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If movies have taught us anything, it’s that money drives people mad. Movie after movie depicts people doing terrible things for money. Killing, kidnapping, and worse. Now take that tension between people desperate for money, shove it into a super-confined space, and push the container deep under the ocean. The result is Black Sea.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Black Sea stars Jude Law as a submarine captain who is let go from his job. Desperate to make a buck, he agrees to lead a rouge mission into the depths where one of Adolf Hitler’s World War II submarines is sitting at the bottom of the ocean, reportedly filled with gold.

Black Sea, which co-stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threlfall, opens January 23. Check out the Black Sea trailer below. Read More »

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Elvis Presley

Even in death, the King is still making movies. Several stories based on Elvis Presley are in development around Hollywood but one just emerged from the pack. It’s called Last Train to Memphis, based on a book by Peter Guralnick, and follows Presley from his teenage years up through his blossoming into a rock and roll legend. Fox 2000 has been developing the project for years and finally, they’ve hired a director. It’s Kevin MacDonald, who also directed The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and State of Play. He’s joined by Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, who’ll produce and John Fusco (Young Guns) who adapted the book. 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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‘Life in a Day’ Trailer

Last summer, people from around the world filmed themselves going through their daily lives and put the videos on YouTube. Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and producers Tony and Ridley Scott then went ahead and made a movie out of those videos, editing them together to show a snap shot of the world on one single day. In doing so they’ve created a film that needs to be seen to be believed.

Life In A Day had its world premiere live on YouTube and at the Sundance Film Festival becoming one of my favorite movies there. And though its difficult to put into words the incredible variety of people, emotions, experiences, visuals and more that are portrayed, this trailer does the trick. Check it out after the break. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald and shot by the world, Life in a Day is epic. Culled from 4,500 hours of videos submitted from 192 countries, all shot on July 24, 2010, the film provides a snapshot into how people of all cultures, ages and walks of life spend a nice, summer Saturday. Most of us have a daily routine and because of that, it’s easy to forget how much is going on in the world at any given second. There’s emotion, creation, destruction and while today might be mundane for you, it’s likely momentous for others. In 90 minutes, Life in a Day conveys all of this through breathtaking imagery or real people in real places doing real things. It simultaneously premiered at Sundance and on YouTube and will open in July 2011. Read More »

There is now a trailer for The Eagle, formerly The Eagle of the Ninth, from director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland, One Day in September). The film trods similar ground to Neil Marshall’s Centurion in that both films are about the fabled Ninth Roman Legion, which disappeared in the mists of Scotland.

While Neil Marshall’s film was overtly a bloody action picture, this is more clearly an action-tinged story of loyalty and class, as Channing Tatum plays the son of the Ninth Legion’s vanished commander, and Jamie Bell the slave who journeys north with him to find the legion’s missing eagle standard. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

Remember the news about Life in a Day, the YouTube movie that Ridley Scott is producing with director Kevin Macdonald? (Not to be confused with Bruce McDonald, who also crowd-sourced footage for his Broken Social Scene project This Film is Broken.)

Well, the movie is already into post-production, but that’s just because all the normal production work was done by people who submitted clips from footage shot on July 24, the day the film is designed to encapsulate. How many clips? Eighty thousand, in 45 languages from 197 different countries. How do you assemble that? Read More »

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