Paul Verhoven, the dual-sided filmmaker whose Hollywood career is broadly split between highly aware genre fare (RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Black Book) and gleeful, exploitative silliness (Showgirls, Basic Instinct, Total Recall), has long wanted to make a film about Jesus. Yes, that Jesus, the carpenter. He co-wrote a book on the subject, Jesus of Nazareth, and has tried for some time to raise money to do a film version.
Now he’s a couple steps closer, perhaps thanks to a climate that is more favorable than usual towards big films with religious origins. (Think Aronofsky’s Noah and Spielberg’s Gods and Kings.) Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Beowulf) has been hired to script, and Muse Productions is ready to finance the picture. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
That There Will Be Blood helmer Paul Thomas Anderson is back with a new feature after five long years is exciting enough. Toss in the fact that his latest reunites him with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman, and it’s no wonder The Master is one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year.
The first teaser was a beautifully crafted, deeply unsettling clip centered on a Navy man named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), and the second offers us a much better look at the titular Master himself, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Not surprisingly, it already appears to be one hell of a performance. Amy Adams, who plays Lancaster’s wife, makes a brief showing as well. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Jennifer Connelly was one of the earliest names being rumored for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, with The Tracking Board preemptively announcing her casting as Naameh, wife of Noah (Russell Crowe) all the way back in April. However, while a slew of other names including Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone have boarded the cast over the past several weeks, her status has remained uncertain. As of several days ago, we were even hearing that Julianne Moore was in consideration for the role originally said to Connelly’s.
But sometimes even apparently unfounded rumors turn out to have some truth to them, and this is one of those times. Various outlets are now reporting that Connelly has finally received an official offer, and is now in negotiations to join Aronofsky’s Biblical epic. More details after the jump.
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For months there were rumors that Liam Neeson might end up playing the villain in Darren Aronofsky‘s unique take on the Biblical epic Noah. But one of the last news breaks we had on the film informed us that Neeson was out of the running and Aronofsky would have to look for someone else to oppose the ark-building efforts of Noah (Russell Crowe).
Now Ray Winstone, who was just treated rather shabbily as one of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been offered the villain role. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
During the tail end of the Harry Potter series, we began to wonder what would happen to the young leads once the last movie wrapped. Hollywood, after all, is full of one-time kid stars who were never able to replicate their early success, or worse, who fall off the rails altogether. But so far, it seems like we have nothing to worry about from that cast.
Emma Watson in particular seems to be transitioning out of Hogwarts with ease. Her first post-Potter job was a supporting part in My Week with Marilyn, and over the next couple of years we’ll also see her in the YA adaptation The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. But her newest role sounds like it could be the most intriguing yet. Watson has entered talks to board Darron Aronofsky‘s biblical passion project Noah, joining Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, and her Wallflower co-star Logan Lerman. More details after the jump.
UPDATE: After posting this story, we also got wind of some new names being eyed. Hit the jump to find out who.
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Thirty-five. That’s how many movies Ridley Scott is developing according to the IMDB and that doesn’t even count a potential Prometheus sequel, Blade Runner prequel or his next movie, The Counselor. Admittedly, the IMDB is mostly unreliable when it comes to upcoming projects and most of these movies are now dead or will never get off the ground but, even if you cut out 80% of them, you’re still looking at seven movies. Which is insane for one man. And now, in an interview discussing his latest film Prometheus, he let it slip that he has another one for the list.
Scott told Esquire Magazine that he’s been quietly developing a film based on the life story of Moses and that “it’s going to happen.” Read his quote and some other speculation after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:
- Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
- Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
- Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
- Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
- Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t
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In my opinion, director Paul Thomas Anderson is responsible for writing and directing the best performance of Tom Cruise‘s career. The character of sex expert Frank TJ Mackey in Magnolia was perfectly conceived and executed with a confident exterior, seedy interior and hilarious dialogue. It marked Cruise’s third (and most recent) Oscar nomination and helped start a friendship with the director that lives on to this day. Or does it?
Cruise is a well-known and very vocal Scientologist. So when the news broke that Anderson’s latest film, The Master, was about that very subject (no matter what anyone says) many wondered what the actor would think of his friend shining what might be a negative light on Cruise’s views.
According to The Wrap, Anderson screened the movie for Cruise with that in mind. What happened? Read after the jump.
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