Not to make things confusing, but there are two similarly titled films which feature sets of powerful actors in music-related stories. One is Quartet (the current title, at least),¬†which happens to be Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. And then there is A Late Quartet, which premieres tonight in Toronto, and is from director Yaron Zilberman with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Imogen Poots starring.

Walken plays a musician diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, who structures a performance as his farewell bow. It’s lovely to see Walken turning in a moderated, even restrained performance, and in general the work of the actors looks like it should be enough to draw anyone in. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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We first heard about the indie drama A Late Quartet last year, when Ethan Hawke was cast in the lead. Things have changed a bit, but possibly for the better: the cast now includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. Read More »

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Nicolas Winding Refn is preparing to shoot the movie Drive next month in LA, and he’s already got Ryan Gosling starring as a guy who has dual lives as a stuntman and criminal getaway driver.

We haven’t had details on the rest of the cast, but repeated praise for Breaking Bad from Refn should have been a clue: he’s now got Bryan Cranston set to appear in the film. Cranston fits so perfectly with the type of actor Refn likes to use; I can so easily see this being a wonderful partnership. Film School Rejects got the info right from Refn, but didn’t get detail on who he’d play. Check our last coverage on the film for an early sales poster and synopsis of the James Sallis novel on which the film is based.

After the break, Andrew Niccol gets Cillian Murphy, and Ethan Hawke joins a quartet. Read More »

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