F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby is being eyed as a possible vehicle for Australia director Baz Luhrmann. The renowned filmmaker has yet to officially announce whether he will helm the project, though he recently held a workshop with various A-list actors reading parts from a script he wrote with Craig Pearce. Deadline doesn’t offer anything concrete, though they keenly point out that Luhrmann “workshops every script he’s considering.”
Sony Pictures holds the rights to the film adaptation and is eying big name actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio (who read the part of the titular Gatsby during the workshop), Tobey Maguire (who read the part of Nick Carraway, the narrator) and Rebecca Hall (who read the part of Daisy). You may recall that DiCaprio and Maguire were recently rumored for the leads. That report positioned Amanda Seyfried as Daisy, while this update suggests Luhrmann likes Natalie Portman for the role. »
- Jeff Ames
Returning to his Amores Perros roots, the director of the previously acclaimed Babel and 21 Grams Alejandro González Iñárritu, is back with Biutiful. The somber Spanish-spoken tale stars Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Vicky Cristina Barcelona). After premiering at Cannes this spring, with a Best Actor win for Bardem, Roadside Attractions finally picked it up for domestic distribution. Check out the trailer below via Apple.
Synopsis: Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Like life itself, this is a circular tale that ends where it begins. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, »
- Jordan Raup
There’s a sneaky cheekiness to You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger that is inherent in the slyness of the title, which wraps up in one neat little package ideas about romantic fate, our yearning for something better than the pretty good thing we might already have, and an up-to-the-minute restlessness about our lives that hounds even the most comfortable of us. Woody Allen knows -- in this, his latest sophisticated sitcom, his latest comedy of modern manners, or lack thereof -- that it may all sound like so much whiny bullshit to anyone who can look at the cultured, well-off 21st-century Londoners on display and wonder how they can be possibly be unhappy: the unnamed, omniscient narrator tells us right off the bat that this roundrobin of uncertainty and dissatisfaction and pain is a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing. And so you can dismiss the entire »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Talented actor Javier Bardem stars in Roadside Attractions' drama Biutiful. Alejandro González Iñárritu, talented filmmaker known for the powerful Babel as well as 21 Grams, helms, produces and co-writes the screenplay alongside newcomers Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. Bardem is of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood with work including the Coen brothers No Country for Old Men, Love in the Time of Cholera, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the recent Eat Pray Love romantic drama with Julia Roberts. The film opens on December 29th in limited venues and is rrated R for disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use. Biutiful is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona »
London, Oct 12 – Pregnant actress Penelope Cruz’s sister Monica is standing in as her body double for the new ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ movie to hide the star’s growing bump.
Cruz is currently filming scenes for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and the shoot will be a family affair – her actress sister Monica has been drafted to appear in full-length shots to disguise. »
Penelope Cruz's sister Monica is standing in as a body double for her pregnant sibling on the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie - to hide the star's growing bump.
Cruz is currently filming scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the shoot will be a family affair - her actress sister Monica has been drafted to appear in full-length shots to disguise the pregnancy, according to Britain's The Sun.
The baby is due early next year. »
Being first out of the gate often matters a lot in the Oscar derby. "Frozen River" and "Little Miss Sunshine" reaped top nominations in 2008 and 2006, respectively, after being the first DVDs shipped to academy members. This year, that distinction goes to two releases shipped by Sony Pictures Classics late last week: "Animal Kingdom" and "Mother and Child."
In his L.A. Times review, Kenneth Turan praised "Animal Kingdom," which won the world cinema jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival: "Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom' marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: 'Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another.'"
The trailer for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger gives the impression of an upbeat, urbane comedy. However, while the film has some well-placed chuckles, it’s far grimmer than the advertising would lead one to believe. Those who have been tracking Woody Allen’s trajectory of late may find this film more serious than the recent Whatever Works, though about as droll as his also-recent Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Either way, the Woodman’s latest effort isn’t likely to win many new fans; if you felt Vicky was a downer, you’ll probably leave the theater with a similar opinion of this film.
“[Life] is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.” The movie opens with these words from the immortal Shakespeare, prematurely passing judgment on its cast of strutting and fretting players. As the narrator indicates, these protagonists all have issues in their lives that need addressing, »
Life continued on an upswing this fall for Spanish star Javier Bardem (above in "Biutiful") with beautiful women surrounding him at every step. Bardem, 41, announced last week that he and his celebrity wife Penelope Cruz are expecting their first child (the couple married in July at a private ceremony in the Bahamas). His new movie “Eat Pray Love,” where he played a romantic partner to Julia Roberts, expanded to theaters across the globe. His latest drama, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful,” earned Bardem a Best Actor award at Cannes for his portryal of a dying father trying to put his life back in order. According to London’s “The Telegraph,” despite all the acclaim, his beautiful wife and his on-screen romance with Roberts in “Eat Pray Love” and Scarlett Johansson in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Bardem insisted he’s no heartthrob. »
Woody Allen threw up a bit of a misfire last year with Whatever Works, a film I seemed to enjoy a little more than most, but would never argue with anyone that disliked it with any kind of real passion. His 2010 entry, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger isn't an improvement as it lacks any real sense of worth. "Why is this story being told?" would be an appropriate question even though you are mildly intrigued by where it may go.
Set in London, but with no real commitment to nationalities, Dark Stranger is a story of failed relationships. Relationships abandoned due to age, relationships lost to the »
- Brad Brevet
Gwyneth Paltrow making a guest appearance in "Glee" is a "dream come true" for the show's creator Ryan Murphy. Despite having a whole host of guest stars lined up for series two of the musical TV show, which premiered in the U.S. on Tuesday night, September 21, the director-and-producer is most excited about the Oscar-winning actress' appearance.
"Gwyneth Paltrow is going to come and do an episode soon, which is amazing," he told Bang Showbiz. "Having her come on the show is pretty much a dream come true - she's always been one of my dream guests."
Ryan also revealed the second series of "Glee" has got off to a fantastic start. Speaking at the U.K. premiere of "Eat, Pray, Love" in London's Leicester Square Wednesday night, September 22, he said, "We've premiered in the U.S. now and we've already had an indication of how popular the second series is. »
Woody Allen's newest feature You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger opens today in movie theaters. It's currently confusing me with its Curse of The Jade Scorpion or The Purple Rose of Cairo -like silhouette poster. With this move the marketing department has made me recall both the worst and the best from Woody Allen's filmography simultaneously. It's very schizo... maybe this means the new feature will be right smack dab in the middle, neither essential nor embarrassing?
American Poster (left), a European treatment (right)
Why couldn't they have gone with the European poster treatment? European posters are always better. It's a law of Hollywood's nature.
To celebrate its release -- I haven't had time to see it yet -- I wanted to revamp an old list I started years ago. When Vicky Cristina Barcelona was cast in 2007, numerous media outlets were making ridiculously inaccurate claims about Scarlett Johansson »
- NATHANIEL R
Legendary director Woody Allen has made a career of telling quirky and touching comedic stories on film. In fact, Allen's resume reads like a list of the some of the greatest comedies ever made including Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Zelig, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You and Sweet and Lowdown. In 2005 Allen moved his trademark cinematic setting from Manhattan to London for Match Point, which in a way rejuvenated his career. He followed that up with several other internationally shot films including Scoop, Cassandra's Dream, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and his latest movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which opens in theaters on September 24th.
The film is once again set in London and stars another exceptional group of actors including Naomi Watts (King Kong), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Silence Of The Lambs), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro »
Seven actors have won Academy Awards for performances in non-English-language roles. Four of them are Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") speaking French, Roberto Benigni ("Life Is Beautiful") and Sophia Loren ("Two Women") speaking Italian and Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") speaking Spanish. Who are the other three champs? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link below. Answer: Robert De Niro speaking Italian in "The Godfather, Part II," and Benicio del Toro speaking Spanish in "Traffic" and Christoph Waltz speaking German in "Inglourious Basterds." Left photo: Sophia Loren in "Two Women." Credit: Embassy Pictures Right photo: Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Credit: Weinstein Co. More Gold Derby Quizzes: Quiz: Who directed »
In a recent interview, Woody Allen was asked to explain (or was it defend?) his prodigious output: roughly one movie written and directed a year since 1969. Part of the frustration with Allen, now in the thick of his 70s with no signs of slowing (maybe he could explain his vitamin regimen next time), is the number of filler or half-formed films that he makes, the ones that never ferment into anything memorable, ending up as disappointing interstitials between films like Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. "I have a lot of ideas," Allen said. "Some of them are good, some of them are less good, and I just make them." »
With each new movie Woody Allen directs, it grows increasingly clear that leaving New York was the best decision he made in ages. Two years ago, Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" freed the quintessentially neurotic comic from his out-of-touch depictions of American urbanity by letting Spanish flavor meld with the vibrancy of his speedy dialogue. Back on familiar turf with the Soho-based "Whatever Works" in 2009, Allen resorted to dated reference points »
Earlier this week (begs13Sep10), a representative for the intensely private newlyweds confirmed reports the Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars are expecting their first child after months of speculation.
The baby is due early next year and Bardem is overjoyed.
He tells People.com, "It is true. I am very happy... Don't make me say anything else." »
Chicago – Only three years since the Chicago Film Critics Association awarded Ben Affleck as our most promising filmmaker, he’s back in the director’s seat a second time with “The Town”. While the film dramatically centers on the business of robbery in his familiar streets of Boston, Affleck importantly proves that his 2007 Oscar-nominated film “Gone Baby Gone” wasn’t just beginner’s luck.
Affleck’s success with “Gone Baby Gone” as a writer and director has not only been duplicated three years later but actually hones his ability to act. When Ben Affleck is playing the role of the filmmaker on subject matter he cares about most, we now see two examples of films that literally are made because he’s monopolizing the most important elements of their creation.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Release Date: September 17, 2010
Plot: A long-time bank robber (Affleck) falls for a hostage. Now he must balance those feelings with protecting his crew from the FBI, who are hot on their trail.
Who’S It For? Feels like a good, old-fashioned classic drama thriller. If you like to root for the bad guy, even though you shouldn’t then you’ll enjoy. Plus, some of you are still Ben Affleck fans, Get In Line for this one.
Expectations: It’s a really good cast with Hamm and Renner being two that I want to see much more of on the big screen. Also, even though it was only one film, Gone Baby Gone shows that Affleck knows what he’s doing when he’s directing.
- Jeff Bayer
Well, the day of judgement is close at hand as Devil begins tonight at 11:59:59. Two Shyamalan films in one year – whodathunk it?? Devil is the first installment of The Night Chronicles, a series of terrifying stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) that he now turns into movies with up-and coming filmmakers. As these talented writers and directors bring Shyamalan.s tales to life, he collaborates with them on new ways to scare us all.
From Yahoo! Movies, here are 3 final clips to get you ready for Devil.
Five strangers in Philadelphia begin their day with the most commonplace of routines. They walk into an office tower and enter an elevator. As they convene into this single place, they are forced to share a confined space with strangers. Nobody acknowledges anybody else. They.ll only be together for a few moments. But what appears »
- Michelle McCue
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