The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on the United States of America that forever changed us as a nation. We live in a post-9/11 world, and it is impossible to go back to “the way things were before.” Though it’s been a decade since the event, in the scope of things we’re still living in the immediate aftermath of the most devastating domestic terror attack in history. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has now dealt with these effects in two films, as she previously focused on the events of the Iraq War with her 2008 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, and her brilliant 2012 drama Zero Dark Thirty masterfully chronicles the decade-long hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks: Osama Bin Laden. The result of the latter is a taut procedural thriller that not only entertains, but also provides a difficult and introspective look at America’s place in the post-9/11 world. Hit the jump for my review of Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray.
Warner Bros. has released the first TV spot for director Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge) adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story centers on a would-be writer (Tobey Maguire) chasing the American dream who moves to New York City in the spring of 1922 and encounters a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). This TV spot features quite a bit of new footage, and I’m incredibly eager to see Fitzgerald’s novel adapted for the screen by way of Luhrmann’s bombastic, colorful, and vibrant vision.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Adelaide Clemens. The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.
Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution images from some upcoming summer films. Briefly:
- The Hangover Part III – A new image from Todd Phillips’ trilogy-closer teases a familiar scene as Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms ride an elevator. The film opens on May 24th.
- The Great Gatsby – A couple of new images from director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful adaptation highlight Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular character flanked by his new friends. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton and opens in 3D on May 10th.
- The Conjuring – Director James Wan’s new horror film debuted a ridiculously creepy teaser trailer earlier last month, and these new images feature Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s psychic investigator characters. The film also stars Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston and opens on July 19th.
- Getaway – A new image from this car-set thriller gives us a canted look at Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s lead characters. The film opens on August 30th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
A rather unfortunate situation has arisen on the promising drama Jane Got a Gun. The Western drama has a Black List script by Brian Duffield and an outstanding cast that includes Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Jude Law, and production was set to begin yesterday with We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay at the helm. However, it appears that Ramsay has decided to announce her dropping out of the project by simply not showing up to set on what was to be the first day of filming. Hit the jump for more on this supremely disappointing news.
The production of Jane Got a Gun, a Western led by Natalie Portman, has been delayed several times. It was finally scheduled to begin shooting next week, but a last-minute casting swap will push production back to April. Michael Fassbender was set to play the male lead, but his X-Men: Days of Future Past schedule creates a conflict that will pull him off the project. Normally, that would be terrible news, but director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) has a mighty fine backup plan. THR reports Joel Edgerton, who was looking to play the villain, will switch sides to assume Fassbender’s role. Jude Law will come on board to play the villain and round out the lead cast. If you can get two out of three with Fassbender, Edgerton, and Law, you win.
Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer), Aleen Keshishian (Our Idiot Brother), and Terry Dougas (The Box) are producing. The script by Brian Duffield follows good girl Jane (Portman), who runs away from her outlaw husband (Law) and teams up with on old flame (Edgerton) to protect her family. Read the full synopsis for Jane Got a Gun after the break.
A new trailer for director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been released online. The trailer opens with Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Gatsby telling Tobey Maguire‘s Nick Carraway his life story, complete with colorful flashbacks and fast cuts. We see much more of the individual performances in this trailer, and DiCaprio plays Gatsby with a slightly sinister quality that makes me curious to see more. The visuals again look spectacular; if there’s one thing that can be gleaned from the two trailers we’ve seen thus far, it’s that Luhrmann has brought the Jazz Age to the big screen in a way that we’ve never seen before. The second half of the trailer switches out the hip-hop for a hard rock version of The Turtles‘ “So Happy Together,” and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of contemporary music the ambitious filmmaker uses in the actual film.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, and Elizabeth Debicki. The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10, 2013.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up quite a lot of awards buzz lately, thanks in part to Jessica Chastain’s performance. Chastain is front and center in this final trailer for the picture. There’s plenty of new footage to go around in addition to the reveal of more side-plots, since we already know how the operation to kill Osama bin Laden worked out. The added musical accompaniment of a children’s choir singing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” puts this thing over the top; I wish it was in theaters right now.
Written by Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty also stars Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton and James Gandolfini. The film opens in limited release on December 19th, then expands nationwide on January 11th. Hit the jump to watch the powerful final trailer.
Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is setting his sights west as he is in negotiations to join Jane Got a Gun, a Western directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). Written by Brian Duffield, Jane Got a Gun centers on the titular good girl married to a very bad man who turns against his outlaw gang and gets a back full of bullets for his trouble. With the outlaws still out for revenge, Jane is forced to turn to an old flame in order to bring justice to the deadly gunslingers. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) is set to star in the lead with Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) playing the ex-lover. Edgerton is in negotiations to play the outlaw husband. Jane Got a Gun is set to begin production in February. Hit the jump for more.
A few new images and a new clip from director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty have landed online. The film documents the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, focusing on a CIA analyst whose obsession with tracking the terrorist down eventually led to his assassination. The drama has picked up plenty of praise since the first critics’ screenings took place last weekend, and judging by the amount of marketing material released in the past few days, Columbia Pictures is gunning for the Oscar win.
Hit the jump to check out the images and the clip, which shows SEAL Team Six taking off for their mission. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, and James Gandolfini. Zero Dark Thirty opens in limited release on December 19th and expands nationwide on January 11th.
While rumors continue to swirl around Disney’s Star Wars, Marvel is busy looking for their Star-Lord. A shortlist of actors is reportedly being tested for the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (Super). Included on that list are Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn). The leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, was born of a human mother and alien father. He’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. Sounds like a fun role for any one of these guys to make their own, but there have been even more names thrown into the competition. Hit the jump to check them out.
Casting additions today are as follows:
- Mike Epps (The Hangover) will portray comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, the Nina Simone biopic from writer/director Cynthia Mort that stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).
- Hip hop artist, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi will join the indie rom-com, Two Night Stand, which marks the directorial debut of Max Nichols.
- Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will star opposite Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) in Felony. Matthew Seville (Noise) directs from Edgerton’s script.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
A new trailer for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) thriller Zero Dark Thirty has been released. The film documents the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the now-famous SEAL Team Six operation. The new cut is heads above the first trailer, in which a war room speech presided over the trailer with scenes of covert operations taking place. This time around, we actually see the words being spoken in the war room as well as the soldiers in the thick of it, with their boots on the ground. And the sense of tension here is much more palpable, as it should be.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, James Gandolfini, and Kyle Chandler. Zero Dark Thirty opens on December 19th.
The versatile Joel Edgerton has carved out a nice character actor resume, bouncing from genre to genre – crime flick Animal Kingdom to the MMA fighting Warrior to the body horror remake/prequel The Thing. This Wednesday – Edgerton stars in the all-encompassing family/supernatural film The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Edgerton stars as Jim Green, one half of probably the nicest couple in film history, who along with his wife Cindy (Jennifer Garner) literally wishes a child into existence. The newfound parents then have to grapple with the responsibilities and missteps that come with their unforeseen parenthood.
In the following interview, Edgerton discusses approaching the magical/fantastical elements of the story versus playing the reality of the situation, the importance of the family unit and his future projects: Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Today, we’ve got a poster round-up for you, featuring some new domestic and international looks:
- Liberal Arts, stars writer/director Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease) as a thirty-something loser who falls for a 19-year-old college student (Elizabeth Olsen) when he returns to his alma mater. Look for Liberal Arts in wide release starting September 21st.
- Zero Dark Thirty, the Osama bin Laden picture from director Kathryn Bigelow, stars Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt and Jessica Chastain in the revealing story of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six operation. Zero Dark Thirty lands December 19th.
- Alex Cross, the adaptation of the James Patterson novel, stars Tyler Perry in the title role opposite Matthew Fox as the antagonist. Alex Cross debuts October 19th.
- Looper, a sci-fi time-traveling actioner from writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, opens September 28th.
Hit the jump to see the posters.
Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby has revered source material and an acclaimed cast that features Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Joel Edgerton. Set to open on Christmas Day, it was primed to compete in the 2012 awards race, but today Warner Bros. has decided to push the film back to summer 2013. In a press release, WB President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman said, “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.” As we all know, people don’t see movies over Christmas.
In all fairness, we’re looking at a very crowded awards season. Hit the jump for a refresher on what Gatsby would have had to face in December.