Interview with the Boundaries director Shana Feste and the first production still from the film!
“Boundaries,” a road trip comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer as a damaged daughter-father duo, premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival last Monday night. The film, the majority of which takes place in a weed-filled Rolls Royce travelling from Seattle to Los Angeles, has as much heart as it does laughs.
The film, both written and directed by Shana Feste, the filmmaker behind “Country Strong,” “Endless Love” and “The Greatest,” has its quirky comedic elements: from Laura’s (Farmiga) penchant for picking up stray animals, to her son, Henry’s (Lewis MacDougall) talent for drawing naked pictures of authority figures. But behind all the humor is a realistic psychodrama, which is unsurprising given Feste’s proximity to her subject matter: Plummer plays a version of Feste’s own marijuana-dealing father.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen, known for his villainous roles in “The Get Down” and the upcoming “Aquaman,” plays a charming love interest for Farmiga. WSN recently sat down with Shana at SXSW, as well as actors McDougall and Abdul-Mateen to discuss breaking out of old patterns, balancing fiction and reality and working from a place of love and truth.
New project for Vera and the story and her part sounds really interesting!
‘Patti Cake$’ breakout Danielle Macdonald is also set to star.
Based on the life of Bryon “Pitbull” Widner (Bell), Skin follows a member of a Neo-Nazi gang who faces deadly consequences when he makes the decision to change his life. Farmiga will play the maternal leader of the notorious and violent skinhead gang from which Widner removes himself.
Guy Nattiv is set to direct the drama that also stars Patti Cake$ breakout Danielle Macdonald.
Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso are producing for Code Entertainment, along with Oren Moverman, Jaime Ray Newman and Nattiv. Jonathan Dana and ITEM 7’s Marie-Claude Poulin and Pierre Even will executive produce.
Farmiga, who can currently be seen in theaters in Liam Neeson’s The Commuter, will star opposite Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She is also set for Jason Reitman’s upcoming film The Front Runner.
She is repped by CAA, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan.
The Commuter will be out out on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 17 so be sure to get your own copy as soon as you can! Below is a review of the upcoming release:
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray director Jaume Collet-Serra’s action thriller The Commuter (2017), starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Banks. The two releases will be available for purchase on April 17.
The Commuter will likely be Neeson’s last high-octane thriller as last year the actor announced that he is retiring from action films. You can see the official announcement here.
Studio synopsis: Michael’s (Neeson) daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.
From Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of Non-Stop and The Shallows, and written for the screen by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, and Ryan Engle, The Commuter‘s home entertainment release includes two never-before-seen featurettes that focus on the cast’s experience shooting the film and the technical details of shooting on a train.
The 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray versions will also feature Dolby Atmos audio remixed specifically for the home-theater environment, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
End of the Line – Featurette
Off the Rails – Featurette
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
The Commuter and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra had some kind things to say about Vera:
Vera Farmiga’s Upcoming Movie, The Commuter Marks Her Second Film With Director Jaume Collet-Serra After Orphan And Her First Opposite Liam Neeson.
Vera Farmiga’s upcoming movie, ‘The Commuter‘ marks her second film with director Jaume Collet-Serra after ‘Orphan‘ and her first opposite Liam Neeson. Farmiga recalls how she was approached to board the project: “Jaume sent me an email asking ‘Do you want to spend some time on a train with Liam Neeson?’ and I replied ‘I thought you’d never ask…but do I have to pay for the ticket?!'” she explains.
When asked about the director, she was all praise and couldn’t hope for a better experience. “We picked up where we left off,” she says. “I have a really affectionate working relationship with him. What makes him so unique as a director is that gets behind the camera and he’s visible all the time, he’s right there with you. So even if the film is huge with a huge production that comes with that, it feels as though we’re making a home movie with a camcorder. It makes the filmmaking such an intimate process.”
For his part, Collet-Serra knew that she would make an excellent match for Liam Neeson. “I love Vera,” he says. “We had an amazing experience on Orphan, and I’ve wanted to work with her ever since. And I wanted to work with Vera and Liam together so when this character came up she was my only call. I literally begged her to do it and she graciously accepted and did a wonderful job obviously. Seeing her and Liam together is the most fun that I’ve had in a long time.”
Funny and interesting interviews with Vera doing press junkets for The Commuter.
Review and a video clip on Vera’s appearance in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Be sure to watch it, we can tell for certain you won’t be disappointed – Vera was amazing as usual!
If you have enjoyed adaptations of the visionary work of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick that have been made over the years—such as the Blade Runner films (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) and the Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle (based on the novel of the same name, and which will debut its third season sometime this year)—you’ll be excited to know that Amazon has more Dick adaptations for you. Several of the author’s short stories have each inspired an episode in the new anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, available on the service starting Friday.
Dick’s works are adapted for this series by leading American and British writers and directors, including Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica and Outlander fame, who also serves as an executive producer for the series.
Another executive producer of Electric Dreams is Bryan Cranston, who is also part of the large and notable cast of actors bringing Dick’s tales to life. Along with Cranston, the series will feature Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monáe, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Vera Farmiga and many others.
You can watch Farmiga in the exclusive clip below, courtesy of Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television. It’s from the “Kill All Others” episode of Electric Dreams (based on Dick’s story “The Hanging Stranger”). Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence; in the wake of that, a man is found hanging from a lamp post, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby. When Philbert Noyce (Mel Rodriguez) dares to question the situation, he finds himself a target.
Check out the chilling scene here, with Farmiga’s politician questioning if Noyce is what she calls an “other” – (Video)