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‘Age of Adaline’ Director Lee Toland Krieger Set for Blackfriars Massacre Movie

‘Age of Adaline’ Director Lee Toland Krieger Set for Blackfriars Massacre Movie
Lakeshore Entertainment has hired “The Age of Adaline” director Lee Toland Krieger for “Blackfriars,” a comedy about the 1978 massacre in Boston that left five dead.

Producers are Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, along with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis from Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. No cast is currently in place.

Blackfriars,” written by Chris Bremner, made the 2015 Blacklist. It centers on the true story of a Boston police officer and a con man-turned-witness, who become unlikely friends hiding out in Bermuda, ultimately perpetrating a con on the Boston Da they were tasked to serve.

The massacre, believed to be over cocaine, claimed four criminals and former television investigative news reporter John Kelly. The shooters who carried out the murders have never been caught.

The Age of Adaline” starred Blake Lively as a woman who stopped ageing after an accident at the age of 29. Lakeshore produced “Adaline,” which grossed $65 million worldwide.
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Watch: 3 Clips, New Photos, And First Reviews Arrive For 'The Divergent Series: Allegiant'

Well, the first verdict is in on "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" from the Hollywood trades, and the waning Ya franchise is going out with all the excitement of a deflating balloon. Variety has called it "downright ridiculous," THR says it "won’t convert any nonbelievers," while The Wrap notes that the sequel "brings back the same cast of characters to do more or less exactly what they did in the previous films." Basically, if you're not already a fan, this won't covert you. Read More: Watch: Final Trailer For 'The Divergent Series: Allegiant' Tears Down The Walls Nonetheless, perhaps for the sake of completion and the packaging of future boxsets, Summit is pressing ahead with "The Divergent Series: Ascendant," tasking Lee Toland Krieger ("Age Of Adaline," "The Vicious Kind," "Celeste & Jesse Forever") to take over from Robert Schwentke, who had planned to direct, but recently exited following...
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‘Divergent: Ascendant’ Lands New Director

‘Divergent: Ascendant’ Lands New Director
Following director Robert Schwentke's exit from “The Divergent Series: Ascendant,”, Lionsgate has tapped “Age of Adaline” helmer Lee Toland Krieger as its new director.

By acting quickly, production is still on track to start this spring in order to meet next year’s June 9 release date. Sources say Schwentke’s departure involved the helmer needed a break and did involve any pre-production troubles between him and the studio.

The third film in the Woodley franchise, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is scheduled to open on March 18. The first two films — “Divergent” and “Insurgent” — have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide after opening in the late March slot.

The pic stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James and Naomi Watts with Red Wagon Entertainment’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher producing.

Krieger wrote and directed “The Vicious Kind”, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and earned him numerous accolades including the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the
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Blake Lively Joins Woody Allen's Next Movie With Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart

Blake Lively, favorite of auteur directors? Don't laugh, because the "Gossip Girl" star has found her way onto the sets of some interesting filmmakers. Granted, "Savages" was awful, but it was directed Oliver Stone. She made those Gucci spots with Nicolas Winding Refn, soon she'll be teaming with Marc Forster on "All I See Is You," and her latest "Age Of Adaline" was helmed by rising indie filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind," "Celeste & Jesse Forever"). So perhaps the leap to Woody Allen isn't so drastic as you might think. Yep, the actress is joining the prolific filmmaker's next movie that already has Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Bruce Willis attached. Naturally, there are no plot details, but it will probably concern some kind of existential crisis, romance, and be either a drama or comedy. Production will begin this summer, you'll probably see it in 2016, and Sony Pictures Classics will.
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Lee Toland Krieger Talks Deleted Scenes, Harrison Ford’s Voice & Schmaltz in The Age Of Adaline

The Age of Adaline walks the fine line between affecting and schmaltz. It never tips over into eye-rolling melodrama – and that can all be accredited to filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind, Celeste and Jesse are Forever). There’s a determined quality to the shot selection, an almost arm’s length remove to the emotional beats of the picture that lends itself to combating its more saccharine impulses. Adaline, for the most part, is a completely internal film. The film’s central conflict lies on the decision of whether immortal Adaline (Blake Lively) should allow herself to fall in love with a mortal (Michiel Huisman), knowing full-well what the ravages of time will do to him and not to her. Through a well-deployed omniscient narrator and cleverly intermingled flashbacks, Krieger is able to visually & verbally explain the struggles that occur within his lead’s mind. It’s a nifty
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Film Review: ‘The Age of Adaline’

Film Review: ‘The Age of Adaline’
Daisy Miller meets Dorian Gray — or perhaps “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” meets Nicholas Sparks — in “The Age of Adaline,” a sensitively directed slab of romantic hokum that wrings an impressive amount of emotional conviction from a thoroughly ludicrous premise. A dab hand at invigorating conventional material with storytelling smarts and strong performances (“Celeste & Jesse Forever,” “The Vicious Kind”), helmer Lee Toland Krieger elicits a moving central turn from Blake Lively as a woman for whom eternal youth turns out to be a decidedly mixed blessing — one that plays out in ways both poignant and preposterous, sometimes simultaneously, over the course of her 100-plus years on Earth. Viewers seeking a pleasant alternative to the early-summer blockbuster barrage could do far worse than this genial high-concept romance, a likely modest theatrical performer for Lionsgate whose commercial stature should only improve with age.

The sort of time-skipping, tear-milking supernatural romance that
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‘Age of Adaline’ Premiere: Blake Lively Likes to Bake on Friday Nights

‘Age of Adaline’ Premiere: Blake Lively Likes to Bake on Friday Nights
The Age of Adaline,” a drama about an immortal woman which premiered at New York’s Loews Lincoln Square on Sunday night, marks Blake Lively’s first bigscreen role since 2012’s “Savages.”

The star of “Gossip Girl” explained why she’s been selective when it comes to her career. “I look for a movie that I can’t not do,” says Lively, was in the running for “Silver Linings Playbook” but lost the part to Jennifer Lawrence (and later gave birth in December 2014). “There are plenty of movies that you read and think, ‘I could kind of see doing this.’ But there are few movies that you read and think, ‘I can’t not be in this film.’”

Director Lee Toland Krieger said he first read the script for “Adaline” six or seven years ago, when he had one feature (“The Vicious Kind”) under his belt. At the time, the
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Directors: Joe Swanberg Finds A 'Work Wife,' Ava DuVernay Is 'For Justice' And More

Joe Swanberg is continuing his ascension from making movies with friends, to making movies with celebrities, and now making movies with a major studio. The filmmaker has signed up to helm "Work Wife" for New Line. Rob McKittrick (“Waiting…”) wrote the latest draft of the script that "follows a pair of thirty-something lawyers who attempt to find out if they really can date a co-worker." No word yet on when it will shoot. [The Wrap] Lee Toland Krieger is another movie maker shifting gears. He's done drama ("The Vicious Kind"), romantic comedy ("Celeste And Jesse Forever"), romantic fantasy (the forthcoming "Age Of Adaline"), and now he's going into action-thriller mode with "Vanish Man." It will follow "a man who helps people escape their troubled lives by staging elaborate deaths and creating new identities. He finds himself enlisted by the FBI to track down the one client that was not supposed to disappear.
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Watch: Blake Lively Doesn't Get Older In New Trailer For 'Age Of Adaline'

"That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age," Wooderson says in "Dazed And Confused," so perhaps he would've been really into Blake Lively in "Age Of Adaline." The fantasy romance has a brand new trailer taking viewers into a romance that spans decades and yet finds the center of affection staying perfectly young throughout. Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn co-star in the Lee Toland Krieger ("Celeste & Jesse Forever," "The Vicious Kind") -directed film about a woman from the 1930s (Lively) who becomes ageless and immortal following an accident, but as a result has to watch her her daughter (Burstyn) age and grow old while she stays young. So, she's kind of like a vampire except without the blood. Anyway, it causes problems when she runs into an old flame who has now grown older, while she has remained as youthful as the day they met.
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Cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer on Shooting Bobcat Goldthwait’s Sundance Competition Doc, Call Me Lucky

Call Me Lucky is Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary portrait of fellow comedian Barry Crimmins, who is not as famous as he should be for his barbed political satire — and whose outsider activism led him to dark places, as this documentary reveals. To visually capture Crimmins on and off stage, Goldthwait turned to his frequent cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer, who previously screened at Sundance with Lee Toland Krieger’s dramatic feature, The Vicious Kind. Below Stonesifer answers questions about that collaboration and doing big theatrical lighting on a shoestring budget. Call Me Lucky premieres January 27, 2015 in the Sundance Documentary Competition section […]
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Blake Lively Is Forever Young In Trailer For The Age Of Adaline

If you’ve not had enough of the time-dabbling age-pausing hijinks of sci-fi epic Interstellar, then you might want to pay close attention to Lionsgate’s upcoming romantic drama. From filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger, The Age Of Adaline centres on Blake Lively as a young woman who is unable to age after a fateful accident, and thanks to Yahoo! Movies, we’ve got our first look in the shape of the above trailer.

Adopting a similar slant to The Curious Life Of Benjamin Button, the film picks up the story of Adaline Bowman following a near-fatal accident in the 1930s which renders her unable to age. As she watches her own daughter grow old before her eyes, she isolates herself from others. Her life-long journey sees the perpetual 29-year old severing ties in order to prevent painful goodbyes – until she finally falls in love. Crossing paths with Lively on the
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Blake Lively Never Ages in 'Age of Adaline' Trailer with Harrison Ford

"All these years you've lived, but you've never had a life." After delivering some solid indies like Celeste and Jesse Forever and The Vicious Kind, director Lee Toland Krieger is getting a little whimsical with The Age of Adaline, and the first trailer for the film has just arrived. Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who mysteriously becomes immortal after an accident. It sounds like a gift, but it also means that she can't grow old with those she loves, as you can see with Ellen Burstyn playing her daughter in the present day. There's an interesting use of an M83 track from the Oblivion soundtrack, and this feels like the kind of movie Disney would release through Touchstone Pictures, but rarely makes anymore. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Lee Toland Krieger's The Age of Adaline from Tribute: Following a near-fatal accident one icy night,
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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Age Of Adaline' Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn And Harrison Ford

"I'd like to think you walk away from this thinking love conquers all, even immortality," director Lee Toland Krieger ("Celeste & Jesse Forever," "The Vicious Kind") told USA Today about his upcoming "Age Of Adaline." And while Christopher Nolan went to outer space to convey the same sentiment, Krieger is keeping it a bit more down to Earth with his upcoming feature. Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford, the high concept fantasy follows a woman from the 1930s (Lively) who becomes ageless and immortal following an accident, but as a result has to watch her her daughter (Burstyn) age and grow old while she stays young. Who needs fancy wormholes? As Krieger explains, there are deep issues at the core of his film. "It sounds like wish fulfillment to look like Blake Lively forever. But she cannot grow old with anyone," the director said. "In a world consumed with youth and vanity,
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J.K. Simmons Receives Big Honor from Palm Springs International Film Festival

He has been Spidey's boss, a mean prisoner in "Oz," Juno's daddy, and lately, Farmer's Insurance spokesperson, but now, J.K. Simmons is going to be a Palm Springs International Film Festival awardee.

The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of
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Listen Up Philip | Review

Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place

Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry’s third film, Listen Up Philip arrives with an equally unpleasant set of main characters as it explores the hyper intellectual worldview of self-important authors wallowing in their emotional ennui. But the self-involved narcissists occupying Perry’s arena also happen to be impressively fleshed out compelling characters that makes this triptych of their miserable emotional periods so engrossing. Sprawling, unkempt, and often unlikeable, it’s one of the most impressively written and astutely performed films you’ll see this year.

We meet Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he meets up with an ex-girlfriend for lunch, basically to gloat over his looming success as an author, celebrating the publication of his first novel. An omniscient narrator (Eric Bogosnian) begins to guide us through Philip’s (and eventually,
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Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce In Black Mass, Adam Scott Joins Cast

Johnny Depp may already be on location in Boston shooting Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass for Out of the Furnace helmer Scott Cooper, but that doesn’t mean that the highly anticipated film is done with casting quite yet.

In an unexpected shake-up, Guy Pearce, who was on board to play Whitey’s politician brother Billy Bulger, has departed the project, leaving Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to take his place. Just hours after that scoop broke, it was also announced that Parks & Recreation actor Adam Scott would be joining the film, playing FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick.

Though it’s unfortunate that Pearce, a skilled character actor, is no longer involved with Black Mass, Cumberbatch seems like a solid replacement. The British thesp has infiltrated popular culture thanks to high-profile roles in Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, but his distinct knack for playing intense and conflicted characters can perhaps
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UTA Signs Writer-Director Lee Toland Krieger

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Exclusive: UTA has signed writer-director Lee Toland Krieger, who just wrapped directing The Age Of Adaline, the Lakeshore/Anonymous Content production that stars Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michael Huisman and Ellen Burstyn. Krieger had been at ICM Partners. He got an Independent Spirit Award nom for his script for The Vicious Kind, which he directed, and he also helmed Celeste And Jesse Forever with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. Lee also directed the pilot for the MTV comedy Happyland which has been picked up to series. Lee is managed by Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros at Anonymous Content and lawyered by George M. Davis.
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Joseph Oxford and Bradley Stonesifer Create a World in Cardboard for Me + Her

Director Joseph Oxford and cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer created an imaginary world using cardboard boxes and rubber bands for their animated short film Me + Her. A labor of love that evolved over four years, their work was rewarded when the film was accepted into Sundance’s Short Film program. Oxford has worked in the industry since 2007 in a variety of roles, including production assistant and art director, but Me + Her is his first project as writer and director. Oxford first met cinematographer Stonesifer through a director friend, and they both worked on the film The Vicious Kind in 2008. […]
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Harrison Ford Joins ‘The Age of Adaline’

Harrison Ford joins the cast of The Age Of Adaline, the upcoming romantic drama starring Gossip Girl Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For A Dream). Originally written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, the screenplay was revised by Alison Burnett and the film will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind). Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, had this to say:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have such a talented superstar as Harrison Ford join this project and can’t wait for production to get underway”

Principal photography is set to begin in March for The Age Of Adaline and has the following synopsis:

“A 29-year old girl named Adaline, who stops aging after recovering from a near fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets
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Harrison Ford Joins Blake Lively in Romantic Drama 'Age of Adaline'

Last fall, we learned that the supernatural romance The Age of Adaline was getting a new group together to bring the love story of a 29-year-old woman who is rendered ageless after an accident to life. The Vicious Kind and Celeste and Jesse Forever director Lee Toland Krieger was going to direct the film for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment with Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") starring as the woman who leads a solitary life, but decides to head out on and epic but isolated journey where she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality. Now Harrison Ford has been added to the film's cast. Ford joins veteran actress Ellen Burstyn (we presume playing an older version of Lively after her romance plays out), but the Ender's Game and Anchorman 2 star's role isn't explained in the Lionsgate press release. All we know is that his character is named William.
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