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Free State of Jones Release Pushed to June

STX Entertainment announced that the Civil War epic is moving from a May 13 release date to June 24. Gary Ross helms the story of Southern farmer Newt Knight, who leads a rebellion against the Confederacy. He flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that have touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell also star.

“We’re all out there dying so they can stay rich,” McConaughey intones as Knight in the film’s trailer.

The film will now be going up against “Independence Day: Resurgence” and Blake Lively thriller “The Shallows” at the box office.

This isn’t the first time “Free State of Jones” has been delayed. Back in October it was announced that the project was being pushed from March 11 to the date in May.

Source: http://variety.com

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Free State of Jones Official Trailer

The first trailer for the Civil War drama Free State of Jones was released Saturday, featuring some pretty intense scenes.

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars in the film written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross.

McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a farmer and one-time Confederate soldier who ultimately deserts and leads a rebellion consisting of other farmers and slaves against the Confederacy in Jones County, Miss.

The film is based on a true story. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali.

Free State of Jones is scheduled for a May 13 release.

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‘Free State of Jones’ Gets New Release Date

Gary Ross’ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, will now hit theaters May 13, instead of March 11.

STX Entertainment announced the shift Thursday. In a twinned move, STX dated The Space Between Us for July 29.

In Free State of Jones, McConaughey plays a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who becomes disillusioned with the South’s cause, flees the battlefield and defiantly declares a safe haven in Jones County, Miss., after marrying a former slave.

The shift to May means that Free State of Jones will open in the high-profile summer corridor, one week after Captain America: Civil War debuts. So far, the only other title slotted to roll out May 13 is Edward Snowden biopic Snowden.

Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) also star in Ross’ film. Free State of Jones is produced by Scott Stuber, Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games) and Ross. STX co-financed the film with IM Global.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

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Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali Join Matthew McConaughey in Civil War Drama

Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali, who plays Remy Danton on Netflix’s House of Cards, have nabbed a key roles in The Free State of Jones, the Matthew McConaughey historical drama being directed by Gary Ross.

Robert Simonds’ newly launched film and television studio STX Entertainment is co-financing the project and will distribute. Route One/ Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing, with IM Global overseeing international distribution.

The film is currently in pre-production in Louisiana.

McConaughey is portraying Newton Knight, a soldier for the Confederacy during the Civil War who became disillusioned with the South’s cause, fled the battlefield, rallied supporters, and declared a safe haven in Jones County, an area of southeastern Mississippi in opposition to the Confederacy.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is already on board set as a slave who became Knight’s common-law wife.

Russell will play will Knight’s wife who leaves him. When she sees him next, he is married to a slave.

Ali will play a runaway slave whom Knight treats as an equal and who tries to rally black people to register for voting.

Ali, repped by WME, is also inhabiting the character of Boggs in two parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

Russell is genereating praise for her TV work on The Americans and last appeared on the big-screen with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. She is also repped by WME.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

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Box Office: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rules With $73 Million

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.

The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.

“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”

Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.

Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow that tracking suggested it would hit and eclipses the $54.8 million bow of 2011′s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Audiences were 58% male and 65% were 25 years or older, with the film skewing slightly younger than its predecessor. Roughly 8% of its domestic total came from premium large screen formats.

“With the critical response, we think that the older audience that sustained the first one will turn out and that will help give it legs,” said Aronson.

The studio set production costs at $170 million, a figure that the “Apes” sequel should have no trouble recouping when taking into account its international haul. After this weekend, the more-than-four decade-old “Apes” franchise has passed the $1 billion mark — a just reward for enduring Charlton Heston in a loincloth and Helena Bonham Carter in a monkey suit.

Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) directed the sequel, which swapped the bulk of the cast from the previous film, but kept the post-apocalyptic, Bay Area vibe. The picture finds the human survivors of a global pandemic trying to navigate a world where genetically modified simians have the upper hand. Chernin Entertainment produced the film and Fox financed it.

Source: http://variety.com/

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Keri Russell goes ape over her role in ‘Dawn’

Keri Russell has been working most of her life, but she can’t remember a time when acting was more fun thanks to her work on the FX series “The Americans” and in the big summer blockbuster “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

“I am enjoying acting more now. I feel more comfortable now with acting than I ever have,” Russell says. “It’s really interesting. I love ‘The Americans,’ it’s so bizarre and weird. And, it was so special to get to work with (‘Apes’ director Matt Reeves) again. I just feel like things are getting better. I hope things keep getting better with age.”

Russell, who is 38, seems like she should be older because she started working when she 15 on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club.” She made a huge splash at age 21 as star of the college drama “Felicity,” which was co-created by Reeves and J.J. Abrams.

It wasn’t the special effects and big battles that attracted Russell to “Dawn.” She was more interested in the human drama that she knew Reeves would bring to the story, such as her character being a member of the medical community that couldn’t stop the epidemic that wiped out most of the world’s human population. Russell’s character also deals the death of her daughter and trying to connect with the son of the man she loves.

“That’s what I think is special about this movie. It’s the combination of Matt’s sensibility with an action movie like this,” Russell says. “Matt told me he wanted to make a movie about these people and intimate moments. There are heavy-duty action scenes but the film also has a lot to say about our own tendencies and capacities for empathy for communities that are not our own.”

Russell is always happy to find stories that deal with family relationships.

“The loudest and most profound relationship you are in is usually with your family — either your parents or your kids. Both the cable show and the film have these strong relationships,” Russell says.

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