After the long holiday weekend, it seems like Hollywood is back in full swing. Monday we had announcements of new projects for Mark Wahlberg, Halle Berry and Kevin Smith and Tuesday is more of the same. Though previously rumored, Tom Hanks has now been confirmed to star in Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning work in The Hurt Locker called Triple Frontier (or possibly Sleeping Dogs), Liam Neeson will star in An Ordinary Man from director Brad Silberling, Kirsten Dunst will hit the road with Hit Girl with the coming of age drama Hick and Mary J. Blige is in talks to star in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Read about each of these after the jump. Read More »

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Carlos Cuarón, brother of director Alfonso Cuarón, co-writer of Y Tu Mamá También and writer/director of Rudo Y Cursi, has directed a new short film. The Second Bakery Attack is based on the story of the same name by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and stands as one of a very few adaptations of the author’s works. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and Brian Geraghty, and these are the first stills. Read More »

Lars Von Trier has been rather tight-lipped about his new film Melancholia. He famously pronounced “no more happy endings!” and has slowly detailed a plot about two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg), one of whom is preparing to marry Alexander Skarsgard. The elder Stellan Skarsgard is in the cast, along with John Hurt and Kiefer Sutherland.

Now we’ve got a lot more information, including basic details about the event that will open the film: “the world being crushed.” Read More »

All Good Things

Two weeks ago there was word that the small company Roadside Attractions would be the outfit to distribute Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Biutiful in the US. Now there is confirmation that the company has bought rights to the film and will bring it to US theaters in December. How many theaters? Good question. Can we get back to you on that? But Javier Bardem won the Best Actor award for the film at Cannes, so there’s a reasonable chance that the film will score a little extra award season attention for Roadside Attractions. [Anne Thompson]

After the break, All Good Things, the dramatic feature by Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki, is picked up by Magnolia. Read More »

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I’m not quite sure how I feel about the upcoming film version of Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road, which will be directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries). But I just became significantly more convinced about the viability of the film thanks to two new cast members: Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. Read More »

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We’ve known very little about Melancholia, the next film from Lars Von Trier and the follow-up to his festival firebrand Antichrist. He’s promised “no more happy endings” and the film has been called a “psychological disaster movie,” but beyond that we’ve had almost nothing to go on.

Melancholia recently began production, and Trier held a press conference to mark the occasion. While he stopped short of handing out copies of the script to the audience, the director did give out a few details. Read More »

Dark Fields set

A couple new on set behind the scenes video pieces have appeared on the web today, including a visit to the set of Neil Burger‘s Dark Fields, where they are shooting “critical scene” on the streets of Philadelphia with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, and Entertainment Tonight’s visit to the set of Juan Diego SolanasUpside Down which involves stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst flying through the air on a blue screen stage.
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I really want to write more about Melancholia, the upcoming film from Lars Von Trier, but we just don’t know very much right now. What we do know today is that John Hurt has joined the cast. Always great to see him in a new film, and it will be nice to see him really in a Trier movie, rather than just hearing him. (Hurt narrated Dogville and Manderlay, and did a fantastic job of it, too.)

Hurt joins Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier and Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard. The “beautiful film about the end of the world” shoots in July. [THR]

After the break, Channing Tatum breaks down, Ellen Page dramatizes a doc and Alfred Molina goes after Taylor Lautner. Read More »

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