Tanya Wexler‘s Hysteria boasts the kind of premise that’s bound to make viewers sit up and take note: In Victorian-era England, the handsome young Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) invents the vibrator to help him treat his “hysterical” female patients by inducing paroxysms. (Or as we call it today, masturbating them to orgasm.) That it’s based on a true story, or a true-ish one anyway, makes it even more intriguing. So it’s a little disappointing that Hysteria is actually much tamer than that description would suggest, but it’s got so much charm I found myself enjoying the hell out of it anyway.

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As usual, this summer season looks to be stuffed with massively hyped, massively budgeted blockbusters, from May’s The Avengers to August’s The Expendables 2. Whenever you tire of glossy, expensive explosions in IMAX 3D, however — and at some point you will — there are plenty of other smaller movies on the calendar that could be worth a look.

After the jump, we have trailers for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy‘s Victorian-era sex comedy (yes, really) Hysteria, Noel Clarke’s sci-fi thriller Storage 24, and the latest installment of Fox’s kid-friendly Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, Dog Days. Watch after the jump.

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While most people are just now discovering the wonder that is Felicity Jones, I was lucky enough to be on the bandwagon a few months early. As a huge Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant fan, I went out of my way to see their tiny period comedy, and feature directorial debut, Cemetery Junction. The film is a delight and part of the reason is the female lead played by a beautiful, talented actress I’d never seen before named Felicity Jones. Fast forward a few months later, Sundance 2011, and she’s the talk of the town for her performance in Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy, which is now slowly rolling into a theater near you.

Jones has now booked her next big thing and “big” is a bit of an understatement. She’ll play the female lead and sorted love interest in Warren Beatty‘s return to acting and directing, an untitled Howard Hughes love story. Read more about the film, role and actress after the jump. Read More »

This is quite possibly the most absurd thing I’ve seen today, but also fairly cute and just a bit charming. The trailer for Hysteria shows the work of Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a period sex comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Or, to borrow a line from the trailer, “we are NOT going to take a dangerous electrical device and press it against a lady’s most gentle areas.” Actually, yes. You are. Many, many times. See the trailer, erm, below. Read More »

Here’s a massive post-weekend catchup casting roundup, with a headlining turn from Jean-Claude van Damme. How can you resist the Muscles From Brussels? Answer: you can’t. Just give in to his suave, over-confident appeal. After the break you’ll find details about:

  • JCVD taking part in a sci-fi film called UFO,
  • Danny Glover joining the cast of a different sci-fi thriller, Mentryville,
  • Sullivan Stapleton becoming the latest member of the Gangster Squad,
  • Nico Tortorella from Scream 4 joining Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in an indie,
  • and What to Expect When You’re Expecting adds more.

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Writer/director Drake Doremus knows that the sound on Monday’s trailer premiere of his award-winning Sundance romance Like Crazy was bad and he takes full responsibility. You see, he was in New York working on his next movie starring Guy Pierce, Amy Ryan and Like Crazy co-star Felicity Jones and was forced to mix the sound over the phone and e-mail. But that’s been fixed now. So take another look at Like Crazy, a realistic, heartbreaking romance about long distance love between college students played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction). The film premiered at Sundance, won multiple awards including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize, was immediately purchased and is finally scheduled for release on October 28.

Doremus, who previously directed Spooner and Douchebag, spoke to /Film on the phone from New York to talk about the trailer premiere, what it’s like having a hit film at Sundance then having that film disappear for almost a year. He discussed cuts he made in the meantime and his next movie, which he describes as the “darker cousin” of Like Crazy. Plus, he explains what you should get out of the trailer and talks about balloons and Sliver. Yeah, you’ll want to be reading this interview. Read More »

Like Crazy, a beautiful, heartbreaking story of long distance love came out of Sundance like a bullet, with incredible buzz, a Grand Jury Prize, a distributor and more. But as is the case with an obvious awards contender like this, it laid dormant for a few months, waiting for the right time to reemerge and take Hollywood to task for so many soulless, summer blockbusters.

Paramount Vantage has now released the first trailer for Drake Doremus‘ film which stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones (who herself won a Best Acting award at Sundance) as college lovers who face the inevitably of graduation and a literal ocean apart. It’s scheduled for release on October 28 but check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Read More »

‘Like Crazy’ Release Date Set

One of the hottest titles coming out of Sundance this year was Drake Doremus‘s romantic drama Like Crazy starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) and Felicity Jones (the criminally underrated Cemetery Junction, The Tempest). The film won the festival’s most prestigious award, the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize (the last two winners of which both got Best Picture nominations) and was picked up by Paramount for $4 million. Now, they’ve set a limited release date for the lovely and heartbreaking tale of long distance love: October 28, right in prime awards contention. Read our review here.

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