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Faced with a choice between a post-Apocalyptic science-fiction thriller and a broad American comedy last weekend, Australian cinemagoers chose the latter.
The Internship, the Googleplex-set caper starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, raked in $2.3 million in its opening frame, beating After Earth, the father-and-son survival saga featuring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, which made $1.8 million.
That was a reversal of their Us debuts where the M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth fetched $27.5 million- a mediocre result for a film that cost $130 million- and The Internship collected $17.3 million.
One Australian exhibitor had a hunch the comedy with two popular actors would resonate more strongly than the sci-fi film which he derided as boring. That.s another dud for the director after The Last Airbender.
- Don Groves
Two young boys, looking for adventure and a place to call their own, set off into the wilderness and learn a lot about themselves, adulthood, and the complexities of life in the process. This isn’t a new narrative, by any stretch, and its one that has repeated over centuries in popular culture. There is perhaps no better example of the “young boy in nature” story than Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the novel is the high water mark against which many stories in this vein must be measured.
Every summer seems to herald a number of undercooked, over-exaggerated “trend” pieces about patterns in the films of the summer and about what that says about our culture as a whole. Rest assured, this is not another one of those. Rather, it is an examination of two films that tell similar stories in drastically different ways and with varying levels of success. »
- Jordan Ferguson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
Mud tells the tale of two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life) and his best friend Neckbone (newcomer Jacob Lofland), who find a mysterious man named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi. Mud tells the boys fantastic stories about his life, including how he once killed a man in Texas and now vengeful bounty hunters are after him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. But it isn’t long until Mud’s tall-tales come to life and their small town »
Upcoming actress Kaitlyn Dever has joined the latest project from director Lynn Shelton – drama Laggies. The movie, which also has Sam Rockwell, Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz in the cast, is Shelton’s next feature after Sundance splash Touchy Feely.
We don’t know too much about the movie just yet but it’s thought Knightley is set to play the main character stuck in permanent adolescence who lies about her whereabouts so she can spend extra time with her teenage friends (Dever and Moretz). Filming is taking place in Seattle.
Dever, who has a host of TV credits to her name including Modern Family and Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been a breakout star of the festival circuit this year with a role in Sundance favourite The Spectacular Now. She can be seen next in SXSW hit Short Term 12. Just last week news surfaced that she is in »
- Victoria Bull
Tye Sheridan ("Mud," "Tree of Life") and Kaitlyn Dever ("Last Man Standing," "J. Edgar") are in negotiations to star in Kyle Wilamowski's coming-of-age indie "Grass Stains" at Haven Entertainment and Deckplate Films.
Sheridan will play a teen discovering his first love (Dever). When a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother, the boy must balance his secret guilt with his feelings for the girl.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Here's today's latest casting news: Tye Sheridan has graduated from Mud and will move on to Grass Stains, a coming-of-age indie from writer-director Kyle Wilamowski. Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) is also in negotiations to star. Community co-stars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs will reunite in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Chase will reprise his role as the advice-dispensing repairman while Jacobs will take on the female lead. Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) will join Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. THR reports that Sheridan is in negotiations to star in Grass Stains as a teen discovering his first love (Dever). However, "a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother. The boy must balance this secret, his guilt and his feelings for the girl." Sounds like Grass Stains has shades of Bridge to Terabithia »
- Dave Trumbore
Tye Sheridan, the young actor garnering buzz for his work opposite Matthew McConaughey in the indie hit Mud, is in negotiations to star in Grass Stains, a coming-of-age tale written and directed by Kyle Wilamowski. Kaitlyn Dever, who makes up part of the cast of ABC's comedy Last Man Standing and appeared in J. Edgar, is also in negotiations to join the project. Matt Perniciaro, Kevin Mann, and Rachel Miller of Haven Entertainment, along with Deckplate Films' Steve Olivera and Michael Sherman, are producing the indie feature, which is scheduled to shoot in North Carolina later this month.
- Borys Kit
Sure to become "a newly minted American classic" (The Wall Street Journal), Mud arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View August 6 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Mud will also be available on Est July 16, three weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release. Starring Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, Killer Joe) in his "finest performance to date, Oscar-worthy at every level" (Hitfix) as the titular character, Mud features an all-star cast that includes Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down, The Right Stuff), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, HBO's Boardwalk Empire), Joe Don Baker (Walking Tall, Fletch), Ray McKinnon (TV's Sons of Anarchy, The Blind Side), Primetime Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson (HBO's Game Change, TV's American Horror Story), newcomer Jacob Lofland and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Best Actress, Walk the Line, 2005).
Mud is a timeless adventure about two boys, »
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Joe Don Baker | Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols
Writer-Director Jeff Nichols’s latest film Mud is a coming of age tale that combines the country brashness of Huck Finn with the grand adventure of Stand By Me, and adds the ability to capture a rustic subculture similar to Beasts of the Southern Wild. All these different elements come together to tell a deeply personal tale of the complexities of life, love, and the bitter sweetness of growing old. This modern fable brings you deep into the makings of its character to provide a unique prospective to this naturalistic world. Nearly every performance has an impeccable sense of authenticity. Much of the story rest on the shoulders of the film’s two young leads, and they carry that weight with a »
- Dan Clark
Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols.
A fourteen year old boy learns some valuable life lessons when he meets the mysterious Mud.
Following on from the fantastic psychological (with a hint of religious undertone) character drama Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols embarks on his third writing and directorial outing with the coming of age drama Mud. The story follows teenager Ellis (Tye Sheridon) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who live on an estuary of the Mississippi River in Arkansas, USA. When they travel out in to the Mississippi River to a small island in search of an abandoned boat, they discover a man living there who transforms young Ellis' life.
- Flickering Myth
Written by Jeff Nichols
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Mud feels like a modern day Mark Twain tale. The story is predominantly about two teenaged boys in search of adventure on the banks of the great Mississippi river, and the incredible journey that they embark on that summer. One day while on an excursion to a small deserted island which houses a boat stuck in the treetops due to the last flood, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) discover more than what they could ever imagine- living on the island is a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a wanted felon who asks them for help. The film is set as a Southern Gothic thriller, complete with sinister crimes, haunting sceneries and a multitude of flawed characters.
- Trish Ferris
When that fake list of Cannes titles went up a few weeks back, just a day or two before the official line-up was unveiled, I was hoping one particular title was true: David Gordon Green's "Joe." Alas, it wasn't. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (hot of an amazing performance in "Mud," directed by Green's former North Carolina school mate Jeff Nichols) and it's part of what I feel is a new period for Green as an artist, taking what he's learned (and the relationships he's built up) to date and finding more fertile creative territory. His next film »
- Kristopher Tapley
Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols.
Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
A boat is discovered up a tree on an island off the Mississippi river by two young boys. How the boat got there is never explained, it is just there. It is a miracle. So begins Mud, the third film from director Jeff Nichols whose last feature Take Shelter was one of the best and most talked about films of 2011. Mud may have less to discuss but has more to sit back and admire, and is arguably the better film.
Mud is a near-perfect film. The acting from all involved, from the two young boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) to Oscar »
- Flickering Myth
In the early 1930s, during a lengthy safari in Tanganyika Territory, Ernest Hemingway broke off a discussion of antelope hunting to provide a German expatriate with a disquisition on American literature from colonial times to the present. During this little lecture, included in his Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway made one of his most famous statements. "All American literature," he claims, "comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we have. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
- Philip French
Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)
Those cinemagoers won over by Abrams's first Star Trek movie (even if they can barely remember it now) won't be disappointed with this finely tuned follow-up, which deftly balances action crises, sci-fi repartee and the ongoing Kirk/Spock bromance, but adds enough surprises to keep things interesting, largely by way of Cumberbatch's shifty supervillain.
Another distinctive, beguiling southern parable from Nichols, this time tracking the friendship between two boys and the mysterious fugitive they find down by the river. It's like a mix of Stand By Me, Night Of The Hunter and Terrence Malick. »
- Steve Rose
Writer-director Jeff Nichols serves up a rich and traditional slice of Americana, a movie built on the time-honoured device of witnessing a crisis in the adult world from the viewpoint of children.
It's contrived but nicely shot, and has a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey, who is getting better all the time. Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) are teens who one summer take a boat out to a deserted island in the Mississippi where a flood has surreally dumped another boat up in the trees.
The boys are set to make it their own private treehouse, but find food and dirty magazines. Somebody else is there: a grinning, garrulous but tough-looking guy called Mud (McConaughey) who makes it clear he could be pretty scary if he wanted – but not with kids. »
★★★★★ Having previously impressed with his 2008 debut Shotgun Stories and the infinitely wider-seen Take Shelter (both starring the excellent Michael Shannon), Arkansas-born director Jeff Nichols returns to his roots for Mud (2012), a gloriously old-fashioned swamp story of honour, trust and betrayal. Featuring one of the breakthrough performances of the year from 16-year-old Tye Sheridan - first seen in Terrence Malick's 2011 Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life - as well as stellar turns from Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon and Sam Shepard, Nichols may just have crafted his own minor modern American classic.
Sheridan plays Ellis, a teenage boy living with his ma (Sarah Paulson) and pa (McKinnon) on their ramshackle houseboat. Teaming up with best friend Neckbone (assured débutante Jacob Lofland), the two inquisitive youngsters head off to a nearby island to investigate a sail boat stranded high up in a tree - presumably washed ashore during a recent storm. »
- CineVue UK
Mud is released in UK cinemas this Friday 10th May and to mark the occasion, we have 2 posters to give away signed by the Director Jeff Nichols. We saw Mud back at the Sundance Film Festival and loved it. If you’ve not seen our review, have a read here. Mud stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, and Sarah Paulson.
Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios – he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until »
Matthew McConaughey is up to his neck in it - trouble, that is - in the latest in a series of striking performances. His name is Mud and he's a fugitive hiding out on an islet in the Mississippi River, where he's aided and abetted by two boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland). It's a stirring ode to innocence that evokes classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Stand By Me.
Sheridan is our eyes and ears on Mud's predicament as the idealistic Ellis, who believes in love despite his parents' constant fighting, while pal Neckbone (Lofland) is being raised by his uncle (Michael Shannon) - a man of earthly pleasures - and takes everything with a pinch of salt. When they discover Mud holed up on the islet, »
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Written by Jeff Nichols
With beguiling Southern charm and an exacting sense of dread, the riveting Mud is a surprisingly sweet third film from writer/director Jeff Nichols. Like his previous works Take Shelter and Shotgun Stories it showcases uniquely troubled characters from rural America who stubbornly stick by increasingly reckless decisions. The same kind of deeply flawed yet strongly principled men inhabit this story and are role models to impressionable boys looking to make a little sense of the world. Mud is an exceptional movie that takes us on an oddly hopeful tale of chivalry, sacrifice and what love can compel men to do.
14 year-olds Ellis (Tye Sheridan of Tree of Life) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland in his first role) are best friends from a small town in Arkansas that happen upon a mysterious fugitive hiding out on an island along the Mississippi River. »
- Lane Scarberry
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