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Hilary Swank To Star In Deon Taylor-Directed Noir Thriller Fatale

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has been set to star in Deon Taylor’s noir thriller Fatale.

Fatale centers on a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police detective. Swank plays the detective. Taylor, whose next film is the Screen Gems’ thriller The Intruder, is directing Fatale and producing with his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith. David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace and Obsessed) wrote the screenplay. Dante Spinotti will be the DP, marking his third collaboration with Taylor.

Production begins in Los Angeles next month. Endeavor Content will handle worldwide sales. Roxanne Avent will oversee the production for Hidden Empire Film Group, which is fully financing the movie.

Said Taylor: “Getting tough, smart, beautiful, and perplexing all in one performance is daunting – until you get Hilary Swank, then you breathe easier and things get really exciting. We’re really looking forward to making this movie and letting Hilary do what she does best – command the screen.”

Swank’s latest film, What They Had, opens in October through Bleecker Street. She stars alongside Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Josh Lucas.

Taylor’s upcoming film The Intruder stars Dennis Quaid, Meaghan Good and Michael Ealy and was acquired by Sony’s Screen Gems in a worldwide rights deal. Taylor separately produced with director Jamie Foxx the comedy feature All-Star Weekend, starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr. Under his new Dark Circus banner, Taylor also wrapped the Meet the Blacks sequel The House Next Door starring Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Rick Ross, Danny Trejo, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Andrew Bachelor (aka ‘King Batch’), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner.

Taylor’s projects are financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert F. Smith, who founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s Managing Principal.

Swank and Taylor are both represented by WME.

Source: https://deadline.com

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I Am Mother set for Adelaide Film Festival

The Adelaide Film Festival (ADL FF) revealed the stunning line up of Adelaide Film Fest FUND projects and additional highlights set to premiere at the festival in October, with sessions now on sale. Together with the recently announced Opening Night Hotel Mumbai Australian Premiere, the first weekend of the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival boasts three of the most hotly anticipated Australian films of the year alongside documentaries, shorts, VR, and the world premiere of the spy thriller TV series Pine Gap.

Cementing its reputation for innovative screen funding, the ADL Film Fest FUND presents the Australian premiere of Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, direct from its world premiere in competition at Venice, the gala work-in-progress of Grant Sputore’s I Am Mother starring Hilary Swank and Clara Rugaard and the feature documentary, She Who Must Be Obeyed, about the remarkable Freda Glynn.

I Am Mother – Gala work-in-progress screening

Starring two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and newcomer Clara Rugaard, I Am Mother is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that brings a dark and electrifying edge to a unique mother-daughter story. Based on an original concept by West Australian director Grant Sputore, here making his directorial debut, and writer Michael Lloyd Green, the script was one of the most sought after on the 2016 Black List. I Am Mother tells the story of a lonely teenage girl, the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of mankind. Their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (Swank) inexplicably arrives at the bunker, begging for help. Overnight the stranger calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world and her Mother’s intentions. Produced by Kelvin Munro and Timothy White, co-produced by Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green.

Friday 12 October 6.45pm – followed by premiere party

Tickets are now on sale at www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

The full festival programme, juries and special guests will be announced in September.

Adelaide Film Festival runs October 10 – 21.

Source: https://adelaidefilmfestival.org/

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What They Had at TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival reveals first Gala and Special Presentation titles for 2018. Hilary’s upcoming movie will have gala premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival taking place from September 6 to 16 2018.

Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, and Michael Shannon star in this intimate family drama about a woman who returns home to help her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother, while also grappling with her own past.

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What They Had Official Trailer

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.


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Watch Hilary Swank, Jodie Foster Audition for ‘Batgirl’ Film

Conan O’Brien continued his streak of star-studded segments in honor of Comic-Con on Thursday, when he opened his show with a sketch featuring a slew of celebrities trying out for the upcoming Batgirl movie.

Hilary Swank, Jodie Foster, Nick Offerman, Thomas Middleditch, Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Kristen Schaal and Nicole Byer all vie for the role, with varying degrees of effort, in the clip.

“Hi, I’m Hilary Swank, and this is my audition right here,” Swank says in her audition, brandishing just one of her two Oscars. Foster later attempts to one-up swank by bringing in a “soldier” prop.

Notaro delivered her lines (which were supposed to be “filled with rage,” a person onscreen prompted her) in a consistent deadpan.

At one point, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), shows up, reading for “Kyle, the waiter in the diner.” When Offerman attempts to audition for Batgirl and is informed that the production is looking for a woman, he says it was the “same bulls— I got on Ocean’s 8.”

DC Entertainment’s development of a Batgirl movie is back on after one-time writer-director Joss Whedon left the project in February. In April The Hollywood Reporter reported that the project was back on, with Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson writing a script premised on the Barbara Gordon version of the character.

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Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

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Hilary Swank On Family Dysfunction In ‘What They Had’

“There were so many reasons I felt compelled to tell the story,” first-time director Elizabeth Chomko said of her film What They Had at Deadline’s Sundance Studio, “but the biggest one, I think, especially in hindsight, is the awareness that memories are a gift and that they’re precious.”

Memory loss is a key tenet in Chomko’s film, which she also wrote. The story follows a family dealing with the fallout of its matriarch’s descent into Alzheimer’s as estranged siblings Nick (Michael Shannon) and Bridget (Hilary Swank) are forced back together to make some difficult decisions about their parent’s future.

Speaking alongside Chomko were castmembers Shannon, Swank, Taissa Farmiga and Blythe Danner, who plays the dementia-stricken Ruth.

“The film is about a lot of things,” Chomko added, “but it’s certainly about coming of age at every stage of life and loving and letting go.”

Describing his character as “not quite sure of his place in the world,” Shannon said, “The one thing he’s very devoted to is his family and his parents and he’s kind of stayed behind and kept an eye on them.”

Conversely, Swank’s character seems at first glance to have it all together with her marriage and children, but inside she’s overstretched. “She’s holding herself together,” said Swank. “I think it’s really the plight of many women, because by nature we’re nurturers, and we give and we give and we give and sometimes it’s to the point where it’s not to our best interests.”

In essence, What They Had is a story of a normal family, with all the nuance inherent in that. “There’s a lot of stuff at play here,” Swank said. “There’s a lot of onion layers, there’s dysfunction, which there is in life, in every single family.”

Source: http://deadline.com/

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Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank’s What They Had: An Alzheimer’s Story That’s Both Heartbreaking and … Funny

Introducing her exquisite debut feature, What They Had, at Sundance, the writer-director Elizabeth Chomko addressed the movie’s initiating event — a woman with Alzheimer’s reaching the last-but-one stage, number six — only obliquely. Chomko painted a larger picture.

“Memory,” she said, “is a gift we’re given. I don’t want to take it for granted.” And so, in the film, the camera occasionally lingers on photos and home movies of Ruth (Blythe Danner) and her husband, Bert (Robert Forster), as they were in their 20s and 30s; and Ruth is tasked to carry a picture in a locket that can remind her, fleetingly, who the man across the table from her is.

Before I get too lachrymose, I should mention that the movie has a lot of great laughs: The characters speak their minds and then some. The main couple isn’t the old one but a pair of middle-aged siblings, Bridget (Hilary Swank), and Nicky (Michael Shannon), who call each names like “turkey” and “dingle-fairy” and whose conversations often end in shouting matches. Bridget has flown in from Los Angeles to take some of the burden off Nicky and has brought her daughter, Emma (Taissa Farmiga), who’s been thrown out of her college dorm for drinking and is almost as prickly as her uncle. Nicky is being eaten alive by multiple stressors. He has poured all his money into a high-toned bar that his father has never deigned to visit. And he feels that he alone bears the responsibility for his mother’s well-being. He’s furious that Bert won’t put her in a facility for people with dementia, even after she has wandered into the snow in a nightgown and boarded a train. Bert is a stubborn cuss.

Actually, “cuss” is the exact wrong word. A devout Catholic, Bert abhors his kids’ swearing and believes it’s his duty is to care for his wife until the bitter end. Also, he adores her. The subtext (and Über-text) of What They Had is the impact of such an overbearing father on his children’s self-esteem. Bert compelled (impelled, bullied) Bridget to marry an up-and-comer she didn’t love and now can barely stand. (Seen very briefly and played by Josh Lucas, the husband seems a nice enough fellow but dull.) Bert also insists on belittling Nicky — a bar owner — by calling him a bartender. The crux of Nicky and Bridget’s arguments is that she has power of attorney over her parents but won’t stand up to them. Nicky hectors her, she squirms, Nicky hectors her, she squirms, and nothing happens. Continue reading Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank’s What They Had: An Alzheimer’s Story That’s Both Heartbreaking and … Funny

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Sundance Film Review: ‘What They Had’

Though its causes remain shrouded in mystery, Alzheimer’s Disease is unmistakably on the rise, and will become an ever-growing public issue as senior populations and longevity itself each continue to expand. We’re still at an early stage in terms of its dramatization, however — apart from “Away From Her” and “Still Alice,” there haven’t been that many notable screen depictions of Alzheimer’s, or of progressive dementia in general.

Actor-playwright Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature “What They Had” is a particularly welcome addition to that so-far slim canon, since it finds ways to bring considerable humor to a grim subject, without trivializing it. This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster. Highlighting the awards-worthiness of those turns will probably beat the best path to commercial success, particularly in theatrical release.
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2018 Sundance lineup

Hilary’s new film will have world premiere at Sundance festivale next year.

What They Had / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Chomko, Producers: Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan) — Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother‘s urging to deal with her mother‘s Alzheimer‘s and her father‘s reluctance to let go of their life together. Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster. World Premiere

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