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“If your life flashed before your eyes, would you like what you see?” That’s the question that the new film “A Beautiful Now” asks its audience as it takes them on an all-night vigil for the life of one woman teetering on the edge. The film follow Romy (Abigail Spencer), a depressed dancer who has locked herself in her bathroom with a bottle of champagne and a loaded gun. When her friend David (Cheyenne Jackson) lets Romy’s former friends know that she’s threatening suicide, they all converge outside her bathroom and try to talk her down. In the process, they rehash old arguments, bring up their differences, and reveal previously hidden emotions, all while flashbacks detail how Romy got to this place. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
Nerve follows industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), who has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
Directed by Henry Joost (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3&4) and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3&4) Nerve also stars Juliette Lewis (Wayward Pines, Due Date), Emily Meade (Money Monster, Trespass, Young Adult), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black, The Catch), Miles Heizer (Memoria, »
- Paul Heath
Back in April, Netflix picked up the rights to Death Note, after they expired while the project was at Warner Bros. This adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series is now moving forward, with Nat Wolff joining the cast in April. Now we have word of another casting addition, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton). No details were given for his character.
Almost exactly six years after Warner Bros. first acquired the rights to the http://movieweb.com/x-men-apocalypse-kodi-smit-mcphee-nightcrawler-photo/Japanese manga comic Death Note, Warner Bros. hired director Adam Wingard (The Guest) to take the helm last April. We reported last year that director Gus Van Sant was attached to the project, which previously had Shane Black set to direct back in 2011. Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.
The plot, based on the original manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a student who discovers a strange notebook, which allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it. The student decides to rid the world of all men and women he deems to be evil, while a police officer starts tracking him down, as the bodies keep piling up. The script had been previously worked on by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and the writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, before Jeremy Slater came on board.
Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten serving as executive producers. Adam Wingard's other directorial credits include A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next and segments of horror anthology films such as V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and The ABCs of Death. Netflix hasn't issued a release date at this time, so stay tuned.
Keith Stanfield made his feature acting debut in 2013's Short Term 12, and went on to star in The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Dope and the blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton. He most recently starred in another biopic, Miles Ahead, and he will next be seen in Snowden and Memoria. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Death Note as we get closer to production starting this summer. »
The film gets its market premiere screening today [May 11] and is based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story.
Eckhart stars as the coach of the University Of Texas American Football team whose star player is diagnosed with bone cancer.
The film opened in the Us last November through Clarius Entertainment under the title My All American and Universal handles ancillary rights.
The film screens today [May 11] and on Tuesday  in Cannes and the producers are in talks for a Us »
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James Franco, Elysium Bandini Studios and UCLA are developing “Mississippi Requiem” — a single movie consisting of four black and white shorts — Variety has learned exclusively. Franco will star in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s stories, along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt.
The pic deals with issues of race, gender and class set in the American South during the early 20th Century. Beth Grant, Marianna Palka, Elayn Taylor, Sky Van Vliet and Zackary Arthur also star, along with musician George Lewis Jr., known as Twin Shadow.
This production is the second film collaboration this year under Elysium Bandini, the newly formed philanthropic studio »
- Dave McNary
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The 5th Wave (Ya sci-fi/thriller; Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson; rated PG-13) Joy (actor-y biopic; Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper; rated PG-13) The Choice (romance; Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer; rated PG-13) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (sci-fi/adventure; Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac; rated PG-13) Memoria (drama; James Franco, Sam...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Ahead of its Us release this Friday, a trailer has arrived online for the indie drama Memoria, which is based on a short story by James Franco and sees him starring alongside Thomas Mann and Sam Dillon. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Based on James Franco’s “Palo Alto Stories” and “A California Childhood”, Ivan Cohen is a young boy living in Palo Alto, California. Unsatisfied by his slacker group of friends, his love for a girl who doesn’t know he exists, and a dysfunctional family life, he is struggling to find his place in the world. Memoria raises questions about the memories we choose to keep, the ones we try desperately to forget, and the ones we use as fuel to create our future.
Memoria is set for release on April 8th.
- Amie Cranswick
Producers are Mike MacMillan, founder of Lithium Studios Productions; Fréderic de Goldschmidt, owner of Madeleine Films; and Eric Dupont, founder of Incognito Films. “Mobile Homes” is currently being filmed in and around the Niagara Falls area.
The movie is adapted from the short film with the same title. “Mobile Homes” is written and directed by Vladimir de Fontenay (“Memoria”). Benoit Soler, whose credits include 2013 Cannes Caméra d’Or winner “Ilo Ilo,” is the director of photography.
The story follows a young woman drifting from one motel to the next with her dangerously intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. After a crisis rips their lives apart, she lands in a mobile home community, where the promise of a new beginning for her son forces her to reexamine the very meaning of motherhood.
“Mobile Homes” was developed by »
- Dave McNary
“The Mad Whale” is a co-production between Franco’s Elysium Bandini Studios and USC’s School of Cinema. The gothic drama is set in the claustrophobic and brutal world of a women’s mental asylum circa the late 1800s where the patients, some of whom are insane, are tasked with staging a play based on Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”
The film is the fourth iteration of the “Franco Feature” that professors Franco and John Watson teach at USC.
This marks the first feature collaboration for Elysium Bandini since Variety broke the news of the philanthropic studio model between Franco and Vince Jolivette’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, and the Art of Elysium.
- Dave McNary
Read More: Watch: James Franco Seduces Emma Roberts in Stylish 'Palo Alto' Trailer James Franco's childhood contuse to be a bountiful source of inspiration for him as a writer, director and actor. He first recounted various anecdotes from his youth in the short story collection "Palo Alto Stories," which was later turned into a feature film by Gia Coppola. His subsequent memoir, "A California Childhood," was the starting off point for this year's "Yosemite," also starring Franco, and now the upcoming "Memoria," directed by Nina Ljeti and Vladimir de Fontenay, is the latest movie to be born out of his roots. Indiewire has an exclusive poster for the coming-of-age drama, which you can check out below. Based on both "Palo Alto" and "A California Childhood," "Memoria" follows the day-to-day struggles of teenager Ivan Cohen (played by Sam Dillon of "Boyhood"). The viewer follows »
- Mike Lown
Los Angeles-based charity Art of Elysium has partnered with SAG-aftra and the American Film Institute to help fulfill President Obama’s call for 1 million hours of mentorship, Variety has learned exclusively.
Obama enlisted the performers union and AFI last March in “A Call to Arts,” with the goal of meeting the million-hours milestone by the spring of 2018. That’s led to the union expanding its educational seminars, conservatory programs and classes to include mentorship.
Under the new partnership, Art of Elysium will collaborate on expanding existing youth programs and offering greater opportunities for artists to be of service in the community. The charity served over 43,000 children and individuals in 2015.
SAG-aftra National Executive Director David White noted that The Art of Elysium has been collaborating with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production banner as Elysium Bandini Studios. Two of the recent projects are the drama “Memoria,” starring James Franco, Sam Dillon and Thomas Mann, »
- Dave McNary
11 items from 2016
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