Director David Michod Talks THE ROVER, Casting Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, Shooting on Film, Deleted Scenes, Upcoming Projects, and More

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Now playing in limited release is writer/director David Michôd’s thriller The Rover.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read Matt’s review.

Recently, I landed an extended video interview with David Michôd.  he talked about the genesis of the project, how he wrote the role with Pearce in mind but didn’t tell him, casting the rest of the film including his initial meeting with Robert Pattinson, deleted scenes, how The Rover was the last Australian movie shot on film, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE ROVER Giveaway: Win Poster Signed by Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Director David Michod

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We have two signed posters from The Rover to give away to lucky readers.  The Rover takes place ten years after society collapsed and follows a hardened loner (Pearce) who tracks down a gang of thieves with the help of one of their own (Pattinson) to reclaim the car they stole.  Read Matt’s review here or watch out video interview with Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Director David Michod here.

Pearce, Pattinson, and Michod signed the posters for our The Rover giveaway.  Find how how you can win one after the jump.  The Rover is now in theaters.

Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Director David Michod Talk THE ROVER, Creating the Characters, the Challenging Conditions on Set, and More

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Now playing in limited release is writer/director David Michôd’s thriller The Rover.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read Matt’s review.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and David Michod.  They talked about working together to create the characters, the challenging filming conditions, what it was like on set, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 93 – 22 JUMP STREET and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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This week on The Collision, we’re talking about 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2.  We talk about comedy sequels, the work of directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, playing against expectations, our conflicting opinions about HTTYD 2, and much more.  As always, we finish up with recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

THE ROVER Review

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“Life isn’t fair” is a well-known and rarely disputed maxim.  As our awareness of the world grows, we learn this lesson.  David Michôd’s The Rover hits this point with the power of a gunshot.  His post-apocalyptic wasteland has the same brutality we’ve come to expect from the genre, but with an unnerving quiet and weary disconnect that gives power to the unrelenting nihilism.  Stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson ground the picture with their unsettling performances, and while the movie’s tone may be draining, it’s never tedious.

New Posters for A MOST WANTED MAN, THE ROVER, V/H/S: VIRAL, LIFE ITSELF, CALVARY, EARTH TO ECHO, and More

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New posters for a number of upcoming films have landed online.  Briefly

  • A Most Wanted Man – The slow-burn spy thriller from director Anton Corbijn stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright and opens July 25th.  Read my review here.
  • The Rover – The dystopian thriller from director David Michod stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and opens June 13th.
  • V/H/S: Viral – The horror anthology sequel opens this fall.
  • Calvary – The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest targeted for assassination and opens August 1st.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Life Itself – The documentary about film critic Roger Ebert opens July 4th.  Read my review here.
  • Earth to Echo – The Spielberg ripoff family-oriented sci-fi adventure opens July 2nd.
  • Love Is Strange – The drama from director Ira Sachs stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a troubled gay couple and opens August 22nd.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Dinosaur 13 – The documentary about the struggle over ownership of a valuable dinosaur fossil opens August 15th.  Read my review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Clip and Poster for THE ROVER Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

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A new clip and poster for The Rover has gone online.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  In this clip, Eric (Pearce) explains to Rey (Pattinson) that he’s been abandoned by not only his brother, but also by God.  It seems like this will be an uplifting little picture.

Hit the jump to check out The Rover clip (warning: it auto-plays, so adjust your speakers accordingly) and new poster.  The film opens June 20th.

New Trailers and Posters for FOXCATCHER, THE ROVER, and THE CAPTIVE

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Earlier today, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced, which means that marketing materials are going online, or in the case of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, back online.  A teaser trailer was released last fall, but then Sony pulled it shortly before announcing that the film would be pushed back to 2014.  Now that the movie is playing in competition at Cannes, the Foxcatcher trailer is back online, and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already.  There are also new posters and trailers David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and for Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos.  Both films look fascinating, and I’m eager to hear the reaction to all of these pictures after they play at Cannes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and posters.  The Rover opens in New York and L.A. on June 13th and goes nationwide on June 20th.  Domestic release dates have yet to be announced for Foxcatcher and The Captive.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced; FOXCATCHER, MAPS TO THE STARS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, and More to Premiere

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been announced, and it has some heavy hitters.  Technically, the biggest is How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Cannes has played host to DreamWorks Animation films in the past in an attempt to give the festival a wider appeal.  Plus, that movie is playing out of competition.  Among the indies, the one I’ll be keeping an eye on is Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.  Other notable contenders include David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, David Michôd’s The Rover, Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster), Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, and Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

New Release Dates for THE PURGE: ANARCHY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, THE PLAYERS, THE RAILWAY MAN, THE ROVER, & More

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Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films:

  • The Purge: Anarchy – Writer-director James DeMonaco’s horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th.
  • Dom Hemingway – Writer-director Richard Shepard’s crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd.
  • On the Other Side of the TracksDavid Charhon’s crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company.
  • The Players – The Weinstein Company’s collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th.
  • The Railway ManJonathan Teplitzky’s biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th.
  • The RoverDavid Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
  • Laggies – Also from A24, Lynn Shelton’s drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, and Sam Rockwell opens September 26th.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Teaser Trailer for David Michôd’s THE ROVER Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

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The first trailer for writer/director David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  This teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much by way of plot, but there’s certainly a thick air of intensity surrounding the proceedings and Pearce appears to be giving a strong lead performance.  Again, not particularly illuminating but this is definitely intriguing stuff.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Scoot McNairy, Susan Prior, Gillian Jones, Anthony Hayes, and David FieldThe Rover will be released sometime this summer.

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall Talk IRON MAN 3, Collaborating With Shane Black, Script Changes, Family Reactions After Getting Cast, and More

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, we talked about how their families reacted when they were cast, script changes during production, how it’s hard to talk about the movie without giving away some of the twists and turns, what it was like working with Shane Black, and more.  In addition, I tried to get Hall to talk about Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence (it didn’t work), and Pearce talks briefly about The Rover with Robert Pattinson.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guy Pearce Threatens Robert Pattinson in First Image from THE ROVER

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The first image from director David Michod’s (Animal Kingdom) second feature film, The Rover, has been released online.  The futuristic western takes place in the Australian desert following a worldwide economic collapse and stars Guy Pearce as Eric, a man who has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang steals his last possession.  Eric sets out to track them down and along the way is forced to enlist the help of a naïve, injured member of the gang named Rey (Robert Pattinson).  Though the phrase “near-future, Australian-set western” automatically brings to mind George Miller’s masterful Mad Max series, Michod promises that The Rover is going to be “way more chillingly authentic and menacing” than those films.  That’s some strong talk, but considering how great Animal Kingdom is, I’m inclined to take Michod’s word for it.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image.  The film also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo), Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper).  The Rover opens later this year.

Eva Mendes Joins HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER; Jane Levy Lands IN A DARK PLACE; THE ROVER and SON OF A GUN Fill Out Their Cast

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Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures:

  • Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).
  • The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper).
  • Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent).

Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement.

Benicio del Toro to Play Pablo Escobar in PARADISE LOST; Scoot McNairy Joins THE ROVER and FRANK; REACH ME Cast Led by Berenger, Stallone, Sedgwick

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A few casting notices:

  • Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost, which is not exactly a Pablo Escobar biopic.
  • Scoot McNairy booked two roles.  He will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, and joins Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover.
  • The full cast list for Reach Me features Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Terry Crews, Ryan Kwanten, and more.

Details on each project after the jump.

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