New to Blu-ray: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, ENEMY, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the bloody 300 sequel, one of the weirdest and underseen movies of the year (with double the Jake Gyllenhaal), a Beatles entry to the Criterion Collection, and more.  Briefly:

Clive Owen Talks BLOOD TIES, Collaborating with Guillaume Canet, His Process for Finding His Character, His Cinemax Series THE KNICK, and More

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Set in New York in 1974, Blood Ties tells the story of 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen), who has just been released after several years in prison for murder, and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future.  Even though Frank hopes that his brother has changed, Chris just can’t shake his past and a life of crime.  From director Guillaume Canet (who also wrote it with James Gray), the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clive Owen talked about how filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron helped bring this project to his attention, what made him want to sign on, collaborating with Guillaume Canet (who was an actor in the original French film this was adapted from), his process for finding this character, why he doesn’t believe in over-rehearsing, and how much he enjoyed working with both James Caan and Billy Crudup.  He also talked about his upcoming Cinemax drama series The Knick, about the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900, what drew him to the role, the tone of the show, and why he wanted to work with Steven Soderbergh, who is directing all 10 episodes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Billy Crudup Talks BLOOD TIES, the Original French Film LES LIENS DU SANG, and the Influence of Classic 1970s Crime Thrillers, Plus His Current Broadway Run

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Billy Crudup is one of those actors who refuses to be pigeonholed.  He’s comfortable on stage and on screen, in big-budget Hollywood productions and modest indie films.  He’s played bad guys, good guys, tough guys, sensitive guys.  But it’s fair to say that he’s most attracted to roles where he gets to play some kind of flawed anti-hero.  In his latest film, Blood Ties, which is part gritty crime thriller, part family drama, Crudup does exactly that, as a New York cop in 1974 who struggles against his ex-con brother (Clive Owen) after he’s released from prison.  It’s a remake of the 2008 French film, Les Liens du Sang, which was itself based on a book.  Directed by Guillaume Canet, a French star in his own right who actually originated the role Crudup plays in the American version, the film also stars James Caan, as the family’s imperfect patriarch, and an impressive assemblage of talented actresses, including Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana.

Billy Crudup recently spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about Blood Ties and the influence of classic 1970s crime thrillers on Canet’s vision for the film.  He also talked about his current Broadway run alongside Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

BLOOD TIES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Blood Ties opens today in limited release.]

There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be. It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters. We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers. Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are. Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

New Trailer for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Mila Kunis

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Roadside Attractions has released the first theatrical trailer for director Guillaume Canet’s crime drama Blood Ties.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison (Clive Owen), and the other is a cop (Billy Crudup) who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The trailer paints the film as a crime thriller, but I saw the pic at TIFF and it’s really more of a family drama with tense elements.  Regardless, the film never really comes together and kind of slogs its way through the tropes and clichés of a 1970s crime movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich, and James CaanBlood Ties will be released in theaters and on iTunes March 21st.

New Posters for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, LABOR DAY, THE DOUBLE, BLOOD TIES, and DELIVERY MAN

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A number of new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • August: Osage County – The new poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents the mother-daughter duo of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in appropriate fashion.  The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Margo Martindale and opens on December 25th.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Labor Day – The UK poster for writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama highlights Josh Brolin’s escaped convict character embracing Kate Winslet, who plays a single mother.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek and opens in limited release on December 25th.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • The Double – A couple of UK quads for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s dark comedy plays on the film’s premise of a man who comes across his doppelganger.  Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, and Wallace Shawn star.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Blood Ties – A collection of French character posters for director Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Delivery Man – A new poster for the Vince Vaughn-fronted comedy, also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.  The film opens November 22nd.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

TIFF 2013: BLOOD TIES Review

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There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be.  It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters.  We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers.  Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are.  Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

TIFF 2013 Adds THE WIND RISES, HOW I LIVE NOW, FADING GIGOLO, SOUTHCLIFFE, James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added 22 more films to its already-impressive Galas and Special Presentations line-up.  Among the notable additions are Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises, Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now, Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, James Franco‘s Child of God, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, Sean Durkin‘s (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Southcliffe, and Lee Sang-il‘s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  This is the point where TIFF attendees’ schedules fall apart.  I love the festival, but it’s incredibly front-loaded, which is unfortunate because that means some very hard choices.  But among these films, The Wind Rises is the one on my can’t-miss list.

Hit the jump for the full list of additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

First Trailer and Poster for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Last week, we saw the first images from Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, and now the trailer and poster have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  It’s weird to see Marion Cotillard trying on a New York accent, but the crime-drama aspect looks good, and there’s definitely a lot of potential here.  As for the poster, I really like the 70s-style they’ve used.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Clive Owen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

8 Images from Guillaume Canet’s BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana

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Blood Ties, the new film from Tell No One director Guillaume Canet, is premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the first eight images from the movie have been released.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison, and the other is a cop who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The stellar cast includes Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, James Caan, and Zoe Saldana.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Cannes Film Festival is now underway, so we should expect to hear the buzz on Blood Ties soon.

Marc Webb Tweets THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Behind-the-Scenes Photo, New Photos and Video from the Set of BLOOD TIES

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Director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) tweeted a set photo from behind the scenes of The Amazing Spider-Man today with the tag: “got caption?”  So let’s have a little fun with this one.  Check out the image, which features star Andrew Garfield and some stunt performers, and come up with your best caption to submit to our comments section (or Webb himself, if you’re feeling brave).

We also have another batch of photos and video of Mila Kunis and Clive Owen from Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties.  We’ve already seen Owen propose in these set photos, so I’m happy to see they’re still getting along.  The 1970s period picture set in Brooklyn follows two brothers on opposite sides of the law who are caught up in the world of organized crime.  Hit the jump to check out the set photos and videos. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

Set Photos: First Look at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs; Clive Owen Proposes to Mila Kunis in BLOOD TIES

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Tonight’s batch of set photos is connected by a That 70s Show theme.  Not only are Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher featured, but both are again styled in the fashion of the 70s for their respective period piece:

  • Kutcher is playing Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs: Get Inspired, which covers the Apple founder’s life from 1971-2000.
  • Kunis stars alongside Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Zoe Saldana in Blood Ties, which centers two brothers involved in organized crime in 1970s Brooklyn

Hit the jump for the set photos and details on each project. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

Sean Bean to Star in Suspense Trilogy, DEVIL’S PEAK; Paula Patton Set for BAGGAGE CLAIM; Jamie Hector Joins BLOOD TIES

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Some casting info, including news that should make fans of Sean Bean very happy.  Here it is in brief:

  • Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) will star in the three-film adaptation of Devil’s Peak, a suspense novel trilogy by South African author, Deon Meyer.
  • Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is set to star in Baggage Claim, a comedy adapted and directed by David Talbert from his bestselling 2003 novel.
  • Jamie Hector (The Wire) joins the phenomenal cast of Blood Ties, which includes Mila Kunis (Black Swan) , Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) and Marion Cotillard (Inception).

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Clive Owen and Billy Crudup Will Star in the Crime Thriller BLOOD TIES

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Clive Owen and Billy Crudup are set to lead Guillaume Canet‘s crime thriller Blood Ties.  Based off the French novel Les liens du sang, Canet’s English-language debut “centers on a younger brother (Crudup) who has to ask his convict older brother (Owen) to go back into the underworld to help out the family.”  As we reported back in November, Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard were circling the picture.  In addition to the casting news regarding Owen and Crudup, THR reports that Saldana and Cotillard have signed on along with Mila Kunis and James Caan.  Kunis and Cotillard will play love interests.  Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts has been offered role, and if he signs on, this cast will be even more impressive.

Canet co-wrote the script for Blood Ties with We Own the Night writer-director James Gray.  For those unfamiliar with Canet, I strongly recommend checking out this 2006 mystery flick Tell No One.  If the financing on Blood Ties comes together, filming will begin in April in New York.

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