Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell to Star in Indie ‘Donnybrook’
Tim Sutton is writing and directing.
Production starts on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.
Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, the film follows a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.
The film is produced by David Lancaster along with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, together with Backup Media. This is the third feature in the last two years that the two companies have made together after Fabrice du Welz’s “Message From the King” and Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes.”
Grillo can be seen next in Netflix’s action movie “Wheelman.” Bell was most »
- Justin Kroll
Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed
Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.
The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:
Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.
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- Dave McNary
Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84
Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.
Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”
Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”
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- Pat Saperstein
The Morning Watch: ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Cut Like ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘The Prestige’ Video Essay
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, see a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back […]
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- Ethan Anderton
My Little Pony: The Movie review – horsing around in cloud cuckoo land
Emily Blunt lends her voice to the latest outing for a featherlight franchise that nods to minipops feminism while it flogging its kid-friendly merchandise
The Hasbroisation of cinema continues apace, although after the relentless din of five Transformers and a Battleship, it’s almost a relief to be confronted with something of a more bucolic stripe.
Scholars of the Mlp canon should be advised that this full-length animation abandons the comparatively hip Equestria Girls strand of 2015’s Friendship Games – wherein the ponies were magicked into smart-talking college students – in favour of a return to the cloud cuckoo land from where the franchise comes. Thus we find earnest purple nag Twilight Sparkle’s efforts to stage the annual Friendship festival sabotaged by underbrushed outsider Tempest Shadow – the latter voiced by Emily Blunt, who must have really loved these toys as a child to have wound up in this vicinity.
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- Mike McCahill
Lena Headey claims she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein
Game of Thrones actor recounts producer marching her to his hotel room and reacting furiously to a rejection before warning her not to tell anyone
The Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey has spoken of how she felt “powerless” during an encounter with Harvey Weinstein, adding her voice to the growing number of women who have accused the producer of sexual misconduct.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Headey said that Weinstein had spoken to her inappropriately at the Venice film festival and reacted with anger when she resisted his advances in a Los Angeles hotel.
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- Gwilym Mumford
French Aids drama Bpm shows Hollywood how to capture gay history
The Oscar-buzzed film is refreshingly queer, filled with an authenticity that sanitised disappointments such as Dallas Buyers Club and Stonewall still fail to include
It has been a landmark year for Lgbt cinema. From Moonlight’s Oscar victory to the triumphant Sundance premieres of gay romances God’s Own Country and Call Me By Your Name; from the transgender breakthrough of Chile’s A Fantastic Woman to the mainstream politicking of Battle of the Sexes, we’re seeing a wider-than-ever array of approaches to sexuality on film, no longer confined to the arthouse fringe.
Related: After the Moonlight fades: what's next for Lgbt cinema
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- Guy Lodge
Bill Pullman breaks award moments after receiving it – video
Bill Pullman was honoured with an excellence in acting award at the Woodstock film festival in Kingston, New York. But as he was about to deliver his thank you speech, the award toppled off the lectern and snapped in half. After being handed the broken award, Pullman held up a piece in each hand and said: 'I've got two awards tonight!' It was later repaired by the local artisan who made it
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- Guardian Staff
Lumière Festival: Le CiNéMa Club’s CEO Marie-Louise Khondji on Financing a Free VOD Player and Online Collection Curation
Lyon – In town for a panel on VOD and streaming platforms at this year’s Lumière Festival is Le CiNéMa Club, a web-based streaming-platform for classic and under-represented films.
A streaming-platform at a festival is not necessarily anything to write home about, but this site is rare , particularly when it comes to its cost – a royal $0 annually.
Le CiNéMa Club uploads one film a week each week, and takes it down the next. Each film streamed can be watched at anytime, from nearly anywhere on the planet with a WiFi signal.
The screened films feature articles with extensive background information on the film and its director. The selected films vary in genre, length and format, but frequently showcase new filmmakers or less-known works from established directors. Typically short films are showcased, but in the past the site has also streamed documentaries, features and on occasion experimental cinema.
Another feature on the site are film lists put together »
- Jamie Lang
Lumière Festival: France’s UniversCine Offers Much More than Standard Streaming and Disc-in-a-box DVDs
Lyon — In 2015, vinyl sales went up 53% to hit a 25-year-high, whatever the low base, while this year physical book sales have overtaken digital. In the world of film, there are still plenty of people who want physical copies of their content, especially if it’s packaged the right way. France’s UniversCine has come up with a new way of satisfying that sector of the market, while continuing to cash in on digital.
In Lyon to represent the company at the Lumière Festival are UniversCine and Blaq Out CEO Jean-Yves Bloch, and head of editions Charles Hembert. The two sister-companies are looking to update the ways that French audiences access classic, arthouse, documentary, short-form and animated films.
In the digital distribution business for nearly 15 years, UniversCine has navigated the ever-changing markets facing digital distributors.
“We’ve spent the last three years renovating and updating our platforms, because we’ve seen a shift in the digital market from transactional »
- Jamie Lang
‘Wonderstruck’ Director Todd Haynes Emphasizes Importance of Film’s Score: It’s ‘Almost a Character’
Todd Haynes’ latest film “Wonderstruck” opened at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A. Tuesday. The unusually warm October evening was graced by director Haynes, as well as star Oakes Fegley, screenwriter Brian Selznick, executive producer and costume designer Sandy Powell, and composer Carter Burwell. Julianne Moore and newcomer Millicent Simmonds, who also star in the film, were unable to attend.
Based on the novel also written by Selznick, “Wonderstruck” flips between two narratives in separate eras — the 1920s and 1970s. Simmonds and Fegley portray Rose and Ben (respectively), two deaf children who embark on distinctive, personal journeys in New York City. The Los Angeles Theatre was decorated to reflect both eras, with ushers dressed as either flappers or ‘70s socialites. Kettle corn and old fashioned sodas were also served during the screening.
Seldom does Hollywood see screenplays adapted from a novel written by the novelist himself. However, Selznick got the ball rolling on the project »
- Arya Roshanian
Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on his Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns
This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.
The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).
Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.
Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is »
- Martin Dale
Carry on up the Kremlin: how The Death of Stalin plays Russian roulette with the truth
Armando Iannucci’s new film is a romp through some of the darkest days of the 20th century. But, asks one historian, is farce really the best way to understand the dictator’s murderous regime – or its legacy in Russia today?
My first memory of the outside world was watching my parents as they heard an announcement on the radio that Joseph Stalin was dead. The news was greeted not with relish but with awe and apprehension. The Soviet dictator was a colossal figure in the mid-20th century, even in the west. His death on 5 March 1953 was a reference point not just for the Soviet people but for the wider world. Now it is history.
That is until now. With The Death of Stalin, director Armando Iannucci has brought the story surrounding the dictator’s last hours and the political scramble among his potential successors to a modern audience. »
- Richard Overy
/Filmcast Ep. 438 – Happy Death Day (Guest: Stephen Tobolowsky)
This week, David, Jeff, and Devindra welcome Stephen Tobolowsky to discuss Happy Death Day and the brilliance of Jessica Rothe. Check out Stephen’s new book, My Adventures with God. Also, David goes on hiatus. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Subscribe […]
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- David Chen
Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch
“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad as hell.”
And, as an increasing number of women come forward with stories of sexual assault and misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and other males in the industry, Rosenthal isn’t alone in her anger.
“I was surprised and not as surprised,” Elizabeth Olsen, who’s volunteered at the Rape Treatment Center, told Variety, “because I’m around women and children who’ve been sexually assaulted every week. I think we have a really insane epidemic, and it’s amazing to hear women who feel comfortable or safe enough to speak out.” She hopes it »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: This Year’s Halloween Heist Reaffirmed Its Status as One of Broadcast’s Best Comedies
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 5, Episode 4, “HalloVeen,” follow.]
If you were looking for further proof that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of the best comedies on television, “HalloVeen” was it. From the cold open of the episode, the show crackled with energy, letting the lighthearted heist competition that’s become a yearly tradition drive the pitch-perfect interactions of the ensemble.
Throw in probably the only good jokes we’re going to hear this fall about “The Handmaid’s Tale” (‘It’s relevant as hell!”) and the unending joy of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) dismissing a corgi far inferior to his own beloved Cheddar as an “idiot,” and even before the pivotal final minutes this episode was pure joy.
The only disappointment from the actual heist portion of the episode: Andre Braugher saying “cummerbund” is not as funny as Andre Braugher saying “caboodle” during last year’s Halloween heist. (Though “in my belly!” from the opening sequence does lessen the sting to a great extent. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Los Angeles City Attorney “Will Prosecute” Harvey Weinstein If Victims Come Forward
On a day that saw Harvey Weinstein resign from the board of directors at The Weinstein Company amid an ever-growing sexual harassment scandal, the Los Angeles City Attorney is asking victims to contact his office with their stories. “Please come forward so your cases — and justice — can be pursued,” said Mike Feuer on Tuesday as the Lapd requested victims of the Oscar-winning producer to go public. “We take allegations like these very seriously, and where the facts… »
‘The Flash’ Recap: “Mixed Signals” – We Are The Flash
The Flash is back to form! After a rather dark season last year, the fun, laugh-inducing CW superhero show has returned to what we first fell in love with. The first couple seasons of the series offered levity and heart that contrasted the dark, more violent companion series, Arrow, and that distinction was sorely missed. In “Mixed Signals,” The Flash found its spirit again in its characters, their relationships and humor. Post-Speed Force Barry is a blast. He’s fun, energetic and making up for his lost six months. Risky Business Barry had me grooving on my couch, … »
- Carla Day
Bill Pullman Doubles His Treasure at the Woodstock Film Festival
During the Woodstock Film Festival’s Maverick Awards ceremony on Saturday night (Oct. 14), actor Bill Pullman graciously received an honorary award for Excellence In Acting and, as if on cue, allowed the trophy to fall to the floor and break in half. Holding up the pieces of his broken prize, Pullman quipped, “Oh my God, I’ve got two awards tonight!”
Maverick gestures aside, Pullman was also in Woodstock for the featured film “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” an old-fashioned western drama, in which he stars. It screened at the Woodstock Playhouse for an enthusiastic crowd.
For the 2017 edition of the self-declared “fiercely independent” fest, currently in its 18th year and held Oct. 10 through 15, the programming was eco-friendly, class-conscious, gender-aware and racially sensitive — a fitting environment for the handful of host towns surrounding the area.
- Mitch Myers
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