Charlie Kaufman writes screenplays that are tricky and intricate, and they attract great actors who like to work with material that is both fun and challenging. Kaufman is planning to direct his second film, Frank or Francis, which he also wrote, and the movie has already lined up Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline to play of roles that are characteristically Kaufman, which is to say: earnest and familiar but also exaggerated to a point of almost insane eccentricity.

Now the film has added Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener, both of whom have received Oscar nominations for performing in films written by Kaufman. (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, respectively.) Read More »

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When I first saw the Apple listing for a trailer for Trust, I got excited that Hal Hartley’s deadpan 1990 family drama might be getting a rerelease. (It isn’t on DVD, but is streaming on Netflix.)

Instead, this is a trailer for David Schwimmer‘s second directorial effort, in which a 14-year old girl (Liana Liberato) develops an online relationship with a boy who (shocker) turns out to be not quite what he pretended to be online. The film premiered at TIFF last year, and there was an early trailer cut at the opening of the fall. Now check out this more final trailer, after the break. Read More »

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 »

James Franco is one busy guy. 127 Hours is in theaters, he’s shot parts in films like Your Highness, he’s prepping to go back to do another stint on General Hospital, he’s been optioning several books as possible film projects, and now he’s shooting another movie, called Maladies. The latter co-stars Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener and is directed by the artist Carter, who made the short film Erased James Franco.

More details on Maladies, plus news of James Franco’s possible Sal Mineo biopic, after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: David Schwimmer’s Trust

An early promo trailer for David Schwimmer’s Trust has turned up online today (found via playlist). The movie is set to play at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 9th – 19th 2010. Here is the official plot description from the TIFF press release:

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) used to sleep well at night. When their 14-year-old daughter, Annie, made a new friend on-line – a 16-year-old boy named Charlie – Will and Lynn didn?t think much of it. But when Annie and Charlie make a plan to meet what happens in the next twenty-four hours changes the entire family forever. Charlie is really a 40-year-old serial pedophile (Tom McCarthy) and, once Annie?s rape comes to light, it becomes a touchstone event that reverberates through the entire family.

Yes, the “Friends” guy directed a revenge-thriller ala Taken, and it doesn’t look bad. Watch the first trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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International Movie Trailer: Cyrus

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One of the films I really loved at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Duplass Brothers Cyrus, a comedy about “a recently divorced depressed guy who meets the woman of his dreams, who he learns lives with her 21 year old son.” The film stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. You can watch our Park City Video Blog Review of the film by clicking here. The movie is finally set to hit theaters this Summer, opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 18th and will expand to additional cities across the country and Canada in the weeks following. Click here to see a full list of cities and dates.

In January, Searchlight released a trailer for the movie (which you can see here). They have now released an international trailer for the film, which forgoes the voiceover heard in the original and features a few unseen segments. Watch it now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cyrus

One of the films I really loved at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Duplass Brothers Cyrus, a comedy about “a recently divorced depressed guy who meets the woman of his dreams, who he learns lives with her 21 year old son.” The film stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. You can watch our Park City Video Blog Review of the film by clicking here. The movie is finally set to hit theaters this Summer, opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 18th and will expand to additional cities across the country and Canada in the weeks following.

Fox Searchlight has released a tentative release schedule so that you can find out when the movie is opening in your neck of the woods, and we really want to support this movie. Hit the jump to find out when you can see Cyrus!

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Joel McHale is in final talks to join the cast of What’s Your Number?, the Anna Faris comedy based on Karyn Bosnak‘s book Twenty Times a Lady. The film has been gearing up for quite a while under director Mark Mylod, and already has Chris Evans, Matt Bomer and Ari Graynor in the cast, with possible cameos from actors like Zachary Quinto and Andy Samberg.

The film is about a woman (Faris) who ” treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.” McHale plays her boss, with whom she has an encounter that sets the story in motion. [THR]

After the break, another indie for the great Catherine Keener, and a Frank Darabont regular joins The Walking Dead. Read More »

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