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Tagline: "A nation shall fall and heroes shall rise." Spotlight Pictures is developing a fantasy thriller titled Invasion Day. The film takes plot elements from John Milius 1984 film, Red Dawn. Though, there are no Russian armies here, only Chinese. And, the first trailer for Invasion Day has been released. The clip shows a desperate family trying to survive in America, during an occupation. It seems that the Chinese are tired of waiting for the American government to pay back trillions of dollars in debt. So, they take it upon themselves to repossess the entire United States of America. The first trailer for the film shows some of the survivors of a surprise attack. Invasion Day stars Scott McNairy (Killing Them Softly) and Ethan Flower (Mallrats). Cast: Scoot McNairy and Ethan Flower. The first trailer for Invasion Day is here: Source: Invasion Day at Spotlight Pictures | | Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Laggies tells the story of a 28 year old woman stuck in perpetual adulthood, who lies to her boyfriend when he proposes marriage to her. Instead of going on a retreat as she tells him, she spends the week hanging out with a group of teenage friends.
Originally, Shelton had intended to cast actress Rebecca Hall (The Town, Iron Man 3) in the lead role, but Hall exited the project to star in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opposite Johnny Depp. It was at that point that Shelton cast Anne Hathaway, fresh off the heels of her Oscar win for Les Miserables. Unfortunately for Shelton, it looks like Hathaway has bowed out to star in Christopher Nolan »
- Damen Norton
After picking up a Grand Jury Prize nomination at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely is set for a September 6 release in theaters and on VOD, a rep for the film confirms exclusively to EW. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), the dramedy tells the intertwining stories of two siblings: A massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) who becomes averse to touching bodies, and a dentist (Josh Pais) who discovers that he may have the ability to mysteriously heal patients with his touch. “Abby, the massage therapist, is free spirited and in touch with feelings. »
- Adam Markovitz
The Oscar-winning composer has completed work on the period drama, according to Film Music Reporter.
It will also feature Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Michael K Williams and Brad Pitt.
Zimmer has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning in 1995 with The Lion King.
An an eight time Oscar nominee -- winning for "The Lion King" in 1995 -- recent years have seen Hans Zimmer mostly in blockbuster mode. For Christopher Nolan, he's tuned up "Inception," "The Dark Knight" trilogy and the forthcoming "Man Of Steel," and he's given Captain Jack Sparrow some bounce in three of the four "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies. This year alone he's already delivered music for the hit mini-series "The Bible," with work on "Rush" and "The Lone Ranger" around the corner. But a slavery drama? We didn't see this coming. Indeed, Zimmer will be scoring Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave," adding another intriguing ingredient to what is already a very anticipated film. The talent is as great as it is extensive: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's exciting at the moment to see some of the names who broke out of the independent scene in the middle of last decade -- the filmmakers often lazily grouped under "mumblecore," people like Mark and Jay Duplass, Joe Swanberg, Ry Russo-Young, et al. -- getting to play on bigger canvases with big name actors and more robust budgets than when they were starting out. And it's particularly exciting when it comes to Lynn Shelton. The filmmaker has been a promising talent ever since her 2006 debut "We Go Way Back," and over three other subsequent features -- "My Effortless Brilliance," "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister" -- has won more and more fans, and wider and wider audiences. Her latest, "Touchy Feely," is the most star-studded to date, toplining Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney and Ron Livingston, and in many ways feels like a continuation of her earlier work, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Day 2 and romance was in the air. Co-written with Ira Glass of This American Life fame Sleepwalk With Me is yet another off-kilter romantic comedy, translated from the drawled musings of stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia. At something of an impasse in his life Mike tends bar whilst nurturing a tentative stand-up career, as he watches all his friends and family marry and progress in their respective professions. He’s been seeing his hippyish girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) for eight years and everyone is expecting him to pop the question soon, but a bought of dangerous, deteriorating sleepwalking and dream reenactments manifest due to his deeply submerged anxieties. Shot in a confessional style with Birbiglia breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience one can’t help but think that this is a This American Life monologue stretched out to an admittedly brisk 80 minute feature, and it lacks the charm »
Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais are terrific as the co-leads of a brilliant ensemble cast. DeWitt plays Abby, a free-spirited massage therapist who is suddenly overcome by an aversion to contact with skin, rendering her incapacitated in both her profession and her love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).
Pais plays her brother, Paul, a quirky, uptight, and emotionally unavailable dentist whose daughter, Jenny (Ellen Page), helps his failing dentist practice find its feet when word begins to spread that he has a magical healing touch.
The two siblings start out about as different from one another as is possible. But over the course of the film, as Abby and Paul navigate their own personal journeys and begin »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director: Lynn Shelton.
Running Time: 88 minutes.
Synopsis: A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Don’t worry – this is lighter than it sounds. Though the premise may put you in mind of a powerful but sluggish drama about the fragility of human interaction, Touchy Feely is a warm, accessible and very funny drama. It’s the sort of film Juno would grow up to be, although it may just feel that way due to the always welcome presence of Ellen Page and Allison Janney. This is an ensemble piece that excels due to its wonderful cast, and though Page and Janney are as chuckle inducing, »
- John Sharp
The Sundance London Film and Music Festival returns to the capital this weekend and the lineup of film and music events looks to build on the solid foundation established last year.
It’s an exciting time for Independent film with the trailblazing success of the Sundance festival in Utah sparking off dozens of initiatives, the Raindance festival is a notable and vibrant example, and Sundance London is looking to do more than replicating the success of its American cousin.
When we reported on the lineup we singled out Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, a biopic of self-styled King of Soho Paul Raymond, and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, his highly anticipated follow-up film to 2004′s Primer. However there are many more excellent films playing across the various strands and we wanted to shine our spotlight on some of the films to look forward to.
All the films playing »
- Jon Lyus
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Returning to Sundance just a year after her disappointing Your Sister’s Sister collapsed under its own weight in act three, Lynn Shelton doesn’t have nearly the same luck this time – her latest indie doesn’t even begin to lift its feet off the ground before it falters. Adopting a more conventional aesthetic and production method from the director’s usual improv-workshops, Touchy Feely clearly suffers as a result, feeling atrophied from almost its first scene and never seeming to find a decent comic or dramatic rhythm.
Rosemarie DeWitt is Abby, a massage therapist who develops an aversion to touch just as her boyfriend, Jesse (Scoot McNairy) asks her to move in – as a clear allegory for commitment-phobia, it’s not hard to guess where this one is going.
Nevertheless, to contrast this tactile dysfunction, Abby’s dentist brother Paul (the impeccable Josh Pais) discovers »
- Shaun Munro
The Kings of Summer empathises with two high school kids, Joe (Nick Robinson) and Patrick (Gabriel Basso), who trade their exasperated suburban living for an unconventional residency deep in the forest. With the assistance of affable yet creepy tag-along Biaggio (Moises Arias), the boys transform scraps of wood into an implausibly well-structured new home for fostering their abrupt adult life. As you’d expect, harsh lessons are soon learned.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ debut feature doesn’t establish anything especially new or bold as far as coming-of-age tales are concerned. Its thematic arc is well-trodden, concluding on general sentiments of self-sacrifice and the inherent worth of family and friendship, however fractured.
As a tale of misunderstood children escaping from their parents, Kings smacks of Moonrise Kingdom, except without any of the flavoursome aesthetic that lent that film its warmth. The odd glimpse of a liberating nature is savoured here in brief, slow motion breezes, »
- Ed Doyle
Promised Land, 2012.
Directed by Gus Van Sant.
A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Promised Land is a classic morality tale of greed verses the greater good, focusing on the current political climate and controversy of drilling for natural gas. As a film it is both entertaining and thought provoking, which we can assume is the balance the film makers were attempting to strike.
Set in small town mid-America, the film tells the story of Steven Butler (Matt Damon) and his colleague Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) who, representing a $9 billion fracking company, arrive from ‘the big city’ to convince the local townsfolk to sign over their land to be drilled on in return for financial gain. »
- Flickering Myth
With the sequel to Monsters coming along nicely, recently star Joe Dempsie took some time out to talk about the sequel entitled Monsters: Dark Continent. What can we expect? The answer may surprise you. Read on for details.
"It’s going to look incredible," Dempsie tells UK site Metro. "There’s a great atmosphere on set, and hopefully it will turn out to be pretty decent. It’s set a few years after the first movie. Monsters have been eradicated from the U.S. but not from other parts of the world. It’s a metaphor for the U.S.'s relationship with the Middle East. It’s more of a war movie than a monster one.”
A war movie, huh? Well then, even that sounds better than only seeing the film's creatures briefly before they flee into the night as they did in the original flick.
Television director »
- Uncle Creepy
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In the very first lines delivered in the brilliant opening scene of The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) rifles off the interesting trivial tidbit that there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States. Zuckerberg goes on to pose the question, “How do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SATs?”
This is how I feel about the Best Supporting Actor category almost every year. At this current juncture in the history of cinema, it just so happens that the availability of choice roles for male supporting players and characters actors is as plentiful as adorable pet videos are on Youtube. This makes the daunting task of whittling down the gargantuan field of deserving Best Supporting Actor candidates to a mere five nominees a Herculean effort. It also guarantees that »
- Christopher Lominac
Working for a little over a decade, director Andrew Dominik has become an integral voice in the world of cinema. It was his 2007 film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that really got my attention and made me realize this was a filmmaker to make note of. Last year, Dominik unleashed his latest opus, Killing Them Softly, to critical acclaim. To coincide with the Blu-ray release of the film this week, I was able to have a chat with Dominik about the film and his inspirations.
To me, the whole film, even down to its marketing, was about preconceived notions. It's sold as this big action film, when at its core it is really about economic unrest. It has these known actors that most of which play characters types they aren't normally associated with. It's about criminals but doesn't come close to glamorizing them. Was this »
Title: Killing Them Softly Directed by: Andrew Dominik Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Scoot McNairy Running time: 98 minutes, Rated R, Available on DVD and Ultraviolet Special Features: The Making of Killing Me Softly featurette & Deleted Scenes A couple of dumb crooks decide to rob a mob run card game which causes the criminal economy to collapse. A gunman (Brad Pitt) is hired to take out those involved to restore order. With a fantastic cast like this, I was disappointed in how slow and boring the story played out. The cinematography and editing were gorgeous, but the long heavy dialogue made me kind [ Read More ]
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Latest McQueen directorial effort gets a North American release date Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's drama based on real-life events, will open in North America on December 27, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. In addition to directing the film, McQueen also co-wrote the screenplay with John Ridley (whose All Is by My Side, about Jimi Hendrix's early years, may also come out this year). (Pictured above: Chiwetel Ejiofor, this year's Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kelsey Scott in TYaS. Please scroll down to check out the film's late-year competition.) Based on the autobiography of a man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years follows the story free man Northup, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, only to be sold as a slave at a Louisiana cotton plantation where he was kept for twelve years. (Hence the film's and autobiography's title.) The film reportedly »
- Anna Robinson
In just two days Fox Searchlight has certainly improved their awards slate adding Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave to their upcoming slate of films, though Anderson's film isn't assured a 2013 release. That said, they have set a December 27, 2013 release for McQueen's film, which is also a film many (including myself) are hoping is added to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival slate, though with a December release that doesn't seem nearly as likely as it did a few weeks ago when I was receiving reports from early test screenings. Twelve Years a Slave features a massive cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Ruth Negga, Alfre Woodard and Michael Kenneth Williams and is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and tells the story of Northrup's »
- Brad Brevet
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