17 items from 2015
We’ve all endured enough gruelling Sundance movies to recognize that grief and the indie film can be a deadly combination when they run unchecked. Worse, beyond just excruciating miserablism, the inherent characteristic of shattered life movies in the wrong hands can also take the form of strange, misguided fantasy—imagine how you might feel if you had to suffer living through this kind of personal trauma. Moreover inauthentic, fraudulent notes can feel like shameful tourism to an audience,exploiting someone else’s personal horror for the sake of drama. Grief not rendered honestly in movies is incredibly tricky to overcome and these issues and problems certainly come up in “Meadowland." The directorial debut of celebrated indie cinematographer Reed Morano (“The Skeleton Twins,” “Kill Your Darlings,” “Frozen River”), suffers from a clunky script, but is reinforced by its fully committed lead actors and the director’s sharp eye for mood and communicating incalculable. »
- Rodrigo Perez
There was a time before The Lone Ranger and Pirates of the Caribbean when Gore Verbinski was known not as Disney’s go-to director for big-budget bores, but rather as the exciting helmer behind excellent horror remake The Ring. Now, he’s attempting to regain some of that credibility by taking on a small-scale supernatural horror pic at New Regency called A Cure for Wellness, and to aid him in that pursuit, Verbinski is calling on the talents of Kill Your Darlings star Dane DeHaan and on-the-rise actress Mia Goth.
DeHaan will star as a man who is sent to Europe in order to retrieve his boss from a “wellness spa,” only to become trapped in the facility and realize that its staff members have a far more nefarious goal than simply improving the health of their patients.
Goth, meanwhile, is in negotiations to take on the supporting role of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Grand Theft Auto will dramatise the controversy surrounding the Grand Theft Auto games, and will star Daniel Radcliffe...
In 2003, American attorney Jack Thompson went on a crusade on, among other things, the level of violence in videogames. One of his most high-profile targets was Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, which he claimed had inspired cases of copycat violence.
Thompson's campaign lasted for several years, taking in several Grand Theft Auto sequels and several other games in Rockstar's stable, including Bully and Manhunt 2.
The Rockstar-Thompson story is to be dramatised in Grand Theft Auto, a forthcoming feature from BBC Films.
Daniel Radcliffe is, according to the latest reports, in talks to play the lead role of Sam Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar. It's the latest in a string of interesting choices from Radcliffe, who's spent his post-Potter career pursuing left-field projects like Horns and Kill Your Darlings rather than more mainstream roles. »
After finishing the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has made some really interesting choices for big screen roles. He was haunted in The Woman in Black, fell in love with Zoe Kazan in What If, got a little mischievous in Horns and played Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Now Radcliffe is heading into the world of video games, but not for an adaptation of a hit game, but rather the headline-making story that revolved around the cultural impact of a certain title. THR reports Radcliffe is in talks to star in Grand Theft Auto, a drama that will recount the fight between the creator of the infamously violent game of the same name and a relentless, unorthodox Miami lawyer fighting against violence in video games. Read on! The film is set up at BBC Films with rising British filmmaker Owen Harris ("Black Mirror," "Misfits") at the helm. For those »
- Ethan Anderton
Daniel Radcliffe has transitioned successfully from leading boy to leading man with films like The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings. Emma Watson has focused on working with interesting directors like Sophia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky. So, that accounts for two of the three leads from the Harry Potter film franchise, but where’s Rupert Grint? We’ve spotted him at SXSW! He’s starring in the new comedy Moonwalkers, a drug-fueled, hyper-violent, swinging-sixties story of CIA agent Kidman (played by Ron Perlman), deeply troubled by visions of those he’s killed in foreign wars, who’s sent across the pond to solicit the assistance of Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing in case the real one goes awry. Inept hustler Jonny (Grint, feeling 100...
- John Gholson
For our money one of the most watchable and unusual young actors about, Dane DeHaan has been mixing quirky indie films with bigger box-office fodder. For every ill-fated (in every sense) appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there’s been a Kill Your Darlings and a Place Beyond The Pines, and now he’s dipping his toes back into indie waters with romance Two Lovers And A Bear.The film will take him to the freezing climes of Canada’s Arctic and pair him up with Orphan Black lead Tatiana Maslany. They’ll play Roman and Lucy, a young couple battling the weather, their own emotional tumult and the sense of isolation that comes with living on the edge of the world. Either they're really slow to announce casting or the bear is some kind of metaphor for their plight.Directing this and making sure no-one forgets to wrap up »
Here’s something to kick your weekend off on the right foot, superhero-movie geeks. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Facebook page unveiled the official U.K. character posters for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on Friday, offering a further glimpse of the Marvel epic. Elizabeth Olsen (“Kill Your Darlings”) is handling the role of Scarlet Witch, a mutant with the ability to alter reality. See video: Final ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Puts the Blame on Iron Man “Kick-Ass” veteran Aaron Taylor-Johnson, meanwhile, tackles the role of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch’s brother, who’s renowned for his ability to move and think at superhuman speeds. »
- Tim Kenneally
“Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film ‘Wake,’ and we are optimistic we will resume principal photography in approximately 2-3 weeks,” said the company in a statement.
Benaroya’s sales company International Film Trust introduced the project to international buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is representing U.S. rights.
Willis is portraying a sociopath who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago.
It’s the second time in less than four months »
- Dave McNary
Now in its 13th year, Nyu Tisch School of the Arts' Fusion Film Festival celebrates women in film, television and new media. The upcoming festival, which runs from February 26-28, will feature events with TV legends Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli and Isles"), "American Psycho" director Mary Harron in conversation with Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") and cinematographer Reed Morano, Fusion's "Woman of the Year." Among on-the-rise DPs, few are as impressive or as downright tenacious as Reed Moran, the youngest member to ever be admitted to the prestigious Asc. Following her breakout work on the award-winning "Frozen River," she's repeatedly proved her mettle, shooting indies such as "The Skeleton Twins" and "Kill Your Darlings" as well as HBO's critically acclaimed series "Looking." Leading up to this year's Fusion Film Festival, Morano »
- Reed Morano
Makeup and mimicry can only take an actor so far when tasked with playing one of the most enduring stars in the cinematic firmament: More crucial is that he have a certain intangible star quality of his own. Such is the success of Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean in “Life,” Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making. More than a standard celebrity bio, however, the pic is a loving valentine from photographer-turned-helmer Corbijn to his name-making profession, with Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock, the shutterbug who landed Dean a now-classic Life magazine spread. It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect.
If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the »
- Guy Lodge
Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story. But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by Jk Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.
With roles in December Boys and My Boy Jack, Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play Equus – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a »
- Phil Wheat
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
Kim Nguyen (War Witch) is directing the movie, which is set in a small town near the North Pole.
Lucy (Maslany) and Roman (DeHaan) find themselves drawn together by a shared passion.
By the age of eleven, Olsen had played small roles in "How the West Was Fun".
This was followed by appearing in her sisters' straight-to-video series "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley".
Olsen was cast as 'Edie Parker', in "Kill Your Darlings" and nominated for the 'BAFTA Rising Star' Award.
Her most recent film is "Godzilla".
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- Michael Stevens
Just two days after Wes Bentley signed on for Disney's remake of Pete's Dragon, Dexter star Michael C. Hall has come onboard. While no character details were given, the actor joins a cast that includes newcomer Oakes Fegley as Pete, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oona Laurence. Unlike the original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, the remake will remove all of the musical elements, although it still will be a live action/CGI hybrid, with the dragon Elliot portrayed through animation.
The remake is set in a logging village instead of a fishing village like the original, focusing on Pete, who lives in the woods with his pet dragon Elliot after his parents died in a car accident. His home forest is now being threatened by a logging company. Robert Redford is playing a local resident who tells stories about dragons that no one in town believes, similar to »
Though a lengthy post-production process remains, principal photography on Warcraft is complete, and director Duncan Jones (Moon) has been discussing the project with Chinese movie news website Mtime. ManMadeMovies published a translation, revealing the long-term hopes Jones has for the game adaptation.
“Peter Jackson did a magnificent job of ‘setting the table’ for Tolkien’s universe with his first Lord Of The Rings film. I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by. Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more! There is certainly plenty more to tell… I would love to be part of that process of expanding on the lore that makes up Warcraft, but it will depend on what you, the audience, think of our first film.”
Part of »
- Sarah Myles
By the age of eleven, Olsen had played small roles in "How the West Was Fun" and her sisters' straight-to-video series "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley".
Olsen wasa then cast as 'Edie Parker', in "Kill Your Darlings" and nominated for the 'BAFTA Rising Star' Award.
Her most recent film is "Godzilla".
Click the images to enlarge »
- Michael Stevens
17 items from 2015
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