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Oh, look! It's a news story that has nothing to do with Afm. Isn't it cute? We just wanna pinch it. Two more actors have boarded M. Night Shyamalan's small screen project "Wayward Pines." Read on for details.
THR reports that "In Treatment's" Hope Davis (pictured) and "Weeds" alum Justin Kirk have boarded the Fox event series from Chad Hodge and Shyamalan. Davis will play Megan Fisher, a teacher at Wayward Pines Academy, while Kirk will portray Peter McCall, an unassuming realtor in town. Both will appear in multiple-episode arcs.
- Uncle Creepy
The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close tonight, but not without some special discoveries to be seen. I was lucky enough to catch the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, and was glad I took a chance on Wolfskinder, a worthy nominee in the “New Directors Competition.” After hearing Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider joke about Dracula 3D at Cannes 2012, I finally got to witness its craptitude with my own eyes. Reviews for the films are below.
Working the festival beat, I also partook in some interviews ready in the near future, including chats with David Frankel (director of The Devil Wears Prada and now the Paul Potts biopic One Chance), and the Polsky Brothers for The Motel Life, starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch. If all goes right tomorrow, I will also have an interview with Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. »
- Nick Allen
A fitting memorial to Elmore Leonard (who died last month and is an executive producer here), “Life of Crime” reps one of the most faithful of the many adaptations of the author’s work, in this case 1978′s “The Switch.” This sly, cleverly plotted caper features John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) as low-end criminals who hatch a plan to kidnap a Detroit millionaire’s wife for ransom. With Jennifer Aniston the only major marquee name, director-scenarist Daniel Schechter’s modest but deft and enjoyable picture will need careful marketing to approach the returns of glossier Leonard-derived films like “Get Shorty.” Good reviews and word of mouth should help.
Looking for any means to get ahead in the depressed Motor City of the late ’70s, Ordell Robbie (Bey) has sniffed around and discovered that successful suburban businessman Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins) in fact has less-than-legal additional assets he »
- Dennis Harvey
TV adaptation 'Wayward Pines' sees yet more new faces enter its small town. The cast of the new Fox show bought to us by M. Night Shyamalan ('The Sixth Sense') and writer Chad Hodge has been slowly but surely building up an impressive line-up for a small screen project and now two more names have been added. Tim Griffin ('Prime Suspect USA') and the young Charlie Tahan ('Frankenweenie') have joined the cast with Griffin set to play Adam Hassler, the agent in charge of the Secret Service and Ethan's (played by Matt Dillon) boss. Tahan will be playing Ethan and Theresa's (Shannyn Sossamon) son. Griffin and Tahan join the likes of Juliette Lewis ('From Dusk Till Dawn'), Carla Gugino ('Sucker Punch'), Terence Howard ('Crash'), Toby Jones ('Berberian Sound Studio') and Melissa Leo ('Red State' »
Jake Sandvig (Easy A) and Chris Diamantopoulos are set as the leads of Bryan Fuller’s Syfy pilot High Moon. It explores what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Sandvig, repped by Innovative and Main Title, plays Marty Thurgood, an American astronaut investigated for engaging in possible espionage and sabotage when a giant blast goes off near an area where he was working. Diamantopoulos, repped by Wme and Untitled, will play Marty’s older brother, a chief investigator for the American federal government who he has been dispatched to the moon to figure out who caused the moon explosion. Jim Danger Gray penned the script, with Fuller exec producing and Adam Kane directing for Ucp. Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect) and Charlie Tahan have landed regular roles on the Fox event series Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Currently in theaters, Woody Allen directs this comedic drama starring Cate Blanchett, Joy Carlin, Richard Conti and Alec Baldwin titled Blue Jasmine. The film tells the story of Jasmine, a New York socialite whose life falls apart. She moves to San Francisco to try and pick up the pieces and rebuild her life in the process. Julian Roman recently sat down with Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay to discuss this upcoming comedy, which hit theaters last week. Click on the video players below for our exclusive interviews.
Blue Jasmine was released July 26th, 2013 and stars Cate Blanchett, Joy Carlin, Richard Conti, Glen Caspillo, Alec Baldwin, Charlie Tahan, Annie McNamara, Sally Hawkins. The film is directed by Woody Allen. »
‘Blue Jasmine’ review: Woody Allen is pissed (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) Years ago, the venerable and prolific writer-director and comedian Woody Allen was quick to remind people that he was not one of the Upper East Side elite he had often mocked in his stand-up work and light comedic novels. Eventually, these characters also came to populate his movies following his slapstick-and-shtick period (What’s Up Tiger Lily?, Take the Money and Run, Bananas). Even as Allen played one of these "types," as in Annie Hall, he made sure to note that his surrogate, Alvy, was not really one of them either, but instead rose from his apocryphal tenement beneath the Coney Island boardwalk and past their condo boards, on the strength of his wit and moxie — not an imaginary birth right or slick manipulation of derivatives. In Blue Jasmine, with the help of several perfectly pitched performances, »
- Tim Cogshell
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“Blue Jasmine,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens in Chicago on Aug. 2, 2013, also stars Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Kathy Tong, Max Rutherford, Daniel Jenks, Annie McNamara, Bobby Cannavale, Charlie Tahan, Richard Conti, Joy Carlin and Glen Caspillo from writer and director Woody Allen.
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Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies (photo: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson in ‘The Love Punch’) The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon’s bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy’s The Fourth Power / Le 4ème pouvoir. Instead of the Power of the Press — which seems to have gone the way of the 20th century (unless you consider the Royal Baby an epoch-making event) — The Fifth Estate is about the Power of Technology: the Wikileaks scandal that embarrassed (and infuriated) the U.S. government and military by exposing their dirty dealings. Written by Josh Singer, The Fifth Estate stars Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, in addition to Laura Linney, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Moritz Bleibtreu, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci, and Dan Stevens. The Toronto »
- Andre Soares
There's already some good buzz spreading surrounding Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which sees its first trailer debuting right now. The film stars Cate Blanchett as a high-society wife whose husband (Alec Baldwin) goes to jail for some crooked financial dealings, leaving Blanchett's character to deal with the economic and emotional aftermath. The film co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Sally Hawkins, Charlie Tahan, Alden Ehrenreich, Tammy Blanchard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bobby Cannavale. Sony Classics is set to release it into limited theaters on July 26 and Oscar buzz is already swirling around Blanchett and Baldwin. Watch the trailer below and see if you're getting the same vibe from this first peek. »
- Brad Brevet
The first trailer is up for the Woody Allen-directed Blue Jasmine, prepping for the film's July 26th release date via Sony Pictures Classics. This is a strong cast with names like Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Max Casella and Charlie Tahan also in the mix. The drama is helmed and scripted by Allen. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back toget her again. Jasmine arrives in San Francisco in a fragile mental state, her head reeling from the cocktail ofanti-depressants she’s on. While still able to project her aristocratic bearing, Jasmine is emotionally precarious and lacks any practical »
Roadside Attractions will distribute crime drama Blood Ties in N. America, starring Clive Owen Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldanha. The film seen at this year's Cannes Film Festival is directed by Giullaume Canet, who also writes with James Gray. Based on the story by Jacques Maillot which is set in Brooklyn in the 1970s and tells of two brothers, on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime. Matthias Schoenaerts, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Griffin Dunne and Charlie Tahan also star. »
The first poster and the trailer has arrived for Blood Ties, starring Clive Owen Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldanha in the Giullaume Canet film, currently at the Cannes Film Festival. Canet also scripts with James Gray, based on the story by Jacques Maillot which is set in Brooklyn in the 1970s and tells of two brothers, on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime. The film also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Griffin Dunne and Charlie Tahan. Catch the trailer below for Blood Ties »
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2013 Oscars have come to a close, but that doesn't mean us dedicated followers of the almighty awards season stop looking ahead twelve months from now when a new film will be crowned king of the world amidst all the backlash and hate that swirls around the event. Instead of focusing on the negative, let's keep positive. Let's look forward to the next ten months of 2013 and ponder what possible great films we may have in store. While we may second guess the decisions of the Academy and consider them out-of-step with current trends in film, at the very least they give us a chance to consider what may be the best the year has to offer and what will be the most talked about films and performances come this year's awards race. Pushing the build-up aside, my early year 2014 Oscar Preview begins today with the first ten films in a 40 movie preview. »
- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton’s latest film is a feature length, black and white stop motion animation remake of one of his own short films, Frankenweenie. It supposedly both parodies and pays homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley of the same name. Set in a town called New Holland, where a boy called Victor Frankenstein lives. Victor is a budding scientist, and following the death of his beloved dog, Sparky, he uses science to bring him back to life. The secret of the resurrected dog doesn’t stay hidden for long, and his experiment indirectly ends up causing a lot of trouble.
For an adaptation from a short film, Burton has managed to add enough to the story of Victor »
It seems like over the past decade or so people have given up on Tim Burton. After a string of successful films filled with his trademark stylistic flourishes and quirk, the auteur seemed like he stopped caring. With his Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride it felt like Burton lost an emotional stake in his work. And even though 2010's Alice in Wonderland was his biggest commercial hit ever (a god damn billion dollars?!), it still seemed like he was phoning it in. In 2012 (maybe in order to jump start his creative libido again) he returned to material that got him fired up. One was his interpretation of a gothic '60s soap opera and the other was Frankenweenie - the 3D stop motion animation based on his 1984 short. Find out how the Disney Blu-ray fares after the jump. The subtlety named Victor Frankenstein »
- Patrick Cooper
Sony Classics is putting together their release schedule for the first half of the year and have announced a pair of dates for two highly anticipated features. First is a May 24 release in New York and Los Angeles for my most anticipated film of the year, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight reuniting the writer/director with his co-writers and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third film in the Before franchise. Delpy and Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, nine years after their last rendezvous in Before Sunset. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. The film received high marks out of Sundance and I can't wait to see where they go from here. Next is »
- Brad Brevet
John McNaugton's last feature-length film was 1998's "Wild Things." In the fifteen years since, he's seen his sordid pot boiler starring Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon achieve cult status that led to a direct-to-video sequel. In "The Harvest," Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter," "Revolutionary Road") and Samantha Morton ("The Messenger," "In America") star as a professional couple married with a sick teenage son (Charlie Tahan) and living in a secluded environment. As their son grows closer to a teenage neighbor (Natasha Calis) who just moved in to the area, the relationship between the boy and his caring, carefully protective mother becomes fraught. Indiewire caught up with McNaughton on the set of the film earlier this month. "My first impressions of the script were that it was a really compelling story and that it was really creepy, really dark," McNaughton »
- Bryce J. Renninger
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