bird box early buzz

Netflix recently made the unprecedented decision to release three of its Oscar contender films in theaters before they hit streaming. Two of which were expected — Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar frontrunner Roma, the Coen Brothers’ anthology Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — but the third was something of a question mark: Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (The Night Manager). Right off the bat, Bird Box doesn’t seem like an Oscar movie, but the theatrical release of the film kind of makes sense: it stars an Oscar winner, is directed by a foreign film Oscar winner, and is a apocalyptic horror film that recalls this year’s smash hit, A Quiet Place.

But is the Bird Box early buzz actually good? Here is what critics who saw the film at its world premiere at the AFI Film Fest have to say about the film.

Read More »

the undoing limited series

Susanne Bier, director of The Night Manager and the upcoming Bird Box, will direct Nicole Kidman in HBO’s The Undoing limited series. This will be Kidman’s second starring role in a limited HBO series, following her work on Big Little Lies. Appropriately enough, Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelley will also be writing The Undoing, a mystery based on the novel You Should Have Known.

Read More »

Bird Box Trailer

We’ve seen the end of the world come about in a variety of different ways thanks to decades of science fiction, but we’ve never seen it end quite like this.

Bird Box stars Sandra Bullock as the mother of two children who finds herself trying to survive as best she can when a mysterious creature starts destroying the world’s population. But this isn’t simply a monster eating people. Instead, anyone who sees this entity is driven mad by their worst fears and they end up killing themselves, almost like a horrifying version of a boggart from Harry Potter. The only way to survive is to keep your eyes closed. Watch the Bird Box trailer below. Read More »

susanne bier bond director

There’s a terrific scene in GoldenEye where we are introduced to Judi Dench’s M, James Bond’s first female superior and the first sign that the series has officially moved on from its boys’ club Cold War origins. After Agent 007 wantonly disrespects his new boss, she coldly gives him a dressing down decades in the making: “I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you.”

Thanks to the most recent round of Bond news, I can’t get this scene out of my mind. With the rumor mill churning out report after report about whether or not Daniel Craig will return for the twenty-fifth James Bond movie, Susanne Bier has reportedly emerged as one of the contenders for the director’s seat. A female character forced audiences to reflect on 007 back in 1995 with intriguing results – imagine how a female filmmaker could dissect one of pop culture’s most enduring characters.

Read More »

night manager

Less than a month after the first trailer for The Night Manager, we’ve got another look at the upcoming miniseries. The adaptation of John Le Carré‘s novel originally aired on the BBC, but AMC is bringing the miniseries to the States in the coming months. The Night Manager stars Tom HiddlestonHugh LaurieOlivia ColmanTom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Watch The Night Manager trailer below.

Read More »

The Night Manager Trailer

Some of the best stories being told today are happening on television. It’s a new Golden Age for the flickering box, at least on cable networks, and the AMC has another promising project on the way to the United States thanks to the BBC.

The Night Manager is a miniseries adaptation of John Le Carré‘s novel of the same name, and Tom Hiddleston takes the lead as a former soldier working as a night manager at a hotel who is recruited by British Intelligence to complete an undercover mission to help take out an arms dealer. However, it may be even more risky than originally thought as The Night Manager trailer teases some potential double-crossing from Hugh Laurie. Watch it below! Read More »

SERENA_D11-2819.CR2

Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow.

Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars Lawrence and Cooper as a married couple overseeing a timber empire in 1920s North Carolina. But when the wife makes some unpleasant discoveries, their relationship takes some dark turns. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.

Read More »

Serena US release

You’d think a historical drama starring a white-hot Oscar nominee and an even hotter Oscar winner would have no trouble getting released in the U.S. But in the case of Susanne Bier‘s Serena, you’d be wrong.

The Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper pic started shooting all the way back in 2012 and has only now found an American distributor, who plans to dump the movie in early 2015. Ouch. Hit the jump for more Serena US release details.

Read More »

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

For a while there, it seemed like you couldn’t get a movie made without Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence getting involved, often at the same time. The pair shot three films together in about two years: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and Susanne Bier‘s Serena.

The first two of those have already opened to great acclaim, but the third remained stuck in post-production for quite a long time. It’s only now making its way to theaters, and not even U.S. theaters at that. Thankfully, it looks worth the wait. The first Serena trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Susanne Bier is best known for dramas like In a Better World and After the Wedding, and she’s got still more serious fare coming down the pipeline next year with Serena. But first, she’s taking a jaunt to lighter territory with the romantic comedy Love Is All You Need.

Trine Dyrholm stars as a woman struggling through the end of her marriage while battling cancer, while Pierce Brosnan plays a lonely widower. The pair meet en route to a wedding — specifically, the wedding of his son to her daughter. Initially, they rub each other the wrong way, but, well, if you’ve ever seen any romantic comedy ever, you can guess exactly where this is headed. Watch the trailer after the jump.

Read More »