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Sneak Peek footage from Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
Film clips include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".
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- Michael Stevens
Olga Kurylenko is becoming more than just a name to watch for. She is one hell of a good actress that also happens to be utterly gorgeous. She gave a stunning performance recently in Terrence Malick’s drama To The Wonder, and she was absolutely incredible in Neil Marshall’s Centurion. In her latest, The November Man, she stars opposite Pierce Brosnan and adds a ton of charm to her character Alice. Sitting across from Ms. Kurylenko is more than simply a pleasant »
Before Gal Gadot landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two other names were in contention for the part – French actress Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Ukranian actress and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion).
For the first time, Kurylenko has spoken up about losing out on playing the iconic heroine, in an interview with Desde Hollywood at the red carpet premiere of The November Man. When asked for her thoughts, Kurylenko said:
“If I could have been [Wonder Woman]? Well, because, everyone was saying that it was a possibility. It did cross my mind. But it’s fine, you know. There are many other roles. I am very happy for the girl that’s got the part. I am looking forward to seeing it.”
A pretty gracious response for someone who lost an iconic role to someone with considerably less exeprience. »
- James Garcia
Of course we know that Fast And Furious actress Gal Gadot ultimately ended up with the role, but back when rumors were flying around left right and center as to who would play Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman, the far more experienced Olga Kurylenko was also on the shortlist (along with Elodie Yung). Kurylenko had previously starred in the likes of Hitman, To The Wonder, Centurion and most recently Oblivion alongside Tom Cruise, and seemed to be the fan-favorite for the role out of the actresses mentioned. When DesdeHollywood asked her about it, the Ukrainian beauty says it did "cross her mind", but that she's happy for Gadot, and looking forward to the movie. "If I could have been [Wonder Woman]..well, because, everyone was saying that it was a possibility. It did cross my mind. But it’s fine, you know. There are many other roles. I am very happy »
Damon Lindelof’s latest TV effort, The Leftovers on HBO (co-created by and adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta) just hit the halfway mark through its first season on Sunday, and it’s easily the best new show to premiere this summer. This comes with two disclosures: 1. Summers are usually treated more like draughts than harvesting season for TV networks so 2. The competition is usually (and specifically this year) lackluster. For example, this year you have AMC’s disappointingly tone-deaf Halt and Catch Fire, while on FX you have Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain struggling to decide if it’s good-bad or just bad-bad. Despite a lightweight competition, The Leftovers still holds its title of best new Summer show, a title that is earned despite the show winning it by default.
After each episode I look to recaps across the internet to further the discussion and interpretation of the show, »
- Dylan Griffin
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Terrence Malick is so secretive with his projects that it's sort of a perfect storm for the internet era. People track down any and all morsels of information and get hung up on whatever might be breathed about this or that project (the filmmaker is uncharacteristically prolific these last few years). Naturally, with a pair of films on the way sooner or later, the feeding frenzy is on, particularly as it pertains to "Knight of Cups" (the only one of them with a title). Is it going to hit theaters this year? That's what the film's Italian distributor says, anyway. Speaking at the annual Ciné event in Riccione, Adler CEO Ernest Grassi said Malick's film "will be released later this year in the U.S. in a few theaters and widened. It is a candidate for many Oscar nominations." Ok, then. Naturally, people would like to just take his word for it, »
- Kristopher Tapley
• Tina Fey is in early development on a “supernatural-themed feature” with Disney known as the Untitled Witch Project, but it is decidedly not a Hocus Pocus sequel (as was the rumor early Wednesday). According to the report, the project will be in the vein of Ghostbusters, and Fey will star and produce. Next up for Fey is the Jonathan Tropper adaptation This is Where I Leave You, out Sept. 19. She’s currently filming the comedy The Nest, alongside Amy Poehler. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Paris– Olga Kurylenko (“To The Wonder”), Gregory Fitoussi (“World War Z”) and Emir Kusturica (“7 Days in Havana”) are set to topline “Lota,” a French Guiana-set dramedy directed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby”).
Described by Philippon as a variation on the themes of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” pic will star Kurylenko as a young woman who was abused during her childhood and struggles to build healthy relationships with men.
“As in ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Lota’ follows various characters whose lives intersect,” said Philippon, who also cited “Mud” as a source of inspiration for “Lota”‘s dream-like atmosphere, visual style and the main character’s soul searching.
“Kurylenko’s character is both a princess and a warrior and it’s that ambivalence that makes her so fascinating,” explained Philippon, adding that he’s interested in strong female characters such as the ones portrayed in movies by Quentin Tarantino, John Cassavetes and Tennessee Williams.
Cast is completed by Jean-Pierre Martins, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Gino McKoy penned the script in which Kurylenko plays a U.N. interpreter who gets caught in a power struggle between the FBI and a ruthless criminal dynasty. [Source: Deadline]
Keith Stanfield ("Short Term 12") will join Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor in the Miles Davis movie "Miles Ahead" which will be Cheadle's feature directorial debut. Shooting begins next month in Cincinnati.
The story chronicles a few dangerous days in Davis’ life as the jazz icon (Cheadle) teams with a Rolling Stone journalist (McGregor) to hunt down a stolen recording intended to reignite his career. Stanfield will play Junior, an edgy but impressionable trumpet player involved in the theft. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
The former Bond girl will play a Un interpreter who gets involved with the FBI's investigation of a crime family, according to Deadline.
The film begins shooting this summer in the UK, Toronto, and China.
She will soon be seen opposite Pierce Brosnan in November Man.
Watch a teaser for The November Man below: »
Cannes– Surely moving waves at a largely calm Cannes market, Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are bringing Terrence Malick’s long-anticipated, 30-years-in-gestation “Voyage of Time” onto the Cannes market.
Having acquired international rights, Wild Bunch will present first images of the project to selected buyers at Cannes.
Reassembling producers behind “The Tree of Life,” Voyage’s producing team includes Plan B Entertainment prexy Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda,, who also produced “To the Wonder,” Sarah Green, producer of Malick’s films from “The New World,” Brad Pitt, and Grant Hill and Bill Pohlad, both producers on “Tree of Life.”
Pitt’s continued involvement in “Voyage” would suggst he may well provide one of the film’s voiceovers.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Remember back in 2011, when Terrence Malick released the literally indescribably powerful film “The Tree of Life” and let it be known that he had no less than three more films on their way? For a man whose entire, near-40 year career had so far yielded only four movies, it was thrilling to learn that it might take just four years to get as many again...…and then everything got strange. Malick's next release, “To The Wonder,” was poorly reviewed (though not by us), his mysterious documentary “Voyage of Time” met legal roadblocks that have since been resolved, and his next drama, “Knight of Cups,” continued shooting with its extraordinary cast—Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O'Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman—but appeared to get no nearer to completion.Increasingly, it has become clear that “Knight of Cups”, as is standard practice for Malick's work, »
- Ben Brock
Terrence Malick might just be the most elusive filmmaker working today. He hasn’t given a proper interview in years, and hasn’t been officially photographed in even longer. Despite all of this, though, he’s become impossibly prolific. There was a 20-year gap between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, but in the past decade he has shot five full features. After completing production on 2012’s To the Wonder, Malick began back-to-back shoots on two upcoming films—one untitled, and one called Knight of Cups. A massive amount of actors shot scenes for both movies, but since Malick’s process involves filming days of footage and then shaping the film in the editing room, there’s no telling which actors will make the final cut. One such actor who worked on Malick's Knight of Cups is Antonio Banderas, and when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation »
- Adam Chitwood
From locked-in Cannes bait like the Dardennes brothers to outliers like Disney's new take on Sleeping Beauty, we list the films we predict will be vying for the prizes come May
The Oscars are over; Sundance is but a memory; SXSW has been overrun with musos. The film industry's eyes, forever trained forward, are now squinting against the glare of the south of France and the Cote d'Azur: Cannes is on its way. As ever, the speculation has already begun as to which films the festival will tie up for its official selection: Cannes's bespoke mix of esoteric auteurism, finger-poking controversy and shameless glitz. We know the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco will be there (it was announced as opening film back in January) and we're fairly sure the extended cut of Nymphomaniac Volume II has a spot reserved for it. But other than that, it's anyone's guess. Here »
- Xan Brooks, Andrew Pulver
Madrid – London-based WestEnd Films will handle world sales rights outside Spain on Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day,” starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and “Mystic River,” and Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Fedja Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”).
Just announced (Variety, March 12), “A Perfect Day” marks the sixth fiction feature of a distinguished Spanish director who has attracted high-profile thesps, and won critical plaudits and often a large audience and international sales through films – “Barrio,” Javier Bardem-starrer “Mondays in the Sun,” “Princesses” – which feature a careful delineation of singular, robust individuals reacting, often with hangdog humor, to specific, often troubled social contexts.
“A Perfect Day” – on which pubcaster Tve has taken free-to-air Spanish TV rights – is no exception, turning on a group of aid workers in a conflict zone »
- John Hopewell
Joining their other Sundance pick-up (God Help The Girl), the folks at the newly minted Amplify have picked up the rights to A.J. Edwards’ Sundance-Berlin preemed directorial debut. Topping Jordan M. Smith’s 2014 Sundance Film Fest slate, The Better Angels will be set for a theatrical release in fall.
Gist: This is a story of the childhood of one of America’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Spanning nearly three years in the stark wilderness of Indiana, it tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women (Brit Marling and Diane Kruger) who guided him to immortality.
Do We Care?: In his 4 1/2 star review, Jordan suggests that “The Better Angels is nothing if not an incredibly alive, »
- Eric Lavallee
The recent Berlin world premiere from Terence Malick’s longtime collaborator Aj Edwards premiered in Sundance and screened in Berlin.
Amplify will release the impressionistic black and white tale of Abraham Lincoln’s early childhood theatrically in autumn followed by VOD and home video release in early 2015.
“I am humbled by the passion Amplify has shown for The Better Angels since its premiere,” said Edwards, who spoke to Screendaily about the film shortly before its Sundance world premiere. “Our team is so glad this great company will be shepherding our film.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Amplify has acquired U.S. rights to the Terrence Malick-produced biopic of young Abraham Lincoln entitled "The Better Angels," starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley. The poetic black-and-white period drama, which marks the debut of editor-turned-filmmaker A.J. Edwards, played at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Amplify plans a fall release in theaters, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015. "The Better Angels" follows Lincoln during his formative years (remember the 1939 John Ford classic "Young Mr. Lincoln," starring Henry Fonda?). Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Lincoln's complex family dynamic and the two women who guided him. Austin, Texas native Edwards has worked with his mentor Malick over the last decade, first as an editor on "The New World," then as second-unit director and editor on "The Tree of Life," "To The Wonder," and the forthcoming "Knight of Cups. »
- Anne Thompson
Amplify has acquired all U.S. rights to director A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels,” which chronicles Abraham Lincoln's childhood. Amplify will release the film in theaters this fall, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015. Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick, “The Better Angels” examines several formative events in young Abraham Lincoln's life. Using visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincoln family's life in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Abraham's family dynamic, the hardships that shaped him, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Also read: With ‘To the Wonder, »
- Jeff Sneider
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