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Here’s a poster for 99 Homes. The indie drama, which stars Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, is slated for a September 25 theatrical release.

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TRAILER: New Orleans-Shot ’99 Homes’

by Jordan McGuire on June 4, 2015


99 Homes is filled with struggle, betrayal, questionable redemption, questionable unlawful behavior and extraordinary performances. The New Orleans-shot thriller stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. Dern simply seems to give a performance of a lifetime over and over and this film is no different. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, 99 Homes shows the intense world of shady eviction notices and intense and ruthless “winners.” This film hit the festival screens of Venice, Telluride and Toronto and was highly praised for its emotional rollercoaster ride.

Andrew Garfield plays a single father trying to provide for his mother and his only son. Their collective life is put on hold when Michael Shannon approaches with the sheriff’s department to repossess their home. Nothing about the initial exchange seems legitimate. Shannon rules with an iron fist as he repossess countless homes without batting an eye. Garfield, longing for cash to feed his family, sets out to work for the man who took everything.

99 Homes is built for award nominations with supporting performances from Dern and Shannon. Shannon strikes fear into the surrounding characters, audience members and doesn’t hide his callous actions for anyone. Immediately following the Sundance screening, Bahrani went to their distributor, Broad Green, and increased Laura Dern’s role and let her scenes play a more pivotal piece in the final product.

99 Homes will hit the big screen September 25. In an interview with Pete Hammond from Deadline, Ramin Bahrani has this to say about his project: “This trailer is going to be the first time most audiences have ever heard of this film. For them it is brand new, and I am pretty stoked about it.” Well, Mr. Bahrani, we’re pretty stoked too.

Source: Deadline

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FIRST LOOK: ‘Elvis & Nixon’

by Jordan McGuire on February 5, 2015

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Sky Ferreira has joined the cast of Elvis & Nixon, that we already know. Now we get a first look at Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey in the Oval Office. The film is written by husband and wife Joey and Hanala Sagal and directed by Liza Johnson. The Sagals not only wrote the script but will also play small roles in their film.

American Horror Story’s Evan Peters will star alongside Spacey and Shannon. This film is the recreation of the infamous meeting between Presley and Nixon at the White House. Judging by the photo, both Shannon and Spacey appear to pull off their looks fairly well.

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Many actors have played Elvis Presley on screen. From Don Johnson in Elvis and the Beauty Queen to Jack White in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, every actor takes their run at the King of Rock and Roll. Michael Shannon now has an opportunity to give us his take on the famous singer.

Like Presley, Richard Nixon has been portrayed on the screen countless times. As mentioned before, John Cusack played Nixon in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. The list includes Anthony Hopkins in Nixon, Robert Wisden from Watchmen and Mark Camacho in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Elvis & Nixon began shooting in January. The cast and crew will travel to Los Angeles and New Orleans to film.

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Singer Sky Ferreira Joins ‘Elvis & Nixon’ in New Orleans

by Jordan McGuire on January 21, 2015

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Sony’s Elvis & Nixon just gained another player to their already impressive cast. Singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira joins the likes of Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer and one of my first ever role models, Johnny Knoxville. With the new cast in full force, shooting will begin in January.

Boardwalk Empire star Michael Shannon will play Elvis as the ruthless House of Cards star Kevin Spacey will don his best Richard Nixon. Spacey should be quite familiar with the role of a cunning politico after his cold portrayal of Francis Underwood.

The film is based off the true tale involving the coming together of Elvis and Nixon on December 21, 1970. The meeting occurs while both men are at the height of their power and national recognition. Colin Hanks will play Nixon’s aide Egil Krough. Johnny Knoxville will be a member of the Memphis Mafia and head of security for Presley. Alex Pettyfer will play Presley’s best friend Jerry Schilling. Sky Ferreira will make her screen debut as Schilling’s love interest.

The film Elvis & Nixon has begun shooting in Atlanta and will travel to New Orleans in due time.

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Director Ramin Bahrani’s film 99 Homes premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Set in Orlando in 2010, the film follows a single father (Andrew Garfield) who is an unemployed construction worker with Michael Shannon as the broker who evicts Garfield’s family from their home. In hopes of getting his home back, Garfield begins working for the greedy real estate broker ultimately sending him to the dark side.

The film is a response to the corrupt system in Florida. Bahrani said he was ‘made dizzy by the corruption’ in Florida’s foreclosure system and filming in Orlando was a deliberate choice because of  “the juxtaposition of Disney and the harsh realities happening around it.”

Bahrani dedicated the film to the late Roger Ebert whom he was very close with. “People sitting in this room have to continue the fight he was pushing for all the time,” said Bahrani, “in America and internationally, for good cinema- cinema that is more than a selfie.”

Source: Deadline

 

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TRAILER 2: The Iceman

by Arthur Vandelay

Shot in Shreveport, The Iceman stars Michael Shannon, Wynona Rider, Chris Evans, James Franco, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer and Stephen Dorff.

New trailer for ‘The Iceman’

by Jillian Aubin

Michael Shannon stars as ruthless contract killer Richard Kuklinski in Ariel Vromen’s newest film, which was shot in Shreveport. Based on a true story, The Iceman follows the life of Kuklinski and his forty year career as a hit man while trying to balance his family-man persona. Kuklinski is suspected to have killed over one hundred people […]

Winona Ryder picks up role in ‘The Iceman’

by Brittney Franklin

Black Swan‘s Winona Ryder has joined the cast of director Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman, a thriller based on the Anthony Bruno book about family man and notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski. Ryder will be replacing Crazy Heart‘s Maggie Gyllenhaal as Kuklinski’s unsuspecting wife, Deborah. In addition to Iceman, the Oscar-nominated actress will be voicing Elsa […]