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They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and while Viktor Bout inspired Nicolas Cage's character in "Lord Of War," the real story of the infamous arms dealer beats anything you could put down on paper. Today we have an exclusive clip from the documentary"The Notorious Mr. Bout" Read More: The Films Of Nicolas Cage: A Retrospective Directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the movie details the rise and fall of Russian entrepreneur, war profiteer, aviation magnate, arms smuggler and even amateur filmmaker Bout, who was captured in 2008. But as you'll see in the scene below, Bout was either the victim of entrapment or fell prey to a clever sting. Following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, "The Notorious Mr. Bout" hits VOD today. Watch below. »
- Edward Davis
Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spoof: Gerber & Pozdorovkin Indulge Bout
You probably know him by his wildly exaggerated media coined title, the ‘Merchant of Death’, or you might even remember Nicolas Cage’s war mongering Hollywood fictionalization of the man in Lord of War, but the real life Viktor Bout, though undeniably complicit in the black market arms trade, may have been more a business savvy buffoon than the master of ballistics he’s thought to be. Collaborating for the first time, directors Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin paint a very different picture of the man than we are used to seeing. Harvesting a wealth of hilarious and humanizing home movies shot by Bout himself and his wife, Alla, the filmmakers reveal a man not obsessed with weaponry nor money, but one whose joy springs from time spent with his adoring network of family and friends, as well as from the simple pleasures of tourism, »
- Jordan M. Smith
I enjoyed Andrew Niccol‘s Lord of War when it came out in 2005. It was a fast-paced, enjoyable ride down the rabbit hole of the illegal arms trade, but I had no idea Nicolas Cage‘s character Yuri Orlov was based on a real life “Merchant of Death”. His name is Viktor Bout and he wasn’t even arrested until three years after Hollywood sensationalized the myth of his businessman seen as an international criminal throughout the media. As directors Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin sought to tell a tale within this sector of gun smuggling, he of course would prove the logical subject to focus on. The fact he was an amateur filmmaker who documented his travels via home video only made the prospect more intriguing.
Their documentary The Notorious Mr. Bout begins with the 2008 sting operation that brought the titular Russian down. There he sits in grainy black »
- Jared Mobarak
Read More: Exclusive: Meet The Man Who Inspired 'Lord Of War' In Clip From Sundance Doc 'The Notorious Mr. Bout' Andrew Niccol's 2005 film "Lord of War" earned Nicolas Cage some of the best reviews of his varied career. Cage played Yuri Orlov, a Ukrainian-American gunrunner, and now the inspiration behind the character is coming to light in a new documentary from Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Titled "The Notorious Mr. Bout," the doc exposes the wild life and unconvential professions of Russian buisnessman Viktor Bout. The official synopsis reads: "Viktor Bout was a Russian entrepreneur, a war profiteer, an aviation magnate, an arms smuggler and, strangest of all, an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his 2008 arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept the camera running, documenting a life spent in the grey areas of international law. Dubbed the 'merchant of death,' Viktor Bout »
- Zack Sharf
The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Oscar-winning producer and CEO of Voltage Pictures launched into an impassioned attack on IP theft at an industry discussion in Toronto.
Chartier, in Toronto with festival selection A Tale Of Love And Darkness and sales title The Headhunter’s Calling, argued that piracy debilitates filmmakers’ capacity to work on worthwhile projects.
“The more that movies will be pirated, the fewer movies we’ll be making, and the more boring content you’re going to get, because we’re not going to take risks. We’re going to go for the lowest common denominator and we’re going to make movies that for sure will sell.
“Your culture is going to diminish. You’re going to have fewer quality movies because these are the risky ones,” Chartier said during an on-stage conversation with Screen International Us editor Jeremy Kay.
Chartier’s disdain for piracy is well documented. Back in 2010, Voltage Pictures filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against »
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 »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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
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