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• Career villain Javier Bardem has been offered the lead baddie role of the pirate Blackbeard in Peter Pan origin story Pan for Warner Bros. The tale follows an orphan through Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and fights against the pirates. [Deadline]
• Imogen Poots, who stars alongside Aaron Paul in the upcoming Need for Speed, has joined the cast of Beautiful Ruins, an adaptation of Jess Walter’s bestselling novel about an American actress in Italy for the Cleopatra shoot, a development assistant in present day Los Angeles, and a producer who started on the set of Cleopatra. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Producers are aiming to shoot in the spring in Israel and Los Angeles.
The project, inspired by the experiences of the directors, ollows a young American-born recent high school grad and avid skateboarder on his summer vacation in Tel Aviv as Saddam Hussein threatens war on the city — forcing him to decide between returning to the safety of Los Angeles or staying with his friends and the girl that he loves.
McAuliffe is also starring in the indie drama “Hacker,” with shooting set to begin on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
McAuliffe an ambitious teen techhead member of a secret Internet criminal network called DarkWeb. Nicholson plays one of the fellow members of the network. Filming begins at the end of this month in Toronto, NYC, Dubai and Thailand. [Source: Deadline]
"Good Neighbors" director Jacob Tierney and actor Jay Baruchel are re-teaming for the indie dramedy "Baseballissimo" at A71 Productions and Gefilter Productions. Baruchel and Jesse Chabot penned the script based on the novel by Dave Bidini.
Baruchel plays a young »
- Garth Franklin
McAuliffe will play an intelligent and amoral computer genius who joins an underground network of computer-based criminals known as DarkWeb in an effort to uncover the identity of the org’s master hacker.
He is repped by CAA, Rgm, and Felker, Toczek, Gellman and Suddelson.
- Dave McNary
Callan McAuliffe is set to star in Hackers alongside Lorraine Nicholson, reports Deadline. The indie film is being directed by Akan Satayev where McAuliffe will play Alex Danyliuk, an ambitious teen member of DarkWeb, a secret Internet criminal network. Nicholson will play Kira Whittal, also in DarkWeb. Satayev also wrote the story alongside Timur Zhaxylykov, which Sanzhar Sultanov scripted. Producing are Knows Rules Media while Brillstein Entertainment Partners are executive producing the film which has a $5 million budget, and starts shooting in Toronto at the end of November. »
Rising young Australian actor Callan McAuliffe plays the best friend of the female lead (India Eisley), and recently sat down with Empire to discuss adapting an animated work famous for its extreme gory violence and strong sexuality:
"I suppose in an effort to make it a little more accessible, it has been toned down a tiny bit, but it is still exceedingly violent and there is a lot of the original material in there.
It's definitely not something that young children should watch! It still maintains a lot of the elements that fans will be happy with.
There are things it's impossible to get across with live action, such as the expressiveness of the characters, which would be overly theatrical in live action. So it has a more cinematic feel to it. »
- Garth Franklin
You haven't made it in Hollywood till you've had Samuel L. Jackosn point a gun at your head. Well, Callan McAuliffe can consider himself firmly arrived. On speaking about working on Kite, McAuliffe quickly addressed the elepahnt in the room, namely the very Nsfw content and subject matter in the original anime. Said Callan, "I suppose in an effort to make it a little more accessible, it's been toned down a tiny bit, but it is still exceedingly violent and there is a lot of the original material in there. It's definitely not something that young children should watch! It still maintains a lot of the elements that fans will be happy with. There are things it's impossible to get across with live action, such as the expressiveness of the characters, which would be overly theatrical in live action. So it has a more cinematic feel to it." And on »
Last weekend, Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention hit Los Angeles. One of the films to show off footage and bring guests to the show was anime adaptation Kite, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Callan McAuliffe and India Eisley. Empire took the chance to sit down with McAuliffe to talk adaptation issues, working with Jackson and his other recent job, Jon Wright’s Our Robot Overlords.Kite, as you may be aware, is the live-action remake of the anime known for its intensely violent action and decidedly Nsfw sexuality. As McAuliffe points out, director Ralph Ziman and his team made adjustments for their version. “I suppose in an effort to make it a little more accessible, it's been toned down a tiny bit, but it is still exceedingly violent and there is a lot of the original material in there. It's definitely not something that young children should watch! It still maintains »
Now that the dust has settled and the behemoth Tiff is in our rear-view mirror, the Ioncinema.com team are comparing notes, grading films and looking back at our personal experiences, our rapport with the films we saw and the characters that vividly remain with us. Among our favorite fest recaps, our discerning fivesome (Eric Lavallee, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell, Leora Heilbronn, Caitlin Coder) have created a Top 20 List of New Faces from the 2013 of up-and-coming actors and actresses (of all age demos) that stole some thunder in lead or supporting player roles. Here they are:
Unlike the characters of Emily and Tasha in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky, Zoe Levin‘s future is a a bright one. Respectively playing a teens suffering from suburban and country-setting ennui, in Palo Alto »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Every generation needs its own stir-crazy small-town movie. Set against the hardscrabble backdrop of northern Maine potato country, “Beneath the Harvest Sky” offers a heart-breakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning, as co-helmers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly draw upon their documentary background to bring specific local texture to this familiar narrative terrain. A stand-out amid the film’s overall-impressive ensemble, Emory Cohen shines as a teen whose choices threaten to destroy his chances. If life were fair, a major studio would release this treasure. In the right indie hands, it could find its audience, boosted by marketing ideas already implemented by a team from Harvard Business School.
Aimed at those who grew up reading fantasy fiction instead of “The Outsiders” and therefore don’t know what they’re missing, “Beneath the Harvest Sky” feels like a throwback to an earlier tradition of coming-of-age dramas grounded in »
- Peter Debruge
Director Ralph Ziman’s “Kite”, the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga/anime of the same name, has just wrapped up production in South Africa. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson along with Callan McAuliffe, with “Underworld: Awakening’s” India Eisley playing the female lead, Sawa. In the movie, as in the comics and anime, Sawa is a young teenage girl in a dystopian city seeking to avenge her father’s killers with the help of his ex-partner, played by Samuel L. Jackson. McAuliffe (“I am Number Four”) will play Oburi, the young boy who befriends and falls for Sawa. Which is complicated, since Sawa is also a teenage hitman. Or, er, hitwoman. Hitgirl. One of those. Hopefully that’s the extent of the movie’s faithfulness to the source material, which can be a tad, er, gratuitous at times. In an interview with the Aussie McAuliffe, Aussie newspaper The »
A gun-toting Samuel L. Jackson squares off against Callan McAuliffe in the first photo from Kite, directed by Ralph Ziman. The story centers on a young woman (India Eisley) who teams up with her dead father's ex-partner (Samuel L. Jackson) on the police force to avenge his death. The project, which is currently in post-production, is a live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu's Kite. David R. Ellis was initially set to direct, before he passed away in January, when Ralph Ziman took over the directing duties. Take a look at the photo, then read on for what Callan McAuliffe had to say about the production.
Callan McAuliffe recently spoke about how much he enjoyed the project, while doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"It was great fun and that should be coming out pretty soon."
He also spoke about the kinds of things he learned from Samuel L. Jackson »
Samuel L. Jackson stars in Ralph Ziman's remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese Ova, Kite. The live-action film stars nineteen-year-old India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) as Sawa, sixty-four-year-old Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Karl Aker (Akai) and eighteen-year-old Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) as Oburi. If you've seen the original Ova, you know why the ages are important here. The project was very nearly shelved when David R. Ellis (Snakes On A Plane) passed away back in February but Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema ) quickly stepped in to keep the project moving. "Kite, is a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa's policeman father is killed, she vows to track the »
Beneath The Harvest Sky received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last night and now we can bring you the official trailer. The coming-of-age drama focuses on a small farming town in Maine where two best friends face the challenges of growing up and growing apart against the back drop of drugs, girls and danger. It stars Emory Cohen (Smash, The Place Beyond The Pines) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, The Great Gatsby) as the loyal pair and trailer packs a punch as we see them facing some adult decisions that will undoubtedly change their lives forever.
Its rights have yet to be picked up for release but the film’s multi-talented writers, producers and directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly have been proving popular at the festival so a distribution deal could be on the cards. Aidan Gillen, W. Earl Brown, Joe Cobden and David Denman »
- Victoria Bull
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, who wrote, directed and produced Beneath The Harvest Sky. That film had it’s World Premiere in Toronto last night in the Discovery section and was a Next Wave selection of the festival. Paradigm is also selling the film. The filmmakers previously co-directed the docu The Way We Get By, about a group of senior citizens that transform their lives by greeting nearly 1 million U.S. troops at a small airport in Maine. Beneath The Harvest Sky stars Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe as two best friends that are fiercely loyal to one another, as they come of age in a small farming town in Maine. One is a potato farmer raising money so he and his pal can start over, while the other is drawn into a drug-smuggling ring with his outlaw father. Here’s the trailer: »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Just when you think you know which parts of the country go hard, Maine comes in and puts itself in the running for the number one spot. Proving that when the potato harvest is in full swing, the drug money is flowing, teens are running wild and Harvest Buddies are the new friends with benefits, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly‘s Beneath the Harvest Sky is perhaps not the best tourism brochure for the Pine Tree State. Casper (Emory Cohen) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) are best friends on very different paths – Dominic spends his harvest picking potatoes as he should, while Casper gets pressured into the family drug smuggling business by his father (Game of Thrones‘ Aiden Gillen). A lot of yelling ensues in glorious Maine accents as Casper and Dominic see their friendship start to deteriorate over their different lifestyles. Hey, leaving the potato farm for a drug deal over the Canadian border must seem pretty »
- Samantha Wilson
It's a bit ridiculous but my reaction watching the trailer for the excellent looking Beneath the Harvest Sky was something along the lines of "This looks promis-It's Littlefinger! I wonder how big his role is? This is looking really great. It's Littlefinger! I guess his role is fairly substantial" repeat ad nauseum.
Once the initial shock of seeing Aidan Gillen in a contemporary film (yes, he's been in other things but the only thing I know him from is "Game of Thrones"), I re-watched the trailer and my initial thought has been confirmed: this looks great.
Directed by veteran documentary filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, Beneath the Harvest Sky stars Callan McAuliffe and Emory Cohen as best friends living in an industrial town in Maine who are doing everythi [Continued ...] »
Game of Thrones’ Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) isn’t just a slimy creep in Westeros. He’s pretty unsavory in the “real” world as well — at least judging by this exclusive Nsfw trailer for Beneath the Harvest Sky, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The film chronicles the very separate paths of two best friends, Casper (The Place Beyond the Pines’ Emory Cohen) and Dominic (The Great Gatsby’s Callan McAuliffe), in small-town Maine. While Dominic spends his final harvest season picking potatoes, Casper gets drawn into the world of smuggling drugs across the Canadian border by his father, »
- Grady Smith
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has released an incredible guest list of celebrated talent from around the globe. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Catherine Breillat, Nicole Garcia, Pawel Pawlikowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Steve McQueen, Godfrey Reggio, Denis Villeneuve, Bill Condon, Jean-Marc Vallée, John Wells, Ralph Fiennes, Richard Ayoade, Atom Egoyan, Matthew Weiner, John Carney, Jason Reitman, Jason Bateman, Yorgos Servetas, Liza Johnson, Megan Griffiths, Fernando Eimbcke, Alexey Uchitel, Johnny Ma, Biyi Bandele, Rashid Masharawi, Paul Haggis, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Álex de la Iglesia, Bruce McDonald, Jennifer Baichwal, John Ridley, and Justin Chadwick.
The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.
The following filmmakers and artists are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
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