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A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.
The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.
Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons, »
- William Fanelli
Ahead of the film's 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere, John Maclean’s 19th-century western "Slow West" has been picked up by A24 Films. Following its debut in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, "Slow West" will receive an exclusive video on demand release via Directv before A24 opens the film in select theaters. A24 and Directv partnered similarly on their Spring 2014 release "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. No word yet on a release date for "Slow West." Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Caren Pistorius (Australian TV series "Offspring") star in the British director's feature debut, which was shot in Scotland and New Zealand (filling in for Colorado) and did not make the 2014 fall »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival hasn't even started yet (it's still over a month away), but one of the in-competition films has already been picked up for distribution. THR reports A24 and DirecTV have picked up New Zealand's rural drama Slow West for release in the United States. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, the film follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He end sup being joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) along the way. Here's the first photo from John Maclean's Slow West from the Sundance film guide: Sounds like a solid western to me, and if it's already getting picked, then it sounds like first-time filmmaker John Maclean might have a bright future ahead of him. The film will debut exclusively on »
- Ethan Anderton
Ahead of its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Slow West has been acquired by A24 and DirecTV for the U.S. The Western, set in the 19th century, marks John Maclean’s first feature film and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender. It will debut exclusively on DirecTV followed by a theatrical release by A24. The story follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier in search of his love. He is joined by a mysterious traveler (Fassbender) and pursued along the way by an outlaw named Payne (Ben
- Rebecca Ford
A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Maclean’s directorial debut “Slow West,” starring “Dawn of Planet of the Apes” star Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
“Slow West” will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
The film, set at the end of the 19th century, follows the story of a 16-year-old, played by Smit-McPhee, as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler; Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.
Fassbender and Maclean worked together previously on two short films — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist.”
“Slow West” is produced by Fassbender’s partner Conor McCaughan of Dmc Film, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. It’s the first project to be produced by Dmc Film. »
- Dave McNary
A24 and Directv have swooped on their latest film, taking Us rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
John Maclean’s directorial debut will screen in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and takes place in the late 1800’s as a 16-year-old journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves.
Fassbender plays the youngster’s mysterious companion and Mendelsohn is the outlaw on their tail.
Film4 developed the project and co-financed with the BFI, the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights to John Maclean's directorial debut "Slow West". Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn star in the film which will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival.
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Smit-McPhee plays a teen journeying across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.
It's a busy day for Fassbender, his frequent screen collaborator Steve McQueen ("Shame," "Hunger," "12 Years a Slave") told The BBC that there's a role for the actor in his upcoming biopic of civil rights activist Paul Robeson:
"If Michael wants to do it, I'm sure there'll be something for him. He means very much to me, and we met at a pivotal time in both our lives. It's important to me to keep my original »
- Garth Franklin
Each year when my Bfca ballot arrives I stop in my tracks, stumped, when I get to "Young Performer". Categories that aren't Oscar correlative are often trickier.
Oh dear. How uneasy I feel..."
That's not because you're free of predicting (anyone trying to predict with their own ballot really ought to find a new profession -- criticism: ur not doing it right) but because it's a subsection of acting you probably haven't been discussing at all. You suddenly remember that you need to have been considering it with as much seriousness as you have made your other selections.
I imagine that Ellar Coltrane, the now 20 year old star of Boyhood, will be tough to beat since this category is for the 21 and under set. But even if the category were adjusted downward to 17 and younger (which we strongly support as a rule change -because it's always weird when an adult »
- NATHANIEL R
The lineups for the competition categories at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were recently unveiled, and along with them some debut images were released. Today we’ve got first look images at a few of the films that will screen in the World Competition category: Slow West – Directed by John Maclean; Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn, Brooke Williams, and Caren Pistorius. Strangerland – Directed by Kim Farrant; Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown. Glassland – Written and directed by Gerard Barrett; Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, and Michael Smiley. Umrika – Written and directed by Prashant Nair; Starring Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and Prateik Babbar. Check out the images and synopses after the jump. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st. Slow West / New Zealand (Director: John Maclean, Screenwriters: John Maclean, »
- Adam Chitwood
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Apes + Guns = Money
Rise of the Dawn of the Start of the Planet of the Apes: Origins, The Beginning, or just Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to its mates, has been given the ‘Honest Trailer’ treatment by the talented folks over at YouTubers Screen Junkies. You can watch their lampooning of Tim Burton’s remake, the movie’s sensitive mix of political manoevering and apes on horseback dual-wielding machine guns and Andy Serkis’ best ‘Christian Bale as Batman’ impression below…
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line »
- Oli Davis
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
Titles such as Eskil Vogt’s Blind and David Wnendt’s Wetlands landed the most acclaim and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ To Kill a Man won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in the dozen offerings. This year we have John Maclean’s Slow West (starring Michael Fassbender), previous Sundance winner Anne Sewitsky returning with Homesick, and the highly anticipated title from Ariel Kleiman in the Vincent Cassel starrer, Partisan and a Nicole Kidman vehicle in Kim Farrant’s Strangerland (see pic above). Here are the dirty dozen from all corners of the world:
Chlorine / Italy (Director: Lamberto Sanfelice, Screenwriters: Lamberto Sanfelice, Elisa Amoruso) — Jenny, 17, dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer. Family events turn her life upside down and she is forced move to a remote area to look after her ill father and younger brother. It won’t be long before Jenny starts pursuing her dreams again. Cast: Sara Serraiocco, »
- Eric Lavallee
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Institute announced the first wave of selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the world cinema dramatic competition features a number of familiar faces. Most notably, Michael Fassbender in "Slow West," Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving in "Strangerland" and Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter in "Glassland." Ten of this year's selections are world premieres featuring films from Italy, Turkey, Norway, Brazil and India. Some might question why there are four English language movies among the mix representing Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but we'll give the programmers the benefit of the doubt for now. Sundance's world cinema slate has grown in stature although the English language pictures tend to resonate the most. "The Guard," "Animal Kingdom," "Four Lions," "Bronson," "An Education" and "Once" all screened in this category. Check out the 2015 slate on the next page. World Cinema Dramatic Competition "Chlorine" Italy Director: Lamberto Sanfelice, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Fox - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Matt Reeves Cast: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo. Full cast + crew Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best blockbuster movie of the year. It's packed to the gills with spectacle and boundary-pushing visual effects, but the thing that kicks this movie to the next level is a remarkable story at its core. Here we have a sci-fi action movie where you don't actually want any of the action to take place, and where you dread every time a gun makes an appearance on-screen. You want the humans and the apes to coexist. You actually root for peace and progress. That's kind of astonishing for a movie series that's...
- Peter Hall
*Editor’s note: Friend of Icons of Fright, Derek Smith, tackled this review of Drafthouse Films’ The Congress for us. Be sure to check out his site (linked at the bottom) for his experiences taking on classic films for the first time!-Jerry
Mankind by default is a selfish breed. We do our best to survive, with our fight or flight approach. Few things change that, however becoming a parent flips all of that upside down. Once we have children of our own, our life’s priorities change, as we have someone now dependent on us, that needs care, protection, and nurturing. While there are parents out there that continue along the same as before, the majority of parents will do whatever it takes to ensure their children are safe
and healthy, even if it means a huge sacrifice.
In The Congress, a trippy combination of live action drama with science fiction animation, »
- Jerry Smith
Even before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released in theaters, a third movie was being planned as 20th Century Fox promised to present Caesar's story as a trilogy. Now, speaking with MTV, Andy Serkis teases that the rebooted series could expend past that, becoming four, or maybe even five movies.
Right now, Andy Serkis can't say too much about the next sequel, as a script hasn't been finalized. According to the actor, he doesn't yet know how far along Planet of the Apes 3 will pick up after the events seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
To be honest, it's very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where »
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