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The controversial social psychologist Stanley Milgram gets a biopic as polymorphous as one of his own research studies in “Experimenter,” a highly formal, always fascinating movie from writer-director Michael Almereyda, who here delivers his most fully realized effort in the 15 years since his modern-dress “Hamlet” starring Ethan Hawke. Almereyda conceives of Milgram’s life and work as a kind of constantly evolving theater piece and runs with the idea, resulting in a decidedly Brechtian bit of filmmaking that routinely breaks the fourth wall and employs other bits of theatrical artifice to tell its tale. Such old-school indie-art-movie quirks won’t be to everyone’s liking, but for those who imbibe, “Experimenter” offers a heady brew of theories about the essence of human nature, and a Peter Sarsgaard performance that catches Milgram in all his seductive, megalomaniacal brilliance.
Milgram made his name in the more permissive, laissez-faire era of university-sponsored scientific »
- Scott Foundas
IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "5 to 7" romantic comedy, starring Anton Yelchin, Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Olivia Thirlby and Berenice Marlohe (Skyfall). Check it out below. Plot: A chance encounter on the streets of Manhattan draws 20-something aspiring writer Brian (Yelchin) into a passionate love affair with a glamorous French woman (Marlohe). The catch? She's married, and can only meet him for hotelroom trysts between the hours of 5 and 7. As Brian yearns for more than just two hours a day with the woman of his dreams, he learns hard won lessons about life and love. The new movie is written and directed by Victor Levin and is set to be released in select theaters on April 3rd and on VOD on April 10th. Trailer: »
Simon Pegg has found a new job within the Star Trek franchise. Not only will he be reprising his role as Scotty in Star Trek 3, but now he's also co-writing it! Paramount Pictures hired him along with Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee) to bust out a script.
The film was originally supposed to be written and directed by Roberto Orci, but he's now only attached to the project as a producer. Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin is set to direct the film.
I love that Pegg is coming on board as a writer! His involvement in the development process will only make the movie better in the end. Pegg has worked on scripts for films such as Shaun of the Dead; Hot Fuzz; The World’s End; Run, Fatboy, Run; and Paul. You think he'll give his character a bigger part in the narrative? I think Pegg will »
- Joey Paur
It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film. Pegg (who will also be back as Scotty) has considerable writing experience with comedy and a variety of genres since he co-wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End with director Edgar Wright, all films with considerable action and comedy. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Sundance Film Festival 2014 selection Rudderless has just made its home video debut on DVD and Digital HD. The film marks the directorial debut of William H. Macy and features an all-star cast including Anton Yelchin, Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman and Lawrence Fishburne.
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Award-winning actor William H. Macy makes his directorial debut in this heartfelt and inspirational drama lead by an exemplary cast. Sam (Billy Crudup), a former high-profile ad executive, is devastated »
The Experimenter: Peter Sarsgaard stars in The Experimenter as real-life social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who devised a study in 1961 to test a theory about blind obedience to orders. Winona Ryder costars as his wife; John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Anthony Edwards are among the subjects of his experiments. The movie will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. [EW.com] Amazon: Online retailer Amazon.com, which has enjoyed success producing original small-screen shows such as the Golden Globe-winning Transparent (above), says it will begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical distribution in 2015. The projects will be lower budgeted productions, in the neighborhood of $5 million to $25 million per title, and will be available on...
- Peter Martin
Paramount Home Entertainment has released the hit drama Rudderless on DVD, which marks the directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, who also co-stars in the drama. Following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year, Rudderless was acquired in a joint venture between Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films back in April. The film debuted in theaters this past October in limited release, and to celebrate the DVD release, we have a new contest lined up.
Rudderless tells the story of Sam, a father (Billy Crudup) whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him. Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, »
Chicago – Actor William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless” is a film of open mic songwriting that tackles a recovery from grief with neat lyrics and easy metaphors. Instead of standing out, Macy has provided another sap’s ballad that has the cuteness of “Kumbaya”, one that aims to please the crowd without challenging emotions, only showing them.
The film drifts on a performance from Crudup that isn’t so spectacular so much as the loudest instrument in the movie’s atmosphere. Crudup certainly acts as to how Macy directs, in an obvious way on a simple background. Fittingly, Crudup’s best moment is not anything during the movie when he is coming out of his shell, but his final performance towards the end of the film - a restrained moment that provides smoother catharsis and emotional recognition, without the obviousness.
Macy’s first endeavor behind the camera is memorable in the wrong ways. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Rudderless Sam (Billy Crudup) is an advertising executive whose life comes to a halt when his son dies unexpectedly. Unable to face what happened he leaves his world behind and retreats to a blue collar job on a tranquil lake, but when his son’s belongings make their way to him he discovers several recordings of the teen’s own music. Slowly, Sam begins to find a connection with his dead son by playing the music at a local bar, but the lyrics attract the attention of another lost young man (Anton Yelchin) and soon Sam finds himself a popular part of the local music scene. William H. Macy’s feature directorial debut is a fantastically affecting look at grief, redemption and the willingness to admit when you don’t have all the answers. Crudup »
- Rob Hunter
The directorial debut of the great actor William H. Macy, Rudderless, is available today on DVD, and we have three copies to give away. Read on to learn how. (Spoiler: it's easy!) The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Here is the official synopsis: Rudderless tells the story of Sam, a father (Billy Crudup) whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him. Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely...
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Adapted for the screen and directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), Anarchy centres upon a corrupted contemporary America, where a ‘Cymbellic’ battle is brewing between a drug-dealing biker gang led by King Cymbeline (Harris) and a slew of dirty cops.
Also starring Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Dakota Fanning, and Anton Yelchin, Anarchy is a modern rework of Shakespeare’s early 16th century play Cymbeline that was inspired by the chronicled tale of British monarch Cunobeline. Check out the latest trailer below:
Anarchy opens in UK theatres on the 30th January.
Source: Lionsgate »
- Sacha Hall
Social psychologist Stanley Milgram had questions about authority—in the scientific sense. More precisely, he had questions about obedience: Why do some people so willingly do what they're told to do, and will they object or resist when they realize that their compliance might be hurting others? His controversial 1961 study, which he devised to study and understand the "just following orders" psychology that enabled the Holocaust, monitored volunteers who were politely instructed to apply painful electric-shocks to a subject strapped to a chair whenever he answered incorrectly. That set-up was a ruse: the volunteers were the ones actually being tested, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Remember that modern take on William Shakepeare’s “Cymbeline” that we last saw a trailer for in 2013? It made its debut last fall at the Venice International Film Festival and received mostly negative reviews, so of course they’ve changed the name and now have a new trailer ahead of its release in theaters this March. The new title is Anarchy, which is kind of silly because from its inception the adaptation has been likened to (and now can be seen as definitely resembling) the show Sons of Anarchy. Which itself was already heavily inspired by the tragedies of Shakespeare. While the original play involves a romantic tale of Ancient Britain, in which a war is fought against Rome as a result of the titular king’s meddling in his daughter’s love affairs, this new movie version takes place in the present and is set in the world of outlaw bikers. The »
- Christopher Campbell
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Anarchy" crime drama, which was formerly titled "Cymbeline" and stars Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Anton Yelchin and Penn Badgley. Check it out below. Plot: Based on William Shakespeare's timeless play, "Anarchy" unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The new movie is directed by Michael Almereyda and will be released on VOD and in select theaters on March 13th. Trailer: »
Seemingly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the series "Sons of Anarchy," the contemporary Shakespearean drama Cymbeline has changed its title to just Anarchy, which seems a little misguided. But anyway, along with the new title comes a new trailer, showing off a war between biker gangs with plenty of drug dealing, corruption violence, and an ensemble cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson and more. It looks pretty intense, but I'm not entirely sold on it from ths trailer. Maybe it will be worth it just for the performances. Watch it? Here's the new trailer for Michael Almereyda's Anarchy, originally from EW: You can still watch the previous trailer for Anarchy, formerly Cymbeline, right here. Anarchy is directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), based on William Shakespeare's original text. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, The Purge) stars in the film »
- Ethan Anderton
The plays of William Shakespeare have received more than their fair share of the cinematic treatment over the years. From the silent era version of The Taming of the Shrew to more recent “modern” adaptations of Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, and everyone’s favorite standby Hamlet, the works of the Bard have been plumbed to the very depths. Yet, somehow, some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works have yet to see the light of a cinema screen. That is now being rectified with the upcoming Anarchy, a new and updated version of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
Anarchy takes Cymbeline out of the world of kings and courtiers and into modern-day motorcycles, street gangs, and drug dealing. The original play tells the story of King Cymbeline, his daughter Imogen, and her secret marriage to Posthumus Leonatus. Scheming members of the royal family and elsewhere lead to war between the Britons and the Romans. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Just hours after Ethan Hawke secured his fourth Oscar nomination for the critically-acclaimed drama Boyhood, Lionsgate has released the first trailer for his upcoming Shakespeare adaptation Anarchy, formerly known as Cymbeline. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris lead a powerhouse cast including Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, with Bill Pullman and Delroy Lindo.
This gritty story centers on a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. Now, a drug kingpin (Harris) is driven to desperate measures in this explosive film based on William Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson portrays the drug kingpin's daughter Imogen, whose romance with one of his elite soldiers named Posthumus (Penn Badgley sparks a brutal conflict that leads to tragedy. Ethan Hawke portrays Iachimo, who makes a bet with Posthumus that he can seduce Imogen.
Following a premiere at the Venice Film Festival, director Michael Almereyda‘s modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline has received a more Sons of and The Purge-friendly title: Anarchy Starring Milla Jovovich, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman, the story follows an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker […] »
- Leonard Pearce
We get it, movie marketing sometimes demands you create a title that's easy to sell, but we thing the folks behind "Anarchy" dropped the ball a bit. Formerly titled "Cymbeline," after the Shakespeare play on which it's based, the new title is just vague, not the most Google friendly, and doesn't give anybody an idea of what they're getting into, except for violence. But we suppose invoking the name of The Bard might scare more people away than draw them in. At any rate, a new trailer is here to underscore that this ain't no fussy stage production. Starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson, James Ransone, and Delroy Lindo (phew), and directed by Michael Almereyda (who helmed the 2000 take on "Hamlet," also featuring Hawke), the movie dives into a battle between motorcycle gangs, with corruption, drug dealing, and more all part of the equation. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dying of the Light, 2014.
Written and Directed by Paul Schrader.
Burned out CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) is forced into early retirement due to a degenerative medical diagnosis. Aided by an up and coming field agent Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin) he uses his limited time to track down an old adversary.
I had no inkling of the issues surrounding this film before accepting it. My feelings were guided by gut instinct and a comprehensive knowledge of Messrs Cage and Schrader’s back catalogue. Combine this powerhouse with the diversity of an Anton Yelchin, neither bona fide indie darling or status savvy franchise player and Dying of the Light becomes an interesting proposition.
Unfortunately Paul Schrader has always been revered for his screenwriting rather than any directorial acumen he might have. Segues behind the camera have tended »
- Gary Collinson
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