9 items from 2015
I am not sure about you, but I have not anticipated a film starring Gérard Depardieu in a long time. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever seeing a trailer for one of Depardieu's films and thinking that I just had to see it. But, when you team up with the director of Bad Lieutenant and Ms. 45, anything is possible. Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York is one of those films that plasters the fact that it is based on a true story all »
- Alex Maidy
Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and will finally be hitting theaters and On Demand on March 27, though not without its share of controversy. IFC picked the film up for domestic distribution, reportedly with a contract from Wild Bunch that ensured it would be rated R upon release. Well, Ferrara wasn't too happy with that, quoted by The Hollywood Reporter saying, "Welcome to New York is not being distributed in the U.S. because of this company, IFC, which I'm totally disgusted wit... They knew from day one when they bought this film that they had the final version and that it wasn't going to becchanged." Well, I can tell you now the film is rated R "for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, a rape and language" and runs 108 minutes, 17 minutes fewer than listed at IMDb and with phrases such as "soft-core porn" being included in some reviews, »
- Brad Brevet
Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.
Dying of the Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact »
- Phil Wheat
An appearance from Nicolas Cage in a good film now seems as common as a unicorn sighting or finding a Freddo that’s still only 10p. Whilst we still await the other two occurrences with great anticipation, Deadline have revealed that Cage will be making a potential comeback, courtesy of the Edward Snowden biopic from Oliver Stone which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Based on Luke Harding’s book ’The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man’ and ‘Time of the Octopus’ by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden will tell the story of the U.S. whistleblower who sought asylum in Russia after leaking classified files from the Nsa to the media in 2013. Levitt is set to star as the titular secret-spiller, whilst Cage is down to play a former U.S. Intelligence official.
The Oscar winning star (yeah, that happened once) is just the recent »
- Nicholas Staniforth
What does it say that we've both put off discussing the new Werner Herzog film? I must admit my profound disappointment at Herzog's first fictional feature film since his two-shot salvo of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have You Done? in 2009 and certainly his most expansive drama for decades. With a cast of James Franco, Robert Pattison, and Damian Lewis led by Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert adapts the true saga of Gertrude Bell, an utterly unique woman who at the turn of the last century plunged into the deserts of the Middle East by herself and become better acquainted and more influential among its myriad tribes and factions than anyone else before and probably since.
Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, »
- Daniel Kasman
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
Exclusive: Shawn Hatosy, who’s set to do a guest arc on Amazon’s February debut series Bosch, has signed with Mgmt Entertainment (née The Schiff Company) for management. The Faculty and Outside Providence thesp earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for his turn on the NBC/TNT police drama Southland and most recently co-starred as a deliciously complex dirty cop on CBS’ short-lived legal drama Reckless. Onstage he earned raves last summer for his turn in Neil Labute’s Reasons To Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse. Hatosy’s credits over two decades of screen acting include Nick Cassavetes’ John Q and Alpha Dog, Wayne Wang’s Anywhere But Here, In & Out, The Cooler, Public Enemies and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He continues to be repped by Paradigm.
- Jen Yamato
Along with seven other films from Jafar Panahi, Benoit Jacquot, Bill Condon and more, Germany's biggest film festival added Werner Herzog's latest to its competition slate this morning. Herzog will attend the Berlin premiere of "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring Nicolas Cage. Now celebrating its 65th. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Five months after a management team led by Lee and Virgo Investment Group LLC partnered to acquire Millennium's 665 catalog titles and its distribution platform from a consortium of investors, they're calling the new company Alchemy. The key going forward for Lee will be rebranding Alchemy so that the expectations generated by the former management team headed by Avi Lerner no longer apply. Lerner is known for a certain kind of low-budget B-movie that plays off fast and does not demand substantial marketing investment--even when a quality film such as "Bernie," "What Maisie Knew," or "Bad Lieutenant" might need some special handling. Other Millennium releases included "Elsa & Fred," "Fading Gigolo" and "Rampart." Up next Alchemy will release director Barry Levinson’s "The Humbling," starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig. Clearly, Lee wants to proceed with new branding for this new »
- Anne Thompson
9 items from 2015
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