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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake

16 September 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures' A Prophet remake may finally be moving forward, despite practically no activity on the project since director Sam Raimi came aboard back in January 2016. Today we have word that the studio is still hoping to start production sometime this year, and a new report claims the director has reached out to Michael B. Jordan to play the lead role of Marcos Colon, with Josh Brolin being eyed to portray Cesar. Those roles were portrayed by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup in the original film from Jacques Audiard, although the Marcos Colon role was named Malik El Djebena.

That Hashtag Show broke the news today, revealing that director Sam Raimi is hoping to start production by the end of this year, so even if Michael B. Jordan or Josh Brolin don't fill those roles, we certainly may hear more about casting soon. This project has been in the works for quite some time, »

- MovieWeb

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'Mr. Mercedes' Writer Dennis Lehane Discusses the Show's Pre-Trump Backdrop

13 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

[This article contains some spoilers for Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes through Wednesday's episode, "People in the Rain."]

Audience Network has pushed its adaptation of Mr. Mercedes primarily on the names of novelist Stephen King and showrunner David E. Kelley, both clear creative assets elevating this harrowing game of cat-and-mouse between a retired detective (Brendan Gleeson) and an increasingly deranged killer (Harry Treadaway), plotting his next crime.

Dennis Lehane's name comes a bit further down the show's producer list, but immediately popped for me because of how the TV version of Mr. Mercedes has expanded on King's backdrop »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Racer and the Jailbird' ('Le fidele'): Film Review | Venice 2017

8 September 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Flemish director Michael R. Roskam, whose imposing debut, Bullhead, was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category, has called his Racer and the Jailbird (Le fidele) an “amour noir" — an interesting term that suggests that crime and a love story are not only its principal ingredients, but also that one isn’t more important than the other.

After his Dutch-language debut and the English-language Dennis Lehane adaptation The Drop, which was set in Brooklyn, this third feature is mainly in French and set in the bilingual Belgian capital. This is the playground of the bank robber Gigi, played by »

- Boyd van Hoeij

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Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 4 Review – ‘Gods Who Fall’

1 September 2017 3:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the fourth episode of Mr. Mercedes

There are no blood and guts, nothing particularly thrilling or even risky this week in Mr. Mercedes. Instead the episode is riddled with backstory, character expansion and a little white supremacist laptop baiting. Dennis Lehane of Shutter Island fame wrote the teleplay for ‘Gods Who Fall’ and its continued slow burn tactic fails to set the world on fire. This is perfectly entertaining stuff but the issue remains that not a lot happens. Sinister looks and hijacking home appliances does not a proper mad person make. Flashbacks are used to open up Hodge’s preoccupations, Brady quietly targets customers while buying items straight out of the arsonists hand book in his leisure time and his mother sits in her backyard.

Gleeson and Mary Louise Parker are perfectly fine in their respective roles but there is simply not a lot happening. If »

- Amie Cranswick

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Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘On Your Mark’

17 August 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the second episode of Mr. Mercedes

For those expecting concise characterisation, clear structure and narrative clarify with Mr. Mercedes be warned this takes a little longer than most. It plays out like an elongated episode of Jimmy McGovern’s Cracker without the chain-smoking, alcohol addled central protagonist. There are no failing marriages, awkward family dinners or extra-marital liaisons, instead we get a softer edged Gleeson as Bill Hodges who lacks cynicism but retains ample sarcasm. This is less the serial killer next door vibe from last week, choosing instead to unpack character, imply instability and give substance to an understated performance.

Elsewhere Harry Treadaway brings humanity to Brady Hartsfield in his techno basement lair, making everything deceptively clear-cut within two episodes. Kelly Lynch adds depth and pathos to her gutter trash depiction of a mother in awe of someone who makes her uncomfortable. Meaning that Mr. Mercedes »

- Amie Cranswick

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From ‘Archer’ to ‘South Park,’ the Emmy Race Gets Animated

16 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the animated series category, there is little suspense year-to-year over which shows will get nominated since there are four key shows — led by “The Simpsons,” with 26 nominations and 10 wins over 28 seasons — that have been honored for the bulk of their runs. The real question is which one will win, so picking the right episode for Emmy submission is key. “I have a highly scientific system,” jokes longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean. “I usually go with the highest-rated episode on IMDb.” This year Jean will put his system to the test against returnees “Archer,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “South Park,” and the newcomer: “Elena of Avalor”/“Sofia the First” crossover episode, “Elena and the Secret of Avalor.”

Archer” (pictured above)

Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed” (Fxx)

The seventh season of Adam Reed’s stylish and irreverent spy series ended with Archer floating facedown in a swimming pool, an image that evoked the classic 1950 film noir “Sunset »

- Scott Tobias

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Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him

8 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.” There are also two Netflix movies due this year, “Gerald’s Game” and “1922,” but don’t ask him when they’re coming out. “I think one is in September, one is in October,” he says. “Hey, listen, I’m only the writer, I’m the last person to know.”

And starting Wednesday, viewers can check out the 10-part series based on his novel “Mr. Mercedes” on DirecTV’s Audience Network. It stars Brendan Gleeson as retired detective Bill Hodges, who is haunted by an unsolved case in which a man in a Mercedes drove into a crowd, killing eight people. He begins to receive messages from “Mr. Mercedes” taunting him, unaware »

- Jenelle Riley

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Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him

8 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.” There are also two Netflix movies due this year, “Gerald’s Game” and “1922,” but don’t ask him when they’re coming out. “I think one is in September, one is in October,” he says. “Hey, listen, I’m only the writer, I’m the last person to know.”

And starting Wednesday, viewers can check out the 10-part series based on his novel “Mr. Mercedes” on DirecTV’s Audience Network. It stars Brendan Gleeson as retired detective Bill Hodges, who is haunted by an unsolved case in which a man in a Mercedes drove into a crowd, killing eight people. He begins to receive messages from “Mr. Mercedes” taunting him, unaware »

- Jenelle Riley

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast

7 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mr. Mercedes” opens with a scene as telling to the series’ successes as its failures. Inspired by an actual tragedy — when a woman drove her car into a crowd of people at a McDonalds’ job fair — the new Audience Network drama recreates the crime in gruesome detail.

Though not outside the fast food chain and with more mysterious intent than the aforementioned event, a man in a clown mask sits behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan. He pulls up to a line of people, who are waiting to meet potential employers during the fiscally-tumultuous times of 2009. Sitting idle long enough to draw attention from the sleepy crowd, including a mother with her baby and a kind man with a tightly-wrapped sleeping bag, the driver suddenly shifts into gear and speeds through the screaming bystanders.

As described, this is a deeply disturbing event. As captured, it’s nauseating. In the era of “too much TV, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast

7 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Mr. Mercedes” opens with a scene as telling to the series’ successes as its failures. Inspired by an actual tragedy — when a woman drove her car into a crowd of people at a McDonalds’ job fair — the new Audience Network drama recreates the crime in gruesome detail.

Though not outside the fast food chain and with more mysterious intent than the aforementioned event, a man in a clown mask sits behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan. He pulls up to a line of people, who are waiting to meet potential employers during the fiscally-tumultuous times of 2009. Sitting idle long enough to draw attention from the sleepy crowd, including a mother with her baby and a kind man with a tightly-wrapped sleeping bag, the driver suddenly shifts into gear and speeds through the screaming bystanders.

As described, this is a deeply disturbing event. As captured, it’s nauseating. In the era of “too much TV, »

- Ben Travers

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Behind The Mask Cast & Crew on the Past, Present, and Future of Leslie Vernon

23 March 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While in Austin at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, I had the opportunity to catch up with a variety of folks responsible for the modern cult classic Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with several screenings as part of the fest’s midnight lineup. Those on hand for the interview included co-writer/director Scott Glosserman, co-writer/producer David J. Stieve, star Nathan Baesel, and co-star Ben Pace.

As it turns out, when you get a group of filmmakers who also happen to be great friends together in one room for an interview, things can get a little nutty. That being said, we have some great highlights from Daily Dead’s in-depth chat with the gang behind one of the more boundary-pushing genre films of the last several decades, including the risk involved with making Behind the Mask, the legacy of Leslie Vernon, how they »

- Heather Wixson

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They Don’t Make T&A Thrillers Like This Anymore

21 March 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This Week in Home Video‘They’re Playing With Fire’ Blends Bloody Violence and T&A Thrills to Surprising EffectPlus 13 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!

Pick of the WeekThey’re Playing With Fire [Kl Studio Classics]

What is it? A sexy college professor seduces her student, and then people start dying horrible deaths.

Why see it? I’ve been a Sybil Danning fan for more years than I care to recall, but somehow this one slipped past me before now. I’m not sure what teen me would have thought, but as an adult I’m in awe of just how off the rails it gets from its very clear T&A origin. From the cover to the copy the film sells itself as just another sex flick, but »

- Rob Hunter

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Berlin: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace to Star in Thriller ‘Stockholm’

27 January 2017 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace will star in the thriller “Stockholm” with production starting in April.

“Stockholm” is written and directed by Robert Budreau. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and will offer it to buyers for the first time at the European Film Market in Berlin at the Berlin Film Festival.

Scott Aversano and Will Russell-Shapiro will executive produce and oversee the thriller via the Aversano Films banner along with Jason Blum at Blumhouse Productions. Nicholas Tabarrok will produce through his Darius Films banner, with Budreau via his Lumanity banner, and Jonathan Bronfman at his JoBro Productions banner.William Santor, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang are also executive producing for financier Productivity Media.

The project is based on the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” written by Daniel Lang. Hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, »

- Dave McNary

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Ben Affleck’s Live By Night Loses $75 Million

27 January 2017 11:18 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2016 wasn’t Ben Affleck’s year. The A-lister behind Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered some of the weakest reviews of his career, picked up a Worst Actor Razzie nomination, and despite high hopes, October’s The Accountant didn’t serve him well. But the biggest blow probably came from Live By Night, his prohibition-era gangster drama which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, which not only failed to live up to his Argo standards but completely flat-tired at the box office. According to recent estimations, Affleck’s fourth directorial effort lost Warner Bros. a whole $75 million. Ouch.

While the former Oscar contender looked strong at first, especially with its prime real estate late December/early January release date, the buzz wasn’t found and its film festival attendance was surprisingly lacking, especially for such a noteworthy release. Though it serves as Affleck’s second Dennis Lehane adaptation »

- Will Ashton

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Warner Bros. Will Take $75 Million Loss On Ben Affleck’s Gangster Misfire ‘Live By Night’

27 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s hard to believe “Live By Night” could’ve gone wrong. Ben Affleck has proven he could make top-shelf blockbuster entertainment with “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” and “Argo,” and getting together a cast including Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana and Chris Cooper to adapt a book by Dennis Lehane seemed like it couldn’t lose.

Continue reading Warner Bros. Will Take $75 Million Loss On Ben Affleck’s Gangster Misfire ‘Live By Night’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ Flop Results in $75 Million Loss (Exclusive)

26 January 2017 4:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Live By Night” mostly fired blanks when it debuted in theaters last December, and its failure has resulted in a lot of financial carnage.

The expensive gangster picture was a passion project for Ben Affleck, who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the story of a Florida rum runner. But critics ripped the picture, calling it dramatically inert and a muddle. That’s left Warner Bros., the studio behind the film flop, looking at a $75 million loss, according to insiders with knowledge of its financing and rival studio executives.

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Live By Night” has made $16.5 million globally, and is not expected to have international appeal despite Affleck’s star power. Talky period pictures don’t tend to play well overseas, particularly when they don’t come loaded with Oscars (“Live By Night” was shut out »

- Brent Lang

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Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier to helm new Netflix movie Hold the Dark

26 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Green Room, the uber violent and ultra stylish 2016 horror film, was one of last year’s best received movies of the genre, and now it’s been revealed that director Jeremy Saulnier will helm his next movie for streaming giant Netflix.

The film which is titled Hold the Dark, will apparently be another bloody and tense thriller in a similar vein as Green Room and the director’s breakthrough flick, Blue Ruin.

The Calgary Herald had the scoop on the Alaska set movie, noting that shooting will begin on February 27th of this year. Previously Saulnier’s films have been original works but Hold the Dark will be an adaptation of William Giraldi’s 2014 novel.

The synopsis for Giraldi’s book is as follows:

Written with “force and precision and grace” (John Wilwol, New York Times Book Review) Hold the Dark is a “taut and unforgettable journey into the heart »

- Samuel Brace

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Prevails as ‘Monster Trucks,’ Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ Bomb

15 January 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.

Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the crush of new releases.

“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul  Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s”Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American Nasa »

- Brent Lang

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Live By Night review – too smooth by half

15 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ben Affleck paints too rosy a portrait of the prohibition era in his return to the work of Dennis Lehane

The writing of American novelist Dennis Lehane is particularly well suited to screen adaptation. His propulsive narratives, bullet-hole plot points and a knack for capturing the fractious banter of blue-collar Boston all combine into that rarest of assets: authenticity. It’s for this that Lehane tends to attract big-ticket directors hoping for prestige projects: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, 2003), Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, 2007) and Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island, 2010).

But that crucial authenticity is missing from this newest adaptation of a Lehane novel. For his latest outing as a director, Affleck returns to Lehane’s work, this time the 1920s Boston and Florida-set gangster novel Live By Night. But there’s something too sanitised and synthetic about this picture. It feels like a facsimile of prohibition America, a Vegas casino recreation rather than the real thing, »

- Wendy Ide

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Exclusive Interview: Chris Messina on Live By Night

13 January 2017 10:47 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Today sees the release of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, a thriller that is a far cry from the heady heights of the DC Cinematic Universe and the Justice League. We spoke to the director and his co-star Sienna Miller about working together on the film, as well as a little piece about the new Batman film.

Scott Davis also sat down with actor Chris Messina, who plays Dion Bartolo in Live By Night. The actor has also appeared in another of Affleck’s films, the Oscar-winning Argo as well as a fine run of indie movies including the divine Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Like Crazy.

Live By Night is out in UK Cinemas now.

Chris Messina Live By Night Interview

 

Live By Night Movie Synopsis

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.”  Affleck also wrote the screenplay, »

- Jon Lyus

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