Category: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision.
Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Wild is an American biographical adventure drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Strayed, alongside Laura Dern (as Strayed’s mother), with Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman and Gaby Hoffmann among several others in supporting roles. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2014 and was released theatrically on December 3, 2014 in North America.
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Kevin Rankin, Charles Baker, Areana Cirina
Screenplay by: Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed
Production Design by: John Paino
Cinematography by: Yves Bélanger
Film Editing by: Martin Pensa, Jean-Marc Vallée
Costume Design by: Melissa Bruning
Set Decoration by: Robert Covelman
Art Direction by: Javiera Varas
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Riggan Thompson was Birdman, a crime-stopping superhero with a beak and a three-film franchise. Now, he’s a washed up actor trying to get his career and life back together by opening his own play on Broadway. On the eve of it’s opening, the play is close to falling apart and Riggan is forced to sign a younger, egotistical lead actor, whom he despises. What results over the next three days is strange, dark and downright hilarious, nearly costing Riggan his career, family and sanity in the process.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Amy Ryan. The film was released on October 17, 2014.
About the Story
Riggan Thomson is a washed-up Hollywood actor who once played the superhero Birdman, before leaving the franchise to reinvent his career by directing and starring in an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. The play is produced by Riggan’s best friend Jake and stars Riggan’s girlfriend Laura and actress Lesley. Riggan’s daughter Sam, a recovering drug addict, is also part of the production as Riggan’s assistant, and he has refinanced the house belonging to his ex-wife Sylvia to fund the play. Throughout all of this, Riggan is mocked by the disembodied voice of Birdman, who claims he will fail.
After one of the leads is injured by a falling stage light, Jake convinces Riggan to replace him with famous method actor Mike Shiner, who becomes attracted to Sam. Laura later announces she’s pregnant and breaks up with Riggan when he appears to be disappointed. During preview performances, Mike insists on drinking real gin on stage, and when he’s instead handed a prop, he interrupts the performance and berates Riggan, who then decides to fire Mike, but is then told by Jake his addition to the cast has boosted ticket sales and they can’t lose him.
Riggan and Mike go to a bar, where Riggan tells Mike he needs the play to be succesful, and mentions that he once received a compliment from Raymond Carter on a napkin after a performance back when he was a struggling theater actor. Mike points out it’s a bar napkin and Carter wrote it while drunk. He dismisses Riggan as untalented for Broadway and introduces him to Tabitha, a vicious critic whose review will make or break Riggan’s play.
During their second performance, Riggan, Mike, and Lesley perform a scene where Riggan’s character catches Lesley’s character cheating on him with Mike’s character and commits suicide. Mike gets an erection and attempts to persuade Lesley to have sex with him on stage, but she refuses. Although the audience is distracted by Mike’s arousal, the performance is a success, and Riggan comforts Lesley afterwards. Laura eavesdrops on them and confides with Lesley that Riggan was never so kind to her, and the two kiss. Meanwhile, Sam and Mike grow closer, and Mike advises Riggan to find a more realistic prop gun.
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
Screenplay by: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr, Armando Bo
Production Design by: Kevin Thompson
Cinematography by: Emmanuel Lubezki
Film Editing by: Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Costume Design by: Albert Wolsky
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Jr.
Music by: Antonio Sanchez
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
The Drop is an American crime drama film directed by Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane. The film is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2009 short story “Animal Rescue”. Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz and James Frecheville. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically on September 12, 2014.
About the Story
Bob Saginowski is a bartender at neighborhood bar in Brooklyn called Cousin Marv’s. Run by the titular Marv, the bar operates as a “drop” bar where criminals launder money. Marv is shown angry at some people honoring the tenth anniversary of a man being murdered. On his way home, Bob finds a badly beaten pit bull inside a garbage can.
Nadia, who lives in the adjunct house and sees that the dog is injured, helps Bob patch up the dog. She tells him that because it’s a pit bull, it’ll be put down at the shelter if its owner doesn’t come. Bob agrees to take the dog, while someone watches them from across the street. When Bob goes to church, the congregation is to small for him to notice fellow parishioner Detective Torres. Bob picks up the dog and names him Rocco.
The bar is robbed by two gunmen. During the robbery, Bob notices that one of the gunmen has a broken watch. Detective Torres shows up to investigate and Bob tells him about the watch. This upsets Marv, who knows that the Chechens are going to be angry that their money got stolen. Torres shows up to investigate and the next day, Chovka, the face of the Chechen mob wants to know why the cops know about the broken watch, and tells Marv to find the money.
Bob and Nadia begin to grow closer taking care of Rocco. Bob meets Eric Deeds, who comments that Rocco is a nice looking dog. Marv, who lives with his sister Dottie is told by her that a collection agency has been calling because they need to pay for their father’s life support. She suggests that they should take him off life support, to which Marv disagrees. He storms out and meets up with one of the robbers, revealing that Marv orchestrated the robbery.
Deeds shows up at Bob’s house and demands the dog back. Deeds takes Bob’s umbrella and sees himself out. On his way into the bar, a man asking for directions stops Marv, which makes Marv believe he’s being followed. He tells Bob that Deeds is a local thug who claims to have killed the man mentioned earlier. They then find a bag near the garbage with the arm with the broken watch and all the money. Bob disposes of the arm and Marv returns the money to the Chechens. They tell him that his bar will be the drop bar for the night of the Super Bowl.
Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Patricia Squire
Screenplay by: Dennis Lehane, Dennis Lehane
Production Design by: Thérèse DePrez
Cinematography by: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Film Editing by: Christopher Tellefsen
Costume Design by: David C. Robinson
Set Decoration by: Mila Khalevich
Art Direction by: Michael Ahern
Music by: Marco Beltrami, Raf Keunen
MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence and pervasive language.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: September 12, 2014
A graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to discredit creationists by proving that eyes have evolved. Seven years later, when the hospital takes an iris scan of his son and enters into the database, they appear to match with another person’s eyes, which suggested that their son may be some sort of reincarnation of the deceased man.
I Origins is an American science fiction drama film written, directed, and produced by Mike Cahill. The independent production premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014. It is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and opened in limited release on July 18, 2014. It won the Best Feature Length Film Award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya on October 11, 2014.
I Origins is the second feature film by writer / director Mike Cahill after his earlier independent science fiction-drama, Another Earth (2011), also with actress Brit Marling. Cahill sold the film rights to Another Earth to Fox Searchlight Pictures at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. At that time he also sold a screenplay to what would be his next feature film titled I. Though during the development of I, after failing to “crack” some aspects of the story, Cahill instead decided to make an origin story for the film, in which he had a “rich back story for”.
About the Story
A graduate student, Ian Gray, meets an interesting woman, Sofi, at a Halloween party, and he photographs her eyes. They start to have sex in a washroom, but she abruptly leaves without providing her contact information. Gray is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny. Gray’s goal is to discredit creationists by proving that eyes have evolved.
One day, Gray sees a number of elevens all at one time. He gets on bus number 11, but gets off when a guide-dog starts barking at him. He sees a billboard cosmetics ad featuring Sofi’s unmistakable eyes, and uses it to track her down. Despite their different belief systems, Gray’s and Sofi’s relationship develops and they eventually plan to marry. On their would-be wedding day, Karen calls Gray, informing him of a species of worm that is blind, but has the DNA required to develop an eye. This is the breakthrough they have been searching for.
Sofi is upset, and suggests that humans are like the blind worm. Just because they cannot see light doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Just because humans can’t see God doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist. Gray argues with her and grows impatient with her views, telling her that she is a “child.” Later that day, through a freak accident in an elevator, Sofi dies in his arms. Gray is distraught, and Karen takes over much of his research. One evening, she brings him a meal at his home. He breaks down, and she comforts him — leading to a more intimate situation.
Seven years later, Gray has written a book slamming the creationists and their belief that eyes haven’t evolved. Karen is pregnant with their first child. When the child is born, the hospital takes an iris scan of the baby. When it is entered into the database, they appear to match someone else’s eyes. This is tossed off as a glitch with the new system.
A few months later, a Dr. Simmons calls and suggests they test the baby for autism. The unusual test studies which seemingly random photos the baby is more drawn to. Gray and Karen determine that many of the photos are from Boise, Idaho. Gray travels there and finds that the person whose eyes matched their baby’s had died two years earlier — just before their baby was conceived, suggesting that their son may be some sort of reincarnation of the deceased man.
Gray’s former research partner, Kenny, is the creator of the iris database. He helps Gray and Karen run some iris photos of deceased people through the database to see if there are any recent matches. Sofi’s eyes match those of a young girl in India.
Gray travels to India to find her. He meets a preacher in his hotel elevator, but snubs his friendly approach. He finds the facility that did the scan, but learns from Priya that the girl is an orphan and will be hard to find. To aid his search, he places an ad on a billboard with a picture of Sofi’s eyes and the offer of a reward to the person if they call. He later finds a little girl staring at the billboard, and her irises match Sofi’s. He takes the girl,
Salomina, back to his hotel and contacts Karen over Skype. With her help, he conducts a simple test on Salomina, hoping that she will select the images associated with Sofi. The results are inconclusive, falling within the “random” range, and he admits to Karen that he feels foolish. But when he prepares to leave the hotel with Salomina, she panics and cries at the sight of the elevator, and Gray seems to accept the idea that she may be connected to Sofi in ways that cannot be proven through science.
Directed by: Mike Cahill
Starring: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi, William Mapother, Cara Seymour
Screenplay by: Mike Cahill
Production Design by: Tania Bijlani
Cinematography by: Markus Förderer
Film Editing by: Mike Cahill
Costume Design by: Megan Gray
Set Decoration by: Grace Yun
Music by: Will Bates, Phil Mossman
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality/nudity, and language.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: July 18th, 2014
The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
In 1920s Europe, a famed hotel concierge by the name of Gustave H. is bequeathed a painting called Boy with Apple after his one night stand, Madame D, is killed. Madame D’s son, Dmitri, vows revenge on Gustave by framing him for Madame D’s murder. Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy, and his love interest, Agatha, help Gustave hide Boy with Apple from Dmitri and the authorities.
Principal photography for The Grand Budapest Hotel began on location in Berlin and Görlitz, near the German-Polish border in January 2013. Filming finished up in Germany in March 2013, with set pictures featuring Goldblum, Wilson, Dafoe and Norton emerging on the Internet. Anderson chose to shoot the film in three aspect ratios, 1.33, 1.85, and 2.35:1, one for each timeline.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux
Screenplay by: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Production Design by: Adam Stockhausen
Cinematography by: Robert D. Yeoman
Film Editing by: Barney Pilling
Costume Design by: Milena Canonero
Set Decoration by: Anna Pinnock
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and violence.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: March 7, 2014