Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) stars in The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, a drama and mystery that centers on three stages of a person’s life.
As a teenager, Sidney Hall (Lerman) is an idealistic youth who has designs of becoming a writer. His overwhelming success as a novelist doesn’t leads to a lifetime of happiness, but instead he becomes a drifter who actually burns as many of his books as possible. Kyle Chandler (Game Night) co-stars as the the detective who searches for Sidney Hall, with Michelle Monaghan co-starring as Hall’s mother.
Lerman had the challenging feat of not just playing three different stages of Sidney’s life, but he’s also an executive producer of the project. Click on the media bar below to hear Lerman talk about the most challenging aspect of acting in The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall opens in theaters March 2.
Move over Eddie Murphy, there’s a new doctor in town. Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. will take on the popular role of Dr. Dolittle in the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Stephen Gaghan will direct the film, which finds Downey in the titular role as the doctor with a knack for being able to communicate with animals.
Could we sell you on a film starring Kyle Chandler and Jason Bateman as siblings? Deadline reports that Game Night stars Chandler as Brooks, the more successful brother of Max (Bateman), who end up getting entangled in a real-life murder mystery during a gathering of couples. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris have also been cast in the film, which is being created by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have all signed on for She Came to Me. Deadline describes the film, written and directed by Maggie’s Plan director Rebecca Miller, as a comedic dramedy set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart.
Speaking of Amy Schumer, the actress-comedian has bowed out her plans to star in a live action film about the popular doll Barbie. Scheduling issues came into play, but Schumer has expressed her enthusiasm of the movie making it to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s upcoming film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film centers on a once famous architect who becomes a recluse, so much so that when she disappears, her husband and 15-year-old daughter conduct a search to determine her whereabouts. Wiig would play a high strung neighbor of Bernadette’s in the film
Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have all been cast in Bent, a new film written and directed by Bobby Moresco. According to Deadline, the film follows discredited narcotics detective Danny Gallagher (Urban), who is out for revenge agains the man who framed him and killed his partner. Vergara stars as a ruthless government agent whose motives are unclear, while Garcia is Gallagher’s lifelong mentor who has fought corruption throughout his career.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson is now attached to star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. The Room thespian will play the titular suffragette, who became the first female candidate to run for the presidency of the United States. Larson will also serve as a producer on the film.
Chris Evans, soon to be seen in Gifted, is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort. Deadline reports that the Gideon Raff-directed drama revolves and the transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981, with Evans playing the Israeli agent Ari Kidron who assembled the tame to help with the exodus on the ground.
Tika Sumpter, who turned heads as a young Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has joined the cast of The Old Man and the Gun. The film centers on a police officer (Casey Affleck) who becomes fascinated with a career bank robber (Robert Redford) with a history of prison breaks and the commitment from a woman who loves him despite his profession. Sumpter will star as Affleck’s wife in the film. Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek have also been cast in the movie.
Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has landed a role opposite Bill Hader in the new film Empress of Serenity. Hader plays a man named Sheldon whose attempts to woo back his ex-wife get derailed when his widowed father guilts him into a cruise. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit who both aids and becomes an obstacle in Hader’s plans.
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have all joined the cast of Who We Are. Deadline reports that Matthew Newton is directing the film, which centers on convicted felon (Nicholson) who strikes up an alliance with a public defender (Roberts) that comes in handy when she decides to try to get back the son she lost when she went to prison for manslaughter.
Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator reboot. Shane Black, who helped pen the original film decades ago, will be directing the movie, which stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Jacob Tremblay among others.
Mike Epps and Bruce Willis are set to star in Acts of Violence, their second film together in the past year. The action flick centers on vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to free a loved one. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also star in the film.
Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of the 1988 cult classic, Maniac Cop. The film would be set in present day and would focus on one cop’s attempt to uncover the truth about one of her fellow officer’s role in the murders of several innocent people.
The Libertine is on hold! According to director Brett Ratner, the film about a 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss, has been put on hold while star Johnny Depp deals with events in his personal life. Ratner told EW, “That was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”
Denise Richards and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in the horror film The Toybox. The supernatural thriller centers on a family on a cross-country trip who get stranded in the desert by a force that is slowly picking them off. According to Deadline, Richards plays the mother of the family, while Barton is another traveler who gets caught up in the carnage.
As witnessed in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and the overlooked noir The Killer InsideMe, Casey Affleckknows how to command the screen. With Manchester by the Sea, he plays an emotionally withdrawn custodian, but even in the narrative’s most silent spaces it’s hard to look away.
Whether or not you believe that Affleck has the “it factor” or is even one of cinema’s finest actors, it’s hard to beat the world that’s built around Manchester by the Sea. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, who penned the script after brainstorming ideas with Matt Damon (the pair worked together on This Is Our Youth and Margaret), has crafted a subtle yet resonant story about living through our respective tragedies. Shot in the Cape Ann region of Massachusetts, the film gives an expansive, cinematic look at the fishing towns, shorelines, and the blue collar people that inhabit the area. Cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes oftentimes poetic compositions are juxtaposed with production designer Ruth De Jong’s verité approach, and it’s a dynamic that gives Lonergan’s film an organic, lived-in feel.
As for the story, it’s a deceptively simple one. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a custodian who left Manchester-by-the-Sea years ago to lead a solitary existence, returns home after his sibling’s (Kyle Chandler) death. Serving as the guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges), Lee gradually reconnects with his loved ones, including his ex-wife Randi (an absolutely heartbreaking Michelle Williams) and former sister-in-law Elise (Gretchen Mol). Reestablishing ties for Lee is a herculean task due to a past tragedy, and whether his family can pull him out of his emotional hole is the story’s major focus. Blessed with a talented ensemble (including Matthew Broderick, who plays Elise’s new husband), the film also features a star making performance from Hedges. Williams and Affleck will receive a healthy share of award nods for their work, and hopefully critics will also acknowledge Hedges come Oscar time.
Though clocking in at 137 minutes, Manchester by the Sea isn’t a bloated story, and by the film’s closing moments you might be asking for a little more story. Parts of Lee’s story is told in flashback, as we see a formerly cocksure yet well meaning individual transform into a shell of a man. As he undertakes the funeral arrangements for his brother and gradually becomes a surrogate father for Patrick, Leemight be actually taking a turn for the better.
While Lonergan’s finest work Margaret (please check out the director’s cut!) featured an operatic finale between a teen and her mother (Anna Paquin,J. Smith-Cameron), Manchester by the Sea rests on much stiller waters. Life isn’t an easy deal for anyone in this world, and coping with grief can be an often insurmountable challenge. Lee ventures back and forth from his job to his home, doing his best to support his nephew in his time of need. We hope that Lee finds a bit of peace whenever he takes his nephew out to sea, even if reality tells us otherwise.
Manchester by the Sea opens in select theaters Friday, November 18th.
Jessica Chastain, who’s currently performing The Heiress on Broadway, was in Los Angeles last night to receive her Best Actress trophy at the Critics Choice Awards, where she gave an emotional acceptance speech and profusely thanked Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.
At the press conference for Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain talked about why playing determined CIA agent Maya was a unique experience. “The wonderful thing about working on this film is historically in movies lead characters are played by women defined by men whether it’s a love interest or they’re a victim of a man,” says Chastain. “And Maya is not like that, and I don’t think Kathryn Bigelow will make a movie like that because she stands on her own. She is capable and intelligent and I think she represents this generation of women.”
Click on the media bar below and listen to Jessica Chastain talk about why the final moments of Zero Dark Thirty is her favorite sequence in the film.
Currently in limited release and definitely Oscar bound, DARK ZERO THIRTY is the Academy Award-winning team of director KATHRYN BIGELOW and writer MARK BOAL’s highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed thriller THE HURT LOCKER. And, despite concerns that scenes depicting torture might turn Academy voters away, there is no denying the powerhouse performances caught in the film. Centered on the arduous hunt for and eventual assassination of OSAMA BIN LADEN, the film stars CHRIS PRATT, SCOTT ADKINS, JOEL EDGERTON, MARK STRONG, KYLE CHANDLER, HAROLD PERRINEAU and JESSICA CHASTAIN.
At last weekend’s press conference to promote the movie, CHASTAIN talked about delving into her role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)