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Steve Oram's Aaaaaaaah! and Karyn Kusama's The Invitation are the first two films announced for this year's line-up of the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham, England. The festival will take place between October 15th and 18th. "We're really pleased to be screening both Aaaaaaaah! and The Invitation - two great films which really reflect the diversity of our programme, ranging from surreal dark comedy to atmospheric, unsettling tension", explains Mayhem's Co-Director's Steven Sheil. "We're also really excited to be welcoming Steve Oram back to Mayhem, after Sightseers - his collaboration with Ben Wheatley and Alice Lowe - proved such a hit with our audience in 2012." The festival also announced that Kusama's film will close the festival and that Oram will be in attendance during...
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At a young age, Brie Larson has already built a remarkable resume of varied performances. She can do broad comedies (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “21 Jump Street”), indie dramas (“The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12”) and hold her own alongside some of the biggest names in movies like “The Gambler.” She’s also shown her stuff behind the camera, having written and directed (with Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos) the short film “The Arm,” which won a Short Film Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Larson can currently be seen on the bigscreen in the Judd Apatow hit “Trainwreck” as Kim, the younger, yet more mature sister to Amy Schumer’s hard-partying journalist Amy. The role is a family affair, as Schumer’s real-life sister, Kim Caramele, serves as an associate producer on the film, in addition to being a writer-producer-performer on her sister’s hit series “Inside Amy Schumer. »
- Jenelle Riley
Actress Brie Larson is in talks with Legendary Pictures to play the female lead in their highly-anticipated King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island. If her deal is finalized, she will join Tom Hiddleston, who has been attached to star since September. The news comes just weeks after the action-adventure movie lost two of its stars, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, due to scheduling conflicts.
No details were given for Brie Larson's character at this time, or how she fits into the story. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is also seeking replacements for J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton, with the studio courting Russell Crowe for one of those roles. It won't be known if the actor will sign on, though, until the latest draft of the screenplay comes in. Legendary first announced the project at Comic-Con 2014 at the end of their Hall H panel.
We reported in January that Kong: Skull Island »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is on board to direct the film, which focuses on the giant gorilla’s mysterious and dangerous world — something previous films have only touched on. Tony Gilroy did the most recent polish to the script, which was first penned by “Godzilla” scribe Max Bornstein. Mary Parent, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing the movie, which hits theaters on March 10, 2017.
After her breakthrough role in “21 Jump Street,” Larson has stuck to more dramatic films, including her critically acclaimed performance in “Short Term 12.” This film would mark her first major tentpole, as well as her first big action pic, »
- Justin Kroll
With two films, including the next Paranormal Activity, Paramount is to trim the delay between theatrical and home release to just 17 days.
Since the advent of home entertainment, cinema chains have fought to keep a buffer between the moment a movie appears on the big screen and the date it appears on the small. The standard approach to releasing a major film therefore means a wide theatrical release of around 90 days before it's available on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD.
Paramount, however, has announced that it's going to close that gap with a couple of its forthcoming horror movies. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse are due out in American cinemas in October, but Paramount has hatched a deal with two major cinema chains - AMC Theatres and Cineplex Entertainment - that could see both films hit small screens before Christmas.
Under the deal, their »
Poetry is less the medium of love than a muddler thereof in “Black Mountain Poets,” a delightfully shaggy mistaken-identity comedy from dampest Wales that finds romance and sisterhood in a very British brand of mortification. Not remotely a study of the American projectivist school for which it is playfully titled, Jamie Adams’ madcap miniature builds a seemingly one-joke premise — two dim-bulb fugitives hide out in a granola-earnest rural poets’ convention — into a deftly escalated farce as humane as it is hilarious. Almost entirely improvised, this Edinburgh premiere reaps greater rewards from that tricky technique than any number of arduous poetry slams, thanks in no small part to the quicksilver smarts of leads Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells. Contained cult fandom awaits at home; international festival programmers may spread the word.
Though it’s a freestanding work, “Black Mountain Poets” closes out a trilogy of improv-based comedies from writer-director-producer Adams: The first two, »
- Guy Lodge
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth about his new film Shut In, producer Steven Schneider sits down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis to discuss the film, his upcoming projects Paranormal Activity, Insidious and everything in between…
Steven Schneider: Very happy, yes! It’s always a little scary exposing a new movie to the world, since there’s inevitably a chance it won’t be as well received as you think it deserves. Fortunately, in the case of Shut In, the initial response has been great and we’re hopeful that the positive word-of-mouth will continue.
Sd: What was it about this script and idea that made you want to make it?
SS: I’ve always had a thing for contained, »
- Scott J. Davis
Sony Pictures Classics has dated Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light for a Nov. 27 release, which all but guarantees an Oscar push for the film and most likely a big push for Tom Hiddleston who stars in the feature as legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The pic is now slotted alongside fellow Oscar hopeful The Danish Girl, though both films will probably be looking to make a big splash on the Fall film festival circuit, already establishing an awards season narrative before the general public lays their eyes on either of them. The pic, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones, chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Hiddleston is probably best known to most as Loki from The Avengers film franchise, but 2015 is looking to be a year where he makes a »
- Brad Brevet
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
Actor and comedian Tom Davis has said that British films should not try to compete with Hollywood when it comes to spectacle.
"But I think it's really hard to compete with films that have millions and millions put towards them - that straight away is a bit of a stumbling block.
"I think when it comes to British films, everything is down to the scripts - as long as the core's strong… that's the thing. Maybe for the times, the scripts maybe need to be that little big stronger.
"The story's got to work - and if it works - people will find it. »
Now that we’ve come out of the Cannes ether, we can examine several of the names glaringly absent from the lineup that may potentially premiere on the Lido this fall. With controversial moves finding Garrel, Gomes, and Desplechin playing the Quinzaine, while Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul got slotted in Un Certain Regard, we’re aggravated and pleased about some of this shifting around, but all in all, the main competition this year didn’t end up feeling like many programming risks were taken.
First off, to the general surprise of all, German director Maren Ade and British director Terence Davies were absent from the line-up, both with new highly anticipated titles (Toni Erdmann and Sunset Song respectively). Thierry Fremaux, arguably, tried to mix things up a bit with the Main Competition this year, inviting two female directors (Sacre Bleu!), including Valerie Donzelli and repeat offender Maiwenn (both titles »
- Nicholas Bell
London — The British Film Institute has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. Burke joins from Warp Films, where she is an executive producer and board member.
The BFI is the U.K.’s largest public investor in film, with more than £30 million ($46.5 million) in funding to invest each year. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.
Burke’s producer credits include “Bunny and the Bull,” the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct “Paddington,” the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014; “Submarine,” the feature BAFTA and Bifa-winning debut of Richard Ayoade, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2010; Paul Wright’s “For Those in Peril,” which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; “Berberian Sound Studio, »
- Leo Barraclough
Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI - identifying and supporting a range of new British feature film projects, and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.
A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on last year to direct Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s Submarine; Paul Wright’s 2013 Cannes title For Those in Peril; Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio; and Chris Waitt documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.
Burke is currently executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in a variety of production and development roles since »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead features telepathy, a zombie-fueled truck, plenty of living dead mayhem, and much more. On August 4th, Scream Factory's releasing the IFC Midnight film on Blu-ray and DVD.
Press Release: "A raucous, blood-soaked post-apocalyptic epic filled with inspired vehicular mayhem and unrestrained gore, Wyrmood: Road of the Dead is one of the most wildly entertaining genre films in years. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on August 4th, 2015 from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight, this critically-acclaimed rambunctious adventure Wyrmood: Road of the Dead comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with the Roache-Turner Brothers, the featurette The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood, Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch, deleted scenes, a seven minute teaser scene, a gallery of storyboards by the director and the theatrical trailer. Fans can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com
- Derek Anderson
One of England’s most exciting filmmakers is tackling his biggest project yet in thriller Free Fire, and today brings word that he’s recruiting some red-hot talents to round out the pic’s cast.
Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) has tapped Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Noah Taylor (Submarine) for supporting roles in the film. The trio join a stacked cast that already boasts Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Michael Smiley. Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay also have supporting roles in the pic.
Free Fire centers on a woman (Larson) who sets up an arms deal between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and members of a gang (including Hammer and Copley). Meeting inside a deserted warehouse, the group initiates the deal, only for a furious firefight to break out when shots go off mid-handoff.
Reynor had a »
- Isaac Feldberg
With filming recently wrapped on the Tom Hiddleston starring High Rise, writer/director Ben Wheatley, quickly making a name for himself as one the most exciting British directors in recent years, is already hard at work on his next feature, Boston set crime thriller Free Fire, which began filming on June 8th. With Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley (a frequent collaborator of Wheatley’s, having starred in Kill List, A Field in England, and Wheatley directed Doctor Who episode Into The Dalek) already cast in lead roles, the movies Irish contingent is growing by one with Jack Reynor signing on. Reynor has really been making a name for himself in the last twelve months, and his star is only set to rise higher. Set in late 70’s Boston, Free Fire sees a deal between two gangs in a deserted warehouse quickly descend into a violent shoot out and deadly game of survival, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Sam Riley (On The Road), Noah Taylor (Predestination) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are to join the cast, which already boasts an impressive line-up of talent including Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Free Fire tells the story of a woman (Larson) who meets two Irishmen (Smiley and Murphy) at an abandoned warehouse who she has set up a meeting with, as well as a local gang who are selling them guns. But the deal goes south, and shots are soon fired leaving everyone struggling for their survival.
- Scott J. Davis
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
There’s a few familiar faces in his cast as well, I say a few, I mean the likes of Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley are all signed up and ready to go as they started principal photography today. Film4 and the BFI back the film, Studiocanal have rights in the UK and this time, Andy Starke and Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing the film set in Boston in the late seventies.
Larson plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. »
- Dan Bullock
Ben Wheatley continues to pile on the bodies for Free Fire. Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Noah Taylor (Submarine) are the latest to board the cast, joining Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and more. Get details on the latest Free Fire cast additions after the jump. Set in 1978 Boston, Free […]
- Angie Han
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