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Veronica Ferres, one of the biggest stars in Germany who has toplined hit TV series, minis and movies for almost three decades, crossed into English-language productions with 2014’s “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” This year, the 50-year-old thesp will see the release of Uli Edel’s horror-thriller “Pay the Ghost,” in which she co-stars with Nicolas Cage; and Werner Herzog’s thriller “Salt and Fire,” with Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Building Blocks: With her shingle Construction Film, Ferres has been a producer on “Hector,” “Salt and Fire” and the company’s next film, “Devil,” directed by Dennis Gansel. She liked working with Shannon so much on “Salt and Fire” that he’s co-starring in “Devil,” too.
Be Prepared: “Salt and Fire,” set in South America, was a challenging production. “We were shooting for six weeks in Bolivia at 13,000 feet,” she says. Ferres spent six weeks preparing at a camp in Europe, »
- Shalini Dore
Hello class, welcome to cinema economics 101. Before you start rolling your eyes, I should tell you that this isn’t about how producers raise the cash in order to fund your favorite flicks. No, we’re going to take a look at the latest entry in Hollywood’s flicks about finance: the very high ups and the low, low downs. This film joins the ranks of the Wall Street series, with more than a passing nod to Arbitrage, Glenngary Glen Ross, and Boiler Room (and the soon to premiere The Big Short). Don’t be too concerned with the poster’s “based on real events” boast because it’s not about one incident, but an overall economic disaster that’s still affecting a whole lotta’ people. We’re talking the very recent housing boom and inevitable bust. How recent? Let’s turn the clock back just five years as we »
- Jim Batts
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Great actors are a filmmaker’s best friend. Michael Shannon transforms the otherwise heavy-handed economic morality tale, 99 Homes, into something dynamic and alive. Director Ramin Bahrani often favors preaching over telling a compelling story, but it’s a worthwhile sermon as we continue to extricate ourselves from the Great Recession. Mostly, it’s just a pleasure to watch the force of nature that is Michael Shannon deconstruct the American Dream with terrifying precision.
Back in the day, Rick Carver (Shannon) was a legitimate real estate agent. He enjoyed, “Putting people in homes” and giving families hope for a bright future. The de-regulation and reverse-mortgages of the new millennium, however, transformed him into an evictions enforcer. The propulsive opening sequence finds Carver ruthlessly scheduling his next foreclosure, even as he looks upon the lifeless body of his latest “client, »
- J.R. Kinnard
A horror story of today’s economy, of America’s heartless culture in which maximizing profit is all. Michael Shannon brings his usual terrifying intensity. I’m “biast” (pro): really like the cast and the filmmaker
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) is the best American filmmaker working today whom you’ve never heard of, but perhaps that will change with 99 Homes, his most mainstream — and most insistently pertinent — movie yet. Andrew Garfield (happily getting back to his social-realist indie roots; Spider-Man does not suit him) is Dennis Nash, an out-of-work Orlando construction worker whose home is repossessed via realtor Rick Carver (Michael Shannon [They Came Together], bringing his usual terrifying intensity)… and while the scene of a stunned, scared Nash family forcibly removed from their home is gut-wrenching, it’s nothing to what comes next, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here are some screenshots of the art: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature: Director: Zack Snyder Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman Amy Adams as Lois Lane Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg Diane Lane as Martha Kent Laurence Fishburne as Perry White Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth Holly Hunter as Senator Finch Tao Okamoto »
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? That is the question put to Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) after he is evicted from the home he shared with his mother and brother. Willing to do anything to get his family out of the cheap motel they move into, Dennis makes a deal with the devil in the form of Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the ruthless businessman who evicted him from his home, but now promises him riches beyond his imagination. Forced to evict others from thier homes, Nash...
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Maybe doing the devil's business isn't so bad... That's the tempting logic at work in the mind of 99 Homes protagonist Dennis Nash, an upright blue collar man whose recent homelessness has left him desperate to get his family back on its feet. Nash, played with convincing everyman vigor by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), is a single father of a good kid (played by Noah Lomax) and living with his mother (Laura Dern) in his lifelong home until the fateful day realtor-gone-wrong Rick Carver knocked at his door. Carver (Michael Shannon) is never depicted as anything less than the human embodiment of evil. When we first meet him, he's coming away from the suicide of a suburban homeowner, presumably spurned on to the deed by Carver's...
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Iconic superheroes Batman and Superman have done battle in the pages of DC Comics before, most notably in Frank Miller's iconic The Dark Knight Returns. Next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the first time these heroes have squared off on the big screen, and ever since the project was announced in 2013, fans have been wondering if there is any way The Dark Knight stands a chance against the incredible powers of the Man of Steel. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has added some insight into this debate, revealing to Tech Insider that there is a way Batman can defeat Superman, but it's not quite what you think.
"If Batman is ever to defeat Superman, it is not in a cage, it is some other way. It is the court of public opinion, perhaps. Forces that are not how big are your muscles or how fast you »
Andrew Garfield is at the centre of the Florida housing crisis in the new drama 99 Homes, in theatres this week.
The film, which played Tiff in 2014, sees Garfield as Dennis, a young father who, alongside his mother Lynn (Laura Dern), is evicted from their family home by greedy real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Eager to buy back their home, Dennis faces a moral dilemma; to earn the money he needs, he must work for Rick evicting people from their homes. A complicated relationship between Dennis and Rick ensues as his newfound mentor employs more than a few underhanded tricks to fleece the vulnerable for profit.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), the film opens in select theatres on Friday. Cineplex sat down the Garfield, Shannon, and Dern to talk about 99 Homes. Watch our cast interview now, plus check out an in-depth conversation with Dern about the film »
- Rachel West
It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
Wamg has your passes to the powerful drama Freeheld.
Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell] unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Directed by Peter Sollett (Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas) and written by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, Ray Donovan), with moving performances from a cast including Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore and Academy-Award nominees Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, with supporting performances from Luke Grimes and Josh Charles. »
- Movie Geeks
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including which Star Wars original trilogy character will be returning, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice getting its MPAA rating (for a suprising reason…) and Kevin Feige teases loads of McU Phase Three details. He’s got an Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu Ray to sell, after all…
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What are the first words that come to mind when you hear ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘? Why, sensual romance, of course.
“Is that your Batarang, or are you just pleased to see me?”
The MPAA classified Batman v Superman as »
- Oli Davis
It would seem that Michael Shannon has been a rather naughty boy.
With no regard for how over-excited DC fanboys (and indeed most of the blockbuster loving world) will get whenever there is new news about Batman V Superman, he’s been recklessly dropping teases about his character’s supposed return from the dead. The response to the biggest one – that he’d been filming mo-cap and had been wearing “flippers” – was inevitably massive.
Everyone fell over themselves to add two and two and make Doomsday, but now, a new interview with Shannon has revealed that he might not actually have been telling the truth, after previously claiming he hadn’t said it at all:
“Flippers? I think that might be a prime example of my scatological humor. People ask me a lot about Batman v Superman and I really don’t have anything to say about it, »
- Simon Gallagher
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Night Before
From the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
- Gary Collinson
Evictors assemble. Here’s the final trailer for 99 Homes, the topical thriller starring Michael Shannon as Rick Carver, a ruthless Florida real estate magnate who kicks Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) out of his house before the jobless single father can battle the bank that has cheated him. Nash becomes determined to get his family's home back and protect his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax) from the fallout. He resorts to teaming up with the guy who… »
The first clip has been released from co-writer/director Jonathan Levine’s upcoming Christmas comedy, The Night Before. The movie reunites the filmmaker with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk) and Seth Rogen (The Interview) after they teamed up for 50/50, with Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Age of Ultron) joining them.
In The Night Before, Ethan, Isaac and Chris have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Lizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon, and Mindy Kaling also star in the movie.
In the clip above, the trio bust out some moves to the tune of Kanye West, and this new look at the film does a »
- Josh Wilding
“Celebrity is the new religion, as far as I can see, along with money, power, status. It’s all the same umbrella — the seductive forces of evil, really,” Andrew Garfield told Vulture. It’s safe to say the years under the microscope of public scrutiny during “The Amazing Spider-Man” wasn’t the young actor’s favorite time in the whole world. He’s been backlashing on it hard on his recent press rounds, and who can blame him? So, as he transitions out of superhero movie world and returns back to indie films, including his latest movie, “99 Homes,” don’t be surprised if you see him dive into character actor roles for some time to shake off the aftertaste of Peter Parker. And if you expect him to take a tentpole gig any time soon you’re probably going to be disappointed. Read More: Review: Ramin Bahrani's '99 Homes' »
- Edward Davis
"Why the fuck am I doing this?" Andrew Garfield said, agitated. He was sitting in front of me in a nicely appointed Beverly Hills hotel room, recalling the feeling of dread he'd felt that morning as he faced a long day of press to promote his new film 99 Homes. "Coming in today to do interviews, I’m like, Why?" he said. "I know that I’m an actor and it's part of the job, and I feel lucky I get to do that, but with the interviews, it’s such a weird thing. What do I have to say?"As it turned out, Garfield had quite a bit to say. 99 Homes was a good starting place: In it, he plays a poor laborer whose family is evicted during the housing crisis, after which he's quickly seduced and mentored by an amoral real-estate developer (Michael Shannon) who convinces him that the »
- Kyle Buchanan
It’s fascinating to see how an awards player can see its stock rise and fall throughout Oscar season. Much like last week’s Stonewall, which went from a potential contender to throughly a pretender, Freeheld has seen its fortunes change ever since its debut on the film festival circuit. The movie is hitting theaters this week with less buzz than you’d expect, though that doesn’t mean that this one is dead. A lot will have to do with the precursors, which could easily resurrect the film. As such, I wanted to give it another quick mention and keep it on all of our minds… In case you don’t remember from the last time I talked about Freeheld, the film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant »
- Joey Magidson
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