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Arthouse Audit: 'The Rover' and 'Signal' Open Soft; Sundancers 'Ivory Tower' and 'Hellion' OK

Fresh from Cannes, both "The Rover" and wider release "How to Train Your Dragon 2" opened this weekend. Just a year ago enterprising A24 opened "The Bling Ring," but the comparison ends there. A24's "The Rover" opened to only a fraction of the initial returns that Sofia Coppola's film received, and, despite decent reviews and previously successful directing and acting elements, the film fell well below expectations. The same company's "Obvious Child" showed some promise in its second weekend expansion, but the overall specialized market is lagging behind healthier grosses over recent months.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 15, 2014 4:38 PM
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Why David Michôd Steered Clear of Hollywood to Shoot 'The Rover' with Pearce and Pattinson (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After Oscar-nominated "Animal Kingdom" hit Hollywood, Australian director David Michod was the talk of the town, doing rounds of meetings and reading stacks of scripts. One day he told his agents: "I want to stop reading, I'm not getting any work done." That film, which debuted at Cannes as a midnight movie, is the stark and violent suspense thriller "The Rover," shot with Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson in the searing heat of the Australian outback.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 5:27 PM
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'The Rover' Cinematographer Talks Filming Pearce and Pattinson--"he's a natural" (VIDEO)

The Rover," the Australian dystopian crime drama from director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") is a fascinating cross between a western and neo-noir. And the pairing of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson is an intense psychological study of abuser and enabler. For Argentinian cinematographer Natasha Braier ("The Milk of Sorrow," "XXY"), this is a breakthrough movie. Shot on film in the hot outback, she helps convey a hostile environment where survival has put humanity on hold.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2014 2:36 PM
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Welcome to Screen Talk, Indiewire's New Weekly Podcast, with New Co-Host

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did for some years with In Contention's Kris Tapley. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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Tired of Tentpoles? Here Are Ten Great Indies to Catch This Summer

Not to knock Spidey (and the X-Men, and Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy...) but it's easy to feel some -- or a lot -- of superhero fatigue at this time of year. And the Big Summer Movie season has barely gotten started! Below, TOH! calls your attention to ten great indie films hitting theaters this summer. They're just what the doctor ordered.
  • By TOH!
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  • April 30, 2014 4:43 PM
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Rob Pattinson Stars in Two Cannes Entries: 'Map to the Stars' and 'The Rover' (NEW TRAILER, POSTERS)

Aussie director David Michod's apocalyptic thriller "The Rover," starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, was announced as part of the Cannes lineup this morning (though not part of the competition), and distributor A24 has timed the release of a new trailer and character posters for the film, which has a June 13 limited stateside release.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2014 1:01 PM
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Brad Pitt to Star in David Michôd's 'The Operators'

Plan B and New Regency teamed up on Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and now are developing a starring vehicle for Plan B's Brad Pitt. Australian writer-director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) will follow upcoming "The Rover" (A24 summer trailer below), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, with Afghanistan military expose "The Operators."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2014 12:45 PM
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WATCH: First Teaser Trailer for Much Anticipated 'The Rover,' Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

An intense teaser trailer has arrived for David Michod's "The Rover," the much anticipated follow-up to the Aussie director's brilliant 2010 crime film "Animal Kingdom." Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:11 PM
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A24 Snaps Up David Michod's 'The Rover,' Starring Pattinson and Pearce

A24 has snapped up US rights to Aussie director David Michod's "The Rover," his much-anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Animal Kingdom." The thriller stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the Australian desert in a dangerous near-future.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 11:39 AM
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First Look: Gritty and Grizzled Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in David Michod's 'The Rover'

Check out this first new image of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michod's "The Rover," the Aussie director's follow-up to 2010's critically praised "Animal Kingdom."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:24 PM
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