‘Green Knight’: Barry Keoghan & Ralph Ineson Joins A24’s Fantasy Epic

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Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery developing TV remake of ’80s sci-fi movie Explorers

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According to Deadline, Maniac and Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga is teaming up with The Old Man And The Gun director David Lowery to develop a TV adaptation of Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi movie Explorers. The original movie starred Ethan Hawke, River Phoen…

Cary Fukunaga & David Lowery Turning 1985 Film ‘Explorers’ Into TV Pilot At Paramount Television

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‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Film Review: Robert Redford Goes Out Smiling

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Saying goodbye to people isn’t easy. If we’re lucky we are afforded one last chance to share time with them in ways that matter. Although Robert Redford will be alive for years after the lights dim on his film career, he’s given his fans a chance to say goodbye to Robert Redford the actor with David Lowery’s latest film, “The Old Man & the Gun,” which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Friday.

Stephen King once wrote about being a writer, “I was being paid to do what I loved, and there’s no gig on earth better than that; it’s like a license to steal.” In what he has said will be his last film performance, Redford plays real-life bank robber and serial prison escapee Forrest Tucker. This story may not carry the same weight as, say, movies where the characters have to make “one last job” and then they’re free from the traps they’ve made of their lives.

Here, Tucker simply enjoys the rush of being able to get away with something.

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The film would not sit quite right if it was only about Tucker’s life of robbing banks, getting caught, going to jail, escaping. It works best as a breezy love letter to the Redford we know on screen, not necessarily the man we know him to be – an environmentalist, founder of the Sundance Film Fest, Oscar winning director.

No, this film is very much a reflection of the Redford who lived on the big screen — fiery red full head of hair, wide jawline — so good looking in his prime he could make almost any woman weak in the knees. To date, there are few actors that beautiful.

Lowery brings back that old Redford we knew and loved fondly, with old photos of the young Redford and even a clever nod to “The Sting.” In that moment, in that light, “The Old Man & The Gun” is a film every Redford fan must see. We have important people in our lives for such a relatively short time. Even though actors live forever on screen, their past selves preserved in golden amber, sooner or later we have to say goodbye.

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Lowery is known for opaque, brooding fare like “A Ghost Story,” in which a mournful Casey Affleck was stuck in a ghostlike state as life cycled around him. It’s a haunting, lonely film about the temporary nature of life and love.

“The Old Man & The Gun” is a departure for Lowery, and a film that almost lives in a different time – a time when no one would need to wonder whether a black man might get away with the same kinds of crimes as he did. (Short answer: not a chance; they’d be shot in the street.) But to celebrate Redford, it is necessary to go back in time, back even to grainy film, leisure suits, Oldsmobiles.

Casey Affleck plays the cop trailing Tucker, but even he can’t bring himself to catch him. There is a part of him that doesn’t want Tucker to stop. It is Affleck’s character who, instead, breaks the fourth wall ever so briefly to pay tribute to an actor he, and so many others, clearly admires.

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In that one moment, the film made sense. It became suddenly moving in the way that dreams can wake you up from a deep sleep, and though you don’t really understand what they’re about they touch you deeply all the same.

It isn’t that the film is hard to understand. It flows well, and works as a narrative on its own terms. But the movie’s real worth is in that long relationship between actor and audience, between god and worshippers, between a young man whose beauty seemed like it would last forever and an old man whose life has long since let that part go.

Redford doesn’t cling to who he was but he acknowledges, with this film, this swan song, that so many others do.

The film’s best performance comes from Sissy Spacek as Redford’s love interest. Spacek’s character lives in the real world where you don’t steal things and where you plant roots with a family and in homes you love. True, she is an anchor for him — a savior — but Spacek finds depth in the performance that doesn’t seem to be in the script. It is in her eyes, twinkling with the wisdom of a lifetime on screen and off.

Tom Waits has a brief role as one of Tucker’s partners in crime. Danny Glover plays another, and Elisabeth Moss has a small part as Tucker’s unknown daughter.

“The Old Man & The Gun” isn’t the best film of either Redford’s or Lowery’s career. There are things that work and things that don’t quite work. It is hard to imagine anyone that normal seeming being that addicted to committing crimes “as a gentleman.”

Lowery is clearly more comfortable dwelling in darkness than in the kind of light touch required here. But his admiration for Redford infuses every scene, and it’s clear how Affleck feels, too. How do you even act alongside Robert Redford anyway? He’s an American treasure who has helped shape film history. There aren’t many more around like him. That makes this film, this chance to wave goodbye to someone we have loved so dearly, more than just a movie.

In saying goodbye to Redford, we remember Paul Bratter, the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, Bill McKay, Hubble, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, Waldo Pepper, Bob Woodward, and on and on it goes. If this is, indeed, his last film role, he, like Tucker, chose to go out smiling.

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Old Man & the Gun’

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When Robert Redford was younger, the matinee-idol handsome actor would make it a point to give the camera his “good side,” and audiences would melt. He’s older now and makes no attempt to hide it, but then, he doesn’t need to. People don’t forget a per…

Robert Redford on Retiring From the Screen: ‘I Felt My Time Had Come’

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‘The Old Man & The Gun’ Trailer: Robert Redford Knocks Over Banks – Very Politely And Very Often

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Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone Fall Off the Deep End in First ‘Never Goin’ Back’ Trailer (Video)

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A24 has released the first red-band trailer for “Never Goin’ Back,” a raunchy comedy starring Cami Morrone and Maia Mitchell.

In the trailer, Angela (Mitchell) gets her friend Jessie (Morrone) a trip to Galveston, Texas, for her birthday. But of course, in the midst of preparing for their trip, everything goes wrong.

The film, written and directed by Augustine Frizzell, debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery and Liz Cardenas produced.

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Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II and Joel Allen also star in the film.

A24 picked up the rights to the film in March, a week before the comedy was set to screen at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Never Goin’ Back” hits theaters Aug. 3.

Watch the trailer above.

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Sundance, SXSW Comedy ‘Never Goin’ Back’ Sells to A24

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A24 has picked up the worldwide rights to Augustine Frizzell’s “Never Goin’ Back,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Maia Mitchell and Cami Morrone star in this raunchy comedy about two girls who plan to take a weekend birthday trip to the sea side, but everything goes wrong before they can do so.

The film made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is expected to screen at SXSW Film Festival in Austin next week.

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Frizzell also wrote the script. Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, and Liz Cardenas produced, and A24 will release the film sometime this year.

“I am beyond thrilled to partner with A24 on the release of ‘Never Goin’ Back,’” Frizzell said. “They’re my dream company and consistently put out my favorite films every year (and with the coolest marketing campaigns!)”

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Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II and Joel Allen also star in the film.

Endeavor Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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