After co-directing the 2009 indie hit Tanner Hall with Tatiana von Furstenberg, writer and director Francesca Gregorini makes her solo directorial debut with her new film The Truth About Emanuel, which stars Jessica Biel (The A-Team, Total Recall) and opens in theaters on January 10th.
While this is only her second film, Gregorini is no stranger to Hollywood being the daughter of former Bond girl Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me) and the stepdaughter of musical legend Ringo Starr (The Beatles). Her latest film, The Truth About Emanuel, follows the title character (Kaya Scodelario); a troubled young girl who becomes obsessed with her mysterious new neighbor (Biel), a woman that bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In addition to Biel and Scodelario, the film also stars Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Aneurin Barnard (Hunky Dory), and Jimmi Simpson (Breakout Kings)
I recently had a chance to speak with writer and director Francesca Gregorini about The Truth About Emanuel. The talented filmmaker discussed her new movie, developing the screenplay, its genre, the title change, casting the film’s baby, directing her first film without Tatiana von Furstenberg, what she learned from making Tanner Hall, Jessica Biel’s impressive performance, and working with the hilarious Jimmi Simpson.
Opening in theaters on February 22nd is the new drama Bless Me, Ultima from writer and director Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress), which is based on the novel by author Rudolfo Anaya. The film stars Benito Martinez (TV's The Shield), Miriam Colon (Scarface), Dolores Heredia (Get the Gringo), Castulo Guerra (The Usual Suspects), Joaquin Coslo (Savages), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Maquillaje), David Rees Snell (TV's The Shield), and newcomer Luke Ganalon.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Benito Martinez and Luke Ganalon, as well as Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to talk about their work on Bless Me, Ultima. The three actors discussed the new film, collaborating with actor-turned-director Carl Franklin, their characters' relationship to Ultima (Miriam Colon), the movie's themes of heritage and family, narrator Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), working with a child actor, what it was like for Ganalon to make his first film, and Martinez's delight at reuniting with his Shield co-star David Rees Snell.
This Independence Day, party like its 1776 and celebrate the United States of America symbolically flipping the bird to King George with The Forger on DVD.
As Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson played a teenager in over his head the futuristic dystopia of Panem's favorite survival competition, but in The Forger, hitting shelves on DVD on Tuesday, July 3rd, Hutcherson stars as a very different kind of teen. A loner and something of a rebel, our hero is a young painting prodigy who stumbles upon a lucrative and surprisingly dangerous world of art forgeries in the seemingly quiet town of Carmel, California.
Available on DVD July 3rd is the new drama from first time director Lawrence Rock called The Forger. The film stars The Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), Hayden Panettiere (Fireflies in the Garden), Lauren Bacall (To Have And Have Not), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), and Dina Eastwood (Mrs. Eastwood & Company).
IAR is proud to present the exclusive premiere of a clip from The Forger entitled "Nothing But The Best."
What if I told you there was a new short film in which Jennifer Garner uses flamboyant lies and occasionally bawdy innuendo to attract the attentions of Alfred Molina as an increasingly exasperated priest? You'd want to check that out, right? After all, it's the erstwhile Elektra Natchios and Doc Ock sharing a confessional.
Garner and Molina star in Serena, a short clocking in at just under twelve minutes, during which Garner plays the title character, a woman who is running out her priest's patience, but for fascinating reasons. Serena is written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the man behind last year's Oscar-nominated Albert Nobbs and episodes of the HBO series In Treatment and Six Feet Under.
Opening in theaters on September 23rd is the new action thriller from Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton called Abduction. The film features actor Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) in his first post-Twilight starring role, along with Lily Collins (Priest), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Freema Agyerman (Doctor Who), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl Who Played with Fire), and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and speak with editor H. Dwight Raymond IV (Marmaduke) about his work on Abduction. Raymond discussed the film, collaborating with director John Singleton, the movie's action filled sequences, Taylor Lautner's performance, and keeping the actor's shirt on.
The first trailer for Abduction did the conceptual heavy lifting, showing how Taylor Lautner's perfect high school movie existence turns into a perfect action movie existence upon his discovery of his picture on a missing persons website. In short order, his parents are mowed down, he's pursued by government spy-types, and he beats up many, many people. A second Abduction trailer puts John Singleton's action direction front and center, focusing mainly on the running and the Bourne-style beatings. It also includes at least two instance of piss-poor marksmanship from highly-trained operatives with giant sniper rifles.
Two months ago, Lionsgate released the first poster for the action-thriller Abduction, and that simple black-and-white one sheet informed curious audiences of just two crucial pieces of primary information: first, that Taylor Lautner is in the film, and second, that the film is called Abduction. A brand new poster for the film includes those two essential facts, while also introducing some spatial confusion, as Lautner, gun in hand, slides down the sheer face of a building that exists at an angle not quite compatible with the physical universe surrounding it.
Synopsis: Taylor Lautner stars as a young man unwittingly thrust into a deadly world of covert espionage in Lionsgate's action-thriller, ABDUCTION, directed by John Singleton.
If simplicity is perfection, then the new poster for Abduction will be the highlight of your week. This one-sheet, unveiled at JustJared, aims to tell you one thing and one thing only: Taylor Lautner is in this movie. So if you were wondering whether or not Taylor Lautner is in Abduction, then this poster will answer that question and do very little else. Check it out.