We’ve had to wait since last year – the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, in fact – for more word on Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman’s psychedelic follow-up, The Congress. With a confirmed UK release date at last in place, the new trailer for the film has arrived. Prepare to follow Robin Wright into a strange new world… Wright plays a version of herself, initially in the real world, being offered the contract of a lifetime, one that will also be her last. Miramount Studios and creepy executive Jeff (Danny Huston) want to motion capture the actress and sample every possible facet of her personality. The company will then retain the right to use her image in any media form it chooses, while the real Wright retires, the contract giving her the funds she needs to care for her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is slowly going blind.The story then jumps »
Israeli director-writer Ari Folman is no stranger to the weird (see his magnificent "Waltz with Bashir"), and his "The Congress," which has been playing the festival circuit for over a year now, is plenty weird. Fortunately for us, the U.S. trailer for the film has arrived. Read More: Cannes: Is Ari Folman's 'The Congress' The Most Anti-Hollywood Movie Ever Made?In "The Congress," which is both a live-action and animated picture, Robin Wright stars as Robin Wright, a fading actress (obviously not true) who decides to accept a last job, selling the rights to "Robing Wright." The film follows the consequences in Wright's life after she decides to have herself digitally scanned and made into a computer-generated character. Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star in the film, which will receive a limited U.S. release on August 29. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Drafthouse Films has released the first U.S. trailer for Robin Wright's trippy looking new film, The Congress. The movie is partially animated in a very surreal style, and as you'll see from the trailer, it looks incredibly unique and intriguing.
The film is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's The Futurological Congress, and Wright plays herself as an aged star who sells her likeness to a movie studio. The movie was directed by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), and it also stars Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and more. Here's a full synopsis:
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job - preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of »
- Joey Paur
The U.S. The Congress trailer has arrived for Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman’s long-awaited follow-up feature. The film is a live-action/animation hybrid adaptation of the classic Stainslaw Lem short story “The Futurological Congress” and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). The work she finds has her scanned into an animated world where the company will own her image, but she’ll be forever young. It’s an incredibly beguiling premise, and this trailer is absolutely mesmerizing. Reviews have been strong for the thought-provoking pic, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it “as fascinating as it is gorgeous” in his review, and I'm really looking forward to catching the full feature later this year. Hit the jump to watch the The Congress U.S. trailer. The film also stars Jon Hamm, »
- Adam Chitwood
Let’s get two things out of the way here: I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. And I have complicated feelings about the X-Men movies, but one thing that doesn’t bother me is their screwy internal chronology. I am not a a continuity pedant; the fact that X-Men: First Class directly overrules several parts of X-Men 1 doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of either of them.
So what follows is not meant to nitpick the plot of Future Past. Rather, this is an inquisition, an attempt to seriously understand what the space-time continuum really looks like after it »
- Darren Franich
[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.] Since X-Men: The Last Stand killed Cyclops and Jean, half-killed Professor X, and weakened Magneto, the trilogy had concluded not because it was narratively fulfilled, but because it was exhausted. There was no place left for the X-Men to go, but fans knew that Wolverine's story had plenty of places to visit, most notably, his origin. X2 gave causal viewers enough information to figure out what happened to Logan, but fans knew there was far more to his story. The movie lined up not only the Weapon X narrative, but also provided fan-favorite characters such Deadpool and Gambit. But behind-the-scenes disasters and an abominable script weakened Wolverine and the franchise more than a revolver full of adamantium bullets. Confined to the weak origin story from the comics (Wolverine was originally a sick kid! Twist!), the movie begins with promising opening credits as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber »
- Matt Goldberg
The gruff, adamantium-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to find the mutant siblings battling side by side through two world wars and Vietnam -- where they are sentenced to death for killing a commanding officer -- and Logan (Hugh Jackman) and his brother, Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth, played by Liev Schreiber), have joined a top-secret government task force. When their targets begin to include innocent civilians, conscientious Logan escapes to the Canadian Rockies, where he builds a home with pretty schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). Informed by his old commanding officer William Stryker (Danny Huston) that the members of his old team are being targeted for death, Logan is »
In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who was credited with revolutionizing popular art in the 1950s and 1960s with portraits of waif-like children with huge eyes. However, Margaret Keane was the actual painter, leading to the breakup of their marriage when the ruse was discovered.
This is the fifth title set to open this Christmas. The others are Paramount’s “Hot Tub Time »
- Dave McNary
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby goes out on September 26 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes on December 25. All films open initially in limited release except Big Eyes, which will open in a “moderate” release pattern.
Morten Tyldum directs The Imitation Game, the true story of British maths and computing genius Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code in WWII and was driven to possible suicide in 1954 two years after he was prosecuted for being gay. Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode also star.
Writer-director Ned Benson conceived of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby as a two-part his-and-her account of the disintegration of a romance. The drama debuted in Toronto last autumn as two separate films and discussions are ongoing as to what form the release will take.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Tim Burton's next movie is called Big Eyes, and The Weinstein Company has announced that it will be released on December 25th. The film is a biopic that centers on a artist named Margaret Keane, a "painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area."
This seems like it will be a great project for Burton. He's been needing to change things up a bit and do something different. This seems like a different kind of movie than we're used to seeing him make, so my hopes are high.
I'm a huge fan of Burton's early work, »
- Joey Paur
Today marked a bevy of release date shifts, likely as the 2014 summer movie season is unofficially underway, reminding execs that some movies might be finished ahead of time, and others have a lot of work left to make them palatable. Are you ready to plan your 2014 and 2015 around Big Eyes, Goosebumps and The Smurfs? The question is rhetorical. You totally are. First off, The Weinstein Company nabbed a couple of release dates for some of this year's potential Oscar contenders. The big one is Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and Danny Huston. The art-world drama, which pits a pop-art purveyor against her glory-seeking husband, is getting the cozy Christmas day slot, a competitive date that already includes fellow Oscar contenders Into The Woods, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Cameron Crowe's currently untitled next feature. Oh, and also Hot Tub Time Machine 2. It's possible »
The Weinstein Co. have set a few of their fall release dates lately and while I suspect a couple of them will likely change, as is par for the course when it comes to the Brothers 'stein, we at least can gauge their intentions as Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Eleanor Rigby and The Imitation Game have all landed late year release dates as the studio plots their awards season course. First off, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, seems to be a title most everyone believes will be a major player at the Oscars this year and given it has now landed a Christmas Day release it would seem the Weinstein Co. agrees. Centering on the story of painter Margaret Keane (Adams), the story focuses on her success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company has revealed that Tim Burton's biographical drama Big Eyes will be hitting theaters December 25, 2014. Director Morten Tyldum's Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has been given a November 21, 2014 release date.
Big Eyes stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It tells the true story of artist Margaret Keane, who because famous for painting big-eyed children in the 1950s. It also explores the relationship between her and her husband, Walter, who took credit for her work. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.
Exhibitor Relations made the announcement on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) May 1, 2014
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the release dates for three key titles slated to hit this Fall.
First up, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy" has been scheduled for September 26th. The story explores a New York City couple (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain) and their relationship during a difficult time in their marriage. The project was originally going to be a two-film work, it's unclear if that's still the case.
Next is a November 21st release for Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" a biopic about famed computer pioneer Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose team at Bletchley Park cracked the German Enigma code and significantly shortened the war. Instead of being hailed a hero, he became the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment.
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton may have made some serious duds over the last few years, but hopefully he’ll give his career a much-needed course correction with Big Eyes, a biopic about real-life couple Walter and Margaret Keane. Walter became rich and famous in the 1950s and 60s for his paintings of big-eyed children, until it came out that his wife Margaret was the one doing all the work.
While we’re still waiting to see some footage from the film, we now know when we can expect it, as Exhibitor Relations is reporting that Big Eyes will open on Christmas Day 2014.
As always, several other films will also be arriving on Christmas. Disney’s Into the Woods, Cameron Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will all give Burton some competition that day. Luckily for the director, he’s gathered quite the cast for this one. »
- James Garcia
Tim Burton's Big Eyes is set for a December 25 release, The Weinstein Company revealed today. They've also slated their Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game for November 21 and writer/director Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Ribgy for September 26. Big Eyes , starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative »
Sarah Silverman has signed on for the upcoming second season of the Showtime drama “Masters of Sex,” the network said Monday. Silverman, star of “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic,” will play the recurring guest-starring role of Helen. Also read: ‘Masters of Sex’ Casts Danny Huston in Key Role (Exclusive) The second season of the series, which stars Michael Sheen as pioneering sex researcher William Masters, is currently underway in Los Angeles, for a July 13 premiere. The series has also booked “American Horror Story” star Danny Huston for the second season, in the recurring role of Dr. »
- Tim Kenneally
The producers of the upcoming independent drama The Whole Truth were likely counting their lucky stars when they landed Daniel Craig to front the feature, but now the production team is scrambling to find a new leading man, as the James Bond star has abruptly dropped the project just days before it was set to go into production. THR reports Craig bowed out of The Whole Truth on Sunday, April 6th. Production on the film was slated to start in Boston on April 14th, but with Craig's last-minute exit, the filmmakers must rush to find a replacement. Still, it's not looking like they'd be able to by Monday. One insider confessed to THR that the start date for The Whole Truth has already been bumped back three weeks to help accommodate this search. The project was firming up the casting of smaller roles, and is in talks with Danny Huston »
The actor signed on to star at the end of January, where he was set to play a district attorney, although no other plot details were revealed. Shooting was scheduled to begin on April 14 in Boston, with Renée Zellweger and Gabriel Basso already confirmed to co-star, but now shooting has been pushed back for three weeks to find a replacement for Daniel Craig.
No reason was given as to why he dropped out at the last minute, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he left the project on Sunday. The delay has also put the involvement of other actors in limbo, such as Danny Huston, who was in negotiations to join the cast when Daniel Craig dropped out.
We have a bit of casting and anti-casting news for you this morning. First up in anti-casting, Daniel Craig has unexpectedly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth slightly a week before filming was set to begin. Although plot details are scarce, Craig was set to play a district attorney and star alongside Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso (Super 8). Danny Huston and other actors were in talks to co-star, but according to THR, Craig's exit has put these negotiations in limbo. The production is now scrambling to find a replacement, and the start date might be pushed back three weeks. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct a script by Nicholas Kazan (Fallen). It will be interesting to find out why Craig exited the project so close to the start date. Hit the jump for news on Charlize Theron possibly joining Sean Penn's new film. »
- Matt Goldberg
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