To kick off 2011, HBO is premiering two huge star-studded events. On February 12, they have The Sunset Limited starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones about two men brought together by extraordinary circumstances who debate the ins and outs of life. It’s based on a play by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men). Then on March 27, director Todd Haynes tackles the Depression era story Mildred Pierce with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, Guy Pierce, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis and Evan Rachel Wood. It chronicles a single-mother’s attempts to win back her daughter’s love and is based on a 1941 novel by James M. Cain.

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As we’ve talked about The Ides of March, which George Clooney will soon direct based on the play Farragut North by Beau Williamson, the lingering question has been: who will distribute? Now the film has a studio backer, as Sony has bought North American distribution rights to the film. Read More »

There’s a whole bunch of news for George Clooney‘s fourth film as director. The Ides of March is a much more imposing title for the film formerly called Farragut North, which is based on a play with the same title. Along with the title change is news of new funding for the movie, as well as a confirmation of one actor’s appearance and word that George Clooney will be in the film as well. Read More »


Ryan Gosling is back in a big way. He got great notes for his work in Blue Valentine; he’s shooting Drive right now, under the direction of Nicolas Winding Refn; and he’s got a Steve Carell comedy to shoot soon and the Andrew Jarecki film All Good Things finally about to release.

And now George Clooney reportedly wants him for the lead role in Farragut North, which Mr. Clooney plans to direct. Read More »


We’d heard a few years ago that George Clooney wanted to direct a screen version of the play Farragut North, and there’s a new report that suggests he’s going to do it at last. And possibly with a hell of a cast: Chris Pine, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti may all sign up for a February shoot. Read More »

Last week we posted a trailer for Gucci’s new television commercial/short film directed by comic artist/creator turned director Frank Miller (Sin City, The Spirit), starring Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans, and featuring the music of Friendly Fires. The television spot has now premiered online and can be watched after the jump.

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Gucci has released a trailer for their new television commercial/short film directed by comic artist/creator turned director Frank Miller (Sin City, The Spirit), starring Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans, and featuring the music of Friendly Fires. The ad to promote Gucci Guilty — the new fragrance for her, will premiere during the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12th.

“A white sports car screeches across a dystopian cityscape – a beautiful blonde at the wheel. Her blazing tires screech to a halt, and she steps out to survey her hunting ground. Savoring the night air she remembers: a night, a man, her choice… a perfume.”

Visually, it looks like a mash-up of Sin City meets The Wachowski’s Speed Racer. Apparently the film will premiere online a but earlier, on August 24th 2010. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

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A bunch of new casting bits hit over the weekend, and can be found after the jump including an update on who Cameron Crowe is in talks with a new star to play Marvin Gaye, Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood sign on for “a sexploitation-serial-killer-slasher-road-movie circa 1989″, Dustin Hoffman to star in a new adaptation of an Irwin Shaw novel and much more.

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I can’t stop chuckling about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. That’s the Broadway musical version of the character that has gone way over budget ($50m+) and features music from Bono and The Edge. Granted, I have a great love for the show’s director, Julie Taymor, and perhaps she can pull this one out of the fire, but the whole enterprise seems like a fatally flawed attempt to shoehorn a character into the wrong environment.

Now, just as the musical is set to begin a preview period that has been delayed multiple times, it has lost a lead actress. Evan Rachel Wood is gone, leaving Turn Off the Dark in need of a new Mary Jane. Read More »