I didn’t have much doubt that a distributor would quickly move on Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist. (Refer back to our previous articles detailing the film, which has origins in an unproduced screenplay by the great Jacques Tati and features a character very much designed after Tati.) In fact, I didn’t have much doubt that it would be anyone other than Sony Pictures Classics, which also released Chomet’s film The Triplets of Belleville. Hopefully SPC can find an audience for this picture; it looks simply beautiful. Check some previously posted footage below. [Variety]
After the break, a distro deal and some new casting for the promising film The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei. Read More »
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Here are two quick casting notes that, in a busier week, might normally just make Page 2. But hell, any excuse to post a photo of Christina Hendricks is a good one, so I’m going to run with this. Also, news on Brad Anderson‘s (Session 9, The Machinist) new project, which just got Hayden Christensen in the lead.
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Spike Lee’s big screen adaptation of James McBride’s Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four black American soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped in a small Tuscan village on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The film deals with the Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre, but is structured with a Titanic/Saving Private Ryan flashback plot device involving a priceless Italian artifact, which is discovered in a murderer’s closet. The sculpted head from Ponte Santa Trinita, valued at $5 million, is a clue to a mystery that began 39 years earlier, when the soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.
Miracle at St. Anna stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo, and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Judging from the trailer, Spike Lee might be heading for an Oscar nomination with this one. Tell me what you think in the comments below.
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You can watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna will hit theaters on September 26th 2008.
Cinemaencena.com has 80 new photos from M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening, most of which are pretty uninteresting. I’ve included seven of the behind the scenes production photos after the jump.
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I know, everyone loves to unload the hate on M. Night Shyamalan. I agree, his recent batch of releases have been subpar, but we must keep reminding ourselves that this guy made two or three really solid movies. I believe he has more in him, he just needs a good producer to help edit his visions down. He needs people on the staff willing to tell him how stupid he will look on screen as the writer who is supposed to be the savior of the world. I think Fox is giving him one last chance, and Night actually feels he has something to prove (which is much better than the “F–k them, the people love my stuff” attitude”).
The Happening is a paranoid thriller about a family (Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel) on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. John Leguizamo also stars. This teaser gets me excited. I love New York City disaster films. Only problem is that the teaser is playing off too much of New York City going nuts, when I hear most of the film takes place in a greener environment. I’m also weary because friends have told me that this is one of Night’s “Faith” based films. The poster even looks reminiscent of the born-again Left Behind series. Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think.
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Update: Click Here to watch the movie trailer forÂ Righteous Kill.
Empire has the some new photos from Jon Avnet’s Righteous Kill, which stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (in their first team-up since Heat) as two Veteran New York City Detectives hunt a vigilante who may be one of their own. Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent and John Leguizamo also star. It was originally rumored that directing legend Martin Scorsese would be in the film, but that is actually untrue (Dennehy plays the role that Scorsese likely would have played). If the photo above looks familuar, it might be that a simular image was seen in Heat (seen below).
The photo to the right was published in Time Magazine. Righteous Kill will hit theaters in 2008.
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The Babysitters is a dark indie comedy about a teenager babysitter who turns her business into a call-girl service for married guys. It’s not as ridiculous as it might sound. Shirley is a 16 year old high school student who babysits for neighbors on weekend nights for extra cash. One night one thing leads to another when Mr. Beltran (John Leguizamo) kisses her. Kisses turn into sex. Sex turns into guilt. Guilt turns into a $200 babysitter pay-out. Beltran tells his friends, they order babysitters, and suddenly innocent young Shirley has a new business. Her friends/employees are assigned the appointments, and drop of a 20% cut through the slits in her locker. High School madam Shirley is earning money for college, while her friends earn money for clothes, jewelry and other material things. Things seem to be going perfectly…
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John Leguizamo has been cast in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, according to Variety. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who takes his family on the run, in an attempt to survive a natural global environmental crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Mother Nature is sick of our polluting ways and has decided that we must go. An invisible neurotoxin is admitted into the air which causes people to become suicidal. Leguizamo will play Wahlberg’s friend. Zooey Deschanel is also attached to the project.
Shyamalan’s first R-rated effort will have a $57 million budget, and stars shooting next month in Philadelphia. The Happening hits theaters worldwide on Friday, June 13, 2008.