For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”
Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.
Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
When Hollywood has two similarly themed projects brewing at the same time, it’s often a case of two studios competing to see which one comes out on top. In the case of two upcoming animal poaching movies, however, it’s actually a single studio joining forces with the same starry team for multiple projects centered around a single topic.
Warner Bros. is planning two films about the illegal poaching of endangered creatures in Africa, both of which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way, Tobey Maguire‘s Material Pictures, and Tom Hardy‘s Executive Options. One is said to be a star vehicle for Hardy, while the other could star all three. Read more after the jump.
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The Details is a dark comedy about a snowball of suburban drama set off by worm-hungry raccoons. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), the incredible cast includes Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert. It premiered at Sundance 2011 to solid reviews (/Film included) and was quickly picked up by The Weinstein Company. But, as as you can tell from that description, the movie isn’t exactly an easy sell, so onto the shelf it went.
The Details has finally been dusted off and is now scheduled for limited release November 2. After the jump, you can watch the first trailer which sells two things: 1. This movie is insane. 2. The movie is really good. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
At a time when some studio projects (ahem, New Year’s Eve) seem less about telling a good story than about cramming together as many celebs as possible, it’s surprising to hear of an actor getting cut because he was too famous for a film. But that’s what exactly happened to Tobey Maguire, if recent reports are to be believed.
Last year, Maguire nabbed the role of a writer in Ang Lee‘s literary adaptation Life of Pi. However, sources now indicate that Maguire’s performance simply wasn’t “working,” and that he’s since been replaced by the lower-profile Rafe Spall. Read more after the jump.
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Three of Hollywood’s biggest actors are teaming up for environmental truth. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are set to produce an untitled film centered on the world of animal trafficking and poaching. The idea for the film came from Hardy, who envisions the multi-layered story sort of like Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film Traffic, where every level of an illegal operation is shown on screen with interweaving stories.
The film is set up at Warner Bros. and the project is currently out for writers. Despite the early involvement of the trio mentioned above, there’s no indication that any of the three actors will actually appear in the film. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
The year-end prestige movie season was looking especially thick this year, with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained all clamoring for a piece of the box office. As of today, however, one filmmaker who’ll be sitting out that bloodthirsty competition is Baz Luhrmann.
Warner Bros. has just moved Lurhmann’s F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby from December 25 into Summer 2013 in a surprising but understandable move. The Great Gatsby looked at one point like it’d be one of the most formidable contenders in this winter’s awards season, but it seems execs are hoping that a summer release will translate to a wider each.
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Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Comic book adaptations may be a cinema staple these days, but when Sam Raimi‘s first Spider-Man opened a decade ago, Hollywood still wasn’t entirely sure about this whole superhero movie thing. In fact, it was in part thanks to the critical and commercial success of that movie that we’re in the middle of a costumed-hero glut at the moment.
The trend came full circle this week with Marc Webb‘s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts fresh with a brand-new Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and a revamped origin tale. As that film takes the box office by storm, Kees van Dijkhuizen has taken it upon himself to revisit Raimi’s original trilogy. Watch his 6-minute montage of highlights from the Tobey Maguire movies — yes, even the disappointing last one — after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Ask anyone with even a passing familiarity of contemporary literature what the Great American Novel is, and you’re bound to hear the name The Great Gatsby more a few times. First published in 1924, F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s best loved work captured the zeitgeist of the country in the glittering ’20s, as well as the timeless elation and tragedy of the American Dream.
So it’s not an exaggeration to say that this new cinematic adaptation of the classic tale, from (Australian) director Baz Luhrmann, has a lot to live up to. Happily, Luhrmann’s got a top-shelf cast helping him out. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the title character Jay Gatsby, the ultimate self-made American man, while Tobey Maguire play writer Nick Carraway, who narrates the proceedings. Rounding out the cast are Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s long-simmering love interest and Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, Isla Fisher as his mistress Myrtle, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Daisy’s friend and Nick’s love interest Jordan. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Even if you aren’t excited for the debut of Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent next week, now there’s a superhero reason to watch as well. According to a new television commercial, a special four minute “super preview” of Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man will air during the show on Monday May 14. We’ve got the tease below.
In addition, a really fun interview has come online with the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. In it he’s interviewed by none other than the previous Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire. All this Spidey-goodness is after the jump. Read More »