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Warner Bros.’ comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis has added two new stars to its line-up. The remake of the 2005 documentary continues to attract a wealth of talent, and today we’ve got news of its latest additions. Climbing aboard the political expose are Joaquim De Almeida (Fast Five) and Zoe Kazan (What If, Ruby Sparks).
Based on filmmaker Rachel Boynton’s documentary, the film will further explore what sounds to be a fascinating tale of political ideals gone awry. The story will be based around the exploits of two of President Clinton’s former political advisors, James Carville and Stan Greenberg, and their involvement in the re-election of a Bolivian president.
The casting announcements so far have addressed who’ll be playing a great deal of the main characters. Except, that is, for the Bolivian president himself. Thanks to The Wrap, we now know that role will be portrayed by De Almeida, »
- Gem Seddon
The film centres on a group of Us consultants who hire a notorious political advisor to secure the re-election of an unpopular Bolivian president. Peter Straughan of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy fame wrote the screenplay.
Participant Media is a co-financier on the film with Warner Bros, who will distribute.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Filming is underway in New Orleans on David Gordon Green's feature adaptation of the 2005 political campaign doc of the same name. In her first live-action feature film appearance since "Gravity," Sandra Bullock plays retired political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine. She's pulled back into the game by a team of Americans tasked with getting an unpopular Bolivian president reelected. The campaign gets chaotic when Billy Bob Thornton shows up as the opposition — and, as we learn, he's also Jane's worst enemy. The film's top drawer cast includes Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”). Green, who has deftly carried projects both indie ("George »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.
Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.
The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).
The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.
- Dave McNary
Participant Media has come aboard as co-financier on Our Brand Is Crisis, the political comedy-drama now filming in New Orleans under director David Gordon Green. Sandra Bullock stars in the adaptation of Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired political consultant brought in to help an unpopular Bolivian president get re-elected. Things get personal when Jane’s nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), arrives to lead the opposition’s campaign. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan penned the screenplay, and Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King have come on as executive producers alongside Bullock and Stuart Besser. Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gómez Berríos, and Joaquim de Almeida also star. Warner Bros will distribute.
- Jen Yamato
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”) feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).
When a group of American consultants accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected, they realize they need help. Tracking down retired maverick political consultant Jane Bodine (Bullock) to her cabin in the woods, they persuade her to lead the team—a decision they quickly come to regret, as “Calamity” Jane begins to live up to her nickname, unleashing her very own brand of chaos on the campaign.
Just as all seems lost, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), Jane’s worst enemy, arrives in town to work for the opposition. Suddenly things become personal and as the battle begins the consultants get to see Jane the legend in action. »
- Michelle McCue
• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. »
- C. Molly Smith
“Fast Five” star Joaquim de Almeida is set to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green's political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which has also added “What If” star Zoe Kazan to its strong ensemble cast, TheWrap has learned. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the Warner Bros. movie, which will co-star their “Argo” actor Scoot McNairy, as well as Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd. The movie will be executive produced by Bullock. Also read: ‘What If’ Review: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Jolt Life Back into the Rom-Com »
- Jeff Sneider
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame, as if we need to tell you that) and Zoe Kazan (TV’s Bored to Death) star in the 2013 film What If, a romantic comedy about modern romance, friendship and everything in between.
The movie tells the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned, by bad relationships. Then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall, Prometheus). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, “What If” the love of your life is actually your best friend? Stay tuned…
Sneak Peek a new trailer from director Lisa Cholodenko's upcoming HBO mini-series "Olive Kitteridge", adapting author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons and Rachel Brosnahan, airing November 2, 2014:
"....the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town is wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of 'Olive' (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center.
"The story, spanning 25 years, focuses on Olive's relationships with her husband 'Henry', the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist, their son 'Christopher', who resents his mother’s approach to parenting and other members of their community..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Olive Kitteridge"...
- Michael Stevens
HBO has released the first full trailer for Olive Kitteridge (the teaser was here), based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same title. It's a portrait of the coastal town of Crosby, Maine, which like all tales of sleepy New England hamlets, is full of secrets, illicit sex, crime, and tragedy. The film, directed by The Kids Are All Right's Lisa Cholodenko, is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of its protagonist played here by Frances McDormand, a junior high school math teacher. Her husband Henry, played by Richard Jenkins is the town pharmacist. Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan are also part of the cast. The four-part mini-series airs in two parts on November 2 and 3. »
- E. Alex Jung
Frances McDormand and Bill Murray both wear knit caps like nobody's business in the first trailer for HBO's upcoming film Olive Kitteridge. McDormand stars as a strong-willed teacher who has difficult relationships with her husband and son. The film's narrative spans 25 years and focuses on Olive's interactions with the various denizens of their New England town. In a memorable scene, McDormand convinces a young girl that she's a witch and is about to eat her. Read more 'Olive Kitteridge': Venice Review Richard Jenkins, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Martha Wainwright and Murray co-star. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are
- Ryan Gajewski
McDormand doesn’t mince her words, whether talking to an innocent little girl or a depressed Bill Murray, who asks for a reason to live as he grieves the death of his wife. “Don’t have a clue,” McDormand’s titular character says. “I’m waiting for the dog to die so I can shoot myself.”
The movie earned rave reviews, including one from Variety critic Peter Debruge, when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month.
The four-part series runs on HBO from November 2 to November 3, with two installments airing each night.
- Maane Khatchatourian
In the new trailer for HBO's miniseries Olive Kitteridge, Frances McDormand doles out blunt dialogue as the titular character. Throughout the trailer one can see how Olive's age changes over the course of the miniseries, which is adapted from Elizabeth Strout's novel. "I just want to say one thing," Olive tells a group of school children. "Don't be scared of your hunger. If you're scared of your hunger you're one more ninny just like everyone else." When Bill Murray's character tells an older-looking Olive to give him "a reason to wake up in the morning," revealing that his wife died, »
- Esther Zuckerman
HBO has released the first Olive Kitteridge trailer for director Lisa Cholodenko’s (The Kids Are All Right) miniseries adaptation of author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story focuses on a retired schoolteacher (Frances McDormand) and the characters that surround her, as the various tales of affairs, suicide, and emotional problems in her small Maine town are told through her eyes. McDormand looks to be quite incredible here as the titular lead, and Cholodenko appears to do a swell job of balancing the darkly funny and dramatic tone. Everything about this looks great, from the cinematography to the supporting cast, and I can’t wait to dive into the four-hour story next month. Hit the jump to watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer and to check out the poster. The miniseries also stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Rachel Brosnahan. »
- Adam Chitwood
We've said it before and we'll keep saying it—the line between TV and movies is continuing to blur, and we don't really care, as long as great stories are being told. Earlier this year, the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" screened in full at the Venice Film Festival, and why not? The talent is all top shelf, with Lisa Cholodenko directing a cast that includes Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan and more. Now a brand new trailer is here in advance of its small screen bow. Based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, this is a four-part series that spans 25 years in the lives of residents of a small town. Here's the official synopsis: Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.
"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »
- Jenni Miller
The 20th edition of the festival includes competition titles ’71 and Blind.
The Athens International Film Festival (Sept 17-28) kicks off its 20th edition today with 241 titles selected by artistic director Orestis Andreadakis.
The festival will open with Damian Szifron’s hit Wild Tales, which has proved a critical hit since its world premiere in competition at Cannes, and will close with David Fincher’s Us crime drama Gone Girl, marking its European premiere.
‘71, Yann Demange (UK)10,000 km, Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spa)Blind, Eskil Vogt (Nor)The Canal, Ivan Kavanagh (Irel)Manos Sucias, Josef Wladyka (Us-Col)The Mend, John Magary (Us)Natural Sciences, Matías Lucchesi (Arg)Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Josephine Decker (Us)The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro (Bra)When Animals Dream, Jonas Alexander Arnby (De)
A five-member Youth Jury, comprised »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
Chris Evans has played a whole lot of dark and troubled characters onscreen, from reluctant time-traveler Captain America in "The Avengers" to the leader of a class war in the futuristic "Snowpiercer." This trailer for "Playing It Cool," which was originally known as "A Many Splintered Thing," is a refreshing change of pace for the handsome star, as he plays a screenwriter who's suspicious of love.
Naturally, this unnamed babe meets his match in a spirited, smart woman played by Michelle Monaghan, whose verve causes him to question everything he knows about love and friendship. Especially since - d'oh - she has a boyfriend. (We're also stoked to see an age-appropriate love interest!) "Playing It Cool" aims to address the hoary old chestnut of whether men and women can be friends, and we're curious to see the results. It's got a cute and quippy cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Luke Wilson, »
- Jenni Miller
While We’re Young
Written and directed by Noah Baumback
Written and directed by Saverio Costanzo
Since 2009, Adam Driver has infiltrated indie cinema and Hollywood alike. Starting off with small, independent shorts and bit parts on Television, he parlayed himself into bit parts in major Hollywood pictures like J. Edgar, and Lincoln. He then broke into mainstream cred as Adam Sackler on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Oh, he’s also going to be in the new Star Wars installment.
He’s no stranger to the festival circuit, either, least of all Tiff. In 2012 he co-starred alongside Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s magnificent Frances Ha at Toronto’s festival. The following year, he starred in Australian drama Tracks alongside Mia Wasikowska, and appeared in the Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe starrer What If (known at Tiff ’13 as The F Word.) This year, he’s front and center »
- Ariel Fisher
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