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Paris– “Zombillenium,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Ghosts of Pere Lachaise” and “Yellowbird” were among the highlights presented at Cartoon Movie’s animation co-production forum.
Based on Arthur de Pins’ eponymous comicbooks, “Zombillenium” (in development) is a CGI 3D feature turning on a little girl, Lucy, adopted by monsters tired of working in an amusement terror park. De Pins will direct, Henri Magalon’s Maybe Movies is producing with two other French shingles: 2 Minutes and Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel. Toon has two assets: on top of having a strong concept, it taps into the current zombie-mania trend and is based on a popular franchise. Gebeka Films will release in France.
Repped by WestEnd, “Song of the Sea” (in production) is Tomm Moore’s follow up to Oscar-nominated “Brendan And The Secret of Kells.” Like “Kells,” “Sea” is hand-drawn, boasts bright colors and a rich, painterly visual style. It’s also based on Irish folklore. »
- Elsa Keslassy
To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month. "Blood Ties" (March 21) French heartthrob Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") is back in the director's chair with "Blood Ties." The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father. "Mistaken for Strangers" (March 28) The National are one of the most respected indie rock groups on the planet, »
The International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias has confirmed the rest of its programme.
Cartagena has added a Midnight Cinema section including two Colombian horror films: Gallows Hill (Encerrada), directed by Víctor García and written by Richard D´Ovidio and starring Peter Facinelli; and Demental by young Colombian David Bohórquez, which will have its world premiere at the festival.
The outdoor series Cinema Under the Stars includes:
Gloria, Sebastián Lelio (Chile)La Jaula de Oro, Diego Quemada Diez (Mexico)The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra (India)Ciudad Delirio, Chus Gutiérrez (festival opening film)Porro Hecho en Colombia, Adriana Lucía, who will give a concert at the end of the screening.
Special Presentations section include Simon Brand’s Default, Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr, Spike Jonze’s Her, Go for Sisters by John Sayles (the subject of a retrospective), and Medeas by Andrea Pallaoro.
There are also two films that are also part of Tributes: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It's a rather busy MPAA bulletin today beginning with the already announced R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which will be hitting limited theaters for one week this weekend followed by a March 11 Blu-ray release and then moving to Blood Ties from Guillaume Canet, which was cut down from the version I saw in Cannes last year (which I actually suggested in my review). Then we have the James McAvoy starrer Filth, which Magnolia is bringing to theaters on May 30 as well as another May release from Magnolia in Richard Ayodae's The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The PG-13 young adult adaptation Divergent is now rated and ready for its March 21 release as is the 2 hour and 23 minute blood-and-the-dance-floor sequel The Raid Berandal accompanied by a hard-r rating. Finally we have Roger Donaldson's November Man, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko along with the »
- Brad Brevet
John Sayles will be honoured with a retrospective at the 54th Cartagena Film Festival (Ficci) and he will also participate in a March 18 roundtable discussion at the festival.
The festival will screen 10 of his films, including the recent Go For Sisters, Lone Star, Casa de los Babies, Men With Guns, Sunshine State, City of Hope, SIlver City, Matewan, Eight Men Out and his directorial debut The Return of the Secaucus Seven.
Actor Clive Owen will be a Guest of Honour at the festival, which will show the Latin American premiere of his latest film, Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties on March 14. Owen will be presented with the India Catalina prize and then will be publicly interviewed by Ficci director Monika Wagenberg. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Exclusive: Domenick Lombardozzi (Boardwalk Empire) is set to star and Eva Amurri Martino (Californication) to co-star opposite Henry Winkler in ABC’s comedy pilot The Winklers, from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. Based on Henry Winkler’s relationship with his son-in-law, Reinis, The Winkles centers on Jack (Lombardozzi), an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — successful actor Henry (Winkler) and Tita Winkler. Martino will play Henry and Tita’s spoiled, somewhat controlling daughter Emily who is married to Jack. 20th TV is producing. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots This marks a rare comedic turn for Lombardozzi, who has made his career playing tough guys. He recurs as Ralph Capone on Boardwalk Empire and, will next be seen in Guillaume Canet’s 1970s New York crime thriller Blood Ties, which »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
As promised, the first trailer for Ti West’s latest movie has dropped and we have it for you to watch right now.
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, »
- Jonathan James
After all the positive buzz that followed festival screenings of The Sacrament, including from our own Todd Gilchrist, the latest film from Ti West will be released in May. The first red band trailer is due out tomorrow, but we have a brand new poster for you to check out in the meantime. Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United »
- Jonathan James
James Gray has directed a total of five films over the past two decades, and while a movie every four years isn’t too shabby it’s also not quite a workmanlike pace either. He takes his time on personal projects like The Yards or divisive, subversive ones like We Own the Night. He’s an American filmmaker we don’t talk about often enough, but 2014 may change all that seeing as he’s attached in varying capacity to two different films. April will see the release of his latest directorial effort, The Immigrant, and a month earlier a film he co-wrote, Blood Ties, will hit theaters. Both films premiered at the Cannes film festival last year, a festival that’s always welcomed Gray’s work, and our Shaun Munro was mixed on Blood Ties, calling its 144 minute runtime “wholly excessive – even counter-productive – to telling this story. Furthermore, though Blood Ties will be no doubt be marketed »
- Jack Giroux
Today we have a domestic trailer for the upcoming "Blood Ties" thriller, starring Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, and Matthias Schoenaerts. Check it out below. Plot: Two brothers (Owen, Crudup), on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. The new movie is written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Little White Lies), and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It's now set to be released in select theaters and on iTunes on March 21st. Trailer: »
Roadside Attractions has released the trailer for Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties," which is set for a limited release March 21. The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father. »
- Max O'Connell
Coming from French actor-turned-filmmaker and writer Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), gritty crime thriller Blood Ties is set in 1974 New York City and based is on the novel by Michel and Bruno Papet. Clive Owen leads as fifty year-old recently released former gangster Chris, who finds his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future, reluctantly waiting outside the prison gates and offering him a chance to share his home, find him a job and help him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife. Unfortunately, Chris’ past quickly catches up to him and his descent back into the criminal underworld becomes inevitable.
Blood Ties made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier last year and co-stars Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Matthias Schoenaerts, Griffin Dunne and James Caan. The film is also co-written and produced by James Gray and arrives in the Us 21st March. »
- Craig Hunter
Following a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the 70s crime thriller Blood Ties from director Guillaume Canet is coming to theaters this spring, and the first trailer has just popped up online. Featuring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as brothers on opposite sides of the law, this looks about as generic as you can get. While the 70s setting in New York adds some style to the proceedings, it looks like an impressive cast will go wasted. The Film Stage notes that when the film played at Cannes, it ran 2 hours and 24 minutes, but iTunes lists the runtime at 2 hours and 8 minutes, so some significant cuts have been made. Here's the first trailer for Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties, originally from Apple: Blood Ties is directed by Guillaume Canet's who co-wrote the script with James Gray. In 1974 New York, Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released »
- Ethan Anderton
The crime-drama boasts a fantastic cast, led by Clive Owen, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything substantial from the film. The first teaser trailer launched in tandem with its festival debut, but now the first Us trailer has been released over on Apple, along with a new poster.
New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood »
- Kenji Lloyd
Certainly, replicating the look of '70s New York City is easy enough—just make everything bigger. The hair, the jeans, the attitude... if you wear it all with confidence and a bit of flamboyance, you can pull it off. And while "Blood Ties" has the look of a Sidney Lumet or William Friedkin movie of the period, it doesn't quite capture the essence of those films. But there are plenty of reasons why you should check out it. And those reasons? How about this: Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Caan. That's the ensemble holding down Guillaume Canet's crime drama, about two brothers on either side of the law, who collide personally and professionally. When we saw it last year at Cannes, we didn't quite dig the cut that ran over 2 hours and 30 minutes long. But as we suggested in our review, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Roadside Attractions has released the first theatrical trailer for director Guillaume Canet’s crime drama Blood Ties. The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers. One has recently been released from prison (Clive Owen), and the other is a cop (Billy Crudup) who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard. The trailer paints the film as a crime thriller, but I saw the pic at Tiff and it’s really more of a family drama with tense elements. Regardless, the film never really comes together and kind of slogs its way through the tropes and clichés of a 1970s crime movie. Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from Tiff. The film also stars Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich, and James Caan. Blood Ties will be »
- Adam Chitwood
I caught Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties at the Cannes Film Festival last year and was not impressed, beginning my review as follows: There are so many secondary plot threads and a multitude of characters in Blood Ties the film finds itself sputtering along, stopping and starting every 5-10 minutes as characters are introduced and re-introduced. There's absolutely no way for the story to work within the confines of a two-and-a-half-hour movie as it either needs to be cut down to two hours or less or extended into a five-to-six-hour miniseries or more. It's a shame, really, because there are some fantastic moments within this film just as much as there are some moments and casting decisions I really could have done without, but all-in-all the end result is a bit of a mess. Well, fast forward to the Toronto Film Festival four months later and Canet apparently cut something »
- Brad Brevet
The last time we heard from Blood Ties, the crime drama from director Guillaume Canet, was at Tiff 2013 (see our review here), but now the film has resurfaced with a new domestic trailer in preparation for its stateside release. Starring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as brothers on either side of the law, one a cop (Crudup) and one a crook (Owen), the two square off with organized crime in the 1970's, making for a retro-style crime flick that doesn't come around too »
- Paul Shirey
The latest poster for French director Guillaume Canet’s upcoming crime thriller Blood Ties plays up the family angle with a scrapbook-style layout featuring cast members Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, James Caan, and Billy Crudup.
Set in 1970s New York, Blood Ties follows 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) as he attempts to put his life back together after being released from prison, where he was serving time following a gangland murder. Waiting outside the prison gates for him is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future who’s hoping his brother has changed his ways. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Cassel will star opposite Emmanuelle Bercot, who co-wrote and starred in “Polisse.” Project reunites Maiwenn with “Polisse” producer Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor, the shingle behind Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” and Romain Duris starrer “Populaire.”
The plot of “Courir” is being kept under wrap. Its title is inspired by a famous Jean de la Fontaine fable.
Lensing is skedded for March 3.
“Polisse,” a gritty drama set at a Paris’ child protection unit, competed at Cannes, where it won a Jury award and earned warm reviews. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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