12 items from 2016
Narcos has some new company. Deadline reports Kerry Bishé (pictured), Arturo Castro, Matt Whelan, and Michael Stahl-David have joined season three of the Netflix series.Last month, we reported the streaming service has renewed the drama for both a third and fourth season. Season two of the series, which chronicles the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, debuted in September.Read More… »
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* TVLine has confirmed that Wil Traval will reprise his Once Upon a Time role as the Sheriff of Nottingham, in an episode »
Narcos is beefing up its roster for season three. The Netflix drug cartel drama has added Michael Stahl-David (Show Me a Hero) and New Zealand actor Matt Whelan as series regulars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Stahl-David will play Chris Feistl, a young American DEA agent who sought out assignment to Colombia as the drug trade shifts to the Cali Cartel's takeover in the wake of Pablo Escobar's death. Whelan will play his partner, Daniel Van Ness. Feistl is described as being the more straight-edge and serious agent of the two. Stahl-David and Whelan join Pedro Pascal,
- Jackie Strause
Rob Reiner’s Lbj is set for its world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, hopefully capping off a spectacular fest that has seen its fair share of Oscar-contenders. The movie stars Woody Harrelson as the acerbic President Lyndon Johnson, who served as Vice President under John Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan) and finally became President himself following Kennedy’s assassination in November, 1963.
Native Texan Woody Harrelson seems an ideal actor for the role of Johnson, and he proves it in this most recent clip from Lbj. Recounting a childhood experience to some members of his staff, Harrelson draws out Lbj’s famous humor and insouciance, without making him seem like a caricature. That’s a hard line to walk, given the bravado of Johnson himself, but it appears that this actor is more than up for the task.
How far this film will go into Johnson’s legacy is an open question. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The movies, in case you didn’t notice, are having an Lbj moment. It began two years ago, when Tom Wilkinson played President Lyndon B. Johnson in “Selma” as a cagey but courtly political warrior whose hand was forced by Martin Luther King Jr. More recently, the Broadway drama “All the Way” was made into an HBO movie — 20 years ago, it would have been big-screen awards bait — with Bryan Cranston reprising his edgier, closer-to-the-bone performance as Lbj (more cussed, better accent, truly astonishing makeup). Cranston has made a specialty of playing decent men in scurrilous armor, and his Ljb was a cunning vulgarian blowhard saint, with a bark worse than his bite — a cracker-barrel curmudgeon.
- Owen Gleiberman
Coinciding with its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today, a first look clip has arrived online from director Rob Reiner’s upcoming biographical political drama Lbj which stars Woody Harrelson in the titular role as President Lyndon B. Johnson; take a look below after the official synopsis…
Lbj follows the political upheaval that Vice President Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) faced when thrust into the presidency after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan). Johnson struggles to heal a distraught nation while simultaneously, against all odds, getting JFK’s historic Civil Rights Act passed through an incredibly divided Congress.
- Amie Cranswick
"He wants us to help his family escape... We have to help him." Survival Pictures has unveiled a trailer for an indie drama called The Promise, set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. The film follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris. Starring Oscar Isaac as Michael, with Christian Bale as Chris, and Charlotte Le Bon as Ana. Also featuring Angela Sarafyan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Rade Serbedzija & Michael Stahl-David. This seems like a big, bold attempt to tell the story of the Armenian genocide featuring with an impressive cast, which actually makes this worth watching. This also doesn't look so much like an indie, rather a very large production. I'm curious to see it. Here's the first trailer (+ promo poster) for Terry George's The Promise, direct »
- Alex Billington
Few film festivals in the world double as an acquisitions marketplace quite like the Toronto International Film Festival, which will screen more than 300 movies between September 8 and September 18. Most of these films have yet to land a U.S. distributor, and only a select group of titles will secure a distribution deal before the end of the fest.
Which movies are likely to be swarmed by buyers at Tiff 2016? Here are nine hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.
Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her hit debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is billed as a “dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland.” The film follows a young girl named Samantha (Suki Waterhouse) who’s been banished from civilized society and ends up escaping from a community of cannibals. Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film stars Keanu Reeves, »
- Graham Winfrey
After highlighting the best films of the year thus far, it’s time to turn our attention to the fall. While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s Lbj, A Monster Calls, »
- Jordan Raup
Shooting has started in Brooklyn and will run through the rest of the month. Jessica M. Thompson is directing from her own script.
The story follows a young New York City woman who is sexually assaulted by a stranger during an evening out with her friends. She attempts to keep the assault a secret, but the burden of the truth breaks down the trust and intimacy in her relationship with her long-term boyfriend. An encounter with an at-risk woman later forces her to face what has happened.
- Dave McNary
When 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened earlier this month, it arrived with a surprise teaser trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which many believed was a sequel to the 2008 thriller Cloverfield, a movie that arrived wrapped in just as much mystery. 10 Cloverfield Lane has since been called a distant cousin to Cloverfield. The two films are connected, but this new thriller isn't a direct sequel. Some believe it is more of an anthology film held under the Cloverfield banner. Whatever it is, it is arriving under a shroud of secrecy this March. And like Cloverfield, it is getting an extensive and somewhat bewildering viral campaign. In a recent interview, star Mary Elizabeth Winstead teased what the movie is actually about.
Speaking with EW, the actress opened up every so slightly about the tense drama, which takes place in a bomb shelter. She can't tell us much about the plot or its twists and turns. »
Yesterday, fans were treated to a surprise trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which many have speculated is a sequel to the 2008 hit Cloverfield. There is still very little we know about the story, but since both 10 Cloverfield Lane and Cloverfield were produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, many assume there is some sort of connection between the two. Earlier today, a user cleared the air about this mysterious project, revealing that it may not be a direct sequel, but it is set in the same Cloverfield universe.
"This film was originally made under the names Valencia and The Cellar for Paramount's Insurge division (a subsidiary for films made for under 5 million dollars like The Devil Inside), and when Paramount closed it down, this movie (shot and completed) was thrown out to the wind and orphaned. Paramount bought it back up and had Daniel Casey and Damien Chazelle do some re-writes »
12 items from 2016
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