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Watch: Viggo Mortensen Loves Patricia Highsmith in 'Two Faces of January'

5 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Viggo Mortensen is one of America's finest and most bankable actors, and gets to cherry-pick the best of international movies, because he's fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. Upcoming films include fest favorite "Jauja," in which he speaks Spanish with a Danish accent, and French Tiff entry "Far from Men."  While the "Lord of the Rings" star is always eager to work with David Cronenberg on any film, whether as a husband with a secret ("A History of Violence"), a tattooed Russian gangster ("Eastern Promises") or Sigmund Freud ("A Dangerous Method"), he's also willing to take chances on a new screenwriter-turned-director such as Hossein Amini, who adapted Patricia Highsmith for the delightfully Hitchcockian "The Two Faces of January."  Mortensen and I talked on Skype (video below) about how he chooses projects and worked with Amini and his costars Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac on this »

- Anne Thompson

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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

17 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »

- Jake Perlman

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Watch: Keanu Reeves Is the Craziest Dog Owner Ever in New 'John Wick' Trailer

15 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Movies about hit men, gangsters or bank robbers coming out of retirement for one last hurrah are a dime a dozen. They all tend to follow the same general rule of a badass dude trying to enjoy the late stages of life only to get inadvertently wrapped back up into the lifestyle they left behind. Sometimes it's because someone is trying to find them (A History of Violence), other times they're defending an innocent person (The Equalizer). The upcoming John Wick, however, may take...

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'John Wick' Trailer: Kill Keanu Reeves' Dog and You're Going to Have a Very, Very Bad Time

12 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Movies about hit men or gangsters or bank robbers coming out of retirement for one last hurrah are a dime a dozen. They come out like clockwork on both the big screen and small, and they all tend to follow the same general rule of a badass dude trying to enjoy the late stages of life only to get inadvertently wrapped back up into the lifestyle he left behind. Sometimes it's because someone is trying to find them (A History of Violence), other times they're defending an innocent person (The Equalizer). The upcoming John Wick, however, may take the cake when it comes to excuses for a hard-core hit man to get back in the game. If the trailer is to be believed, Keanu Reeves is living a nice, peaceful life, until some dumb goon kills his dog. Yes, his tiny, tiny dog. So he...

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- Peter Hall

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Martha Thomases: Subversive Family Reading

12 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Over the weekend, while all the cool kids were in Baltimore for the Harvey Awards and the convention, I was at a family wedding. As such occasions are wont to do, I ruminated over my life and times.

On Friday night, at the rehearsal dinner, I was talking with a cousin who remembered that visiting our house as a child was fun because we had comic books, which her mother didn’t allow. At that time (late 1950s to early 1960s), comic books were still accused of causing juvenile delinquency, disrespect for authority and Communism.

Certainly, they did that to me.

My cousin’s life is about as different from mine as I can imagine, given our demographic similarities (over 60, female, college educated, Jewish). I live in an apartment in Manhattan; she lives in a rural part of western New York State. Until recently she worked as a carpenter; I »

- Martha Thomases

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Official Trailer: Dysfunction in Hollywood’s Hills

11 September 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It might not be accurate to say that director David Cronenberg has matured since his days of being the veritable king of body horror with movies like The Fly and Videodrome, but his tastes certainly have changed. His most recent film, Cosmopolis, was a bizarre experimental thriller which was largely based around watching lead actor Robert Pattinson monologue in the back of a limousine, and prior to that Cronenberg had become far more interested in directing dark, character-oriented dramas like A Dangerous Method and A History of Violence.

Pattinson’s involvement wasn’t quite enough to get Twilight fans flocking out in droves to see Cosmopolis, which was ultimately a box office flop, but Cronenberg’s prestige as a director means that he has never had trouble attracting big names to his movies. Maps to the Stars, his upcoming ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Take a Ride with the Official Poster Art and New Stills from Lifetime's Big Driver

11 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're closing in on the October 18th premiere date of Lifetime's upcoming "Big Driver" adaptation, and on tap today we have the film's official poster art to share plus over a dozen new stills. Check 'em out, and look for more soon!

About "Big Driver" on Lifetime:

From a story by Stephen King, "Big Driver" marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Bello's co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd ("The Leftovers"), and Will Harris ("NCIS").

In "Big Driver" Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, »

- Debi Moore

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Maps To The Stars Review [Tiff 2014]

4 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For a stretch in the mid-aughts, it looked as though Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg had gone a bit Hollywood, despite never shooting any of his films there. Having built a career on the psychologically and visually grotesque, the three-peat of A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method saw Cronenberg attracting big names to awards-buzz material that, while still beholden to his darker impulses, played well with critics. Then 2012’s Cosmopolis started him down a slippery slope leading back to material as confounding as it was disturbing. His latest, Maps to the Stars, marks Cronenberg’s full-blown relapse into misanthropic weirdness, but with more expensive drugs at his disposal.

The first of his pictures to actually shoot in America is just as much concerned with atrophying empire as Cosmopolis was, but centers on the sunny Hollywood rot of the entertainment industry, instead of New York’s well-tailored economic sociopathy. »

- Sam Woolf

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Team Behind Pontypool, Septic Man & Exit Humanity Join Forces Again For Stephen McHattie-Led Hellmouth; Trailer Looks Great!!

3 September 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Adding a third collaboration between Tony Burgess (writer, Pontypool, Septic Man) and  John Geddes (Director, Exit Humanity, Producer, Septic Man), the Foresight Features production of Hellmouth is set to announce their Us and foreign distribution plans while screening the Stephen McHattie (300, A History Of Violence)-led film at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

While their previous collaborations were quite interesting and a lot of fun, judging from the brand new trailer for Hellmouth (thanks to Twitch), this one looks like their most ambitious and realized film yet. Imagine a cross between a horror noir fantasy and a Tim Burton film and you’ve got Hellmouth. It looks like a blast, full of dazzling visuals and an interesting story regarding the film’s lead having to literally go through hell and back. We can’t wait to check it out ourselves, what about you fright fantatics?

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- Jerry Smith

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Spooky Teaser Trailer Rides in for Lifetime's Big Driver

2 September 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

From the looks of this effective new teaser trailer for its upcoming "Big Driver" film adaptation, Lifetime really seems to be trying to change its image and appeal to the horror crowd. Will it work? We'll find out October 18th.

About "Big Driver" on Lifetime:

From a story by Stephen King, "Big Driver" marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Bello' co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd ("The Leftovers"), and Will Harris ("NCIS").

In "Big Driver" Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, »

- Debi Moore

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The Two Faces Of January – Watch Two New Clips

1 September 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.

The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.

Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.

 

The Two Faces of January Clip 1

The Two Faces of January Clip 2

The Two Faces Of January is a suspense thriller starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, »

- Marc Eastman

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Lifetime to Air Big Driver October 18th; New Stills Released

26 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A couple of months ago we learned that Lifetime was adapting Stephen King's "Big Driver" short story from his Full Dark, No Stars collection, and now the network has released some stills and revealed the film's premiere date.

About "Big Driver" on Lifetime:

From a story by Stephen King, "Big Driver" marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Bello' co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd ("The Leftovers"), and Will Harris ("NCIS").

In "Big Driver" Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, »

- Debi Moore

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Watch: First Trailer for Venice/Tiff Drama 'Far From Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen, Scored by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

23 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You may have noticed a change in actor Viggo Mortensen in the last decade. His last major studio effort was “A History of Violence” in 2005 but… it was a David Cronenberg project. Aside from mini-major studio projects like The Weinstein Company's "The Road" and Sony Pictures Classics "A Dangerous Method" (both of them still relatively small, limited release pictures), the actor has avoided major studio work, and in recent years, that’s been even more pronounced. Earlier this year, he starred in the spare and minimalist "Jauja," a Danish language film set in Argentina in which no English was spoken (Mortensen produced). Before that, he starred and produced in another off-the-beaten-path picture set in Argentina, “Everybody Has a Plan.” A renaissance man —publisher, poet, musician, photographer and painter— Mortensen even composed his first score for “Jauja” as well. It seems that Mortensen is participating in whatever project he wants, which is a. »

- Edward Davis

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Viennale unveils 2014 highlights

22 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.Scroll down for list of higlights

Highlights of the 52nd Vienna International Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 6) have been unveiled, including buzz titles from Cannes and Sundance as well as a tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on director John Ford.

The feature film programme includes Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Other titles include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Ruben Ostlund’s Turist and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

In the documentary line-up, highlights include Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth, from directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery; and Tessa Louise Salome’s Mr Leos Carax.

The Viennale will pay tribute to American-Danish actor Viggo Mortensen, whose films range from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to David Cronenberg features »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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News Bits: Wick, Croods, Past, Equalizer

22 August 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

John Wick

The first photo is out of Keanu Reeves in Lionsgate's "John Wick" opening October 24th. Reeves portrays a hitman who is forced out of retirement to track down the gangsters who ruined his life. [Source: Yahoo]

DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation have shifted two Thanksgiving release films to the weekends before Christmas. Now, instead of opening against/between big-budget comic films they'll open against two of the "Avatar' sequels.

The two films that have undergone changes are "The Croods 2" which now hits December 22nd 2017, and "Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves" which now opens December 21st 2018. [Source: Coming Soon]

Past Due

Robert Lorenz ("Trouble with the Curve") is set to direct "Past Due," a film based on Thompson Evans' Blacklist script. The story is described as a female version of David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence". [Source: Variety]

The Equalizer

Following the recent extended TV spot, Sony Pictures has debuted a behind-the-scenes featurette »

- Garth Franklin

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'Jersey Boys' Producer Sets Up 'Past Due' at Warner Bros.

22 August 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. and producer Robert Lorenz are teaming up on the thriller Past Due. The studio previously collaborated with Lorenz on this year's Jersey Boys.

Robert Lorenz is the longtime producing partner of Clint Eastwood. Before Jersey Boys, the duo brought Trouble with the Curve to the screen, marking Robert Lorenz's directorial debut. Warner Bros. also bought the screenplay for Past Due for the producer to direct, but it's not yet clear if he will be taking the helm.

Thompson Evans wrote the screenplay, which wound up on the Blacklist. No story details have been shared at this time, but it is said to be a female version of A History of Violence, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen. The 2005 thriller followed a man trying to forget his violent past, but attracts unwanted attention when he thwarts a robbery.

Past Due is not set up at Clint Eastwood's Warner Bros. »

- MovieWeb

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Warner Bros. Moves Forward on ‘Past Due’ with ‘Trouble with the Curve’ Director (Exclusive)

22 August 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has come on board “Past Due,” setting up the action project with Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner.

The studio has acquired the Blacklist script by Thompson Evans as a possible directing vehicle for Lorenz, who made his feature directorial debut on 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve.”

“Past Due” is described as a female version of David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” released in 2005 by New Line.

The project is not set up at Eastwood’s Warner-based Malpaso banner. Lorenz is producing and Evans’ manager, Rich Freeman, is executive producing along with Code Entertainment.

Jon Berg and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for the studio.

Lorenz has produced Eastwood’s films for more than a decade and received Best Picture Oscar nominations with Eastwood on “Mystic River” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” He and Eastwood are currently in post-production on “American Sniper,” which stars Bradley Cooper »

- Dave McNary

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James Wan and Dimension Films Set a Demonic Release Date

31 July 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Though James Wan may be taking a break from directing horror films, that doesn't mean he has completely abandoned the genre. Wan recently produced a spook-show titled Demonic, which has just been given a release date courtesy of Dimension Films.

Read on for everything you need to know along with some stills we got our hands on at the last Afm.

From the Press Release

Dimension Films announced today that it will release the supernatural thriller Demonic, presented by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw), on December 12, 2014. The film is produced by James Wan and Lee Clay (Beautiful Boy) and directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood). The script is based on an original idea of Wan’s.

Golden Globe nominated Maria Bello (A History Of Violence) stars as the lead female along with Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy).

The film centers on the aftermath of an horrific massacre where five college »

- John Squires

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Release Date Announced for James Wan’s Demonic

31 July 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ghost hunters want to hear from the dead, but what if a haunted house’s spirits gave them a powerfully violent response? Previously known as House of Horror, we’ve been tracking the James Wan-produced Demonic since early 2011, and now the movie about ghost-hunting gone wrong has received a release date from Dimension Films.

Horror fans looking to see a fright flick around the holidays can rejoice, as Demonic will hit theaters on December 12th. Produced by James Wan, Demonic was directed by Will Canon (Brotherhood) and filmed in Baton Rouge. The script was written by Max La Bella and is based on an original idea from James Wan:

“The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre: five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home. Fresh on the scene, detective Mark Lewis and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question one of »

- Derek Anderson

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Frank Grillo and Maria Bello team with 'Conjuring' creator James Wan for 'Demonic'

31 July 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

James Wan, who scared audiences with "The Conjuring," "Insidious" and "Saw" franchises, is getting "Demonic." Wan is producing the film starring Maria Bello ("A History of Violence," "Third Person") and Frank Grillo ("The Purge: Anarchy"). Dimension Films will release it this winter. Will Canon ("Brotherhood") will direct, with Lee Clay ("Beautiful Boy") co-producing.   "Demonic" follows Detective Mark Lewis (Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Bello) as they interview a survivor of a mysterious massacre where several amateur ghost-hunters died. What really happened?   "James Wan is the new master of terror and we are thrilled to be releasing his film this December," said Dimension Films' Erik Lomis in a press release. Wan recently wrapped on the beleaguered "Fast and Furious 7," which will hit screens in 2015.   "Demonic" will be in theaters December 12. »

- Dave Lewis

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