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Matthew McConaughey will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute at the 6th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, the festival organization has announced. The award honors outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling. Along with the tribute, McConaughey’s upcoming film Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), is set for a private VIP screening Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 Am at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. The… »
Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays an undercover Federal agent who infiltrates the globe’s most powerful cartels and takes down the largest drug and money laundering operation in U.S. history in The Infiltrator. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take), the screenplay is written by Ellen Brown Furman, based on the memoir by Robert Mazur and also stars Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (“Freak,” Chef), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic, “Law & Order”), Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress, Moonstruck, 1987), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise) and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Best Supporting Actress, Gone Baby Gone, 2007).
The Infiltrator will be released on Digital HD, VOD, Blu-ray & DVD on October 11. Special features on the Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes Extras include Audio Commentary with Director Brad Furman and Bryan Cranston, »
- Tom Stockman
It’s well known at this point that Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” was bought for a record-setting $17.5 million at Sundance this year, just as it’s well known that the writer/director/star — and by extension the film itself — is now mired in controversy. Less well known until now is how “The Birth of a Nation” was financed in the first place. The Hollywood Reporter broke down the $10 million that went into the project earlier this year, noting that Parker put $100,000 of his own money into it.
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A dozen or so other sources backed him. Parker, Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures and Kevin Turen are responsible for tracking down approximately 60 percent of the film’s funding, with most of the rest coming from Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios. Filmmaker Edward Zwick »
- Michael Nordine
“Bunker77” world premiered Sept. 22 at the San Sebastian Festival’s Savage Cinema section.
The documentary, winner in March of a Work in Progress award at the Sun Valley Film Festival’s The Film Lab, will debut in the U.S. at October’s Hamptons Festival, where Edward Norton, a “Bunker77” exec producer, will present the screening.
“Bunker 77” chronicles the extraordinary figure of Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson, heir to the Spreckels sugar fortune, a surfer, but also a big game hunter, martial arts aficionado, wild man and self-styled player who dressed like a pimp.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Nicolas Cage will star in the independent thriller “Looking Glass” with production starting this fall, Variety has learned.
Music video and commercials director Dori Oskowitz will helm from a script by Jerry Rapp (“Mojave Phone Booth”) and Matthew Wilder, who wrote “Dog Eat Dog,” which also starred Cage and premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.
“Looking Glass” follows a couple who, after experiencing a tragic loss, purchases a desert motel only to discover a series of disturbing, unexplained events that take place within one of the frequently requested rooms. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales.
Braxton Pope (“The Canyons”) is producing. Pope just wrapped the Fullscreen series “The Deleted,” written and directed by Bret Easton Ellis, and worked with Cage and Highland Film Group as a producer on the crime thriller “The Trust,” which premiered at SXSW.
- Dave McNary
After years of being mostly known as a serious actor in very serious films like “Traffic” (which he won an oscar for), “Che” and “21 Grams,” with only the occasional “Excess Backage” for levity, Benicio del Toro has been embracing sci-fi in a big way of late. First, he played Space Liberace (i.e. the Collector) in “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and next, he’ll play a major role, reportedly a new villain, in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
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Between those films and his scene-stealing turn in surprise hit “Sicario” (he’ll likely headline in a sequel to that film), del Toro’s arguably hotter than ever, and has now boarded another sci-fi franchise, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the actor is now in talks to star in Shane Black’s “The Predator, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Mubi is showing Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal (2002) in the United States from September 9 to October 8, 2016.The vast majority of forgotten films are, for the most part, uninteresting—neither excellent nor awful enough to really merit re-consideration. Far rarer are the obscurities that are practically bursting from the seams with imagination. And as its title might suggest (though not for the reasons you may think), Full Frontal is unmistakably the latter.Mainly following a loosely connected group of Hollywood industry types over the course of a single day, the film frequently cuts to a film within the film titled Rendezvous, in which Francesca (Julia Roberts) playing a journalist named Catherine, is doing a feature on Nicholas, a struggling actor (who at one point raps on “the state of being a chocolate leading man in Hollywood today”), played by a popular actor named Calvin (Blair Underwood). Such layered confusion is just the beginning. »
Have you ever wanted to see what Matthew McConaughey would look like balding and in a pair of tighty-whities ala Walter White from Breaking Bad? Well, then you should probably check out the trailer for his upcoming movie Gold, which was just released online. Outside of the actor's crazy look in the movie, Gold boasts a stellar cast, a very promising premise, and the first trailer has us thinking this could be an Oscar contender.
Gold is being released by TWC-Dimension, who released the trailer online today. The movie is loosely based on real events and centers on a pair of men, played by Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez, who venture into the Indonesian jungle in search of gold. They wind up finding an awful lot of it, which leads to a big scandal and an awful lot of money for people to fight over. The movie also features performances from Bryce Dallas Howard, »
“The gold is mine,” his character Kenny Wells declares. “I found it.”
“Gold” is directed by Stephen Gaghan and loosely based on the Bre-x mining scandal of the 1990s. McConaughey plays Wells as a down-and-out prospector who teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to find a massive gold deposit in the jungles of Borneo.
“It’s amazing how a little gold dust can just change everything,” Wells says in the trailer. “For better or worse, the ride has begun.”
But keeping the gold is even harder as Wall Street, the FBI and the Indonesian military take notice.
- Dave McNary
Gold has attracted no shortage of talent over the years. What was once a Michael Mann and Christian Bale project is now the second directorial effort from Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for writing Traffic and years later made his directorial debut with Syriana. It’s been 11 years since that intense drama came out, so after over a decade of waiting to […]
- Jack Giroux
It didn’t need to bill itself as such on its poster: War Dogs is obviously a movie about the modern, sad version of the American Dream. If you’ve ever been to a cinema you’ve encountered this rags to prison jumpsuit story a hundred times over. Yet director Todd Phillips’ (of The Hangover fame) first foray into more serious fare, for all its obvious derivativeness, somehow acquits itself decently. Yes, the movie showcases the immaturity of its characters alongside that of its director’s abilities in this field. But the formula works because this sort of tale is so gripping and thanks to the solid performances by its talented young stars, Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.
Teller is David Packouz, a young man who, like many in our modern bumbling economy, finds himself adrift in a dead-end job and no prospects at prosperity. Packouz (a real life character »
- J Don Birnam
This is not your momma’s Miss Mellie.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 16, 2016
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She will portray actress Olivia de Havilland in the season that centers around the legendary backstage battle between two of the greatest movie stars of all time, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.
Murphy made the casting announcement Tuesday on his Twitter account.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 16, 2016
“Feud” marks Zeta-Jones’ most high-profile project in quite some time. Best known for her film work, the award-winning actress became one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars in the late ’90s through the ’00s with movies including “The Mask of Zorro,” “Entrapment,” “Traffic” and “Chicago,” for which she won an Oscar, SAG Award and BAFTA Award. “Feud” does not mark her first role on television, but Zeta-Jones has not appeared in a major TV role since »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s a process with Steven Soderbergh, because Steven Soderbergh loves process. The making, the doing and the fundamental juxtaposition of images and how they work together is what turns the Oscar-winning director on. The diverse filmmaker of movies including “Traffic,” “Che,” “Magic Mike,” the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy and more, has always attempted to push the […]
- The Playlist
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
- Movie Geeks
Many believed that the cast list for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment had already been released in its entirety, but Bratt’s involvement, which was revealed when his name was spotted at the bottom of the newest Doctor Strange Comic-Con poster, proves otherwise. Who knows, if this bit of casting news was kept secret until now, maybe other actors will pop up on screen and surprise audience members when the movie hit theaters. Currently, the actor’s character in the film is unknown.
See Also: Watch the new trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange
- Justin Cook
Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brokovich (2000) is playing July 17 - August 16, 2016 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. “Erin Brockovich is perhaps the most forceful articulation of Soderbergh’s proclivity toward emphasizing character over other filmic concerns. Without sacrificing their causal role within the narrative, who characters are is often of greater interest than what they do—indeed, what they will do and accomplish is often a foregone conclusion… while Erin Brockovich may, thematically, be a film about responsibility, formally, Erin Brockovich is a movie about Erin Brockovich—and decidedly so.”— Andrew Patrick Nelson, in The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh“I’m smart, I’m hardworking and I’m not leaving here without a job.”— Erin, Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich must win people over. As a single mother of three who wears short skirts and low-cut tops, she’s at the more preyed-upon end of a predatory spectrum—one whose social logic is built on first impressions. »
Manuel here with a review of The Infiltrator which opened yesterday nationwide.
Fact: Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic is one of the most influential films of the 21st century. That’s not a qualitative assessment but an increasingly common thought that’s rankled in my brain. Can you believe Soderbergh actually struggled to get his film financed because Hollywood execs didn’t think audiences would want to watch an entire film about the drug trade?
Fast-forward to summer 2016 when USA is premiering Queen of the South, Netflix will bring us season 2 of Narcos, two competing El Chapo TV series are in development, and Bryan Cranston’s The Infiltrator joins an ever-growing list of films about the war on drugs that range from the sublime (Sicario) to the pedestrian (Blow) with everything in between (Savages, anyone?).
- Manuel Betancourt
It was revealed today that Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven) will produce, with an eye to direct, a movie based on the infamous Panama Papers, the largest data leak in corporate and government history. Lawrence Grey's Grey Matter Productions acquired the feature film rights to the forthcoming book, Secrecy World, being written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Bernstein and published by Henry Holt and Company, and is teaming with Anonymous Content (The Revenant, Spotlight, Babel) to develop, finance and produce the film.
Producers are Lawrence Grey, Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar, Scott Burns and Steven Soderbergh. Executive Producers are Jake Bernstein and Grey Matter COO, Ben Everard. Jake Bernstein was part of the international team of journalists who are members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that broke the story of the Panama Papers in April. More than 11 million records were leaked »
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
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