Opening in theaters on September 27th is the new IMAX 3D thriller concert film Metallica: Through the Never from the legendary heavy metal band Metallica. The movie was directed by Nimrod Antal (Predators), and stars actor Dane DeHaan (Lawless), as well as Metallica members James Hetfield (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar/backing vocals), and Robert Trujillo (bass/backing vocals).
IAR recently had the pleasure of traveling to San Francisco to speak with Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo, as well as actor Dane DeHaan about their work on Metallica: Through the Never. The iconic rock band discussed their new film, making a different kind of concert movie, having cameras film them constantly, their extravagant stage set, shooting on IMAX and 3D, writing the movie's narrative script, it's cinematic influences, why they didn't want any dialogue, embracing their legacy, their excitement for the project, making a new album, the band's recently found independence, and hanging out with Lou Reed, while DeHaan talked about his character's arc in the film.
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Dane DeHaan is having one hell of a good year! The actor, who until this year was best known for his roles on the HBO series In Treatment and True Blood, has had not one but three major movies released in 2012.
DeHaan first gained attention earlier this year for his role as a teenager that gains super powers and then travels to the dark side in the surprise hit, found footage film Chronicle. He was next seen in director John Hillcoat’s critically acclaimed ensemble film Lawless, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 27th and stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. Not to mention, that DeHaan can also currently be seen in a small role as a soldier in director Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln. If that wasn’t enough, the actor has several high profile projects on the horizon including The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, Devil’s Knot about the West Memphis Three, and a possible role as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while that is still a rumor and has yet to be confirmed.
In Lawless, which is based on the novel “The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant, DeHaan plays Cricket Pate, the crippled best friend of Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf). Jack and his older brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) run a profitable depression-era bootlegging business that is threatened by a crooked law officer named Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce). In addition to DeHaan, LaBeouf, Hardy, Clarke, and Pearce, the film’s impressive cast also includes Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain (The Help), and Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Lawless was directed by acclaimed filmmaker John Hillcoat (The Road) and was written by his frequent collaborator, Australian musician Nick Cave.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor Dane DeHaan about his work on Lawless, as well as Lincoln, and the upcoming films Devil’s Knot, and The Place Beyond the Pines. The talented young actor discussed making Lawless, working with John Hillcoat, Tom Hardy’s unusual performance, creating his character, researching the prohibition era, reading the book, how he became friends with Shia LaBeouf, shooting his most powerful scenes with Guy Pearce, as well as Lincoln, what its like to work on a Steven Spielberg set, his role in Devil’s Knot, and collaborating with director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) on The Place Beyond the Pines.
It's a late September surprise, as a pair of new releases in wide release are tied for the top spot at the domestic box office with a baseball/familial drama nipping at their figurative heels in third place.
Last weekend was the slowest in years at the domestic box office, so this frame in the middle of September was bound to look better by comparison. Nad though it was still down by 18% from the same weekend last year, the number one movie this weekend earned more than twice the amount of the number one movie last week.
There's an alternate universe where this weekend saw the nationwide release of Gangster Squad, an ensemble crime tale that was delayed until January to accommodate reshoots on a sequence deemed inappropriate after July's horrific theater shooting in Colorado. In that universe, perhaps the film's all-star cast could have salvaged this weekend, but as it occurred in our universe, this ended up being the slowest weekend at the domestic box office since 2008.
It's Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of a muggy swampass summer. While many Americans spend the holiday weekend going on road trips, barbecuing the choicest of meats, or thinking of the invaluable labor of their forebears, some folks opted to spend some time in the air-conditioned comfort of their local multiplex. Horror was the order of the weekend for those folks, as the aptly-titled exorcism drama The Possession ended up in the top spot at the domestic box office, ahead of fellow newcomer Lawless and The Expendables 2, which ends its two-week reign as the number one movie in the nation.
Opening in theaters on August 29th is the new film from Austrailian director John Hillcoat (The Road) and musician/screenwriter Nick Cave (The Proposition) called Lawless. The movie is adapted from the novel "The Wettest County in the World" by author Matt Bondurant and is based on a true story. Lawless features an incredible cast of actors that includes Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Jason Clarke (Texas Killing Fields), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), and Dane DeHann (Chronicle), with Guy Pearce (Lockout), and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with acclaimed director John Hillcoat to talk about Lawless. The talented director discussed his new film, actor Tom Hardy's unusual performance, the relationship between Jessica Chastain and Hardy's characters, casting underused actor Jason Clarke, reuniting with Guy Pearce after The Proposition, Gary Oldman's minor role, and working with Shia LaBeouf.
When we contemporary Americans want to get emphatically drunk, we just skip down to the nearest supermarket for a wine cooler or head to a bar full of pretty people for an overpriced cocktail. In Franklin County, Virginia during the Great Depression, though, if you wanted to get absolutely blitzed on brain-boiling high-content booze, your self-destructive spirit of choice was the moonshine bubbled up by the Bondurant Brothers.
This real-life trio of historical bootleggers are the subject of Lawless, opening in theaters this Wednesday, August 29th. The film, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), stars Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) , Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) as Jack, Forest, and Howard Bondurant, with Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Cricket, a neighbor who aids in the expansion of their moonshine business. When a corrupt Chicago lawman, played by Guy Pearce (Memento), arrives in the Virginia Hills with a mind to take a cut of the siblings' profits, their independent streak and good-ole-boy sensibilities lead to open conflict, with their business devolving into a grisly war of bullets, fisticuffs, and blades.
IAR was lucky enough to be among the outlets present for the Los Angeles press day promoting the release of Lawless. Representing the film were DeHaan and Nick Cave, the film's screenwriter and composer of the score. The duo enthusiastically discussed their experiences on the film, sharing their thoughts on adapting existing material, nailing a difficult accent, onscreen violence, haunting music, playing bowlegged, and working with world-class actors.
The bootlegging Bondurant brothers, who kept their corner of Virginia awash in high quality moonshine during Prohibition, did not lead gentle or chaste lives. As such, no green band trailer for Lawless could really sell the film based on those lives properly. That's why, with a week until the movie begin rolling out in limited release, The Weinstein Company has unveiled a red band Lawless trailer, complete with some blood, a little bit of nudity, and Gary Oldman shooting a tommy gun with no small amount of style.