We’ve seen plenty of set photos from Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, but now an official image has been released. The image is a nice shot of a scene we previously saw in set photos with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman frolicking on a beach. If you focus, you can almost see the lyrical cinematography and whispered narration. There are few details on Knight of Cups other than it’s about the Los Angeles movie business and features half of Hollywood. In addition to Bale and Portman, the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, and Shea Whigham (hat tip to The Playlist for keeping count). However, these are actors who have only been seen in set photos; we don’t know who will make the final cut.
We also don’t know when Malick will have that final cut. He’s editing multiple movies, and he has no problem spending years in the editing room. As The Playlist reminds us, it took 18 months between the first photo of To the Wonder to the film’s release. Footage from Knight of Cups is currently being shown to possible distributors at Cannes this week. Hit the jump to check out the image.
As if enigmatic filmmaker Terrence Malick didn’t already have enough on his plate with post-production work on two films he shot last year, it appears that he’s also retooling one of his past films as well. The Days of Heaven director returned to the cinemas after a six year absence with 2011’s brilliant The Tree of Life, and subsequently began working at an incredibly quick pace as he shot and released this year’s To the Wonder and filmed two movies back-to-back—Knight of Cups and an untitled feature—throughout the latter half of last year.
Malick is known for taking his time (usually a year or two) in the editing room on his films given that he shoots a lot of footage and crafts the finished film in post-production, but in addition to editing his two recently shot films, editor Billy Weber reveals that Malick is also working on a director’s cut of Tree of Life. Weber also notes that the director’s long-in-the-works documentary Voyage of Time is expected in 2014. Hit the jump for more.
The U.S. theatrical trailer for Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder is now available. The mesmerizing trailer isn’t shy about touting the main theme of the film: love, in all of its dynamic incarnations. In between shots of the main characters in the throes of passion or struggling with a relationship that’s lost its fire, a sermon on love narrates the changing nature and transformative power of the complicated emotion. What’s starts out as a big-budget version of a jewelry advertisement eventually sinks its hooks into you if you let it.
Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, To the Wonder opens on April 12th. You can read Matt’s review of the film here. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
A couple of new featurettes for writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have made their way online. The story involves a woman (Olga Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Ben Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) and a wayward priest (Javier Bardem). These featurettes are beyond fascinating for any cinephile, as they give us a peek inside the filmmaking process of elusive director Terrence Malick. The cast and crew talk about Malick’s atypical, improvisational filmmaking process, as many of them are never given a script and have to react to things Malick says while they’re filming a take.
Hit the jump to watch the featurettes, and click here to read Matt’s review. To the Wonder opens on April 12th.
We’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at six new images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. The story involves a woman (Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (McAdams) and a wayward priest (Bardem). Check out Matt’s review of the film here. To the Wonder opens April 12th. Hit the jump to see the new images.
by Tommy Cook Posted: January 23rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Warm Bodies, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, substitutes the Capulet’s Juliet for Julie – a gun toting survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland – and Romeo for an undead flesh-eating zombie. Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) stars as the Juliet substitute, whose ‘love’ slowly brings to life the undead ‘R’ (Nick Hoult). It’s hard to be surprised at such a development because if anyone can bring to life the undead, it would most certainly be someone as fetching as Teresa Palmer.
In the following interview with Palmer, she discusses recreating the famous ‘balcony sequence’ from the play albeit in a different context, having John Malkovich play her disapproving father and working opposite Terrence Malick in the upcoming Knight of Cups. For the full interview, hit the jump.
by Tommy Cook Posted: January 13th, 2013 at 6:43 pm
The prospect of working with Terrence Malick is too great an opportunity for any actor to pass up. Malick is one of the greats – Badlands, Days of Heaven: classics in their own right. Add to the fact – the elusive, press shy filmmaker notoriously takes quite awhile between films (although his output as of late puts to doubt such a deliberate reputation). Thus not only is working with Malick a chance to star in one of greatest living director’s films but more so who knows when/if the guy will make another one… The ‘catch’ however: Malick is a fickle editor and prone to cutting his actors out from his films (see: Adrien Brody in The Thin Red Line, Sean Penn in Tree of Life). You may act in a Malick flick but who knows if you’ll even end up in the finished cut? At the recent press junket for Warm Bodies, Teresa Palmer discussed working with Malick on the recently wrapped Knight of Cups and addressed whether she fears her role will end up on the cutting room floor. Hit the jump to watch.
The first trailer has been released for Terrence Malick‘s To The Wonder. In the vague semblance of a plot, Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. There’s also a story involving a priest who grapples with his loneliness and has almost no narrative relation to the other plotline. I caught the picture at TIFF, and although To The Wonder is one of Malick’s shortest films, it feels like his longest. His attempt to make an intimate film about intimacy caved in on itself, and most of the movie is just people whispering narration and twirling. The majesty presented in this trailer is almost completely misleading.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. To The Wonder is set to open on April 12, 2013.
We’ve recently seen a number of interesting photos from the set of two new films that director Terrence Malick has been shooting this year, but we now have word on when we might get to see the filmmaker’s follow-up to 2011’s The Tree of Life. Malick notoriously takes his time in the post-production process, and his most recent film To the Wonder (which was shot in 2010) finally premiered this past fall at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The story revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck), and following a mixed-to-negative response, Magnolia acquired the pic for distribution.
Now The Film Stage reports that Magnolia is eyeing an April 2013 release for the pic, following its February 22nd UK release. Despite the mixed reactions (read Matt’s review right here), I’m eager to see the latest work from the reclusive auteur.
Director Terrence Malick’s currently-shooting untitled film set within the Austin music scene isn’t exactly lacking in actors, but we all know that just because you shoot scenes for a Terrence Malick movie doesn’t mean you’ll actually be in a Terrence Malick movie. The latest actor to possibly join the cast is Val Kilmer, and based on images of the actor on set, I’m really, really, really hoping he makes the final cut. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender star the pic, and we’ve previously seen images of Mara shooting scenes while “performing” on stage with Black Lips.
Kilmer recently filmed some scenes onstage with Mara and Black Lips, and in true Val Kilmer fashion he didn’t exactly play it straight. Images show him using a walker, cutting his own hair, and wielding a chainsaw next to Mara. I’m not sure if his role is more of a manifestation/presence than an actual person (which isn’t out of the question for a Malick pic), but this is some wonderfully weird stuff. Hit the jump to take a look.
We’ve got a couple casting stories coming your way. First up, new Bond girl Berenice Marlohe (who’s quite good in Skyfall) has joined Terrence Malick‘s untitled Austin-based music project, which isn’t to be confused with his other film, Knight of Cups, even though both films share actors such as Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman. THR has no details on Marlohe’s character, which isn’t surprising since there are almost no details on the movie other than it’s a story of “sexual obsession and betrayal” involving two intersecting love triangles. Marlohe will shoot the film concurrently while doing press for Skyfall.
Hit the jump for casting on Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo‘s intriguing next picture, Open Windows.
New set photos have come out from director Terrence Malick’s Untitled Film that feature more looks at star Natalie Portman and famed professional freak, Erik “The Lizardman” Sprague. Not sure what Lizardman is doing there, but Portman is starring in a film ”set against the music scene of Austin, and tells the story of two intersecting love triangles and the obsession and betrayal that follows.” And, as is the case in Malick’s films, any or all of these characters and scenes might be cut from the finished film at the drop of a cowboy hat. As an added bonus, we have a set photo from director Tom Hooper’s musical feature, Les Miserables, that shows how a modern British landmark was turned into 19th century French setpiece. Hit the jump to check them out.
Natalie Portman took a much-deserved break after winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and giving birth to her child, but now that she’s wading back into the feature film waters she’s being courted for just about everything. We recently reported that Portman was being eyed to play Jackie Kennedy in the real-life drama Jackie, and now The Wrap reports that Portman is also mulling over two other projects: the gun-running thriller Code Name Sasha and the drama Last Witness.
Hit the jump for more on both projects and to check out the latest images of Portman on the set of Terrence Malick’s new untitled film set within the Austin music scene.
After watching Terrence Malick‘s twirling train wreck of a picture, To the Wonder, I was left wondering what distributor would pick it up. The movie lacked the awards power of Malick’s previous efforts, and his movies aren’t easy sells to begin with. Today, Deadline reports that Magnolia is up for the challenge, and will distribute the film for a multi-platform release in 2013. Most, if not all, Magnolia films hit VOD before getting a theatrical release, but Deadline says To the Wonder will be released first in theaters. The movie will probably draw in the Malick die-hards since all of the imagery and tone is unmistakably the auteur’s work. The trailer probably won’t convey how the movie is an utter chore, and even though it’s Malick’s second-shortest movie, it feels like his longest.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, it revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck). Occasionally, a priest (Javier Bardem) has scenes where he talks about how unhappy he is. Godspeed, Magnolia.
Though Terrence Malick’s romantic drama To the Wonder recently premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to a rather muted response, the recently prolific director is moving on with the second of two films that he’s shooting this year. He appears to have wrapped the Christian Bale-fronted Knight of Cups, as new set photos reveal that production has started on his other untitled feature (previously titled Lawless) set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. We saw some images of Malick filming Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara last year for what was actually pre-production work on the pic, and now some new images of the actors have surfaced that signal the beginning of principal photography.
The story about “sexual obsession and betrayal” involves two intersecting love triangles, but that’s about all we know at the moment. Malick will be editing the untitled film and Knight of Cups simultaneously, but it will likely be a couple years before we see the finished films. For now, hit the jump to take a look at Gosling, Mara, and Mr. Malick himself at work in Austin.