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'American Hustle' Producer Megan Ellison Developing TV Series on Greta Garbo & Marlene Dietrich

17 April 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After making a big splash in the independent film community by personally financing, expertly producing, or generally saving art house driven films like "Killing Them Softly," "The Master," "American Hustle," and the just announced Cannes-inclusion "Foxcatcher," Megan Ellison is taking her first stab at television. Her company, Annapurna Pictures, is developing a TV series based around the lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, two iconic Old Hollywood actresses whose lives intersected not only with each other but also many important figures of the 1930s and '40s. Angela Robinson ("True Blood") and Alex Kondracke ("The L Word"), both of whom worked on HBO's "Hung," are writing the series with Ellison as executive producer and Annapurna's Stephen Feder overseeing production as well as day-to-day operations.  "We're so excited this project found a home at Annapurna," Robinson and Kondracke told Variety. "We couldn't imagine a better partner than Megan Ellison and the folks at. »

- Ben Travers

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'American Hustle' Producer Megan Ellison Developing TV Series on Greta Garbo & Marlene Dietrich

17 April 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After making a big splash in the independent film community by personally financing, expertly producing, or generally saving art house driven films like "Killing Them Softly," "The Master," "American Hustle," and the just announced Cannes-inclusion "Foxcatcher," Megan Ellison is taking her first stab at television. Her company, Annapurna Pictures, is developing a TV series based around the lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, two iconic Old Hollywood actresses whose lives intersected not only with each other but also many important figures of the 1930s and '40s. Angela Robinson ("True Blood") and Alex Kondracke ("The L Word"), both of whom worked on HBO's "Hung," are writing the series with Ellison as executive producer and Annapurna's Stephen Feder overseeing production as well as day-to-day operations.  "We're so excited this project found a home at Annapurna," Robinson and Kondracke told Variety. "We couldn't imagine a better partner than Megan Ellison and the folks at. »

- Ben Travers

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"Out Of The Furnace" And Back Into The Editor's Suite

6 April 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

"You got a problem with me?" "I got a problem with everybody."

Out of the Furnace (2013) had a rough time in the box office. In early December, audiences were spoiled for choice and a revenge thriller--as it was advertised--didn't bring a crowd. They might be forgiven for feeling that they'd already seen this kind of movie before. Another dark film set in working class America, hard-done by in these economic times and men being men. There was The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), Prisoners (2013), and Killing Them Softly (2013) in one year alone. Then again, people didn't really go to see those movies either. Did they make the right decision? Like the 52% Rotten Tomatoes score suggests, yes and no. Out of the Furnace is an evocative film and heavy with many very good performances. But it isn't satisfying in the way Hollywood has trained us to see revenge. It's supposed to be exhilarating or tragic. »

- Jason Ratigan

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Starred Up review – a powerful prison drama that pits father against son | Mark Kermode

23 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jack O'Connell gives an electrifying performance as a violent teenager forced to confront parental authority in prison

When inspirational director Alan Clarke cooked up an authentic television portrait of incarcerated British youth in the late 1970s, the resultant film was so alarming that it was promptly banned by the BBC. Clarke subsequently remade Scum for the cinema, and both the small- and big-screen versions of his most notorious work have since cast long shadows over their respective mediums. Plaudits, then, to David Mackenzie for fashioning a tough but empathetic (if uneven) prison drama which marks out its own territory in an arena in which Clarke's epochal work is still the daddy, even now.

Shot (but not set) in Northern Ireland on a tight schedule and even tighter budget, this eye-catching and frequently pulse-pounding drama finds high-risk young offender Eric (Jack O'Connell) being moved up to an adult prison where he »

- Mark Kermode

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Review: Gangster Comedy 'Rob The Mob' Starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda & Andy Garcia Is A Pure Joy

21 March 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It feels like we haven't had a good mob movie in a long time. We're talking real Italian-style paisanos; tracksuits, wife-beaters, food metaphors, and grease everywhere. Raymond De Felitta may have been feeling the same kind of nostalgia in the air, because his new movie "Rob The Mob" plays out like a hundred dollar tip to the genre. Recent films that dealt with organized crime range from Academy Award nominees and winners ("American Hustle," "The Departed") to the wrongfully ignored ("Lawless," "Killing Them Softly") or ones that somehow went terribly off the rails ("Gangster Squad"); but none of those dealt with the mafia as we know it from the '90s classics like "Goodfellas," HBO's "The Sopranos" or "Donnie Brasco." Well, De Felitta takes a true story that occurred in the early '90s, adds two energized leads, a pinch of bearded Andy Garcia and a screenplay that goes down »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Starred Up: The Language of Prison Life Feature

21 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Starred Up, an unconventional father-son story set in prison, represents a number of things for British cinema. Firstly, it’s emblematic of how strong UK-set and UK-made productions have been recently; in the past year alone, we’ve had The Selfish Giant, For Those in Peril, and A Field in England among others, all proving that the country is in very healthy cinematic shape indeed. It also gives us more reason to laud young British talent – Jack O’Connell provides a mesmerizing exhibition of vulnerable intensity, plus an extraordinarily interesting journey to our shores from Ben Mendelsohn, an actor more accustomed to his native Australian dramas (as the main source of evil in 2011′s Animal Kingdom) and American blockbusters (a glorified stooge in The Dark Knight Rises in a lesser one in Killing Them Softly).

But what Starred Up also does, is reveal a way of life that moves along every day, »

- Gary Green

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Ben Mendelsohn: 'I don't do talky-talky chummy-chummy'

12 March 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He started out in Neighbours but it's been tough guys ever since. As his new prison drama Starred Up hits the screen, Ben Mendelsohn explains why he's a cagey kind of guy

It's a bright, crunchy winter morning and Ben Mendelsohn wants to walk while we talk. More than that, he wants to smoke. Would you like to try disagreeing with Ben Mendelsohn? Me neither. So we walk. The narrow Soho streets are sticky with last night's beer and crammed with people. Within seconds, the 44-year-old Australian actor is a few steps ahead and I have to strain to catch his words, which isn't as tricky as it sounds since most of them are "fuck".

"People are never shy about telling you what they fucking think," he calls back at me through the crowd. "At the same time, fuck that. Fuck what they think they fucking want or this or »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Interview: Patricia Norris on 12 Years a Slave, Scarface, Twin Peaks

25 February 2014 1:24 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Patricia Norris with her lifetime achievement from the Costume Guild in 2007Patty Norris is a national treasure but I believe she'd be the last person to say so. When I spoke to the enduring costume designer over the phone about sixth Oscar nomination for 12 Years a Slave, she shocked me again and again with her modesty and her absolute lack of sentiment about what I've always thought of as a very illustrious Hollywood career. But her honestly was, shall we say, refreshing.

The 82 year old's career, as we know it at least, began over just over 40 years ago with westerns like Rio Lobo (1970) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) but she doesn't get misty-eyed or nostalgic about her filmography. "I think it was just luck. I started as a stock girl at MGM and I've always been comfortable with clothes," she explains. But to hear her tell it, her developing career »

- NATHANIEL R

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Enough Said Blu-Ray Review

20 February 2014 10:55 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

James Gandolfini is unfortunately not particularly remembered as delivering a lot of variety. It isn’t just that Tony Soprano springs so quickly to mind, it’s that he fits so well physically with a certain type of role, that even when we try to recall his other work, the best we’re likely to come up with is Col. Winter in The Last Castle. Now, there are plenty of titles that people may then mention, which causes the standard, “Oh, yeah,” reaction, but still, when you first hear the name, you get what you get.

This is why, despite the fact that it’s difficult to make any comment at all, given the situation, I’m glad the last big effort we get from Gandolfini is Enough Said, as opposed to say, Killing Them Softly. Not only does it showcase a broader set of abilities, but hopefully it will »

- Marc Eastman

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Jai Courtney to Lead 'Terminator: Genesis'

19 February 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm sorry, but I just see this as a "ho-hum" move as Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) has been cast as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and what is being looked at as the hopeful first film in a new trilogy. Courtney joins Jason Clarke as John Connor, Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film with Thor: The Dark World helmer, Alan Taylor, directing. Plan is for a July 1, 2015 release and the franchise actually took a little bit of a blow recently as Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures as bailed out and will no longer take part in funding the picture, though Ellison has decided to retain an executive producer credit. Ellison, whose Annapurna has been behind recent films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Master and Killing Them Softly, was one »

- Brad Brevet

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Megan Ellison: Faith In Eccentric Filmmakers Pays Dividends

7 February 2014 9:32 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

Unlike the other Best Picture-nominated producers, who each have one film in a field of nine, Megan Ellison has two: American Hustle (directed by David O. Russell) and Her (directed by Spike Jonze). Both films have already hoarded numerous awards on the critics circuit, grossed a combined $200+ million worldwide, earned fifteen total Academy Award nominations, and both have a legitimate shot at winning the Best Picture prize–needless to say, it’s been a big year for Ellison. And what’s more interesting, perhaps, is that these are far and away the most eccentric films on the Best Picture ticket. This speaks, at least in part, to Megan Ellison’s producing style, which has raised a few eyebrows in Hollywood recently.

Megan Ellison is the daughter of billionaire businessman, Larry Ellison, who is the founder and CEO of the Oracle Corporation and the fifth richest man in the world, »

- Mark Pinkert

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Much Anticipated 'The Rover,' Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

29 January 2014 11:11 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

An intense teaser trailer has arrived for David Michod's "The Rover," the much anticipated follow-up to the Aussie director's brilliant 2010 crime film "Animal Kingdom." Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star. Watch below. The film, which hits theaters this summer via A24, is set in an apocalyptic wasteland future, and centers on a man trekking across the unforgiving Australian dessert to locate his stolen car and its valuable contents. It's based on an original story by Michod and actor-collaborator Joel Edgerton. Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") also star. Here's the official synopsis: The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession.  Eric sets off on a. »

- Beth Hanna

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The Next Terminator Film Finds Salvation

23 January 2014 5:07 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s a good news/bad news day aboard the good ship Terminator: Genesis. The bad news is that one of the film’s major financiers, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, has pulled out of the production. The good? According to Deadline, an extinction level event has been averted by her brother David, whose Skydance Productions has taken up the budgetary slack.In truth, Annapurna’s involvement in the re-reboot always seemed a little surprising. Megan Ellison, who remains aboard in an exec-producer capacity, has established herself as a backer of hard-to-finance prestige indies and patron of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Jonze. Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming The Grandmaster and Foxcatcher seem more obviously to her taste than a cybernetic organism that looks a lot like Arnie.“We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities, »

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Ben Mendelsohn To Star In Netflix’s Thriller Drama Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

21 January 2014 5:39 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises) is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman in their follow-up to the acclaimed FX/DirecTV legal thriller starring Glenn Close, the untitled series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendesohn), returns home. Chandler, who in real life is four years older than Aussie Mendelsohn, plays the married middle brother who takes care of the family.  Filming is set to begin in late March in the Florida Keys. Related: Kyle Chandler To Star In Netflix’s Thriller Drama Series From Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler & Sony TV »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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First Teaser Poster for The Voices with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick & Gemma Arterton

21 January 2014 2:13 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Voices marks the Oscar-nominated Marjane Satrapi’s first film to be fully in the English language, making its debut out at Sundance over the weekend.

Ryan Reynolds leads a great cast in the comedy crime-thriller, and its genre blend combined with its synopsis below is enough to pique our interest. Following its bow out in Park City, the first teaser poster has launched over on Collider, giving us a tease of the murderous and comedic acts to come.

Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment—the type you would expect from a young bachelor—with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Minimalist Cold in July Artwork Sends a Chill

19 January 2014 1:32 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first artwork has come out of Sundance for Jim Mickle's adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Cold in July starring Sam Shepard (Killing Them Softly, Mud), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Vinessa Shaw (Two Lovers), and Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"). Dig it!

Nick Damici and Wyatt Russell co-star. Distribution news will be forthcoming.

Synopsis

Despite the trappings — guns, stakeouts, an ex-con, a private eye, a porn ring, a shootout — this isn’t an ordinary suspense novel. It’s a lean, effective character study about a man who risks his comfortable life to pursue something half-glimpsed within his psyche. He feels guilty about his father’s suicide, he doubts his ability to raise his own son, and now he’s mixed up with another father, whose son has gone into a place of great darkness. A stirring tale in which actions have consequences, and no one is left unchanged by »

- Uncle Creepy

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