Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Briefly: The mere fact that Stoker marks the English-language debut of Oldboy helmer Chan-wook Park would’ve been reason enough to get excited about the film. But toss in the star-studded cast (Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowskia, and Matthew Goode) and a Clint Mansell score, and our anticipation levels are going off the charts. Now, helpfully, we finally know exactly when the wait will pay off.
Box Office Mojo (via The Film Stage’s Twitter) has just set a release date of March 1, 2013 for the thriller, which centers around a teenager (Wasikowska) dealing with the sudden death of her father (Mulroney) and the unexpected reappearance of a mysterious uncle (Goode). Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich also star.
Next March is already shaping up to be quite the month for moviegoers — Stoker‘s new date puts it up against Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, while Oz: The Great and Powerful, Carrie, and Jack the Giant Killer are all set to open later that same month.
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Editor’s Note: We’re re-running Germain’s review of this film from Sundance, as Beasts of the Southern Wild is in theaters now, and very much deserves your attention.
When the film world converged on Park City, Utah for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, several movies were highly anticipated. Beasts of the Southern Wild was not one of them. But in the truest and most exciting tradition of this legendary film festival, word of mouth after the first screening spread like wildfire and Benh Zeitlin‘s directorial debut became the talk of the town. Fox Searchlight purchased the film for distribution and screenings later in the week all sold out.
So does Beasts of the Southern Wild live up to those wild expectations? Absolutely. It creates an entire new world where a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) lives in squalor with her father Wink (Dwight Henry). When Wink gets sick, Hushpuppy’s world is almost literally turned upside down and she must come to grips with her inner strength, her mortality, and a whole lot more.
After the jump, read more about this fantastic film or – if you aren’t in a reading mood – watch a video blog featuring Peter and myself. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Author Dennis Lehane may not be a household name along the lines of John Grisham or Stephen King, but Hollywood’s found plenty to love in his novels as well. Adaptations of his books are three for thre when it comes to critical and commercial success — Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island were all based on his tales — so there’s reason to get excited when news breaks of another of Lehane’s works making it to the big screen.
The next of these could be Animal Rescue, which has just tapped Limitless helmer Neil Burger to direct. The crime drama adapts short story of Lehane’s that was published in the (Lehane-edited) anthology Boston Noir. More details after the jump.
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When you’ve got the director of Oldboy making an intimate vampire film, you know the score will be as important as the lead actors. In the case of Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, that certainly seems to be the case. He’s recruited Clint Mansell to score the film, which stars Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.
Mansell is best known for his work with Darren Aronofsky on Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan but he’s provided memorable music for films like Moon and Smokin’ Aces too. Read more after the jump. Read More »
We can probably blame the Bruce Willis sci-fi film Surrogates for the fact that Fox Searchlight has changed the title of the John Hawkes-starring Sundance fave The Surrogate. The Willis film was pretty forgettable, but not quite forgettable enough that Searchlight wanted to go with the original title for the film about a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) hired to, er, ‘work with’ a bedridden man played by Hawkes.
The film is now called Six Sessions, and it will be released on October 26 of this year. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Greg Mottola‘s schedule is quickly filling up. Earlier this week, the Superbad helmer signed on to adapt the Jeffrey Eugenides novel The Marriage Plot for producer Scott Rudin. Now he’s entered talks to helm something completely different: an untitled comedy for Fox Searchlight, with Curb Your Enthusiasm creator/star and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David in negotiations to star. More details after the jump.
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Almost every year, people leave the Sundance Film Festival talking about a film no one had heard of before the festival began. This year, that movie – without a shadow of a doubt – was the breathtaking Beasts of the Southern Wild. Benh Zeitlin‘s directorial debut creates a fascinating and magical new world that both feels real and fantastic at the same time. The story focuses on a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) who lives in squalor with her father Wink (Dwight Henry). When Wink gets sick, Hushpuppy’s world is almost literally turned upside down and she must come to grips with her inner strength, her mortality, and a whole lot more.
Fox Searchlight bought the rights to the film and will release it on June 27. Now, the first trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »
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One of the most buzzed about films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is finally making its way to theaters next week. Sound Of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Brit Marling, focuses on two people who attempt to infiltrate a cult lead by a woman who has an incredibly intriguing claim. Made for well-under half-a-million dollars, the film shows that smart genre filmmaking doesn’t need to have big effects, just big ideas with equally big answers.
Fox Searchlight will begin to release the film April 27 and, after the jump, you can watch a making of featurette and read some of my thoughts on the film. Read More »