Atonement director Joe Wright is likely to do well this weekend with his new ‘teen assassin’ film Hanna, but he’s already looking forward to the future. His next film could well be a return to the more literary work we’ve come to expect from the man: an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina. He’s mentioned the film left and right, and has Keira Knightley set for the lead role, with Aaron Johnson and Jude Law previously said to be possible additions.

And now the director says that he’s waiting for a yes or no from Hanna star Saoirse Ronan and from James McAvoy. Read More »

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With inevitable apocalypse on the horizon, love and laughter are probably two things most people would seek out. In Hollywood, though, they tend to believe we’d be all about big explosions or enlightenment. Movies about the end of the world usually take comedy and romance and make them secondary to the detailed destruction of a city or the religious significance of it all. In reality though, if we knew it was all going to end, we’d probably just like to fall in love and laugh with our friends.

At least, that’s what Lorene Scafaria seems to think. The screenwriter of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has written, and will make her directorial debut, with Seeking A Friend For The End of The World, which follows a budding romance on the eve of a humanity destroying asteroid. Steve Carell has just signed on to play the male lead while Keira Knightley is in talks to play his neighbor, a young woman who agrees to accompany Carell as he searches for his high school sweetheart. Read more about the project and the casting after the break. Read More »

Tribeca Film is teaming with Miramax to release some of the films that were left in the Miramax library when Disney closed the label a while back; one of them is Last Night, in which Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington play a married couple who, when separated for a night, end up confronting temptation. There’s a new trailer for the film, which you can see after the break. Read More »

Another day, another high-end fragrance ad shot by a famous director and featuring a famous movie star. (Seriously, there are so many of these.) This time, it’s Atonement helmer Joe Wright directing a Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ad in which Chanel spokesmodel / actress Keira Knightley dons a sexy beige jumpsuit, rides around Paris on a motorcycle, and strings along a handsome photographer — all while wearing the Coco Mademoiselle scent, of course. Watch it after the jump.

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Last year Maggie Carey‘s film The Hand Job was announced, in which Aubrey Plaza would play a high school graduate who decides she needs a lot more sexual experience before college, and proceeds to work her way through a checklist of, er, action items. Yesterday many more cast members were announced and today we have even more, and roles for many of them.

Connie Britton will play the main character’s “liberal, free-spirited mother,” Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat are two of her best friends; and Scott Porter will play a guy in a band that Plaza has a crush on.

Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson (along with their Derrick Comedy co-member Don Glover) will play lifeguards; Bill Hader will be their stoned boss at the pool. Johnny Simmons is Plaza’s classmate and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is his sci-fi nerd best friend. There will be a few more roles cast yet, but this is a great cast so far. And after Easy A I very much welcome more efforts to turn the typical male coming of age sex comedy into a story outline that girls can get lost in, too. [Variety]

After the break, Keira Knightley heads to TV — in a way — for the Syfy miniseries Neverland. Read More »

‘Last Night’ Trailer

One smaller film I’ve been looking forward to is Massy Tadjedin‘s Last Night, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The movie centers around married couple Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington, who each find themselves tempted to stray on one fateful night. Worthington’s character goes on a business trip with sexy coworker Eva Mendes, while Knightley runs into old flame Guillame Canet (star of Love Me if you Dare, director of Tell No One, baby daddy of Marion Cotillard). If the last trailer seemed to emphasize Worthington’s infidelity, this one focuses more on Knightley’s. And it’s just as good, if not better. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Miramax has new ownership, and is making moves as a real working company once more. This might mean good things for some of the films that were looking orphaned when Disney decided to shutter the label. The first filmto get a new lease on life is Last Night — not the Don McKellar millennial drama, but the film that was well reviewed out of TIFF last year that stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. Miramax partnered with Tribeca Film for the release, and the full press release with more info is after the break. Read More »

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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