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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Tiff Movies

19 September 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival may be known more as a platform for fall season movies than a market, but there are plenty of strong films in each year’s lineup looking for U.S. distribution. While films ranging from the Margot Robbie vehicle “I, Tonya” to Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” landed sturdy deals during Tiff, many other highlights remain homeless. Here’s a look at a few of them, presented in the hopes that distributors will take note.

Bodied

If Eminem got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground »

- Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich and Anne Thompson

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Tiff 2017: ‘Hostiles’ review: Dir. Scott Cooper (2017)

12 September 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hostiles review: Scott Cooper follows up his 2015 crime epic Black Mass with a switch of genre for Hostiles, which features a powerful lead performance from Christian Bale.

Hostiles review by Paul Heath.

Hostiles review

From the director of Crazy Heart, Out Of The Furnace and 2015’s gangster epic Black Mass, comes period western Hostiles. Christian Bale leads the cast as a legendary Army captain who is tasked with transporting a Cheyenne chief through dangerous territory from New Mexico to Montana.

The year is 1892. We open on Rosamund Pike’s Rosalie Quaid teaching her two young children English grammar at the kitchen table of the family home somewhere in rural New Mexico. Outside is her husband who alerts them of an incoming danger, a hostile tribe who are after their horses and other property. In the opening few minutes, Quaid’s family are brutally massacred in a truly shocking first sequence, »

- Paul Heath

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Film Review: Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

7 September 2017 12:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s hardly “Heaven’s Gate,” but there’s a similar grandiosity of ambition — and a familiar sense of folly — to Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” a $40 million, independently produced, sure-to-be-r-rated Western in a marketplace where even a more broadly appealing oater, like Seth MacFarlane’s tongue-in-cheek “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” can barely earn that kind of money back. But “Hostiles” is no spoof; it’s a deadly serious examination of the strained relationship between white men and Native Americans in this country, one that acknowledges the racism and brutality the U.S. Army showed to frontier tribes, while giving a bigoted cavalry officer played by Christian Bale a chance to redeem himself.

Debuting at the Telluride film festival without a distributor in place, this impressively mounted, intellectually corrupt period piece isn’t your traditional Western, and clearly fancies itself a revisionist take on so many black-and-white us-vs.-them tales, »

- Peter Debruge

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Christian Bale heads out west in trailer for Scott Cooper's Hostiles

6 September 2017 3:38 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's been a decade since Christian Bale's last western, James Mangold's remake of 3:10 To Yuma, so it's certainly long past time for Bale to return to the genre. Sporting a stylish mustache, Christian Bale plays Joseph J. Blocker, a legendary Army Captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to their tribal... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Tiff 2017: Must Watch – Christian Bale In ‘Hostiles’ Trailer

6 September 2017 12:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fresh from its debut at the Telluride Film Festival, Deadline have released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Christian Bale-led Hostiles. Scott Cooper directs the movie, which revolves around a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Bale is joined by an all-star cast, including Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher. It will feature at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off in Canada tomorrow.

Watch the first Hostiles teaser trailer in the player below.

The post Tiff 2017: Must Watch – Christian Bale In ‘HostilesTrailer appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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First Teaser Trailer for Wild West Thriller 'Hostiles' with Christian Bale

5 September 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Understand this - when we lay our heads down out here, we're all prisoners..." To go along with the buzz out of the Telluride Film Festival, the first teaser trailer has arrived for Scott Cooper's new wild west thriller Hostiles. Set in New Mexico in 1892, the film follows a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph J. Blocker, and Wes Studi stars as Yellow Hawk. It's described as a "heroic odyssey of survival" that "becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness." The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q'orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane. This did get quite a few great reviews at Telluride and plays at Tiff next, so keep an »

- Alex Billington

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‘Hostiles’: Christian Bale And Rosamund Pike Can’t Save Overstuffed And Problematic Western [Telluride Review]

5 September 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Telluride – Where do we even start with Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles”? Well, let’s get the specifics out of the way first.

The independently financed western, which premiered at the 44th Telluride Film Festival, is set in 1892 toward the end of the American government’s systematic decimation of the Native American people. “Hostiles” follows Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a retiring Army captain who is ordered to accompany, along with a number of other soldiers under his command, a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family (Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher and Xavier Horsechief) from New Mexico to Montana.

Continue reading ‘Hostiles’: Christian Bale And Rosamund Pike Can’t Save Overstuffed And Problematic Western [Telluride Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Hostiles’ Trailer: Christian Bale Plays a World-Weary Cavalry Captain (Watch)

5 September 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christian Bale offers a bleak worldview in a trailer released for the Western “Hostiles,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Near the start of the footage, a distraught Rosamund Pike asks Bale’s character if he believes in God. He responds by saying, “I believe in God… but he’s been blind to what’s going on.”

The trailer, released Tuesday by Le Grisbi Productions and Waypoint Entertainment, concludes after several violent scenes with Bale’s voiceover: “Understand this — when we lay our heads down, we are all prisoners.”

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Telluride: Where Will Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Land?

The film, set in 1892, stars Bale as a captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. The journey takes Bale and his detail from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana.

Along the way they pick up a young widow (Pike), whose family has been »

- Dave McNary

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First ‘Hostiles’ Trailer Reveals Christian Bale in Gorgeous, Gritty Western

5 September 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Fresh off its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, the first trailer for filmmaker Scott Cooper’s (Black Mass) hardened Western Hostiles has been released online. The film takes place in 1892 and stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army Captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to the tribal lands. Along the way, they encounter a variety of obstacles. That premise is simple enough, but in the hands of Scott Cooper nothing’s ever that simple. Cooper has shown a knack for telling almost punishingly gritty stories … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Christian Bale Heads West in First Trailer for Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

5 September 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After breaking out with the Jeff Bridges-led Crazy Heart, Scott Cooper has struggled to find the same level of acclaim with his follow-ups Out of the Furnace and Black Mass, but now it looks like his next feature is much more tied to his slow-burn sensibilities. Hostiles, which premiered at Telluride to positive reactions, finds Cooper reteaming with Christian Bale, who stars a Us Cavalry officer who escorts a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana.

Curiously still without a distributor, to help incur interest amongst buyers, Deadline has debuted the first trailer. With gorgeous cinematography from Masanobu Takayanagi (who worked on Cooper’s last two films as well as Spotlight and The Grey), hopefully a distributor comes on board in time to give a 2017 release. Also starring Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Hostiles’ Trailer: Christian Bale Faces The Wild West

5 September 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hot of the heels of its World Premiere at Telluride, and gearing up for its North American bow at Tiff, Scott Cooper‘s “Hostiles” is the biggest acquisition title on the festival slate. And with buzz already swirling around Christian Bale‘s performance, a pretty damn terrific new trailer is here to stoke anticipation.

The crew assembled here is pretty incredible with Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher rounding out the ensemble cast, with cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi (“Spotlight,” “Out Of The Furnace”) and a score by Max Richter (“The Leftovers,” “Waltz With Bashir“).

Continue reading ‘Hostiles’ Trailer: Christian Bale Faces The Wild West at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Hostiles’: Watch Exclusive Trailer For Hot Telluride & Toronto Title

5 September 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here is an exclusive first peek at footage for Hostiles, the Scott Cooper-directed Western acquisition title that became the talk of Telluride for the quality of the picture and the strong performance by Christian Bale as well as Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. The film played Telluride instead of Venice because the former made it part of a special Bale tribute, and perhaps no movie up for grabs captured the fancy of critics/journalists there more than this film… »

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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

4 September 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes »

- Anne Thompson

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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

4 September 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes »

- Anne Thompson

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Christian Bale Rides Into Town With ‘Hostiles’, But Can It Make A Sale In Time For The Oscar Race? – Telluride

4 September 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Although Telluride is most definitely not a film market, occasionally producers will bring a big distributor-less movie here to at least try to set the table for a sale at Toronto the next week, in hopes of staging a last minute entry into awards season. That is the case with writer/director Scott Cooper’s brutally beautiful new western Hostiles which rode into friendly territory this weekend with its director and stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. Bale… »

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Review: ‘Hostiles’ Is One of the Most Brutal Westerns Ever Made, but Hardly One of the Best — Telluride

3 September 2017 3:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hostiles,” a sturdy and characteristically brutal new Western from “Black Mass” director Scott Cooper, begins with somebody shooting a baby — that’s not a spoiler, just a warning. The year is 1892, and a settler named Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike) is teaching her young daughters about the magical power of adverbs. Suddenly, their New Mexico homestead is raided by a band of Comanche renegades. They murder her husband, they shoot her two girls, and they fire a bullet directly into her infant son; Rosalee carries the lifeless bundle in her arms for days, because it’s that kind of movie — the only kind that Cooper knows how to make.

A few clicks south, Cavalry Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale, broiling with his usual rage) is treating his Cheyenne prisoners with a similar degree of savagery. The point couldn’t be clearer, even though “Hostiles” spends the next 130 minutes underlining it with »

- David Ehrlich

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Playback: Scott Cooper on ‘Hostiles,’ Sam Shepard and a Nation Divided

31 August 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Filmmaker Scott Cooper made a big splash with his 2009 directorial debut “Crazy Heart,” which won Jeff Bridges a much-deserved (and overdue) Oscar. He followed it up with steel country yarn “Out of the Furnace” and Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass.” His latest film, “Hostiles,” stars Christian Bale as a 19th-century Army Captain tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne elder (Wes Studi) to sacred lands in the north.

The film is set for a world bow at the Telluride Film Festival, where Bale will receive a tribute to his career. Cooper has worked with the actor twice now and is eager to raise his own glass to a friend and colleague he calls the greatest actor of his generation.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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- Kristopher Tapley

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Our 25 Most-Anticipated Fall 2017 Festival Premieres

28 August 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting 55 titles confirmed to arrive this fall, we now turn our attention to the festival-bound films either without distribution or awaiting a release date. Looking over Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival titles, we’ve rounded up 25 movies — most of which we’ll be checking out over the next few weeks — that we can’t wait to see.

Check out our 25 most-anticipated festival premieres below, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Caniba (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)

As part of the groundbreaking Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel have established themselves at the forefront of modern documentary filmmaking, most notably with their landmark 2012 film Leviathan. In their second collaboration this year (after somniloquies, which premiered at Berlin), the two seem to be engaging with a more typical documentary subject, though the form of Caniba remains to be seen. »

- The Film Stage

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10 Most Anticipated New Films of Oscar Season

23 August 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar season is officially on our doorstep as the 74th annual Venice Film Festival is set to take flight a week from today with the world premiere of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.” Recent contenders like “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” and “La La Land” have begun their journeys on the Lido before taking the season by storm.

Commencing in the Colorado mountains next Friday will be the Telluride Film Festival’s 44th Labor Day sprint, where major players like “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Argo” all unspooled. Other awards season launchpads in Toronto, New York, and Hollywood (AFI Fest) will follow soon after.

Many new films will plant their flags throughout this circuit, while plenty more will aim for strategic exposure after the festival dust settles. The six-month season will be long — longer than usual, thanks to the Winter Olympics — but the reward will (hopefully) be a string of quality prestige films from many of the finest filmmakers in the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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First Look at Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s Western ‘Hostiles’

22 August 2017 11:16 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first image from Out of the Furnace and Black Mass filmmaker Scott Cooper’s highly anticipated Western Hostiles has been released online. Written and directed by Cooper, the film takes place in 1892 and stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army Captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. Cooper shot on location in New Mexico, and that landscape is on full display behind Bale’s weary Captain in this debut image. The film sounds like it has a bit of a The Searchers vibe to … »

- Adam Chitwood

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