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It’s about time we got some really overt (and good) satire about the political events of the last couple years. The Jason Miscallef script Butter, which placed high on the 2008 Black List, may be the ticket. It tells the story of the contestants of an Iowa butter-carving competition, but as an allegory for recent political maneuvering. Sort of.

Now Rob Corddry is set to take the male lead, opposite Jennifer Garner. Read More »

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Tracy Morgan is set to take a turn in a police drama called Son of No One, in which he’ll play a role originally set for Terrence Howard. Co-stars are Katie Holmes (continuing her comeback streak), Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum, with Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. Dito Montiel directs.

Channing is the lead character, “a young cop assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.” Morgan will play a friend of Channing’s character. This could be a good move for the actor; I’d love to see Morgan break away from his increasingly predictable comic persona to show some dramatic chops. [THR]

After the break, Sean Bean and Danny Dyer join a sorta-Ian Fleming biopic and Kate Hudson joins a romance. Read More »

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British sketch comedian and lauded short film director Jim Field Smith has just seen his debut feature She’s Out of My League open to a respectable $9 million or so. Meanwhile, he’s already at work on his follow up, the Black List approved Butter.

It might be a spoiler – though also, very possibly not – to reveal that Butter is structured as some kind of parallel to the 2008 Iowa Democratic Caucus that saw Hilary Clinton in competition with Barack Obama. For a good while now, Jennifer Garner has been signed on to play the Hilary role; today, news has started to break about who will be playing the Bill Clinton and, I suppose, Monica Lewinsky roles (obviously, this allegory plays fast and loose with strict chronology).

Rumoured for a turn as the Bill analogue is Jim Carrey with Kate Hudson in the frame for the role of his mistress. How flattering.

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IFC Buys Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me

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Despite a level of violence that has proved controversial within the context of the Sundance Film Festival, IFC Films has purchased Michael Winterbottom‘s new film The Killer Inside Me, and will distribute the film within the United States. (Check out David’s review of the film.)

No release date has been set for the film, though in the company’s press release about the deal IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring said, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Michael and Andrew Eaton again and we look forward to bringing this film to America via our theatrical and video-on-demand platforms.”

Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, the film stars Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, a small-town sheriff’s deputy within whom a dark, violent instinct has awakened. The controversy around the film arose due in particular to two graphic killings, and we don’t yet know if IFC will request any edits to those sequences, or indeed to the film as a whole. (You can get some idea of the tone of the film here.) The company did release Lars Von Trier’s violent and controversial Antichrist uncut, so there’s reason to expect we’ll see a version of The Killer Inside Me very similar to the one that played Sundance. [Screen Daily]

Michael Winterbottom Defends The Killer Inside Me

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Every film festival should have at least one controversial film. The outcry so far this year is coming in response to Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Comments so far peg the film as incredibly violent, perhaps on par with previous festival firebrands Irreversible and Antichrist. The worst violence is perpetrated against women, leading to questions of misogyny.

Now Winterbottom has spoken about about the controversy. Read what he’s got to say after the break.

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I’ve really been looking forward to footage from Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me. I’m a massive Thompson fan, and adaptations of his novels have about a .500 average. (I’m the guy that doesn’t like The Grifters much; I infinitely prefer a movie like Tavernier’s Coup de Torchon.)

The cast here seems to be on the money — Casey Affleck as the duplicitous small-town sheriff deputy Lou Ford, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson as the women in his life, and supporting work from Ned Beatty, Bill Pullman and Elias Koteas. Now there’s a rough long-form sales trailer that makes the concoction look fairly potent. See it after the jump. Read More »

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I’m excited for any new adaptation of the novels of Jim Thompson (who also dabbled in screenwriting, collaborating with Kubrick and Peckinpah) so it stands to reason that I’m excited to see what Michael Winterbottom is doing with his version of The Killer Inside Me. Thompson’s book follows small town Texas sheriff Lou Ford, who isn’t quite as dumb and grinningly affable as he seems. Murderous impulses lie beneath the lawman’s surface. Casey Affleck plays Ford; Kate Hudson plays the schoolteacher that wants him to marry her, and Jessica Alba is the prostitute that Ford keeps on a leash instead of running out of town. Now we’ve got some pics of the cast in character and a couple of producer interviews from the set. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Rob Marshall’s Nine

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The Weinstein Co have released the first movie trailer for Nine. Rob Marshall, who directed Chicago – winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture, returns to the big screen with another classic Broadway production. The musical tells the story of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), a producer, a mistress (Penelope Cruz), a film star muse (Nicole Kidman), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), and his deceased mother (Sophia Loren).

The trailer shows off some of the bright vs. dark cinematography of Dion Beebe, the all-star ensemble cast and incredible choreographed musical sequences. I love the backlit silhouette imagery in the opening. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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