‘Chappaquiddick
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’
Over the years, a great many actors have taken a turn at playing one of the Kennedy brothers (in made-for-tv movies, on “Saturday Night Live,” in big-screen historical dramas). The vast majority of these performances have been mediocre, a handful have been quite good, and a few have been memorable — like Bruce Greenwood’s cuttingly terse and commanding JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis drama “Thirteen Days,” or Peter Sarsgaard’s tender and battle-scarred Robert F. Kennedy in “Jackie.” To that short list of singular and superb Kennedy performances, we can now add the Australian actor Jason Clarke’s portrayal of Edward M. Kennedy in “Chappaquiddick.”

Clarke, with a bit of makeup, looks the part to an astonishing degree: the squint, the hawkish profile, the wedge of hair combed gently over from the left side, the lips that hang slightly open as if pondering a question, giving Kennedy an aura that’s more tentative, less
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Toronto: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Sells to Byron Allen’s Company

Toronto: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Sells to Byron Allen’s Company
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is busy breaking out its checkbook.

The newly formed media company has landed domestic rights to “Chappaquiddick,” a buzzy drama from John Curran about one of the most infamous political scandals in American history. The film sold for $4 million. Allen’s company has committed to spending $16 million on prints and advertising for the film.

Chappaquiddick” stars Jason Clarke as Sen. Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne, the campaign aide who died in a car accident on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass. After his car drove off a bridge, Kennedy’s decision to leave the scene of and failure to report the accident to authorities for 10 hours effectively ended his chance of being elected president.


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Clarke is best known for his work on Showtime’s “Brotherhood” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Mara
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Review: Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1990); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.

The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 41 – Barcelona and Whit Stillman

Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.

About the film:

Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 7,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 4 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Command & Control," and it turns out that we're going to see some very dramatic and intense stuff go down as innocent lives are in major danger unless Callen and Sam do exactly what a caller tells them to do, and more! In the new, 4th episode press release: After Callen And Sam Mysteriously Receive A Cell Phone, The Caller Threatens The Lives Of Innocent People If They Don't Follow His Instructions, On The 150Th Episode Of "NCIS: Los Angeles," Monday, Oct. 12. Press release number 2: Callen and Sam are going to be forced to work on their day off when they mysteriously receive a cell phone and the caller threatens the lives of innocent people if they don't do exactly what he says. Guest stars feature: Taylor Nichols (The
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Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' 25 Years Later: How it Become a Surprise Indie Hit

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Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' 25 Years Later: How it Become a Surprise Indie Hit
When Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan" hit theaters in 1990, it seemed like an overnight success. But the low-budget film about a group of self-proclaimed "urban haute bourgeoisie" in Manhattan hardly had an easy time making it into the world. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary re-release, Indiewire recently spoke to Stillman and cast members Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols and Chris Eigeman, who reflected on the challenges -- and joys -- of making the film. Read More: Whit Stillman's 'Metropolitan' to Get 25th Anniversary Re-Release Set "not so long ago" during winter vacation on Manhattan's Upper East Side, "Metropolitan" follows young Ivy League student Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), who falls in with a clique of upper-crust preppies (portrayed by Farina, Nichols, Eigeman, Bryan Leder, Will Kempe, Elizabeth Thompson, Dylan Hundley, Isabel Gillies and Allison Parisi) who attend winter debutante balls. The low-budget film shot in borrowed...
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Daily | Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan @ 25

On the 25th anniversary of Whit Stillman's feature debut, Rialto Pictures is sending Metropolitan, featuring Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Carolyn Farina and Elizabeth Thompson, out on limited runs in New York, Los Angeles and Maryland. "Few will identify with the ludicrously wealthy characters, who speak in perpetual bon mots and are virtually never seen in anything but formalwear," grants Mike D'Angelo at the Av Club, "but their stubborn refusal to evolve with the culture—forever sounding as if they’re in one of the Jane Austen novels they so earnestly discuss—is part of their charm." We've got the new trailer and we're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson
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Everything Wrong With Jurassic Park III In 15 Minutes

Adventure runs wild when renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) agrees to accompany a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (Tea Leoni) on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's former breeding ground for prehistoric creatures. But when they're terrifyingly stranded, Dr. Grant discovers that his hosts are not what they seem and the island's native inhabitants are smarter, faster, fiercer and more brutal than he ever imagined in this heart-stomping thriller. Jurassic Park III featured: Director: Joe Johnston Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant William H. Macy as Paul Kirby Téa Leoni as Amanda Kirby Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby Michael Jeter as Udesky John Diehl as Cooper Bruce A. Young as M. B. Nash Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Degler Taylor Nichols as Mark Degler Mark Harelik as Ben Hildebrand Julio Oscar Mechoso as Enrique Cardoso Blake Michael Bryan as
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New Mentalist Season 6,Episode 13 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

New Mentalist season 6,episode 13 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently,CBS finally dished out the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 13 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Black Helicopters," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as Patrick joins a separatist commune, and more. In the new,13th episode press release: Jane is going to join a separatist commune to find out how a U.S. Attorney was found dead in Mexico despite no record of her crossing the border. Press release number 2: Jane’s investigation will lead him to join a separatist commune after a U.S. attorney is found dead in Mexico, even though there’s no record of her crossing the border. Also, Rigsby and Van Pelt are going to convince Jj Laroche to help them discover who is stalking former Cbi members. Guest stars will feature: Shannon McClung
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Zombie, Indiana, a Circus of the Dead teaser trailer, news on the line-up for FearFest Glasgow, an Escaping the Dead trailer, the trailer for Bb, and much more:

Zombie, Indiana Release Details: “The newest novel in Scott Kenemore’s bestselling series, Zombie, Indiana is the tale of a harrowing undead attack on the heartland of America. From the highest echelons of state government—to the gritty world of an eastside narcotics detective—to the elite folds of the state’s most-expensive prep school—this novel explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists… each of whom has some dark secrets to keep.

Indiana governor Hank Burleson has spent eight years cutting social services, castrating the unions (not literally…yet), and chipping
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:

Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.

Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes digital and DVD release information on The Seasoning House, a trailer for Loss of Life, first details on The Cage, the short film “Don’t Move,” and much more:

The Seasoning House Release Details: “Acclaimed prosthetic effects designer Paul Hyett (The Woman in Black, Unknown) makes his directorial debut with the harrowing horror revenge thriller The Seasoning House, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 10th from Well Go USA Entertainment. The chilling film stars Rosie Day (Sixteen), Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalkers, The Last Horror Movie) and Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). In The Seasoning House, young girls are prostituted to the military and an orphaned deaf mute (Day) is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing a little kindness when she can.
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Why the Safety Not Guaranteed Filmmaker as the Director of the Fourth Jurassic Flick?

The fourth Jp movie gets a new director: indie filmmaker Trevorrow Colin Trevorrow, whose well-received, (very) low-budget, independently made feature Safety Not Guaranteed won the Screenwriting Award at last year's Sundance Festival, has been named the director of the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic Park 4. (Pictured above: Nope, that's not Trevorrow, but the 1993 Jurassic Park's imposing star, Mr. Tyrannosaurus Rex.) Now, why would Universal and executive producer Steven Spielberg bring this particular indie filmmaker aboard the billionaire Jp frachise? Well, why specifically Trevorrow is impossible to say. Yet, it seems clear that his handling of a science-fiction narrative about time travel played an important role in his selection. Another plus: He was surely cheaper than bigger names associated with action films. And let's not forget another crucial aspect of his selection: The director, whose innovative Safety Not Guaranteed was warmly greeted by critics, may bring to the increasingly paleozoic (i.
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Criterion Collection: Metropolitan Blu-ray Review

With this past Spring’s release of Damsels In Distress, his first new title in thirteen years, the Criterion Collection has refurbished two Whit Stillman titles this month, including his impressive independent darling from 1990, Metropolitan. An odd-duck anachronism upon its initial release, time has only added a more subdued refinement and fascination to its subject matter, a depiction of a dying culture giving birth to an auteur whose own brand of strangeness may have recently shown itself to be as equally misdated in dealing with the modern youth in today’s world, where the upper class more freely walks amongst its inferior company.

One New York Christmas, not long ago, a group of seven upper class young adults on Christmas vacation are on their way to a deb ball, and it tis the season for a considerable flurry of such high brow events. Several members of the group known as
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The Criterion Collection Announce August 2012 Blu-ray Slate Including The Royal Tenenbaums

During the summer months, theaters are often full of blockbusters and "popcorn" films; movies meant to make one turn off their brain and forget the world around them and its troubles. Much like they do all year long, the folks at The Criterion Collection have a multitude of summer Blu-ray offerings during the months of July and August that demand one's brain be "on" and fully aware and ready for thoughts, ideas, and discussion.

In July, Criterion is releasing four Blu-ray titles, three of which are upgrades of previously released DVDs in the collection. Leading off these upgrades is Jim Jarmusch's sophomore directorial effort Down By Law, a 1986 noir-ish comedy starring Tom Waits. The other two upgrades come from director Whit Stillman; 1990's Metropolitan and 1998's The Last Days of Disco. Both films look take a look at various aspects of Manhattan life with a dry humor and wit that Stillman made his own.
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Blu-ray Releases: Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco

Blu-ray Release Date: July 24, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $39.95 each

Studio: Criterion

Chris Eigman is flanked in Metropolitan.

A pair of New York independent filmmaker Whit Stillman’s (Damsels in Distress) sophisticated comedy films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and The Last Days of Disco (1998), arrive on Blu-ray from Criterion following the label’s previous release of the titles on DVD in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

Acclaimed as one of the great American indies of the 1990s, writer/director Stillman’s Metropolitan is a comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man’s (Edward Clements) romantic misadventures in New York City’s debutante society, where a chatty group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the movie co-stars Chris Eigman, Carolyn Farina and Taylor Nichols.

The Blu-ray of Metropolitan contains the following features, all of which were first issued on the DVD (except
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Stillman and the art of the courteous comedy

His characters are uncool, preppy and full of the self-dramatising melancholy of youth, yet his films are hugely likeable. His latest, Damsels in Distress, continues his peculiar cinematic vision

Every great American film-maker struggles to create their own peculiar vision, just as the studio men struggle to stop them doing so. Yet few visions are quite so peculiar as Whit Stillman's, and few have seemed so marginal to the industry of which they are a part. It's hard to say how much impact his films have had; there have been, for reasons beyond his own control, too few of them. He has succeeded in getting four films made: a comic trilogy set in the 1980s, Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco (1998), and now the about-to-be released "campus comedy" Damsels in Distress. On one level it may seem a rather meagre body of work. However, for some, myself included,
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The Films Of Whit Stillman: A Retrospective

Charlie: Do you know the film, "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise?" When I first saw that title, I though, "Finally, someone is going to tell the truth about the bourgeoisie." What a disappointment. It would be hard to imagine a less fair or accurate portrait.

Cynthia: Well of course, Bunuel is a surrealist. Despising the bourgeoisie is part of their credo.

Nick: (disgusted) Where do they get off?

Charlie: The truth is the bourgeoisie does have a lot of charm.

Nick: Of course it does, the surrealists were just a bunch of social climbers.

- Whit Stillman, "Metropolitan"

Famously dubbed the “the Wasp Woody Allen” and the “Dickens of people with too much inner life” by reviewers and critics when his comedy-of-manners indie pictures arrived in the early 1990s, Whit Stillman’s ironic, clever and urbane examinations of upward and downward social mobility and the shallow concerns and preoccupations of the young,
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Damsels In Distress

A trio of girls aim to revolutionise a stuffy, former all-male university.

"Oh my God! A golden oldie! I love those!"

So declares Violet (Greta Gerwig) as a dance track comes on at the frathouse party she is attending - and this demure-seeming, verbally versatile student (the very opposite of Gerwig's usual mumblecore roles) suddenly bursts into a spirited dance, as though disco had never died.

You can measure how long writer/director Whit Stillman has been absent from our screens by the wrinkles that have since appeared on the face of his regular actor Taylor Nichols....
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