Briefly: Fox Searchlight and Summit International, the two big distributors behind the release of Terrence Malick‘s new film The Tree of Life, have been aggressive and thorough in controlling how images from the film filter out onto the net. But their plan changes now with the launch of a website called Two Ways Through Life, which presents “the life journey of a young boy” as split into two paths. Fox Searchlight has done excellent web-based marketing for other films in the past, such as Black Swan, and now this site is another piece of nice work.

I haven’t gone through the whole site by any means, but each of the two ‘paths’ has many nodes which lead to film clips and brief descriptions of what could be events from the plot. You’ll see some of the very big-picture stuff that we know is in the film — an asteroid hitting Earth, and the final stages of our Sun’s life. I’m reluctant to look at everything presented, as I’d rather just see the film, but if you’re looking for a lot more material from The Tree of Life, this is your stop.

The weirdest movie business story of the week involves Terrence Malick‘s new film The Tree of Life. Fox Searchlight bought the film for US distribution, and in concert with Summit International, which holds rights to the film in other territories, planned to premiere the picture at Cannes just before a late May opening in the States.

Then Icon announced that it would open the film in the UK on May 4 — before the Cannes premiere, therefore possibly blowing away the well-laid plans of Fox Searchlight and Summit Int’l. Summit didn’t take kindly to that and is now taking action against Icon, which holds distro rights for the film in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The result is two-fold: we get a look into how complicated international distribution can be, and for people who live in Icon’s territories we’ve got to wonder if the film will be significantly delayed, and if so for how long. Read More »

Fans who are anticipating The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick‘s first film since 2005’s The New World, have a beautiful new image to dissect to their heart’s content. The Internet Movie Database has premiered a stunning new mosaic theatrical poster for the Fox Searchlight release and, much like the first trailer, it’s full of gorgeous and mysterious images including planets, fires and, yes, a dinosaur.

Set for release in the United States on May 27, Malick’s film – starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain – was thought to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. However, Empire is now reporting that it’ll premiere in the United Kingdom May 4, a full week before before the world’s most prestegious film festival even begins. Read more about that and see the full poster after the break. Read More »

Years of speculation about The Tree of Life, the latest film from reclusive and very slow-working master director Terrence Malick, will finally end in May. We had a very good idea that the film would play the festival, given that Fox Searchlight set a May 27 release date after picking up the film a few months ago. Variety reports that the film will appear at the fest, but says that we likely won’t know if it will play in or out of competition until early or mid April, when the full lineup is announced.

The film is a multi-generational drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain that, to some extent, looks at our place in the world and the universe at large. There have been a great many hints about the film suggesting that it covers a timeframe much more broad than a couple of mere human lifetimes — think aeons. Information about the film’s scientific background and the possible presence of dinosaurs has been largely scrubbed from the internet wherever possible. That fact, combined with the lush, very appealing trailer and the simple fact that this is a new Terrence Malick movie, make The Tree of Life one of the highest-profile film debuts of 2011. Hit the jump to see the trailer if you haven’t yet caught it. Read More »


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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on Jon Favreau’s decision not to direct the next Iron Man, wonder how much The Tree of Life has in common with The Fountain, and ponder the unnecessaryness of sequels for Shakespeare in Love, Bad Santa, and Rounders. Special guest Annalee Newitz joins us from io9.

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Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Trailer

If you held out and managed not to watch an online bootleg version of the trailer for Terrence Malick‘s highly-anticipated fifth film The Tree of Life, your patience has been rewarded. The trailer has been officially released online, and it is stunningly beautiful. Read More »

The image above and one below are two new images from Terrence Malick‘s long-awaited The Tree of Life, the trailer for which will be running in front of prints of Black Swan starting tomorrow. (Or tonight, if you’ve got midnight showings in your area.) If you’ve been keeping track, that makes a bare handful of images released over the past couple of years that we’ve been waiting for the film to be finished and hit theaters. Yes, we’ll see the trailer shortly, but in the meantime we’ll take what we can get. The debut of new material from Terrence Malick is an event.

Check out the other image below, along with some information about the trailer to tide you over until the online version arrives. Read More »

It’s a very Malick December 1, as we have detailed news on the director’s new film, tentatively titled The Burial, and trailer news for his other new film — the old new film, as it were — The Tree of Life.

JoBlo claims, via Twitter, that there will be a two-minute trailer for The Tree of Life on all prints of Black Swan opening this weekend. I haven’t had confirmation of this, nor any news that the trailer will arrive online at the same time. If you work in a theater and have the Tree trailer with your Black Swan print, let us know, please.

After the break, there’s an extensive rundown of the film Mr Malick recently wrapped in Oklahoma, which stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Barry Pepper. We’ve known next to nothing about that one so far, other than that Javier Bardem plays a priest, so this will expand your knowledge base on the film by a good margin. Read More »

There is good news and bad news about the very early promo push for Terrence Malick‘s much-anticipated film The Tree of Life. The bad news is that this first poster is really bad. It could be advertising Big Fish 2 just as easily as the generational drama from Mr. Malick. The good news is that, since this came out of the American Film Market, there’s a very high chance that this is just a sales art mockup and not even close to a final teaser poster meant to entice audiences.

But along with the poster we have an extended synopsis — the same one that was found occasionally on the web quite a while back, but this time “from the desk of Terrence Malick” — which you can find along with a large version of the poster after the break. Read More »

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UPDATE: Fox Searchlight has confirmed this date.

There has been no end of speculation about when we’ll see the latest film from Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life. After hoping for a release date from Apparition all this year, that distributor essentially dissolved and Fox Searchlight picked up the film. Now a scheduling update at Box Office Mojo has the film dated for May 27, 2011. Read More »