Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.
I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »
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One of the great many films that seems like a strong 2011 festival prospect is George Clooney‘s The Ides of March, which adapts Beau Williams‘ play Farragut North. Now the film has been tabbed as the opening selection for the Venice Film Festival, and will therefore premiere on August 31.
That’ll probably be in time for the movie to still seem like it is particularly well-timed, as the play and movie are both inspired by events in Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential primary campaign, but augmented with the scandal of sexual impropriety. So as it turns out, the last weeks of Anthony Weiner’s political career could be this movie’s best advance marketing. And it can always be promoted on the strength of a stellar cast: Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood. Read More »
George Clooney is directing his fourth film, The Ides of March, right now. It’s a political satire based on Beau Williamson‘s play Farragut North, which in turn was based on Beau Williamson’s time working with the Howard Dean primary campaign in 2004. Clooney has a supporting role as a presidential candidate whose young, idealistic press secretary (Ryan Gosling) “succumbs to the evils and backhanded nature of the political machine.”
We’ve seen some set photos from the project, but this new image shows off some of the satirical bent of the film, as we see George Clooneys’ character front and center on a very Shepard Fairy-style poster that promises ‘more.’ Read More »
Summit Entertainment has released a second domestic trailer for Moon director Duncan Jones‘ second film Source Code, which premieres at SXSW on March 11. Check out the new trailer after the break. Read More »
George Clooney‘s The Ides of March, based on the play Farragut North, is gathering steam. It quickly found funding, then was picked up for US distribution by Sony well before a frame of film had even been shot. (Cameras roll, or record to hard disk – whatever – next year.) Now the film has two more cast members to complement George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Marisa Tomei: Max Minghella and Jeffrey Wright have both signed on. Read More »
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Summit Entertainment has released the first movie trailer for Source Code, the sophomore feature from Moon director Duncan Jones. The script had high praise in industry circles and has a clever premise, basically a mystery thriller set in a ten minute span of time Groundhog Day-style. Jake Gyllenhall plays a soldier who is part of an experimental program to ferret out the origin of a terrorist attack on a train. His psyche is projected into the body of a passenger on the train, and he relives the attack multiple times as he tries to trace it back to the point of origin.
Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are in the cast as well. The Source Code script has had some revisions done by Billy Ray but was originally written by Ben Ripley. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Thanks to the ongoing American Film Market, we’ve got a bit more info about Source Code, the sophomore feature from Moon director Duncan Jones. We should be seeing a trailer within the next couple months, but until then this long, and possibly spoilerish synopsis will have to do. Read More »
This is my favorite news so far today: Clint Mansell will provide the score for Source Code, the second film from director Duncan Jones. Mansell is the composer who has worked on all of Darren Aronofksy’s films, and whose score for Jones’ debut feature Moon was a tremendous contribution to that film’s atmosphere. Read More »
Liosngate has released a couple new production photos from Oliver Stone‘s George W. Bush biopic – W. The photo above shows George W. Bush (Josh Brolin, front) playing with his two dogs, Barney and Spot, on the White House lawn, as Karl Rove (Toby Jones) comes up with evil schemes on his blackberry (we can only assume).
The behind the scenes photo above shows Oliver Stone (standing, center) directing a scene in a facsimile of the White House situation room with (left to right, seated) Condoleezza Rice (Thandie Newton), Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn), George Tenet (Bruce McGill), George W. Bush (Josh Brolin, seated on table), Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright) and Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss). Click on the images to enlarge. W. hits theaters on October 17th 2008.