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Anna Kendrick Joins Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here,' Zac Efron & Amber Heard To Star In Eran Creevy's 'Autobahn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 10:39 AM
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Damn it. Just when we thought we were going to be able to ignore Zach Braff's controversially crowd-sourced sophomore feature, he goes and casts Anna Kendrick. According to The Wrap, the "Pitch Perfect" star, so often the best thing in whatever she's in, has joined the cast of Braff's currently-prepping "Wish I Was Here." The actress will play the love interest of Braff's character's brother (Josh Gad), a young cosplayer named Janine. Manic Pixie Dream Girl alert! Mandy Patinkin is also in the cast (Mandy Patinkin Dream Girl alert!), and Kendrick will next be seen in the questionable-looking "Rapturepalooza," which opens on June 7th.

On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 28, 2013 4:20 PM
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On The Rise: 12 Director's To Watch In 2013 (photo)
So far in our On The Rise series this year, we've looked at talent on the ascension in front of the camera, with a cluster of actors and actresses who look set for great things. We've also highlighted promising cinematographers, writers and composers who've already proven their worth, and look like they're about to be more and more in demand as time goes on.

'Welcome To The Punch' Director Eran Creevy Planning Possible Sequel, Drives On 'Autobahn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2013 9:36 AM
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There are basically two ways to go as an up-and-coming filmmaker. One possible way to go is to make your debut feature, and use it as a springboard to get access to projects already brewing the system, so you can keep working, honing your craft and expanding your skillset. The other path is to keep developing your own movies, and hope that your voice is one people will want to invest in.

Review: 'Welcome To The Punch' Is A Stylish & Smart British Spin In On The Action-Thriller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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The terms "British cinema" and "action movie" tend not to go together particularly well. Maybe it's the smaller budgets at play, maybe it's an awareness that our American and Asian cousins do it better, maybe it's cultural -- most British cops don't carry weapons, for example. It's not that it hasn't been tried, it's more that the examples we do have -- "The 51st State," "Centurion," "The Sweeney" -- tend to be bad enough to dissuade too many others from giving it a shot, and so the idea of an action movie set in the U.K. remains incongruous enough that it can form the central joke of an entire film, like Edgar Wright's "Hot Fuzz."

Watch: James McAvoy & Mark Strong Trade Bullets In Trailer & Clip For 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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Looking for the next candidate to fit into that British-indie-director-who-goes-A-list-Hollywood category? Someone to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan, Rupert Wyatt, and "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" director J. Blakeson? A strong contender is emerging in the shape of Eran Creevy, who made a storming debut with the microbudget "Shifty" a few years ago, a low-key drama that featured top-notch performances from Daniel Mays and Riz Ahmed, and oodles of filmmaking talent behind the camera.

IFC Films Pick Up James McAvoy/Mark Strong Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 3:17 PM
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The release schedule for the rest of the year is starting to shape up, but there's still a few question marks, and one of the film's we're eager to get a date on is "Welcome To The Punch." The film is the sophomore feature from writer-director Eran Creevy, who made an impressive debut with "Shifty" a few years ago, and he's stepping up in a big way for his follow-up, an ambitious crime thriller, compared to "Heat" and "The Last Boy Scout," with a top-notch cast led by James McAvoy and Mark Strong.

Brit Action-Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch' Rounds Out With An Impressive Cast

  • By Sam Price
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  • July 20, 2011 2:41 AM
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For a film produced on a government-funded scheme that gave its recipients a budget of £100,000, Eran Creevy’s debut film, 2008’s “Shifty,” has enjoyed a long cultural half-life. Although it didn’t get a decent airing outside of the U.K. – and even then was little-seen, in spite of an array of awards and critical attention – this hasn’t diminished the prospects of its director Creevy, whose follow-up “Welcome To The Punch” has been catching our attention since it we profiled its script when it charted high on the annual Brit List some months ago. Already confirmed to star were James McAvoy (who could do with off-setting his debonair know-it-all performance as Professor Charles Xavier with something more substantive), Andrea Riseborough (she of “Brighton Rock” and “Never Let Me Go”) and Britain’s answer to Jeremy Renner in terms of his heedless productivity, Mark Strong.

James McAvoy Says He'll Star Eran Creevy's British Crime Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2011 2:03 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that the film will shoot in July (leaving plenty of room for "Anna Karenina") with the film drawing comparisons to "Heat."

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