BLACK SEA Trailer Puts Jude Law and His Submarine Crew on the Hunt for Nazi Gold

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The first trailer for the submarine thriller Black Sea has gone online. I love submarine movies, and Kevin Macdonald‘s Black Sea has been on my (no pun intended) radar since production began over a year ago.  Jude Law stars as a rogue captain who puts together a misfit crew to recover lost Nazi gold from a sunken U-boat, but the claustrophobia becomes even tighter as the crewmates turn on each other in the hope of gaining a greater share of the treasure.  Judging by the trailer, this movie isn’t going to upend the genre, but it could be a great addition, especially since the cast includes not only Law, but also Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Michael Smiley.

Hit the jump to check out the Black Sea trailer.  The film opens January 23, 2015, and also stars David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Kolesnikov, Sergey Puskepalis, and Jodie Whitaker.

First Look at Jude Law in Director Kevin Macdonald’s BLACK SEA

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Between his narrative and documentary features, director Kevin Macdonald is well on his way to banging out six films in the span of three years, and we now have our first look at the Last King of Scotland helmer’s 2014 submarine thriller Black Sea.  The film stars Jude Law as a rogue captain who goes on a hunt for sunken treasure, but as greed desperation begins to take hold of his misfit crew, tensions cause the men to fight for their survival within their claustrophobic vessel.  Law apparently went through a bit of a physical transformation in order to play the down-on-his-luck blue collar captain, putting on weight, shaving his head, and growing out his stubble.  As evidenced by these first images, though, it’s tough to make someone that handsome look ugly.  What a bummer.

Hit the jump for more, including the first images from Black Sea.

TIFF 2013: HOW I LIVE NOW Review

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In Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, perspective on life is supposed to be shown between two extremes.  Life is either ideal or a waking nightmare, and through this comparison we can learn to put our priorities and values in order.  But painting the world in white and black makes the movie uninteresting from both sides.  Furthermore, the good times and end times are about as complex as home realty: location, location, location.  There’s no room for the grey area, which is where most of us live in the real world.

Kevin MacDonald to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS; Audition to Be the Young Elvis!

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Oscar-winner Kevin MacDonald (One Day in September) has signed on to direct the Elvis Presley biopic, Last Train to Memphis.  Based on the Peter Guralnick bestseller, the film takes a look at the early years of Elvis’s career and follows his rise from musically-inclined high school kid to overnight sensation.  The story tracks Elvis as he ushers in a radical new sound, falls in love for the first time, and struggles with a level of celebrity that forces him to leave the simple life he once knew for the promise of something greater.  Mick Jagger will produce in part and John Fusco is adapting the novel.  The filmmakers are currently searching for a young Elvis, which could very well be you!  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for Kevin Macdonald’s HOW I LIVE NOW Starring Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, and Tom Holland

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The first trailer for director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new film How I Live Now has landed online.  Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives.  She strikes up a romance with another handsome young man (George MacKay), but when World War III suddenly breaks out, Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos.  It’s a truly fascinating setup, and Macdonald looks to have found a refreshingly grounded way to tell the story.  This sort of realistic sci-fi is far too rare, and I’m very much looking forward to catching the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna ChancellorHow I Live Now opens in the UK on October 3rd, but doesn’t yet have a US release date.

Production Begins on Kevin Macdonald’s BLACK SEA Starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn

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Production has commenced in the U.K. on Kevin Macdonald‘s submarine thriller, Black Sea.  The film stars Jude Law as a rogue captain who goes on a hunt for sunken treasure, but as greed desperation begins to take hold of his misfit crew, tensions cause the men to fight for their survival within their claustrophobic vessel.  As I’ve stated before, I love submarine movies and there aren’t enough of them.  Macdonald’s film has a great premise, and it doesn’t hurt that the cast also includes Killing Them Softly co-stars Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  Black Sea is set for release in 2014.

Jude Law to Star in BLACK SEA; Nicki Minaj Joins THE OTHER WOMAN; Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman Set for OUT OF THE DARK

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Here are today’s casting updates:

  • Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new feature Black Sea, a hot ticket item coming up for Cannes, has Jude Law set to star.  Focus Features has snapped up worldwide rights to the film.
  • Nicki Minaj will jump from her American Idol hosting duties to the big screen, making her live-action debut opposite Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nickolaj Coster-Waldau in the Nick Cassavetes-directed The Other Woman.
  • Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum), Scott Speedman (Last Resort), and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta) will star in the supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, from Spanish director Lluis Quilez.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Tom Holland Talks THE IMPOSSIBLE and Kevin Macdonald’s HOW I LIVE NOW Starring Saoirse Ronan

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Expanding this weekend in more theaters is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible.  Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit.  Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way.  The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast.  For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Tom Holland.  We talked about how he got involved in the movie, the transition from stage to screen, what surprised him about making a movie, and more.  In addition, Holland talked about Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now which also stars Saoirse Ronan.  Hit the jump to watch.

MARLEY Blu-ray Review

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After taking an innovative approach to documentary making with the world-chronicling Life in a Day, director Kevin Macdonald went much more traditional with Marley, and the results are revealing and mostly satisfying—albeit somewhat exhaustive.

For this long-overdue movie about the reggae legend, MacDonald could have easily have made this a bloated mess, packed with stars and critics further analyzing Bob Marley‘s life. Instead, he uses remarkable access to Marley’s friends, family and bandmates to make this an often intimate, always entertaining and sometimes heartbreaking view of the man himself.  Hit the jump for a review of Kevin Macdonald’s Marley on Blu-ray.

Director Kevin Macdonald Talks MARLEY, HOW I LIVE NOW with Saoirse Ronan, BLACK SEA and More

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For nearly half a century, Bob Marley’s music and his message have resonated powerfully on a global level that remains unparalleled. Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s new documentary, Marley, is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, Marley features rare footage, incredible performances and revealing interviews with the people that knew him best. The film also gives the audience a more emotional connection to Marley’s life as a man.  Magnolia Pictures will release Marley theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

At the press day for Marley, we sat down with Macdonald for an exclusive interview.  We talked about what inspired him to make a documentary about the enigmatic Bob Marley who transcended music to become a cultural, political and social icon for change. He told us about what he hoped to achieve by making this film, how he set out to reveal a human side of a towering figure in musical history, and why he thinks Marley still speaks to people around the world today as powerfully as he did when he was alive and more profoundly than any other rock artist or popular music artist. Macdonald also discussed his upcoming projects including How I Live Now with Saoirse Ronan, Bobby Fischer Goes to War and Black Sea.

New Trailer for MARLEY Documentary by Director Kevin Macdonald

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In a discussion concerning influential figures from the musical profession, it’s hard not to mention Bob Marley. In director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) new documentary, titled simply Marley, he attempts to chronicle the artist’s life from his early days to his rise to stardom and, ultimately, to his death. We recently brought you the first poster for Marley, but now we have the official US trailer to show you as well. Marley features rare performance footage, archival interviews and commentary from his friends and family.

Marley will make its world premiere this month at the Berlin Film Festival and will make SXSW its North American debut. Look for Marley in theaters and on VOD in a Magnolia Pictures release on April 20th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Acquisition News: Sony Pictures Classics Gets SMASHED; Magnolia to Distribute Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley Documentary, MARLEY

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The alcoholism drama Smashed and the Bob Marley documentary Marley have now found a way to you.  According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Smashed, which features a powerful performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an alcoholic who’s struggling to get sober.  I caught the film at Sundance and was blown away by Winstead as well as her co-star Aaron Paul.  As for Marley, the film was directed by Kevin Macdonald (Life in a Day) and will tell the legendary musician’s life story with unprecedented support from Marley’s family.  The film will make its US premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March.

Hit the jump for the press release for Marley.

HANNA Star Saoirse Ronan to Star in World War II Drama HOW I LIVE NOW

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Young actress Saoirse Ronan is set to star in an adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s novel How I Live Now. Variety reports that The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald is onboard to direct, from a script by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland) and Tony Grisoni (best name ever). The period drama tells the story of Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with family. World War II breaks out and Daisy and another young girl find themselves attempting to survive alone in the woods as they search for safety.

Ronan was fantastic in this year’s Hanna, and this role sounds like it’s right in her wheelhouse. The actress has been busy as of late, as she’s currently filming Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. Ronan is also set to star in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for How I Live Now.

Screenwriter Manish Pandey Exclusive Interview SENNA

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The new documentary Senna chronicles the brief but incredible life of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna.  Through him we see not only the sport of European Formula One racing (far more dangerous than the Indy 500) during the 1980s and early 90s, but we see it through the eyes of one of its most celebrated and revered figures. Senna is notable not only for its subject matter, but because it dispenses with ordinary documentary conventions of talking head interviews and keeps narration to a minimum.  All of the footage is archival and the racing scenes in particular demand to be viewed in a theater.

I interviewed screenwriter Manish Pandey about the decision to use only archival footage, what fascinated him about Senna, the lasting impact of Senna in his home country of Brazil, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Senna opens this weekend.


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When one hears the name “Channing Tatum”, many things come to mind:  rippling abs, an affected homeboy-like cadence, a backwards ballcap, those oft-murmured rumors about Tatum’s former life as a male stripper (not a joke).  Something one doesn’t tend to think upon hearing the name “Channing Tatum” is:  brilliant actor.  Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle– starring Tatum, in addition to Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland– is the latest attempt from Camp Tatum to change the way we think of the former Step Up 2: Tha Streets star.  Many of you avoided The Eagle when it hit theaters in February, but now that it’s on DVD, we’re free to discover what– if anything– we missed.  What’d we think?  Find out after the jump, folks…

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