The film Safe House has been shooting for some time now, and it’s one that has our interest thanks to a great collection of talent: Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa makes his English-language debut with the movie and the cast is toplined by Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, with additional roles filled out by Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard and Robert Patrick.
Now, despite the fact that it’s a little late in the game, Vera Farmiga has been added to the cast. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Dexter creator James Manos, Jr. will be making his first stab (ha) at feature film directing with Love, Scotch and Death, from a screenplay he wrote about a character based on himself. And to play his cinematic stand-in, he’s picked a familiar face: everyone’s favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan himself. Or rather, Michael C. Hall, the actor who plays Dexter Morgan on the Showtime series. Hall will be joined by Vera Farmiga, who’s also signed on to the project. Read more after the jump.
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Check out this infographic for Moon director Duncan Jones‘ upcoming sci-fi action thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. The film tells the story of a soldier who “wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.” In Groundhog Day-like repetition, he hopes to find the bomber and try to change history (if that is even possible?). The infographic illustrates his mission. Check it out after the jump.
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You won’t be seeing too many of the films that premiered at Sundance 2011 get a major release this year, but that’s not entirely bad news. Though most of the sales were on the small side, a solid 39 films walked away with a distribution deal of some kind. This means that — whether it be through VOD or a limited theatrical release — there’s a good chance that any Sundance flicks you’ve been interested in checking out upon reading our coverage will be available for viewing in some capacity. This may not be the glowing indie revival I’ve been hoping for, but given the state of Hollywood at the moment, I’ll take it.
As for the films that didn’t get picked up, there may be hope for them yet. Weeks have passed since the Sundance Film Festival ended, but the sales keep on coming. The three latest pictures to be acquired are Higher Ground (the directorial debut from Vera Farmiga, which she also stars), the documentary Magic Trip (co-written/co-directed by Alex Gibney, about the psychedelic ’60s cross-country bus tour taken by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters) and another documentary entitled The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (about the Black Power and Black Panther movements in the US). Learn more after the break. Read More »
After her exemplary performances in Down to the Bone, The Departed and Up in the Air, we all knew that Vera Farmiga was a talented actress. But with Higher Ground, she proves she’s an excellent director as well. Farmiga directed and stars in the story of one woman’s battle with faith from the 1950s through 1990s. Spanning several eras and featuring excellent supporting performances by John Hawkes, Joshua Leonard and others, Farmiga maintains great narrative propulsion by combining humor and debates about faith with a simple story and round characters. Read More »
In early November, Summit Entertainment invited us to the editing room of Source Code, the second feature from Moon director Duncan Jones. During the visit, Duncan showed us the first 7 minutes of the film, and answered a bunch of questions from myself, Collider and FirstShowing. After the jump you can read the entire interview, and watch a very short video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider.
Keep in mind, a lot has happened since this visit. It’s a whole new year for one, a trailer was released which shows a lot of plot elements Jones would only hint at during our interview (and much of which we had not seen at the time), and composer Clint Mansell is no longer scoring the project (you will notice a couple questions and answers about Clint’s score in the interview).
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Briefly: Anthony LaPaglia is producing and appearing in a film version of Arthur Miller‘s 1955 play A View From A Bridge, which landed him a Tony in 1998. The production has assembled a strong cast: Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska are the new additions, rounding out the previously cast trio of Mr. LaPaglia, Sebastian Stan and Sam Niell. Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness) wrote and Robert Connolly will direct.
The story is set in 1950′s Brooklyn, and LaPaglia will play Eddie, with Ms. Farmiga as his wife Beatrice, and Ms. Wasikowska as their young niece Catherine, whom they raised. And then, “when the arrival of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy enchants young Catherine, Eddie is consumed by jealousy and obsession that ultimately ends in tragedy.”
FYI, this is the second time Anthony LaPaglia has tried to get this production going; the first was in 2005 with Barry Levinson directing and Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand in roles. This time it looks like it’s going to happen, though. Shooting is planned for June. [Variety]
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Last year, we brought you a small casting report on an indie called Goats, when Ty Burrell joined the cast. Now, eight months later, the film still hasn’t shot, but a few more significant names have been added. David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga have signed on, and the film will shoot in February. Read More »