Some of the best actors and filmmakers are taking time away from the big screen to participate in this new golden age of television, and the latest evidence of this shift comes from a couple of feature film talents who previously brought us one of the best movies of 2014.
Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon have adapted Liane Moriarty‘s novel Big Little Lies for a limited series on HBO. The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as three mothers of children who all attend the same school. Their lives are thrown into upheaval when a series of events results in a murder. The first Big Little Lies trailer has just debuted, introducing us to the characters briefly while also hinting at the tragedy and intrigue about to disrupt their world. Read More »
Producer Harvey Weinstein sees awards potential in Lion, one of the two contenders he’s betting on this fall. The other awards hopeful film coming from TWC, in Harvey Weinstein’s eyes, is The Founder, based on the life of Ray Kroc. While that biopic is about a man driven by greed, Lion is a more kind-hearted and inspiring tale, about a man (Dev Patel) searching for his family.
Below, watch the Lion trailer.
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Hollywood often doesn’t seem to know what to do with Nicole Kidman and that’s shame. When paired with the right material, she’s one of the most interesting actresses out there and she only gets more fearless with each passing year. And since it takes that special kind of fearlessness to appear in a Yorgos Lanthimos film, it makes perfect sense that she has joined the cast of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Delightful, twisted sense.
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Actor Jason Bateman made his feature directorial debut with the 2013 comedy, Bad Words. Bateman’s sophomore effort, The Family Fang, is a slightly less aggressive film. Bateman’s adaptation of Kevin Wilson‘s novel, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), simply called for a more reserved approach than his first film –although The Family Fang isn’t without its comedic moments, like when Bateman’s character gets beamed in the head by a potato gun.
The Family Fang stars Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, and Maryann Plunkett. Growing up, the Fang siblings were involved — or “used,” depending on how you look at it — in their parents’ performance art. When the famous performance artists go missing, the brother and sister (Bateman and Kidman) begin to dig deeper into the past, trying to understand the exact effect their parents had on them.
Read our Jason Bateman interview below.
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Back in 2011, Nicole Kidman‘s Blossom Films and Olympus Films purchased the movie rights for Kevin Wilson‘s bestselling book, The Family Fang. Half a decade later, the adaptation is now reaching theaters. Directed by the film’s star, Jason Bateman, this marks the actor’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker.
Watch The Family Fang trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sofia Coppola recently used her land legs to walk away from Universal’s new take on The Little Mermaid, but now she’s diving into another retelling of an classic story. Albeit a very, very different kind of classic story. She’s set to write and direct a remake of The Beguiled, the 1971 Clint Eastwood drama about a soldier taken in by an all-girls school. And as if that weren’t intriguing enough already, the Beguiled remake will star Nicole Kidman as well as reunite Coppola with her previous stars Elle Fanning (Somewhere) and Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette). Read More »
A two-hour movie about a book editor might not be the most enticing subject matter for some filmgoers, but Genius isn’t just about any book editor. Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) was the editor that discovered literary Gods, such as F. Scott Fitzegerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West), and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage makes his feature directorial debut with Perkins’ story.
Watch the Genius trailer below.
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It was presumed Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert would open in theaters last fall, but we’re still waiting on a release date for the biopic. After an underwhelming festival response, the wait makes sense. Herzog’s epic, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, might not be the awards contender some predicted — but it’s still a Herzog film, so, awards worthy or not, it’s still on our radar.
Watch the Queen of the Desert trailer below.
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Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
Did Juan José Campanella‘s Secret in Their Eyes really need to get remade in English? Eh, probably not. But it happened anyway, so all we can really do now is hope for the best. At least there’s reason to be ever-so-slightly optimistic: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman head up the new cast, and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) directs.
That’s a solid lineup, if you can look past how very unnecessary this project seems to be in the first place. So what will the new version have to offer that the old one didn’t? Maybe the new Secret in Their Eyes trailer will have some clues. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman has just roped in an Oscar winner. Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to join Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the DC Comics adaptation, which is being directed by Patty Jenkins. More on the Nicole Kidman Wonder Woman casting after the jump. Read More »