Update: we’ve updated the post with more reviews.
Darren Aronofsky‘s ballet thriller Black Swan premiers tonight at the Venice Film Festival. The first press screening just got out and I can’t express how jealous I am of everyone who has seen it. The initial buzz is now online, and is available below. Hit the jump to read excerpts from the reviews and tweets from the festival-goers and critics in Venice.
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Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)
The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.
Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.
Ron Howard‘s Cheaters already has Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder. Now it has put out an offer to Jennifer Connelly for what will be, for her, a rare comedic role. She would be Vaughn’s girlfriend; Vaughn plays a guy torn on the question of whether or not to tell his best friend (James) that his wife (Ryder) is cheating on him. [Deadline]
After the break, Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri make up part of the weird cast for a horse racing movie, and Olga Kurylenko joins a massive CGI adventure. Read More »
There are three projects in development with the working title of Friends with Benefits, and now one of them has landed Justin Timberlake. Will Gluck is directing this one for Screen Gems, about “a headhunter [who] recruits a magazine editor and since each is too busy to find a mate, they agree to sleep together with no strings attached. Things get complicated when the guy falls for the girl, who’s dating someone else.”
For those keeping score, there’s also the Ivan Reitman film with the same title, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, which was originally called Fuckbuddies. The third use of the title is an NBC pilot written by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. The TV show could give Screen Gems some competition for the title, but somehow I don’t expect that many of you are going to be heartbroken about a name change for a new romcom. [Deadline]
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One of my favorite filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky is gearing up to shoot his fifth feature film in New York City in just a few weeks. And one of my very reliable spies has uncovered a bit of casting news on this new project.
As you knew already, Aronofky’s Black Swan is a supernatural drama is set in the world of New York City Ballet. Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in to a competitive showdown with a rival dancer named Lilly (played by Mila Kunis) “with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance.” The big twist is that Portman’s character is not sure whether her rival is a supernatural apparition or if she is having delusions. And if that wasn’t enough, you may remember reading that the script includes a sequence where the two main characters have “ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex.”
So what other actors and actresses will join Portman and Kunis in the new Aronofsky film? Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady). There are three Academy Award nominations within the credits of these three new additions. How about that for a cast? Details on what roles these three will play, after the jump.
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Every time Winona Ryder does something that interests the movie press (something that doesn’t involve getting arrested) she talks about a Heathers sequel. Listening to Ryder, you’d think there was a packaged project all ready to go, waiting in a studio exective’s office with a white sheet thrown over it, just waiting to be revealed like a classy sculpture. Not so, said original director Michael Lehmann when interviewed by Movieline. Read More »
Senator Entertainment has released an unrated uncensored Totally NSFW red band movie trailer for The Informers. Based on the novel by author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, Rules Of Attraction). Sundance director Geoffrey Gilmore admits that the film’s drugs and sex filled story might be too much for some people. “If you want to take a shot at it, it’s a full target,” Gilmore admitted. Senator Entertainment’s Marco Weber says that “it will be polarizing, it isn’t for everyone.” The film is already getting a 9.6 on IMDb from some early test screenings. I’ve heard that Amber Heard is naked throughout the entire movie, and the trailer you are about to watch after the jump is only the tip of the iceberg. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Compared to most authors, onetime New York it-boy Bret Easton Ellis‘s works have had a pretty good translation record at the cinema. American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero were all pretty faithful, quality adaptations that kept Ellis’s sensational penchant for drugs, kinky sex and sociopathic detachment intact. A tall order these days. Next in line is this fall’s The Informers. Not only did Ellis co-write the screenplay for his 1995 interlocked collection of twisted tales set in the ’80s, but the film easily has the coolest cast of any Ellis flick: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Pineapple Express‘ Amber Heard and Brad Renfro‘s last theatrical role.
Well, now it seems that the key element that made The Informers stand out from its darkly hedonistic pack, a good dose of the supernatural, including a vampire storyline starring Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh as the book’s main vampire, Jamie, has either been “exorcised” or dumped altogether. Odd. Actor John Graham, who has a rather large role as the son to Thornton’s Hollywood exec, expressed dissonance about the film’s seemingly last minute change to IGN…
“There are no more vampires. They took the vampires out. There are no zombies or monsters either,” he announces. “This is more about the narcissistic side of people’s characters. God knows why they took the vampire characters out. I can’t say if I was pleased or displeased, that is just the way it is.”
Sounds as if Routh is no longer in the film, eh? If so, that’s a pretty big blow for him, as it would have given the All-American actor a dose of indie cred. There’s speculation that Ellis himself made the decision to ditch the fanged murderers from the film version due to criticism the book’s subplot received originally. Ho-hum. Fans will be bummed. Has to be more to it than that though, right? Perhaps director Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers, Ned Kelly) wasn’t digging the footage? If anyone has a contact or, cough, informant on this film, let us know.
Ellis is really starting to dive into Hollywood, with an adaptation of his batshit semi-autobiographical Lunar Park due in 2009, along with The Frog King, another writer-obsessed flick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt that he wrote an original screenplay for. Also kicking around is Roger Avary’s third (yes, third) adaptation Glamorama, which would follow The Rules of Attraction and its obscure, never released, mysterious spin-off film Glitterati starring Kip Pardue.
Discuss: Any Informers fans pissed? We haven’t heard much from this flick as of yet, but how many of you anticipate it? Who’s seen Glitterati? What’s the best Ellis movie?Â
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has confirmed a story-point for the story of the upcoming JJ Abrams prequel/reboot. The actor revealed to CBS 2 in Los Angeles that the film actually features not one, not two, but THREE Spocks.
“I am Spock, and there is another Spock and there is another Spock. There are a total of three Spocks in the movie and that is all I will say about it”
While at face value, this might seem like a major spoiler, it likely just confirms our previous speculation that a young Spock will also be featured in the film. And I don’t mean Zachary Quinto, who is playing the character as a young adult.
When the announced the casting of Winona Ryder as Spock’s mother Amanda Grayson, I commented on how she was too young to play the part. Ryder is only a few years older than 30-year-old Quinto. I speculated that Ryder must actually be featured as part of Spock’s origin story (ie birth), as part of a flashback to his childhood, or part of a time travel storyline. While time travel elements are rumored to have a part in the new film, I don’t think this is part of it. One thing is for sure, a younger child or baby-aged Spock will be featured in the new film.