With the 85th Academy Awards looming closer, we here at Collider thought now would be a good time to take a look back at Oscar race thus far. It’s been a wild and somewhat nutty 12 months, as we’ve seen numerous contenders rise and fall (and some rise back up again) in the contentious hunt for Oscar gold. We’ve already run down the ebbs and flows of the Best Supporting Actor category, and today we’ll be taking a look back and how the race played out for Best Supporting Actress.
Fox Searchlight has released a batch of new images from director Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy) English-language debut Stoker. The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). These images highlight Park’s colorful yet sinister imagery, teasing the curious relationship between Wasikowska, Goode, and Nicole Kidman’s characters. Matt caught the film at Sundance and really enjoyed it, calling it “an unnerving, slow-burn mystery-thriller that delves into a bloodline destined to shed blood.” Count me in.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. Stoker opens on March 1st.
A momentous occasion happened last night on late night television: Matt Damon finally reached a breaking point and hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live. Damon has been the brunt of a long-running joke on the show in which Kimmel ends each night’s broadcast by apologizing for bumping Matt Damon when they run out of time. Damon has appeared in a few sketches here and there that tie-in with the gag, but fresh off Kimmel’s timeslot change that puts him up against Letterman and Leno, Damon hosted the entire show last night as he had “kidnapped” Kimmel.
It was a hilariously fun 90 minutes, as Damon must have picked up the phone and called all his closest friends since the broadcast was filled with the likes of Ben Affleck, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Garcia, Amy Adams, Sheryl Crow, Demi Moore, and plenty others. Hit the jumps to watch a few highlights from the show.
In Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker, the hunt is more rewarding than the kill. Park has beautifully crafted an unnerving, slow-burn mystery-thriller that delves into a bloodline destined to shed blood. In his English-language debut, Park takes his immaculate yet eerie style, and uses it to enhance a relatively simple tale of a disturbed girl who begins a bizarre and disturbing relationship with her recently-discovered uncle. Through Park’s lens and the tremendous performances of stars Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, Stoker may not cut deep, but it slashes hard.
While the Sundance crowd is enjoying Park Chan-wook’s Stoker in its entirety, the rest of the internet is being treated to a new trailer. This sixty-second cut plays up the film’s weirdness, eroticism and outright violence in time with an overt bit of music that’s just as strange. It’s reminiscent of the trailers for Requiem for a Dream and the more recent Savages from Oliver Stone. It’s a nice tonal introduction for a film from the director of Oldboy.
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, Stoker opens in limited release on March 1st. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
The first clips have landed online for two Sundance 2013 premieres: Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario and Alfred Molina. Both movies deal with issues of motherhood, though the first clip from Stoker reveals Kidman’s character as rather aggressively unstable while Biel’s character is merely a dead-ringer for the protag’s own dead mother. Check out both clips after the jump (be forewarned: both clips are annoyingly set to auto-play).
At last, Oscar is upon us. Back in November I shared a look at the early awards season race by way of our 2013 Oscar Preview articles, and now nearly two months later there’s still quite a bit up in the air. This truly is one of the more exciting awards races in recent years, as 2012 is so stacked with quality that there are a surprising number of uncertainties this close to the Academy Awards ceremony. Nevertheless, I am once again foolishly going to attempt to predict how the Oscar nominations will shake out when they’re announced tomorrow morning, January 10th. Hit the jump to check out my predictions.
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 Carrey, Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters along with their synopses.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival just announced an absolutely stacked lineup of films for their Premieres program, and we’ve got some new/first images from a few of the included films to share. Briefly:
- The Look of Love – Directed by Michael Winterbottom, written by Matt Greenhaigh, and starring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, and Tamsin Egerton.
- Lovelace – Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, written by Andy Bellin, and starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, and Sharon Stone.
- Prince Avalanche – Written and directed by David Gordon Green, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.
- Stoker – Directed by Park Chan-wook, written by Wentworth Miller, and starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, and Nicole Kidman.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27th.
Check out the latest casting news in brief below:
- Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has been cast opposite Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the Need for Speed adaptation directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor).
- Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will join Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) in Before I Go to Sleep, director Rowan Joffe’s psychological thriller adapted from S.J. Watson’s best-selling book.
- Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) will star in in the indie coming-of-age drama, Mixtape, directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas).
Hit the jump for more info on each picture, plus the first poster and synopsis for Before I Go to Sleep.
One of my most anticipated films of next spring is Park Chan-Wook‘s Stoker. The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The promo trailer shows the creation of the eye-catching first poster, and is set to the song “Becomes The Color” by Emily Wells, which will play over the film’s closing credits. It’s a creepy song, and while it doesn’t work quite as well as the music used in the international trailer (“Dirge” by Death in Vegas), it gets the job done.
Hit the jump to check out the video and poster. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens March 1, 2013.
Four Canadian character posters have been released for Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy. The film is about a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Zac Efron) working with a nymphomaniac (Nicole Kidman) to free her beloved felon (John Cusack). It’s pretty terrible. However, I can’t argue with the pull quote that describes the movie as “sweaty”. I would add that the flick is also sticky, rancid, and pungent. But it does have famous people in it, and these posters convey that fact perfectly.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Paperboy opens October 5th in the U.S. It opens October 19th in Canada.
An international trailer for Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker has gone online. Like the first trailer that debuted last week, this one is dark, creepy, unsettling, and absolutely fascinating. The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The plot seems to have a mix of Lolita and The Professional, although it’s not paid assassinations as much as serial killing (money makes all the difference!). There are also some strange layers going on between the girl and her mother (Nicole Kidman). Even though I’ve now seen two trailers for the movie, I still have no idea what to expect, and that makes me very excited to see it.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens on March 1st, 2013.
The first trailer for Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut Stoker has been released. The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). Chan-wook’s signature lush visual palette is on full display in this trailer, along with a wonderful air of creepiness and foreboding. There’s promise of some strong performances from the whole cast, especially Nicole Kidman as Wasikowska’s wary mother, and the tone is downright chilling. I can’t tell if the trailer gives too much away or if it’s a great tease of the film’s atmosphere, but this looks like a great way for Chan-wook to make his American debut.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens on March 1st, 2013.
Oldboy director Chan-wook Park has been in the news quite a bit lately, attaching himself to helm a violent Western called The Brigands of Rattleborge and a 1930s crime drama Corsica 72, but his English-language debut is already in the can and set for a March 2013 release. Stoker centers a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The cast is led by Nicole Kidman as the girl’s mother, and the chilling first footage from the pic has landed online by way of an ET preview. I expected a blend of horror and drama, and that’s exactly what Park has delivered based on this snippet of footage. We look to be in for strong performances from Kidman and Wasikowska, and I can’t wait to see more from the film when a full trailer lands online.
Hit the jump to watch the footage. The film also stars Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens on March 1st, 2013.