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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #85. Paul Dano’s Wildlife

Wildlife

We’ve been charting his perfs well before the likes of Reichardt and PTA brought him in as a supporting character, Paul Dano who has given us the riches of Michael Cuesta’s L.I.E., Little Miss Sunshine and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen. Based on the novel by Richard Ford, Dano teamed with his partner Zoe Kazan to adapt the project, and production took place in the fall of 2016 in Montana and Oklahoma.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan and Ed Oxenbould take on the three-legged tale centering around 14-year-old Joe, who is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves.
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'American Assassin': Film Review

'American Assassin': Film Review
While the world contemplates a nuclear-armed North Korea, is a thriller about a rogue nuke the sort of entertainment people are looking for? When it’s as faux-political as American Assassin, the answer just might be yes. Built for action, like its title character, the movie packs a muscular, bloody punch, but mainly it’s a well-oiled diversion.

Director Michael Cuesta, operating more in the vein of his work on Homeland than such features as L.I.E. and Kill the Messenger, proves impressively deft at orchestrating large-scale sequences. The globe-hopping story of covert U.S. operatives zeroing in on terrorist factions and renegade mercenaries...
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Red-Band Trailer For Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton's Action Thriller American Assassin

This American Assassin action thriller actually looks like it could be a great film that has potential to be a solid new franchise. We've got two new trailers for you to watch today for the movie, one of which is a red-band trailer. I really like what I'm seeing in these trailers and it doesn't hurt that the movie features a talented cast of actors.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent
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Watch the new American Assassin trailer, starring Dylan O’Brien

CBS Films and Lionsgate have debuted the brand new American Assassin trailer, the upcoming action film starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch. The film arrives in cinemas later this year.

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American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

Related: New character posters land for upcoming thriller American Assassin
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Zdf Enterprises, Belladonna Productions Team For ‘Genesis’ (Exclusive)

Paris — Rene Bastian’s New York-based Belladonna Productions, producer of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games Us” and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” is teaming with Germany’s Zdf Enterprises, the expanding commercial arm of the German broadcast network, to develop “Genesis,” an English-language sci-fi thriller.

“Genesis” is created by Narina Jabari, a young Canadian scientist-turned-screenwriter. Zdfe is handling sales rights to the series.

A film company with a distinguished pedigree, Belladonna moved into TV series production with the Sundance Channel-aired “Hap & Leonard,” now in its second season, executive produced by Belladonna principal Linda Moran. For Zdfe, “Genesis” represents one of its earliest series in English and linkup with a U.S. production company as Zdfe acquires world sales rights not only to Zdf drama but third-party productions drawn from Europe and beyond.

“Genesis” also joins a fast-growing cannon of sci-fi drama – think “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “Humans” – as the genre returns towards the mainstream, diversifies
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American Assassin Sneak Peek Images With Dylan O’Brien & Michael Keaton

American Assassin isn’t showing up until next year, but there’s great hope that a new franchise is in the making. With Dylan O’Brien playing a CIA black ops recruit (aka… apparently, assassin) being trained by Michael Keaton, this one should have the potential to pull in audiences. That’s before you even get to the popular book series the film is based on.

O’Brien needs to pull off a bit more depth than we’ve seen from him in his Ya novel efforts, but given that he is meant to be a young recruit, and given the rich possibilities of the character as spelled out in the books, this one could be the next big deal.

The film has released some new sneak peek images to start you on the road to excitement. Take a look below, and make sure you keep this one on your radar.
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Michael Keaton Takes Aim in New American Assassin Photos

Michael Keaton Takes Aim in New American Assassin Photos
Back in September, we got our first look at Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp in the upcoming adaptation American Assassin, based on author Vince Flynn's long-running novel series. Today we have even more new photos that offer a closer look at Mitch Rapp, and our first glance at several new characters, including Michael Keaton's Stan Hurley, Mitch's mentor, Sanaa Lathan as CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy and Taylor Kitsch as a mysterious villain who goes by multiple names. Production is still under way in Europe, so it may be quite some time before we see the first trailer.

American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation's most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills
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First Look: Dylan O'Brien As Mitch Rapp in American Assassin

CBS Films has released the first look at Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

The film is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush). 

Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster,
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First Look: Dylan O’Brien As Mitch Rapp In American Assassin

Catch this first look at Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

The film is being directed by filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).

Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, American Assassin
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First Look at Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin

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First Look at Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin
CBS Films and Lionsgate have issued a first look at Dylan O'Brien as the iconic Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn's beloved novels in American Assassin. For fans of the books, this image, taken from Dylan O'Brien's camera tests, will be quite familiar. Here's what the official Twitter account for the movie had to say in a series of tweets, before the photo was released.

"A Bts image from @dylanobrien's camera test as Mitch Rapp. It's going to be a busy week for American Assassin fans. Wow, so the image is stunning but for longtime @dylanobrien fans there may be an initial shock as Mitch Rapp is a decidedly adult role. For longtime Vince Flynn fans, there will be an immediate recognition of an early moment for Mitch Rapp as he emerges into the man they know."

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA
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American Assassin Adds Sanaa Lathan And Shiva Negar To Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, And Taylor Kitsch

There has been a lot of talk about the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s American Assassin, much of it obviously because the Mitch Rapp franchise of books has done exceedingly well, but also because the casting news has made people wonder.

Fans of the series have wondered about Maze Runner star, Dylan O’Brien filling the role, but were apparently just as quick to hold out hope with Michael Keaton on board.

CBS Films and Lionsgate have now announced two more actors, and their roles, which rounds out the main players in the film.

Sanaa Lathan will play Irene Kennedy, the CIA Deputy Director who puts Rapp and his mentor, Stan Hurley (Keaton), on the case in question, and Shiva Negar is the Turkish agent who puts them onto the mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) who is apparently behind trying to kick off a war in the Middle East.

Sanaa Lathan
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Sanaa Lathan and Shiva Hegar Join Micheal Keaton in American Assassin

Bs Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) announced today that Sanaa Lathan (The Perfect Guy, Now You See Me 2) and Shiva Negar (Four In The Morning, The Art Of More) are joining Dylan O’Brien (Deepwater Horizon, The Maze Runner), Academy Award®-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) and Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, True Detective) in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller American Assassin. Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Salt) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film. American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave
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Michael Keaton Headlining American Assassin

Academy Award-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) will star in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller American Assassin.

Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Red) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.

Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton) would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency knew that he existed. As American Assassin begins, Deputy Director Irene Kennedy tasks Hurley with training Mitch Rapp, a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. As Rapp’s training progresses, the pair is dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Interview with Director Michael Cuesta

In the 1980s, the CIA was complicit in the marketing of Nicaraguan cocaine to lower class Californians in order to fund the country’s Contra rebels. This was a thesis that San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb put out into the world in the late 90s, and was eventually destroyed because of it. The new film Kill the Messenger is Webb’s own story, a “David vs. Goliath” tale in which David is crushed and ruined by forces that can spin the media in their own favor, while easily discrediting the blood-sweat-tears efforts of a reporter who had to keep many of his sources anonymous.

Director Michael Cuesta creates a vivid portrayal of Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) presenting him as a dedicated working man and also a conflicted father. Kill the Messenger becomes more than the story of a media victim, but a patriarch who tries to maintain
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Interview: Director Michael Cuesta on Issues in ‘Kill the Messenger’

Chicago – What happens when too much truth is exposed, and those who will feel the backlash from that exposure are too powerful? The new film “Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta, seeks an answer to that question through the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a victim of his own investigative reporting.

Jeremy Renner portrays Webb, a newspaperman for the smaller market San Jose Mercury News. Webb discovers a connection between the influx of crack cocaine into U.S, inner cities during the 1980s and the CIA-backed Contra rebels in Central America Nicaragua. His reporting opens a Pandora’s Box of implications, including his employment, family and the competitiveness of bigger newspapers, who missed the story. Webb’s life becomes a surreal nightmare, just because he kept the truth alive.

Michael Cuesta Directs Jeremy Renner (left) in ‘Kill the Messenger

Photo credit: Focus Features

The director of “Kill the Messenger” is Michael Cuesta,
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Kill the Messenger | Review

Crack is Whack: Cuesta Revisits Contras Affair as Political Thriller

Though he has several films under his belt, director Michael Cuesta has probably made more of an impression in television over the past decade, though that may change with the reception of his latest, Kill the Messenger, a smartly layered tale based on a media minefield from the mid 1990s. Presented as a mixture of journalistic woe and political conspiracy, a brightly scrubbed cast and a tightly wound pace manage to make the best use of its running time, even though the material could have afforded to take more time to justifiably mine the depths of its implications. But, based on two books, one of them by the deceased journalist at the center of the tale, Cuesta stays true to a specific point of view to concoct an unnerving exploration of a matter swept too conveniently under the rug.

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Trailer For ‘Kill the Messenger’ With Jeremy Renner, Ray Liotta, and More

After directing such television as Dexter, Six Feet Under and, most recently, Homeland, helmer Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) is back with a new drama and today we have the first trailer. Led by Jeremy Renner, Kill the Messenger follows the true story of a journalist, Gary Webb, who, in 1996, asserted the C.I.A was involved in crack cocaine importation to California. Sadly, (and spoilers, […]
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Jeremy Renner uncovers a conspiracy in the trailer for Kill The Messenger

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Remember that guy, Jeremy Renner? Haven't seen much of him lately. Apparently, between filming Avengers movies and restarting the Bourne franchise, the Oscar-nominated actor found time to make a little movie called Kill The Messenger. But, before you write it off as a little indie flick that will go unnoticed, check out the trailer below. Kill The Messenger comes from director Michael Cuesta who is best known as a television director but also helmed the brilliant L.I.E. back in 2001....
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As Focus Moves Into More Commercial Territory, Indie Films Need a New Champion

As Focus Moves Into More Commercial Territory, Indie Films Need a New Champion
Specialty films usually go into hiding during tentpole season, but filmgoers should worry about the disappearance not only of the films but of the companies that make them. Even stalwart Focus Features, one of the few surviving art labels, seemed headed for extinction earlier this year when its top executives were fired and its New York and London offices shuttered.

Would Focus, too, follow the fate of Vantage, Warner Classics, Good Machine, USA Films and all the rest? Under the brilliant, if quirky, stewardship of James Schamus, Focus delivered seminal films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Pianist” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

So will there still be a Focus or, for that matter, a specialty film business?

The answer is yes, but the game plan will be significantly different from that of Schamus — and finding out what that plan is poses its own problems. Peter Schlessel, the new boss of Focus, isn’t interested in talking strategy,
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Stream Past Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Online for Free

Stream Past Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Online for Free
Ahead of tomorrow's Independent Spirit Awards, SnagFilms has curated a selection of past Spirit Award nominees available to stream for free online. Titles include "The Woodsman," starring Kevin Bacon in his nominated role, Paul Dano's big breakthrough film "L.I.E.," nominated for Best Film and "Bill Cunningham New York," nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. Read More: Stream 33 Oscar Nominees and Winners for Free on SnagFilmsThe Spirit Awards, hosted by Patton Oswalt, air March 1 at 10pm Et/Pt on IFC. Stream the films below. [Full Disclosure: SnagFilms' is Indiewire's parent company.]
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