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If the Sundance Film Festival has always been the place to discover tomorrow’s biggest stars in front of and behind the camera during the past 30 years, it seems to have become even more fruitful in recent years. From young filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) to ready-to-launch superstars like Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Hollywood has quickly found its future in the snowy peaks of Park City. “One of the biggest changes in the last 30 years is how independent film »
- Jeff Labrecque
Today’s film is the 2013 short Scripted Content. The film is written and directed by Matthew Frost, and stars Jessica Chastain. Chastain has been in the acting industry for nearly 10 years, with guest roles on Veronica Mars and Law & Order: Trial by Jury, before having a breakout year in 2011 with leading roles in Terence Malick’s Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter. Her newest feature, titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, made its debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and she is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s next feature, titled Interstellar.
The post Saturday Shorts: ‘Scripted Content’, starring Jessica Chastain appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The film will centre on a man who goes on the run with his son when he realises that the boy has special powers.
Driver recently denied rumours that he was in line to play Nightwing in the Man of Steel sequel.
Midnight Special is scheduled for release next year. »
“Girls” star Adam Driver has closed a deal to join the cast of Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project has told TheWrap. A representative for Warner Bros. had no comment. Nichols is the acclaimed filmmaker behind “Mud,” “Take Shelter” and “Shotgun Stories,” all of which starred Michael Shannon. Shannon also stars in “Midnight Special” alongside Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton. Also Read: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Eyes ‘Girls’ Star Adam Driver for Sidekick Role (Exclusive) Story follows a father and son who go on the run after the dad learns his 8 year-old child possesses special powers. »
- Jeff Sneider
Technically part of the extended Sundance family when Junebug landed there in 2005, scribe Angus MacLachlan moved from screenwriting to full fledged filmmaker in 2012 when filming commenced on Goodbye to All That. The North Carolina shot flick began filming in October 2012, is loaded with talent behind the camera in Production Designer Chad Keith (Take Shelter) and Cinematographer Corey Walter (Meek’s Cutoff) and the producing pair of Park City vets Anne Carey and Mindy Goldberg, while in front of the camera we got a mixed bag featuring Paul Schneider and a slew of women players in Melanie Lynskey, Heather Lawless, Heather Graham, Amy Sedaris, Anna Camp, Ashley Hinshaw and Celia Weston.
Gist: A recently divorced dad named Otto (Paul Schneider) who starts a new life with his daughter.
Prediction: If there is enough space this year, this could crack the U. »
- Eric Lavallee
Just in time for Veteran's Day, we have a really cool exclusive for you, which comes in the form of a sneak peek at teaser footage/concept trailer for The Mighty Eighth, a WWII epic that focuses on the B17 air crews piloting through the onslaught of the Luftwaffe. The footage was put together by Hydraulx, the special effects company formed by Greg & Colin Strause (Skyline, Take Shelter). The film has yet to be shot with the script out to cast and making its debut at Afm, so »
- Paul Shirey
Spider-Man star Garfield to play contractor who ends up working for man who evicted him in financial crisis drama
The two comic-book movie stars – Garfield currently plays Spider-Man, while Shannon portrayed General Zod in recent Superman reboot Man of Steel – will take a break from superhero duties with the independent drama. Venice film festival favourite Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi-Khoie, which is set against the backdrop of the financial crisis.
The plot sees Garfield's character kicked out of his home, where he lives with his mother and nine-year-old daughter, leading to a moral quandary as he fights to get a roof back over the family's heads. Deadline describes Shannon as the "powerful, »
- Ben Child
You can watch it below, but first here are the details on The Graveyard Feeder, which is in the process of being turned into a feature-length version.
In addition to co-writing (with Aaron Beck and Jeff Stepp) and directing the film, Robinson co-produced the project with Stepp, who also served as director of photography. Starr Jones (Lincoln, The Toolbox Murders) did the special F/X work and production design while Josh Chase (Take Shelter) did the sound design. Mick Hitz of the Big Wheel Production Group was the executive producer, and the rockabilly group The Bloody Jug Band contributed music for the soundtrack.
Groundskeeper Burke Sawyer is in a rush to save his deceased father's soul from »
- Debi Moore
Speaking to Digital Spy at the launch of the new Curzon Home Cinema Channel, Bower explained how the combination of childhood nostalgia and Steve McQueen's potent lead turn combined to make 1963's The Great Escape his favourite film of all time.
"It was the first film that I ever sat down with my dad and watched, when I must have been about 8. I had watched movies before that, but that was the first time I remember bonding with my dad over one.
"He loves old war movies - Bridge on the River Kwai, all that kind of stuff - so The Great Escape was a big deal for me.
"I also had this massive man crush on Steve McQueen, when »
Many Austin Film Festival-goers kicked off their week by attending one of the first panels on the schedule -- "A Conversation with Jeff Nichols." In a Q&A session that lasted a little over an hour on Thursday afternoon (it was moderated by Christopher Boone), the Austin-based director discussed the three films he has completed so far (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud) as well as his upcoming release, Midnight Special. As a writer and director who has achieved critical success while working with both small and big budgets, Nichols had plenty of advice and entertaining tidbits to share with the audience.
Nichols, who comes off as both boyish and wise, eschews traditional film-school techniques (such as following a strict screenplay formula) but stresses the importance of adhering to certain personal storytelling rules. He described his process as beginning with various large ideas (masculinity, first love, financial anxiety, etc.) and »
- Caitlin Moore
"We can start from scratch." Damn, there are so many outstanding sci-fi shorts out there. Here's another one that we're anxiously awaiting as this is only a teaser trailer, but it looks stunning. The short is called Similo and is directed by Spanish filmmaking duo Zacarias & Macgregor, starring Aloma de Balma and Javier Rios. Set in 2065 on Antarctica, Similo is about a couple that gets together again. "She is looking for love. He is searching for his own identity." There's some sexuality/nudity in this which makes it a bit Nsfw, but otherwise it's a captivating trailer featuring the mesmerizing music from Take Shelter. Check this out. Here's the first Nsfw teaser trailer for Zacarias & Macgregor's short film Similo, in high def on Vimeo: Thanks to GeekTyrant for the tip on this. Synopsis from Vimeo: 2065. The entire planet is hit by the effects of climate change. One of the »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – Last month’s 2013 version of the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago was a memorable event, with appearances of Marvel Comic’s legend Stan Lee, favorites from the new Star Trek movies, ‘The Man of Steel,’ ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ and TV’s ‘Homeland,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0.’ HollywoodChicago.com was there to capture Exclusive Portraits.
The Wizard World Comic Con is a yearly event in Chicago, but also has upcoming 2013 events in Columbus, Ohio (September 20-21-22), Nashville, Tennessee (October 18-19-20) and Austin, Texas (November 22-23-24). In 2014, the Wizard World Comic Con expands by seven for a total of 15 events. Click here for details regarding all things Wizard World Comic Con, including celebrity autograph/photo opportunities, comic creators meet-and-greet and their huge vendor market.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s no secret that everybody loves Ramin Bahrani. Roger Ebert hailed him as the “director of the decade” back in 2009. He’s been honored at film festivals, received a Guggenheim fellowship, and is pretty much considered by everyone to be an all-around smart guy. For his next, film 99 Homes, Bahrani will tackle the impenetrable quagmire that is the U.S.’s recent housing collapse. The film already has its star – Andrew Garfield – who will be playing a man who loses his home, but then finds himself a far more horrible situation when the only job he can get is one with the manipulative broker who stole his house away. And, as you can guess from the title of this article, it’ll be megalomaniacal rant virtuoso Michael Shannon who’ll be taking on the part of the broker. It’s an ideal casting choice. Shannon is the master of being completely unhinged, from »
- Adam Bellotto
Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols.
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
Matthew McConaughey has had quite the resurgence over the last couple of years. With films like The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike and Killer Joe under his belt it's safe to say that McConaughey is done with the romantic comedies and is back to serious acting. Mud sees him teaming up with Jeff Nichols, who directed the great Take Shelter in 2011, and after watching this there's no doubt that Mud is one of the best films of the year.
- Flickering Myth
For years Matthew McConaughey was known for the ever more dubious reasons to appear shirtless in his films but despite the wilderness romcom years of Fool’s Gold, The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days there are a number of roles which have shown there is more to this actor than his abs.
Case in point is his recent run of films including as the duplicitous killer cop in Killer Joe, as a fiery and flamboyant stripper in Magic Mike and the enigmatic central character, a fugitive looking for his love, in Jeff Nichols’ Mud.
Nichols’ previous films, the audacious Shotgun Stories and the slow burning madness of Take Shelter, benefitted from the masterful Michael Shannon and for his third film the director employed McConaughey at the height of his renaissance to draw a dark line through the lives of two Arkansas teenagers. The film »
- Jon Lyus
Intelligent, affecting and disarmingly honest, Love Is All You Need (2012, Arrow, 15) comes on like a Dogme version of Mamma Mia!, with unexpectedly engaging results. Trine Dyrholm is superb as the resilient mother and wife recovering from cancer treatment, whose husband embarks on an affair on the eve of their daughter's wedding. Travelling alone to picturesque southern Italy, she crosses paths with Pierce Brosnan's abrasive father of the groom, whose rudeness slowly turns to affection, admiration, and perhaps something more.
Produced by the Danish company Zentropa under the original title The Bald Hairdresser, this manages to juggle the down-to-earth and the head-in-the-air with dazzling aplomb. Imagine a feelgood romantic comedy populated by realistic characters, all facing believable life challenges (middle age, mastectomies, abandonment, sexual uncertainty) and you'll start to understand what's so remarkable about director Susanne Bier's sharp, empathetic love story. »
- Mark Kermode
Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector’s Edition $59.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, who sends his baby,Kal-El, off to Earth as his planet crumbles around him and criminals led by General Zod (Michael Shannon, Take Shelter) are banned in the universe. As Kal-El grows up on Earth as Clark Kent, he discovers he has superpowers and grows into the Superman we all know and love, kindling the curiousity of reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams, »
Writer/director Jeff Nichols has been a burgeoning talent in the filmmaking world for a few years now following his one-two punch of Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, but his latest release is proving to be his most successful yet. Not only has Mud caught on with general audiences (to the tune of $26.8 million and counting), but the film provides a unique, enthralling, and almost mythic take on the coming-of-age genre that boasts a magnetic performance by Matthew McConaughey and truly stunning breakthrough work from the young Tye Sheridan. The result is one of the best films of the year, and it’s now available on home video. Hit the jump for my review of Mud on Blu-ray. The Film Pulling from his own experiences, Mud takes place in Nichols’ native Arkansas and tells the Mark Twain-esque story of two young boys who stumble upon a mysterious man named »
- Adam Chitwood
Chicago – Maybe it’s the indeterminate time period that doesn’t rely on modern pop culture references or technology. Maybe it’s the sense that we’re watching a great Young Adult novel turned into a film. Maybe it’s the timeless themes of rebellion, love, and loss. Whatever it is, “Mud” already feels like a classic.
It’s a film, as proven by its incredible word-of-mouth success at the box office and Ridiculous 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, that everybody likes and many love. That word-of-mouth should continue on Blu-ray and DVD as more and more people watch a film that already feels like it will hold up for decades.
Some have complained about overwriting in “Mud,” an argument that I understand but with which I don’t really agree. Yes, there’s a lot going on here and the final act gets a bit clunky in its narrative but »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Joel Edgerton will reportedly join Christian Bale in Exodus for 20th Century Fox. There are scant details on the Biblical epic outside of the fact Edgerton will play Ramses to Bale's Moses with filming taking place in Spain, Morocco and England. In addition to this news, Edgerton has just received a new co-star in Midnight Special to be directed by Jeff Nicols (Mud, Take Shelter). Written by Nichols, the film follows a father (Michael Shannon) and his eight-year-old boy who must go on the run when it becomes apparent that the child has superhero-like powers. Kirsten Dunst is the latest to join the project per Deadline. Warner Bros. will distribute. Edgerton was recently seen in The Great Gatsby and will be seen in the troubled production of Jane Got a Gun. »
- Brad Brevet
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