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Over the course of the awards season so far, specifically during the precursors, no one has had a quicker ride to the top tier of contention than Paul Dano. Originally, it seemed like his excellent work in Love & Mercy was destined to be overlooked, but then something interesting happened…he started getting nominated, as well as winning in certain places. Now, he’s a legitimate threat to be nominated at the Academy Awards. I’m thrilled that such a good performance in such a small film is catching on, so it begs the question…have we been underestimating Dano the whole time? Let’s discuss that a bit now! This is the story of Brian Wilson the frontman for the Beach Boys. The movie shows us him in the 1960’s as an emerging superstar before mental illness gets the best of him, as well as in the 1980’s when he »
- Joey Magidson
There's a lot to lose out there.
Brian Wilson had a pretty rough go of it. Physically and emotionally abused by his father (Bill Camp), in the band he gets little support from his brothers (Brett Davern and Kenny Wormald) and considerable hostility from his cousin Mike (Jake Abel), and later in life is mentally tortured by control freak Dr. Gene Levy (Paul Giamatti). All the while, Brian (Paul Dano/John Cusack) suffers from a significant mental illness--whether schizophrenia or something else is ambiguous--and writes the music that makes the Beach Boys a household name to this day. Love & Mercy (2015) fully and even ruthlessly expresses the torturous aspects of Wilson's life while still servicing the musical genius and fan expectations. To its credit, the film is far more devoted to the former than the latter.
- Jason Ratigan
Ethan Hawke takes us inside the daily life of a drone pilot in Good Kill, which was released on Digital HD last month and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, September 1, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. If you didn't get a chance to see this thriller in theaters, then we have you covered. We have a contest lined up, with one grand prize winner taking home a signed poster and a copy of the Blu-ray.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke »
It was recently announced that Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) signed on to star in the upcoming "Holding Patterns" comedy/drama. And now, Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel, "Law and Order") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") have joined the cast. The film follows a young man (Highmore) still living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his sight on a girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. The problem — she has a serious boyfriend. As the two become closer, the line between friendship and romance becomes blurred and they're forced to examine where their lives are going. The new movie is directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore) and Jim Young (The Words). It co-stars Jake Abel (The Host), Rita Volk ("Faking It") and Taylor John Smith (Wolves »
Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel") and Odeya Rush (The Giver, Goosebumps) signed on for the upcoming "Holding Patterns" drama, which co-stars Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Rita Volk ("Faking It"), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson). The story centers on Charlie (Highmore), who's in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather. Dealing with a lack of motivation, he has put all his eggs in one basket: Amber (Rush), the girl who works at his local coffee shop. The problem is, Amber has a serious boyfriend. As Amber and Charlie become closer, the line between friendship and intimacy is blurred, and the situation forces both of them to examine where they are in their lives. The new film is written and directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore), Tony Lee (Geezer) and Jim Young (The Words, »
Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment have joined the cast of coming-of-age comedy “Holding Patterns,” which also stars Rita Volk, Jake Abel and Taylor John Smith. The film follows Charlie Brenner (Highmore), who in his mid-twenties but still lives at home with his mother and stepfather. Having no sign of motivation or structure in his life, he falls for a girl called Amber (Rush), who already has a serious boyfriend. However, Amber and Charlie become close, and the grey zone between friendship and love is blurred. “I could not be more excited about the cast we’ve been able to. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The movie has started shooting in Mobile, Ala., with Jake Goldberger directing from his own script. Rita Volk (“Faking It”), Jake Abel and Taylor John Smith (“Insidious: Chapter 3”) are also starring.
Highmore portrays an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.
Highmore stars as Norman Bates in A&E’s “Bates Motel” and will next be seen in the upcoming miniseries “Close to the Enemy.” Rush will co-star in Jack Black’s “Goosebumps” and Osment was most recently seen in “Entourage.”
Goldberger’s directing credits include “Don McKay, »
- Dave McNary
Holding Patterns is currently shooting on location in Mobile, Alabama, and centres on a young man living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his heart on the girl at the local coffee shop.
Stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones and Zoë Kravitz reveal what it's like to work with writer-director Andrew Niccol in our exclusive preview for Good Kill. This drone thriller is available on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 1. The will film also be available for sale or rental from cable, satellite and telco providers through its theatrical distributor, IFC Films.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a plane, »
English actor Jamie Bacon, who has never been to Scotland, is to play the lead role in a film about Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The Great Getaway will follow the Young Pretender's escape across the Western Isles, after defeat at Culloden in the failed Jacobite rising of 1745.
Having previously appeared in small roles in little-known British indies, this is Bacon's first major film role. Although previously linked with American actor Jake Abel, executive producer Robbie Moffat has said that Bacon would be "perfect" for the part.
Of the decision to cast an English actor, Moffat said: "Bonnie Prince Charlie was born in Rome to a Polish mother and an English father. He did not have a Scottish accent.
"One of the things this film is trying to do is rid the story of its myths."
In fact, Bacon actually has something in common with the Scottish Prince.
"I've never been to Scotland before. »
I’ve seen a lot of biopics. Most are forgettable. Many feel like a Lifetime movie that somehow got a theatrical release. Director Bill Pohlad’s Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy is not one of those films. Written by Oren Moverman, the film takes a non-traditional approach to telling the Beach Boys member's life by splitting the story between Wilson in his 20s (Paul Dano) and Wilson in his 40s (John Cusack), and it doesn’t shy away from showing the dark side of Wilson’s mental illness that almost consumed him. Loaded with a cast giving it their all, a great script, and superb direction, Love & Mercy is a fantastic film that deserves your time and money. The movie also stars Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Bill Camp, and features a tremendous soundtrack. For more on the film, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. The other »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The new film Love & Mercy (out this Friday) takes an unusual approach to portraying the life of Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson: He's played at various ages by Paul Dano and John Cusack, and as the film crisscrosses between them, it's Dano's performance in particular that has been praised as an uncanny standout. Just take a look at this exclusive clip, in which Wilson labors on a song with bandmate Mike Love (Jake Abel): Dano totally inhabits Wilson's ethereal sadness, and it's all in the eyes. And, hey, if you're not convinced by my description, rest assured that this clip will also gift you with a pretty chic beret-and-turtleneck ensemble, some fabulous '60s production design, and a reaction shot from a dog named Banana. Sold yet? »
- Kyle Buchanan
One of my all time favorite actors happens to be John Cusack. Over the past decade or so, one of my newer favorites is Paul Dano. As such, the concept of the two of them in a film together pumped me up from the minute that they were cast in Love & Mercy. Then, I saw it and realized that they wouldn’t be sharing the screen, but instead would be combining to bring the Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson to life. The film is really strong, using both Cusack and Dano to great effect in a soft of hybrid performance. It’s very unique, and now audiences will get to enjoy their work this weekend when the movie comes to theaters. If you don’t know who Brian Wilson is, well…where have you been? He’s the frontman for the Beach Boys, and this is his story. We see »
- Joey Magidson
Sneak Peek footage from writer/director Brian Falk's Ww II dramatic feature "Against The Sun", starring Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton and Jake Abel, now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...in one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three Us Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean.
"No food. No water. No hope of rescue.
"But against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation – and each other – as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety..."
Product Features include 'Behind The Scenes', 'A Plane Takes Flight', 'Starving At Sea', 'Working On Water', 'F/X: On Set And Off', 'Blisters, Burns And Bites', and 'Dressing The Part'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Against The Sun »
- Michael Stevens
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released a new Love & Mercy trailer for director Bill Pohlad’s excellent drama about founding Beach Boys member Brian Wilson. The movie takes a unique approach to the standard biopic by focusing on two very specific periods of Wilson’s life: Paul Dano plays the younger Wilson as he creates the band’s magnum opus Pet Sounds while showing early signs of mental illness, while John Cusack plays Wilson in the early 1990s, when he was reclusive, plagued by his disorder, and being controlled by his manager. I caught the film at Tiff last fall and it’s really great. Dano and Cusack are both incredible as Wilson, as is Elizabeth Banks as a woman who helps bring the elder Wilson out of hiding. Pohlad also stages the creation of the Pet Sounds album exquisitely, refraining from portraying anything as “Eureka!” moments or relying on montages to tell the story. »
- Adam Chitwood
Good Kill, 2014.
Written and Directed by Andrew Niccol.
A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.
Many of the scenes are emotionless, repetitive and detached, set in a claustrophobic room without windows. These scenes involve the audience looking at monitors, switches and controllers, and are filmed mostly in medium or close shots of the actors’ faces. In most films this would perhaps be disagreeable and boring, but in Good Kill they are exactly what make the film work. This is modern warfare 7000 miles away from the combat zone.
In his third collaboration with director Andrew Niccol, Ethan Hawke plays Tom Egan, a Us Airforce drone pilot who is on the brink of breaking point. Through the day to day life of Egan, Niccol’s film is rewarding and stakes its »
- Gary Collinson
Distinct from other, visceral portrayals of the 'War on Terror', Good Kill finds Ethan Hawke boxed in, literally and figuratively, as a pilot dropping bombs, from the ground – in Las Vegas. His targets are half the world away, but for Andrew Niccol, who directed Hawke in Gattaca, this is an extreme example of how technology has made the world smaller yet more remote, making for an absorbing character study.
Naturally, it wasn't the lure of sitting, watching a screen inside a windowless trailer that compelled Tom Egan (Hawke) to join the Us Air Force, but after six tours of duty the higher-ups think that's the best place for him. He's a sullen character and although there isn't an explicit suggestion of Ptsd, he snaps at a sales clerk and wife Molly »
Ahead of its release next month a new trailer and TV spot have arrived online for Andrew Niccol’s upcoming drone pilot drama Good Kill, which sees the director re-teaming with Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
Good Kill tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end?
- Gary Collinson
Combat now unfolds like a video game as Hawke — a former Air Force pilot with six tours of duty under his belt — works eight hours a day fighting the Taliban by remote control from an air-conditioned bunker. He soon begins to question the ethics of dropping bombs from the safety of his post in Las Vegas.
“Don’t ask me if it’s a just war,” his commander (played by Bruce Greenwood) says. “It’s just war.”
“Good Kill,” which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, hits theaters on May 15.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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