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Ethan Hawke takes us inside the daily life of a drone pilot in Good Kill, which was released on Digital HD last month and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, September 1, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. If you didn't get a chance to see this thriller in theaters, then we have you covered. We have a contest lined up, with one grand prize winner taking home a signed poster and a copy of the Blu-ray.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke »
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New on DVD and Blu-ray
'Tis the season for a ton of TV shows to come out on DVD, including "NCIS: The Twelfth Season," "NCIS: Los Angeles - The Sixth Season," and "NCIS: New Orleans - The First Season" on August 18. Have yourself a merry little "NCIS" marathon! And in case you want more details on Season 12, that Blu-ray comes with deleted scenes, audio commentary on select episodes, cast and crew interviews, and over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
The 2014-2015 season of "Grey's" -- which didn't have the happiest of endings, but oh well -- is also coming out this week. If you watch Season 11 from start to finish, knowing how it ends, maybe it'll add more pathos. Or maybe it'll just make you angrier. »
- Gina Carbone
Stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones and Zoë Kravitz reveal what it's like to work with writer-director Andrew Niccol in our exclusive preview for Good Kill. This drone thriller is available on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 1. The will film also be available for sale or rental from cable, satellite and telco providers through its theatrical distributor, IFC Films.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a plane, »
Writer-director Andrew Niccol has always had a knack for creating stories that are looking ahead of the curve at the intersection of technology and psychology. With The Truman Show he broke down a culture obsessed with reality TV before reality TV was even in full bloom. With Gattaca he forecasted a future obsessed with micromanaging individuals to a DNA level. With Lord of War he wryly cracked open the mind of a willful cog in our war-enabling society. And now with Good Kill, Niccol is exploring the psychological effects of drone warfare on the people who actually pilot the drones. The tense drama, starring Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot who lives far away from the destruction he's causing, hits Digital HD this week (and DVD/Blu-ray on September 1, 2015) and we've got an...
- Peter Hall
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Director: Andrew Niccol
Running Time: 102 min
With Andrew Niccol’s (Lord Of War, In Time) focus firmly fixed on the contentious and unfamiliar world of drone pilots, Good Kill reunites the writer-director with his Gattaca star Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister), to evoke concerns about the use of drone technology and morality in war.
Set it the scorched landscape of a Las Vegas airbase, Good Kill follows the life of fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) as he fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, before going home to his wife (January Jones) and kids for the other. Perpetually distant at home and increasingly reliant on alcohol, Egan’s psychological strain only intensifies when his team – led by Lt. Colonel Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) – is placed in the hands of new CIA masters, unshackled »
- Mike McCarthy
New on Netflix in August: The original series "Narcos," about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Wagner Moura of "Elysium;" and the site's first Spanish-language original series, "Club de Cuervos," about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team.
You'll also be able to stream the critically acclaimed film "White Dog," Best Picture Oscar winner "The Hurt Locker," the Kristin Wiig dramedy "Welcome to Me," and Simon Pegg as an assassin in "Kill Me Three Times."
Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in August 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in August 2015, in case you were wondering.
Available August 1
- Sharon Knolle
It was back in 2008 that we first heard word of plans to make a movie out of the board game Monopoly. At that stage, it looked like it was going to be a directorial project for Ridley Scott, but as his slate filled up with lots of other films, it seemed as though Monopoly had been quietly forgotten about.
Hasbro, however, has other ideas. In conjunction with Lionsgate, the project has been resurrected, and Andrew Niccol - he of The Truman Show and Gattaca fame - has been hired to pen the screenplay for the new film.
And if you're still scratching your head wondering how »
Will they finally pass Go and collect $200? It sounds like it will happen this time! Lionsgate has announced officially that they're moving forward on development with a Monopoly movie, the next big franchise being readied based on a Hasbro brand. For years and years we covered development on Ridley Scott's version of a Monopoly movie at Universal, and it seemed like it was getting close to happening at one point. However, this new version doesn't have a director involved just yet. Instead, they say that writer/director Andrew Niccol (of Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time, The Host and Good Kill most recently) will be writing the screenplay. Not directing, just writing. That's the only bit of news other than that this is coming soon. Here's a quote from the news story, via THR, about Andrew Niccol's involvement in the Monopoly movie: "Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, »
- Alex Billington
With the drone warfare drama, Good Kill, opening in Canada and the Us this week, I had a chance to speak with director Andrew Niccol about the film briefly over the phone. But it was a very dense conversation that offers some insight as to what was keeping him up at night while making the film.The New Zealand born filmmaker has spend most of his career working in Hollywood as a writer (The Truman Show, The Terminal) and double-hyphenate director (Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time). Much like the voice of his films, there is a pragmatic, down-to-earth manner in his conversational tone balanced with a further-reaching inquiry as to what is right and what is wrong with us as we continue to barrel full...
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If Ethan Hawkeis known for one thing, it’s talking. Whether as the chatty Gen X-er in Reality Bites, the monologue-spouting romantic in the Before Sunrise movies or the opinionated dad in Boyhood, the guy can deliver dialogue.
“Andrew called me up and said, ‘One of your greatest skills as an actor is how verbal you are. And I’m not going to need that,’” Hawke recalls during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Good Kill is the pair’s third movie together after Gattaca and Lord of War. They made the film to show how drone pilots — in this case, carrying out missions in Afghanistan — operate, and the psychological »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
One of the most anticipated reunions at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Good Kill sees writer-director Andrew Niccol re-teaming with Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke in a pressing psychological drama about drone warfare. After a successful stint on the festival circuit, the film is now getting a wide release and will be hitting theatres this Friday.
Back at Tiff, we caught up with both Niccol and Hawke to discuss the strange landscape of modern war filmmaking, and knowing when the realties of drone warfare seem too much like fiction to be believed.
Check it out below, and enjoy!
Andrew, you’ve mostly worked by looking into the future –with the exception of Lord of War, which you both worked on – but drones are the here and now. Why the change?
Andrew Niccol: I’m just drawn to that story. I don’t ever just sit down and go, »
- Sam Woolf
Ethan Hawke leads Good Kill as Tom Egan, an Air Force pilot who traded in his jet for an air-conditioned bunker just outside of Las Vegas. Even though Tom and his team are fighting the war first-person shooter-style right alongside a bunch of gamers recruited out of malls, military formalities still apply including the use of some unique lingo. While in New York City promoting Good Kill's upcoming release, I got the chance to talk to Hawke, his co-stars, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones, and writer-director Andrew Niccol about the unusual terminology and why they use it. Check out the video below to get a brief lesson in military lingo. We'll have more on Good Kill as we get closer to the film's May 15th limited release and its May 22nd nationwide expansion. [complextv contentid="ZqOWh4dDrCRkKnfsxMtoMvjcyKGWQHOH" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here’s the official synopsis for Good Kill: In the shadowy world of drone warfare, »
- Perri Nemiroff
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.
Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds
It’s an inevitable »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The previously announced project, which has been in development for some time, is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Production and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
The partners announced on Wednesday (May 6) that the production is due to shoot in Bucharest late July.
“Working with Vendôme pictures and Raffaella productions to produce this project with us is a thrill. They have found and polished a gem of a story we are excited to bring to the screen. These producers have an amazing track record. We are thrilled to work with those two partners,” said Lionel Uzan, director of acquisitions and international sales at Snd.
It is a sixth »
Read More: Watch: Drone Warfare Plagues Ethan Hawke in Heart-Pounding 'Good Kill' Trailer Fresh off his Oscar-nominated performance in "Boyhood" and his directorial debut "Seymour: An Introduction," Ethan Hawke is keeping busy this year by re-teaming with director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "Lord of War") for this summer's drone warfare drama "Good Kill." During one of Indiewire and Apple's Tribeca Talks at the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan, Hawke joined Niccol and co-stars January Jones and Zoe Kravitz to discuss the emotional conflict plaguing his character. "Good Kill" tells the story of an Air Force pilot who comes to miss the contact of combat after being relegated to flying drones. Forced to fight using nothing but a remote controller for 12 hours a day, the pilot begins to question his mission and the very sate and purpose of modern warfare. Be sure to check out the full panel on iTunes in. »
- Zack Sharf
Good Kill isn’t a science fiction film, but its premise could easily come from a dystopian novel - or a darkly prophetic story by Philip K Dick.
Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a veteran pilot who controls unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones, as they’re often dubbed by the media) as they circle the skies of the Middle East. At the orders of those higher up the command chain, these drones can strike targets from 10,000km in the air - so high that someone on the ground could look up and not even see the craft gliding above them. »
Since his feature filmmaking debut began in 1997, writer-director Andrew Niccol has made diverse movies united by similar themes. Many of them deal with the way technology either impacts us in the present or will affect us in the future. More still meditate on social injustice.
Good Kill shares the concerns and thought-provoking tone of Niccol's best films, such as The Truman Show (which he wrote, and Peter Weir directed), In Time, Lord Of War and his masterpiece, Gattaca. Set in 2010, it's about the experiences of Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) - a distinctly 21st century brand of soldier. Once an adept pilot, he now clocks into work at a military base just outside Las Vegas, sits in an office chair, and launches aerial drone strikes over Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. »
It’s all there in that swooning opening music: Gattaca isn’t just another sleek film about the future. The feature debut of New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, the smart, elegant, intensely moving Gattaca may just be his finest film to date.
The film introduces us to Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who’s in the process of a carrying out a painstaking daily ritual: shaving every stray hair from his body, exfoliating his skin and burning the material left behind - it’s as though Vincent’s treating himself as a crime scene.
Vincent lives in a future where genetic profiling has divided society into Valids - those whose DNA has been fettled to perfection by scientists before birth - and In-valids - those conceived naturally, with all potential genetic flaws it involves. »
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