Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is actually a movie within a movie that’s also wrapped up in this giant, heartbreaking, beautiful ball we called life. It’s a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner from the Sundance Film Festival and features engaging work from its ensemble.
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is receiving its share of momentum ramping up to its nationwide release of June 12, and earlier this week I interviewed the principal cast and director for the film. One of the many highlights of the day included learning about Olivia Cooke’s acting background.
Fox Searchlight has announced that Brooklyn hits theaters November 6, 2015. If you’re expecting a gentrified area filled with yoga studios and farm to table restaurants, your time machine is set on the wrong dial.
Jonah Hill and James Franco raised their share of comedic mayhem with This is The End, but now they’ve reunited for the upcoming drama True Story.
The narrative, based on journalist (and former New York Times magazine writer) Michael Finkel’s memoir True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, centers on Finkel’s (Jonah Hill) relationship with accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco).
While Finkel suffered embarrassment after being accused of falsifying elements of an investigative article, his life is thrown for a deeper loop after Longo finds his way into Finkel’s already precarious universe.
The project marks the feature film debut of Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown), who also co-wrote the screenplay with David Kajganich.
True Story opens nationwide April 10 and makes its exclusive Trailer debut on Yahoo! Movies on December 18.
Opening December 5, Wild stars Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) as Cheryl Strayed, a woman who hikes over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery. Laura Dern co-stars on as Cheryl’s mother Bobbi.
The picture, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, is directed by Dallas Buyers Club filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee. This should be the second year of awards consideration for Vallee, as Wild is getting tons of Oscar buzz, especially for Witherspoon’s performance.
Still, Wild isn’t just about a virtuoso performance from Witherspoon, as the actress talks about the joys of collaborating with her fellow filmmakers:
“That’s the thing about making a film. It’s not about one artist and what they want to accomplish. It’s a collaborative medium. We are only as good and connected as we feel to the central idea of what we’re trying to accomplish.
But (it’s) also what we bring to the table as our life experiences. It’s what enhances your work and it’s what connects you to the people you’re working with. So I think it’s hard when you don’t connect with people, which I’ve had that experience before and it’s really hard.”
Click on the media bar below to hear the audio version of Witherspoon’s answer:
“The Drop” is a crime drama that’s blessed with a Grade A pedigree. The screenplay was penned by “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” scribe Dennis Lehane, who based his script on his short story “Animal Rescue.” The film’s director, Michaël R. Rosmak, gained his share of acclaim for the 2011 film “Bullhead.” Coming out September 19th, this Brooklyn set drama stars late actor James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and “Bullhead” actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
Hardy, who will also be seen in the April release “Locke,” plays Bob Saginowski, a sad sack bartender who aids local criminals with their various money drops. His boss and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) was once a feared man in the underworld (at least that’s what he says), and after a robbery compromises their livelihood, Marv dips his feet into shady waters once again.
Gandolfini, best known as a conflicted mob boss on “The Sopranos,” excelled at playing criminals who long for their past glories. He recently inhabited such a role in “Killing Them Softly,” starring as an assassin named Mickey who, after being paid on a corrupt company’s dime, boozes his way to oblivion and fails to get the job done.
“The Drop” trailer portrays Marv as a guy who’s tired of being pushed around, and like Mickey, may is too nostalgic for his own good. Unlike Mickey, Marv is ready for a little action. Since I haven’t read Lehane’s short story, I have no idea how this all plays out.
With talented, top of the line talent, “The Drop” is one of my must see films this year. Seeing Hardy, who critics often liken to a modern day Marlon Brando, mixing it up with Gandolfini is one of the many reasons why “The Drop” should deliver the goods.
Check out the trailer below:
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight, Barry Wetcher