Bad looks pretty good in Sam Raimi‘s Oz. The director’s new film is Oz: The Great and Powerful, which tells of a corrupt, salacious magician (James Franco) who escapes a predicament by balloon, and is swept away to the magical land of Oz. There he meets three witches, Glinda (Michelle Williams), Theodora (Mila Kunis), and Evanora (Rachel Weisz).
Disney is starting to show off the witches, with a planned release of three posters, one for each. Below you’ll find a sheet featuring one of the two wicked sisters, Theodora and Evanora, aka the Wicked Witches of the West and East. But is it Kunis or Weisz in the poster? We’ve seen images of both women in the film looking a lot more… normal… than the woman in the poster below. But the image really calls back to Margaret Hamilton’s classic film depiction of the Wicked Witch of the West. Take a look for yourself and determine who this is. Read More »
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Every film director does some of the most important work of creating a movie in the editing room, but Terrence Malick is more famous for his editing process than most. Malick is known for re-writing films during the editing stage, and for being fearless when it comes to cutting scenes, and even whole characters. The Thin Red Line is notorious for the fact that Adrien Brody, once meant as the lead, was reduced to a supporting character, and Billy Bob Thornton’s narration was scrapped altogether.
Malick’s next film, To the Wonder, is a movie that features four primary roles, played by Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. But there were a good number of ancillary characters as well. “Were” is the operative word, as several have been cut, including Rachel Weisz. Read More »
Even with a two hour-plus run time, The Bourne Legacy feels short. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first Bourne three films, directed this extension of the franchise which gives an intricate, chemical context to everything you loved about the first three. However, in its run time, the percentage of actual action is pretty small. When it hits, the action is big, exciting and almost always innovative. But the fights, gun battles and car chases are few and far between.
Gilroy co-wrote with his brother, Dan Gilroy, and they’ve packed the movie with loads of expository information and characters that’ll do wonders to kick start a franchise, even if it won’t do wonders for an impatient audience. This is way more in line with Gilroy’s previous directorial efforts, Michael Clayton and Duplicity, than the Bourne films, and your opinion on those will likely impact your enjoyment of The Bourne Legacy.
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
After receiving worldwide acclaim for City of God and The Constant Gardener, director Fernando Meirelles took a stumble with his most recent film, Blindness. Now he’s angling to get back on top with 360, an erotic drama inspired by the Arthur Schnitzler‘s play Reigen. (Another of Schnitzler’s works once served as the source material for Stanely Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.)
All the pieces for a fantastic movie are here: The star-studded cast includes Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, and Ben Foster, and the screenplay comes from The Queen scribe Peter Morgan. But it’s what Meirelles does with those parts that matters, and the first trailer is inconclusive on that front. Watch it after the jump.
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After he finished The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick shot a film that was referred to for quite some time as The Burial. The romance features Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, and Jessica Chastain, and has been the subject of much speculation, as is often the case with Malick’s films.
Now we’ve got one new detail: thanks to the MPAA, we know the film is now called To the Wonder, and has been rated R for “some sexuality/nudity.” Read More »
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Here’s the Japanese teaser trailer for The Bourne Legacy, in which previous Bourne series writer Tony Gilroy directs Jeremy Renner in a film that expands the fictional world of the Bourne films. Renner isn’t the successor to Matt Damon exactly; rather, he’s a parallel character in the same world. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz are featured in addition to Renner.
While there isn’t too much new footage here, there is just enough to be worth a look, especially as we were pretty impressed with the US teaser. Read More »
Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.
The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.
The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.
After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba have boarded No Good Deed, a thriller written by Aimee Lagos (96 Minutes) and directed by Sam Miller (Luther). The Screen Gems project centers around a district attorney who gives up her career to stay at home with her two young children. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger shows up claiming to have car trouble, she invites him into her home, only for him to kidnap and terrorize her and her family.
Though neither Variety nor THR confirm which character each will be playing, we can probably assume that Henson will be the mom and Elba the charming but dangerous stranger. The film marks Elba’s third time working with Screen Gems, having previously made Takers and Obsessed for the studio. Not such an auspicious track record, but for the sake of these talented actors let’s hope for the best.
After the jump, Nicole Kidman subs in for Rachel Weisz, and Emmy Rossum is a beautiful creature.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Valentine’s Day may have already come and gone, but between the re-release of Titanic and the opening of Terence Davies‘ The Deep Blue Sea, it looks like cinema’s most romantic days are still ahead of us. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, whose marriage to an older judge (Simon Russell Beale) falls apart when she strikes up a passionate affair with a dashing ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Though I found the previously released trailer to be a bit maudlin for my taste, the new one is more restrained, and far more moving as a result. Check it out after the jump.
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