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Scott Cooper, the actor-turned-director of “Crazy Heart,” first met Robert Duvall on the set of the Civil War drama “Gods and Generals” in 2003. And they quickly became close. “He’s probably not only one of my best friends,” says Cooper, “but an artistic inspiration. He’s supported me in ways I could never have hoped. I was married on his farm in Virginia.”
Duvall encouraged Cooper to write and make movies, and Duvall produced his 2009 directorial debut starring Jeff Bridges.
On Wednesday, Duvall was back in Cooper’s corner, hosting a Peggy Siegal lunch at the Explorers Club in New York for his second film, “Out of the Furnace.” Duvall didn’t have any official ties to the drama about two brothers (Christian Bale and Casey Affleck) who find themselves in a bleak situation. He just read an early draft of the script and was a fan. “I don’t know if I mentored him, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The rusted-out soul of steel-town America and the ghosts of the 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to “The Deer Hunter,” with bare-knuckle boxing substituted for Russian roulette. A much darker and less audience-friendly package than Cooper’s Oscar-winning 2009 debut, “Crazy Heart,” but graced by the same lyrical sense of worn-down American lives, this slow-burning drama should earn deserved praise for the top-drawer performances of stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a truly frightening Woody Harrelson, but will need a lot of TLC from distrib Relativity (which opens the pic wide on Dec. 6) to break out commercially in a very crowded holiday frame.
The furnace of the title is literally the Carrie Furnace of Braddock, Penn., the real Rust Belt town where Cooper’s pic is set. But it is also »
- Scott Foundas
Unshakable moral convictions are shown to go tragically awry in “Copperhead,” a stodgy, drearily long-winded attempt to shed light on a little-known chapter of Civil War history. Focusing on an internecine Union conflict between the staunch abolitionists and the equally vehement antiwar Democrats, director Ron Maxwell’s adaptation of Harold Frederic’s 1893 novel elicits a certain amount of admiration for its old-fashioned carpentry and earnest, worthy approach, but its stilted dramaturgy and endless speechifying defeat the committed efforts of a sprawling ensemble. In limited release since June, the film seems likely to generate VOD interest primarily among history buffs who have exhausted superior options (like the recent “Lincoln”) elsewhere.
With stultifying thoroughness, Bill Kaufman’s script lays out the various tensions plaguing a small farming community in upstate New York circa 1862, one year into the Civil War. Occupying the moral center of this gathering storm is Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), a farmer who opposes slavery, »
- Justin Chang
Title: Copperhead Director: Ron Maxwell Starring: Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, Peter Fonda, Casey Thomas Brown Its title a slur for Northerners who opposed the American Civil War, “Copperhead” marks the third film from director Ron Maxwell (“Gettysburg,” “Gods and Generals”) about the United States’ bloodiest armed conflict. In theory, movies like this produced outside of the Hollywood system have the potential of some measure of additional freedom, being unburdened by casting dictates and endless studio notes that often polish down history’s rough edges. Unfortunately, in reality, Maxwell’s film is a drawn-out, schematic melodrama rife with somnambulistic speechifying, and a work every bit as turgid and baldly [ Read More ]
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Once again revisiting the Civil War with Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) shows a flair for mythologizing via beautiful panoramas of upstate New York landscapes but less so, unfortunately, through his film's inert story and flat performances. Based on Harold Frederic's novel, Maxwell's tale concerns farmer Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), whose opposition to Lincoln's "unconstitutional war" inspires rebellion from son Jeff (Casey Thomas Brown) and local abolitionist Jee Hagadorn (Angus Macfadyen)—whose daughter, Esther (Lucy Boynton), is fancied by Jeff. The result is an unsuccessful balancing act: presenting man of principle Abner (nether pro-South nor pro-slavery) as a virtuous victim of discrimination despite resisting a war vi »
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? 25% refundable tax credit, sales tax exemption What tax credits are available for productions in your state? 25% refundable tax credit What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Maryland has been called "America in Minature". A variety of looks in close proximity include the roliing country side of "Runaway Bride", the inner city of "The Wire", the waterfront estates of "Wedding Crashers", the urban hipness of "Step Up" and "Step Up 2", the historical sites of "Gods and Generals", and the doubling of Washington DC in "House of Cards", "Veep", "Live Free or Die Hard", "Enemy of the State" and "Head of State" Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Most productions rent warehouse space to buld sets and use as a soundstage What can you »
Will “The Last Full Measure” finally make it to the big screen after a long wait?
In an exclusive phone interview with Latino-Review, Maxwell carefully updated the status of adapting Jeffrey Shaara’s book about the Civil War after Gettysburg. He was promoting an indie Civil War film “Copperhead,” which is in select theaters later this week.
“I would love to do the third part of the trilogy. It’s a big movie like the other two, which is an epic genre,” he told Latino-Review. “The epic part is the time to tell the story. And it’s because it has to cover the [battles of] the »
- Gig Patta
Today we have the trailer and poster for the upcoming Ron Maxwell‘s (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) Civil War-era movie Copperhead. Inspired by true events, it’s the story of Abner Beech, a dairy farmer in the North who opposes the war and is alienated because of his beliefs. Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. It is a film of the war at home – of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story »
- Allan Ford
“Copperhead,” starring Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen and Peter Fonda, is produced and directed by Ron Maxwell, written by Bill Kauffman and exec produced by Bob and Susan Bishop of Swordspoint Prods.
Copperheads were Northerners who, believing that the Northern states could not win the Civil War, advocated a negotiated peace with the South. The story is based on Harold Frederic’s novel “The Copperhead,” in which a righteous farmer in upstate New York defies his neighbors and government in the autumn of 1862.
- Dave McNary
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