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Luminous performances and truly bewitching film-making elevate this uncanny, oestrogen-soaked dance drama
At a Cincinnati recreation centre where almost the entire film takes place, 11-year-old tomboy Toni (Royalty Hightower) has been learning about boxing from her older brother (Da’Sean Minor). However, a glimpse of other girls practicing hip-hop dance moves in another part of the building entirely beguiles Toni, and she joins up and dives in, learning in the process not just different physical skills but the mysterious ways of adolescent girlhood. Unfortunately, an inexplicable outbreak among the cohort of “fits” – spasmodic twitching and fainting, that looks half like dancing, half like demonic possession – threatens the unity of the group and Toni’s place within its strict hierarchy.
This may evoke other explorations of female trouble in all-girl environments (see, for instance, Carol Morley’s The Falling, Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides or Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Innocence). But »
- Leslie Felperin
Be it on cinema or the small screen, we’ve seen parents go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their nearest and dearest aren’t left strapped for cash. Some, like Walter White, dive headfirst into a criminal underworld in order to amass a small fortune, while others break the law in order to set up a fully functioning casino in their basement.
Toss in SNL cohorts Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler to the latter proposition and you’ll get a gist of The House, New Line and director Andrew J. Cohen’s upcoming comedy that has now unveiled its rip-roaring first trailer. Channeling their chemistry from working together on Blades of Glory, Ferrell and Poehler lead the charge as two parents struggling to make ends meet, and after losing their daughter’s precious college fund, they become desperate – so desperate, in fact, that they’re willing to bet big and »
- Michael Briers
The German pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann, who performs and records mainly under the name Hauschka, is releasing a new artist album titled “What If” in March. The album includes “Constant Growth Fails,” part of his Oscar-nominated score for the film “Lion,” directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
Hauschka created the score in tandem with American composer Dustin O’Halloran. British animator/director Daniel Gray has created a video for the song, and we have an exclusive first look. Watch the clip below.
“I like that it sounds surreal and like a machine,” Hauschka told IndieWire of “Constant Growth Fails.” “It was a pleasure to write sensitive and restrained music for such a deeply touching movie. I love to travel between the worlds and »
- Yoselin Acevedo
14 February 2017 10:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Amazon and Lionsgate are teaming to release The Big Sick in theaters this summer.
Co-written by and starring Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani, the romantic comedy will hit limited theaters June 23, opposite Paramount's Mark Wahlberg starrer Transformers: The Last Knight and Focus' Sofia Coppola drama The Beguiled.
The Big Sick will then expand wide July 14, alongside the bows of Stx's Bad Moms spinoff Bad Dads, Open Road's romance Midnight Sun, Fox's follow-up War for the Planet of the Apes and Fox Searchlight's romance My Cousin Rachel.
- Ashley Lee
La La Land’s singing and dancing stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone may be center stage in the Oscar-nominated film, but movie history buffs (and Angelenos) likely noticed another small but significant cameo right at the end when, ahem, the big thing happens. (No spoilers here.)
The Chateau Marmont, Hollywood’s most infamous hotel, makes an appearance, as the final real-life Los Angeles location featured in the film, which has been called a love letter to the city. But it’s not simply a quaint bit of nostalgia like the Rialto Theatre or Angel’s Flight.
Related: The L. »
- Mackenzie Schmidt
Elle Fanning is set to star in “Teen Spirit,” the directorial debut of actor Max Minghella, it was announced Friday. Fanning will play a shy teenager, living in a small European town, who dreams of pop stardom as a means of escaping her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. Minghella also wrote the screenplay.
The film, which was first announced at the end of January, is being introduced to buyers by international sales agent Mister Smith Ent. at the European Film Market during the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is arranging financing for the film and will represent North American distribution rights.
“It’s an absolute thrill to be collaborating with Elle on this project. Along with an extraordinary singing voice, she brings an emotional complexity to this character which is invaluable,” said Minghella.
- Robert Mitchell
Actress to play aspiring pop star in Mister Smith Entertainment project.
Mister Smith Entertainment is presenting the film to buyers this week at the Efm in Berlin.
Fanning will play Violet, a shy teenager from a small European town who dreams of becoming a pop star. With the help of an unlikely mentor she enters a singing competition to chase her dream.
Minghella, who also wrote the script, said: “It’s an absolute thrill to be collaborating with Elle on this project. Along with an extraordinary singing voice, she brings an emotional complexity to this character which is invaluable.”
Fred Berger (La La Land) will produce alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) under their Automatik banner. Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), who developed the screenplay with Minghella, serves as executive producer.
CAA has North American distribution rights.
Fanning is currently »
Elle Fanning has been commanding attention with films like “The Neon Demon,” “20th Century Women” and “The Beguiled” (which debuted its first trailer this week). Now, the 18-year-old is taking center stage in the biopic “Mary Shelley,” about the esteemed “Frankenstein” author.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the first photo from the upcoming film directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour. The image shows the actress sitting in a graveyard next to her mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s tombstone, with a book and pencil in hand. See the image here.
Previously titled “Storm in the Stars,” the drama follows the author’s early relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the work of writing her masterpiece. It also co-stars Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge.
Al-Mansour is best »
- Liz Calvario
War is inevitable in Season 2 of Wgn America’s hit series “Underground.”
The critically acclaimed drama returns this March to continue telling the harrowing story of the struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war. Ahead of its release, the official Season 2 trailer has been released, along with several new photos, which feature each side fighting to have their own justice.
“We make ourselves free by the choices we make,” says a character off-screen in the sneak peek below.
The 10-episode second season picks up in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history. With the help of legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her famous Underground Railroad, the group of American heroes continue their journey to freedom.
Season 2 features new and returning cast, »
- Liz Calvario
Chris here. While yesterday’s trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled certainly rattled us, here’s another first look to give you the more terrified kind of chills: Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha follow-up, It Comes At Night.
Shults’ first film was a decidedly homegrown effort, but this looks to be a spooky step up in scale and ambition if no less psychologically taxing. The director has also assembled an intriguing cast with Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, and Christopher Abbott. The trailer keeps the specifics of this post-apocalyptic vision under wraps, but hints at some kind of malevolent force at play while Shults continues to mine tense family dynamics. From the opening shot of the trailer alone, we can probably bet this will be one of the year's most formiddable horror films.
Krisha was one of last year’s many promising directorial debuts (even if it had been »
- Chris Feil
Author: Jon Lyus
With a name to ring a dozen Hollywood bells every time it’s spoken a new film from Sofia Coppola will always bring a measure of excitement. The last film she produced was the Netflix Holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, which she directed and co-wrote with Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer. Before that she stood in the eye of the Californian fame hurricane with 2013’s The Bling Ring, which followed the languid Somewhere from 2010. Today her new film, The Beguiled, had its first trailer revealed and we’re a million miles from Tinseltown.
The film was adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan 1966’s novel A Painted Devil and Don Siegel’s own cinematic adaptation of the story in 1971 (a film which shares the name The Beguiled). The stage is set in 1863, during the American Civil War, at an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. An injured Union »
- Jon Lyus
Simon Brew Feb 9, 2017
Now, though, Sofia Coppola is bringing something different to the material. She’s recruited a cast that features Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. And the wraps are beginning to come off the new The Beguiled.
The first trailer for the film has landed, and you can get a look right here…
The Beguiled lands in UK cinemas on June 23rd in the UK. »
Entertainment Weekly have released the first batch of photos from Sofia Coppola’s upcoming The Beguiled. We also have the first trailer for adaptation of the 1966 Thomas Cullinan novel, which was previously adapted into a film in 1973.
The story follows a wounded Yankee soldier who, after finding refuge in an isolated girls’ school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women’s sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls’ wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.
Check out the very first photos below as well as that first teaser trailer.
- Paul Heath
Acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola brings you a seductive thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Focus Features will release The Beguiled in select cities on June 23, 2017, expanding to more theaters on June 30, 2017.
The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.
Oona Laurence (who starred on Broadway in Matilda and on-screen in Pete’s Dragon, Bad Moms, and Southpaw), Emma Howard (Transparent), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Addison Riecke (The Thundermans) Also Star.
- Michelle McCue
8 February 2017 5:16 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Coppola's movie, the second film version of the story of a Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who charms his way into a Confederate girls boarding school, reunites the filmmaker with stars Kirsten Dunst — who portrayed the eponymous Marie Antoinette in Coppola's 2006 period drama and 1999's The Virgin Suicides — and Elle Fanning, who starred alongside Stephen Dorff in 2010's Somewhere. Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman also stars as the school's headmaster.
An earlier adaptation of the story was made in 1971 and »
- Patrick Shanley
Colin Farrell is under siege by a bunch of Southern belles in the first official teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 drama that starred Clint Eastwood. (Watch the new teaser above.) “The Beguiled” also stars Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst. Coppola’s 2017 version marks her third collaboration with star Kirsten Dunst. “The Beguiled” is set in a Confederate girls’ boarding school during the American Civil War, where things are turned upside down by the arrival of a wounded Union soldier, John McBurney (Colin Farrell, taking over for Eastwood). Nicole Kidman plays Martha Farnsworth, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
The teaser for Sofia Coppola's remake of The Beguiled (2017) is upon us and it is glorious if surprisingly faithful. In fact, if you watched the original 1971 movie with us during the last season of Hit Me With Your Best Shot you'll be hard pressed to spot many immediate differences beyond of course the new cast. Nicole Kidman takes the Geraldine Page role (we worship Kidman but good luck topping one of Page's juiciest star turns), Colin Farrell gets the Clint Eastwood wounded womanizing soldier part, Kiki steps in for Elizabeth Hartman, and Oona Laurence (who was so good opposite Gyllenhaal in Southpaw) plays the Pamela Ferdin role.
If you haven't yet seen the trailer or would like to watch it again (I'm on round 5) it's after the jump along with a short "Yes No Maybe So" »
- NATHANIEL R
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSSexy DurgaThe Hivos Tiger Awards of the International Film Festival Rotterdam have been announced, with Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Sexy Durga taking home the Tiger, Niles Atallah's Rey winning the Special Jury Award, and Caroline Leone's Pela janela being picked by Fipresci.New York's Whitney Museum has revealed its full film program for the 2017 Biennial, with a focus on such filmmakers as Mary Helena Clark, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Kevin Jerome Everson, Eric Baudelaire and Robert Beavers.Recommended VIEWINGThe eagerly awaited trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film, a remake of Don Siegel's bizarre and wonderful The Beguiled, with Colin Farrell in Clint Eastwood's role.The glorious full trailer for James Gray's Amazonia exploration melodrama, The Lost City of Z."The screen is a neutral element in the film-going experience. Or is it? It projects dreams »
"If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?" "To be taken far away from here..." Focus Features has unveiled the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's latest film, titled The Beguiled, adapted from Thomas Cullinan's Southern Gothic novel. Set during the Civil War, an injured Union soldier ends up being nursed back to life inside a girls' boarding school in the Confederate south. Colin Farrell plays the soldier, and the cast includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Oona Laurence. While at first this seems like a simple love story, the twist is that the girls eventually turn on him, and there's that crazy funny line that Farrell shouts at the end of this trailer that is already being turned into a meme online. Here's the first official teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, direct from Focus' YouTube: While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, »
- Alex Billington
Barring the delightful festive treat known as A Very Murray Christmas, it’s going on four years since Sofia Coppola’s last creative effort, The Bling Ring, dazzled moviegoers on the big screen. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the writer-director hasn’t been keeping busy.
In between work on documentaries like The Family Whistle, Coppola has been quietly pulling together a modern remake of The Beguiled, a new, star-studded interpretation on the novel A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan. Indeed, Cullinan’s period yarn has graced the screen before; back in 1971, director Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page tackled the family drama, which largely takes place in rural Mississippi during the height of the American Civil War.
- Michael Briers
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