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Director Jake Paltrow Talks Young Ones, the Challenges of Getting the Project Made, Boardwalk Empire, Future Projects, and More

20 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon’s son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week in New York City I landed a great interview with Jake Paltrow.  He talked about the hurdles he encountered in getting Young Ones made, the way the script changed from inception to release, the challenges and "seduction" of the desert, putting the cast together, dealing with the subject of drought, directing episodes of Boardwalk Empire, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Exclusive Video Interview With Jake Paltrow And Kodi Smit-McPhee On Young Ones

19 October 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Audiences may be overwhelmed by the countless on-screen portrayals of a bleak future, but the sci-fi gem, Young Ones makes for a worthwhile view thanks to a compelling story, gorgeous cinematography and a unique vision.

Set in the stark aftermath of a water crisis, the film centers on the few who have managed to survive it. Ernest (Michael Shannon) and his two children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), struggle to protect their farm from bandits, but an even greater threat may lie in the actions of Mary’s boyfriend, Flem (Nicholas Hoult).

Last week at the NYC press day for Young Ones, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Smith-McPhee and director Jake Paltrow to discuss with them the inspiration for their new film and its dystopian theme.

Check out what they had to say in the video above and be sure to »

- Matt Joseph

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Nicholas Hoult Talks Young Ones, Equals, Mad Max: Fury Road, X-men: Apocalypse, Autobahn, Kill Your Friends, and Much More

17 October 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon's son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week in New York City I landed a fantastic interview with Nicholas Hoult.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what the past few years have been like, the process of making Young Ones, working with Michael Shannon, what it was like making Mad Max: Fury Road with George Miller, working on Drake Doremus' Equals with Kristen Stewart, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Young Ones Review

17 October 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Young Ones opens today in limited release.] There are rare times when everything in a movie can work—its direction, performances, etc.—and yet the picture somehow comes up short. This is the problem with trying to judge movies piecemeal. For all of the different aspects that make up a picture, we have to evaluate it as a whole. Obviously, we can call attention to its outstanding aspects, but they have to lead, for better or worse, to some kind of impression. Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones is remarkable in how it does so much right, and yet it leaves the viewer completely cold. Its strengths are undeniable and its flaws are subtle, so subtle that they can be confusing as to how such a technically superb picture can be so ineffective. Set in post-apocalyptic future, water has become a scarce commodity. There’s no more rain, and Ernest Holm’s (Michael Shannon) well has dried up. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Total Isolation Made Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning Fast Friends

17 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee went deep into a remote part of the South African desert to film director Jake Paltrow's sci-fi film Young Ones. At a recent press day in New York City, the three actors joined Jake to speak about how the completely isolated set bonded them - and changed their views on being eco-conscious. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Total Isolation Made Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning Fast Friends

17 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee went deep into a remote part of the South African desert to film director Jake Paltrow's sci-fi film Young Ones. At a recent press day in New York City, the three actors joined Jake to speak about how the completely isolated set bonded them - and changed their views on being eco-conscious. »

- Allie-Merriam

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‘Young Ones’ drops the ball at key moments

16 October 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Young Ones

USA, 2014

Written and directed by Jake Paltrow

If ever you should find yourself needing to explain the difference between a film being “well-shot” and “well-directed”, Exhibit A should be the new indie release Young Ones. Writer-director Jake Paltrow has created an intriguing world and spared not one cent out of his indie-sized budget to make it beautiful, but he doesn’t direct it well enough to avoid some storytelling problems.

Paltrow (yes, he is Gwyneth’s brother) imagines a near future in which droughts like the one currently ravaging California have become so intense that the rule of law itself has begun to break down in the American Southwest. In this world Michael Shannon plays a father trying to raise two children, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning, against the specter of his wells running dry and the intrusive advances of a local man played by Nicholas Hoult. »

- Mark Young

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Review: Jake Paltrow's Thought Provoking 'The Young Ones' Starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning & Nicholas Hoult

16 October 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In the not so distant future, a catastrophic drought has ravaged the United States turning it into an arid dystopian wasteland. While citizens have migrated away from the most heavily affected and devastated areas, some of the more hard-bitten and prideful survivors have refused to leave their lands, clinging to barren plots and drying water wells in the hopes that rains will come again and replenish the parched landscape. The hardened, shotgun-toting Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) is one of these men. Resolute and stubborn, he protects his family—son Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and daughter Mary (Elle Fanning)—and water wells from invading bandits, and survives by trekking supplies to irrigation workers channeling the remaining water to tributaries of money and political influence. With resources precious, the cultural temperature is inhospitably dog eat dog. While severe on the outside, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Interview: Jake Paltrow On How Spielberg & Anime Inspired 'Young Ones,' Starring Michael Shannon & Elle Fanning

16 October 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The below is a rerun of our interview from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Part western, part science fiction, wholly original—it’s not easy to pin down—writer/director Jake Paltrow’s latest film, “Young Ones,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (read our review here), is worth an examination. Ernest Holm (a gaunt Michael Shannon) and his two teenage children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), resolutely hold onto their farmland in a drought-ravaged near future, stubbornly believing that the water will soon return. (In a town that shares an odd optimism, “Pray for rain” is a common greeting.) Paltrow imbues this landscape—using South Africa as a stand-in for the anonymous American West—with futuristic touches, including both a robotic mule and medical advances that keep the family’s wife/mother (Aimee Mullins) alive. Not too far away, water flows freely in an overcrowded city, glimpses »

- Kristin McCracken

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Young Ones Redeems the Sci-Fi Western

14 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear cheap cotton, and the score, by Nathan Johnson -- all vibrating, beautiful melancholy -- could be layered over any John Ford flick. But when their donkey snaps a limb, peddlers Ernest (Michael Shannon) and his son Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shoot the animal and replace it with a robot, a high-stepping, spindly machine that looks like a pickup truck on legs.

That robot is easier to love than most of the humans, who've grown hard in this savage imagining of the West where water is more precious than oil. The earth is parched. Everything from the brush to the hills is tumbleweed-beige, as is Shannon's face and hair and funny car »

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'Young Ones' (2014) Movie Review

14 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week, I reviewed Aut?mata, which was a post-apocalyptic science fiction film that presented nothing new in terms of ideas or themes. It treaded on familiar territory and made it a bore to watch. Science fiction films need to reflect human nature in an interesting way to be successful, otherwise they become very easy to tune out. In comes Young Ones, a film that uses a near future of a massive water shortage to explore man's pride, greed, and struggle for survival. The film is not wholly successful in its ambitions, shifting away from its themes midway through into a more traditional revenge film, but with the help of a quartet of terrific performances, the film is never something Aut?mata was: boring. A rather subdued Michael Shannon plays Ernest Holm, the patriarch of a family who is clinging onto a 20-acre farm, despite a drought that has dried »

- Mike Shutt

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Young Ones | Review

13 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Young at Heart: Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Western is All Dried Up

Dystopic draught heralds the end of times for the parable that serves as Jake Paltrow’s sophomore effort, Young Ones. A mash-up of classic Western and ambitious sci-fi, the whole is not the sum of its parts, fluctuating between flashes of stylized visual flourishes in the midst of a quickly withering narrative, Paltrow seems to squander the abundant opportunities laid out by the promising set-up. It’s this kernel of potential that makes the film seem even more of a disappointment, methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

In a world gone dry, surviving members of the human race do the best they can to eke out an existence. The oceans having evaporated long ago, families of farmers do what »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch the Nycc panels for Game of Thrones, Elementary, The Young Ones, The Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman 66

11 October 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The New York Comic Con is in full swing, and we’ve scoured YouTube to bring you some of the panels that have taken place so far, including Game of Thrones, Elementary, The Young Ones, The Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman ’66 featuring the Caped Crusader himself, Adam West!

Kristian Nairn and Daniel Portman for Game of Thrones:

Johnny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu and Ophelia Lovibond for Elementary:

Director Jake Paltrow and Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee for The Young Ones:

Bryan Konietzko, Mike Dimartino, Janet Varney, David Faustino and P.J. Byrne for The Legend of Korra:

Ciro Neili, Brandon Auman, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen, Seth Green and Eric Bauza for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Adam West for Batman 66 (sorry about the four parts):

See Also: Check out all of our Nycc coverage here

The post Watch the Nycc panels for Game of Thrones, »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive: Michael Shannon & Nicholas Hoult Face Off At A Robot Auction In Clip From 'Young Ones'

7 October 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Blending sci-fi and western tropes in a wholly unique, sunbaked setting, "Young Ones" will likely be one of the most distinct movies you'll see this fall. And today we have an exclusive clip to give you a fascinating look at the textured world writer/director Jake Paltrow has brought to the big screen. Starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning, this three chapter tale is set in a near future where water and resources are scarce and survival is constant struggle. Living on the frontier is Ernest Holm (Shannon), who finds himself tested when his daughter Mary's (Fanning) boyfriend, Flem Lever (Hoult), has designs on taking over his land. You can see the tension between the pair during the robot auction in this clip, which also highlights the subtle, yet impressive universe Paltrow had created for his story. "Young Ones" opens on October 17th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Young Ones’ Exclusive Clip: You've Never Seen This Side of Nicholas Hoult Before

2 October 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

So far in his career Nicholas Hoult has more or less played nice guys or heartthrobs. Heck, even when he’s playing a monster, like Beast in X-Men: First Class or a zombie in Warm Bodies, he’s still a nice-guy heartthrob. That’s not exactly the case in his latest movie, the grim sci-fi tale Young Ones. Directed by Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth Paltrow's younger brother), Young Ones depicts a future in which water has become an exceedingly rare resource on Earth. Its absence has changed not just the face of the planet, which is now covered in dust and dirt, but the way societies function and people interact with one another. This particular story revolves around a family (Michael Shannon, Kodi Smit McPhee and Elle Fanning) just trying to keep things going in this new...

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' DVD and Blu-ray Releases December 2nd

30 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Get ready for worlds to collide like never before! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D Blu-ray&#8482, Blu-ray&#8482 and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD&#8482 November 11. The film quickly became the highest grossing film in the franchise, netting nearly $680 million at the box office*, and the most critically acclaimed blockbuster of the summer**.

Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). &#160The two species form a fragile peace but dissention »

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Michael Shannon Stares Down The Barrel In New Clip From Young Ones

25 September 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Set in an apocalyptic wasteland, Jake Paltrow’s Young Onespreys on the human experience in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. By placing his characters in a barren landscape where water is a rarity, he evokes an abundance of emotional responses.

If you’ve not yet heard of the movie, it’s likely because it was buried beneath showier fare at this year’s film festivals. Boasting an impressive cast, Michael Shannon leads the charge as a father who’ll do anything for his children (Kodi Smith McPhee and Elle Fanning.) When he’s not working on his farm, he’s protecting it from poachers and thieves, one of whom is none-other than his daughter’s paramour, played by Nicholas Hoult.

I’d not heard much about the movie until recently. The ‘futuristic Western’ genre that saps on old tropes while instilling new situations (i.e. an absence of a »

- Gem Seddon

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Studiocanal makes a beeline for animated movie

25 September 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Studiocanal has agreed to distribute Maya the Bee Movie, the 3D animated feature adapted from the ABC TV series, in Australian and New Zealand cinemas. The Australian-German co-production from Buzz Studios will open on Saturday November 1 on more than 100 screens in Oz and on 25 prints in New Zealand, playing two sessions a day for two weekends.

Studiocanal CEO Robert Slaviero tells If the cinema season could be extended depending on ticket sales. The original plan was for Buzz Studios-affiliated Flying Bark Productions to handle theatrical distribution but Studiocanal.s involvement ensures a much wider release.

As an alternate content title the traditional 120-day holdback does not apply so it will be released on DVD and VOD before the end of the year by Beyond Entertainment. Produced by Barbara Stephen, written by Fin Edquist and directed by Alexs Stadermann, Maya the Bee Movie introduces Coco Jack Gillies as Maya and features »

- Don Groves

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Michael Shannon catches Nicholas Hoult in first Young Ones clip

25 September 2014 2:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Young Ones has released its first clip.

Nicholas Hoult and Michael Shannon feature in the segment from Jake Paltrow's science fiction drama.

Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star in the film, set in a future where its characters scrape out a living in a blasted wasteland with water scarce.

Shannon plays a farmer struggling to secure a future for his children (Fanning and Smit-McPhee).

However, his daughter's lover (Hoult) has grand ambitions that involve taking over the family's farm.

The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Young Ones will be released in the Us on October 17. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »

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Watch: Nicholas Hoult Meets The Barrel Of Michael Shannon’s Shotgun In First Clip From ‘Young Ones’

24 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jake Paltrow’s “Young Ones” divided audiences at Sundance earlier this year, but it’s possible a slow-burn, hypnotic film such as this benefits from being seen outside the hustle and bustle of a festival environment. But the picture has a lot going for it, starting with its cast. “Young Ones” stars Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit McPhee, and it’s been described as having western, Speilberg-ian and Bresson-ian undertones, which might make it the only film of 2014 to bear that distinction. It certainly sounds like an original mélange of influences. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic future where water is scarce and the environment has become a ragged, dusty wasteland. That’s an interesting backdrop, but film is also a chaptered triptych about patriarchs, and at the heart of this is a triangle between a father (Shannon), a daughter (Fanning) and a would-be suitor »

- Edward Davis

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