Though Terrence Malick’s romantic drama To the Wonder recently premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to a rather muted response, the recently prolific director is moving on with the second of two films that he’s shooting this year. He appears to have wrapped the Christian Bale-fronted Knight of Cups, as new set photos reveal that production has started on his other untitled feature (previously titled Lawless) set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. We saw some images of Malick filming Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara last year for what was actually pre-production work on the pic, and now some new images of the actors have surfaced that signal the beginning of principal photography.
The story about “sexual obsession and betrayal” involves two intersecting love triangles, but that’s about all we know at the moment. Malick will be editing the untitled film and Knight of Cups simultaneously, but it will likely be a couple years before we see the finished films. For now, hit the jump to take a look at Gosling, Mara, and Mr. Malick himself at work in Austin.
It’s been three long years since we’ve seen a new film from director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), but he’s currently hard at work on his next feature. Very little has been known about the film besides the fact that Joaquin Phoenix stars alongside Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, and Olivia Wilde. It was previously rumored that the film centers on a man who falls in love with the voice of a Siri-like computer device, and now a bit more light has been shed on the film’s plot by way of an official synopsis. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and title.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
If you’re looking for Rooney Mara in the next 12-16 months, odds are she’ll be on a movie set. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress is currently filming Steven Soderbergh’s Bitter Pill, and earlier this week she replaced Carey Mulligan in director Spike Jonze’s next project and signed on to star in the 1950s period piece Brooklyn. She’s also set to film an untitled Terrence Malick project (formerly Lawless) this summer with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, and now she’s added yet another pic to her docket. Deadline reports that Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck are attached to star in the drama Ain’t Them Bodies.
David Lowery is set to write and direct the film, which is described as a contemporary story in the vein of Bonnie and Clyde. No other plot details are known at this moment, but you can’t really go wrong with a strong line-up like Mara, Foster, and Affleck.
Some big name casting news for you today. Here are the headlines:
- Willem Dafoe will join Christian Bale and Casey Affleck in the dramatic thriller, Out of the Furnace, written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
- Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will star in the 1950s period piece, Brooklyn, adapted from Colm Toibin’s best-selling novel about a woman torn between her family in Ireland and her new found love for an American.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Director Spike Jonze is finally gearing up to shoot his first film since 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are, and a casting change is underway. Carey Mulligan was set to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Samantha Morton in the mystery project, but scheduling conflicts have forced her to drop out. Not to fear, though, because Oscar nominee Rooney Mara is now in final negotiations to take over the role. Previous synopses had the satirical film centering on a gathering of world leaders meeting to discuss global events from the changing price of oil to the timing of wars, but Variety’s report notes that the story centers on a man who falls in love with the voice of a computer. Hit the jump for more.
Open Road has staked out a release date for director Steven Soderbergh’s now-filming “psychopharmacological thriller” Bitter Pill. Per Deadline, the film will open on February 8th, 2013. Currently, the only other pic slated for that pre-Valentine’s Day date is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven. Bitter Pill stars Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle with her doctor (Jude Law) and her recently-paroled husband (Channing Tatum).
We recently got a look at Mara’s very un-Dragon Tattoo-like look for the film by way of some set photos, and Soderbergh currently has Bitter Pill tee’d up to be his penultimate film before he takes a hiatus from filmmaking. He plans on filming the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon this summer, though that film is being made for HBO so Bitter Pill could very well be Soderbergh’s final theatrical release. His next film, Magic Mike, opens this summer.
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.
Hit the jump to check out all the images.
We’ve got a few movie casting notes for you today. Here they are at a glance:
- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone) will star in writer/director Mark Palansky’s Rememory, in which Dinklage assists O’Hara in using her late husband’s invention to solve the mystery around his sudden death.
- Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma) is in talks to join Steven Soderbergh’s Bitter Pill. The project centers on a married doctor who is drawn into the life of an increasingly troubled patient who self-medicates to dull the anxiety related to the impending release of her husband from prison.
- Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot) joins the semi-autobiographical familial drama, Small Time, drawn from 24 co-creator Joel Surnow’s personal history.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Even though the trilogy had already been made into films (with many of those film’s cast members moving on to American roles), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was such an international phenomenon that the notion that people don’t like reading subtitles allowed for an American version. To make it into a big prestige project, director David Fincher and writer Steve Zaillian were brought in to adapt the successful novel for the big screen. Here Lisbeth Salander is played by Rooney Mara – who got an Oscar nomination for her work – and Mikael Blomkvist is played by Daniel Craig. Their characters investigate the Vanger family at the insistence of Henrik (Christopher Plummer), because he thinks someone in the family killed his niece. Our review of the Blu-ray of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follows after the jump.
For a guy who’s made only five films in almost 40 years, director Terrence Malick is becoming incredibly prolific as of late. Last year he released the long-awaited The Tree of Life, he’s still in post-production on an untitled romantic starring Ben Affleck that he shot in 2010, and he recently committed to shooting two movies this year: Knight of Cups and Lawless. We know next to nothing about both films except for the cast, but today an official logline for the latter has been unveiled that gives us some insight into what Malick has planned for stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Christian Bale. Hit the jump to see what’s in store for Lawless.
In David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara tore up every second that she was on screen as the complicated and complex computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. For that Academy Award-nominated performance, she was honored with a Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actress had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.
While there, Rooney Mara talked about what the whole award season experience has been like for her, how she felt like she didn’t get to know director David Fincher at all from the four days she worked on The Social Network, that she doesn’t know when the next films in the Millennium trilogy will start shooting but that she would love to do them simultaneously, and that if Fincher decided not to direct the other films, it would be hard without him but she would get through it with his blessing. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Last week, we reported that Steven Sodebergh‘s psychopharmacology thriller Side Effects might lose lead actress Blake Lively because financier Annapurna Pictures didn’t like her in the role. Actresses rumored to replace Lively included Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Emily Blunt, and Imogen Poots. Today, Deadline reports that Mara will play the role of “a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Law) and her newly paroled husband (Tatum).” The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Filming on Side Effects is set to begin in April. The only other role she’s taken since her breakthrough (and now Oscar-nominated) performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in Terrence Malick’s Lawless co-starring Ryan Gosling. The Girl Who Played with Fire is slowly moving through the pipeline, but it won’t start shooting until the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 at the earliest.
The nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards have finally been unveiled. Many of the categories have fallen in line just as most have predicted (I fared alright with my predictions, but not great), with Hugo scoring 11 nods, followed closely by The Artist with 10. The biggest surprises are War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting in for Best Picture, the exclusion of The Adventures of Tintin from Best Animated Feature, and The Tree of Life nabbing Best Picture and Best Director nods (hooray!). On the snub side of things, despite landing the most precursor critics awards of any other actor in the race thus far, Albert Brooks was denied a Best Supporting Actor nod for his stellar work in Drive (boo). Additionally, Tilda Swinton was overlooked for giving the best performance of the year in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and AMPAS has no love for Michael Fassbender‘s haunting work in Shame.
There’s still plenty to be happy about, as Gary Oldman has his first ever Oscar Nomination (yes, that’s right) and Melissa McCarthy is a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented by Billy Crystal on February 26th.
While director David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is far from a box office bomb, the feature film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime novel hasn’t exactly broken records. The $90 million pic has grossed a little over $60 million domestically since its release on December 20th, but given the widespread popularity of Larsson’s book series many believed the film would be performing better. While Sony has been planning on adapting all three books in Larsson’s Millennium series from the start, Dragon Tattoo’s box office performance had me wondering if their plan would be altered. My question was given an answer today, with the news that Sony is still moving forward with an adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire. Hit the jump for more.