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Exclusive: Roland Emmerich’s independently-produced drama Stonewall has made its first big international sale. Warner Bros Germany has acquired the just-wrapped film in Emmerich’s native country. The Jon Robin Baitz-scripted drama tells the story of a young man’s political awakening set against the backdrop of the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and up-and-comers Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi star. Of the sale, Emmerich says, “Telling the story of the Stonewall riots has long been a great passion of mine. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Warner Bros will be releasing the film in Germany. I first worked with Warner Bros 25 years ago on Moon 44, and I’m looking forward to working very closely with them again. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The history of a haunted house, from the 19th century to today, will be explored in spooky fashion in the British anthology film Its Walls Were Blood. Steve Oram (Sightseers), Edward Hogg (Anonymous), and Polly McIntosh (White Settlers) have all joined the cast, per Screen Daily. Oram (pictured) was exquisitely good in Sightseers, and McIntosh brings beauty, grace, and feral intensity to her roles, so, yes, this is good news for the anthology flick. Individual segments will be directed by Sean Hogan (The Devil's Business), Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House), Tom Shankland (The Children) and Paul Davis (The Body). Of those filmmakers, I'm most familiar with Hogan, who has consistently plowed a fiercely independent, often uncomfortable path in his work, which includes the haunting Lie Still, and a nicely...
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A new anthology is on its way from across the pond, and we have the first news and details for it right here for you! Are you ready for Its Walls Were Blood? The name alone has us sold. Read on!
Screen Daily reports that Steve Oram (Sightseers), Edward Hogg (Anonymous). and Pollyanna McIntosh (pictured; The Woman, White Settlers) are among cast attached to UK portmanteau horror Its Walls Were Blood, which is aiming to shoot later this year.
The film follows four connected stories set throughout a haunted house’s history from the 19th century to today.
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- Steve Barton
Exclusive: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; Xyz to handle Us rights.
Steve Oram (Sightseers), Edward Hogg (Anonymous) and Pollyanna McIntosh (White Settlers) are among cast attached to UK portmanteau horror Its Walls Were Blood, which is aiming to shoot later this year.
The film follows four connected stories set throughout a haunted house’s history, from the 19th century to today.
Xyz represents the film’s North American rights. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.
With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.
The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.
The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »
- Eric Lavallee
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy. Garner, who reportedly died in his home on Saturday at the age of 86, first hit it big in 1957 with "Maverick," a comical Western in which he played Bret Maverick, a Wild West cardsharp who was as quick on the draw as he was with a quip. At a time when TV was dominated by Westerns — and very solemn ones, at that — Garner was happy to play the same material lighter, to occasionally be the clown or the guy who gets punched in the face, and yet always made it clear that Maverick could easily kill you if he wanted to — it just wasn't his preferred way of doing things. Garner left Maverick after only a few seasons (and had spent much of that time alternating episodes »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alcon Entertainment’s action-thriller Point Break, starring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Delroy Lindo, begins principal photography today, it was announced by Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The production will film on four continents, including North America, Europe, South America and Asia, and features stunts performed by the world’s top extreme sports athletes, as opposed to stunt performers. Locations set for filming include Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, India and the United States. Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Ericson Core (“Invincible”) is directing from Kurt Wimmer’s (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen”) screenplay. Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Che: Part One”) stars as Bodhi and Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” upcoming “The Best of Me”) will portray Johnny Utah.
In “Point Break, »
- Michelle McCue
Wonderful true story about a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic British family in the late 18th century; like the best Jane Austen romance with an angry social conscience. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m hungry for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Warning: I am about to get sweary about a genteel romantic costume drama.
To everyone who has ever said or believed that white men built the world on their own and bestowed civilization on the rest of us? Fuck you. To anyone who has ever said or believed that the stories of women and everyone not-white haven’t been told because they’re not worth telling because, obvs, they did nothing significant? Fuck you.
That the stories of women and nonwhite people — and nonwhite women! — have been erased from the history books does not »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you needed any confirmation about what Steven Spielberg‘s next movie will be, this could provide the news you’re looking for. Tom Hanks and Spielberg have been developing a true-life Cold War thriller, and a new actor has just signed on. Mark Rylance (Anonymous (above), The Other Boleyn Girl) will now play a role in […]
- Russ Fischer
Irvine portrays a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. The cast includes Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi.
The script is written by Jon Robin Baitz.
- Dave McNary
Principal photography has begun on Roland Emmerich's drama Stonewall. The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young runaway who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and is eventually swept up in events that would lead to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were a turning point in gay civil rights. Although Emmerich is known for being able to blow stuff up real good, his first historical drama, Anonymous, wasn't bad, and Stonewall has been a passion project for the director some time. It's always admirable when a filmmaker breaks away from his or her comfort zone, and the story of the Stonewall Riots is definitely one worth telling. Hit the jump for the press release, which also reveals that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula), Joey King (White House Down), and Ron Perlman have joined the cast. Here's the press release: Production Commences On Centropolis Entertainment’S Stonewall Directed »
- Matt Goldberg
Roland Emmerich's directorial career has spanned all sorts of genre entertainment from historical epics like The Patriot and 10,000 BC to scifi blockbusters Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Godzilla. But through his three decade career, he has made one lone drama film. 2011's Anonymous was a period film about conspiracy theories surrounding who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare. Now, Emmerich is preparing to make the sequel to Independence Day but not before trying »
- Alex Maidy
The Wrap is reporting Rhys Ifans has joined James Bobin's (The Muppets) Alice In Wonderland sequel, and the actor will play the Mad Hatter's father, Zanik Hightopp. Mark Rylance (Anonymous, Blitz) was previously in talks to play the character, but Rhys Ifans will play the Hatter Dad in Alice In Wonderland 2. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles from the first film, and the sequel will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as the villain Time. »
- Jesse Giroux
The story will focus on the events surrounding the last days before his untimely death at the age of 39 in 1953 in New York, which included multiple visits to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.
Ifans, a native of Wales, has appeared recently in “Anonymous, “The Five-Year Engagement” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Malkovich and Luna collaborated on “Chavez” with Luna directing and Malkovich starring.
Malkovich appeared last year in “Warm Bodies” and “Red 2.”
- Dave McNary
When you get down to it, the career of Roland Emmerich (White House Down) has been essentially critic-proof. Much like contemporary Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Emmerich has spent decades making movies that have been (largely) rejected by film literati, but also generated impressive box office returns.
Thus, the German-born director’s clout remains constant despite the under-performance of projects such as Anonymous and White House Down. Though he will soon be tackling the historical/political drama Stonewall and the long-discussed sequel(s) to Independence Day, Emmerich may also have cast his eye even further out with the acquisition of the rights to Maya Lord, a historical novel.
Deadline shares the scoop that Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis ...
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- Kyle Hembree
The last time Roland Emmerich delved into history, the world was faced with Anonymous, which ended up a controversial look at Shakespeare’s work. It seems he’s happy living in the past at the moment, because he’s preparing to direct 1960s-set gay rights drama Stonewall and may go even further back via his option on John Coe Robbins’ novel Maya Lord.Robbins’ book is set in 1511 and is based on the true story of Gonzalo Guerrero, who was shipwrecked and found himself washed ashore on an unknown part of what was then the New World. He and his fellow Spanish shipmate survivors were captured and enslaved by a Mayan tribe, and Guerrero ended up embracing the Mayan culture. When one of his fellow captives escaped and joined up with the invading forces led by Cortes, Guerrero became a Mayan warlord and defended his adopted people.According to Deadline, »
Best known for his roles in X-Men: First Class and Antiviral, Caleb Landry Jones is a young star on the rise. He’s got an impressive slate of films coming up (God’s Pocket, Low Down) and today, he’s added one more in the form of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall.
Already set to star Jeremy Irvine as Danny, a “a young man who experiences a political awakening during the Stonewall riots,” the film will see Jones co-star as Orphan Annie, “an eccentric gay street hustler who participates alongside Danny in the uprising.”
If you couldn’t already tell, Stonewall will focus on the riot that broke out on June 28, 1969 at the titular inn, where gay and lesbian patrons stood up to police who raided the bar.
- Matt Joseph
Though there's not much in the way of plot details, we now know of at least one new character that's set to feature prominently in "Alice in Wonderland 2": The Mad Hatter's father.
TheWrap reports that Mark Rylance, an acclaimed British theater actor, is in talks to take the part. The character's name is Zanik Hightopp, the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and like his zany son, Hightopp "cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat," according to TheWrap.
In addition to a host of appearances in Shakespeare stage productions, Rylance is known for his selective film work, including parts in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Anonymous" and a role in the upcoming Sean Penn-starring "The Gunman. »
- Katie Roberts
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