Since the release of American Psycho in 2000, director Mary Harron has made only one feature, the 2005 release The Notorious Bettie Page. She’s hardly been idle, and has put a great amount of television work on her resume in the past decade. But now Harron returns to the big screen as the director of a gothic thriller called The Moth Diaries.

Harron scripted the film based on Rachel Klein‘s 2001 novel in which the boarding school friendship of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) and Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is fractured by the arrival of Ernessa (Lily Cole). Is Ernessa a threat on more than a social level? Is she perhaps a vampire? Glean what clues you can from the new trailer, below. Read More »

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I like it! Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman has already cast a stellar group of British actors to play the seven dwarfs in the action film that will see the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) saving and mentoring Snow White (Kristen Stewart) rather than doing away with her as commanded by the evil queen (Charlize Theron). When the last of the primary seven dwarfs was cast I wondered if Gus, the young dwarf mentioned in the script as kind of a hanger-on, had been cut. Looks like he’s still in the picture, though, and he’ll be played by Nick Frost. Read More »

Snow White and the Huntman isn’t just Universal’s entry in the madcap race to produce a film that updates or otherwise reinterprets the classic story of Snow White. The movie, which stars Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and a whole host of wonderful actors as the dwarfs, is intended to kick off a series of movies. Read More »

It’s a rather slow Friday, leaving us plenty of time — too much time, probably — to think about the passing of Peter Falk and Pixar’s fall from the pedestal of perfect reviews. But there are a few bits of casting info out there, and after the break you’ll find the following:

  • Lily Cole helps round out the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman..
  • …and Ben Barnes will play the lead role in Seventh Son, opposite Jeff Bridges. Read More »

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Taylor Lautner‘s action film Abduction, to be directed by John Singleton, just got an extra dose of class. Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast as “a psychiatrist to Lautner’s character, who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” Also in the supporting cast are Lily Collins and Alfred Molina. [Variety]

After the break, Ashley Judd is back, and HBO’s movie blogger drama gets yet another cast member. Read More »

Movie Review: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge admirer of Terry Gilliam’s work so it will come without surprise that I love The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. More likely to catch you off guard, however, as it did me I must admit, is how this film might not only redeem the director in the eyes of his detractors it should also create a whole new generation of fans.

It never takes long for me to come across someone who tells me that The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil or Time Bandits is their favourite film, and I predict it won’t be long before I meet folks who name The Imaginarium as theirs. If the cinema is a place we go to dream or to see sights we could never imagine ourselves, then this film might be the perfect expression of the form. Dreamers are going to flock to this picture in droves.

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Three new video clips from Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus have appeared on the Comme Au Cinema site and have also been embedded below the break in this story. One of them features a scene we’ve seen already – twice before, in fact – but now finally in what would appear to be the correct aspect ratio. The others are new, however, and show us both storylines and special effects that the first clip didn’t even hint at.

As well as showcasing Heath Ledger as Tony, the clips give us a very good look at Andrew Garfield as Anton, Lily Cole as Valentina and – best of all – Christopher Plummer as the titular doctor.

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When I last reported on Mary Harron’s big screen adaptation of Rachel Klein’s vampire novel The Moth Diaries, the writer-director was in London for a retrospective of her work at the Birds Eye Festival and the Diaries info only came up incidentally. Back then in March it wasn’t obvious to me who had scripted the film, or indeed who was going to star but that’s all come clear in a new Screen Daily report from Cannes.

The story takes place in a boarding school for girls. The narrator of the novel is a diarist who begins to suspect that a newly arrived pupil is a vampire. This character, the enigmatic Ernessa, is specifically pale – a none too obscure plot point in a vampire tale – so while there’s no specification in Screen Daily’s post as to who Cole would be playing, she’s got the complexion for the suspected vampiress. Speedman will be playing the literature professor who gives the girls their grounding in gothic literature.

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