Today, we’re proud to debut the first poster for Ramin Bahrani‘s drama, At Any Price. The film stars Dennis Quaid as an ambitious farmer whose rebellious son (Zac Efron) has aspirations to be a race car driver. An investigation into the family business brings the pair together in order to preserve their livelihood. I really enjoyed the film when I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m glad that it’s about to hit theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Chelcie Ross, Maika Monroe, Red West, Ben Marten, and Dan Waller. At Any Price opens in limited release on April 24th.
The first trailer for the drama At Any Price has been released online. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, the film stars Dennis Quad as an ambitious farmer who is a father to a rebellious son (Zac Efron) with aspirations of race car driving. An investigation into the family business brings the pair together in order to preserve their livelihood. The trailer makes the film come off as a tad melodramatic, but I’ve give it the benefit of the doubt on account of the bounty of positive reviews that surfaced after the film’s festival screenings. In his review, Matt called it “a thoughtful, rich exploration of how there’s not enough American Dream to go around.”
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Heather Graham and Kim Dickens. At Any Price opens on April 26th.
The American Dream is based on keeping the nuclear family intact and creating uninterrupted growth of property. Our families can always be closer, and we can always have more wealth. That’s the “dream” part, since families can’t stay close if some members expect to grow their independence, and acquiring more wealth usually means taking it away from somebody else. Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price doesn’t show the corruption of the American Dream; it shows the American Dream’s complexity. Set in the American heartland and revolving around farming—the industry our nation was built on, and one that still relies on family relationships—At Any Price is a thoughtful, rich exploration of how there’s not enough dream to go around.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and Eastern European rights to director Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price. Dennis Quaid stars as an ambitious farmer who is a father to a rebellious son (Zac Efron) with aspirations of race car driving. An investigation into the family business brings the pair together in order to preserve their livlihood.
In other acquisition news, Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Wrong, from Quentin Dupieux (Rubber). The picture centers on Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick), a man embarking on a metaphysical journey to find his lost dog, while encountering strange characters along the way. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
We have a couple of casting bits to bring you tonight. First up, Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) has signed on to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in the heist pic Now You See Me. Variety confirms Laurent’s place in the Louis Leterrier film which follows an FBI team as they track a group of the world’s greatest illusionists who rob banks and then “make it rain” on their audiences. Laurent can currently be seen alongside Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in writer/director Mike Mills’ dramedy Beginners.
Next up, Treme‘s Kim Dickens has landed a role next to Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in Killer Films’ Heartland. The pic tells the story of a father (Quaid) who wants nothing more than for his son (Efron) to take over the family’s Iowa-based seed business. Unfortunately for him, the son has his heart set on driving a race car. According to Deadline, Dickens will play the role of Efron’s mother, Irene. Dickens can next be seen on the silver screen in director Craig Brewer’s Footloose remake which hits theaters later this year on October 14th.
There’s a bitter pill to swallow in owning the Deadwood complete series on Blu-ray. One of the best shows ever to be on television, Deadwood ends unceremoniously. There is no sense of closure, there is no sense of a finished narrative – creator David Milch gets a twenty minute segment on the set to talk about the end of the show and expresses nothing but frustration about the show’s demise. He tries to intellectualize it, but struggles to come to grips with the euthanasia HBO performed. Alas, with an existing set and the cast of characters Deadwood had it was not a cheap show, and where The Wire was able to struggle against low ratings Deadwood fell because it never exceeded its modest but committed fanbase. But Deadwood is one of the best shows ever put to television, and I come here not to mourn its end, but celebrate its greatness. My review of Deadwood: The Complete Series on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Treme is the new HBO drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. From executive producer David Simon (best known for his work on The Wire), the 10-episode first season follows musicians (Wendell Pierce), chefs (Kim Dickens), Mardi Gras Indians (Clark Peters) and ordinary New Orleanians (including Khandi Alexander, Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo and John Goodman), as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and the levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.
At its heart, Treme, named for the New Orleans neighborhood where jazz was invented, is a series about the people and the culture that survived and, at times, it is so authentic and raw that you forget you’re watching actors merely speaking from a script.
We recently spoke to show co-creator/writer David Simon, about his passion for the unique and eccentric city, how he sees it taking four or five years to tell the story of these characters on Treme and how he could never work in network television. Check out what he had to say after the jump: