According to a new report, Matt Damon is set to reunite with playwright, screenwriter, and director Kenneth Lonergan on ‘Manchester-by-the-Sea.’ Lonergan is directing his own script, which is said to be tonally similar to ‘You Can Count On Me,’ his 2000 breakthrough drama that starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney and which earned Lonergan a Oscar nomination for original screenplay.
Matt Damon and Kenneth Lonergan previously worked on ‘Margaret.’ That film spent over five years in post-production, with Lonergan, the producers and various editors unable to agree on its final cut, resulting in multiple legal disputes. It was finally released in 2011 to critical acclaim. ‘Manchester-by-the-Sea’ will be Longergan’s first movie since then, although he’s been busy with stage productions.
Focus Features has debuted this new trailer for the true-life dramatic thriller ‘Kill the Messenger,’ which is led by Jeremy Renner (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Hurt locker, The Bourne Legacy). Opening in the US on October 10th in limited theaters, the movie will then expand on October 17th and again on October 24th. Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star in the Michael Cuesta-directed film.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner stars as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic in the US… and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the US, and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. The film opens on November 28th in the UK.
Verve Pictures has unveiled this new trailer for ‘Gone Too Far,’ which is opens on October 10th in the UK. Directed by Destiny Ekaragha and based on the Olivier-Award-winning play by Bola Agbaje, the culture-clash, coming-of-age comedy stars the likes of Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adelayo Adedayo, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Golda John, Eddie Kadi and KG Tha Comedian.
When London teenager Yemi’s big brother come to live with him from Nigeria, Ikudayisi’s terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already small amount of street cred. When the pair are forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the unattainable girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, eventually teaching both of them the values of family and self-respect.
Highland Film Group send word that Academy-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning actor Steve Coogan has signed on to play the title role of James Boswell in a feature film adaptation of acclaimed West End play, ‘Boswell for the Defence.’ The film, which will begin production in 2015, tells the true story of how James Boswell, in the twilight of his career and life, takes on an impossible case – to save the life of the convict Mary Bryant from the gallows. A case no one else wants or cares about. The tragi-comic Boswell is the most unlikely hero from the most unlikely quarter. But he manages to find his past brilliance long enough to save the day.
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam concept sketch by Huy “Wee” Dinh.
For the past year or so Dwayne Johnson has been teasing fans with the possibility that he’s playing a DC Comics character in the Warner Bros/DC Cinematic Universe, with the likely candidates being Shazam or his arch-enemy Black Adam. Last week the actor has finally revealed that he will be playing Black Adam, Tweeting the following with the above image, “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics”.
Fox Searchlight has unveiled this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for Michael R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) much-anticipated ‘The Drop,’ which is set for a September 19th release date in the US and a November 14th bow in the UK and Ireland (it will premiere at the 58th London Film Festival in October). The film, formerly known as ‘Animal Rescue,’ stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Gandolfini, John Ortiz and James Frecheville.
‘The Drop’ focuses on a man (Tom Hardy) who wants to shed his criminal path but somehow gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull. Rapace will play Nadia, a woman who crosses paths with the protagonist when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home. Author Dennis Lehane adapted the film from his own short story that first appeared in ‘Boston Noir.’ Previous Lehane movie adaptations include ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone.’