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Read More: Ben Foster On Working Opposite Rooney Mara In 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' and His Upcoming Directorial Debut Might some awards attention be coming Ben Foster's way? Based on the newly-released trailer of "The Program" (posted above), the star of "The Messenger" and "Lone Survivor" looks to be a perfect fit as Lance Armstrong, the international cyclist superstar who was caught using banned performance-enhancing substances. He's not the only reason "The Program" has us excited. The project comes from Stephen Frears, Oscar-nominated director of "The Queen" and "Philomena," and stars in supporting roles, among others, Dustin Hoffman and Chris O'Dowd. The film centers on a suspicious Irish journalist (O'Dowd) who investigates whether Armstrong's remarkable run of victories was truly achieved without cheating. Expectations are high on "The Program," which is still without a U.S. release date. But »
- David Canfield
We're grateful that David Lowery, one of our favorite indie directors, has been keeping a production diary for the upcoming Disney remake of "Pete's Dragon," his first studio film after achieving critical success with "'Ain't Them Bodies Saints." Reading through his journal gives an idea of what the transition from indie to studio film must have been like. Production on the film, a reimagining of Disney's 1977 "Pete's Dragon," took place in New Zealand and follows the bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. The film stars Oakes Fegley as Pete, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley and Robert Redford. "Pete's Dragon" is scheduled to be released in August 2016, three years after "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" hit theaters. That film, which was released by IFC, grossed just under $400,000 -- which we're guessing was the budget for pizza deliveries on the "Pete's. »
- Paula Bernstein
Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region, »
- Jordan Benesh
Indie filmmakers taking on Hollywood projects is not unheard of or rare. Noah Baumbach co-wrote “Madagascar 3,” "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" filmmaker David Lowery is writing and directing a big-budget studio version of "Pete's Dragon,” and Alex Ross Perry recently signed on to write Disney’s live-action “Winnie The Pooh” (not to mention Colin Trevorrow only made one small tiny indie film, “Safety Not Guaranteed," before taking on “Jurassic World”). That said, it is somewhat strange to hear of Argentinean auteur Damián Szifron’s next gig. Szifron dazzled many at Cannes and other film festivals last year with “Wild Tales,” his six-story anthology movie connected by themes of vengeance and distress (read our review). It’s a twisted movie that features a corrosive anger and very real resentment, all wrapped up in hilarious dark humor. At Telluride, Szifron spoke to many American journalists casually — including us — and the world seemed to be at his. »
- Rodrigo Perez
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- Scott Beggs
Read More: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery Singles Out Short Films at Maryland Film Festival Opening Thanks to Short of the Week, David Lowery's gorgeous short film "Pioneer" is now available to stream online for free. The Texas-born filmmaker earned loads of acclaim in 2013 for his romantic crime drama "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, but that film would not have been made had it not been for the success of "Pioneer" at various film festivals throughout 2011. The short received numerous accolades, including a Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. Consisting mainly of dialogue and set entirely in a single bedroom, "Pioneer" is a short about a father who, in a hushed storybook voice, recounts the story of how he met his young son's mother and became his father. Punctuated by an emotional score and atmospheric gold lighting, the »
- Zack Sharf
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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After receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and having what could be considered a banner year in 2013 -- which included starring roles in both Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Side Effects and a supporting role in Her -- Rooney Mara has quickly become one of the most highly sought-after actresses working right now, and for good reason. Today The Hollywood Reporter notes The Weinstein Co. has successfully reeled in Mara for a role in the Indian survival tale Lion, which the studio acquired for distribution at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Mara joins a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, David Wenham, and Divian Ladwa. The film, which is being produced by See-Saw Films and directed by Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake") from a screenplay by Luke Davies, tells the true story of five-year-old Saroo Brierley, »
- Jordan Benesh
There are certain works of art that are larger than even their creators ever intended, that ripple through culture for generations in ways that no one could have expected. I am relatively sure that when A.A. Milne wrote his two classic books about his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and the stuffed animals he played with while growing up, the author had no idea just how deeply those books would pierce generations of readers. There are two books by Benjamin Hoff that I fell in love with in college in which Hoff uses the Milne characters, particularly Winnie-The-Pooh, to examine the belief system Taoism. What sounds like a joke is actually fairly moving and profound, and not only does it do a bang-up job of explaining Taoism, it also points out just how beautiful and nuanced Milne's writing truly is. People love to pound on Disney because they are an intellectual property mill, »
- Drew McWeeny
Read More: Alex Ross Perry to Write Live-Action 'Winnie the Pooh' This morning, it was announced that Disney had brought "Listen Up Philip" writer-director Alex Ross Perry on board to write their live-action version of "Winnie the Pooh." This comes on the heels of the news that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery is directing an updated version of "Pete's Dragon" for the studio as well. These choices seem a bit peculiar for Disney, and its interesting that these indie directors are hopping on board a trend. Live-action remakes of classic Disney animated films have been popping up over the past few years, with films like "Maleficent" focusing on a character out of 1959's "Sleeping Beauty" and adaptations of previously Disney-fied fairy tales like "Snow White and the Hunstman" and "Alice in Wonderland" increasing in numbers. Recently, Emma Watson signed on to star in a »
Earlier this week, it was announced that Disney is planning a live-action remake of their classic animated adventure Mulan. Now comes word that they are also moving forward on a live-action, modern day reimagining of Winnie the Pooh. This is the latest in the studio's current trend of turning their most popular animated movies into live-action fairytales, with The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass currently shooting, and Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast now in development.
Alex Ross Perry, who won critical praise with his Sundance indie Listen Up Philip, has been hired to shape the vision for this new take on Winnie the Pooh, though Deadline does not specify if he is writing and directing, or just directing. This is the second time that Disney has hired a cutting-edge director to helm one of their new live-action remakes. David Lowery, known for his critical indie hit Ain't Them Bodies Saints, »
Of late, Alex Ross Perry has been known for delivering a razor sharp dissection of an irredeemable asshole in "Listen Up Philip" and pitting two women in a battle of psychological warfare in "Queen Of Earth." Naturally, the next move would be work for Disney, right? It might not be the most obvious next stage of Perry's career, but the filmmaker has been tapped by the Mouse House to pen their live action version of "Winnie The Pooh." This project joins "Mulan," "Alice In Wonderland," "Malificent," "Cinderella," "Beauty & The Best" and "Dumbo" in the studio's roster of animated movies converted into live action tentpoles, and the Perry hire isn't entirely out of leftfield. After all, David Lowery of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" fame is shooting the remake of "Pete's Dragon" for Disney. But what is the the studio seeing in guys like Lowery and Perry? It could be »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Austin Film Society has announced that they have partnered with Dell to establish the Afs "Powered by Dell" Grant for Texas-based filmmakers in post-production. The awards will be given out as a part of the annual Afs Grant cycle in September, which annually awards $100,000 to filmmakers in the state of Texas. This grant will award $15,000 in cash, plus high-end Dell Precision workstations with Adobe Creative Cloud editing software and UltraSharp displays. Afs Grant winning filmmakers have gone on to screen their films at top festivals around the world, such as Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The list of Afs grantees include David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), Jeff Nichols ("Mud"), David Zellner ("Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter") and more. Filmmakers residing in Texas can apply to the Afs Grant for funds for production, post-production and distribution of independent films of any length and genre. Grant submissions open at the end of. »
- Jena Keahon
Read More: Watch: 'Wild Canaries' Trailer Mixes Old-School Screwball Comedy, Brooklyn and Murder If you love indie films and winning things, you now have a chance to combine both. Upon the release of his film "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," director David Lowery hosted a social media giveaway to anyone who watched four Indie films in one weekend. The prizes were impressive, including signed scripts. Now, filmmaker Riley Stearns announced another Indie Film Giveaway upon the release of three new indie films, "Buzzard," "Faults" and "Wild Canaries." The official tweet for the announcement came from Stearns' Twitter page on March 6, promising that if people see all three films (in a theater or rented/bought on VOD) by March 12, they would be getting some prizes their way. Check out the tweet below, and email IndieFilmGiveaway@gmail.com to enter. See (in a theater)/rent/buy all three films by March »
- Travis Clark
A few years back, for the release of his new film, director David Lowery of Ain't Them Bodies Saints (great film) hosted a social media giveaway where they would send prizes to anyone who saw four indie films in one weekend. They sent out some truly one-of-a-kind prizes, including signed scripts and props from the films, but above all just wanted to remind people to support indie films. Well, another filmmaker by the name of Riley Stearns is launching a brand new "Indie Film Giveaway" for three new features that were just released: Lawrence Michael Levine's Wild Canaries, Joel Potrykus' Buzzard and Stearns' Faults. Similar to Lowery's fun giveaway, it's as simple as photographing your ticket stubs and emailing them in. Here's the official tweet below from writer/director @RileyStearns announcing details about their "Indie Film Giveaway" for these three films. They're even including VOD rentals, so if »
- Alex Billington
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as a park ranger who discovers the existence of the dragon, Wes Bentley as a local mill owner, Karl Urban as the mill owner's brother, Oona Laurence as a young girl who befriends Pete, and Robert Redford as the girl's father.
Shooting will begin around Wellington before moving north to Rotorua and later to the south in Tapanui and Invercargill. "Pete's Dragon" is currently slated for an August 2016 release. »
- Garth Franklin
Principal photography began in New Zealand today on "Pete's Dragon," writer/director David Lowery's re-imagining of the 1977 Disney animated hybrid. Indie "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" turned studio director Lowery's version will not be a musical, as the neglected Mouse House Classic is, but it will blend live-action with CGI to tell the story of orphan boy Pete and Elliott, his often-invisible dragon pal. Studios chase hot indie mavericks like Lowery out of Sundance for large properties, for one, because they're presumably cheaper than A-list talent. Other indie finds to helm similarly ambitious projects for-hire include "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow for "Jurassic Park 4," "Kings of Summers"'s Jordan Vogt-Roberts for Legendary's King Kong prequel "Skull Island" and, earlier, Gareth Edwards, director of SXSW premiere "Monsters" who Legendary tapped for 2014's "Godzilla." Read »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Principal photography on Pete's Dragon commenced today in New Zealand. A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, Pete's Dragon will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
The film starsBryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley as Pete; Wes Bentley as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban as Jack's brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar winner Robert Redford as Grace's father.
Pete's Dragon is directed byDavid Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) and produced by Jim Whitaker, with Barrie Osborne serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by filmmaker Peter Jackson based in New Zealand, »
The Star Trek actor replaces Michael C Hall in the project, The Wrap reports.
Hall had to step down from his unspecified role in the movie due to scheduling issues.
The new film is not expected to be a musical, and will use CGI to create the dragon.
Pete's Dragon follows the story of a young boy who escapes from his abusive adoptive parents with his pet dragon.
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
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