After editing my talk with Jacob Gentry, which featured conversation about the virtues of Kate Mara, I’m ready for the second season of House of Cards right now. The show features Mara as a wily, ambitious journalist that gets too close to a power hungry Congessman (Kevin Spacey), and the first season, overseen by David Fincher for Netflix, was a powerhouse of performances and tight, intricate plotting.
The second season will debut next year, and now we’ve got a long trailer that re-introduces the characters, and throws out a few big themes, too. It’s going to get ugly, and I can’t wait. Read More »
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Though most of us haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, hopefully you remember Ari Folman‘s movie The Congress. After years of development, the movie premiered at Cannes back in May, and scored a US distribution deal from Drafthouse Films. The movie features Robin Wright as an actress who sells her likeness to a film studio, and Folman uses live-action scenes and some really wild animated sequences to explore her life. (Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harvey Keitel and Danny Huston also star.)
The first trailer for the film was pretty mind-blowing, and now we’ve got two featurettes that explore specific parts of the film in just a bit more depth. They’re both quite short, but one shows one of the film’s dystopic visions, and how that slipstreams from live-action into animation. The other shows the basic elements of constructing the set for Wright’s character’s house.
The dystopian glimpse is the one you’ll really want to check out, since it shows off some new animation. Check out both below. Read More »
Anton Corbijn‘s third feature film, A Most Wanted Man, features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Willem Dafoe in a story adapted from a novel by John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). We’ve seen an early sales trailer for the film (which was sadly pulled) but until now the movie didn’t have any US distribution in place.
Now Lionsgate has stepped in to put the film in theaters. We don’t have a date for the studio’s plan at this point, but it’s good to know that there is a plan, or that there will shortly be one, at least. The film is about a Chechen-Russian immigrant, nearly penniless, who travels to Hamburg to claim an inheritance from his late father. But the source of his pop’s money is a little shady, and the US and German governments are watching. Hoffman plays a German security official who harbors serious suspicions about the situation.
We’ll post a new trailer as soon as one becomes available. With a studio on board, the next footage we see won’t be pulled from the internet. [Deadline]
Drafthouse Films has been on a roll out of Cannes. The relatively new distributor bought both Nothing Bad Can Happen and the very weird, appealing Borgman (trailer here) at the festival.
Now Drafthouse has partnered with Films We Like to pick up North American distribution rights to Ari Folman‘s The Congress. The film stars Robin Wright as a version of herself; in the film she’s an actress who sells her digital likeness to a movie studio. The film opens with live-action scenes, but quickly goes into animated flights of wild imagination. Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harvey Keitel and Danny Huston also star.
Drafthouse will handle the film in the US and Films We Like will take care of Canadian distibution. Sadly we have to wait until 2014 for the theatrical and VOD release. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
We’ve been waiting for The Congress, the new film from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman, for what feels like a very long time. (In reality, only since 2009.) The film is loosely based upon a story by science fiction grandmaster Stanislaw Lem, but has been adapted to very specifically suit cinema.
The live-action/animated hybrid features Robin Wright as an actress — actually as Robin Wright — whose career is being pronounced dead. And so she sells her likeness to a firm that uses her as a sample source. Wright playing a version of herself is already fairly strange, but then there are the ways that filmmakers use her likeness, which are really out there.
We’ve seen glimpses of the film’s animation before, but what we see here is far beyond what we’ve had a look at in the past. The animation is beautiful, but it’s the combination of everything that makes this look like one of the most visually commanding movies of the year. Will the script be as compelling? Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »
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Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by a conversation with David Fincher. I had already watched the entire series on Netflix, but it was great to see the show on a huge screen. Unlike other shows I’ve seen in special theater broadcasts, House of Cards felt more like a movie in the large format. Elvis Mitchell hosted the conversation at LACMA as part of Film Independent. While I usually like Mitchell’s Q & A’s, this one was a bit subpar as Mitchell tried to focus on his interpretations of characters and moments in the series, and Fincher wasn’t willing to consider those ideas as his own. But I did learn 11 interesting tidbits about Fincher and the series. Read them now after the jump.
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Maybe it was David Mamet‘s script. Maybe it was Jason Reitman‘s casting. Most likely it was a combination of both, but the latest live read at Los Angeles County Museum of Art was the stuff of legend. Six women – Mae Whitman, Carla Gugino, Robin Wright, Catherine O’Hara, Melanie Lynskey and Maria Bello – reading the screenplay for Glengarry Glen Ross was the perfect mix of material, personality, chemistry, and energy. Add a certain je ne sais quoi, and the great script and event concept became something truly special.
Presented as part of the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, the Glengarry Glen Ross live read was, unfortunately, a one-time-only event. But below, I’ll do my best to explain how each actress expertly inhabited their character, simply sitting on a stage with a script and a music stand. Read More »
Jason Reitman has once again decided to completely flip the cast for his February Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA. This time around, the film is Glengarry Glen Ross. Best known as a 1992 movie starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Ed Harris, Glengarry Glen Ross is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet. Mamet adapted the screenplay for the film and that script is what Reitman’s Live Read will be based on.
The twist, though, is that he’s doing it with an all-female cast. The ladies will A – always, B- be, C- closing on February 21 in Los Angeles. Read the cast below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Imagine the Lonely Island video “Motherlover” as a sun-drenched literary drama, and you have the basic premise of Anne Fontaine‘s new film Two Mothers. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star as two childhood pals living side-by-side on a gorgeous Australian beach, along with their strapping sons Ian (Xavier Samuel) and Tom (James Frecheville). Their lives are idyllic but lonely, and it’s not long before the two women begin eyeing each other’s sons with something more than motherly affection.
There’s obvious potential for serious sleaze, but the film has some classy pedigree behind it. It’s an adaptation of a novella by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing, and Fontaine approaches the material with an elegant eye. Toss in two acclaimed actresses, and, well… it still looks kind of trashy, but it could also be genuinely moving and thought-provoking. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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