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Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today. As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did. Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »
- Evan Dickson
Bloom, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on Sea of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight f Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Exclusive Media international president Alex Walton is exiting the troubled production and financing company to launch his own foreign sales outfit, Bloom, where he'll continue to represent existing Exclusive titles. Walton has found a powerful backer and partner in Ken Kao, the emerging film financier and producer who is heir to the Garmin fortune. The auteur-minded Kao, whose first credit was the gritty crime drama Rampart, is currently in post-production on two upcoming Terrence Malick films: Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, and an untitled film starring Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Blanchett, Portman
- Stuart Kemp, Pamela McClintock
The recent resurrection of the historical Hammer Films studio was, of course, cause for much celebration among horror fans around the world. The British production company built a name for itself in horror in the 1960s and it's been great to have them back. (You don't have to bother with The Resident, but Hammer productions Wake Wood, Let Me In, and The Woman in Black are all worthwhile horror films.) The company's latest offering is, at best, a mixed bag. The Quiet Ones aims to combine an effectively creepy story set in 1974 with a bunch of "found footage" footage that serves no real purpose.
The plot is pure, simple Hammer stuff: a dedicated but plainly obsessed university professor (the great Jared Harris) and his two graduate students welcome the arrival of a new cameraman (Sam Claflin) who will document their work. And as poor Brian McNeil quickly discovers, the trio's »
- Scott Weinberg
Following the spectacular original horror flick Oculus last weekend, there's another promising supernatural thriller on the horizon later this month. The Quiet Ones goes back to the past for a tale inspired by true events, following a university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates, who are recruited to carry out a private experiment to create a poltergeist. This new trailer uses a creepy little rhyme, read perfectly by a little girl to make it all the more ominous. Jared Harris ("Mad Men") also stars in the film from Hammer, the company behind The Woman in Black. Could this start another horror franchise? We'll see. Read on! Here's the newest trailer for John Pogue's The Quiet Ones straight from Lionsgate: The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal) from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger). Inspired by true events, »
- Ethan Anderton
These days horror movies, for the most part, tend to come fast and cheap, with little in the way of craft other than loud noises and found footage aesthetics. But classic genre banner Hammer are doing things differently as they return to big screen productions. They scored a big hit with "The Woman In Black," a stylish and genuinely spooky ghost story and now they're back with "The Quiet Ones," another period tale that looks like it has an actual budget and something to say. Co-written by Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart"), and starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke, the film follows a London professor in the mid-70s, who works with his students on conducting eerie experiments, that of course, lead to supernatural trouble. Yeah, we know, sounds pretty generic but we're digging the overall mood, and we're hoping that Hammer continues to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adding to his recent pile-up of “men in uniform with guns” type roles, Woody Harrelson will follow up fashionable stints in green (Oren Moverman’s The Messenger), navy blue (Moverman’s Rampart) and shirt-tie confection in True Detective with yet another detective role in John Hillcoat’s highly anticipated ensemble pic. Deadline reports that Harrelson will play Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen (the uncle to the cop played by Casey Affleck) in Triple Nine — clearly Open Road Films most appetizing title being prepped for the 2015 campaign. A summer production start date is in the works.
Gist: Written by Matt Cook, this is about a crew of dirty cops who are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, »
- Eric Lavallee
Fruitvale Station co-star Melonie Diaz is in talks to star as a Ptsd-afflicted veteran in the HBO drama Laughs Unlimited (working title). Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger) and Anthony Swafford (author of the memoir Jarhead) have worked on developing the one-hour series for the premium cable network for the past year and a half. If HBO were to greenlight the show, it would mean the role of a lifetime for Diaz. Here's Deadline's description: The focus of the series is Billie Crown, an Army medic who returns from serving a tour in Afghanistan only to find that her husband is divorcing her and taking custody of their daughter. The medic hides her Ptsd from family and colleagues so she can be reinstated as a Sacramento police officer, and so she can reconnect with her daughter. Navigating the pressurized world of a beat cop while trying to assimilate back into normal »
- Inkoo Kang
Fruitvale Station’s Melonie Diaz has been cast as the lead in Laughs Unlimited (working title), a drama series project about a war vet’s struggles with post traumatic stress disorder, which has been on the works at HBO for the past year and a half. It has not been picked up to pilot yet, with HBO doing preliminary casting and working on the budget as it does on most scripts it is high on before making a formal pilot order. Laughs Unlimited hails from Oren Moverman, who has directed Rampart and The Messenger, and Anthony Swofford, best known for writing the book Jarhead. It centers on Army Reserve medic Billie Crown (Diaz) who, after fifteen months as a combat medic in Afghanistan, discovers that “real life” is just as perilous as war. Duty as a Sacramento cop offers the same dangers and thrills as combat, and repairing relationships with »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
While the forthcoming "The Quiet Ones" boasts all the hallmarks of horror movies you've seen before—an ancient evil, a based on a true story premise, things banging around loudly—there is reason to be optimistic. Firstly, it's the latest from the revitalized Hammer horror shingle, who dropped the very, very good "The Woman In Black" a couple years back. And, this also has a script co-written by Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart") which certainly piques our interest. And now some fresh teases have raised the stakes just a little more. A new trailer, clip and a handful of images have made their way online. Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke, the film follows a London professor in the mid-70s, who works with his students on conducting eerie experiments, that of course, lead to supernatural trouble. Like we said, this is hardly reinventing the wheel, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"There's something there with you, isn't there?" The second trailer for Hammer's newest horror film The Quiet Ones showed a mix of found footage and traditional narrative filmmaking, and now a new shorter trailer does the same, but this one is pretty intense, showing a lot of the craziness that happens in this supernatural college experiment gone wrong. Fans of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should be happy to see Sam Claflin in this film, but it's Jared Harris and his ominous British voice that really adds some ambiance. This looks better than Hammer's The Woman in Black, so we're definitely interested. Watch it! Here's the latest trailer for John Pogue's The Quiet Ones, originally from Apple: The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal) from a script he wrote with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger). Inspired by true events, and »
- Ethan Anderton
It was always evident that True Detective was not going to be a ‘nice’ show. From the way it was advertised to the facts laid out (Matthew McConaughey turning into a ‘serious’ actor, combined with Woody Harrelson’s part in Rampart, rather set a precedent for me). That and the news from spoilers (the UK so far behind that as we start the Us are looking towards the finale) meant it was difficult not finding out the facts before the detectives themselves.
But nice is the complete opposite of the scale this week. Cohle (McConaughey) and Hart (Harrelson) are still on the hunt for the elusive killer of a woman we, as an audience, barely know anything about (and it seems the detectives don’t seem to care). This is not a place for that stock character in police dramas that »
- Gary Collinson
Robin Wright, who has found new love with actor Ben Foster, looks back at her relationship with Sean Penn and says they stayed together too long - for the sake of their children. Her divorce from Penn after a 20-year relationship was "devastating," the House of Cards actress, 47, tells Britain's Telegraph in a lengthy new interview. "Divorce in and of itself, and with children, is devastating. Worse than that. One of the reasons why we got back together and broke up so much was trying to keep the family together. If you've got kids, it's a family, and you try again, »
- Tim Nudd
• Meg Ryan will make her directorial debut with Ithaca, an adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy, which frequent co-star Tom Hanks will executive-produce. The story follows the teenage Homer Macauley, left at home in Ithaca, Calif., to care for his mother, sister, and little brother, Ulysses, while his older brother fights in World War II. Ryan will also star in the film opposite Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, and Jack Quaid (Ryan’s 21-year-old son, who played Marvel in The Hunger Games). Clarence Brown directed a version of the story in a 1943 film starring Mickey Rooney. [THR]
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- EW staff
More news about projects being sold at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. This one is a film titled Time Out of Mind, a rather intriguing title for a film that I wish was sci-fi, but alas is just a drama. Set to be directed by Oren Moverman (of The Messenger and Rampart, both with Woody Harrelson, previously) the film will star Richard Gere, who has been getting into more roles recently including The Double, Arbitrage, Movie 43, Henry & Me and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Qed is selling the international rights in Berlin, with Wme handling them in the Us, meaning they're looking to get this thing ready to film. Quoted commenting on the project, Richard Gere states: "Time Out of Mind has obsessed me for many years now. It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone. »
- Alex Billington
Deadline reports that Richard Gere has signed on to take the leading role, and will also be producing the drama.
Time Out of Mind sees Gere star as a New Yorker who enters a shelter when he runs out of other housing options, and then struggles to piece his life back together and fix the troubled relationship with his estranged daughter.
Moverman has adapted the script from a story by fellow Oscar nominee Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardner).
Gere will produce the film alongside Caroline Kaplan (Boys Don’t Cry) and Moverman’s past collaborator Lawrence Inglee (The Messenger, Rampart). The actor is coming off an acclaimed performance in Nicholas Jarecki’s dramatic-thriller, Arbitrage, earning him a nod »
- Kenji Lloyd
If you've followed this blog, you already know how much we dig Oren Moverman. He's the writer/director behind the duo of terrific dramas "The Messenger" and "Rampart," and while he's been brewing a few projects since (including the forthcoming Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy," which he wrote and has Paul Dano and John Cusack set to star in), nothing has returned him behind the camera. Now that is set to change. Moverman is set to direct "Time Out Of Mind," and no, it's not a science fiction movie. Instead, it stars Richard Gere, and is based on a story by Jeffrey Caine ("The Constant Gardener," "GoldenEye"), about a New York man who tries to patch things up with his estranged daughter, all while struggling to get his life back on track after circumstances force him into a homeless shelter. It sounds like a potent matchup of solid material with a great director/star pairing, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even though he's only directed two features, I've become a big Oren Moverman fan. The Messenger and Rampart are terrific, and I've been eagerly awaiting his follow-up. When I interviewed him almost two years ago, he had mentioned working on a David O. Selznic biopic for HBO and writing the script for Queer, which Steve Buscemi was set to direct. Since then, news about Moverman's career has been fairly quiet, but today, Deadline reports that the writer-director will make the drama Time Out of Mind his next feature. The movie is based on a story by screenwriter Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), and is "about a New Yorker who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter." Richard Gere is set to star and produce, and production is set to begin in March. »
- Matt Goldberg
Richard Gere is going from hedge fund manager to homeless person as it emerged that his passion project Time Out Of Mind is taking shape quickly. Qed International represents international sales and will introduce at the Efm next week.
Time Out Of Mind tells of a New York man who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter. Gere recently played a billionaire in Arbitrage.
”Time Out Of Mind has obsessed me for many years now,” said Gere. “It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks »
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