Rooney Mara Talks AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, the Appeal of the Project, Working with Great Directors, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and More

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Rooney Mara shines opposite Casey Affleck in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer/director David Lowery’s eloquent, poetic story of love, motherhood and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.  Although set in 1970s Texas Hill country, the film feels timeless as it draws on the mythology of westerns to explore the dueling notion of romance and responsibility that is central to the tale.  In a riveting performance, Mara allows her character to disappear into the texture of the film without making it feel too modern.  Opening in theaters on August 16th, the movie also stars Ben Foster and Keith Carradine.

At a recent roundtable interview, Mara talked about what drew her to the script and the characters and made it appealing to work with Lowery, why she found it easy to play a mother for the first time and to perfect her character’s accent, and how her shooting schedule with Affleck mirrored the long distance relationship between their characters.  She also discussed the impact of her Oscar nomination, her aspirations to direct, her experience working with different directors like Terrence Malick, David Fincher, and Steven Soderbergh, and the status of her Terrence Malick film and The Girl who Played with Fire.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

First Trailer and Poster for Spike Jonze’s HER Starring Joaquin Phoenix

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and poster for director Spike Jonze’s new film Her.  The romance centers on a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system.  The film looks reminiscent of Jonze’s previous works: an outlandish premise that yields a joyous story tinged with sadness.  I’m sure there will be Siri jokes galore, but to be fair, Siri would be a lot more endearing if it was smarter and sounded like Scarlett Johansson.  But back to the trailer, I’m even more excited to see this movie than I was before.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Rooney Mara and Amy AdamsHer opens in limited release on November 20th.

SIDE EFFECTS Blu-ray Review

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In what may be Steven Soderbergh’s last “film” (his retirement has been greatly exaggerated, he’s suggested he may focus more on television after a break, and he already made Behind the Candelabra for HBO), Side Effects is very much a perfect note for him to go out on.  It’s well shot and put together, it’s got a great cast (including Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones), it’s stylish, and it’s slightly less than meets the eye.  Our review of Side Effects on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Join Stephen Daldry’s TRASH; Michael K. Williams Eyed for KILL THE MESSENGER

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry’s next film is casting up.  Deadline reports that Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen have signed on to star in Trash, which is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel of the same name that centers on “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.”  The pic has a script by Richard Curtis (War Horse, Love Actually), and newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein are set to play the three boys, with Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton Mello also part of the cast.

Hit the jump for more, including a possible release date for Trash and news concerning a The Wire alum joining the thriller Kill the Messenger.

First Trailer for AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster

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The first trailer for the Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been released online.  The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions,  Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country.  Writer/director David Lowery’s debut feature drew positive reviews and comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick at Sundance, and after watching this trailer it’s not hard to see why.  Not only is his visual style eloquent and poetic, but the story almost feels like a spin on Malick’s Badlands.  The trailer promises a slew of fine performances and a nuanced, character-centric story, and I’m eager to catch the full film when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s positive review from Sundance.  The film also stars Ben Foster and Keith CarradineAin’t Them Bodies Saints opens on August 16th.


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For better or for ill, we’re living through chemistry.  It is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that has drastically accelerated, and one with dangerous consequences we can’t escape.  Arguably the most dangerous is the field of anti-depressants/anti-anxiety drugs.  These drugs have value, but their effectiveness, and more importantly, their prescription, is always uncertain.  We’re flawed individuals who are asking for psychological help from other flawed people.  Steven Soderbergh‘s Side Effects spends its first-half exploring this fascinating and complicated issue, but in its second-half, the film ceases to explore the mind, and becomes a mind-numbingly idiotic thriller.

New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS

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Open Road Films has released a new trailer for director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects.  The film stars Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Jude Law) and her newly paroled husband (Channing Tatum).  The engaging thriller aspect of the film is still very effective in this trailer, but we also get a better look at some of Soderbergh’s gorgeous camerawork as well.  Can we all mount a last-ditch effort to stop him from retiring?

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to enter to win passes to an early screening.  The film also stars Catherine Zeta-JonesSide Effects opens on February 8th.

Exclusive TV Spot for Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law

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We are always interested in the latest Steven Soderbergh offering, no matter how opaque.  I think Side Effects is about pharmacology and sexiness, but I know I want to see it.  It seems as if the story centers on the too-perfect couple from the unnerving pharmaceutical ad (played by Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose life falls into shambles if you explore any deeper than their 30-second bliss.

We are proud to premiere a new TV spot for Side Effects, which doesn’t shed much more light on the plot specifics, but continues to highlight the appeal.  Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones also star in Side Effects, set for release on February 8.  Watch the spot after the jump.

Sundance 2013: AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Review

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David Lowery‘s confident feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints lives between old life and a new beginning; between past crimes and future punishment; between the intimate and the distant.  But for me, the emotions fall through the beautiful cinematography, lyrical music, and excellent performances.  This is the X-factor of any viewer: an emotional connection we struggle to explain.  Lowery has made a strong movie, and one that will put him on the radar of everyone who sees Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  But for reasons I have difficulty articulating, I couldn’t feel anything from his gorgeous film.

New UK Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS Features Lots of New Footage

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A new U.K. trailer for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming psychopharmacology thriller Side Effects has been released online.  The film stars Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Jude Law) and her newly paroled husband (Channing Tatum).  This new trailer sets up the pharamacology portion fairly quickly, but then we get some promising looks at just how dark, sexual, and crazy Soderbergh looks to be going.  There’s quite a bit of new footage to thumb through, and I’m hoping that this trailer doesn’t show too much.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Catherine Zeta-JonesSide Effects opens on February 8th.

First Image of Liam Neeson in NON-STOP, Plus New Images from Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS Featuring Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara

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We’ve got a first look at perennial badass Liam Neeson in the new Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) film, Non-Stop.  While it looks like Neeson has an entire plane held hostage at gunpoint, methinks maybe there’s someone nefarious just off screen.  Non-Stop also stars Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore and Scoot McNairy.

We’ve also got some lovely shots of stars Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects.  While the couple looks happy in these images, the pharmaceutical-slanted plot suggests that feeling may not last.  Also starring Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Side Effects opens February 8th.  Hit the jump to check out all the images.

New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law

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A new trailer for director Steven Soderbergh’s possibly final theatrically released film Side Effects has been released.  Rooney Mara stars as a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Jude Law) and her newly paroled husband (Channing Tatum).  I love the fact that Soderbergh is tackling a psychological thriller for one of his last features, and the director’s use of close-ups and handheld definitely gives this trailer a feeling of clausterphobia and unease.  It should be mentioned, though, that the filmmaker has been a fan of pulling a bit of a bait-and-switch with his recent trailers, marketing Haywire and Magic Mike as a straightforward action film and flashy stripper movie, respectively, when both films actually turned out to have much more going on.  I look forward to seeing what kind of twist Soderbergh has in store for Side Effects.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Catherine Zeta-JonesSide Effects opens on February 8th.


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Check out the latest posters for the following films:

  • Stoker – From director Park Chan-wook comes another family portrait poster featuring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Stoker opens March 1, 2013.
  • Side Effects – Director Steven Soderbergh’s next film stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones embroiled in a drug thriller. Side Effects opens February 8, 2013.
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – The magician comedy from director Don Scardino stars Steve Carell, Jim CarreySteve Buscemi and Olivia WildeThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters along with their synopses.

Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall Up for Female Lead in TRANSCENDENCE Opposite Johnny Depp

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Just yesterday some intriguing plot details for director Wally Pfister’s upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence landed online, and now it appears that the female lead has been narrowed down to three actress.  Pfister, who is Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, is making his feature directorial debut on the project which stars Johnny Depp as a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.  The story also involves two other leads that are also scientists, a character named Evelyn who is Depp’s wife, and a character named Max.

Per Deadline, Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall (The Town) are all in the running for the role of Evelyn, with a decision due to be made on Friday.  Blunt’s dates on the Tom Cruise-fronted sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill are still being worked out, so the report notes that the conflict could affect her availability. These are three fine actresses with tremendous talent, so whatever the final result may be, I think Transcendence is in good shape.  Production is set to begin on March 4th.


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The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category.  Briefly:

  • Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
  • C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
  • Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

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