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Today we have the first photo from "The Sea of Trees" drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Check it out below. Plot: Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts). The new movie is directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
In the film, McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara -- known as "The Sea of Trees" -- a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Thinking he’s found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife Joan (Naomi Watts).
McConaughey has previously talked about the intensity of the new film, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I say another title for this film is 'You've got to go through annihilation to get to salvation »
Following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year, Matthew McConaughey has the anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan coming this fall (which could result in the actor getting yet another Oscar nod). And after that, another awards-worthy performance seems to be following next year with The Sea of Trees from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. We haven't seen footage yet, but the story follows a man who journeys into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of killing himself. Sounds pretty powerful, right? And now we have the first photo from the film which also stars Inception and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe. Here's the first photo from Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees from EW: The Sea of Trees is directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Elephant) and written by Chris Sparling (Buried). In the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Lionsgate scored the No. 1 spot on all three charts the week ending Sept. 7 with “Draft Day,” a sports drama that stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of a football team faced with a difficult draft pick.
The film only earned $28.8 million in U.S. theaters, but it’s the highest-grossing new release to come out on disc last week. On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart – which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – “Draft Day” knocked the previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, to the No. 3 spot.
Steady sales demand for Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” kept the action sequel at No. 2 for the second consecutive week.
- Thomas K. Arnold
Exclusive: The Toronto Film Festival deals have taken a little while, but they are certainly piling up. Rlj/Image Entertainment is wrapping up a $3.5 million U.S. rights deal for The Cobbler, the Thomas McCarthy-directed comedy that stars Adam Sandler as a generational cobbler in New York who took over his father’s business and discovers that when he uses his old sewing machines, he becomes the people whose shoes he is repairing. It severely complicates the shoe-fixer’s boring life. The fable also stars Method Man, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi.
The film was financed by Voltage, and the intention is to open it next year in a multi-platform release strategy that worked well with films from Snowpiercer to Arbitrage. The film doesn’t premiere until Friday, but buyers started lining up after seeing it at a P&I screening on Monday.
The theme of this Toronto has »
- Mike Fleming Jr
We’ve talked a bunch about the return of Project Greenlight to HBO, but we haven’t really featured the new filmmaking series coming soon on Starz. The Chair is a new docuseries created by Chris Moore, the Executive Producer of Project Greenlight and Co-Producer of Good Will Hunting. The Starz “original filmmaking experiment” follows two first-time […]
The post ‘The Chair’ Trailer: Starz New Filmmaking Docuseries appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
"Oh, dear. Scientists."
So could the reaction be confronting this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where two of the most lauded and talked-about films are portraits of elite mathematical minds, courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne plays theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing.
After glowing receptions in Toronto, both films are expected to be major players on Hollywood's awards circuit this fall following their theatrical openings. (Theory is due out Nov. 7. Imitation Game follows two weeks later.) Redmayne and Cumberbatch are already calculated by pundits to be favorites for a best-actor Oscar nomination.
"A lot of people talk about »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Starz's experimental docu-series “The Chair” dared two first-time feature filmmakers to create individual movies using the same script. A risky venture, it took Chris Moore — whose many producing credits include “Good Will Hunting,” “American Pie” and HBO filmmaker competition “Project Greenlight” – three years to get someone to make “The Chair.” “I'm still very grateful to Starz and Chris Albrecht for letting me do it,” Moore told TheWrap. Also read: ‘The Chair’ Producer Zachary Quinto Talks ‘Skepticism’ About Unscripted TV “We don't want it to look like a reality show, we don't want it to look like anything you've seen before, »
- Jethro Nededog
Created by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), the executive producer of Project Greenlight, the Starz original series The Chair is a filmmaking experience the follows two first-time directors who are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from the same screenplay. From very different backgrounds, Shane Dawson is one of the biggest comedians on YouTube, with over 10 million subscribers, while Anna Martemucci co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature film Breakup at a Wedding. But through this process, they both have the common goal of making a full-length feature that is uniquely them and something that that can be proud of, and then it’s up to the viewers to ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000. During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer Chris Moore talked about what he was hoping to get from this experiment, how it’s turned out different from what he expected, »
- Christina Radish
Those lamenting the absence of “Project Greenlight” (yes, both of you) before HBO announced its planned revival will find another insider-ish means of exploring Hollywood (by way of Pittsburgh) in “The Chair,” a Starz not-so-original series from former “Greenlight” producer Chris Moore. The revised conceit relies on giving a pair of unproven filmmakers the opportunity to adapt the same script, providing insight into how movies can change depending on who winds up in the director’s chair. The culmination, obviously, is two independent films the audience will hopefully have a curiosity-driven incentive to watch. And until then, there’s this ho-hum reality show.
Moore’s explanation for the idea, frankly, is better than the execution. He recalls meeting with various directors on “Good Will Hunting,” and remembering how different their approaches were going to be, before Gus Van Sant finally took the reins.
The problem with “The Chair” is once that template is established, »
- Brian Lowry
Spidey lost his grip on the top of the national home video sales chart after just one week due to the newly released Adam Sandler comedy “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer distributed by Warner Bros.
The film, which costars Drew Barrymore, only grossed $46.3 million in theaters, but demand for the Blu-ray Disc and DVD was enough to vault it straight to No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the week ending Aug. 31, sending Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to No. 2.
Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Robin Williams was truly a unique and gifted person who donated so much of his time and talents to helping others. His untimely passing was felt by generations young and old who had either grown up watching him on television, or discovered him through his myriad film roles, which included an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting. Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is celebrating the life and career of the comedy icon and humanitarian with a beautiful print by artist Adrià Llarch. The image, titled “My Captain,” is available through Hero Complex Gallery with all proceeds benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
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The black comedy centres on a curmudgeonly man who is mistakenly told by his physician that he has only 90 minutes left to live, and spends a frantic afternoon trying to right his life's wrongs.
Mila Kunis co-stars as the doctor, who realises her error and sets out to find Williams's Henry Altmann in order to tell him the truth.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn marks one of Williams's final screen roles, following the actor's death last month.
It's not your fault: Robin Williams's legacy and understanding mental illness
Both Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Sonja Richter are household names in Scandinavia as well as recognizable faces in the UK with the television series The Killing. They are both on the verge of wider international recognition, and will follow in the footsteps of multiple acting greats. In preparation for the release of The Keeper Of Lost Causes, here is a list of some of the top Scandinavian actors to hit the silver screen.
Stellan Skarsgård is considered to be a national treasure to the country of Sweden. Although he has acted since 1968, his international breakthrough performance happened in Lars Von Trier’s 1996 film Breaking The Waves. After the release of the acclaimed film, Skarsgård picked up multiple supporting roles in American films such as Good Will Hunting, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series in which he played ‘Bootstrap’ Bill Turner. Today he is a common household name, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
While this summer was packed full of fun and exciting headlines and stories, nothing touched fans worldwide like the tragic news of Robin Williams' unexpected passing. The sad news stuck a chord within all of us and his recent death won't soon be forgotten. From his countless TV and movie roles (Mrs. Doubtfire, Night at the Museum, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting) to his ability to make anyone laugh at any time, Williams was loved by everyone. You voted and rightfully chose the Oscar winner's passing at the defining news story of the summer. Let's remember the late star by taking a look back at his life in photos. »
Starz will release the first five episodes of its new reality series, “The Chair,” in advance of the scheduled airing on the network. The episodes will be available to Starz subscribers on Starz Play and Starz On Demand beginning Sept. 6, with the series premiering on the network the same day at 11 p.m.
“Starz is making the first five episodes of ‘The Chair’ available on the same day of the television premiere of the series to reach a young adult population that is in the vanguard of ‘bingeing’ on shows as their preferred method of viewing,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz CEO. “Starz is always interested in moving the premium programming model forward with strategies that are attuned to the projected audience demos of the show. We are once again utilizing an exposure tactic that has intrigued us since we first did it with last year’s limited series ‘Dancing on the Edge. »
- Kevin Noonan
Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” swung to an easy No. 1 debut on all three national home video charts for the week ending Aug. 24.
The sequel – which earned $202.9 million in U.S. theaters – bumped Lionsgate’s “Divergent” to the No. 2 spot on all three charts, where it had been No. 1 for the last two weeks.
According to Nielsen data, “Divergent” in its third week in stores sold just 15.3% as many copies as “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” On Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the margin between the two was even higher, with the high-definition version of “Divergent” selling just 9.1% as many copies as the Blu-ray Disc of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
A two-pack of both “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the first installment in the Marvel superhero reboot, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” available exclusively at Walmart, debuted at No. 3 on VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 12 on the First Alert sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has been cast as the lead in Miramax's psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes) will direct. The film, which will begin shooting in Vancouver in October, marks Miramax's return to the film production business. The once-busy label that spawned such indie hits as Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting had concentrated its focus in recent years on its library assets. From its coffers, Miramax dusted off Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same name, which it first optioned in 2004 with
- Tatiana Siegel
Robin Williams Remembered At Emmys
After singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles culminated a rendition of “Smile” and the slideshow of the legendary Hollywood actors, producers, writers and directors who passed away this year wrapped up, Billy Crystal took to the stage to deliver a touching tribute to Williams, his longtime friend and comic inspiration.
"I spent many happy hours with Robin onstage," said Crystal. "The brilliance was astounding. The relentless energy was thrilling. I used to think that if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds, I was going to do okay."
"As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine," Crystal continued. "Supportive. Protective. Loving. It's »
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