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Paramount Pictures is teaming up with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Pearl Street Films production company to produce The Shadows, based on a true story set in their hometown of Boston. There is no indication that either actor will star in the film, and it seems they will both just be producing at this time. This news comes just days after Ben Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct, for groping actress Hilarie Burton while she was hosting MTV's Trl back in 2004. The actor later apologized for his actions.
The project comes from writer Chris Bremner, who took his pitch to Paramount, which the studio acquired, and now he will be writing the script. The story will be based on Matthew Pearl's Boston Globe Magazine article "Into the Shadows," which chronicles America's first ever undercover police officers, who were based in Affleck and Damon's hometown of Boston. Ben Affleck »
In “Abundant Acreage Available,” Amy Ryan plays a tough-minded woman who reunites with her brother (Terry Kinney) to bury their father on the farm where he raised them. As they argue about where to lay him to rest, another set of siblings from their father’s past show up to further complicate matters, laying claim to the land and injecting themselves into the center of this parochial setting.
Ryan’s character remains a fierce, defiant voice who pushes back against her brother’s religious convictions and the interlopers who question her solitary way of life. It’s a commanding performance that dominates this quiet, understated movie, and it makes you wonder why Ryan — an Oscar nominee for “Gone Baby Gone” — doesn’t land such impressive leading roles more often.
Ryan, however, doesn’t »
- Eric Kohn
After indulging her funny bone with notable appearances on Broad City, Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence and High Maintenance, and starring opposite Richard Armitage in the Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love, Amy Ryan is firmly back in the dramatic world that earned her an Oscar nomination for Gone Baby Gone with her new film, Abundant Acreage Available, in theaters on Sept. 29.
Written and directed by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug), the film tells the story of Tracy (Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney), who after burying their father’s remains on their tobacco farm, are confronted by three older men (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, Steve Coulter) camping in their field. It’s a story of grief and morality and learning to let go.
It’s also one of Ryan’s best (and detailed) performances in years, earning rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival -- and the suggestion that she should be a contender »
With Justice League tracking a huge box office opening, Joss Whedon busy lightening tone and Zack Snyder stepping away permanently, there are others who have become lost amongst the kerfuffle. One is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Best Picture winner, hounded by paparazzi and internet rumour mills for his continued role in Warner’s DC universe. Not only did he give us a new and surprising Batman, but was also hailed as the best thing in a film which others refer to politely as disjointed. He is Ben Affleck.
Amongst the white noise of reshoots, lacklustre reviews for Live By Night and his Batman commitment issues, some might have forgotten what Affleck has achieved. Sure he might have made amends for his Daredevil with that pitch black Bruce Wayne, but the media hop-scotch which has come with The Batman has undone some of that. However with »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who »
- Jordan Raup
Having stepped away from the director’s chair on Warner’s DC solo movie The Batman, it looks like Ben Affleck is set to get back behind the camera for the Afghanistan war movie Red Platoon, according to The Tracking Board.
The movie is being produced by Sony, Immersive Pictures and Smokehouse Pictures, and is based on the memoirs of Clinton Romesha. It tells the story of 2009’s Battle of Kamdesh, where over 300 Taliban fighters launched a raid on the the U.S.’ Outpost Keating, with Staff Sgt. Romesha leading a counterattack which ultimately saved dozens of American lives. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.
The site reports that Affleck’s brother, Oscar-winner Casey Affleck, is wanted for the lead role of Staff Sgt. Romesha, which would mark the brothers’ first collaboration since Ben’s 2007 directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. »
- Amie Cranswick
Right now, the DC Extended Universe is one giant question mark — and most notably, The Batman may be the biggest question mark of all. Initially, Ben Affleck was set to write, direct, and star in the Caped Crusader film. However, last year saw him backpedaling from the responsibility, and earlier this year, we saw him leave the role of director altogether. So with Affleck free from the obligations of helming that picture, what would be another film we’d see him take on next?
It sounds like, in true Affleck form, he’s headed for a much more grounded project. The Tracking Board is reporting that the two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is currently in talks with Sony to direct Red Platoon, a film based on the memoirs of the same name from Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha.
The outlet is describing the project as follows:
“On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban »
- Joseph Medina
After moving on from The Batman in terms of directing, Ben Affleck is eyeing up his next directorial project and seems to have settled on Red Platoon for Sony Pictures, Immersive Pictures and Smokehouse Pictures. More on the Ben Affleck Red Platoon news below.
The project in question seems to be very much like his previous directing gigs, and The Tracking Board has all of the details.
They say that the film will tell ‘the story of the Battle of Kamdesh, which took place during the War in Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters launched a predawn raid on Outpost Keating, a remote and controversial American outpost near the Afghan-Pakistani border, overrunning its perimeter defenses and breaching its wire. Staff Sgt. Romesha, a husband and father of three children, planned and led a »
- Paul Heath
"This is our place - right here, right now." Gravitas Ventures has revealed an official trailer for the indie drama titled Abundant Acreage Available, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney as middle-aged brother and sister, who have just finished burying their father in a field on the fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina that their family owns. Trouble brews when three brothers, whose family farmed the land for generations, return after 50 years. The cast includes Max Gail, Steve Coulter, and Francis Guinan. I have been a big fan of Amy Ryan ever since Gone Baby Gone, so I'm always interested to watch anything she's in, especially if she has a lead role. This looks damn good, and it's easy to see the tough choices the script attempts to address. Here's the first official »
- Alex Billington
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.
Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.
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- Jude Dry
Netflix has announced the titles it will be adding to its streaming service next month. Noteworthy movies hitting the service include Amores Perros, City of God, Dead Poets Society, Disney’s Hercules, Disney’s Mulan, Gone Baby Gone, Jaws, Pulp Fiction, Requiem for a Dream, The Squid and the Whale, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Carol. That should keep you pretty busy throughout the month, especially when you factor in worthwhile originals like Little Evil, BoJack Horseman Season 4, Jerry Before Seinfeld, and Gerald’s Game. Check out the full list of titles hitting Netflix next month, … »
- Matt Goldberg
The recent news that director Zack Snyder would be stepping down from ‘Justice League‘ after the death of one of his daughters was shocking to say the least. Immediately, WB announced that Joss Whedon would step in as director to see that the film is completed. Whedon was already hired onto the project as a writer for the reshoots, since signing on to helm the in-development ‘Batgirl‘ film for the studio. Up until this time, Whedon had been working closely with Snyder on tightening up the film, as well as injecting his signature brand of humor into the project.
We’ve already seen the first trailer for ‘Justice League‘, which was clearly 100% Snyder. We alssaw the release of a special extended Comic-Con trailer, which had more of the Whedon brand, specifically with scenes of The Flash (Ezra Miller) in action. I’m sure the soon-to-be-released final trailer will give us »
- Taylor Salan
We are rapidly approaching the release of Justice League in theaters. Coming off the massive success of Wonder Woman, DC fans are hoping for the best here, and so is Warner Bros. The movie has had some trouble, with Zack Snyder having to leave the production over a personal tragedy, making way for Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to step in at the last-minute and finish the movie. Ben Affleck recently talked a bit about how that will affect the movie and, according to him, Justice League is unlike anything he's ever experienced before.
The actor, who plays Batman in the DC Extended Universe, recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the two director situation on Justice League, which is set to arrive in theaters on November 17. According to Ben Affleck, the movie will truly be a product of both directors, with both seemingly having quite a bit of influence over the final cut. »
With Justice League still currently undergoing its much-discussed reshoots, Ben Affleck has taken a quick break from production to chat with Entertainment Weekly about the DC blockbuster, commenting on Joss Whedon taking over directing duties from Zack Snyder and describing the superhero blockbuster as “an interesting product of two directors”.
“It’s a little bit unorthodox,” said Affleck. “Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in. [It’s] an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
Affleck also brushed aside the incessant rumours suggesting that the reshoots are »
- Gary Collinson
Admittedly, Justice League is a movie I’ve waited my entire life for, as it’s bringing several of my favorite characters together for the first time in live-action cinema. Likewise, I imagine that many of you reading this share that sentiment, hoping that the combined talents of directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon will make for a viewing experience like no other.
In the past few months, the subject of the reshoots this film continues to undergo has been a hot point for discussion, often being labeled by absolutist fanboys and conspiracy theorists as “fake news” or part of some “Dceu smear campaign” organized by the evil media.
Casting such hilarity aside, the fact of the matter is that reshoots began in June and are still currently ongoing, thus this is much more than what’s usually allotted to any sort of project. Most recently, actor Joe Morton confirmed »
- Eric Joseph
"[David Lowery] hires me so that makes me keep coming back!" - Casey Affleck Photo: Jan Handrejch, Film Servis Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Casey Affleck began acting as a way to get out of going to school. His mother’s best friend was a casting director in Massachussets, and when a film came to town a call would go out for extras. Casey and his pals naturally thought it would be fun.
Affleck, 41, has gone from those youthful extra days to leading man, notably winning an Oscar for Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea earlier this year. He starred in Gone Baby Gone, which was directed by his brother, Ben Affleck, and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Now he reunites with Rooney Mara and director David Lowery after Ain’t Them Bodies »
- Richard Mowe
Eric Dane and Natalie Zea star in the thrilling drama, Grey Lady, arriving on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 27 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Following a clue given to him by his murdered partner and lover, Detective James Doyle must track down a serial killer before he becomes the next victim. Written and directed by John Shea (Southie) the film also stars Adrian Lester, Carolyn Stotesbery, Chris Meyer, Rebecca Gayheart, and Amy Madigan. The Grey Lady DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Here’s the Grey Lady trailer:
When Boston Police Detective James Doyle’s (Eric Dane) partner is killed in an ambush, a clue sends him to Nantucket in the lonely off-season. A murder mystery unfolds, one that draws the guilty and the innocent into its vortex. As Doyle hunts the killer and the killer hunts him, he discovers that things »
- Tom Stockman
Author: Scott Davis
Praise Netflix! It seems that the latest film from acclaimed director J.C. Chandor, Triple Frontier, may have just been saved by the subscription service after it seemed the project had died last month.
The film, which has been written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), details the story of “drug-running on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil” was set to be made at Paramount Pictures but a few weeks ago the film was scrapped by the studio after a change in management, and left its future in making it to the big screen looking grim. This is despite Chandor having secured the services of Tom Hardy (Taboo), Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), though the latter is still attached.
- Scott Davis
Nathaniel R reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival
It's been 10 years since Amy Ryan broke through to "prestigious character actress" fame, whilst nabbing herself an Oscar nomination and critical hosannas for Gone Baby Gone (2017). In the years intervening, it's been fairly obvious that Hollywood didn't know what to do with her thereafter, often casting her in less than challenging roles as sympathetic wives (think Win Win or Bridge of Spies) or ex-wives (think Birdman). But she's finally no one's wife in the humble drama Abundant Acreage Available, and that lack of 'belonging to' is both writer/director Angus Maclachlan's (best known for the screenplay to the wonderful Junebug, 2005) and Ryan's own secret weapon, giving the movie its most appealing frictions »
- NATHANIEL R
If “Abundant Acreage Available” didn’t have closeups or outdoor scenes, it could have been filmed theater. Writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature focuses on grown siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney) in the immediate aftermath of their father’s death. Stuck with his expansive farmland, they’re unsure what to do next, until the arrival of three older men who knew the deceased stake a claim to it. Set in a single location with a cast of five, the movie offers a lesson in minimalist drama, unfolding as a sharply acted mood piece that never crescendos, but hums along with wise observations and first-rate performances.
A intergenerational family drama that wouldn’t look out of place in the oeuvres of Tennessee Miller or Arthur Miller, “Abundant Acreage Available” is a noticeably more somber work for MacLachlan, whose directorial debut “Goodbye to All That” was a vulgar black comedy about overcoming divorce. »
- Eric Kohn
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