[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Look of Love opens today in limited release.]
Real estate magnate, nudie show producer, and smut publisher Paul Raymond cared more about success than people. It’s an obvious conclusion from a man who treated women as objects, put his own desires first, and didn’t mind doing cocaine with his daughter. Perhaps it’s appropriate that Michael Winterbottom‘s The Look of Love never bothers to look any deeper at its protagonist since Raymond never took a deeper look at the people in his life. Nevertheless, it still makes for an uninteresting biopic, and a surprisingly bland picture considering the lengths its subject went to in order to titillate his audience.
Real estate magnate, nudie show producer, and smut publisher Paul Raymond cared more about success than people. It’s an obvious conclusion from a man who treated women as objects, put his own desires first, and didn’t mind doing cocaine with his daughter. Perhaps it’s fitting that Michael Winterbottom‘s The Look of Love never bothers to look any deeper at its protagonist since Raymond never took a deeper look at the people in his life. Nevertheless, it still makes for a deeply uninteresting biopic, and a surprisingly bland picture considering the lengths its subject went to in order to titillate his audience.
Three lovely British actresses, Emily Watson, Anna Friel, and Lena Headey have signed on to star in The Poisoners. THR describes The Poisoners as “a dark comedy about women left behind in an English farming community during World War I who become involved with several German prisoners-of-war.” I am intrigued by the logline—or really anything that can be pitched as a dark war comedy—especially with such a winning cast. Ken Duken, Hanno Koffler, and Alexander Scheer co-star, presumably as the German POWs. Jon Amiel (Creation) will direct from a script by Paul Billing. Jeanna Polley is producing through her aptly named company The Producers. Filming begins this summer in Ireland in Germany.
Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Tamsin Egerton (Camelot), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night) have joined Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom‘s King of Soho. Coogan will play real-life club proprietor, real estate developer, and porn publisher Paul Raymond and the comedy drama will focus on his business and personal life. Per Variety, Raymond earned the name “King of Soho” because his business ventures earned him billions of pounds. The movie will be Winterbottom and Coogan’s fourth collaboration after 24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, and The Trip. Winterbottom’s latest film, Trishna, opens in limited release on May 18th.
From writer/director Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man), Neverland – premiering on SyFy on December 4th and 5th – is an original prequel story to author J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. In 19th Century London, Peter (Charlie Rowe) and his young pickpocket pals are sent out by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to steal a magical orb, which inadvertently transports them all to another world, called Neverland. This mysterious realm includes the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) and her band of 18th Century pirates, trapped and in search of the secret to the tree spirits’ magical mineral dust, in order to have the power to fly. As the fight to protect and save this strange and beautiful world escalates, Peter and his crew must face harsh realities, as they learn that never growing up might be preferable to growing up like the corrupt Hook.
During a recent interview to promote the SyFy debut of Neverland, co-stars Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel talked about how they came to be playing such captivating characters, how thrilling it was to be a part of this new backstory, showing the evolution of the Peter and Hook relationship, and what they enjoy most about working in the fantasy genre. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Though we’ve seen several iterations of the Peter Pan tale from Disney’s animated adventure to the Steven Spielberg’s sequel story Hook, audiences never seem to tire of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up. Well Sky Movies over in the United Kingdom is delivering Neverland, yet another take on the story, but this version follows the never-before-told story of how Peter Pan became the Boy Who Never Grew Up. The cast includes Rhys Ifans (who’s playing the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man) Anna Friel from Pushing Daisies, Charlie Rowe as Peter, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinkerbell and Bob Hoskins playing Smee (just like he did in Hook). Unless you’re in the UK with a subscription to Sky Movies this July, you might be waiting a while to check this one out, but you can see the cool trailer after the jump along with some new images from the film.
Keira Knightley will provide the voice of Tinker Bell in Sky Movies HD and Syfy’s Live-Action Peter Pan prequel, Neverland. Knightley joins Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Charles Dance, and Charlie Rowe in the two-part movie, which is scheduled to air this summer. The prequel re-imagines Peter Pan and his Lost Boys as a group of pickpockets who are transported to Neverland by a magical orb. It’s the second Peter Pan prequel we’ve heard of in recent weeks, joining Pan, which will star Channing Tatum and was picked up by Sony Pictures.
Hit the jump for the full press release. Knightley will be seen later this year in the dramas Last Night and A Dangerous Method. She’s also circling roles in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina.
With director Neil Burger’s Limitless opening March 18, Relativity Media has sent over nine clips which you can watch after the jump. Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel and Robert De Niro, Limitless has a very cool premise: what if a drug allowed you to use 100% of your brain. You could “recall everything you’ve ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and charm anyone you meet.” Sounds cool doesn’t it. The fact is, with advances in pharmaceuticals happening every day, the premise for Limitless might not be too far off. Maybe we’ll never get to 100%, but I’ll bet you that in the next few decades, scientists will invent some sort of pill that makes you smarter.
Hit the jump for the clips and the full synopsis:
Relativity Media has provided us with an exclusive TV spot for Limitless. Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist), the plot centers on a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper) whose mental and physical abilities are greatly enhanced when he starts taking a new drug.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. Limitless also stars Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro. The film opens March 18th.
As most folks take the day off to celebrate our nation’s Presidents (because I’m sure that’s how people are spending their free time: celebrating US Presidents), it’s a bit of a slow news day. With that in mind, we bring you the UK poster for Limitless. Even on a slow news day, I would usually skip over this, but the poster makes Bradley Cooper look so creepy that I had to share it with you. It’s like the folks who designed this poster said, “We can’t find an image of Bradley Cooper and photoshop is broken. I know! There’s a new Bradley Cooper wax statue at the local wax figure museum! Let’s go borrow it! Chip-chip! Cheeri-o!” (It’s a British poster and I’m 99% certain that’s how all British people end their conversations and this poster could have only been made by Brits because — 0h, no — I’ve run out of crappy-logic juice).
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Limitless also stars Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro. It opens in the US on March 18th and the in UK on March 23rd.
Sky Movies Premiere HD just sent over a clip and as well as a few images from their new film Neverland. Featuring a solid cast that includes Rhys Ifans (upcoming Spider-Man reboot), Golden Globe-nominee Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Oscar-nominee Bob Hoskins (1986′s Mona Lisa), and Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go), Neverland is described as a “bold new take” on J.M. Barrie’s famous Peter Pan tale. Nick Willing (Syfy’s Alice mini-series) pulls double duty, writing and directing the film.
Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes clip as well as a couple of images from the film. Look for Neverland to be released in two 90-minute parts later this year. The film will air exclusively on Sky Movies Premiere HD.
Relativity Media has released the trailer and poster for Limitless (previously titled “The Dark Fields“). The film centers on a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper) who takes a special drug that allows him to utilize his entire mental capacity. Setting aside the fact that your brain doesn’t work on capacity but instead handles various functions, the film looks like it could be an interesting thriller…or a complete garbage. While I liked Cooper back when he was on Alias, I don’t know if he can carry film. Also, I’m not crazy about rooting for a protagonist whose “perfect” life is simply being disgustingly rich. Hopefully director Neil Burger (The Illusionist) can pull it all together, although this is his first feature where he didn’t also write the screenplay. The script was penned by Leslie Dixon (Pay It Forward) based on the book by Alan Glynn.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Limitless also stars Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro. It opens March 18, 2011. Click here to check out the viral promo ad for the film.
March, 2009. That’s the first time I started talking with William Monahan about doing an interview for his directorial debut London Boulevard. At the time, he was in prep in London, and we talked about why he wanted to adapt Ken Bruen’s novel and what the experience was like for him. But for many reasons, the interview fell apart, and we decided to continue talking at a later point. Of course later became a few months, and then we started and stopped a few more times. Until last week. That’s because about a week ago, at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, I finally sat down with the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Departed to talk about his directorial debut, which stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Anna Friel, Jamie Bower, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Chaplin. The film is about a man just released from prison (Farrell) who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star (Knightley) and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (Winstone).
During our extended interview, which lasted close to an hour, we covered everything from the genesis of the project to what it was like in the editing room. Of course we also covered things like his writing process, why it is coming out in the UK before America (it gets released November 26 in the UK), the test screening process, why the British gangster genre is so popular, his other projects like The Gamblers, Becket, what’s up with Tripoli, what got him involved in Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, and so much more.
While I hate to compare interviews against one another, I can honestly say this is one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with any filmmaker. Hit the jump to check it out:
While information regarding William Monahan’s London Boulevard (his directorial debut) has been sparse, I can report Monahan is done with the film and we’re very close to getting some new images and a trailer.
If you’re not familiar with London Boulevard, it’s about a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster (synopsis via IMDb). The film stars Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Jamie Campbell Bower, Stephen Graham, Anna Friel, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone, and Eddie Marsan.
Even though I can’t offer any new images today (hopefully soon), I can report Sergio Pizzorno (from the band Kasabian) has done the original score and the film will be released in the UK on November 26 and in the US in February. London Boulevard will be the first offering from Graham King and Bob Berney’s new distribution company, FilmDistrict. More after the jump.
There hasn’t been a year without a Woody Allen movie in theaters since 1981 (seriously), and this year’s is the Cannes-bound You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Allocine has several on-set photos and a clip in which we see cast members Naomi Watts and Antonio Banderas try their hand at Allen’s stuttering dialogue. The impressive lineup also includes Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, and Anna Friel in the story of “different members of a family, their tangled love lives, and their attempts to try and solve their problems.”
As the logline isn’t too helpful, you’ll find Watts’s comments alongside the photos and the clip after the break.