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James Gandolfini doesn't think very highly of Tom Hardy in a new clip from “The Drop,” an upcoming crime drama that features the late actor's final performance on the big screen. “I'm not the guy that wasted his entire life waiting for it to start,” Gandolfini tells Hardy's character in the clip (above). “At least I had something once. I was respected, I was feared.” See video: James Gandolfini Is Respected, Feared in Trailer for Final Film ‘The Drop’ The Sept. 12 release was directed by Michaël R. Roskam (“Bullhead”) and written by “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane. “The Drop” follows a lonely bartender. »
- Greg Gilman
The eagerly-awaited new feature from Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam, The Drop will open in U.S. theaters on September 12. According to the official synopsis...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.Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd, and John Ortiz also star. Dennis Lehane adapted his own short story, and all indications are that this is a tough, terse movie that should play well to the strengths of the people involved. We've got...
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Fox Searchlight has released three new clips and some new images from The Drop. In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. I could go either way on this movie. It looks like a perfectly good thriller that has been marinating a bit too long in the “tough guys in a tough neighborhood doing tough things” tropes that a lot of filmmakers follow too far down the rabbit hole. On the other hand it also looks like it might balance that out with a genuinely deft touch. It also has a great cast and a well-regarded director in Bullhead helmer Michaël R. Roskam and it marks one of Gandolfini's final performances. »
- Evan Dickson
One movie I'm looking forward to at this year's Toronto Film Festival is Michael R. Roskam's The Drop, written by Dennis Lehane (based upon his short story "Animal Rescue") and staring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and Ann Dowd. Today the first clip from the movie featuring Hardy and Rapace has premiered online. The Drop takes an inside look at Organized crime's use of local New York City bars as money-laundering 'drops'. When lonely Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) uncovers a drop of a different sort in the form of a battered pit bull puppy that he rescues from certain death, he comes into contact with Nadia (Rapace), a mysterious woman hiding a dark past. Following its Toronto premiere, the film hits theaters on September 19. Watch the clip below. sb id="975531" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
While most films being released these days typically refrain from making any form of statement, in fear of losing their core audiences, every once in a while, one slips in and is able to make its viewers think. The Paco Cabezas-directed Rage (formerly titled Tokarev) is just that: a film that while on the surface could be mistaken as just another Taken-style revenge film, but in reality is a much more powerful film, fully able to dig pretty deep into some serious issues dealing with gun control and the cost of revenge.
Rage follows Paul Maguire (Nicolas Cage, in top form), a former thug, who does his best to be a hard working husband and father. Through a series of flashbacks, we see that when Paul was younger, he led a rough life, and is now plagued by a mistake that left a man dead and ignited a war between two rival gangs. »
- Jerry Smith
Seven films will compete for the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The films in the running for the Golden Shell at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sep 19-27) have been unveiled.
The seven titles are:
Casanova Variations, Michael Sturminger (Fr-Aus-Ger)
Silent Heart, Bille August (Den)
Phoenix, Christian Petzold (Ger)
Haemoo, Shim Sung-Bo (S Kor)
New titles to join them in the Official Selection will be announced next week.
Casanova Variations stars John Malkovich stars as the legendary seducer. Based on Histoire de ma vie by Giacomo Casanova and with arias from W.A. Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, his story is told both through fiction and on-stage performances to reveal stories of his adventures and fear of death.
The Drop marks the Us debut of Belgian filmmaker Roskam, who arrived on the scene with muscular drama Bullhead. The film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
10-year-old Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disney's The Jungle Book for director Jon Favreau. As Mowgli, Neel will be the only actor onscreen in the film, which is a combination of live-action and animation already featuring the talents of Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. The film will be released in 3D on October 9, 2015. Focus Features has acquired the Jesse Owens biopic Race for distribution. The film will feature Stephan James (Selma) in the lead role as the record-breaking winner of four Olympic gold medals in 1936 with Jason Sudeikis starring as Owens' coach and mentor Larry Snyder and Jeremy Irons as Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin. Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, "House of Lies") is directing with filming to take place »
- Brad Brevet
If he agrees to the contract Bale will feature as lead character Travis McGee, a ‘salvage consultant’ who returns property to its rightful owner – at a price. However, while his job may sound rather dull, McGee gets himself into all sorts of trouble, described at times as a ‘mercenary’.
This definitely sounds promising, especially with Bale and DiCaprio working together. The Deep Blue Goodbye was the first of MacDonald’s 21 stories in the series (yes, 21!) so maybe this will morph into an epic franchise…or have we had enough of those already?
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
A few months back, I reported that James Mangold (The Wolverine) was set to direct an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's "The Deep Blue Goodbye." At the time, I noted that based on the description of the book's title character Travis McGee, it sounded like a good gig for Matthew McConaughey.
Here's my description of the character, who would become the protagonist for several more adaptations if Hollywood can successfully launch him with Deep Blue Goodbye:
"The character is described as something of a beach bum in Florida that lives on his houseboat, The Busted Flush, and doesn't do much of anything until he needs money. When he needs to make some cash, he does for-hire jobs helping people get back their missing property as a "salvage consultant," helps and seduces women along the way, and gets himself into various misadventures while on assignments."
Sounds like it would require someone who has the charming, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The literary works of American author John D. MacDonald could be said to have a very specific tone. With published titles including The Executioners – from which the film Cape Fear was adapted – his stories conjure suspenseful, sinister atmospheres in hardboiled narratives. There are, then, few people better suited to adapt his work for film than Dennis Lehane – himself the noted author of original novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. The story he has adapted is A Deep Blue Good-by featuring the character of Travis McGee, and it is a project with franchise potential – particularly since it seems to have caught the eye of Christian Bale.
Travis McGee is a hard-nosed salvage consultant, who makes his living recovering stolen property – keeping half the value as his fee, with a view to funding an early retirement. In A Deep Blue Good-by, McGee finds himself on the trail of the powerful and evil Junior Allen, »
- Sarah Myles
It looks like Christian Bale has set his sights on a potential action/crime franchise, as Variety reports that the Academy Award winner is in talks to play Travis McGee in an adaptation of the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel, The Deep Blue Good-By.
MacDonald wrote 21 novels starring the McGee character over a twenty year period, from 1964 to 1984. Two film adaptations have been made; first came 1970′s Darker Than Amber starring Rod Taylor, then the 1983 made-for-tv-movie Travis McGee (based on the novel The Empty Copper Sea) starring Sam Elliot.
Unlike other detectives in crime fiction, Travis McGee is neither a police officer or licensed private detective. Instead, he considers himself a “salvage consultant,” who recovers others’ lost property for a fee (managing to get himself into trouble along the way, with plenty of bad guy fighting and woman wooing).
The Deep Blue Good-By is set to be directed by Walk the Line »
- James Garcia
Circling through various stages of development for some time, it looks like John D. MacDonald’s best-selling series is finally about to make it to the big screen, with Christian Bale eyeing the lead in The Deep Blue Goodbye.
The 1964 novel is the first of twenty-one in the Travis McGee series, and has previously had the likes of Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.
DiCaprio is still on board as a producer, but talks have commenced with Christian Bale to star as the hero, Travis McGee. And though there’s no offer yet, Bale is reported to have agreed to star, and an offer is expected shortly.
James Mangold, coming off the back of helming The Wolverine, has just closed his deal to direct, and DiCaprio will be producing alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran (The Ides of March, Out of the Furnace »
- Kenji Lloyd
Although the actor has yet to receive an official offer, he is said to be interested in taking on the role of McGee.
McGee is the protagonist of a 21-book series by John D MacDonald, which is now on course to be adapted for the big screen.
The main character is described as a "salvage consultant", who lives on a houseboat and has a talent for attracting women and trouble.
There has been no comment from Bale or his representatives.
Bale and Mangold have previously worked together on 3:10 to Yuma.
The casting of True Detective season two is ongoing, with the latest reports being that Colin Farrell has been targeted for one of the leads roles this time around. One person who won't be taking the project on is Christian Bale though, who has reportedly turned down the show.
Instead, he's gravitating towards starring in the long-in-gestation film adaptation of John D MacDonald's novel, The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel, which centres on the character of Travis McGee as he comes to the aid of a friend in need - and in the path of an unpleasant man named Junior - has been targeted for a film for some time. Directors such as Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone have been mooted in the past, with James Mangold currently in the director's chair. »
The first title in a nearly two dozen book strong series, the story follows unlicensed private investigator McGee who is a free-living bachelor and reluctant hero living on the houseboat 'The Busted Flush' in Fort Lauderdale.
McGee works as a "salvage consultant," recovering property and money for clients and taking half the fee in return. In many ways he's the absolute last-ditch option for ever getting back whatever it is you lost. "Good-by" centers on McGee's efforts to track down a treasure that a soldier escaped with and hid after World War II.
- Garth Franklin
The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen. Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster). Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons. He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made). Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached). Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
Christian Bale is in early talks to star as Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-by for 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is based on John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel, the first of 21 books that featured the Travis McGee character.
The studio doesn't have an official offer out to the actor yet, but he has agreed to come on board, with an offer to come very soon. Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to play Travis McGee back in March 2013, but now he will only produce with his Appian Way Productions partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
Travis McGee is a salvage consultant based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, living aboard a houseboat dubbed The Busted Flush. The Deep Blue Good-by centers on Travis meeting a battered woman named Lois, as he tries to track down her abusive boyfriend, which proves to be more difficult than he had imagined.
James Mangold is directing from a »
Christian Bale has committed to his fair share of non-native accents, from Western Pennsylvania Appalachian to, well, Batman. But now the Welsh actor might have to consider adopting a Floridian way of speaking if he agrees to star as the tough-as-nails Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-By. According to Variety, Bale is in early talks to join the James D. MacDonald adaptation.
Published in 1964, The Deep Blue Good-By is the first of a 21-book series following “salvage consultant” McGee on his adventures and skirmishes throughout Fort Lauderdale as he reclaims items, and sometimes people, for all kinds of seedy clients. »
- Lindsey Bahr
John D. MacDonald‘s long-running character Travis McGee — the star of 21 novels — is moving back towards theaters thanks to a new adaptation of MacDonald’s first McGee novel The Deep Blue Good-By. James Mangold is directing, from a script by Dennis Lehane, tracking the early days of a “salvage consultant” who helps people out so […]
- Russ Fischer
While there is no official offer, Bale has agreed to come on to star, and an offer should be coming shortly.
Written by John D. MacDonald in 1964, the book is the first in a series of 21 that followed 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.
Bale, Fox and Chernin recently worked together on “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which bows on Dec. 12.
Bale and Mangold are repped by Wme. Mangold is also repped by Management 360. »
- Justin Kroll
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