Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender will be joining fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Domhnall Gleeson in Brendan Gleeson‘s directorial debut, a big-screen adaptation of Flann O’Brien‘s classic novel At Swim-Two-Birds. The project has been a long time in the works — Gleeson initially acquired the book rights seven years ago — but it seems to finally be picking up steam thanks to some new financers. Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.
First published in 1939, At Swim-Two-Birds is considered one of the greatest examples of metafiction ever written. The plot revolves around a university student and writer whose characters rebel and eventually conspire to kill him. Although I’ve never read the novel, that all-star cast seems like reason enough to get excited for the film. [ThePlaylist]
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I’ve always been a fan of the closed-room thriller — muster up some courage, and stick a couple/few actors in a room and watch what happens. That’s essentially the structure of Retreat, which first-timer Carl Tibbetts directed from his own script. The film stars Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton as a couple who are taking a little time away from the world on a remote island. But when Jamie Bell, an unexpected addition to their getaway, arrives with an apocalyptic tale of disaster in the world at large, things get bad.
Sony picked up US rights not long ago — there is no release date yet — and now there is a Cannes sales trailer kicking around. Check it out below. Read More »
Multiple choice question: is this photo of Robert De Niro as he does black and white Twin Peaks cosplay, or a still from his new film Red Lights? Sadly (for those who want to see him dress up as the Little Man From Another Place) it is the latter. The film is from Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) and also stars Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen, who made huge waves in Sundance for her roles in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
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One of the films getting the best notes so far at Sundance 2011 is the drama/thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. It’s the breakout feature for actress Elizabeth Olsen (yes, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) who has now been cast in her next picture. She’ll appear opposite Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. Read More »
Yep, you read that right. For the last few weeks there has been a persistent rumor going around that the Tron Legacy DVD and Blu-ray release would feature a teaser for Tron 3. We haven’t run much because we couldn’t confirm it 100%, but someone else got some pretty detailed information that suggests the rumor was true. The info, which is obviously spoilerish if you don’t want to know anything at all, is after the break. Read More »
No matter what your thoughts are on TRON: Legacy, the fact of the matter is, it didn’t bomb. It surely wasn’t the runaway smash hit that Disney was hoping for, especially with its IMAX box office playing such an important role, but according to Box Office Mojo, the film will pull in $150 million domestically by the time you read this and has made just under that internationally. That’s roughly $300 million against a reported budget of $170 million and would put Disney, hypothetically, in the black way before the inevitable DVDs and Blu-rays hit the shelves later this year.
So, does that mean we’ll get to see a Tron Three? According to one source, yes. Read who and what they’re saying after the jump. Read More »
One of the many riches coming out of the American Film Market today is the promo art for Red Lights, the next film from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. The art isn’t particularly great, but it has useful info: Cillian Murphy is in the film alongside Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro. More important, he might have a significant role, based on the placement of his name on the poster. Read More »
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The cast for The Retreat, a thriller about a a husband and wife who have a strange encounter with a soldier while taking an island retreat, has been shifting around in the last year. Thandie Newton has been the constant, and Cillian Murphy is currently playing the other half of the married couple. Now Jamie Bell has been tapped as the third key cast member. Details on who’s who and what’s what are after the break. Read More »