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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.
Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells »
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The “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in the title role in the film, which is based on the Ben Fountain novel. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund round out the cast.
The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.
The film is the first to be dated for Nov. 11, 2016.
- Dave McNary
TriStar Pictures has slated the wartime drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, from director Ang Lee, for release on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. The studio previously had the spot held for Sinister Six but moved that superhero film off the date. Billy Lynn has that weekend to itself for now. The 3D film is based on the best-selling Ben Fountain novel and stars Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. It follows… »
We're excited. But the festival is still hanging on to its old definitions of what makes a Cannes Competition auteur. It's tough to land a slot with a family animated feature or a documentary. And while women are in there, they are still a minority. Cannes still doesn't program much TV either--or Netflix titles for that matter. Other festivals are following the talent, however. And more and more stars like Kristen Stewart are using their bankability to push movies like "Clouds of Sils Maria" into existence. We also hail the intimate virtues of relationship drama "Felix and Meira." »
- Anne Thompson
Landing world sales right in the month of April not only facilitates future Cannes Film Festival deals, but if you’re Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, you’re looking the strong possibility for a future handover to Spc. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have bought Kelly Reichardt’s small-town set untitled Montana backdrop drama which just recently wrapped up. Produced by her usual producers in Filmscience’s Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani, a Venice, Tiff and/or Telluride premiere is definitely in the cards.
Gist: Starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, James LeGros and Jared Harris, this is based on short stories by Maile Meloy and sees Stewart portray a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. After taking the job, Stewart’s character develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class.
Worth Noting: Reichardt’s last film (Night Moves) premiered at Venice. »
- Eric Lavallee
You might’ve used the expression “The Real McCoy” and not actually known where it came from. Colloquially it refers to something being authentic, or the real deal. In fact, if someone were to name their movie after it, you might presume it was just a romantic comedy.
Well, now super-mega-star Chris Pratt is set to star in a movie about where that expression originated. The Real McCoy is a bootlegging drama about the life of Bill McCoy, a famous rum-runner during Prohibition who, as an American sea captain, shipped and sold illegal liquor across the coast until his capture in 1923. According to urban legend, McCoy touted that his liquor was never “cut”, or watered down, thus the expression “The Real McCoy”. But McCoy is also credited with having essentially created the six pack in order to better carry and ship bottles of rum and whiskey.
Pratt is to play »
- Brian Welk
The film, which revolves around the lives of people in a small town, is based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Shooting in Montana wrapped recently. Stewart portrays a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. She develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has closed a worldwide rights deal for the untitled film that Kelly Reichardt just wrapped in Montana. Starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Rosanna Arquette, James LeGros, Jared Harris and Lily Gladstone, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana. Reichardt wrote the script based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Reichardt previously directed Night Moves… »
Lineup & Pre-fest Announcements Tribeca: Watch Indiewire Talk to Ethan Hawke, Taylor Schilling, Olivia Wilde and More at the Apple Store Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg and More Set as 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Tribeca Film Institute Announces Participants for 4th Annual 'Tfi Interactive' Tribeca Film Festival Announces Disruptive Innovation Award Honorees 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion to Close 2015 Tribeca Film Festival George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Stephen Colbert and More Set for Tribeca Film Festival Panels Tribeca 2015 Unveils Innovation Programming Lineup, Featuring Talks From Top CEOs and Scientists New Films Starring Oscar Isaac, Glenn Close and Kristen Stewart Added to 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup New Films Starring James Franco, Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning to Premiere at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival Will Open with 'Saturday Night Live' Documentary 'Live From New York!' News Coming soon! Meet The »
Keep your eyes on the big screen, Robert Kirkman fans, because The Walking Dead creator's Skybound Entertainment has officially begun a two-year, first-look feature film agreement with Universal Pictures:
Press Release -- "Universal City, CA, April 14, 2015—Universal Pictures today announced it has entered into a two-year first-look production agreement with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. Since opening its doors, Skybound Entertainment has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company with award-winning television programming, film and digital content. The announcement was made by Co-Presidents of Production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.
In 2010, Kirkman, who is the creator and executive producer of the award-winning AMC series The Walking Dead, started Skybound Entertainment with the intention to nurture creators and provide resources to produce content while retaining creative control of their properties. Kirkman partnered with longtime collaborator, and fellow executive producer of The Walking Dead, David Alpert in the endeavor.
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- Derek Anderson
Kristen Stewart may have found a home in indie cinema that she never had with she was making Twilight movies.
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- Landon Palmer
Criticwire's Daily Reads brings today's essential news stories and critical pieces to you. 1. Saying Goodbye to "Justified." "Justified" is almost near the end of its terrific run, and Philly.com's Ellen Gray finds ten reasons why it was great: Walton Goggins' Boyd Crowder. Boyd surviving the pilot — in Leonard's story, Raylan killed him — may have been the best thing for "Justified," but Boyd may also be the best reason for ending it before things get silly. Because the dance between these two can't, realistically, go on forever. Boyd, who began "Justified" as a white supremacist who robbed banks and started a church because he didn't want to pay taxes, has grown, through his love for Ava, into someone considerably more interesting, but no less deadly. Charm can only take him so far. Read more. 2. The Case for Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart got a lot of flak for the "Twilight" series, »
- Max O'Connell
Read More: 5 Observations About the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup Between December 2007 and January 2012, 79 suicides were reported in Bridgend County in Wales. Most were teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 who were found dead by hanging, leaving no suicide note. In Danish filmmaker Jeppe Rønde's new film "Bridgend," Sara (Hannah Murray) and her father Dave (Steven Waddington) arrive in a small town in the county where Sara falls in love with Jamie, while Dave, as the town's new policeman, tries to solve the mystery of the suicides. Rønde, a documentary filmmaker, followed the teenagers from the area for six year, transforming their stories into his fictional film debut. "Bridgend" will make its North American premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Read More: New Films Starring Oscar Isaac, Glenn Close and Kristen Stewart Added to 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup »
- Casey Cipriani
Actress Shailene Woodley took a few more steps toward owning the MTV demographic that Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart have had a stranglehold on the last few years Sunday by claiming a pair of awards at the top of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards: Best Actress for her work in "The Fault in Our Stars" and the Trailblazer Award for forging her own path in the industry. "I was here three years ago when Emma Stone won this award and I remember what she said," Woodley said from the Nokia Theatre stage in accepting the Trailblazer honor. "She came up here and defined what a trailblazer is…and in her speech she said we meet thousands of people we're inspired by but we'll never be anyone other than ourselves. In thinking about that I realized we can't truly be ourselves without a community to reflect back to ourselves who we are. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It's safe to say this is the awards show where anything can happen. Whether it's Kristen Stewart dropping her golden popcorn seconds after winning or Zac Efron going shirtless while accepting his prize, the MTV Movie Awards feature a little more surprises than your average celebration. Tonight will likely prove to be no different as comedian Amy Schumer takes on hosting duties in between musical performances and the release of brand-new movie trailers. If you're not sure what to watch tonight, perhaps these five reasons will determine if popcorn and pop culture is in your future later this evening. 1) Hostess With the Mostess: If you want any preview of what's to come tonight »
Kristen Stewart’s acting career has followed a long road, from promising young upstart to blockbuster heroine in the “Twilight” series. But only now in her latest role in French film “Clouds of Sils Maria” is she finally being recognized as the actress she hopes to become. The movie opens in the United States this weekend to rave reviews that are nearly unanimous and Stewart is getting much of the credit. She’s already won a Cesar award, France’s equivalent of the Oscar, for best supporting actress. Now, she’s finally getting the critical acclaim in the United States that has so long eluded her. ...Read More »
Robert Pattinson is to celebrate his engagement to Fka twigs at a surprise Coachella afterparty. The 28-year-old star, who is reported to have recently proposed to the 27-year-old musician, has invited a string of friends - including pop star Katy Perry - to their rented mansion in Palm Springs, where they will celebrate their engagement tonight. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Rob has arranged for their closest friends to surprise her at their mansion. ''He's got a party planner to book dancers for the pool area and a cocktail maker. It's the first chance they've had to toast their engagement with friends so it should be a big night for them.'' Meanwhile, Robert is reportedly considering inviting his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart to his wedding. The duo split in 2013, just eight months after Kristen admitted to cheating with 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. However, »
Robert Pattinson is not inviting his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart to his wedding to Fka Twigs, despite a wholly fabricated report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim, which was made up by a site that has history of manufacturing false stories. A source close to the situation tells Gossip Cop, the tale about Pattinson having Stewart as a wedding guest is simply "bullsh*t." »
- Michael Lewittes
Last year's Cannes saw the launch of well-reviewed "Clouds of Sils Maria," starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Gosling's critically slagged directorial debut "Lost River," which both open this week, and Nicole Kidman starrer "Grace of Monaco," which after a serious drubbing the Weinstein Co. has sent straight to Lifetime. What gives? We also discuss recent agency defections and what they reveal about changing Hollywood, as well as the rise of A.I. in movies, from "Ex Machina" to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." »
- Anne Thompson
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