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- Sasha Stone
In an unlikely but extremely promising match-up, Killing Them Softly writer-director Andrew Dominik has been tapped by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures to pen the script for Shaolin Temple, a martial arts revenge epic which is set to be directed by The Fast and the Furious helmer Justin Lin.
The pic, a remake of the 1982 movie on which martial arts legend Jet Li made his feature debut, is being planned as a big-scale 3D epic with a hefty budget (when it was announced back in January, Shaolin Temple‘s projected budget clocked in at over $100 million). It’s inspired by Shaolin myth and takes place in ancient China, during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty.
As per Deadline: When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by legendary actress and Ingmar Bergman-collaborator Liv Ullmann, Miss Julie is a tale of desire, class, and power set in the late 1800s in Ireland. Based on the play by August Strindberg, Julie (Chastain) is a aristocrat who sets her sights on seducing her father’s valet John (Farrell). Her desire sets off a series of mind games which grow stronger as the night wears on. All of their flirtations are silently witnessed by Kathleen (Samantha Morton), a cook who just happens to be John’s betrothed.
The film is making its world premiere in Toronto during the eleven day festival but has yet to receive a theatrical release date in Canada.
- Rachel West
A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape. It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay. The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator. Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel. That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off. Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement. When the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, »
- Adam Chitwood
While we await news of Andrew Dominik's "Blonde" starring Jessica Chastain, which is supposed to start filming before the end of the year (more on that in a sec), the filmmaker is taking on another project, and an unlikely one at that. Deadline reports that Dominik has been tapped to pen the script for Justin Lin's 3D remake of Jet Li's 1982 martial arts flick, "The Shaolin Temple." Yes, really. The story follows a lowly slave worker who trains with Shaolin monks and then uses his skills to kill the emperor of the Tang dynasty, a man who murdered his father (and also brutally took over the throne). The plan is to give it the tentpole treatment, with a budget of over $100 million. So...why is Dominik taking this on? We could think of a couple of reasons. The gig probably pays pretty well, but more likely, it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As we start making our festival schedules, cross-checking them with movies we want to see versus what scheduling conflicts will allow, it can mean that sometimes we need to be reminded about many high-profile movies coming our way. One to look out for over the next few weeks is Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie." And the first two clips are here to give a taste of what the charged romance will be bringing to the cinematic table. Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell lead the adaptation of August Strindberg's acclaimed play, about the love that develops between a valet and a young aristocratic woman. So what's the big deal? Well, this was in an era where such a relationship across class lines was deemed unacceptable by most, but that won't stop the pair here. In these scenes, we see the tortured feelings erupt in intriguing ways between the couple, with one »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anne Hathway has finally joined the party. The Princess Dairies star is on Instagram a last!
And her first ever post was not a cute selfie with a shout out to her fans or a picture of her lunch. The Oscar winner stepped onto the social media site in style, by uploading a video of her Als Ice Bucket Challenge.
Challenged by Giancarlo Giammetti, The Devil Wears Prada star squealed as she poured a bucket full of ice water on herself in the shower. She urged her followers to "Please be sure to donate to this great cause" at alsa.org.
A24 Films and DirecTV have acquired the Liam Hemsworth thriller “Cut Bank” in advance of the Toronto International Film Festival. Matt Shakman directed the movie, which premiered earlier this summer at the Los Angeles Film Festival. A24 and DirecTV will release the movie in 2015, and eOne Films International will be shopping foreign rights in Toronto next month. Also read: Sundance: A24 Acquires Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain Drama ‘A Most Violent Year’ “Hunger Games” hunk Hemsworth stars as a small-town Montana mechanic who's desperate to move to the big city. He finds his ticket out when he comes into possession of evidence of a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Anne Hathaway was a little late to the party, but she made quite a splash when she finally joined Instagram Thursday! But instead of posting a cutesy selfie or artsy picture of her vegan lunch, the 31-year-old Oscar winner turned her debut on the social media site into something meaningful. How? By accepting Giancarlo Giammetti's offer and completing the Als Ice Bucket Challenge! The smiling, fresh-faced Instagram newbie squealed as she dumped a bucket of ice water over her head in what appeared to be a shower, also urging her fans and followers, "Please be sure to donate to this great cause" at alsa.org. She also nominated Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Stewart and Joan Rivers to take the »
Hello again, dear readers. There are only two weeks left in August, and the summer movie season has started winding down. With that in mind, it’s time to start looking ahead to what’s coming out in the fall and winter. And this week’s Trailer Trashin’ examines what looks like a very promising November release – Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar.
Premise: When a wormhole – which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of space – is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travelers is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed engineer who decides to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity.
- Timothy Monforton
The annual Gallic splurge devoted to American cinema in Deauville is hotting up for its 40th edition next month with a line-up that includes premieres for the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth mystery drama Before I Go To Sleep as well as a slew of titles in competition, among them Shailene Woodley's White Bird In A Blizzard, Reese Witherspoon's The Good Lie, Mike Cahill’s I Origins, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, Sundance favourite Cold In July with Michael C. Hall and Love is Strange starring John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei.
As well as Before I Go To Sleep »
- Richard Mowe
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Producer Brian Grazer will join Jessica Chastain, Will Ferrell and Ray Liotta in Deauville, while Shailene Woodley’s White Bird in a Blizzard and Reese Witherspoon’s The Good Lie will compete for the top prize at the film festival that kicks off Sept. 5, according to the full competition lineup organizers announced Wednesday. The festival, which puts the spotlight on American film every year, will also host the French premieres of the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth mystery Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the European premiere of Guillermo del
- Rhonda Richford
The 80-year-old added that this would have an impact on the late actor's career legacy.
Writing in the Radio Times, Norman said that Williams's talent "could sometimes be spread so thinly".
The columnist also stated that Williams's CV featured a "plenitude" of bad films.
"It's hard to know what to make of Robin Williams," wrote Norman. "Admiration is called for, but also sadness, not just for his tragic death but for an enormous talent which, if not exactly unfulfilled, could sometimes be spread so thinly as to be almost invisible."
On Williams's "bad" movies, Norman added: "Every actor makes bad films occasionally but what was remarkable about Williams was not that he was so good in the good ones but that he was so very bad in the bad ones. »
Could Mark Wahlberg be seguing from killer robots to doomed oil rigs? A new report suggests that the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" actor is in talks to appear in the upcoming film, "Deepwater Horizon." According to Deadline, Wahlberg may appear in the J.C. Chandor-directed film based on the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The movie will detail not just the disaster itself, but the 48 hours leading up to it as well. Wahlberg, who may wind up playing the number two manager in "Deepwater Horizon," is no stranger to doing dramatic movies based on true stories. This past December he starred in "Lone Survivor," the story of Marcus Luttrell and a Navy Seal operation in Afghanistan that went very wrong. The actor is already quite busy with "The Gambler" and "Ted 2" due out in the first half of 2015 and is set to appear opposite Will Ferrell »
- HitFix Staff
Continuing his admirable trend of fluctuating between studio blockbusters and more narratively ambitious projects, Mark Wahlberg has entered into talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, which will tell the dramatic true tale of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig, who worked to rescue men in the water on that disastrous day. The project, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” specifically highlights the courage of those on the rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others, as they attempted to salvage the rig and save their colleagues.
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in the J.C. Chandor-directed Deepwater Horizon for Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media. Based on the true-life story of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez, the movie is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The story, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” highlights the courage of those who worked on the oil rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig in the story about what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster. It revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public. The project is »
- Anita Busch
Miss Julie explores the implications of a forbidden romance unfolding in 1890s County Fermanagh in Ireland.
The film centres on Miss Julie's (Chastain) seduction of her wealthy father's valet Jean (Farrell), which ignites a passionate affair between the two.
Norwegian actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann directs Miss Julie. Ullmann is also a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress, best known for her work with iconic director Ingmar Bergman.
There is no Us or UK release date for Miss Julie yet. »
So…what do I mean by “What the F**k?” Movies? These are the films that, upon completing your viewing, you seriously worry about the director’s sanity. Or you can’t really comprehend what you just saw. Or you know what you watched was something magical, but can’t really put the pieces together in your mind. Or, worse, you know what happened, but certifiably it’s insane. But with this “definition” comes a few caveats: no horror films and no fully animated films. Those genres lean a little too crazy to begin with – it’s more fun to look at films that force a sense of realism, even if it’s just on the surface.
50. Southland Tales (2007)
Directed by: Richard Kelly
- Joshua Gaul
There are two sides to every love story. And Ned Benson will tell both in this fall’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which will hit the multiplex in three different versions. In October, we’ll see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, two separate movies which tell the story of the relationship between Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) first from Conor’s perspective, then from Eleanor’s. Before that, though, a condensed version titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them will arrive in September.
Though my preference is going to be for Benson’s original duology, the way he intended the movie to be viewed, all three films will undoubtedly be must-sees this fall. Now, an international trailer for Him and Her has arrived, utilizing split-screen to directly compare the two narratives. Check it out below.
- Isaac Feldberg
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