The Commuter | Official Trailer #1

The Commuter – In theaters January 12, 2018. Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Written by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi.

In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.


Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and more join Hugh Jackman in Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner

Entertainment Weekly has announced details of the supporting cast set to join Hugh Jackman in the upcoming Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner, which sees the former Wolverine taking on the role of the senator and 80s presidential candidate.

Joining Jackman in the project are Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Mamoudou Athie (The Detour), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Kaitlyn Dever (Justified), Tommy Dewey (Justified), Molly Ephraim (Last Man Standing), Spencer Garrett (Thank You for Smoking), Ari Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here), Toby Huss (Halt and Catch Fire), Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Sara Paxton (Murder in the First), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and Steve Zissis (Baghead).

The film, which is being directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), is described as “a political comedy about the moment in our history when tabloid journalism and political journalism drove into the same lane.”

Source: Flickeringmyth

Vera Farmiga Joins Anthology Series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.

Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.

Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.

Each story in Channel 4’s 10-episode anthology series is based on a short story by legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, whose works have previously been adapted into such classic and blockbusting movies as “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall” and “Minority Report.”

Cast members already announced for the series include Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer, Steve Buscemi, Richard Madden, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Greg Kinnear, Timothy Spall, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mireille Enos, Anne Reid, Tuppence Middleton, Hayley Squires, Holliday Grainger, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong and Geraldine Chaplin.

“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” was commissioned by Channel 4, which will air the series later this year. Amazon Prime Video will launch it in the U.S.

Source: Variety

Bloody Disgusting: Captive State

John Goodman Prepares for Extraterrestrial War in ‘Captive State’

Focus Features just shared with us the first look at John Goodman in Participant Media’s Captive State, which recently wrapped production in Chicago. Goodman’s performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane was Acadamy Award worthy and we’re excited to see him go to war with extraterrestrials in this new thriller.

“Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”

Captive State is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who also co-wrote the original screenplay with Erica Beeney. The cast features John Goodman, Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Jonathan Majors and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Vera Farmiga. The film is produced by David Crockett and Rupert Wyatt and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

Focus Features will release the film in U.S. theaters on August 17, 2018.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay’s ‘Burn Your Maps’ for release date set

Cinelou Films has set an Oscar weekend release date of Feb. 24 for its Vera Farmiga-Jacob Tremblay comedy-drama “Burn Your Maps”, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, directed by Jordan Roberts, centers on an American 8-year-old who declares to his parents that he is actually a Mongolian goat herder born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker, they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world.

“It’s the same kind of quirky story as ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ and we think mature audience will respond – particularly with an opening on the Oscar weekend,” said Mark Canton, who founded Cinelou in 2014 with Courtney Solomon.

“Burn Your Maps” is the fifth title from Cinelou, founded as a prestige label specializing in character-driven adult-targeted movies in the $10 million range. Since then, it’s released Jennifer Aniston’s dark comedy “Cake” and Eddie Murphy’s “Mr. Church” with Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian” set to open Jan. 13 through Sony Classics. “Cake” performed solidly in limited release with $2.9 million and Aniston received Golden Globe and SAG nominations. “Mister Church” was less successful with $685,000 via Freestyle.

On Wednesday, the Sundance Film Festival gave a competition slot on Jan. 21 to Cinelou’s military drama “The Yellow Birds,” starring Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling international distribution for a total of six Cinelou releases.

“Burn Your Maps,” which premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, will open in two New York and two Los Angeles theaters on Feb. 24 before widening to somewhere between 350 and 600 locations. Canton and Solomon assert that their focus on quality material provides Cinelou with the momentum to continue attracting top talent – with plans to announce three more movie projects next year.

“Actors are looking to do something besides superhero and franchise movies,” Solomon said. “And we’re really enjoying what we’re doing.”

Canton was a studio exec at Warner Bros. and was the chairman of Columbia Pictures in the 1990s. His producing credits include the “300” movies, “Immortals,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Escape Plan.”

Solomon was the head of genre specialist After Dark Films before joining Cinelou.

Source: Mexico Star

‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Premiere Date, Spoilers, and More; Vera Farmiga to Stick Around?

The prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” “Bates Motel” finally comes to an end with its 5th season. Fans are up to witness through their TV screens how a seemingly normal teenager in the name of Norman Bates will lose his mind and turn into one of the most horrifying serial killers in the history of movies. Executive Producers of the show promises a beautiful and emotional ending.

When the showrunners to the critically acclaimed Motel Bates announced in Comic Con San Diego that they are officially ending the series in Season 5, fans were surprised and that is an understatement.

But the producers insisted that when Season 1 took off, they immediately thought that they’d only stick until Season 5 as they already thought about the perfect ending.

Although a specific date for its release hasn’t been confirmed yet, Motel Bates Season 5 is expected to air sometime in March 2017, Variety reported. The 5th season is also expected to introduce another character in the show’s homage to the “Psycho” franchise.

While “Bates Motel” has succeeded both in honoring the greatest horror movie and being a successful creepy TV series, it will come to an end as it introduces Marion Crane, who will be played by superstar singer Rihanna, Cinema Blend reported.

Rihanna will appear in multiple episodes and the show will perhaps re-enact the famous shower scene that has become one of film’s most iconic moments. “Psycho” is famous for its plot twists and turns but it has climbed into stellar success when Marion Crane stepped into her doomed shower scene.

Vera Farmiga is also expected to reprise her dead character Norma Bates. This season will be the unravelling of Norman and he will be having visions of his dead mother doing simple chores around the motel. In Norman’s mind, his mother is still very much alive and the producers promised this will have bone-chilling moments played out in the entire 10-episode Season 5.

Source: University Herald

Jacob Tremblay & Vera Farmiga for “Burn Your Maps” Interview

We present our highlights from the press conference of Jordan Roberts’ Burn your Maps from the 2016 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF16).

The film stars Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Marton Csokas, Suraj Sharma, and Virginia Madsen.

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany – He believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.

It’s been quite a ride for the cast, and here they talk about filming up in Calgary, watching Jacob fighting storms, playing with goats and riding a horse. It’s been quite a ride for the young star.



Vera Farmiga went on to talk about working with Jacob, the chemistry between them and how the young actor is open, mischievous and very savvy. She also talks about she was inspired by the relationship between the actor and his mother, which she used in their time on screen.



It was an easy choice for Farmiga to make, here she talks about reading the story and how the love and hope inherent in the script and the connection she made with her own life at the time.



Moving on to the director Jordan Roberts, and here he talks about casting the ‘little squirt’, and how he first encountered Jacob Tremblay from an audition tape. He talks of the honesty that the actor displayed, and how they came to cast him.



Tremblay himself talked about playing the character of Wes, and why the strange story connected with him.



He also talked about learning riding a horse, how to feed a goat, though they smell, and the general experience. And a note from the young actor – riding a horse without a saddle is painful…



With his role in Room blowing the roof off, so to speak, the young actor’s career. Here he talks about getting the role, and how the director and he worked on creating the character once he was cast.



The director expressed his surprise at how perfect Calgary doubled for Mongolia, and how easily it matched the environment.



Having filmed the movie in Canada it made sense for the director to be invited back for the Toronto Film Festival. He talks about how important Canada was to him personally and the film, particularly the kindness of the people.

Source: HeyUGuys

Patrick Wilson Joins Liam Neeson in Action Thriller ‘The Commuter’

The move also reteams Wilson with his ‘Conjuring 2’ star Vera Farmiga.
Patrick Wilson is joining Liam Neeson in The Commuter, the latest action collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and Neeson.

The move also reteams Wilson with his Conjuring 2 star Vera Farmiga, who is the female lead of the Studiocanal-backed project which will be distributed by Lionsgate.

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.

The script, by Philip de Blasi and Byron Willinger, centers on an insurance salesman (Neeson) in the midst of his daily commute who is forced by a mysterious stranger (Farmiga) to uncover the identity of a passenger before the train’s last stop.

Wilson has a key role in the thriller, playing the salesman’s trusted friend who helps him along the way.

The Commuter is the fourth movie Collet-Serra has done with Neeson after Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. The pic currently is shooting in London.

Wilson is coming off starring in one of this summer’s biggest hits, The Conjuring 2, where he reprised his role of paranormal investigator Ed Warren (Farmiga plays his wife). The New Line horror sequel has grossed over $318 million worldwide.

Wilson, repped by CAA and Anonymous Content, next appears opposite Michael Keaton in The Founder.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter