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Drafthouse Films has released the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer online. The docudrama goes inside the life of musician Nick Cave. Personally, I'm only familiar with Cave's work from his amazing score for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (which he composed with Warren Ellis, who also appears in 20,000 Days on Earth) and his screenwriting (he wrote the screenplay for The Proposition, Lawless, and the unmade, completely batshit/brilliant Gladiator 2). I stayed away from this film at Sundance because I thought it could only be appreciated by Cave's diehard fans, but this trailer makes it look like the movie reaches for ideas that anyone can appreciate regardless of their familiarity with the musician. Hit the jump to check out the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer. The film opens in select theaters on September 17th. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's official synopsis for »
- Matt Goldberg
Naghdi said: “Clintons offers my clients an array of top class expertise. I have admired their work in music, theatre, digital media, brand management and advertising for many years. The opportunities for cross over and adaptations between the various media has become a key factor to exploiting intellectual property in this sector.
“Films are made into stage musicals, ballet, concerts and sports events are exhibited live in cinemas and every filmmaker wants to speak to Netflix »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Directed by: David Michod
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: June 23, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a loner (Pearce) looks for his stolen car with the help of an abandoned American (Pattinson).
Who’S It For? Viewers who like their thriller spaced out, with ebbs of intensity. On a smaller scale, this movie is also for anyone who has not yet confirmed Pattinson’s acting abilities.
There is a profound interest in impulse within the work of Australian filmmaker David Michod, whose number of features finally reaches two with his anticipated followup to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. Even his co-writing work for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s life-crasher movie Hesher is indicative of a storytelling force jazzed by that which is abrupt and unexplainable, and without worry of how polarizing these weirdo choices may be. With »
- Nick Allen
When it comes to summer movies, Hollywood likes to rely on the same collection of actors to cover certain archetypes. If your script has a goofball character, both Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen fit that bill. A sly temptress that can lure moms and dads? Angelina Jolie is casting wisdom. Need an Everyman American with steely nerve and a big grin? Tom Cruise, your agent is calling. But what if your summer release is a bleak, nihilistic trip through a rough outback wasteland with a social menace, like David Michôd’s new thriller, The Rover? Well, you would be hard pressed to find an actor who can sink into the gallows of that role with as much intensity as Guy Pearce.
Pearce has always been a hard performer to pin down. In many of his notable roles – the disciplined cop in L.A. Confidential, the driven amnesiac in Memento, the »
- Jordan Adler
Cannes - The circus around the Cannes Film Festival is different than any other film festival in the world. It may be less Hollywood than Toronto and less audience-friendly than Sundance, but Cannes truly draws talent of all kinds from every corner of the globe. Only here could you be interviewing rising Australian filmmaking star David Michôd on a hotel rooftop deck while Kylie Minogue belts "Can't Get You Out of My Head" for a live French TV program across the street. And yes, like any good Aussie, he recognized Ms. Minogue immediately. Michôd burst on the scene in 2010 after "Animal Kingdom" became, arguably, Sundance's greatest foreign success of the past decade. Not only did it launch Michôd's career, but it earned star Jacki Weaver her first Academy Award nomination and long=deserved recognition outside of Australia. And directing an actor to an Oscar nomination in your first film is sort of big deal. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Robert Pattinson is an idiot, or at least he plays one in The Rover. A dopey criminal with a mealy mouth and a gunshot wound, he’s the Lennie to Guy Pearce’s George as the reluctant duo hit the road in a vaguely post-apocalyptic Australia. Here’s what we know: ten years after an ill-defined economic and social collapse, the Seventh Continent has attracted all manner of men seeking to capitalize on its mineral-rich resources. Bearded loner Eric (Pearce) doesn’t seem so ambitious; all he has is his car, and all he wants is his car back once a robbery goes south, prompting ringleader Henry (Scoot McNairy) and his panicked partners to steal Eric’s silver sedan and leave Henry’s little brother, Rey (Pattinson), behind. And so Eric and Rey give chase, with the former displaying little sympathy for the latter’s slowness or general well-being. To be more precise, our »
- William Goss
Australia... it's a vast, beautiful, welcoming country. It's also full to bursting with things that can kill you, if the big screen is to be believed. Inspired by Mia Wasikowska's plucky 1,700-mile trek across the Outback in Tracks, we flag up the traps and tropes she should watch out for.
Exotic wildlife proliferates Down Under, most of it deceptively lethal. Witness the baby stolen by a dingo in horrifying Meryl Streep-starrer A Cry In The Dark (1988). The same – real – tragedy loosely inspired Razorback, a mullet-tastic 1984 horror about a giant marauding pig, directed by Highlander's Russell Mulcahy (mooted tagline: 'There Can Only Be Oink'). The less said about the ballet-dancing were-roos of The Marsupials: The Howling III (1987), the better.
So-called existential westerns are making something of a comeback in recent years, with many of them taking place in the Australian outback. Guy Pearce already appeared in one such drama: 2005′s The Proposition. Now, he’s starring in The Rover, a Cannes-selected film from David Michod, the director of Animal Kingdom. Today, in preparation for the film’s premiere, the first trailer has landed online.
Following the collapse of the western economic system, Australia has become a land of criminals and desperate men, drawn to its mineral resources. Pearce plays loner Eric, a traveler in the Australian outback who loses his car to a gang of criminals. Left behind by the gang is the wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson), whom Eric forces to help him track the gang across desolate land.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s upcoming, star-studded cop drama Triple Nine. If he signs on, he’ll join an extremely impressive cast that boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer.
Named after the police code that’s used when an officer requires “immediate assistance,” the film will follow a corrupt group of cops who plan on carrying out a major heist for the Russian mafia that requires they kill a rookie officer. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and complications ensue.
No word yet on which role Mackie is up for but hopefully it’s a big one. The actor has really proven himself over the last couple of years with strong turns in films like Pain & Gain, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau and of course, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Matt Joseph
Hot off the success of the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective, Woody Harrelson has signed on to join the already impressive cast of John Hillcoat’s upcoming heist thriller, Triple Nine. Shooting will begin this summer, and Open Road has already purchased domestic distribution rights, with plans to give the film a wide release next year.
The script, written by Matt Cook, will follow a group of corrupt cops who are blackmailed by the Russian mafia into executing an impossible heist. The only way for them to pull it off is to produce a “999,” which is police code for “officer down.” Complications ensue when the rookie officer set up to die evades the attack, setting into motion a chain of events fuelled by greed and revenge.
- Jeff Castilla
Just like Tupac, even though Johnny Cash has passed on, new music keeps coming. Later this month, Columbia/Legacy will finally be releasing Out Among The Stars, an album's worth of new cuts by the legendary country singer than he recorded in the '80s, shelved at the time by his label. With the album gearing up to see the light of day again, the folks at the label are putting some effort into it to make sure the music gets its proper due. They've tasked John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "Lawless") to craft a video for "She Used To Love Me A Lot," and he's done a pretty good job. Shot over a month across America, it brings together visuals from the less seen corners of the country, and pairs with a song concerned about the direction the country is going in. Here's what Hillcoat said about the spot in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
[Press Release] New York, March 12, 2014 -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the premiere of the official music video for "She Used To Love Me A Lot," a recently discovered Johnny Cash recording included on the upcoming, unreleased Cash album Out Among The Stars (Columbia/Legacy). Directed by renowned filmmaker John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless), the four-minute video captures the unwavering legacy of Cash, paying homage to one of the most iconic artists of all time. Filmed over the course of a month across the U.S., Hilllcoat's video provides an undaunted look at the themes which inspired Cash throughout his career, and brings the emotive, haunting lyrics of "She Used To Love Me A Lot" to life. "'She Used to Love »
- Pietro Filipponi
Director: Triple Nine
Writer: Matt Cook
U.S. Distributor: Open Road
John Hillcoat’s star is in the process of burning out with the difficult to adapt The Road and the lifeless Lawless (2012) smothering out the brilliance behind The Proposition and bringing out the passive aggressive in us. With a curious ensemble cast in tow, we’re hopeful that this Black List script turns up something that is Rampart-like.
Gist: “Triple Nine” centers on a L.A. heist in which a group of thieves plan to kill a cop (a “Code 999″ in police parlance) to divert authorities from their own crime scene across town.
Release Date: There are plans for a summer shoot with a pegged 2015 release, but I »
- Eric Lavallee
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
The Proposition, The Road, and Lawless director John Hillcoat is setting up a badass cast for his next flick, the crime drama Triple Nine. Joining the already cast 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, and Casey Affleck is the in-demand Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and the soon-to-be Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot. Other stars in the mix for the film include Warm Bodies' Teresa Palmer and rumored Ant-man co-star Michael Peña. Now, that's one »
- Paul Shirey
Director John Hillcoat is pretty excellent when it comes to rugged films about outlaws, with 2012.s Lawless and 2005.s The Proposition as obvious standouts, but his upcoming thriller Triple Nine will turn the good guys into the outlaws, and it.s just gained a giant cast of talented actors that will almost certainly make this the biggest film of his career. The previously cast Chiwetel Ejiofor and Casey Affleck will be joined by Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordon, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Michael Peña, and Gal Gadot. I would take a deep breath after saying all that, but I.m afraid someone else might join the project in the meantime. Triple Nine didn.t just gain a huge cast, either. Deadline reports Open Road Films has preemptively snagged the domestic distribution rights, while Sierra/Affinity will be shopping it around for international buyers at the European Film Market. I. »
I want to be excited about Triple Nine. Really, I do. John Hillcoat’s upcoming cop thriller sounds tremendously promising and the Matt Cook-penned script is most certainly intriguing. The only problem is, Hillcoat’s last star-studded effort was Lawless. Ya, remember that film? Probably not. It starred Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Shia Labeouf and Jessica Chastain and somehow, even despite the strong performances, Hillcoat still managed to deliver a dud of a film.
With Triple Nine, Hillcoat already has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Casey Affleck on board, ensuring that he’s off to a good start in terms of casting. Now, he’s brought Kate Winslet on to play the female lead. Once again, the director has put together an exciting cast, one with a ton of potential. »
- Matt Joseph
With performances in movies such as L.A. Confidential, Memento, and The Proposition, actor Guy Pearce has garnered a number of fans along with critical acclaim. One of his praised performances came in the 2010 Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, and many were intrigued to hear that Pearce’s next film would see him re-team with filmmaker David Michôd. Titled The Rover, Michôd directs from a screenplay based on a story by himself and Joel Edgerton. Pearce is joined onscreen by Robert Pattinson, Nash Edgerton, and Scoot McNairy, and the first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Most music docs chop up concert footage, edit in screaming fans and call it a day. Far too often, it feels like you're watching the exact same film, only recast with different bands. But Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days on Earth, about apocalyptic rock poet Nick Cave, is something very different. The filmmakers and Cave create staged scenarios, in which Cave improvises naturally, that explain his creative process. He's shot driving in a car three times: with tough-guy English actor Ray Winstone in the passenger seat, Australian singer Kylie Minogue in the backseat, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...
It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.
It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.
So with apologies to »
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