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Second Coming, 2014.
Directed by Debbie Tucker Green.
A London woman is slowly driven mad by suddenly and inexplicably becoming pregnant.
Naming your film after a poorly received Stone Roses album could be a creative risk, but when your protagonist, Jax (Nadine Marshall), suddenly becomes pregnant without conception, you might just be justified. Her story is that of cramped kitchens and overcast council estates, all seen through the slightly shaky camera of British realism. Grounding such a fantastical premise (divine conception) in this gritty tradition gives the film a poetic aesthetic. Unforuntaely, though, the lengthy opening segment is a bit too realistic…i.e. mundane.
Luckily, surprise Idris Elba (Prometheus, Luther) is a wonderful thing. He can pop up anywhere. Be it in Sky TV commercials, DJ spots at swanky Shoreditch parties or in independent British cinema by first-time female directors, the man is immune to overexposure. »
- Oliver Davis
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
We’ve got a few release date stories to attend to this evening. Briefly: The Independence Day 2 release date has been moved up a week, from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016. Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 is being moved from February 2015 to August 28, 2015. The untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved up from December to November 25, 2015. The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is being pushed from this Christmas to January 16, 2015. More on these films and their new dates after the jump. Director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel now moves away from Warner Bros.’ Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg on its title appropriate weekend, as it will now square off directly against The Mummy reboot on June 24, 2016. Cast has yet to be announced, but we do know that Will Smith will not be back. Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 starring Rupert Friend »
- Adam Chitwood
There will be Star Wars: Episode VII spoilers throughout the rest of this story, so stop reading now if you don't want to know any more about the movie than you already do. That said, this latest bit of news is more a confirmation of things we've heard in the past than it is some startling revelation.
When news first broke that director J.J. Abrams and his team were eyeing Adam Driver as a main cast member, it was heavily rumored that he would be playing a villain on par with Darth Vader. Though the actor was later confirmed for a role, we still don't know who he is playing.
Actor Joel Edgerton has helped clear that up a bit. Talking with MTV about his latest release Felony, in theaters next week, Joel Edgerton let it slip that he knows more about the upcoming sequel than most people.
Not because »
Green wrote the screenplay for Goat, which is about sinister goings on in a frat house.
It centres around a 19-year-old boy recovering from an assault. He and his brother pledge to the same fraternity, only to find himself pitted against his sibling in the name of 'brotherhood'.
Green was formerly attached to direct the project, with Emile Hirsch starring.
Andrew Neel is directing the drama for Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions. Acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green wrote the initial draft of the screenplay. Andrew Neel himself has made revisions alongside Mike Roberts. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa are producing alongside James Franco and Vince Jolivette. John Wells will executive produce.
The story follows a 19-year-old boy still reeling from a deadly assault. He enters college and pledges the same frat as his brother. The things that soon transpire in the name of 'brotherhood' test the young man and his loyalty to his sibling in a very brutal way.
Some indie projects take their time to find proper footing. After falling in the laps of David Gordon Green, Jeff Nichols and actor Emile Hirsch, according to TheWrap, Brad Land’s Goat appears to have a new set of four legs in James Franco, Rabbit Bandini’s James Franco and Vince Jolivette is teaming with those that originally optioned the book almost a decade back in Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa (associate producer for Lance Edmands’ Bluebird). Best know for “phoning” in King Kelly back in 2012 — the Louise Krause starrer premiered at SXSW, Andrew Neel has reworked the script and is tapped to direct — the only question now is to put the screenplay out to upcomer “it” type actors. Expect future casting announcements in the near future. Serving as as executive producer is John Wells (Love & Mercy).
Gist: Based on the screenplay by David Gordon Green, with revisions »
- Eric Lavallee
The big screen rendition of Brad Land’s book Goat: A Memoir has been around for a while. David Gordon Green penned the initial draft of the script and also planned to direct it as well, but in 2008, he passed directorial duties over to Mud’s Jeff Nichols. However, now it’s being reported that the film is finally moving forward and that Andrew Neel (King Kelly), not Nichols, will direct it. James Franco is also on board to produce the film, which follows the story of a 19-year-old boy recovering from a vicious assault who pledges a fraternity with his brother and faces brutal challenges to prove his loyalty to the brotherhood. Hit the jump for more on Goat. As reported by The Wrap, Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce via Rabbit Bandini while Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa step in for Killer Films. Neel and Mike Roberts made »
- Perri Nemiroff
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
If you caught last year’s drowsy Southern drama, Mud, the name Jacob Lofland will be one you might recognise. Failing that, his character’s monicker Neckbone might ring a bell. In Jeff Nichols’ insightful childhood pic, Lofland rose above the slumbering pace of the otherwise cracking movie. His quick delivery and earnestness marked him as a promising star to keep an eye on. Now, that promise has come to pass, as Lofland has been cast in Ya sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials.
Lofland will play Aris Jones, a kid with a mysterious connection to the maze. After the original tribe of kids are on the loose after their escape, they encounter Aris, who could help them to discover more about the maze’s history. Lofland’s an up-and-coming talent, who will no doubt be a brilliant addition to the youthful ensemble.
After the massive success of the original at »
- Gem Seddon
James Franco’s list of personal and professional achievements continues to dazzle and/or perplex the public at large. Between his mission to adapt William Faulkner’s most unfilmable novels, impress the New York art scene with his canvases, and become an established author via his volumes of poetry and short stories, the man somehow fits in time to produce movies as well. On that note, today we’re hearing that his production company, Rabbit Bandini, will be producing a frat hazing flick titled Goat.
The movie will mark a reunion of sorts for Franco, who’ll once more be working with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. However, the Pineapple director won’t be calling the shots this time – although he was originally slated to. His original line-up for the flick even had casting underway, with Emile Hirsch attached in the lead role. After Green opted out of directing, »
- Gem Seddon
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
They made a small blip on the radar with the Cannes pick-up of Carlos Marques-Marcet’s SXSW-winning 10000km, and until the press release was announced, we thought they were known more as a production entity with the Tiff-preemed Learning to Drive from Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet. But make no mistake about it, Daniel Hammond’s Broad Green Pictures is coming out of the woodworks by swinging for the fences — landing the critically lauded Ramin Bahrani film that surfaced in perfect Telluride-Venice-tiff trifecta. U.S rights were picked up for a cool $3 million with what was probably an interesting P&A commitment. A spring of 2015 release is expected for 99 Homes, meaning we can expect this to go the Jeff Nichols’ Mud/Derek Cianfrance The Place Beyond the Pines route of being among the earliest award mentions in the calendar year.
- Eric Lavallee
As Ridley Scott completes post-production on this December’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings and continues to work on that Blade Runner sequel, the 76-year-old filmmaker is also busy prepping to direct his next feature film, The Martian. Scripted by Drew Goddard, the sci-fi pic is based on Andy Weir’s e-book of the same name and will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must find his way back home. While the Cast Away slash Gravity-esque story suggests that Damon will be commanding most of the screentime solo, two intriguing choices have surfaced as possibilities to take on supporting roles in the film: Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig. More after the jump. The folks over at Variety broke the news that Jessica Chastain is in early talks for the female lead in The Martian opposite Damon, and Deadline adds that SNL alum »
- Adam Chitwood
With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
RADiUS’ Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have traded in suit & tie garb for some wetsuit gear as they’ve landed the rights to Margaret Brown’s SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning docu. On our radar for several years now, The Great Invisible will be released theatrically this year. Peg this as a awards contender at the Cinema Eye Honors & Oscars.
Gist: On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by Bp in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, »
- Eric Lavallee
"This kid is going to be one of the most formidable actors of his generation." Director Shawn Levy has high praise for Adam Driver, star of the upcoming movie This Is Where I Leave You and GQ's September 2014 issue. Driver, who found fame via HBO's Girls, is dismissive of such praise. "That's nice of Shawn," he says. "He's, like, the kind of person who believes things will turn out good." Whether he believes it or not, Driver is currently one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. The actor, 30, will next appear in Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and Martin Scorsese's Silence. Oh, and Driver's been cast in J.J. »
Eight and a half years ago, Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar. It came for her leading performance as June Carter in James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." But things fell off after that for a little while. Gavin Hood's "Tsotsi" follow-up, "Rendition," went nowhere with audiences or critics. James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know" stalled. Francis Lawrence's "Water for Elephants" didn't really move the needle. Holiday rom-com "Four Christmases" and spy caper "This Means War" completely bottomed out. And then early last year, that unfortunate Atlanta arrest incident. But all the while, the actress, who has virtually grown up in the film industry, has been priming the pump with a few projects that will make it to screens this year. At the end of the season, she could well end up with as many as three Oscar nominations. The stage has truly been set for a career turnaround. »
- Kristopher Tapley
David Gordon Green is that rarest of directors - unpredictable and eclectic. He's directed gripping arthouse dramas like his debut George Washington (2000), stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and the historical spoof Your Highness (2011) - which America's Salon Magazine somewhat hastily suggested might be the worst film ever made. In time, the latter may be remembered as a poor film made by one of America's true talents, a director who was once compared to Terrence Malick - who now seems to be inspiring others (see the films of Jeff Nichols and David Lowery). Wanting a change from broad comedy, he made the low-key but well-liked Prince Avalanche (2013) under the radar but now returns to his early form with Joe (2013), a Southern noir set in deepest darkest Mississippi.
- CineVue UK
Ridley Scott is gunning for an Oscar – and if this fall’s buzzy Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t get him to that Dolby theatre stage (as it probably won’t, given the slew of competitors including Inherent Vice, Unbroken, Gone Girl and Interstellar), he’s already lined up his next attempt. The Gladiator director’s next film, sci-fi drama The Martian, has been shifted from its March 2016 date and set for a prime awards-season release date of November 25th, 2015.
That’s a big show of confidence in the project from 20th Century Fox. And perhaps the studio has good reason to be excited, seeing as Warner Bros.’ space-set drama Gravity shaped up into a major awards-season juggernaut last year. Based on the eBook by Andy Weir, The Martian follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on the Red Planet. With depleting oxygen and slimming options, he must reach his crew »
- Isaac Feldberg
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