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Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.
Central Texas filmmaker Terrence Malick's long-awaited feature, Knight of Cups, will have a limited release in Us theaters later this year, although no distributor has been announced, The Film Stage reports. Actors Christian Bale and Natalie Portman star in the drama, the plot of which has been tightly guarded for years but is said to be about celebrities and excess.Rooster Teeth, an Austin-based production company, made Indiegogo history last week by becoming the website's highest grossing campaign with more than $2.4 million raised for its first feature, Lazer TeamAustin Film Festival's late (and last of the year) film competition submission deadline is Tuesday (yes, tomorrow).Season two of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will begin production in Austin this October. The horror crime series is a television adaptation of Rodriguez's 1996 cult film From Dusk Till Dawn »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Terrence Malick is so secretive with his projects that it's sort of a perfect storm for the internet era. People track down any and all morsels of information and get hung up on whatever might be breathed about this or that project (the filmmaker is uncharacteristically prolific these last few years). Naturally, with a pair of films on the way sooner or later, the feeding frenzy is on, particularly as it pertains to "Knight of Cups" (the only one of them with a title). Is it going to hit theaters this year? That's what the film's Italian distributor says, anyway. Speaking at the annual Ciné event in Riccione, Adler CEO Ernest Grassi said Malick's film "will be released later this year in the U.S. in a few theaters and widened. It is a candidate for many Oscar nominations." Ok, then. Naturally, people would like to just take his word for it, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Several new photos are out of Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine's father-and-son villains in the upcoming comedy sequel "Horrible Bosses 2". Waltz plays a rich investor who tries to take control of the new business of our trio (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) so they plan to kidnap the son (Pine). [Source: Flickering Myth]
Appearing at the annual Cine event in Riccione, Italy, the CEO of the Italian distributor of the Christian Bale-led Terrence Malick drama "Knight of Cups" says the film will reportedly score a limited U.S. theaterical run later this year. It's also suggested the film will be up for multiple Oscar nominations. [Source: The Film stage]
Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin ("Kamikaze Love," "Max Steel") have been hired to rewrite the live-action adaptation of the children's classic "Flat Stanley" for 20th Century Fox and Walden Media. Josh Greenbaum will direct.
The story »
- Garth Franklin
Actors Wes Bentley (Intersteller, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.
The movie is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth) and Larry Ladove (The Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as Executive Producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film. The film is slated to go into production in late June.
Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Alexander), instantly becoming infatuated with the beauty. But when Tara rejects Patrick, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. Tara is forced to find the »
- Michelle McCue
Actors Wes Bentley (Interstellar, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.
Written by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage), internationally award-winning commercial Belgium director Bram Coppens makes his directorial debut with this first feature film. Broken Vows is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth) and Larry Ladove (Lee Daniels' the Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as Executive Producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film. The film is slated to go into production in late June.
Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Alexander), instantly becoming infatuated with the beauty. But when Tara rejects Patrick, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. Tara is forced to »
The first word on a new psychological thriller landed in our inbox today, including who the primary cast members are, so if you're a fan of Wes Bentley and/or Jaimie Alexander, read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Actors Wes Bentley (Intersteller, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (pictured; London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.
The script was written by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage), and internationally award-winning commercial director Bram Coppens, who hails from Belgium, makes his directorial debut with this first feature film. Broken Vows is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth), and Larry Ladove (The Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as executive producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film, which is slated to go into production in late June.
- Debi Moore
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake. Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone. Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls. Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Teresa Palmer is in talks to join director Ericson Core’s (Invincible) Point Break remake. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey are already set in the leads, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Point Break remake has certainly sparked plenty of debate – namely as to whether or not one is needed. Gerard Butler was cast, then he left. Now, having finally set on Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey who will play Bodhi and Johnny Utah respectively, it’s time to add a female to the cast list and Teresa Palmer might be just the woman.
A final decision on Palmer’s casting is likely to be made soon as principal photography is set to start at the end this month. The film will be directed by Ericson Core and follows an undercover police officer who goes undercover as a surfer in order to infiltrate a group of bank thieves. »
- Amanda Keats
Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.
Palmer will join previously announced Edgar Ramirez who will stars as Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze in the original, and Luke Bracey who will portray Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reeves in the original.
Point Break will take place in the world of international heists and extreme sports as a young FBI operative goes undercover.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Teresa Palmer is negotiating to star alongside Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey in Alcon‘s reboot of the 1991 action thriller Point Break. Palmer is best known for Lionsgate’s zombie comedy Warm Bodies but will next be seen in director Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. She is currently on set for John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine (Open Road Films) with Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot and Michael Pena. Palmer is repped by Wme, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Webber & Dern. The film is about a […] »
The past few months have been a whirlwind for Cate Blanchett, who closed out award season with an Oscar, Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a BAFTA all for her lead actress performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” On June 11, Amy Adams will present her with Women in Film’s Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.
“Cate is the picture of perfection, most global and most graceful,” says Wif topper Cathy Schulman.
For the past six years, Blanchett has primarily focused on theater as she is the co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company. “I think my sense of what’s possible in film has been expanded by such an intense period of working in theater,” she says.
- Nikara Johns
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.
Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's latest feature, Boyhood, swept the top three awards categories at the Seattle International Film Festival on Sunday. The movie, shot over a dozen years in the Austin area, won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress (Patricia Arquette). Boyhood premiered at Sundance (Debbie's review) screened at SXSW and opens in Austin next month.Actor Kevin Corrigan, who appeared in the Austin Film Society's project Slacker 2011 (and most of local filmmaker Bob Byington's features) and can be seen in Austinite Terrence Malick's upcoming Knight of Cups, will discuss his experiences in the industry during Afs's Moviemaker Dialogue on Monday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Marchesa Hall. Matthew Weiner, creator/executive producer/writer/director of AMC's Mad Men, was recently announced as this year's recipient of the Austin Film Festival Outstanding Television Writer Award. Weiner »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Terrence Malick once took two decades to release his next film: the twenty year gap between 1978′s Days of Heaven and 1998′s The Thin Red Line was quite the sabbatical, even by his standards of longevity. Today however the cinematic legend is producing films with abandon, with two movies in the last four years and another three set to hit our screens by 2016 – including Knight of Cups, slated for a release date later this year.
Malick is not alone in taking prolonged absences from the silver screen: many directors go missing from behind the camera, leaving expectant fans and audiences waiting in earnest for their return. Others are cast aside by Hollywood, after one multi-million dollar flop too many. Some, meanwhile, are just lazy, or consciously resist making too many films.
And while Michael Bay continues to make films faster than most people make dinners, there remains a »
- Sean ONeil
With Cannes past its midpoint, a major guessing game on the Croisette is: What’s going to Venice?
It’s a bit premature, because Venice topper Alberto Barbera and his team have yet to see plenty of what’s out there. However, two titles, Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” and French helmer Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” are believed to be locked in already, according to sources.
What’s sure is that there is no scarcity of promising pictures that could surface in a Lido slot. Fest runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
From the U.S. these include: J.C. Chandor’s thriller “A Most Violent Year,” with Alessandro Nivola and Jessica Chastain; David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” from Fox Searchlight; and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” in which Al Pacino plays an ex-con.
- Nick Vivarelli
We’ve known for quite some time that Brad Pitt would be narrating Malick’s long-delayed universe-spanning documentary “Voyage Of Time,” and while it was also revealed that Emma Thompson had done some work on the film as well, it appears that she’s the latest causalty to Malick’s freewheeling ways. Screen Daily reports that the voiceover in the documentary will include – at least in its current state – only Pitt and Cate Blanchett narrating, with no mention of Thompson. This is the latest update from the movie that is at Cannes this week, where the first images will be shown off to buyers. What we know is that a 2016 release date is now the goal, with two versions being prepped — a 40-minute IMAX cut and a theatrical cut — with Malick's decades-in-the-works documentary set to chronicle the universe, life, death and everything else in between. Does Blanchett's participation here mean »
- Cain Rodriguez
Director Terrence Malick makes very unique films that are more like tone poems than narratives. Recently, the Tree of Life director has been busy working on Voyage of Time, a documentary that has been described as “a celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse.” What sounds like a visually majestic moviegoing experience – and given Malick’s filmography, that is no surprise – will likely be coming to theatres in 2016. It will arrive in a feature-length cut for regular cinemas, as well as a 40-minute large format version that should receive an IMAX release.
Wild Bunch and Berlin distributor Sophisticated Films will show off the first images from Voyage of Time at Cannes this week. The location seems right, too, as Malick walked off with the Palme D’Or three years ago. The sales material for the film promises that »
- Jordan Adler
The Cannes Film Festival is always chock full of deal reports, and today we’re hearing news about a psychological thriller titled 2:22, being shopped around at the festival by Good Universe. According to Variety, the film has just gained Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker and Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer in the leading roles.
Paul Currie (TV’s Twentysomething) is set to direct for his Lightstream Pictures. The script is written by Currie, Nathan Parker (Moon) and newcomer Todd Stein. We don’t know all that much about the story yet, but it sounds like a mix of sci-fi and action in the spirit of films like Source Code and, to a lesser degree, the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow. According to Variety:
Walker will portray a man whose life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Good Universe is launching international sales in Cannes.
Producers are Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic, Walk The Walk Entertainment’s Steve Hutensky and Lightstream Pictures’ Paul Currie, who is also directing from a script written by Todd Stein with Nathan Parker and Currie.
Walker will portray a man whose life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 p.m. He falls for a beautiful woman whose life is threatened by these strange events, forcing him to solve the mystery of 2:22.
The three producers recently teamed up on “The Moon and the Sun,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Walker. That project is currently filming in Melbourne.
Walker starred in “Abrham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and the upcoming “Heart of the Sea. »
- Dave McNary
Backed by Waypoint Entertainment head and producer-financier and Garmin heir Ken Kao, Walton has taken his Exclusive Media sales team with him and will continue to sell and service all outstanding titles from the Exclusive Media slate.
What is understood to be an amicable arrangement with Dasym, the chief owner of Walton’s former employer, nonetheless foreshadows what would appear to be a winding down of Us operations at the embattled company.
Walton said he was seeking to build a diverse stable at Bloom, ranging from commercial, talent-driven wide-release titles to specialty films from proven filmmakers. Unearthing fresh voices is also a priority.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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