20 items from 2013
eOne said it will release “Diana,” — which focuses on the last two years of her life — late this year, indicating that it will probably launch an awards campaign. It also plans major releases in the U.K., Canada and Spain.
Footage was shown to buyers at Cannes last week.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Diana home from Cannes,” said eOne’s Dylan Wiley. “’Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye.”
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the »
- Dave McNary
Blanchett plays Janet, who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. Her grandfather’s well-kept secrets become a threat to her, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
“Blackbird” is produced by Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods., which established a reputation from its 2010 launch for producing films by heavyweight directors aimed at adult audiences: Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” and David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Maps to the Stars,” starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, which Ben Said »
- John Hopewell
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Hello fellow queer cinephiles! As we enter the long, hot days of summer, everyone wants to cool off in a theater and watch other people try to save the world. The summer tends to be a pretty testosterone-soaked season for movies, so I’m here to help you sort the films you want to be in the front row for from those you just use as an excuse to cuddle in the back.
Editor's note: * denotes a film that includes openly lesbian/bi actresses or lesbian/bi characters.
Venus and Serena
You’re there to see: Venus and Serena Williams, obviously.
In a nutshell: Who doesn’t want to know more about the two sisters who changed tennis forever? This one’s a must-see for any lesbian with a pair of athletic shoes.
- Elaine Atwell
Body Talk: Sheean’s Debut Forgoes Thrills for Moody Drama
Eron Sheean, best known for writing the 2011 Xavier Gens film, The Divide, arrives with his curiously titled Errors of the Human Body, a sort of medical drama thriller that sounds instead like a documentary series on the Discovery channel. At first playing like a treatment by Robin Cook with a mad scientist angle, the film eventually reveals that it has no interest in delivering the thrills or chills that its foreboding first half painstakingly constructs, instead settling for mediocre melodrama.
Geoffrey Burton (Michael Eklund) is a medical researcher that has dedicated his life to finding a cure for Burton’s syndrome, a deadly genetic disease caused by a mutation that claimed the life of his infant son and ruined his idyllic marriage. Taking a job in Dresden, he spends his time developing pre-natal tests and living out an angsty existence »
- Nicholas Bell
★★☆☆☆ Having slunk onto UK screens for the first time last year - presumably to pre-empt the release later in 2013 of Brian De Palma's English language remake Passion (2012) - French director Alain Corneau's Love Crime (Crime d'amour, 2010) is a muddled and ultimately unsatisfying attempt at making a tense, psychosexual European thriller. Even the presence of Kristin Scott Thomas as Machiavellian antagonist-cum-victim Christine is unable to shake this frustratingly inconsistent game of 'cat-and-cat' into life, with the usually dependable Ludivine Sagnier arguably coming off worst as put-upon plaything Isabelle.
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- CineVue UK
Jack Reacher; Love Crime; She Monkeys
Of the few physical descriptions offered in Lee Child's source novel One Shot, one fact is clear – the hero of this ongoing avenging angel series is very big (Clive James's phrase "a condom stuffed with walnuts" has been invoked) and very tall. Not so Tom Cruise, who brings many qualities to the title role of Jack Reacher (2012, Paramount, 15), of which both heft and height are notable only by their absence. Replacing physical bulk with bankable box-office power, Cruise ambles through this oddly inert actioner as the eponymous, ghost-like figure, (re)appearing from nowhere after a clearly culpable crackpot is arrested following an apparently random daylight massacre. Teaming up with Rosamund Pike's glamorously attired defence lawyer, whose district attorney father (Richard Jenkins) has sent several prisoners to their deaths, Reacher follows the money to the Zec, a milky-eyed maniac with a very »
- Mark Kermode
Entertainment One Films U.S. has tapped distribution vet Ryan Markowitz to the newly created role of VP of theatrical sales and distribution.
He will be based in the company’s Manhattan office and responsible for all aspects of distribution, booking and collection for the domestic theatrical operation.
The division releases a combo of 12 to 15 arthouse, genre and feature documentaries annually. Titles include “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” Brian de Palma’s “Passion,” Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are” and “Cuban Fury.”
Markowitz began his work with the company as consultant in early 2012, and managed releases for eOne’s U.S. slate including “A Late Quartet” and “Cosmopolis.”
Markowitz has spent 14 years in distribution, including slots at New Line Cinema, Picturehouse, Apparition, FilmDistrict and Idp. He’s worked on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Young Victoria,” “Drive” and “Robot & Frank.” »
- Dave McNary
Here’s that big casting news – Rachel McAdams could star in Cameron Crowe‘s upcoming and yet untitled movie! If negotiations with the lovely actress work out, she will join previously announced Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, and what definitely sounds interesting is that The Vow star should come on board to play a former lover of Cooper’s character. So, at this moment we know that Cameron Crowe will direct the movie from his own script which should (according to the latest THR report) revolve around: …A defense contractor who is overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii teams up with (and falls for) an Air...
- Jeanne Standal
McAdams will star as a former lover of Cooper's character if a deal is concluded.
However, other details about the film - including its title - are being kept under wraps.
Crowe wrote and will direct the movie.
Watch the trailer for To The Wonder below: »
Does "Untitled Cameron Crowe Project" have a cute cast ... or the cutest cast ever?
"To the Wonder" cutie Rachel McAdams is officially in talks to join fellow cuties Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in the "We Bought a Zoo" filmmaker's cute new project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Crowe's new film was first announced last July when Emma Stone was cast and has since been confirmed to be a project that the writer-director has been trying to get made for several years. Formerly titled "Deep Tiki," the story follows a military contractor (Cooper) who's assigned to a top-secret military satellite launch in Hawaii and gets involved with an uptight military liaison (Stone) and local spiritual leaders who are preparing for the fulfillment of a prophecy involving the gods Lomo and Pele.
Even more awesome: McAdams will be playing the role of Cooper's ex-girlfriend, which means the plot will probably »
- NextMovie Staff
Rachel McAdams has carved out an interesting year ahead, wandering around with some horses in Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder" which arrives tomorrow, getting into some sexy intrigue with Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's B-movie sizzler "Passion," getting some time travel and romance in with Richard Curtis' "About Time" while Anton Corbijn's thriller "A Most Wanted Man" will hopefully land on the festival circuit. And now she wants to close off her 2013 calendar by working with another big-time filmmaking talent. McAdams has joined Cameron Crowe's still-untitled next film which will also star Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Previously reported to be a reworking of Crowe's long-gestating "Deep Tiki," that seems to be the case, with THR reporting this too will center on a military contractor (Cooper) on a top-secret military launch mission on assignment in Hawaii who teams with an Air Force pilot (Stone »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rachel McAdams is in talks to join the cast of writer/director Cameron Crowe's still untitled next project, Deadline reports. She'd appear opposite Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. Set up through Columbia Pictures, details are few as to the film's plot, but McAdams would play an old flame of Cooper's character in the comedy drama. McAdams starred last year in The Vow , opposite Channing Tatum, and can be seen coming up in both Brian De Palma's Passion and Terrence Malick's To the Wonder . Production on the Crowe project is slated for October. (Photo Credit: Ian Wilson / WENN.com) »
I don't pay close enough attention to know how often something like this happens, but I have to assume it isn't too often as ten films have been rated this week and all ten received R ratings. Included in the ten is Sofia Coppola's new movie The Bling Ring, which received the kind of rating reason you'd expect for a troubled teen drama and then Brian De Palma's lackluster Passion starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams received a rather weak R, which is actually appropriate considering it is a rather weak film. Below is the complete batch of latest MPAA ratings from Bulletin #2264. The Bling Ring Rated R For teen drug and alcohol use, and for language including some brief sexual references. Release Date: June 14, 2013 Children Of Sorrow Rated R For disturbing violent and sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use. Cold War Rated R For violence and brief language. »
- Brad Brevet
Perhaps more familiar for his epic gangster greats, The Untouchables (1987), Scarface (1983) and Carlito’S Way (1993), it’s easy to forget director Brian DePalma’s created some terrific noir thrillers with the likes of Dressed To Kill (1980), Body Double (1984) and Blow Out (1981). The latter genre seems to be the inspiration for latest effort, Passion, which follows a workplace rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée. Stunners Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams portray the duo whose twisted relationship escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
Check out the latest international poster for the film based on French thriller, Crime D’Amour (aka Love Crime), and is still awaiting a release in the UK and the Us.
Source: The Film Stage
- Craig Hunter
With Norway's Oscar-nominated "Kon-Tiki" hitting theaters on April 19, the Weinstein Company is opting to release the film's English-language version stateside, to maximize interest and attempt to elevate the film from the subtitled ghetto that keeps most foreign titles' box office in check. As pointed out in Variety, the seafaring adventure film may be the first of the Academy's nominees to be shot scene-for-scene in two languages. "Kon-Tiki" also has the benefit of the recent Us tide of interest in Scandinavian titles. Noomi Rapace is now a household name thanks to the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films. The series segued her into roles in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" and Brian De Palma's "Passion," while she stars opposite Colin Farrell in her "Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev's first English-language film "Dead Man Down," opening March 8. Turning up at the "Dead Man Down »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, 33, never wanted to go Hollywood. As far as she's concerned, she hasn't changed her preference for complicated, compelling roles. Look at the range of what she's done since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series catapulted her into a bankable global marquee name. She played a happily married woman facing her estranged, once-abusive mother in Pernilla August's Swedish family drama "Beyond." Rapace brought strength and spirituality to her role as a space-trekking archeologist in Ridley Scott's summer epic "Prometheus." And she was more than just another pretty sidekick in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which led to her co-starring opposite Rachel McAdams again in Brian De Palma's kinky Eurothriller "Passion," which comes out in June. Rapace has chosen well, never compromised. Either she brings something extra to the parts as written, or she has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. »
- Anne Thompson
After the experimental political polemic Redacted and the gun-for-hire mess The Black Dahlia, Brian De Palma has returned to what should be his comfort zone; a violent, erotic thriller which he actually wrote himself. In fact, every scene of Passion seems to beg for a collective "return to form" proclamation. It's got identical twins, split-screen, sumptuous ballet, labyrinthine dream sequences and obsession to spare, but ultimately, it still feels like an over-the-hill rocker playing all his hits from forty years ago. On one hand, everything lacks the energy that originally made it so powerful, but, on the other hand, the songs are still better than anything else written in the last decade. That is to say, the Passion is great fun, and occasionally kinda brilliant,...
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Being a huge fan of Jim Mickle’s underrated vampire thriller, Stake Land, a film that breathed new life in a long-dead sub-genre, I’ve been excited to see what he had lined up next. It came as a surprise that a remake of Mexican cannibal drama, We Are What We Are, was going to be adapted by Mickle and his frequent writer and actor collaborator, Nick Damici.
The film has received acclaim during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 and below we have the official press release giving details of the films rights, which have been picked up by distributors Entertainment One, plus the first official look at the poster.
Critically Acclaimed Sundance Film Acquired By eONE For U.S. Theatrical Distribution
Entertainment One (“eOne”) has acquired the U.S. rights to »
- Craig Hunter
Producer Edward R. Pressman ("Wall Street") has optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller "Paterno" by sports journalist Joe Posnanski. Ex-caa partner-turned-manager Rick Nicita will also produce the biopic to star his client Al Pacino as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. And with Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Carlito’s Way") attached to direct "Happy Valley," the team behind "Carlito's Way" and "Scarface" is together again. The producers are in talks with writer David McKenna ("American History X") to adapt for the screen. We spoke to De Palma about his latest film, "Passion," starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, which debuted in Venice and played the Toronto and New York film festivals. “I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw," says »
- Anne Thompson
Colin Farrell stars in Dead Man Down as some kind of criminal hitman with a heart of gold. But the real draw for the thriller, opening in March, is that it reteams Noomi Rapace (a.k.a. “original Swedish Lisbeth Salander”) with director Niels Arden Oplev (a.k.a. “Original Swedish director of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”) That collaboration positively guarantees that everyone who discovered Dragon Tattoo on Netflix a couple of years ago will go see this movie, if only to complain about the inevitable David Fincher remake. The film also stars Terrence Howard as a vile mob boss. »
- Darren Franich
20 items from 2013
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