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From filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Happy Christmas tells the story of budding novelist Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and her film director husband Jeff (Swanberg), who live a peaceful existence with their two-year-old son. When Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), comes to live with them and disrupts things a bit, it prompts Kelly to look at her own life and career. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Joe Swanberg talked about why he decided to explore the aspects of this particular story, why he wanted Anna Kendrick for this role, comparing the reality of the relationship between Jeff and Kelly to Coach Taylor and his wife from Friday Night Lights, why he decided to shoot this on 16mm film, shaping the story during the editing process, that he didn’t shoot much more than he used, how grateful he is for how much he’s learned on the films he’s made, »
- Christina Radish
When you think Joe Swanberg, movies like Uncle Kent and Hannah Takes The Stairs immediately come to mind – incredibly independent efforts that helped launch a “mumblecore” movement with the help of similar filmmakers like the Duplass brothers. He’s since gone on to create films like Drinking Buddies, boasting a much grander scope, but its his new film Digging For Fire that could be the filmmaker’s most cinematic departure yet.
Directed by Swanberg, based off a screenplay written with actor buddy Jake Johnson, plot details have been hush-hush to this point, so I decided to find out why that was during a press interview for Happy Christmas. After revealing that filming had concluded on the project, I asked if he could comment on the kind of story his fans could expect.
This is what Swanberg had to say about Digging For Fire:
Joe Swanberg: It’s a »
- Matt Donato
HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.
Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .
Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.
Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »
- Garth Franklin
We’re still a week and change away from a new set of Oscar predictions, so I figured today I’d mix it up and give you all my first set of Golden Globe predictions. One of the most noteworthy (if not the most important) precursors in terms of testing out winners, the Globes are the second biggest show out there, so you have to take note of them. As such, they get this early treatment in a way that not ever other precursor does. The big difference you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they sometimes go for the bigger names or the bigger production. As such, I’ve moved Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken ahead of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher here, even though I have the opposite for Oscar. You also lose certain indies, as you’ll see by smaller nomination »
- Joey Magidson
Actors dream of landing that one role that ignites a career.
Even if it’s not quite the “42nd Street” fantasy of instantaneous stardom for the understudy, a supporting role on a TV series can be an important stepping stone, especially if the show is a critical and/or commercial success. And in rare instances, the magic of being in the right supporting role on the right show at the right time can propel a player who’s the second (or third) banana into full-fledged stardom, the kind that inspires Internet parodies, Halloween costumes and social-media shrines.
Such was the case for three actors who rocketed from virtual obscurity, through scene-stealing supporting roles, to become likely contenders in this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards derby. Christina Hendricks made Joan a force to be reckoned with during the pilot shoot for “Mad Men.” Aaron Paul saved the life of Jesse Pinkman »
- Jenelle Riley
Warning: This article contains Us-pace spoilers for Game of Thrones that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Seriously: Do not read on if you haven't watched 'The Children' yet - or you only have yourself to blame!
"Once a cheater, always a cheater!" - Rachel Karen Green, September 25, 1997
We might live in the age of the TV anti-hero - with theft, deception and even murder often considered par for the course for our protagonists - but one sin that remains simply beyond the pale on television is cheating.
So while Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) was hit hard when his beloved Shae (Sibel Kekilli) betrayed him at his trial, the revelation that she'd been sleeping with his father Tywin (Charles Dance) - the lusty lion - was on a whole other level.
With her worst secret exposed in last night's Game of Thrones season four finale, Shae joins the dubious ranks »
It may not be revolutionary to note that twentysomethings are different from thirtysomethings, but in director Joe Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, he takes that idea to the next level when Anna Kendrick’s hard-partying Jenny moves in with her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their young child.
Though Jenny might neglect responsibility at every turn, her presence actually helps Kelly (Lynskey) confront the state of her own artistic aspirations, allowing Swanberg to explore the very real tensions that emerge when one party in the relationship takes on the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. “I’m excited »
- Lindsey Bahr
It hasn’t been a great time for respected TV creators turning their hand to films. Sopranos man David Chase found little success with his first effort, Not Fade Away and now his former mafia-writing lieutenant-turned-Mad Men wrangler Matthew Weiner saw his film directing debut, Are You Here, greeted with cold reactions at the Toronto Film Festival, when it bowed as You Are Here last year. He’s worked on it a little further and the first trailer is up via Yahoo.The story follows Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis), who inherits his estranged father’s fortune and teams with womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s sister Terri (Amy Poehler). Given that the cast also includes Jenna Fischer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Joel Gretsch and a wealth of other funny folk, hopes were high for the film.But the idea of Galifianakis »
Kill the Messenger Trailer and Poster. Michael Cuesta‘s Kill the Messenger (2014) movie trailer, movie poster stars Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper. Kill the Messenger‘s plot synopsis: “Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe that we’ve just gotten our first look at one of this fall’s biggest awards contenders. Kill The Messenger, from director Michael Cuesta (Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter), first piqued our interest back in July of 2013 when Michael Sheen, Bary Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson and Andy Garcia joined the cast, and we started to realize just how talented an ensemble Cuesta was working with. Now, a first trailer for the Jeremy Renner-led film has hit the web, and it’s definitely a must-see.
Renner stars as Gary Webb, an American journalist who, in 1996, uncovered that the CIA had ties to a major crack cocaine smuggling operation in California and was using the profits from that operation to funnel arms to rebel fighters in Nicaragua. Webb’s investigation puts him and his family at risk, but he continues to dig, determined to bring »
- Isaac Feldberg
Focus Features’ upcoming film, Kill The Messenger. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy’) leads an all-star cast (Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia) in a dramatic thriller, based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. See official trailer below: Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy?) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets, and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins »
Today we have the trailer for "Kill the Messenger" starring Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia. Check it out below. Plot: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The new movie is directed by Michael Cuesta ("True Blood," "Homeland") and is set to hit theaters on October 10th. Trailer: »
Webb exposed evidence of the CIA's involvement with the spread of cocaine in Los Angeles.
Kill the Messenger will be released on October 10 in the Us and November 28 in the UK. »
The first trailer for Jeremy Renner's drama thriller Kill the Messenger has been released, and it looks like it's going to be a great movie! The film is based on the true story of a journalist named Gary Webb, who in 1996 asserted the C.I.A was involved in crack cocaine importation to California. It was directed by Michael Cuesta, who has directed TV shows such as Dexter and Homeland. The movie also has an insanely impressive supporting cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia. Here's the synopsis:
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of »
- Joey Paur
Helmed by Homeland director Michael Cuesta, the upcoming film is based on a true story and focuses on journalist Gary Webb (Renner) and his mission to expose the CIA’s involvement in the smuggling of cocaine into the United States. Things start to get a bit messy for Webb when the government finds out what he’s on to and threatens his life and career.
- Pamela Gocobachi
Story is based on investigative journalist Gary Webb’s stories alleging the CIA’s involvement in the spread of crack cocaine in Los Angeles — and the consequences Webb faces for his whistle-blowing.
“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence — does that not seem strange to you?” Renner asks early in the trailer.
Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucas Hedges, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are also starring. Producers are Scott Stuber, Renner and Naomi Despres.
- Dave McNary
Focus Features has released the first trailer for director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland) drama Kill the Messenger, which stars Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) as Gary Webb, a reporter becomes the victim of a smear campaign after exposing the CIA’s role in importing cocaine into the U.S. to fund Nicaraguan Contra rebels; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets… and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, »
- Gary Collinson
Kill the Messenger tells the story of Gary Webb, the journalist who wouldn’t stop digging into the cocaine trade, even when threatened by drug dealers and the CIA. It’s a story that has as much intrigue as you could want, but will audiences be interested?
If the trailer is any true judge of things, it looks like this one has a lot to offer, and it certainly has a cast that ought to be able to deliver.
It perhaps oversells (but, it’s not a movie without some steamy moments, right?), which makes you wonder exactly how accurate the portrayal is that we’re getting, but Renner looks like he’ll be able to sell the story, and if the government running the drug trade doesn’t pique your interest, what will?
Take a look below, and don’t let this one fly under your radar.
Two-time Academy »
- Marc Eastman
A journalist's life becomes compromised after uncovering a vast conspiracy in the first trailer for Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), this thriller follows one reporter's quest to find the truth about why the CIA was helping major drug dealers smuggle cocaine into America. Take a look at the first footage from this thriller, co-starring Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper and Oliver Platt, and clickHere if you missed the poster that debuted yesterday.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets... and further alleges that the CIA was aware of »
It’s kind of amazing more movies aren’t called “Kill the Messenger.” Still, what is most movies’ loss is this movie’s gain. Based on a true story, Kill the Messenger stars Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, a journalist who uncovered the CIA’s involvement in the smuggling of cocaine into the U.S. The rest is just classic mess-with-the-bull-you-get-the-horns stuff. The film co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia. It opens in theaters on October 10. Don’t like that date? Too bad. It’s not our fault. Don’t something the something. »
- Jesse David Fox
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