TIFF 2013: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Review

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It’s easy to draw the lines regarding slavery in America as “good” and “evil” where the enslavers were evil and everyone else was good.  When the issue of slavery culminated in the Civil War, the battle lines were drawn between the “good” north and the “evil” south.  As long as we know someone else is to blame for the evil in the world, then we remove all culpability from ourselves.  With unflinching, heart-wrenching honesty, Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s memoir 12 Years a Slave shows that the issue of slavery wasn’t as simple as black-and-white.  There were shades of grey regarding slavery even among slaves.  The evil of slavery isn’t in question, and McQueen shows it in all its ugliness.  He shows slavery to the point of how it not only wears away a person’s body, but also their identity and even their soul.  The exploration in 12 Years a Slave is into the culpability of all men and women, free and slave, in this unquestionable evil.

Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, and Jake Abel to Star in Upcoming WWII Thriller GHOSTS OF THE PACIFIC

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Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope)Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Jake Abel (The Host) have officially signed to star in Ghosts of the Pacific, a WWII thriller based on a true story about three Navy airmen stranded in the South Pacific Ocean in 1942 after their plane crashes.  With the American Film Company on board, production is set to commence on April 15th at Baja Studios.

According to the press release, American Film Company President Brian Falk will make his directorial debut with Ghosts of the Pacific.  The American Film Company has latched onto the project because the company focuses on depicting compelling true stories from American history.  Written by Mark David Keegan and Falk, Ghosts will begin production on April 15th at the Baja Studios, home to the world’s largest outdoor water tank, which was also used in James Cameron’s Titanic.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch a Deleted Scene from LOOPER Featuring Emily Blunt and Garret Dillahunt

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Now that writer/director Rian Johnson’s Looper is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, you can check out the 22 deleted scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut.  The first of those scenes is online and it features a tense moment between Emily Blunt and Garret Dillahunt’s characters.  It’s easy to see why this particular little bit of narrative was cut, but I’m looking forward to seeing what else Johnson had to leave behind in the recycle bin. Hit the jump to check out the first deleted scene from Looper, also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis

New International Trailer for LOOPER

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While the new domestic trailer for Looper will go online tomorrow, the new international version has gone online today.  I’m not sure how different the two trailers will be, but I like what I’m seeing.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in a world where time travel exists, but is only used on the black market. When the mob wants to kill someone, they send the target 30 years into the past where a contract killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) does the dirty work. Things are going smoothly until Gordon-Levitt’s future self (Bruce Willis) is sent into the past to be killed.  This new trailer introduces a violent character we haven’t seen before known as the “Rainmaker”, who’s played by the brilliant Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood).  Writer-director Rian Johnson looks like he’s cooked up an intense sci-fi action flick, and the movie remains one of my most-anticipated of the year.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff DanielsLooper opens September 28th.

Garret Dillahunt Talks About the Challenge and Heightened Language of TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

by     Posted 2 years, 168 days ago

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On June 7th, Collider was invited to the set of the new thriller The Scribbler, based on the graphic novel by Dan Schaffer and directed by John Suits.  In the film, Suki (Katie Cassidy) is a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness by using “The Siamese Burn”, an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities, of which she has a few.  The film also stars Garret Dillahunt, Gina Gershon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Billy Campbell, Eliza Dushku, Michael Imperioli, Sasha Grey and Ashlynn Yennie.

While we’ll post what Garret Dillahunt had to say about making the film closer to its release, which is expected to be sometime in 2013, we did want to share what he had to say about having just signed on for director Steve McQueen’s next film, Twelve Years a Slave (also starring Brad Pitt, Michael FassbenderBenedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Dano), what attracted him to the project, and the challenge of the heightened language in the script.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Garrett Dillahunt Join TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

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With production looming closer, director Steve McQueen is lining up an increasingly impressive cast for the historical drama Twelve Years a Slave.  The story is based on the true life events of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was living in New York in the 1840s when he was duped into taking a job in Washington, D.C. only to be kidnapped and forced into manual labor on a Louisiana plantation.  Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) is set in the lead role of Northup, with a stellar supporting cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Paul Dano, Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live) and Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly).

McQueen has stacked his cast even further, as Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson (Game Change), and Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope) are the latest additions.  Hit the jump for details on their roles.

Production Starts on Erotic Thriller THERESE with Elizabeth Olsen and Graphic Novel Adaptation THE SCRIBBLER Starring Katie Cassidy

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Principal photography has started today on a couple of interesting productions.  Here they are at a glance:

  • Therese, formerly known as Therese Raquin, is an erotic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story).
  • Graphic novel adaptation, The Scribbler, also started production with Katie Cassidy (Taken) set to star.

Hit the jump for much more on both projects.

Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Kristen Wiig, More to Star in REVENGE FOR JOLLY!

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Atlas Independent is new to the filmmaking game, but they’re off to a good start with the supporting cast for their first feature Revenge for Jolly!.  Brian Petsos stars as the owner of a dog who died under suspicious circumstances.  He and his cousin “follow a series of clues in an attempt to track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.”  Oscar Isaac plays the cousin; Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, David Rasche, Kevin Corrigan, Garret Dillahunt, Bobby Moynihan, and Gillian Jacobs also star.  That’s a cast I trust with this absurdist premise.

Director Chadd Harbold wrapped the sub-$10 million production in August.  For more info on Revenge for Jolly! and Atlas Independent’s mission statement, read the full press release after the jump.

2010 Gotham Independent Film Award Winners Include WINTER’S BONE and THE OATH

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The Independent Filmmaker Project have announced the winners of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards.  Winter’s Bone was the big winner, landing both “Best Feature” and “Best Ensemble Performance.”  The other honorees include Holy Rollers, Daddy Longlegs, Littlerock, The Oath, and Waiting for Superman.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

RAISING HOPE Series Premiere Review

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This fall, Fox presented two live-action sitcoms to me, a huge champion of Arrested Development and sorta-fan of My Name Is Earl.

1) Running Wilde: created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Jim Vallely (Arrested __Development), starring Will Arnett (Arrested Development)
2) Raising Hope: created by Greg Garcia, the man behind Earl and (shudder) Yes, Dear

If you were to ask me three months ago which pilot would be funnier, I would be shocked at the answer: Raising Hope.  My review — which invokes the Coen Brothers for some reason — after the jump.

THE ROAD Blu-ray Review

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Post-No Country for Old Men, was there any chance they wouldn’t adapt Cormac McCarthy’s Oprah-approved best-seller The Road? Well, they did, and The Weinstein Company produced it, and if you had read the book, you’d know why this was a tough sell, and eventually flopped (on top of being released by the struggling Weinstein Company). The story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) trudging through a post-apocalyptic wasteland as they fend off cannibals and encounter strange people (including cameos by Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, and Michael K. Williams) as they cling to staying alive and keeping their souls, The Road is a heavy experience. My review of The Road on Blu-ray after the jump.

7 Movie Clips from WINTER’S BONE – Premieres at Sundance and Stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee, Tate Taylor

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One of the many movies premiering at Sundance is director Debra Granik’s (Down to the Bone) Winter’s Bone.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee, and Tate Taylor and it focuses on the dangerous efforts of an Ozard Mountain girl to track down her drug-dealer father while keeping her family intact.  At least that’s what IMDb says about it.

While I never got the chance to see Granik’s last film (Down to the Bone), I’ve heard from people it’s great.  Also, Vera Farmiga said during a recent interview that it’s her best work. Based on that, I’m planning on seeing Winter’s Bone when I’m at Sundance.

But if you’re not going to Park City, or you just want an early look at the film, hit the jump as we’ve been provided with seven clips.  Also, I’ve posted a more detailed synopsis.

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