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Most of the deals to come out of Sundance have been fairly small, from a monetary perspective. There’s just not much cash in indies these days, so the glory days of massive buys at the fest seem to be gone for the time being.

And now along comes this reported deal for Vincenzo Natali‘s film Splice, which is all the more odd as the gene-warping creature feature certainly seemed like one of the more niche films at the fest. When the early films of David Cronenberg are regularly referenced by reviews that go on to insist that Splice gets more and more crazy, you don’t think of a massive summer release. But that’s what Joel Silver is reportedly planning. Read More »

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I’m a big fan of Sarah Polley. In addition to her work developing and promoting film in Canada, she’s long demonstrated an ability to choose smart, interesting roles, whether in small dramas or off-center genre stuff. On the occasion where she jumps into a bigger studio film, she adds considerable heft to it; witness the Dawn of the Dead remake, which features a fantastic opening that centers all around Polley.

With Away From Her, the actress proved she could direct. Now Polley has another feature brewing based on her script Take This Waltz, which made the 2009 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. She’s just grabbed Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen for the leads, which should make for an interesting combination. Read More »

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I first saw photos from Splice in February of this year and was immediately ready to see it. Cube director Vincenzo Natali has brought Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody into a world of genetic creature development that seems to have a lot of potential. The initial stills (some of which come from the clip below) showed a weird little creature that becomes something much larger and more dangerous. See the clip and read a bit of buzz from the Sitges Fest ’09 after the break. Read More »

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Okay, Sarah Polley and Anton Yelchin are only kids in the sense that, heck, I’m an old man but I’ll stick by that ‘cool’ label. They’ve each just been cast in an interesting upcoming project – Yelchin in Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Polley in Mika Kaurismaki’s Queen Kristina.

The screenplay for The Beaver is absolutely fantastic and, I’m pretty convinced, going to make for a really great film that should easily outpace the rest of Ms. Foster’s directorial oeuvre. I reported on it last when Jim Carrey was eying the lead role, but since then Peter got to tell us that Mel Gibson was taking the part. That’s right – Jim Carrey out, Mel Gibson in. Not quite as extreme a change as when Eddie Murphy replaced Sylvester Stallone in Beverly Hills Cop, but still a bit of a jump.

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Mr. Nobody Trailer

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The first trailer for Mr. Nobody is now online for the second time, courtesy of Quiet Earth. Earlier this week a version dubbed into French popped up in a few places, but despite being the latest from Belgian director Jaco van Dormael, Mr. Nobody is in fact an English language movie and this is our first chance to hear the on-screen performers deliver their dialogue. The full promo has been embedded below the break and I recommend it fully.

The film stars Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger and Rhys Ifans and, judging by this trailer, Daniel Mays has a pretty tasty role too. I shared the following synopsis of the film when I posted some stills from the film a few months back:

Mr. Nemo Nobody is 35 years old and lives an ordinary life with his wife and three kids but, somehow, he one day wakes up in the swimming pool of an opulent mansion in the year 2092. Not only is he the oldest man in the entire world, at 120, he’s also the only mortal man – nobody else is ever going to die. He tries to work out what is real, and if his real life is the one he should have lived.

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Away From Her Movie Trailer

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One of the talked about films at Toronto and Sundance this year was the directorial debut of actress Sarah Polley. I was unable to catch the film at the fest, but Lionsgate has just released the movie trailer for the film online. Watch it after the jump.

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