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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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When Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Men in Black 3 was in production, much was made of behind the scenes problems. Reports circulated that it began filming without a full script, production stopped for months on end and scenes were written on the day. No matter to what degree those reports were true or false, the final product definitely feels like a film searching for its identity in those same ways. It wobbles out of the start gate, almost drops out of the race, then finds its footing and finishes strong.

Leaps and bounds better than Men in Black II and featuring many of the traits that mad the 1997 original a hit, Men in Black III is better than you’re expecting but not as good as you’d hoped. Read More »

Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, that other Alfred Hitchcock sorta-biopic that doesn’t star Toby Jones as the rotund Master of Suspense, is pulling its cast together quickly now. Anthony Hopkins has been attached to play Hitch for some time, with Scarlett Johansson set to play Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy set for the Anthony Perkins role. The film will be directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!) with its roots in the book of the same name by Stephen Rebello.

Earlier today we reported that Jessica Biel will pay Vera Miles, and now four more actors have been added to the roster:  Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott. Read More »

Over the past week there has been word that a major film would have a surprise showing tonight at the New York Film Festival. This morning the film was revealed as Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo, which will be shown as a ‘work in progress’ print.

The film is Scorsese’s adaptation of the young adult book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and it marks the director’s first foray into family films and 3D. To mark the occasion of the film’s debut, Paramount has released a two-minute featurette in which the director enthuses (with his characteristic energy) about the project. Check it out below. Read More »

Trailers abound this week! But with a bumper crop that includes Contagion, The Thing, John Carter, Pirates!, and soon The Dark Knight Rises, who’s complaining?

Now here is the beautiful trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Hugo. As we’ve said so many times before, it is his first 3D film, and his first family-oriented movie. (Or, his first movie for the traditional family, rather than for the Family.) It is invigorating to see a master like Martin Scorsese turn his tricks to some classic tropes of the family film. When Sacha Baron Cohen, playing a zealous Parisian train station guard, chases Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz, it’s like some strange combination of the Keystone Kops and Home Alone. And while many fantasy-oriented family films try for ‘beautiful’ and merely end up with ‘shiny,’ there are truly lovely sights here. Hugo looks like a 3D film to be actually excited for. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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