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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When Park City, Utah woke up Saturday morning, no one was talking about Like Crazy. By the time the day ended, it was all anyone was talking about. From Drake Doremus, the director of Douchebag, Like Crazy tells the story of a long distance relationship between an American furniture designer named Jacob (Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin) and a British writer named Anna (Cemetery Junction‘s Felicity Jones in a long deserved star making performance). We see how they meet, some courting, the one seemingly minor decision that screws up everything and the long, painful, but often joyful, aftermath. The film subtly gives its audience so much to digest emotionally, that you’ll be thinking about it long after you leave the theater.
Paramount picked the film up for $4 million on Sunday so you’ll get to see it soon. But, before that, read our review. Read More »
The effort to get a new Snow White film into production could be on the verge of becoming a breakneck race between Relativity Media and Universal Pictures. Universal has Snow White and the Huntsman in development, to be directed by Rupert Sanders, while Relativity has The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem.
The films will likely end up being very different despite the common source. (And assuming one doesn’t put the other out of business, as each outfit hopes.) Expect character-based action, Pirates of the Caribbean style, out of Snow White and the Huntsman, while the Brothers Grimm picture could be a bit darker and more unusual.
But both films have two things in common: they need a Snow White, and an Evil Queen. Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are rumored to be the key players for the evil queen in the two films, with Charlize Theron being a more reliable bet right now, and Universal may go with a relative unknown for its Snow White. Read More »
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Holy AfterEffects! Word out of festivals in the past month wasn’t terribly positive with respect to Julie Taymor’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And now that the first trailer is here it is easy to make a guess or to as to why. The cast is phenomenal: Helen Mirren leads as Prospera, with Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones and Tom Conti. But the footage looks…well, see for yourself. Read More »