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"Do you ever think about who your teachers are on the outside?" Tribeca Films has debuted the official trailer for Detachment, starring Adrien Brody as a substitute teacher who observes and chronicles three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students. The cast includes Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Tim Blake Nelson, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner and introducing Sami Gayle as Erica. This looks like a dramatic but intensely fascinating study of what life is like "in school", for everyone, teachers and students. Give it a shot, it looks quite good!
Evidently a post-apocalyptic world is full of disgusting human beings who would gladly beat and rape you for a water supply. Good thing we have Xavier Gens to show us what that looks like. That's precisely what he's done with The Divide, a promising premise featuring more than a few multi-dimensional characters. Unfortunately, the intrigue to the film ends there, as it quickly devolves into gross people doing gross things to other gross people. For two hours. What we're left with is, yes, probably a pretty accurate depiction of how a group of people could break down in the days after a nuclear strike, but an uninteresting one made so in its tedious execution.
I guess it's honestly no surprise that our first photo and first look at Daniel Craig back as James Bond in Sam Mendes' Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film, features him in a speedo and nothing else. That's pretty much how they started with Casino Royale, too. So here we are once again, and here's Bond in skimpy shorts, no shirt, sitting poolside. Empire has debuted "Skyfall gold", the first photo of Craig as Bond "during filming of Skyfall at the London Four Seasons." It's not much, but because we're Bond fanatics here and will be following the Bond 50 year ahead, I couldn't help but share this. If not for all the ladies more than anything.
Yesterday we highlighted a fantastic poster for the Sundance selected documentary West of Memphis from producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil). Now with the 2012 Sundance Film Festival just under a week away, an extended trailer has now been released for the film about the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas and the three boys who were wrongly convicted for their murder and unjustly kept in prison for 18 years. Watch!
Before anyone goes too crazy and starts saying "PTA shot his new film on IMAX?!", it's just 65mm. We'll explain. Thanks to a tip from CinemaBlend, two Pixar directors-turned-live-action-directors were recently chatting on twitter - Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, talking about shooting formats. Bird said: "Nolan shot a lot of Dark Knight Rises in IMAX. I think PT Anderson's next is 65 too." And then Stanton responded: "The Master is indeed in 65." So Paul Thomas Anderson shot his new 1950's religious drama, The Master, last year in 65mm, the one starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. This will look amazing.
Just earlier today some new images from The Dark Knight Rises came from a huge preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, and now one more image has surfaced online, this one from Tim Burton's peculiar big screen adaptation of the 1960's gothic daytime serial Dark Shadows with vampires, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, parallel universes and time-paradoxes. Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer are featured, and in a way, this gives us a different look at the film rather than the staged first look with the entire cast from last year. I still don't know what to expect from this film though. See the new photo below!
What are you capable of? Whoa. I'm glad to see the marketing start ramping up in a big way for this flick, because it needs all the love it can get, and it's one of my most anticipated movies before the summer hits. Chronicle, conceived and directed by Josh Trank, is the "found-footage superheroes" film about teenage kids who get telekinesis. I've been excited for it ever since the first trailer hit, which came with a cool poster, and went really overboard when they showed us footage last week. These posters were found by GeekTyrant on their official viral Tumblr and they kick ass. Plus there's an amazing tilt-shift surprise photo at the end.
One of the many actors to come out of 2011 with a lot of buzz is Frenchman Jean Dujardin, who starred in Michel Hazanavicius' B&W silent film The Artist as George Valentin. He does an extraordinary job and I'm glad to see him continue taking on all the roles he wants. While this was first reported last year by Variety, over on EW.com they're now confirming (in the middle of all the awards buzz) that Jean Dujardin will next be starring in a film called Möbius, from French director Eric Rochant (Love Without Pity, Long Live the Republic, "Mafiosa"). He'll play an "experienced intelligence officer" and return to Europe to shoot.
It looks like Paramount caught the Cameron bug. They got a taste of the buzz he brings with Titanic in 3D and now they want more. A press release today announces that Paramount will be the worldwide distributor of a Cirque du Soleil 3D feature film entitled Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, written & directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Shrek 2, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian) and executive produced by James Cameron, with 3D mastermind Vince Pace himself overseeing the "stereo production aspect." Which means this is going to look amazing in 3D, that's the big selling point.
I'm not looking to kick up any political dust here, but this is quite an intriguing trailer. Horror master Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) shot a film in the United Arab Emirates last year called Djinn, about a couple who return from a trip to the US to discover that their apartment is haunted by a malevolent being. There were recent reports that distributor Imagenation Abu Dhabi was going to shelf the film for being "politically subversive", but new reports say it's still on track to be released this year. Italian site MovieSushi (via STYD) found the first long promo trailer, and it's honestly rather boring. Take a look!
Go sing, too loud. If I haven't said it enough, my favorite score of 2011 was indeed Jonsi's We Bought a Zoo; I love Sigur Ros and his music for it is just wonderful. Like David Fincher and Trent Reznor before them, it looks like filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Jonsi are now teaming up. The Playlist posted an update from Crowe himself via email, where he told them "yep, it's with Jónsi," in regards to his next film. I didn't even know he had another one lined up! But they go on to say it is a "currently untitled comedy" inspired, in spirit, by director Preston Struges. Whatever it may be, I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing it already.
Time to bust out the Battlestar! Deadline is reporting that Katee Sackhoff is in final negotiations to star as the female lead in David Twohy's new Chronicles of Riddick sequel movie, still untitled, in the works at Universal. Sackhoff most recently has been working on A&E's "Longmire" and will finish that and move on to shoot Riddick next. This news picks up on the new R-rated Riddick sequel after they halted production for two months due to "financing issues"; production will now start up again in Montreal. Vin Diesel is back as Riddick and Sackhoff will play Dahl, a Nordic mercenary tracking him in this. Glad it's back on track!