HBO is quickly filling slots on its upcoming sci-fi show Westworld with some top end talent. The show, produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It’s about robots at a theme park that run amok, an idea the author evolved two decades later for Jurassic Park.
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were already cast as two of the show’s leads and now six more actors have joined. Best known among them are Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) along with Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Read who each actor plays on the Westworld TV show Read More »
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Mia Wasikowska has been set to star in Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a script Rose Barreneche adapted from the Gustave Flaubert story. This version is called a “fresh retelling” of the novel that emphasizes modern and youthful themes, even as the story remains basically the same: Emma Bovary (Wasikowska) marries a small-town doctor to get away from her father’s even smaller farm, then has affairs to escape the dreariness of her marriage.
Paul Giamatti is also attached to the movie; he would be Monsieur Homais, the town druggist and friend of Bovary’s husband, who threatens to expose her actions. We won’t see this one for a while, but Wasikowska does have several projects coming up: Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker, John Hillocat’s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County) and will next shoot Richard Ayoade’s The Double. That’s an impressive upcoming slate. [Variety]
After the break, Amanda Peet is mixed up in Identity Theft, and Simon Quarterman goes after a cheapo werewolf. Read More »
After the success of Paranormal Activity, Paramount created a small division called Insurge. The purpose of that company offshoot was to make or buy several ‘micro-budget’ films each year — essentially movies made for about a million dollars that could (hopefully) replicate some of the success of Paranormal Activity.
The first Insurge effort is this: The Devil Inside, in which a young woman named Isabella visits her mother, who has been held in what seems to be a Vatican-run institution after killing three people during an exorcism. The trailer has just hit, and it shows the film to be some combination of the now-familiar approach of the ‘found footage’ horror genre and more traditional film narrative. It also has some reasonably creepy scenes of demonic possession. (Or of great Satanic yoga poses, though I guess to some extreme fundamentalists, possession and yoga are basically the same thing.)
Check out the trailer below. Read More »