Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014, opened in limited release in the US on Christmas day before it expands wide on January 9th – setting up a major Awards season push. The film is the story of the 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. ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr 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, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.
First Images From ‘Run All Night’ – Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman & Genesis Rodriguez
This first image has arrived online from ‘Run All Night,’ starring Oscar nominees Liam Neeson and Ed Harris, as well as Joel Kinnaman, under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
The Wrap bring word that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was incredible in both ‘Belle’ and ‘Beyond the Lights’ last year, has joined Matthew McConaughey in writer-director Gary Ross’ ‘Free State Of Jones.’ The film is based on the incredible story of Newton Knight (McConaughey), who’s best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate Army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War. To avoid capture, the Knight men would disappear into swamp hideouts such as “Devil’s Den” or “Panther Creek.” The Knight Company was aided by sympathetic local people, whites and blacks. In particular, a slave woman named Rachel helped supply Newt with food and information. On the run, he rallied the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven.
First Trailer For ‘The Lazarus Effect’ – Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover…
The first trailer has landed online for the horror ‘The Lazarus Effect,’ which stars Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters and Donald Glover. Directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), the film follows a team of research students mapping the human brain. When they accidentally kill one of their own, they unwittingly unlock a deadly force by reanimating their colleague. Fighting for their own lives, the team must contain their colleague in the lab before she is unleashed on the world. ‘The Lazarus Effect’ opens on February 27th.
Marvel have unleashed the first trailer for ‘Ant-Man’! Opening on July 17th, Peyton Reed’s ‘Ant-Man’ stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. In the film, armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
From Sundance Selects, via The Dissolve, comes the poster for ‘The Duke of Burgundy,’ the fantastic thriller from writer/director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio). Opening on January 23rd in the US and February 20th in the UK, the received rave reviews at this year’s Toronto and London Film Festivals.
Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotic spells quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point. The film co-stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna.