There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
One of Disney‘s iconic animated features, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, is getting a modernized update and recent news has Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) joining the cast lineup. Pete’s Dragon followed an orphan boy, Pete, who is guided and protected by a giant green dragon named Elliot as they pass from town to town trying to evade the abusive family who adopted Pete after his parents died. The film is known for it’s use of animation and live-action film as well as the popular single from the film’s score, Candle on the Water. Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and Shelley Winters lead the original cast, and the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Original Song (Candle on the Water). The new film will be helmed by director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and feature Howard as part of a cast that already includes Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, American Gladiators), and Oakes Fegley (Fort Bliss, This Is Where I Leave You) as Pete. While the original took place in a New England fishing town and featured a musical-style soundtrack, the new film will take place in a tree-logging town and not feature any musical numbers, save the actual score that plays along with the film. Filming is scheduled for this January in New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.