Terrence Malick has three movies in the works, and the timeline on when each will be shot/released is fuzzy. The untitled romantic drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams is up first, though we don’t know release date (or even year) yet. We have seen Malick filming Christian Bale for Knight of Cups and working with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara for Lawless, but international distributor FilmNation announced these two films will shoot back to back in 2012. Mara clarified the picture in a recent interview:
“[Lawless is] something that I hope to do, but it’s unfortunately not until September, so it’s a ways away.”
That timeline implies the plan is to shoot Knight of Cups earlier in the year, followed by production on Lawless. Given how much time Malick generally spends in post-production, I imagine the director will spend a lot of 2012 in the editing room for the Affleck/McAdams drama. The Tree of Life ended up in theaters a year and a half after the initially announced Christmas 2009 release date. I expect similar delays for at least one of these projects. More after the jump.
I can’t remember the last time Woody Allen made a film as delightful as Midnight in Paris. He’s certainly done it before and it’s not one of his comedy classics like Annie Hall and Sleeper, but Midnight in Paris is undoubtedly one of Woody Allen’s best films of the past ten years. It’s the rare Allen comedy where he doesn’t insert an Allen-like neurotic character, and the script finds inventive ways to be funny and thoughtful. Johanne Debas and Darius Khondji’s cinematography is gorgeous, the film is filled with wonderful performances where you can tell that all of the actors are having a marvelous time, and Allen brings it all together with a joy rarely seen in his movies these days.
The first trailer The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has hit the net. In the first half of the final chapter of the Twilight series, “the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.” Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Sheen, and Dakota Fanning star under the direction of Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 opens November 18. Watch the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments.
[This review is a reprint of Bill's review that ran during the Dallas International Film Festival]
Beautiful Boy is the story of missed connections between one another. Sometimes these result in arguments or misunderstandings, while other times they go unresolved until they finally boil over and cause a lasting effect. Director Shawn Ku gracefully navigates the heart breaking story of a couples’ loss in the wake of their son committing an act of mass violence at his college and then taking his own life. While the plot may sound conveniently topical, the way in which Ku treats the subject will have ripples for years to come. There isn’t an easy path of recovery to take, and now more than ever, people’s intrusive voyeurism and public remarks can cause even more emotional pain. Hit the jump for the full review.
Beautiful Boy is the story of how tragedy effects a family and all those around them, in every way. A married couple on the verge of separation suddenly find themselves having to turn to each other to overcome unimaginable heartbreak. Under intense media scrutiny following their son’s shocking act of violence that changes the lives of so many, Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) see a chance for happiness again through their common grief.
At the film’s press day, actor Michael Sheen talked exclusively to Collider about baring himself emotionally for this role, playing the emotion of grief in such a naturalistic way, working with a director who established such an honest and collaborative set, and just being open and present in the moment. He also talked about why he loves playing Aro in The Twilight Saga, how he loves playing as many different characters, in as many different worlds as he possibly can, and why he wants to take on Hamlet next. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
If you’ve been hanging around the site for a while, you know that we tend to post a lot of content throughout the course of a week. From interviews and reviews to general entertainment news, set visits, and niche stories, we always do our best to provide you the reader with a wide spectrum of coverage. Nevertheless, our front page only holds fifteen stories at a time meaning that some of our most interesting content has a tendency to fall through the cracks. In an attempt to bring these stories back to the forefront, we are introducing this weekly “Top 5″ feature which we hope will prevent readers from missing out on the best Collider has to offer.
In this, our inaugural week, we’re bringing you a recap of Brendan’s mathematical breakdown of dueling Snow White films, our look at dimly lit 2d theater projection, a possible R-rated Riddick, Michael Sheen reading Twilight fan fiction, and Jack Black discussing with Steve where not to use body soap. Check out the quick recaps and links after the jump.
I don’t really understand the appeal of fan fiction, but there’s a lot on the Internet where the appeal confuses me. For those who don’t know, “fan fiction” is where a fan takes a property they like and writes their own story for it. They’re not writing on spec to try and get a job on the show or anything like that. They’re just writing it because they’re a fan. A subset of fan fiction is “slash-fic” where the author makes two characters have sex regardless of their relationship in the property. On VH1, The Twilight Saga co-star Michael Sheen read some fan-fic that closely borders on slash-fic. The absolute conviction of his reading is what makes it hilarious. What’s even better is that I think if Sheen read the actual Twilight books, they would be just as funny if not funnier.
Hit the jump to check out the video. Sheen will reprise his role as Aro in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which opens November 18th.
In the romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, from writer/director Woody Allen, actor Michael Sheen plays Paul, an intellectual visiting Paris with his wife (Nina Arianda), while he lectures at the Sorbonne. At the same time, Inez (Rachel McAdams) is there with her fiancé Gil (Owen Wilson), who is taking time away from his successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter to pursue his aspirations to be a serious novelist, much to her dismay. When Inez unexpectedly runs into Paul, who she has had a crush on since college, she immediately finds him as charming as he is cerebral, while Gil finds him to be an insufferable know-it-all that he can’t stand to be around. As Gil is increasingly absent to focus on his writing, Paul and Inez find themselves growing increasingly closer.
At the film’s press day, Michael Sheen talked about how much he enjoyed working with Woody Allen, how amazing it was to have some of the film’s Paris locations all to themselves, how much fun his character was to play, and how he thought Owen Wilson found a really good balance between having the angst, anxiety and neurosis of a Woody Allen character. He also talked about what’s in store for his character Aro in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and said that the talk of him doing Dark Shadows was a bit premature. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
This week, Collider got a chance to catch up with Michael Sheen at the press day of a film that we’ll be writing about later. However, since we also got a catch to ask him about working on the two-part The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, we wanted to get that portion of the interview posted right away. Sheen revealed that he got the opportunity to delve into Aro’s insanity a bit more, this time around, and that he got to show more of what’s under the surface of the character. He also talked about how much he enjoyed working with Bill Condon and thought the director handled the huge undertaking of a two-part film with about 40 new characters and a huge battle scene brilliantly.
Sheen also stated that, while he was talking about doing a role in Dark Shadows, the announcement of his involvement was a bit premature, and he will not be doing that film. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A number of images from Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris have been released. The romantic comedy centers on a man (Owen Wilson) who is in Paris with his wife (Rachel McAdams) but begins going off on his own a midnight to explore the nightlife the city has to offer. The trailer for the film was released last month, and actually shows a bit of promise given that Allen hasn’t really made a worthwhile film in quite some time.
The cast includes Wilson, McAdams, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, and Adrien Brody. Hit the jump to check out the images. Midnight in Paris opens May 20th and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Alongside the news that child actor Gulliver McGrath (The Loved Ones) will play the role of David Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows also comes word that Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) is the leading candidate to play his father, Roger Collins. Deadline is reporting the tentative rumor that Sheen is Burton’s top choice for the role although nothing is confirmed as of yet. For now, McGrath joins a cast that already includes Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Early Haley, and Bella Heathcoate. As you may already expect, Helena Bonham Carter is believed to be officially joining the cast at some point as well.
Previously, Sheen provided voice work as White Rabbit in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. He is also experienced in working with supernatural-based material given his respective turns in the Underworld and Twilight franchises. As for McGrath, the young actor was previously a finalist to play the namesake in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret. His role of David Collins was held by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the 90s reboot of the television series.
A trailer for the indie drama Beautiful Boy has gone online. The story takes the unique perspective of focusing on the parents (played by Michael Sheen and Maria Bello) of a young man who went on a shooting spree on his college campus and then killed himself. Usually, the approach to a senseless tragedy such as that is to blame the parents, and then the tragedy somehow makes sense: better parents means better kid means no shooting spree and we can go back to pretending that the world is not a random series of uncontrollable events. I have hope that Shawn Ku’s film, which played at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, will handle its subject matter with maturity and insight. Having Sheen and Bello as the leads is already a great sign.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
Continuing TRON: Legacy week on Collider, it’s time for my video interview with Michael Sheen and Beau Garrett. As most of you are aware, Sheen plays a very fun role in TRON: Legacy (a club owner) and Garrett plays one of the sirens. You’ve probably seen both of them in these clips.
Since both of them have done so much press over the past year, I tried to have some fun with my questions. During the interview we talked about what did they manage to take home from set, did they get a lifetime pass for Disneyland, the practical sets of TRON: Legacy, and what was their reaction to seeing the movie for the first time.
Finally, if you missed my video interviews with Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges and director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey, just click the links. Hit the jump for the Sheen/Garrett interview and make sure to see TRON: Legacy in IMAX 3D this weekend as 43 minutes of the film has been adjusted for the large screen format. It’s the way it should be seen:
In the highly anticipated high-tech adventure sequel Tron: Legacy, actress Olivia Wilde plays Quorra, a fearless warrior who helps Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) reunite with his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges). She is a unique program, much like a surrogate daughter, that acts as Kevin Flynn’s confidante, and has been helping him survive his life in exile. He has taught her of the outside world, so she now longs to experience what lies far beyond the realm of possibility.
When select press was invited to Digital Domain in Venice, Calif. this past Saturday, Olivia Wilde did this interview with Collider and one other online outlet, to discuss how Tron: Legacy has already exceeded all of her expectations, what her take is on the humanity in the film, doing physical stunts in heels and how Joan of Arc influenced the look of her character.
She also explained that being involved with something this massive has made her feel like she can do anything, and it definitely gave her the confidence to work with Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell in her next feature, Cowboys & Aliens. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Continuing our first-look image series of movies playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we have images from John Carpenter’s The Ward starring Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris, and Lyndsy Fonseca. The Ward is Carpenter’s first film in over a decade and that alone is reason enough to see it. We also have images from Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy, which has a killer cast that includes Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols, and Meat Loaf Aday.
Hit the jump to check out all the images and synopses for both films. The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9 – 19th.