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Kicking Off This Thursday - 2017 Sundance Film Festival
This isn't exactly shocking news, but it is good news that we're happy to report. David Fincher is currently filming and working on his next project, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. We ran a first look photo a few weeks ago, but we can now report that Fincher is reteaming with musicians Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for the score. The trio worked together twice in the past, for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, winning a Best Score Oscar for the latter in 2011. Reznor confirmed he's working on the score on Twitter, so it's about as official as it can get.
Despite hearing last fall that The Outsider starring Tom Hardy in the film directed by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins) was moving forward with Worldview Entertainment financing and producing the film, it appears the project has lost both talents. Twitch is reporting that Hardy backed out of the project, and while the hunt is on for a new leading man, the production delay has also caused Miike to drop from the production, due to other commitments in 2014. That means The Outsider is now looking for a new director as well. That's a real bummer, because Miike and Hardy working together sounded pretty great.
After faltering with Green Lantern and R.I.P.D. recently, Ryan Reynolds has returned to the world of independent film this year with The Voices. Previous efforts include Buried and The Paper Man, and this time Reynolds teams with Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi for an odd, dark comedy. The plot follows Reynolds as a man named Jerry who gets caught up in a murder, and ends up finding surprising advice from his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Now a teaser poster from the premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (we hope to have a review later this week) as arrived, showing this isn't Dr. Dolittle at all. Look!
Back at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, "Scrubs" star Zach Braff got behind the camera for his directorial debut with an indie called Garden State. In the years since, some claim that the film hasn't aged well, and has lost its flare that won over many audiences 10 years ago. Well, Braff is back behind the camera, and as someone who still enjoys his debut indie, his sophomore effort Wish I Was Here just doesn't measure up. The film stumbles in spite of Braff's charm and comedy amidst a story of self-discovery, love and family. What's truly disappointing is that the film works for awhile and then it comes tumbling down.
After starring in the largely panned indie The Canyons, recovering actress Lindsay Lohan came all the way to Sundance to announce that she would star in and produce a new psychological thriller called Inconceivable for Emmett/Furla Films. The company made the announcement at the independent film festival because it's a pretty low budget film costing around $5 million, and will only screen in New York and Los Angeles before hitting VOD and DVD. Plot details are unknown at this time, but it's a sad guarantee that the project will have nothing to do with Wallace Shawn's infamous, quoted line from The Princess Bride.
Last year brought a brief teaser for Disney's upcoming live-action tale focusing on their trademark villainess Maleficent, from the animated classic Sleeping Beauty. The teaser serves mostly to introduce Angelina Jolie as the sorceress in full make-up and wardrobe. This new trailer shows much more of Jolie, and much more of the film. However, it's an odd trailer, because it uses quick clips from Sleeping Beauty to compare and contrast with this new live-action version. Things like the computer animated fairies don't look very impressive, and the tone feels very odd for a film about a rather evil Disney villain. Will this work? Watch!
After playing Venice and Toronto, James Franco's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God has unveiled a full trailer, following a teaser when the film played at the aforementioned overseas exhibition. Franco directs the film which McCarthy adapted himself, and it's Scott Haze in the lead. This new trailer delivers plenty of intimidating close-ups of Haze, but it's a shame that it's accompanied by what looks to be a template for cheap horror trailer bumpers. Anyway, the film hasn't gained much traction since making a festival run, but it'll likely get a limited release at some point. At least Franco is mixing things up.
Hot on the heels of the 86th Academy Award nominations, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) handed out their prizes at the annual awards show, hoping to influence their cohorts that vote for the Oscars, followed quickly by the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Considering that the actors' branch of the Academy is the single largest voting branch and producers often are Best Picture bellwethers, these are influences worth considering While SAG doesn't make or break anyone in the race, it can help boost an already strong contender to a winner. However, the PGA does often predict a surefire Best Picture winner. More below!
"Leonidas and the brave 300 are dead." We've already seen two full theatrical trailers for the graphic novel adaptation follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire, and now we have one more. While the others focused almost entirely on the action, bloody battles and some intimidating dialogues, this one paints a better picture of the actual story. In addition, we get a glimpse at Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) before he became the tyrannical God king, clearly influenced by the menacing Eva Green. Meanwhile, Lena Headey takes the spotlight too as she plans to avenge the death of her husband and the 300 spartan soldiers who died in battle. It's more of the same in action and visuals, but may be an entertaining spring release? Watch below!
Richard Linklater's time capsule has been opened. For the last 12 years, director Richard Linklater (who brought Before Midnight to Sundance last year) has been quietly filming an ambitious project chronicling the life of a young boy growing up in Texas. The project, now complete after 12 years, is titled Boyhood and follows Ellar Coltrane as Mason, from age 6 to age 18, most of his youth, up until graduation and his departure to college. It's a grand, beautiful, intimate essay on growing up, without spending too much time on the big milestones, and instead focusing on one of the most important values of life: seize the moment.