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The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
★★★★☆From the same director who brought us such eclectic offerings as George Washington (2000) and stoner comedy Pineapple Express (2008), David Gordon Green's rural noir Joe (2013) - based on Larry Brown's grit-lit novel - stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, a man who, in the words of Johnny Cash, "Won't back down". Joe leads a work crew clearing trees so the land can be cultivated, and spends his evenings slumped on his sofa, at local dice games or at the whorehouse. Along the way he befriends Gary (Tye Sheridan, previously seen in The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols' Mud), a homeless stray who washes up at a derelict house with his sister, mother and abusive father, Wade (Gary Poulter).
- CineVue UK
Every now and then, between schlocky action thrillers, Nicolas Cage applies the brakes and says enough with the deadpan wisecracks, the schizoid twitching and the mad shark-toothed grin; it's time to do something interesting. Playing a guy called Joe mightn't sound like edge-of-your-seat stuff - indeed, the name implies distinct averageness - but it's the way Cage contains all that fiery energy that makes him a riveting presence in this slow-burning drama.
Throughout, there's a powerful feeling that something hot and sticky is about to hit the fan in the small Southern town where Joe works hard and plays hard - deforesting the landscape by day, drinking and getting his rocks off at the local whorehouse by night. Eco-minded New Age types may find it »
It centres around an ageing comic known only as The Comedian (Turkington), who travels across the South-Western Us to reunite with his estranged daughter while he also attempts to revive his flagging career.
He finds himself lost and disillusioned among the desert populace.
Turkington, Alverson and writer-comedian Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric) wrote the screenplay.
Entertainment will be released in 2015. »
Reese Witherspoon’s looking to find herself—and maybe a little awards recognition along the way.
The just-released trailer for Wild finds Witherspoon playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, who decided to take a 1,000-mile-plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail alone to atone for years of addictive and destructive behavior. The film is based on the book Strayed wrote about the experience.
Given the upcoming slate of films starring the Oscar-winner (including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice), it looks like Witherspoon is prepping for a possible Matthew McConaughey-like career resurgence. And it’s worth noting that Witherspoon starred in Mud, »
- Jackson McHenry
There’s a time-honored tradition of the Academy honoring A-list actors who put themselves through the mill with harrowing, stripped-down performances. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home trophies last year for playing individuals afflicted with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, James Franco cut off his arm and got a nod for 127 Hours, and Naomi Watts took on a tsunami and came out with a nomination for The Impossible, to give some recent examples. I could go on, but I won’t. Suffice to say, Reese Witherspoon is undoubtedly gunning for some attention this year with Wild, in which she plays a woman who embarks on a 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery across America.
It’s perhaps a little cynical to dismiss this venture, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, as purely an awards hopeful, but the trailer certainly paints it in that light. However, whether Fox Searchlight and Witherspoon »
- Isaac Feldberg
Reese Witherspoon has not had much of a career since her Best Actress win for Walk The Line. In fact, you could say she pretty much disappeared, turning in a handful of forgettable performances in comedies and thrillers. Like Matthew McConaughey, Witherspoon has been trying something of a comeback over the last year having appeared in Mud (opposite McConaughey) and with Colin Firth in Devil's Knot. Neither seemed to boost her back into the limelight, so how about an adaptation of a major »
- Alex Maidy
It's been nearly a decade since Reese Witherspoon picked up a Best Actress Oscar for "Walk the Line," but her recent renaissance (kicked off by her supporting turn in "Mud") could culminate in more Oscar attention. "Wild," from "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée, is no doubt hoping to be a strong contender in the category. Based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," the film depicts Strayed's (Witherspoon) staggering, life-changing 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, during which she recalls her troubled early life. "Wild's" new poster highlights the Strayed's isolation amid some vivid natural beauty. Check it out here: "Wild" also stars Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, Kevin Rankin and Laura Dern. Novelist Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") wrote the script. Vallée, of course, directed both "Dallas" stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscar glory last year. »
- Dave Lewis
It’s no surprise that “Little Accidents,” which played at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival tonight for press, was a Sundance premiere: as a directorial debut from a promising new U.S.-based director, with a roster of reliable indie actors plus the added gloss of the higher-profile Banks in the mix, set against the backdrop of a hardscrabble mining town, led by a child protagonist and promising a minutely observed morality play, it ticks a whole warehouse full of “Sundance movie” boxes. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but in the case of Sara Colangelo’s first film, it is certainly a very familiar one. Well-intentioned, competently shot and put together, solidly acted, especially by tomorrow’s superstar Jacob Lofland (who we’d call a revelation if he hadn’t already impressed us so much as Neckbone in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”), and unafraid to »
- Jessica Kiang
Total Film is partnering with Latitude 2014 for the second year this summer. With the festival getting underway on 17 July, we're happy to announce our full line-up of film exclusives. First up, Nicolas Cage's fantastic drama Joe will screen on Friday 18 July. Cage plays an ex-con who becomes an unlikely role model for 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan, Mud). Featuring one of Cage's best ever performances, Joe is totally unmissable. The film exclusives continue on Saturday 19 July, with a day packed full of cinematic thrills and spills. The...
- Total Film
Director Jim Mickle is beginning to form a reputation for himself, in constantly producing unique, creative productions, that can’t be confined to any one genre. Following on from We Are What Are, his latest, Cold in July, also epitomises this fact – though sadly such ingenuity can make his films somewhat difficult to sell to financiers.
“The fact it wasn’t a horror film made it tough,” he explained. “You can bend the rules a little more easily in horror and fans are more accepting, and financiers are a little more accepting. This is a little tougher because it had a foot in the horror genre, but also had a foot in so many other spots that people didn’t want to wholesale finance the thing because of that. There were so many years being so frustrated about this.”
- Stefan Pape
A source close to WarGames stated that MGM is in final negotiations with Dean Israelite to direct the 1980s classic reboot. Arash Amel is positioned to write the screenplay and Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan are on the male lead’s shortlist.
This would be Dean Israelite’s second film after his debut film, Project Almanac (Paramount). Arash Amel is coming off his newest writing endeavor with the Weinstein Company, Grace of Monaco (starring Nicole Kidman) to pen the modern adaptation of the 1983 WarGames, directed by John Bandham. Previous drafts of the script were written by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk)
Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan find themselves on the shortlist to take over the role, once made famous by Matthew Broderick. Elgort and Tye are enjoying their sought after status spawned from their successful roles in The Fault in Our Stars and Mud. »
- Gustavo Sebran
Don't be too surprised that MGM, in their continuing string of remakes, is looking at rebooting the '80s nuclear fear classic "WarGames." A few years ago, "Horrible Bosses" helmer Seth Gordon was attached to direct, but then that went nowhere. But the project is kicking back up again, with a new filmmaker in place and a couple of young actors being eyed to be the next Matthew Broderick. The Wrap reports that Ansel Elgort ("The Fault In Our Stars," "Divergent") and Tye Sheridan ("Mud," "Joe") are on the studio shortlist, while Dean Isrealite (the upcoming found footage thingy "Project Almanac") has been tapped to get behind the camera. Meanwhile, after Noah Oppenheim and Zak Penn both turned in drafts, Arash Amel of "Grace Of Monaco" fame (infamy?) will be penning the new script. And while that's all well and good, the question is whether or not this new version »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Filmmaker Dean Israelite and "Grace of Monaco" writer Arash Amel are in final negotiations to join the project. Israelite makes his directing debut on next year's Michael Bay-produced, time travel-themed found footage film "Project Alamanac".
The original starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two school kids with the former finding a backdoor way into the W.O.P.R., the U.S. military's most advanced computer war-games simulator. What he thought was a game turns out to nearly trigger Wwiii and they need the help of the machine's designer Stephen Falken to stop it from igniting nuclear armageddon on its own.
The film scored three Oscar nominations, made almost seven times its budget at the box-office in North America alone, and practically coined the term 'firewall'. Reviews were »
- Garth Franklin
Shall we play another game? Not that we have much of a choice – MGM is moving full steam ahead with a remake of the 1983 cult classic WarGames.
Dean Israelite, who made his feature directorial debut on next January’s anticipated sci-fi Project Almanac, is in final negotiations to helm the film for MGM. He’s been the top contender for a few months, ever since Seth Gordons stepped away from the project. Additionally, we’ve learned that The Fault in Our Stars and Mud breakouts Ansel Elgort and Tye Sheridan (respectively) are currently atop MGM’s shortlist to lead the movie.
Both actors are highly in demand at the moment. Elgort is currently filming Divergent sequel Insurgent for Summit Entertainment, and he also recently locked down the starring role in Cold War-set biopic Van Cliburn. And for his part, Sheridan has upcoming films Grass Stains, Dark Places, The Forger and »
- Isaac Feldberg
MGM is still planning on developing that remake of Matthew Broderick's 1983 classic WarGames. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon was attached to develop it at one point, but he has since dropped out of the project. The studio is now in negotiations with Dean Israelite to direct the feature. They also are brining on Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) to rewrite the screenplay, previously scripted by Noah Oppenheim. I'm not familiar with anything that Israelite has done, so I have no idea if he's a solid choice or not. The studio obviously saw something in him.
The original film followed a young computer prodigy who hacks into a government system and accidentally initiates a computerized countdown to a nuclear weapons launch. All the while he thinks he's just playing a game.
No one has been officially cast in the project yet, but according to reports the studio has been looking »
- Joey Paur
MGM has been working on a remake of "WarGames" for years, with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) previously attached to direct. Apparently Gordon dropped out, because the project stalled. Now comes word that MGM is once again making a push to get "WarGames" back into development. The studio is in negotiations with Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) to direct and has signed Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) to re-write the script. At this point, the new movie has yet to get a cast, but MGM is considering Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Tye Sheridan (Mud) for the lead role. The original "WarGAmes" film was released in 1983 and starred Matthew Broderick as a young computer genius who hacks into a government system and accidentally initiates a computerized countdown to a nuclear weapons launch. »
Shall we play a game? According to TheWrap, up-and-coming director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is in final negotiations with MGM to direct a remake of the 1983 Cold War science fiction film WarGames. Erased screenwriter Arash Amel will pen the script, based on original drafts from Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk).
Israelite actually became the director frontrunner back in March, after Seth Gordon dropped out to focus on the Uncharted film for Sony. The Fault In Our Stars‘ Ansel Elgort and Mud star Tye Sheridan are reportedly on the studio’s shortlist for the lead role, which was played by Matthew Broderick in the original film.
Predictably, it looks like MGM is going for a contemporary take on the original story. Broderick played a young man who found a back door into a military central computer and confused it with a video game, which almost »
- James Garcia
The planned remake of John Badhams's 80s favourite WarGames is still pressing ahead, with MGM now targeting a new director for the project. Seth Gordon, of Horrible Bosses fame, had originally been earmarked to direct this one (he's since moved onto Uncharted), but it now seems as though Dean Israelite is to get the nod.
Israelite has wrapped on his directorial debut, Project Alamanc, for which hopes seem rather high. MGM is now in negotiations with him for WarGames, which is getting a screenplay rewrite at the moment from Arash Amel (who penned Grace Of Monaco).
We've heard bits and pieces about MGM's planned WarGames remake from producer/hopeful-director Seth Gordon over the last year or so, but today some more solid news came across the wire. It's looking as if Gordon won't be directing the remake of John Badham's 1983 Oscar-nominated cult classic, since MGM is in negotiations with Dean Israelite to helm the picture. Also, screenwriter Arash Amel is set to rewrite the script, which was previously drafted by Noah Oppenheim and Zak Penn. Similar to the original film, the plot is expected to follow a teenage hacker who stumbles into a sensitive computer program. Stepping into Matthew Broderick's shoes for the lead may be either Ansel Elgort, Tye Sheridan, or another unnamed actor. Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, MGM is in final negotiations with Israelite to head up WarGames. Israelite will make his feature directorial debut on Project Almanac, »
- Dave Trumbore
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