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After taking Martha Marcy May Marlene to Sundance in 2011, the film generated a lot of buzz, but not enough to hit the awards circuit, despite a great directorial debut by Sean Durkin (he earned Best Director at the festival) and a breakthrough performance by Elizabeth Olsen, the sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Well, Durkin is moving on to his sophomore effort now, and it sounds like he'll be giving another actress a big break as Deadline reports Nina Arianda (who can be seen in small supporting roles in films like Win Win and Midnight in Paris) will play 60's rock icon Janis Joplin in the aptly titled biopic Joplin.
After taking Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires and turning it into the hit film The Social Network, producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti set their sights on space with the same author's book Sex on the Moon. We haven't heard anything on the development of that film yet, but the producing team has picked up another high profile adaptation to keep them busy. Universal Pictures and Focus Features, who announced their collaboration on the adaptation of E.L. James erotic runaway hit book series Fifty Shades of Grey back in March, have set De Luca and Brunetti to produce the adaptation.
Despite the fact that video game adaptation never really seem to live up to fans' hopes and expectations, studios keep trying hard to make them work. Seemingly, the most successful franchise is that of Resident Evil (stay tuned for our coverage of Resident Evil: Retribution at Comic-Con this week), but they're not exactly the best films, and even fans of the games find them to be off-putting. Now yet another video game will get a chance on the big screen as CBS Films announced today that they have landed the rights to Deus Ex, the Square Enix video game franchise that started back in 2000 and just released a new title in 2011.
Holy crap, this is awesome. If you're a fan of scores and love the scoring process, composing, this is a must see. Our friends at AICN have debuted a superb featurette on the composing work of Nathan Johnson, cousin of director Rian Johnson, for his new film Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Bruce Willis. It delves into his process, which began by recording sounds in New Orleans while filming, then constructing it to form a "new orchestra", a kind of dark, gritty, rhythmic, sci-fi score; it sounds amazing. This is why I love Rian Johnson - his films are so extraordinarily unique, with touches like this that make them stand out.
It's been a long time since David Duchovny was Agent Mulder on The X-Files, and lately the actor has taken to cable roles on "Californication" or the occasional, strange indie role like his turn in Goats, the Sundance selected comedy from Christopher Neil based on the novel of the same name by Mark Jude Poirier. I had a chance to catch the film at Sundance and found myself uninterested in any of the characters, despite a valiant effort by Duchovny to be a hippie, goat herder wiser than his smoked out demeanor lets on. Maybe Sundance was wearing on me, so we'll let you judge for yourself by watching the first trailer below.
"You destroyed everything I had. I'm just returning the favor." In this YouTube culture, what doesn't get spoofed, remixed and rehashed? First, Fox has released a perfectly-timed TV spot for Ice Age: Continental Drift that plays on the hype for The Dark Knight Rises, hitting a week after that comes out. This one is called "The Dark Nut" with Scratman and it's funny, but way too short. Second, there's a fantastic remix of Dark Knight Rises trailer cut to be like that original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer that uses Karen O's "Immigrant Song" cover and flashy editing. Both entertaining videos to keep you anxiously awaiting TDKR.
Well, most of the posters for The Expendables 2 have been mostly underwhelming, even though everyone in the cast got their own poster, but the good stuff is being unleashed at Comic-Con this week. A new poster is getting released at Comic-Con and it seems to take a cue from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse, especially with that font and the faux creases and wear. Lionsgate will be handing out this poster at Comic-Con while supplies last. The original is an oil on canvas piece, which was used to create the poster as well as 250 limited-edition prints on specialty canvas paper to be signed by the cast. Look below!
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Whoa, what kind of odd marketing is this? Entertainment Weekly (via ComingSoon) has unveiled a new banner for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit that, in 5000px of horizontal digital space, visualizes the entire story. Or at least, the entire story that I think we'll be seeing in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey specifically. Might this be our first glimpse at where the cutoff point between movies is? There's also a scene shown on this where Gandalf is talking with a bear, potentially the character Beorn. Lots of great visuals and imagery in this as a perfect tease for The Hobbit. Take a look!
You're likely aware that the latest example of Hollywood's "two at a time" trend is dueling action films set at the White House featuring storylines about the President being captured. It's certainly pertinent timing considering this is an election year, so what better way to let out some frustration at the constant political advertising we're about to experience than to see two fictional Presidents get captured and held for ransom? Now Videodrome star James Woods and Pitch Black star Radha Mitchell, and Cole Hauser have respectively joined these opposing films, and we've got details of just who they will be playing. More below!
How was your 4th of July? Hopefully no aliens attacked your neighborhood. Its been 16 years since Roland Emmerich redefined the 4th with Independence Day, and for the last few years he's been trying to put together a sequel (last update was last October). Emmerich has been working with co-writer and producer Dean Devlin (The Patriot, Flyboys, "Leverage") to develop the sequel, but they haven't pushed to the point of production just yet. Devlin recently spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and updated them on the status of the Independence Day sequel, and while it doesn't sound ready yet, he is optimistic about it still happening.
With Moonrise Kingdom charming audiences around the country (it's now Wes Anderson's second most successful film behind The Royal Tenenbaums), the director is already on to his next project. Much like the projects of Woody Allen, the story remains under wraps, but Anderson is already getting a stellar ensemble cast together for his next film, which currently doesn't have a known title. Twitch has learned that Anderson has approached familiar names like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson,Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe. But some new talents are joining Anderson for the first time as well.
Psycho. The Birds. Rear Window. North By Northwest. Every film geek knows the major works of Alfred Hitchcock, but have you ever seen 1927's The Ring? It's Hitchcock's fourth film, and while it's never quite been considered a classic, the silent film was an influence on Martin Scorsese when he directed Raging Bull awhile back. The Ring stars Carl Brisson and Ian Hunter as two boxers who battle for the love of the same woman, played by Lillian Hall Davis. For those not heading to Comic-Con this year, you can check this out for free since the film is getting the online live-stream treatment on Saturday, July 14th. More below!