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Chicago – Now playing at Chicago’s Music Box Theater and on VOD (but best seen on the largest screen possible), “Slow West,” is a tight genre journey pic that invigorates the western while confirming that its territory remains open, despite the many who have passed through.
It’s a progressive western; recognizable for Fassbender’s Clint Eastwood impression, but offering something new with its ideas of gender and violence. Not for nothing, it also features “The Place Beyond the Pines” actor Ben Mendelsohn in a coat that will change the way you look at fashion.
The story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee), as he ventures across 19th century America in search of a woman (Caren Pistorius) that he loves. He receives some help from independent traveler Silas (Fassbender), while encountering unpredictable forces of nature (played by Mendelsohn) and brutal inhumanity.
Before his debut film, director John Maclean was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Eva Mendes popped her selfie cherry with this cute Instagram pic. But The Place Beyond the Pines star is not just your stereotypical self-absorbed celebrity jumping on a trend. This selfie is for a cause. If you direct your attention away from her beautiful dimpled smile you'll notice her shirt reads "Hopes and Prayers for Andrew Wilson." Who ever said selfies were just an exercise in vanity? Mendes shows the only thing bigger than her smile is her heart by bringing public awareness to a young boy with cancer through her celebrity. She posted alongside her pic, "This is my first selfie and it's for an amazing cause! Thank you all so much for helping support Andrew Wilson and his family. »
Lake Bell, Benjamin Bratt, Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Jon Bernthal (“Fury”), Emory Cohen (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Evan Jones (“8 Mile”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) have signed on to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller “Shot Caller,” it was announced Wednesday by Bold Films. Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) stars as a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Waugh (“Snitch”) is directing from his own script, and production will start May 26 in. »
- Jeff Sneider
With the exception of last summer’s surprise blockbuster Lucy, Luc Besson hasn’t had a true classic film since The Fifth Element back in 1997. But now arriving nearly two decades later, Besson is returning to those sci-fi roots.
Today the French director joined Twitter, and for his first ever posting announced some big news: his new film would be the sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Deadline confirmed the news, along with the update that Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spiderman, Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) would star. DeHaan will play the title character Valerian.
Besson additionally said on Twitter that the film would begin shooting in December and would be expected for a 2017 release. See all his tweets and a new logo he released for the film below:
My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next »
- Brian Welk
Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.
La-based Sierra/Affinity has announced that sales exec Kristen Figeroid is to leave her role at the company to explore new opportunities.
Figeroid most recently served as Sierra/Affinity’s evp sales and distribution sourcing and representing films that Sierra/Affinity brought to the international marketplace.
Figeroid has been with Sierra/Affinity since 2010 when she joined as svp of sales. Figeroid will be part of the firm’s team at this year’s Cannes Marche representing the company and its sales slate.
She will formally exit her post in mid-June, when her responsibilities will be absorbed by the existing team at the company.
“Kristen is a very talented executive and we are confident she will continue to thrive in any future position or venture she undertakes,” they added. “We »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
*Updated* This April, genre fans have a lot of interesting films arriving on VOD and Digital Platforms to look forward to, including the highly-anticipated directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, Lost River, which Warner Bros. is set to release on the 10th.
The very same day, IFC Films is debuting the latest from filmmaker John McNaughton- The Harvest- who is the same visionary behind the visceral cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer starring Michael Rooker. FilmBuff will also be busy on April 10th as they’re releasing The Reconstruction of William Zero, an indie sci-fi thriller starring Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), Aj Bowen (You're Next), and newcomer Conal Byrne.
April is also chock-full of genre entertainment choices from Uncork’d Entertainment and we’ve also got several indie horror titles making their way to digital as well including the latest from Dark Sky Films, »
- Heather Wixson
John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.
When I met up with Ben the day before »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Actress-producer Olivia Wilde and the producers of successful indies Bachelorette, The Place Beyond the Pines and Beasts of the Southern Wild talked about the business of independent film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel moderated the Tribeca Talks: The Producers panel that, among other topics, explored the challenges of financing and casting films with no guarantee those movies will see the light of day. Read More Tribeca 2015: At 'SNL' Doc Premiere, Castmembers Recall Taking on Hot Topics Wilde just produced her first narrative film, Meadowland, which is premiering at Tribeca on Friday,
- Hilary Lewis
The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.
Kimmel plans to reveal a replacement shortly. Carla Hacken continues as Ske’s president of production and reports directly to the founder and CEO.
“I have truly enjoyed working with Jim,” said Kimmel. “He’s successfully overseen all of our productions for a decade, and has been key to our success and growth.
“He has my full support and best wishes as he embarks on this new professional venture.”
Tauber, who is a licensed psychotherapist, said: “I am so grateful for my career in the entertainment business and the people with whom I have had the fortune to work.
“Working with Sidney has been a highlight of my career. This change has been a dream of mine for a long time and Sidney has been supportive beyond all hopes as I pursued this new chapter in my professional »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has continued its upcoming Blu-ray release information push with news that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, will soon see a home entertainment release on May 5th in the States and June 1st in the UK.
Pre-order Lost River Via Amazon Us And Amazon UK
With its debut in the Us and UK this Friday (April 10th) on both theatrical and streaming/VOD platforms, Warner’s are putting a big push behind the film, despite its lacklustre debut at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, which has seen it delayed until now. The film stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises).
See Also: Read our review of Lost River here
Lost River is a dark fairy tale about love, family »
- Scott J. Davis
When I saw "Lost River" at its Un Certain Regard press screening at Cannes, I thought the actor did a fine job of creating a visually and aurally atmospheric gothic family drama, well-acted by Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as a single mom and discovery Iain De Caestecker as her son in time-ravaged Detroit, which was not too far from where Gosling grew up in Ontario. Partially set in an underwater city, "Lost River"'s cast includes Gosling's almost co-star on "Lovely Bones," Saoirse Ronan, his "The Place Beyond the Pines" costars Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes (the mother of Gosling's child), and "Dr. Who" star Matt Smith. Originally titled "How to Catch a Monster," the film finally opens almost a year later with an April 10 multi-platform release by Warner Bros. Watch Video Interview: Ryan Gosling Talks "Werewolf" Role in Nic Winding Refn's Cannes Hit 'Drive' Inside the »
- Anne Thompson
Last week we heard that brilliant Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond The Pines, Starred Up) might be orbiting an unspecified role in the first Star Wars spin-off movie, which will be helmed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. Entertainment Weekly gave Mendelsohn a call to see if there was any truth to this, and though he wouldn't confirm or deny anything ("I’m absolutely not sure about any of this at all. It sounds great, and certainly — Wouldn’t that be nice?"), he does reveal that he's a huge fan and makes it clear that it'd be something he'd be interested in. Was that original trilogy a touchstone for you growing up? "Enormous. Enormous! I mean, enormous! I’m the kid who had the whole set of trading cards. Enormous! I mean, I was born in 1969. The first one comes out in what, ‘77? The first »
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, will finally hit a (small) number of theaters, and VOD, on April 10. Gosling's freshman effort debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was promptly slammed by critics. One of the main complaints? That the film, which Gosling also wrote, feels like a mishmash of styles cribbed from several more-established directors: David Lynch, Terrence Malick, and Gosling's Drive and Only God Forgives director, Nicolas Winding Refn, among them. That may be true, but when I caught the Cannes premiere screening of Lost River, I was struck more by all the elements in the movie that reminded me of elements from other Ryan Gosling movies. Here are a few devices, props, and people from Gosling's past work that pop up in subtle - and not-so-subtle - ways in his first behind-the-camera effort: Detroit Gosling returned to Detroit, where much of his film The Ides of March was shot, »
After stunning Netflix subscribers worldwide with his powerhouse turn in the first season of star-studded drama Bloodline, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn certainly appears to be on the rise. And now, after a career of strong supporting performances, he could be about to get his big break: Deadline reports that he may be joining the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.
Details on the first Star Wars spinoff, which will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards and boasts a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), are pretty sparse. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has bagged the lead role, but rumors suggesting that the pic will be a heist movie revolving around bounty hunters who steal blueprints for a Death Star are still unconfirmed.
Regardless, it’s exciting to hear that Mendelsohn is on the cusp of landing a major studio role like this. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As anyone who's familiar with Mendelsohn's earlier work will tell you, this is potentially good news; he put in a terrifying performance in the Australian drama-thriller Animal Kingdom, played a jaded thief alongside Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond The Pines, and was wonderfully camp in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings. He's certainly come a long way since his early days in Aussie soap, Neighbours.
When it was announced, the only thing we really knew about the cast and crew of the first of several forthcoming Star Wars spinoffs was that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) would be in the director's chair. But in the last couple months, the film -- which recently received a title, Rogue One -- has founds its female lead in Felicity Jones, a composer in Alexandre Desplat, and now it appears the spinoff has found its male lead in Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn's filmography is filled mostly with supporting credits, including a solid trio of films over the last few years in The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly, and The Place Beyond the Pines. The latter of those three includes solid acting all-round, including Mendelsohn, and I'm interested to see what he brings to a starring role in a Star Wars film considering I don't know his work with a ton of familiarity. »
- Jordan Benesh
While he’s usually found classing up smaller indie movies such as The Place Beyond The Pines, Starred Up, Killing Them Softly and Animal Kingdom, Ben Mendelsohn is not exactly a stranger to blockbuster fare, having appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and last year’s Exodus: Gods And Kings. But a potential new job could rocket him even further into the public consciousness as Deadline reports he’s circling a role in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One.Naturally, this has to fall into the category of rumour (signalling that we must also link here), since no official announcement has been made and it appears that no deal has been hammered out as of yet. But he’s certainly a fine choice to star alongside Felicity Jones, as he brings a lot to every role.Edwards’ film, the first of the “stand-alone” Star Wars entries, is somewhat naturally still cloaked in secrecy. »
Just two weeks after Disney confirmed that actress Felicity Jones is the first cast member in their Star Wars spinoff entitled Rogue One, a new casting addition may have entered the fray. Deadline reports that Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn, who currently stars on the Netflix series Bloodline, is circling a lead role in Rogue One. Naturally, no character details were given and Disney would not confirm nor deny the casting.
No plot details have been revealed, but there have been a slew of rumors regarding the plot. It is rumored that the story follows a group of bounty hunters or pirates trying to steal the plans for the first Death Star. There have also been reports that Harrison Ford's Han Solo may be involved in the story, but that has not been confirmed either. With Star Wars Celebration coming up next month in Anaheim, it's possible that Disney and »
How much do we know about “Star Wars: Rogue One”? Well, not that much, and none of the rumors have been confirmed. We know it’s a “Star Wars” spin-off film, we know “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards is helming, Felicity Jones (“Theory Of Everything”) stars and Chris Weitz ("Twilight: New Moon") and Gary Whitta have the main writing credits. Everything else — rumors of a bounty hunter movie centered around stealing plans to build the Death Star — are pretty much just conjecture at this point. But Deadline brings an interesting casting bit to light tonight. Ben Mendelsohn might be joining the cast. That’s all they got, but it’s intriguing because Ben Mendelsohn makes everything better. That should be a Hollywood axiom and while it’s not quite yet, in the circles of some of our greatest working filmmakers and actors it is. Mendelsohn’s been tapped by Christopher Nolan »
- Edward Davis
Even if the films turn out to be terrible, it’s impossible to deny that Lucasfilm has been knocking it out of the park in terms of casting their Star Wars movies. Of course it helps when you have a property that everyone wants to be a part of, but the eclectic ensemble of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—with Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega and more set to occupy the same screen—is downright brilliant. Then the next Star Wars movie, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ spinoff Rogue One, started off on the right foot by casting Felicity Jones as the lead, and now it looks like the studio will continue its run with word that the phenomenal Ben Mendelsohn is mulling over joining Jones in the Rogue One cast. The folks at Deadline report that the Australian Animal Kingdom actor is “circling »
- Adam Chitwood
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