First EQUALS Image Reveals Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Romance

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The first Equals image from director Drake Doremus’ (Like Crazy) upcoming sci-fi film has landed online.  The film stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult and takes place in a world without greed, poverty, violence, or emotion.  A new disease called Switched-On-Syndrome threatens to activate these dormant emotions, instilling love, depression, sensitivity, and fear into those affected, who are then swiftly sent away and never seen again.  Stewart and Hoult’s characters are caught in the middle of the dilemma, and as can be gleaned from this first image, the two strike up a forbidden relationship.  I’ve been incredibly curious about this film for some time now, and I was really impressed with Doremus’ Like Crazy follow-up Breathe In.  Moreover, I’m interested to see how Stewart adapts to Doremus’ heavily improvised style of directing.

Take a look at the first Equals image after the jump.  The film also stars Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver and opens in theaters sometime next year.

Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons Join RACE; Dev Patel Is THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY; Jackie Weaver Is Among EQUALS

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Here’s another casting roundup for you guys:

  • Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the Jesse Owens biopic Race for director Stephen Hopkins.
  • Dev Patel and (coincidentally enough) Jeremy Irons will star in director Mathew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity.
  • Jackie Weaver wants to be Equals with Drake Doremus.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Director Drake Doremus Talks BREATHE IN, Staying Small-Scale after LIKE CRAZY, Working with Felicity Jones, Going Sci-Fi with EQUALS, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Drake Doremus talked about why he decided to make Breathe In directly after Like Crazy, how he saw this film as a tone poem, what made him want to work with Felicity Jones again and why this character, why Guy Pearce was the right actor opposite her, the dynamic on set, the most challenging scene, how he sees this film as a love story, making sure audiences didn’t just see Sophie as the other woman, how the editing process works when you make such an unstructured film, and custom tailoring the film for the music.  He also talked about his next movie Equals, a scripted futuristic journey that he’ll be shooting with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BREATHE IN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Breathe In opens today in limited release.]

The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

New Trailer and Poster for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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It’s been a bit of a wait for fans to see Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ follow-up feature, but Breathe In finally opens stateside in just a couple of months.  A new trailer and poster for the pic have been released online, and they both do a nice job of capturing the tone of the intimate family drama. Guy Pearce stars as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  I was a big fan of the pic when I caught it at last year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my review here), and Pearce and Jones both give captivating, magnetic performances as the two leads.  The supporting cast is great as well, especially relative newcomer Mackenzie Davis.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and click here to read my extensive interview with Doremus about the pic.  The film also stars Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the U.S. on March 23rd.

Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult Eyed for Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Pic EQUALS; Will Smith Circling SELLING TIME

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Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus has developed a reputation for crafting intimate and engrossing relationship dramas using his signature improvisational style, and for his next project the filmmaker plans to apply his talents to the sci-fi genre.  I spoke with Doremus earlier this year at Sundance where he premiered his excellent new drama Breathe In, and the director noted that he planned on venturing “into the futuristic, semi sci-fi love story land,” but utilizing his improvisational style.  Now Deadline reports that Doremus is courting Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult to star in the pic, titled Equals, for an early 2014 production start date.

Plot details regarding Equals are unknown at this point, but Moon scribe Nathan Parker penned the screenplay.  Doremus’ shooting style involves improvising nearly every scene, so if Hoult and Stewart sign on, they’ll have a hefty job ahead of them.  Hit the jump for news concerning Will Smith starring in a supernatural thriller.

UK Trailer and Images for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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The first UK trailer for Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ new film Breathe In has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  The pic was one of my favorites of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my full review here), and it boasts some absolutely devastating performances from the entire cast, including Amy Ryan as Pearce’s wife.  Doremus tackles the family drama genre with a powerful intimacy that makes the story’s events that much more impactful, and the always-reliable Pearce truly shines in the lead role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and some images, and click here to read my extended interview with Doremus from Sundance.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the UK on July 19th and will be released in the US later this year.

Director Drake Doremus Talks BREATHE IN, Having His Actors Improvise the Dialogue, Exploring the Gray Areas of Love, His Sci-Fi Romance Movie, and More

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I’ve seen quite a few movies at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival over the past week, but one of the few that has stuck with me most is writer/director Drake Doremus’ devastating family drama Breathe In.  Doremus made a splash here at Sundance a couple of years ago with the debut of his young love story Like Crazy, and Breathe In marks a major leap forward for the filmmaker in every way.  The story centers on a New England couple with a high school senior daughter that decides to take in a foreign exchange student from the U.K. for the semester.  As the story progresses, the young girl (Felicity Jones) and the father (Guy Pearce, playing a music teacher) are drawn to each other, creating a rift that builds throughout the film with the kind of tense slow burn that you expect from a well-made thriller.  It’s a heartbreaking story with incredible performances (read my full review right here), and it’s definitely one you need to take the time to see once it hits theaters.

A few days ago, I had the chance to sit down with Doremus in Park City for an extended interview about Breathe In.  He talked about his goal of making something really different from Like Crazy, his atypical directorial process of having his actors improvise all the dialogue, landing Guy Pearce as his lead, his next project (a futuristic sci-fi romance story), and more.  Read on after the jump.

Sundance 2013: BREATHE IN Review

by     Posted 1 year, 277 days ago

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The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

Sundance 2013: First Images from BIG SUR, BREATHE IN, THE EAST, and jOBS

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Today, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:

  • Big Sur – Written and directed by Michael Polish, starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.
  • Breathe InWritten and directed by Drake Doremus, co-written by Ben York Jones, starring Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, and Mackenzie Davis.
  • The East – Written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, co-written by Brit Marling, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.
  • jOBS – Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

Topher Grace, Mary-Elizabeth Winstead and LIKE CRAZY Director Drake Doremus Team Up for Fascinating Crowd-Sourced Film THE BEAUTY INSIDE

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The digital age (ie. the reign of the Internets) has proved to be both beneficial and detrimental to the art of filmmaking.  Though it’s easy to run down the list of negatives, the dawn of “crowd-sourcing” and the abundance of amateur filmmaking via YouTube have been significant—and pretty damn cool—developments.  Like Crazy director Drake Doremus has teamed up with Topher Grace, Mary-Elizabeth Winstead, Intel and Toshiba for an ambitious crowd-sourced film called The Beauty Inside.  Hit the jump for more details and a trailer, including how you can land the starring role.

Guy Pearce Talks LOCKOUT and Possible Sequel, PROMETHEUS, LAWLESS, and Untitled Drake Doremus Project

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In films as wide-ranging and diverse as Memento, L.A. Confidential, The Hurt Locker, Animal Kingdom, The King’s Speech, and most recently, Mildred Pierce, Guy Pearce has brought many complex characters to life in compelling roles. In his latest movie, the futuristic action thriller Lockout, he turns in another riveting performance as Agent Snow, a cynical, sarcastic guy with a scathing sense of humor who is tasked with the dangerous assignment of rescuing the daughter of the U.S. President when her humanitarian mission is derailed by an intergalactic prison break.

We sat down with Pearce at a roundtable interview to talk about what inspired him to play a serious, badass action hero that’s so completely different from his usual roles.  He told us what attracted him to the character of Snow, how he got in shape for the physically demanding role, and why he enjoyed shooting on location in Belgrade, Serbia.  He also talked about his lifelong passion for music and songwriting, the possibility of a Lockout sequel, and his upcoming projects including Prometheus, John Hillcoat’s Lawless (formerly known as The Wettest County) and an untitled Drake Doremus project.

LIKE CRAZY Review

by     Posted 2 years, 361 days ago

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[This is a re-print of my review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival]

We should be able to relate to movies on an emotional level, but that connection shouldn’t be contingent solely on an individual’s personal experience. Like Crazy works, but only in a manipulative fashion that preys on the viewer’s nostalgia of young love. While lead actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones give solid performances, the love between their characters is left as vague as possible so that the viewer can project their own feelings onto the picture. If thoughts of your first love make your heart skip a beat, Like Crazy will likely send you reeling. If, however, you’re like me and aren’t impressed by watching other people deal with their relationship issues, Like Crazy will leave you cold.

Director Drake Doremus Talks LIKE CRAZY and His Next Film With Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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Some movies are able to make you feel like what you’re watching is real.  On the other hand, there are plenty of movies that really want to make you feel something, but as you watch the events unfold, everything looks phony and all you see are actors delivering their lines.  Which brings me to director Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy.  Led by fantastic performances from  Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, Like Crazy absolutely captures what young love is all about and what it will make you do when you love someone with your soul.  While Matt wasn’t enamored with Like Crazy when he saw it at Sundance, I’ll admit to being charmed by its honest and real take on love and I completely bought into the relationships and the heartache Doremus captured on screen.

Anyway, at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I sat down with Doremus for an extended interview.  During our wide ranging conversation, Doremus talked about how he made Like Crazy, including the unique process of having the actors improvise all of their dialogue in every single scene.  He also talked about the way they filmed the movie, the rehearsals, and so much more.  In addition, he talked about his next untitled film, which he’s already shot, and said that it’s the story of an older man and a younger woman finding love at the wrong time. His new film stars Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, and Kyle MacLachlan.  Hit the jump for more.

Adam Scott to Star in A.C.O.D., Matthew Daddario and Elise Eberle Join Drake Doremus’ Untitled Drama

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Adam Scott is set to star in the indie comedy A.C.O.D. Deadline reports that Stuart Zicherman is making his directorial debut on the project, which he co-wrote with Ben Carlin (The Daily Show). The titular acronym stands for “Adult Children of Divorce,” and the film centers on a thirty-ish man whose parents split bitterly. Scott plays the lead who is forced to play the adult and get his parents back together, all while dealing with his brother who unexpectedly gets married. Scott steals scenes in pretty much every film he appears in, so it’s nice to see him get a leading role. Filming will begin next March, and Scott will work the schedule around filming on NBC’s stellar comedy Parks and Recreation.

Hit the jump for the casting of Matthew Daddario and Elise Eberle in Drake Doremus’ follow-up to Like Crazy.

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