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If you've seen writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's work before — the handful of films and half-dozen one-acts and plays he's penned to date — you understand why he's racked up numerous theater awards, Oscar nods and a Pulitzer nomination. And if you're lucky enough to meet Lonergan, you'll understand where that singular voice comes from. Sitting in a crowded Sundance Film Festival lodge off of Main Street, the shaggy, bespectacled 53-year-old director of You Can Count on Me and Margaret acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character.acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character. »
With his unassuming, quietly affecting films leaving such a distinctly indelible impact long after the credits roll, we may only have three films from Kenneth Lonergan across sixteen years, but they provide a lifetime’s worth of human experience. His latest, Manchester By the Sea, finds him in the quaint northeastern Massachusetts town as he immaculately constructs a layered, non-linear exploration of the ripple effects of loss and grief.
Appearing in nearly every scene of the drama is Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, living out his lonely life in Boston working as a handyman for a group of four apartment buildings. A phone call from his hometown informs him that his brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) long-diagnosed congestive heart failure finally caught up with him. Passing away before Lee makes it home, he must now deal with the aftermath of his brother’s death and the ocean of grief that it brings, »
- Jordan Raup
Deadline is reporting that Sam Raimi has entered talks with Sony with regards to directing the studio’s planned remake of the 2010 French crime drama A Prophet, which has been written by author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island).
A Prophet was directed by Jacques Audiard and tells the story of a petty criminal who is sent to prison and rises through the inmate hierarchy to become a mafia kingpin. The critically-acclaimed film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and nine Cesar Awards.
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures is moving forward with its remake of the 2010 French drama A Prophet, with the studio finally finding a director, more than two years after screenwriter Dennis Lehane came aboard to write the script. Deadline reports that Sam Raimi is in early negotiations to direct the remake. Sony is producing the remake alongside Neal H. Moritz's Original Film company.
Sony Pictures obtained the remake rights back in June 2013 to the original film. The story centers on Tahar Rahim's character, an Arab man sent to a French prison, where he becomes a mafia leader. Director Jacques Audiard's drama won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010. Talks with Sam Raimi are said to be in early stages, but the negotiations look promising. Here's what Neal H. Moritz had to say about the remake back in »
While Ben Affleck’s acting career stretches back more than two decades, in recent years he’s become well known for his directorial projects. So far these movies include Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo, all of which earned positive receptions. Now that he’s jumping back into the superhero game later this year as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it begs the question: does Affleck want to helm a superhero movie? According to him, he’s interested in the challenge. When asked whether one of the reasons he decided to play Gotham City’s Dark Knight was so he could one day tell his own story in the DC Extended Universe, Affleck admitted to USA Today that he was amazed by what director Zack Snyder was able to accomplish. As he put it: I’ll just say »
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new photos from their upcoming lineup of films hitting cinemas in 2016.
Above is Tom Hanks with director/producer Clint Eastwood on the set of the upcoming film Sully. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the »
- Michelle McCue
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