Le Pacte has unveiled this first international trailer for David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche, All the Real Girls) gritty, southern drama ‘Joe.’ Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (Mud, The Tree of Life), ‘Joe’ is written by Gary Hawkins based on the Larry Brown novel of the same title. Roadside Attractions and Artificial Eye will distribute the film in the US and UK, respectively. Expect word on a release date shortly.
In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.
Variety are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has been attached to star in the thriller ‘Blood Mountain,’ which Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, Seventh Son) will direct, and Lawrence Bender (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill), Nicola Horlick and James Gibb are producing. Jonathan W. Stokes penned the original script, with revisions by John Romano.
According to the outlet, ‘Blood Mountain’ follows a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival. Principal photography is slated to begin in April in Morocco. While it has not been confirmed what role Benedict Cumberbatch will play in the film, expect more details about this project soon.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences send word that the Oscars will honor the 75th anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ a Best Picture nominee in 1939. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement, “We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars.” ‘The Wizard of Oz’ received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song. The Oscars previously announced that this year’s ceremony will pay tribute to movie heroes.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be presented on March 2nd at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and will be televised live on ABC. The ceremony will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ have the most Oscar nominations this year, with 10 each. ’12 Years a Slave’ follows with 9 nods.
Sony Pictures has unveiled this viral clip for ‘RoboCop,’ which hits the big screen on February 7th in the UK and February 12th in the US. ’RoboCop’ is directed by José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay is by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Academy award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to work on the script for ’Insurgent,’ the sequel to the upcoming adaptation ‘Divergent.’ The film’s producers are currently looking for a director for the sequel, as Neil Burger, who directed ‘Divergent,’ has decided not to return for the sequel, citing schedule conflicts. Sources say shooting on the sequel will begin in the spring. Brian Duffield first worked on the script for ‘Insurgent,’ which is pencilled in for a March 20th, 2015 bow. The first film in the series, ‘Divergent,’ will open on March 21st. The third film, ‘Allegiant,’ is scheduled for March 18th, 2016. The futuristic action-adventure trilogy is based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels
Akiva Goldsman won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the 2001 film ‘A Beautiful Mind.’ The writer-producer, who has stepped in to work on several other film scripts in the past, wrote ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and co-wrote ‘Cinderella Man,’ ’I, Robot’ and ‘Angels & Demons.’ He also wrote and directed the upcoming film ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe, and will hit cinemas on February 14th.
In anticipation of the Super Bowl TV spot for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Marc Webb has some high praise for the upcoming superhero sequel. The director told Total Film, “It’s huge. We’re pushing the levels of effects, the level of action and the emotional capacity of this kid. It’s an aggressive step forward….We throw around the term ‘operatic’ because of the spectacle and the theatre involved, which is pretty epic.There are enormous sets and great set-pieces. But really it’s a very intimate song – this relationship between Peter and Gwen is very delicate and beautiful.”