Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

When this film premiered at Sundance this year, it was called Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, and we even saw a trailer under that title. For regular release, however, the title has been streamlined a bit, to the more conventional The Truth About Emanuel. Jessica Biel stars as a woman whose young neighbor neighbor thinks Biel looks a lot like her dead mother. That leads to a strange friendship, and to tension as long-buried secrets are revealed. Read More »

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The Maze Runner has yet to prove itself as the next Hunger Games, if only because it’s not even set to open for another year. But 20th Century Fox is feeling pretty confident in the film, to the extent that they’ve already begun work on the sequel.

The studio has just optioned the rights to The Scorch Trials, the second installment of James Dashner‘s four-part dystopian YA saga. (Yep, another one.) T.S. Nowlin, who co-wrote the first movie, is set to script, under the supervision of The Maze Runner director Wes Ball. More about the movie and its possible follow-up after the jump.

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Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

Jessica Biel has done more than her fair share of studio romcoms and actioners, but her most interesting role in recent memory could be in the Sundance indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.

Directed by Francesca Gregorini, the psychological thriller stars Kaya Scodelario as a troubled teen girl who begins babysitting for her new neighbor Linda (Biel). In time, Emanuel becomes ever more obsessed with Linda, in whom she sees a striking resemblance to her dead mother. That logline doesn’t sound terribly unique, I know, but the film has drawn some attention for its surprising twists and turns. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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There’s a moment about 15 minutes into Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes where writer/director Francesca Gregorini hooks you in. At the start you meet Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a beautiful, damaged girl with a super sharp wit. Then Linda (Jessica Biel) moves in next door. She’s beautiful too, of course, and a new mother, and you’re probably thinking this movie is already predictable.

But then Gregorini does something so unexpected, so creepy, so darkly hilarious that you can’t help but be 100% on board for the ride. And where she takes you is a really nice place to be. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The director of the gritty modern Fish Tank may not seem like the most obvious fit for a romantic tragedy by a Brontë sister, but from the looks of it Andrea Arnold has certainly found a way to make Wuthering Heights her own. Eschewing stuffy period piece conventions, Arnold’s adaptation keeps the 19th century setting but makes it look very 21st century.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has just released a gorgeously moody new trailer for the romantic drama, and it’s definitely worth a peek if only for Arnold’s striking visuals. Kaya Scodelario and newcomer James Howson star as doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff. Check it out after the jump.

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I’m gradually becoming more interested in Francesca Gregorini‘s new film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. The film was once set to star Gregorini’s Tanner Hall star Rooney Mara — that film was made a bit before Mara was a big name — and now features Kaya Scodelario as a girl who gets involved in a very strange family situation.

The film just added four cast members: Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor (A.I.), Jimmi Simpson (Zodiac), and Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad). They join Scodelario and Jessica Biel in the film about a woman who doesn’t realize (or doesn’t accept) that her baby is actually only a doll. Read More »

Seems like a big sector of movie news this week is about Rooney Mara, even when it isn’t. The actress, starring now in David Fincher’s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and killing it, I might add) was in a 2009 film called Tanner Hall that didn’t get much distribution or attention. A peek at the trailer for the movie might suggest the reason for the film’s minor profile.

Still, Mara was set to play the title role in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes from Tanner Hall director Francseca Gregorini until scheduling got in the way. (Suggesting that David Fincher was talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street rather than Tanner Hall when he said of Mara, “I know that her first foray into being the center of a movie was an incredibly draining, unproductive and bad experience for her.”) Now Kaya Scodelario will play that role instead, and Jessica Biel is in final talks to play the other key role. Read More »

Jay Baruchel has built a nice career playing lovable nerds, but for his newest role he’ll be transforming himself into a full-on rock star. The former Undeclared actor has signed on to star in The Rebel Kind, based on a memoir by John Armstrong. As frontman of The Modernettes, Armstrong — or “Buck Cherry,” as he was called then — was at the heart of the rising Vancouver punk scene in the ’80s.

Reg Harkema (Monkey Warfare) has written the script and is set to direct, with Patrick Carroll, Andria Spring, and Kevin Eastwood producing. The Rebel Kind will shoot next fall in Vancouver. Baruchel will next star in the hockey comedy Goon, which he wrote with Evan Goldberg. [Variety]

After the jump, Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan revisits World War II — this time as a New Yorker — and Skins star Kaya Scodelario steps in for Rooney Mara.

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