Evan Rachel Wood has taken to Twitter to vent her anger against the MPAA over a sex scene in her new film Charlie Countryman that had to be deleted in order for the pic to receive an R rating. The graphic scene between lead characters Wood and Shia LaBeouf was cut in the final version after the film’s debut at Sundance. “The scene where the two main characters make “love” was altered because someone felt that seeing… …a man give a woman oral sex made people “uncomfortable” but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off… …remained intact and unaltered“, she wrote. The indie drama was given an R rating because of “some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use”, according to the MPAA.
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Alexander Payne‘s black and white drama Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern in the role that nabbed him the Cannes Best Actor Award in May, bowed with solid numbers. The film platformed in 4 theaters, grossing $140K and averaging a healthy $35K. Pic stars Dern as a senior bent on collecting a million bucks in sweepstakes money and Will Forte as the son who reluctantly road trips across state lines to satisfy the old man. The numbers show momentum. Compare to Payne’s previous openings: His last film, The Descendants, opened in 29 theaters in November 2011 with a $41K average, though that film was in color, starred George Clooney, and was set in the sunnier climes of Hawaii. His last road trip movie, Sideways (with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church), was set in California’s Santa Barbara County and bowed in 4 runs in October 2004 averaging a spectacular $51,769 for a $207K opening weekend gross. Paramount Vantage will expand awards contender Nebraska to 10 markets on November 22.
“We had a strategy of screening early and often,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic marketing and distribution this week. “Word of mouth is going to be the key here. There’s a strong through line of relatability. Some people will think a movie with octogenarians will think it’s for old people, but their children will relate to connecting with their parents and that has strong emotional pull people will connect to. The comedy community and comics in general love the humor of this movie.” Read More »
Over a decade in the making, Alexander Payne’s black and white road trip Nebraska starring Bruce Dern makes its way to theaters after festival runs beginning in Cannes as well as the New York Film Festival and Telluride this fall. The feature had a long journey itself before arriving on the big screen and is platforming this weekend via Paramount Vantage. Janus Films is opening Italy’s Best Foreign Language contender The Great Beauty in an exclusive run. The film is the Criterion related label’s one new release of the year and is beginning with a targeted roll out. Millennium Entertainment’s Charlie Countryman starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood is also joining the weekend’s newcomers in limited release as well as day and date. Also opening in theaters and simultaneous VOD is Submarine Deluxe and Gravitas’ Calvin and Hobbes doc Dear Mr. Watterson. Gravitas is also partnering with Samuel Goldwyn on a separate opener this weekend, Sunlight Jr. which stars Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus, in a story about trying to make it on minimum wage. Also in the mix this weekend is TWC’s 12-12-12 by directors Amir Bar-Lev & Charlie Lightning and producer Meghan Ohara. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at the televised benefit concert to raise relief funds for Hurricane Sandy victims in 2012. It will open at the Angelika in New York and the Arclight Sherman Oaks this weekend.
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: Bob Nelson
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Mary Louise Wilson
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Nebraska had been on Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne’s plate for over a decade. The director, who won accolades for Sideways in 2004 did not want to embark on another road trip movie after the wine guzzling box office hit, so he told producers and its identified star Bruce Dern that there would be a waiting period until he finished another feature — which would eventually be The Descendants. “It’s the first film from a script that Alexander didn’t write,” noted Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic marketing and distribution. Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger teamed with Paramount for the project. Read More »
Here’s a redband look at Fredric Bond’s genre-bending feature debut Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf as an American who falls for a gangster’s girl in Bucharest. Mads Mikkelsen, Evan Rachel Wood, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Melissa Leo co-star in the November 15 release from Millennium:
Shia LaBeouf stars as Charlie Countryman, an American who falls for a musician (Evan Rachel Wood) and follows her into a Romanian underworld of violent gangsters where he’s pummeled over and over in his quest to save her. Swedish commercials helmer Fredrik Bond made his debut with the action comedy romance which sold to Millennium after its Sundance premiere. Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo and Rupert Grint co-star. Charlie Countryman hits theaters and VOD November 15. Check out the first trailer: