Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Before Danny Boyle jumps into Jobs, he’s taking a detour into television with Babylon. The British dramedy centers around the London police department, which is suffering from some serous public image issues. So Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) brings in some outside help in the form of Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), an American PR expert. She quickly discovers she has her work cut out for her, between a disgruntled, distrustful police force and a scandal-hungry media.
Babylon was written by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and also stars Jill Halfpenny, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, and Adam Deacon. Watch the first Babylon trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve seen plenty of movies about Abraham Lincoln — including, most recently, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — but none quite like this. The Better Angels takes place long before all of the stuff Lincoln got famous for, focusing instead on his childhood in the Indiana wilderness.
Jason Clarke and Brit Marling play the parents of the future U.S. president (played as a kid by Braydon Denney), and Diane Kruger another maternal figure. It looks a bit like Tree of Life if it were shot in black and white, and Hunter McCracken grew up to be Abraham Lincoln instead of Sean Penn. No surprise, then, that director A.J. Edwards is a Terrence Malick protégé and Malick himself produced the film.
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The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit Marling, Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
True Detective Season 2 already has a great male cast in place, with Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn all signed on for major roles. But it’s had a tougher time trying to pin down the female lead.
Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams have both been named as possibilities in recent weeks, but neither’s clinched the role quite yet. Now seven more actresses are entering the mix, including Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel. Hit the jump for the latest on the True Detective Season 2 female lead casting.
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The first trailer for the Sundance sci-fi hit I Origins is now online. Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), it stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists studying the evolution of the human eye. They make a discovery that raises some serious questions involving God, the afterlife, science and more.
After its Sundance premiere, Peter said it was “a haunting film that explores the idea of a supreme maker, the afterlife and the concept of souls through the eye of a science-grounded sceptic, delivers more successfully on that mind-bending premise.” Fox Searchlight bought the rights and will release the film July 18. Below, check out the first I Origins trailer. Read More »
Produced by Terrence Malick, The Better Angels tells a slightly different “young Mr. Lincoln” story than the one we’re used to. The film, written and directed by A.J. Edwards (who worked for Malick on films such as The Tree of Life and To the Wonder) has a very obvious visual influence from the film’s producer, and a strong cast that includes Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley and Braydon Denney.
Does it all come together? Reviews out of Sundance were mixed, with some praising the aesthetic and mood, and others opining that the film never measures up to its aspirations. A teaser trailer will give you some idea of what’s in store; check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Danny Boyle has a new project out this year, but it won’t be found in theaters. Instead, it’ll be premiering later this year on television.
Babylon stars Brit Marling as Liz Garvey, a PR manager hired by Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) to give the London police department an image makeover. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as she’s dealing with outspoken, taser-happy cops, a bloodthirsty media, and a staff none too thrilled to take orders from an American with little law enforcement experience.
But as tough as those challenges are for her, they should be great fun for us watching at home. Between Boyle’s direction and a biting script by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon promises to be sharp, energetic, and very funny. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Mike Cahill‘s I Origins might be the best science vs faith movie I’ve seen since Robert Zemeckis’s Contact. That is a very huge compliment coming from me, as Contact is one of my favorite films.
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