Paddington

Another incredibly popular children’s book series is getting the big screen treatment. This time it’s Paddington, which is about a small bear who travels to London and gets taken in by a kind family. Based on the popular series written by Michael Bond, Oscar-winner Colin Firth will provide the voice of the Paddington bear, Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman will play a villainous taxidermist and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky) are the mother and father. Also appearing in the film, which will be a mixture of live action and CG, are Harry Potter alums Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

David Heyman, producer of Gravity and the Harry Potter films, is producing and Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is directing. It’ll be released in the UK in November 2014 and in the US early 2015. Read More »

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All Is Bright

There are certain actors we’re happy to see in just about anything, and the newest film by Phil Morrison (Junebug) happens to feature three of them. All Is Bright stars Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd as Dennis and Rene, former partners in crime who reunite when Dennis gets out of jail.

Desperate to mend his relationship with his wife and child — who are now living with Rene — Dennis gets involved with Rene in a scheme to sell Christmas trees in New York. Sally Hawkins also stars, as one of their customers. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Blue Jasmine (header)

How many career resurgences has Woody Allen had at this point? I’ve lost track, but we’re square in the middle of one now, kicked off with the career-topping success of his 2011 release Midnight in Paris. His new film, Blue Jasmine, stars Cate Blanchett as “a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.” That sounds middling to dire until you see what Blanchett is doing with it — she’s entitled and insufferable, but ragged and clearly, if comically, worn down to a nub.

This trailer introduces her character, and the sister (Sally Hawkins) who takes her into her San Francisco home when Jasmine’s husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be less than an upstanding dude. Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star; you’ll only get a glimpse of Louis C.K. here, but he seems to be playing a suitor for Hawkins.

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Sally Hawkins Rounds Out ‘Godzilla’ Cast

Sally Hawkins Happy Go Lucky

Briefly: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche are all going to be fighting the granddaddy of all monsters, Godzilla, for director Gareth Edwards. Now they’ll have an Oscar-nominee along for the ride. Sally Hawkins, best known for her work in Happy-Go-Lucky as well as Never Let Me Go and Submarine, has just been cast as another scientist trying to survive what’s sure to be a massive monster attack.

Godzilla is currently filming in Vancouver, aimed at a May 16, 2014 release. [Deadline]

In keeping with the film-a-year pace he’s kept up for decades now, Woody Allen has a new movie due out in 2013. Blue Jasmine sees the master filmmaker returning to the U.S., for the first time since 2009′s Whatever Works.

Allen’s keeping most of the plot details under wraps, as usual, but we know the movie will center around ”the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” The first image shows Cate Blanchett looking deeply unhappy while Sally Hawkins looks on impassively. Check it out after the jump.

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Briefly: Woody Allen continues to work at a pace that other directors can only dream of. He’s following To Rome With Love with a new film that stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and now Michael Stuhlbarg. And now the movie has a title, Blue Jasmine, and a distribution deal with Allen’s regular partner Sony Pictures Classics.

Allen scripted (of course) and the film follows “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” In form typical to the director, that’s just about all we know beyond the cast roster. We do know the film will shoot in the US, making it the director’s first film at home since the 2009 release Whatever Works. The fact that this will be Allen’s fourth movie since that picture came out is a testament to his wonderfully relentless work habit. [THR]

Woody Allen‘s latest film will be his first to shoot in the US in almost a decade, but that might not be the big reason to pay attention to it. The film just added three cast members, and they’re quite a set. One of them is a great surprise: Louis C.K., a man we know is a fan of Allen’s work if only for the homage he paid Manhattan in the third season of Louie. Another is also a surprise, but a much more surreal one: Andrew Dice Clay, whose comic sensibility is everything a classic Allen character would claim to hate, but might secretly love. Then, to balance things out, we have Peter Sarsgaard.

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Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb may seem like an unlikely couple, but they’ll be united in the fight against a demonic child in Hell Baby. Scripted and directed by Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the comedy centers around a pregnant woman and her husband (Bibb and Corddry) who move into a dilapidated haunted house in New Orleans. In an effort to keep from having a demonic baby, they call upon the Vatican’s crack exorcism team, played by Lennon and Garant. Bet that’ll go well. Production will begin in New Orleans next month. [Variety]

After the jump, Clark Duke becomes Adam Scott’s kid brother, and Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti pull Amy Landecker into their Christmas tree scheme.

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