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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Cold In July’, ‘Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia’, ‘The Love Punch’, ‘Words And Pictures’, ‘Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors’

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 4:39pm PDT

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)Films starring Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Michael C. Hall, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson usher in this week’s Specialty newcomers. IFC Films has two of the weekend’s openers, including Cold In July which took years to complete. The late author/satirist Gore Vidal takes the spotlight in the distributor’s doc Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia which is chalk-full of the subject’s views on right vs left (the right has apparently won). Two films, The Love Punch from Ketchup Entertainment and Words And Pictures from Roadside Attractions will target older audiences providing counter-programming on this X-Men: Days Of Future Past holiday weekend. And New York is at the center of a story about an autistic boy in Oscilloscope’s Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors.

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Director-writer: Jim Mickle
Writer: Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale (novel)
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Kristin Griffith
Distributor: IFC Films

A half-dozen years in the making, Cold In July‘s big screen turn began when filmmaker Jim Mickle read the novel in 2007. “We had to re-option the book three times. I think we even got to the point where we were optioning it month to month and I think the author was losing faith,” said director Jim Mickle. “And there was a moment at Sundance when I thought it was dead. The financing wasn’t there and the script was far off from where we wanted it to be. I was looking at it like it was a bad relationship with a girlfriend and thought it should go away.” But obviously a reconciliation did occur. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Clive Owen & Juliette Binoche Romcom ‘Words And Pictures’

Fred Schepisi’s adult romantic comedy Words And Pictures had its world premiere as a Gala Presentation in Toronto where Roadside Attractions acquired it for the U.S. Written by Gerald Di Pego, it stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, respectively as a writer whose talent has dried up, and an artist struggling to paint as her body betrays her (Binoche’s own artwork features). The two clash at the prep school where they teach, sparking a flamboyant courtship and a school-wide war over which is more powerful: the word or the picture. Binoche, who won an Oscar for The English Patient, hasn’t been in too many English-language pics of late, much less a comedy, so this looks like a charming departure. Speaking of departures, she’s up in Warner and Legendary’s Godzilla which opens May 16, ahead of Words And Pictures‘ bow on May 23.

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