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With only six presumed major contenders yet to be screened by these eyes (Unbroken, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, A Most Violent Year, Selma, American Sniper) it's awfully late in the year for there to be so little in the way of clues as to what the full Supporting Actor lineup might look like. In a more competitive year Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Edward Norton (Birdman) probably wouldn't seem like cast iron locks in October. But they do.
In the fantasy world inside my head, the Academy board of governors throws up their hands and admits defeat, making a special ruling that from this day forward there will be 7 Supporting Actress nominees each year and only 3 Supporting Actors because everyone knows that's the »
- NATHANIEL R
The crime thriller starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George opened at 10 cinemas in the Us last Friday, grossing an estimated $US4,200 via new distributor Gravitas Theatrical.
A month earlier the title was released on VoD platforms in what is known as the premium VoD window, priced at $9.99 to rent and $14.99- $16.99 for download-to-own. Last Friday the prices dropped to $6.99 and $9.99 respectively.
Gravitas Theatrical orchestrated prime placement of the title on sites such as iTunes and last week staged a well-publicised premiere in Los Angeles attended by Edgerton and Courtney.
The Goalpost Pictures production got mostly effusive reviews after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The latest batch of Us reviews is mixed. The Los Angeles Times. Kenneth Turan is an admirer, »
- Don Groves
Moral and ethical boundaries are crossed with serious consequences in Felony, a new movie written by and starring Joel Edgerton. In the film, Edgerton plays Detective Mal Toohey, who is out celebrating with his crew after pulling off a successful drug bust. Despite having a few drinks, he feels okay to drive and gets behind the wheel. On his way home, however, he inadvertently clips and seriously injures a young boy riding his bicycle.
Mal does the right thing by calling the police, but he knowingly lies about how the boy crashed. Soon after, veteran detective Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) arrives on the scene with his partner, rookie cop Jim Mellic (Jai Courtney), and they both handle the incident differently. Carl is willing to cover it up for Mal’s sake, but Jim senses that something is off and becomes determined to get to find out what happened. For these three men, »
- Ben Kenber
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses
For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns with Felony, which seems to be a labor of love for Joel Edgerton, who besides starring in the film also wrote and produced. Presenting us with a complicated moral conundrum, an intriguing introduction and sly triangle of dueling intentions garners some tension, but the film overstays its reach by the third act, which feels like a repetitive extension of the perspectives at hand. Hardly the banal cop drama its oblique title would imply, Saville’s film still lacks a certain finesse that would make this scenario have some sort of lasting impression.
Policeman Mal Toohey (Edgerton) parties a bit too hard one night after a significant raid on a drug lab, a bust that endangered his life. Driving home, he’s about five blocks away »
- Nicholas Bell
In the new drama Felony, star/writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) takes an unflinching look at morality within the ranks of detectives working in Sydney, Australia after his character Malcolm accidentally runs over a child while driving under the influence. Tom Wilkinson plays Carl, a veteran detective who attempts to sweep the whole thing under the rug for the sake of Malcolm's family and the department, but his partner Jim (played by A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney) grows suspicious. »
Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony. Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition. One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up. Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton. He talked about what it's like winning the "actor's lottery," the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, has confirmed a 6th February release date for 2015. Next year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement.
With a great cast that includes the ever-impressive Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., the film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Directed by the Middle Of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay, the film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma’s screenplay was »
- Dan Bullock
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Life After Beth (zombie rom-com; Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan; rated R) Camp X-Ray (drama; Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Extraterrestrial (sci-fi horror; Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma; pretheatrical release premieres 10/17; not rated) Felony (thriller; Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney; premieres 10/17 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) Rudderless (drama; Billy Crudup, William H...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
British actor Tom Wilkinson makes you want to root for the bad guy in Felony, a lifeless Australian morality play about three corrupt police officers who cover up a hit-and-run. That's a problem, since star/screenwriter Joel Edgerton and director Matthew Saville want you to feel conflicted in your loyalties — and to be moved to feel for all the cops: Malcolm (Edgerton), a family man who hits a little girl with his car, sending her into a coma; Jim (Jai Courtney), a short-tempered whistle-blower; and Carl (Wilkinson), a burnout who helps Malcolm conceal his crime. The three lead actors are limited by their characters' kiddy-pool-shallow behavior: Jim hounds Malcolm because he suspects Carl, a bullying boozehound, is up to even more no good, while Malcolm has glassy- »
Production is set to begin today in Wilmington, Nc on the Lionsgate film The Choice, based on the #1 New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name. Directed by Ross Katz (Taking Chance) and adapted for the screen by Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles), the film stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson. Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions.
The Choice tells the story of Travis Parker (Walker) and Gabby Holland (Palmer), who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble »
The film centres on a group of Us consultants who hire a notorious political advisor to secure the re-election of an unpopular Bolivian president. Peter Straughan of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy fame wrote the screenplay.
Participant Media is a co-financier on the film with Warner Bros, who will distribute.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Production is set to begin today in Wilmington, Nc on the Lionsgate film The Choice, based on the number one New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks.s novel of the same name. Directed by Ross Katz (Taking Chance) and adapted for the screen by Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles), the film stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson. Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. »
Directed by Ross Katz (“Taking Chance”) and adapted for the screen by Bryan Sipe (“A Million Miles”), the film stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling and Tom Wilkinson.
The Choice tells the story of Travis Parker (Walker) and Gabby Holland (Palmer), who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable »
- Michelle McCue
Katie Holmes will be wearing Jackie O's pearls once again. Holmes will reprise her The Kennedys role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for ReelzChannel's follow-up, The Kennedys: After Camelot. In 2011, Holmes starred opposite Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson in the original eight-part miniseries that hopped from History Channel to Reelz following some controversy. Holmes will serve as executive producer and direct one of the four episodes of the After Camelot miniseries. Jon Cassar, director of the original miniseries, will helm the other three episodes and also serve as en executive producer, E! News has confirmed. The Kennedys: After Camelot is based on Randy Taraborrelli's book After Camelot: A »
• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom Wilkinson. Ross Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby's boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR] • Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler »
- Jake Perlman
Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.
Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.
Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh »
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“True Detective” breakout Alexandra Daddario has joined the cast of Lionsgate's Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Choice” along with Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Tom Wilkinson. Ross Katz (“Adult Beginners”) is directing from a script by Bryan Sipe, who adapted Sparks’ bestselling novel of the same name. Also read: Voltage to Finance Joe Dante's ‘Burying the Ex’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene (Exclusive) Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer star in “The Choice” as Travis Parker and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Tom Welling has landed a lead in The Choice, the Ross Katz-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel from a script by Bryan Sipe for Lionsgate. Benjamin Walker plays Travis Parker and Teresa Palmer plays Gabby Holland. Neighbors in a small coastal town, they end up pursuing a relationship neither expected. Welling plays a doctor at his father’s practice who is Gabby’s boyfriend. The triangle plays out over the course of a decade in North Carolina. Tom Wilkinson also stars.
Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, and Eda Kowan, Evp acquisitions and co-productions, will oversee the project for the studio. Good Universe is handling international sales for the film.
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Nicholas Sparks juggernaut just keeps rolling along. Until, that is, the tragic-but-manly juggernaut meets its perfect match in a curvy, rich delivery truck and they drive off into the sunset together. But before that happens, the latest Sparks novel being turned into a film – 2009’s The Choice – has just cast more actors, with Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Tom Wilkinson joining the ensemble.Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’s Benjamin Walker and I Am Number Four’s Teresa Palmer are headlining this one, starring in the tale of Travis Parker, a man who would appear to be living the perfect live. He has a good job, great friends and the ideal living situation in a beautiful waterfront North Carolina home. Where women are concerned, he’s quite content to be the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Though there's initially more frustration than »
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