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Although Joaquin Phoenix was originally rumoured to be joining Gus Vant Sant’s new film Sea Of Trees, it’s man of the moment Matthew McConaughey who’ll be teaming up with the Good Will Hunting and Milk director and now we can confirm that filming has just begun.
He joins Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe on the highly rated script by Chris Sparling (Buried), that’ll film in the States and in Japan. McConaughey plays the role of Arthur Brennan who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees. This mysterious forest can be found at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji and it’s where they’ll go to consider everything in their existence, from life to death. Whilst there, Brennan meets Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way and the two men begin their own journey to find themselves and to survive. »
- Dan Bullock
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today. As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did. Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »
- Evan Dickson
Bloom, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on Sea of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight f Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s 1997 directorial debut, Insomnia is a prescient prototype of what would now be termed Nordic Noir in today’s global film market. At the time of its release, it was one of the first Norwegian films of international note in quite some time, with Skjoldbjaerg joining the ranks of other notable newcomers like Pal Sleutane and Bent Hamer. An inverted film noir, utilizing light instead of shadow, there’s a cold blankness to the film, making it a sort of waking nightmare. When all is visible, there’s no place to hide, forcing the film’s protagonist into internalized retreat, escaping into himself. Too much light engages a similar sort of madness as the eternal shadows.
The murder of a teenage girl opens the film, shot on grainy super 8 while we witness the killer cleaning up the act. To investigate, a Swedish police officer stationed in Oslo, Jonas »
- Nicholas Bell
After co-writing the material for her first two albums, actress Minnie Driver decided to turn to songs that others first made famous for “Ask Me To Dance,” out Oct. 7. The Rounder/Zoe release, Driver’s first album since 2007, features her interpretations of such tunes as The Cure’s “Close To Me,” Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why,” Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” the Killer’s “Human,” Neil Finn’s “Better Be Home Soon,” and even going back to the Sinatra standard, “Fly Me To The Moon.” In this exclusive clip, HitFix premieres Driver singing “Waltz #2,” from the late Elliott Smith. As movie fans know, Smith’s “Miss Misery” was featured in one of Driver’s earlier film’s, “Good Will Hunting,” and the two were friends until his death. She prefaces the performance by talking about being in the studio with Smith when he recorded the vocal for the haunting, »
- Melinda Newman
News that Ben Affleck will play Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sparked some serious backlash last year, but given the recent pictures of him as the hero, we're convinced that Ben will nail his role as Bruce Wayne. Don't believe us? Drawing on his onscreen experience, his proven talents, and his real-life roles as dad and director, we're sharing 11 reasons why Ben Affleck will be a Batman to remember: 1. He Has Superhero Experience . . . Ben made his superhero debut back in 2003 when he donned a red latex suit for Daredevil, and he suited up again in 2006 for Hollywoodland as George Reeves, one of the actors who played Superman. 2. . . . But He's Come a Long Way Since Daredevil Ok, so maybe Daredevil wasn't the most successful superhero film, but that movie came out 10 years ago. (And, for the record, so did Gigli.) Over the past decade, Ben has raised his acting game, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
The reality series, which sees Damon and Affleck searching for a talented new director, is now accepting entries. All first-time directors are welcome to apply until August 8.
The pair have said that the show is '"just documenting what's happening when people try to make a movie together" and that there will be no intervention from the documentary makers.
Filmmakers must submit a three-minute short film on the Project Greenlight website to be considered. Once a winner has been chosen, they will be followed by a camera crew throughout the process of making their first real film.
They will be provided with a 'Hollywood-vetted' script, »
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new dramatic comedy starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today. To celebrate, we have a new behind-the-scenes featurette that shows the filmmakers setting up the film's premise and how the story came to them as a remake of a European movie. Watch and learn more about this provocative new release before picking up The Angriest Man in Brooklyn at your local retailer today!
Iconic comedian and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Good Will Hunting, 1997) stars in the heartfelt comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD July 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Also starring Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (HBO's Game of »
Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and co-writing star Matt Damon re-team for this cautionary environmental tale. Oil company salesman Steve Butler (Damon) uses his small-town background to his advantage when he persuades poor rural towns to sign over the mineral rights beneath their homes for the controversial 'fracking' natural gas extraction method. However, he doesn't get it all his own way when the people of McKinley begin to have second thoughts »
Starz’s original filmmaking experiment, “The Chair,” will premiere at 11 p.m. Sept. 6, the cabler announced today.
The series, created by “Project Greenlight” and “Good Will Hunting” executive producer Chris Moore, is a 10-part documentary that follows two first-time directors through the process of bringing their debut feature to the big screen. The up-and-coming directors, who have unique backgrounds and skill sets, were provided with an identical screenplay and challenged to craft their own film. The show will follow the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on Starz. Both directors received the same budget and used locations in the same city, Pittsburgh. Through multiplatform voting, viewers will determine which director will be awarded the $250,000 prize.
Filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci adapted “How Soon Is Now,” a coming-of-age, feature-length comedy written by Dan Schoffer that chronicles the first homecoming on Thanksgiving weekend by a »
- Laura Prudom
A film adaptation of the popular manga series Death Note has been brewing for some time now, and last we heard about the project, Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black was working with his The Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry on a new iteration of the script. The movie is set up at Warner Bros., which has a strong relationship with Black thanks to the Lethal Weapon franchise and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so his involvement seemed like a done deal. However, now we’re hearing that Black might no longer be involved with Death Note, and his replacement is none other than Milk director Gus Vant Sant.
Death Note, an English-language adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that allows him to instantly kill any person by writing their name within its pages. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Three years ago, it was revealed that Warner Bros hired Shane Black (Iron Man 3) to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series "Death Note." But Black has recently signed on to direct a "Predator" sequel, and in the process, dropped out of "Death Note." The studio quickly started looking for his replacement, and now comes word that Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has signed on to direct. "Death Note" revolves around Light, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, he finds himself pursued by a famous FBI criminal profiler known only by the alias L. »
It's been well over a year since we've had anything to report about the long-gestating live action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note, which Shane Black was originally hired to direct.
Now it seems he's off the project, and The Tracking Board reports today that Gus Van Sant will direct the film for Warner Bros. Yes, That Gus Van Sant, the man behind the camera for films like Good Will Hunting, Milk, and that remake of Psycho we choose to ignore here on Dread Central.
- John Squires
According to The Tracking Board, the long gestating Us adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note may be getting new director. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) had been attached to direct for the last couple years, but now that he is working on the Predator reboot sequel it appears he has had to drop out. They report that Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Good Will Hunting) has been tapped to take over.
For those unfamiliar, Death Note “follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him.”
Death Note trailer
- Chris Connors
Three years ago it was announced that a live action feature film adaptation of the anime and Japanese manga Death Note would be directed by Iron Man 3's Shane Black. It seems Black has dropped out of the project, and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant could be stepping in to take his place.
These are two very different directors with very different styles, and I never imagined that Van Sant would ever do an anime adaptation. The guy is very talented, he likes to experiment, and maybe this is just something he would like to try his hand at.
The news comes from The Tracking Board, and they give no reason as to why Black left. I can only imagine that if he's been working on this for three years and nothing has come together that he'd be ready to move on. Then there's also the fact »
- Joey Paur
Well, here's a surprising pairing of director and material ...While it's been known for quite some time that there was a Hollywood adaptation of hugely popular Japanese manga Death Note - already adapted to the big screen in Japan - there's been no news on the project in quite a while. Shane Black was reportedly attached to direct as recently as last year but has moved on and now, according to The Tracking Board, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. Black leaves behind the current draft of the script, which he co-wrote along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.Van Sant is, to put it mildly, a surprising choice to tell the story of a high school student who discovers...
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Shane Black and Gus Van Sant couldn’t be more different as filmmakers. Black is a pillar of pop culture cheekiness, known for sticking jokey asides into his screenplays and mining glib wisecracks out of pulpy genre fare (ranging from Lethal Weapon, to his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, to last year’s Iron Man 3); he’s also obsessed with Christmas. Van Sant, meanwhile, takes himself more seriously, outputting a fluctuating mix of topical neo-realist dramas (Elephant), biopics (Milk, Last Days), and hits like Good Will Hunting, with occasional disasters such as Psycho sprinkled in between.
So the idea of Black jumping ship on a project and handing the wheel over to Van Sant seems kind of ...
- Andy Crump
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