[{"id":10630,"title":"The Edge of Seventeen","content":"Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together\u2026 until Nadine\u2019s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) and Krista begin dating. With her view of the world rocked, Nadine is forced to see the people in her life \u2013 including her well-meaning but distracted mother (Kyra Sedgwick), and unlikely mentor and History teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) \u2013 with fresh eyes and new appreciation that people\u2014and life\u2014are more complicated than she thought.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWriter\/director Kelly Fremon Craig was inspired to pen The Edge of Seventeen by the authentic teen films of her youth, a type of film not often found in today\u2019s marketplace. \u201cI\u2019ve always been intrigued by periods of rapid emotional growth and self-examination, when situations change around us, forcing us to step into new roles and re-determine who we are and how we feel about ourselves.\u201d\r\n\r\nFremon Craig\u2019s spec script about a girl and her best friend in high school came to the attention of legendary Oscar\u00ae and Emmy\u00ae Award-winning producer James L. Brooks at Gracie Films. \u201cKelly had a first draft and when we first talked - just as she was leaving the office - she turned around and she said \u2018No one will ever work harder than I do.\u2019 And that did it.\u2019\u201d \u201cHonestly, I wasn\u2019t captivated by that first draft,\u201d admits Brooks. \u201cIt was good work. But when Kelly said that, then we went to work. She went away for a big chunk of time. I\u2019m a big believer in research. She\u2019d bring back interview tapes and we\u2019d look at it and it would inspire us.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe first time I read the script, I thought this is special,\u201d remembers longtime Brooks collaborator and Gracie Films producer Julie Ansell. \u201cThe characters were so full and so funny. We spent almost four years working on it, which is our process. This is what we like to do. This is an amazing piece of writing\u201d\r\n\r\nBrooks describes the story succinctly. \u201cAfter reading the first draft, there were some people who wanted to title the film Besties, and that first draft focused on a friendship between two girls. But now it\u2019s about a lot more than that. The friendship is still the catalyst for a lot of action, and the story is mainly about this central character Nadine, but there are a couple of people in this movie with secrets, which adds great tension.\u201d\r\n\r\nGracie Films\u2019 reputation for acclaimed and thoughtful material as well as their track record for mentoring fresh filmmakers made it the perfect home for Fremon Craig and her screenplay. \u201cI don\u2019t do this very often and when I do, the motivation is always the same\u2026 a writer with a real voice, and that writer will always play a continuing role with the movie. That\u2019s all we do with our little group,\u201d says Brooks. \u201cThe first writer we worked with was Cameron Crowe for a picture called Say Anything, and he ended up directing that project. With Wes Anderson on Bottle Rocket, we knew he was going to direct going in, and with Kelly we knew it going in. We knew this would be her film to direct.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs with any first-time director, there were concerns. \u201cKelly is an Orange County girl, just a delightful human being and there was a moment when we worried whether she\u2019d be too nice for the job,\u201d laughs Brooks.\r\n\r\nOscar\u00ae nominated Hailee Steinfeld is the center of an exceptionally strong cast with wide appeal. \u201cThis is a character-driven movie and finding Nadine was an incredible journey - very difficult and incredibly important,\u201d remembers producer Julie Ansell. \u201cWe must have seen over 1,000 girls \u2013 from knowns to unknowns. We read everybody and we weren\u2019t going to make the movie unless we found the right actress. Hailee walked in and that was that. Actually, every part was like that.\r\n\r\nUp-and-coming actress Haley Lu Richardson was cast in the pivotal role as Nadine\u2019s inseparable best friend Krista who falls for Nadine\u2019s brother. \u201cAgain we had a large search for both of those roles,\u201d says Ansell. \u201cWe cast Blake Jenner as Darian fairly quickly. We thought the Krista part would be easier but it turned out to be very difficult. Luckily, Haley Lu came in pretty late in the process. At the beginning, you only see Darian through Nadine\u2019s eyes and they have a difficult relationship.\u201d\r\n\r\nDirector Kelly Fremon Craig had Jenner write in a journal while prepping for the role. \u201cBlake is one of the most committed, researched, and hardworking actors I\u2019ve ever seen,\u201d comments Fremon Craig. \u201cHis talent is extraordinary and he blew me away. The minute he came in, he had me crying.\u201d\r\n\r\nVeteran actors Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson portray the key adults in the story \u2013 Nadine\u2019s mother and teacher. Filmmakers needed a powerful actor who could make an impact on a lead character with limited screen time and were thrilled to cast Oscar\u00ae nominated actor Woody Harrelson as Nadine\u2019s History teacher. \u201cWe needed a Mr. Bruner who could stand up to Nadine,\u201d says Ansell. \u201cThey have a fractious relationship, but at the same time the scenes between Woody and Hailee are hysterically funny.\u201d\r\n\r\nTwo Canadian actors round out the cast: newcomer Alexander Calvert playing Nadine\u2019s crush Nick, and veteran Eric Keenleyside appearing briefly as Nadine\u2019s father Tom, whose untimely death kick starts the story.\r\n\r\nPrior to the start of principal photography, the director led the cast through a period of intense rehearsal. Sedgwick enjoyed this, \u201cWe started with a really good improv with Hailee and I. Coming from theater, I love rehearsal and it was interesting to talk to Hailee about it because she's not used to rehearsal.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrincipal photography on The Edge of Seventeen began on October 21, 2015. The shoot utilized a multitude of practical locations around Vancouver, BC, Canada to create a fictional Pacific Northwest location, called Pointview, Oregon.\r\n\r\nOne of the key locations for the film was Guilford Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC, which played the fictional Lakewood High School. \u201cOn the first day Blake and I shot together, we were actually filming in a real high school that was in session,\u201d shares Richardson. \u201cWe had done a couple takes when the bell rang, all the kids were rushing through the hallways during their passing period and we were just standing there. Being there made us realize that we had to talk louder and faster in the scene, because that's how it really is in high school. Actually filming in a place where normal kids, real teenagers are experiencing their everyday life, brought you into that world right away.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/the-edge-of-seventeen-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/the-edge-of-seventeen.jpg","post_excerpt":"Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together\u2026 until Nadine\u2019s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) and Krista begin dating.","post_date":"13th November 2016, 12:17:17","french_date":"13 novembre 2016, 12:17:17","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-13 17:17:17","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/the-edge-of-seventeen\/"},{"id":10622,"title":"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them","content":"There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away\u2026and is now nowhere to be found.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose seven beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.\r\n\r\nIn addition to director David Yates, the film reunited a number of people from the \u201cHarry Potter\u201d features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers.\r\n\r\nHaving helmed the final four installments of the \u2018Potter\u2019 franchise, Yates says his return to the cinematic wizarding world was \u201clike coming home. It was lovely to step back into the place I\u2019d spent six wonderful years.\u201d\r\n\r\nJ.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the film and also served as a producer, recalls that she initially brought the primer into being as a project for charity. \u201cDuring the writing of that book,\u201d she says, \u201cI became interested in its ostensible author, Newt Scamander, and he took on quite a bit of life for me. So I was very enthusiastic when the studio came to me and said they wanted to make it into a movie because I already had the back story in my mind and it just so happened that they\u2019d optioned the very thing I was most interested in. And I knew if it were to happen, I would have to write it because I know too much about Newt to let someone else do it.\u201d\r\n\r\nFound within the tale are other, albeit more subtle, links to J.K. Rowling\u2019s previous works. Producer David Heyman, who also produced all eight of the \u201cHarry Potter\u201d films, confirms that amidst the magic and fun, are concepts that have become hallmarks of her writing. \u201cMany of the underlying themes of the Potter books are in evidence here: the virtue of tolerance in contrast to the dangers of intolerance and repression; being true to who you are; outsiders coming together and connecting\u2026\u201d\r\n\r\nEddie Redmayne, who stars in the central role of Newt Scamander, relates, \u201cA theme at the core of this film is the fear of things we don\u2019t understand and also how people react to that fear by taking extremes.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe talented ensemble of actors joining Redmayne in front of the camera included Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.\r\n\r\nBehind the camera, a number of other \u201cPotter\u201d alumni were reunited on \u201cFantastic Beasts,\u201d including production designer Stuart Craig. Over the course of eight films, Craig had realized Rowling\u2019s vision of the wizarding world, perhaps most notably the Hogwarts Castle, whose silhouette has become as recognizable as the characters who inhabited it. For this film, Craig created another wizarding world institution\u2014the headquarters of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America).\r\n\r\nThe casting of \u201cFantastic Beasts\u201d began with the character of Newt Scamander, whose visit to New York becomes far more eventful than he ever imagined. Heyman says that Eddie Redmayne was the filmmakers\u2019 first and only choice for the part. \u201cHe is quintessentially British, and an actor for all times who can play a character from any time.\u201d\r\n\r\nYates reveals that finding the chemistry began in the audition process. \u201cWe started with Eddie as Newt and then built the world around him. It was a bit like putting a band together,\u201d the director laughs. \u201cEddie flew to New York with us and we auditioned lots of Tinas and Jacobs and Queenies with him in a room. Over a 48-hour period, he did the same scenes over and over again with different people, and out of that process we found our core cast\u2014four actors who all bring something different to the movie in interesting ways that complement one another.\u201d\r\n\r\nRedmayne says the results were worth it. \u201cThe film revolves around this quartet of people who start out moving in completely opposite directions and end up cohered as friends. It was wonderful getting to work with three such brilliant actors as Katherine, Alison and Dan.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs the title suggests, there is another ensemble of characters who play a vital role in the story: the collection of magical animals that Newt has rescued during his global expedition. The beasts were designed and then given depth, dimension, color, light, movement and individual personalities via CGI. The complicated process involved a close collaboration between David Yates, J.K. Rowling, visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz and their team, and the VFX computer animation development department, led by Pablo Grillo, among others.\r\n\r\nManz recalls, \u201cThe main challenge was to create animals that you believe could live in the animal kingdom of the wizarding world.\u201d Part of the task of instilling that belief fell to the actors, primarily Eddie Redmayne, who shares the most amount of screen time with the animals and had to convey Newt Scamander\u2019s abiding love and compassion for his menagerie. In preparing for that aspect of his role, Redmayne spent time with real-life animal handlers, studying how they related to the beings in their care. He details, \u201cI met with zoologists and people who track animals to observe them in the wild, and they all talked passionately about feeling at one with the environment and celebrating nature. I did quite a bit of work on the extraordinary relationships between humans and animals and it lent a lot of physical and emotional elements to my performance.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo help the actors perform opposite beasts that weren\u2019t actually there, the filmmakers often utilized puppeteers \u201cto give the actors something real to interact with, something they could touch, which reacted to their performance in the moment,\u201d says supervising creature puppeteer Robin Guiver.\r\n\r\nIn bringing the beasts to life, Grillo says that they sought input from the person whose imagination had spawned the entire project. \u201cOver the course of the production, J.K. Rowling would come in to see how the creatures were going and her approval was obviously very important to us. On some occasions, she would say, \u2018No that\u2019s not right. Newt wouldn\u2019t have that in his case because it\u2019s a domesticated creature; Newt\u2019s special interest is more rare and vulnerable species.\u2019 She obviously knows this world intimately, so that kind of feedback was invaluable.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe final artistic element in \u201cFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them\u201d is the score, composed by James Newton Howard. \u201cThis is the kind of movie that\u2019s every composer\u2019s dream,\u201d he states. \u201cThe scope of the film is very broad\u2014there are beautiful, magical moments and also some dark, scary moments, so it required complex themes that are able to move between them, while, more than anything else, helping to tell the story.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/fantastic-beasts-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/fantastic-beasts.jpg","post_excerpt":"\u201cFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them\u201d takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling\u2019s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.","post_date":"10th November 2016, 01:12:17","french_date":"10 novembre 2016, 01:12:17","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-10 06:12:17","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them\/"},{"id":10614,"title":"Shut In","content":"Shut In is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England.\u00a0When a young boy is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, Mary (Watts) becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWriter Christina Hodson says the inspiration for Shut In came to her while she was living alone in a creaky New York City studio apartment. Imagining the possibilities behind the unexplained noises she heard late at night, the first-time screenwriter penned the script in just six weeks. The result was a tense psychological thriller with a simple premise, complex emotional undertones and a chilling twist ending.\r\n\r\nExecutive producer and Lava Bear president Tory Metzger was immediately impressed by the script, which she says was unlike anything she\u2019d read before. \u201cIf you do what I do and read a lot of screenplays, you often think you know where they\u2019re going \u2014 and very often you\u2019re right. In this case, I had no idea what would happen. One of the things that struck me was that I was 60 pages into the screenplay before I actually understood that instead of a great dramatic movie, I was reading a genre script. That\u2019s not an easy thing to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nMetzger says she and former Lava Bear CEO David Linde, who also serves as an executive producer on the film, were excited to find a script with such a strong female lead character. \u201cIt was a great part for a woman,\u201dshe says, \u201cand that\u2019s something that we\u2019re always on the hunt for, because there are so few of those out there.\u201d\r\n\r\nConcerned that the screenplay\u2019s subtle dramatic elements would be lost in the hands of a filmmaker who wanted to make, Hodson says she and the producers were keen to find the right director for the project. Enter Farren Blackburn, an experienced British television director with a strong minimalist vision for Shut In.\r\n\r\nBlackburn says he was intrigued with what he saw as the cinematic potential afforded by the script\u2019s economical storyline and confined setting. \u201cWhen I first read Shut In, I was excited by the fact that it was a genre movie that could be very beautiful and shot with great artistry,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019m a big fan of those pared-down \u201970s American movies that had a European aesthetic. Plus, Shut Inhas a protagonist you really care about and who has an interesting journey, so for me it was a no-brainer.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo play the film\u2019s central character, the filmmakers turned to two-time Oscar\u00ae nominee Naomi Watts.\u00a0The British actress, whose career began in Australia before moving to the U.S., says she was attracted to the challenges of capturing Mary\u2019s fragmented state of mind.\r\n\r\nBlackburn secured the highly sought-after actress\u2019scommitment to the role via video-conference call, a technology that coincidentally plays a key role in the plot of Shut In.\r\n\r\n\u201cI had a nice conversation with him via Skype,\u201drecalls the actress. \u201cThen I looked at some of his work and thought, wow, he\u2019s accomplished and very visual; he knows how to handle this genre very well. So I thought great, okay, I\u2019ll give it a go.\u201d Blackburn remembers the call a bit differently. \u201cI was sitting in my flat trying to prepare for this call with Naomi Watts, which was bizarre in itself,\u201d he says. \u201cWe all assumed that following the Skype there would be a period of silence, then possibly a decline \u2014 but she shocked us all by committing to the project there and then. In that short meeting, she was everything I\u2019d hoped she would be.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith Watts on board for the lead role, the filmmakers began casting the roles of Mary\u2019s 18-year-old stepson, Stephen, and her young patient, Tom. Blackburn is confident audiences will be captivated by the performances of the film\u2019s two young actors \u2014 one playing a character unable to hear, and the other largely bedridden and motionless. To find a young actor with that extraordinary screen presence required casting a worldwide net, says the director. \u201cAt one point we had a casting director in London, a casting director in L.A., a casting director in Canada and someone in Paris advising us as well. We really left no stone unturned.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter the expansive search, Blackburn selected Charlie Heaton \u2014 a British musician from the East Yorkshire town of Bridlington, who had very little acting experience at the time. Heaton\u2019s popularity has since soared, however, thanks to a starring role as the heroic Jonathan Byers in Netflix\u2019s supernatural hit series \u201cStranger Things.\u201d\r\n\r\nHeaton\u2019s casting came as a last-minute gift to the filmmakers, says Blackburn. \u201cWe were about a week from filming, and his self-made tape came through the door. I\u2019m not sure his agent will appreciate me telling it, but this will be a great story when he\u2019s a big superstar in a few years\u2019 time. At first they sent a faulty recording \u2014it was only a minute long. But I was so taken by Charlie and his potential in that one minute that I called Tory and said straightaway, \u2018We have to get him over to Montreal,\u2019 where I was in pre-production.\u201d According to Hodson, the video, despite its brevity, had a powerful impact on everyone who watched it.\r\n\r\nThe role of Tom went to Jacob Tremblay, who became an awards-season favorite in 2015 after his breakthrough role as Jack, the imperiled young boy in Room. The Vancouver-born actor was only 8 when he shot Shut In. Although the film is a thriller with adult themes, Tremblay says the scariest moment may not have been captured by the camera. \u201cThere\u2019s this scene we filmed where I was hiding and she had to scream,\u201d he recalls. \u201cBut when Naomi screamed, it scared me! So then she was saying, \u2018Oh, my gosh. I\u2019m so sorry!\u2019 We were both laughing. She\u2019s very nice and kind.\u201d\r\n\r\nShut In was shot throughout March and April of 2015. The majority of the exterior locations and some interiors were filmed during 12 days in Sutton, one of the major ski resorts in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, about 70 miles southeast of Montreal. The next 19 days of filming took place at sound stages in Burnaby, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver, and at nearby Deer Lake, which served as the location for the film\u2019s climactic scene.\r\n\r\nPerhaps the biggest challenge the filmmakers faced during the shoot was the frigid weather in Quebec, says Blackburn, who notes that temperatures of negative 20 degrees are difficult for even the most experienced production professionals. \u201cYour brain and your body just want to shut down.\u201d\r\n\r\nIronically, when the crew needed winter weather, Mother Nature did not cooperate. That was the case for a scene in which Dr. Wilson drives through a blizzard to Mary\u2019s aid.\u201cWhile for most of the Montreal shoot it was subzero temperatures and snowing, on this particular day it was not,\u201d laughs Blackburn. \u201cWe had to bring in our own snow.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/shut-in-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/shut-in.jpg","post_excerpt":"When a young boy is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, Mary (Naomi Watts) becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son.","post_date":"3rd November 2016, 13:57:46","french_date":"3 novembre 2016, 13:57:46","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-03 17:57:46","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/shut-in\/"},{"id":10607,"title":"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk","content":"Billy Lynn\u2019s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad \u2013 contrasting the realities of the war with America\u2019s perceptions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe story is based on a novel that producer Rhodri Thomas at Ink Factory read eight months prior to its publication (it ultimately became a 2012 National Book Award finalist). \u201cA friend of mine, a publisher, gave me the manuscript and said, \u2018You\u2019ve got to read this book. It\u2019ll change your life.\u2019 I read it on vacation and loved it. It was anti-war but very much pro-soldier which is something that moved me deeply. After some inquiries my co-producer Stephen Cornwell and I found ourselves in dialogue with Ben Fountain the novel\u2019s author.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cSo the Ink Factory optioned the book in 2012,\u201d says Thomas, \u201cand developed it with Film 4, the film arm of the UK broadcast Channel Four. They\u2019re incredibly supportive of cinema--they like to take risks and six months before its publication they took a risk on this material. Happily, the book was phenomenally well-received. We then started developing the screenplay. With that screenplay, in 2013 we began work with TriStar\u2014in fact they came to us because Tom Rothman, who at the time was running TriStar, was a fan of the book, which had been published by then. When Ang Lee signed on, we were thrilled. What we didn\u2019t imagine was that he was going to make it as a 3D, high frame rate spectacle, we embraced in an instant having been completely blown over by Life of Pi.\u201d\r\n\r\nProducer Marc Platt remembers receiving \u201ca phone call one day from Tom Rothman, who said\r\nthat he had a very special project to be directed by Ang Lee and \u2018we\u2019re not quite sure how to push it up the mountain.\u2019 Ang is someone that I\u2019ve always held in the highest regard as a filmmaker\u2014back in my years as a production executive and President of Universal Pictures we made a film together called Ride With the Devil.\u00a0So the moment he said Ang Lee of course I was interested. \u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThe genesis of the novel,\u201d says novelist Ben Fountain, \u201c began in 2004 during a Cowboys\r\nThanksgiving Day football game. This was three weeks after the general election when George W. Bush had beaten Kerry. I felt like I didn\u2019t understand my country. Then, we had a bunch of people over at our house for Thanksgiving. We had the game on. Halftime comes and I\u2019m sitting on the sofa. And everybody else gets up, \u2018cause nobody watches the halftime show. But I stayed and started watching the halftime show\u2014I mean really looking at it. And it\u2019s very much the way I write it in the book: a surreal, pretty psychotic mash-up of American patriotism, exceptionalism, popular music, soft-core porn and militarism: lots of soldiers standing on the field with American flags and fireworks. I thought, this is the craziest thing I\u2019ve ever seen. I wondered\r\nwhat it would be like to be a soldier who had been in combat who gets brought back to the US and dropped into this very artificial situation. What would that do to your head?\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAdapting the novel,\u201d notes Stephen Cornwell, \u201cwas a big challenge. And like any adaptation, it evolved. One of the big questions was how to place Billy at the center of the story. How to find a way of creating this character whom, in the novel, engages the reader with his internal dialogue. How do you make that work cinematically?\u201d\r\n\r\nAng Lee\u2019s use of this new technology creates an immersive experience that is designed to allow\r\nthe audience to deeply experience Billy Lynn\u2019s emotional, physical and spiritual journey in a\r\npersonal and profoundly encompassing way. \u201cThe film explores what the reality of his experience is for this one soldier, Billy Lynn; the technology allows us to realize how he hears it, how he views it,\u201d notes Producer Marc Platt.\r\n\r\nLee\u2019s approach would create logistical and technological challenges never before encountered on a traditional movie \u2013 the team developed a new cinematic lexicon by necessity, every shooting day and on into post-production, but always in service of the story. And his careful use of this new approach allowed him to explore shifts of dimension, film speed and perspectives with brand new tools. The movie even set up its own lab in Atlanta in order to process a vast quantity of data, as Lee and Toll invariably relied on two cameras running at five times the normal speed with twice the amount of data running on each of those cameras. That translated into twenty times the data storage of a normal high-quality Hollywood film on a daily basis.\r\n\r\nIndeed, in order to achieve the 3D look, the positions of the two cameras on the rig must always match each other exactly. The cameras are physically bigger and sit on a rig that comes from a German company called Stereotech. Between the cameras is a mirror that\u2019s half silver that allows us to overlap the cameras. The rig is run by motors, encoders and robotics that allowed Lee, John Toll and Demetri Portelli, the film\u2019s sterographer, to manipulate the 3D depth. In other words, the team could shoot a 2D image as well as 3D, which occurs as soon as they start to separate the cameras. It allowed a huge range of flexibility in that they could choose the depth, essentially controlling how pronounced visuals were or how or how much they receded into the screen based on, among other things, Ang Lee\u2019s sense of the emotional content for the scene.\r\n\r\nThe one big challenge is light because shooting at 120 frames means you need five times as much light. So the great challenge of the whole film is on DP John Toll to figure out how to work with so much light.\r\n\r\nFor the filmmakers, casting the right actor was crucial. \u201cWe searched and searched and\r\nsearched,\u201d remembers Marc Platt, \u201c and many fine actors were tested and read. Ang knew what he was looking for, even though he didn\u2019t know exactly what he was looking for. He kept turning over every stone\u2014we saw actor after actor. One day when we were near a tape came from a young kid, Joe Alwyn, who was at university in London (the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), and on his tape there was innate power, nuance and intuition that felt very much like the Billy Lynn we were looking for. So we brought him over to New York where he read and tested and the work spoke for itself. There was something about Joe that presented both the kind of blank slate that the film required Billy to be. \u201d\r\n\r\nJoe Alwyn confides how \u201cthroughout the whole audition process it was hard to compute the\r\nscale of it\u2014this being Ang Lee and such a huge project. So when I was flown to New York to meet and audition for Ang I didn\u2019t feel particularly nervous because in my head it was something completely other and so big that it didn\u2019t kind of compute. So yeah, it\u2019s a big one, I guess, to take on for the first-ever job. Coming from drama school and not having done any film work before, it\u2019s taken some adjustment to be acting in a way that does not incorporate the entire arc of a journey over a few hours, as you would in a play. \u201d\r\n\r\nThe young actors\u2019 bonding started before production. \u201cIt was unlike anything I\u2019ve ever experienced, unlike anything that any of us had experienced or quite imagined that we would be going through,\u201d remembers Joe Alwyn. \u201cWe were taken away for two weeks and put up into this kind of motel where we had to build our own bunk beds and stay and live 24\/7. All access to the outside world was taken away from us, no phones or any form of communication. And then every morning, very, very early in the morning, we\u2019d be taken off to this training camp in the woods run by former Navy seals who put us through our paces, to say it lightly, in terms of both physical and mental training. It was very hard, very intense.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cBoot camp was something I was not expecting,\u201d says Arturo Castro who plays Mango. \u201cI knew it was going to be intense, I just didn\u2019t know how psychologically and physically demanding it was going be. I didn\u2019t expect them to treat us like this\u2014normally actors get treated well,\u201d he laughs.\r\n\r\nThe fictional town of Al-Ansakar, set in Diyala Province, was built amidst a cluster of small homes in a dusty section just outside of the city of Erfoud, Morocco. \u201cWe very much wanted to make sure that our scenery didn't look like Hollywood,\u201d says production designer Mark Friedberg, \u201cso we needed to find a place where the background of the village preexisted and then built our part of the village. To make it all look authentic we worked with the people of the village to help us build our sets in their style, the way that they live. Part of the great violence of this battle is not just between the insurgents and our Bravos but how this beautiful, peaceful place is torn apart with 50-caliber gunfire explosions.\u201d\r\n\r\nBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was shot in native 3D and not in 2D with later 3D conversion. On set the filmmakers and crew wore special glasses to watch the 3D monitors; \u201cAng, who can see things dramatically in ways that other creatives don\u2019t, insisted on shooting in 3D rather than converting for 3D,\u201d says Scot Barbour, Vice President of Production Technology for Sony.","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/billy-lynn-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/billy-lynn.jpg","post_excerpt":"Billy Lynn\u2019s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour.","post_date":"31st October 2016, 22:29:09","french_date":"31 octobre 2016, 22:29:09","post_date_gmt":"2016-11-01 02:29:09","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk\/"},{"id":10599,"title":"Hacksaw Ridge","content":"In the Spring of 1945 \u2013 as the war in the Pacific entered its final, most deadly days, and U.S. forces in Okinawa encountered some of the most ferocious fighting ever witnessed \u2013 a single soldier stood out from the rest. This was Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector, who despite vowing to never kill, served boldly as an unarmed medic in the infantry \u2026 and went on to single-handedly save the lives of dozens of his fallen fellow soldiers under lethal fire without firing a single bullet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn search of a screenwriter who could navigate all the historical, biographical and spiritual territory of Desmond Doss\u2019s story, producers David Permut and Bill Mechanic hired Robert Schenkkan\u2014who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his Kentucky Cycle plays, an epic story of Western history and mythology told through the intersecting stories of three Kentucky families.\r\n\r\nSchenkkan played with some of the early chronology to craft a tight structure. He carved secondary characters from amalgams of real people, and streamlined events from Doss\u2019s early life. But when it came to Doss\u2019s incredible feats on HACKSAW RIDGE, the screenplay hewed as close to the factual record as possible. That meant the film needed a director who could both expose the intimate inner life of the Doss family and also re-create the epic combat in Okinawa with a mesmerizing realism.\r\n\r\nThat specific combination is why Mechanic began doggedly pursuing Mel Gibson. With films that span from the classic, Gibson has become known for meshing big themes with atmospheric style that takes audiences into revealing worlds. \u201cI first sent Mel the script for HACKSAW RIDGE in 2002, and in 2010, and then again in 2014,\u201d recalls Mechanic. \u201cHis people had read it earlier, but up until the third time I sent it, Mel had been more interested in directing projects that he\u2019d developed himself. In 2014, he read it overnight and by the morning he was essentially in.\u201d\r\n\r\nSays Gibson: \u201cDesmond Doss abhorred violence, it was against his principles, his religious beliefs, but he wanted to serve his country in World War II as a medic. How does somebody go into the worst place on earth without a weapon? It was all the more compelling to me, because it was a true story, and I thought I could bring my visual language to it.\u201d\r\n\r\n\"Once Gibson came aboard, we brought on Andrew Knight (The Water Diviner) to help build upon the incredible screenplay that Schenkkan had written several years earlier,\" says Mechanic.\r\n\r\nBill Mechanic explains: \u201cIt was 14 years for me making the film, so I looked at many actors over that time to play Desmond Doss.\u201d Mechanic knew that physicality was not the heart of the role, although it would take the lead actor into searing action. \u201cEven if he was a Superman with a body built like The Rock, you still wouldn\u2019t believe that a person still could do what Desmond did,\u201d the producer muses. \u201cIt would take something else to believe in Desmond and that\u2019s what Andrew Garfield brought.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Golden Globe\u00ae and Tony Award\u00ae-nominated actor known for his roles as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spiderman and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, immediately jumped at the role. \u201cThere wasn\u2019t any hesitation when I read the script\u201d says Garfield.\r\n\r\nDespite the fact that Doss is now deceased, Garfield says he felt a heavy responsibility to honor his life and achievements. He spent three months prior to production devoted solely to exploring Doss and his surroundings in depth. \u201cThe preparation was extensive,\u201d Garfield comments. \u201cI visited Desmond\u2019s hometown, the place where he retired, the home he grew up in and the home where he passed away. I walked the walks that he walked. I read all the books about him, absorbing as much as I possibly could. But that was just scratching the surface, really. One of the joys of doing a story like this is attempting to dive into someone else\u2019s being, the time in which they were alive, which is endlessly fascinating. You get to be an historian and a researcher.\u201d\r\n\r\nGarfield was equally exhilarated by the working rapport with Gibson. \u201cWorking with Mel as a director has been a real highlight of my time being an actor so far,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nMel Gibson was excited to cast rising Australian actress Teresa Palmer in the role of Dorothea Schutte, Desmond Doss wife. Palmer felt an immediate connection to Dorothy. She explains: \u201cI wanted to play Dorothy because she\u2019s such a strong woman who knows what she wants yet she also has a tenderness and complexity to her. My grandmother and my grandfather both served in World War II \u2014 my grandfather was a fireman and my grandmother sent Morse code. I can remember them telling me stories about their romance during that time, and the script felt reminiscent of those tales that I grew up listening to.\u201d\r\n\r\nCasting Doss\u2019s parents was a vital link for Mel Gibson. The director says: \u201cIf you\u2019re making a film about someone who really existed, you have to investigate those he loved, those who loved him, and the forces exerted on him by the people around him.\u201d Australian actor Hugo Weaving, known for films ranging from The Matrix to Captain America, plays Tom Doss with insight and compassion.\r\n\r\nWeaving did his own research as well. \u201cI wanted to understand more about post-traumatic stress, and what it was like to be on the front lines in World War I,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s something I\u2019ve been interested in for a long time \u2013 the effects of that particular war \u2013 so I did a lot of research, and also really tried to use my imagination to understand what it was like.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith a husband in turmoil and two sons who desperately need her direction, it falls to Desmond\u2019s mother, Bertha. Academy Award\u00ae nominee Rachel Griffiths, recently seen in Saving Mr. Banks, immersed herself in the challenging role of a woman who was both traditional and a powerful influence. Griffiths explored the Seventh Day Adventist church to which Bertha belongs and its philosophies, which are the underpinning for Desmond\u2019s ethics. \u201cIt was really important to me that faith is not a didactic character in this film. It\u2019s an underlying force that informs people\u2019s moral choices in the screenplay, and that feels very authentic,\u201d says Griffiths.\r\n\r\nProduction took place entirely in Australia, which was able both to simulate 1930s Virginia and the scrubby, harsh terrain of Hacksaw Ridge itself. Gibson says working there brought many advantages. \u201cThe level of the performers and the crew are excellent, as good or better than anywhere in the world. It\u2019s a great place to shoot and I think it will remain so.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe crew worked with closely with a bevy of experts, including a WWII battleship expert, who sourced reference footage, mapped out how the ships would have attacked, the size of the weaponry they deployed and the size of the explosions themselves. Special effects supervisor Chris Godfrey says: \u201cThere are a lot of wonderful experts who know the fine minutiae of World War II and we relied on that knowledge.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/hacksawridge-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/hacksawridge.jpg","post_excerpt":"HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong.","post_date":"25th October 2016, 01:09:41","french_date":"25 octobre 2016, 01:09:41","post_date_gmt":"2016-10-25 05:09:41","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/hacksaw-ridge\/"},{"id":10589,"title":"Trolls","content":"The film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs.\u00a0 After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.\u00a0 Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try totolerate each other long enough to get the job done. \u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHappiness was foremost in the minds of TROLLS director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn, even during the earliest stages of story discussions with screenwriters\/co-producers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger and producer Gina Shay.\r\n\r\nTheir research into Troll lore, which sprang from Scandinavian mythology, revealed that Trolls came in myriad shapes and sizes, from monstrous giants to tiny creatures who granted wishes.\u00a0 As DreamWorks had done with Shrek, Mitchell and Dohrn decided to adapt the Trolls mythology to create a new universe and set of characters.\r\n\r\nThe filmmakers note that they did embrace one aspect of previous Trolls history.\u00a0 \u201cWe were fascinated by how these creatures were originally scary-ugly and evolved over time into being cute-ugly,\u201d says Mitchell.\u00a0 \u201cIn the 1970s they became a symbol for happiness.\u201d\u00a0 As they continued their explorations of all things Troll, Mitchell and Dohrn zeroed in on the motifs of happiness and optimism, and their imaginations ignited.\r\n\r\nIn many ways, says producer Gina Shay, another of Mitchell and Dohrn\u2019s Shrek franchise alumna, TROLLS hearkens back to the 1970s, a time \u201cwhen there was this feeling of freedom; disco, pop and dance music was everywhere; and everybody seemed to be roller skating.\u00a0 We wanted the Trolls to reflect that joy in their society.\u00a0 They\u2019re also very peaceful.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith that through line of happiness in place, Mitchell and Dohrn began mapping out the story, enlisting the help of the screenwriting team of Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who had been the architects of another animated film universe, having written the three Kung Fu Panda blockbusters for DreamWorks Animation.\u00a0 Berger calls the new assignment \u201ca real creative change of pace, and so much fun.\u201d\r\n\r\nKendrick appreciates Poppy\u2019s toughness, sassiness, can-do attitude, loyalty and, most of all, her leadership skills.\u00a0 But when she first met with Mitchell and Dohrn to discuss the role, the actress notes she had some concerns.\u00a0 \u201cI hardly felt like the person to play the happiest Troll; sugary sweet isn\u2019t really my forte.\u00a0 I warned Mike, Walt and Gina that I might lead Poppy down a feistier path.\u00a0 I think I used the term \u2018sparkplug.\u2019\u201d When the filmmakers assured Kendrick that her vision for Poppy was in sync with theirs, she embraced her inner Troll with a vengeance.\r\n\r\n\u201cYeah, Branch is obsessed,\u201d says Timberlake, who embraced some of Branch\u2019s un-Troll-like attitude.\u00a0 \u201cI thought playing Branch\u2019s sarcasm and pessimism would be a lot of fun,\u201d he points out, \u201ceven though I\u2019m generally not like that -- at least not after I\u2019ve had my morning coffee.\u201d\r\n\r\nJust as Kendrick was wary of overdoing Poppy\u2019s perpetual peppiness, Timberlake did not want to make Branch too much of a grump.\u00a0 \u201cI was concerned that he was going to be overly cantankerous and that some in the audience weren\u2019t going to like him,\u201d he explains.\u00a0 \u201cFortunately, Mike, Walt and I struck a really nice balance with the character\u2019s demeanor.\u00a0 But we never lost sight of the fun that came with Branch and Poppy being polar opposites of one another.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Bergens are the flip side of the Trolls.\u00a0\u00a0 These depressed giants believe that menacing Trolls is the only viable path to their happiness.\u00a0 The leader of the Bergens, voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is King Gristle, Jr.,a surly, twenty-something who has vowed to bring happiness back to Bergen Town by capturing the nearby but well-hidden Trolls.\u00a0 \u00a0Gristle Jr. is the son of King Gristle, voiced by comedy legend John Cleese.\r\n\r\nGristle\u2019s behavior can also be explained by the young royal having \u201cnever experienced happiness or love,\u201d says Mintz-Plasse, whose signature comedy role was as McLovin in the hit Superbad.\u00a0\u00a0 The actor notes that when he first discussed the role with the filmmakers, he saw a picture of Gristle and thought, \u201c\u2018Oh, okay, he\u2019s kind of a gremlin-like guy.\u2019\u00a0 I was prepared for Mike and Walt to ask me to throw on some sort of weird voice. \u00a0\u2018Nope,\u2019 they said, \u2018we want exactly what you do, straight Christopher Mintz-Plasse.\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nVoiced by Zooey Deschanel (New Girl, Elf), Bridget is the sweetest, most kindhearted Bergen in all of Bergen Town; in fact, she may be the only kindhearted Bergen. \u201cShe\u2019s our Cinderella,\u201d says Mitchell. Screenwriter Jonathan Aibel has a special affection for Bridget, a character he describes as being \u201ca challenge to write, because when we meet her, she\u2019s uncommunicative. So to see her grow and learn how to express herself is probably my favorite part of the movie, especially when she goes on her dream date with King Gristle.\u201d\r\n\r\nA Bergen of true evil intent is Chef (Christine Baranski, making her animated feature debut), who once held a coveted spot in the Royal Bergen Kitchen. Baranski, who has portrayed a string of unforgettable characters, including a high-powered attorney on the acclaimed series The Good Wife, imbues Chef with a skillful balance of menace and fun.\u00a0 And she has no bigger fan than Kendrick, who had worked with the versatile actress in the musical film Into the Woods.\r\n\r\nThe technology available for animated filmmaking is more sophisticated and photo-realistic than ever before.\u00a0 In many features, for example, grass has never looked grassier and water never more\u2026 watery. But the TROLLS filmmakers had a very different kind of vision in mind for these bleeding-edge visual effects tools.\u00a0 They decided to create a world unlike any other experienced on film.\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cWe wanted to transport audiences to a handmade universe,\u201d says Mitchell.\r\n\r\nProduction designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin based the film\u2019s look on Fiber Art textures, including felts, velvet, macram\u00e9, and flocked materials.\u00a0 The filmmakers called it \u201cfuzzy immersion,\u201d a process they say will make audiences want to reach into the film and touch the characters and settings.\r\n\r\nTROLLS is the first DreamWorks Animation film to use Willow, the company\u2019s proprietary long hair simulation tool.\u00a0 Willow is unique in that it is both efficient and stable in how it solves lots of \u201cbad hair day\u201d problems, such as \u00a0\u00a0bending, friction, elasticity, and collisions of hundreds of thousands of hairs on a character\u2019s head.","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/trolls-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/trolls.jpg","post_excerpt":"From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation\u2019s TROLLS, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. TROLLS features a stellar cast, including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand","post_date":"23rd October 2016, 00:48:03","french_date":"23 octobre 2016, 00:48:03","post_date_gmt":"2016-10-23 04:48:03","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/trolls\/"},{"id":10581,"title":"American Pastoral","content":"Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour \u201cSwede\u201d Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede\u2019s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nScreenwriter John Romano, who has holds a Ph.D. in Literature and has taught English at Columbia University, was drawn to a story that not only spans one of the most dizzying periods of transition in American life\u2014from the post-WWII positivity and conformity of the late 1940s through the uncorked turmoil and disruption of the 1970s\u2014but also moves between huge historical events and their entwining with the most private family moments. \u201cI knew the book well and thought it was the best book about the sixties written from the perspective of the Vietnam War revolution on the home front,\u201d recalls Romano.\r\n\r\nEwan McGregor, the two-time Golden Globe\u00ae nominee known for his wide-ranging roles in films, was attached to play the central character of the Swede in American Pastoral long before signing on to direct the film. Ultimately, it was his love of the material that led to his decision to take a leap into his feature film directorial debut. \u201cI was very moved by the script and I was completely taken by the Swede and the study of father daughter relationships,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nRecalls producer Gary Lucchesi: \u201cIt wasn\u2019t as crazy as Ewan thought it was because we had already gotten to know him and we knew his passion for the project and also had really come to see him as an artist. Tom (produecr Tom Rosenberg) and I sat down with Ewan and had long conversations with him, and at a certain point we realized this was the director we were going to bet on. It was one of the best decisions we made.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe actors were equally exhilarated to work with him in this new way. \u201cIt was my first time with an actor who was also directing the film and I could not have asked for a better experience than with Ewan,\u201d says Dakota Fanning. Adds Uzo Aduba: \u201cEwan is a generous director, able to communicate his vision to actors in a very clear and specific way, which is incredibly useful. He\u2019s willing to let you try anything without judgment.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs he was prepping production, McGregor was also working to get under the skin of the film\u2019s multifaceted and unravelling lead character.\r\n\r\nTo take on the demanding and complex role of Dawn, the filmmakers\u2019 first choice was always Jennifer Connelly, the Academy Award\u00ae winning actress acclaimed for her emotionally nuanced performances in A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Requiem for a Dream. The producers first approached her eight years prior to the film going into production. Connelly immediately expressed interest \u2013 and she remained committed throughout the long development process. \u201cJennifer was always our Dawn,\u201d says Rosenberg, \u201cand she kept the faith.\u201d\r\n\r\nWorking closely with McGregor and Connelly is Dakota Fanning in the pivotal role of the teen-aged and adult Merry Levov, who detonates her family\u2019s bucolic life when she becomes a wanted terrorist while still just an adolescent. \u201cWe tried to imagine all of the young actresses who might have the ability and the gravitas this role requires,\u201d recalls Lucchesi of the search for Merry.\r\n\r\nA different side of the Swede is seen at the Newark Maid Glove factory where he takes pride in hiring members of the local community. Playing the factory\u2019s stalwart forewoman, Vicky, who becomes a major influence on the Swede, is two-time Emmy Award\u00ae winner Uzo Aduba, known for her role on Netflix\u2019s Orange is the New Black. Aduba was especially excited to bring Vicky\u2019s perspective into the mosaic of American Pastoral. \u201cYou get to watch through Vicky\u2019s lens how the country is shifting and see her evolve from where she\u2019s been as a citizen in the country,\u201d she says. \u201cShe finds her own voice and power.\u201d\r\n\r\nAmerican Pastoral\u2019s narrator, who learns the fate of the Swede from his brother at a high school reunion, is author Nathan Zuckerman. Embodying the part is David Strathairn, an Academy Award\u00ae nominated actor for his leading role in Good Night, and Good Luck. McGregor praises Strathairn\u2019s presence both on and off-camera: \u201cI love David Strathairn\u2019s work and Nathan is another very tricky role, but he\u2019s so wonderful, I could just watch him for days and days. He\u2019s a true gentleman and a wonderful actor.\u201d\r\n\r\nOne of the most difficult roles to cast was that of Rita Cohen, the puzzling, provocative political radical who becomes the Swede\u2019s only connection to Merry as he tries to track her down. The filmmakers spent months searching for the right actor to fill the challenging role, and it wasn\u2019t until production was looming that they found their Rita Cohen in Valorie Curry, an up-and-comer who has been seen in the television series House of Lies and The Following.\r\n\r\nAs American Pastoral moves through several decades of fast-moving cultural changes, the film\u2019s design also goes through shifting looks and palettes that reflect the times. To achieve this, Ewan McGregor worked closely with a team led by cinematographer Martin Ruhe, production designer Daniel B. Clancy and costume designer Lindsay Ann McKay.\r\n\r\nProduction designer Clancy took particular inspiration from the American painter Edward Hopper, known for his iconic realist portraits of Mid Century America that were nevertheless full of moody mysteries and longing. McGregor was already heading in the same direction.\r\n\r\nShooting in the industrial city of Pittsburgh, standing in for New Jersey, also helped to establish authenticity. \u201cPittsburgh is extremely cinematic and you can find the kind of decay and really good urban factory looks we were searching for,\u201d says Clancy. \u201cWe were able to use a lot of practical locations\u2014and I don\u2019t think you can beat real locations to give the film that patina.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/american-pastoral-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/american-pastoral.jpg","post_excerpt":"Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever.","post_date":"7th October 2016, 13:32:18","french_date":"7 octobre 2016, 13:32:18","post_date_gmt":"2016-10-07 17:32:18","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/american-pastoral\/"},{"id":10573,"title":"The Accountant","content":"Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world\u2019s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department\u2019s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe spark for the story initiated with producer Mark Williams, who explains, \u201cI had heard the term \u2018forensic accountant\u2019 and thought it sounded like a detective of some sort. But then I started pushing the envelope, raising the stakes with who he\u2019s working for and that had the potential to kick the action into high gear. Once I had the general framework in my head, I took it to Bill Dubuque, who is a writer I\u2019ve worked with before and is flat-out great. He responded to the idea and started fleshing out the script.\u201d\r\n\r\nProducer Lynette Howell Taylor says, \u201cBill created a fantastically written screenplay. I had never read anything like it before and found it completely unpredictable, which is always a good sign. There were twists that took me by surprise and I had a couple of gasp moments. That\u2019s what ultimately made me want to make the movie.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith the script in hand, the producers chose director Gavin O\u2019Connor to helm \u201cThe Accountant\u201d after meeting with him and finding \u201che had a deep understanding of these characters and a vision for how to shoot their interwoven storylines,\u201d Williams recalls. \u201cWe knew he was the perfect director for this. He has such a fine eye for detail and kept track of all the puzzle pieces so they would all fit together in the end, which was very important for this film.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrior to the start of filming, O\u2019Connor and Affleck engaged in research they knew was essential to make sure they got Afleck character right. The two consulted with several autism experts, including Dr. Neelkamal Soares, Laurie Stephens, Cheryl Klaiman, Christine Hall and Shelley Carnes. They also visited a number of homes and schools. \u201cI was lucky,\u201d Affleck says. \u201cI had my director doing research with me, which gave us a shared vocabulary and made it a lot easier.\u201d\r\n\r\nSetting up in the company\u2019s glass-walled conference room, Chris meets Dana Cummings, the junior accountant who uncovered the problem. Anna Kendrick, who plays the role, confirms, \u201cDana is the one who first noticed that something isn\u2019t adding up in the company finances.\u201d\r\n\r\nTaylor offers, \u201cCasting somebody with the kind of gravitas J.K. Simmons has was essential for the role of Ray King. Ray King is a very multi-layered character\u2014you don\u2019t know what his motives are for much of the movie\u2014and J.K. conveys all that in his superb performance.\u201d\r\n\r\nO\u2019Connor notes that Addai-Robinson won the Marybeth role over numerous other hopefuls. \u201cI must have seen more than a hundred actresses for Marybeth. But when Cynthia came in, I said to the producers, \u2018I think she\u2019s the one.\u2019 She\u2019s a terrifically talented actress and I was really happy to have her in the movie.\u201d\r\n\r\nGavin O\u2019Connor knew that Christian Wolff should have an idiosyncratic fighting style, forged by his childhood training and his personal penchant for order. Conferring with stunt coordinators Sam Hargrave and Fernando Chien, the director explored various types of martial arts. Nothing quite fit the bill until they showed him an Indonesian method that is less widely known, called pentjak silat. Hargrave and Chien, together with their stunt team, started training Affleck, keeping in mind O\u2019Connor\u2019s desire to mirror Chris\u2019s persona in the action. \u201cThis martial arts technique hasn\u2019t been seen in too many movies before so it felt fresh and new,\u201d Affleck says.\r\n\r\nChien acknowledges that Affleck, who came into the film right after portraying Batman, was already in fighting shape\u2014just not in the same way that Christian had to be. \u201cFor that film, he became really buff and muscular, but this character needed to be slick and more quick\u2014very direct and explosive\u2014so we did more martial arts conditioning with a lot of dynamic movements.\u201d\r\n\r\nApart from his physical prowess, Christian is also an expert marksman, capable of taking out a target from a considerable distance. Stuntman Thayr Harris was largely responsible for teaching Affleck how to handle any gun like a pro, with safety being the top priority.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Accountant\u201d was filmed in and around Atlanta, Georgia, where the filmmakers utilized a number of locations, as well as a soundstage in nearby Decatur. One of the main sets built on the stage was the interior of Christian Wolff\u2019s moveable home: a sleek, silver Airstream trailer kept secreted away in a huge storage locker.\r\n\r\nThe campus of Georgia Tech served as the location for the ultra-modern headquarters of Living Robotics, with its centerpiece being a large conference room with glass walls that become Chris\u2019s canvas.\r\n\r\nWhen filming wrapped, O\u2019Connor reunited with composer Mark Isham, with whom he had collaborated on three films, including \u201cMiracle\u201d and \u201cWarrior,\u201d to score \u201cThe Accountant.\u201d Isham expresses that he wanted to capture Christian\u2019s unique persona in the music, stating, \u201cHe is a mathematical prodigy who lives in a world of numbers and numeric patterns, and I wanted the score to reflect that. Parts of the music were created using a series of simple patterns with competing tempos and enough randomness to create texture and nuance.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/accountant-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/accountant.jpg","post_excerpt":" Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world\u2019s most dangerous criminal organizations.","post_date":"30th September 2016, 14:24:01","french_date":"30 septembre 2016, 14:24:01","post_date_gmt":"2016-09-30 18:24:01","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/the-accountant\/"},{"id":10565,"title":"The Girl on the Train","content":"Reeling from a recent divorce and searching to preoccupy her days, Rachel Watson (Rachel Blunt) spends her weekday commute to and from Manhattan quietly gazing out the train windows.\u00a0 Every morning and evening, she relives memories from just outside the home she once shared with her now ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) , who now lives there with his new wife (Rebecca Fergusson), Anna, and their baby.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAlthough former journalist Paula Hawkins had previously written several books as an author for hire, \u201cThe Girl on the Train\u201d was the first novel released under her own name.\u00a0 After its publication in January 2015, Hawkins\u2019 story became one of the fastest-selling novels in history, with more than 15 million copies sold globally.\u00a0 In its first week, \u201cThe Girl on the Train\u201d landed in the top spot of The New York Times Best Sellers List.\u00a0 In fact, it remained on the list for more than a year, spending much of that time at No. 1.\r\n\r\nThe inspiration for her gripping whodunit of witnesses who become suspects was inspired by Hawkins\u2019 daily experiences on the commuter rail through London.\u00a0 \u201cThere was one particular route where the train was always breaking down, and I would sit and look into these apartment blocks, and you could see right into someone\u2019s living room,\u201d she recounts.\u00a0 \u201cI was always hoping I\u2019d see something interesting, although I never did.\u00a0\u00a0 But it started my imagination going, and that\u2019s where the germ of the story came from.\u201d\r\n\r\nProducer Marc Platt and DreamWorks acquired the rights to Hawkins\u2019 debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel\u2019s publication.\u00a0 \u201cMy colleague, Jared LeBoff, read a manuscript that was submitted and thought it was a great story,\u201d recounts Platt.\u00a0 \u201cHe gave it to me, and I loved it.\u00a0 DreamWorks was reading it then as well, and they felt the same.\u00a0 We all got married together, bought the film rights and developed it.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo adapt Hawkins\u2019 book, the filmmakers turned to Erin Cressida Wilson, acclaimed for her film adaptations of female-centric stories, such as Chloe, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus and Secretary, which earned Wilson an Independent Spirit Award.\u00a0 \u201cWe were looking for a female screenwriter, and we had long admired Erin\u2019s work,\u201d the producer says.\u00a0 \u201cOf course, the writer didn\u2019t have to be a female, but it felt like a woman could really capture the voice of the women in Paula\u2019s story.\u201d\r\n\r\nDescribing \u201cThe Girl on the Train\u201d as \u201cthe moving Rear Window,\u201d Wilson had also spent much time as a train passenger.\u00a0 \u201cI sat behind that window a lot, and looked at the backs of houses and just loved it,\u201d she reflects.\u00a0 \u201cPaula captures that feeling of the rock-a-bye of being on a train, and being lulled to blissful voyeurism.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile the novel is set in London, a city that is built on commuters coming in on a complicated railway system, the filmmakers opted to set the thriller in and around Manhattan.\u00a0 \u201cWe thought in New York we could find the same kind of environment because New York is also a commuter city that\u2019s parallel to London,\u201d states Platt.\u00a0 \u201cSetting it in New York also allowed us to have a stronger relatability for our domestic audience, but it doesn\u2019t change the dynamics of the story.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo helm The Girl on the Train, DreamWorks and Platt turned to Tate Taylor, director of the former\u2019s acclaimed drama\u00a0The Help and Universal\u2019s powerful biopic Get on Up.\u00a0 Nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award\u00ae, The Help was also honored with Oscar\u00ae nominations for several of its female cast, with the film\u2019s Octavia Spencer winning the statuette for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.\r\n\r\nOnce the production announced it was casting The Girl on the Train, the role of Rachel Watson became a much-sought-after part.\u00a0 As there are not scores of enviable female-leading roles in Hollywood that represent fully developed and complex characters like Rachel, the calls for consideration were coming in all over.\u00a0 When the dust settled, only one name rose to the top: Emily Blunt. The Golden Globe Award-winning actress\u2019 versatility has shone in a wide range of roles in such films as the comedy The Devil Wears Prada and the drama The Young Victoria to actioners including Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario.\r\n\r\nBlunt first became aware of the phenomenon that was \u201cThe Girl on the Train\u201d through her sister, Felicity, who is a literary agent.\u00a0 \u201cShe told me, \u2018This book is selling like quick fire.\u2019\u00a0 I\u2019d go into any airport or bookstore and saw that it was the No. 1 bestseller.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo play the part of Anna, Rachel\u2019s ex-husband\u2019s new wife, the team cast Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, who came to the attention of global audiences with her breakthrough performance in Mission: Impossible\u2014Rogue Nation.\r\n\r\nFor the role of Megan, the filmmakers cast Haley Bennett, who is known for her roles in Music and Lyrics and The Equalizer.\u00a0 \u201cAmong our three women, Megan is the most lost,\u201d explains Platt.\r\n\r\nTo cast the two key male roles was just as crucial, according to Platt.\u00a0 \u201cIt\u2019s interesting to be involved in a film that\u2019s so female-centric,\u201d he says.\u00a0 \u201cUsually, it\u2019s the guys who are more complicated and then there\u2019s the \u2018girl\u2019 role, and our challenge here was to develop characters that wouldn\u2019t just be the \u2018boy\u2019 role in a film about the women.\u00a0 The story is also very much about the men.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo play the role of Tom, a father caught between his new wife and an ex who is deteriorating into the madness of addiction, the filmmakers cast Justin Theroux. For the role of Scott, Megan\u2019s husband and the second object of Rachel\u2019s obsession, the filmmakers cast Luke Evans, who is known for roles in The Hobbit series, as well as the Fast & Furious franchise. To play Dr. Abdic, the filmmakers cast \u00c9dgar Ram\u00edrez, known for his roles in such films as Zero Dark Thirty, Joy and Hands of Stone.\r\n\r\nThe Girl on the Train began filming in the New York area, in November 2015, and would continue through the end of the following January.\u00a0 Much of the film was shot both on a real train and in a train car built on a stage in Westchester County, just north of Manhattan.\u00a0 It wasn\u2019t difficult to look on edge for the cast, as they would often find themselves in sub-20-degree Fahrenheit weather.","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/the-girl-in-the-train-poster-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/the-girl-in-the-train-poster.jpg","post_excerpt":"Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers' home.","post_date":"28th September 2016, 11:50:26","french_date":"28 septembre 2016, 11:50:26","post_date_gmt":"2016-09-28 15:50:26","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/the-girl-on-the-train\/"},{"id":10558,"title":"Desierto","content":"What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante targets a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border.\u00a0 In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they horrifyingly discover there\u2019s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDesierto marks a particularly personal\u00a0journey\u00a0in storytelling\u00a0for writer, director, editor and producer\u00a0Jon\u00e1s\u00a0Cuar\u00f3n who spent the last seven years bringing the story of the migrant experience to\u00a0the\u00a0screen. In his own words:\u00a0\u201cI took a trip through the U.S. Southwest where\u00a0I encountered first-hand stories surrounding immigration and the often cruel and violent story of the migrant journey.\u00a0I was very moved and immediately felt compelled to outline the film\u00a0\u2013 which happened even before writing Gravity.\u201d\r\n\r\nCollaborating with his Academy Award\u00d2 winning father Alfonso Cuar\u00f3n and his Uncle Carlos Cuar\u00f3n, Jon\u00e1s explains, \u201cWhenever I finish the first draft of a screenplay, I show it to my dad and my uncle Carlos to get their feedback. My dad is my closest collaborator and mentor and by the time I started raising Desierto I'd spent the last four years working with him on Gravity, so it was just natural to have both of them as producers on the project.\u201d\r\n\r\nCarlos introduced Jon\u00e1s to Alex Garcia since he had previously worked with the producer on Besos de Az\u00facar and Alex believed in the project from the moment Jon\u00e1s pitched it to him.\r\n\r\n\u201cBringing Gael (Garc\u00eda\u00a0Bernal) on board was a no-brainer, not just for his skillful acting but also for the soul\u00a0I trusted he would bring to the story,\u201d says Cuar\u00f3n.\u00a0 He adds, \u201cI knew that Gael also felt very passionately about issues surrounding immigration and would bring to life the struggle, hope and determination that are the fabric of the migrant story.\u00a0 In casting Sam, it was important for me not to fall into \u2018the villain\u2019 clich\u00e9 and I wanted to create a three dimensional character. I was already excited to work with Jeffrey (Dean Morgan) as I knew he could give the character the emotional complexity I was looking for. U.S. actors are not used to playing these types of roles, normally it is foreigners shooting them, and not the other way around, so I was nervous Jeffrey was not going to like the script \u2013 but Jeffrey was really excited about the character and themes of the story.\u201d\r\n\r\nOn finding the perfect location Cuar\u00f3n says, \u201cSince I wrote the script, I knew that other than my two main characters, the desert was going to be the film's most important element. So I spent over two years scouting this film. I visited deserts all across the globe during this process- Anza Borrego; Joshua Tree and Death Valley in California; southern Utah; Arizona; New Mexico; Almer\u00eda in Spain; Morocco; and all of Mexico. This scouting process was great, not only because at the end I found the location where I ended up shooting, but because in the process I learned a lot about the landscape of the desert and was able to incorporate my knowledge into the script.\u00a0 Production ended up filming in the state of Baja California Sur, two hours away from civilization, in locations that you could only reach via dirt roads and without cellphone coverage. The temperatures were in the three digits, and there was no shade to protect them from the sun.\u201d In other words, Cuar\u00f3n admits, \u201cIt was a logistical nightmare.\u201d","post_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/desierto-150x150.jpg","big_image":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/09\/desierto.jpg","post_excerpt":"What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante targets a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. ","post_date":"27th September 2016, 11:36:40","french_date":"27 septembre 2016, 11:36:40","post_date_gmt":"2016-09-27 15:36:40","comment_count":"0","author_name":"MoreMovieDetails","post_url":"http:\/\/moremoviedetails.com\/desierto\/"}]