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Though Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey just about held their own in the first Purge, Blumhouse must have known it was onto better things when Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams stepped up to the plate for sequel The Purge: Anarchy. In the lead role, Grillo was all badass machismo and exactly the type of action star you don’t see much of these days. And Williams injected some much-needed intrigue into the story as a freedom fighter defying the totalitarian Founding Fathers. Now, it appears both stars are back for The Purge 3.
We exclusively reported back in July that Williams would be returning as YouTube revolutionary Carmelo and was being upgrading from a supporting cast member to a lead. Now, during press interviews for his upcoming Mark Wahlberg dramedy The Gambler, the actor has revealed that Grillo is also likely to rejoin him for The Purge 3: »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Post-apocalyptic comic series Marksmen is eyeing a jump to the screen via Benderspink and Benaroya Pictures, who are teaming to produce a feature adaptation of the action-thriller saga. Marksmen takes place in a dystopian future America where civil war over oil resources has left New San Diego as the last remaining bastion of peace and prosperity, protected by walls by the titular militant guards. Drake McCoy is the best of the Marksmen, who leads his small but skilled team as an invading army from the Lone Star State lays siege to their home in an attempt to steal the city’s energy technology.
It’s the latest comic book property to join the development slate at Benderspink, which optioned rights to Marksmen from Benaroya Publishing, who first issued the comic in 2011. The comic was developed in-house by the Kill Your Darlings and Margin Call company’s publishing arm and was created by Michael Benaroya, »
- Jen Yamato
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will fete Ethan Hawke with a career retrospective on Dec. 18.
The event is part of “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures,” a series of onstage interviews in which “some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft,” BAFTA said.
The series has previously hosted Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, David Fincher and Cate Blanchett, among others. Recordings of previous events in the series are available at http://guru.bafta.org/features/a-life-in-pictures.
Hawke first came to prominence in 1989 in “Dead Poets Society,” since when he has starred in more than 40 films, including “Reality Bites,” “Gattaca,” “Great Expectations,” “Assault on Precinct 13,” “The Purge” and “Woman in the Fifth.” In 2002, his role in “Training Day,” opposite Denzel Washington, earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.
- Leo Barraclough
Jazz seems to be very in at the moment, with Don Cheadle at work on a Miles Davis film and Whiplash bringing the intensity of jazz drumming to screens. Ethan Hawke is looking to get in on the act, playing trumpet great Chet Baker in Born To Be Blue.Robert Budreau has written and already begun directing the film, which will primarily shoot in Sudbury, located in Ontario. Hawke, who has been involved with the development on the project, will be playing Baker at a later stage of his life, having come through years of drug abuse to stage a comeback.Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie are on board to co-star in the movie, which will be out touting for buyers at this year’s American Film Market next month.Hawke was most recently seen in Boyhood, and has Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline plus the thriller Regression awaiting release. He »
Pic also stars Carmen Ejogo, who appeared in “The Purge: Anarchy,” and will be in the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” and Callum Keith Rennie, whose credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Memento.”
Pic is written and directed by Robert Budreau, and produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger of New Real Films, Budreau of Lumanity Productions and Jake Seal of Black Hangar Studios. Executive producers include William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-sang of Productivity Media, Adam Moryto, Stefan Jacobs, D. Matt Geller and Gurpreet Chandhoke.
K5 Intl., which is handling the film’s international rights, is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. Entertainment One is distributing the film in Canada.
Budreau’s film is inspired by the rise of Baker, who has it all, »
- Leo Barraclough
Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker’s rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career.
Also starring with Hawke are Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy, Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades Of Grey). Hawke has worked closely this year with the filmmakers to develop the project. Budreau has a history of music-related work including the short Dream Recording with jazz pianist David Braid, and a short about Baker’s ultimate demise, The Deaths Of Chet Baker. He’s repped by Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The story centers on a punk rock bank, lead by Anton Yelchin's character, who witness a murder at one of their small venue concerts in the middle of nowhere. They lock themselves in the green room, as they become targeted by a group of murderous and racist skinheads. Imogen Poots is playing a skinhead whose friend is the murder victim, which causes her to join forces with the band.
Jeremy Saulnier is directing from his own screenplay, with Broad Green Pictures producing and providing financing for the indie thriller. Production is slated to begin next month in Portland.
Yelchin portrays the frontman of a punk band playing at a remote venue.
After witnessing a murder at the gig, they find themselves trapped in the green room by a racist gang.
Poots plays a member of the gang whose friend's death sets the events in motion. She joins forces with the band in a bid for survival.
Green Room will begin shooting later in October in Portland. »
Today's Mppa ratings bulletin has at least one interesting title, that being William Monahan's Mojave, which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund and is still not only without a release date, but without a distributor. At least now it has an R-rating, but not that's not likely going to help sell it. Next is Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, which won't be hitting theaters until August 14, 2015, but at least we can now confirm it has PG-13 rating. Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be hitting theaters March 2015 and it too has a PG-13 rating, just as does the upcoming Left Behind feature starring Nicolas Cage, arriving in theaters this October 3. The complete bulletin is listed directly below, including a rating for Cymbeline, which stars Ethan Hawke and Milla Jovovich and recently played the Venice »
- Brad Brevet
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Ethan Hawke is riding a wave. Having languished for a time amidst unfortunate exploits, such as Daybreakers, Brooklyn’s Finest and Getaway, he returned to critical favour with Before Midnight in 2013. Following that with Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Boyhood, he is now sweeping through the 2014 festival circuit with Cymbeline, and Good Kill. In another example of the compelling creativity that can come of repeated collaboration, Good Kill is the third film that Hawke has made with writer-director Andrew Niccol. Their previous teamings produced Gattaca and Lord Of War, so the prospect of a reunion for the two would seem very promising indeed – as this newly released poster suggests:
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
- Sarah Myles
Michael Almereyda enjoyed critical acclaim with his rendition of Hamlet in 2000, starring Ethan Hawke as the troubled Dane. He arrives at Venice with one of the Bard’s “problem plays”, Cymbeline, which Almereyda has bravely, though ultimately unsuccessfully tackled with Hawke as one of the leads.
The tale is a complex weave of plots, counterplots, misunderstandings and violent subterfuge, which in the original play, takes place between England, Italy and Wales. Almereyda has transplanted the action to an unspecified Us town and Cymbeline (Ed Harris), King of England, is now a biker gang leader who opposes the corrupt Rome police force. His conniving queen and second wife (Milla Jovovich) wants her son Cloten (Anton Yelchin) to marry Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen (Dakota Johnson), but she has secretly married Posthumus (Penn Badgley). When Cymbeline finds out, Posthumus is exiled and subsequently meets up with Iachimo (Hawke) who wagers that he can woo Imogen. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Here comes the baby bump! Less than a month after Milla Jovovich announced she was expecting her second child, the actress headed to the 2014 Venice International Film Festival to show off her growing belly. While attending the premiere of her latest film, Cymbeline, Jovovich stunned in a tight, white dress that proudly showcased her small but visible bump. It also helped that she posed with her left hand over her lower stomach. The thriller, co-starring Dakota Johnson and Ethan Hawke, is described as an epic battle between dirty cops and a biker gang. Filming was completed long before her pregnancy was confirmed. Not to be outdone, the 38-year-old also impressed at Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner »
The Cymbeline crew landed on the Lido today for the premiere of Michael Almereyda’s modern re-telling of one of Shakespeare’s later plays. Guns take the place of daggers, and dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang stand in for 16th century Britons. The romance, betrayal and revenge ensemble story stars Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgley, Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo, and John Leguizamo. The latter came to Venice today with Almereyda, Jovovich and Yelchin and said his experience on Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet had helped get him used to performing the Bard in a contemporary setting. Almereyda has also previously tackled Shakespeare with 2000’s Hamlet, which too starred Hawke. The group today reflected on how much of Shakespeare has consistently been the basis for wide-ranging films. “Its just a phenomenon,” said Almereyda. “There’s no other writer whose relevance and »
- Nancy Tartaglione
"Cymbeline" is perhaps the Shakespeare play that engenders the most contention--critics call it a plotty, confusing morass, while supporters rave that it should be acknowledged as one of the Bard's great masterpieces. All of which no doubt made it an intriguing and maybe irresistible challenge for director Michael Almereyda in his sophomore attempt at updating seventeeth-century drama for the big screen. Almereyda is best known for his 2000 adaptation of "Hamlet," set in contemporary New York City and focusing on the intrigue-filled overtake of Denmark Corporation. That film starred Ethan Hawke as its eponymous protagonist, and the actor is back for Almereyda's "Cymbeline," along with a name-filled ensemble cast including Ed Harris (as Cymbeline), Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. Oh, and most importantly: the dueling Roman and Celtic nobles of Shakespeare's original have here been reimagined as a rivalry »
- Jacob Combs
As one of the most popular playwrights in the world, a number of Shakespeare’s works have been adapted for the big screen, with filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Kenneth Branagh, and Joss Whedon drawing from Shakespeare’s material. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda himself added to the collection with 2000′s Hamlet, and his latest feature sees him returning to the Bard’s work. Adapting the play of the same name, the film is called Cymbeline, and Almereyda‘s Hamlet lead Ethan Hawke will joins him once again in this film. Cymbeline updates the setting from 16th century Britain to 21st century America, re-contextualising the play to focus on the fight between crooked cops and a biker gang. Joining Hawke onscreen is Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, and Milla Jovovich, and the film is set to be released in American theatres on January 23rd, 2015. A new trailer for the feature has »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Ethan Hawke is no stranger to Shakespearean interpretations onstage or onscreen, and he’s at it again with Cymbeline, re-teaming with his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda. Hawke starred as the eponymous character in that 2000 modern day interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Now, Hawke and Almereyda are going a little more obscure, and Ed Harris is playing the titular king. Almereyda’s reinterpretation places the story in the world of a biker gang, and has already drawn comparisons to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, what with all the gunfighting mixed in with iambic pentameter.
The play’s story is complicated, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Milla Jovovich debuted her teensy baby bump at the Venice International Film Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 3, where she was on-hand to premiere her latest film, Cymbeline. It was the actress’s first red carpet appearance since announcing that she is expecting her second child with husband Paul Anderson two weeks ago. The Resident Evil star, 38, chose a sweet and chic mini-lwd, with just enough room for her growing bump, for the international affair. She completed the look with a rhinestone-adorned ivory clutch, diamond tennis bracelet, chandelier [...] »
In 2000, Michael Almereyda adapted Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke in the starring role. Fourteen years later, he’s brought the bard’s least-known play to the big screen with Cymbeline as a modern tale of cops versus biker gangs, premiering in Venice on Wednesday. Ed Harris plays the king of the biker gang, with Milla Jovovich as his evil queen. The film also stars 50 Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley and Anton Yelchin. And Hawke, in the peripheral role of Iachimo. “I think Ed Harris looks great in a leather jacket,” Jovovich joked
- Ariston Anderson
One might expect the plottiest of Shakespeare’s plays to make the ploddiest of bigscreen adaptations, but With “Cymbeline,” as before, he preserves the text even while updating everything else, incorporating handguns, motorcycles and a full line of Apple products into a play that barely has room for all of its own intrigues. Meant to seem modern, the interpretation feels more out-of-time than ever, but holds our interest, thanks to a cast Lionsgate Grindstone can leverage when it releases in Spring 2015.
An unusually original later work from a playwright known for borrowing his storylines from popular literature and history, then elevating them through his own extraordinary gift for language, “Cymbeline” mostly appears to be a case of Shakespeare recycling himself. Today, the equivalent might be pop-culture magpie Quentin Tarantino capping off his career with a pic that recycled the best setpieces from each of his earlier films.
In “Cymbeline,” we »
- Peter Debruge
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