We’ve got a few set photos to share with you today. Briefly:
- Bitter Pill – Rooney Mara sports a vastly different look for Stephen Soderbergh’s psychopharmacology thriller Bitter Pill. Mara stars as a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor and her recently paroled husband. Jude Law and Channing Tatum also star.
- Lucky Dog – Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Hawkins are seen filming scenes as two con men who hatch a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in NY.
- Now You See Me – Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Isla Fisher were spotted on the set of Louis Letterier’s (Clash of the Titans) magician-centered heist thriller. The film opens on January 18th, 2013.
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Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, and Sally Hawkins are set to lead Phil Morrison‘s comedy Lucky Dog. Per Deadline, “the story centers on a pair of French-Canadian conmen pals who, despite being on the outs with each other, hatch a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in NY.” I’m not sure what’s quick about selling Christmas trees, but I’ll go along with it even though I thought Morrison’s previous film, Junebug, was an absolute chore with the exception of Amy Adams‘ performance. Filming on Lucky Dog begins next month in New York City.
As we reported last month, Giamatti is set to play Friar Lawrence (the guy who cooks up the idiotic fake-death potion) in the period adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Rudd is leading Errol Morris‘ non-documentary feature Freezing People Is Easy, and he’ll be seen later this year in the comedies Wanderlust and the Knocked Up spinoff, This Is Forty. As for Hawkins, she’s co-starring in Mike Newell‘s adaptation of Great Expectations.
For his directorial debut, Richard Ayoade chose to adapt the coming-of-age novel, Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. With his deft application of French New Wave techniques, a spot-on performance by Craig Roberts and original music by Alex Turner, the front man for “The Arctic Monkeys,” Ayoade has given us an endearingly quirky film. Submarine follows 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Roberts) as he makes plans to lose his virginity to his new girlfriend while helping his parents rekindle their romance and attempting not to be dragged underwater by the overwhelming realities of growing up. You can read Matt Goldberg’s review here and see all our previous coverage here. Hit the jump for my review of the Submarine Blu-ray.
Filming on Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations will begin its ten-week UK shoot on October 10th, and more casting on the film has been announced. In addition to confirming Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as Pip, Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, the film will also star Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter), Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class), and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky). Additionally, Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) will play Estella, the young woman trained in the art of breaking Pip’s heart over and over again even as he receives a great fortune from a mysterious benefactor.
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The domestic trailer for Richard Ayoade’s Submarine has gone online. It’s not a bad trailer, but it could do a better job of playing up the film’s humor and warmth. But instead of conveying the movie’s charm, the trailer makes us patiently await the criticism from advocacy groups deriding the use of a character saying that another character looks “mentally retarded”. The faults of this latest trailer aside, I enjoyed the film when I saw it at Sundance and I strongly encourage you to check it out.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Submarine stars Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, and Yasmin Paige. The film opens June 3rd.
There’s a vast gulf between adapting a gothic period romance and connecting with a modern audience. Director Cary Fukunaga doesn’t give a damn about that gulf and his adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a lush, confident, and powerful film as a result. Fukunaga embraces the gothic atmosphere to create a haunting portrayal of a romance between a young woman who never loses her sense of self-worth despite the constant cruelty she receives and a man who has attempted to become aloof in order to hide a bizarre and horrifying secret. Anchored by tremendous performances from lead actors Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre plays on its own terms and audiences who understand the game will be richly rewarded.
The first trailer for Submarine has gone online. I caught the film at Sundance and thought it was delightful debut for writer-director Richard Ayoade. While the trailer presents the film as slightly twee and reminiscent of Wes Anderson, it still does a good job of selling the film’s humor without spoiling too many of the jokes.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Submarine stars Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Yasmin Paige. The film opens in the UK on March 18th. There’s currently no release date set for the U.S. but The Weinstein Company will handle North American distribution.
Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is like an indie version of last year’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Both movies are coming-of-age stories that center on a lead character who views his world through the lens of his interests. But whereas Scott sees the world in shades of videogames and pop culture, Submarine’s eccentric protagonist, 15-year-old Oliver Tate, brings a French New Wave and erudite nature to his world view. The film wisely grounds its lead character by having him grapple with simple but relatable problems: he doesn’t know how to be a good boyfriend and his parents’ marriage is disintegrating due in part to his mom’s old flame moving in next door. Ayoade brings an enchanting and delightful visual style to his debut feature and compliments it with an impressive score and strong performances. While Submarine may not break any new ground or leave your head spinning, it’s a grand announcement that Ayoade is a director you’ll need to keep on your radar.
Focus Features has released the first images from director Cary Fukunaga’s (Sin Nombre) Jane Eyre and Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) One Day. Jane Eyre is based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel and it stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, and Judi Dench. One Day is adapted from the internationally praised bestselling novel by David Nicholls and it stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two people who meet on the night of their college graduation (July 15th, 1988). “For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how [they] are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years.”
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Yesterday, we brought you the poster for Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Today, we have the trailer for the film, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, and Judi Dench. The trailer makes the film look like it has a slight supernatural bent in addition to the expected drama culled from class struggles and forbidden romance. It’s not easy to sell period pieces, but this trailer isn’t a bad attempt.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Jane Eyre is set to open on March 11, 2011.
Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) will return to New Zealand (“Take Your Mum”) for the romantic comedy Love Birds. According to Deadline, Darby will play a man who nurses a bird back to health as a way to deal with his recent break-up. He then meets a kooky vet played by Golden Globe-winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky). New Zealand (“Why not?”) director Paul Murphy will re-unite with his Second Hand Wedding screenwriter Nick Ward for the project.
I’m a big fan of Darby’s and I’m surprised he hasn’t broken out bigger post-Conchords. While I don’t know how much a film from New Zealand (“It’s not going anywhere”) will appeal to stateside audiences, I’ll definitely be checking it out since he was fantastic not only on Flight of the Conchords but also in Yes Man.
Cary Fukanaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre and Michael Winterbottom’s The Promised Land loaded up their casts today with some very talented actors. First up, THR reports that Jamie Bell (Defiance), Judi Dench (Nine), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Wells) are all in negotiations to join Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger) in the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s rundown of the story and casting: The Gothic tale follows young governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), who falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester (Fassbender), but discovers he harbors a dark secret. Bell will play St. John, a clergyman who turns out to be Eyre’s cousin. Dench will play Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of Thornfield Manor, who disapproves of Eyre’s engagement with Rochester. Hawkins is Mrs. Reed, Eyre’s aunt, who adopts her but abuses and neglects her until death.
Hit the jump to learn about the casting and plot for Michael Winterbottom’s (24 Hour Party People) next film, The Promised Land.
Screen Daily reports that Vincent D’Onofrio has been perfectly cast to play Harvey Weinstein in the upcoming adaptation of Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. As you can guess by the title, Biskind’s book chronicles the rise in popularity of independent films in the 90′s and how Miramax (which Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein ran) played a huge role in everything. Kenneth Bowser, who previously directed the documentary adaptation of Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood,will be directing the film based off of a script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral) and Joshua James (Alien Uprising). The always “trusty” IMDb also lists some interesting names like Matthew Perry, Andy Serkis, and Sally Hawkins as part of the cast.
I’ve read Down and Dirty Pictures and I can not stress enough how curious I am about this film. I would think that making a documentary based off of the book would be the easier thing to do, since adapting the book into a film is going to require actors to play people who such as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. Plus, there is a lot of story to be told. One thing is certain though, it’s going to be one very interesting film whenever it comes out.