Films can get financing based on the attachment of a recognizable cast, and when a film’s director has previous credits producing known films, it makes it easier to bring elements together, whether or not the script is any good.
Chris Brinker makes his directorial debut with Bad Country, but he’s got producer credits going back to The Boondock Saints. And so he was able to bring in Boondock co-star Willem Dafoe to star in this cat and mouse story of a cop tracking down a killer. Also in the cast are Matt Dillon, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Bill Duke and Neal McDonough, not that any of it will probably matter. The first trailer for the film is pretty painful, but it has Dafoe looking mustachioed and haggard, and it’s worth the investment of a couple minutes just to enjoy his presence. Read More »
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Here’s a new trailer for Joe, which teams director David Gordon Green with Nicolas Cage. Both men have started to be known more for their broad comic and genre work, but this movie shows that both can really deliver on the dramatic front when they have a mind to. Here Cage is paired with Tye Sheridan, the young actor who was so good in Mud, playing a young man with a tousled family, who develops a surrogate father/son relationship with Cage’s character Joe.
We’ve seen one French trailer for the film already, but this is the first domestic edit, and it’s a lot better. There’s less plot given away here, and a lot more suggestion of character. Check it out below. Read More »
Though The Monuments Men wasn’t the hit some people hoped it might be, George Clooney isn’t fazed. He’s still got a Best Picture Oscar for his work producing 2012′s Argo and now he and partner Grant Heslov set up a new project. They’re acquiring the remake rights to the 2013 Norwegian thriller Pioneer. The original film was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and followed two brothers during the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang were among the cast of the original; we don’t have any word on casting for the remake. Read More »
Adapting a UK show for television worked out well for David Fincher, who with Beau Willimon and a host of other talents adapted House of Cards for Netflix. Just a day before that show’s second season hits the streaming service, Fincher is taking on another UK show adaptation.
With Gillian Flynn, who scripted an adaptation of her own novel Gone Girl for Fincher to direct as a feature film, Fincher will remake the show Utopia for HBO. Flynn will script, she, Fincher and Joshua Donen will exec produce, and Fincher will direct the pilot. Read More »
Twitter absolutely exploded Sunday night when the fourth episode of True Detective aired. It ended with a six minute long take, which is about 5 minutes and 45 seconds longer than 99.9% of the shots on television. Apparently, it was breathtaking. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it yet, but now you can as the shot has made it online. Below, check it out as well as see the full version of the above image, a brand new Mondo poster for the show by Phantom City Creative. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not like Jack Bauer ever really has it easy, but as of today his job sounds just a little bit harder. 24: Live Another Day will have him going up against Michelle Fairley, known to Game of Thrones fan as Catelyn Stark. Considering what Cat’s been through on the HBO fantasy-drama, a terrorist plot in modern-day London should be a walk in the park.
Fairley replaces Judy Davis, who dropped out of the role last week for personal reasons. Learn more about her character after the jump.
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Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman got a lot of attention at Sundance a few years ago for the film Catfish, and have even turned the movie into several popular seasons of television on MTV. Now the team is going back to genre pictures (having also directed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4) with a deal to direct Nerve, based on the YA novel from Jeanne Ryan. It’s a sci-fi story of sorts, with a high school girl who becomes a player in an online game, only to find that the game is far more dangerous and aware of her personality than she would have originally guessed. Read More »
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Richard Ayoade made a significant directorial debut with Submarine, and he returns to the director’s chair for The Double. (Not to be confused with the 2011 thriller of the same name starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace.) The new film, based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, stars Jesse Eisenberg as a guy who discovers he has an exact double, and that the other guy is better and more successful in pretty much every way. (Not to be confused with the upcoming Denis Villeneuve movie Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.)
The film has played well at festivals, and this trailer will give you a good idea why; it’s a great trailer that has menace and an excellent sense of atmosphere, and even some humor that fits really well with the premise. Read More »