We just mentioned the fact that Beyonce will direct her own bio-doc for HBO, but there are a few other biopics in development, too. Andrew Dominik has only released two films to date: Chopper, and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford. The former got worldwide attention, and the latter quickly developed a fervent cult following despite being a relative failure at the box office. This week Dominik releases his third film, Killing Them Softly, and with any luck, Dominik’s next film will arrive a lot sooner. Before making Killing Them Softly he was working on the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, and that film is moving forward once again, with Naomi Watts (above) still set to play Marilyn.
Dominik told The Playlist, “It’s about her whole life. It starts when she’s seven and it ends when she dies… It’s sort of a Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie. It’s about this orphan girl who gets lost in the woods.” That latter statement is interesting, especially since the film comes from Joyce Carol Oates‘ book about Marilyn, but taking the eccentricities of Killing Them Softly into account, it isn’t all that surprising. Dominik clearly has more than the mundane in mind. In fact, he says “fantasy and reality become very blurred in the story.”
Dominik hopes to shoot the film next year, and says “It’s my dream project and I’ve been working on it for years and years and years.” But let’s move on. After the break,
- Lenny Kravitz will play Marvin Gaye,
- and Fox Searchlight is developing a Susan Boyle biopic,
- and Michael Hutchence of INXS is the subject of dueling developments.
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Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
The red-band trailer for Peter Farrelly‘s Movie 43 leaned hard on the shock factor of seeing big Hollywood stars revel in foul language and filthy jokes, but the poor green-band trailer is stuck trying to sell the exact same product by only hinting at what the NSFW version could actually show. Is Anna Faris asking Chris Pratt to take a dump on her still comedy gold when the word “poop” has to be substituted with a fart noise? Is Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts bullying their own kid still shocking when they have to keep their behavior G-rated?
Eh, truthfully, I think the answer is that none of this looked all that outrageous to begin with. But at least it’s not any less funny than it was before. Hit the jump to see Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Terrence Howard, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Seann William Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Bell, Richard Gere, and so, so, so many more celebs in the new SFW trailer.
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Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Five years after making his feature debut with the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story The Orphanage, filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona is back with The Impossible, which deals with an entirely different kind of fear. Instead of tangling with things that go bump in the night, the family at the center of the new film are facing the less fanciful terrors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a couple on winter vacation in Thailand with their three sons when tragedy hits. Torn apart in the chaos, the family struggles to reunite as they help and are helped by strangers along the way. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Can Robert Pattinson fill the shoes of Peter O’Toole? More important, can he match the defining Lawrence of Arabia when it comes to humanity and gravitas?
You may recall that Werner Herzog has been prepping a film called Queen of the Desert, in which Naomi Watts is set to play English writer, explorer, and archaeologist Gertrude Stein. Now Pattinson has been attached to play T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, in Herzog’s film. Lawrence was a colleague and friend to Bell, and casting Pattinson suggests that he’ll figure prominently in Herzog’s take on Bell’s history. Read More »
Naomi Watts was once set to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Domink’s film Blonde. That film was delayed, but could still happen, and we don’t know if Watts will still be in the lead role when (if) it does shoot. But the actress nabbed the lead role in another film that looks at an influential figure in history: she’s playing Diana, Princess of Wales in Caught in Flight, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall).
Watts replaced another actress, as Jessica Chastain was once tipped for the role. The image above is one of the first of Watts in character as the late Royal, and she looks just enough like her subject to suggest that Watts was a good choice for the gig. (Also a good choice: whoever is styling her hair into Di’s signature look.) Check out another pic below. Read More »
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A couple years ago Juan Antonio Bayona got a lot of attention for his debut feature, the Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller The Orphanage. Now Bayona returns with a film called The Impossible. And while it isn’t a horror film, exactly — not in the way that The Orphanage was — it certainly deals with horror in a specific way.
The Impossible is based in part upon the Indian Ocean tsunami that ravaged Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia in 2004. It stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a couple vacationing in the country when the tsunami hits the Thai coastline. The results are, as we know from history, devastating.
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There is a staggering amount of casting news today thanks in part to the in-progress European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival, where producers take projects to gather foreign distribution deals and financing. So let’s get right to it.
First up, the Princess Diana film Caught in Flight, which will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall) has found a new Princess. Last year Jessica Chastain was in talks for the role — there was a moment where she was in talks for every big female role, it seems — but now Diana will be played by Naomi Watts. Losing Chastain is unfortunate, but if Watts is the replacement I can’t see too many complaints being aired.
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the film will shoot later this year with an emphasis on the last two years of Diana’s life; that is, after her 1995 divorce, and through her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. “It charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to achieve her defining successes evolving into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” [Deadline]
After the break, Haley Joel Osment goes back to science fiction, and we catch up with two new roles for Katherine Heigl that were announced not long ago. Read More »
Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. decided to skip this fall’s festival circuit with the biopic J. Edgar. While a good many of the other major fall studio releases have been seen and reviewed in the past three weeks via Telluride, Venice and TIFF, we’ve seen nothing from this biography of America’s most powerful lawman, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover.
Now the shroud is off the film as Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays the FBI chief and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) appears as his second-in-command and rumored love, Clyde Tolson. See the trailer below. Read More »
The years since Jim Sheridan‘s great film In America have been filled with a couple of strange choices: the 50 Cent movie Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, and the remake of Susanne Bier’s Brothers. (The latter being a film I liked in part, but the idea of remaking it still seems like a strange choice.)
Now here’s Dream House, which looks like it might be a too-predictable wacky thriller in which Daniel Craig gets to go a little bit crazy. He moves into a new home with his wife (Rachel Weisz, now his real-life bride as well) and children, only to discover that the previous inhabitants were murdered. From there, Daniel Craig goes off the rails a bit as he discovers that his own past might not be what he assumed it to be. This is definitely a trailer that appears to show too much, but what it might really show is that Dream House is going to be a tough sell. Check it out after the break. Read More »