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Being a fan of Terrence Malick movies is a bit like standing for a bus - you wait ages for one and then three come along at once (well, perhaps not quite 'at once', but when there's a twenty year gap between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, three films in the space of seven years is pretty damn close). 2005 saw the arrival of the historical adventure The New World and in 2008 he wrapped production on The Tree of Life, a family drama set for release in 2011 (Malick has also finished shooting his highly secretive and as-yet-untitled sixth feature starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz, which is expected to hit some time in 2012).
John Barrowman delivered an early Christmas present to fans of his sci-fi series “Torchwood” when he told “The Scottish Sun” that BBC and Starz planned to film seven new series of the cult, sci-fi drama beginning with “Torchwood: The New World.” “I have turned down a load of other shows to make “Torchwood,” Barrowman said while promoting his appearance in the holiday pantomime show “Aladdin.” “We’ll be filming it in La as it’s now a collaboration between the BBC and the Starz Network in America. They’re planning to make it for the next seven years." »
The press conference announcement in Beijing by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou that Christian Bale will star in his Chinese period film The 13 Flowers of Nanjing is the latest piece of evidence that Bale uses his signature role as Batman as a beachhead that allows him to stretch, better than any actor who has inhabited a superhero movie role (with the possible exception of his The Prestige costar Hugh Jackman). I always felt that Michael Keaton could have better exploited his Batman perch as a way to enable good projects, but he seemed uncomfortable being defined by the role and left after two films. Keaton shows up now and then and delivers the occasional strong performance, but any ability to get movies made just by his presence vanished after his exit. Val Kilmer never got the chance to exploit the perch after replacing Keaton for one appearance in 1995's Batman Forever, »
- MIKE FLEMING
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christian Bale balances blockbusters with art house pictures that flex his acting muscles and, I assume, nourish his creative soul. He goes from “Batman Begins” to “The New World” and “Rescue Dawn,” of “The Dark Knight” and “Terminator: Salvation” to “The Fighter.”
It sounds like he’ll play an American priest during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre for a film directed by Zhang Yimou.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
THR reports that Bale will star in Yimou’s “Nanjing Heroes.” The drama will begin filming in January, and will be feature both American and Mandarin dialogue. Bale rarely makes it easy on himself. It’s almost like he has to endure difficult acting challenges to atone for his popcorn efforts.
And I love him for it.
- Sean O'Connell
When it comes to science-fiction, the name Bill Pullman instantly conjures up images of Indiana Jones flying a space-caravan in .Spaceballs,. or the president from a fallen nation rallying the troops in .Independence Day.. Soon though, he will take on another science-fiction role . and he.ll go head-to-head with Capt. Jack Harkness. Pullman has been cast as a diabolical killer in .Torchwood: The New World,. which is being produced by the BBC in partnership with Starz in the United States. He will play Oswald Jones, a character that has been described as .a dangerously clever convicted murderer who escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation.. Executive Producer Russell T. Davies already confirmed that the new season will showcase »
Torchwood writer Jane Espenson has promised that the upcoming fourth run will be a "continuation" of the series. It was announced in August that the former Buffy scribe had joined the writing team for new ten-part series, The New World. She wrote on her Twitter account: "We have a number of American characters, but please note we're not a total American drama. [It's a] continuation of [the] UK show, [with] UK scenes (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Any time Terrence Malick decides to direct a film, it becomes an event, for film fanatics at least. Every one of his pictures has been called a masterpiece by at least a few prominent critics. “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The New World” all have dedicated followers and they all have some of the most beautiful imagery in all of cinema. His newest film, “The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain looks to be no different in that department and looks sure to be a contender for next year’s Oscars. Look for it in theaters May 27, 2011. »
- Eric M. Armstrong
It’s been a long time coming, but the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life has finally been released online. Malick’s fifth film, and his first since 2005’s The New World, Tree Of Life looks set to continue the celebrated auteur’s romance with dreamy visuals and intimate human drama. The story follows young Jack, who struggles between his parents’ two very different views of the world, unsure which is right. When he grows up (and becomes Sean Penn), he feels adrift in the modern world. Check...
- Josh Winning
Terrence Malick is almost as famous for the paucity of his output as he is for his actual films, but there's no denying that, when he does finally finish editing, honing and crafting a movie, the result is always fascinating.
1973's Badlands still remains my favourite Malick movie (and features one of Martin Sheen's very best performances as oily, leather-clad spree killer, Kit), but The Thin Red Line was a visually stunning meditation on the subject of war, and The New World had moments of brilliance, despite its middling reviews.
For a director who, until five years ago, had only directed four feature films in the space of a quarter century, Malick has become unusually prolific of late. With his current picture, The Tree Of Life, »
The last time America wrapped Doctor Who in its Cthulhu-like tentacles, we got guest stars on the level of, er, Eric Roberts. But now, with series spin-off Torchwood getting an infusion of co-production cash from Us cable channel Starz, the quality level is ticking up just a little bit. While you won’t be seeing George Clooney romancing Gwen anytime soon, Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer have signed on to the cast of the new fourth season, known as The New World.According to Deadline, Phifer will play former CIA agent Rex Matheson, a high-flyer with a quick wit whose perspective on life changes when his life is put in danger. Pullman, on the other hand, will also be a regular, but playing Oswald Jones, a highly intelligent murderer who gets out of prison on a technicality and becomes a media sensation. While it seems like he’s repentant for his crime, »
Anyone who’s seen Black Swan in theaters in the last two weeks has also likely seen the trailer for The Tree of Life, the long-in-the-works new film from writer-director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World). (The film was left in limbo for nearly a year due to the instability of the now-defunct indie studio Apparition, until Fox Searchlight swept in and acquired it for release in 2011.) The trailer’s now hit the interwebs, and I can tell you it features Brad Pitt as a stern father in a 1950s Midwestern small town, and Sean Penn as »
- Adam B. Vary
Now that’s a trailer. Legendary writer-director Terrence Malick (“Days of Heaven,” “The New World”) may contain within him the last remaining remnants of Stanley Kubrick. This first look at his much-anticipated “The Tree of Life” plays like “2001″ crossed with Malick’s typical penchant for wistful stares and poetic imagery.
For the longest time the Bigfoot-esque reclusive director (who refuses to have his photo taken) has kept mum about revealing details as rumors ran rampant the film spans no less than the entire history of the universe, including dinosaurs! While there isn’t a T-rex to be found in the 2-minute clip (available in HD via iTunes), we do get fleeting glimpses of abstract landscapes that recall the beginning, and possibly end, of time itself.
As Keanu Reeves would say, “Whoa.”
Cryptic visuals aside, the meat of this tale seams to center around a man (Sean Penn) whose memories »
- Max Evry
If you’ve been pining for the next Terrence Malick project, today is your lucky day. The director has spent the last five years developing his latest film, The Tree of Life. Based on the first trailer, it was well worth the wait.
Malick’s strong suit has always been his ability to tell a story visually. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful ode to life at war. Badlands and Days of Heaven are striking tales of Americana. The New World is a gloomy, historical poem. Each film has a visual aesthetic that wows many, but bores others. His movies are not for everybody, but The Tree of Life looks like it could be his best yet – and that’s just based on a trailer.
The trailer presents a vibe almost identical to The…
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- Mike Eisenberg
I'm trying to think of a way to describe this. "Absolutely incredible" comes to mind. That'll do. The much delayed and much anticipated new Terrence Malick film Tree of Life finally released a trailer online today (it first played attached to showings of Black Swan). How does it look? Absolutely incredible.
It's the sign of a Malick film that a random screenshot from the trailer is good enough to set as your desktop wallpaper.
Little is known still about his follow up to 2005's The New World, as the details are tightly wrapped, but we do know—and the trailer shows some of this—that it centers on a boy growing up in the 50's midwest who has some issues with his father (played by Brad Pitt) that carries over until he's an adult in present day (played by Sean Penn). The official synopsis follows:
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed »
- Arya Ponto
I have to admit, I have been somewhat perplexed by how much hype has been building for Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life as of late. Aside from the fact that the film stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and has been in development for about five years, most of the anticipation seems to stem from Malick's reputation as a filmmaker. And while he is clearly a man who takes his time in between projects (a full 20 years between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line), his most recent film The New World wasn't even that well received from what I remember. That being said, now that I've seen the first trailer for The Tree of Life, I totally understand what all the fuss is about. I'm still not really sure what the story is, but the basic plot synopsis describes it as revolving around a »
The trailer for Terence Malick's new film, "The Tree of Life," hit the web today and thus far, it looks like a typical Terence Malick movie. Which is to say that there's a lot of beautiful imagery and attractive people staring off intensely and a booming music score...and I will probably be asleep 20 minutes into the thing. I couldn't make it through his last epic,"The New World," despite the presence of both Christian Bale And Colin Farrell, and that's saying something. And while I appreciated "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven," I'm still smarting from the 3-hour power nap that was "The Thin Red Line." My favorite part of that war-is-bad movie was that it was nominated for a Screenplay Oscar. I would love to get a look at that script. "Close up: A hill. Cut to: Another hill. Close up: A spider. Repeat ad nauseum."Read More At »
Mekhi Phifer has joined the cast of Torchwood for the upcoming fourth series. Deadline reports that the former Lie To Me star will play CIA agent Rex Matheson in the new ten-part run, subtitled 'The New World'. The character was previously described as a Harvard-educated "golden boy" who is "dangerous, dazzling [and] reckless". Phifer was a series regular on ER (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Torchwood star Tom Price has hinted that he will reprise his role as Andy Davidson in the upcoming fourth series. Price has played the bumbling police officer in nine episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff since 2006. The actor wrote on his Twitter feed: "Sorting out a Us visa. Now...why would I be doing that?" Series creator Russell T. Davies previously confirmed that the show's fourth run, subtitled 'The New World', will be partly filmed in (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Writer-director Terrence Malick's (The New World) new movie, The Tree of Life, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first teased way back in August 2005. The project has gone through many changes since then, including several casting changes, with Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger all attached at one point or another before Malick settled on Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
The first trailer for the movie premiered last night with the debut of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, but it has yet to be released online. However, a detailed synopsis of the movie was released at the 2010 American Film Market, the annual production and distribution convention that screens upwards of 800 movies over an eight-day period, and you can get a look at the stars of the movie in a pair of still images recently published online by the L.A. Times, featuring Pitt as Mr. O'Brien, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Best known as the director of The Thin Red Line and more recently The New World, Terrence Malick generally keeps to himself and keeps information about his movies with him. The long time director recently wrapped up production on his next film, tentatively titled The Burial, and The Wrap has got rare details about the film.s plot. And when I say details, I mean some serious details. It.s not often that you see this exhaustive a description unless someone actually gets their hands on a script. Here, they merely found themselves some call sheets and put the pieces together. Needless to say, Spoiler Alert. The Burial is loaded with stars. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper and Rachel McAdams all appear in this romantic drama set presumably in or around Oklahoma as that.s where the film was shot. Affleck stars as Neil, a »
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