Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina has proven to be one of the very best films of 2015, thanks in no small part to the exceptional actors at its core: future Star Wars stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, and the suddenly ubiquitous Alicia Vikander. Now his follow-up feature Annihilation, set up at Paramount, is collecting a similarly promising cast.
Natalie Portman joined the sci-fi project back in May, and now word is she’ll be joined by Gina Rodriguez. The Jane the Virgin star recently attracted some attention when she was reported to be in the running for the Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars Episode VIII. More on the Gina Rodriguez Annihilation casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’ve heard of Jane Got a Gun at all, it was probably in the context of the film’s many, many behind-the-scenes troubles. Original director Lynne Ramsay dropped out at the last second, which in turn set off a bunch of casting shakeups. The project then rallied under new director in Gavin O’Connor and finished shooting in 2013, only to get shelved due to Relativity’s financial troubles.
But it’s finally coming to theaters in France next month, and so the first Jane Got a Gun trailer has revealed itself for our judgment. Natalie Portman produced and stars as the titular Jane, whose husband (Noah Emmerich) turns up half-dead after a run-in with an outlaw gang (led by Ewan McGregor). In desperation, she turns to an old flame (Joel Edgerton) for help protecting her farm and her family. Watch the Jane Got a Gun trailer after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: An updated A Tale of Love and Darkness trailer with English subtitles has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump. Original story from 08/12/2015 follows.
For her feature directorial debut, Natalie Portman also wrote and starred in A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, effectively an account of the founding of the state of Isreal as recounted through events in Oz’s own life. The story begins in 1945 in Jerusalem, honing in on Oz’s family — young Amos (Amir Tessler), parents Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and Fania (Portman) — as tensions mount between Jews and Arabs towards the end of the Mandate for Palestine.
There’s no domestic trailer for the film just yet, but we do have an international trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness. While there’s no English language dialogue here, the trailer still communicates quite a lot through the imagery captured by Portman and her cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Gattaca). Have a look after the break. Read More »
Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, is a western thriller about a woman defending herself and her home from violent attack, but the film itself seems like it has been a lot more vulnerable than Jane herself. Now, after a significant delay — the film shot in 2013 — there’s finally a Jane Got a Gun release date that might stick, as the film is on the Weinstein Company calendar for February 2016. Read More »
Forbes has released their annual list of the highest paid actresses and actors. Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence tops the actress list, while Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr tops the highest paid actor list. Not any big surprises there. Hit the jump to see the rest of the lists to find out who are the biggest movie stars of 2015.
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Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in US history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called Jackie, and it counts Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as a producer. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Since last year, a female Thor has been tearing her way through the pages of the Marvel comic book universe. But the heroine’s true identity has remained a secret — until now. She finally reveals herself in Thor #8, released this week. Click through to find out the female Thor identity. Obviously, major comic book spoilers abound after the jump. Read More »
The novel Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, is really terrific. It’s good enough that you should just stop reading this now, go read Annihilation (it’s short, only 125 pages or so) then come back. Because I’m a realist I’ll assume you didn’t do that, but to avoid spoilers about the novel I’ll just say this: Annihilation is kind of sci-fi and almost horror — it’s like Tarkovsky’s Stalker crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. It is unusual and unsettling, and all the major characters are women.
Alex Garland just did some great work with Ex Machina, and he is set to write and direct an Annihilation movie. Now he has Natalie Portman in talks to play the lead role. That is excellent news. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jane Got a Gun made headlines last spring for its rocky development process, including original director Lynne Ramsay‘s last-minute departure and the casting shakeups that followed. But now that the shoot has finally wrapped, we’re finally getting our first look at the project that caused all this trouble.
Gavin O’Connor wound up directing the Western actioner, which stars Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. See the first Jane Got a Gun images after the jump. Read More »
If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.
Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »