19 items from 2013
After a very successful run at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, Kevin and Michael Goetz's Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, has landed itself some distribution. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1, 2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz's directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). Scenic Route first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
- Uncle Creepy
Vertical Entertainment has purchased the U.S. rights to Scenic Route, a thriller that stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda, Hannibal). The film is directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz from a screenplay by The Beaver writer Kyle Killen. It all went down at Cannes. Check the press release for the details and a synopsis for the thriller.
Los Angeles (May 17, 2012) – Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1,2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). Scenic Route first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
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- Andy Greene
Lawrence, 22, enjoyed the fact that Foster, who is an actress herself, was clear about what she wanted from actors while shooting.
"What I like about working with an actress as a director is that she's not afraid of actors," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Lawrence as saying.
"People tip-toe around actors like they are emotional land mines, which is probably right, but I find that annoying because I want someone to tell me what I'm doing wrong. She was very blunt. She would just be like, 'Talk louder. Do this'. I like that a lot," she said.
- Smith Cox
Foster previously directed the Oscar-winning actress in The Beaver. Lawrence told Total Film how working with her has been encouraging.
"What I like about working with an actress as a director is that she's not afraid of actors," the 22-year-old said.
"People tip-toe around actors like they are emotional land mines, which is probably right, but I find that annoying because I want someone to tell me what I'm doing wrong.
"She was very blunt. She would just be like, 'Talk louder. Do this'. I like that a lot."
The 2011 film also starred Mel Gibson as Foster's on-screen husband, while Lawrence played the secret love interest of their son.
Since the movie, Foster has praised Lawrence on her choice of roles.
Watch a clip from The Beaver below: »
Time magazine prefers to be diplomatic and doesn’t rank its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, which was announced today. But let’s be frank: in the world of entertainment, Jennifer Lawrence is nonpareil. The 22-year-old Oscar winner and star of the Hunger Games blockbuster franchise was lauded by none other than Jodie Foster, her director from The Beaver and one of the few actresses to attain Lawrence’s critical and popular success — and more importantly, know how to translate it into real influence.
“Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Us news weekly, which annually publishes a list of the 100 key players in politics, science and the arts, also included Girls writer and actor Lena Dunham and Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in their list.
"You'll remember where you were when you first felt it," wrote Foster, who directed Lawrence in her film The Beaver. "How you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. »
- Henry Barnes
It seems the bad-ass action team known as The Expendables are gearing up for their third round of on-screen guns and explosions circle jerk with big names like Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage and Steven Segal being thrown around as possible new additions to the ever expanding super-cast. One name that hasn’t been mentioned lately by anyone in the know yet is the second film’s director Simon West.
Despite delivering a better movie than Sylvester Stallone did originally, it is now thought that West may not return when The Expendables 3 rolls into production before the end of the year. So if West is out, who’s going to be trying to keep all the ego’s in check behind the camera?
- Matt Aspin
Elysium is the second feature-length film written and directed by Neil Blomkamp (District 9) – featuring a cast that includes Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum), Oscar-winner Jodie Foster (The Beaver), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Alice Braga (Predators), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and William Fichtner (Prison Break), all playing humans in the year 2154: a time when the wealthy upper-class resides comfortably on a space station orbiting the Earth, while the poor and destitute live on the ruined planet’s surface below.
Blomkamp has been developing his new opera of intense (re: very violent) sci-fi action and allegorical drama since District 9 opened four years ago, with the film generating advanced buzz through an impressive showing at Comic-Con 2012 and steady drip-dropping of images and plot/character information over the past nine months or so.
Of course, everyone know there’s no better way ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Jennifer Lawrence didn’t just win the Oscar for Best Actress last month. She basically won the whole Oscars. (Apologies to Ben Affleck.) She charmed late-night hosts — and Academy voters — with a disarming blend of bawdy humor and compulsive oversharing in the weeks before the ceremony. She rocked the red carpets with a variety of gorgeous gowns. More importantly, she was the only nominee who arrived at the Dolby Theatre currently fronting a $400 million blockbuster franchise. Certainly, she was wonderful and deserving of the Academy Award for her performance as a dispirited young widow in The Silver Linings Playbook, but as she accepted the Oscar, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Lawrence Oscar interview backstage at the 85th Academy Awards (seen above with Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway) In the press room backstage at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, this year's Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence had to answer questions from the assembled reporters. One question had to do with the issue of mental illness as depicted in David O. Russell's comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook and Lawrence's Best Actress Academy Award win. Her response: "I don't think that we're going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness." (Pictured above: Lawrence and Best Supporting Actress winner Hathaway backstage at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony.) Talking about the hours prior to this year's ceremony, Lawrence made a comparison to Steve Martin in Father of the Bride, "watching my house just be torn apart, and my whole family was getting ready." When a reporter asked her if »
- Anna Robinson
Established fraternal commercial directing duo Kevin and Michael Goetz make their feature film debut at SXSW this year with "Scenic Route," a thriller starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler. Penned by "The Beaver" screenwriter and Black List vet Kyle Killen, the film follows two friends whose pickup breaks down on an isolated desert road, leaving them stranded. Their relationship quickly deteriorates as the two get under each others' skin, leading to a bloody confrontation. You can check out the exclusive first poster below, which features the face of a near-unrecognizable Duhamel. The film will debut in Austin on Saturday, March 8th. »
- Mark Lukenbill
Mel Gibson tried to hit on three women in one night earlier this week. 'The Beaver' star was in Miami on Wednesday (20.02.13) having a wild time on the dancefloor at Liv nightclub, and attempting to woo various ladies. First Mel was seen kissing a blonde woman, before moving onto a second, who he took dancing and was seen 'spinning around'. Mel - who has been single since his split from Oksana Grigorieva in 2010 - then moved onto a third woman, whom he bizarrely tried to impress by showing her pictures of his ex on his phone. A source told the New York Post newspaper: 'He went over to her table and hit on »
Writer Kyle Killen has been garnering attention over the last few years both in film and television. His two television series, Lone Star and Awake, despite being short lived, garnered critical praise, praise which carried over into his feature film writing debut, 2011′s The Beaver. This has left many interested in seeing what Killen chooses to pursue next, which turned out to be another feature film. Titled Scenic Route, the film is directed by the duo of Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz, making their feature film directorial debut, and stars Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Miracle Laurie, and Christie Burson. The first trailer for the film, set to premiere at the 2013 SXSW Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
We've got an interesting trailer for a new thriller called Scenic Route that features Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler beating the living hell out of each other! It gets pretty brutal. This movie is the directorial debut of commercial directors Kevin and Michael Goetz, and the script comes from The Beaver‘s Kyle Killen. The story follows two life-long friends who head out on a road trip that obviously doesn't end very well. Here's the synopsis,
Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, »
- Joey Paur
The 2013 SXSW Film Festival isn't too far away, and we'll have coverage from our own Jeremy Kirk in Texas. In the meantime, the hype surrounding some of the films is kicking off and we have a trailer for one such selection. Scenic Route is directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz with a script from Kyle Killen (the writer of The Beaver, one of my favorite 2011 films), and finds Josh Duhamel with a mohawk and stranded with Dan Fogler in the desert after a road trip goes sour. Rather than taking on the expected horror angle, these two guys are only in danger of each other as they question each other's lives. Watch now! Here's the first trailer for Kevin and Michael Goetz's Scenic Route, originally from Deadline: Scenic Route is directed by commercial and music video directing duo Kevin and Michael Goetz with a script from Kyle Killen (The Beaver, »
- Ethan Anderton
Current Best Actress Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence was recognized as Outstanding Performer of the Year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff). Whether it was her memorable debut in The Poker House, her first Oscar-nominated role in Winter’s Bone, indies like The Beaver and Like Crazy, or her star-making turns in last year’s The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook (for which she has received her second Oscar nomination), the 22-year-old from Kentucky is proving herself to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors. Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what she had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A. While there, Jennifer Lawrence talked about what this past year has been like for her, how she got her start in acting, why she’s never taken any acting lessons, »
- Christina Radish
We reveal the 10 debut films in the frame, which include a documentary that doubles as a thriller, an urban drama set in east London, and a postmodern horror
Each year, the Guardian does its bit to contribute to the annual hysteria that is the movie awards season; though ours steers clear of glitzy dance routines, on-camera meltdowns and off-colour jokes about interpersonal relationships.
The Guardian first film award is designed to reward debut directors whose films went on release during 2012 in UK cinemas (festival screenings don't count), and the rollcall of previous winners comprises Joanna Hogg's Unrelated, Gideon Koppel's Sleep Furiously, Clio Barnard's The Arbor and, last year, The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh. There may have been a preponderance of British films there, but Britishness is certainly not a requirement: we are looking for ambition of theme, originality of vision, and proficiency of achievement. In other words, »
- Andrew Pulver
Jodie’s two boys Charlie, 14, and Kit, 12, don’t know the identity of their father — but a new report suggests that their mom’s close friend and fellow actor Mel Gibson could be their biological dad! Read on for the shocking details.
Jodie Foster thanked her ex-partner Cydney Bernard and gave a loving shout-out to her two boys Charlie and Kit during her Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award. But she also thanked longtime friend Mel Gibson – and said he “saves” her!
Jodie and Mel have been close friends ever since they starred together in the 1994 film Maverick. Ever since, the Academy Award-winning actress has had nothing but loving things to say about her actor pal, even throughout all of negative media coverage over the past few years.
She even cast him in her 2011 flick The Beaver, and many are questioning if her loyalty to the troubled »
- Christina Stiehl
Foster's acceptance speech for receiving the lifetime achievement award was forthright and fascinatingly unconventional
The glass closet is that bit emptier today following Jodie Foster's coming out during the Golden Globes ceremony. Foster's career has been unique and fascinatingly unconventional – a decades-long de facto rebuff to conventional notions of femininity, celebrity and the attitude towards women in Hollywood. And this coming out was utterly in keeping.
And it was a coming out. One would have to be willfully obtuse to doubt the meaning of Foster's remarks at the ceremony, where she received the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award. Her memories of opening up to friends and family and references to Cydney Bernard as "one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but heroic soul sister in life", left little room for doubt.
That said, this was not your standard public coming out. »
- Ben Walters
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