Michael Punke‘s novel The Revenant, a dire revenge tale set in raw 1800s America, has been in the hands of Warner Bros for almost a decade. John Hillcoat was once linked to the film, with Christian Bale said to be attached to star; prior to that Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson were linked. As you read more info on the tale of a man wronged and bent on retribution, you’ll quickly see why either of those pairings might have been a great idea. But those configurations aren’t happening.

There is a script by Mark L. Smith, and Akiva Goldsman is producing. And now Babel and Biutiful director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is reportedly set to break out of the mode he established in those films by directing The Revenant. Read More »

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The holiday season release date shuffle continues. First Gulliver’s Travels was moved, then Blue Valentine, and next is the Golden Globe nominated Best Foreign Language film Biutiful, written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. Originally scheduled for limited release December 29, it’ll now bow on January 28, right after the Oscar nominations are announced. (EDIT: The limited release date remains the same, so if you’re in LA/NYC you can see the film this month. Everyone else gets the movie in January.) Bardem won best actor at Cannes this year and the film is the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Watch the trailer and read the official plot description after the jump. Read More »

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We’ve seen two trailers so far for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s festival hit Biutiful, which boasts a performance from Javier Bardem that has been hailed as one of the year’s best. Those clips were a sales reel and an international trailer. Now that Roadside Attractions has taken a moment to plan a release pattern for the film, we have a domestic trailer to complement the previous ads. Read More »

All Good Things

Two weeks ago there was word that the small company Roadside Attractions would be the outfit to distribute Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful in the US. Now there is confirmation that the company has bought rights to the film and will bring it to US theaters in December. How many theaters? Good question. Can we get back to you on that? But Javier Bardem won the Best Actor award for the film at Cannes, so there’s a reasonable chance that the film will score a little extra award season attention for Roadside Attractions. [Anne Thompson]

After the break, All Good Things, the dramatic feature by Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki, is picked up by Magnolia. Read More »

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Best Actor award went to Javier Bardem for his performance in Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Though Bardem also won considerable praise from the press for his work, Iñárritu’s movie as a whole wasn’t embraced quite so heartily. That might be part of the reason that a US distribution deal has taken some time to come together. But now Roadside Attractions seems to be stepping up to the plate. Read More »

Biutiful

Focus Features has released an international movie trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s (21 Grams, Babel) latest film Biutiful, which stars Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) as a man involved in a bunch of illegal dealings who learns that he might be dying of Cancer. He is a single father of two children, dealing with issues of mortality and legacy.  His former wife is a druggie who is not responsible enough to take care of herself, nevermind the children. How will his children live on when he must leave this world? And what does this mean for him? How does a man come to grips with the fact that his time is up. What does he do? How does one make things right.

I screened the film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and will tell you that Bardem’s performance is masterful, sure to be the subject of the end of the year award nominations, and worth the price of admission alone. Inarritu wrote the script himself, his first stand alone effort after much-publicized break-up with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and you can definitely tell.  Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cannes: Uncle Boonmee Wins Palme d’Or

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The 63rd Cannes Film Festival has come to a close. And while I still have a couple more reviews to file, I must first write about the awards. As you know, Tim Burton presided over the official Jury this year at the festival, and Sunday night the prize winners were revealed during the closing Ceremony. Full results after the jump.

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In the latest edition of TCxBD (Television Commercials by Big Directors), we have an awesome three minute long World Cup spot that two-time Academy Award-nominated writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu directed for Nike. Of course, Iñárritu’s filmography includes Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and the Cannes Film Festival premiere Biutiful.

The spot is titled “Write the Future,” and takes a Run Lola Run approach to the world cup of soccer. The advertisement features soccer legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant, a pingpong-playing Tennis star Roger Federer, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and even Homer Simpson.

It is definitely the most stylized thing I’ve ever seen from Iñárritu, but also features some of the intimate doc-style sometimes-claustrophobic cinematography we’re use to from the filmmaker.

Trust me, watch the spot after the jump.
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