Seth Rogen and James Franco Delight in ‘The Interview’

The-Interview

by: Jay Carlson

We are fortunate to be in the midst of a comedy renaissance, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 80’s. The comedies being churned out by the Judd Apatow crew have been some of the best and brightest to be released over the course of the last decade and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview is no exception.

The plot of The Interview revolves around slick, vapid, TV personality, Dave Skylark played by James Franco who is more cheesy used car salesman or game show host than serious newsman. Seth Rogen plays his friend and producer, Aaron Rappaport, who is yearning to break free of reporting silly celebrity gossip so that they can grab some journalistic integrity by reporting on real news.

The opportunity for the two to finally establish themselves as real reporters occurs when Rappaport is presented an opportunity to put Skylark face to face with one of the most infamous men on the planet, North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un. It seems the crazed dictator is a huge fan western entertainment and particularly of Skylark’s show. Once the interview is set things become complicated as the government proposes that they use the opportunity to assassinate the unpredictable dictator.

The situation is further complicated when Skylark begins to re-evaluate the plan after spending time and bonding with Kim Jung-Un. (Perhaps this is why Dennis Rodman didn’t follow through as well.)

I won’t delve much further into the plot because the ride is a huge part of what makes The Interview so enjoyable. The film killed during the screening I attended in Boston, with many of the laughs spilling over into other funny moments, requiring at least one more viewing to take it all in.

As usual Seth Rogen and James Franco’s chemistry together is a joy. The two of them consistently look like they’re having a blast working off of one another and it makes for some amazing comedic moments. Franco’s facial expressions and the looks exchanged between he and Rogen are well worth the price of admission.

The supporting cast is solid, though I wish there was more for Lizzy Caplan’s honeypot government agent to do after her introduction. Randall Park steals the show as mad dictator Kim Jung-Un and manages to take what could be expected to be a two dimensional character and squeeze the comedy out of every opportunity. The scenes shared between he and James Franco were all among the best in the film.

From the beginning to the end, Rogen and Franco will have you laughing your ass off.  If you’re looking to break up the dramas of Academy Award season, then I suggest you check out The Interview.  

The Interview opens Christmas day.

Two New Character Posters of Will Smith and Margot Robbie in ‘Focus’

by: Marcus Rivera

Before beginning work on Warner Bros highly anticipated adaptation of DC’s Suicide Squad, Will Smith & Margot Robbie will star in Focus, a heist drama set to hit theatres on February 27th, 2015. Thanks to WB, we have a first look at Smith and Robbie’s character posters along with a official synopsis.

“Written and directed by the Crazy, Stupid, Love pair of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus follows Nicky (Smith), a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame–now an accomplished femme fatale–shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.”

Rodrigo Santoro (300), BD Wong (Jurassic World) & Gerald McRaney (House of Cards) round out the cast. A new trailer is expected to hit tomorrow so keep an eye out for it.

Jim Carrey Wants to be in a Batman Film Again… But do we Want That?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The last time we saw Jim Carrey in a comic book movie it was in the subpar Kick-Ass 2. But prior to that it was as Edward Nygma aka the Riddler in the abysmal Batman Forever. And even though Carrey wasn’t the worst part of the movie it’s an experience most fans of the Caped Crusader would like to forget. But it seems Carrey can’t let it go.

In a recent interview with MTV, the Dumb and Dumber To star stated his interest in beng invovled in the upcoming slate of possible Batman and DC Universe films.

As to whether or not he’d be playing the Riddler again, Carrey isn’t so sure.

“I don’t know about reprising that role. I don’t think Chris Nolan would go for that, but i’d love to work with him,” the iconic funnymman was quoted as saying.

I don’t think Carrey would make a good fit in the new DC Universe of live action films. We’ve seen he can do serious films but they always seem a little clunky and awkward. He’s at his best when he can be a little hammy and goofy and I don’t think thats what Warner Bros needs right now.

As much as I loved his movies growing up and appreciate his attempts at branching out beyond the sophmoric comedy, I just don’t want him anywhere near the new Warner Bros superhero universe.

Daniel Wu set to Star in AMC’s ‘Badlands’

by: Marcus Rivera

AMC has announced that Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero, Man with the Iron Fist) is set to executive produce and star in their upcoming martial arts TV series Badlands.

The english language series is described as a “genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, “Badlands” tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.”

Wu was born in Berkeley, California and is fluent in English. His hollywood credits include The Man With The Iron Fists, Europa Report, and Duncan Jones’ upcoming adaptation of the video game Warcraft.

Al Gough and Miles Miller (Smallville), who are no strangers to this genre having worked with Jackie Chan on 2000’s Shanghai Noon, will team up with Wu as the show’s executive producers along with Oscar-nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction) and Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero).

Six, one-hour episodes for Badlands have been ordered by AMC. Expect the premiere to be in late 2015 or early 2016.

Sony to Bring Live Action ‘Fire and Ice’ to the Big Screen With Robert Rodriguez

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In the wake of the harmful information hack, Sony is trying to bounce back and go about business as usual. One of the things they’ve done recently is announce that they’ll be bringing a live action version of the 80’s animated film Fire and Ice to the big screen. And the studio is putting Robert Rodriguez in the director’s chair according to Deadline.

Fire and Ice was an animated film from 1983 that followed a young warrior on his quest for vengeance against and evil Ice Lord named Nekron that destroyed his village. Along the way he gets conscripted into also saving a king’s daughter who has beenkidnapped by Nekron’s apelike subordiantes.

The film was directed by Ralph Bakshi, but was a true collaboration between Bakshi and legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta. The original film was written by comic greats Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas.

Rodriguez, a fan and friend of Frazetta, sees this as an homage much in the way his Sin City films were an homage to friend and comic creator Frank Miller.

Frazetta was known widely in the 70’s and 80’s for his lush painted artwork of fantasy worlds. He made his way into Hollywood designing some iconic movie posters. Fire and Ice was his only studio film made.

Sony is hoping to turn this into a franchise that they can keep coming back to. As long as the films are done right I could definitely see this becoming a huge cash cow for the studio.

Rodriguez’s last film, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was a box office flop. Critics and fans alike panned the film. I remember it was only in theaters around my area for one week (and it didn’t even hit the second run theaters around me). I love his El Mariachi trilogy and really dig whatt he can do, even with he kid friendly stuff like the Spy Kids series. I’m hoping we get a return of the Robert Rodriguez of old with this new film.

 

 

Is Kate Winslet up for a new Job(s)?

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The rumor mill for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic just doesn’t seem to stop these days. We’re getting almost as much news from this as the Sony Hack gave us!

According to Variety, sources are saying that actress Kate Winslet is being considered for the female lead. Given the depth of talent already involved, Winslet seems like agreat choice. With six Oscar noms and one Best Actress win (The Reader) under her belt, Winslet would make an excellent addition to the project.

Danny Boyle is set to direct from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

Winslet would be joining a cast that includes Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

There have been rumors that Jeff Daniels has been approached to play former Apple president John Scully, but nothing offical has been released as of yet.

First Image from Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’

by: Marcus Rivera

Late last night Warner Bros. unveiled the very first image for their adaptation of the popular 1960’s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Steven Soderbergh was initially attached to helm the film for WB before Guy Ritchie came on, after which Tom Cruise came onboard to star alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network) before leaving to focus on Mission: Impossible 5. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill subsequently came on to fill the vacant role.

This finished iteration of the film takes place in the early 60s at the height of the Cold War, as Cavill’s CIA agent Napoleon Solo is forced to team up with Hammer’s KGB agent Illya Kuryakin to stop a mysterious criminal organization.

The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jared Harris, with Ritchie having penned the screenplay alongside his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Lionel Wigram.  The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in theaters August 14, 2015.

Get Your First Look at Chewbacca From ‘The Force Awakens’ in JJ Abrams Star Wars Force for Change Thank You Video

by: Jay Carlson

Back in May, JJ Abrams posted his first video for the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative to benefit Unicef. People who donated were given a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Since then then JJ released subsequent videos that gave us glimpses of what we’d be seeing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Force for Change initiative raised $4.26 million dollars for Unicef. Not too shabby.

Below is the final video, a thank you from the cast and crew of The Force Awakens, which also happens to give us our first peek at Chewbacca, thirty years after we last saw him in Return of the Jedi. It looks like he’s aged as much as Winona Ryder in that time.

Trailer: Will Ferrell’s Going to Prison and Needs Kevin Hart’s Help to ‘Get Hard’

 

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

A Couple New Looks at Daredevil and Matt Murdock From Marvel’s Upcoming Netflix Series ‘Daredevil’

By: Jay Carlson

Entertainment Weekly has released a new look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, as well as his alter-ego Daredevil from Netflix’s upcoming series based on the Marvel Comic.

We still have yet to see a great look at the Daredevil costume but it certainly looks like they are drawing heavily from the Frank Miller/ John Romita Jr series Man Without Fear. 

What do you think? I’m a huge fan of old hornhead, particularly Miller and Bendis’ run and I’m really hoping they get the character right. Based on the couple looks we’ve gotten thus far, I feel like they’re definitely on the right track.

 

TBS to Spend Some ‘Quality Time’ With the Boys From Broken Lizard

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With the recent cancellation of TBS comedies Men At Work and Sullivan & Son, the network is on the hunt for some fresh funny. They have the proven shows with American Dad! and Ground Floor along with a few more in the pipeline, but it just seemed like something was missing.

Enter the boys from Broken Lizard.

The comedy troupe has been given an order for a series pilot called Quality Time. The series will focus on a group of college friends whose maturity stunted in their 20’s, leaving them a group of sophmoric man-children. But now they’ve grown up, gotten jobs, gotten married and have kids of their own. It’s being called an untraditional comedy about the dads being torn between the men they used to be and the men they want to be.

The pilot is being directed by Broken Lizard member Paul Soter. Soter will also star, alongside Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan and Erik Stolhanske.

This is the first offical pilot ordered by new network president Kevin Reilly, although it has been said that this product had been in the works for some time before he took over. Reilly had made it known that he was looking for some edgy scripted material to help the network stand out. He came to the right place when he hired the guys behind the crude hits Super Troopers and Beerfest.

I’d love to see anything new from the BL crew. With the Super Troopers sequel spinning wheels for years, I’d all but lost hope that we’d ever see the crew get back together again. Here’s to hoping that we get to see them on the small screen for many years to come.

‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff to be set in Los Angeles

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Look out California, the zombies are shambling your way!

Variety is reporting that The Walking Dead spinoff series will officially be set in the west coast, in the city of Los Angeles to be precise.

The new series is set to begin filming in early 2015. Even though the series is to be set in L.A. there has been no decision as to where the filming will take place. The original series, currently taking place on the outskirts of Atlanta and its surrounding areas, is filmed on location in the state of Georgia.

Executive producer and writer of the comic book Robert Kirkman is excited for a chance to take a look at another part of the world that has been ravaged by the zombie plague. Kirkman was quoted as saying  “the opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Charlie Collier, president of AMC when the spinoff was officially announced in September, had said that ever since the start of the series fans were curious as to what may have been occuring in other parts of the world.

How excited are you about the new location? Do you wish it were somewhere else, or is L.A. a good choice? Sound off in the comments section below.

 

Will One of These Five Men Sit in the Director’s Chair for ‘Star Trek 3’?

By: S. Scott Stanikmas

It was announced a few weeks ago that Robert Orci, the director taking over the Star Trek franchise from former director J.J. Abrams, would not be taking the reins of the third film in the rebooted franchise.

According to Deadline, Paramount has a short list of favorite directors that they’s like to see take the reins of the mega popular sci-fi series.

The five names beng thrown around are Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin and Duncan Jones.

We can rule Jones out of the running right off the bat. The man behind Moon, Source Code and the upcoming World of Warcraft movie has officially stated via Twitter that he is flattered by the inclusion but that he would like to work on something original as his next film.

The front runner is Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt’s last film Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a huge success at the box office and he’s got a lot working in his favor. His latest movie, The Gambler starring Mark Whalberg, is in the can and ready for the screen. He’s got blockbuster franchise experience under his belt. And the cherry to the sundae is being personally endorsed by Abrams himself.

Justin Lin is another man with franchise experience, having made the Fast and Furious franchise into the box office juggernaut that it now is. And he’s got the free time seeing as his Bourne film was put on the backburner to let Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have another crack at the character.

Espinosa just recently wrapped Child 44 but he’s expected to go into production of the Boston Marathon bombing movie Boston Strong next. He did have a strong showing with Safe House but his schedule may prove to be his undoing in this case.

Tyldum could be the dark horse. Depending on how well his new film The Imitation Game does after this holiday season he could be seen as the next flavor of the month in Hollywood.

A decision should be forthcoming soon, as the studio is looking to get the film out for 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

David Ayer has Cast his Amanda Waller for ‘The Suicide Squad’

by: Marcus Rivera

I can honestly say I wasn’t too excited when the cast of Suicide Squad was announced but now they seem to have landed one of my favorite actress’s to play the no nonsense Amanda Waller.
Viola Davis will be rounding out the cast that includes Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Margo Robbie.  In the comics, Waller is a cold, pragmatic government agent who’s in charge of the Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains tasked with carrying out secret missions in exchange for pardons.
Previous reports linked Oprah Winfrey & Octavia Spencer to the role of Waller (who was played by Angela Basset in Green Lantern), now one must assume that Warner Bros. must have found a way to work around her TV schedule as she stars on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder. 
Presumably, Davis won’t have a ton of screen time in Suicide Squad, or her role is something that can be handled on relatively few sets such as a command center or government office as opposed to going out in the field with the squad. Latino Review, who broke the news hasn’t mention whether or not she’s signed to a multi-picture deal. Directed by David Ayer (Fury), production on Suicide Squad is set to begin in April for an August 5, 2016 release.

Tim Burton Says He’ll be Directing Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in ‘Beetlejuice 2’!

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Art by Jonathan Reincke

by: Jay Carlson

Tim Burton recently spoke about Beetlejuice 2 with MTV while doing promotion for Big Eyes. The project has come up numerous times in the past but seems to be gaining traction. Keaton publicly stated earlier in the year that as long as Burton were involved he would reprise his role of “the ghost with the most”. As recently as October, Keaton mentioned that they were just waiting on a script.

When asked about whether or not he’d be returning to the project, Burton stated, “Oh yeah.”

When he was asked about the possibility of Winona Ryder returning to the role of Lydia Deets he continued his answer with, “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.” Then further elaborated by stating, “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great,” Burton said. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

I’ve been decidedly not into nearly everything Burton has done in recent years, but I would really be psyched to see him making a new Beetlejuice film starring Keaton and Ryder. All that’s left to be seen is whether of not Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis would also be returning. They’re less important to me, honestly.

As long as we get Burton directing Keaton, Ryder and some sandworms, my butt will be in a seat.

Trailer: Cate Blanchett, Lily James and an All-Star Cast in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’

 

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”) and starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Elizabeth”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

Is the Deal Done For Spidey to Cross Over Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas & Marcus Rivera

There were rumors a while back that Sony was in talks with Marvel Studios to loan out the Spider-Man charcater, possibly for Captain America: Civil War, and that the character would stick around for a little while.

The recent info hack at Sony let us in on some of the inner workings as to exactly what Sony wanted out of this deal. And after looking at it I’m not afraid to say Sony would have come out of this better off than Marvel.

Emails between Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach, SPE chief Amy PAscal and Colombia head of production Michael De Luca proposed many different routes to take the Web-slinger and his many villains. One route was to introduce him in Captain America: Civil War and have it be an all new Spider-Man. Yup, Bye-bye Andrew Garfield! From there we would launch into a new Spider-Man movie series without having to go with the Sinister Six, which is where we seemed to be headed after The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The deal never quite came together but it never totally fell apart either.

I advise you to take the following information with a huge grain of salt.  A report today claims a reddit user who has a friend close to Disney is stating a deal is now in place for Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Studios movies.

If it is at all legit, the user claims a meeting was recently held between Sony and Marvel that lasted about 40 minutes. The meeting is said to have gone over the “final kinks” of the deal they have been working on to “incorporate Spider-Man into the MCU.”

It’s said the meeting was short because the deal for Spider-Man is already in place, and they were “simply tending to other commodities.”

If the deal is in place, the earliest Marvel can now use Spider-Man possibly would be in a post-credit scene for The Avengers 2 or a cameo in Captain America 3.

According to the rumor, the deal is expected to be officially announced after next month’s “Spidey Summit,” and the “heavy favorite” to play Spider-Man is Logan Lerman!

Logan Lerman, known for the Percy Jackson movies and most recently Fury, was said to be up for the role of Spider-Man prior to Andrew Garfield & has expressed interest in playing the web slinger on the big screen. Lerman has commented on these rumors in the past saying:  “There have been a few discussions, it’s definitely something I’m looking into. It’s [Spider-man] one of my favorite characters ever and I’m a huge fan of the series. I’d love to have more conversations about it. I’m definitely very interested in it.”

Is Lerman the best choice to play Spider-Man/Peter Parker? Sound off on who you think should play the wall crawler next.

Drafthouse Films Aquires ‘The Keeping Room’ Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington

by: Jay Carlson

Drafthouse Films has been aquiring and releasing the films that film fans want to see, from A Band Called Death to The Act of Killing and Cheap Thrills and many more in the last few years. They’re taking care to curate a great catalog of films that are the best parts of art house and grindhouse.

Most recently they’ve aquired The Keeping Room, Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington. The  film centers on “on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.”

The film, from a script featured on The Black List, played to rave reviews at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival. I can’t wait to take a look at the film, which is set to be released in September 2015.

 

Official Press Release:

AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 15, 2014) – Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Julia Hart’s powerful Black List Western feature, The Keeping Room, after its acclaimed world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Expertly directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room focuses on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.

A forceful turn from Brit Marling (Arbitrage, I Origins) heads a formidable trio of female leads that includes Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game) and newcomer Muna Otaru in a powerful break out role. Playing against his usual character, Sam Worthington(Avatar, Man On A Ledge), excels as a villainous renegade soldier intent on killing the women and razing their home.

Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, The Keeping Room deliberately eschews Hollywood Western tropes and challenges gender politics as the female protagonist is defined in brave and provocative fashion. Described as “a feminist western with bite” (Indiewire) and “a beautifully breathless revisionist western” midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs (Little White Lies),The Keeping Room is unflinching filmmaking anchored in the “bold and fearless” performances (Film School Rejects) delivered by its lead women.

The Keeping Room is a film that instantly resonated with us on so many levels,” said James Emanuel Shapiro, Drafthouse Films COO. “Not only is it filmmaking of the highest level but it challenges formulas with such convictions that we were all affected by its potency.”

“We could not ask for a better partner than Drafthouse for The Keeping Room,” said producer Justin Horowitz. “As with everything they do, we look forward to a theatrical release that is classy, energetic, passionate, and a whole lot of fun.”

The Keeping Room will open in an expansive theatrical release across North America in September 2015 and will be released on a variety of VOD platforms and digital, DVD, and Blu-ray formats after its theatrical run.

The Keeping Room is a production of Wind Dancer Films, Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content and was produced by Jordan Horowitz, Judd Payne, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve and Patrick Newall. Executive Producers are Gary Gilbert and Michael Sugar. The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the producers and James Emanuel Shapiro and Tim League from Drafthouse Films.

For more information on THE KEEPING ROOM and Drafthouse Films:

http://drafthousefilms.com

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Disney Searching for Female Lead for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Recently Disney locked up actor Brenton Thwaites for a role in the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Now that they have the man who will play opposite Johnny Depp they’re looking to lock down the female lead who will play Thwaites’ love interest.

According to Variety, the word on the street was that Disney wanted to seal up an actor for the role of the British soldier who teams with Captain Jack Sparrow before looking for his lady. Now that they have Thwaites, the search is on for someone who has the right on-screen chemistry with the young actor.

Names being thrown around are Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) and foreign actress Jenna Thiam.

The fifth Pirates movie is still rumored to be looking at Javier Bardem as a possible villain, but nothing has been made official as of yet. If Bardem joins the cast it’s been rumored he would team up with Geoffrey Rush’s villainous Captain Barbosa to torment Depp’s Jack Sparrow.

The film, directed by Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, is set to release July 7, 2017.