Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.

He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.

The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]

After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.

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Newly-minted Oscar-winner Colin Firth following up The King’s Speech with a genre vampire movie always seemed like a stretch. Now, it turns out it was. But King George’s loss is Ozymandias’s gain as Matthew Goode, best known for playing the rich, evil member of the Watchmen, is now in talks to star in Stoker, the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook. As we’d written in the past, he’d star along side “Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Goode would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.”

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller wrote the script, which was on the 2010 Black List. There’s more after the break. Read More »

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Sometimes a movie poster is an exciting thing to post because it suggests an incredible style, mood or atmosphere for a film. More often, it’s a fresh trailer that truly excites, providing a powerful glimpse of the excitement, intrigue, intensity, hilarity or beauty that we what we hope will infuse the full film.

And other times its a series of posed publicity photos. And, yes, I know that pictures such as these tell us absolutely nothing real about the actual film at all – well, besides who is in it – but when the movie being anticipated is a Chan Wook Park film, as is the case with these snaps promoting his vampire drama Thirst that appeared in Star News, then I think every piece of promotion is enough to raise pulse rates by a few bpm.

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The good folks at Affenheim Theater have been digging in the code of the official website for Chan Wook Park‘s Thirst and, despite it not yet being officially released, uncovered the film’s full trailer. Good work, fellas, I’ll be sending over a brass Deerstalker and rosette designed to look like a magnifying glass. This full trailer follows the teaser Peter embedded a few weeks back (as well as a censored Korean version of that teaser).

On the down side, this full trailer doesn’t feature any English subtitles. On the up side, it’s plenty wonderful enough anyway. See it after the break.

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Steven Spielberg’s Oldboy is NOT a Remake

Two weeks ago it was reported that Steven Spielberg was developing a remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Oldboy, with Will Smith attached to star. Apparently that isn’t exactly 100% true. Our friends at Film School Rejects got a chance to speak with Smith, who clarified that the movie would not be a remake of Park’s 2003 film.

“We’re looking at that right now. Not the film though, it’s the original source material,” Smith told FSR. “There’s the original comics of ‘Oldboy’ that they made the first film from. And that’s what we’re working from, not an adaptation of the film…”

That’s right, Spielberg’s film will be based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Read the official book synopsis below:

“Ten years ago, they took him. He doesn’t know who. For ten years he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn’t know why. For ten years his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jailers. In time, he lost himself. He changed . . . transformed himself into something else . . . something hard . . . something lethal. Suddenly one day, his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what’s left of his life . . . and what’s left is revenge.”

The Onion AV Club says that “the manga’s story isn’t nearly as propulsive and grim as the film version, but as soon as their plotlines begin to deviate, the manga becomes just as compelling.” So while the short plot synopsis sounds similar, it appears that the film adaptation did deviate from Minegishi and Tsuchiya’s original manga. But does that make this “adaptation” any more tolerable to fans of the 2003 South Korean film?

For those that might be interested, Amazon has each of the three volumes available for around 10 or 11 bucks each.

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith to Remake Oldboy?!

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in talks to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-Park‘s Oldboy. Spielberg has been looking for an opportunity to work with Smith for a few years now, and this just might be the project. DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights, and Spielberg is on the search for a screenwriter to develop the project. The project was originally set up with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin.

In the 2003 South Korean film, a man named Dae-Su is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing why or who is holding him captive. He is suddenly released, given money, clothes and a cellphone and is sent on journey for revenge. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and was highly praised by Jury President Quentin Tarantino. Roger Ebert called Oldboy a “powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare” … “We are so accustomed to ‘thrillers’ that exist only as machines for creating diversion that it’s a shock to find a movie in which the action, however violent, makes a statement and has a purpose.” It definitely has one of the best side-scrolling action scenes I’ve ever seen (included below).

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Praised for it’s intense visuals and twisted story, Oldboy was met with positive reviews in the States, and is currently getting an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 8.3 user rating on IMDB, for a #117 placement on the top 250 films of all time. The film is also the subject to some controversy for having a strong similarities to Zinda, a Bollywood film directed by Sanjay Gupta.

While Will Smith is not in the list of actors I would like to see star in American-language remake, I can see why Spielberg might want him for this film. I feel that the originally film is as good as it is because of the intense cinematography, and Speilberg also wouldn’t be on my list of American directors to helm such a remake. Maybe Aronofsky, Fincher or Chris Nolan. But for the record, neither would Justin Lin (that guy has done nothing but disappoint me, since he made a name for himself with Better Luck Tomorrow). That said, this is a much more interesting project than The Trial of the Chicago 7.

And before everyone starts leaving angry comments about how this film shouldn’t be produced… know this:

Hollywood is going to remake Oldboy NO MATTER WHAT.

The question is would you rather someone like Justin Line of Tokyo Drift fame helm the adaptation with someone of the likes of Vin Diesel attached to star, or the biggest director in American cinema history and Will Smith attached to star? I have included the trailer for the film below.

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Discuss: Do you want to see Steven Spielberg’s remake of Oldboy starring Will Smith?

source: Variety

Scarlett Johansson to Direct New York, I Love You aka New York, je t'aime

The severe void of female directors in Hollywood needs to cease, so maybe actresses with the urge like Drew Barrymore and now Scarlett Johansson can be a catalyst. Johansson, a New Yorker, is attached to direct one of the twelve short films that will make up New York, I Love You, a bookend to the recent swooning hit Paris, je t’aime. Like dirty pigeons flocking together to form a feathery heart, the shorts will take a look at “the universal theme of encountering love within the five boroughs of New York City.” And if you haven’t yet confessed your love to a semi-stranger in one of the city’s many dark rooms while under the influence, you’ve got a fun homework assignment for Monday.

While Woody Allen won’t direct a segment, he’s Woody Allen and can help where he wants. I was surprised to see that some of New York’s finest like Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Jim Jarmusch won’t be contributing, nor will wildman Abel Ferrara. But it makes sense that a guy nicknamed The Rat will direct aka Brett Ratner. And Zach Braff is there to lend some [chortle] indie cred. Williamsburg calls, Zach. And where’s that mumblecore dude? Interesting choices include the Hughes Brothers, Old Boy‘s Chan-wook Park and The English Patient‘s Anthony Minghella.

In other news, Page Six reports that Johansson’s still up for the part of Courtney Love in the Kurt Cobain biopic Heavier Than Heaven. I forgot my sunglasses today, so I’m not in the mood to discuss that.

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