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How Casey Affleck Found the Role of a Lifetime in ‘Manchester by the Sea’

18 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The last person who’d ever want to watch a Casey Affleck movie is Casey Affleck. “I don’t like it, in the way you don’t like hearing your own voice on the machine,” Affleck says over a long lunch in a vegan restaurant in West Hollywood. The conversation starts with routine chitchat but twists at this revelation: Affleck hasn’t seen many of his big-screen appearances, including “The Finest Hours” (in which he plays the engineer of a sinking ship), “Triple 9” (a cop), “The Killer Inside Me” (a sociopath), the Eddie Murphy comedy “Tower Heist” (a concierge), or even Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (the brother). “It’s a bummer,” Affleck says, “because I like Nolan, and I love science fiction. But I didn’t want to watch that.”

On a Saturday afternoon last January, Affleck broke his own rule when he quietly slid into an aisle seat »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Newswire: Casey Affleck is looking to write, direct, and star in a “post-pandemic” drama

19 September 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Casey Affleck is having what you’d call a quietly busy year, a return that befits his shrugging screen persona. After a lengthy absence—he last appeared in the thankless role of the brother in Interstellar, and before that in Out Of The Furnace—the shorter, mumblier, more actorly Affleck came back as the star of sort-of-well-liked Triple 9 and the widely acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, along with a supporting turn in The Finest Hours. And now, with a schedule that’s presumably been freed up by delays in the Lewis & Clark HBO miniseries in which he was co-starring with Matthias Schoenaerts, he’s considering a return to directing.

Affleck’s only feature to date is the meta-mockumentary I’m Still Here, a bizarre and often funny faux expose of Hollywood egoism that starred his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix and roped in assorted unsuspecting club audience members and talk ...


- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Finds New Frontiers Outside the Studio System

14 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You think John Ford ever had to deal with this?” asks director Scott Cooper, gazing at a gnarly gray sky over northern New Mexico. A lightning strike was reported within six miles of the location shoot for his new movie, “Hostiles,” sparking an Osha-mandated, 30-minute production stoppage. It’s just an occupational hazard that comes with shooting during monsoon season.

A period Western with nods to Ford classics like “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Searchers,” the picture is filming here at Ghost Ranch — 21,000 acres of God’s country, 60 miles north of Santa Fe — where one-time resident Georgia O’Keeffe painted canvases with images of the mesa that towers in the distance. Though lightening strikes are unpredictable, one thing is certain: Cooper and his cast and crew are far from the artifice of Hollywood back lots.

“The dynamic weather patterns out here are stunning — the big sky, thunderhead clouds »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Hell Or High Water review

31 August 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 06:18

No movie exists within a vacuum, and even the most outlandish-looking genre film still carries a distorted reflection of the here-and-now. Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman may be fantastical superhero movies, but they also feel right for a year where political and ideological division is, seemingly, everywhere.

Hell Or High Water, directed by Starred Up and Young Adam’s David Mackenzie, is a dusty Texan thriller charged with modern relevance. Playing on the images and trappings of western, road trip and heist genres, it’s another movie - alongside The Place Beyond The Pines and Out Of The Furnace - set against the backdrop of an America riven by the last decade’s financial crisis. Entire towns seem to stand empty. The nodding donkeys, once the sign of a healthy oil industry, no longer nod. Ranchers coral their skinny »

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Giveaway – Win action-packed Blu-rays with Jane Got a Gun – on Blu-ray and DVD August 22nd

5 August 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Prepare for the ultimate showdown when Jane Got A Gun comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD August 22, and Digital Download on August 15. We’re celebrating the release of this gritty western, starring Oscar© winner Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, by giving you the chance to win a bundle of all-action Blu-rays including Sicario, Slow West, 3:10 To Yuma and Out Of The Furnace.

Jane Got A Gun tells the story of Jane Hammond (Portman), a young mother living in a secluded ranch on the vast New Mexico prairie. When her family’s life is threatened by a conniving gang of outlaws led by the nefarious John Bishop (McGregor), Jane is forced to seek help from her former fiancé (Edgerton), now a gunslinger, in order to protect her home. Sequestered at her ranch with a limited stockpile of weapons, Jane must trust her instincts as they await the epic showdown with the Bishops. »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: Hostiles to host a 3:10 To Yuma reunion with Ben Foster and Christian Bale

28 July 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Empire reports that Ben Foster has joined Christian Bale in Scott Cooper’s presumably brutal Western Hostiles. Foster and Bale previously worked together on James Mangold’s 3:10 To Yuma, and they’re saddling up again for a Western where Bale plays a Native American-hating soldier whose last assignment before retirement is escorting an ailing Cheyenne chief back to his Montana reservation.

Of course, during the course of the journey, the duo must overcome the challenging landscape and hostile Comanche tribes, and Bale’s character must come to respect the chief. But since Cooper previously directed hard-knock films like Out Of The Furnace (which also starred Bale) and Black Mass, don’t expect things to feel very warm and fuzzy. Rosamund Pike will play a widow the party encounters during their journey, and although there’s potential for a love story between her and Bale’s character, everything will ...


- Matt Wayt

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Oscar Winner Ryan Bingham Re-teaming with Scott Cooper for ‘Hostiles’

21 July 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After winning the original song Oscar in 2010 for his soulful ballad “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart,” singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is saddling up with director Scott Cooper once again for the upcoming western “Hostiles.”

Bingham will write a pair of songs for the film. Cooper describes them as “in the vein of a murder ballad.”

In an email blast to fans, Bingham explained that scheduling meant he would have to cancel four shows from his upcoming fall tour in Boise, Spokane, Portland and Seattle

“Sincere apologies to the fans who already bought tickets,” Bingham wrote. “I am sad to miss these shows and I will make sure to be back to make them up in the future. Thank you for understanding and for your continued support.”

Just as in “Crazy Heart,” which also won Jeff Bridges the best actor Oscar, Bingham will be appearing in the film. He’ll star as Sergeant Malloy who, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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FBI to Seize Assets of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Red Granite (Report)

19 July 2016 10:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of the biggest asset seizures in U.S. history, Federal prosecutors are expected to file civil lawsuits against “The Wolf of Wall Street” producer and financier Red Granite Pictures, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday.

Billions of dollars were allegedly drained out of a Malaysian government fund since it launched in 2009. The money trail led to Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz, whose stepfather is the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Authorities are expected to seize millions in assets including properties and other belongings tied to the company.

A spokesperson for Red Granite was not available for comment. Aziz has consistently denied any wrong doing.

The Malaysian fund, known as 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1Mdb,) was supposed to help the country’s economy, but according to the F.B.I., the money was instead pumped into real estate in New York and Los Angeles–Aziz reportedly spent $50 million on two »

- Variety Staff

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Woody Harrelson in Talks for Iraq War Drama ‘Shock and Awe’

12 July 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Woody Harrelson is in talks to star in Rob Reiner’s Iraq War drama “Shock and Awe.”

Reiner has been developing the project for several years through his Castle Rock banner. Jorva Entertainment has come on board to finance.

If the deal for Harrelson goes through, “Shock and Awe” would reteam Reiner and Harrelson following their collaboration on Lyndon B. Johnson biopic “Lbj.”

The “Shock and Awe” script, written by “LBJ” screenwriter Joey Hartsone, centers around journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq in 2003. The film is scheduled for production later this year.

The term “shock and awe” was employed by U.S. defense officials to describe their plan for invading Iraq.

Jorva partnered with Reiner on his drama “Being Charlie,” which starred Nick Robinson of “Jurassic World” and premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. »

- Dave McNary

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Triple 9 Blu-ray Clip Gets Dirty with Chiwetel Ejiofor | Exclusive

31 May 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After hitting theaters in late February, the action-packed Triple 9 debuts today on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you haven't seen this thriller yet, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out, before picking up the movie on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD this week. Our exclusive scene features Chiwetel Ejiofor's Michael, explaining to Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins Jr.) the details surrounding his first ever kill.

When a veteran cop and his rookie nephew discover a shocking conspiracy that leads dangerously close to home, they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth in Triple 9, an action-packed tale of corruption and betrayal currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Propelled by John Hillcoat's (The Road, The Proposition) ferocious directorial style and a top-notch cast, Triple 9 races through a world »

- MovieWeb

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Kids Now Casting ‘Hostiles’ With Christian Bale

10 May 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Director Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace,” “Black Mass”) and casting director Rene Haynes are seeking a young Native American boy or girl for their new film, “Hostiles.” The film, which stars Academy Award winner Christian Bale and Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), takes place in 1892 and tells the story of a legendary Army captain who “reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.” An open call is being held this Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The character is described on the casting notice as an “outgoing and adventurous” 6-to-10-year-old. Identical twins are encouraged to apply. Professional pay will be provided.  “Hostiles” is scheduled to film in New Mexico this July. For more information on the feature film, check out its full casting notice here. And for more kid actor casting notices, check out the rest of our audition listings, »

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'Wolverine 3' Gets 'Narcos' Star Boyd Holbrook as the Villain

8 April 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We haven't heard much about 20th Century Fox's Wolverine 3 in quite some time, aside from X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Liev Schreiber confirming that he's been in talks with the studio to reprise his role as Sabretooth. We know that Hugh Jackman is returning for his final performance as the title character, with Patrick Stewart also coming back as Professor X. Today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals Narcos star Boyd Holbrook has closed a deal to play the primary villain.

The actor is reportedly playing the head of security for a "global enterprise," who squares off against Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. It isn't known for sure if this character has roots in the Marvel Comics, or if he was created specifically for this movie. There have been rumors that this story will be adapted from the Old Man Logan comics, where Logan loses his mutant powers and »

- MovieWeb

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Midnight Special movie review: let the children use it

8 April 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Intensely gripping drama full of smart, thoughtful, personal twists on some familiar sci-fi ideas. Hums with the hope that a better world is within reach. I’m “biast” (pro): love Michael Shannon; big sci-fi geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s some very good storytelling advice that applies no matter what medium you’re telling your story in (film, novel, comic book, whatever): Jump into the action as late in the game as possible. And wow, did Jeff Nichols take that advice to a delicious extreme with Midnight Special. We are dumped right into the middle of what would be, in a more conventional movie, the third act — that is, the final sequence that is racing the story toward its resolution. There is no setup here because we don’t need it: we’ve seen enough stories »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Paramount, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Land ‘The Corporation’ With Benicio del Toro Starring

7 April 2016 7:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way have bought the rights to Cuban-American crime saga “The Corporation” with Benicio del Toro attached to star.

The studio and Paramount-based production company won an auction for T.J. English’s upcoming book “The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuba American Underworld.” The nonfiction book will be published in 2017 by William Morrow. David Matthews, a writer on the HBO series “Vinyl,” will adapt the book.

The story centers on Jose Miguel Battle Sr. (“El Padrino”), the leader of “The Corporation.” Battle served as key operative for Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the mafia ran Cuba.

Battle — also known as the Godfather — escaped to the United States when Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959 and was trained by the CIA to invade the country at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, »

- Dave McNary

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Fargo’s Jesse Plemons To Star Opposite Christian Bale In Scott Cooper Drama Hostiles

7 April 2016 6:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper has been quietly assembling his band of Hostiles over the past few months, welcoming old cohort Christian Bale and, more recently, Rosamund Pike on board for the historical drama.

That preliminary cast has expanded by one today, with Variety revealing that Jesse Plemons has closed a deal to star opposite Bale and Pike in the period epic. Best known for his recurring role in Noah Hawley’s Fargo series, the casting coup represents a reunion between Plemons and Cooper, who worked together on mob thriller Black Mass. This time around, he’s been cast as a young soldier in the cavalry unit headed up by Bale’s legendary army captain.

Taking place in 1892, Hostiles is rooted in a time when the actor’s skilful warrior “begrudgingly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Making the »

- Michael Briers

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Plemons, Bale, Pike Set For Scott Cooper's Next

6 April 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jesse Plemons ("Fargo," "Breaking Bad") will join Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Scott Cooper's new film "Hostiles" for Waypoint Entertainment. The project begins shooting in July.

Set in 1892, the story follows a legendary Army captain (Bale) who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. The former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains while making a perilous journey.

They must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape and hostile Comanche tribes that they encounter along the way. Plemons has been cast as a younger member of Bale's cavalry unit who is tasked with helping the group reach its destination.

Cooper ("Black Mass," "Out of the Furnace") will write and direct the film, and will produce alongside John Lesher and Ken Kao.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount

30 March 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is leaving Warner Bros. after a decade to sign a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

The company had been with WB since 2004.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brad and the team at Paramount Pictures on numerous projects throughout my career. I cannot think of a better home for Appian Way as we continue our growth,” said DiCaprio in a statement.

Paramount Pictures and Appian Way have four projects currently under development: “The Devil in the White City,” based on the book by Erik Larson, with the screen adaptation by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray, which will reunite DiCaprio with Scorsese; “Sandcastle Empire,” a film adaptation of the novel by Kayla Olson that depicts an apocalyptic future with society on the brink of collapse from climate change; a yet untitled film based on a book proposal by New York Times journalist »

- Justin Kroll

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Rosamund Pike joins Christian Bale in Hostiles

13 March 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was announced that Christian Bale is to reunite with Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper for the Western epic Hostiles, and now Deadline has revealed that Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) has also signed on to appear in the cast.

Hostiles is based on a thirty-year old script by Donald Stewart (Missing), and follows a legendary Army captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands in 1892. Pike is set to play “a widow who undertakes the harrowing and perilous journey after the murder of her family on the plains.”

Production on Hostiles is set to begin in July.


- Gary Collinson

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Relativity Relaunch: Kevin Spacey Nixes Chairman Role, Dana Brunetti Sets Deal

13 March 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a last-minute shift in Relativity Studio’s post-bankruptcy plans, Kevin Spacey has opted out of assuming the chairmanship of the embattled studio, court filings reveal.

Relativity Media said it has formally inked a deal for Spacey’s producing partner, Dana Brunetti, to be president of production running film and TV operations. Relativity also claimed to have submitted documentation to the bankruptcy court proving that it has raised $100 million in new funding. However, at several points both before and after a string of film flops and debt obligations pushed Relativity into bankruptcy last year, the company has claimed to have secured financing that it ultimately failed to enlist.

In a declaration, Brunetti said he looked forward to partnering with Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh and said that as soon as the company was out of Chapter 11, he would fill out his production team and development slate.

“I believe that the company has tremendous potential, »

- Brent Lang and Cynthia Littleton

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Rosamund Pike joins Christian Bale in Scott Cooper-directed western Hostiles

10 March 2016 6:29 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Deadline has learned that the lovely Miss Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, The World's End) will star opposite Christian Bale in Hostiles, a planned western from Bale's Out Of The Furnace director Scott Cooper. The 1892-set epic will follow "a legendary Army captain (Bale) who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands." Pike has been cast as a... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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