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 »
UPDATE: Variety reported on December 8 that Portman passed on this role. It is thought that Portman (and Jessica Chastain before her) was actually up for the role of Joanna Hoffman, who was part of the original Apple Macintosh dev team, and for a while the only marketing person working on the Macintosh. Additionally, we’ve heard that one bit of info in the “three product launches” structure is wrong, and that it is actually the original iMac launch seen in the script, and not the iPod launch.
In a recent interview, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said that one of Steve Jobs’ daughters, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs, was the “heroine” of the film he scripted about Jobs’ life.
In the case of Steve Jobs, it’s the relationships he had – particularly with his daughter, Lisa – that drew me to it. She didn’t participate in Walter Isaacson’s book, because her father was alive at the time, and she didn’t want to alienate either of her parents, so I was very grateful that she was willing to spend time with me. She is the heroine of the movie.
We know that Danny Boyle is directing the film and that Michael Fassbender will play the lead. With that quote in mind, we now have a pretty good idea who will be playing that role. Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to join the film. Read more about the Natalie Portman Steve Jobs casting below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
We don’t know how much you made in the past year, but it’s probably a safe bet that it’s a lot less than these ten Hollywood actresses did. Sandra Bullock tops the list with an impressive $51 million, but numbers 2-10 didn’t do too badly for themselves either. Can you guess who they are? Find out who the 2013 top earning actresses are after the jump.
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Briefly: Months ago, Gavin O’Connor‘s film Jane Got a Gun was one of the most talked about films in Hollywood. Now, after a quiet period and some schedule changes, there’s a new Jane Got a Gun release date set for February 20, 2015. Read More »
At times it can seem like there’s little point to actually buying Blu-ray discs. Sure, there’s the little matter of the superior sound and picture, but these days you can legally download the film (usually a few weeks before the disc release) and watch almost all the extras early as the company disperses them across the internet before discs are on shelves. Case in point, Thor: The Dark World.
The Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray doesn’t hit shelves until February 25 but we’ve already seen multiple videos from the release including Tom Hiddleston as an Avenger, auditioning for Thor and even some deleted scenes. Now, we have an extended clip from the gag reel, which is pretty cute as far as gag reels go. Check it out below. Read More »
Last week, Thor stars Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth appeared on BBC TV’s The Graham Norton Show to promote Thor: The Dark World. Portman talked about the huge difference in height between her and her co-star, which resulted in a comparison of their action figures. Check out the funny clip embedded after the jump.
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While Kenneth Branagh struggled to define a world in the original Thor, Alan Taylor has the gift of audience familiarly with its sequel Thor: The Dark World. Branagh’s original film took a long time to find its footing and never quite explored how great the characters of Thor and Loki could be. That second issue was ironed out in The Avengers.
So Thor: The Dark World hits the ground running with fully realized, charismatic and confident portrayals of all the characters involved. It’s defined by Thor being an ultimate hero and Loki being a mischievous villain. That, coupled with plenty of Avengers-size action, laugh-out-loud humor and Marvel Cinematic Universe easter eggs help make Thor: The Dark World one of the best Marvel films to date. Read More »