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Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are extending their deal for another five years and have named Evan Hayes as president of production at Parkes/Macdonald. Hayes was formerly the president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co. The extension of their joint venture expands the relationship first born in 2010 when the production company was given a $10 million revolving financial fund. Two years later the Men in Black producers and their partners formed a stronger union as Parks+Macdonald/Image Nation.
The next project from them is the untitled feature-length documentary about the courageous Pakastani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to the Taliban after getting shot multiple times and is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. Directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the Malala film follows the features Flight and Men in Black 3. Also on the slate is Keeping Up with the Joneses, »
- Anita Busch
As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.
Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabu have extended their joint venture with a new five year deal.
The new deal extends and expands on the relationship between the two entities, which began in 2010 with a $10m revolving financing fund. It expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed, building on the fund by providing overhead and a first-look deal to develop, acquire and produce projects.
As a result of this expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald. In his new role, Hayes will oversee the company’s slate of feature film projects and supervise all aspects of production and creative development.
Most recently, Hayes was partner and president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co where he oversaw projects such as Starz original series Outlander and true crime thriller The Fence, written »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?
It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.
Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.
When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry. As the investigation deepens, horrors and enemies from the past come to the surface.
The Drop opens with a voiceover from Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his musings on Brooklyn. He describes it as the place “where all the things happen that you’re not allowed to see” and this sets the tone for the entire film.
Adapted from his short story Animal Rescue, novelist Dennis Lehane wrote the screenplay for The Drop and left his beloved Boston behind. The film follows quiet Bob Saginowski played expertly by Tom Hardy and the events that follow a robbery at his Cousin Marv’s bar. This is no ordinary bar; it is what’s known as a Drop bar, »
- Helen Murdoch
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
There’s a scene in The Drop where James Gandolfini’s character, known in his neighbourhood as Cousin Marv, tells his friend and natural successor Bob (Tom Hardy) that he used to be someone who demanded respect. A man for whom people would sit up straight when he walked into a room and a man who had his own stool in the bar he once owned. Now sat in his small home in The Bronx wearing a faded sweatshirt he resents the way in which his neighbourhood had changed. »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆ The Drop (2014), Michael R. Roskam’s respectable follow-up to 2011’s Bullhead, finds the Belgian director on different shores, working from a Dennis Lehane script and aiming to recreate the dramatic richness of James Gray’s auteurist Brooklyn crime dramas. A familiar story of families, criminality and blue collar angst, it’s a meaty, entertaining work featuring fine performances from its talented cast, including the final screen bow of the late James Gandolfini. For cinephiles however, the real interest lies in the questions it inadvertently raises about the increasing influence of the heavyweight crime-writers in the new century; their creative dominance in certain pictures becoming akin to its own form of auteurism.
- CineVue UK
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski just tends bar, keeping himself to himself as gangsters use his bar as ‘The Drop’ to funnel cash between gangs in the course of a night. But when the bar is robbed, he gets caught between good guys, gangsters and a pitbull named Rocco.
The Drop, the screenwriting debut of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), might not reach the heights of either of those films, but it’s an entertaining, slow burning crime drama, with a great central performance by Tom Hardy.
Set in the bowels of Brooklyn, where there seems to be more bars than stools for folk to sit on, it’s a low key drama, where every character is hiding something shady about their past. But it’s Tom Hardy’s character, »
- Gary Collinson
The Drop, a gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, debuted in September to little fanfare, which was surprising given how riveting and well-acted the film actually was. Regardless, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is giving audiences another chance to discover The Drop by bringing it to Blu-Ray on January 20th next year.
In the crime drama, which was scripted by Shutter Island novelist Dennis Lehane, bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) are forced to choose between survival and loyalty when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a mob debt they can’t repay. Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts co-star in the film, which was directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
The Blu-Ray will boast 1080p resolution and a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 track, in addition to a Digital HD copy. Included are special features such as: »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cements Tom Hardy’s reputation as one of the most effortlessly mesmerizing actors working today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Bob Saginowski is the sweet, kind — he rescues an abused and abandoned puppy! — loner bartender at his cousin Marv’s Brooklyn bar, a divey neighborhood place that’s owned by local mobsters and occasionally used by them as a “drop,” a collection point, for ill-gotten takings. Oh, it’s not the old-fashioned, respectable Italian mafia, which once had room for Marv (James Gandolfini [The Incredible Burt Wonderstone], in the last thing we’ll ever see him in), but crazy Chechen bastards, the kind of people whom no one would dare cross. So who the hell was dumb enough to hold up Marv’s place and piss off the Chechens? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Apart from being James Gandolfini's final film, The Drop is struck through with melancholy. There are other familiar notes, but it's not your conventional gangster flick and being penned by Dennis Lehane (the novelist behind Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island), that air of tragedy soaks through into the very bones of the story. It doesn't run quite as deep as those first two, but still it lingers.
Tom Hardy is ideal casting in what is, essentially, a character study of a loner with an uncommonly strong moral code, albeit warped by his environment. His cousin's drinking hole in Brooklyn is where Bob spends his days, tending bar and turning the other cheek as dirty money is moved in and out of the premises by the new wave of Chechen crime lords. »
Released in cinemas this Friday here in the UK, The Drop stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. In this special video from 20th Century Fox, the cast and crew of The Drop talk about working with the late James Gandolfini, who also stars in the movie.
Check out the video below:
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all »
- Luke Owen
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters — “money drops” — in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living — no matter the cost.
Check out the trailer:
To win yourself a set, »
- Dan Bullock
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
- Gary Collinson
Fox has given a script order plus penalty for a comedy penned by”30 Rock” alum Colleen McGuinness.
McGuinness has partnered with Pearl Street’s Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd to exec produce the untitled single-cam comedy set around the life of a 25-year-old frozen yogurt shop employee whose life is going nowhere — until she discovers that she is telekinetic.
McGuinness previously worked as a writer and producer on “30 Rock,” and was a supervising producer on NBC’s “About A Boy.”
Pearl Street is currently producing a new run of filmmaking documentary series “Project Greenlight” for HBO and is in pre-production on the film adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel “Live by Night.” The shingle is also developing the futuristic espionage thriller “Incorporated” with Syfy.
- Shelli Weinstein
Having played very well to the audience at the London Film Festival, The Drop is set to open in the UK on November 14th and we have a new clip from the film. The Drop is directed by Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role.
Check out the clip below and let Bob Saginowski (Hardy) explain how the the drop system works in Brooklyn.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »
- Luke Owen
On Thursday night, the New York branch of the Paley Center for Media hosted an unprecedented reunion in honor of HBO’s “The Wire,” routinely lauded as one of the greatest shows in TV history. Returning castmates included John Doman, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael Kenneth Williams and Seth Gilliam, alongside co-creator and showrunner David Simon.
For nearly two hours the roster recounted tales from the set, as well as reflections on Simon’s creative process — giving each season a new foundation within the complex political and economic structure of Baltimore — and the show’s overall impact in retrospect.
One of the many interesting nuggets of trivia dispensed over the evening was this: “The Wire” was never renewed for a season ahead of time.
“Every season,” said Gilliam — who played Sgt. Ellis Carver — “it was like, ‘Are we coming back? Are we not coming back?’ I think David had a »
- Steve Macfarlane
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
The Drop sees our hopes plummet to the ground with a resounding thud, squandering the brilliant Tom Hardy and much-missed James Gandolfini with a poorly contrived tale that's often alienating to watch.
Hardy plays melancholic bartender Bob Saginowski in this crime drama set in Brooklyn. We know the film really wants us to like him because he helps an old lady right at the start, goes to church to worship in the next scene, followed by rescuing a beaten puppy from a rubbish bin shortly after. Conversely, such exposed plot mechanics do little to make Bob endearing.
Before long, Bob's entangled in a friendship with Nadia (Noomi Rapace), who helped him look after the dog – but has to contend with a robbery at Marv's (Gandolfini) bar, which serves as a drop-off point for criminals to launder money. »
Saturday saw the BFI London Film Festival gala for The Drop, adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel and starring Tom Hardy as a bartender in a Brooklyn club often used for the transfer of dirty money. He meets Nadia (Noomi Rapace) by chance after discovering an injured dog in her trash can. It also features the last screen performance from the late James Gandolfini.Rapace praised director Michaël Roskam, comparing his work to Ridley Scott, with whom she worked on Prometheus. She said, “Ridley Scott started with art school and Michaël did the same thing. They have the same sort of approach, like they’re drawing big pictures and then they put you into it and you’re supposed to live in that world.”Lehane’s novels have been adapted for the big screen several times before, most famously in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Ben Affleck thriller Gone Baby Gone. »
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