A new trailer for John Curran’s adventure drama Tracks is now available. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set off on foot to traverse the West Australian desert, a near 2,000 mile trek. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) along the way, who documents her voyage. This new cut features some new footage not seen in the previously released trailer.
Tracks, also starring Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey, is now playing in Australia and will open in international territories throughout the year. No U.S. release date is set at this point. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.
My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Adam Driver has been in talks with some big studios for some major roles in recent months, but a new report has him nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The deal isn’t done just yet, and there are (obviously) no details to the role itself, but Driver is apparently close to signing on for a role that would rival the iconic Darth Vader. Were this to become official, it would be the first casting news for the highly anticipated film, due out December 18, 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Last week, we learned that Jesse Eisenberg had been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, and the news was met with a positive reaction. People could see the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg slipping into the role of another arrogant, egotistical, monomaniacal character (this is presuming, of course, we’re going to see the same kind of Luthor from the comics). However, he wasn’t the only one considered for the role, and a couple of previously mentioned actors may have made for more controversial choices.
Hit the jump for more. The film also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman vs. Superman (tentative title) opens May 6, 2016.
After breaking out on Girls, Adam Driver‘s has been rapidly heating up. The young actor has been rumored for roles in Batman vs. Superman and the Star Wars sequels, and most audiences haven’t even seen how good he is in Michael Dowse‘s comedy The F Word (my review from TIFF). Now, according to Showbiz411, Driver has netted a lead role in Martin Scorsese‘s next film, Silence. Scorsese’s adaptation of Shusaku Endo‘s historical novel has been on the director’s back-burner for years, and last year we reported that Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe had been cast. The story centers on two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution. Garfield is playing one of the priests, and presumably Driver is playing the other one since most of the cast will be Japanese. Watanabe is playing their translator.
Hit the jump for the synopsis of Endo’s book. According to Showbiz 411, Silence will start shooting next summer.
Star Wars fans may want to sit down for this one. While J.J. Abrams has now been onboard to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for nearly a year, solid news with regards to the pic has been very, very hard to come by. As the film’s production start date looms closer, we all knew this was about to change, and last night we learned that Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons is being eyed for a role in the pic. Now THR has dumped a huge quantity of info about the follow-up, including word that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all being eyed for roles. More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.
Hit the jump for the Star Wars: Episode VII motherload.
HBO just made some premiere date announcements for season four of Game of Thrones and a couple of other series, but the network has also released the first images from a few new shows as well as the return of one of the network’s comedies. Briefly:
- The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof, the new drama takes place after what some believe to be the Rapture and centers on people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. The show stars Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler and premieres this summer.
- Silicon Valley – The new comedy series from creator Mike Judge takes place in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. The show stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch and premieres April 6th.
- Looking – A new half-hour dramedy series starring Jonathan Groff that follows three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The show premieres January 19th.
- Girls – The third season of the comedy series starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky premieres January 19th. Additionally, HBO has announced that it has already renewed Girls for a fourth season.
Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned series.
Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.
Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth Evans‘ The Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Currently playing in theaters is the new Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The folk music drama centers on the title character (Oscar Isaac), a young singer attempting to navigate the Greenwich Village scene in the early 1960s. If you need more of a hook to get you into the theater, this new clip from the film highlights the musicality of the picture, with Isaac recording a song live alongside costars Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver. Stick around after the clip for commentary from executive music producer, T-Bone Burnett.
Also starring Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund, Inside Llewyn Davis is in theaters now. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
Now playing in limited release and expanding this weekend is one of the best films of the year: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis. The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships. Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed. For more on the film, read Matt’s review.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Adam Driver. He talked about what it was like auditioning for the film, how much of his dialogue was in the script versus figuring out on set, if his process has changed over the past few years, the rumor that he might play Nightwing in Batman vs. Superman, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
The first trailer for the drama Tracks has gone online. John Curran‘s film is based on the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska), who in 1975 decided to walk from Alice Springs in Central Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean, a distance of approximately 1,700 miles. I caught the film at Toronto and found it to be a disappointing slog, but other critics I spoke to were enthusiastic about the picture. If I hadn’t seen the movie, this trailer would lead me to believe Tracks is exciting and emotional. This trailer does not have her training camels for two years.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who periodically checked in with Davidson because the publication was sponsoring her trip. The Weinstein Company has distribution rights for Tracks, but there’s currently no release date.
The Coen Brothers‘ Inside Llewyn Davis is terrific, and it’s also probably the duo’s saddest movie. However, it also has some hilarious moments, and its funniest scene by far is when struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) reluctantly plays “Please Mr. Kennedy” with his friend (Justin Timblerlake) and another musician (Adam Driver) who has a unique approach to the song. I’ve recommended holding off on listening to the song until you see the movie, but that’s because I wanted you to see Driver performing it. Now you can, and you absolutely should. There’s also a new featurette, which does a good job explaining the music’s role in the production and in the story.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurette. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman. Inside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.
HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming third season of Lena Dunham’s polarizing comedy series Girls. While the second season ended on a rather down note, this trailer amps up the fun level and promises plenty of drama, comedy, and Adam Driver (on a related note, Adam Driver should be in everything). Series regular Christopher Abbott made a public departure from the show during the beginning of production on season three, and in this trailer we see Allison Williams’ Marnie reeling from his absence. We also get a peek at a possible new career path for Dunham’s Hannah and more adorable shenanigans courtesy of Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna. Though Girls is certainly a bit of a mixed bag at times, the good seems to outweigh the bad and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what season three has in store.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Season three of Girls premieres with two back-to-back episodes on HBO January 12, 2014.
A few days ago we reported Nightwing is set to make his live-action feature film debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman, and Warner Bros. was eyeing Adam Driver (Girls) for the part. Supposedly, Driver is the frontrunner for the role, which is described as being Batman/Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) estranged partner, Dick Grayson. Grayson took on the Nightwing moniker to go off on his own crime-fighting adventures after being taken under Batman’s wing as his side-kick, Robin, but this new iteration finds the former dynamic duo apart for a number of years, and it remains to be seen just how frosty the relationship is between the the Dark Knight and his former protege.
So when I sat down with Driver during the press junket for the Coen Brothers awesome movie, Inside Llewyn Davis (Driver has a small but memorable role), I asked him about the rumor. Hit the jump for what he said.
It looks like Nightwing is set to make his live-action feature film debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman, and Warner Bros. is eyeing Adam Driver (Girls) for the part. The report calls Driver the frontrunner for the role, which is described as being Batman/Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) estranged partner, Dick Grayson. Grayson took on the Nightwing moniker to go off on his own crime-fighting adventures after being taken under Batman’s wing as his side-kick, Robin, but this iteration finds the former dynamic duo apart for a number of years. The 29-year-old, 6’3″ Driver certainly fits the part of the solo do-gooder, and it remains to be seen just how frosty the relationship is between the crime-fighter and his former mentor. Hit the jump for more.