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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
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- 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. »
Christopher Eberts, a former Hollywood studio executive and independent producer, has pleaded guilty to fraud and money-laundering charges brought by the U.S. attorney in Peoria, Illinois, according to a legal filing entered before the U.S. District Court on March 26. Eberts, 49, had been indicted in 2013 by a grand jury in Illinois on 10 courts of wire fraud and three counts of money-laundering. The government claimed that Eberts — who got producing credits on several movies between 1999 and 2009, including The Punisher and Lord of War — took over $615,000 from a retired firefighter, Jeff Elliott
- Alex Ben Block
Ahead of its release next month a new trailer and TV spot have arrived online for Andrew Niccol’s upcoming drone pilot drama Good Kill, which sees the director re-teaming with Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
Good Kill tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end?
- Gary Collinson
Combat now unfolds like a video game as Hawke — a former Air Force pilot with six tours of duty under his belt — works eight hours a day fighting the Taliban by remote control from an air-conditioned bunker. He soon begins to question the ethics of dropping bombs from the safety of his post in Las Vegas.
“Don’t ask me if it’s a just war,” his commander (played by Bruce Greenwood) says. “It’s just war.”
“Good Kill,” which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, hits theaters on May 15.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Good Kill" drama, reuniting Ethan Hawke and his "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" director Andrew Niccol. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? Is he fighting a war without end? The new movie is set to hit select theaters on May 15th. Trailer: »
After two international trailers, we finally have the first domestic trailer for Good Kill. The film reunites Gattaca and Lord of War director Andrew Niccol with actor Ethan Hawke for the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs. But now, the pilot is starting to question his mission.
In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game, only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned bunker in the Nevada desert. But as he yearns to get back in the cockpit of a real plane and becomes increasingly troubled by the collateral damage he causes each time he pushes a button, Egan's nerves-and his relationship with his wife begin to unravel. »
Read More: Watch: Ethan Hawke Talks Drone Warfare in Clips from Tiff Talks IFC Films has released the first official U.S. trailer for Andrew Niccol's drone warfare drama "Good Kill." The film premiered in competition for the Golden Bear at the Venice Film Festival and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fresh off his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Boyhood," Ethan Hawke steps into the role of an Air Force pilot who comes to miss the contact of combat when he's 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 as Niccol examines the psychology behind some of modern warfare's most instrumental procedures. "Good Kill" marks Niccol's first film since the disastrous Ya-adapted "The Host" in 2013, though something about the timely and dramatic premise seems much more suited for the »
- Zack Sharf
"This ain't PlayStation. We are killing people." After a couple trailers for the international release of Andrew Niccol's timely drone thriller Good Kill surfaced a couple months ago, the film has finally locked down a summer release date in May. And with that comes the first Us trailer for the film, showing a little more of the struggle Ethan Hawke has as a fighter pilot forced to adapt to technology and become a drone pilot. But being detached from the war physically doesn't mean there's no psychological torture for the killing these pilots do from a control room. This looks like a timely but straightforward drama. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Andrew Niccol's Good Kill from ComingSoon: Good Kill is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time, Lord of War, Gattaca). A fighter pilot turned drone pilot (Ethan Hawke), based out of Las Vegas, »
- Ethan Anderton
War movies have never been short on morally conflicted characters, but in this modern age, the psychic toll of death can be felt from thousands of miles away. Modern warfare is less about pulling the trigger than pushing a button, with high tech weapons allowing battles to be raged on computer screens. And it eats at the core of Ethan Hawke's character in the new trailer for "Good Kill." Directed by Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "Lord Of War"), and co-starring January Jones, Bruce Greenwood and Zoe Kravitz, the story follows an Air Force major who now conducts his missions overseas with drones, but wrangles with the morality of making life and death decisions abroad while comfortably sitting on U.S. soil. It's a movie that's a bit uneven and that unfortunately doesn't quite stick the landing, with our review noting that there is probably "a more depressing and but far »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jacob T. Swinney is back at it. This time, the prolific supercut editor analyzes 55 films, comparing their first frames to their last. Although the results aren’t unanimous, it’s fascinating to see over four dozen films’ bookends analyzed this way. Swinney hasn’t set out to prove one sole concrete rule in filmmaking, but the patterns they call out are definitely worth further consideration. For example, it’s an old saying that “movies end where they began.” No matter what happens over the course of the 90-120 minutes in between the opening and closing credits, films often conclude by returning (their protagonist, another character, or even just the visuals) to the first location or image to appear on screen. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (at 1:33) offers a particularly strong juxtaposition between the first shot and the last. “Shame," “The Godfather Part II,” “Cast Away,” and “Lord of War »
- Zach Hollwedel
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
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