When film directors stage a scene from the mid-1970s, we all know how it’s done: They’ll clear everything out of a shot — commercial signage, etc. — that violates the period, and then they’ll plunk down a bunch of 1970s parked cars. Yet what they end up with still doesn’t usually look like the period — it looks prefab — and watching Blood Ties, a rivetingly scuzzy and authentic New York cops-and-crime drama (it’s set in 1974), starring Clive Owen as a hard case who has just gotten out of prison and Billy Crudup as his straight-arrow policeman brother, I realized what those shots are usually missing. In Blood Ties, it’s not just the cars, or the clothes, that look right — even the garbage on the streets looks right. It looks like ’70s trash. (It’s New York before the city got a makeover.) Blood Ties was directed by Guillaume Canet, who made the mesmerizing 2008 French mystery-thriller Tell No One, and while you might think that a 40-year-old European filmmaker would be the last person to get America in the ’70s right, Canet obviously knows the place, and has studied his movies. A tale of how the small-time underworld really operates, Blood Ties evokes the brilliantly ramshackle, down-and-dirty spirit of Sidney Lumet, which Canet blends with his own inquisitive heart. The movie takes its time, and it’s two-and-a-half hours long, but if you roll with it, it pays off. READ FULL STORY »
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'Shadow Dancer': Clive Owen gives his number to a terrorist in gritty Northern Ireland thriller -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
How far would you go to protect your child? Would you betray your beliefs? Your people? Your own family?
That’s the question director James Marsh examines in Shadow Dancer, which stars Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) as a reluctant Irish terrorist facing 25 years in an English prison if she doesn’t betray her family to MI5. Clive Owen plays her British handler, who presents her with an unthinkable choice if she wants to ever see her young son again.
Owen still has a vivid memory of the Troubles, the decades-old friction between Catholic republicans and Protestant unionists in Northern Ireland that is depicted in the film during a particularly violent spike of violence in the early 1990s. “You look at pictures from that time and Belfast was like a war zone,” Owen told EW last year at Sundance, where the movie premiered. “I just thought the script was politically very interesting because all the characters in the film, to some extent, are kind of trapped in their positions. It’s not about rights and wrongs, and good guys and bad guys. … I think [my character] really believes it when he says to her, ‘We’re in this together. I’m going to be watching your back. You do this and we do it together.’ I think he genuinely believes that, but very quickly the rock is pulled from under him because he realizes she’s very quickly going to be compromised.”
Watch an exclusive clip from the taut thriller, as Owen’s agent explains the rules of the game to his new asset. She wants to know just one thing: his name. READ FULL STORY »
Casting Net: Tim Robbins to star in, direct 'Man Under' with Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Kristen Wiig
• Tim Robbins will star in and direct the dramedy Man Under, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz on board to play members of a family who deal with the repercussions of a photograph of them getting displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Though he recently directed a couple episodes of HBO’s Treme, this will be Robbins’ first time helming a feature film since 1999′s Cradle Will Rock. Ann Cherkis penned the script. [Variety]
• Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) has joined, and Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) is in talks to join, Absolutely Anything, a fantastical comedy about a teacher who discovers he can do magic. The film is something of a Monty Python reunion, with Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian) directing and John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin on board to provide voiceovers, along with Jones and Robin Williams. Jones co-wrote the film with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). [TheWrap]
• SNL buddies Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are set to headline the comedy The Skeleton Twins, about twin siblings who reevaluate their lives, and their relationship with each other, after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson costars as Wiig’s doofus husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) penned the script with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]
• Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche will star in Words and Pictures, a romance about teachers at a prep school in New England. Fred Schepisi (Fierce Creatures, I.Q., Six Degrees of Separation) will direct from the script by first-timer Gerald DiPego. [Deadline]
• Dominic Cooper (Captain America, The Devil’s Double) is in talks to costar with Aaron Paul in Need for Speed, an adaptation of the videogame franchise about the world of underground car racing. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct from the screenplay by George Gatins and John Gatins (Flight). [Variety]
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Casting Net: Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to explore ‘Genius.’ Plus: Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Dempsey, Stellan Skarsgard
Cannes announced its complete line-up for the 2012 festival. As previously reported, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival, which runs from May 16-27. Other films in contention for the prestigious Palme d’Or include David Cronenberg’s ultra-violent Cosmopolis, Brad Pitt’s upcoming Killing Them Softly, Lee Daniels’ Precious follow-up The Paperboy, John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Eva Mendes starrer Holy Motors, and films from Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais, and Walter Salles.
Highlights beyond the Palme d’Or race include Sundance favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ken Burns doc The Central Park Five, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman starrer Hemingway & Gellhorn, and films from Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento. Claude Miller’s non-competing Thérèse Desqueyroux will close the ceremonies. Click through for the full list. READ FULL STORY »
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