New Images from KILL THE MESSENGER and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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It’s been quite a while since that first trailer for Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger dropped, but with the summer season coming to a close, Focus Features opted to unveil some brand new stills from select films on their fall lineup.  We’ve got five new Kill the Messenger images and then two from James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything to go along with them.

Hit the jump to check them all out.  Killer the Messenger stars Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen, and will get a limited release on October 12th and hit additional cities thereafter.  The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis, and will arrive in select theaters beginning November 7th.

First KILL THE MESSENGER Trailer Features Jeremy Renner and a Conspiracy Involving the Government and Crack

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Focus Features has released the first Kill the Messenger trailer.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the film is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  This looks like it will be a good showcase for Renner, and while I like seeing him in blockbusters and high-profile awards contenders, I like that he’s going to be in a nuts-and-bolts story centered around a worthwhile topic.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz VegaKill the Messenger opens October 10th.

First Posters for KILL THE MESSENGER, DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WISH I WAS HERE, THE GREEN INFERNO, and LIFE OF CRIME

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A number of debut posters for some upcoming releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Kill the Messenger – A colorful debut Kill the Messenger poster for the dramatic thriller based on the true story of a journalist who was the target of a smear campaign by the CIA.  Jeremy Renner stars and the film opens on October 14th.  Check back tomorrow for the trailer.
  • Deliver Us from Evil – The clever first poster for director Scott Derrickson’s upcoming psychological horror film, which stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn and opens July 2nd.
  • Wish I Was Here – The first theatrical poster for director Zach Braff’s new dramedy, which revolves around a struggling actor and husband coming to terms with his father’s death.  Click here to read my review.  The film opens July 18th.
  • The Green Inferno – The first poster for director Eli Roth’s new cannibalistic horror film, opening on September 15th.
  • Life of Crime – The debut poster for the Jackie Brown prequel starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, and Tim RobbinsClick here to read Matt’s review.  The film opens August 29th.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

SNOWPIERCER to Make Its U.S. Debut June 27th; KILL THE MESSENGER Drops October 10th

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Here are a couple of new release dates:

Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release.

Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th.

Hit the jump for more on both films.

Andy Garcia Talks AT MIDDLETON, the Beautiful Script, His “Chopsticks” Duet with Vera Farmiga, and Future Projects

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Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia flexes his comedic chops with Vera Farmiga in At Middleton, a light-hearted romance directed by Adam Rodgers about two people who fall in love while taking a college tour with their kids.  When straight-laced George (Garcia) meets free-spirited Edith (Farmiga) at the idyllic Middleton College, the two unexpectedly hit it off and decide to ditch the official tour for a carefree adventure of their own.  What begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience for both of them.  Now in theaters, the film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt.

In an exclusive interview backstage at the Queen Latifah Show where Garcia was promoting his new film, he talked about how he fell in love with the beautifully written script, his producing partnership with Glenn German, the film’s financing, being directed by Rodgers, working with Farmiga and their “Chopsticks” duet together, and why good writing is key to any new project he considers.  He also discussed his upcoming movies What About Love, Rob the Mob, Rio 2 and Kill the Messenger and his plans to direct and act in Hemingway & Fuentes which he co-wrote with Hilary Hemingway.  Check out the interview after the jump:

First Look at Jeremy Renner in CIA Thriller KILL THE MESSENGER

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The first images of Jeremy Renner in the true story dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger have been released online.  Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the pic is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that had serious repercussions.  Peter Landesman (Parkland) penned the screenplay, and the impressive ensemble cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Kill the Messenger will be released sometime in 2014.

Rosemarie DeWitt Talks TOUCHY FEELY, Reuniting with Lynn Shelton, Awkward Brother/Sister Dynamics, KILL THE MESSENGER, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

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Rosemarie DeWitt navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely, about people uncomfortable in their own skin.  DeWitt plays Abby, a popular massage therapist and free spirit who suddenly develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact.  The unexpected crisis, which coincides with her brother’s (Josh Pais) equally abrupt transformation, not only makes Abby’s occupation impossible, but severely hinders her passionate love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).  Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Tomo Nakayama.

During our recent interview, DeWitt talked about reuniting with Shelton on a more traditionally scripted film compared to their earlier collaboration on the largely improvised Your Sister’s Sister, building the awkward brother/sister dynamic with Pais, finding it scary playing her character without the usual anchors, and experiencing the beneficial effects of Reiki while acting opposite the talented Janney.  She also discussed the impact of Rachel Getting Married on her career, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and her upcoming films Kill the Messenger, a fact-based drama with Jeremy Renner, and the Poltergeist remake with Sam Rockwell.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Jeremy Piven Marks Late Addition to EDGE OF TOMORROW, Ray Liotta Joins KILL THE MESSENGER, Paul Reiser Set for WHIPLASH

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There are a few new casting additions to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Jeremy Piven has joined the already-wrapped sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow (previously titled All You Need Is Kill) starring Tom Cruise.
  • Ray Liotta has taken on a pivotal role opposite Jeremy Renner in the thriller Kill the Messenger.
  • Paul Reiser will star alongside Miles Teller in the low-budget drama Whiplash.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Join Stephen Daldry’s TRASH; Michael K. Williams Eyed for KILL THE MESSENGER

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry’s next film is casting up.  Deadline reports that Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen have signed on to star in Trash, which is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel of the same name that centers on “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.”  The pic has a script by Richard Curtis (War Horse, Love Actually), and newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein are set to play the three boys, with Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton Mello also part of the cast.

Hit the jump for more, including a possible release date for Trash and news concerning a The Wire alum joining the thriller Kill the Messenger.

Rosemarie DeWitt Joins KILL THE MESSENGER; Terence Stamp Boards BIG EYES; Russell Wyatt and Logan Marshall-Green Join Boston Bruins Film, TURK

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Here is your latest casting information:

  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, based on a true story of the suicide of a reporter investigating the CIA.
  • Terence Stamp (Wanted) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the lives of painters Margaret and Walter Keaneplayed by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
  • Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) will play two members of the historic Boston Bruins hockey team in writer-director Doug Atchison’s Turk.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Paz Vega to KILL THE MESSENGER; Peyman Moaadi Joins CAMP X-RAY; Disney Casts ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Star

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Today’s casting report is rather international:

  • Paz Vega will join Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, the adaptation of Nick Schou‘s non-fiction book directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland).
  • Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) will star opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent drama Camp X-Ray, the feature directorial debut of graphic artist Peter Sattler (Star Trek).
  • Newcomer Ed Oxenbould will play the title role in Disney’s adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DaySteve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Jeremy Renner to Star in Real-Life CIA Story KILL THE MESSENGER

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Fresh off his turn as a blood-thirsty witch hunter in the aptly named Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, star Jeremy Renner is turning his attention to something a bit more serious.  Deadline reports that Renner is set to star in the thriller Kill the Messenger, which is based on the true story of a news reporter named Gary Webb whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that eventually drove him to depression and suicide.

It’s certainly a meaty role for Renner, and one I’m eager to see him take on following his recent string of actioners.  Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter) will direct from a script by Peter Landesman, which is based on two non-fiction books: Webb’s Dark Alliance and Nick Schou’s Kill the Messenger.  Renner will also produce alongside Dan Handfield, and production is set to get underway this summer after the actor wraps his role in David O. Russell’s untitled 1980s drama.

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