Michael Winterbottom sure does love author Thomas Hardy. He has made two adaptations of the author’s work — Jude and The Claim, neither sadly among the director’s best work — and now is at it again. He’s doing a version of Tess of the d’Urbervilles with the action transplanted to Rajasthan and Mumbai, and has cast Freida Pinto in the lead role. The film, which could end up being quite the dispiriting examination of rigid social and sexual rules, if it faithfully follows the novel, is called Trishna. Read More »
Good news for fans of director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Game of Thrones), as his new film Win Win will open on March 18 instead of March 25. The film stars Paul Giamatti as “Mike Flaherty, a senior-care attorney and high-school wrestling coach in small-town New Jersey, he compromises his ethics to better support his family — with consequences, of course.” Amy Ryan, Burt Young (Rocky) and newcomer Alex Shaffer also appear. [USA Today]
After the break, a new date for Lone Scherfig’s One Day, as well as the release date and some recap info on Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Read More »
It’s difficult to say whether Black Gold, which seeks to tell a tale of rival Arabic rulers during the Arab oil boom of the 1930s, will be any good. But the film, which will be directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet) has an interesting cast: Antonio Banderas toplines, with Mark Strong, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) all lined up to appear. Read More »
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Just Jared (via: BleedingCool) has the first set photo of James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis in The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt‘s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The photo is interesting because you can see Serkis in his performance capture suit, complete with head camera (which captures facial movements).
As you probably recall, the Apes in the movie are being created using CGI by the wonderful tram at WETA Digital, rather than the costumed actors we’ve seen in past installments of the franchise. WETA will employ “certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR” and “will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.”
Check out the full image after the jump.
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There’s a new trailer for Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, to complement the international one released not too long ago. This version is shorter and focused a bit more on throwing out bon mots and a few bits of character. There’s more plot in the international version, but this one still gets the important stuff across. (Important stuff being details like “Freida Pinto sure is pretty.”) Read More »
Miral, the new film from Julian Schnabel, was picked up recently by The Weinstein Company, who will release the picture in December. That’s far enough out that there isn’t a domestic trailer yet available. But a French trailer has arrived, and you can get a very good idea of the film by checking it out. Read More »
This September, Woody Allen‘s latest film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. The comedy already played the Cannes Film Fest, where it didn’t quite electrify critics. (Peter didn’t love it.) We don’t yet have a domestic trailer from SPC, but for now there’s a Spanish trailer that suggests the reasons for the Cannes critical ‘meh.’ Read More »
The history of Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel to be directed by The Escapist‘s Rupert Wyatt, goes back a few years. It was set in motion at Fox by Scott Frank, who developed a script called Caesar, which was intended as “a hard science fiction film about humans that use science to create hyper-intelligent chimpanzees.” Obviously, the primary super-chimp created in the story is Caesar, and that creature sets in motion events that eventually lead to Planet of the Apes.
A few things have changed, with a new script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, but Caesar is still in the story with a primary role. And now he’ll be played by an actor with great simian experience: Andy Serkis. Read More »
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Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Don Cheadle (Iron Man) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have been offered roles in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. If they sign on, they would join James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) who is set to play the lead, “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” No word on what parts Cheadle and Pinto would play.
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It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.
But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..
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