May 3, 2017 - No Comments!

Sam Claflin to Star in Crime-Thriller ‘Semper Fi’

From Variety

By Dave McNary

Sam Claflin has come on board to star in the crime-thriller “Semper Fi.”

Production is planned for Vancouver this summer with Henry-Alex Rubin directing from his own script co-written by Sean Mullin.

Cornerstone Films has acquired international rights and will commence sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Cornerstone will co-represent the U.S. rights with CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the movie.

Producers are David Lancaster (“Whiplash”) of Rumble Films and Karina Miller (“To the Bone”) from Sparkhouse Media, which is also financing.

Claflin will play a straight-laced cop who fills his downtime as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve alongside a close-knit team of lifelong friends. When his younger, reckless brother accidentally kills a man in a bar-room brawl and tries to flee town, Claflin’s character stops him and forces him to face the music.

After being deployed to Iraq, he returns home to discover that his brother’s final court appeal has been rejected and resolves to save his brother by breaking him out of prison, no matter what the cost.

Lancaster said, “From the moment I read this script, I couldn’t shake the passionate feeling I have always had for the iconic film ‘Deer Hunter.’ Henry has shown a unique ability to draw realistic characters combined with a strong sense of place. Brotherhood, loyalty, family … with a thrilling escape. I’m in!”

Claflin will be seen next in “The Nightingale” and “My Cousin Rachel.” Rubin’s credits include “Disconnect” and “Murderball,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.

Claflin and Rubin are represented by CAA; Claflin is also represented by Independent Talent Group. Mullin is represented by UTA.

May 1, 2017 - No Comments!

If You Want Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to Play a Good Guy, You’re Going to Have to Wait

From Elle

By Jennifer Vineyard

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones' guy with the golden touch, took a break from the show—and its massive production values—to shoot an original film for Netflix, which premiered this weekend. One GoT action scene might take two weeks to make, but on Small Crimes, that stint would have made up half the entire shooting schedule.

Coster-Waldau loved the "crazy energy" on set, though—on one particular day, they filmed a shoot-out, complete with explosions in the background—as well as the chance to do a deep dive into a possibly irredeemable character. Ex-cop Joe Denton might be caught up in a corruption and murder scheme, but his main crime might just be how thoughtless and selfish he can be.

The actor met up with ELLE.com over a burger and fries to chat about narcissism, the secrets of the universe, and why he's hoping his mother will forgive him.

When you start watching 'Small Crimes,' it seems as if it's going to be a redemption story. It doesn't turn out to be, but why do you think we expect certain characters—Joe in this film, Jaime in 'Game of Thrones'—to be redeemed in the first place?

We're brought up like that. We think, If you just keep going, it's going to be okay in the end. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel. We want our story to tell us it will all make sense. That works in this story's favor, because in the very beginning, you do think, Yeah, okay, this is good, he's just getting out of jail. One of the things he says in the first scene is, "I want to connect with my daughters. I want to be a father again." And we think, Of course! That's the only thing that matters. And then we're so invested in the character, it sneaks up on us—he's not really a very nice guy.

"HE DOESN'T THINK HE'S BEING BAD. BUT HE IS"
I mean, he doesn't mean to be bad. He doesn't think he's being bad. But he is, because it's all about his needs, and what he wants, and he has so many opportunities to not go down that path. We talked a lot about the frog and the scorpion, that whole thing, and it's just, "I can't help myself." People don't often change. Maybe, if you watch movies, you wouldn't think that it's rare. But I think life is more like it is in Small Crimes. At least if we fuck up in real life, we can watch a story where it works out, eventually.

Joe's own father diagnoses him as a narcissist. Do you think your character is a narcissist, or do we all have a tendency to play armchair psychiatrist and diagnose ourselves and other people?

Funny you say that, because I just read this thing, right now, where they found a connection between bacteria in your digestive system and your mental health. So obviously now, I take that little bit of information, and I put that on everything. Anyone who has mental issues? It's probably because they have too much gas.

Or they're not taking probiotics.

Exactly! "Sometimes, you just need to take probiotics. Have you done that?" Because I don't need to read the whole scientific study. That headline says it all. And that's what we do. I'm sure in 15 years' time, my kids are going to come and tell me why the way I brought them up is responsible for something they're going through, because we do that. "Oh, that? That's because of my mom..." or whatever it is.


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in 'Small Crimes'

Just wait until they start dating.

It's already happening. My wife said the other day, "I have a feeling that our oldest daughter has fallen in love with someone. We might be introduced to someone." So here we go! But it's a good thing. And it's a horrible thing. [Laughs]

But self-diagnosing, it's so easy, and that's why there's such an industry, and how it's growing. I don't know how many self-help books are in that category. I remember I was skimming this book, I read most of it, called Law of Attraction. Basically, it's in the vein of The Secret—you can have whatever you want, if you just ask for it. Ask the universe, and it will give it to you. If anything bad happens in the world, if something bad happens to anyone, it's their fault, because you attract whatever you send out. So if you do well, good for you. You have only yourself to blame for you doing well. But if you're fucking up in life, well, that's your fault. But the good thing is, just ask for something else, and you shall receive.

Part of it is just common sense. If you want to succeed at something, you have to focus. The danger, of course, is that you become so selfish. Everything is about your needs. All the people around you, you don't have to invest in them. You don't feel any responsibility towards them, which is scary.

And for Joe in Small Crimes, it's all about him. Whatever happens, it's about him. Even when it's about someone else, he makes it about him. You could argue that the whole story is about karma. You could argue that it's a happy ending, in a way. Without giving anything away, the father finally takes responsibility. What's he going to do with the money? "I'm going to give it to my girls. Most of it." But you know, it's like, [takes out his wallet and offers a bill] "Oh, I'm going to give you some money. Oh, shoot. I only have a twenty. I was going to give you a five, but I don't have it. Next time."

Speaking of parents and lessons about selfishness, congratulations on the piece you wrote for the 'New York Times'...

[Grins] I'm very, very proud. I'm kind of worried, too. I sent it to my mom and my sisters, and my sisters were really excited, but I haven't heard back from my mom yet. I think she hates the fact that I mentioned her. She's pretty private.

You didn't run it by her first?

No. But I thought it put her in a good light. I'm sure she's going to be fine. Do you ever run into that with people you write about? You know, some of my favorite things to read, which can also be really horrible on one level, but it's when you sense that the journalist really doesn't like the person they're writing about, that they think that person is an asshole. There's something about it that can be so entertaining, but you know, This is not going to end well. I read one recently with Miles Teller in Esquire, and it started off something like, "I'm trying to figure out if Miles Teller is a dick." It was so fun to read! It leaves a mess, but that's fine. You could start this one off as, "I'm trying to figure out if Nikolaj is a dick." It's okay if you start it like that! [Laughs]

It's okay. I don't think you're a dick. You don't need to worry about the dick.

"Don't worry about the dick!" That could be the headline! [Laughs] Clickbait! Clickbait! Clickbait!

This interview has been edited for clarity.

March 24, 2017 - No Comments!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on ‘Game of Thrones,’ That Cersei Look, and His Darkest Role Yet

From The Daily Beast

The Danish actor best known as Jaime Lannister discusses his new Netflix film ‘Small Crimes,’ where his character is going on ‘Thrones,’ and that melting ice debacle.

By Marlow Stern

“I love the idea of playing with your expectations,” offers Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, unleashing a naughty grin.

We’re huddled together at a hotel suite in downtown Austin, Texas, where his latest film, the pitch-black noir Small Crimes, is making its premiere during SXSW. The handsome Dane is guzzling coffee out of a chalice-shaped water glass, swinging it to-and-fro with every wild gesticulation like a true Lannister (the room apparently ran out of clean coffee cups).

Evan Katz’s sophomore film features Coster-Waldau as Joe, an ex-cop fresh out of prison after a six-year bid for attempted murder. Joe, ever the colossal fuck-up, moves in with his parents (Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster) while dodging a dirty cop with a grudge, a DA out for revenge, and a cabal of ticked-off criminals. To make matters worse, his ex-wife and their two children want nothing to do with him, and he can’t seem to get out of his own way. Can a budding romance with a kindhearted nurse (Molly Parker) make him overcome being persona non grata?

The 46-year-old says it is not only his “most American role yet,” but one of the darkest—and this coming from a guy who’s spent the last six years playing a sister-sexing Kingslayer on the HBO megahit Game of Thrones.

The Daily Beast spoke with Coster-Waldau about his dark, violent new film and all things Thrones, including the meaning of that look his Jaime delivered to Cersei at the end of Season 6.

The great thing about Small Crimes is that it disrupts your expectations. Every time you think the movie is going to zig it zags.

It really does. In the beginning, you think it’s a movie you’ve seen before about a guy who’s done something horrible and wants to reconnect with his children, and now we’ll follow this guy as he goes on a redemption tour and at the very end there will be this beautiful moment where he runs towards his kids and they’ll go, “Daddy, we missed you.” I love that the movie says, Oh, that’s not going to happen.

There’s a scene early on in the film that really sells that point. A beautiful woman approaches him at a bar and you think they’re going to have sex or strike up some sort of romantic relationship, and it goes down very differently.

It would happen in a traditional film, which is horseshit! You see a movie and you accept that there’s a forty-something guy sitting at a bar drinking on his own, and some beautiful 22-year-old girl sidles up to him and just wants it. We’re supposed to accept that, because of course she wants to fuck the old guy, but that’s ridiculous. I like that the film preys on your expectations and just twists it.

You have, it seems, mastered the art of playing the narcissistic scoundrel.

We’re all selfish, to a certain degree. And it’s always going to catch up with you at some point. We are pretty laughable, as human beings. We are so full of ourselves all the time, and there’s something tragic about how we mess up things on a global level, on a personal level. We screw up all the time.

But have you thought about why you’re so good at playing these types of characters?

[Laughs] There’s definitely a part of me in there and I recognize parts of myself in Joe. But I think we are all ultimately selfish. “Being” is, by default, a very subjective experience. Your life is your life, and I have no idea what it’s like to be inside of your head. But I embrace it. I think it’s funny. There are no people that are just “good.” There are various degrees of trying to make good choices and making bad choices, and we’re all somewhere in the middle.

Is it difficult to occupy the headspace of such a dark, troubled character like Joe for weeks and weeks? Or does that sort of thing not get to you?

I don’t carry the character after-hours. October 3rd will be my 25thanniversary as a professional actor. I’ve done it a long time, and I love my job, and sometimes you’ll do it and it will inspire you and you’ll think about it for a while. I have worked with actors that seem to not be able to let go of their characters and in my head, to be honest, I think, “That is bullshit.” It’s just ridiculous. Because if that is true, then you are sick. But that’s just me being me.

We’ve gotta talk about Thrones. The political climate it’s being released into now is very different than when it debuted in 2011. All the backroom dealing and machinations seem, well, timelier than ever.

There seems to be so much more out in the open now. Right now you have a president who’s not afraid of communicating very directly, and talking about his thoughts, likes, and dislikes, which is very unusual. I love politics and the primaries were so entertaining. It was just a different level—you couldn’t make it up. Two years ago, you wouldn’t have believed this for a second. It reminds me of England with Brexit, where the day after they reported that the most Googled entries were, “What is Brexit?” “What does EU mean?” And I think there were more than a few people here who woke up the day after the election like, “What?” “Huh?!”

I have a theory about what’s going to happen to Jaime. I believe Jaime is going to fulfill the prophecy and kill Cersei—while defending Brienne.

[Grins] That’s a great theory.

The Jaime/Brienne relationship is so great, though. It might be the most mutually loving relationship on Thrones.

It’s built out of contempt, which has turned into real respect, and love—not that they would ever use that word. I think they feel very strongly for each other. I have no idea if they would ever be able to act on it, and I don’t think they would. It’s all been about Cersei his whole life.

One of my favorite moments from Season 6 was Jaime’s speech to Edmure Tully where he confessed his love for Cersei in an effort to manipulate him. It was a mic drop scene.

I loved that. I’ve been lucky enough over the years to have a couple of those, and you think, “Oh, this is a really nice meal.” That’s what I like about Jaime: he’s lost his arm and just his presence used to be enough to sway people, and he doesn’t have that anymore—but he’s still got his mind. He’s not like his sister and brother, but he’s been on the battlefield his whole life, and knows about people’s weaknesses and loving someone unconditionally—because he loves his sister unconditionally. Plus, there are no other suitors. Well, that’s not true… but he has to step up and take his father’s place. Wow, I was about to reveal something from Season 7 and thought, “What am I doing?”

Speaking of relationships on Thrones, the Jaime/Cersei bond is one of the most complicated in all of television. It’s one big mindfuck. How do you and Lena [Headey] manage it?

We were talking a lot this coming season. There was a lot of discussion and I was driving everyone crazy with all kinds of questions to where the writers must have been like, “Let’s kill him off now! This is getting to be too much.” But it is very complex, and the more you dig into it, the more complex it gets. We’re so deep into this story and getting into the endgame now so for all of us who have been on the whole journey, you really want to get it right. Every scene and every moment feels ridiculously important. Early on in Season 7 I just had to let it go because I was trying to understand way too much.

Jaime had such a rich arc last season, starting with the Cersei prophecy and ending with that look he gave to her as she’s being crowned. That look seemed to say, “I’ve created a monster.”

It did, didn’t it? Jaime’s addicted to something—almost institutionalized by a situation to where there is no other way. For Jaime, there is no other way. He’s been groomed since he was 15 that, whatever his life is, it starts and ends with Cersei. He has to accommodate her. He’s done that his whole life, and he’s reached a moment now where he suddenly has to address it. What’s interesting about that is people will read into it and there was no line—it’s just a look.”

The Game of Thrones Season 7 date announcement was sort of a disaster. Although I suppose it is a testament to the show’s popularity that there were hundreds of thousands of people tuning in online to watch a block of ice melting.

I spoke to Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, “Oh god… That’s embarrassing.” Everyone was like, “What’s going to happen?” “What’s going to happen?!” “It’s melting!” “It crashed!” “Oh my god!” It’s like, just walk away… just walk away. It’s just a date! You know, I was actually thinking, “Is there going to be a backlash and people will think, ‘Fuck you guys for that!’” but that’s really happened with every time the show kills off a major character: Never again! Fuck you! I’m never going to watch this show! and, you know, they keep coming back.

March 20, 2017 - No Comments!

Chadwick Boseman Delivers a ‘Message from the King’ in First Teaser & Clip

From The Film Stage

By Jordan Raup

After breaking out by portraying two iconic figures, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman is getting his own solo Marvel movie with Black Panther next year, but in between he got down and dirty for an old-fashioned revenge thriller. We now have the first teaser for Message from the King, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last fall.

Considering Boseman’s rising star power, it’s peculiar it doesn’t have U.S. distribution yet, but the film will arrive in France in May and the first teaser shows off a genre film with some considerable style. Directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alléluia, Calvaire) and also starring Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer, and Alfred Molina, check out the first teaser below, along with a clip, for the film following Boseman’s character as he heads from South Africa to Los Angeles to get payback after his sister dies.

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Message from the King hits theaters on May 10 in France.

 

March 12, 2017 - No Comments!

‘Small Crimes’ Review: Macon Blair and Evan Katz Join Forces For a Modestly Satisfying Dose of Pulp Fiction

From IndieWire

By David Ehrlich

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A pulpy slice of pie from deep in the heart of American nowhere, Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes” is far too convoluted for such an admittedly modest thriller, but the film ties together in such a perfect bow that it’s tempting to forgive all of the knots it took to get there.

At heart, this is a simple story of second chances. Crooked cop Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, striking the perfect balance between the disgraced prince he plays on “Game of Thrones” and Sawyer from “Lost”) has finally been granted parole after spending a few years in the pen for the attempted murder of a District Attorney, and he’s ready to turn his life around. Kind of. Maybe.

Joe is a raggedy shit-kicker, like a junkie who needs to shoot himself in the foot every few hours — you know the type. He spends the film’s opening shot speaking to a man of the cloth and confessing all manner of sins (“I made terrible choices, I drove my family away, I hurt people…”), but it’s all a two-bit act, and the scene ends with a note of the withering gallows humor that screenwriter Macon Blair (“I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”) is so good at sprinkling atop the cold-blooded crime stories that have always been his bread and butter.

The film may be based on David Zeltserman’s 2008 novel of the same name, but it feels like it married into the same family of cinematic blood feuds that Blair and Jeremy Saulnier hatched with “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room.”

Grade: B-

“Small Crimes” premiered in the Narrative Spotlight section at SXSW 2017. It will debut on Netflix on April 28.

March 9, 2017 - No Comments!

Netflix’s ‘Small Crimes’ Trailer Hopes For a Second Chance

From Bloody Disgusting

By Brad Miska

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We told you exclusively that E.L. (Evan) Katz‘s dramatic thriller Small Crimes, which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, and even Pat Healy, was acquired by Netflix ahead of the SXSW world premiere this week. Now, Netflix has supplied us with a trailer and news that it will stream worldwide on April 28, 2017.

Katz may be a fresh name at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, but he’s actually a genre veteran. Now a director, he made his name by penning Autopsy, as well as two of Adam Wingard’s earlier films, Pop Skull and Home Sick, while also producing Tobe Hooper’s Mortuary. He also directed the best ABCs of Death 2 short, “A is for Amateur”, which was anything but.

February 6, 2017 - No Comments!

Netflix Buys Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s ‘Small Crimes’ Ahead of SXSW Debut

From Variety

By Elsa Keslassy, Brent Lang

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UPDATED: Netflix has closed a deal to by global streaming rights to the black comedy “Small Crimes,” Variety has learned. The sale is in advance of the film’s premiere next month as SXSW.

“Small Crimes” centers on a disgraced former cop, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” fame, who comes home after finishing a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He tries to find redemption, but winds up ensnared in a mess he left behind, caught in the middle of a crooked sheriff, a district attorney out for revenge, and a mafia baron.

Netflix was very active at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, buying “Mudbound,” an acclaimed historical drama, for $12.5 million in the biggest deal of the fest. It nabbed several other projects, including “Icarus,” a buzzy documentary about Russian doping, and “Chasing Coral,” a look at global warming.

Evan Katz — a former music journalist — directs the film from a screenplay he wrote with Macon Blair (“Blue Ruin”). He was previously at SXSW in 2013 with his directorial debut “Cheap Thrills.” The cast includes Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Gary Cole (“Veep”), Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”), Blair, and Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”). In addition to the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones,” Coster-Waldau will next appear in the upcoming prison thriller, “Shot Caller.”

David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films produced the picture. It was financed by U.K.’s Rooks Nest (“The Witch,” “Obvious Child”) and French-based Backup and Paradise City. The executive producers include Katz, Jon Shiffman, Julia Godzinskaya, Michael Sackler, Sophie Vickers, Emilie Georges, Naima Abed, Nicholas Kaiser, Andrew Schwartzberg, Jaime Schwartzberg, David Atlan-Jackson, Joel Thibout, and Jean-Baptiste Babin. CAA packaged the film. The rights were sold by WME Global and Memento Films International.

August 30, 2016 - No Comments!

‘Donnybrook’ Movie in the Works from ‘Dark Night’ Director

From Variety

By Dave McNary

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock (5626267bf) Tim Sutton 'Boyhood' film premiere at BAM Cinema Fest, New York, America - 18 Jun 2014

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock (5626267bf)
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David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed “Dark Night” writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller “Donnybrook,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Dark Night,” which premiered at Sundance in January, will screen at the Venice Intl. Film Festival. The film focuses on the lives of six strangers intersecting at a suburban multiplex where a massacre occurs.

“Donnybrook,” the first novel from Frank Bill, follows two men as they try to get to the Donnybrook — a legendary backwoods bare knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000. Bill is the author of the short-story collection “Crimes in Southern Indiana.”

Sutton’s previous films include “Memphis” and “Pavilion.”

“I was knocked out when I read ‘Donnybrook,’ the most raw, out of control, nasty piece of business I have ever come across,” said Rumble Films topper David Lancaster. “It fits perfectly within the signature films that Tim has made culminating with the powerful ‘Dark Night.’”

Lancaster launched Rumble Films in 2014 following eight years as co-president at Bold Films where he produced critically acclaimed “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler” and “Drive.” Rumble’s films to date include “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi, and “Message from the King,” which will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars Chadwick Boseman with Fabrice du Welz directing.

Rumble recently wrapped production on “Small Crimes,” director E.L. Katz’s crime thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole and Molly Parker.

Sutton is represented by UTA, Cinetic and attorney André des Rochers. Debbie Von Arx represented Rumble Films. Bill is repped by Shari Smiley at Gotham Group and Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlow, Lerner.

May 13, 2016 - No Comments!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Small Crimes’ (EXCLUSIVE)

From Variety

By Dave McNary

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“Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will play in the dark comedy “Small Crimes” for David Lancaster’s production company Rumble Films, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will shoot this summer and is set for an early 2017 delivery. E.L. Katz is directing from a script he co-wrote with Macon Blair in a story of a disgraced former cop who — fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder — returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.

This is Katz’s second film after “Cheap Thrills,” which premiered in SXSW in 2013 where it won the Audience Award and was released in the US through Drafthouse Films.

Lancaster’s credits include “Drive,” “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash.

“’Small Crimes’ provides another opportunity to bring the crime genre to audiences in a fresh and stylish way with an exciting combination of Nikolaj in the lead role and Evan directing,” he said. “Evan has a singular vision for this project, an incredible grasp of tone, and an undeniable passion for moviemaking. I’ve been eager to work with him ever since I saw Cheap Thrills.”

The film is based on Dave Zeltserman’s novel published in 2008. Coster-Waldau also stars in Bold Films’ prison thriller “Shotcaller,” which will be released later this year.

The film is financed by Rumble Films and Burn Later Productions. Memento Films International will be handling sales in Cannes. The project was developed through MFI’s sister company Paradise City, which will also act as a co-producer on the film.

Coster-Waldau also starred in “Gods of Egypt” and “Oblivion.”

Katz is represented by CAA and managed by Jeremy Platt. Coster-Waldau is represented by WME. The deal was negotiated by Rumble’s Jon Shiffman and attorney Debbie Von Arx for Rumble, Burn Later partners Paul Bernon and Sam Slater, and Emilie Georges and Naima Abed for Memento.

CAA arranged the film’s financing and represents its domestic distribution rights.