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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!
Following a successful run in New York, GKIDS is ready to launch a massive 14-film retrospective for The Studio Ghibli Collection: 1984 to 2002 in Los Angeles. Running for two weeks, starting January 26th to February 12th, at the Egyptian and Aero American Cinematheque Theatres, 14 of the best classic Ghibli films will be screened in all new 35mm prints. Sounds wonderful already. Fourteen Studio Ghibli features produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle. Read on!
From vampires to zombies to werewolves, now witches. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros is adapting a novel called A Discovery of Witches, written by Deborah Harkness, and they've lined up quite a prolific writer to take on the task. Playwright David Auburn, winner Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for "Proof", has been hired to adapt the script for WB. The studio acquired the rights to adapt the film last year, and has producers Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love, Nights in Rodanthe, The Lucky One) and Allison Greenspan developing the project. Sounds fascinating.
So that means Loki survives The Avengers? I'm kidding. Isn't he the villain? Empire recently had a chat with actor Tom Hiddleston and, while he of course did not say a thing about Avengers or the story or any of that, he did mention one worthwhile tidbit - they're already planning to shoot Thor 2 this summer. "All I know about Thor 2 is that we're supposed to film it in London in the summer and that it is being directed by Alan Taylor," he said. Taylor was just announced and the release date is now November 15th, 2013, so they've got a bit but they're looking to get into production by the summer anyway. Keep ’em coming Marvel!
Some interesting news regarding the new film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond the Pines, seen above. The Playlist & SlashFilm are reporting that the film will be scored by Mike Patton, a singer-songwriter-musician known more for his bands and music than scores, but he did do work for Crank: High Voltage and the Italian film A Solitude of Prime Numbers. Cianfrance has a knack for choosing unique artists for his films, like Grizzly Bear doing the excellent score for Blue Valentine. This already sounds as promising and unique as we should expect for The Place Beyond the Pines. Can't wait.