Charlie Kaufman writes screenplays that are tricky and intricate, and they attract great actors who like to work with material that is both fun and challenging. Kaufman is planning to direct his second film, Frank or Francis, which he also wrote, and the movie has already lined up Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline to play of roles that are characteristically Kaufman, which is to say: earnest and familiar but also exaggerated to a point of almost insane eccentricity.
Now the film has added Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener, both of whom have received Oscar nominations for performing in films written by Kaufman. (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, respectively.) Read More »
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Take four of the best actors working today, throw them into a room and let the cameras roll. That seems to be the claustrophobic vibe director Roman Polanski is going for in his film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who meet for an awkward, civil discussion that soon devolves into madness. It’s scheduled to open December 16. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »
Not only did Labor Day just pass on the calendar, it got picked up by Paramount. Labor Day is the title of Jason Reitman‘s next movie, which will star Kate Winslet as a single mother who helps an escaped convict, played by Josh Brolin, and falls in love with him over the holiday weekend. Paramount will co-finance and distribute the romance, based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, from a screenplay by Reitman. Shooting will begin in June 2012. Read more after the jump. Read More »
We’ve been highlighting images from Roman Polanski‘s upcoming film Carnage for the past few weeks. The film adapts Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Chrisoph Waltz starring as two NYC couples who meet to discuss the aftermath of an encounter between their kids.
For some, that cast list and Polanski’s name are enough to lock Carnage as a fall highlight. But if you’ve looked at the photos and thought “pass”, have a look at the international trailer below. It’s great stuff. Check out Kate Winslet breaking her staid Oscar-ready image (which she’s done plenty of times before, sure, but possibly not in quite such a pitch-perfect fashion) and Christoph Waltz remaining deliberately and cluelessly composed as her distracted husband.
Oh, the trailer is slightly not safe for work thanks to some harsh language, and possibly because of the laughs that language will elicit. Read More »
Roman Polanski‘s new film Carnage, an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, will soon premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and then open the New York Film Festival. We know the basics — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly play two couples who spend an evening… let’s say ‘interacting,’ after their kids get into an altercation at school. That’s the pretty wonderful French poster for the film above on the left, and we’ve got the full-size image along with some new images from the film after the break. Read More »
“Dont talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone.” If you watched the trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s viral thriller Contagion and didn’t walk away with a feeling that we’re all doomed to die alone in abject horror, then these six character posters might be enough to hammer that idea home. These images feature the six core cast members (Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow) in various stages of agitation, tension or distress. Not the most appealing way to look at each one, but the shots definitely get the point across. Read More »
Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier today we showed you the first footage from Steven Soderbergh‘s viral outbreak thriller Contagion, which opens on September 9. Now the full trailer is online, and it seems designed to scare the living shit out of anyone who has even the vaguest touch of germ paranoia. See it after the break. (And, yes, that image above, which is official, does say the film is opening in IMAX. That may have been data that was floating around, but it is news to me. Great news.) Read More »
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Damned Entertainment Tonight strikes again. Studios love to give the show teaser clips of upcoming films for the tanned talking head hosts to gab over. In this case the footage is from a film that is exactly the sort of action-packed mainstream tentpole that ET thrives on. Oh, wait, actually, it is Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming global pandemic thriller Contagion, aka one of our more anticipated films of the fall.
Wouldn’t footage of this best be seen without the blaring voiceover? Yes, but I think at this point studio publicists just release footage to ET to laugh at us complaining about it. So: this is a not an official trailer release, or even a good capture of the ET teaser segment. It is a brief video that nonetheless offers the first look at Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Laurence Fishburne. Wait for the trailer if you like, or hit the jump for the early look. Read More »