‘The Crossing’ Trailer: John Woo Gets Romantic

Crossing trailer

After years away from the big screen, John Woo is back this year — at least in China — with The Crossing. The first installment of the two-part film hits China in December. The movie is set in 1949 and will tell the stories of three couples whose lives intersect on the doomed Taiping steamer. The ship was carrying many hundreds of passengers from China and the last days of the communist-dominated Civil War, to new lives in Taiwan. All aboard were doomed, and the ship has been called the “Chinese Titanic” as a result. This first Crossing trailer introduces many of the people on board, albeit without subtitles. Check out the footage below. Read More »

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Jessica Chastain Xavier Dolan

Quebecois writer/director/actor Xavier Dolan has been making acclaimed films in Canada for the last few years, and his most recent, Mommy, was a huge hit at Cannes this past May. Mommy was up for the Palme d’Or, and while it didn’t take that prize, Dolan did win the Jury Prize for the film. At the same time, Dolan said he was prepping his first English-language script, called The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Now that film may have a high-profile lead, as Jessica Chastain — who was a huge fan of Mommy — is reportedly signing on. More details on the Jessica Chastain Xavier Dolan picture follow. Read More »

Maps to the Stars trailer

David Cronenberg turns his twisted sense of play to Hollywood in Maps to the Stars. The film features Julianne Moore as an aging star who is still living in the shadow of her mother’s fame, and Mia Wasikoska as the young woman who goes to work for her. Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast of the film which has been divisive amongst festival audiences. But this Maps to the Stars trailer is bizarrely enticing, and Cronenberg’s recent output is moving into new realms of odd reality-bending that I quite enjoy. Check out the footage below. Read More »

John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Opens in China in December

john woo the crossing

John Woo has been quiet for several years as he dealt with throat cancer, and as government script approval was delayed for his latest film, but he’s ready to return to cinema screens with a new two-part epic. Much as his last major effort, Red Cliff, was a two-part tale drawn from Chinese history, so too The Crossing is a period piece split into two parts. (Between the two projects, Woo also co-directed Reign of Assassins.)

The Crossing is very different from Red Cliff in other respects, however. It is set in 1949, and follows the stories and fates of the passengers of the steamer Taiping, which sank with as many as 1500 passengers on board. (The ship is often called “the Chinese Titanic,” because of the number of casualties.) Now the first film is set for a December release in China, meaning we can perhaps expect to see it in 2015. Read More »

HBO Olive Kitteridge Miniseries trailer

HBO has released a trailer for Lisa Cholodenko‘s Olive Kitteridge miniseries starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The Kids Are All Right filmmaker helms this four-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about “the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center.” Frances plays Olive and Richard Jenkins portrays her husband, Henry. Watch the 30-second HBO Olive Kitteridge miniseries trailer embedded after the jump.

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Rachel McAdams in Passion

Elisabeth Moss seemed pretty well suited to that True Detective Season 2 gig, not least because she pulled off a similar-sounding role to great acclaim in Top of the Lake. But just because she’s qualified doesn’t mean no one else is, and now it seems she has a little competition.

According to a new report, Rachel McAdams is in the running for the same True Detective Season 2 part that Moss has been circling for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, the other three leads — Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn — seem all but set. Get character details and more after the jump.

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The Theory of Everything early buzz

Eddie Redmayne made Stephen Hawking cry. And he’ll probably make you cry, too, if the early buzz on The Theory of Everything is to be believed.

The James Marsh-directed drama chronicles Hawking’s life from young adulthood, with a particular focus on his relationship to his now-ex-wife Jane. The film itself has gotten generally positive reviews from its TIFF premiere this weekend, but Redmayne and Felicity Jones‘ performances as the devoted couple already have critics murmuring “Oscar.” Hit the jump to get The Theory of Everything early buzz.

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Matt Damon Manchester-by-the-Sea

Matt Damon is about to shoot The Martian with director Ridley Scott, and now he’s got a follow-up project set. Damon worked with Kenneth Lonergan on Margaret (above) and now the two are going to reunite for the Lonergan-scripted Manchester-by-the-SeaRead More »

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