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Manis Film announced that production started on Big Sky, the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau (the original We Are What We Are). The film will star Bella Thorne (upcoming The Familymoon with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The Closer; The Possession; upcoming films Kill Your Darlings and Reach Me), Frank Grillo (The Grey; End of Watch; Zero Dark Thirty; upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables; Howl; USA's Graceland). Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here's what producer Randy Manis had to say about the production.
"Big Sky is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril. We are very »
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What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.
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Why We're In: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
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- Erin Whitney
Many writers say they prefer not to start the writing process with a theme in mind – they simply let it emerge organically from their plot or characters. But then, plenty of films have gone the other way. The multi-strand, interconnected drama revolving around a particular subject or theme, like Steven Soderbergh’s take on the war on drugs in “Traffic,” or Paul Thomas Anderson’s examination of coincidence and happenstance in “Magnolia,” have proved particularly popular in recent years. And given that they garlanded financial and critical success, it makes sense that others have set out to follow in their footsteps. The latest is “Disconnect,” which marks the fiction feature debut not only of screenwriter Andrew Stern, but also director Henry Alex Rubin, who won acclaim seven years ago for his Oscar-winning documentary “Murderball.” Telling the story of a group of interlinked people who all find their lives upended by the internet, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
If you've heard anything about "Disconnect," the new feature by "Murderball" director Henry Alex Rubin, it's probably one of two things: it offers a cautionary look at our modern methods of communication (or lack thereof) and it features the first on-screen acting performance by fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Turns out, however, that Jacobs wasn't Rubin's first choice to play Harvey, the skeevy proprietor of an online-sex-show emporium who recruits teenagers to strip on camera. The director had cast his friend Simon Hammerstein, grandson of Oscar and owner of The Box nightclub in Manhattan, but Hammerstein's wife balked after reading the script. With just two weeks left before shooting began, Rubin thought of Jacobs. "I'd made a seven-minute short film years ago where he'd made a cameo," Rubin said. "I remembered that he'd had good comic timing. And the truth is, if you have good comic timing, it usually means you have instincts, »
- Michael Hogan
Taking the route of intersecting storylines, ensemble drama Disconnect explores the world of modern technology and how it connects us – or as the title suggests, how it disconnects us.
The movie is busting at the seams with hot actors including Max Thieriot, Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Skarsgard. There's a story about cyberbullying, a story about identity theft and, finally, a story about a sex cam performer who is befriended by a reporter for an exposé. Enter actor Max Thieriot (pronounced Terry-ot). He plays the aforementioned sex cam performer – but before you get excited at the potential eroticism, his portion of the movie is quite emotionally intense and heavy.Turns out the seedy underbelly of the sex cam world isn't such a turn on/
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It's easy to scoff at the concept behind Disconnect. Oh yeah, we're becoming a bunch of online zombies. Cell phones are ruining the world. Our identities will be stolen on the Internet. Sex chat rooms, blah, blah, blah... I hear yah! In one ear, out the other. You're not telling me anything I don't already know... Now, where do I input my social security number and you're telling me you need my credit card number and security code to finalize this purchase? Well, here yah go! Yes, identities are stolen over the Internet. Yes, porn and sex cams exist. Yes, people are taken advantage of and school kids can be cruel. All of this is true... So why would a film about it make us roll our eyes? The reason I was a skeptic walking into Disconnect wasn't necessarily the subject matter, but the fact it looked like Crash with cellphones. »
- Brad Brevet
At a time when so many movies offer nothing but escape, it’s refreshing to encounter one that has something to say about modern society, and a great cast to bring it to life. Written by Andrew Stern and directed by documentary filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), Disconnect takes a sobering look at the wide-ranging impact that social media and interconnectivity is having on our everyday lives. That it manages to do so without ever becoming preachy is no small achievement. In one story thread, Jason Bateman and Hope Davis’s teenage son, a loner who seeks refuge in his bedroom composing music, falls victim to a cruel prank. Two fellow students are sending him provocative...
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- Leonard Maltin
The narrative feature debut of Murderball director Henry-Alex Rubin, Disconnect opens in a limited release this Friday and paints an eerie portrait of a modern world wherein the very technology designed to keep us in touch threatens to tear individual lives apart. Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo and Haley Ramm, Disconnect offers interweaving stories that all tie to the same theme: A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. »
Los Angeles -- It's a given at multiplexes these days that despite switch-off-your-cell-phone announcements and the occasional grumbling protest, whatever's onscreen will have to compete with tiny pockets of light from audience members unable to stay off their handhelds. Watching those glow patches come and go during "Disconnect" reinforces the film's position on how desensitized we've become to these technological intrusions. Not that Henry-Alex Rubin's schematic multi-strand drama is at all shy about articulating its themes.
Directing his first narrative feature, documentary-maker Rubin ("Murderball") has assembled a solid cast and weaves together the three interconnected stories of Andrew Stern's original screenplay with elegance and efficiency. But this is a film that voices its warning about the hazards of a wired existence with solemn self-importance. It's also quite late in the day to be pointing out that we're so plugged into our devices we often fail to see or »
Are you frustrated waiting for the return of some of your favorite shows? Would “Arrested Development” and/or “True Blood” be one or both of them? Do you really miss good guy Michael Bluth and/or Viking vampire Eric Northman? Whether you’ve answered any of the above or not, we’ve got the contest giveaway for you.This upcoming week, “Disconnect” will be released and we’re celebrating by giving away a prize pack with cast-signed poster and soundtrack, along with runner up prizes of just the soundtrack. Starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard of the aforementioned shows, with Paula Patton, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot and fashion icon Marc Jacobs rounding out the ensemble, it marks the fiction feature debut of documentary director Henry Alex Rubin (“Murderball”) and screenwriter Andrew Stern. With multiple intertwining plots, the film examines a group of people who all find their lives unraveled by the. »
- Diana Drumm
Ld Entertainment explores our privacy (or lack thereof) in the Digital Age with the new cyber thriller Disconnect, directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball). Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot lead an ensemble cast in this film that tells several inter-connected stories about how various aspects of our lives can be viewed by practically anyone online. Fans who sign up for our new giveaway can win a poster signed by stars Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot, plus a CD soundtrack. Continue reading to find out how you can win big from this timely new film, which hits theaters nationwide April 12.
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A sprawling tale set against the backdrop of bits and bytes, filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin -- the Oscar-nominated director of the documentary "Murderball" -- tackles the internet age in his first feature in seven years, "Disconnect." It heads to theaters this weekend and a new clip from the movie has dropped online. Rounding up a pretty nice ensemble -- Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Thieriot and fashion designer Marc Jacobs (for real!)-- the film dives right into dangers of the digital era with multiple storylines that linger and overlap; ranging in subject matter from identity thief, illicit sexual encounters, bullying and more. In the clip below, we see one very young man getting in involved in something something both sexual and shady, and again, yes, that's Marc Jacobs getting his creep on. Featuring a score by Max Richter, the movie arrives on April 12th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Documentary filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) makes his transition to feature films with Disconnect, a cautionary thriller with intersecting stories of different experiences of online horror stories from identity theft, cyber bulling, and porn.
Ironically, one of the stories involves two punk kids pranking a loner by pretending to be a girl interested in his music. Given the whole Manti Te’o recent scandal, this plotline will resonate with many.
Disconnect is another entry in the recent spate of films making social commentary on the evolving technology which is changing human relationships for the worse.
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"You're the one that exploits people."
Technology has become so pervasive in our day-to-day lives, it's a surprise that there aren't more movies like the upcoming drama Disconnect, directed by the Academy Award–nominated Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball). Centering on "a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world," the movie stars Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) as a father who spends more time with his phone than his son, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol) as a couple whose online secrecy gets them in trouble, Andrea Riseborough (the upcoming Oblivion) as a journalist investigating a teenager working on an adults-only site, and Frank Grillo (The Grey) as a widowed ex-cop whose son is a cyber-bully. The resulting first trailer is a sobering pastiche of the world we live in, albeit of fairly well-known online dangers, and is anchored by strong performances by the cast. »
- Ryan Gowland
The latest trailer for Henry-Alex Rubin's dramatic thriller "Disconnect" is an intense two-and-a-half minute glimpse into the chaos of the film's various stories, all intertwined by the consequences of technology. Slated for an April 12 release, the film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Nyqvist, among others. The first fiction feature from Oscar-nominated director Rubin ("Murderball"), "Disconnect" is a commentary on the struggle and desire to constantly stay connected through technology. Bateman plays a hard-working lawyer who is always distracted from his family by business calls while his teenage son gets cyber-bullied; Skarsgård is in a relationship that gets exposed online; a journalist gets involved with a teen on an adult website; and more drama ensues as the typing, texting and video chatting continue. Check out the trailer below: »
- Erin Whitney
Disconnect takes on the theme of social media and modern technology’s inability to truly connect members of society on a human level. As the trailer above showcases, the film tackles its layered-subject with numerous interweaving storylines, with each one seemingly demonstrating a separate pitfall of our social media generation and (over)reliance on technology.
The film is brought to us by Oscar nominee Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), who is making his fiction feature debut. It features a diverse but very talented ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Hope Davis (American Splendor), Frank Grillo (The Grey), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo).
Here’s a look at the film’s official poster:
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- Daniel Johnson
Jason Batemen is mostly known for his comedic roles in films like Horrible Bosses, The Switch, and The Change-Up. But this trailer for his new film Disconnect shows us a different, more dramatic side of Bateman that we don't really see that much of.
The movie is a suspense thriller, and it comes from Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin. It actually looks like a pretty good movie. There's several storylines that intertwine with each other that deal with privacy and sexual situations, it looks pretty intense. The movie also stars Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max Thieriot. Here's the synopsis:
The story follows a hard-working lawyer, who attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise »
- Joey Paur
Ld Entertainment has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming "Disconnect" thriller, starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, and Colin Ford. Check it out below. Plot: A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. The new movie is directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) and is set to hit theaters April 12th. Trailer: »
It's a fact of modern existence: The more you do online, the more you unwittingly reveal the details of your life to pretty much anybody who really wants to know. Everything you do leaves a digital trail and there's no telling who might be watching.
And just wait until they see you checking out the new trailer for the upcoming indie drama "Disconnect."
An ensemble piece that weaves together three vaguely interconnected storylines (think "Traffic," only with more internet and less drugs), "Disconnect" takes a look at how what we do online can and sometimes does come back to haunt us. Jason Bateman plays the father of a bullied teen who gets Catfished online, Manti T'eo style, while Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton play a couple whose secret online lives end up nearly destroying their relationship.
- Scott Harris
Tomorrow is the National Day of Unplugging, but after you watch the new trailer for Disconnect, you might yank the cord before midnight. The feature debut from documentary director Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), Disconnect feels like a cyber version of Crash, in which Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, and several others are predator and prey in various internet scams that lead to real-world disaster. A high-school kid gets catfished Manti Te’o'd on Facebook, a reporter gets too close to her online-sex-selling subject, and a couple loses all their savings when their online identity is stolen.
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- Jeff Labrecque
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