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The Conversation – Cannes Predictions V: Jia Zhangke & Kirill Serebrennikov Lead the Far East

Cannes 2017 had a strong crop of Russian titles on hand, and several 2018 possibilities could be poised for entry in this year’s program. At the top of everyone’s listed is Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto (aka The Summer), which has sold to several territories despite the director’s current ongoing legal crisis which has him condemned to house arrest for the foreseeable future (Serebrennikov has competed in Venice and was in Ucr at Cannes 2016 with The Student). Another Cannes regular, Yuri Bykov (who was in Critics’ Week in 2013 with The Major) has his fourth film The Factory ready, which should…
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Wild Bunch boards Louis Garrel's 'A Faithful Man' with Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp (exclusive)

Wild Bunch boards Louis Garrel's 'A Faithful Man' with Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp (exclusive)
Wild Bunch Efm slate also includes Peter Grönlund’s drama Goliath and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newly-titled drama Shoplifters.

Wild Bunch will launch sales on Louis Garrel’s second feature A Faithful Man, in which he will also co-star opposite Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp, at the Efm this week.

The film revolves around the complex relationship between Abel, his former partner Marianne, who left him for his best-friend Paul but returns following the latter man’s death, and Paul’s sister who is secretly in love with Abel.

Garrel wrote the screenplay with Oscar-winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Paris-based Why Not Productions is producing. Arnaud Desplechin collaborator Irina Lubtchansky is attached as cinematographer.

The actor-director’s debut film Two Friends premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2015. It is one of two second features from buzzy filmmakers on Wild Bunch’s Efm slate.

Goliath

The company has also acquired Swedish director Peter Grönlund’s drama Goliath about the son of
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Wild Bunch boards Louis Garrel's 'A Faithful Man' co-starring Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp (exclusive)

Wild Bunch boards Louis Garrel's 'A Faithful Man' co-starring Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp (exclusive)
Wild Bunch Efm slate also includes Peter Grönlund’s drama Goliath and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newly-titled drama Shoplifters.

Wild Bunch will launch sales on Louis Garrel’s second feature A Faithful Man, in which he will also co-star opposite Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp, at the Efm this week.

The film revolves around the complex relationship between Abel, his former partner Marianne, who left him for his best-friend Paul but returns following the latter man’s death, and Paul’s sister who is secretly in love with Abel.

Garrel wrote the screenplay with Oscar-winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Paris-based Why Not Productions is producing. Arnaud Desplechin collaborator Irina Lubtchansky is attached as cinematographer.

The actor-director’s debut film Two Friends premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2015. It is one of two second features from buzzy filmmakers on Wild Bunch’s Efm slate.

Goliath

The company has also acquired Swedish director Peter Grönlund’s drama Goliath about the son of
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Titan to release dystopian sci-fi fantasy series Factory

Titan Comics has announced the upcoming English language release of Factory, a dystopian sci-fi series from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri, which will be released through the Statix Press imprint. Check out a first-look preview here…

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland.

“The first time I was published in the USA was in the magazine Heavy Metal. I was 22 years old… Years later and after working on movies and TV shows in Los Angeles I briefly worked for Marvel and Idw,” said series creator Elgo, “However, my French albums have never been translated into English. Today I am excited and happy to have the opportunity to
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Titan & Statix Press announce ‘Factory’ from Elgo

Titan Comics and Statix Press have announced a brand-new comic series, Factory, from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri (Character designer on Matt Groening’s Futurama).

Arriving March 2018, Factory is part of Titan Comics’ new Statix Press imprint, which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, introducing audiences to fresh new creators & titles.

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland. Said series creator Elgo:

The first time I was published in the USA was in the magazine Heavy Metal. I was 22 years old… Years later and after working on movies and TV shows in Los Angeles I briefly worked for Marvel and Idw,” However, my
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Exclusive Interview: Alex Hassell on his role in the BBC’s big Christmas drama The Miniaturist

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Author: Linda Marric

From his unforgettable turn as Louis, a small time crook turned murderer in George Clooney’s Suburbicon, to his imminent role as Johannes Brandt in the BBC’s adaptation of Jesse Burton’s best selling novel The Miniaturist, 2017 has been a rather busy year for Alex Hassell. Known primarily for his theatrical roles, first as part of the RSC and later within his own theatre company The Factory, the actor has until now remained largely unknown to the general public, but things are about to change, much to the delight of those who have championed his theatrical output for the last few years.

A few days ago, we were lucky enough to speak to Alex about his upcoming role in The Miniaturist, and about his experiences of working in Hollywood on a production such as Suburbicon, and how that differs from his life as a theatre actor.
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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John Cusack: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

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John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...

John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?

Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as
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Watch: The Clock Is Ticking In Trailer For Thriller 'The Factory' Starring John Cusack

Trying to outdo Nicolas Cage in the number of mediocre movies he can appear in, John Cusack is in yet another movie we didn't know existed (or possibly forgot about). It's called "The Factory," and apparently it's been on DVD since February. Huh. In any case, the U.K. trailer is here, and the folks who cut it really want to make sure a voiceover holds your hand,  explaining everything every step of the way. Co-starring Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter"), Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") and Katherine Waterston (one of our 2014 Actresses On The Rise), the generic story follows a cop hunting a serial killer who gets more than he bargained for when his own daughter goes missing. Morgan O'Neill (Sam Worthington surf movie "Drift") co-wrote and directed this wintery procedural, which doesn't seem to shake up the genre too much. But hey, if this kind of mediocrity helps Cusack keep his lights on,
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New Trailers: "Left Behind," "Reclaim"

Nicolas Cage and John Cusack have been less than discerning with their film gigs in recent years, picking a lot of modestly budgeted thrillers that get poor reviews and barely go theatrical. How many remember the likes of "The Bag Man," "Drive Hard," "The Frozen Ground," "The Factory," "Seeking Justice," "Stolen," "Trespass," "Rage," or "The Numbers Station"?

Today comes trailers for two more. First up is "Left Behind," the film version of the popular book series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins which deals with what would happen if the Christian Rapture and Apocalypse took place today. The focus here though isn't on wider society, but rather a family lead by Cage's pilot character.

The second is for Cusack's "Reclaim" which co-stars Ryan PhillippeRachelle LefevreJacki Weaver and Luis Guzman. That follows an American couple who travel to Puerto Rico to finalize an adoption, only to learn it was a scam.
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What to Watch: March 25-April 11, 2014

What to Watch is back in two-week form this time around, hitting the most important Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming offerings from both March 25th and April 1st. No April Fool’s Day jokes here. We’re above that. Sorta. What you will find is one of the best movies of last year, a fantastic comedy series, a foreign film you really should see, and further proof that John Cusack is merely slipping into straight-to-dvd oblivion like that damn horse in “The Neverending Story”. Pick one of the six. What the Hell, pick two.

The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street

One of the best films of 2013 is here in a mildly disappointing Blu-ray given the rumors of four or even Six hour cuts reportedly in the works for release someday. Consequently, this practically movie-only release has the feel of a placeholder, something to put
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The Bag Man Review

I have only myself to blame. After checking out the trailer for The Bag Man (previously Motel) and noting the presence of John Cusack and Robert De Niro, two actors who have done terrific work in the past (I mean, De Niro has two Oscars on his mantelpiece, for chrissake), I started to get a little excited for this indie crime thriller. Perhaps it would maintain a cool, neo-noir vibe, or at least give Cusack and De Niro a chance to craft nasty, interesting characters. Alas, that quantum of expectation simply made it all the more agonizing for me to sit through one of the laziest, dopiest thrillers I’ve seen in years.

The film starts off with a boring set-up, as criminal Jack (Cusack) gets an assignment from his big-shot boss Dragna (De Niro): pick up a bag and hold it at a seedy motel until Dragna arrives.
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Director Jonathan Mostow Replaces Phillip Noyce on For the Dogs

Director Jonathan Mostow Replaces Phillip Noyce on For the Dogs
Director Jonathan Mostow has signed on to replace Phillip Noyce on the upcoming action-thriller For the Dogs, which has Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld attached to star.

Oren Moverman (Rampart) wrote the most recent draft of the script, an adaptation of Kevin Wignall's novel, which follows a hitman (Sam Worthington) who helps a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld) get revenge on those responsible for the murder or her parents and younger brother. Paul Leyden (The Factory) wrote the original screenplay adaptation.

Sam Worthington, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz are producing through their Full Clip Productions company, alongside Anthony Rhulen, Navid McIlhargey, Paul Leyden and Gregory Browne. Production is scheduled to take place this fall.

Jonathan Mostow is best known for directing Surrogates, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and U-571.

For the Dogs comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld. The film is directed by Jonathan Mostow.
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Film Review: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack Get Buried in ‘The Frozen Ground’

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Chicago – There have been a depressing number of bad career choices on the part of Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and once-great actor John Cusack in recent years. Anyone seen “Seeking Justice,” “Stolen,” “The Numbers Station,” or “The Factory”? Someone owes you an apology.

The latest entry that merges these two titans of recent B-movies is “The Frozen Ground,” premiering On Demand and in limited release tomorrow, August 23, 2013. With a strong supporting cast and a few interesting procedural elements, Scott Walker’s drama isn’t the disaster as some of the other Cage or Cusack bombs but it still fails due to some poor creative and casting decisions before a lick of film was even shot.

Based on the true story of a serial killer, “The Frozen Ground” is the story of an investigation that hinged, as so many of these often do, on the one that lived. Cindy Paulson
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‘Inherent Vice’ Lines Up Katherine Waterston

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice continues to extend it’s already star-studded cast, as it’s been announced that Katherine Waterston has joined the line-up. The new project from The Master director has a cast list ripe for envy, with Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short and Jena Malone already confirmed (and Sean Penn’s name being thrown into the mix as well).

Waterston, in comparison to her co-stars, is a relative newbie to the industry and you’d be forgiven for not immediately recalling the name. She has held supporting roles in Michael Clayton, Robot & Frank and The Factory, as well as a multi-episode arc on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In addition to film, Waterston is also well known on the New York theatre circuit. Her star is set to rise in 2013 with films such as The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Hers,
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Katherine Waterston Takes the Female Lead in Inherent Vice

Katherine Waterston Takes the Female Lead in Inherent Vice
Katherine Waterston has joined the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming crime drama Inherent Vice.

The film centers on Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a pothead private investigator that becomes involved with a case about the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's new love interest. Katherine Waterston will be portraying the investigator's ex-flame Shasta Fay, who is described as a care-free hippie turned housewife.

Paul Thomas Anderson wrote the screenplay based on a novel by author Thomas Pynchon. He will also be directing and producing with JoAnne Sellar, Daniel Lupi and John Lesher.

Katherine Waterston is best known for her work in the New York Theatre scene and had roles in Taking Woodstock, Being Flynn and The Factory.

Production will begin this summer.

Inherent Vice comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
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Film Review: ‘The Numbers Station’ Feels Made by a Computer

Chicago – John Cusack’s new spy thriller is so routine, predictable, and dull that they could have called it “By-the-Numbers Station”. Too easy? How about “Paint-by-Numbers Station”? Ok, I’ll stop now before @FakeShalit comes after me. “The Numbers Station,” now available On Demand and opening in Chicago this Friday, isn’t an awful film (it’s better than Cusack’s last dud, “The Factory”) but it’s a remarkably boring one. Co-star Malin Akerman does her best to try and add some character but director Kasper Barfoed can’t figure out the tone of this non-action spy movie and Cusack looks visibly bored. If someone had a camera on you while you were watching it, you would look the same way.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Casting against type, Cusack plays a CIA Black Ops agent named Emerson Kent. After an innocent bystander witnesses Kent performing a “job” and asks him why he’s doing it,
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FEARnet Movie Review: '6 Souls'

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FEARnet Movie Review: '6 Souls'
The patently familiar new psycho thriller 6 Souls actually played film festivals back in 2010 under the title Shelter before collecting dust on a Weinstein shelf for a few years, only to pop up on VOD this week. In April of 2013. That's not meant to imply that every genre title that suffers a long release delay is a generic, tiresome, and already outdated piece of low-end cable TV fodder, but in the case of 6 Souls (as well as the recent John Cusack flick The Factory) the plain truth is that it would have been a forgettable turkey three years ago. Today it's just a three-year-old turkey with some mild curiosity value.

The curious will be rewarded with a psychological thriller about a man with multiple personalities that seem to correspond to a half-dozen murder victims. Jonathan Rhys Myers is the lunatic suffering from what I call "early-career Edward Norton" psychoses; Julianne Moore
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Former WWE Star John Morrison and American Horror Story Star Azura Skye Enter The Factory

No, we're not talking about the recently released John Cusack flick of the same name, though it couldn't possibly be worse, that's for sure. On tap for you cats right now is the first word on the latest spooker coming our way called The Factory.

From the Press Release

Rumpus Room Productions begins lensing on The Factory, the Golan Ramras (Snuff) script, with story by Isak Borg and Dena Hysell, in New York starting April 2, 2013.

Starring Azura Skye (Bandits), Bill Sage (Mysterious Skin), and John Hennigan (pictured; John Morrison/Johnny Nitro – WWE), The Factory will be directed by Dena Hysell (The Paladins) and produced by Hysell and Sirad Balducci (Gun Hill Road).

The Factory, inspired by true events, chronicles a group of people considering buying an old factory who get trapped inside trying to escape the demons from the factory's past.

“How is it possible that a century ago we
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American Horror Story Vet Enters The Factory

There's another film on the way taking the moniker of The Factory. Not to be confused with the John Cusack-starring thriller which hit DVD this year, The Factory is a film by Dena Hysell and it's set to star Azura Skye (American Horror Story), Bill Sage and John Hennigan, says Variety.

According to the outlet, the film "chronicles a group considering buying an old factory who then get trapped inside trying to escape the demons from the factory’s past."

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