There isn’t a lot of new footage from Wes Anderson‘s new film Moonrise Kingdom in the behind the scenes featurette that arrived today (there is some new stuff) but there are some really lovely shots of the director and crew at work. Various participants in the film, including co-writer Roman Coppola and actors Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton, explain some of the basics of the film, giving up a few new character details as they do.
The really good stuff, from my perspective, is the sidelong view of some of the film’s sets and locations. Anderson is such a meticulous stylist that there is a lot to see in his sets, and we get to see a couple of great glimpses of stuff built for the film in this featurette. We’ve seen some of this in the 20 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll that was released not long ago. But if you were worried about seeing too much of the film before the fact in that footage, this is the spoiler-free way to get a look at the set. Check it out below. Read More »
It’s been a decade since Roman Coppola directed a feature film (CQ, released in 2001) but he is preparing his second movie as director, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. The movie is at least partially inspired by the public meltdown of Charlie Sheen, and Sheen will play the title character. Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman and Katheryn Winnick have been cast over the past few weeks, and now Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Patricia Arquette are signing on, too. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Ken Jeong has built up a respectable career as a supporting actor, most notably on NBC’s Community and the Hangover films, but for his next movie role he’ll be moving a little closer to the spotlight. Jeong is set to star in and produce The Chung Factor, which landed on the 2005 Black List back when it was titled The Ex-Factor. Andy Selsor‘s screenplay revolves around a nice guy who falls in love with a woman, but begins to worry he’ll screw things up and employs an “offbeat” relationship coach (Jeong). Unfortunately, said coach turns out to be the woman’s ex, who wants to win her back and is actively trying to ruin the nice guy’s chances.
It’s great to see the talented and funny Jeong nabbing some bigger parts, but I kind of wish he’d chosen to play the romantic lead. The villain here sounds like he fits a little too comfortably into Jeong’s repertoire of mean weirdos — it would’ve been nice to see him stretch a bit more. [The Wrap]
After the jump, Daenerys Targaryen considers joining Éomer and Prince Caspian as they steal cars in France, while Katheryn Winnick nabs a starring role opposite America’s Trainwreck Charlie Sheen.
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Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
Julia Stiles is set to co-star in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel. The story centers around a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental hospital into the care of his mother (Jacki Weaver). Upon his release, he tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an troubled young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Stiles has landed the role of Lawrence’s older sister.
But perhaps the more exciting bit of news is that Chris Tucker, who entered talks last month to play Cooper’s friend from the institution, is now in final negotiations to take the role. I got a little worried last week, when stories of Weaver’s casting didn’t mention Tucker’s name, but I’m happy to see I was overreacting. If Tucker finalizes the deal, Silver Linings Playbook will be his first film part since 2007’s Rush Hour 3. [Deadline]
After the jump, April Ludgate watches Charlie Harper lose his mind, and Paul Walker deals with the aftermath of Katrina.
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Classic sayings have that status for a reason. Take ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Just a few days ago we found that Roman Coppola‘s new film, the existence of which was teased by his sister Sofia Coppola many months ago, is a picture called A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III. (Or A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III — there’s a bit of confusion on the Charles/Charlie aspect.)
No info outside the title was available, and naturally we wanted to know more. Now we do: Charlie Swan will be played by Charlie Sheen, in his first major film role since the very public meltdown that turned his life into a meme. So how about it, Coppola fans and Sheen detractors? Does this info change things for you? I know I’m wrestling with it. Read More »
Briefly: It’s been nine months since we heard anything about the new film that Roman Coppola is reportedly putting together. He’s been busy working on music videos and collaborating on features, often directing second unit, with sister Sofia Coppola, father Francis and friend Wes Anderson. But it has been just over ten years since Coppola’s one feature directorial effort, CQ. (A film that holds up quite well on repeat viewings.) So we’re ready to see something new from the guy.
Last year Sofia Coppola said her brother was working on something new, but she offered no details, and reps for Roman Coppola were not forthcoming with more info. Now we’ve learned that the title of the film is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. The Playlist dug up the info on the website of Roger Neil, who scored Mike Mills’ wonderful film Beginners. (He did some work on CQ as well.) There’s no more info about the new Coppola film — no plot, not even a genre — but at this point I’ll take this very minor update.
In early May, Focus Features bought distribution rights to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and issued an announcement of the full cast along with a plot description.
Or: almost the full cast. One actor who has been rumored for the film for some time is Harvey Keitel, but he was not among the announced cast list. Now he has been confirmed as being part of the movie. Along with that news, we’ve got the first images of some of the film’s sets, and of Edward Norton in costume (above) as a boy scout leader and Bill Murray being Bill Murray. That’s all after the break. Read More »
Wes Anderson is shooting his next film, Moonrise Kingdom, right now in Rhode Island, and the film now has distribution set: Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights. Some of those rights will be sold off at Cannes, wihle the company will release the film under the Focus banner in the US.
Moonrise Kingdom has a few new faces for the Wes Anderson collective, as the cast includes: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Bruce Willis? Yep, and I can’t say I’m not really interested to see how that works out for Wes Anderson. The full synopsis is after the break. Read More »
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It has been almost a decade since the release of CQ, the one and only feature film directed by Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of Sofia Coppola. CQ is a strange beast, a film within a film that features Jeremy Davies as an editor and hopeful film director who is tapped to finish a quickie genre movie. It didn’t make that much of a splash at the time, but it remains an entertaining and thoughtful piece of work, with some great performances. (Jason Schwatrzman is a big scene-stealer.)
In the meantime, Roman has worked on a variety of projects: co-writing The Darjeeling Limited, producing that and Somewhere, doing music videos and second unit film work. (On Lost in Translation, Tetro and The Life Aquatic, among others.) I’d love to see a new feature from him, however, and now it seems like one could be on the way. The Playlist talked to Sofia Coppola recently, and when asked about her brother’s projects, she said, “He’s working on something new… he’s working on a script that he put together.” The Playlist has contacted Roman’s representatives to seek further info, with no luck at this point. Still, a new film from the director would be very welcome, and we’re eager for more info.
It’s the eternal debate for all geeks: beer or sex? That’s the question posed in a clever commercial for Stella Artois beer that premiered this weekend. A young French man brings a young lady back to his home, which is set up like something out of a James Bond movie. She starts to play with some of his remote controls and, well, you should watch the one minutes commercial to find out. What makes this eye catching spot even cooler, though, is that it was co-directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Check it out after the break. Read More »