the beguiled trailer

It’s hard to imagine two filmmakers more different than Sofia Coppola and Don Siegel, but now the two of them have something in common: they have both made film adaptations of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s 1966 Southern gothic novel A Painted Devil titled The Beguiled. Siegel’s 1971 version was his third collaboration with star Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry would arrive the same year); Coppola’s 2017 version marks her third collaboration with star Kirsten Dunst.

In other words, it’s going to be fun to watch these two movies back-to-back and discover how two vastly different storytellers tackle the same material. We can get the ball rolling a little early by watching the trailer for Coppola’s remake (or is it re-adaptation?).

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new paul thomas anderson movie

UPDATE: Focus Features has officially announced the start of production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled movie and their press release includes this plot description: “The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.” There is no release date, but the film will be released later this year. The original article follows below.

We don’t even know the title of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new movie and it already feels like an event. First of all, it’s a Paul Thomas Anderson movie and any time the director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and The Master decides to make a new movie, it’s time to celebrate. Second of all, this film will reunite him with the infamously picky and famously masterful Daniel Day-Lewis, who hasn’t made a movie since winning his third Oscar for 2012’s Lincoln. Either of these by themselves would be a reason to keep this one on your radar, but a full-fledged There Will Be Blood reunion makes this one of the most exciting projects to come together since…well, There Will Be Blood.

The first photos from the set have arrived and while they don’t shed too much light on this mysterious project, they do reveal Day-Lewis and Anderson one again sharing the same space and that is enticing enough.

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Garance Marillier in Raw

Saying that a movie is one of the best of the entire year when it’s only January may seems downright foolish. Irresponsible, even. But if Raw had come out in 2016, it would have made my top 10 of the year and would have made an already great year for horror movies even better. I loved writer/director Julia Ducournau‘s new coming-of-age cannibalism movie when I saw it at Fantastic Fest last year and I’m already eager to see it again. Movies about people eating other people aren’t supposed to be this honest, heartbreaking, and in-tune with the anxieties that accompany leaving home for the first time, but here we are.

A new clip from the film has arrived and you should watch it! And then you should actually go see the movie so we’ll have something to talk about.

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Is the ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Back On?

eastern promises sequel

David Cronenberg was originally going to shoot the Eastern Promises sequel towards the end of 2012. For undisclosed reasons, Focus Features pulled the plug on the film, which would’ve brought back Viggo MortensenVincent Cassel, and other actors from the excellent 2007 crime movie. Now, new details suggest the sequel might happen after all.

Below, learn more about the Eastern Promises sequel.

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j.a. bayona interview

J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a talking tree that promises to tell Conor three stories as long as the boy reveals his deepest, darkest secret.

A Monster Calls deals heavily with the power of storytelling. After making only three films, Bayona has established himself as a very emotional storyteller. “Cold” is not a word that applies to the visual splendor of his work. We recently interviewed the filmmaker for his latest drama, which was originally based on an idea by the late author, Siobhan Dowd. Bayona discussed with us the music on set, King Kong, the silent moments in A Monster Calls, and his reaction to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time.

Below, read our J.A. Bayona interview.

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Liam Neeson Reads A Monster Calls

This weekend brings the release of A Monster Calls, the adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ book of the same name, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal back in 2012. The film hails from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, who will next direct Jurassic World 2, and it follows a young boy coping with his mother’s illness by way of a monster who suddenly appears in his backyard.

Liam Neeson plays the monster in question (though Captain America: Civil War star Tom Holland stood in for him on set), and in an effort to get the audience in on the story a bit more, he sat down to read through the entire first chapter. There’s footage from the movie interspersed with his reading, and Neeson’s voice makes for a nice bedtime story tone.

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The Book Of Henry
Colin Trevorrow’s The Book Of Henry is a movie I’ve been curious about for some time. It’s an interesting choice to helm this small film after directing one of the biggest box office successes of all time. But the truth is, we don’t really know much about The Book of Henry. All we’ve been told is that its a drama about a single mother raising a child genius. What is the Jurassic World director cooking up at Focus Features? Hit the jump to see The Book of Henry poster, which gives us a first look at the plans.
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A Monster Calls featurette

A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.

Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.

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john goodman rupert wyatt

John Goodman is a national treasure, especially his smile. The actor has recently been on a roll, lining up some notable projects. Before the year ends, we’ll see Goodman in Patriot’s Day, and next year we’ll see him in Kong: Skull IslandValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and David Leitch’s (John WickThe Coldest City. Another fine job Goodman has landed is a role in Rupert Wyatt‘s sci-fi film, Captive State.

Below, learn more about the Rupert Wyatt sci-fi movie.

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The Zookeeper's Wife trailer - Jessica Chastain

Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, the based-on-a-true-story World War II drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider). Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh star as Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, who run a zoo in Warsaw. When Poland is invaded by Nazis, the couple heroically work with the Resistance to secretly shelter Jews who’ve escaped from the Warsaw ghetto — right under the nose of the Reich’s chief zoologist, played by Daniel Brühl.

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