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While "Knight Of Cups" and "Untitled Music Scene Movie That Probably Won't Have Christian Bale In It Anymore" are still out in the wild, waiting to be completed, for those aching for some more Terrence Malick, this is one affiliated project that will get your 2014 off to a happy start. The reclusive director is producing "The Better Angels," the directorial debut of his protégé and collaborator A.J. Edwards. Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley star in this evidently black-and-white film about the early years of Abraham Lincoln, with Kruger and Clarke as his parents. The official synopsis: Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Hanan Townshend ("To The Wonder") is scoring the film, and yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
I made my Slim Pickings joke last week and this week, I got nothing. Things are a bit better this week anyway with a nice mixture of the new, the old and the quirky independent that has gone straight to VOD.
I imagine things will pick up massively into December as Now TV adds Iron Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful and then the other service providers try and compete.
For now though below are the films to look out for this week, Enjoy!
The latest horror film to borrow Guillermo Del Toro’s name in order to present itself, is this ghost story from director Andres Muschietti. Jessica Chastain plays a woman who reluctantly becomes foster-mother to her partners’ two nieces after they are recovered from living feral in the wilderness. The problem is the girls were looked after by something nasty in the woods and »
- Chris Holt
Here’s what we know on A.J. Edwards. He’s worked in the editor capacity on The New World and To the Wonder and was an “artistic consultant” on The Tree of Life. The Terrence Malick magic-hour stamp of approval will certainly help along in determining where the formerly titled The Green Blade Rises lands in 2014′s film fest circuit (Malick is among the producers on the film as well) and while I wouldn’t call Park City the lieu for presidential biopics, they are prime place for filmmaker debuts. Production on The Better Angels took place in late September of 2012, so one year’s worth of post-production time for a filmmaker with a background in editing means he has time to find his film (if the film needs finding that is). With a small news blurb stating that Zbigniew Preisner helped affix the film’s score. Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley, »
- Eric Lavallee
Olga Kurylenko's name may have just entered the rumor mill in relation to possibly joining “Batman vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman, but as a batch of recent casting news shows, the “To The Wonder” actress will have a bout of horror first. While the star from “We're The Millers” aims to don a costume instead, “Catwoman” director Pitof re-emerges with his next project, and John Cusack plans to hire a getaway driver. Kurylenko has been announced (via Dread Central) to star in the supernatural horror film “Mara”, which will mark music video director Clive Tonge's feature-length debut. Focusing on the mythology surrounding sleep paralysis, the film follows a criminal psychologist (Kurylenko) who investigates the murder of a man, apparently by his wife, and instead finds herself within the legend of a demon that kills people in their sleep. Production on the film is set for May next year, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Holy Superhero Movie News Batman!
My goodness, such a busy news day for superhero stuff.
Anyway, two months I ago I dropped the tidbit that Bruce might get a love interest in Batman Vs Superman yet folks speculated that it could be Wonder Woman.
Then I found out there were four finalists for the female role were but didn’t have names…
…and now Justin Kroll over at Variety got the scoop of who those lovely ladies are.
1) Gal Godot from Fast & Furious
4) Jaimie Alexander who made the most noise last week at Comikaze Expo but according to Kroll is out of the running because of a non-compete clause in her contract with Marvel. Bummer for her.
Out of these four ladies, me thinks Olga is the one »
- El Mayimbe
Rumors have been swirling around the Internet for several days now: Wonder Woman is going to make some kind of appearance, or have a significant role in “Batman Vs. Superman.” Actress and “Thor 2: The Dark World” goddess Jaimie Alexander recently became a woman in question because she revealed that she had been having conversations with WB about the superhero team-up film and knew what the plot was about. Oh course, that speculation led many to assume she’d be playing the Amazonian heroine. Even more recently, the latest rumor (via Schmoes Knows, yes, that’s what they’re actually called) was that Olga Kurylenko—best known for “Quantum of Solace” and Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder”—was testing for the role, and it turns out that one is right. Or at least mostly. Variety reports that Kurylenko, along with “Fast & Furious” actress Gal Gadot and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation »
- Edward Davis
Olga Kurylenko has reportedly tested for the role of Wonder Woman in the Superman vs Batman film.
A separate report from Forbes has claimed that Wonder Woman is "likely" to make an appearance in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed film.
Warner Bros is yet to officially confirm whether the Amazonian will feature in the film, and the rumours do not specify how large a part she could play.
Superman vs Batman is slated for release in 2015.
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Another terror tale is on its way courtesy of one of the driving forces behind the Paranormal Activity franchise, and it stars a young lady that none of us would ever mind haunting. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Olga Kurylenko (pictured; Quantum Of Solace, Oblivion) will star in the supernatural horror film Mara, it was announced by The Solution Entertainment Group’s (The Solution) Myles Nestel and Room 101’s Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), who will produce with Mann Made Films’ Scott Mann and James Edward Barker.
Clive Tonge will direct his feature film debut from an original collaboration with Jonathan Frank (The Tournament), based on the mythology and true phenomenon of sleep paralysis, commonly known as Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (Sunds). The film is scheduled to shoot in May next year. Synchronicity Entertainment, The Solution’s cutting edge vanguard division, is financing and selling the project. »
- Uncle Creepy
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace, Oblivion) will star in the supernatural horror film, Mara, it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group’s (The Solution) Myles Nestel and Room 101’s Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who will produce with Mann Made Films’ Scott Mann and James Edward Barker.
Cult favorite Clive Tonge will direct his feature film debut from an original collaboration with Jonathan Frank (The Tournament), based on the mythology and true phenomena of sleep paralysis, commonly known as Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (Sunds), which is scheduled to shoot in May next year.
Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Kurylenko) is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same »
- Michelle McCue
The folks at Schmoes Know are back with another exclusive rumor. Last time we heard from them they were reporting on the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. This time, they’re dropping news about Warner Bros./DC’s hotly anticipated Batman vs. Superman.
We’ve all heard murmurings of a possible Wonder Woman appearance in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, right? That’s nothing new. In fact, last week internet rumors pointed towards actress Jaimie Alexander being up for the role. Today though, we’re hearing of another candidate who is testing for the part: Olga Kurylenko.
Of course, this isn’t confirmed, but Schmoes Know is citing a “very reliable” insider as the source for their info. Though I have no doubt at this point that Wonder Woman will indeed have a role in the film, I’m not too inclined to take this piece of news, or the bit about Alexander, »
- Matt Joseph
It has been a very busy year for actress Rachel McAdams. She started off by romancing Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder before playing a cutthroat advertising executive in Brian De Palma’s Passion. Now she’s stepping into the role of an American living in England in Richard Curtis’ About Time.
The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as Tim, a 21-year old man who has traveled to London to become a lawyer and ends up falling heads over heels in love with Amy (played by McAdams). Tim, however, discovers that he has the power to travel in time, and he ends up inadvertently erasing his first encounter with Amy while trying to help a friend. As a result, Tim continues to use his time travel capabilities in order to meet Amy and win her heart all over again.
Recently, McAdams showed up for a press conference at »
- Ben Kenber
Richard Curtis has all but solidified his legacy in the mind of female audience members alike as the preeminent bard of the British chick-flick. He wrote and produced Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, wrote both Bridget Jones movies, and directed Love Actually, which is quite possibly the chick-flick to end all chick-flicks. He’s a permanent part of the fabric of modern romantic comedies, and his new film is no different. What is different in About Time is its main conceit that attempts to inject its broad sense of comedy with a hint of downplayed sci-fi as an imaginative way to mine familiar sentimental territory. You see, the main character Tim (played by Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson) is informed on his 21st birthday by his father (the incomparably British Bill Nighy) that the men in their family can travel through time.
There’s no DeLorean and no Loopers involved, »
- Sean Hutchinson
Online trailer above. Theatrical trailer after the cut.Related Posts:Watch 12 Golden Globe Awards speechesOblivion design featurettesSix terrific new clips from Only God ForgivesAlexandre Desplat’s score for ArgoNew »
- Ryan Adams
While fans have been excited about his sudden flurry of activity, 2013 has been a bit of a bumpy year for the always under-the-radar Terrence Malick. His latest "To The Wonder" found him getting the rockiest reviews of his career, while he's in the midst of a lawsuit with producers over his brewing documentary "Voyage Of Time." But, that being said, he's got two more movies cooking, "Knight Of Cups" and the still untitled Austin music scene set picture. And now, a minor update has arrived, but the short answer? He's still working on it, of course. Michael Fassbender recently talked with GQ as he continues his press run for "12 Years A Slave," and when asked about the Malick flick, he revealed that he's not certain he'll be in the movie. "I'm not sure," the actor said when asked if he was in the final cut or not. "I've got to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deep in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, a transport vessel stocked with cryogenically preserved humans suffers a minor malfunction: Keanu Reeves is unfrozen ninety years too early. Now, we’re all familiar with the urban legend that Reeves is actually an immortal being from a time long ago (and if not, please educate yourself at Keanuisimmortal.com), but the upcoming Passengers is science fiction, and thus allows for a fictional Reeves that will die of natural causes within nine decades or so. So what’s a space-Keanu Reeves to do? Well, according to Deadline, he’ll be defrosting Rachel McAdams for a strange new kind of science fiction-y love story. Passengers has the potential to be truly fascinating: the screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts, who wrote the original, Damon Lindelof-free draft of Prometheus, and will be helmed by Brian Kirk, who’s cut his teeth on a long list of TV shows including »
- Adam Bellotto
It seems like I’ve been covering the progress of “Prometheus” writer Jon Spaihts’s “Passengers” for years now. The film was originally supposed to star Reese Witherspoon and Keanu Reeves, but now it looks like Witherspoon is out, leaving Reeves, much like in the movie, without a mate. That changes with news that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Reeves in the sci-fi drama, which is currently set with “Game of Thrones” director Brian Kirk behind the camera. (Sheesh. Nowadays, it seems like if you want to direct movies, you have to direct an episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” first.) McAdams is coming off the Brit romcom “About Time” and Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”. And I still can’t believe she was playing a high school witch in “Mean Girls” less than 10 years ago. Wow. “Passengers is about “a spacecraft transporting thousands of people »
Due to start shooting in Australia on December 2, the film follows a farmer (Crowe) who goes to Turkey four years after the end of WW2 in search of his three sons who presumably were victims of the Gallipoli campaign.
Kurylenko (The Quantum of Solace, Oblivion, To the Wonder) will play a Turkish woman who owns the hotel in Istanbul where he stays. She forms a relationship with Crowe.s character and accompanies him in the search, aided by a Turkish officer.
Brett Ratner and James Packer.s RatPac Entertainment, which recently signed a deal to co-finance up to 75 films with Warner Bros. and Dune Entertainment, will fund the film. Packer and Ratner, whose first investment was in Gravity,. will serve as executive producers.
The producers are »
- Don Groves
• One-time Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk) is reportedly in talks to star in Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the dinosaur franchise. Jurassic World has a release date (July 12, 2015), a director (Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow), a script in the works, and a few cast members (Bryce Dallas Howard and Iron Man 3′s Ty Simpkins), but little else is known about the plot or the characters. Brolin has a number of projects scheduled for release this and next year, including Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Spike Lee’s English-language remake of Oldboy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, »
- Lindsey Bahr
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