It’s not a proper trailer — in fact, this is one of those irritating footage presentations on Entertainment Tonight where the talking heads yammer over the top of scenes from a film. But it is the first footage from Stoker, which marks the English-language directorial debut from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, responsible for Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and Thirst.

What we see here sets up the story: Nicole Kidman is mom to Mia Wasikowska, and after the death of Mia’s father, her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) comes to visit, and some sexual power games begin. The Hitchcockian overtones are obvious (“Uncle Charlie” being a carryover from one of Hitchcock’s most praised films, Shadow of a Doubt) but the camerawork and style are all Park, and Kidman looks like she’s giving her best work in a while.  Read More »

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Earlier today we showed you some B-roll behind the scenes footage from John Hillcoat‘s new film Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska in a bootlegging tale with support from Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there is a red-band trailer to advertise the film’s August 29 release. In truth, there isn’t too much here that wasn’t in the couple all-ages trailers we’ve already seen — a bit of nudity here and there is what marks this as “adults only.” But there is an appeal to this trailer beyond that, as it leaves behind some of the flashy and too-modern feeling editing elements that some audiences found distracting in previous trailers.

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After a long development process, which nearly resulted in the film being canceled overall, John Hillcoat‘s latest film Lawless (formerly The Wettest County and The Wettest County in the World) is about to hit theaters. We’ve seen a couple trailers, and some great info graphics that collate info about the film’s tale of bootleggers and rouge lawmen.

Now we’ve got two good collections of behind the scenes B-roll footage that shows Hillcoat on set with key actors Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Guy PearceMia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, and Shia LaBeouf. Pete mentioned them in Page 2 yesterday, but some of this footage is too much fun to leave there. While some behind the scenes footage reveals how much trickery goes into making a film work (see the recent The Avengers gag reel and Captain America’s cheap-looking costume) other times we see just how legit some sets and costuming can look even without much post-production magic. That’s the case here. Check out ten minutes of footage below. Read More »

Briefly: The mere fact that Stoker marks the English-language debut of Oldboy helmer Chan-wook Park would’ve been reason enough to get excited about the film. But toss in the star-studded cast (Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowskia, and Matthew Goode) and a Clint Mansell score, and our anticipation levels are going off the charts. Now, helpfully, we finally know exactly when the wait will pay off.

Box Office Mojo (via The Film Stage’s Twitter) has just set a release date of March 1, 2013 for the thriller, which centers around a teenager (Wasikowska) dealing with the sudden death of her father (Mulroney) and the unexpected reappearance of a mysterious uncle (Goode). Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich also star.

Next March is already shaping up to be quite the month for moviegoers — Stoker‘s new date puts it up against Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, while Oz: The Great and PowerfulCarrie, and Jack the Giant Killer are all set to open later that same month.

The earliest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rumors revolved around Finnick Odair, but the character that seems to be getting all the attention right now seems to be Johanna Mason. Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki were said to be in the mix for the key role last week, but as of now Wasikowska has apparently dropped out while Jena Malone has been added to the list of candidates. And honestly, I think she may be my favorite pick yet.

Meanwhile, rapper/actor Romeo Miller (f.k.a. Lil’ Romeo) and pro wrestler Kevin Nash have both mentioned that they’re circling roles in the series, although they have not revealed which. Read more about Malone, Miller, and Nash after the jump.

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As the start date for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nears, talk of casting is heating up. We’ve already seen several (disproven) rumors surrounding fan favorite character Finnick Odair, and Philip Seymour Hoffman got offered the part of Plutarch Heavensbee before speculation about that role even really got a chance to pick up steam. Today the focus is on the character Johanna Mason, another key figure who makes her first appearance in the sequel.

Director Francis Lawrence has been looking at both big names and unknowns for the part, as evidenced by the two first actresses named as possibilities for the role. According to a new report, Mia Wasikowska and model-turned-actress Zoe Aggeliki are in the mix to play Johanna. Read more after the jump.

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I don’t necessarily love this current trend of churning out character posters for every single actor in an ensemble cast, but when the line-up is as good as this one, I can’t complain. Seven new character posters have dropped for John Hillcoat‘s Prohibition-era thriller Lawless, showing stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and Mia Wasikowska each trying their best to give off a tough-guy (or girl) glower. Check ’em out after the jump.

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Mia Wasikowska has been set to star in Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a script Rose Barreneche adapted from the Gustave Flaubert story. This version is called a “fresh retelling” of the novel that emphasizes modern and youthful themes, even as the story remains basically the same: Emma Bovary (Wasikowska) marries a small-town doctor to get away from her father’s even smaller farm, then has affairs to escape the dreariness of her marriage.

Paul Giamatti is also attached to the movie; he would be Monsieur Homais, the town druggist and friend of Bovary’s husband, who threatens to expose her actions. We won’t see this one for a while, but Wasikowska does have several projects coming up: Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker, John Hillocat’s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County) and will next shoot Richard Ayoade’s The Double. That’s an impressive upcoming slate. [Variety]

After the break, Amanda Peet is mixed up in Identity Theft, and Simon Quarterman goes after a cheapo werewolf. Read More »

I enjoyed his debut feature Submarine enough that I would’ve been looking forward to Richard Ayoade‘s next effort no matter what it wound up being, but his sophomore project is already shaping up to be every bit as interesting as his first. Jesse Eisenberg was cast in the lead role last summer, and it’s now been announced that rising star Mia Wasikowska will be joining him as well. The film is baed on a classic novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, with a script by Ayoade and Avi Korine (Harmony’s brother). More details after the jump.

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