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Johnny Depp has a total of three Oscar nominations, but the last time the Academy singled out the actor was was in 2008 for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street." Could he be back in the hunt for gold this year? Securing berths at both Venice and Tiff, the buzz is building around "Black Mass" and yet another trailer is here to sell the gangster tale. Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, and more are part of the massive ensemble for the picture that tells the true story of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger who ruled Boston ruthlessly for years and became one of the most wanted men in America. It's Depp unlike anything we've seen him do before. Here's the official synopsis: In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've had a look at Johnny Depp's baldy visage in an early poster and a trailer for upcoming crime drama Black Mass. Now it's time for this Boston crim, hardly known for his collaborative spirit, to share the limelight with a few of his fellow characters. In a movie in which little will be black and white, there's some serious shades of grey among this lot.With Out Of The Furnace’s Scott Cooper directing, Black Mass tells the story of Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him. Bulger fled in 1994, was captured in 2011 in California and has since been sentenced to two consecutive life »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
Read More: Watch: Evan Peters and Juno Temple Fall in '70s Roadtrip Love in Exclusive 'Safelight' Trailer Two lonely souls find each other on the California coast in Tony Aloupis' directorial debut "Safelight," his first project since his short, "Sugar." The film stars Evan Peters as Charles, a physically challenged high school senior who travels with runaway Vickie, played by Juno Temple, to photograph lighthouses on the California coast for a contest. As they start to fall in love, dangerous pimp Skid, played by Kevin Alejandro, feels betrayed by Vickie's departure and goes to seek revenge. "Safelight" also stars Christine Lahti, Jason Beghe, Ariel Winter and Will Peltz. It is now available on iTunes and VOD. Check out the exclusive clip from "Safelight" above. Read More: Review: 'Safelight' Starring Juno Temple And Evan Peters »
- Kaeli Van Cott
A sensitive teenager with cerebral palsy, a hooker with a heart of gold, and various other sentient cliches collide in “Safelight,” a bland and unremarkable tale of sad souls and dead-end circumstances from first-time feature director Tony Aloupis. A handful of solid performances and some subtle ’70s period detailing are hardly enough to recommend this flat, predictable drama, which will rely on its few cast names (including Juno Temple and Christine Lahti) to draw a few eyeballs in simultaneous limited/VOD release; like most of its characters, it looks to be headed nowhere fast.
You wouldn’t necessarily know exactly when “Safelight” is taking place, aside from a brief mention of Vietnam and the old-school black-and-white camera used by the lead character. Photography represents one of the few bright spots in the life of shy 17-year-old Charles (Evan Peters, taking an indie breather between “X-Men” movies), who works behind the »
- Justin Chang
Serving up a generous helping of outsider character study with teenage romance tinged by a demure, rosy hued examination of prostitution is director Tony Aloupis’ debut, Safelight, a film collecting a surprisingly talented cast considering its rather tepid platitudes. A 1970s era slice of nostalgic beats, the truckstop set film is neither a notable throwback to the era it wishes to recall nor an engaging examination of disparate souls coming together across the aching chasms of abuse and cruelty they’ve suffered through.
Disabled teen Charles (Evan Peters) struggles to get through a rather humdrum existence. His mother abandoned him when he was a child, and he’s now stuck caring for his ailing father (Jason Beghe) while he works at a truckstop counter under the caring eye of Peg (Christine Lahti). He has a passion for photography, »
- Nicholas Bell
Zoë Kravitz's film career has been taking off in recent years thanks to parts in X-Men: First Class and Mad Max: Fury Road - but the actress has revealed one role that got away, and for very disappointing reasons.
The actress told Nylon that she was ruled out from appearing in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy closer because they weren't looking to "go urban".
"In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban'," she said.
"It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?'"
Though Kravitz doesn't say which role she was declined for, we're guessing it was that of Selina Kyle's roommate Jen (eventually played by blonde British actress Juno Temple »
Timid boy meets abused prostitute, they fall in love, she reveals a heart of gold, and the two strike a relationship despite their vastly different lifestyles – stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Actually, I’ll stop myself, because Safelight feels like every schmaltzy romantic drama you’ve ever seen. The whole “disillusioned young girl forced into a life of debauchery” angle isn’t exactly fresh, and filmmaker Tony Aloupis doesn’t do much in the way of relationship building to get your heart thumping with joy. Rather, you’ll find yourself just trying to muster the energy to stay awake long enough for Aloupis to work through his typical rom-dram roadmapping, while resisting the growing urge to scream “Pull This Car Over Right Now.”
Evan Peters trades his Quicksilver speed to play a crippled gas attendant named Charles, who finds himself stuck in a run-down town with no promise. »
- Matt Donato
Terminator: Genisys raked in $4.7 million from Thursday-Sunday and nearly $5.8 million including previews last Monday night and the opening day Wednesday.
Pro-rata, that.s way ahead of the Us three-day debut of $29.2 million and $42.5 million for five days, where the Paramount release was beaten by the third weekend of Inside Out and the fourth of Jurassic World.
Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World), the sci-fi action/adventure stars Clarke as John Connor, leader of the human resistance. He sends Seargeant Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future. Schwarzenegger plays an unlikely ally, the Guardian.
Arnie and Courtney.s visit to Sydney was part of the publicity blitz. True, the reboot did not »
- Don Groves
Ahead of its Us release later this month, a second trailer has debuted for writer-director Tony Aloupis’ upcoming drama Safelight, which stars Evan Peters as a teenager with cerebal palsy who befriends a troubled runaway (Juno Temple). Check out the trailer below after the official synopsis…
A teenage boy and girl discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast.
- Gary Collinson
Juno Temple doesn't tend to discriminate when it comes to her movie roles. She's appeared in everything from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" to William Friedkin's delightfully sleazy "Killer Joe" to this year's underrated period piece "Far From The Madding Crowd." But she also tends to jump into an occasional indie that comes along, which means there are movies like "The Brass Teapot" and "Magic Magic," scattered across her filmography and "Safelight" looks like another to fit that category of forgettable films. Co-staring Evan Peters, Christine Lahti, and Ariel Winter, the movie tells the unlikely story of a high school kid who whisks away a prostitute from her dangerous pimp, and shows her the beauty of photography. Uh...here's the official synopsis: The paths of three desperate individuals perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are kept mostly offscreen in “Len and Company,” a semi-comic portrait of a music-biz burnout that concerns itself less with glittery debauchery than its mopey aftermath. In the prickly, unlovable role of a hermetic super-producer unnerved by a surprise visit from his college-age son, Rhys Ifans finds an unusually demanding showcase for his frayed, feckless screen persona. As a dysfunctional family drama, however, commercials director Tim Godsall’s debut feature takes far fewer risks, while offering a less-than-convincing glimpse into the modern-day pop factory. Unspooling at Edinburgh — though seemingly made with a view to Sundance — this modest diversion shares its cranky protagonist’s hostility to commercial appeal, despite a baffling third-act lunge into thriller territory.
“Just a rich old bastard with loads of f—ing T-shirts,” is how the eponymous Len (Ifans) describes himself to a classroom of bewildered schoolchildren at a disastrously ill-advised »
- Guy Lodge
At the moment, Michael Cera is in London kicking off a UK tour as part of Alden Penner's band, but before he went abroad to exercise his musical chops, the actor stopped by The Criterion Collection, dipped into its archives, and came up with some surprising selections. Read More: Review: 'Magic Magic' Starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple & Emily Browning The actor showed off his arthouse knowledge, selecting Yasujiro Ozu's "Good Morning," Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up," along with the Eclipse set "The Actuality Dramas Of Allan King" (the color design which Cera hilariously notes matches his shirt). But for his final pick, Cera opts for Sydney Pollack's classic "Tootsie." The actor has some pretty nice insights on all the titles, and it's worth spending a quick five minutes to check out the movies you might not expect Cera to champion. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Sebastian Silva.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Synopsis: A male couple (Sebastian Silva/Adebimpe) and their female friend (Wiig) decide to have a baby together while one of the men works on an art project in which he acts like a baby.
Sebastian Silva made a few waves with his excellent second feature The Maid back in 2009. Since then he has travelled down a quirky path of very different and unique films, including his last effort, the 2013 misfire Magic Magic which starred Michael Cera, Juno Temple, and Emily Browning. Nasty Baby could be described as a return to form, but it is also a very peculiar feature that completely switches itself around in terms of tone and focus within the final third.
Lack of confidence is something Silva can never be accused of suffering from, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Following on from the first two trailers [watch them here and here], a new poster has arrived online for Black Mass, director Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace) upcoming crime thriller starring Johnny Depp as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger…
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Black Mass is set for release on September 18th in the States and on November 13th in the UK, with a cast that includes Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Kevin Bacon (The Following), Adam Scott (Parks »
- Gary Collinson
Arc Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the drama Safelight from writer/director Tony Aloupis (Sugar). The film stars Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, X-Men franchise), Juno Temple (Dark Knight Rises. Maleficent) and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood). The film will be released in theaters and on VOD July 17. Arc Entertainment's Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta negotiated the deal. Safelight, according to Arc, “tells the story of three desperate individuals whose paths… »
Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to director Tony Aloupis’ gritty drama “Safelight,” which stars Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), it was announced Thursday by Scott Moesta, the company’s head of acquisitions. “Safelight” will be released on VOD and in theaters on July 17. “Safelight” tells the story of three desperate individuals whose paths perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles (Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges; Vicki (Temple) is a troubled runaway turning tricks at a truck stop; and Skid (Alejandro) is her dangerously psychotic pimp, who has a huge chip. »
- Jeff Sneider
Arc brokered the deal with world sales agent Concourse Film Trade on behalf of the filmmakers.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.
Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Johnny Depp is no stranger to over-the-top costumes and makeup. Basically all of his roles require some kind of physical transformation, whether that means a giant top hat and crazy orange wig for Alice in Wonderland, or ghostly-white makeup and prosthetic blade-hands in Edward Scissorhands.
He’s at it again, transforming into real-life criminal Whitey Bulger for this year’s Black Mass. Practically unrecognizable as the Boston gangster, Depp sports ice-blue contacts and a serious bald spot. Doing double duty as both a violent criminal and an FBI informant, Depp plays Bulger at the most complicated time in his life.
- Amanda Wood
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