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]

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Movie Trailer: Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver's Travels

20th Century Fox has released a movie trailer for the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels. Directed by Rob Letterman (co-director of Monsters vs Aliens) and co-starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Romany Malco, Billy Connolly, T.J. Miller, and Amanda Peet. Based on the book by Jonathan Swift, this adventure comedy tells the story of “travel writer Lemuel Gulliver who takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.”

While this movie definitely doesn’t look good, it certainly doesn’t look as horrible as I thought it was going to be — especially judging from the posters and billboard which made it look like a fake movie in Funny People or Tropic Thunder. But yes, Emily Blunt was forced to turn down a role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2/Avengers to be in this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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TIFF Review: What Doesn’t Kill You

Ten years ago, the Boston film scene was almost non existent. Most films that were set in the bay state were actually filmed on soundstages in Canada and Los Angeles. Good Will Hunting was probably the biggest modern film to have shot in the area, and even then, the lack of tax incentives pushed the majority of the production out of state. The occasional indie film like Next Stop Wonderland dared to do what Hollywood couldn’t, that is until Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese came to town. It’s funny how much things have changed in the last decade. As South Boston has taken the center stage, the Boston-story seems to have become a subgenre of the gangster film.

Brian Goodman‘s What Doesn’t Kill You is the latest entry of the Southie tales. Based on a true story of two childhood friends who turn to crime to get by. The film opens in a flash forward, with a trio of gangsters pulling a armored car robbery outside a small strip mall. But things go wrong when a Cop shows up. Paulie (Ethan Hawke) rips off his ski mask and walks towards the police man with his gun blaring. Freeze frame.

“One thing that always stuck with me on the street; Never do armored trucks.”

We then cut to many years earlier, and are told the non-glitsy story of how the brothers became involved in organized crime, which involves picking up an envelope and stealing boxes of cigarettes from the back of a delivery truck. The editing in the beginning of the movie is really incoherent, and I hate to say it, could probably have been better told through a montage. Fifteen years later Brian (Mark Ruffalo) is in a dysfunctional marriage with Amanda Peet, staying out until the later morning hours. Brian has become both an alcoholic and a druggie, trying to score some quick cash before the last batch runs out and the duo have been reduced to kidnapping a poodle for a $5000 pay day.

What Doesn’t Kill You begins like a really bad version of Goodfellas. I had pretty much given up on the film in the first 25 minutes because of it’s low-fi approach. Boy was I wrong. The problem is that the film isn’t a South Boston Gangster film, but instead a family drama that takes place in this Southie gangster setting. This becomes more apparent when Brian and Paulie are arrested and sentenced to five years in prison. What Doesn’t Kill You is about Brian’s return to the real world, and his struggle to stay clean for his wife and two children. You want Brian to find a legit job, but this is harder than it sounds when all you know is the quick score and all your friends are degenerates. And with the opening reveal of the armored car robbery, we know where the story must eventually head. The armored car robbery is the ticking time bomb underneath the table that Hitchcock always talked about.

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Martian Child Movie Trailer Revealed


A movie trailer for Martian Child has hit the web. The movie has an interesting concept: A science fiction writer (John Cusack) adopts a child who believes he’s from Mars. Seems like a mix between Daryl and K-Pax. The movie also stars Joan Cusack, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt. The trailer looks cute, check it out below.
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The Ex gets a New Date AGAIN

The Ex PosterWe just got word that the release date for Zach Braff’s new film The EX has been moved to May 11th 2007.

The movie was originally titled Fast Track (hence the poster pictured right), and was scheduled for a December 29th 2006 bow. The name changed, the release date moved to March 9th, and then June 2007 TBA, and we’re being told that the May date is now final. We know an early cut was shown in limited release and at the European Film Market last month. So far the movie has gotten extremely positive reviews from noncritical audiences, which is very odd for a film plagued with release date changes (a date move is usually a very bad sign). The Ex is currently getting a 9.2 on IMDb with over 100 votes. LA Weekly compared it to David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster.

The movie follows Tom Reilly (Zach Braff), a guy who is forced to work with his pregnant wife’s (Amanda Peet) high school friend and former lover (Jason Bateman), who is in a wheelchair.