‘Motherless Brooklyn’ To Open Chicago International Film Festival

Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn will open the 55th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Motherless Brooklyn centers on Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, who ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.

“We’re thrilled to be opening with Edward Norton’s stunning and accomplished new film,” said the festival’s artistic director Mimi Plauché. “Edward is already celebrated for his acting talent, but with his second feature as a director he’s proven himself to be a visionary filmmaker with a highly entertaining movie full of terrific performances that feels both timeless and utterly timely.”

The opening night celebration, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, will be held at the AMC River East 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2019. An after-party at Union Station Burlington Room will follow, with additional support provided by Aberlour, Chloe Wine Collection, Goose Island, and Forza Meats.

Presented by Cinema/Chicago, the 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place Oct. 16-27 at the AMC River East.

Source: Forbes

Gallery: “Glass” Updates & Comments

Hey guys! I’ve updated the gallery with some more movie stills and behind-the-scenes photos from Glass. I’ve also opened comments on the video archive, so feel free to leave some comments on your favorite videos!

Video: A Look Inside “Glass”

Bruce Signs 3-Picture Deal With MoviePass Films

It solidified a long relationship that Willis has had with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. He has made 14 films with them, with 10 Minutes Gone in post-production and past efforts that include the Richard Donner-directed 16 Blocks and the Stephen Frears-helmed Lay the Favorite.

The first in the new three-pic pact will be Trauma Center, written by Paul da Silva. It will begin shooting in February in Miami. Additional casting is underway on the film. Emmett, Furla and Lydia Hull will produce Trauma Center, while Ted Farnsworth, Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert will executive produce.

Speaking on the relationship between the company and Willis, Emmett said: “We consider Bruce a part of the MoviePass family at this point. Bruce is not only one of the biggest worldwide movie stars but is also a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to the future with him.”

Said Willis, “After 15 years, I look forward to continuing to work with Randall and George in the coming year.”

EFO is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman along with Willis’ 10 Minutes Gone. The Michael Polish-helmed WWII drama Axis Sally starring Al Pacino is currently in pre-production.

Source: Deadline

Why ‘Die Hard’ is definitely a Christmas movie

A recent poll by the Hollywood Reporter/ Morning Consult found 62% of American adults thought “Die Hard” was not a Christmas film. And even Bruce Willis joined in the debate.

“Die Hard” sits at number 11 on ranking site Rotten Tomatoes’ 50 Best Christmas Movies. It also features on best Christmas lists by Time Out, and tops movie magazine Empire’s list.

The most successful Christmas movie of all time is Home Alone, with a lifetime gross $476,684,675. “Die Hard” has made box office totals of around $141, 278, 197, according to boxofficemojo. This year the British Film Institute includes contemporary comedies in its Christmas line-up, including “Gremlins” and “Home Alone”.

We take a look at different criteria: soundtrack, the time frame the film is set in, viewing habits, music, anti-Christmas element and overcoming of greed. We can prove it IS a Christmas movie. Sort of.


Tiberius Picks Up Bruce Willis Crime Drama ’10 Minutes Gone’

The indie action thriller, from high-octane director and regular Willis collaborator Brian A. Miller, sees the ‘Die Hard’ star playing a man trying to piece together his missing memory during a bank heist gone wrong.

In a deal that shows there’s still an international market for old-fashioned action, distributor Tiberius has picked up 10 Minutes Gone, Bruce Willis’ latest indie action thriller, for the German market.

The crime drama, from high-octane director and regular Willis collaborator Brian A. Miller (Officer Down, The Prince), sees the Die Hard star playing a man trying to piece together a missing 10 minutes lost from his memory during a bank heist gone wrong in order to find out who sabotaged him. Michael Chiklis and Meadow Williams co-star in the feature from EFO Films and MoviePass.

Tiberius also snatched up German rights to the action thriller Last Rampage, starring Robert Patrick as real-life convicted murderer Gary Tison, who staged a bloody escape from Arizona State Prison in 1978. Heather Graham co-stars in the film from Halloween 4 director Dwight H. Little.

Tiberius made it an AFM action three-peat with the pickup of T-34, a Russian war epic from director Aleksey Sidorov that follows a group of Russian soldiers during World War II who escape from German captivity in a wreck of tank.

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s Nov. 3 daily issue at the American Film Market.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Gallery: Air Strike (2018)

Hey guys! I’ve updated the gallery with screen captures from the movie Air Strike a.k.a The Bombing. The film was released yesterday; I hope you enjoy the screen captures as well as the other photos that were already added.

During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940.

Gallery: Unbreakable (2000)

Hey guys! In preparation for Bruce’s new movie coming out in January, I’ve updated the gallery with HQ promotional art, stills and screen captures from the 2000 movie Unbreakable. The new movie, Glass, is the 3rd movie in what has been referred to as the “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” (Unbreakable is the 1st part!). Hope you guys enjoy!

This suspense thriller unfolds as the audience is introduced to David Dunn. Not only is he the sole survivor of a horrific train-crash that killed 131 people he doesn’t have a scratch on him. Elijah Price is an obscure character who approaches Dunn with a seemingly far fetched theory behind it all.

Gallery: The Sixth Sense (1999)

Hey guys! In preparation for Halloween, I’ve updated the gallery with HQ promotional art, stills and screen captures of Bruce in the 1999 movie The Sixth Sense. Hope you guys enjoy!

Malcolm Crowe is a successful child psychiatrist who takes on the task to help a terrified boy who seems to be plagued by visions of ghosts. But as his relationship with the boy deepens, he learns some very disturbing truths about the boy’s visions.

‘Glass’ Trailer Pits Supervillains Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Against Heroic Bruce Willis

Even though M. Night Shyamalan made his name with The Sixth Sense’s memorable twist ending, the big reveal at the end of 2017’s Split — namely, that it was a covert sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable — nonetheless took audiences by thrilled surprise. We’ll have to wait until January to see if the filmmaker is capable of once again blindsiding fans with what will be the third entry in his superhero series, Glass. But a new trailer for the film certainly indicates that the sequel is hiding a bombshell or two.

Taking place in the recent aftermath of Split, Glass will focus on indestructible empath David Dunn (Bruce Willis), now dubbed “the Overseer,” and his fragile nemesis Elijah Price, aka “Mr. Glass” (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as multiple-personality-plagued Kevin Wendall Crumb (James McAvoy), aka “the Horde,” who has the ability to transform into the monstrous Beast.

Even more than its initial trailer, this latest promo indicates that Mr. Glass is the one deviously orchestrating events, manipulating his incarceration at a psychiatric hospital alongside Dunn and Crumb to initiate a battle between good and evil. That conflict will rage both inside and outside the facility run by Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple and will eventually involve Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey Cooke, the only female survivor from Split. It’ll also feature Mr. Glass’s mom, played by Charlayne Woodard — or so the filmmakers promise.

Glass arrives in theaters on Jan. 18, 2019.

Source: The Hollywood News