David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis seems to be undergoing some big changes. Originally announced with Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard as the primary cast members, we recently saw the first change when Mr. Farrell signed on for a remake of Total Recall instead. His replacement in Cosmopolis is Robert Pattinson.
That leaves something of a potential mis-match when it comes to the film’s leading lady, and a fansite noticed that the production company behind the film now lists Keira Knightley as the sole female cast member. Read More »
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It seems like only minutes ago when we were talking about Eva Green and Naomi Watts being cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Oh, wait, it was. Hot on the heels of Collider’s initial report, The Hollywood Reporter has come to the plate with their own short list of actresses vying for the two female leads in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film and neither Green or Watts are on the list. Their list includes Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway (who have both already been mentioned) Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. Reportedly, each one of these actresses has a scheduled test for the film in the next two weeks. Read more after the jump. Read More »
As was bound to happen, a shortlist has been revealed consisting of actresses who might be up for roles in The Dark Knight Rises. Deadline says that Christopher Nolan is looking at six women for two lead female roles. Reportedly, one is a love interest and the other a villain. (That note is the only really useful new info here.) Reportedly in contention are Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. Read More »
As he’s been workshopping his script for The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann is still trying to find a woman to play Daisy in his new film version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The role was played by Rebecca Hall in that recent workshop, during which Leonardo DiCaprio played Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire read narrator and onlooker Nick Carraway.
But Rebecca Hall’s participation didn’t mean that she was cast (none of the actors are formally cast, in fact) and now there’s a report saying that the director is looking at a diverse lineup of actresses for the part, including Keira Knightley, Abbie Cornish and more in addition to Amanda Seyfried, who was the first actress said to be a real candidate. Read More »
Screenwriter William Monahan made his directorial debut not long ago with London Boulevard. But despite being the first film from a big-name writer and featuring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, the film didn’t show up at festivals and has generally had a rather low profile. And if this just-released trailer is any indication, that might be because the movie is a weird blend of tone and genre.
Pre-judge London Boulevard for yourself, after the break. Read More »
After some behind the scenes photos and video, here’s your first look at Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in David Cronenberg‘s The Dangerous Method. (Once called A Dangerous Method, but video of the director talking about the film suggests the definite article is now used.) The film is based on Christopher Hampton’s play The Talking Cure, and concerns the early friendship and working relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the young woman (Keira Knightley) that came between them.
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After the Telluride Film Festival premiere of his latest film, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview director Mark Romanek for a long-form interview. It was a collaboration between Alex from FirstShowing and myself, which explains how we were able to get so much time with the filmmaker.
Mark Romanek is one of the best music video directors to come out of the 1990′s. His videos have included Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, “Scream” – Michael Jackson’s grammy award winning collaboration with sister Janet Jackson (at $7 million, one of the most expensive music video ever made), Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”, Johnny Cash’s gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”, En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut”, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”. His 2002 feature film One Hour Photo is probably best known for Robin Williams’ dramatic turn. While the film is beloved by cinephiles, it pretty much went under the radar of mainstream audiences. It did however gain Romanek a lot of the respect in the movie industry. His follow-up, a big screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s novel Never Let Me Go, premiered at the 37th Telluride Film Festival. The book was named one of TIME’s 100 Best Novels (from 1923 to the Present), featured on many top ten books of 2005 lists, and a finalist in the National Book Critic Circle Award.
We ran the first part of the interview yesterday, click here if you missed it. After the jump is part two of the chat, where we talk about the casting for Never Let Me Go, deleted scenes, what’s up next, the state of the music video industry, clarifying the Guinness Book of World Records-perpetrated lie that he was responsible for the most expensive music video ever made, why Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson‘s “Scream” cost so much, the wonders of creative producing, and what he thought of Joe Johnston‘s The Wolfman. Hit the jump to read the interview.
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So what’s this new David Cronenberg film The Dangerous Method all about? We know it is based on Christopher Hampton‘s play The Talking Cure, and that it concerns the early friendship and working relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the young woman (Keira Knightley) that came between them. For many people, that’s enough — that cast plus that story and Cronenberg and I’m certainly good to go.
But if you want to know more, and straight from the mouth of the director, here’s a few minutes of video from Toronto’s recent FanExpo, at which Cronenberg finally appeared as a guest, after years of scheduling conflicts kept him away from the biggest genre event in his home city. At the outset of his panel, the director talked about the history of The Dangerous Method and his reasons for making the film. Read More »