UK Trailer and Images for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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The first UK trailer for Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ new film Breathe In has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  The pic was one of my favorites of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my full review here), and it boasts some absolutely devastating performances from the entire cast, including Amy Ryan as Pearce’s wife.  Doremus tackles the family drama genre with a powerful intimacy that makes the story’s events that much more impactful, and the always-reliable Pearce truly shines in the lead role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and some images, and click here to read my extended interview with Doremus from Sundance.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the UK on July 19th and will be released in the US later this year.

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; Felicity Jones in the Mix for Female Lead

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After first being first put into motion last year, a director has finally been set for Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  In case you live in a hole and have somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware, the film is based on an erotic trilogy of books by author E.L. James that tracks the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.  After rumors swirled about the likes of Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright being interested in taking the helm, a bit of a surprise choice has been settled on to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Nowhere Boy helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Hit the jump for more.

Has Felicity Jones Confirmed Who She Is Playing in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2?

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Though Sony went ahead and announced release dates for both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 yesterday, the first Spidey sequel is still currently in production in New York City under director Marc Webb.  We’ve already seen a bevy of set photos that provided glimpses at the film’s villains, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), as well as newcomer Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, but now we may have semi-confirmation about which comics favorite character another castmember is playing.  Felicity Jones joined the film quite a while ago, but thus far the actress’ role has yet to be confirmed.  During a recent interview, though, Jones’ body language and awkward answer could very well be interpreted as a half-hearted “yes” in response to being asked about playing a specific character.

Hit the jump for more, but beware of possible spoilers for the film.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson to Star in Alex Garland’s Directorial Debut, EX MACHINA; Felicity Jones or Alicia Vikander May Co-Star

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Rising stars Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) are set to lead Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later).  As we reported last week, the story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented.  At this point, I assume the theme from Weird Science kicks in.  According to The Wrap, Isaac would play the billionaire and Gleeson would play the employee.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is set to begin this summer or fall.

Felicity Jones to Star Opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in TRUE STORY; Stacy Keach Joins SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has landed the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.  The film recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco).  Deadline reports that Jones will play Finkel’s long-suffering girlfriend “who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw-ups cost them everything.”  Rupert Goold (Richard II) will direct.

Additionally, Stacy Keach has joined the ever-growing cast of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForVariety reports that Keach will play “a chief villain,” mob boss Wallenquist.  Prodution is currently underway on the film which also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, and many more.  The pic opens on October 4th.  Hit the jump for a synopsis for True Story.

Paul Giamatti in Talks to Play Rhino in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Felicity Jones May Join Film

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If this didn’t come from The Hollywood Reporter, I would assume it was a joke.  Paul Giamatti is reportedly in talks to play the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  For those unfamiliar with comics or the English language, Rhino is a hulking character who rams into stuff.  I’m dubious about the quality of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but if Giamatti has to bulk up to play the role, the sequel will be worth it.  I can’t even wrap my mind around a muscular Giamatti.  Of course, just because Rhino is a physically imposing character in the comics, it doesn’t mean the movie will go the same way.  Rhino is the second villain on board following Electro, who will be played by Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump for more including Giamatti talking with Conan O’Brien (who referenced our interview with the actor from 2011) about wanting to play Rhino plus news about Felicity Jones joining the cast.  The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, and Shailene WoodleyThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out on May 2, 2014.  Filming is set to begin in February.

Sundance 2013: BREATHE IN Review

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The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

Are Felicity Jones, Anna Kendrick, and Imogen Poots the Frontrunners to Play the Female Lead in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER?

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Since Captain America: The Winter Soldier will take place in the present day (or at least partially in the present day; there will be flashbacks), the production is looking for a new female lead.  Three actresses are reportedly the frontrunners for the part: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Anna Kendrick (50/50), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night).  However, this news should be taken with a grain of salt since it comes from the New York Post‘s Page Six [via Bleeding Cool].  The post is more tabloid than newspaper, but if we want to play along with their story, I like these three choices.  While the Post doesn’t mention the name of the lead female character, the most likely candidate is Sharon Carter.

Hit the jump for more.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, and is due out April 4, 2014.

Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly Vie for Female Lead in Jack Ryan Reboot

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The reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise has lingered in development for years now.  Chris Pine has been attached since 2009 and watched director Jack Bender come and go as the months passed.  Though there is still no title, the project is finally making significant forward progress now that Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct and play the villain.  With the hero and the antagonist set, the next task for Branagh and Paramount is to decide on the female lead to play Jack’s wife Cathy.  Deadline hears Keira Knightley is the frontrunner for the role, but Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly are also in the mix.  Total Recall co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel also met for the role, but are reportedly no longer in the running.  Whoever lands the role would sign a deal with options for three movies.  Hit the jump for more on the story.

Nancy Meyers to Direct THE INTERN with Tina Fey and THE CHELSEA with Felicity Jones

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Fans of director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) now have, not one, but two reasons to cheer.  Meyers has recently been attached to direct two new projects:

  • The Intern, a comedy starring Tina Fey as a founder of an e-business fashion company who reluctantly brings a 70-year-old widower intern on board.
  • The Chelsea, a dramedy starring Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) that revolves around an ensemble cast who reside in New York’s Chelsea Apartments.

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Ralph Fiennes to Follow up CORIOLANUS with THE INVISIBLE WOMAN; Kristin Scott Thomas to Co-Star

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Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, Coriolanus, was a remarkably confident and well-made first feature, and absolutely worth your time despite the rushed ending sending the film out on a sour note.  Screen Daily reports that he’ll follow it up with the period drama The Invisible Woman, which will reunite him with his The English Patient co-star Kristin Scott Thomas.  The film centers on the secret love affair between Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and his mistress Nelly Ternan (Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones).  Thomas will play Ternan’s mother.  Abi Morgan (Shame) wrote the screenplay, and shooting is set to begin in the UK on April 23rd.

The plot seems a little bland (I’m not sure why Dickens having a mistress is a big deal), but Fiennes earned my trust with Coriolanus, and Invisible Woman has a solid supporting cast.  As for Fiennes’ non-directing projects, he’s playing Magwitch in Mike Newell‘s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations, and he has a highly-secretive role in the new James Bond movie, Skyfall.  Fiennes will be seen in theaters next month reprising his role as Hades in Wrath of the Titans.

BEGINNERS and THE TREE OF LIFE Tie for Best Feature at the 2011 Gotham Awards

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It’s not even December, but awards season has officially with the handing out of awards.  Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards had a tie for Best Feature Film with Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking the top prize.  Other winners last night included Breakthrough Director for Dee Rees (Pariah), Breakthrough Actor for Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Best Documentary for Better This World and Best Ensemble for Beginners.

While the Gotham isn’t a bellwether of how the Oscar race will shake out, it can give an indie picture a welcome boost.  Best Feature winners from the past several years include Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, and eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker.  Hopefully, the Gothams have given Beginners and Pariah some awards season momentum (I think The Tree of Life is already on everyone’s radar in terms of awareness).  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Felicity Jones Set as Female Lead in Warren Beatty’s Untitled Howard Hughes Film; Justin Timberlake and Owen Wilson Eyed for Supporting Roles

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Legendary actor/director Warren Beatty is firming up plans for his return to the silver screen. Beatty has chosen Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as the female lead in his untitled pic about Howard Hughes. Jones will play “a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’ young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes.” The Aviator this is not. Beatty wrote, will direct, and plans to star in the film as Hughes. Jones has received high praise for her work in Like Crazy, so she seems like a fine choice for the role. However, I’m more than a little creeped out by the idea of 74-year-old Beatty romancing 27-year-old Jones.

We previously reported that Beatty was meeting with a number of actors, including Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, and his wife Annette Bening to possibly star in the film, and now Deadline adds Justin Timberlake, Owen Wilson, and Alden Ehrenreich (Somewhere) to that list. Production is expected to begin sometime next year, and now that Beatty has his female lead casting should pick up.

Sony Pictures Classics Comes Down with HYSTERIA Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal

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This one’s for the ladies: Hysteria, the Tanya Wexler-directed picture starring Oscar-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, has sold its US and South African rights to Sony Pictures Classics. The romantic comedy is based on the historically (and hysterically) accurate tale of Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville’s invention of the first vibrator, all in the name of medical science. The heart of the film is about the realization that everyone is in control of their own happiness.

Written by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, and produced by the all-female trio of Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo and Tracey Becker, Hysteria also stars Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones. Hit the jump for more on Hysteria.


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[This is a re-print of my review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival]

We should be able to relate to movies on an emotional level, but that connection shouldn’t be contingent solely on an individual’s personal experience. Like Crazy works, but only in a manipulative fashion that preys on the viewer’s nostalgia of young love. While lead actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones give solid performances, the love between their characters is left as vague as possible so that the viewer can project their own feelings onto the picture. If thoughts of your first love make your heart skip a beat, Like Crazy will likely send you reeling. If, however, you’re like me and aren’t impressed by watching other people deal with their relationship issues, Like Crazy will leave you cold.

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