Wes Bentley‘s first big breakout role was in the 1999 Best Picture Winner, American Beauty. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Bentley in all sorts of films, including Interstellar, The Hunger Games, Knight of Cups, and two comedies more people should’ve seen, Welcome to Me and Weirdsville. The actor’s latest role is in director David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon, a remake of Disney’s 1977 musical.
In this adventurous, sparse and often somber reimagining, Bentley plays Jack. His brother, Gavin (Karl Urban), is the antagonist, while his girlfriend, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), is one of the film’s heroes. Similarly to Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, backstory and past conflicts are often left unspoken and suggested. At a recent press day, we discussed the often complicated relationships within Pete’s Dragon with Wes Bentley, who also told us about working with young actors, his time at Julliard, and his experience on Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups.
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Adding to the barrage of Disney’s remakes, late this summer comes a contemporary take on Pete’s Dragon, the film that blended animation with live-action all the way back in 1977. This looks like a magical update of the old movie from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director with a performance from young star Oakes Fegley that feels like the kind of child actor that Steven Spielberg would have discovered. But will this movie have the same kind of heart and spirit of adventure of the director’s films? A new Pete’s Dragon TV spot is certainly reassuring, complete with a nice little song to guide us. Watch it below. Read More »
Pete’s Dragon is very, very loosely based on the 1977 Disney film of the same name, a movie that, as charming as it often is, isn’t exactly sacrilegious to remake. Handling the newest Disney modernization is director David Lowery, whose last feature film was Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Going from a sparse, tone poem to a big Disney remake is quite a jump for a filmmaker to make, but the trailer for Pete‘s Dragon suggests it’s a transition Lowery had little trouble making.
Below, watch the latest Pete’s Dragon trailer.
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You can tell a lot about a generation by their coming of age movies. Rebel Without A Cause, American Graffiti, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Mean Girls; films like these have become symbols of their respective times. This current decade already has a few contenders for that title (Boyhood, for example) but writer/director Max Joseph is definitely hoping to capture that magic with We Are Your Friends.
The film stars Zac Efron as a struggling twenty-something who is trying to make his mark as an electronic DJ. That’s a sentence that may turn off lots of readers, and the trailer won’t do much to change that. It’s a slickly produced story, set in Los Angeles, co-starring Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal and Wes Bentley. But maybe Joseph – who co-directed Catfish and is making his feature debut – has something to say. We Are Your Friends opens August 28, check out the first trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Could Elliott be in for a gory death in David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon remake? I mean, probably not, but with its latest addition you never know.
Dexter actor Michael C. Hall has just boarded the family adventure, joining Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, and Oakes Fegley. More on the Petes Dragon Michael C Hall casting after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve seen plenty of movies about Abraham Lincoln — including, most recently, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — but none quite like this. The Better Angels takes place long before all of the stuff Lincoln got famous for, focusing instead on his childhood in the Indiana wilderness.
Jason Clarke and Brit Marling play the parents of the future U.S. president (played as a kid by Braydon Denney), and Diane Kruger another maternal figure. It looks a bit like Tree of Life if it were shot in black and white, and Hunter McCracken grew up to be Abraham Lincoln instead of Sean Penn. No surprise, then, that director A.J. Edwards is a Terrence Malick protégé and Malick himself produced the film.
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The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit Marling, Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »
Produced by Terrence Malick, The Better Angels tells a slightly different “young Mr. Lincoln” story than the one we’re used to. The film, written and directed by A.J. Edwards (who worked for Malick on films such as The Tree of Life and To the Wonder) has a very obvious visual influence from the film’s producer, and a strong cast that includes Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney.
Does it all come together? Reviews out of Sundance were mixed, with some praising the aesthetic and mood, and others opining that the film never measures up to its aspirations. A teaser trailer will give you some idea of what’s in store; check it out below. Read More »
Every time an actor signs on to Christopher Nolan‘s new film Interstellar, we have to write basically the same piece, because we still know very little about the film. There just aren’t many details to give out.
So: Wes Bentley is the latest actor to take a significant role. But in announcing the casting THR says he’s also the last major piece of the puzzle needed to assemble the sci-fi film about time travel, an alternate dimension, and a wormhole in space. Bentley has a “meaty supporting role,” says the trade. He’ll appear alongside such talents as Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and Topher Grace. Read More »