May 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
For months now we’ve had to settle for one measly picture from one of our most anticipated films of the year, David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, but today, The Playlist has gifted us with four new images from the film featuring lead trio Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.
In the slow-moving, beautifully shot Texas outlaw drama, Affleck and Mara play a pair of passionate young lovers whose crime spree ends in a shootout with police in the Texas hills. She wounds an officer, but he takes the blame and goes to prison. Meanwhile, she has their baby, and four years later, he’s broken out and is on his way to reunite with her and the daughter he’s never met. She’s conflicted about the reunion, and things are muddied further by Foster’s presence as a police officer (the same one she wounded years earlier? It seems unclear) who’s interested in taking over the role of the man in her life.
The film won a Special Jury Prize for Cinematography at Sundance for DP Bradford Young, and will be released on August 16th, with stops at Cannes and in LA first. See the new photos below.
January 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Being compared to legendary director Terrence Malick is no small compliment for up and coming filmmakers, so director David Lowery must be pretty happy with the reaction to his feature directorial debut, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which premiered yesterday inside the Eccles at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a comparison that’s uttered with some baggage, but most audience members seem to agree the stylish, arty slowburner is worthy of standing on its own merits. “While spiritually indebted to Terrence Malick – and yes, it possesses its fair share of the filmmaker’s sun-kissed photography and the like – it would be far too simple and reductive to just pass this film off as nothing more,” says The Playlist.
November 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
One of the best parts of Sundance announcing their line-up is that we finally get to take a look at some of the movies that we’ve been eagerly anticipating. Here we have the first official photo of Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in a rather dramatic moment in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, announced this morning to be premiering in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance in January.
Lowery expanded his own short film of the same name for his feature directorial debut, and got one hell of a cast in Mara, Affleck, Ben Foster and Nate Parker to act out the story of a man who escapes from prison and sets out on a journey to reunite with his wife and the daughter he’s never met. Affleck and Mara play the doomed Bonnie and Clyde-esque couple, who were sent to prison in the first place after being brought down by the law. The first image from the film seems to set the stage for that arrest and separation.
This is definitely one of our most anticipated of the fest, and you can see the first photo now below, thanks to The NY Times.
August 29, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Last seen on screen together in 2001′s teen comedy “Get Over It“, Ben Foster and Kirsten Dunst are set to team up again on the big screen in new indie drama “Red Light Winter“, with Foster taking over from Mark Ruffalo who had previously been attached.
To be directed by writer-director Adam Rapp, Variety reports the film is based on Rapp’s own play and “follows two male friends who travel from New York to Amsterdam and become caught up in a love triangle with a prostitute, bringing to the surface dark undercurrents in their troubled friendship.”
Dunst will play the sex worker, and the part of Foster’s friend is yet to be cast after Billy Crudup also exited the film. Katherine Waterson will also star as another woman who shares a past with both men.
Dunst garnered critical acclaim last year in Lars Von Trier‘s “Melancholia” and her latest comedy “Bachelorette” recently became the first pre-theatrical release to hit the top of the iTunes chart.
The actress can next be seen in Walter Salles’ adapatation of the Beat classic “On The Road” – giving Foster and Dunst something else in common to discuss, as the actor currently wrapped filming “Kill Your Darlings“. Foster will next be seen alongside Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and will soon reteam with Mark Wahlberg, with whom he starred alongside in the action flick “Contraband“, in Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor”.
August 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We thought Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL thriller “Lone Survivor” was all done casting, but apparently not. Deadline reports “The Hunger Games” star Alexander Ludwig has landed yet another SEAL role in the film, joining Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster and Mark Wahlberg.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s book chronicling his own wartime experience, Kitsch will play Luttrell as “he and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader.” As the title of the book/film suggests, the mission goes badly. Ludwig will play Navy SEAL Shane Patton. Filming is set to begin on September 25th in New Mexico.
Ludwig, whose fate in “The Hunger Games” (ahem, spoiler alert?) obviously prevents his return for sequels, also recently completed shooting on “Grown Ups 2″, the sequel to the 2010 Adam Sandler/Chris Rock/Kevin James comedy.
July 23, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like Taylor Kitsch‘s SEAL team is nearing completion as Variety reports that indie actor Emile Hirsch is in early talks to take the last lead, joining Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster.
“Lone Survivor” is an adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell, chronicling Luttrell’s own experience in Afghanistan. It follows Luttrell (to be played by Kitsch) as “he and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader” and will be directed by Peter Berg.
After several years away from film, Hirsch has recently been seen in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and the dark thriller “Killer Joe”. He secretly filmed a new indie also starring Paul Rudd and directed by David Gordon Green earlier this year, and filming for the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “The Long Way Down” begins in September.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
David Lowery has expanded his short film and Sundance Screenwriters Lab piece “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, and has set Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster to star in the feature, reports Deadline.
Lowery wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut on the project, which he hopes to shoot this summer and have ready in time for Sundance 2013. Plot details are vague, but it’s described as revolving around an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across Texas to reunite with his wife and the child he has never met. Presumably Mara would play the wife but no word on which of Affleck or Foster will play the outlaw (though our bet would be on Affleck). It’s said to have the tone and atmosphere of a modern western.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Mara seems to be the name on Hollywood’s minds these days as this is the third project she has landed in as many days. She’s currently filming “Bitter Pill” for Steven Soderbergh, and will then immediately transition to Spike Jonze’s secretive and untitled new film. Presumably “Ain’t Them bodies Saints” will follow, and then in September she’s committed to Terrence Malick’s (previously titled) “Lawless” opposite Ryan Gosling. Foster, last seen in “Rampart” and “Contraband”, just wrapped up playing William Burroughs in Beat poet biopic “Kill Your Darlings” and will star in Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL actioner “Lone Survivor.” Affleck, who won an Oscar nomination for his breakout role in “The Assassination of Jesse James”, is currently filming “Out of the Furnace” after beating out Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund for the highly coveted role of Christian Bale’s younger brother.
March 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Elizabeth Olsen joins her co-stars Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe in our first look at the actress on the New York set of Beat Generation origin biopic “Kill Your Darlings”, about the formation of the friendships amongst Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Lucien Carr (DeHaan), William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Husten). Olsen stars as Kerouac’s girlfriend Edie Parker – who introduced most of the guys to each other – and looks every bit the preppy 1940s coed as she walked to set with wavy hair and high-waisted jeans.
John Krokidas wrote and is directing “Kill Your Darlings”, which will tie in to Carr’s involvement with an unstable childhood neighbor, David Krammerer (Michael C. Hall), whose death cemented the bond between the close-knit circle of friends. More than one eventual Beat icon was jailed in connection to the crime, and Parker and Kerouac’s marriage was partly expedited by their need of her inheritance for his bail money.
Check out our first look at Olsen as Parker below and head over to The Daily Mail for more.
March 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe loosen up and get close as iconic Beat Generation icons Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg, respectively, while filming “Kill Your Darlings” in New York City. The new film tracks the origins of the Beat generation, with the slightly lesser known Carr at the center of a group of friends that also included Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston), Edie Parker (Elizabeth Olsen) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster).
Our first look at the set and actors in costume reveal DeHaan and Radcliffe appearing to have a grand ol’ time hanging out and obviously intoxicated on the streets of 1940s New York. John Krokidas wrote and is directing “Kill Your Darlings”, which will tie in to Carr’s involvement with an unstable childhood neighbor, David Krammerer (Michael C. Hall), whose death cemented the bond between the close-knit circle of friends.
With this cast, such an iconic grouping of characters and a juicy stranger-than-fiction plotline, “Kill Your Darlings” is easily topping our Most Anticipated Movies list. Too bad we’ll have to wait for 2013. See the first set photos below, and head over to The Daily Mail for even more.
October 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The hunt is on for the next generation of action stars. Tom Cruise is handing the baton over to Jeremy Renner with “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, who will also take over the “Bourne” franchise from Matt Damon, and Liam Hemsworth is attempting to kick ass alongside every action star you can think of in “The Expendables 2″, and now the search turns to a potential heir to the iconic Bruce Willis-led “Die Hard” series. Variety reports Aaron Paul, Ben Foster, Paul Dano and Milo Ventigmilia will be reading with Willis for the role of John McClane’s son. And yes, the “son of legendary action hero” archetype hasn’t quite worked out so well in recent memory, as Ventigmilia (he’s already had a go of this as Sylvester Stallone’s son in “Rocky Balboa”) and Shia LaBeouf (Harrison Ford’s son in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) can tell you, but 20th Century Fox is said to be considering handing the franchise off to the young star it chooses should it prove lucrative.