Begin Again trailer

Once was one of the real gems of 2007, a delicate love story about two people brought together by music. Based on the new Begin Again trailer, director John Carney seems to be trying to repeat the trick in 2014, only on a larger scale with bigger stars.

Mark Ruffalo plays a washed up record exec who has just about hit rock bottom — that is, until he chances upon a freshly dumped musician (Keira Knightley) who’s also feeling adrift. The two strike up a collaboration that takes them all over New York City. Music is so central to this film, it was originally titled Can a Song Save Your Life?. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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We’ve been calling Switch a prequel to Jackie Brown, because both films are based on novels by Elmore Leonard, and Switch will feature the characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, originally played by Robert De Niro and Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.

John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play the two guys in this film, and they were recently joined by Ty Burrell. Now the cast has also added Dennis Quaid and Jennifer Aniston as two of the story’s most important characters. Read More »

John Hawkes as a young Robert De Niro and Mos Def as a young Samuel L. Jackson? Sounds fantastic and it’s actually happening. Hawkes and yasiin bey (Mos Def’s new name) will star in Switch, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, written and directed by Dan Schechter. They’ll play Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie respectively, characters made famous by De Niro and Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie BrownSwitch takes places 15 years before Tarantino’s film (itself an adaptation of Leonard’s novel Rum Punch) and features Louis and Ordell as they attempt to kidnap a corrupt real estate broker. There’s much more after the break. Read More »

The people behind the marketing for Dexter certainly haven’t been shy about showing off their wares. I feel like we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Season 6, thanks to all the featurettes, trailers, teasers, casting announcements, etc. Then again, knowing this show, I’m sure it’s got plenty more surprises and twists up its sleeve.

With just less than a week to go til the return of the series, we have two more previews that tease some of the plot points we’ll be seeing in Season 6. The first, “Guest Stars,” offers a glimpse at what we’ll be seeing from the new characters who’ll be facing off against Dexter (Michael C. Hall) this year; the second, “Tragedy Strikes,” shows everyone’s favorite serial killer at a low point, injured and reaching out for help. Watch them both after the jump.

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The latest addition to the cast of Dexter‘s sixth season is a great one: Edward James Olmos has signed on to play “a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies.” Colin Hanks and Mos Def are other recent additions to the core cast of the show, which begins shooting on May 25 and will premiere in the fall, likely in mid to late September. Being the definition of a good sport, Mr. Olmos tweeted right after the news broke: “It’s true… I’m coming for you Dexter….” [Deadline]

After the break, the ever-great Richard Jenkins joins Elizabeth Olson in an indie, and we catch up with the extensive casting of Crooked House. Read More »

It always happens at this time every year: producers go to the Cannes marketplace with armfuls of potential projects, and we get a flood of casting reports as actors are attached left and right. Some of these will get made, some won’t, and some will get made with an entirely different cast.

One of the big ones today is a boxing drama called The Bleeder, which has Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Christina Hendricks set to appear. Before The Fighter I’d have guessed this might be one that we’d hear about during Cannes and never again, but in the wake of that success it might happen. The Bleeder has Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) directing from a script he wrote with Jerry Stahl, based on ” the true story of former New Jersey heavyweight boxer and womanizer Chuck Wepner who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen Rocky.” That connection to Rocky might be all this needs to put it over the top. [Variety]

After the break, Dexter‘s next season gets Def, and info on a romantic heist movie.  Read More »

Michel Gondry at the Apple Store

Yesterday i got the chance to sit down with Michel Gondry, and I’ll be publishing that interview at a later date. But for now I have something special for you guys. After my interview, the music video turned film director made an appearance at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco which was moderated by SF360′s Susan Gerhard, and featuring a surprise appearance by Be Kind Rewind star Mos Def. I was in attendance and caught the whole thing on tape.

Gondry talks in depth about his new film Be Kind Rewind before opening the floor up to questions. An Interesting exchange happens where Gondry tells Mos Def that he will direct a music video for the rap artist for free if he comes to Sundanceto do press with him for Be Kind. The whole panel has been broken up into four audio segments (clips from the movie were shown in between). And if anyone is wondering, the photo above was taken with three stills stitched together from my iPhone, not bad. Listen now below, enjoy!

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Be Kind Rewind Movie Studio to Open in New York City

Be Kind Rewind Exhibit

Michel Gondry‘s upcoming film Be Kind Rewind is anything but conventional, and the upcoming marketing efforts are anything but normal.

Gondry will be taking over downtown New York’s Deitch Projects, transforming the Soho art gallery into a “Sweeding movie studio” from January 24th to March 1st.

“Groups of people walk in and will have access to a workshop,” Gondry explained to the LA Times. “There is a very simple protocol: You shoot in camera, edit while you shoot — which means you stop the camera when you want to go to the next scene, you don’t edit. Story lines last five to 10 minutes. And most of the exhibition will be a mini back lot with 15 little sets. In two hours, you can walk in, create a story, shoot a movie, watch it in the screening movie. Then you leave and take a copy.”

How cool is that?

For the exhibition, Michel Gondry will be recreating the video store in the gallery, where all videos created in the gallery can be viewed and rented. About the project, Gondry states, “I don’t intend nor have the pretension to teach how to make films. Quite the contrary. I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it. Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.”

The comedy will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where Gondry plans to perform music from the film’s soundtrack, backed by Mos Def and Jean-Michel Bernard. New Line will also transform a house near Main St into the Be Kind Rewind video store from the movie. Festival goers will be able to stop by this “Sweding suite” and participate in Sweding by inserting themselves into photos from the film.

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