EXCLUSIVE: “When a reluctant bare-knuckle boxer and his older brother rack up a hefty debt, they are forced to chaperone an unexpected travel companion cross-country for one last fight in search of their fortune.”
That is the simple one-liner description for Jungleland, which has its world premiere Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival. Its pretty accurate because that is the plot, but what really works about this compelling character study from director Max Winkler, who co-wrote the script with Theodore B. Bressman and David Branson Smith, is the journey of these three people in a movie that for me harkens back to some of the great actor-driven movies of the 1970s. It has smart dialogue, a terrific trio of stars and a familial sensibility that also makes you care deeply what happens to these three on their journey. Oh and their dog too. I see lots of movies, obviously, and I have seen a ton at this years TIFF, but this one — even viewed in rough-cut form in a screener, which is how I saw it — has stuck with me. Watch an exclusive clip above.
The male melodrama movies of the 70s and 60s are also what led Winkler (yes, son of Henry, whose previous features include Flower and Ceremony) to tell this tale. He mentions inspirations including Five Easy Pieces, Hud, Scarecrow, anything with Brando, and, for this one particularly, the 1973 Jack Nicholson film The Last Detail,. But in this case there is a female component in the trio. Ultimately, though, it is a moving tale of two brothers, the older Stanley played by Charlie Hunnam in his best screen outing yet as a guy in over his head, basically exploiting his scrappy boxer of a younger sibling Lion, beautifully played by Jack OConnell as he tries to get out from under.
“Those kinds of movies always kind of emotionally resonated with me,”Winkler tells me. “I love seeing these guys who were so tough on the outside really kind of emote and with the weight of the world on their shoulders, that seem like theyve got everything covered, then start to break down. And I wrote this movie probably 10 years ago, honestly.” He noted that the long gestation period was due to getting the casting, which also includes British actress Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World) as Sky, the girl who becomes the third component of this road trip.
“There were so many different producers and so many different iterations of it, and people really wanted me to make it a very specific way and cast very specific people, and I knew that for this movie to have any chance to work it was 100 percent cast-dependent, it was the casting that was everything, and I really kind of was patient,” Winkler said “I made another movie in between, and we ended up getting this cast of actors that I found to be truly special.”
Ridley Scotts Scott Free is the key production company that helped bring it to fruition and Scott has an executive producer credit on it. Producers are Brad Feinstein, Jules Daly, Kevin J. Walsh, Ryan Stowell.
Another inspiration was a certain classic novel that he had by his side while making it. “I had a copy of Of Mice and Men on me for the whole shoot, and that book was, as those movies were, extremely influential on the writing and shooting process because I wanted to kind of have that sort of old John Steinbeck-y feeling of these guys who just go from town to town looking for work however they can get it, kind of getting crushed at it — you know, searching for the American dream with some great difficulty even though they go about it sometimes in not the right way.” He knows full well that this kind of film might have been studio fare in the 60s and 70s but is difficult to get made these days. He points to Manchester by the Sea, on which Walsh was a producer and Howell a co-producer, as something that gave him hope for this one.
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Daniel Craig left bruised and bloodied as he films Bond 25, No Time To Die
Retirement is going well for Bond then (Picture: MEGA)
Daniel Craig has been left bruised and bloodi..
Daniel Craig has been left bruised and bloodied on the set of Bond 25, No Time To Die.
Yep, despite retiring to Jamaica at the end of the last film, Spectre, hes definitely no longer living the quiet life.
The James Bond star is currently filming in Matera, a rocky outcrop in southern Italy and has been pictured in the middle of a brutal battle with an opponent that leaves him without a jacket and more than just a little banged up.
Production is steamrolling ahead in the country for the 25th offering of the titular character, this time directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Set pictures from earlier in September showed Craig in the same outfit, and alongside his body double so Bond fans seem to be in store for one heck of an action sequence.
Lea Seydoux has also been pictured on set, with recent pictures showing Craig and Seydoux getting to grips with one another in an intimate scene shot.
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Colin Firth stars in the new trailer of The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is being made into another film adaptation but this time its more magical and star..
The Secret Garden is being made into another film adaptation but this time its more magical and stars Colin Firth.
What more do you need?
As with any reboot, there will be a new spin on the story and just from the trailer, it seems the garden is ridiculously large.
Frances Hodgson Burnett released the classic book in 1911 and there have been a few adaptations along the way.
The last time the book was adapted for the screen was in 1993 and there was a steampunk update in 2017 but we dont think anyone wants to talk about that.
Maggie Smith and Kate Maberley starred in the 1993 adaptation and did a phenomenal job at keeping to the original book.
However, it seems the new film might be more loosely adapted from the book, as the existence of CGI will be able to make it more exciting for fans, and it has been brought forward to 1947 England, on the eve of Partition in India, and in the aftermath of WW2 in Britain.
The new childrens movie will be introducing a lot of bright young stars who are on the rise.
Dixie Egerickx stars as Mary and she will be joined by Amir Wilson as Dickon and Edan Hayhurst as Colin.
These stars are already doing wonders with acting as Dixie will be appearing in the Game of Thrones sequel and Amir will be seen in the His Dark Material series.
We cant have a ridiculous film being made without some ridiculously celebrated British actors as part of the mix.
Colin Firth (Archibald Crane) and Julie Walters (Mrs Medlock) will be playing the key adult roles, so not to worry, folks, this film will be great.
The Secret Garden hits UK cinemas on 17 April, 2020.
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Old Town Road Music Video Director To Helm House Party Remake At New Line
EXCLUSIVE: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for..
EXCLUSIVE: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for Lil Nas Xs remix of “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, director Calmatic is looking to celebrate with a party…a House Party to be specific. The music video director will make his feature directorial debut with the forthcoming reimagining of the comedy classic House Party at New Line Cinema.
The remake from SpringHill Entertainment will be cut from the same cloth as the original 1990 comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the rap duo Kid N Play (it was also a dance shown in the pic). The movie, which told the story of a house party to end all house parties, was drenched in 90s hip hop flair and featured Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell-Martin before they went on to star in the hit Fox TV series Martin.
The movie became a huge success and spawned two sequels: House Party 2 in 1991 and a third installment in 1994. The movie continued to party on with a direct-to-video sequels House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute in 2001, which did not include any of the original cast. The fifth installment House Party: Tonights the Night was released in 2012 and saw the return of Kid N Play to the franchise.
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