Behind the Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.

Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Is Beautiful Creatures the next Twilight? The film is a YA tale of a battle between good and evil supernatural forces, focused around the adolescence of a young witch, Lena (Alice Englert), whose powers will be claimed either for the light or dark when she hits her 16th birthday.

The film adapts Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s novel of the same name (the first of a multi-book arc, naturally) and if this new footage is anything to go by the movie definitely has a chance at, um, eclipsing Twilight. Not in the supernatural teen romance category, but for pure “WTF?” factor. A new international trailer runs down a good bit of the story, and also makes the film look like a campy, kooky mess. Some of the “southern” accents here are just marvelous, and for a movie about witches there’s a hell of a lot of vamping going on. I don’t care why Emmy Rossum is screaming towards the end of the trailer; I just want to loop that moment. Read More »

Speculation over which YA property would become the next Twilight has been swirling for some time now — since the first film hit theaters in 2008, really. But with the beloved vampire series finally poised to come to a close this fall, the timing is now more ripe than ever for some other pair of star-crossed paranormal teenager lovers to swoop in and take Edward and Bella’s place.

Among the contenders are Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert) of Beautiful Creatures, Richard LaGravenese‘s adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s bestselling novel. This time around, it’s the guy who’s the clueless human newcomer, and the girl who’s the mysterious, supernatural local. The surprisingly strong supporting cast includes Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Michael Peña has called labor organizer Cesar Chavez his dream role, and now the actor is set to play the part in Chavez, which will be produced and directed by Diego Luna. That’s a great step up from supporting roles in films like Battle: Los Angeles, Tower Heist and The Lincoln Lawyer.

Peña will be joined by America Ferrera as Helen Chavez, and Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta. Variety says the film, scripted by Keir Pearson, “depicts Chavez organizing the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California.”

Chavez will start shooting in Sonora, Mexico in April. Gael Garcia Bernal and John Malkovich are also among the film’s producers. This is Luna’s second film about a public figure, as his first directorial effort was the documentary J.C. Chavez, about Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez.

After the break, Jennifer Beals produces and stars in a jazz-themed indie called The Lord of Vinyl, and the supernatural YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures gets a little addition from Project X. Read More »

The Bridesmaids ladies aren’t the only female ensemble cast enjoying a well-deserved career boost this awards season. Hours after we reported that Octavia Spencer had signed on for Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snow Piercer, Spencer’s The Help co-star Viola Davis has booked supporting roles in Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi flick Ender’s Game and Richard LaGravenese‘s fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures. Read more after the jump.

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