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Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game. Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield). Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink. It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material. In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges »
- Tommy Cook
Exclusive: Greg Berlanti‘s Warner Bros TV-based company has sold two more drama projects, both to CBS: The Shrine, written and executive produced by Nicholas Wootton, and Black Oak, written/exec produced by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room). Both projects also are exec produced by Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman. The Shrine, based on the upcoming book by Wootton’s father, Gareth Wootton, is about a struggling Catholic hospital in Los Angeles that becomes a sensation when patient after patient is miraculously cured of cancer. Could it truly be divine intervention? A young female doctor investigates these “miracles,” only to discover that there may be a murderous impostor in the hospital. The project reunites the team behind midseason drama series Golden Boy: creator/exec producer Wootton, exec producer Greg Berlanti, CBS and Wbtv. Wootton, Berlanti and Wbtv also recently teamed for TNT political thriller President X. Black Oak centers »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Back in January, we thought that Philip Noyce might have finally found his next directing job, as he was reportedly set to make indie thriller For The Dogs with Sam Worthington in the lead. Well, the film’s still going ahead, but Noyce is nowhere to be seen, with Terminator 3 director Jonathan Mostow now aboard.Worthington is still set for the lead in the film, which Oren Moverman has adapted from Kevin Wignall’s novel. The plot focuses on a solitary assassin who agrees to help a bright college girl exact revenge on those who murdered her parents and younger brother.With the director now locked in, the cameras should be rolling in the autumn. Mostow last brought us Bruce Willis sci-fi pic Surrogates and wrote the basic story for Jennifer Lawrence thriller House At The End Of The Street. Worthington has recently worked on Civil War drama The Keeping Room »
The economics graduate, the bin-rummaging freegan, the producer; indie cinema's latest enigma is all of these things
A fortnight before the American opening of The East, its star, co-writer and producer was wandering the streets of New York in her pyjamas. "Can't sleep," tweeted Brit Marling. "Feeling something extreme but on what side of the spectrum?"
It's a typical question from an atypical actor. Two years ago, the then-unheard-of 27-year-old from Chicago stole Sundance with a double whammy of sci-fi mumblecore. Robert Redford saw Marling excel in Sound Of My Voice and Another Earth (which she also co-wrote and produced) and instantly signed her up to star in his directorial return The Company You Keep. She now has six studio features on the go.
"I'm ill-equipped for this interview," admits Marling, her soft hazy wisp of a voice drifting down the line from Bucharest. She's been flown out to Romania »
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij’s (Sound of My Voice) eco-terrorist thriller The East. Brit Marling co-wrote the script with Batmanglij and stars as an undercover operative for an elite private intelligence firm who infiltrates a domestic terrorist organization in order to protect her corporate clientele. Once she starts living as part of the anarchist collective, though, she finds that her loyalties aren’t as solid as she believed them to be and becomes conflicted when she starts falling for the charismatic leader (Alexander Skarsgard). The impressive ensemble cast also includes Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, and Julia Ormond, and you can click here to watch the trailer and here is Matt’s review. Last week I landed an extended video interview with Marling. She talked about the sources of inspiration for the film, the compressed schedule, the amount of changes that occurred from the »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Just as Cannes kicks off, Lionsgate UK is showing its increased support for British films and filmmakers picking up the theatrical distribution rights to six new titles – the drama Locke, the comedy Born To Be King, The Keeping Room, Horns, the family comedy What We Did On Our Holiday and the love story Love, Rosie. Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, says:
“We are delighted to be adding these titles to our already strong and diverse slate. It is fantastic to be welcoming back filmmakers and forging new relationships as part of our ongoing support and investment in British films and British talent.”
Produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley, Locke is written and directed by Academy Award nominated Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Hummingbird). Starring Tom Hardy, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, Alice Lowe and Olivia Colman, the film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. »
- David Agnew
“King” is about a film extra who bears a striking resemblance to a movie star.
Lionsgate also acquired “Locke,” which is penned-helmed by Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”), and stars Tom Hardy and Tom Holland. The film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled 90 minute race against time. Paul Webster and Guy Heeley produce.
Another pickup is Daniel Radcliffe-starrer “Horns,” which was adapted by Keith Bunin from Joe Hill’s novel. Alexandre Aja (“Piranha 3D”) helms. Radcliffe plays a young man who awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples following his girlfriend’s mysterious death.
- Leo Barraclough
The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t begin in earnest until tomorrow, when The Great Gatsby opens the prestigious 12-day cinematic showcase and the shiniest of celebrities descend on the luxurious Mediterranean resort, but the Cannes film market is already revving on all cylinders. Warner Bros. is reportedly on the verge of acquiring the U.S. rights to How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut that he’ll also star in, along with Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Christina Hendricks. The fantasy film is still in production, but as Deadline originally reported, the weight of Warner Bros. will »
- Jeff Labrecque
Bad news for Olivia Wilde fans – she’s no longer attached to star in the Civil War era dramatic thriller The Keeping Room. Still, nothing to worry about, she will have a decent replacement, because we’ve learned that Brit Marling is set to star opposite previously announced Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie who are set to play female leads. So, as we previously reported, Daniel Barber is on board to direct the movie which will revolve around two sisters and an African-American slave who are forced to defend their Southern home from soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. As you already...
Before going off to Romania to shoot his next film, The Keeping Room, about a Civil War soldier who has broken off from the Union Army encounters a group of women who have been left to fend for themselves, Collider got the opportunity to chat with actor Sam Worthington about the surf drama Drift, opening later this year. While we will post what he had to say about that film in June, we did want to share what he had to say about some of his other upcoming projects. During the interview, he talked about how different his character in The Keeping Room is, how working with director David Ayer on the action thriller Ten was the best experience, what it was like to work with someone as iconic as Arnold Schwarzenegger, that James Cameron will start shooting the Avatar sequels whenever he’s ready, and how he doesn’t »
- Christina Radish
• Things are about to get animated for Jon Hamm. The Mad Men actor will lend his voice to Minions, Universal’s spinoff of their Despicable Me movies that is capitalizing on the little yellow creatures that stole the show in the first film in 2010 (Despicable Me 2 comes out this summer). Hamm will voice the inventor Herb Overkill, husband of stylish super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). His previous voice acting work includes such TV shows as Robot Chicken and Archer. [Deadline]
- Emily Rome
Terminator: Salvation star Sam Worthington is set to star in a Civil War era film called The Keeping Room. He joins the previously cast actors Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nicole Beharie in the movie, which is set to be helmed by Harry Brown director Daniel Barber.
Worthington will play a Civil War soldier in the story "who has broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army and encounters women who have been left to fend for themselves."
I haven't really cared for any of Worthington's films since Avatar. Maybe it's a good thing he's doing these smaller films. They might be better for him in the long run as an actor. »
- Joey Paur
Written by Julia Hart, the film centres around two Southern sisters and a slave who have been left alone in the closing days of the war.
They are forced to mount their own defence against a band of soldiers that has broken off from the main Union Army.
Marling has replaced Olivia Wilde, who was previously attached to the project.
The Keeping Room has not set a release date. »
With Clash and Wrath Of The Titans, Avatar and its future sequels, and his recent work with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the action thriller Ten, it's fair to say that Sam Worthington gravitates towards big, blockbuster-type projects. But there's at least one smaller-scale indie flick on the horizon for the Aussie actor, in the form of American Civil War drama The Keeping Room. He's just signed up for the film which will co-star Brit Marling (Another Earth) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is the director.The story takes place towards the end of the North vs. South conflict. Worthington plays a Union soldier who has become separated from his unit, and finds his way to a commune of women who are fending for themselves while the men are off whistling Dixie (or Battle Cry Of Freedom, depending on preference).This all sounds very familiar. In fact, Deadline's »
Hailee Steinfeld, Nicole Beharie and Brit Marling star in this drama that tells the story of two sisters and one African American slave late in the Civil War. The three women are forced to defend their home after all the men have left for war. Sam Worthington is playing a soldier, who encounters the women after breaking off from the Union Army.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in June.
While it is doubtful the phrase .Academy Award winner Sam Worthington. is going to sincerely come out of someone.s mouth anytime soon, the guy definitely has an enviable career, mixing gigantic budget affairs like Avatar and Wrath of the Titans with low-budget flicks like Texas Killing Fields. Put him in anything, and he.ll be serviceable. So why not a Civil War thriller? Deadline reports he's the latest to join The Keeping Room, the second film from Harry Brown director Daniel Barber - and I think it.s safe to call him the male lead. He joins Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Nicole Beharie (42) in the film, which was written by Julia Hart. In The Keeping Room, Worthington will play a soldier in the last days of the Civil War who breaks off from the impending Union Army and stumbles upon a group »
Set in the dying days of the Civil War, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie star as three Southern women forced to defend their home from a band of civil war soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army. Worthington plays one of the soldiers.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening. First up, Deadline reports that Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the Civil War drama The Keeping Room. Set in the final days of the Civil War, the story centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army. Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) are set to star as the female leads, with Marling filling the elder sister role that was previously occupied by Olivia Wilde. Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is directing from a script by Julia Hart, and production is set to get underway in June. Details regarding Worthington’s character aren’t given, but the actor most recently wrapped David Ayer’s thriller Ten. »
- Adam Chitwood
It's always the same: you wait ages for a Brit Marling story and then two come along at once. Alongside the news elsewhere this morning about The Keeping Room, Marling will be re-teaming with her Another Earth honcho Mike Cahill for the oddly titled and entirely unpunctuated I Origins.Like the excellent Another Earth, I Origins is an indie sci-fi tale, this time revolving around a scientist on the brink of a big discovery. His results, if proved correct, will be of historical significance, but depend on a young girl in India who is somehow the only person in the world who can verify them. The thrust of the film is reportedly the bringing together of international strangers with unlikely connections.Quite where the sci-fi fits into that plot remains to be seen (presumably it's our man's world-rocking theory). We might reasonably expect mumblecore musing rather than FX spectacle, however. »
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