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Cheryl Strayed, author and former Dear Sugar advice-giver, wrote a bestseller based on journal entries she kept as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail as a young adult in the '90s. Her Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is deeply felt, harsh in its openness about her past drug use and infidelities, and a loving ode to her mother. When I heard Reese Witherspoon would play Strayed in the cinematic adaptation, I was hesitant to get too excited. Then I saw the trailer and started counting the days til the movie's release. The screening at Austin Film Festival was packed, so I wasn't alone in my eagerness to see Wild.
Author/screenwriter Nick Hornby (About a Boy, An Education) adapted Strayed's original work; in the hands of director Jean-Marc Valee (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), the author's story is told in a type of stream of consciousness. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Friend's former "The Young Victoria" co-star Emily Blunt is in negotiations to join the cast of the project which is described as a road movie about a grifter and a savvy woman who embark on a romantic adventure.
Friend wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Aaron L Gilbert and Margot Hand. Shooting is scheduled to commence in spring 2015 .
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- Garth Franklin
The actress will star alongside the Homeland star, who has written and will produce the project, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Friend will star as Barton, a con man who meets Charlie (Blunt), who he then teaches to become a grifter.
The pair then go on a road trip, pursued by conned newspaper owner Bill, and are later joined by Checco, a 10-year-old Mexican boy.
Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill is due to begin shooting in Spring 2015.
Blunt and Friend previously starred together in 2009's The Young Victoria.
Watch a trailer for The Young Victoria below: »
Friend wrote the script and will produce alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum and Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth are exec producing.
Shooting is set to start in the spring.
The film centers on a grifter who’s stuck in a rut and meets a woman who might change everything. They embark on a road trip adventure of con-artistry, disguise, lies and love while pursued by a Confederate newspaper mogul.
Rupert replaced the late Paul Walker »
- Dave McNary
Rupert Friend also wrote the script, which he is producing alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand. The story follows a downtrodden con-artist who teams up with a woman to show her the tricks of his trade. The woman turns the tables on her teacher, and the two embark on a long road trip, picking up a 10-year old Mexican boy along the way. They soon find themselves pursued by a Confederate newspaper mogul named Bill.
Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
Emily Blunt is in negotiations to co-star in the project, which Fortitude has introduced to international buys at the Afm. CAA packaged the project and represents Us rights.
Friend wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Aaron L Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum and Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth serve as executive producers.
Principal photography is scheduled to commence in spring 2015 on the road movie about a grifter and a savvy woman who embark on a romantic adventure.
Blunt stars in Disney’s December release Into The Woods and her »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
British actor Rupert Friend (Homeland, The Young Victoria), will make his feature debut as a director with Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which he wrote and will also star in. Emily Blunt is in negotiations to co-star in the film, which is set to begin shooting in the Spring of 2015. Friend will play Barton, a con-man who meets Charlie (Blunt), a woman who could change his life, and who he offers to teach the tricks of the grifter trade. The start off on a road trip, pursued by conned newspaper mogul, Bill and are joined
- Scott Roxborough
Because period films often feature elaborate, detailed garments, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the extravagant, 1920s-set "The Great Gatsby." Recent winners have also been set among the European upper-class ("Anna Karenina," "Marie Antoinette," "The Duchess," "The Young Victoria") as well as Hollywood elite ("The Aviator," "The Artist"). -Break- Predict Best Cinematography Oscar: Overdue honor for Roger Deakins ('Unbroken')? A pair of fantasy films have also won in recent years: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Alice in Wonderland." Some of this year's possible fantasy contenders include "Maleficent" (by two-time Oscar-winner Anna B. Sheppard), the sci-fi actioner "Guardians of the Galaxy" (past Oscar-champ Alexandra Byrne), and "The Hobbit: The ..."' »
A story about an ordinary woman assimilating into crème de la crème royal society in 17th century Paris and falling in love above her station brims with potential, which makes our disappointment with Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos” that much more harsh. Romantic period dramas may no longer prompt audiences to stampede to the theater, but one need only turn to “Downton Abbey,” or the understated “The Young Victoria” to see that the genre doesn’t necessarily have to be somnolent. Then again, there are those that can put you to sleep quicker than you can say Nyquil, despite some good-looking costumes and loquacious language. It’s 1682, and the gardens of Versailles need to be developed to appease his royal Highness, King Louis Xiv (Rickman), who desires to make Versailles and France reach heavenly heights of splendor. Famous architect La Norte (Matthias Schoenaerts) is commissioned for the job, and »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Toronto — Julianne Moore has already had quite a year. In May, she surprised many by taking the Best Actress honor at the Cannes Film Festival for David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars.” On Monday night, “Still Alice” premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it may feature one of the finest performances of her already illustrious career. If you were to read a short synopsis of “Alice,” an adaptation of Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, you might be slightly concerned. The film introduces us to Alice Howland, a Columbia University professor in linguistics who has balanced a successful career with a happy marriage and three grown children. She’s just turned 50, but notices that she’s starting to forget things. Specific words are dropping out of her mind. She’ll be in the middle of a lecture and forget a phrase or subject matter. Eventually she goes to a neurologist »
- Gregory Ellwood
Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee has only made half a dozen films, but they demonstrate extraordinary range. Many directors specialize in one genre, but Vallee has plunged into wildly disparate arenas. He went from a coming-of-age story called C.R.A.Z.Y to a lush historical epic, The Young Victoria. Last year’s Oscar-winning film, Dallas Buyers Club, explored a little-known part of the history of the AIDS epidemic. Now in Wild, based on a best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Vallee has crafted a vivid wilderness adventure film that is also a powerful story of
- Stephen Farber
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. Emily Blunt (Looper, The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother. James Corden (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin »
To celebrate the upcoming home entertainment release of the brutal and brilliant film Starred Up, we’ve teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer 10 lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive screening of the film along with a Q&A with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser, hosted by Empire’s very own Damon Wise on Monday 4th August evening in Central London.
Starred Up which is out now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD on 4th August is the story of Eric (Jack O’Connell: This is England, Harry Brown, Eden Lake) – a teenager whose violent behaviour in a young persons’ borstal results in being ‘starred up’ to an adult prison where his father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn: The Place Beyond the Pines, The Dark Knight Rises), is also an inmate. Caged amongst the older, more violent prisoners, Eric, disaffected and disengaged, »
- Dan Bullock
After his Dallas Buyers Club became one of the most critically lauded movies of 2o13, landing six Oscar nominations and winning two (for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances), Jean-Marc Vallee quickly proved himself to be one of the most promising directors working today, and he looks set to return to the Oscar stage next year with Wild, a Reese Witherspoon-powered awards contender. How do you follow up two projects as impressive and intriguing as those? In Vallee’s case, he’s sticking to his guns with Demolition, a story of individuals struggling against seemingly insurmountable obstacles both internal and external.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as “a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction.”
- Isaac Feldberg
Demonic possession movie number 36,149 is getting ready to compel you into watching it! Read on for the first artwork and word on the upcoming flick Forbidden Girl! Look for it on DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
From the Press Release
A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in The Forbidden Girl, possessing DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
Toby (Peter Gadiot; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen) who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion.
When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house. »
- Steve Barton
Happy Trails. Fox Searchlight has debuted a lovely trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, a drama adapted from Cheryl Strayed's book of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman who takes a 1,100-mile solo hike as a way to recover from a loss and rekindle her own life. I had a feeling this might be kind of like Reese Witherspoon's 127 Hours, an adventure about one woman who endures the challenges of mother nature, and learns lots of life lessons along the way. This has somewhat of that feel, but goes to a few different places, thanks to tender filmmaking from Jean-Marc Vallée, who last made Dallas Buyers Club. Here's the first official trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, in high def on Apple (via YouTube): Wild is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), written by Nick Hornby (An Education, About a Boy, »
- Alex Billington
Last fall, we got an early first look at Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling novel of the same name. The film hails from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, and it sounds like we might be getting a trailer soon, because the first poster has just been unveiled. It's a simple teaser that looks like it could be something akin to Cast Away or 127 Hours as Witherspoon plays a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself in an effort to leave her self-destructive life and depression behind her. It's a likely Oscar contender. Look below! Here's the first poster for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild from Imp Awards: Wild is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), written by Nick Hornby (An Education, About a Boy, High Fidelity) and »
- Ethan Anderton
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
new to Prime
Death Proof: Kurt Russell, in a genius bit of casting, is serial killer Stuntman Mike, in Quentin Tarantino’s wickedly funny and smartly teasing grindhouse pastiche [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Downfall: audacious German film about Hitler’s final days, and source of the gone-viral clip in which the insane leader raves to his subordinates [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Get Smart: cheerfully goofy, surprisingly James Bond-ishly exciting, but not so good »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He premiered a pair of films at Tiff this past September, of course his latest film Enemy works in twos, and a rarity in the film news cycle, two lead actresses (Amy Adams with Story Of Your Life) are now attached to his next next two film projects. Variety reports that Emily Blunt (who worked with Quebecois confrère Jean-Marc Vallee on The Young Victoria) is the first person to potentially star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Production is set to begin this summer.
Gist: Written by Taylor Sheridan, this focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped »
- Eric Lavallee
Agent 47 has revealed its first on-set look.
Rupert Friend can be seen in the photograph posted by IGN.
Friend has also featured in Pride & Prejudice and The Young Victoria.
Agent 47 is currently filming in Europe. »
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