First Look: Matthew McConaughey Lost in Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'

The Sea of Trees

Following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year, Matthew McConaughey has the anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan coming this fall (which could result in the actor getting yet another Oscar nod). And after that, another awards-worthy performance seems to be following next year with The Sea of Trees from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. We haven't seen footage yet, but the story follows a man who journeys into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of killing himself. Sounds pretty powerful, right? And now we have the first photo from the film which also stars Inception and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe.

 Posted September 12 in First Look, Photos | Comments

Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in Delayed 'Serena' First Trailer

Serena

After completing production in 2012, Susanne Bier's drama Serena has taken a long time to get to the big screen. Photos from the film surfaced online after shooting was done, and even more actually popped up earlier this year, but we've been waiting to hear when the film might actually get released. Well, the film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will finally hit theaters in the United Kingdom next month, and the first trailer from overseas has arrived. Set in North Carolin around the time of the Depression, a man (Cooper) struggles to maintain the future of his timber empire and things only get more complicated when he learns his wife (Lawrence) cannot bear children to continue his legacy. Watch below!

 Posted September 12 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Morgan Freeman Also Getting Epic for MGM & Paramount's 'Ben-Hur'

Morgan Freeman

Just after news surfaced that Morgan Freeman would be playing a civil rights lawyer in Ted 2, the actor has also landed a role in Paramount Pictures and MGM's gestating new take on Ben-Hur. Like the original film, it's the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, the son of a Roman tax collector, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire rose to power. But this version is more faithful to the book as it also ties in with the tale of Jesus Christ, with whom Ben-Hur has several encounters, moving him to become a believer in the Messiah, which culminates in Christ being sentenced to death. So who will Freeman play?

 Posted September 11 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Elizabeth Olsen Joins Hiddleston in Hank Williams Bio 'I Saw the Light'

Elizabeth Olsen

Briefly: Just after some footage of Tom Hiddleston singing as Hank Williams at a music festival in Michigan surfaced online before he steps in front of cameras for the country western musician's biopic I Saw the Light, the female lead of the film has been revealed. Deadline reports Godzilla and upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Elizabeth Olsen has landed the role of Williams' wife Audrey Mae, who tragically had to deal with the death of her husband at the far too young age of 29, due to heart failure. The film will chronicle the quick rise to fame Williams attained as a popular singer and musician and how it affected his personal life. That surely includes Mae on a number of levels. Stay tuned for more updates.

 Posted September 11 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

James Franco Will Be Adapting Chuck Palahniuk's 2008 Novel 'Rant'

Chuck Palahniuk's Rant

Franco and Palahniuk? Quite an interesting combination. We've been covering news about adaptations of Chuck Palahniuk novels for many years, not to mention anything related to Fight Club. Many projects come and go, some make it into production (like Choke with Sam Rockwell a few years ago), and others stay stuck in development forever. The latest adaptation coming together is of his 2008 novel Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey, about a high school rebel who starts an "urban demolition derby". So who is adapting it? None other than actor/filmmaker James Franco, apparently set to direct following adapting Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. I'm not sure if he's a good fit, but if this actually happens, I say bring it on.

 Posted September 11 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Gag Reel Full of Cast Flubs & Dancing

Star Trek Into Darkness

For some reason, with only two films in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, someone at Paramount Pictures decided it was a good time to release Star Trek: The Compendium. Since it only has Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-Ray along with a whole slew of extras for each film, we're not sure that we'd call that a compendium, but whatever. The good thing to come out of it are some unseen extras from the sci-fi sequel from J.J. Abrams, including a hilarious gag reel featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and even Benedict Cumberbatch making the most of their movie mistakes. Watch below!

 Posted September 11 in Humor, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Katie Holmes to Direct 'All We Had' Adaptation Written by Josh Boone

All We Had / Katie Holmes

After making the leap from small screen success in series like "Dawson's Creek" to big films like Batman Begins and The Giver, actress Katie Holmes is ready for a new challenge in the world of film. Variety reports Holmes will now get behind the camera to make her directorial debut with All We Had, a mother-daughter centric drama based on the novel of the same name by Annie Weatherwax. And she'll have help from a recent big screen success with The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone adapting the book. Holmes picked up the rights to the book, the author's first, in July before it was even published. Read on!

 Posted September 11 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Amanda Mae Meyncke's Relationship Short 'Now We Are Not'

Now We Are Not

"What - you need an invitation?" As always, we're happy to feature short films that catch our attention so as to inspire, and to provide a quick look at the variety of great filmmakers (and stories to tell) out there. This latest one is titled Now We Are Not, written and directed by Amanda Mae Meyncke (aka @amae and writer for other film websites), and as much as I could start explaining the concept you'll figure out as soon as you start watching. It's almost sort of a reverse Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, without the sci-fi, but with all the emotions. I enjoyed it and hope to see more from Amanda soon. It's only a quick 6 minutes.

 Posted September 11 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

See the Trailer for Netflix's Doc 'Print the Legend' About 3D Printing

Print the Legend Doc

"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything." From MakerBot to Shapeways, we're in the midst of a 3D printing boom and it's exciting to watch whether you're a part of the industry or not. Netflix is so excited about it that they've made an entire documentary about it, titled Print the Legend, from co-directors Luiz Lopez & J. Clay Tweel. Premiering in the video service later this month, the first trailer for the documentary has arrived and we're happy to share it even though we're bending our own rules for something that's only available via the internet (we always prefer theatrical!). But the trailer looks great, and this looks like a really fascinating and fun doc about 3D printing, so why not. Give it a shot.

 Posted September 11 in Docs, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Robert Downey Jr. Defends Your Honor in Two New 'The Judge' Trailers

The Judge

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, there haven't been many rave reviews of David Dobkin's dramatic effort The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. It sounds like the film decided to forgo subtlety in favor of melodrama that would have fared better two decades ago. Now two new international trailers show off much more than we saw in the first US trailer for the film, and the visual palette alone is already enough to make me feel weird. It just looks and feels so artificial, almost like a soap opera with a budget. Maybe the performances make it better though. Watch!

 Posted September 11 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First US Trailer for Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Drama

The Homesman

Before the film debuted at Cannes earlier this year, Tommy Lee Jones' latest directorial effort The Homesman was teased with a trailer. Now the film is poised for release in theaters this fall, and the first official US trailer has arrived, showcasing some seemingly impressive performances from both Jones himself and Hilary Swank. In addition, there's a slew of other recognizable faces who pop up in the film like Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, James Spader, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson and more. It's a western drama, so it seems like a slow burn, but with an epic journey and a lot of characters. Watch!

 Posted September 11 in Cannes 14, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Paul Greengrass May Direct Hill & DiCaprio's Olympic Bombing Drama

Paul Greengrass

Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would team up again for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a story based on a Vanity Fair article about the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. The film is set up at 20th Century Fox and now Deadline reports United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is circling the director's chair. More below!

 Posted September 11 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Mark Ruffalo Asked Rian Johnson for a 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Role

Rian Johnson and Mark Ruffalo

Production has resumed on Star Wars: Episode VII, but after some big leaks hit the web before the project went on hiatus for a few weeks, it seems the lid is even tighter on mystery box of the sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. So since we don't have any new stuff about Episode VII (besides some aerial photos of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing making the rounds), it's never too early to start talking about Episode VIII. We already know that Looper director Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, and one of his former stars is already lobbying for a part. Read on!

 Posted September 11 in Casting, Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

International 'Gone Girl' Poster Compliments Amy Dunne's Pinterest

Gone Girl

D'après le Best-Seller! We're getting closer and closer to the October release of David Fincher's latest film, adapted from Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name which it seems that everyone is reading nowadays. Gone Girl has already been marketed with trailers and TV spots and posters, but we have even more to add into the mix. An international poster from France has appeared putting Amy Dunne's character (played by Rosamund Pike) front and center, with Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne behind her. Meanwhile, a new Pinterest page for Amy's character has appeared, which is the best movie marketing use of that site so far. See below.

 Posted September 11 in Hype, Posters | Comments

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