I didn’t have much doubt that a distributor would quickly move on Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist. (Refer back to our previous articles detailing the film, which has origins in an unproduced screenplay by the great Jacques Tati and features a character very much designed after Tati.) In fact, I didn’t have much doubt that it would be anyone other than Sony Pictures Classics, which also released Chomet’s film The Triplets of Belleville. Hopefully SPC can find an audience for this picture; it looks simply beautiful. Check some previously posted footage below. [Variety]
After the break, a distro deal and some new casting for the promising film The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei. Read More »
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The Steve Carell / Ryan Gosling comedy that used to be called Crazy, Stupid Love still doesn’t have a new title, but it continues to add actors.
Marisa Tomei and Josh Groban are now in the John Requa and Glenn Ficarra-directed film alongside Emma Stone, Analeigh Tipton and Kevin Bacon. As we’ve said before, the film follows Carell as “a father whose life unravels as he deals with spousal problems and tries to manage his relationship with his children.” [Variety]
After the break, one more film for Clive Owen and one less for Lindsay Lohan. Read More »
Whether because of the Hawaiian location and sometimes unpredictable schedule of ABC’s Lost or because they’re so associated with their island characters, several of the show’s primary actors have yet to book sizable feature gigs outside of the series. Now that the show is about to wrap, however, expect to see Lost mainstays showing up in casting announcements left and right. First up is Daniel Dae Kim, who will appear with Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz in Deathgames, directed by former VFX guy Jonah Loop.
As we recently mentioned, the story is about a man (Lutz) who is kidnapped by a bizarre mastermind (Jackson) and forced to fight in a modern gladiatorial arena that broadcasts combat online. Kim will play a prisoner who is “an artist who happens to be a master of kendo, a skill that comes in handy when he competes for his life and his wife’s.” Kim will also briefly be seen (essentially a cameo appearance) in The Adjustment Bureau and is in the pilot for the new Hawaii Five-O. [THR]
After the break, a legal role for Marisa Tomei, and a possible spot in a remake for Matt Damon. Read More »
Madonna is lining up some impressive talent for her sophomore directorial effort. W.E. already features Vera Farmiga and Abbie Cornish, and has now added Ewan McGregor. The film features parallel narratives. In one, McGregor will play King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the American woman Wallis Simpson, played by Farmiga. The other storyline features Cornish as a modern woman obsessed with Simpson, and who is having an affair with a yet to be cast man. Madonna wrote the script for W.E. with Alex Keshishian. [Screen Daily]
After the break, more additions to Salvation Boulevard, Everything Must Go and The Fields. Read More »
Last night I attended the premiere of what I’m calling The Duplass Brothers‘ experiment, better known as Cyrus. The film is a comedy about a recently divorced depressed guy who meets the woman of his dreams, who he learns lives with her 21 year old son. The film stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener.
The Duplass Brothers helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, which wikipedia defines as “primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors.” The Duplass Brothers have impressed Hollywood with their low-budget efforts, and this is their first studio film, with big mainstream actors. Hence why I termed it The Duplass Brothers’ experiment.
But does it work? Cyrus is one of my favorite films of the festival thus far, and I’d venture to say John C Reilly’s funniest performance since Boogie Nights. It’s probably the most laughs I’ve heard in a Sundance movie in a couple years. We sat a few rows in front of Danny McBride and Jody Hill (director of Observe & Report), and I could hear both of them laughing throughout. After the jump you can watch a video blog review which includes me (Peter Sciretta), David Chen and FirstShowing‘s Brandon Tenney.
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We’ve been writing about Cyrus, the new film from the Duplass Brothers, for a while — it was announced last year, shot quickly and is now at Sundance. And until about halfway through this trailer I’d completely forgotten that Jonah Hill was in the film. Then, when he shows up, after just a couple of lines I was floored. Hill looks great in this. Granted, he’s got impressive actors to play against (John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei) but this might be the film that changes how he’s perceived. Check it out and see if you agree. Read More »
After watching The Duplass Brothers‘ The Puffy Chair at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival I remember telling a friend “this is what real independent filmmaking is all about.” The film helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, and the brothers have since gone a bit more mainstream, working within the Hollywood system (kinda, sorta… this film for instance features an “upgraded” cast). They return to Sundance with their latest film Cyrus, which will screen in the Premieres category. The film is a comedy about a recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. But then he meets her son who is, well… interesting.
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Last month I had the opportunity to sit down with Marisa Tomei and talk about her latest film, The Wrestler. Tomei’s performance was awarded Best Actress by the San Francisco Critics Circle yesterday. The interview was conducted in a two person roundtable with Jeff Anderson.
/Film: I had one question, and I’m hoping it’s not a dumb one or one that you’ve been asked too many times, but say you’re in the middle of shooting The Wrestler, and you’re walking around and people are like “Hey Marisa, what are you working on right now?” What do you tell them? Do you tell them “I’m playing an exotic dancer,” and what kind of reaction does that get? Or do you say “I’m working with Darren Aronofsky.”
Marisa Tomei: It depends who it is. It depends who asks me. It depends what I want to tell them and what kind of reaction I want to elicit.
/Film: Because exotic dancer is a strange thing. There’s this sort of– there’s a lot of them. Some of them win Oscars and some of them– so I don’t know– there’s a weird connotation to that role before people see it, when you’re just working on the film before people know what the movie’s going to be.
Marisa Tomei: Oh, yeah, well what is the history? Do you mean like Julia Roberts or–
/Film: Do they conjure up Pretty Woman or Leaving Las Vegas, or do they conjure up something else?
Marisa Tomei: Right.
/Film: I guess the answer is it depends on who it is. If it’s somebody in high school that you didn’t like, you would tell them “I’m working with Darren Aronofsky.”
Marisa Tomei: <laughing> Exactly, which would really be impressive because we went to the same high school, so…
/Film: Really? Oh, I didn’t know that.
Marisa Tomei: Yeah. We’ve recently– I mean we realized it, but now we really embrace it.
/Film: But you didn’t know each other in high school.
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Fox Searchlight has released three new production photos from Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler. The first of which features Oscar hopeful Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson jumping off the top rope at a small independent wrestling event. Below we see Aronofsky on set, and judging by his beard (which he traditionally grows out throughout production) the photo was likely taken during the middle of production. And the third photo below shows Marisa Tomei as Cassidy, Randy’s stripper friend, who as you can see looks a lot different outside of the strip club.
The Wrestler hits theaters on December 19th 2008.