Love & Friendship trailer

No one has a better eye for the elaborate rituals and complicated dynamics of privileged society than Whit Stillman — no one, that is, except perhaps Jane AustenLove & Friendship is Stillman’s first time adapting the iconic writer’s work for the big screen, but it’s a combination that feels inevitable in retrospect. And having caught the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I can attest that Stillman’s take on Austen is every bit as sharp and funny as you’d hope.

Kate Beckinsale is in peak form as Lady Susan Vernon, a social-climbing widow whose charm is exceeded only by her ruthlessness. She spends the film plotting to maintain or elevate her status in society, by way of favorable marriage matches for both herself and her naive daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark). Chloë Sevigny plays Susan’s best friend. Watch the first Love & Friendship trailer after the jump.
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Love & Friendship

Jane Austen may have a reputation as a romantic, but I’d argue that her real forte is as a humorist. She’s second to none when it comes to elegantly written, sharply observed comedies about the foibles of England’s upper classes, combining a wry, biting wit with a genuine sense of affection for the characters she’s created.

Naturally, this makes Austen’s work the perfect source of inspiration for Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman, who has brought her novella Lady Susan to life in the laugh-out-loud hilarious Love & FriendshipKate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan herself, a cunning widow out to secure her position in society via favorable marriage matches for herself and her daughter.  Read More »

underworld

Director Len Wiseman is currently working on the Die Hard sequel/prequel, Die Hard Year One, which will cut back and forth between modern day and 1978. Wiseman is working on a few other projects, though, including the Underworld TV show and an action movie that involves ghosts.

Learn more about the projects after the jump.

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Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening

The Lycans and the Vampires are at it again. Sony has just announced the start of production on Underworld 5Kate Beckinsale is back as Selene, whom she’s been playing since 2003, along with a few other familiar faces including Theo James and Charles Dance. Get all the details on Underworld 5 after the jump. Read More »

Kate Beckinsale in Underworld Awakening

Kate Beckinsale is heading back down to the Underworld franchise. She’s just signed on to reprise her role as Selene for the upcoming fifth installment of the action-horror series, which will be directed by Anna Foerster. Hit the jump for more details on the Kate Beckinsale Underworld 5 return.  Read More »

Absolutely Anything

If you’re a superhero, the saying goes that with great power comes with great responsibility. If you’re a supervillain, you’re terrible proof of the truism that absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you’re just some ordinary Joe, though, total power first offers an excuse to make a predictable dick joke.

That’s the takeaway from the first Absolutely Anything trailer, in which Neil (Simon Pegg) discovers he suddenly has the power to do, well, absolutely anything. His first instinct is to give himself a better body, a talking dog (voiced by Robin Williams), and a better look at a hot neighbor (Kate Beckinsale) who lives downstairs.

Terry Jones directed, and he and his Monty Python castmates (Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Michael Palin) voice the aliens who give Neil that power in the first place. Watch the Absolutely Anything trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Last month, we got word that Theo James would lead the next Underworld movie and that original star Kate Beckinsale would not be back. But just because she’s not returning for that particular installment doesn’t mean she’s left behind the vamp world for good.

Director Len Wiseman says there are two Underworld movies in development currently, and that one of those could feature Beckinsale. In addition, there’s also an Underworld TV series in the works. Hit the jump for more on the potential Kate Beckinsale Underworld return and the possible Underworld TV series.

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The Face of an Angel

After starring in the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate last year, Daniel Brühl is taking on another controversial recent event in The Face of an Angel. Well — kind of. Though the Michael Winterbottom-directed drama is inspired by the notorious Amanda Knox case, it presents a fictionalized version of the tale with renamed characters.

The picture, which is currently in post-production, is hitting the European Film Market later this month, and the first bit of footage has now emerged in the form of a show reel. Check it out after the jump.

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In yet another year brimming with sequels, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, and reboots, it’s all too easy to complain about Hollywood’s lack of creativity. It’s also inaccurate. The Dark Knight Rises may be a threequel based on a comic book, but it’s also an exhilarating, thoughtful realization of one auteur’s vision. 21 Jump Street may very well have started out as a bottom line-obsessed exec’s idea of an quick cash grab, but Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Jonah Hill, Michael Bacall, and Channing Tatum turned it into one of the year’s brightest comedies. Artists have always stood on the shoulders of other visionaries from eras past, and the great ones have always known how to make those old templates their own.

But then there are projects like Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake, which deserves all the eye-rolling its very premise inspires and more. It could be the top contender for the title of “summer’s most inessential movie.” Not worst movie, mind you — I wasn’t confused or annoyed or bored to tears. With its handsome leads, slick action, and a relatively coherent storyline, it’s not likely draw any ire. And that’s what’s so goddamn soul-sucking about it.

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