This is my favorite news so far today: Clint Mansell will provide the score for Source Code, the second film from director Duncan Jones. Mansell is the composer who has worked on all of Darren Aronofksy’s films, and whose score for Jones’ debut feature Moon was a tremendous contribution to that film’s atmosphere. Read More »
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Kevin Tong’s “redrawn” poster for Duncan Jones‘ Moon will go on sale today (9/9/10) at a random time after 12 pm PST on Kevin Tong’s online store. The poster is screen printed with three colors, one of which is a metallic blue, on 24 x 36 inch white 100 lb cover stock paper. They are all signed and numbered and the edition is 100. The price is $45 each. Shipping costs on this specific poster will be $10 domestic, $15 international. Hit the jump to see more images of the poster.
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The first image from Source Code, the new film from Moon director Duncan Jones, has appeared online. It’s not a staggeringly exciting photo, but it does show Jake Gyllenhaal in character and dual-wielding a gun and cell phone. What’s really going on there? No idea. We know the actor plays a soldier who is brought into a government program designed to investigate terrorism; Gyllenhaal’s consciousness is placed into the body of a civilian who experienced a terrorist bombing, and he must live through repetitions of the event to find out who was responsible.
The image is scanned from the latest issue of Empire (scan via Film Source Code) which also reveals that a March 11, 2011 release date has been set for the film, at least in the UK. Jones recently said that his edit was complete and the visual effects were underway and a composer being chosen. He estimated a release early next year, so this March 11 date fits right in with what we expected.
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Duncan Jones became a name to watch thanks to his excellent directorial debut Moon. He’s been shooting his follow-up film, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the film is now in the editing room. Now we’ve got an update on that film’s progress, as well as some thoughts about the success of Moon and the new movie version of Judge Dredd, which Jones decided not to direct. Read More »
Back in November, we reported that Jake Gyllenhaal will star in Duncan Jones’ post-Moon feature, Source Code. Now THR’s Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Vera Farmiga is in negotiations and Michelle Monaghan is set to to star in the film as well. THR describes the film as one which “centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who, as part of an experimental government program to investigate a terrorist incident, finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find out who is responsible for it.” Brendon kindly provided additional plot details in his previous post.
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In the past couple months there has been a groundswell of support for Moon, Duncan Jones‘ great debut film, as an Oscar contender. Sam Rockwell’s bravura performance is the aspect frequently cited. But a real Oscar campaign has to go directly to voters, many of whom haven’t seen the full field of possible films. Hence, the Oscar screener. Yet the likelihood of Sony Classics putting a full Oscar push behind a niche film, no matter how good, always seemed low.
Over Christmas week a small storm of questions erupted when Duncan Jones asked via Twitter why Sony hadn’t been sending out screeners of his film. THR picked up the story, and it echoed around the movie corners of the internet. Pixar director Lee Unkrich was among the many who expressed disappointment with the lack of any award strategy. Now Sony says that it’s not a lack of love for the film or a budget issue, but fears of piracy that prevented screeners from going out. Read More »
I usually loathe Top lists.
As the adage says, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I have been starting to get highway hypnosis with the sameness of a lot of these Best Of lists for films in 2009, so I was emboldened when asked to come up with a Top 10 Trailers list for 2009 as I haven’t seen a lot of people devoting time to stacking which of them they thought performed their duty exceptionally well.
When I cobbled this list together I essentially, and unscientifically, used some of the same criteria that I use every week for my This Week In Trailers column. I wanted to include a wide swath of various genres (foreign, kids, drama, comedy, action) to show representative samples of what can be done within those arenas; thus, a few solid trailers just couldn’t make the cut.
Because these trailers are usually entry points for the films listed below, some of the challenge of this exercise is trying to “unexperience” watching the eventual film and judge these things based on why they moved me to begin with. It was tough separating what I know now versus what I knew then but, as you will see as my #3 choice, they don’t always have to result in great films. Trailers are always trying to separate you with your money or trying to make the best case why they deserve to be experienced so I hope you enjoy the ones I selected below and leave a comment or two for any trailers you think deserve a special mention.
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We last reported on the grassroots campaign to earn Sam Rockwell an Oscar nomination for his… er… role in Moon back in October. “Sony Pictures Classics isn’t likely to put money into an awards campaign” said Peter at the time.
Today, Duncan Jones has been all of a Twitter about the matter and it seems there’s one big problem in particular with Sony’s plans for the picture. Unfortunately, it seems that Sony won’t send out screener copies as, according to a Tweet by Jones, “they say it costs too much for our little film as they would need to be water-marked copies as our DVD isn’t out yet in the US.”
A ludicrous argument, really, as the UK BD is region free and in plentiful supply, besides, they wouldn’t benefit from making watermarked copies where there’s already perfectly good non-watermarked copies out there to be pirated. Copyright thieves know no borders and will rob Jones, Sony and everybody else associated with the film from any source. It’s not like they’re waiting for an R1 NTSC copy.
So, what is Duncan Jones planning to do himself?
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