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Worldview Entertainment has optioned the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, from writer-director Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). The screenplay was adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized biography of the late starlet. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA, who arranged financing, will be packaging and representing the domestic rights.
“Andrew is an extremely talented writer and director and we are big fans of his work. ‘Blonde’ is a fantastic project and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Dominik is represented by CAA.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes the upcoming drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I was Here;” David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino; and two studio co-financing deals: Academy Award nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, »
- Michelle McCue
The summer season has, over the past few decades, become synonymous with movie blockbuster season, as studios have found the months of May to August to contain the most profitable release dates for big-budget tentpole features, leading to the summer of recent years being filled with superhero films, big budget CGI features, and other tentpole movies that draw in huge crowds. This year is no different, as Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is set to kick off the summer movie season as May rolls around. However, this doesn’t mean non-blockbuster features don’t make their way to theatres during this time, and for those looking for smaller features, there are plenty of viewing options. Here are ten of our most anticipated non-blockbuster features set to be released over the next few months.
Author’s note: All films were selected based on their release date in American theatres. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Jake Abel (The Host) are set to star in Ghosts Of The Pacific, the true story of three WWII Navy flyers cast adrift on the South Pacific in 1942. The feature will be produced by The American Film Company, which specializes in making movies based on true stories from America’s past.
Producer and American Film Co. president Brian Falk will be making his directorial debut recounting the incredible journey of pilot Harold Dixon (Dillahunt), bombardier Tony Pastula (Felton), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Abel) – virtual strangers assigned to a scouting mission on January 16, 1942. When they are forced to ditch their plane, the men are left with no food, water, or supplies; only a 4×8-foot yellow life raft to keep them afloat on a dangerous ocean.
- Michelle McCue
Working for a little over a decade, director Andrew Dominik has become an integral voice in the world of cinema. It was his 2007 film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that really got my attention and made me realize this was a filmmaker to make note of. Last year, Dominik unleashed his latest opus, Killing Them Softly, to critical acclaim. To coincide with the Blu-ray release of the film this week, I was able to have a chat with Dominik about the film and his inspirations.
To me, the whole film, even down to its marketing, was about preconceived notions. It's sold as this big action film, when at its core it is really about economic unrest. It has these known actors that most of which play characters types they aren't normally associated with. It's about criminals but doesn't come close to glamorizing them. Was this »
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: One of the most divisive movies to play at Sundance in ages; a documentary sure to infuriate and enlighten in equal measure; Andrew Dominik's long-awaited follow-up to "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; one of last year's big success stories on the foreign film front; and a period pic starring Elizabeth McGovern sure to appeal to all her "Downton Abbey" fans.1. "The Comedy" There was no film more love-it-or-hate-it at Sundance last year than "The Comedy." Indiewire's Eric Kohn, for one, loves it. In his glowing review from Park City, he wrote: "There's little conventionally funny about 'The Comedy,' but its status as a provocation is a grand joke. Director Rick Alverson ('New Jerusalem') has made a one-of-a-kind portrait of pathologically insecure and over-priviledged hipsters, crafting the finest awkward-bizarre character study since Ronald Bronstein's 'Frownland. »
- Nigel M. Smith
Andrew Dominik follows up his beautifully-shot western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with the sharply-filmed political drama Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt. Killing Them Softly is far from subtle, often presenting its political agenda in an on-the-nose fashion, but that’s precisely why Dominik’s raw and far from glamorous mobster movie hits it out of the park. Killing Them Softly is a cold piece of art that functions on multiple levels at once.
Jackie (Brad Pitt) is the enforcer. When a mob protected card game gets hijacked he gets called in by the higher ups to clean up the mess. Last time a card game got robbed a well-liked man by the name of Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) blabbered out that he had his hand in it and that he and some hired henchmen made off with some good stacks of cash, but »
- Jeremy Lebens
Director E.L. Katz‘s Cheap Thrills was the first movie to get picked up for distribution at this year’s South by Southwest, and it’s also the third movie in a row actor Pat Healy has had at the festival, following Compliance and The Innkeepers. All three movies have featured Healy in a starring role, but, according to Healy, that doesn’t mean he still isn’t crashing on people’s couches to make it to a film festival. Healy has been acting for quite a while now, making small appearances in Payback, The Assassination of Jesse James, to, who could forget, Home Alone 3. Even with a steady stream of working coming his way recently, Healy still struggles, and and that struggle is something Cheap Thrills is very much about. When I sat down with Healy in Austin he was playing with his sweater, which was made by his brother’s clothing company, Toddland »
- Jack Giroux
With author Stephenie Meyer's bodysnatching romp The Host due in cinemas shortly, and the underrated Beautiful Creatures sadly failing to fill the Twi-hard gap, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012, EntertainmentOne, 12) ships up on disc alongside the boxed set The Twilight Saga – The Complete Collection. The last time I defended Bella, Edward and Jacob in these pages, it provoked a barrage of Guardianista messageboard abuse, so let me say that if you're not already on board, there's nothing here for you – just move along. For everyone else, the second part of this final instalment finds safe pair of hands Bill Condon (who provides a commentary track) having more campy fun than he did in Part 1, with Kristen Stewart's long-suffering heroine finally growing a set of vampire teeth and taking command of centre stage.
- Mark Kermode
A fun joke to have told your friends around the time that "Titanic" came out was, "Spoiler alert: The boat hits the iceberg!" I'm sure many, many people used that joke during the mid to late '90s, and all of them reaped the many benefits which followed, from more friends to more respect to a deeper appreciation of themselves as people.
Hell, making that joke even started Barack Obama's political career!
Indeed, not every movie is enjoyed just for its surprise ending. Some movie endings, in fact, are even built right into the title.
Here are nine that ask you to enjoy the journey, not the destination.
"The Shawshank Redemption," (1994)
"The Shawshank Redemption" would have presumably been a much tougher studio sell had the title been "Tim Robbins is Wrongly Convicted of a Crime and Then Dies in Prison After a Few Decades of Friendship with Morgan Freeman, »
- Nick Blake
Not to long ago we posted a pretty cool video titled Top 20 Cinematic Techniques, made by film student Oscar Feiven. Oscar has followed that montage up with a second video, editing together specific scenes from popular movies to showcase a variety of film techniques set in practice. Enjoy!
Soy Cuba (I Am Cuba)
Cinematic Techniques Featured:
Director: Sam Mendes
Running Time: 143 minutes
Extras: Intro, Opening Sequence–The Death of Bond, Title Sequence–Working The Titles, 007–The Return of James Bond, Q–Back to Basics, DB5–Behind the Wheel, Women–The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful, Villains–In the Shadows, Locations–License To Travel, Music–The Sound of Bond, The End Sequence–The Beginning of the End, M–Changes, The Future–New Beginnings, Skyfall Premiere, Commentary by Director Sam Mendes, Commentary by Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and Production, Designer Dennis Gassner, Soundtrack Promotional Spot
In case it had somehow passed you by, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s big screen debut Dr No. Times have moved on a little since Bond was tossing his bowler hat onto a coat stand to Miss Moneypenny’s amazement, »
- Sam Carey
The American Society of Cinematographers recently held its 27th annual awards ceremony, recognizing Roger Deakins' breathtaking work on Sam Mendes. Skyfall as the winner in the Feature Film category. Few are going to complain about Deakins winning a cinematography award. In all honesty, Deakins could be honored for his achievement in this field every time he puts a film out. He has been nominated a staggering 10 times in the category by the Academy, but he has yet to take home an Oscar. This year his work on Skyfall is up for the award, and the Asc Award victory gets should get fans excited that he could break his multi-picture streak of walking home empty handed. If there was justice in this industry (and there isn.t, but stick with me), Deakins would have won the Oscar for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Man »
Coming off a big win at the 27th American Society of Cinematographers ceremony, Roger Deakins has confirmed his next gig as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, which has a talented cast attached to it that boasts names like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Mario Bello, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard.
Responsible for some of the most gorgeous looking films, well, ever, Deakins is a very respected and highly acclaimed cinematographer. He is without a doubt one of the best in the business and any film that he puts his touch on comes out looking spectacular. Despite this, he is still without an Oscar.
That could change this year though as he’s been nominated for Skyfall, but as it stands, one of the industry’s best is still without an Academy Award. That being said, given the fact that he took home the top honor from the Asc this year, »
- Matt Joseph
Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Balazs Bolygo, Hsc; Kramer Morgenthau, Asc; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Deakins won the Asc Award in the feature film competition for Skyfall. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s Hunted and HBO’s Game Of Thrones, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ Great Expectations, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s Wilfred. The Asc Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won Asc Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’T There (2002). His other Asc nominations include Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, »
- email@example.com (Hollywood News Team)
Back in November we asked if "Skyfall" would be the picture that finally nets Roger Deakins an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Nominated nine times ("The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother Where Art Thou," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country For Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader" and "True Grit") Deakins has never actually taken home a statue from the Academy, but that could change for his tenth nomination for "Skyfall." And earning an award from his fellow colleagues over the weekend could potentially boost his chances. Deakins took home the American Society of Cinematographers award Sunday night for "Skyfall," making it his third win for the organization (previously receiving honors for "The Shawshank Redepmtion" and "The Man Who Wasn't There"). But a win »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Andrew Dominik’s political gangster drama Killing Them Softly just might be one of the best shot movies I’ve seen in a long time, possibly even since his last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It’s a major bummer knowing that the film didn’t find an audience during its brief theatrical run, mostly because of trailers that were selling us on the next crime thriller, when the result was a slow-burn drama that took a look at our financial collapse from just a few short years ago.
Critics were equally split, with most recognizing Dominik’s ability to direct and Pitt’s brilliant performance. The deciding factor was the political undertone that laid itself on pretty damn heavy. »
- Jeremy Lebens
Mark your calendars for your chance to pick up Killing Them Softly. A worthwhile effort, and great turn by Brad Pitt (I don’t say that often), this is one that didn’t get enough attention in theaters.
I’m actually curious to see how the special features turn out, and, given the lack of information, what they turn out to be. A Making Of is bound to be of some interest, but I’d love a commentary track here.
If you missed our podcast review of Killing Them Softly, check it out here.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray(Tm) Combo Pack on March 26, 2013
- Marc Eastman
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Brad Pitt (Moneyball) partners with writer-director Andrew Dominik again in thriller movie Killing Them Softly, their second venture after the acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Pitt’s Jackie gets his orders from the Mob’s suit, Driver (Richard Jenkins, Let Me In), who fingers mobster Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta, Something Wild) as a possible suspect. But when others (Scott McNairy of Argo, Ben Mendelsohn of The Dark Knight Rises) come into the picture, Pitt hires alcoholic hit man Mickey (James Gandolfini, Welcome to the Rileys) to help out, as long as his »
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the release of Killing Them Softly, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack March 26, 2013. The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Killing Them Softly’s Srp is $39.99 for the Bd+DVD+DC Combo Pack and $29.98 for the DVD. Pre-book date is February 27, 2013. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called Killing Them Softly, "A juicy, bloody, grimy crime drama that satisfies!" Rolling Stone film critic, Peter Travers wrote, "The acting is aces, especially Pitt mixing it up with the superb James Gandolfini...They make this movie a potently nasty provocation." In his review for The Telegraph, Tim Robey called the film, “An electrifying thriller »
- Pietro Filipponi
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