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A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.
The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.
Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons, »
- William Fanelli
It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.
Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Take a Cannes Lions-winning commercials director/first time filmmaker in Tim Godsall, throw in a 2008 Broadway play, and finally, add a mix of sturdy mix of actors in Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Keir Gilchrist accompanied by newcomer Jack Kilmer who broke out convincingly with Palo Alto (see pic above), and this under-the-radar title has the ingredients for a bonafide selection. A project flying so low to the ground that if it weren’t for the brief trade mention back in April, it might have not made it on this list, production began in Toronto of April last year.
Gist: Based on Carly Mensch’s play Len, Asleep In Vinyl, co-written by Katharine Knight and Godsall, this centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer (Rhys Ifans) whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son (Kilmer) and a successful client. Juno Temple plays »
- Eric Lavallee
Soon after David arrives at the doorstep of the Peterson’s home, claiming to be a fellow solider and friend of their son who was killed while serving overseas, they benefit from his presence. But David is connected to a secretive past that could come knocking with plenty of firepower. All is not as it seems in Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s The Guest, coming out on home media this winter from Universal.
The Guest will come out in a Blu-ray combo pack complete with both a DVD and Digital HD copy on January 6th. We have a look at the cover art below, as well as the official press release with full details:
“Universal City, California – A mysterious stranger befriends a grieving family, but his hidden past soon puts them all in danger in the edgy, suspense film The Guest, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD and »
- Derek Anderson
They helped Sam Raimi resurrect the Evil Dead franchise for a new outing, and now writer/director Fede Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues are back in cahoots with him for some more horror. They’ll all developing A Man In The Dark alongside Raimi’s Ghost House partner Rob Tapert.A Man In The Dark appears to blend The Bling Ring with a horror concept as three teens are on a winning streak of perfectly executed home robberies. But their latest target – a reclusive blind man who has millions of dollars stashed – is going to be much more of a challenge. He’s a psychopath, and soon the trio find themselves fighting for survival.Backers Good Universe are set to tout this one at the American Film Market next week, no doubt talking up the success that the team had with the Evil Dead franchise. They’re still working up another Evil Dead, »
"Star Wars Episode VII" co-stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson are starring in not one but two sci-fi films next year. The actors' A.I. thriller "Ex Machina" is slated to hit theaters on April 10, 2015 via A24 Films, the distributor behind such recent indie hits as "Spring Breakers" and "The Bling Ring," the company announced on Wednesday. The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter and author Alex Garland ("28 Days Later," "Never Let Me Go"), whose 1996 novel "The Beach" was adapted into Danny Boyle's 2000 film of the same name. “Alex Garland is already one of the most brilliant and distinctive writers working today,” said A24 in a statement. “'Ex Machina' marks the beginning of an exciting new step for Alex the director, and we are thrilled to help bring his provocative vision to Us audiences." Written by Garland and also starring Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina"), "Ex Machina »
- Chris Eggertsen
Out on UK DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK this week is the rather excellent American Horror Story: Coven, which stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. To celebrate the release, we’ve got an exclusive look at two of the special features on the release.
Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem, and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.
The exceptional young witches at Miss Robichaux’s Academy are under assault by forces of ignorance and hate. Caught in the turmoil is a new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga, The Bling Ring) who harbours a terrifying secret of her own. Fiona (Lange), a Supreme Witch with unimaginable powers, is determined to protect the Coven, »
- Paul Heath
Having been in the spotlight pretty much as long as we can remember, you may think you know everything there is to know about Emma Watson. She played everyone's favourite wizarding book-worm for ten years, she empowers women all around the world with her bad-ass feminist 'tude and was allegedly the victim of one of history's greatest ever heckles.
But if you don't already love her after all of that, Digital Spy has waved its magic wand over the internet to try to come up with some lesser-known facts that will increase your love for Emma to stratospheric levels.
1. Born Emma Charlotte Deurre Watson on April 15, 1990, Emma did most of her growing up in Oxfordshire. However, she was actually born in Paris while her lawyer parents Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson were working in the French capital. It was only at the age of 5 that she moved to England after her parents' divorce, »
Alongside Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, A24 has been one of the most interesting film production and distribution studios of the last couple years. Not all its films have been successful, but the company takes risks on compelling adult dramas and otherwise non-mainstream fare, films that may not traditionally find a home at many other studios with the ability to get them in front of wider audiences. And while A24 has been busy building a name for itself, it has also been looking to expand its initiative, a goal the studio has seemingly achieved by way of a $50 million line of credit from Comerica and Union Bank of California. These institutions' entertainment finance groups have provided capital for films such as Rush, End of Watch, and The Fighter, among others. The move is a vote of confidence for the upstart studio, whose filmography includes a range of pictures and genres »
- Jordan Benesh
I like to think we're pretty on top of casting news, so this one kind of came out of nowhere, but it still sounds interesting. A press release has announced that Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl (Rush) will star in Florian Gallenberger's new film, Colonia. The story takes place in Chile in 1973, and has Watson playing a young woman who must join in a cult in order to save her husband (Brühl), who has been kidnapped by Pinochet's secret police. As the press release notes, this will be Watson's first real starring role since Harry Potter (at most, she's had co-leads to this point; here it sounds like she's the protagonist and Brühl is the supporting character), so that makes this project even more exciting. Principal photography on Colombia is about to begin, and it will shoot until the end of the year. Hit the jump for the press release. »
- Matt Goldberg
Emma Watson has Hollywood under her spell. The Harry Potter actress, who is also a U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, delivered an inspiring speech about feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City Saturday. While addressing world leaders, the Brown University alum said, "We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved...We want to try to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change and we don't just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure that it's tangible." The Bling Ring actress, 24, explained she recently "realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there »
The 2 people who burglarized Miley Cyrus and stole her Maserati credit The Bling Ring for their heist ... according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.Naomi Charles and Tylor Scott just copped a plea -- he got 5 years in prison and she's got a year in county jail.Turns out ... Naomi was the leader of the pack, according to the detective who handled the case. She was treated more leniently because he had a prior record. »
- TMZ Staff
The film follows four overachieving high school students, who decide that they have missed out on key experiences by always behaving and decide to reinvent themselves before college.
Good Kids, which will be produced by Voltage Pictures and Depth of Field, also stars Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Vampire Academy's Zoey Deutch and The Bling Ring's Israel Broussard.
Distributor A24 Film has found a new way to stir up buzz for Kevin Smith’s upcoming Canadian horror-comedy “Tusk.” The company has agreed to a deal with Studio City, Calif., medical marijuana dispensary Buds & Roses to sell strains of marijuana branded with the film’s name.
Starting Monday, the dispensary will sell “White Walrus,” which A24 marketing strategist Graham Retzik described to the New York Times as mellow, and “Mr. Tusk,” which he described as intense. The film stars Justin Long as Wallace Bryant, a podcaster who goes missing in backwoods Canada looking for a mysterious man, Howard Howe (Michael Parks). While his friends search for him, Long is slowly turned into a walrus.
In the two years since it launched, A24 effectively marketed films to younger auds than the typical arthouse auds, including “Obvious Child,” “The Spectacular Now,” “The Bling Ring” and “Spring Breakers.”
“Tusk” premieres Sept. 19 at the Toronto Film Festival. »
- Kevin Noonan
Len And Company centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son and a successful client.
Anonymous Content founder Steve Golin financed Len And Company and served as executive producer with Kate Buckley. Youree Henley of The Bling Ring fame and Rick Jarjoura produces with Anonymous Content.
eOne Films International president Harold van Lier negotiated the deal on behalf of Séville International with Golin for the filmmakers.
Séville International vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier’s Toronto »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Adam Wingard's latest thriller 'The Guest' will be making its UK premiere in the next couple of hours at this weekends Film4 Frightfest in London. Now overseas distributor Picturehouse have unveiled a new Us one-sheet from the flick featuring star Dan Stevens. The poster admittedly doesn't appear overly sinister by any means, in fact it has less thriller and more of a catalogue model quality to it. Nevertheless the movie will be hitting theatres everywhere next month. 'The Guest' also stars Maika Monroe ('The Bling Ring'), Sheila Kelley ('Matchstick Men'), Leland Orser ('Taken'), Lance Reddick ('The Wire', 'Fringe') and Brendan Meyer and is written by Simon Barrett ('You're Next'). Check out the new one-sheet below. »
In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).
Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).
- Brian Brooks
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has been cast as Frankenstein author Mary Shelly in a film project called Mary Shelley's Monster. The story "tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own 'monster' of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost." Shelley first published her classic novel Frankenstein anonymously at the age of 21.
The film's producer Rose Ganguzza envisions Shelley's life as "the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way. Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project."
- Joey Paur
This time next week horror fans from around the world will be swarming on London as this years Film4 Frightfest kicks off in Leicester Square. And just one of the many awesome titles on offer is the UK premiere of 'You're Next' director Adam Wingard's latest thriller 'The Guest'. Starring Dan Stevens ('Downton Abbey') the movie described as a 'slick, fast, fun, killer thriller' will be one of the first featured entries at Frightfest 2014 set to screen on Thursday 21 August at 6:20pm. Wingard once more teams up with 'You're Next' scribe Simon Barrett and the flick will hit UK cinemas wide on 5 September. 'The Guest' also stars Maika Monroe ('The Bling Ring'), Sheila Kelley ('Matchstick Men'), Leland Orser ('Taken'), Lance Reddick ('The Wire', 'Fringe') and Brendan Meyer. Check out the trailer below »
Ready for a GuestFest? We have three pairs of tickets to giveaway for the opening night of FrightFest, featuring a screening of The Guest, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and star Maika Monroe! This is taking place in central London on Thursday 21st August and looks to be a fantastic event. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family finds some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on its door. David (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey), a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfill a promise he made to his fallen comrade. Siblings Anna (Maika Monroe, Labor Day, The Bling Ring) and Luke (Brendan Meyer) are at first reluctant to accept David’s presence, »
- Gary Collinson
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