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IFC Films Buys Feminist Horror Film ‘Swallow’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ “Swallow,” a feminist horror film that premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. It scored strong critical notices and went on to win the festival’s best actress award for its star Haley Bennett. One Tribeca-goer was reportedly so scared, she fainted. The indie studio plans to release the film theatrically in the 2020.

“‘Swallow’ is one of the most provocative and timely films we have seen yet this year with a star turning performance from Haley Bennett,” said Arianna Bocco executive VP of acquisitions and productions of IFC Films. “We’re thrilled to introduce Carlo Mirabella-Davis to U.S. audiences with this stunning first-time feature debut.”

Swallow” centers on a pregnant woman (Bennett) who compulsively begins to eat dangerous objects. As her husband (Austin Stowell) and his family tighten exert more control over her life, she is forced to
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Harvey Keitel to play gangster Meyer Lansky in new biopic

Mean Streets and Reservoir Dogs’ Harvey Keitel is set to take on the role of notorious gangster Meyer Lansky in a new biopic from Eytan Rockaway, which also has Sam Worthington (Avatar), Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch), Emory Cohen (Lords of Chaos), Austin Stowell (Catch-22) and Tony Danza (Taxi) on board to star.

A contemporary of Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel, Lansky was known as the ‘Mob’s Accountant’ and was a key figure in the formation of the National Crime Syndicate, a confederation of mainly Italian-American and Jewish organised crime outfits which was formed in the late 1920s.

The biopic – titled Lansky – will see Keitel portraying an “aging Lansky living in anonymity in Miami Beach after being investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI. When he enlists a young journalist named David Stone (Worthington) to tell his story, the Feds use him as a pawn to track down the hundreds
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Harvey Keitel takes up the role of gangster Meyer Lansky in biopic

Harvey Keitel has accepted an offer he can’t refuse to take on the role of notorious gangster Meyer Lansky in the Eytan Rockaway directed untitled biopic.

Keitel will be joined by Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen and Austin Stowell on the cast while Alexandra Daddario and Tony Danza are still currently in talks.

The story follows an ageing Lansky living quietly in Miami Beach after being investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI. He enlists a young journalist named David Stone (Sam Worthington) to tell his story, but the Feds use the young man as a pawn to track the hundreds of millions the mobster is suspected of stashing.

Also in news – Michael Fassbender and Peter Dinklage in talks to star in Mel Gibson’s ‘The Wild Bunch’ remake

Stone finds himself caught in the middle of a game of cat and mouse, uncovering the hidden truth about the
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Harvey Keitel Set to Play Gangster Meyer Lansky in Biopic

Harvey Keitel has been cast to play the notorious gangster Meyer Lansky in the upcoming Eytan Rockaway-directed biopic. The film will also star Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen, and Austin Stowell. Alexandra Daddario and Tony Danza are currently in talks to join the cast as well.

The script was written by Rockaway from real-life interviews his father conducted with Lansky himself. Variety reports the following about the film’s story:

“The film centers on an aging Lansky living in anonymity in Miami Beach after being investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI. When he enlists a young journalist named David Stone (Worthington) to tell his story, the Feds use him as a pawn to track down the hundreds of millions of dollars that the mobster has been suspected of stashing. Stone finds himself caught in the middle of a game of cat and mouse, uncovering the hidden truth about
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Sequel to Independent Movie Hit ‘After’ Launches in Cannes

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Sequel to Independent Movie Hit ‘After’ Launches in Cannes
“After,” the highest grossing independent film of the year so far, is set to return with a sequel, with stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin reprising their roles. Voltage Pictures is selling the new pic in Cannes.

The first film, which had a reported production budget of $14 million, grossed more than $50 million at the international box office, with an additional $12 million contributed in the U.S.

After opening number one in 17 countries, the film has gone on to take $7.7 million in France, $8.2 million in Germany and $7 million in Italy. Other high performing territories included Russia, where it took $2.8 million, Benelux, which delivered $1.4 million, and Scandinavia, where it generated $2.7 million.

The film and its sequel are based on Anna Todd’s young adult romantic novel series.

Producers of the new film are Todd, Jennifer Gibgot, Wattpad’s Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman, CalMaple’s Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon. Voltage
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Voltage Pictures launches sales on 'After' sequel

Voltage Pictures launches sales on 'After' sequel
Original Ya romance has grossed more than $50m at international box office.

Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes will reprise their roles in After as Voltage Pictures launched worldwide sales in Cannes on the sequel to the international box office hit.

After Ya author Anna Todd and Voltage Pictures COO and president Jonathan Deckter announced the sequel on Sunday (19) on the back of the original’s $50m-plus box office success this year.

The Ya romance opened at number one in 17 countries and has gone on to gross more than $7.7m in France, $8.2m in Germany and $7m in Italy. Russia has produced $2.8m,
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Catch-22: Season One Viewer Votes

Are you caught up in the first season of the Catch-22 TV show on Hulu? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Catch-22 is renewed or cancelled (this is a mini-series so a second season is unlikely but not impossible). Hulu and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the Catch-22 season one episodes. We invite you to rate them for us here.

A Hulu military bureaucracy satire based on the Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, Austin Stowell, Gerran Howell, Pico Alexander, Jay Paulson, Julie Ann Emery, Grant Heslov and Jon Rudnitsky. The series centers on centers on John
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Catch-22: Is the Hulu TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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Is the catch that this is a mini-series, or will there be more fun with Yossarian? Has the Catch-22 TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Hulu? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Catch-22 season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   

What's This TV Show About?

A Hulu military bureaucracy satire based on the Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, Austin Stowell, Gerran Howell, Pico Alexander, Jay Paulson, Julie Ann Emery, Grant Heslov and Jon Rudnitsky. The series centers on centers on John Yossarian (Abbott), a Us bombardier in World War II. Every time "YoYo" nears his
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Catch-22 Is "Harrowing, Heartbreaking, Human, and Hilarious" According to the Cast

In the mood for a bit of a weird laugh this weekend? Hulu just launched Catch-22, its miniseries adaptation of the classic satirical novel by Joseph Heller. George Clooney is an executive producer and appears in the series, and if you're familiar with some of George Clooney's other satire work or the story of Catch-22, you might know what you're in for. If you're not, let the cast explain.  "The book's a satire," Austin Stowell tells E! News. "There's wonderful source material that we had from Joseph Heller. It almost reads like a screenplay, and you laugh out loud. The characters are absurd at times, and I think that's what he was trying to accomplish really was that this...
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Harvey Keitel to star in biopic about notorious gangster Meyer Lansky

  • JoBlo
Harvey Keitel is certainly no stranger to films revolving around mobsters and has played more than a few members of the criminal underground himself, and Variety has reported that his next project will find him playing notorious gangster Meyer Lansky. [Seemore] Directed by Eytan Rockaway, the Meyer Lansky biopic is also set to star Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen, and Austin Stowell, with Alexandra…
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Harvey Keitel to Play Gangster Meyer Lansky in Biopic (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Harvey Keitel to Play Gangster Meyer Lansky in Biopic (Exclusive)
Harvey Keitel will star as notorious gangster Meyer Lansky, a contemporary of Bugsy Siegel, in a biopic directed by Eytan Rockaway. Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen and Austin Stowell are also set to star in the picture, with Alexandra Daddario and Tony Danza in talks to join.

Voltage Pictures has boarded the project and hopes to spark international sales at Cannes. Rockaway wrote the script from a story by Ido Fluk and Sharon Mashihi, partially based on interviews with the real-life Lansky conducted by Rockaway’s father, history professor Robert Rockaway.

The film centers on an aging Lansky living in anonymity in Miami Beach after being investigated and pursued for decades by the FBI. When he enlists a young journalist named David Stone (Worthington) to tell his story, the Feds use him as a pawn to track down the hundreds of millions of dollars that the mobster has been suspected of stashing.
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Catch-22

Network: Hulu.

Episodes: Six (hour).

Seasons: One.

TV show dates: May 16, 2019.

Series status: Ended.

Performers include: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Giancarlo Giannini, Austin Stowell, Gerran Howell, Pico Alexander, Jay Paulson, Julie Ann Emery, Jon Rudnitsky, Graham Patrick Martin, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron, Lewis Pullman, Grant Heslov, Tessa Ferrer, Grant Heslov and Harrison Osterfield.

TV show description:

From writers Luke Davies and David Michôd, the Catch-22 TV show is a mini-series based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name. The military bureaucracy satire centers on John Yossarian (Abbott), a Us bombardier in World War II. Read More…
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Catch-22 Premiere Interviews: George Clooney & more on the new TV series

George Clooney and Hugh Laurie bring Joseph Heller’s famous world of Catch-22 to the small screen with their six part adaptation airing here on Channel 4. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Christopher Abbot, Jay Paulson and Tessa Ferrer. This evening the cast hit the red carpet in London to debut the series.

The full cast includes Christopher Abbott (Yossarian), Kyle Chandler (Colonel Cathcart), George Clooney (Scheisskopf), Hugh Laurie (Major de Coverley), Giancarlo Giannini (Marcello), Daniel David Stewart (Milo), Rafi Gavron (Aarfy), Austin Stowell (Nately), Graham Patrick Martin (Orr), Gerran Howell (Kid Sampson), Jon Rudnitsky (McWatt), Kevin J. O’Connor (Korn), Pico Alexander (Clevinger), Tessa Ferrer (Nurse Duckett), Lewis Pullman (Major Major), Josh Bolt (Dunbar), Jay Paulson (Chaplain) and Julie Ann Emery (Marion).

Channel 4 will air the show in six parts in 2019.

Colin Hart and Scott Davis were on the red carpet and conducted these interviews.

Catch-22 Premiere Interviews

Synopsis
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TV Review: George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’

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TV Review: George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’
Only television could contain “Catch-22.” Joseph Heller’s capacious World War II novel, stuffed with philosophical monologues, paradoxes, and a wide-ranging cast of expendable flyboys centered on the inertly gloomy Yossarian, provides little foothold for any potential reworking. A 1970 feature adaptation was so fraught that a Time cover story on the director quoted him as saying he was “pregnant with a dead child” during production. George Clooney’s new attempt, streaming on Hulu May 17, signals the star’s ambition, and his pragmatism. The archetypal movie star executive produced the series, appears in it, and directed two episodes, and he has come to TV for a reason: It’s a way to surmount a tricky piece of the American literary canon, but to do so with the benefit of six hours and streaming-service money.

But if only TV could make “Catch-22,” perhaps only TV would be foolhardy enough to try. The
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Swallow’

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Swallow’
Pica, or the compulsion to consume things nowhere to be found on the food pyramid — like handfuls of dirt, stray pieces of jewelry, or a juicy double-a battery — serves as a metaphor for one woman’s struggle against the patriarchy in Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ “Swallow.” A bold and unconventional thriller made real by the evolution of lead actress Haley Bennett (a prize winner at the Tribeca Film Festival) from porcelain housewife to jagged-edged reactionary, this striking debut (not counting earlier shorts or co-directed behind-the-music doc ”The Swell Season”) ignores the medical side of the eating disorder in favor of a far more radical psychological reading.

While not as graphic as 2013 German shocker “Wetlands” (with its grimy public toilet seats and queasy scenes of tampon swapping) nor as gory as 2002’s “In My Skin” (which took the concept of “cutting” to extremes), “Swallow” adopts the same basic strategy as those films, using
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Tribeca Audience Member Faints During ‘Swallow’ Screening

Tribeca Audience Member Faints During ‘Swallow’ Screening
An audience member fainted during a screening of Carlo Mirabella-Davis’s “Swallow” at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend. According to an account from the director, the woman felt overheated and like she was going to vomit before blacking out and collapsing in the theater. An audience member sitting in the row behind the woman saw her in distress during the screening. The woman was recovering outside the theater when Mirabella-Davis approached her and learned of her reaction firsthand.

Mirabella-Davis told IndieWire:

I exited the theater for a second in the middle of the screening, and I found this person who seemed a little shaken lingering outside. I asked if she was alright, and she told me she had just fainted. She said that after the thumbtack scene, she couldn’t get the concept of the thumbtack ingestion out of her mind. She started to feel overheated and
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‘Swallow’ Review: Haley Bennett Is Extraordinary in Thriller About a Housewife with a Dangerous Habit

‘Swallow’ Review: Haley Bennett Is Extraordinary in Thriller About a Housewife with a Dangerous Habit
There’s something fitting about the fact that Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ “Swallow” — a provocative and frequently brilliant thriller about the patriarchal control over female bodies — is set in a purgatorial stretch of upstate New York that’s roughly equidistant from both Jeanne Dielman’s home at 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, and the arid San Fernando Valley that almost suffocates Carol White to death in “Safe.” While he might not possess Chantal Akerman’s visionary patience, or exhibit Todd Haynes’ singular talent for mining horror from metaphor, Mirabella-Davis has crafted a sharp and surprising modern fable around a woman whose environment has been weaponized against her since birth.

The submissive but subtly demented housewife of a standard-issue Patrick Bateman wannabe (Austin Stowell), Hunter spends her days trapped in the gilded cage of a glass home they share along the Hudson River. Portrayed by an extraordinary Haley Bennett — whose forced smile of a lead
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Hulu’s Catch-22 series gets a new trailer

With a little over three weeks to go until its premiere, a new trailer has arrived online for Catch-22, Hulu’s small-screen adaptation of Joseph Heller’s classic novel. The limited drama series stars Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell, Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Gerran Howell, Lewis Pullman, Tessa Ferrer, Jay Paulson, Giancarlo Giannini, and Harrison Osterfield; watch it here…

Christopher Abbott is Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse, because Colonel Cathcart (Kyle Chandler) keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22,
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Great New Trailer Released For Hulu's WWII Series Catch-22 with George Clooney and Kyle Chandler

We’ve got a new trailer here for you to watch for Hulu’s upcoming six-episode limited World War II series Catch-22. The show is based on Joseph Heller’s acclaimed novel and it was directed by George Clooney, who also stars in this film.

I love the tone of this series as it has a very Coen Brothers type vibe to it with the writing and storytelling style. Clooney takes on the role of Scheisskopf and is joined by Kyle Chandler as Colonel Cathcart, Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley, and Christopher Abbott as Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier who is angry not only at the enemy who continues trying to kill him, but also at his own army which regularly puts him in harm’s way.

Here’s a description of the story that the series will tell:

Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger,
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Catch-22 Full Trailer Reveals the Humorous Side to Blood and Guts War

Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott).

Yossarian is a Us Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

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Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22.

Catch-22 is a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.

A man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions,
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