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Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »
- Kristopher Tapley
It can’t be easy as a working actress in Hollywood where, save a few notable exceptions, women are pigeonholed into convenient, one-dimensional archetypes – virgin, vixen, vessel, victim, villain – eventually condemned to onscreen marriages and partnerships with men two decades their senior and then flung into an oubliette when they themselves have the temerity to age.
Laura Linney is one among an increasing number of shrewd professionals who have built a carrier from subverting these supporting roles and using them as stepping stones to leading lady status. To coincide with the DVD release of the fourth and final season of The Big C we are showcasing six of her performances
Annabeth Markum – Mystic River (2003)
Clint Eastwood’s film of Dennis Lehane’s Boston crime noir novel is a singular and powerful film which examines the ripple effect of child abduction in a blue collar neighbourhood, across three lives and twenty five years. »
- Emily Breen
It looks like Sean Penn is set for the director's chair for the fifth time in his career with "The Last Face," a drama starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and "Blue is the Warmest Color" starlet Adèle Exarchopoulos. Theron will star as a doctor doing humanitarian relief work in Africa with the continent's violent political conflicts as a backdrop. Bardem will play another doctor and the story revolves around "tough moral decisions that must be made during time of civil unrest," according to Deadline. Exarcopoulos, the outlet reports, will play a journalist. The film is being produced by River Road and Bill Pohlad, who produced Penn's last film, "Into the Wild," and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," which starred the actor/director. Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri are also on board as producers. "The Yellow Handkerchief" scribe Erin Dingam (who had a role in Penn's "The Crossing Guard") is writing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
We all miss James Gandolfini but have no fear, if you didn't get a chance to see last year's fantastic "Enough Said," the late star still has a final appearance in the crime thriller "The Drop" from director Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane ("Shutter Island," "Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River"). The main star of the film is Tom Hardy as Gandolfini's onscreen nephew. Fox Searchlight will release the movie on September 19. And it looks intriguing!
Another late star we missed is Brittany Murphy but finally, her last film is being released after hiding on the shelf for a while. "Something Wicked" will open in Eugene, Ore. Why Eugene? Because that's where the movie was shot. If you're in Eugene and want to see Murphy's "Something Wicked," the release date is April 4th and it will expand to 19 other locations. It's a psychological thriller about a couple falling apart. »
The new film, from Michael R. Roskam, carries the weight of being James Gandolfini's final film, and it looks scintillating. Co-starring fellow heavyweights such as the always impressive Tom Hardy, and Noomi Rapace, the crime-drama, based on a book by Dennis Lehane (of "Mystic River" and "Gone Baby Gone" fame) tells the story of a bar where dirty money is flushed under the watchful eye of a bartender who may know more than he lets on when they bar is robbed. Here's the official synopsis: "The Drop" follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" - in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, »
- Emerson Gordon
James Gandolfini's final performance is put on display for the first time in the trailer for The Drop, formerly known as Animal Rescue. The late actor, who passed away in June shortly after wrapping on this crime drame, plays Marv, the employer and cousin of Boston bartender Bob Sacinowski (Tom Hardy), who gets caught in the middle of a robbery gone bad and the investigation that follows which uncovers secrets from the neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace co-stars in director Michael R. Roskam's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story, arriving in theaters September 19.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michael R. Roskam, the Academy Award-nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" - in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »
Gandolfini plays cousin Marv in the crime drama, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. When lonely bartender Bob (Hardy) finds himself in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, an investigation into the neighborhood’s past has everyone’s friends, families, and foes worried. Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) directs the film with a screenplay from author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). Watch the trailer below:
The Drop opens Sept. »
- Jake Perlman
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the trailer for the upcoming crime drama “The Drop” starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. The film will primarily be known for one thing…James Gandolfini’s final film.
The film follows a lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters — “money drops” — in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Fox Searchlight on Tuesday released the trailer for James Gandolfini's final movie. The Drop, which hits theaters Sept. 19, also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in a story based on a screenplay from author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). Photos: James Gandolfini's Life and Career The crime drama follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters -- "money drops" -- in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in
- Kimberly Nordyke
Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam got to call the shots on The Drop, which scripted by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). You probably wouldn’t even need to have that spelled out for you, because this first The Drop trailer very much conveys the feel of films like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, perhaps with a bit of Killing Them […]
- Russ Fischer
After stills released a few days ago we now have the first trailer for The Drop starring Tom Hardy & James Gandolfini available for your viewing pleasure. The crime drama is based on Hardy’s character who runs a bar where the local criminals hide their money. The bar is robbed and Hardy, along with his Uncle played by Gandolfini, are caught up in an investigation and possible revenge from the criminals whose money has been taken.
From the looks of the trailer we can expect a dark, gritty and intense drama with some powerful performances; we dread to think what cruel fate awaits Hardy’s pet dog and the fact the movie was originally called Animal Rescue doesn’t install much hope into proceedings.
- Victoria Bull
Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for the crime drama The Drop. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) working from a script by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), who adapted his own short story, I have high hopes for this one, not only because of the talent on board, but because it's Gandolfini's final film, and I want his filmography to go out on a high note. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. The Drop opens September 19th. Here's the official synopsis for The Drop »
- Matt Goldberg
Remember those photos from last year of Tom Hardy snuggling an adorable pit bull puppy on the set of an upcoming movie? Now you can check out the fruits of his fuzzy labor in this trailer for "The Drop," which was previously known as "Animal Rescue."
Hardy co-stars with the late James Gandolfini as Bob and Marv, two Brooklyn guys on the periphery of the underworld. Bob's trying to keep his nose clean, what with the aforementioned puppy and a girlfriend (Noomi Rapace) and a regular gig as a bartender, but he happens to be working at a bar that's used as a money drop for local criminals. He and his cousin Marv get in the middle of a big old mess when their bar is held up and some local guys (led by Matthias Schoenaerts) make off with all the cash.
It won't be easy to watch Gandolfini in »
- Jenni Miller
Tom Hardy and his beard have been getting quite the workout this year. Between Locke and Mad Max: Fury Road, Hardy's facial hair has almost become a character all it's own. Now, the scruff returns with a New York accent alongside Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini in the trailer for The Drop. Coming from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop (previously titled Animal Rescue) follows the gritty crime formula of Lehane's other works in a smaller scale, more indie »
- Alex Maidy
The Cannes Film Festival is turning into quite the refuge for postponed Oscar bait. After "The Great Gatsby" skipped the 2012 awards season to open last year's fest instead (and wound up with a pair of Oscars to boot), the Weinsteins' seemingly troubled "Grace of Monaco" is following the same path. Now, on a more prestigious note, we have independently verified that Bennett Miller's much-anticipated drama "Foxcatcher" will indeed have its world premiere on the Croisette in May. "Foxcatcher," a stranger-than-fiction true-crime drama based on the autobiography of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, was originally lined up to be a formidable contender in the 2013/14 Oscar derby, securing the Opening Night slot at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles -- until Sony Pictures Classics rather abruptly pulled it from the slate. It was a slightly surprising move, given that the studio didn't have a bigger pony in the race: "Blue Jasmine" became their number-one campaign priority instead, »
- Guy Lodge
2013 was a pretty awful year for Hollywood in terms of the actors we lost, and perhaps no death was as shocking and unexpected as that of The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who passed away from a heart attack at age 51 last June. However, filmgoers have still not seen the last of the prolific actor, who posthumously touched our hearts with the bittersweet romantic comedy Enough Said and is also set to star in an upcoming drama titled The Drop.
Today, the first images from The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy as a bartender whose life takes an unusual turn after he rescues a wounded dog, have surfaced online, and you can check them out below. Of course, while seeing images of Gandolfini is a melancholy experience, I’m also looking forward to seeing his final performance. The actor was such an indomitable presence on screen, as any watchers of The Sopranos surely know, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sadly the world lost James Gandolfini last June, leaving us just a couple of final opportunities to see him at work. There was Enough Said, the comedy drama with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which he shot in the autumn of 2012 and was released last October. His last role was in The Drop, completed just a couple of months before he died. Based on Dennis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue (and originally titled that), the film co-stars Tom Hardy and is directed by Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead). It’s out in the UK at the end of this year, and the first stills have just surfaced at USA Today.Head to USA Today for more stillsLehane (original author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island) served as his own adaptor for The Drop, which marks his first screenwriting credit. The story involves Bob, a lonely Boston barman (Hardy) and ex-criminal trying to go straight, »
It was only last summer that we heard the very sad news of James Gandolfini’s passing but we’re all very interested to see him back on the big screen for the final time, alongside Tom Hardy in The Drop, formerly titled Animal Rescue.
Based on the short story by Dennis Lehane, you’ll know Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River as some of his other work, it’s directed by Michaël R. Roskam who’s only previous feature was the compelling Bullhead. At a very basic level, we know the film is most definitely an underground crime-drama that’s centered around a lost pit bull that Tom Hardy’s character Bob Saginowski rescues, a wannabe scam artist, and a killing.
- Dan Bullock
Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" was routinely referred to as the late James Gandolfini's final film last year, but luckily we do actually have one more big screen appearance from the actor in Michaël Roskam's "The Drop," which hits theaters in September. A few images from the film dropped today over at USA Today with thoughts from Roskam and others on the director's "Bullhead" follow-up. Much of the interview details how well Gandolfini and co-star Tom Hardy got on while shooting the film, formerly called "Animal Rescue." The film tells the story of a former criminal (Hardy) looking to pull his life back together as a bartender at a dive that serves as a money drop for local gangsters. You can imagine from whence the drama will spring: former con trying to make right surrounded by cons. Yeah. "Bullhead" star Matthias Schoenaerts also plays a key role. The film »
- Kristopher Tapley
The first images from director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) crime drama The Drop (formerly titled Animal Rescue) have landed online, offering us a first look at what will sadly be James Gandolfini’s final film. Tom Hardy leads the pic as a former criminal and current bartender working at a place that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. Gandolfini plays his cousin, and the story kicks into gear when Hardy's character rescues a pit bull puppy, only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay, and the impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts. Hit the jump to check out the debut images. The Drop opens in theaters on September 19th. Via USA Today. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="322487,322490,322492,322488,322491"] »
- Adam Chitwood
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