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Exclusive: Voltage Productions has set Gabriele Muccino to direct Fathers And Daughters, a Black List script by Brad Desch. Voltage is out to cast on the film and is looking to sell it here at Cannes. Muccino helmed the Will Smith films The Pursuit Of Happyness and Seven Pounds after coming to Hollywood off the success of L’Ultimo Bacio. The plot: a Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown. Much later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own. The film will be produced by Voltage’s Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier and Busted Shark Productions’ Sherryl Clark. Clark, whose credits include Cloverfield and Morning Glory, developed the screenplay with Desch and it was one of the first projects under her new shingle Busted Shark. Voltage bought it after the script made the Black List. Desch separately set his script Shotgun Lovesongs at Fox Searchlight, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
After Will Smith's hiatus from his yearly blockbusters, the question has always been whether or not he would be able to hit the ground running again. You could say the same thing, to a much greater extent, about writer-director M. Night Shyamalan. Though, Seven Pounds was nowhere near as abominable as The Last Airbender was. This film represents a potential mainstream redemption for both of them, and so far it's looking pretty good for both of them. We have a new clip from the film which makes it look interesting. »
- David Hoffman
It happens every year. We spent months on this site covering a movie that looks good, smells good, and has the potential to be the next big classic, only to see it belly flop when its placed in front of a paying audience. Sometimes the movie is bad, as was the case with Green Lantern. Sometimes, the marketing doesn't work in favor of a small masterpiece, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And sometimes, a movie just gets buried by the bigger movies around it in a crowded marketplace. Then, on that very odd occasion, there's the rare misfortune of having Taylor Kitsch as your leading man.
Last year we watched movies like Rock of Ages, Total Recall, Dark Shadows, Battleship and John Carter whiff it at the plate. 2013 won't be any different. Except that we're entering into May with a completely Kitsch free line-up.
We already know that Iron Man 3 »
Daniel Schechter’s Supporting Characters is one of six selections from the Tribeca Film Festival available via pay-per-view with Virgin Media, as well as select digital platforms including iTunes, PlayStation, and Xbox, and although it stars Alex Karpovksy alongside a cameoing Lena Dunham , that’s not all Supporting Characters shares with Girls. Just like the HBO/Sky Atlantic hit series, the film details the lives and loves of 20something New Yorkers and if you’re one of the viewers who can’t stand Hannah, Marnie and co, you’re unlikely to be especially fond of Supporting Characters’ leads. Self-absorbed protagonists aside, Supporting Characters also mimics Girls’ strongest assets – its humour and authenticity.
Nick (Karpovsky) and Daryl (Tarik Lowe) are best friends and film editors hired to try and save a patchy rom-com from the clutches of its manic, absentee director (Kevin Corrigan). But the seemingly simple job puts a strain »
- Lewis Bazley
Glenn here. Given my penchant for poster goodness I figured I'd pick up Nathaniel's regular "posterized" feature. A fun series that can time to time shine a curious light on the way films are marketed and how certain actors or directors can find themselves in a so-called "marketing rut" where it's the same thing over and over. Think of a Will Smith movie and don't you just picture his smug mug staring out at you in mid-range closeup? Even that one about selling his organs to Rosario Dawson (or whatever Seven Pounds was about - I've sure as hell forgotten!)
This week I've chosen François Ozon - and he's having a helluva week. Not only is his latest (un/lucky number thirteen) film, In the House [Dans le maison], getting a release in America, but his next picture, Jeune et Jolie, was just chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or in Cannes. Well done, »
- Glenn Dunks
Will Smith, he made a name for himself originally with his PG-rated rap and as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has come a long way in his career. However, that journey has mostly been in the form of big-budget blockbusters, which isn't a bad thing, but does prove difficult to maintain throughout the years. Smith has done well in that respect, but the problem is that he rarely elevates beyond that. His ventures into drama, including Seven Pounds and The Pursuit Of Happyness, were fairly well »
- Paul Shirey
Long before he docked onto the project that would become "Prometheus," screenwriter Jon Spaihts made waves with his 2007 Black List script "Passengers." It was all thanks to Keanu Reeves, who had read Spaihts' script "Shadow 19," and then hired him to pen what became "Passengers." He loved the material so much he agreed to star and produce, and back in 2010, Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness," "Seven Pounds") signed on to direct...and nothing happened... Well, not entirely. "Passengers" got Spaihts the attention of Ridley Scott and the rest is history, but now his breakthrough script is coming back to life. "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk has signed on to direct the movie, which will still star Reeves. The story focuses on a passenger on a spaceship making a centuries-long journey to another planet, who is woken up, accidentally and irreversibly, by a computer glitch, 90 years too early. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Cruise has been one of the biggest movie stars in the world for almost three decades, and though the 50-year-old actor has found mega-success, he's not concerned with his children following in his footsteps.
E! News caught up with Cruise at the premiere of his new film "Oblivion" in Hollywood on Wednesday night, and asked the actor if he'd let his youngest daughter Suri, 6, get into acting one day.
"All my kids [can]," he told the website, referring to the children he adopted with then-wife Nicole Kidman -- Connor, 18, and Isabella, 20. "What I do is try to find out what they're interested in and support them in that. There's no pressure. I'm lucky. I love what I do. I think with them, it's just find out what you want to do and support it."
While Cruise didn't say if Suri has ever expressed an interest in acting, Connor has already tried his hand at acting, »
- Stephanie Marcus
When she's on her own and suitably relaxed, you can hypnotise Rosario Dawson. Eighteen months ago she visited a woman who laid her down, wrapped a blanket up to her neck and started talking. Dawson's thoughts wandered, her temperature dropped and she drifted in and out of sleep: the sweet spot of a trance-like state.
The hypnotherapist looked for tells, taking notes of every spasm and twitch. She talked and watched and picked apart what Dawson thought she wanted to explore from what was really on her mind.
"She was reading where I was, subconsciously, from my feet," says Dawson, who went through this bout of therapeutic dozing in preparation for her role in the new psychological thriller Trance . "I was reading in this book, What Every Body is Saying [a body-language manual written by ex-fbi agent Joe Navarro] that your »
- Henry Barnes
Remember back when Will Smith was a constant staple at the theaters? Starting in 1995 with Bad Boys, Smith had a major film release every year, all up until Seven Pounds in 2008. The frosty reception for that must have shaken his confidence or something, because he stayed away from theaters until 2012 with Men in Black III. It looks like he's back on a role, though, with After Earth this year and, now, his next film Colossus is in the works. »
- David Hoffman
Following the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller. The plot centres on about a fine art auctioneer who is mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting.
Guardian Extra members can attend a preview screening at 11am on Sunday 24 March 2013. As always, tickets are subject to availability and provided on a first come, first served basis. You can see a list of participating cinemas at the bottom of this page.
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J.J. Abrams has two pilots coming this fall, just to make us all feel like underachievers, one of which is in an untitled pilot coming to Fox, that he’s working on with Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman. The pilot takes place in a near future when cops are paired with android partners, with Brad Anderson directing.
The main android in the show has been found with Michael Ealy, who has deserved a leading role for a while now, with roles in The Good Wife, Californication, Flashforward, and Seven Pounds. His role is described thusly: “Dorian, a mechanical officer who understands humanity more than his human partner.”
It’ll be interesting to find out who his human partner is. Stay tuned. »
- Andy Greene
Ken Stovitz has left Will Smith’s Sony-based production company for a senior role at Paradigm. Stovitz, a veteran of CAA, will start at Paradigm’s Beverly Hills office March 4 as senior agent. He’ll also sit on the agency’s management committee, which oversees its day-to-day operations. “Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team,” Sam Gores, Paradigm’s CEO, said in a statement. “He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation and we share a vision for the agency’s future, which he will be a key architect in building.” During Stovitz’s tenure at Overbrook Entertainment, where he was a co-partner, the company produced seven films including “The Karate Kid,” “Seven Pounds,” “Hancock,” and the soon-to-be released “After Earth,” according to a release. The company also produced the TNT series “Hawthorne” and is developing a talk show for Queen Latifah. It »
Ken Stovitz will report to Paradigm as a senior agent and member of its management committee, which oversees the agency's daily operations, beginning March 4, it was announced Wednesday. "Ken Stovitz is an invaluable addition to our senior management team," said Paradigm chair and CEO Sam Gores in a statement. "He is a savvy executive, has incredible taste, an excellent reputation, and we share a vision for the agency's future, which he will be a key architect in building." Stovitz most recently was a partner at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, where he executive produced the star's Seven Pounds and
- Rebecca Sun
Here’s a brand new and exclusive new look at Vincent Cassell in Danny Boyle’s new movie, Trance. It’s set for release in the UK 27th March and also stars James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson. This poster follows the previous set released by Pathe and Twentieth Century Fox which can also be seen below along with images from the movie. If you missed the trailer for the release, click right this way!
Following the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. Trance stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City).
- David Sztypuljak
A new, Nsfw trailer for Danny Boyle's Trance has hit, giving us a taste of the mind games the director has in store for us. If you are faint of heart, I sincerely suggest you steer clear of this, especially the end. This promise to be one mind-f**k of a movie, and I for one can't wait!! Synopsis: Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. Trance stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City). Released: 27th March 2013 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It was a longer process than we had anticipated, but post Sundance, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I weighed in on the best of the fest (tomorrow we launch our Top 20 New Voices) and after defining what constitutes a “new face”, we ranked our top performances from relatively new folk, pushed into the forefront of their films and within the sphere of independent cinema. Here are our Top 1o New Faces for Sundance 2013.
NYC-based indie film casting folk will take notice if Eliza Hittman’s gem of a debut film breaks out beyond the film fest circuit. Not unlike the faces we found in Larry Clark’s Kids, newbie teenage actress Gina Piersanti will be the latest poster-child of innocence lost. With only a handful of short film experiences, the teenage actress gives low-key, self-contained bulldozing performance — every step, and misstep her naive »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
The trouble with comedy actors is they go around being acclaimed the whole time. “Oh, Monique, thank you for revealing your inner depth”, the critics say, zipping up their flies. Those funny people, with their talent and their popularity poking you right in the face…they can run the whole gamut of human emotion, and while you’re crying your way out of the cinema, they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Damn them! A curse on their Globes!
There are few comedy actors who haven’t wondered or been persuaded to find out if they could be the next Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis. And among those comics who have made the leap, the hit rate is high, and thankfully so. But the changeover doesn’t always work, and when it fails, it fails big time. Allow me to illustrate, in a barely particular order:
10. Will Smith »
- Callum Mcleod
It's been a while since we saw anything like this from danny Boyle. While Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours were fantastic, I missed the dark, messed up thrillers the director made his name with. Well, it seems Boyle is back in that frame of mind with Trance, a heist movie that blurs the lines between what's real and what's not. As always when it comes to Boyle, this looks impeccably shot, and there is a neat little story there, brimming with potential. via Pathe Synopsis: Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. Trance stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City). Released: 27th March 2013 »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Here’s the very first trailer for Danny Boyle’s new movie Trance. It stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassell and Rosario Dawson in what looks like a rather intriguing movie. Ever wondered what would happen if you steal a painting, hide it, get hit on the head and then forget where you put it? Then add in a traditional movie bad-guy in the form of Vincent Cassell who will do pretty much anything to find it. Hire a hypnotist and see if she can crack into your brain to find out where the painting is hidden. No, me neither! But that is where we’re being taken in Boyles latest piece.
It looks like a typically wonderful Danny Boyle movie and I’m looking forward to seeing it. Really nice to see these original movies being made although I’m sure it wont take long for someone to quote me »
- David Sztypuljak
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