Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Denis Villeneuve is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and it looks like his hot streak is going to continue with his next big movie.
As of a few weeks ago, the filmmaker behind Arrival, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049 was still hard at work on Dune, the first part of a planned two-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s massively influential 1960s sci-fi novel. But even though he’s in a self-described “sprint to finish the movie” before its December release date due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, Villeneuve and several members of the cast participated in a press conference last month, where they unveiled an early look at the trailer and explained what we can expect from this long-awaited big-screen adventure. Here’s what we learned from the event. Read More »
Those lucky enough to see Tenet in theaters have been treated to the first footage from Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune. Weirdly enough, it’s actually a theatrical teaser that announces the impending arrival of the full trailer, which will show up online tomorrow, September 9. But since not a lot of people are going to the movies right now, Warner Bros. has provided a different sneak peek at the movie with a Dune teaser that has a snippet of footage and a certain piece of dialogue that fans will be very excited to hear. Read More »
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” writes Robert Frost in his famous poem. “And sorry I could not travel both.” Frost’s beloved poem ponders the ideas of choice and self-determination with a devastatingly simple metaphor. The upcoming feature film starring Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning grapples with those same concepts, in a slightly more complicated way.
The Roads Not Taken is a film directed by British auteur Sally Potter that follows a daughter (Fanning) who takes her ailing father (Bardem) to New York City, in an attempt to snap him out of his dream state, through which he explores two other lives he never lived. Watch The Roads Not Taken trailer below.
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Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is quickly pulling its cast together, and now one of the film’s few remaining major roles has received a nibble on the end of its line: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton, the protective father of the title character. Learn more below. Read More »
The cast for Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Dune grows in number and attractiveness by the minute, making each new announcement an exciting event for fans of the Frank Herbert novel. But none are as excited as the cast themselves, including Javier Bardem, who spoke of his admiration for Villeneuve and the rest of the impressive cast of Dune, as well as his love for sandworms.
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Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 by Jacob Hall
At some point, director Denis Villeneuve must have sat down and wondered, “How the hell am I going to get audiences to come see my two-part adaptation of a long, dense science fiction novel that has a reputation for being often impenetrable?” And then it must have hit him: “Eureka! I shall pack it full of the sexiest people in the world!”
The trend continues with Academy Award winner Javier Bardem joining the cast of Dune. No matter your taste, this cast has someone for everyone at this point.
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Penelope Cruz reunites onscreen with spouse Javier Bardem for the first time since 2013’s The Counselor in a new movie this year. But while that movie didn’t give them much screen time together, Everybody Knows puts the duo through the wringer. Cruz and Bardem star in the taut kidnapping thriller from Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May. Ahead of the film’s U.S. release this coming February, Focus Features has released the first Everybody Knows trailer.
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Iranian writer and director Asghar Farhadi is a true master of character motivation. He understands that when people talk, they are rarely telling the truth, instead offering a lie wrapped in equivocation. His filmography evinces a nearly single-minded focus on watching how quickly lives can unravel when the falsehoods once which they rest become exposed.
Everybody Knows, Farhadi’s latest work, is the filmmaker distilled into an essence. The lie at the heart of the film, however, is of a different variety than his usual ones. The open secret makes for Farhadi’s fiction of choice here. Everybody Knows could easily bear the subtitle “…but no one acknowledges.” The film’s characters are all aware of an unpleasant truth, one that they have all chosen to ignore, deny or dismiss. Read More »
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But a miniseries about the legendary Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés developed by Steven Spielberg will soon be sailing to a small screen near you. Amazon has greenlit a Cortes miniseries and tapped Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem to play the titular conquistador.
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Terrence Malick is a singular director. Not just in his exploration of the metaphysical through surreal imagery and meditative voiceover, but in his filming style. Malik will often shoot hours of footage with no grand plan in mind, only “finding” the film in the edit bay. As a result, countless actors and plot lines end up on the cutting room floor, likely never to be seen by the public. But for the footage cut from his 2012 film To the Wonder, that won’t be the case.
Thy Kingdom Come will be the first spin-off of a Terrence Malick film, comprised of the cut footage surrounding Javier Bardem‘s character Father Quintana, a priest struggling with his faith. In the film, tiny glimpses of Father Quintana’s day-to-day life hearing the confessions of small-town residents in Oklahoma can be seen. But did you know that those scenes did not feature actors, but real-life Americans?
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