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Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Run Time: 106 minues
Michael R. Roskam, best known for Bullhead, directs Dennis Lehane’s The Drop and presents us with a finely paced crime-drama that’s wrapped up with tempestuous grittiness. Lehane wrote the screenplay for his own short story ‘Animal Rescue’ and is the man behind Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island, so you know you’ll get deep inside the characters.
Intensely brooding, Hardy plays New York bartender Bob, a simple and lonely guy who’s family runs the establishment that occasionally doubles up for a ‘drop’ bar, which means that sometimes it’s part of a circuit that exchanges money and nobody asks questions.
One day, when walking home from his job, he hears the whimpers of a dog and discovers a Pit-bull puppy in some bins, covered in blood. Picking the dog up, »
- Dan Bullock
Aside from a lot of basketball, I didn't watch a lot this week other than attending a screening of Insurgent and I watched Backcountry on a screener and will be reviewing soon enough. Other than reading, I did finish Nick Cutter's "The Deep" recently and if you're a fan of early Stephen King and John Carpenter's The Thing, then I definitely recommend you pick it up. You'll love it. Recently I started reading Dennis Lehane's "The Given Day" and I really love Lehane's writing, he sets a scene and drops you smack dab in the middle of it. This week I have a screening Get Hard on Monday and I might check out Home on Tuesday, but I can guarantee you it will be all about basketball once again come next Thursday and all day tomorrow. Now... what did you watchc »
- Brad Brevet
The cast for James Mangold’s Travis McGee book adaptation The Deep Blue Good-By is coming together, with stars Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike already in place. Now Peter Dinklage and Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s Nicola Peltz are in talks to join them.Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and “salvage consultant” who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men. The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in John D. MacDonald’s book series so far, Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director’s chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank. As for what Pike, Peltz and Dinklage will be playing? Their roles have yet to be revealed, »
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are in talks to join Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in 20th Century Fox's adaptation The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel of the same name by John D. MacDonald was published in 1964, and was the first in his 21-book series of mystery-adventure books centering on Travis McGee (Christian Bale). Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to play McGee before Christian Bale signed on.
In the novels, McGee made his living as a "salvage consultant," living as a bachelor on a houseboat. The adaptation will be set in modern day, portraying McGee as an Afghanistan war veteran, who tries to track down stolen sapphires which leads him to a "sadistic torturer." Peter Dinklage is playing a mathematician who struck it rich after developing an app, and becomes McGee's new sidekick. Nicola Peltz is playing the woman who hires McGee to find the sapphires. »
Actors Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz are diving into Fox’s “Deep Blue Goodbye.” The Golden Globe-winning “Game of Thrones” star and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” ingenue are in talks to join previously announced cast Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, an individual with knowledge of both deals told TheWrap. “Deep Blue” tells of a Fort Lauderdale beach bum who lives on a houseboat called The Busted Flush, where he takes mysterious cases and gets into trouble helping damsels in distress. Also Read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Explain HBO Drama in 30 Seconds: ‘Blood, Death, Boobs, Revenge’ (Video) “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane wrote the most. »
- Matt Donnelly
Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and Transformers: Age Of Extinction star Nicola Peltz have entered talks to appear in Fox’s franchise-starter The Deep Blue Good-By. Based on John D. MacDonald’s series of novels about a free-wheelin’ bachelor with a taste for trouble, the studio are aiming to kickstart a series of movies with Christian Bale at the center.
James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk The Line) will direct The Deep Blue Good-By, the first in a proposed line of adaptations. It will revolve around the self-proclaimed “savage consultant” Travis McGee (Bale), who has been transformed from novel to screen from a house boat-livin’, easy-going beach bum into… an Afghan war vet.
The latest versions of the screenplay, penned by Wolvie scribe Scott Frank – who in turn reworked a series of earlier drafts by Dennis Lehane – will now find the experienced military man “on the trail of stolen sapphires which leads to a sadistic torturer. »
- Gem Seddon
Written by MacDonald in 1964, “The Deep Blue Good-by” is the first in a series of 21 books that followed Travis McGee (Bale), a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.
- Justin Kroll
According to Empire, Bale will play McGee, a detective from Florida and "salvage consultant".
The Deep Blue Good-By is the first of 21 books about McGee so 20th Century Fox has plenty of potential for future sequels.
Pike will soon be featured as the voice of Lady Penelope in the new TV version of Thunderbirds. »
Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.
Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He.s also a knight-errant who.s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule »
- Scott J. Davis
The Deep Blue Good-by
Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite Christian Bale in James Mangold's film adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 pulp novel "The Deep Blue Good-by" at 20th Century Fox. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing.
Bale plays Travis McGee a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. Dennis Lehane penned the script, with Scott Frank working on the most recent draft. [Source: Variety]
All I See Is You
Blake Lively and Jason Clarke have scored the lead roles in Marc Forster's indie psychologial thriller "All I See Is You" for Sc International Pictures. Forster, Michael Selby, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby and Jillian Kugler will produce.
The story follows and blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, »
- Garth Franklin
With The Deep Blue Good-By landing the services of Christian Bale to star and James Mangold to direct, 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books is coming together at last. The next part of puzzle is finding a female lead, and it looks like Rosamund Pike will fill that role.Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and “salvage consultant” who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men. The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in MacDonald’s series so far, Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director’s chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank. Pike, last seen as »
For Rosamund Pike, it seems that not bagging the Best Actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards hasn’t hurt her future prospects. Variety reports that she’s now entered talks to star opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-By. The adaptation is currently set up over at Fox with Chernin Entertainment and Appian Way set to produce.
The Wolverine director James Mangold will be at the helm, for what’s being touted as the start of a potential new franchise. The Deep Blue Good-By will adapt the first of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series of novels. Each successive book traces the story of McGee (represented onscreen by Bale), a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.
For an in-depth look at the novel, check out the synopsis below (via »
- Gem Seddon
Oscar-nominated "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike is in talks to headline Fox's "The Deep Blue Good-by" opposite Christian Bale. Directed by James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line," "The Wolverine"), this is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first in a series of 21 books that follow "savage consultant" Travis McGee (Bale), a bachelor who recovers other people's property for money and gets mixed up with women and criminals along the way. (Variety reports here.) The script is penned by cult crime writer Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), with Scott Frank chiseling away at a recent draft. No details yet on who exactly Pike will play, but she will be the female lead here. Pike will shoot "The Deep Blue Good-by" before heading into the plane crash survival drama "The Mountain Between Us" (also co-penned by Scott Frank) opposite Charlie Hunnam. She also has a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I think we can all (or at least, most of us) agree Rosamund Pike was more than deserving of an Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Gone Girl. Julianne Moore is a very good actor, but this was no competition. Thankfully, her performance let filmmakers see all the talent they could mine from her, which we can hope means great roles moving forward. One potentially great role is in the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-by, the first of twenty-one novels featuring the character Travis McGee, who will be played by Christian Bale. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) will direct a script by Dennis Lehane, with the most recent draft by Scott Frank. amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"No matter what the material is, if you put Bale and Pike in a film together, I will be there opening day. »
- Mike Shutt
First written by John D. MacDonald in 1964, “The Deep Blue Good-by” is the first in a series of 21 books that followed Travis McGee (Bale), a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.
Following the success of “Gone Girl,” which grossed more than $350 million at the worldwide box office and earned Pike an Oscar nomination, Fox and Pike seem happy staying in business with one another.
After the huge opening weekend of “Gone Girl, »
- Justin Kroll
In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.
But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.
Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.
For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).
The seventh time turned out »
Coming off the white hot success of his hard hitting, Oscar nominated debut, Bullhead, Michaël Roskam signed on to helm a Hollywood backed crime film adapted by famed writer Dennis Lehane from the author’s own short story, Animal Rescue – an obvious next step that bears all the teetering weight that comes with the swagger of star power and the shimmer of golden statues. Though The Drop failed to live up to its sky high expectations upon world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest last year, now that the hype has died down it’s recognizably a respectable attempt at roping cheap canine melodrama within a tightly wound yarn of underground corruption and long buried familiar dirty laundry.
Speaking of laundry, the criminal epicenter of Roskam’s tale stands as a seedy bar in Brooklyn where locals come to celebrate or drown their sorrows and the pub’s rough »
- Jordan M. Smith
Dennis Lehane’s books have yielded some terrific crime dramas set in Boston, from Mystic River to Gone Baby Gone, so it’s more than a little strange to consider that for The Drop, Lehane’s first screenplay, he adapted his short story “Animal Rescue” but traded in Dorchester for the mean streets of Brooklyn.
Why he made the change is unclear, but the modified setting is doubly interesting given that The Drop still feels very much like a Boston drama despite a few explicit references to the Big Apple. There’s little by way of scale on display, unusual for a film set in sprawling NYC, and director Michaël R. Roskam (coming off Bullhead, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) infuses many shots with a chilly melancholy and pervasive foreboding that we’ve come to associate with good old Beantown (or at least Hollywood’s impression of »
- Isaac Feldberg
A film that didn’t get nearly enough attention, The Drop, is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and you can get your copy right here.
Available on Blu-ray & DVD on January 20th!
A phenomenal cast, including Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, lead this gritty thriller about Bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) who must 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.
- Marc Eastman
In between stints as Batman, writing and directing Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night and other projects he’s now attached to, Ben Affleck will star for Gavin O’Connor in The Accountant. The director has begun building a cast around his leading man, and both Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow have now made deals.The Accountant finds Affleck as a seemingly mild-mannered bean counter with Asperger’s who just so happens to moonlight as an assassin. J.K. Simmons is set in an unspecified role, while Jon Bernthal will be a mercenary and Anna Kendrick an accounting whizz who falls in with Affleck.Tambor, who has just won a Golden Globe for his work on Amazon series Transparent, is set as a veteran Mafia accountant who acts as Affleck’s mentor – potentially in more than just matters of money management. And while The Hollywood Reporter trumpets Tambor's casting, Deadline reports »
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