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If the first French trailer for Mood Indigo is any indicator, we're going to get something truly unique and mesmerizing from director Michel Gondry this year. And in addition, a project that the French filmmaker has been working on for years is finally, but slowly, being unveiled. Back in December of 2010, Gondry said he was working on animated documentary about American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and political activist, Noam Chomsky. Now it's been titled Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? and will be screening to the public for free at MIT on February 12th. In addition, the first trailer featuring a series of interviews with audio placed over an animated backdrop has been released, and it's pretty trippy. Watch it!
"Move over, Aretha!" The Weinstein Company has finally debuted an official US theatrical trailer for The Sapphires, Wayne Blair's charming musical comedy about four young Koori girls who become singers for US troops in Vietnam. Chris O'Dowd (seen on "Girls" and in Friends with Kids & Bridesmaids recently) stars as a talent scout with the four talented aboriginal women - Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell. The film has been playing the festival circuit all over the world, and is just arriving in US theaters this coming March. I've heard nothing but superb things about it, looks quite good.
After teaming up to bring Dr. Seuss' tales such as The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who to the big screen, Universal Pictures and Illuminaton Entertainment are teaming up again to animate one of the authors rhyming stories. However, this time will mark the first collaboration adapting a book that has already seen two different versions made. Variety reports How the Grinch Stole Christmas is on the docket for an animated adaptation that will be more faithful to the book, which actually lends itself better to the three act structure of a film, making it so less original material has to be created to pad out a feature film adaptation.
"Mind-blowing." Cinema Guild has released a trailer for what is being called one of the "most anticipated" documentaries this year, called Leviathan, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, of the docs Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts. It's set aboard a "hulking fishing vessel" hailing from New England, chronicling the commercial fishing world with some of the most raw visuals you'll see. THR's fest review describes it as "a wordless montage of footage filmed on small digital cameras from every dark corner of the boat." This is a fitting trailer for such an interesting and experimental doc, which may just be worth seeing.
She's played a precocious pregnant teen in Juno, a legitimate superhero in X-Men 3, a wannabe superhero in Super, and a dream architect in Inception, but now Ellen Page is taking on her most challenging role yet: director. Deadline reports the 25-year-old actress is stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut on a movie called Miss Stevens, and she's secured Scary Movie maven Anna Faris to play the title role. Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) wrote the screenplay, and the film will be produced by Gary Gilbert (Garden State) and Jordan Horowitz (The Kids Are All Right), so Page is in good very hands. Read on!
The last film Shawn Levy took on was the surprisingly good, and mostly out of character film Real Steel with Hugh Jackman. Later this year he's heading into raunchy comedy with The Internship, marking the reunion of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, but he's not done with adventurous family fare yet. Fox has just announced that Levy will directed Night at the Museum 3 for release on December 14th, 2014. The first two films saw Ben Stiller getting involved in the nightlife of a couple museums when the exhibits come to life. With scripts from Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, it's been quite a fun romp. Read on!
Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is having a hell of a week. Her new movie Identity Thief hits theaters tomorrow, and just yesterday we wrote about how she and her husband, Ben Falcone, started a brand new production company and are developing three new projects as starring vehicles for the actress. Variety has just added one more piece of good news to the pile, as McCarthy and Falcone will make their directorial debut by co-directing a comedy they wrote called Tammy that has McCarthy set for another lead role. This project has been in the works since 2011, and, like Identity Thief, it's another road trip comedy. Read on!
I don't find it very surprising to hear that The Weinstein Company has secured rights to release Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster, starring Tony Leung. It's a film we've been covering for a few years and was already released in Asia earlier this year. We expected this to premiere in Cannes, which is Harvey's home territory, but it's actually premiering at the Berlin Film Festival this week and they seem to be rather pleased with it. The film will have a perfect home at The Weinstein Company, who usually picks up kick ass genre films like this (see Dragon/Wu Xia), I just hope they'll give it a strong release. More below!
Woo, what a poster! I'm glad we're finally getting something fun and exciting for this film, now to introduce everyone to it. IFC Films has unveiled their first official poster for Frances Ha, the new film from Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwig. I'm going to get this out of the way up front - the film definitely has similarities to HBO's "Girls" and I'm sure they're going to sell it that way. But for good reason, because it's a great film, and it plays on the strengths of that show. I first caught the film at the Telluride Film Festival last year and enjoyed it; it's getting released this spring. It's a B&W film, so I'm glad to see them add some color.
It's been over a year since Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy hit theaters in 2011, but before the film even had a wide release and buzz on the awards circuit, there was talk about the subtle, quiet spy thriller becoming a franchise. In September of 2011, Oldman theorized about which John Le Carre books might be adapted into films (or maybe even one film), and now word comes from ScreenDaily, after speaking with StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern from international productions and acquisitions, that the sequel Smiley's People is gearing up to begin shooting in 2014. But who's coming back? More below!
"He made us see greatness." Yes! I was really hoping the posters and material marketing for 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic written & directed by Brian Helgeland, would be as good as all the trailers we've seen so far. Everything about this movie looks amazing and I cannot wait to see it. RopeofSilicon have found the first official poster for 42, and it is as exciting and eye-catching as I was hoping. The poster shows Chadwick Boseman as Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson sliding in, but at a slant, kind of almost the opposite or a 90° rotation of the Skyfall poster. I think it looks damn cool, and it has a great tagline and great colors.
For anyone who was worried that Warner Bros. eyes might have gotten to big for their money hungry stomach with Justice League, your fears seem to have been confirmed. With the pressure of a 2015 release date on the table, it sounds like the studio is having a lot of trouble figuring out how to get the DC Comics superhero ensemble off the ground. Badass Digest has heard form multiple sources that Will Beall's script for Justice League is being scrapped, and it's not clear how the studio will move forward. This comes after rumors of the hero line-up and the cosmic villain Darkseid gave us a vague idea of what to expect.