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In fact, the star-studded genre thriller — which Soderbergh has vowed will be his last theatrical movie — is deadly serious. Rooney Mara plays an emotionally distraught Manhattan housewife struggling with the new status quo after her once-wealthy, white-collar-criminal husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. Her shrink (Jude Law) puts her on a promising new wonderdrug to cope, but any relief is accompanied by unsettling sleepwalking episodes… occasionally violent sleepwalking episodes. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Actor will feature in piece written by Belarus Free Theatre and Laura Wade. Meanwhile, the latest short film in the series, Bed Trick, is released today
Jude Law will team up with the Belarus Free Theatre for the next in the series of short films coproduced by the Guardian and the Young Vic theatre.
Over the course of this year, the two organisations will present a series of four films created by the stars and creatives behind Young Vic productions, supported by Bloomberg.
Law, who played Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus at the Young Vic in 2002 and has supported Belarus Free Theatre for a number of years, will appear in a film the company has written in collaboration with Laura Wade, the playwright behind the Royal Court's hit Posh.
- Matt Trueman
For this week's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, we stayed another summer in Italy. We didn't follow an American spinster this time but a young shapeshifter known as The Talented Mr Ripley. He was sent to Italy to fetch trustfund baby Dickie Greenleaf but he likes Dickie's life so much he fetches it for himself instead.
Outside the film's actual narrative, based on the famous novel by Patricia Highsmith (whose work is oft-adapted - The Two Faces of January is next) things were just as dramatic. The movie was a Prestige Event since it was Anthony Minghella's (Rip) follow-up to his Best Picture winner The English Patient (1996). It wasn't quite a slam dunk with Oscar, despite the pedigree and the quality (I prefer it to Patient, myself), though it sure was a thing of beauty. The Talented Mr Ripley featured one of the most impressive collections »
- NATHANIEL R
James Schamus has signed a new contract as CEO of Focus Features -- but now he has a co-ceo in Andrew Karpen, who has been promoted from his prior role as president. Karpen, who joined Focus in 2003 and became its president in 2006, will continue reporting to Schamus. While both men oversee all aspects of the company, Karpen oversees global business strategy and digital initiatives. In Cannes, Focus Features International will be selling Mike Leigh's next film, an Amy Winehouse documentary, Michael Cuesta's upcoming "Kill the Messenger" and "Black Sea" starring Jude Law. Another Ffi title, "The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams, will premiere in the Directors' Fortnight. »
Karpen has served as president of Focus since 2006 and joined the company in 2003. For the past seven years, he has overseen the global business strategy and will continue to spearhead digital initiatives.
Karpen will continue to report to Schamus, but both men will now run all aspects of Focus, which Schamus co-founded with David Linde in 2002 (Linde now runs Lava Bear Films).
Focus is revving up for Cannes, where the international sales and distribution prexy will be repping Jeremy Renner-toplined “Kill the Messenger” and “Black Sea” starring Jude Law. Other Focus Features International titles include Mike Leigh’s pic about watercolorist J.M.W. Turner and an Amy Winehouse docu directed by Asif Kapadia.
Focus plans to unspool true life dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger” next year and has »
- Rachel Abrams
Channing Tatum and a psychological thriller--what else could you possibly ask for? Side Effects, the film starring Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, comes out on Blu-ray and DVD May 21, and we've got 3 DVD copies to give out!
For those who haven't seen, Side Effects tells the story of Emily Taylor (Mara) undergoes bizarre side effects after her psychiatrist (Law) prescribes her a certain drug. But--as any other thriller--there are way more shockers and twists. (Especially one scene that will make you absolutely gasp.) The story line isn't necessarily what you think, and will have you talking long after the credits roll.
So, what are your favorite psychological thrillers? All you have to do to win a copy is to comment below one of your favorite thrillers and why. The best three will receive a DVD.
Here's what will be included:
Bonus Features (Blu-ray™ and DVD): »
- Stephanie Webber
Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.
Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.
During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities, »
- Robert Mitchell
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
Details of the proposed plot are currently being kept under wraps.
Cruise signed a deal last week to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in a fifth Mission: Impossible movie.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - the fourth movie in the action series - has grossed almost $700 million (£450 million) worldwide since opening in December 2011.
Watch Digital Spy's video from the red carpet at the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
In a frantic run-up to the annual film market, a cloudburst of English-language movies has swept onto the international stage.
“It’s nightmarish, amazing. This is going to be one of the busiest Cannes ever,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazilian distributor Imagem.
Martin Moszkowicz, at Germany’s Constantin, agrees that last year was robust but this year is even more so.
“There’s a huge number of projects being offered. We’ve gotten well over 200 projects over the last two or three weeks,” he said.
But he cautioned that two-thirds of projects received weren’t ready to come on to the market because they didn’t have a finished screenplay, or a director or cast fully attached.
And without these elements, there’s no guarantee they will happen.
“For the last year or two, studios have been offloading films like ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Solace’ and ‘The »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
A year ago, when the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun first was coming together at Cannes, no one could have predicted that one of Hollywood's hottest projects would unravel so spectacularly. The number of stars bolting the movie have left all sides reeling -- and that’s on top of the departure of original director Lynne Ramsay. Jane finally corralled both its leading men when Joel Edgerton was joined last week by Ewan McGregor, after the project lost Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper. The film is weeks from wrapping production in New Mexico. But the danger isn’t over
- Pamela McClintock, Stuart Kemp
“9th Company” and “Inhabited Island” director Fedor Bondarchuk brings the epic in his latest, the WWII war drama “Stalingrad”, which has unleashed a full-fledged trailer you can see below. You can definitely tell where the film’s $30 million budget went. The Battle of Stalingrad is a particularly popular topic among the Russians, with a number of big-budgeted films already devoted to it in the past. Hollywood even got in on the act with 2001′s “Enemy at the Gates” starring Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Check out the first blood-and-guts and explosions trailer for “Stalingrad” below. Using a cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” over the trailer was a really nice touch, I think. The film was also shot in IMAX 3D, if you’re into that sort of thing. Stalingrad is a drama set during one of the most important battles of World War II which stopped »
Natalie Portman and her son, Aleph, visited a friend's home in La on Friday. Natalie got to spend quality time with her almost 2-year-old boy ahead of Mother's Day yesterday. While Alpeh was the main man in her life on Friday, news recently broke that she has been assigned a new leading man on the big screen. Natalie is set to star in Jane Got a Gun, which is off to a troubled start, since both Jude Law and Bradley Cooper had already committed to playing the male lead, then decided drop out. It has been announced that Ewan McGregor is now in negotiations to take over. Jane Got a Gun is not the only project in which Natalie has a hot costar lined up. She is also set to star as Lady Macbeth in the big-screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender. The film will be »
- Meghan Rooney
The movie with the revolving cast and crew just secured a new villain. Days after Bradley Cooper announced he had to depart "Jane Got a Gun" due to timing issues with his current project, David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Ewan McGregor is negotiating to take over the role, Deadline reports
Cooper was a replacement himself, who agreed to take over for Jude Law, after he left. Law's departure came after the film's director, Lynne Ramsay, abruptly quit the project on the first day of filming. The reasoning for Ramsay's departure has yet to be revealed.
"Jane Got A Gun" began filming in March, starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Noah Emmerich. Gavin O'Connor, best known for 2011's "Warrior," is directing. No release date has been announced for the movie. »
If nothing else, the making of Jane Got a Gun just might make one hell of a documentary one day. The latest news on the plagued Western is that Ewan McGregor is now negotiating to play the essential villain role in the film. Yes, that’s the role that has, at one point or another, been occupied by Joel Edgerton (who is now playing the good guy of the film), Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper, in (very) short order. Hopefully this McGregor casting will stick and the production can get a move on and actually turn into a feature film we can all watch one day, instead of just chronicling it as a cautionary tale in the fickle world of Hollywood. The film is still set to be directed by Gavin O’Connor, with producer Natalie Portman sticking to her guns as the eponymous Jane, a tough farm wife who must defend her home against a band »
- Kate Erbland
Casting woes for the upcoming Western drama Jane Got a Gun may wind up being a good thing for Star Wars fans. Ewan McGregor is now in talks to replace Bradley Cooper, who was forced to bow out of the flick due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline reports. Cooper had stepped in to play the movie's villain after Jude Law opted to walk away from the project in the wake of director Lynn Ramsay deciding she no longer wanted to be at the helm. The film is now being directed by Gavin O'Connor. Of course, if McGregor does in fact sign on, it will reunite him with Natalie Portman, his costar in the three Star Wars prequels, as well as Joel Edgerton, who appeared in Episode II and Episode III of the »
Ewan McGregor has just wrapped filming on Australian crime action-thriller Son of a Gun, and rather than get back home and chill out, he's opted to jump straight onto another project already in production. And it's not just any production but troubled western Jane Got a Gun, with McGregor taking over the villain role. Bradley Cooper and - before him - Jude Law had previously been cast to play the bad guy, so it seems the main idea behind casting this role was to cast against type. The film also stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton and is being directed by Gavin O'Connor, who directed Edgerton in Warrior.If you've missed the saga surrounding this film, see the links below for comprehensive round-up of what's been...
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It’s a “Star Wars” prequel reunion! Ewan McGregor, young (or, er, younger) Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, will be re-teaming with Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala) on Portman’s indie Western “Jane Got a Gun”. The troubled shoot recently lost its villain, though not for long, with McGregor in talks to take over. McGregor will be the fourth actor to come onboard the Western to play the film’s villain. Original villain Joel Edgerton has since moved over to playing the hero (replacing Michael Fassbender), with Jude Law then taking over the bad guy role. Law left when original director Lynne Ramsay left, and was replaced by Bradley Cooper. Cooper has now flown the coop as well, leaving an open space for McGregor. You get all that? Good. “Jane Got a Gun” would star Portman (who is also producing) as the spunky wife of an ex-outlaw who returns home all shot to hell. »
Actors continue to sign on for the Natalie Portman-produced-and-starring Western Jane Got A Gun, only to discover that the movie set is really an abattoir where only the finest of thoroughbred mares are sacrificed to feed Portman’s giddy bloodlust, their delicate Hollywood nostrils curling in the thick fog of carrion as they stumble away declaring, “I won’t be a part of this abomination.” Or, to put it in the words of Jude Law, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, and director Lynne Ramsay, they had irreconcilable differences with “scheduling” and/or “creativity”—problems that do not concern the newly signed »
Franco will play Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. Wenders said the film was “a story of guilt and forgiveness, and of accepting things you cannot change anymore.”
HanWay Films reps the film in international markets, and will introduce it to buyers at Cannes.
Wenders’ previous film, “Pina,” grossed over $30 million worldwide. »
- Leo Barraclough
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