If there is any movie this year at Cannes that is absolutely brimming with promise on paper, it's Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties." With an extended cast featuring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich and Lili Taylor among others along with a script co-written by James Gray, one wonders how it could go wrong. And while "Blood Ties" isn't a disaster, it's certainly a mess, a sprawling crime saga that endeavours to evoke the great character driven movies of the 1970s, but never quite lives up to its epic scope. Playing out over two-and-a-half very long hours, there is enough plots, subplots and side-stories in the film to fill an entire season of a TV series. But here are the basics: Chris (Owen) is just out of the joint, trying to go straight and essentially do right by his cop brother Frank (Crudup), but he's got a messy past to deal with including making amends with Monica (Cotillard) a...
EXCLUSIVE: Captain America‘s Chris Evans is now circling the Stephen King adaptation, which had Justin Long attached before scheduling conflicts got in the way. Tom Holland (Fright Night) will adapt and direct The Ten O’Clock People, a modernized take on the short story from King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, about a man who tries to quit smoking with the help of a new drug only to discover a frightening aspect of reality as he kicks nicotine. Pic is aiming for a fall shoot in Atlanta and will mark Holland’s third King adaptation after The Langoliers and Thinner. Pascal Borno and Scott Karol’s Conquistador Entertainment, Holland’s Dead Rabbit Films and E.J. Meyers, Robin Reitman and Nathaniel Kramer’s Making Ten O’clock Productions will produce the film, which Borno and Karol are selling at Cannes. Evans, recently in theaters opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, has Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and the romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing on the docket before he’s back on screens in his superhero duds in April 2014′s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Phase 4 Films acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Shana Betz’s feature directorial debut Free Ride. The film stars Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Scripted by Betz, the film is produced by Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin, and executive produced by Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer. This is the first film production from Paquin and Moyer’s new production company CASM. Phase 4 will release the film later this year in theaters and on demand. Paquin and Moyer star together in HBO’s True Blood. Set in the 1970s and based on her life story, Betz’s accomplished directorial debut is a provocative crime thriller: Paquin plays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life but gets pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business. “Shana Betz has written and directed a poignant and gripping film anchored by a powerful performance by Anna Paquin,” says Phase 4′s Barry Meyerowitz. “We look forward to working with Shana, and the entire cast and producing team to bring this film to audiences.” “It’s always very exciting to discover talented writers and directors at the beginning of their careers. Based on the life story ... Read More »
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Trek: Into Darkness" has warped its way to a $70.6 million domestic launch from Friday to Sunday, though it's not setting any light-speed records with a debut that's lower than the studio's expectations.
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