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

‘Bates Motel To End With Season 5 – Comic-Con

A&E is checking out of Bates Motel. The network announced during the show’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con that the fifth season of the Psycho prequel will be its last.

Bates Motel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Both actors have drawn praise for their performances, receiving Emmy and Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star.

Bates Motel, from Universal Television, is executive produced by Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Vera Farmiga Joins Liam Neeson in Thriller ‘The Commuter’

“The Conjuring 2” star Vera Farmiga is coming aboard the Liam Neeson thriller “The Commuter.”

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the film, marking the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who teamed up on last year’s “Run All Night,” 2013’s “Nonstop” and 2011’s “Unknown.”

Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi wrote the script for Studiocanal and the Picture Company. Shooting is expected to start this summer.

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing. Collet-Serra will also serve as executive producer along with his Ombra Films partner Juan Sola.

Lionsgate bought U.S. rights for “The Commuter” and the “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, in November at the American Film Market.
“The Commuter” centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. Farmiga will play a mysterious woman who boards a commuter train and proposes an enticing opportunity to Neeson’s character.

Collet-Serra, a native of Spain, has been in post-production on Sony’s “The Shallows,” starring Blake Lively. The thriller hits theaters on June 24.

His other credits include the “House of Wax” remake in 2005 and 2009’s “Orphan,” in which Farmiga starred.

Farmiga is repped by CAA, manager Jon Rubinstein and attorney Jodi Peikoff. News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Source: Variety

‘Bates Motel’ Season 4 Spoilers

‘Bates Motel’ Season 4 Spoilers: Is Vera Farmiga’s Norma Getting A New Love Interest?

Sorry, Normero shippers, but it seems that Norma (Vera Farmiga) is getting a new love interest in season 4 of “Bates Motel.”

TVLine was first to report the speculation along with the news that the A&E drama-thriller is casting the recurring role of Gregg Edwards, a “compassionate, grounded and empathetic” doctor at Pineview Mental Institution in his 40s who “walks a fine line between professional curiosity and personal investment in his patients’ lives.”

Whether or not Gregg ends up as a new love interest for Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mom, fans who ship Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) together won’t be disappointed, as series executive producer Carlton Cuse previously suggested that the pair will eventually become a couple.

“Our intention is to make people want them to get together,” Cuse said of Norma and Romero in an interview with Yahoo TV in April. “When that might happen, [fellow executive producer] Kerry [Ehrin] and I wouldn’t want to say right now, but that’s exactly what you should be feeling. You should be wanting them to get together.”

“We feel like we have an epic couple with Norma and Romero. We plan to deliver on the promise of that at some point, in some form,” he added.

And that seems to be the case, as viewers saw Romero killed Bob Paris (Kevin Rahm) in the season 3 finale not because he will personally benefit from his death, but because he’s protecting Norma, whom he has already fallen for.

“It is the first time he’s committed a crime where his motivation was murky,” Ehrin told TV Guide of the sheriff in May.”He always, in the past, knew exactly why he was doing something and he was doing it to control a bad situation from getting out of hand. This is the first time he has done something purely personal, and he did it because he’s in love with her.”

Do you want to see Norma and Romero become a couple next season? Take our poll, and let us know what you think of the new potential love interest for Norma.

Source: Design & Trend

The Conjuring 2 begins production

Conjuring 2 with Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson begins production

The long-awaited sequel to “The Conjuring” has now started principal photography in Los Angeles. New Line Cinema has confirmed that “The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan (“Furious 7”) once again at the helm, is setting up shop and ready to begin filming this week.

The new film will be a sequel to the box-office hit “The Conjuring,” the supernatural thriller will once again follow another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films), star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. The film went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.”

Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (TV’s “The Missing”) as the single mom, with Madison Wolfe (TV’s “Zoo”) and newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (TV’s “Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (TV’s “Roy”); Franka Potente (TV’s “The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”).

In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson. Peter Safran, Wan and Rob Cowan, who previously collaborated on “The Conjuring,” are producing.

Collaborating with Wan behind-the-scenes is Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump,” “42”). Reuniting with the director from “The Conjuring” are production designer Julie Berghoff, editor Kirk Morri, costume designer Kristin Burke, and composer Joseph Bishara.

Scheduled for release on June 10, 2016, “The Conjuring 2” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Source: The Slanted

Relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga has a complex relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho we met the infamous Norman Bates, oppressed son, psychopath and serial killer. In 2013, the television prequel, Bates Motel, constructed around Bates’ early life, and in particular his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), a woman hitherto met as a skeleton in the attic, but now in the full bloom of her life.

That relationship – a mother’s obsessive love for her son, and a son’s love/hate relationship with his mother – forms the psychological spine of Bates Motel.

Farmiga describes it as a swinging pendulum, stretching from an almost uncomfortable affection, to a powerful sense of betrayal.

“Norman is at that very precarious stage of adolescence where he’s figuring out what it is to become a man,” Farmiga says. “And he’s being raised by a single mother. There’s a draw to his mother, but a simultaneous [push away]. And I think what you’re going to be seeing is quite a bit of that.

“You’re going to see the most extreme closeness and tenderness, to the point of such uncomfortable closeness between them, and then, sort of, the opposite pendulum swing of complete almost alienation and betrayal.
“But I think [also] they’re just trying to find their footing.”

Our conversation touches on a range of emotions, and Farmiga uses words like “inevitable” and “demise”. To some extent, history is written for both Norma and Norman; the events of Hitchcock’s original film serve as a sort of epilogue to Bates Motel. Though Farmiga does not feel hemmed in by the fate demanded by the larger historical work.

“I don’t get trapped in that … my only mission is to have you guys, the audience, whoever is receiving our story, to really root for them both,” Farmiga says. “The task at hand for me really is to present to you a mother in all her righteousness and her manipulation.”

And to that end, Farmiga believes Norma is a committed mother, even if the fine print of the story suggests otherwise. “Everything that she thinks she is doing, is saying, [is] I’m doing the best that I can to make my son better, to fix him. And, you know, she comes from the heart in what she thinks is the right thing to do.

“She’s this, you know, mother lion.”

Bates Motel also makes rather ambitious observations about the modern world; Farmiga sees it as a work which explores the struggle of parents with their children, where responsibility sits, and how children are fashioned into adults.

“What is so vital about our story I think, especially now in the age of Dylan Klebold​ [who, with Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 24 others, in the Columbine High School massacre], is that we, as parents, are really struggling with our children,” Farmiga says.

“They’re growing up in such a violent world, and such a dark place. And I think this is a show that really considers your responsibility as a parent and, in that examination of parent/children relationships, how we, in fact, are responsible, somewhat.

“There’s biochemistry, there’s a neat personality, but then there’s, you know, how do we sculpt them, how do we mould them, do we hurt them, do we help them, how do we make our kids better, how do we prepare them, how do we hone them, how do we love them into the best possible version of themselves.”

The show’s second season also saw the arrival of Caleb Calhoun, played by Kenny Johnson. Calhoun, who is Norma’s estranged older brother, was part of her violent upbringing, a context which exposed a different aspect of Norma’s personality.

Johnson, Farmiga says, is a “one in a million”. “I think it’s very tricky to do what is demanded of him in this role. He can make you feel such great empathy for the character. I think this is what’s so masterful about [Bates Motel] is that we tread these really murky lines where you teeter over a little bit in this area, and it’s just profane.

“The balancing act is quite tricky, tonally, to achieve, because you want to hate Caleb, you want to judge him, and yet he’s quite loveable in this. It’s really odd, but fascinating to watch.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Australia