New THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Trailer: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Impress as Stephen and Jane Hawking

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Focus Features has released a new The Theory of Everything trailer for director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) biopic of genius physicist Stephen Hawking.  The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, chronicling his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s one of my favorite films of the year.  Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Theory of Everything trailer, and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF and here’s my video interview with Felicity Jones.  The film also stars David Thewlis, Charlie Cox, Harry Lloyd, and Emily Watson.

THE ZERO THEOREM Review

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The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam-squared.  The sci-fi film features all of his trademarks—unhinged characters, oppressive societies, canted angles and zooms, colorful settings—and then pushes them to a level that would border on self-parody if Gilliam wasn’t already a self-deprecating person.  There’s something fearless inside the Zero Theorem in that the movie tries to wear its brain on its sleeve, which is good because there’s more pontificating than genuine romance.  The movie will inevitably invite comparisons to Gilliam’s masterpiece Brazil, but The Zero Theorem struggles to solve its own problem, namely, turning all of its subtext into text.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Trailer: Eddie Redmayne Is Stephen Hawking

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Focus Features has released the first The Theory of Everything trailer for director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, chronicling his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  I really can’t decide if this looks painfully cheesy (there appears to be a scene with Hawking trying to claw his way up stairs) or somewhat moving.  I hope it’s the latter and the movie’s not going to go for cheap sentiment.

Hit the jump to watch the Theory of Everything trailer.  Also starring David Thewlis and Emily Watson, the film will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival next month and opens in theaters on November 7th.

New ZERO THEOREM Trailer Searches For Answers, Is Pure Gilliam

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Wow.  My head must have been buried in the sand because, aside from a few cursory glances at a poster here and there around the net, I had been more or less unfamiliar with the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem. Not anymore.  This new U.S. trailer is fantastic. It’s utterly striking and unique and reminds us of what Gilliam is capable of.  I’m so relieved someone gave him some money to play around with again.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  The film hits iTunes on August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Hit the jump for The Zero Theorem trailer! 

Watch: New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM

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A brief behind-the-scenes featurette for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has landed online.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  We got our first good look at footage from the film a couple of weeks ago by way of the first theatrical trailer, and this new featurette offers up even more footage from the decidedly odd feature.  In the featurette, Gilliam and some of his crew discuss some production design aspects of the future-set pic, specifically discussing the fact that in this future, computers have grown larger and not smaller.  The movie continues to look like a trip, and I’m definitely interested to see what Gilliam has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette.  The film also stars Melanie ThierryLucas HedgesBen Whishaw, Tilda SwintonDavid Thewlis, and Matt Damon.  The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Mads Mikkelsen Joins FIRST LAW; Ben Winchell Is MAX STEEL; MACBETH Adds Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor & Elizabeth Debicki

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Here’s more of today’s latest casting news:

  • Mads Mikkelsen, Armand Assante and Adriana Barazza are set to join First Law for writer-director Diego Rafecas.
  • Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth adds Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki to the cast, which features Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Lord and Lady Macbeth.
  • Mattel and Dolphin Entertainment’s live-action adaptation of the Max Steel toys will be led by Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe for director Stewart Hendler.

Hit the jump for more one each picture. 

First Trailer for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Starring Christoph Waltz

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The first trailer for director Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film The Zero Theorem has been released online.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  The film certainly looks to be a trip, as it feels like it’s wholly from the mind of Terry Gilliam.  Waltz appears to be going all out in his lead role, and he’s surrounded by a very colorful cast of characters sporting various wigs, accents, and futuristic clothes.  I’m very interested to see how this nutty story progresses.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas HedgesBen Whishaw, Tilda SwintonDavid Thewlis, and Matt Damon.  The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Benedict Cumberbatch Brags About Web Hits in New Clip from THE FIFTH ESTATE

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DreamWorks has released a new clip from director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate.  The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  This particular clip takes place towards the beginning of the film, when WikiLeaks is starting to gain national attention.  Two journalists from The Guardian (David Thewlis and Dan Stevens) pay Assange a visit, and a sort of pissing contest ensues.  I caught the film at TIFF and while I wasn’t as taken with it as Matt was (read his review here), it’s certainly a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley TucciAnthony MackiePeter CapaldiAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.  The Fifth Estate opens on October 18th.

TIFF 2013: THE FIFTH ESTATE Review

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Our modes of storytelling change with technology.  As we see in the opening credits of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, we’ve gone from cave paintings to hieroglyphics to the written word to the printing press to the typewriter and currently to the computer.  But as The Fifth Estate shows, some stories stay the same, and in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story is “power corrupts”.  Through the structure of a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller, Condon paints a compelling portrait both of Assange and the brave new world created by his controversial brand of journalism.  The film is occasionally beset with bursts of editorializing, both on the character of Assange and how WikiLeaks changed the world.  But Condon also raises fascinating questions regarding privacy and transparency, power and responsibility, and seeking “truth” in the digital age.

New Images from Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Starring Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, and David Thewlis

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Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem will soon make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Two new images have been released showcasing not only the outsized, colorful world reminiscent of Gilliam’s Brazil, but also featuring co-stars Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis.

Despite the eye-popping visuals, Gilliam tells Deadline that the movie cost was his cheapest movie in 30 years.  Gilliam also echoes Steven Spielberg’s statement about studios heading for a downfall due to the exorbitant cost of making and marketing their pictures.  “You keep waiting to see what’s going to be the new Cleopatra, the one that suddenly takes out a studio,” says Gilliam. “That’s the part I don’t quite understand about this, these economics and how they are able to survive with losing this amount of money as often as they are doing it.”  Hit the jump to check out the images.

First Trailer and New Images for THE FIFTH ESTATE Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl

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The first trailer for director Bill Condon’s (Kinsey) WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate has been released online.  The film centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  It’s tough to suss out the arc of the story from this trailer, and it ends up making The Fifth Estate look like an HBO movie; it an important event or person but somewhat directionless (e.g. Too Big to Fail).  But I have faith in Condon and this cast is too good to ignore.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new images.  The film also stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van HoutenThe Fifth Estate opens on October 11th.

Trailer for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Starring Christoph Waltz [UPDATE]

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A trailer has leaked online for Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film, The Zero Theorem.  The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Going through the trailer, there’s no doubt it’s a Gilliam movie.  If anyone else’s name were on it, it would be immediately cited as a rip-off rather than a welcome return for the director.  Using a lounge-y rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep”, the trailer makes the film look like a welcome return to Brazil completely with an intimate love story set inside a bombastic, absurd, and imaginative setting.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, and David ThewlisThe Zero Theorem may surface during the fall festival season. [Update: We've removed the trailer at the request of the production company.]

Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner Join IMAGINE, Samuel L. Jackson to Play the President in BIG GAME, Trio Set for Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share today.  Briefly:

  • Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner have boarded the aging rock star film Imagine, joining Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Bobby Cannavale in the cast.
  • Samuel L. Jackson will play the President of the United States in the actioner Big Game.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Tom Noonan (Heat) will reprise their roles from the stage play version of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa in the animated feature film adaptation, which Kaufman is co-directing.

Hit the jump for more on each of these projects.

New Set Photos from WOLVERINE Reveal Silver Samurai and Logan’s Claws, New and Returning Cast of RED 2 and Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s OLDBOY Remake

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New set photos for James Mangold’s The Wolverine, Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and Dean Parisot’s Red 2 have emerged today.  From Wolvie, we don’t get more shots of star Hugh Jackman, but we get a glimpse of Silver Samurai and of the actor playing him (Will Yun Lee).  There’s also a stuntman on hand to unleash the first look at Logan’s claws in action.  The Oldboy images put star Josh Brolin front and center and shirtless for the most part.  Red 2 shows off previous cast members Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker as well as new additions, Catherine Zeta-Jones and David Thewlis.  Pay special attention to Malkovich’s insane attire (he’s fabulous).

The Wolverine bows on July 26th, 2013. Lee’s Oldboy, also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen, opens sometime next year. Red 2 is slated for an August 2nd, 2013 release.  Hit the jump to see the set photos. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

David Thewlis Joins the Cast of RED 2

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You may know him as Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films, but now David Thewlis is set to join another franchise.  Thewlis will be a newcomer to Red 2, a sequel to director Robert Schwentke’s 2010 actioner.  Dean Parisot (Galaxy Queset) is taking the helm this time around, but original stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker will be reprising their roles.  Other new cast members include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Neal McDonough and Anthony Hopkins.  Hit the jump for more on Thewlis’ character and a breakdown of the roles we know so far. 

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