Clouds of Sils Maria looks like an airy puzzle, and a showcase for its excellent cast. The new film from Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Demonlover) casts Juliette Binoche as an actress forced to confront the progression of time and her career. She once found fame playing the ingenue in a play about a woman who drives her employer to suicide; now she’s asked to take the play’s tragic role, as an emerging new star (Chloe Grace Moretz) nabs the juicier part. Meanwhile, her assistant (Kristen Stewart) may be playing out a real-life version of the play in her relationship with Binoche’s character. Check out a new international Clouds of Sils Maria trailer below.
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Who is Universal Pictures talking to to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2? None other than the director of big screen adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and show-runner of the first season of The Walking Dead. If the talks end with a contract signing, the Snow White and the Huntsman 2 director will be Frank Darabont.
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Whether you loved, hated, embraced or ignored Snow White and the Huntman, there’s one sure fire way to make most of us interested in a sequel. Hire Frank Darabont to direct it. And that might happen.
The Shawshank Redemption filmmaker, who last directed The Mist in 2007, is among the names Universal is reportedly looking at to direct the hopeful 2016 release Snow White and the Huntsman 2 starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. The other two, more realistic options, are Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
As nice as it was to see Juliette Binoche in Godzilla last weekend, we were disappointed to see that she didn’t get nearly enough to do. Thankfully, she has a much meatier role in Olivier Assayas‘ Clouds of Sils Maria, which debuts at Cannes this week.
Binoche plays aging actress Maria Enders, who returns to the play that launched her career decades ago. But this time, instead of playing the sexy ingenue, she’s playing the suicidal older woman. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the self-absorbed starlet who’s taken on the younger role, and Kristen Stewart is Binoche’s assistant. Watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer after the jump.
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If you’re like me, when you think of romance, you think of the dystopian future depicted in George Orwell’s landmark novel 1984. The novel is just as frightening now as it was decades ago. It is even more appropriate as a piece of social and political observation now than it has ever been. But, y’know, romance!
When the new film from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) was announced last year, all we knew was that it would be called Equals, that Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult would play a couple, and that the writer/director said ”Like Crazy was about the past and had a very nostalgic feel to it, and kind of about my past. [Breathe In, which arrives this year] is about confronting the idea of love in the present, and then what love means in the future is what I’m interested in exploring next.”
What we didn’t know then but do know now, thanks to Stewart, is that Equals is based in some part on 1984. Read More »
Briefly: An argument threatened to tear friendships asunder earlier this year, as audiences were divided over the merits of new summer-set coming of age movie The Way Way Back in relation to the effectiveness of Greg Mottola’s similar movie Adventureland. Clearly, Mottola’s movie has landed in the public consciousness. Which means this new project from two participants might have an advantage from day one.
The Adventureland duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, both enjoying higher profile gigs now than when they swam together for Mottola, are going to be on screen together again. Their new project sounds a lot more weird than their last pairing however. American Ultra, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle), is written as an action comedy and will have Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) directing.
The actors will play a stoner and his girlfriend, whose lives get weird “when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.” Producer Anthony Bregman says “Simply put, ‘American Ultra’ will be the most fun you can possibly have in a movie theater without the use of drugs, fireworks, or canola oil.” I don’t know quite what that means, but we’ll probably find out in 2015; the film is scheduled to shoot next spring. [THR]
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Could the world’s most famous vampire lover find happiness with history’s most romantic zombie? Maybe, if Drake Doremus has anything to do with it. The Like Crazy director is reportedly eyeing Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult for Equals, a sci-fi love story by Nathan Parker (Moon). Hit the jump for more details about the new project.
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When Ben Affleck was in his “choosing between projects” phase right after the completion of Argo, he flirted with acting in a Warner Bros. film called Focus. The movie, scripted and set to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is about a young female con artist who teams up with an older, more experienced male counterpart.
The original idea was to re-team Crazy, Stupid, Love actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. That didn’t work, and Kristen Stewart was soon set to play the young criminal, with Affleck to play her partner. Affleck dropped out (edit: both actors dropped out, Affleck and Stewart) but now Will Smith is in talks to play the role. Read More »