Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Before you watch Michael Fassbender play a man descended from a long line of assassins, how about watching Michael Fassbender as a man descended from a long line of low-level criminals? The actor recently hit TIFF with Trespass Against Us, which chronicles three generations of a criminal family in the British countryside.
Brendon Gleeson plays patriarch Colby, who’s alternately charming and intimidating, while Fassbender plays his son Chad. Father and son don’t always see eye to eye, but their tensions really boil over when Chad decides he wants out of the family lifestyle for the sake of his son, young Tyson (Georgie Smith). Trespass Against Us is the feature directing debut of Adam Smith, whose work you may have seen on the British show Skins and Doctor Who. Smith also shot a documentary for the Chemical Brothers, who have returned the favor by scoring Trespass Against Us. Watch the Trespass Against Us trailer below. Read More »
Not too long ago, we learned that Ben Affleck‘s long-awaited adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s novel Live By Night may get an awards-qualifying release late this year before going wide in January. Now that appears to have been confirmed with the first trailer for the 1920s crime thriller making its way online. This looks like it has the potential to be Ben Affleck’s best movie yet.
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“Call me Ishmael” isn’t a line from Kingpin, but rather the iconic opening text from the classic novel Moby Dick. And this line finally graces the screen in the final In the Heart of the Sea trailer, the adaptation of the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s 1851 novel.
Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) has the lead role as first mate Owen Chase on the whaling ship Essex, which clearly is going to have a rough time at sea when this giant sea mammal learns that the crew has been killing all its friends. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Assassin’s Creed is assembling a murderer’s row of big-name talents. The latest stars to board Justin Kurzel‘s video game adaptation are Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson, joining Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed. Get details on the Assassins Creed Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson casting after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
We got a brief teaser for Suffragette back in April thanks to the U.K. election. But today we have a much better look at what may very well be the source of Meryl Streep‘s next Oscar nomination.
Directed by Sarah Gavron, the historical drama chronicles the fight for women’s suffrage in 1910s England, led by activists like Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep). But the real center of this particular story is a foot soldier in the movement, a working class woman named Maud played by Carey Mulligan. Watch the new Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »
Writer/director John Michael McDonagh follows up The Guard with a new film called Calvalry, once again starring Brendan Gleeson. Here, Gleeson gets to play a different type of character, but still one who has to deal with deep, real darkness. He’s a priest, and a pretty good one. But during one confession session, an unidentified man says he plans to kill Gleeson. He’s got one week to get his things in order, and what follows seems like a bizarre mystery. The cast also features Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillan, Dylan Moran and Kelly Reilly, and there’s some fun to be had watching Littlefinger glower about, perhaps plotting some violence against Gleeson. Check out a great Calvary trailer below.
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The opening scene of John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary is a frightening juxtaposition that perfectly sets the tone for what’s to come. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is taking confession from a mysterious man who admits to being molested by a priest as a child. Not this specific priest, though, another one, and to get revenge he tells Father James he’s going to kill him for no good reason. In an instant, McDonagh has sucked the audience in.
Much like McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous film The Guard, Calvary is wholly original. It blends elements of mystery, a detective story and comedy with lots of philosophical ruminations. As Father James spends what might be his final week alive dealing with the townspeople, one of which is his would-be murderer, he tries to solve the riddle by delving into their problems (alcoholism, depression, adultery, etc) through his Catholic beliefs. The result is an ambitious, slow-burn drama with dynamite performances from top to bottom that just misses the mark because it’s trying to do too much. Read More »
A noble, wise priest is told he’s going to be killed in a week simply because he’s good. That’s the start of Calvary, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard), which had its world premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which stars Brendan Gleeson, generated solid buzz for its mix of pseudo-detective story and philosophical rumination. And now, you’ll all get a chance to see it as Fox Searchlight acquired it for domestic distribution. It’s their second Sundance purchase, following I Origins. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Henry Selick‘s stop-motion animation Shademaker hit a massive roadblock last year when Disney backed out of the project, but happily it turned out not to be dead so much as stalled. K5 International got things going again this week when it decided to back the project (now titled The Shadow King) and bring it to the European Film Market.
Today, we have a first look at the new feature in the form of a sales poster for EFM. In addition, we have some info on the promising cast, which will include Jeffrey Tambor, Brendan Gleeson, and Catherine O’Hara. Hit the jump for more.
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Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.
The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »