Sarah Polley in Talks to Write and Possibly Direct John Green Adaptation LOOKING FOR ALASKA

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Not only was the swell and emotional drama The Fault in Our Stars one of the biggest surprise successes of the year, but the film is also poised to be one of the most profitable.  Following positive reviews and a hefty opening weekend, the pic just recently crossed the $100 million mark at the box office against a budget of just $12 million.  Author John Green—whose who wrote the book—was a big presence during the film’s marketing campaign, and now another one of his books is poised to get the feature treatment following the success of Fault.

Paramount Pictures is currently in talks with filmmaker Sarah Polley to write and possibly direct an adaptation of Green’s debut novel, the coming-of-age story Looking for Alaska.  Hit the jump for more.

Sarah Polley Talks STORIES WE TELL, Bringing This Narrative to Audiences, Her Voice as a Filmmaker, and More

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From filmmaker/actress Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell investigates the search for truth, as told by a family of storytellers who paint a portrait of a complicated but deeply loving family.  As each interview subject relates their version of the family mythology, they attempt to uncover the secrets of their mother, who departed too soon and with too many unanswered questions.

At the film’s press day, Sarah Polley talked about the value in getting this narrative out to audiences, what was most important for her to get right with this story, what the film did for her personally and how she felt when it was complete, whether everything in the film is factual, how she wanted to account for her own voice as the filmmaker, and the process of taking breaks in shooting to edit the material she already had.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

James Franco Joins Wim Wenders EVERY THING WILL BE FINE

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As we all know, James Franco likes to keep busy.  He’s currently shooting on Rupert Goold‘s drama True Story, his adaptation of As I Lay Dying is set to premiere at Cannes, he’ll be seen in the summer comedy This Is the End, he might co-star in Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert, and he’ll be directing and starring in The Garden of Last Days.  Now he’s got another project on the way by signing on to Wim Wenders‘ 3D film, Every Thing Will Be Fine.  According to Deadline, “Franco will play Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child. The story examines the twelve years following the accident and its impact on Tomas, and the child’s mother.”  According to The Film Stage, Sarah Polley is attached to co-star.

Wenders tells Deadline the movie was written with 3D in mind because he’s “convinced that the medium lends itself really well to an intimate story.”  It’s tough to argue with assessment when the 3D in his previous film, Pina, was by far the best aspect of the movie.

Trailer and Poster for Sarah Polley’s Documentary STORIES WE TELL

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Roadside Attractions has released the trailer and poster for Sarah Polley‘s terrific documentary, Stories We Tell.  In the film, Polley pieces together interviews from her family as she tries to learn about her deceased mother and the affair that resulted in Polley’s search for her biological father.  Polley cleverly puts together various storytelling devices, and even includes her non-biological father reading a narrative of his memories and perceptions relating to his wife’s infidelity.  I caught the movie at TIFF last year, and it’s a deeply moving picture.  I hope that this trailer, which doesn’t give away any of the surprising twists and turns, will convince people to seek out the picture.

Hit the jump to checkout the trailer and poster.  Stories We Tell opens in New York on May 10th and in select cities on May 17th.

TIFF 2012: STORIES WE TELL Review

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Stories are meant to bring us to some larger truth even if the story isn’t 100% accurate.  Fidelity is not a good in and of itself.  There’s complexity to fidelity, both in narrative and in love, and it’s this fascinating combination that provides the dramatic pull in Sarah Polley‘s sweet and thoughtful documentary, Stories We Tell.  In an attempt to explore her own family’s history—in particular, the story of her parentage—she uncovers the difficulties in reconciling her desire to tell the truth and the limitations of any storytelling form.  Her best attempt is to provide a colorful kaleidoscope of remembrances from family, friends, and acquaintances, and at the center is a touching story about a daughter trying to understand her parents, both adoptive and biological.

New Trailer for TAKE THIS WALTZ Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen

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A new trailer for writer-director Sarah Polley’s romantic drama Take This Waltz has gone online.  Michelle Williams stars as a woman who’s married to a good-natured cookbook author (Seth Rogen) but then she finds herself attracted to a handsome artist (Luke Kirby).  The movie actually looks really, really good, with Williams, Rogen and Kirby promising some strong performances.  I was fearful that the film would come off as too “indie”-feeling for its own good, but Polley seems to have captured the perfect tone for her second feature as a director.  Though the trailer has many moments of levity, the troubled conscience of Williams and issues of morality appear to play a big part in the film.  Polley’s directorial debut, Away from Her, earned the actress/writer/director an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sarah SilvermanTake This Waltz opens in limited release on June 29th.

Sarah Polley to Adapt Margaret Atwood Novel’s ALIAS GRACE

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Actress/writer/director Sarah Polley is set to adapt Margaret Atwood‘s novel Alias Grace.  Per THR, the historical novel “is a recreation of a true-life 19th century Canadian double murder, and takes readers inside the mind of Grace Marks, a 16 year-old housemaid who was convicted and jailed for killing a wealthy landowner and his housekeeper and mistress.”  After Away from Her and Take This Waltz, Polley has made a strong name for herself writing and directing movies from a female point-of-view.  Both of her previous films are relationship dramas, but I’m interested to see how Polley will handle the historical and crime aspects of Atwood’s novel.

Take This Waltz is due out in theaters this summer.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Alias Grace.

Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ Picked up by Magnolia for Early Summer 2012 Release

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It’s a sad truth that you can’t see everything you want at a major film festival and I was bummed that I missed Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz when I was at TIFF.  However, I rested easy in the knowledge that movie starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen would probably find distribution and now it has.  Magnolia has sent out a press release announcing their acquisition of the relationship drama and plan to run it through the festival circuit before releasing it into theaters in early summer 2012.

For those unfamiliar with the film, Williams plays a woman who’s married to a good-natured cookbook author (Rogen) but then she finds herself attracted to a handsome artist (Luke Kirby).  I really enjoyed Polley’s previous flim, Away from Her, and I’m glad I’ll be seeing Take This Waltz in the not-too-distant future.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

TIFF 2011: TAKE THIS WALTZ Review

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Take This Waltz is a tough film to take in. You wouldn’t guess it from the casual romantic tone and the star-heavy cast that features the likes of Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman, but the film is intriguingly (even frustratingly) morally ambiguous. We’re given the standard rom-com set-up of a semi-content married girl who meets a tall dark stranger who she finds wildly attractive and appealing. Yet, hometown TIFF favorite writer/director Sarah Polly never makes it clear whether her protagonist should be sticking with her comfortable marriage or embarking on a new adventure. It’s nice to see a movie like this that makes you draw your own conclusions, but there’s a pretty big catch. You see, because it’s difficult to tell if the main character makes the right decision, it’s also difficult to tell if she’s even a character even worth liking. Ambiguity is nice, but walking out of a theater feeling like you despise a character who you just spent two hours with isn’t particularly satisfying. Hit the jump for more.

First/New Images From THE LADY, MELANCHOLIA, TAKE THIS WALTZ and PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING

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With the Toronto International Film Festival announcing which films are part of their Galas and Premieres at this year’s festival, we’re getting our first official looks at a number of high profile films.  With so many new images hitting the net at once, we’ve decided to break up the image articles.  So hit the jump if you’d like to see the first official images/new images from Luc Besson’s The Lady (starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis), Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard), Bruce Beresford’s Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (starring Jane Fonda, Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Olsen, Catherine Keener) and Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz (starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby).  We’ve also provided the synopses.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th.  Expect coverage everyday from the Festival.

First Poster and Tons of New Images from Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ Starring Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman

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New info from AFM, this one regarding Sarah Polley’s next directorial effort Take This Waltz, a comedy starring Seth Rogan, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman. Previously the only information we knew about Polley’s film was that it was a “bittersweet comedy” about a woman dealing with “two different types of love”. This new information, including a detailed plot synopsis, director’s notes, pics (some of which we posted previously) and cast info, sheds more light on the film, which is shaping to be a comedy more in the vein of James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) and Judd Apatow (Funny People).

This is Polley’s third full-length directorial effort after 2006’s Away From Her and 2002’s All I Want for Christmas. The actress has also starred in high-profile flicks such as last summer’s Splice and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead. Of interest are her comments regarding her new film, which hint at something truly unique and creative. No release date has been set, though production started in July. Hit the jump for more on Take This Waltz.

SPLICE Blu-ray Review

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The horror genre is very pliable, but studios often chase the familiar, and for good reason. A Nightmare on Elm Street is an easy sell, and remaking something gives it a built-in cache of awareness. A small, weird title about a mutant that borrows from David Cronenberg’s sensibilities is a harder sell, simply because the audience doesn’t know what to expect, and it’s obviously strange. Such may have been why Splice – which didn’t get that much traction – came out this summer and fell away quickly even though it’s one of the most interesting and accomplished horror films in quite some time. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star as geneticists working on creating spare parts for humans. When they use some human DNA, they accidentally create a baby mutant. Oh well, maybe it will be reborn on home video. My review of Splice on Blu-ray after the jump.

SPLICE Review

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Splice is for mature audiences only.  That note not only applies to the content of the film, but to its themes.  It’s a fun, entertaining movie but also one that’s deceptive and will unnerve audiences in unexpected ways.  The trailers for the movie depict it as a jump-scare film, but it’s nothing so disposable.  Splice is a movie that will stick with you if you’re willing to intellectually engage with it.  But there will come a point in the film that will shatter your expectations and mature audiences will become totally captivated by its bold decision.  Immature audiences will most likely check out completely and fail to see that Splice is not only entertaining, but it’s creepier than most “horror” films in recent memory.

Director Vincenzo Natali Exclusive Video Interview SPLICE

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As I said when I first interviewed director Vincenzo Natali at this year’s WonderCon, one of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and awesome.  If you’re the kind of person that complains Hollywood never does anything original, you’re going to want to check out Splice this weekend.  Here are some clips.

Anyhow, with the movie set for release tomorrow, I recently sat down one more time with this talented director to talk about his film.  During our extended interview we talked about the challenges of getting Splice made, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, what’s up with High Rise, Tunnels and Neuromancer, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Adrien Brody Exclusive Video Interview SPLICE

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and awesome.  Trust me, if you’re the kind of person that complains Hollywood never does anything original, you’re going to want to check out Splice this weekend.

Anyway, I recently got to sit down with Adrien Brody to talk about his work in Splice and all the other projects he’s working on like High School and Predators.  As a huge fan of his work in such films as The Pianist, The Brothers Bloom, The Darjeeling Limited, I’ll admit to being very excited getting the chance to talk with him.  Thankfully, he could not have been nicer and while our interview was scheduled for print (meaning no video), he agreed to let me use my new Kodak ZI8 flip camera.  Hit the jump to check out what he had to say:

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