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‘Rampart’ Director Oren Moverman Talks Collaborating With James Ellroy (Sort Of) & Why Star Woody Harrelson Almost Hated His Movie

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 23, 2011 12:19 PM
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In 2009, screenwriter-turned-director Oren Moverman was involved in two great feats. The first was by his own doing: making a powerful and absorbing directorial debut with “The Messenger” featuring outstanding performances by Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Samantha Morton. The second accomplishment he was somewhat peripherally involved in and directly responsible for. He directed Harrelson to an outstanding performance, but somehow, small indie company Oscilloscope Films were able to earn Harrelson an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor – no small accomplishment considering the lesser amount of weight indies hold compared to larger studios and a testament to how good Harrelson’s performance was (many had assumed, the picture was simply too small and Woody would go unnoticed).

Woody Harrelson Didn't Take To The First Cut Of 'Rampart,' But Loved It The Second Time Around

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2011 2:22 PM
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Exclusive: Oren Moverman Says He’s Off Deeply "Unconventional" Kurt Cobain Biopic; Says Courtney Love Was Heartbroken

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 18, 2011 5:30 PM
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Screenwriter/director Oren Moverman is having a banner year. His sophomore directorial effort, the blistering L.A.P.D. cop-drama “Rampart,” is a stunner, one of the year’s best and it features a scorching performance by Woody Harrelson. Other than Micheal Fassbender in “Shame,” it’s an unparalleled and astonishing turn into darkness (if both those two don’t get nominated, burn the Academy down).

New Poster For Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' Spotlights Star Woody Harrelson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 3, 2011 1:38 AM
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"A wildly ambitious slow burn that succeeds immensely, powered by one of the best performances of Woody Harrelson’s career."

Guy Pearce, Ben Foster & Kelly Macdonald To Star In Steve Buscemi’s Adaptation of 'Queer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2011 9:34 AM
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In early 2010 we reported that writer/director Oren Moverman — who directed "The Messenger" and the upcoming police drama "Rampart" starring Woody Harrelson — was working on an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' "Queer" and staged a test-drive reading of the screenplay at the Sarasota Film Festival that spring. Evidently he was doing a solid for his friend Steve Buscemi (who cameos in both of Moverman's pictures) who would direct and produce the adaptation.

'Rampart' Starring Woody Harrelson Gets November 23 Oscar Qualifying Run Release

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  • October 29, 2011 2:44 AM
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Film Will Hit NY & L.A. For One Oscar Qualifying Week & Will Reopen In Platform Release On January 27Largely known so far for straight to DVD/VOD fare ("Trespass," "Blitz" "Shadows and Lies" with James Franco) and some theatrical releases, (Chris Evans' "Puncture") Millennium Entertainment might seem, on the outside, like a strange fit for "Rampart," Oren Moverman's cop drama and follow-up to excellent 2009 film, “The Messenger.” But as the recent acquisition of Richard Linklater's black comedy, "Bernie" suggests, the company is in the middle of a rebranding strategy, and moving away from B-movie fare.

Ben Stiller & Oren Moverman Teaming On Biopic Of Legendary Producer David O. Selznick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 9:53 AM
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It's like the movie gods have decided that us mere mortals are deserving of some good news today. First, of course, there was Werner Herzog joining Tom Cruise's "One Shot" and now one of our favorite writer/directors is pairing up with a solid actor to take on the life of a legendary Hollywood figure.

Millenium Entertainment Acquires Oren Moverman's 'Rampart,' Planning 2011 Oscar-Geared Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 25, 2011 3:10 AM
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At its TIFF premiere earlier this month, Oren Moverman's police drama "Rampart" was applauded by critics all round with lead actor Woody Harrelson, in particular, earning praise for his performance as Dave "Date Rape" Brown (not kidding), a corrupt cop caught in the '90's L.A.P.D. scandal where the film derives its name.

TIFF '11 Review: Woody Harrelson Stands Tall Amidst Crumbling LAPD In Riveting 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 7:33 AM
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"Everything you learned at the Academy is bullshit." That's the sage bit of wisdom Date Rape Dave (Woody Harrelson, and we'll get to his cop moniker in a moment) gives a new trainee in the opening frames of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," a searing and riveting look at a crooked cop's decay amidst the crumbling LAPD at the turn of the millennium.

First Look: Woody Harrelson Proves NWA Had A Point In New Clips From 'Rampart'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 10:13 AM
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Tonight is the world premiere of "Rampart," currently showing without a distributor at the Toronto International Film Festival. Anticipation is high for Oren Moverman's highly-anticipated follow-up to the excellent "The Messenger," and while Woody Harrelson nabbed a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for that role, three new clips courtesy of THR showcase Harrelson as the lead in what we figured was an intriguing ensemble piece. The film is a period piece that showcases the repercussions of the L.A. Riots on an embattled former Vietnam vet struggling with the responsibilities of the badge, and trying to balance his sanity and questionable on-the-job morals. Moverman's co-writer on the project, which is based on a true story, was none other than legendary crime novelist James Ellroy.

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