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Variety is reporting that Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Andre Benjamin (Jimi: All Is By My Side) have joined Robert Pattinson (Good Time) and Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness) in High Life, the English-language debut of director Claire Denis (White Material, 35 Shots of Rum).
The film follows a group of convicts who reduce their time behind bars in exchange for embarking on a dangerous mission to a black hole. Also featuring in the cast are Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria), Agata Buzek (Redemption), Ewan Mitchell (The Last Kingdom), Jessie Ross (The Frankenstein Chronicles) and Claire Tran (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets).
“It is a rare honor to work with Claire Denis,” said producer Andrew Lauren. “She has put together an incredible cast for what is not only her first English language feature but also her first sci-fi film after making 12 visionary films in French. »
- Gary Collinson
The film revolves around convicts who reduce their time behind bars in exchange for embarking on a dangerous mission to a black hole. Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth were already announced as star rig in the film. In addition, Variety has learned that the cast has added Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Agata Buzek (“Redemption”), Ewan Mitchell (“The Last Kingdom”), Jessie Ross (“The Frankenstein Chronicles”) and Claire Tran (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”).
The picture is Denis’ English-language feature film debut. A favorite of cinephiles, she is best known for her films “White Material” and “35 Shots of Rum.”
Binoche, an Oscar-winner for “The English Patient” and a nominee for “Chocolat.” Along with Tran, she appeared in Denis’ “Let the Sun Shine,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Benjamin is best known for his music work »
- Brent Lang
27 July 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts a first-look image from the upcoming movie Serenity, which features the duo (collaborating for the first time since Interstellar) with intense facial expressions — and a new blonde hair color for Hathaway.
The upcoming mystery tale was written and directed by Steven Knight. This is Knight’s third feature-length film as director; he previously directed Locke and Redemption (both with Im Global) and also wrote screenplays for numerous movies including Allied and Burnt.
In Serenity, McConaughey plays a fishing boat captain whose past is about to crash »
- Helen Murphy
Some fairy tales don’t come true. Back in 2014, Oscar-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola was attached to a Universal Pictures and Working Title production of “The Little Mermaid,” a live-action version of the classic (and, let’s be honest, pretty heartbreaking fairy tale) that didn’t pan out for a variety of reasons.
Coppola left the project in June of 2015 after being attached to it for over a year, eventually loading up her slate with such varied offerings as this week’s big release “The Beguiled,” her Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas,” and even a filmed version of the classic opera “La Traviata,” but she still seems to be compelled by the reasons that pushed her to exit the feature, one that sounds like it would have been quite ambitious in its scope and creativity.
At a special event at New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center on Tuesday night — tantalizingly billed as “An Evening with Sofia Coppola” — the filmmaker engaged in a free-flowing and career-spanning chat with Fslc Deputy Director Eugene Hernandez, including an honest assessment of why she left the long-gestating “Little Mermaid,” and how choices like that continue to inform her filmmaking.
“It wasn’t the Disney version, it was actually the original fairy tale, which is much darker,” Coppola said. “I thought it would be fun to do a fairy tale, I’ve always loved fairy tales, so I was curious about doing that.”
Earlier this year, Coppola told Variety that she left the project simply because it was getting too big for her tastes. “I would have liked to have done that [film],” she told the outlet. “We couldn’t agree on some elements. When it’s smaller, you can have exactly what you have in mind. For me, it wasn’t a good fit.”
That was a theme she expanded on during the Fslc chat, offering up a clearer explanation of why she couldn’t make the Hans Christian Andersen adaptation work.
“It became too big of a scale,” Coppola said. “I wanted to shoot it really underwater, which would have been a nightmare. But underwater photography is so beautiful. We even did some tests. It was not very realistic, that approach. But it was interesting to think about.”
Coppola also balked at the more business-minded elements of the film, concerns that came part and parcel with the larger-scale project that “The Little Mermaid” seemed to be turning into.
“For me, when a movie has a really large budget like that, it just becomes more about business, or business becomes a bigger element than art,” she said. “When it’s smaller, there’s less people involved, it’s not so much at risk, business-wise.”
Read More: Sofia Coppola Has No Interest in Making a Blockbuster or a Sequel
At the time of Coppola’s departure, Deadline noted that “Universal and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are pressing ahead, with a Caroline Thompson rewrite on the story.” Earlier drafts of the script were written by Kelly Marcel and Abi Morgan, and other directors like Joe Wright and Rebecca Thomas were rumored to direct at various points.
Although Chloe Grace Moretz was cast as the eponymous mermaid in 2015 after Coppola’s exit, there’s been little other forward movement since that news. As of now, IMDbPro does list Thomas as the film’s director, with Richard Curtis on deck as credited screenwriter (the “Love, Actually” filmmaker joined the project post-Coppola).
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- Kate Erbland
Author: Zehra Phelan
Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.
The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.
- Zehra Phelan
Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Don Kaye Jul 17, 2017
The movie looks like it's going to be as massive as promised. At one point, Thanos brings down the moon and fires the shattered pieces of it at Iron Man, which should give you an inkling of what we’re going to see in this all-hands-on-deck Marvel blowout.
The trailer (which may well be shown at Comic-Con next weekend »
6 items from 2017
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