Elle Fanning How to Talk to Girls at Parties

While we wait to see what becomes of those long-gestating Sandman and American Gods adaptations, another Neil Gaiman tale is taking a step toward the big screen. Elle Fanning has signed on to lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a 2006 short story by Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell is directing. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a remarkable piece of work. The brainchild of writer/actor/director John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the play and film it spawned are a whirlwind of romance, longing and sexual politics all presented as a glam rock musical. I never caught the stage version, and put off seeing the film for some time, but when I finally caught the film I realized I had been very dumb for sleeping on it. The story is unique and wonderful as it gives a perspective on gender identity and keeps the characters feeling very familiar and relateable.

There have been questions about a Hedwig sequel over the years, but Mitchell never seemed much inclined to go back to the character that launched his career. (And, in fact, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a pretty self-contained story.)

But now there’s word that Mitchell is writing a sequel. Presumably this will begin life as a stage production, but if it does well, we might hope for a film version as well. Read More »

Two good-looking posters recently hit for a couple of the fall’s more promising arthouse pictures. Both The Way Back and Rabbit Hole have some great early reviews out of festivals and screenings. Now each has a poster to call its own, and you can see both after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Rabbit Hole’

Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole is a drama directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents dealing with the death of their child. It premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival where Lionsgate picked it up to release for Oscar consideration. Well, they aren’t wasting any time. The film will be released December 17 and the trailer just came online. Read More »

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It’s been a big Toronto Film Festival for Harvey Weinstein, as The Weinstein Company picked up films like Dirty Girl, Sarah’s Key and the surprise hit of the fest, Submarine. But there’s another Harvey-related buy that might not make him as happy: IFC has picked up Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the industry titan.

The Barry Avrich-directed and produced film is said by IFC to be “a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film.” Avrich previously claimed the film would be balanced, rather than a hatchet job.

The film isn’t yet finished, and a release date hasn’t been reported.[Deadline]

After the break, sales deals for John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, the Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, and pre-sales for Almodovar’s next and Dredd. Read More »

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