Briefly: In February we talked about how the start of the summer movie season has essentially been pulled back from Memorial Day weekend to early March. Next year continues that trend as March 2012 is packed with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Carter, The Hunger Games, Clash of the Titans 2 and now Relativity’s Snow White film. Disney looks like it wants to continue the early summer trend in 2013, as the studio has just dated Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful for March 8, 2013. Read More »

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Director Sam Raimi is assembling quite the cast for his Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. First he locked up James Franco to play a traveling salesman who finds himself in the magical land, then he cast Franco’s Date Night co-star Mila Kunis as the impressionable young witch Theadora, followed by Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz as her evil sister Evanora and now Variety reports that he’s cast Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as Glinda, the good sister who, along with Franco, battles for control of Oz against the brunette beauties. Read More »

“We’re not lost, we’re just finding our way.”

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Kelly Reichardt‘s Oregon Trail western Meek’s Cutoff, which premiered at Venice last year and has gone on to do well at other festivals. Michelle Williams stars as one member of a multi-family wagon train that is led into the wilderness by co-called frontier expert Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood). Check out the trailer for the film after the break. Read More »

‘Blue Valentine’ Release Moved Up Two Days

The undeservedly controversial Sundance smash romance Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and directed by Derek Cianfrance, was originally set to open on December 31. Deadline is reporting that the film will now open December 29 in New York and Los Angeles. After that it’ll add one more screen in New York on the 31st then move to 10 markets on January 7.

If you can see it, you really should. It’s a beautiful, painful movie. A real gem.

Source: Deadline

MPAA Overturns NC-17 Rating for ‘Blue Valentine’

In a rare case of a successful appeal before the MPAA, the NC-17 rating initially slapped on Derek Cianfrance‘s Blue Valentine has been overturned. Harvey Weinstein personally appeared before the appeals board to plead on behalf of the film. The film will go out to theaters with an R rating. Read More »

Movie Poster: ‘Blue Valentine’

Given the way the film has been shafted by the MPAA, I think most of us here at /Film want to take every reasonable opportunity to make sure people know about Blue Valentine, which has been unfairly slapped with a restrictive NC-17 rating. Don’t worry: we probably won’t have the opportunity for a Tron Legacy level of saturation. For now I’ll have to be content with presenting the moody, atmospheric new poster for the film. Read More »

As he’s been workshopping his script for The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann is still trying to find a woman to play Daisy in his new film version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The role was played by Rebecca Hall in that recent workshop, during which Leonardo DiCaprio played Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire read narrator and onlooker Nick Carraway.

But Rebecca Hall’s participation didn’t mean that she was cast (none of the actors are formally cast, in fact) and now there’s a report saying that the director is looking at a diverse lineup of actresses for the part, including Keira Knightley, Abbie Cornish and more in addition to Amanda Seyfried, who was the first actress said to be a real candidate. Read More »

The MPAA has made a lot of boneheaded decisions over the years, and the latest was slapping the film Blue Valentine with an NC-17 rating. That effectively dooms the movie when it comes to advertising and awareness, as a great many print and television outlets won’t run ads for an ‘adults only’ movie, which is how the NC-17 rating brands a film.

And all this for what? Only a scene in which the two main characters, played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, try to keep their marriage together.  As the film’s producer, Jamie Patricof said, his film gets slapped with an NC-17, while The Lovely Bones was PG-13? While the film’s distributor The Weinstein Company has promised to appeal the ruling, Mr. Patricof is expressing his own confusion, and vows not to cut the film. Read More »

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