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If you backed me into a corner and demanded to know who I think is the finest actor alive today, I’d say Michael Stuhlbarg. Actually, you don’t even have to back me into a corner and you don’t have to make any demands. I’ll just say it: Michael Stuhlbarg is our finest working actor. He’s played gangsters and professors and aliens and tech geeks and film historians and old-timey congressmen and he’s vanished into each and every role. You will never catch him telling a lie on camera.

Every Michael Stuhlbarg role is a reason to cheer. But Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the next film from Guillermo del Toro? That’s a reason to throw a party.

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‘Miles Ahead’ Trailer: Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis

Don Cheadle in Miles Ahead (2)

Biopics are more traditionally associated with the year-end glut of prestige pics gunning for Oscar, but in 2016 the flood of biopics starts early. This month brings two sports biopics, Race and Eddie the Eagle, and this spring brings two music movies, I Saw the Light and Miles Ahead.

The last of those is a riff on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don CheadleMiles Ahead has already hit the festival circuit, but it finally comes to theaters in April, and as of today we finally have the first trailer. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man

Hot off of starring opposite X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Magneto in Steve JobsMichael Stuhlbarg has booked his own big-budget superhero adventure. Stuhlbarg has entered negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. Scott Derrickson directs.  Read More »

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We’ve already known Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs would break the typical biopic mold. The film reportedly consists of just three major scenes, each set at a product launch, with a small handful of flashbacks to help fill out the rest of the story.

Now actor Michael Stuhlbarg reveals the project’s atypical structure extended to the process of making the movie as well. Read on for Stuhlbarg’s comments on the Steve Jobs rehearsal and shooting experience. Read More »

Cut Bank trailer

In the thriller Cut Bank, Liam Hemsworth plays a guy living in the so-called coldest spot in the United States. Naturally, he wants out. When he captures video of a murder, he gets the idea to use that video as his ticket out of town. And naturally, that doesn’t go so well. If that all sounds like it has the potential for a real Coen Brothers sort of vibe, the trailer will sell that idea even further. This Cut Bank trailer is great — it’s cut with a catchy, rhythmic and percussive attitude.

We don’t know if the film is also good, but the cast is hard to argue with (Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, seen above, and Oliver Platt) and having A24 as the film’s distributor suggests good things. This could all be taking place just down the road from Fargo; have a look. Read More »

Blue Jasmine (header)

How many career resurgences has Woody Allen had at this point? I’ve lost track, but we’re square in the middle of one now, kicked off with the career-topping success of his 2011 release Midnight in Paris. His new film, Blue Jasmine, stars Cate Blanchett as “a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.” That sounds middling to dire until you see what Blanchett is doing with it — she’s entitled and insufferable, but ragged and clearly, if comically, worn down to a nub.

This trailer introduces her character, and the sister (Sally Hawkins) who takes her into her San Francisco home when Jasmine’s husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be less than an upstanding dude. Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star; you’ll only get a glimpse of Louis C.K. here, but he seems to be playing a suitor for Hawkins.

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Briefly: Woody Allen continues to work at a pace that other directors can only dream of. He’s following To Rome With Love with a new film that stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and now Michael Stuhlbarg. And now the movie has a title, Blue Jasmine, and a distribution deal with Allen’s regular partner Sony Pictures Classics.

Allen scripted (of course) and the film follows “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” In form typical to the director, that’s just about all we know beyond the cast roster. We do know the film will shoot in the US, making it the director’s first film at home since the 2009 release Whatever Works. The fact that this will be Allen’s fourth movie since that picture came out is a testament to his wonderfully relentless work habit. [THR]

Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi has roped in quite a cast for Hitchcock, a film which dramatizes the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho in high style. Previous trailers have shown us Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Hitch and his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johanssen as Psycho’s first-act star, Janet Leigh.

Now, a new international trailer shows off a lot more than just Hopkins and his affectations and the film’s recreation of the shower scene. Read More »

We’ve seen a good bit of footage for one of the Alfred Hitchcock movies that are in post-production right now: The Girl, which will air on HBO with Toby Jones playing Hitch during the making of The Birds.

The other film is Hitchcock, from Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi, and it features Anthony Hopkins as the late director, with a focus on the making of Psycho. (The film is essentially an adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.)

We don’t have a trailer or footage for Hitchcock at this point, so we can’t yet start to compare the performance of Hopkins with that of Jones, but what you see above is a hint of the new teaser poster for the film, which has now been dated for a good award season spot on this coming November 23. See the full poster below.

Edit: I’d originally written that the film will hit in 2013, which was incorrect — it is actually set for November of this year.

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