Shane Carruth’s The Modern Ocean Gets A Hollywood Cast

Good news for fans of cult science fiction director Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color)! He’s got financing and a big-name cast for his next picture, which is being produced by FilmNation (not on the indie-micro budget that financed his previous two pictures). The film stars Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, and Jeff Goldblum. And it’s going to need this star power, considering the plot revolves around…Shipping Routes for Huge Cargo Freighters. Fasten your seat belts folks, Carruth is the Captain now. Also, be prepared to wait a while, as Shane Carruth is a perfectionist used to doing everything himself.

Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote Project Greenlit By Amazon

We do not generally publish news items here in the third row, and this is not even fully confirmed news, and this isn’t even the first time for this news. But screw it. Amazon Streaming is funding Terry Gilliam’s often aborted The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (see: Lost in La Mancha for the well documented cluster-fuck of the project) a pseudo-adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes famous novel.

According to an interview with the director at indiewire, Amazon is funding the film to get a brief theatrical run before becoming a streaming-only Amazon Prime product. He has even tapped John Hurt to star as the famous man of chivalry who tilts at windmills for a 2016 shoot.

Time will tell if this actually happens, but god, we hope it does.

Bond. 2015. Spectre.

Skyfall was the first Bond film I saw that I felt wasn’t a novelty. It was a proper film (as Mark Kermode might say). It was gorgeous. It had interesting characters. The story was intricate and plot fulfilled. But the nostalgia was still there. Today all of the nine one-one on the next Bond film dropped in one fell swoop. Director, cast, title, villain and some marketing material.

So glad was I to hear that Sam Mendes would be returning for another go around! For twenty years, no Bond film has been made by the same director. So when they finally got one right, it’s wonderful to hear the news that they’ll be bringing back essentially the same team.

Of course, the first question I had was, “will they bring back Roger Deakins as cinematographer?” Alas no, but coming in at a close second – that I’m more than happy with – is Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has done some of the best looking cinema of recent years (e.g. Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In).

Next on the list is actors. Let’s just say my attention is garnered! Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw (returning as Q), Ralph Fiennes (spoiler character), Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and Albert Finney.

So yeah, I’m usually not that all caring about the next Bond film, but this one jut jumped up pretty high on my list of must sees in 2015. What do you guys think of all the news dropping today?



Tribeca/Lionsgate Announce VOD Service

We had a long talk the other night about HBO breaking away from cable and moving to their own subscription-based service. CBS recently announced something similar with their “CBS All Access” service (anyone need an instant “Twin Peaks” fix?). Is this the way TV and movies are moving for good? Obviously Netflix is here to stay, but what I mean is, with all of these off-shoots, rather than paying a hundred bucks a month for cable, will we be shelling out a hundred bucks a month (or more) for several different streaming platforms? Though in my utopia there would be one service with everything I could possibly want and I’d be willing to pay a premium price for it. But it’s unlikely this will ever happen and with Hulu and Amazon and Netflix already going strong, the future seems to be an ala carte selection of various video on-demand services that you’ll have to navigate to separately. But I digress…

The latest “media conglomerate” seems an unlikely pairing at first whisper since when I think Tribeca Film Fest I think of artier, more thoughtful dramas and Lionsgate conjures thought of people having their limbs sawed off while evil clowns stand by laughing. But of course those are both generalizations and not altogether true. The Tribeca/Lionsgate VOD service has been dubbed “The Tribeca Short List.” Possibly a little misleading to some as some sort of shorts program; but no, this will be a highly curated list of titles from festivals around the world as well as critically acclaimed and prestigious films from the Lionsgate and Tribeca. The list of titles are to be replenished and refreshed each week.

Launching in early 2015, this sounds like a way to see the newest The Hunger Games movie as soon as possible while at the same time making it possible to hunt down all of the festival titles you heard about on podcasts and blogs, but know will never see the light of day (or the darkness of the cinema). In other words, depending on the launch titles announced and price point, I’m kind of digging this idea; count me in!
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Foreign Language Oscar Submissions – 83 of Them!

Wait, it’s Oscar nom time? But I haven’t seen anything good this year! Well, perhaps you’re in the wrong country or not hitting the festival circuit; because apparently the world seem to think that there are at least 83 films worthy of Oscar consideration. It’s a record year for the Foreign Language submissions this year. Last year there were 76 submissions (also a record), but 2014 has bested that number by seven.

Of course not all 83 will be up for an actual nomination. Eventually this list of 83 will be whittled down to five (which you will likely have heard of by then) and then on the big night only one will survive. I’ve always contended that the foreign language category is the one category that The Academy actually gets (mostly) right – both in nominations and often the winner.

At any rate, come February 22nd, one of the following titles will be crowned king of the films not funded by American monies:

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First Image from New Pixar Film, INSIDE OUT

Inside Out

We do not often post this kind of news on this site, but after Planes, Monster University and Fire & Rescue, I’m just very happy to see an original Pixar movie happen. Inside Out is directed by Pete Doctor (Up, Monster’s Inc.) and is going to be released June 2015.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

First Look: Mad Max Fury Road

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The closest we have come to visiting the Mad Max world on any kind of a budget was in 2007s (awesome) Doomsday from Neil Marshall. And if these pictures released in the July 4th issue of “Entertainment Weekly” are any indication, this going to be awesome; plain, simple and pure.

Take a look and tell me you’re not excited (so that I can ban you from the third row 😉 )

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Rian Johnson to Write/Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII & IX

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His success with Looper is of course what likely solidified the position for Johnson, though appearing on the RowThree Cinecast was what initially got his foot in the door.

Rian has yet to comment on this new turn of events. But his Twitter feed had this to say:

We’re huge fans of Brick and Brothers Bloom in the third row. We’re also pretty big fans of Star Wars – at least this author is. So while there are literally dozens of directors I can think of that would make great choices for carrying the Galaxy Far Far Away torch, Rian Johnson is solidly in that list and I’m excited to see how it pans out. Congrats Rian!