14 items from 2014
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 »
Exclusive: A week before Sundance, Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road Films is strengthening its film acquisition team by hiring Peter Lawson and giving him the newly created title of executive vice president of Productions and Acquisitions. Lawson is a top-flight acquisitions exec who served stints most recently at The Weinstein Company and before that Miramax. He left to get a taste of production experience in big-sized studio films by joining Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road as production president. After two years, I’m hearing that he has shaken up his career Gps and is taking the exit from Thunder Road onto Open Road. Before he left TWC, Lawson worked on such films as the John Hillcoat-directed Lawless, The Iron Lady, The Company Men, Blue Valentine, The Intouchables and the docus Undefeated, Bully and The Tillman Story. At Miramax, his acquisition deals included The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. Before that at First Look Pictures, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
14 items from 2014
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