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Leading international sales and film finance company Bankside Films has boarded John Michael McDonagh’s ‘War on Everyone,’ which has Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena attached to star. McDonagh, whose perhaps best known for ‘The Guard’ and ‘Calvary’ (both of which I love), will write and direct the black comedy. The team says the film is about “two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate an outlaw who is more dangerous than they are.”
Producers Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo of Reprisal Films will reteam with John Michael McDonagh after also working on his previous two acclaimed features – which were both fantastically led by Brendan Gleeson. ‘War on Everyone’ will begin filmig in New Mexico in March 2015, and Bankside’s sister company Head Gear Films is providing production finance.
New Trailer For John Woo’s ‘The Crossing Part 1’ – Starring Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-Kyo, Huang Xiaoming…
This new trailer has arrived online for ‘The Crossing,’ the first film in over four years to be directed by John Woo. Set against the upheavals of revolutionary China in 1949, the film is the story of three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling, who previously co-wrote ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and who adapted ‘Lust Caution.’
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Tong Dawei, Huang Xiaoming, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Masami Nagasawa, ‘The Crossing’ will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting cinemas on December 2nd and Part 2 following in May of 2015. John Woo has racked up numerous credits and accolades in the past years, but has not moved behind the camera since the $80 million historical epic ‘Red Cliff,’ released in two parts in 2008 and 2009 respectively. ‘The Crossing’ will open in the US and UK in 2015, although it’s unknown if it will be released in two parts or an extended edition.
BET and Relativity Media have unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights.’ The film follows a perfectly packaged pop star, Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver). The pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer (Nate Parker). Also starring Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th.
New ‘Paddington’ Trailer – Starring Ben Whishaw As The Voice Of Paddington, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman…
Featuring a couple new snippets of footage, TWC-Dimension has set loose this US trailer for ‘Paddington.’ The cast for the first ever live-action film inspired by Micahel Bond’s best-selling books includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, ‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, and Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. They are joined by Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop. Finally, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are voicing Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film will still open in the UK on November 28th and in the US on January 16th.
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. Paramount Pictures has debuted this first trailer and one-sheet for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming drama, ‘Selma.’ The film will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. ‘Selma’ is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th, 2015 in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
This has been one hell of a day for film news: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ title announced, the final ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ trailer drops, full cast announced for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight,’ and now this!
The Walt Disney Company’s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced today during an investors call that ‘Toy Story 4′ will arrive in cinemas in June 2017. John Lasseter, who directed ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2′ and now serves as he Chief Creative Officer for Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studio, will direct the film. Although unconfirmed at this moment in time, it is expected that the likes of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Michael Keaton as Ken, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie will reprise their roles.