14 items from 2015
Truth is strange, but hardly any more interesting than fiction in “True Story,” a perplexingly serious new collaboration for James Franco and Jonah Hill. In Franco’s case, this macabre project plays right into the label-defying star’s ongoing exploration of slippery identities (here he plays a sociopath beyond redemption). Even so, one wonders just how eager audiences will be to watch a tony adaptation of ex-New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s self-serving memoir, a conscience-cleanser written to redeem himself after being tarred and feathered for inventing a composite character in a high-profile cover story.
Unlike 2004’s respected yet low-earning “Shattered Glass,” this unconventional two-hander is less preoccupied with the undoing of a respected journo than with the odd bond that Finkel (Hill) went on to forge with convicted child killer Christian Longo (an appropriately icy Franco). Nor is the script — a surprisingly non-conceptual treatment, considering how Charlie Kaufman the project could have gone, »
- Peter Debruge
Strap in, comic book movie lovers, because there's a lot to get through in this latest update about David Ayer's Suicide Squad. We know that WB has been having a bit of a tough time casting the role of Rick Flag, one of the main characters who will join Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress). Tom Hardy was initially in place to star, but when he left, Jake Gyllenhaal was being eyed as his replacement. But Gyllenhaal passed yesterday, so the producers are looking to get someone else in place quickly.
CinemaBlend reports that Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) are being looked at to play Flag. We know that this character won't have as much screen time as some of the others in this film - read the spoilery »
- Ben Pearson
Having stepped behind the camera himself for the very first time for his black comedy Bad Words in 2013, Jason Bateman is poised to return the favor, as the actor has signed on to star in Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, Weirdo.
Written and directed by the Warrior star, the film will bring together Bateman and Rebecca Hall as a husband and wife who look to turn over a new leaf when they move to a seemingly idyllic town. However, a spanner is soon thrown in the works after an old friend from the past turns up out of the blue, threatening to tear their relationship to ribbons. It’s an arc that has been described as a “chilling and suspenseful” journey for the couple.
Given that the the concept centers around Bateman and Hall’s two leads, you begin to get the feeling that Edgerton’s outing will live or »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Relativity has acquired screen rights to Blood Aces: The Wild Ride Of Benny Binion and has set Cliff Dorfman to adapt the Doug Swanson book. Dorfman has a first look with Relativity. Binion’s résumé reads like this: cowboy, pioneering casino owner, gangster, killer and founder of the World Series of Poker. The book chronicles his role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: Run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, own the cops. While he controlled his competition through ruthless violence, his irresistible charm brought him the protection of the political elite. But one feud went too far, and a competitor he later would assassinate after 12 attempts ran him out of Dallas. Binion moved to Las Vegas, opening the Horseshoe Casino — where he legally operated despite continued gangster tactics, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Jane Got a Gun" action Western, starring Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. Check everything out below. Plot: After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job. The new movie is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) and is set to hit theaters on September 4th. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
“Everybody’s gone out of their mind. You’re not the only one, Max.” Moviegoers last saw Max Rockatansky roaming the desert wasteland in 1985, but longtime fans of writer/director George Miller’s apocalyptic road rage series will be reunited with the widowed wanderer in May of 2015, when Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters. You can get a taste of the post-apocalyptic mayhem to come in a new batch of film stills featuring Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Tom Hardy as Mad Max, and several more manic characters.
“From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing »
- Derek Anderson
The upcoming western Jane Got A Gun had one of the most troubled productions I can remember for a mainstream release. Original director Lynne Ramsay never showed up to work on the first day of shooting, causing big delays and ripple effects that included Jude Law leaving the film altogether. But star Natalie Portman stuck around, Warrior director Gavin O'Connor was hired as Ramsay's replacement, and after finally replacing Law with Ewan McGregor, they all managed to pull things together and get rolling on this project.
Now Empire has some first-look photos from the film. I'm really hoping that this turns into a situation similar to the one that happened with Brad Pitt's zombie film World War Z: that production was also plagued with on-set turmoil and featured some huge reshoots, but it turned out to be a pretty solid piece of entertainment despite all of its behind-the-scenes issues. »
- Ben Pearson
Wait, are these official "Jane Got a Gun" stills or distant mirages hanging on the horizon of a long and winding road? It’s easy to believe the latter. After original director Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") bailed from the Natalie Portman-led Western on the first day of shooting, producers scrambled to find a replacement, recruiting "Warrior" director Gavin O’Connor to save the day.The switch turned "Jane Got a Gun" became a rotating door for high-profile actors, with Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender joining and departing the cast. Ewan McGregor eventually joined Portman and Joel Edgerton as the film’s villain and shooting began late in 2013, only to hit major delays during post-production. Relativity’s release date of August 29, 2014 came and went. A rescheduled February 2015 date found itself bumped again, with the picture now settled in an early September slot. Now, we have photographic »
- Matt Patches
Relativity Media’s Jane looks to not only have gotten a gun, but also her act together after the studio released the first images from the long-gestating western.
After experiencing a switch in filmmakers alongside cast members jumping ship — namely Jude Law and later Michael Fassbender — who reportedly clashed with director at the time Lynne Ramsay, it’s fair to say that Jane Got a Gun has been through its share of development issues — and then some. But now, with little over nine months to go until its long-awaited and indeed delayed release, the studio has assured the world that the western tale is still coming thick and fast.
Starring Natalie Portman as the titular heroine, Jane Got a Gun — which will now be directed by Warrior‘s Gavin O’Connor in Ramsay’s stead — follows Jane as she goes to her ex-lover for help when her husband finds himself »
- Michael Briers
Before the end of 2014, we got word that the once trouble western Jane Got a Gun was being delayed yet again. The film was initially set for release last August, but was delayed to February 20th, 2015. And the latest news revealed it had been pushed back another six months to September 4th, 2015. But it seems this release date might stick, and now we have some first look photos from the film starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. It looks pretty much how you'd expect a western to look. No sign of Ewan McGregor yet, but he may be in that photo of what is likely the gang giving Portman and Edgerton trouble. Here's the first photos from Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun from Unanimous (via The Playlist): Jane Got a Gun is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and written by Brian Duffield (The Divergent Series: Insurgent). After »
- Ethan Anderton
Things didn't get off to a good start for Western Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman as woman who calls on her ex-lover to defend her home and injured outlaw husband from her husband's gang. Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton were signed on to play the ex-lover and gang leader respectively, but when Fassbender left due to a scheduling, Edgerton moved into the role he vacated, and Jude Law coming onboard as the villain. Then, director Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin) unexpectedly dropped out on the first day of shooting, with Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) signing up to replace. Just as everything seemed to be sorted, Law left because he only wanted to work with Ramsey. Bradley Cooper was chosen to replace him, then scheduling conflicts again reared their ugly head, and he had to drop. The production finally landed on Ewan McGregor to play the movie's big bad, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
This film, much like Seventh Son, is just one of those pictures you keep hearing about over the years and go, "Oh...yeah. That's a movie." For those uninitiated, Jane Got A Gun was to be helmed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) until she left on the first day of shooting and was replaced by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior). The film's also seen several actors cycle in and out, including Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender and Jude Law. Fortunately »
- Sean Wist
The first Jane Got a Gun images have landed online. Natalie Portman stars as a woman who must call on an ex-lover to help defend her farm and injured outlaw husband from the husband’s gang. The project’s tumultuous history might overshadow what sounds like an interesting throwback western. For those who need a refresher, Michael Fassbender was going to play the ex-lover and Joel Edgerton was to play the gang leader. Then Fassbender left because of a scheduling conflict, Edgerton moved to the ex-lover role, and Jude Law signed on to play the villain. Then matters got crazier when director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin) unexpectedly dropped out on the first day of shooting, and the production scrambled for a replacement. They got Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), but then Law left because he wanted to work with Ramsay. Bradley Cooper came on to play the villain, »
- Matt Goldberg
Having had one of the most troubled productions in recent memory – with director Lynne Ramsay quitting, Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper all pulling out, and The Weinstein Company pushing back the release on two occasions – we now have our first look at the upcoming western Jane Got a Gun courtesy of a selection of images featuring Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings)…
Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best »
- Gary Collinson
14 items from 2015
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