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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Kirsten Dunst’s revival continues.
The actress, whose career hit an all-time high with the “Spider-Man” franchise but sidetracked after spending time in rehab, has earned some of her best reviews for the murder mystery “All Good Things.” She’ll next appear in Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac “On the Road” with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund.
But today we’re getting our first look at a sci-fi romance Dunst will headline with Jim Sturgess (“The Way Back”). Titled “Upside Down,” the film revolves around star-crossed lovers who appear to live in different worlds but find ways to cross paths. Because there’s a sci-fi element, it seems this one will be more confusing than we’d care to admit.
We also don’t know when the film will open. Slash Film predicts a 2012 opening for the picture, which is being directed by Juan Solanas. »
- Sean O'Connell
Philip Noyce is definitely not directing any sequel to Salt – which grossed about $300 million worldwide and propelled Noyce back into the mainstream Hollywood game (whether he likes it or not) – and may now be looking toward another project, New Line’s Our Wild Life, based on the true story of animal conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick. As Playlist’s report reveals, he appears to be wading into troubled waters.
The biopic concerns Sheldrick’s attempts to prevent elephant extinction in Kenya and has gone through three directors so far. Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dogs) is suing New Line after they reportedly booted him off the project after ordering a re-write. Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, the in-progress On The Road) was also once attached, with Julie Roberts interested in the lead role. Kate Winslet was reportedly offered the role, but her reps have disavowed any such thing. Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore, »
- Anthony Vieira
The Los Angeles Times spoke with director Ron Howard about his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's massive fantasy series The Dark Tower of which Howard is set to direct the first film of a planned trilogy and then the first season of a tie-in television series based on the seven novel series with Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) writing the screenplay for each.
The project is yet to get the official green light, but the first film is tentatively slated to hit theaters on May 17, 2013 and Howard tells "Los Angeles Times" reporter Geoff Boucher progress on the film is moving quickly and he's becoming a bit obsessed with the franchise. The idea to turn King's work into three films with a tie-in television series is excellent if you ask me, as it creates a way to capture the massive scope of the novels without trying to cram it all »
- Brad Brevet
Okay, so it may be a little early to talk about the best films of next year. But based on the number of high-profile auteurs with new works on the horizon, 2011 looks like it will be a banner annum for art cinema. While Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" is already trailering around the world and Sundance will parade a number of hot new projects from American indie stalwarts (Miguel Arteta, Tom McCarthy) and doc-makers (Eugene Jarecki, Steve James), look abroad to the next Berlin or Cannes and you're likely to see the most thrilling examples of contemporary cinema. Here are ten films we believe could top the best-of lists 12 months from now (in no particular order):
"This Must Be the Place"
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Though not yet known much outside of his home country or the festival circuit, Italian auteur Sorrentino received considerable acclaim -- including a »
- Anthony Kaufman
We’ve been asking you all week to vote for your Oscar picks from the year 1999, twelve years on as we retrospectively take a look back at all the Academy Award ceremonies in the 1990′s to see if time has been kind to the winners and losers.
28 of you voted, a little less than the amount who voted last time (which I think is to do with the problems with the form as we had a few complaints, I will try and fix this for next time) including a handful of Owf writers, who have collectively, like Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap, gone back in time to ‘put things right, that once went wrong’.
The number in brackets is the amount of points that film/actor/director gained (that system is explained here). Let’s take a look at the winners, shall we?
1999 Owf Awards Best Picture – Saving Private Ryan »
- Matt Holmes
John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films has announced that Mike Johnson (Corpse Bride) will direct its new CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, Oz Wars. The film was written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps, City of Dragons) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band). Oz Wars transforms the Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.
Check out the press release below for all the details.
Official Press Release:
Animated Film Oz Wars
(Los Angeles, CA; December 15, 2010) – John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films, announced today the company has signed Oscar™ and Annie Award-nominee Mike Johnson, co-director of Corpse Bride, to direct its CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, Oz Wars.
“Mike Johnson is a spectacular director and one of the masters of stop-motion, »
- Jason Moore
Mike Johnson has signed on to direct the CG/Stop-Motion hybrid feature film Oz Wars. The Academy Award and Annie Award-nominee got his start as the Assistant Animation Rigger and Assistant Animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was an animator on James and The Giant Peach, directed three episodes of the lat 1990's Fox clay animated television series The PJs, and was co-director of the 2005 film Corpse Bride. So basically, he has a long history with stop motion animation. Written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps 1 & 2) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band), Oz Wars attempts to transform the Wizard of Oz narrative into "a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters." It's being described as an animated film thats "not just for kids," as the world will be "dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous." Read the press release after the jump. »
- Peter Sciretta
'Everyone is going to get to see how hard a worker she is,' he tells MTV News of KStew.
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: MTV News
While Garrett Hedlund isn't exactly a household name yet, filmgoers will soon be very familiar with him via his two new projects "Tron Legacy" and "Country Strong," not to mention the upcoming "On the Road" film. When MTV News caught up with the busy man recently, we asked him about the recent uptick in his career — beginning with landing that coveted role in "On the Road."
"It's the hardest I've ever had to work, which is a very good sign," Hedlund said about the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's tour-de-beatnik classic. "It's the greatest experience of my lifetime — well, these last couple years have [been]. All these mean so much to me, with 'Tron Legacy' and the »
On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend a half-hour with the actress Kirsten Dunst, who is receiving the best reviews of her career — and even best supporting actress Oscar buzz — for her performance as a woman in a troubled marriage who disappears under mysterious circumstances in Andrew Jarecki’s crime-thriller “All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer). (The film was inspired by the true story of a woman named Kathie Durst who has been missing since 1982.)
Dunst, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen (she would have made a great Hitchcock blonde!), is just 28 years old, but she has already accumulated more than 20 years of acting credits. She made her big screen debut at the age of eight in Woody Allen’s “New York Stories” (1989), followed shortly thereafter by a performance as Tom Hanks’s daughter in “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990). Her breakthrough »
- Scott Feinberg
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
'I feel like she's grown up onscreen,' Adams tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images
Kristen Stewart maintains that her nerves never went away while shooting "On the Road," an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel that readers have been obsessed with — and highly protective of — since its 1957 publication.
Nervous she may have been, but co-star Amy Adams — a two-time Oscar nominee — came away from the project seriously impressed by her fellow actor.
"She's awesome," Adams said of KStew. "I knew she had chops. I've seen her since 'Panic Room.' I thought she was fantastic. I feel like she's grown up onscreen. She was great in 'Into the Wild.' The girl's got some chops."
Exclusive: Fox Searchlight is turning the Oscar-nominated documentary La Corona into a feature film, and has set Jose Rivera to write the script and Rodrigo Garcia to direct. The 2008 Spanish language film was nominated in the Short Subject Documentary category. The film depicted a prison pageant in which the contestants were guerillas, murderers and drug dealers vying for the distinction of being called queen of a prison. Julie Lynn is producing. Rivera, Oscar-nominated for The Motorcycle Diaries, most recently adapted Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which is currently in production with Walter Salles directing an ensemble that includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams. Garcia directed Passengers and HBO series episodes including Big Love and In Treatment. Rivera's repped by Icm, Garcia by Wme. »
- MIKE FLEMING
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/687665/monsters_review.html"><img title="Monsters review" src="http://www.denofgeek.com/siteimage/scale/500/800/171223.jpg" alt="Monsters" /></a></div> <br/><i><strong>As Gareth Edwards’ Monsters arrives in cinemas, we give the science fiction/romance a second look. To be blunt: you need to see this film...</strong></i><br/><p>Don't believe everything you're told. That's the message of <em>Monsters</em> in more ways than one. A concerted marketing push would have us believe that Gareth Edwards' debut feature is this year's <em>District 9</em> (which, in turn, was last year's <em>Cloverfield</em>), a big, bad alien invasion movie made on a shoestring.</p> <p>And in some ways it is. Shot for a reported £100,000, <em>Monsters</em> is further proof that the most exciting sci-fi comes not from the big coffers of Hollywood, but from industrious and impoverished geeks.</p> <p>It opens with a startling sequence too, a smash and grab action set piece that would have you believe you're getting exactly what was hinted at. Shot in near darkness through a green filtered shaky-cam, it's pure shock and awe, »
Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) will star in the upcoming adaptation of Andrea Portes’ novel, Hick. ThePlaylist reports that Dunst will be joining Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the film, who will be playing a “13-year-old Nebraska girl who gets more than she bargained for when she runs away to Las Vegas.” Derrick Martini (Lymelife) is set to direct the coming-of-age drama, which has been adapted to screen by Portes.
Dunst can currently be seen alongside Ryan Gosling in All Good Things. She is also set to star in Walter Salles’ (The Motorcycle Diaries) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and earlier this year she replaced Penelope Cruz in Lars Von Trier’s (Antichrist) upcoming sci-fi disaster film Melancholia. You can hit the jump to read the full synopsis for Hick.
Here’s the synopsis via Amazon:
Portes’s chilling debut tracks a 13-year-old Nebraska girl’s hard-going life on the road. »
- Ramses Flores
After nearly three years of promotion, which started at San Diego Comic-Con in 2008, the highly anticipated Tron: Legacy is finally hitting theaters on December 17th. A high-tech adventure set in a digital world that is unlike anything ever captured or seen on the big screen, the film is a father-son story at its heart. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is a rebellious 27-year-old who is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges). The world’s leading tech visionary, Kevin was pulled into a digital grid where he’s been trapped for the last 20 years, and where his son also finds himself suddenly trapped. In order to escape and return to their own world, they must embark on a life-or-death journey across the landscape of the Grid, using weapons and vehicles to elude a ruthless villain named Klu, that was created by Kevin himself.
In this exclusive phone interview with Collider, »
- Christina Radish
The drama All Good Things, co-starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, was inspired by the events of the most notorious missing person’s case in New York history. Both a love story and murder mystery, the story of Robert Durst, of the wealthy real estate dynasty, was that of a man suspected of, but never tried for, the murder of his wife Kathie, who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. Renamed David Marks (Ryan Gosling) and Katie McCarthy (Kirsten Dunst) for the film, newly discovered facts, court records and speculation about the case and the circumstances surrounding it are the foundation for an imaginative and spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss.
During a roundtable interview at the film’s press day, actress Kirsten Dunst talked about her desire to make sure her character never came across as a victim, the experience of meeting some of the real woman »
- Christina Radish
A film version of this seminal book from Kerouac – a well-known figure from the Beat Generation (a group of American writers and poets who came to prominence in the 1950’s), had been in the works for a while before director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) came onboard. The $25 million picture has been produced by Francis Ford Coppola (who was actually down to direct a version at one point).
Starring Garrett Hedlund (who will be seen next in Tron: Legacy) and Sam Riley as protagonists Dean Moriarty and Kerouac’s alter ego Sal Paradise, On the Road is a largely autobiographical work that was based on a road trip involving Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America, taking in and commenting »
- Adam Lowes
Zipangu Fest, London
When it comes to off-the-scale weirdness, Japan comes out on top. And as the name suggests, it's that side of the nation's cinema this inaugural festival celebrates, with a menu of cult/indie/exploitation film, animation, and outsider documentary and other oddities. Where else will you find naked hippies on motorbikes (music doc Rock Tanjo: The Movement 70s); cartoons about lecherous carnival freaks (Midori: The Girl In The Freakshow); a transgender performer dressed as a giant bouquet of flowers (documentary Pyuupiru 2001-2008); and a kick-ass squad of mutant girls (er, Mutant Girl Squad). Indie movement leader Tetsuaki Matsue, meanwhile, introduces his amazing one-take street music documentary, Live Tape.
Various venues, Tue to 28 Nov
ID Fest, Derby
What makes a person English? What makes a person a person? Are English people people? These and other questions might be answered at this new festival exploring identity (exclusively English identity »
- Steve Rose
After a rough ride, On the Road is finally getting closer to completion. After the first set photos, new shots from director Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel have been released, and appear to perfectly transcribe the poetic energy and black-and-white imagery that the story inevitably conjures up, raising the question whether the movie will also be in black-and-white.
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the film stars stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Sam Riley (Control) as Sal Paradise, the mystic Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise embark on a road trip across North America in search of adventure and freedom. The cast also boasts a long, all-star cast, including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Moretensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. Hit the jump to see the photos and find out more about On the Road.
It is certainly a challenge »
- Talia Soghomonian
Is The Black & White Photography Reflective Of Film's Own Style? There aren't many other projects kicking around at the moment we're more excited for than Walter Salles' adaptation Jack Kerouac's iconic novel "On The Road." Starring Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley as protagonists Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise on a journey across the North American landscape in pursuit of self-knowledge and experience, the adaptation quickly came together earlier this year after spending what seemed like an eternity in developmental hell--a tale well-told in Salles' work-in-progress documentary "In Search of On the Road"--conjuring a stellar cast including Kristen Stewart, Viggo… »
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