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Film News Roundup: Kid Cudi Joins ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Kid Cudi Joins ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
In today’s film news roundup, Kid Cudi and Dyan Cannon get roles, drug addiction drama “Dear Jack” gets a director and Trafalgar Releasing is handling the “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies” this year.

Castings

Scott Mescudi , best known by his stage name Kid Cudi, has joined the cast of “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

Mescudi joins previously announced cast including Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, William Sadler, Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine. Mescudi has a significant role, though details are being kept under wraps.

Reeves will again portray Ted “Theodore” Logan and Winter will reprise his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq. The two previous films were 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.”

Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest”) will direct from a script by original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Scott Kroopf (“Limitless”) will produce with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios,
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'Lady Sif' Covers "Maxim"

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Take another look @ "Thor: The Dark World" actress Jaimie Alexander, aka 'Asgardian' warrior goddess 'Lady Sif', soon to guest-star on "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.",  in a revealing pictorial for "Maxim" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

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"Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.": Enter 'Sif'

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According to reports, ABC will feature Marvel Studios' female warrior goddess character 'Lady Sif', played by actress Jaimie Alexander in episode #15 of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.":

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

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Swedish cinema's use of the Bechdel test is a provocation that works | Anu Koivunen, Ingrid Ryberg and Laura Horak

Swedish screens are challenging the idea that two women talking to each other is diametrically opposed to film quality

Four independent Swedish cinemas now tell audiences if the films they screen pass the Bechdel test – which requires that a film (1) feature two named female characters who (2) talk to each other about (3) something other than men. Films that meet these criteria get a seal of approval, or an A rating.

The test owes its name to the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose 1985 Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip drew attention to how few films appeal to viewers who take pleasure in female "sociality" – forms of social bonding between women. Twenty-eight years later cinemas are turning Bechdel's black humour into policy in order to raise consciousness among audiences about gender imbalance. Indeed, their action has prompted huge national and international debate in recent weeks.

Film critics and scholars, however, have been quick
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Jaimie Alexander In "Maxim"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek more revealing images of "Thor: The Dark World" actress Jaimie Alexander, aka 'Asgardian' warrior goddess 'Sif' in a revealing spread for "Maxim" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011 and recently reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World".

In 2013, Alexander appeared in the film "Savannah" directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, followed by work in Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand".

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

'Savannah' review: Jim Caviezel is whimsical in tale from the Old South

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Long before he took on the gravitas of playing Jesus, actor Jim Caviezel was known for rarely cracking a smile. So his turn as a whimsical, hard-drinking duck hunter with a touch of the poet about him in "Savannah" would stand out if that was all it had to recommend it.

A Faulkneresque tale of the Old South turning new in the years just after World War I, "Savannah" has Caviezel playing a colorful, larger-than-life local in that sleepy Low Country Georgia port town.

One of the things that makes you "larger than life" is the way other people tell colorful stories about you. And Ward Allen has that going for him.

"Did I ever tell you about how Ward Allen beat up them Russians?"

That's a favorite of the old black man named Christmas (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Allen's best friend.

We meet him when Jack Cay (Bradley Whitford) shows up,
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Review: 'Savannah' Starring Jim Caviezel & Chiwetel Ejiofor

Let's say you're a filmmaker, and you're given the opportunity to tell the true life story of two people: Ward Allen, an Oxford-educated Southerner, who defies expectations and makes a career as hunter, rabble-rouser and good ol' boy, and Christmas Moultrie, a man born into slavery, who becomes a free man and enters a business partnership with Ward. Whose life do you think would serve as the most interesting prism though which to tell a dramatic narrative? Whose life would offer the greatest perspective on the changing mores not just of the South but the nation as a whole? If you picked Ward Allen, then you must be co-writer and director Annette Haywood-Carter. "Savannah" does attempt to tell the story of the friendship of those two accomplished men, but does so in a manner that is so astonishingly tone deaf, confused and narrowly focused that it leaves you almost amazed
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Savannah | Review

Fare is Fowl: Haywood-Carter’s Dire Return to Directing

Annette Haywood-Carter, perhaps best known for her 1996 directorial debut Foxfire, an adaption of a Joyce Carol Oates novel starring a nubile Angelina Jolie (which was remade in 2012 by Laurent Cantet), returns with her first directorial outing in thirteen years with Savannah, a based-on-a-true-story account of a 1920s hunter from the memoir Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter. Locally produced, the figure in question seems to be a well-known local legend in Savannah, Georgia. However, the headscratchingly vague title should give you the first indication that some beautifully photographed landscape shots are the only aspect of interest in this bewilderingly bland exercise about a highly energetic hunter indisposed to frequent bouts of drinking, best known for rejecting his inheritance to (sometimes illegally) hunt with his black best friend forever at his side.

Opening in 1954 Savannah, we meet the wizened Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor
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A One Note Story, Savannah Flatlines at a Slow Messy Pace

A One Note Story, Savannah Flatlines at a Slow Messy Pace
With all the momentum of dripping molasses, Savannah recounts the true-life story of Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), a larger-than-life outdoorsman too big to be boxed in by early 20th-century societal boundaries. Rejecting his privileged plantation heritage to hunt ducks alongside freed slave sidekick Christmas (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Ward proves a Shakespeare-quoting wild man increasingly unfit for modern life. Annette Haywood-Carter's Hallmark Channel–ish film celebrates his rabble-rousing and fiercely independent streak with a suffocating earnestness. Drenched in dewy-eyed nostalgia, tinged with sorrow for the way changing tides made Ward an outcast, the story overflows with reverence but is drastically short on passion or suspense, and the framing device—in which an aged...
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New ‘Savannah’ Clip Sees Chiwetel Ejiofor And Jim Caviezel In The Courtroom

Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor on the rise; you’ll be hearing his name a lot more in the coming months as his role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is being talked about as Oscar worthy. However, before that project is released in December, Ejiofor has family drama Savannah coming out later this month in the USA. The film follows Christmas Moultrie (Ejiofor), a freed slave, and his friend Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel) as they start a business in Savannah, USA selling their hunted ducks. Not being on the right side of the law lands them in the courtroom with the town watching on as they explain themselves in the clip below.

Savannah is being directed by Annette Haywood-Carter and also stars Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Hal Holbrook (Into The Wild).

Source: The Playlist

The
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Still Waiting For '12 Years A Slave'? Watch The Trailer For Chiwetel Ejiofor's Other Freed Slave Movie 'Savannah'

Bet you forgot about this movie didn't you? First announced back in 2011 and shot the same year, it seems we're going to get a double dose of Chiwetel Ejiofor playing a freed slave in 2013. Of course, he's set to lead the hugely anticipated "12 Years A Slave," but he's also got a co-starring role in the forthcoming indie "Savannah," and the first trailer has arrived to give you a peek at another tale dealing with America's slavery past. Just like in "12 Years A Slave," this is also based on a true story, telling the tale of a freed slave, Christmas Moultrie (Ejifor), who enters a business partnership in the early 1900s with Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), which leads to complications in a South that is a bit slower to change with the times. Ward and Moultrie must essentially battle to keep running their business, while preserving their friendship and way of life along the Savannah River.
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Cannes 2013 Acquisitions & Deals: Volume 1

Battle Of The Damned

Anchor Bay has snapped up United States, Australian and New Zealand rights to Christopher Hatton's futuristic tale "Battle Of The Damned" from Compound B. Dolph Lundgren stars in the story of survivors of a test facility meltdown who are hunted by infected hordes and malfunctioning robots.

Big Bad Wolves

Magnet Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Israeli thriller "Big Bad Wolves" from Xyz Films. The story centers on a series of brutal murders that puts the lives of three men on a collision course — the father of the latest victim, a vigilante police detective and the main suspect in the killings.

Breath of the Gods

Alive Mind Cinema has picked up North American rights to Jan Schmidt-Garre’s documentary "Breath Of The Gods" which charts the origins of yoga.

A Case of You

IFC Films has acquired
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New Images From Laurent Cantet's 'Foxfire,' Francois Ozon's 'In The House,' Isabelle Huppert In 'Dormant Beauty' & More

Though we got it once before as a 1992 Annette Haywood-Carter film starring a young Angelina Jolie and (before-she-was-famous) Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, there's certainly room for improvement. And when you have the Palme d'Or-winning director behind "The Class," filmmaker Laurent Cantet, deciding to take on the classic Joyce Carol Oates novel "Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang," and bring it to the big screen, our interest is piqued. Forgoing big names, Cantet has gone with newcomers Claire Mazerolle, Kate Coseni and Madeleine Bisson, in the story that follows the five teenagers from a small town in New York State in the 1950s who, out of their distrust of society, form a secret group called Foxfire to avenge the brutal humiliations they have suffered at the hands of men. Here's the official synopsis: The latest film from Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet (Entre les murs) is a vivid adaptation of the celebrated.
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Benedict Cumberbatch to appear in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave

Sherlock star will join Chiwetel Ejiofor in true-life story of 19th-century New Yorker kidnapped to work on plantation

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to join the cast of Steve McQueen's latest project Twelve Years a Slave, according to Variety.

Cumberbatch will join Chiwetel Ejiofor in the British artist turned film-maker's true-life drama about a mixed-race 19th-century New Yorker who spent more than a decade on a Louisiana cotton plantation after being kidnapped by slavers. Cumberbatch is in line to play a plantation owner who buys Ejiofor's character and is won over by his engineering skills.

McQueen made a splash with his debut film, Hunger, about the Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands and reunited with the star of that movie, Michael Fassbender, on the critically acclaimed sex-addiction drama Shame last year. Sherlock star Cumberbatch was picked by Steven Spielberg for a key role in the first world war epic War Horse last year,
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First Look: The Gang In Laurent Cantet's Teen-Feminist Rebellion Tale 'Foxfire'

After the success of working with unknown youths in his Palme d'Or-winning "The Class," Laurent Cantet decided to go down the same path for his latest effort behind the camera, the teen-feminist rebellion tale "Foxfire," adapted once before as a 1992 Annette Haywood-Carter film starring a young Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.

Memento now have a number of first look images of the leading gang in Cantet's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang," which follows the five teenagers from a small town in New York State in the 1950s who, out of their distrust of society, form a secret group called Foxfire to avenge the brutal humiliations they have suffered at the hands of men.

Cantet has gone with newcomers Claire Mazerolle, Kate Coseni and Madeleine Bisson, who are anything but household names, as his leads. But in his hands, we're fascinated to see
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Whatever Happened To.... the cast of "Foxfire"

The 1996 film Foxfire was based on a novel by best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates. Though the film had no outright lesbian content, it was very much about the relationships between the young women, and their love for one another surpassed friendship, bringing them to a point of commitment secured by tattoos and general bad-assery. Bonded by their rebelling against a predatory teacher, they found one another to be a safe haven from the judgmental high school halls.

So whatever happened to those girls who ran with foxes?

Hedy Burress (Maddy, the photographer who hates her teacher)

Since Foxfire, Hedy has largely worked in television, notably in her roles as Joanie Moore on ER and as Laurie Cooper on Southland. She also does a lot of voiceover work for video games, including Final Fantasy and Terminator Salvation.

Angelina Jolie (Legs, the drifter with an attitude)

Besides being the world's overwhelming choice
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Steve McQueen to direct 12 Years a Slave

British film-maker casts Chiwetel Ejiofor in true story of mixed-race man abducted and forced into bondage in Louisiana

British artist turned film-maker Steve McQueen has cast Chiwetel Ejiofor in the drama 12 Years a Slave, the true-life story of a mixed-race New Yorker who spent more than a decade on a Louisiana cotton plantation after being kidnapped, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Ejiofor will portray Solomon Northup, who in 1841 was lured to Washington (then a southern slave state) with the promise of a well-paid job playing his fiddle in a circus. Northup was then drugged and awoke to find himself in a slave pen – he was not rescued until 1853, after a man he befriended managed to get word to his family – and lived under a number of owners, suffering great hardship. Northup's wife, whom he had left behind in New York, had to go to court to free him.

Northup detailed his experiences in a book,
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Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in 'Savannah' historical drama

Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in Savannah, a historical drama directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. Bradley Whitford, Jaimie Alexander, Jack McBrayer and Hal Holbrook co-star in the film. Caviezel will play Ward Allen, a real-life early 1900s aristocrat who starts an unexpected partnership with Christmas Moultrie (Ejiofor), a freed slave. Savannah starts filming in Feb. 14 in Savannah, Ga. Randall Miller and Jody Savin, producers of the excellent Bottle Shock, teaming again for the same duties, producing via their Unclaimed Freigh Productions...
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Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in 'Savannah' historical drama

Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in Savannah, a historical drama directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. Bradley Whitford, Jaimie Alexander, Jack McBrayer and Hal Holbrook co-star in the film. Caviezel will play Ward Allen, a real-life early 1900s aristocrat who starts an unexpected partnership with Christmas Moultrie (Ejiofor), a freed slave. Savannah starts filming in Feb. 14 in Savannah, Ga. Randall Miller and Jody Savin, producers of the excellent Bottle Shock, teaming again for the same duties, producing via their Unclaimed Freigh Productions...
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in 'Savannah' historical drama

Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in Savannah, a historical drama directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. Bradley Whitford, Jaimie Alexander, Jack McBrayer and Hal Holbrook co-star in the film. Caviezel will play Ward Allen, a real-life early 1900s aristocrat who starts an unexpected partnership with Christmas Moultrie (Ejiofor), a freed slave. Savannah starts filming in Feb. 14 in Savannah, Ga. Randall Miller and Jody Savin, producers of the excellent Bottle Shock, teaming again for the same duties, producing via their Unclaimed Freigh Productions...
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »
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