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The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
Tracks sounds like a slog, the true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) as she treks 1,700 miles across the Australian desert with four capricious camels and a black dog named Diggity. The journey, which spawned an article for National Geographic and a global bestseller, begins in April 1977 and lasts for nine arduous months. But hold on. The movie, which lasts a scant 112 minutes, is no mission for masochists. Tracks is an exhilarating adventure that opens up an unknown world to most of us and does it so well that we feel we're living it too. »
Exclusive: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year’s gothic thriller Stoker.
Simon & Simon and Major Dad star McRaney is hot off small-screen runs on Netflix’s House Of Cards and the recently cancelled Longmire. He also appears in the upcoming Relativity romance The Best Of Me and stars opposite Will Smith in Warner Bros’ February crime-romance Focus. The Disappointments Room began filming this month and also stars Lucas Till and Mel Raido. Geyer Kosinski is producing, while Robbie Brenner oversees for the studio. »
- Jen Yamato
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for showing some of the best films each year. Some of my personal favorite films have come out of Tiff, including Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
Trying to narrow down a list of films I am most excited to see from this year’s Tiff is a difficult process. After all, there are 393 films being shown. Based on plot summaries, entertaining trailers and actors I admire, I’ve managed to pick 10 films I am hoping to catch once they are publicly released.
The Judge // Tiff Premiere: Sept. 4
Dir. David Dobkin
The film follows Hank (Downey), a Chicago lawyer, who returns to his small, Indiana town in the wake of his mother’s death to find his estranged father (Duvall) accused of murder. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.
Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as ‘young lady.’
The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, »
- Nemo Kim
Alden Ehrenreich is in negotiations to join the growing cast of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail Caesar. No details were given regarding the character he will play, but the actor joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" who works for the major Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s, trying to keep actors and actresses in line to avoid any scandal. Back in May, we reported that Mannix is based on Fred Otash, a spy for Confidential Magazine who dug up dirt on celebrities in the 1950s.
Alden Ehrenreich most recently starred in Beautiful Creatures, »
Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.
The original crime novel, first published in 2002, was set in Victorian London and centred on young women who are petty thieves (fingersmiths). Park’s adaptation will be set in Korea during the time of Japanese rule.
The film’s Korean title phonetically reads “Agashi”, meaning ‘young lady’ or ‘miss’. The English title has yet to be decided.
He has intermittently made shorts including A Rose Reborn, which will screen in the upcoming Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle section, but today’s »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
The name Al Pacino has almost become synonymous with the act of scenery chewing in recent years. Righteous Kill, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Devil’s Advocate – the list goes on. It often seems that, if he’s not bouncing off the walls and tearing his own hair out, we’re just not getting the full Pacino. It is perhaps testament to the skill of director David Gordon Green, then, that Manglehorn apparently showcases a Pacino performance that is both measured and nuanced – demonstrating a subtlety and lightness of touch. Pacino has most certainly still got it.
With a premise that – on the surface at least – is reminiscent of As Good As It Gets, Manglehorn sees an aging locksmith (Pacino) pining for the love of his life in a small Texas town, while finding a warm friendship with a bank teller (Holly Hunter). Supporting those two leading acting heavyweights are Chris Messina »
- Sarah Myles
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
Lucas Till, who played Havok in the recent X-Men movies, will star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the Relativity Studios thriller The Disappointments Room. D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is directing the film, which has an original screenplay by Wentworth Miller, the Prison Break actor who also wrote Stoker. Caruso did a rewrite on the script. The story tells of a mother (Beckinsale) who moves her family to a beautiful house in the country. The discovery of a secret room in the attic leads to the woman unlocking the home’s bloody secret past and how it ties frighteningly to her
- Borys Kit
British actor Mel Raido (“The Informers”) is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in Relativity Studios’ psychological thriller “The Disappointments Room,” which will begin filming on Sept. 8, TheWrap has learned. D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia”) is directing from an original screenplay by “Prison Break” star and “Stoker” scribe Wentworth Miller, which Caruso then rewrote. Also read: Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale and Michael Caine Are Creepy and Crazy in ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Trailer (Video) Geyer Kosinski (“Before I Go To Sleep”) is producing the movie, while Relativity president Tucker Tooley (“The Fighter”) is executive producing with Demarest Films. Relativity's Robbie Brenner will oversee the project for the studio. »
- Jeff Sneider
★★★★☆Tracks (2013), The Painted Veil director John Curran's award-winning outback drama starring Mia Wasikowska (Lawless, Stoker), tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who in 1977 trekked across almost 2000 miles of treacherous Australian desert with only four temperamental camels and her loyal dog for company. Adapted from Davidson's bestselling book, Marion Nelson's screen adaptation opens with Robyn attempting to find work training feral camels. Her plan is to earn her own dromedaries for the trip. She also needs to be financed and this comes in the form of a deal with National Geographic Magazine who agree to fund Davidson's trek in return for exclusive pictures.
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Tracks on 18th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Any More) leads an up and coming cast with breath-taking performances in this commanding and beautiful tale set in the Australian outback including Mia Wasikowska (Lawless, Stoker, Jane Eye) as strong and unwavering Robyn Davidson and Adam Driver (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis, Francis Ha) as helpful and talkative Rick Smolan.
Tracks tells the story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who leaves her life in the city behind to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan who begins to photograph her voyage. »
Having all but disappeared from view after starring in the four-season run of Prison Break – the Resident Evil franchise notwithstanding – Wentworth Miller is now re-emerging into the spotlight as a talent with many strings to his bow. The most intriguing of those strings is screenwriting, which he will next demonstrate with the adaptation of the French thriller, With A Friend Like Harry – originally titled Harry, He’s Here To Help for its French release.
The original film – released in 2000 – was written and directed by Dominick Moll, with Gilles Marchand as co-writer, and Laurent Lucas, Sergi Lopez and Mathilde Seigner in the lead roles. The story – as will be presented in this Us remake – sees a man named Harry approach a put-upon man at a rest-stop, claiming to be his former high-school classmate. He gives convincing detail and information to support his story but, over time, his fixation with the man takes a sinister turn, »
- Sarah Myles
Jacki Weaver is killing it. She already had a prolific career in Australia, but when Animal Kingdom came out and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she quickly became a hot commodity in America. Since, she’s delivered some chilling material in Stoker and also scored another Academy Award nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and now she’s adding yet another noteworthy achievement to the list, appearing in a Woody Allen film. In Magic in the Moonlight, Weaver steps in as Grace, a grieving widow who misses her husband so much that she turns to a supposed psychic medium (Emma Stone) to put them back in touch. While in New York City promoting the film’s release, Weaver sat down with us to talk about the art of nailing a supporting character, working with Allen, whether or not she believes in psychic mediums, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Pajiba I'm more of a cat person but this gallery of big celebrities with tiny dogs is adorable
Criterion Collection on the painstaking restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Thompson on Hollywood has an in depth look at the VOD decisions involving Snowpiercer from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein (so yes it's very one-sided... but interesting nonetheless)
The Dissolve 'when images match ideas' on Snowpiercer and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Pajiba has the talk with Marvel about the Edgar Wright Divorce
Towleroad Andrew Rannells starts soon as Hedwig. (I'm excited. The role is big enough for multiple interpretations)
Theater Mania Michelle Williams wants to keep singing at the Kit Kat Club longer than expected. She's staying with Cabaret all »
- NATHANIEL R
This afternoon, the BFI has announced the opening film for the 58th London Film Festival. The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), will have is European premiere on Wednesday October 8th, as well as have simultaneous screenings at the same time across the UK. A first trailer for the film has also been released, which you can view below…
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness), Keira Knightley (Begin Again, Laggies), Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).
The BFI website press release said:
The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express®, is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Imitation Game, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, »
- Scott Davis
Wentworth Miller, the actor who made his name as heavily tattooed structural engineer Michael Schofield in Prison Break and then went on to make a bit more of his name by writing an acclaimed screenplay for Chan-wook Park's Stoker, is to guest star in The CW's The Flash.
Miller is to play the role of Leonard Snart, familiar to comic book fans as the petty criminal who accidentally pimped his gun into a freeze-ray and became the nefarious Captain Cold. Despite having a name that makes him sound like a lemon-based lozenge designed to relieve kids' sore throats, Captain Cold is actually a pretty nasty customer. The leader of The Rogues, he's guaranteed to make life difficult for Central City's Flash.
Snart will first appear in episode four of The Flash, which »
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has joined the cast of CW's The Flash. The news comes from TV Guide who says that he will be playing Leonard Snart a.k.a. Captain Cold. He is also the leader of The Rogues, and is a recent addition to the Justice League.
I'm surprised to see Miller take the role, especially since he's been focusing on his screenwriting career. The guy is a hell of writer who wrote the movie Stoker, which is a must see. I'm happy he is taking on the part though, I think he'll be great! »
- Joey Paur
Fans eager to see how The CW’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation The Flash fits into the existing Arrow series won’t have to wait long. Following the success of Arrow, the network greenlit another DC Comics adaptation last year in the form of The Flash. The Barry Allen character (played by Grant Gustin) was initially introduced on Arrow, confirming that both shows will exist within the same TV universe. As such, well before The Flash has even aired in earnest, fans have been clamoring for a big Arrow/The Flash crossover episode. Speaking today at the TCA’s, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that there will indeed be a crossover event, and it’ll happen this season. Hit the jump for more details on the Flash/Arrow crossover event, as well as news of a Prison Break star joining the series as a familiar comics villain. Talking to TV Guide, »
- Adam Chitwood
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