Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

When this film premiered at Sundance this year, it was called Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, and we even saw a trailer under that title. For regular release, however, the title has been streamlined a bit, to the more conventional The Truth About Emanuel. Jessica Biel stars as a woman whose young neighbor neighbor thinks Biel looks a lot like her dead mother. That leads to a strange friendship, and to tension as long-buried secrets are revealed. Read More »

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Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

Jessica Biel has done more than her fair share of studio romcoms and actioners, but her most interesting role in recent memory could be in the Sundance indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.

Directed by Francesca Gregorini, the psychological thriller stars Kaya Scodelario as a troubled teen girl who begins babysitting for her new neighbor Linda (Biel). In time, Emanuel becomes ever more obsessed with Linda, in whom she sees a striking resemblance to her dead mother. That logline doesn’t sound terribly unique, I know, but the film has drawn some attention for its surprising twists and turns. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Three and a half decades after Brian De Palma first brought Stephen King to the big screen with Carrie, the horror author seems to be hotter than ever. It feels like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another King adaptation project, and this week is no exception.

The newest King-inspired picture in the works is Universal Pictures’ Mercy, a fantasy horror based on his short story “Gramma.” Paranormal powerhouse Jason Blum will produce through Blumhouse Pictures, along with McG and Mary Viola. Several of the key pieces are already in place: Peter Cornwell is set to direct from a script by Matt Greenberg, with Frances O’Connor (A.I.) attached to star. More details after the jump.

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Some months ago, before shooting his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton said that there just aren’t many movies being made lately that are really of interest to him. And indeed, the first trailer for his latest, which stars Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, and what looks like a draft-dodging Kevin Bacon, makes the film look like a pretty controlled, even old-fashioned family drama the likes of which we don’t often see.

That’s not a bad thing, at least as an absolute, though in this particular case the film doesn’t look like the liveliest thing around. But there are good performance moments in this trailer, which arrives thanks to a DVD release that hits there early next year. Thornton’s ’60s-set drama is rooted in the South and revolves around a family reunited for a funeral; see some of what he put together, below. Read More »

I’m gradually becoming more interested in Francesca Gregorini‘s new film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. The film was once set to star Gregorini’s Tanner Hall star Rooney Mara — that film was made a bit before Mara was a big name — and now features Kaya Scodelario as a girl who gets involved in a very strange family situation.

The film just added four cast members: Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor (A.I.), Jimmi Simpson (Zodiac), and Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad). They join Scodelario and Jessica Biel in the film about a woman who doesn’t realize (or doesn’t accept) that her baby is actually only a doll. Read More »

Our first word on The Hunter came late last year when we learned that Daniel Nettheim would direct Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and more in an adaptation of Julia Leigh‘s novel of the same name. Willem Dafoe plays a character who claims to be on the hunt for one thing, but is in reality working for a larger entity and seeks a more specific game: the last Tasmanian tiger.

Now there is a little bit of extra weight behind the project, as Julia Leigh has emerged as the director of the unusual Cannes entry Sleeping Beauty, featuring Emily Browning as a very specific sort of prostitute. Julia Leigh, as best I know, had nothing to do with this adaption of her novel, but the fact that this novel is from her pen certainly adds a layer of interest to The Hunter for me.

The Hunter has been announced as a Toronto Film Festival entry, and a teaser trailer is now available. Check it out below. Read More »

I didn’t know anything about the film Ice before today — it is an adaptation of James Follett‘s environmental apocalypse thriller. Think The Day After Tomorrow, without all the Roland Emmerich bombast. There’s a trailer for Ice after the break, during which you might ask, “well, actually, could we have a little more bombast?” Read More »

As I understand it, Julia Leigh‘s novel The Hunter is doing quite well in Australia. Ostensibly about a search for the last Tasmanian tiger, the thriller has a bit more going on than that. A film has gone into production this week under the direction of Daniel Nettheim, and it has a great cast, including Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. More details after the break. Read More »

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