Briefly: We’ve seen a lot of “economic crisis” films, but the state of the US economy since 2008 continues to reverberate in film and entertainment. And while you might be weary of the announcement of more films that use the crisis as a backdrop, what about one in which Andrew Garfield plays a guy who goes to work for a shady real-estate broker played by Michael Shannon?
Deadline announces 99 Homes, in which “an unemployed contractor (Garfield) who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine?year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun?toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him.” But there are moral complications to the situation that has Garfield’s character jumping the line from economically disenfranchised to the one helping out with the disenfranchising. Could be a great pairing for the two, and it’s easy to imagine Shannon being brilliantly skeevy.
Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) will direct.
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Actor Joel Edgerton and director Jeff Nichols have both been coming up through the ranks over the past decade, so it makes a certain sense that they’d end up doing a studio project together. Nichols is the director of such films as Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud. Now he’s set to make his first studio film for Warner Bros. While the nature of the script has not been detailed to a great degree, we know it to be a chase film with a science fiction bent.
In his three previous features Nichols has employed Michael Shannon, and has already tapped the actor for this Warner Bros. project. Now he is also reportedly looking to Joel Edgerton to fill out another role. Read More »
There’s little question that Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is, at least on the surface, the movie that fans have been asking for. It has a solid performance from Henry Cavill in the lead role, a few great talents orbiting him in important supporting roles (notably Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon), and the biggest, hardest-hitting depiction of super-powered action ever to hit a movie screen.
For some people, that — along with a detailed, wild vision of Krypton, and a revision of Superman’s origin — is probably enough to lock this as one of the best screen incarnations of the character. There’s a lot more than that to talk about in Man of Steel, however. So weigh in below, and tell us what you think of the film. Spoilers are encouraged below.
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We all thought there was no way a trailer could top the last one director Zack Snyder provided us for Man of Steel. At three minutes, even its length was epic. And the action it showed was pure, ass-kicking Superman.
The latest trailer (number four, if you count the teasers as one) is shorter than the previous one but, somehow jam-packed with even more spectacle. That’s thanks in large part to the menacing threats of General Zod. He’s ready to reign hell on the Planet Earth if they don’t give up Kal-El, and this trailer proves he means serious business. City-destroying, genocide-starting, skull-crushing business. Read More »
With a stretch of ever more-impressive films that includes Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and the excellent recent release Mud, director Jeff Nichols has been a sort of indie king. But he’s just made the jump to studio pictures, by selling a movie pitch to Warner Bros. Or he’s in the process of making the jump at least, as Deadline reports that Nichols has sold his next movie, which shoots early next year, to the studio.
Update: A new report says that Michael Shannon will star, and calls the film a “sci-fi chase film,” which pegs it as Midnight Special. More below.
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Many TV spots do little more than rearrange footage from a film’s primary trailers into 30-second bites. And that’s fine. But the Man of Steel TV spots have been giving up perhaps more new footage than usual, and this third spot has quite a grand scope packed into half a minute.
The capper is a shot of one very angry Superman (Henry Cavill) as he flies into action, but there are also some quick new shots of Michael Shannon as General Zod, and some action and effects bits that we haven’t seen before. All in all, it’s probably the most epic TV commercial that will be airing this month, so have a look below if you haven’t already seen it. Read More »
(Note: This is a reprint of our Mud review from Sundance 2013. The film opens in a limited run today.)
For his follow-up to Take Shelter, director Jeff Nichols smartly casts Matthew McConaughey as a violent drifter who slides into the lives of two young boys whose families eke out a bare existence on the Mississippi River. Using the gift for gab that any character played by McConaughey must automatically possess, this outlaw wraps the boys up in his plan to achieve true freedom.
While Take Shelter trafficked in heavy ambiguity, Mud does away with uncertainty, at least with respect to the story. This is a straightforward tale that rides on the shoulders of McConaughey and two excellent young actors, Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) and newcomer Jacob Lofland.
Mud is a riff on Mark Twain, and an exploration of the relationships between generations of men. It could be a Tom Waits song, perhaps a long-lost cut from Swordfishtrombones, revolving as it does around a man with a dark past who seeks to build an escape engine out of cast-off parts, with love as his fuel. The film casts a keen eye on people living a mostly bygone lifestyle, and wraps those observations in a rollicking little adventure that you might find in the yellowing pages of an old pulp novel.
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Here’s the big reveal of all the secrets Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have hidden within the new Superman film, Man of Steel. Days ago we saw a grainy video broadcast featuring the villain General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his demand for humanity to hand over Kal-El / Superman (Henry Cavill). Now this new trailer shows not only what happens when Zod’s plan doesn’t go off in quite the way he hopes, but who Superman is and what makes him tick. Thankfully, all of that results in a lot more action. Read More »