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Love “Breaking Bad” and miss watching Bryan Cranston scale new heights of self-destructive behavior? You’re in luck. Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” has found a home. A press release announced that IFC Films has acquired the drama, which sees Cranston playing a father and husband who abandons his family and hides in their attic. Walter White may be gone, but Cranston has found another fictional family to wreak havoc on.
An adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, “Wakefield” follows “successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Cranston), [who] takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors,” the film’s official synopsis details. “‘Wakefield’ becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family; he has left himself.”
Swicord made her feature directorial debut with 2007’s “The Jane Austen Book Club,” a romantic drama starring Emily Blunt and Maria Bello about — as its title suggests — a book club that discusses the works of Jane Austen. Her screenwriting credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Little Women,” and “Matilda.” In 2009 Swicord received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
When we asked Swicord what she’d like people to think about after watching “Wakefield,” she said, “I’d love for people to find themselves crowded with a variety of competing thoughts, along the lines of, ‘Where will this story go from here?’; ‘What was going on, on her side of the story?’; ‘Could I ever forgive him?’; ‘Could I ever do what he did? And what do I think would happen if I did?’; ‘Could this man have changed as much, without doing something as drastic?’; and ‘What does it take to reclaim yourself? What has to be sacrificed?’”
The film’s theatrical run will begin May 19 in New York. You can catch “Wakefield” on VOD May 26.
Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” Acquired by IFC Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Julie Andrews has full confidence in Emily Blunt’s ability to do justice to the role of Mary Poppins. While Dick Van Dyke announced he will be returning for the sequel, Andrews tells Et’s Leanne Aguilera that she doesn’t think she’ll be a part of it, but she is thrilled to be able to pass the […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
While Dick Van Dyke announced he will be returning for the sequel, Andrews tells Et's Leanne Aguilera that she doesn't think she'll be a part of it, but she is thrilled to be able to pass the torch to the Golden Globe-winning actress.
Disney's upcoming sequel to the classic 1964 film is set in Depression-era London, where a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks are visited by Mary Poppins after their family suffers a personal loss. Poppins uses her magical skills to help Jane, Michael and Michael's three children rediscover the joy missing in their lives.
Instead of reprising »
Beauty and the Beast, the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic, features a star-studded cast of actors bringing fan-favorite characters to life — and Luke Evans shines in the role of narcissistic villain Gaston.
Although he’s been known for recently taking on a string of action roles, this isn’t the Welsh-born actor’s first time belting out a few tunes. Read on to learn more about the star, and find out how he ended up playing Disney’s muscular baddie.
He got his start in London musicals
The 37-year-old started out on the West End playing parts in several well-known musicals. »
- Ale Russian
Celebrity couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will star together in upcoming thriller A Quiet Place. John Krasinski & Emily Blunt To Co-star In Thriller Not only will they act together, but Krasinski, 37, will direct his wife in his third go at helming a feature film. The actor is also rewriting the film from an original script. […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Deadline reports that the story for A Quiet Place is being kept tightly under wraps, but is based on a spec script from Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, which Krasinski will rewrite. It will mark Krasinski’s third feature directorial outing after 2009’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and last year’s The Hollars, and the first time that Krasinski and Blunt have appeared together on screen.
Krasinski will next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s as-yet-untitled Detroit riots project, and also takes on the title role in Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan TV series. Blunt meanwhile is currently in production on Mary Poppins Returns, which is set for release in Christmas 2018. »
- Amie Cranswick
A Quiet Place: Married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are finally making a movie together. The two have voiced characters in the same animated features before and both cameoed in The Muppets, but they will be co-starring onscreen for the first time in A Quiet Place, a thriller for producer Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with a plot being kept secret. Krasinski is also rewriting the script and will direct the movie, which begins shooting this fall. [Variety] Beautiful Boy: Two other cast members of TV's The Office are reuniting for the Brad Pitt-produced Amazon movie Beautiful Boy. Steve Carell and Amy Ryan, who played a couple on the sitcom will now play exes in the drama based on David Sheff's memoir about his son Nic's...
- Christopher Campbell
McCarter want to see Murder on the Orient Express on stage before the big screen remake later this year? A new production just opened in Princeton with a pretty great cast that includes Veanne Cox, Julie Halston and gorgeous Max Von Essen who should've won the Tony two years back for An American in Paris
Jezebel "Carol Without Women" boring crap or still beautiful abstraction? Must watch!
Ashlee Marie shows you how to make a standing Lego Batman cake
Shudder a new streaming service for horror fans is streaming Ken Russell's notorious and brilliant and »
- NATHANIEL R
It’s been exactly 10 years since Tamara Jenkins made her last feature film, “The Savages.” Now, the director returns with “Private Life,” as reported by Variety. The Netflix drama stars Molly Shannon, who just won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role in “Other People,” where she plays a mother dying of cancer.
Per the film’s official plot synopsis, the film follows “Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, [who] try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.” Read More: Jennifer Aniston Joins Cast of Anne Fletcher’s ‘Pitch Perfect’-Esque Indie Teen Comedy
Written by Jenkins, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
A Quiet Place: Married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are finally making a movie together. The two have voiced characters in the same animated features before and both cameoed in The Muppets, but they will be costarring onscreen for the first time in A Quiet Place, a thriller for producer Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with a plot being kept secret. Krasinski is also rewriting the script and will direct the movie, which begins shooting this fall. [Variety] ...
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It may seem prudent to seek out a little peace after headlining the upcoming Jack Ryan TV show, and the now-filming Mary Poppins Returns respectively, and that is exactly what John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have signed on to do – with their commitment to A Quiet Place. The project is being developed at Paramount, with Michael Bay on board as a co-producer, and will see Krasinski write, direct, produce and act, with Blunt as his co-star.
Reportedly scheduled for a late-2017 shoot, the plot details of A Quiet Place are currently shrouded in mystery – but given the body of work already amassed by those involved, we can glean a lot of information from the way in which this movie is coming together. The early draft of the script was written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who have written a number of horror movies together – including Nightlight and Spread. John Krasinski »
- Sarah Myles
Not everyone gets to work with their spouse, and I'm sure not everyone would want to, but Hollywood couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will be doing just that when they join forces for their latest project, a supernatural thriller by the name of A Quiet Place. The pair will star in the film together, but John Krasinski will be pulling triple duty as he will also be writing and... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
More supernatural horror is on its way as Variety is reporting that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will co-star in their first feature film together, A Quiet Place. Krasinksi is set to write and direct the Paramount/Platinum Dunes supernatural thriller,… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are bringing their love to the big screen, but their new collaboration is likely to terrify more than charm you. The married couple and parents of two are set to star opposite each other for the first time, in the supernatural thriller A Quiet Place, E! News confirmed Wednesday. The movie is set on a farm and is about a family that is being terrorized by evil, The Hollywood Reporter said. Krasinski will also direct the film, which will mark his third time behind the camera for a movie, and had also co-written its script. A release date has not been set. Blunt and Krasinski had starred together in the 2011 film The Muppets but shared no »
Despite having presumably seen what happened in the aftermath of Gigli, By The Sea, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and any number of other films made by real-life couples that broke up shortly after their movie came out, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski apparently have enough confidence in the strength of their relationship that they think they’ll be able to make a movie together and survive unscathed. It’s wild, it’s dangerous, and it’s just the sort of romantic nonsense that you’d expect out of Jim from The Office, so maybe this time it will actually work.
This comes from Variety, which says Krasinski will be writing and directing a supernatural thriller called A Quiet Place, and he’ll also star in it alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt. We don’t know anything about the plot, but Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company are »
- Sam Barsanti
John Krasinski is set to write and direct the supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” in which he will also star opposite wife Emily Blunt, reports Variety. The Paramount/Platinum Dunes production marks the first time the couple will co-star together in a feature film — the last movie they worked on together was 2011’s “The Muppets,” but they did not share any scenes.
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“The Office” alum previously directed the indie comedy-drama “The Hollars,” released last year, and 2009’s “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” “A Quiet Place” marks the first time he’s directed for a major studio.
The supernatural thriller will be produced by Platinum Dunes’ co-founders Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger, his Sunday Night partner, will serve as executive producers alongside Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who wrote the first draft of the script. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The Mary Poppins Returns star and her Office alum husband are teaming up for A Quiet Place, Krasinski's major studio directorial debut, which he will also write as well as star in with his wife, Deadline reports.
And while the duo did technically both appear in 2011's The Muppets, they never actually had any scenes together, so this is uncharted territory in a sense -- and something Krasinski has been looking forward to!
In December, the 37-year-old actor and filmmaker told Et that he'd love to direct his wife in something, should the right project come along.
"We've always wanted to work together, but it's just about finding the right story and also finding a story that's unique and specific enough that the story itself will be »
Clearly the Hollywood gods have been listening to our prayers about a movie starring both John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The Office star is slated to direct, write, and star in a supernatural thriller called A Quiet Place alongside his wife of seven years, making it his third directorial effort following 2016's The Hollars and 2009's Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. So far a plot has yet to be revealed, but Michael Bay is on board as a producer alongside Krasinski and his Sunday Night production company partner Allyson Seeger. Back in September 2016, Krasinki told us they "would love" to work together, so clearly we're not the only ones who were dreaming of this. »
- Quinn Keaney
Nick Harley Mar 16, 2017
Along with sharing screen duties with Blunt, former Office star Krasinski will also write and direct A Quiet Place. Currently, plot details on the project are unknown, but Michael Bay is producing along with Platinum Dunes duo Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Executive producing is Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger in tandem with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who worked on an earlier draft of the screenplay.
This will be Krasinski’s first directing gig for a major studio after helming the critically acclaimed indie The Hollars last year and his mockumentary, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, based on the collection of short stories by David Foster Wallace of the same name, »
John Krasinski will star alongside Emily Blunt in “A Quiet Place,” a thriller from Paramount that Krasinski will also write and direct. The project, which begins production this fall, will be Krasinski’s third film as a director and his first for a major studio, following “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” in 2009 and “The Hollars” last year. Krasinski will share writing credit with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing through Platinum Dunes, which previously collaborated with Krasinski in the drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” Plot details for “A Quiet »
- Jeremy Fuster
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