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The International Press Academy has announced the nominees for 2010 Satellite Awards on Wednesday, December 1, unraveling Anne Hathaway and James Franco as two of the contenders in movie category. Both stars, who will be joining forces in co-hosting 2011 Oscars, landed their second nomination from the annual awards. <br><br /> Having been nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture in 2008, Anne nabbed another change to win the title this year for her role in "Love and Other Drugs". Unlike her 2008 count though, the 28-year-old is now vying for the Comedy or Musical category. She is facing tough competition from the likes of Annette Bening, Mary-Louise Parker and Marisa Tomei among others. <br><br /> James, in the meantime, has got a chance to win Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his portrayal of trapped mountain climber in "127 Hours". His competition included Javier Bardem, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Eisenberg and Colin Firth. Like Anne, the 32-year-old »
Following a screening of “Frankie & Alice”, Halle Berry spoke at a Q&A and let slip her about her possible project - the Wachowskis adaptation of David Mitchell's novel "Cloud Atlas" reports NataliePortman.com.
Berry says “I’m going to do a movie probably in the summer with the Wachowskis…..A really interesting movie [that is] sort of [like] what they did for ‘The Matrix,’ they have another really amazing idea that’s sort of gonna stretch our brains even further. And so I’m really excited about that and that’s probably gonna be in the summer. And that’s with Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman.”
Berry was confirmed late Summer along with the other two while British thesps James McAvoy and Ian McKellen were linked earlier this year. While Berry's involvement is "not a done deal yet", she seems pretty set.
This is the first we've heard of a production »
- Garth Franklin
We don’t know if it will be titled Sleeping Dogs or Triple Frontier, but the next feature from The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow has confirmed its first cast member. We reported last month that Tom Hanks, along with Johnny Depp, were in talks for the project. Although Depp has chosen Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, Coming Soon reports that Tom Hanks has been finalized as one of the leads. The film is written by Bigelow’s Hurt Locker scribe and real-life partner Mark Boal.
The eclectic story is “set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, which is a haven for organized crime, and centers on five men of various ages working in the zone.” This could turn into one major awards contender as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Sean Penn and Jeremy Renner have all been interested in the project.
Production is expected to start mid-March »
- Jordan Raup
Over the past year, there has been a low murmur of news about an adaptation of the David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas. Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International) has been writing, possibly with the intent to direct, and the Wachowski siblings have been linked as producers. Offers reportedly went out  to Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman to play major roles. Now Halle Berry says the film is shooting next summer, but does her statement clarify or confuse the issue about who is actually making the film? A Natalie Portman fansite  (via The Playlist ) reports that, at a Q&A following her film Frankie & Alice, Halle Berry said, I’m going to do a movie probably in the summer with the Wachowskis…..A really interesting movie [that is] sort of [like] what they did for ‘The Matrix,’ they have another really amazing idea that’s sort of »
- Russ Fischer
It seemed as if the mysterious Iraq war romance Cobalt Neural 9 was top of the Wachowskis' to-do list, but their immediate next project now appears to be their equally intriguing Cloud Atlas adaptation, which Halle Berry says is shooting in the summer.The film of David Mitchell's ace novel has been coming together for a while now, with Berry, Natalie Portman and Tom Hanks all already attached, and talk of James McAvoy and Ian McKellan joining them. Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International) has been hard at work on the script and looked to be directing, but there's been a recent question mark over that bit of info, with rumblings that producers Andy and Lana Wachowski might be getting behind the camera themselves, "possibly directing a few of the novel's six interlocking storylines". So are we looking at some kind of multi-director portmanteau movie here? Or at the very least, »
New images have been released from the upcoming action-thriller Season of the Witch. The film was originally slated to be released this past March, but was yanked at the last minute and is now scheduled to come out on January 7, 2011. The story centers on 14th-century knights (played by Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) who must transport a suspected witch (Claire Foy) to a monastery.
Hit the jump to check out the images. We’ll also have interview with members of the cast so be on the look out for those in the near future. Click here to see the trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis for Season of the Witch:
Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II, Sons of Anarchy) star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his closest friend who return home after decades of fierce fighting, »
- Matt Goldberg
Tom Tykwer's last high profile subject The International was a bit of a failure with critics. But you can't say that what he attempts isn't interesting. He made a name for himself with the German film Run Lola Run, and immediately started more ambitious projects. He even had the balls to make a film written by deceased Krzysztof Kieslowski. That's impressive. And even though the end result wasn't up to par, it was still a fun ride. »
- Blake Griffin
From director of Run Lola Run, Heaven, The International, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer comes his next feature, Drei (or translated as Three). This is Tom Tykwer‘s return to a German-language film, and unfortunately I missed its debut at Toronto International Film Festival, but I’m highly anticipating checking it out. We posted a few stills for the film awhile back, but not much buzz has come out. The cast is made up mostly of reputable German actors, including Sophie Rois, Devid Striesow, and Sebastian Schipper. Check out the trailer below thanks to Quiet Earth (via /Film). Unfortunately it isn’t subtitled, but you can check out the visuals if you don’t know the language.
Synopsis: Three is about Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties who lives together in Berlin. Unknown to each other they both become acquainted with Adam, a younger man »
- Jordan Raup
After faltering with The International, acclaimed and very interesting filmmaker Tom Tykwer has made his first German film in several years. The movie is Drei (Three) and we've seen a couple of stills  in the past months, but haven't had a lot of info. Turns out there's a German trailer for the film, and while half the clip will be inscrutable for those who don't speak German (like me) there's enough material here to give you some idea of what the film offers. Thanks to Quiet Earth  for pointing this one out; looks like it's a trailer that has been around for a bit. This is a strange trailer -- the first part, with the narration over the camera pan across wires, was released as a teaser. But then there's a rocking middle section and a final chunk set to David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' which seems to present a »
- Russ Fischer
The film follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.
After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller, forming a liaison with recent widower, Jonathan (Roger Ashton-Griffiths).
Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Antonio Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. »
- Allan Ford
When Run Lola Run hit the scene in 1998, director Tom Tykwer gained quite a bit of international attention and talk was that this was a director to watch. He followed it up with the excellent The Princess + the Warrior before making the jump to Hollywood. I liked Heaven well enough (it features some excellent performances from Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi) and his follow-up Perfume was a home run for me though the general reception was a little less stellar. I never got around to The International, it was a little too glossy and generic for me, but I was thrilled to hear that Tykwer was returning to Germany for the first time in nearly eight years.
The move proved to be a success and Drei (Three) premiered at Venice to good reviews and general consensus that the director’s return to a small scale production was exactly what his career needed. »
Title: Fair Game Directed by: Doug Liman (Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The O.C.) Starring: Naomi Watts (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Funny Games, The International), Sonya Davison and Sean Penn (All the King’s Men, Milk) When scandals and corruption hit American politicans, the public feels it knows everything just by reading articles and watching news broadcasts. However, people often tend to forget there are numerous sides to every story, which is exactly the case with the new political drama ‘Fair Game,’ starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. The two portray real life couple Valerie Plame, a former CIA Operations Officer whose identity was publicly revealed, and her husband Joseph C. [...] »
Whenever I hear the words 'insider trading' or 'subprime', my eyes glaze over and I start thinking about hats
Topical or what? Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opened one day after the rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel was jailed for three years and ordered to pay €4.9bn (£4.3bn) in damages for almost bringing down my old bank, Société Générale. But about 20 minutes into Oliver Stone's laboriously self-important drama, I realised I'd stopped caring what Shia Labeouf and Michael Douglas were up to, mainly because I was distracted by their swanky apartments with panoramic views of a Manhattan lit by the rich glow of a permanent Magic Hour. Gee, I thought, why don't I live in a flat like that?
And then I remembered: oh yes, it's because whenever I hear the words "insider trading", "subprime" or "hedge fund", my eyes glaze over and I start thinking about hats, or miniature dachshunds. »
- Anne Billson
When an audience member wondered aloud at the Toronto Film Festival why Susanne Bier decided to change the English title of her latest film "In a Better World" from its original Danish translation "The Revenge," the director of "After the Wedding" and "Brothers" told the crowd that she was concerned it would be perceived as a horror film. In a way, "In a Better World" actually fits that bill nicely, not as part of that particular genre, but instead as a well-told parable about on the futile perpetuation of violence.
To date, the only explosions in Bier's work have occurred figuratively, the product of slow-simmering spats between lovers or people at an emotional crossroads of one kind or another that come to a head. Here, they become literal in the story of Elias (Markus Rygaard) and Christian (William Johnk Nielsen), a pair of middle school classmates who seek out retribution »
- Stephen Saito
Ulrich Thomsen and William Johnk Nielsen in In a Better World
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Susanne Bier's In a Better World is a fascinating look at the difference between revenge, pacifism and forgiveness. The lines become blurred in a beautiful exploration of human instincts and our interpretation of knowing what's right and what's wrong.
The story follows two Danish families brought together as a result of the newly formed friendship between Christian (William Johnk Nielsen) and Elias (Markus Rygaard), two ten-year-old boys coping with their own set of problems. Elias is dealing with the recent separation of his parents as well as a school bully that's dubbed him Rat Face. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer and he's returned to Denmark with his father (Ulrich Thomsen) whom he blames for "giving up" on his mother.
These circumstances lead to Christian standing up for Elias, using a bike »
- Brad Brevet
Notes on some of the most interesting competition titles that screened at the Venice Film Festival this year, which wraps with its award ceremony today. A very strong Competition lineup that proves that artistic director Marco Müller still has what it takes and Cannes should be worried.
Aronofsky’s spectacular Black Swan is a gorgeously shot, arrestingly assembled and impressively acted take on the dualistic nature of creativity and art. Mastering the techniques of a chosen discipline is a first necessary step towards greatness for every artist, but it is only when you’ve mastered all the rules that creative types are really able to break them and find something truly new and original. Long story short: A little abandon goes a long way, and French ballet teacher Thomas (Vincent Cassel, supremely oily and intensely physical) keeps hammering on perfect ballerina Nina (Nathalie Portman) to »
Toronto kicked off last night but before we get to our coverage there -- we'll be hearing from the same folks who covered Toronto for The Film Experience last year -- Venice is starting to wrap up. Awards will be announced before you know it.
The most 'Hollywood' Venice premiere was probably The Town which brought out the happy familiar faces of Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and last year's Best Actor nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).
Is it just me or is it always a bit odd to see Jon Hamm smiling? He's smiling so much lately and with that career you'd be smiling too. But it's so UnDraper! These townies had prophetic reason to be happy. Reviews were kind. Here's a sampling:
Cinema Blend "bigger by nearly every measure" [than Gone Baby Gone]
Newsweek "Affleck’s heist movie is part of a career turnaround so amazing that he looks like »
- NATHANIEL R
Twitch has provided a few first look images from Tom Tykwer‘s Three (German title: Drei), a contemporary love story set in current day Berlin. Tykwer is probably most known for Run Lola Run and The International, although his newest title seems deviate largely from the fast-paced feel of those two films. The full plot synopsis, provided by /Film, can be read below:
Three is about Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties who lives together in Berlin. Unknown to each other they both become acquainted with Adam, a younger man – and fall in love with him. When Hanna becomes pregnant, their whistle gets blown – and the question pops up: Who is the father? Three is a tragicomical movie about love, morals and the sexes in a late-modernist German society at the mercy of its mixed feelings.
The cast is made up mostly of reputable German actors, including Sophie Rois, »
- Danny King
Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen are just two of the actors in talks for Cloud Atlas In a story from Production Weekly, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman have all been offered roles in Cloud Atlas.
The film is being directed by Tom Tykwer (The International). He is presently writing the screenplay. It is based on the book by David Mitchell. The plan is for the film to go into production next spring.
Cloud Atlas intertwines history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Each of theses narratives takes place in a different time and place, each is written in a very different prose style, and each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book.
There isn't any word yet on which actor will tackle what role but as usual, when we know »
Acclaimed German filmmaker Tom Tykwer is currently working on his script adaptation of David Mitchell’s popular novel Cloud Atlas, a project with six main characters that spans thousands of years and several different genres. Ambitious to say the least, it only makes sense that Tykwer is going after some of the best talent Hollywood currently has, as The Playlist reports that roles in the film were recently offered to Tom Hanks (Toy Story 3), Natalie Portman (Brothers), Halle Berry, James McAvoy, and Ian McKellan.
Tykwer, who directed the kinetic action movie Run Lola Run and, most recently, helmed The International, has always had a taste for the unusual. Although his casting aspirations may seem like an array of random Hollywood stars, some may recall that Portman appeared in Tykwer’s contribution to Paris, je t’aime. (He helmed the “Faubourg Saint-Denis” segment.)
Considering the star power that The International »
- Danny King
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