A couple of new featurettes for writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have made their way online. The story involves a woman (Olga Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Ben Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) and a wayward priest (Javier Bardem). These featurettes are beyond fascinating for any cinephile, as they give us a peek inside the filmmaking process of elusive director Terrence Malick. The cast and crew talk about Malick’s atypical, improvisational filmmaking process, as many of them are never given a script and have to react to things Malick says while they’re filming a take.
Hit the jump to watch the featurettes, and click here to read Matt’s review. To the Wonder opens on April 12th.
We’ve got a host of new images from the following Universal Pictures films opening in 2013:
- About Time – A new image featuring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, who star in this time-traveling sci-fi dramedy from writer/director Richard Curtis. About Time opens May 10th.
- Fast and Furious 6 – One new image of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel who return for the sixth installment of the streetcar franchise directed by Justin Lin. Fast and Furious 6 opens May 24th.
- Identity Thief - 16 images from director Seth Gordon’s crime comedy starring Jason Bateman as a victim of Melissa McCarthy’s thieving. Identity Thief opens February 8th.
- Jurassic Park 3D – A new image from the 3D re-release of the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie, roaring into theaters on April 5th.
Hit the jump to see the images.
We’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at six new images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. The story involves a woman (Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (McAdams) and a wayward priest (Bardem). Check out Matt’s review of the film here. To the Wonder opens April 12th. Hit the jump to see the new images.
New images from two upcoming April films that both star Olga Kurylenko have been released online. First up, a new image from director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion has been released. The story takes place on a dystopian Earth and stars Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who finds himself holding the future of mankind in his hands after discovering a crashed spaceship. This new image doesn’t feature Kurylenko, but it does give is a nice look at Cruise making his “intense running” face while flanked by what looks like a bubble helicopter. Oblivion opens on April 19th.
New images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have also been released. The film stars Kurylenko as a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves, only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams also star and are featured in these images, but it’s my understanding that Kurylenko is the main focus of Malick’s dialogue-lite pic. To the Wonder opens on April 12th. Hit the jump to take a look at the images. [Update: More new images from To the Wonder have been released including a look at Javier Bardem.]
The first trailer has been released for Terrence Malick‘s To The Wonder. In the vague semblance of a plot, Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought. There’s also a story involving a priest who grapples with his loneliness and has almost no narrative relation to the other plotline. I caught the picture at TIFF, and although To The Wonder is one of Malick’s shortest films, it feels like his longest. His attempt to make an intimate film about intimacy caved in on itself, and most of the movie is just people whispering narration and twirling. The majesty presented in this trailer is almost completely misleading.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem. To The Wonder is set to open on April 12, 2013.
We’ve recently seen a number of interesting photos from the set of two new films that director Terrence Malick has been shooting this year, but we now have word on when we might get to see the filmmaker’s follow-up to 2011’s The Tree of Life. Malick notoriously takes his time in the post-production process, and his most recent film To the Wonder (which was shot in 2010) finally premiered this past fall at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The story revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck), and following a mixed-to-negative response, Magnolia acquired the pic for distribution.
Now The Film Stage reports that Magnolia is eyeing an April 2013 release for the pic, following its February 22nd UK release. Despite the mixed reactions (read Matt’s review right here), I’m eager to see the latest work from the reclusive auteur.
There’s a difference between “old-school” and “out-of-touch”, and Brian De Palma‘s Passion disappointingly falls into the latter. In an attempt to dig into his old bag of tricks when making a sexual thriller, Passion starts out promising, but then slowly devolves into a series of gimmicks and decisions that render the movie increasingly cheesy until it becomes unintentionally hilarious. De Palma revisits woman’s sexual duality, but with Passion, his attempt feels like a mash-up of previous ideas played out to disastrous results. The score is corny, the performances feel stilted, the cinematography is heavy-handed, and the twists become inane. Passion is a throwback that should simply be thrown away.
If I were making a parody of a Terrence Malick movie, I’d make his new film, To The Wonder. It takes all of his trademarks—softly spoken narration, gorgeous cinematography, orchestral score, poetic ruminations—and forgets why they worked in his other pictures. To The Wonder reveals that Malick’s previous movies succeed because they’re intimate stories painted on a larger canvas. By comparison, To The Wonder is an intimate story about intimacy, so it collapses in on itself as characters endlessly muse on the nature of love without the audience ever sharing that feeling, or any other emotion for that matter. It is a loveless movie about love where all of Malick’s trademarks feel like tricks.
The elusive yet brilliant filmmaker Terrence Malick has been a busy man this year, working on two brand new features with all-star casts that include people like Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Cate Blanchett. However, while I was thrilled to hear that Malick is becoming so prolific as of late, we still hadn’t heard anything about the director’s “mysterious” romantic drama To the Wonder, which he shot in 2010. We knew that the film starred Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem, but next to nothing was known about the film’s plot.
Good news was delivered late last month when it was announced that To the Wonder would be screening this fall at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, confirming that Malick has (hopefully) completed his lengthy post-production. The press notes for the Venice Film Festival, which is currently running, provide an incredibly detailed and eye-opening look at the plot for To the Wonder, along with some comments about the film from star Ben Affleck. Hit the jump to take a look.
If you’ve got a recognizable name like the folks pictured above, you’d think that once you sign onto a project, you can expect to see your face on the big screen. That’s not the case when Terrence Malick is the director. Although Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet and Michael Sheen all filmed scenes for the Badlands director’s film, To the Wonder, all of them were left on the cutting room floor. The film screens this coming Sunday at the Venice Film Festival before moving on to TIFF next week. Hit the jump for why the actors’ scenes were cut and who is left in the finished film.
The first trailer for Brian De Palma‘s erotic thriller Passion has gone online. The film is a remake of Alain Corneau‘s Love Crime, and centers on the relationship between a woman (Rachel McAdams) and her innocent, lovely and easily exploited protégé (Noomi Rapace). The film looks like what you’d expect from De Palma in this genre. There’s creepy psychosexual imagery and serious tension between the female leads. The film will be running the festival circuit through Venice, Toronto, and New York, and it’s one of my must-see movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. This trailer only makes me more excited to see this flick, and also play catch-up on De Palma’s filmography, in particular Femme Fatale and Dressed to Kill.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to their already stellar Galas and Special Presentations line-up. Among the new additions are:
- Passion (directed by Brian De Palma) Starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, and Paul Anderson.
- Love Is All You Need (directed by Susanne Bier) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Paprika Steen.
- Spring Breakers (directed by Harmony Korine) Starring Selena Gomez, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Heather Morris.
- Yellow (directed by Nick Cassavettes) Starring Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.
There are so many versions of Sherlock Holmes that having “the Robert Downey Jr. one” in the mix only adds a different flavor to the character. His version is more of an action hero than problem solver (though there’s much of that too), and the latest adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – directed by Guy Richie and co-starring Jude Law as Dr. Watson – is entertaining enough, and it ends well. But it feels a little routine. If the first film was clever and had more of a sense of discovery, this is just more of the same. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
We’ve got a few set photos to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Taylor Lautner and Patrick Schwarzenegger were spotted on the set of Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2. The young duo were seen doing regular “cool guy” stuff like fiddling with a football, wearing tight jeans, and sporting super neato sunglasses. The two play members of a fraternity, so the bro-ing out may or may not be in keeping with their characters.
- Rachel McAdams was seen filming a labor scene for director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) time travel romantic comedy About Time.
- A pregnant Reese Witherspoon looks eerily like her real-life counterpart in set photos from Devil’s Knot. The film also stars Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos.
When he first street-danced his way to stardom in Step Up, Channing Tatum read as little more than sentient six-pack, vacantly mumbling his way through that film and the obligatory star vehicles that followed. Then, a few flicks ago, something unexpected happened: his empty stare started giving way to a low-key charisma. The pretty boy who walked out of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue showed signs of developing into a vulnerable, relatable leading man. Due in no small part to the derision he was (and still is) subjected to, he’s also a believable underdog. It’s one of the reasons The Vow works better than most mainstream romances…some of the time, anyway. Hit the jump for our review of The Vow on Blu-ray.