James Mangold directing Walk the Line

James Mangold is currently hard at work putting together another Wolverine sequel, but it looks like he’s just lined up another promising project to go after that. He’s looking to direct Seducing Ingrid Bergman, about the real-life romance between the iconic actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa.

More about the James Mangold Seducing Ingrid Bergman project after the jump. Read More »

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Coming Home trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor camp.

He returns years later to discover that she, having suffered a head injury, no longer recognizes him. Determined to get his life back, he sets out to resurrect his relationship with his wife. Newcomer Zhang Huiwen plays their daughter. Watch the Coming Home trailer after the jump. Read More »

one direction fanfiction movie

Thank (or blame, depending on how you feel about it) Fifty Shades of Grey: Another famous piece of fanfiction is getting turned into a movie. Paramount is moving ahead with After, an adaptation of the One Direction-inspired novel by Anna Todd, with the help of Mom and Two and a Half Men writer Susan McMartin. Find out all about the One Direction fanfiction movie after the jump.  Read More »

Jennifer Kent directing The Babadook

We’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see how Jennifer Kent would follow up her masterful first feature The Babadook, and now we have our answer. Kent will write and direct Alice + Freda Forever, an adaptation of the non-fiction book by Alexis Coe.

The story centers around late 19th century romance between two teenage girls, which turns tragic and ends with one of them on trial for murder. More details on the Jennifer Kent Alice and Freda movie after the jump.  Read More »

paper towns trailer 2

Fox 2000 Pictures has released a new trailer for Paper Towns, the new mystery romantic drama following a young man and his friends who go on the “road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.” I’m mainly interested in this film because it was written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters behind (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now. I also enjoyed director Jake Schreier‘s first feature Robot & Frank when I caught it at Sundance a few years back.

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 Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer concept art

I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.

Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).

Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.

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Say Anything

Cameron Crowe‘s career has stumbled a bit as of late, but nothing will take away the fact that he wrote and directed Say Anything…, still one of the best loved movie romances of all time. 26 years later, fans are still curious about the fates of Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court — and it sounds like Crowe is, too.

In a new interview, Crowe discussed the possibility of a Say Anything 2, gushing that he “really, really love[s] writing for John Cusack.” Read Crowe’s thoughts on a Say Anything sequel after the jump.  Read More »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects

One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.

But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.

Watch the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects featurette after the jump. Read More »

American Ultra still MTV

Think of the most unlikely action hero ever and the name Jesse Eisenberg might come up. Which is exactly why the red band trailer for American Ultra is so surprising. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra is about a young man (Eisenberg) who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart) but is then revealed to be a sleeper agent, super spy. The main difference between him and other spies though is he’s a huge stoner, slacker.

Co-starring Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo and others, American Ultra opens August 21. Check out the first American Ultra trailers below.

UPDATEWe’ve added a green band trailer to go along with Thursdays red band. Read More »