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You may remember earlier this year seeing a rather rail-thin Jake Gyllenhaal at red carpets and other public appearances. You may also remember reports that the actor had gone to the hospital because he had badly cut his hand with glass after punching a mirror. No, this wasn’t the sign of Hollywood excess or a troubled actor in a downward spiral— it was all for a role in a new movie. Titled “Nightcrawler,” the crime thriller is the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, the writer of “Freejack” and “Chasers,” the co-writer of "The Bourne Legacy" and brother of Tony Gilroy (the screenwriter behind the ‘Bourne’ series, “Michael Clayton” among many others). “Nightcrawler” is about an out of work man (Gyllenhaal) who man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. A new viral clip has emerged and it hints at the desperation in unemployment that »
- Edward Davis
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.
The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.
The black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Tilda Swinton is known for her unique appearance and eccentric roles, but that only scratches the surface of this international star.
Swinton began her career in creative, arthouse flicks before slowly transitioning to more mainstream roles, though don't pigeon-hole her as merely an actress; she's inspired designers and appeared in performance art around the globe. This summer, she's back on the big screen (and nearly unrecognizable) in the critically acclaimed "Snowpiercer."
2. Her paternal ancestry is Anglo-Scot and can be traced back a thousand years, to the Middle Ages. A Thousand Years. I can't even process that...
3. Clan Swinton is of Saxon origin and descended from the nobles of the kingdom of Northumberland, »
- Jonny Black
A few months after he played Captain America for the second time in The Avengers, and a few months before he’d play Captain America for the third time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans went to Prague in the spring of 2012 to film Snowpiercer (rated R, out now). For Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean phenom shooting his first English-language feature, this presented a supersize challenge. You see, Evans’ character, who leads a ragtag, rag-wearing lower-class community in a full-blown revolt against their decadent overseers, is supposed to be malnourished. “The only difficult aspect of shooting Chris was hiding all his muscle mass, »
- Darren Franich
The trio of stars is joining the cast of Joel and Ethan Coen's "Hail, Caesar!," according to The Hollywood Reporter. They'll appear alongside George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the period comedy about a studio fixer in 1950s Hollywood.
Tatum will play a dashing Gene Kelly-esque movie star, with Fiennes as a studio director. Swinton will embody an ambitious Hollywood gossip columnist.
This is Tatum and Fiennes's first movie with the filmmaking brothers, while Swinton reteams with them after "Burn After Reading." This is also a reunion with Swinton's "Michael Clayton" costar Clooney.
The Coens seem to be aiming for a more comedic film than their last, the moody folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis," and we hope this ends up being somewhere along the lines of the sharp and cynical "Barton Fink. »
- Kelly Woo
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that the feature film Selma will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B, the producers of the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave, and Cloud Eight Films' Academy Award-winning Christian Colson (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire).
Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey joins the film's cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, »
Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced today that "Selma," a historical drama focusing on the iconic Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in advocation for voting rights, will have an awards qualifying limited run on Christmas Day before going wide on January 9, 2015. The release date is hardly a surprise given the historical subject matter and the prestigious, star-studded cast, which includes David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") as Lyndon Johnson, Carmen Ejogo ("Alex Cross") as Coretta Scott King, and Tim Roth ("Lie to Me") as George Wallace. It was also announced that Oprah Winfrey, already a producer on the film, will be joining the cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff. Directed by Ava DuVernay, who broke onto the scene. »
- Zack Sharf
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
It was also announced that Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to »
- Michelle McCue
Described by its headlining star Robert Downey Jr as ‘the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make,’ The Judge revolves around a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
Downey plays said lawyer and screen veteran Robert Duvall assumes the role of the father.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” starring Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Tropic Thunder,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films, the “Iron Man” franchise), Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) and Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”). The film is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the »
- Paul Heath
They’re not the type to tackle you in the snow and rip your throat out. No, the two main vampires in director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive are a far cry from the vicious fanged pack of 30 Days of Night. Sure, they still drink blood, but they don’t take it from unwilling innocents. You can see these eternal blood sippers ponder life and each other on Blu-ray and DVD before summer’s end.
Slated for an August 19th home media release, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. The Blu-ray / DVD release comes with a few bonus features for fans to savor, as well as cover art that depicts the two lead actors kicking back like mellow vamps:
Culver City, Calif. (June 16, 2014) – “Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from Director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray™, DVD and DigitalHD Aug. »
- Derek Anderson
If you're anything like me, you've been wondering when you're going to be able to see Jim Jarmusch's vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive (review), which has to date only been given a limited theatrical release. That all changes this August, when the bloodsuckers come home. Read on for release details!
From the Press Release
Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film is the apotheosis of American independent film and underground music, full of Jarmusch’s laconic sense of humor. Only Lovers Left Alive stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, 2008, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) alongside co-stars Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and John Hurt (Harry Potter).
Set against »
- John Squires
The Tom Cruise movie that immediately came to mind in the opening scenes of Edge of Tomorrow, the entertaining Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers movie that opened Friday, wasn’t one of his previous science-fiction blockbusters. It was A Few Good Men.
In the new film, directed by Doug Liman, Cruise plays Major William Cage, a charming, TV-ready spokesperson for the global military who’s successfully recruited millions of volunteers for the war against invading aliens. But he’s hardly a soldier — he coasted through Rotc and then ran an advertising agency — and the commander in charge (Brendan Gleeson) of »
- Jeff Labrecque
Watching Belle, the refreshingly atypical costume drama released nationwide this weekend, I was reminded of a quote from a book I finished recently. In Jill Lepore's biography of Jane Franklin (Ben's sister), she writes: "History is what is written and can be found; what isn't saved is lost, sunken and rotted, eaten by the earth." [Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin]
If Misan Sagay hadn't seen this portrait in a Scottish castle, we may never have learned about the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Based on the limited facts the screenwriter was able to find in her research -- given that Dido was a female in the 18th Century, there's unfortunately not a large amount known about her -- Sagay crafted a tale about this real woman, illegitimately born of a black woman and a white admiral, who was raised by the Murray family.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (Four Nights in Knaresborough). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (World War Z, 12 Years a Slave), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), and Oprah Winfrey (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Beloved) through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.
"This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today. This talented group of filmmakers, led by Brad Pitt »
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle Of Nowhere.”) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“World War Z,” “12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Beloved”) through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.
“This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today. This talented group of filmmakers, led by »
- Kellvin Chavez
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle Of Nowhere.) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”).
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“World War Z,” “12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Beloved”) through her Harpo Films.
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Paramount is handling the film’s domestic distribution, »
- Michelle McCue
As well as penning the screenplay, Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) stars as Oscar Wilde. He is joined in the cast by Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), Emily Watson (“Breaking the Waves”) and Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”). Dancy will play Robbie Ross, Wilde’s best friend and the focus of the poet’s unrequited love.
BBC Films comes on board the Euros 10 million ($13.7 million) pic as co-producer and broadcasting partner, while Lionsgate U.K. has committed as co-producer and U.K. distributor. Completing the roster of co-producers are Colin Firth and Ged Doherty with their new company Raindog Films. Concorde
Filmverleih is the distributor in Germany. Beta Cinema is handling world sales.
With the addition of Euros 1.15 million ($1.57 million) of »
- Leo Barraclough
Sometimes Tom McCarthy acts in big-budget productions — you’ve seen him in Michael Clayton and 2012. Other times Tom McCarthy writes and directs indie darlings, like The Station Agent and Win Win. Most recently he penned Million Dollar Arm, the true story of J.B. Bernstein (played by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm), an American sports agent who developed a reality show in India to recruit new baseball talent. Tom spoke with Vulture about a career that “doesn’t make sense,” working with Jon Hamm on Million Dollar Arm, and how he knew Peter Dinklage was the “coolest guy on the planet” before anyone else.By the time you made The Station Agent, you had been acting for about ten years. What finally took you to the writer/director realm? Was it something you always wanted to do or was it something that blossomed over time?I think that would go »
- Bobby Finger
Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman began a new age of covert agent movies with 2002′s The Bourne Identity. In the wake of the increasingly-silly Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond films, Liman’s initial go at the character – created by novelist Robert Ludlum – starred Matt Damon as an amnesiac special operative, who exploree his unexpected skill-set while attempting to regain his life and identity. Damon went on to headline two blockbuster sequels – Supremacy and Ultimatum - both directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), which eschewed Identity‘s sense of heightened reality for a “gritty” and “grounded” tone augmented by Greengrass’ patented shaky-cam.
All three installments were written by Michael Clayton writer-director Tony Gilroy, who stepped in to helm the Damon-less sequel/reboot/spinoff The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner as a genetically-enhanced renegade super spy ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
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