These two new images have arrived online from the Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon-led ’99 Homes,’ an indie drama directed by Ramin Bahrani, the award-winning filmmaker behind ‘Man Push Cart.’ The script, which Bahrani wrote, tackles recent economic headlines and sees Garfield play an unemployed construction worked who’s desperate to save his family home. Garfield’s character joins an unscrupulous realtor in the dirty business of foreclosing on the disenfranchised, and while his financial worries disappear, his conscience begins to break him down. Shannon plays the broker.
Ben Affleck Talks About Playing Batman In ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice': “I Wouldn’t Have Done It If I Didn’t Think I Could”
During a recent chat with EW for David Fincher’s upcoming ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation, Ben Affleck has opened up about playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the hugely anticipated ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ “Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, ‘Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.’ To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding.”
Betty Boop is returning to the big screen, with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and animation house Animal Logic Entertainment moving forward with a feature-length film based on the cartoon flapper. Fleischer Studios, who owns the character, has been working with Syco and Animal Logic (Happy Feet, The LEGO Movie) as partners to develop what’s planned on being a hybrid animated comedy feature that’s driven by music.
First appearing in 1930, the flirtatious flapper appeared in hundreds of cartoons including Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” and her own series. Betty Boop became the first female animated star when she first appeared in 1930 and made numerous appearances in over 100 cartoons, including Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” and her own cartoon series, becoming best known for her catch phrase “Boop-oop-a-doop!” She also made a cameo in Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 classic ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.’
‘The Giver’ tells the coming-of-age story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man raised in a seemingly Utopian world where everyone appears to be happy. This sense of harmony is created by a strictly engineered existence where the community is deprived of the so-called burden of memories. They have no notion of suffering, hunger, or violence. On the other hand, there’s no freedom, no choice and no individuality. Being treated with a regimented daily injection, the humans are genetically designed not to feel emotion or see color, and the scientifically-controlled environment prevents any visual distinctiveness that may stimulate sensation and alter the order of their seemingly utopian world. They live in sameness: identical homes, identical clothes, and an identical family structure. Family units in this unusual society each consist of a husband, a wife, and two children: one male and one female who are born to designated “birthmothers.”
Apart from a bright intelligence, and integrity, there is something slightly ‘different’ and exceptional about Jonas. At the Ceremony where youth is assigned their vocations, the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) selects Jonas to inherit the position of the community’s Receiver of Memories. In this, most-honored position in the community, he will become the keeper of ancient memories before the time of ‘Sameness’. Jonas enters into training with the current Receiver of Memories, known as the Giver (Jeff Bridges). The old man is kind, but weary as he carries the burden of memory. Co-starring the likes of Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, ‘The Giver’ lands in US cinemas on August 15th (expect news on a UK release shortly). Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film is based on Lois Lowry’s classic novel of the same name.
This film represents the fulfillment of an 18 year-long dream for you. Can you talk a little about your history with the film and what has kept you attached to it after all this time ?
Jeff bridges: Sure. My daughters read the book, but before I had known that they had read the book I was looking for some material to direct my father in, Lloyd Bridges. And I wanted to do something that my kids could watch at the time, and I was looking through a catalog of children books and I came across this wonderful cover of a book, with this old, kind of grizzled kind of guy on the cover and thought, “Oh yeah, my dad can play that guy!” And so I got that book and read it and just fell in love with the story…. I was expecting it to be children’s book, but I really got it on an adult level that worked so well. I thought, “This will be a terrific thing for my father to be involved in.” It has a magical quality to it and I thought it would be an easy book to get made, but I was proven wrong (laughs). Even though it was taught in schools and over 10 million copies had been sold, it was also on the banned books list – which excited me, I like that sort of stuff (laughs). So it was quite controversial and it took all these years to get it made.
The 58th BFI London Film Festival send word that this year’s Festival will close with the European Premiere of ‘Fury’ on October 19th at the Odeon Leicester Square. Written and directed by David Ayer, whose fantastic film ‘End of Watch’ screened in LFF Official Competition 2012, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star.
Brad Pitt and David Ayer are confirmed to attend the Closing Night Gala in London’s Leicester Square, while a cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings will take place at cinemas across the UK. In ‘Fury’, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Lionsgate and Saban send word that the ‘Power Rangers’ movie has been penciled in for a July 22, 2016 release date. Based on a story by executive producer Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek Into Darkness) and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), the film is said to be a modern reinvention of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. The film shares the July 22nd, 2016 date with Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ film while the next “Bourne” installment will open a week earlier.