On-Set Injury, Political Tensions Disrupt Amazon’s ‘ZeroZeroZero,’ Push Premiere to 2020 (EXCLUSIVE)

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Production of “Zero Zero Zero” has been delayed by several months as a result of an on-set injury to star Andrea Riseborough, and political tensions in Mexico that disrupted the cocaine drama’s location schedule, Variety has learned e…

Berlin: Lone Scherfig Seeks to Foster Community With ‘The Kindness of Strangers’

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With “The Kindness of Strangers,” which opens the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday evening, Danish writer-director Lone Scherfig said she felt an urgent need to respond to the current political and social turmoil around the globe in a positive way. “I …

Piercing director Nicholas Pesce says his Americanized Grudge remake is more of a cop drama

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Sony Bumps ‘Grudge’ Reboot Out of Prime Summer 2019 Release, Moves to Next Year

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“Grudge,” the remake of the 2004 horror film “The Grudge” from Sony and Screen Gems, has been bumped back from a prime release slot this summer to now coming out in January 2020.

The film, starring Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Demián Bichir, Betty Gilpin and Jacki Weaver, was originally meant to open on June 21, 2019, but will now open Jan. 3, 2020.

This is the second release change for “Grudge,” as it was originally slated for August 2019.

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In the film directed by Nicolas Pesce, a house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Jeff Buhler wrote the screenplay, which is a remake of both the American version from 2004 and the Japanese horror original “Ju-on: The Grudge,” both of them directed by Takashi Shimizu.

The studio also recently pushed forward “Greyhound,” a war movie starring Tom Hanks, to April of this year.

Sony has “Men in Black International” opening this June, with “Grudge” originally slated to open one week behind it. However, now it will move into the first week of the new year, one week before another planned animated film produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Sony’s other upcoming releases for 2019 include “Miss Bala” opening this weekend, followed by “The Intruder,” “Brightburn,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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‘Mandy’ Film Review: Nicolas Cage Takes a Big Bite Out of This Mad, Metal Midnight Movie

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Half revenge thriller, half trippy mural on the side of a van, Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy” is the kind of pretentious horror thriller that will drive some folks crazy and others into throes of ecstasy. It’s a deliberately paced, ultraviolent, outlandishly stylish delivery system for Nicolas Cage’s wild-eyed acting style, and a thoughtful meditation about why Death Metal totally rules.

Cage stars as Red Miller, a logger and heavy-metal enthusiast who lives with a fantasy artist named Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough). Their lives are peaceful, filled with dreamy glances over vast horizons, watching cheesy sci-fi movies on television and reading pulp fantasy novels at work.

Into their lives drives the Children of the New Dawn, a cult led by Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache, “Vikings”), who drive past Mandy on her way to work. Jeremiah decides that since all the fruits of this world are his for the taking — and they are — then he must have Mandy, so he and his tripped-out followers use a volcanic ocarina to summon motorcyclist “Hellraiser” cenobites to abduct her.

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Even after she’s kidnapped and filled with drugs, Mandy isn’t going to join some hippy misogyny b.s. movement, and Jeremiah doesn’t take kindly to that. Several horrifying events later, Red is left alone, anguished, and screaming in his underwear the way only Nicolas Cage possibly can. When given the opportunity to explore his trademarked “nouveau-shamanic” acting style, and delve into the raw nerve and primal insanity at the core of the human soul, there’s no actor quite like him.

“Mandy” follows Red as he exacts brutal revenge on The Children of the New Dawn, in fights straight out of “Phantasm II,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II,” “Motel Hell” or any of the other films where there’s an epic chainsaw duel. Red goes from placidly enjoying Death Metal to living out the extremes that Death Metal explores. He crawls out of the pit of ultimate torment, forges an ax with his own hands, and embarks on a nightmare journey straight out of the bleakest album cover you’ve ever seen.

Cosmatos, who previously directed the equally hallucinogenic “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” is sculpting with music this time around. The Children of the New Dawn are his Manson Family, taking hippy rock too seriously and falling prey to the worst instincts of religious hokum: blindly believing what you’re told, ignoring the evils of self-elevation, and assuming that your most immature emotions somehow make you special.

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Death Metal, as Cosmatos seems to tell us, is pure as @#$%. It doesn’t ignore evil, it confronts it directly, understanding its allure and also the pain that fuels it. And that confrontation is inherently epic, whether its simply inside our collective subconscious or literally takes the form of fighting motorcycle demons who are addicted to porn.

If revenge films are a dime a dozen, then “Mandy” cost a bunch of dimes. Cosmatos shoves a heck of a lot into just one film. The plot is straightforward but visually, aurally, symbolically, it’s a heavy motion picture that may be too much for some audiences to handle. And without a 1980s rock music decoder ring, watching it might be a difficult task.

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It’s a deliberate film when it’s not an explosion of violence, and it’s in absolutely no hurry to get to what some might call “the good stuff.” To some that may seem boring, and even if you pick up on the vibes Cosmatos is laying down, it’s hard to argue with that interpretation. It wants the audience to contemplate. And unless you come in with the right context, “Mandy” might not get you in that mood.

The peaceful beauty that gets destroyed by selfish monsters is an act of destruction which, in turn, makes a monster out of a peaceful person. The allure of the perverse, the beauty of mourning, the whites of Cage’s eyes as he grins through a face covered in of blood, these are the things that make “Mandy” special. There’s a thoughtfulness at the center all this extremity, and that kinda rocks.



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‘Waco’s John Leguizamo Discusses Portrayal Of Morally Conflicted Whistle-Blower For Paramount Network Series

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‘Mandy’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Hunts Down Crazy Evil In Trippy Retro Horror Film

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Andrea Riseborough & Christopher Abbott To Star In Brandon Cronenberg Thriller ‘Possessor’

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‘Gomorrah’ Team Underway On Cocaine Crime Series ‘ZeroZeroZero’ With Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Gabriel Byrne

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Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’

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They’re redoing The Grudge again, this time with an American setting

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The J-horror craze that swept the United States after the release of The Ring faded fairly quickly, but not before bringing us The Grudge, a remake of Japanese horror movie Ju-on: The Grudge. The American remake was produced by Sam Raimi and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, and it’s probably best remembered for…

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‘The Grudge’: Demian Bichir, Andrea Riseborough to Star in Horror Reimagining (EXCLUSIVE)

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Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough will star in Sony’s new take on the horror classic “The Grudge.” Nicolas Pesce is on board to direct from his own script. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions recently picked up worldwide rights to the film. SPWA, Ghost House, and Good Universe last collaborated on the hit thriller “Don’t Breathe.” Sam […]

Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Mandy’ Goes to RLJ Entertainment

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RLJE Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the Nicolas Cage action-thriller “Mandy,” the company announced Thursday.

Panos Cosmatos (“Beyond the Black Rainbow”) wrote and directed the film, which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival.

RLJE Films plans a summer theatrical release for the film, which also stars Andrea Riseborough (“Battle of the Sexes”) and Linus Roache (“Vikings”).

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The film follows outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom who lead a loving and peaceful existence until their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand. Red is then catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

SpectreVision, XYZ Films, and Umedia produced the film, which was financed by Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures with additional support from Wallimage. The score was composed by Johann Johannsson.

“The best reviewed movie at Sundance is also one of Cage’s most extraordinary performances, reinvigorating our love and appreciation of him,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “Panos’ is a truly visionary filmmaker and we are beyond excited to unleash ‘Mandy’ to the masses.”

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Armando Iannucci on how he made a funny movie about Joseph Stalin

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Andrea Riseborough Circling Sony’s ‘The Grudge’, Amazon-Sky Mini ‘Zero Zero Zero’

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EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough is circling two more projects, we’re hearing: a role in Sony’ remake of The Grudge with Nicolas Pesce aboard to direct, and in the Amazon-Sky miniseries Zero, Zero, Zero, being helmed directed by Gomorrah ‘s Stefano Sollima.
Pesce is rewriting and directing The Grudge for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. It’s a new take on the 2004 pic (itself based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on), which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a nurse in Tokyo…

Andrea Riseborough’s ‘Nancy’ Sells to Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the North American rights to Andrea Riseborough’s “Nancy,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

“Nancy” is set to get a traditional theatrical release later this year. It follows a woman who becomes convinced that she was kidnapped as a child — and when she encounters a couple whose daughter went missing 30 years ago, her lines of reality begin to disappear.

Steve Buscemi, J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd and John Leguizamo round out the cast. Christina Choe wrote and directed. Producers include Amy Lo of Mental Pictures, Michelle Cameron, and Riseborough under her banner Mothersucker.

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EON Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Gamechanger Films’ Mynette Louie and XS Media’s Rachel Song executive produced.

The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Endeavor Content and Anita Surendran of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP on behalf of the filmmakers. Cercamon is handling international sales.

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Riseborough most recently starred on the series “Black Mirror” and “Waco,” as well as Sundance hit “Burden.” Her next projects include the short “Actress” and the feature film “Secrets from the Russian Tea Room.”

Choe’s other credits include shorts “I am John Wayne,” “The Queen,” “Flow” and “The Cross.”

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Andrea Riseborough’s Thriller ‘Nancy’ Sells to Samuel Goldwyn (EXCLUSIVE)

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has purchased North American rights to the thriller “Nancy,” which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Samuel Goldwyn will give the film a traditional theatrical release later this year. “Nancy” stars Andrea Riseborough as a woman who becomes increasingly convinced […]

Jeffrey Tambor Disappeared From ‘Stalin’ Movie Poster

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor has disappeared from the movie poster for his upcoming comedy “The Death of Stalin.”

A new promotional image for the IFC Films release made the rounds on Thursday replacing the Emmy winner with his costar Andrea Riseborough. The one-sheet is almost identical to a version used since the film’s premiere last September.

The new poster was circulated hours after Amazon Studios announced it had terminated the Emmy winner from its original series “Transparent,” following an investigation into alleged misconduct with coworkers. Tambor called the accusations false and said he was “profoundly disappointed” in Amazon’s investigation.

The original poster:

From left: Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs

The new poster:

From left: Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs

Actor Michael Palin was also removed from the original image, substituted his costar Simon Russell Beale. The film, from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, won three British Independent Film awards in November following its September debut at the Toronto international Film Festival.

Both versions of the poster were approved by the filmmakers, with the Tambor version made specifically for the United Kingdom, an individual familiar with the marketing plan said — though its worth noting that only that Tambor version has been used in North America before Thursday.

An IFC Films spokesperson did not immediately comment on the new poster. A rep for Tambor did not respond immediately to TheWrap’s request for comment on his omission.

For four seasons Tambor played the groundbreaking role of Maura Pfefferman, a Jewish academic who transitions from male to female in the twilight of her life. An investigation into his accused misconduct said Tambor harassed three women, official word from Amazon said today. He vehemently denied this in a subsequent statement.

Entertainment One is distributing the film in the UK.

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