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‘Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns’ is an Equation for a Darkly Farcical Film

Short of the DayFrom writer-director Pardis Parker.

As a parent-to-be of two adopted children, I can tell you firsthand that home visits from social workers are stressful under the best of circumstances. Someone has come to your house, your sanctum, to evaluate and scrutinize every detail of it and you and gauge whether or not you’re a worthy caretaker, and you never really know what’s going to reflect poorly on you until it does. But if I were to make a list of things you don’t want to happen while entertaining a home visit, near the top without a doubt would be “guy shows up unexpectedly, covered in blood, with a dead cow he needs help milking.”

That’s the set-up for the riotously funny short film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns, from writer-director Pardis Parker: an older couple are entertaining a social worker looking into their care of Jake, a
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Us Briefs: Shailene Woodley in talks to star in survival drama 'Adrift'

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STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment, is in final negotiations to produce and distribute the feature that Baltasar Kormákur will direct through his Rvk Studios.

Shailene Woodley is in talks to star in the survival at sea tale. The rebranded STXinternational will distribute the film in the UK and introduce to buyers at the Efm this week.

Adrift is based on the true story of Tami Oldham who was stranded at sea with her fiancé after the biggest Pacific Ocean hurricane on record.

STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson and Stx International president David Kosse collaborated with Kormákur while at Universal on Everest and Contraband.

Fogelson green-lighted Two Guns and Kosse served as executive producer on his most recent Icelandic language film, The Oath.

Miami International Film Festival unveiled four titles that will screen in the Encuentros marketplace: Tigre (Argentina) by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola; Eugenia (Bolivia) by Martin Boulocq; Camocim (Brazil) by Quentin Delaroche; and Los
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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’
Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters,
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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’
Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters,
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“Everest” Director Baltasar Kormákur Unveils Plans for Icelandic Media Village

“Everest” Director Baltasar Kormákur Unveils Plans for Icelandic Media Village
In a push to bolster the Icelandic film and TV industry, “Everest” director Baltasar Kormákur is set to launch a 20,000 square-meter media village housing a big-scale film studio and a flurry of entertainment companies in Reykjavik.

The site, dubbed “film land” and acquired by Koramkur for 2.6 million Euros, is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, by the ocean. Another piece of land regrouping industrial building will be added to the site, said Kormakur.

“The idea is to create a hub for the creative industries and bring together film, TV, music and gaming companies,” Kormakur told Variety. Secondly, said Kormakur, the goal is to attract more local and international productions. The national film school will also move to Film Land, said the helmer, whose directorial credits include Hollywood and Icelandic movies such as “Everest,” “The Deep” and “Two Guns.”

Iceland is already a popular destination for film and
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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month.
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Trapped: Kormakur's Icelandic Crime Series Gets An English Friendly Trailer

Iceland's Baltasar Kormakur maintains something of a split personality ... at home he's the acclaimed director of a string of arthouse dramas and thrillers acclaimed around the globe while in Hollywood he aims for bigger, blockbuster fare like Contraband, Two Guns and Everest. So which impulse takes over when he takes to the small screen?Kormakur made an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, premiering the debut episode of his Icelandic crime series Trapped. Taking some cues from the Nordic Noir wave this one is also clearly meant to play to an international audience as it plays in a mix of languages meaning we get a little bit of all of Kormakur's influences here, though those longing for a return to his...

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Watch: How Baltasar Kormákur Scaled 'Everest' (Exclusive Video)

Watch: How Baltasar Kormákur Scaled 'Everest' (Exclusive Video)
Venice opener "Everest" (September 18) is a thrill-ride that deftly exploits the strengths of IMAX 3D to take us into a desolate upper-air atmosphere that defies any rational logic for human existence. "Why go?" journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly) asks his fellow Everest climbers for his chronicle of the storm-tossed 1996 expedition, "Into Thin Air." "Because it's there." Director Baltasar Kormákur is a member of a growing band of truly international filmmakers who make films at home as well as Hollywood. Producer-star Mark Wahlberg starred in "Contraband," Kormákur remake of his own "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," took a shine to the rugged Iceland actor-director, and went on to make another film with him, the $80-million actioner "Two Guns," co-starring Denzel Washington. Wahlberg also produced an HBO pilot with him, "The Missionary." Kormákur is accustomed...
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Journey To The Most Dangerous Place On Earth With First Trailer For Everest

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Inspired by incredible real-life events, director Baltasar Kormakur’s (Contraband, Two Guns) Everest documents two separate expeditions as they are tested by one of the harshest environments in the world, as a fierce snowstorm traps them on the peaks of the world’s highest mountains. A fantastic cast has been assembled for this, including Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightly, Robin Wright, and Jason Clarke, and the first international trailer alone left me with a knot in my chest that won’t be going away anytime soon. Carmaker could have a real epic adventure on his hands here, and you better believe my excitement is high for this movie right now. Released: September 18th (U.S.)/ September 25th (Irl/U.K.)
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Box Office Predictions: 'The Equalizer' Takes on 'The BoxTrolls'

Box Office Predictions: 'The Equalizer' Takes on 'The BoxTrolls'
The Equalizer is going to be first among equals this weekend, even with that R rating, and even with those faltering reviews. It runs a bit over two hours, but it's a romp, and it should do fairly well with the menfolk. For precedent it seems like Two Guns is our best bet, that opened at $27 million about thirteen months ago. I don't have much imagination, so that's where I'm putting this one too. At a $55 million budget this one will come down to international dollars, but if you watch the trailers you'll quickly figure out not much of that money will be coming from Russia. The BoxTrolls is our next topic for discussion, it immediately brings to mind Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. Neither of those opened particularly strong, but there's some hope in late September, just last year Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs owned at the box office. That
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Martha Thomases: Subversive Family Reading

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Over the weekend, while all the cool kids were in Baltimore for the Harvey Awards and the convention, I was at a family wedding. As such occasions are wont to do, I ruminated over my life and times.

On Friday night, at the rehearsal dinner, I was talking with a cousin who remembered that visiting our house as a child was fun because we had comic books, which her mother didn’t allow. At that time (late 1950s to early 1960s), comic books were still accused of causing juvenile delinquency, disrespect for authority and Communism.

Certainly, they did that to me.

My cousin’s life is about as different from mine as I can imagine, given our demographic similarities (over 60, female, college educated, Jewish). I live in an apartment in Manhattan; she lives in a rural part of western New York State. Until recently she worked as a carpenter; I
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Mike Leigh to be Reykjavik guest of honour

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Mike Leigh to be Reykjavik guest of honour
Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the Riff line-up.

British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been named the guest of honour at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, ahead of its 11th edition (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

His latest film, Mr. Turner, which picked up a Best Actor prize for Timothy Spall at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will be screened at the festival.

Previous Riff guests of honour include Milos Forman, Lukas Moodysson and Jim Jarmusch.

More than 80 features will be screened at the festival and 12 films by new directors will compete for the Golden Puffin in the New Visions category.

Other strands include Open Seas, featuring a variety of recent prize-winning films; green movies, comprising documentaries on environmental matters, in strand titled A Different Tomorrow; Icelandic short films; and a variety of docs.

Ahead of releasing the full line-up, an initial 12 titles have been teased out. As well as Mr. Turner, these include:
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Destination America's New Series Swamp Monsters and Monsters Underground Explore the Us's Scariest Places

Destination America has two new shows heading our way later this month, and if you're a monster aficionado, you'll want to mark your calendar accordingly. Read on for the details!

From the Press Release:

Across the American wilderness, millions of acres of uncharted swamplands and underground lairs are rumored to be inhabited by unidentified monsters. Generations of speculation have piqued the curiosity of nearby communities and monster enthusiasts alike, but none have come close to solving the mystery of what these elusive creatures are… until now.

Destination America hunts for the truth in the new three-part series "Swamp Monsters," premiering Friday, August 22nd, at 9/8c, followed by back-to-back premiere episodes of the new six-part series "Monsters Underground" at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c.

First, deep in the heart of Louisiana’s bayou, upwards of 100 people go missing each year, and if you ask locals, many will say "Swamp Monsters" got ‘em.
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Armed Doctor Saved Lives in Hospital Shooting Near Philadelphia, Police Chief Says

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Authorities are trying to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the gunman had concerns about him. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We do believe that there were some issues between the doctor and the patient, but whether or not he actually feared him is unclear," Whelan said. Plotts, 49, was hospitalized in critical condition.
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Denzel Washington To Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award

Denzel Washington To Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award
Madrid – Denzel Washington will receive a career achievement 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

Washington and director Antoine Fuqua will also present “The Equalizer” at its European premiere, which will open San Sebastian’s 2014 edition on Sept. 19.

Sony Pictures’ big-screen redo of the ‘80s hit TV show, with Washington playing McCall, a hero who helps the hopelessly helpless, “The Equalizer” is already being talked up as a potential awards contender, though it will not be seen until it world premieres at the Toronto Festival where, on paper at least it weighs in as on of the festival’s highlights and commercial heavyweights.

Oscar talk is a reflection, however, of the kudos trawl for “Training Day,” the first teaming of Fuqua and Washington which earned the U.S. actor his second Academy Award after a supporting actor nod for
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First Look: Jason Clarke Faces the Elements in 'Everest'

First Look: Jason Clarke Faces the Elements in 'Everest'
A first-look image has arrived from Universal's "Everest," starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal as climbers in two different expeditions faced with one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded on the daunting mountain face. The film, which just started principal photography on location in Nepal, is directed by Baltasar Kormakur (helmer of Iceland's 2013 Oscar entry "The Deep," "Two Guns," "Contraband"), and adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff and "Slumdog Millionaire" Oscar winning scribe Simon Beaufoy. It also stars Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright. Here's the official synopsis:Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements...
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Baltasar Kormakur Chats About ‘Everest,’ ‘Vikings’ and ‘On The Job’

Baltasar Kormakur Chats About ‘Everest,’ ‘Vikings’ and ‘On The Job’
Warm and candid, Baltasar Kormakur, who is Iceland’s top film director and producer, is attending Goteborg fest to receive the inaugural Nordic Honorary Dragon Award and give a masterclass. While taking a quick break from shooting “Everest,” the helmer chatted with Variety about his work philosophy, his balancing act between Iceland and Hollywood, and various projects, including “Vikings” and “On the Job.”

Repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson, Kormakur’s credits include “The Deep,” the previous Icelandic candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, and “Two Guns” with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

While leading a prolific career in the U.S., Kormakur is also, via his outfit Rvk Studios, a leading force within the Icelandic film biz, producing ambitious local movies and TV series, such as real-life survival tale “The Deep” and the skein project “Vatnajokull.”

Variety: You have an interesting background, you’ve done acting, directing, producing plays,
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Goteborg Fest Turns Spotlight On Iceland

The Icelandic film industry will feted at the upcoming 37th edition of Goteborg Intl. Film Festival, Scandinavia’s biggest film fest, as part of the annual Nordic Focus tribute.

Baltasar Kormakur, Iceland’s best-known helmer/producer who’s now also working in Hollywood, will receive the inaugural Nordic Honorary Dragon Award.

Repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson, Kormakur’s credits include “The Deep,” the previous Icelandic candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, and “Two Guns” with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. He’s also reportedly set to direct Christian Bale in Universal’s disaster movie “Everest.” While leading a prolific career in the U.S., Kormakur is also, via his outfit Rvk Studios, a leading force within the Icelandic film biz, producing ambitious local movies and TV series, such as real-life survival tale “The Deep” and the skein project “Vatnajokull.”

“Whether Iceland’s economic turmoil has spurred the creativity of
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Mark Wahlberg Earns His High School Diploma

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Mark Wahlberg Earns His High School Diploma
Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg has a new title to add to his resume - high school graduate. The 42-year-old received his diploma in June and tells People that his four children were a big motivation for hitting the books. "I didn't want the kids saying, 'You didn't do it, so why do I need it?' They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education." The Ted star, who had a troubled childhood and dropped out in the ninth grade being charged with attempted murder, says getting his diploma is "a huge accomplishment." "It's
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Which Actors Still Earn $20 Million Per Film?

The Hollywood Reporter put together a list of top-earning actors. While many in Hollywood get lucrative advertising and back-end deals, this article focuses on how much actors can make upfront. At one point, some actors were close to earning as much as $40 million per film, but that quickly ended when studios realized that it's too much of a gamble. Because of that, top actors like Jim Carrey were forced to drop their salaries to about $1 million in favor of lucrative back-end deals, which means that actors would do well if the film doesn't well. But now it seems that salaries are up again, with some reaching as high as $20 million per movie. On that list are Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Daniel Craig, who signed a $20 million deal for the next James Bond film. Mark Wahlberg is earning $17 million for "Transformers 4," but had to take $10 Million for "Two Guns,
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