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. 

WAR HORSE Review

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“A Boy and His Pet” stories can be immensely charming.  Pets are sweet and they look up to the boy (or girl, but usually it’s a boy in these stories) and the boy loves his faithful friend.  The genre started out as a “A Boy and His Dog”, but has expanded to “A Boy and His Robot” (The Iron Giant) and “A Boy and His Dragon” (How to Train Your Dragon).  Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse pulls it back to terrestrial creatures and starts out trying to tell the story of a boy and his horse.  But then the movie changes gears, separates the two and rather than show the struggle of both to get back to the other, the story uses the horse to try and tell a series of vignettes about life during World War I.  However, those vignettes lose their honesty when Spielberg refuses to show the devastating horror of war.

7 Clips from Steven Spielberg’s WAR HORSE

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We have 7 clips from War Horse, one of two Steven Spielberg films that will see release this holiday season.  Set during World War I, War Horse tells the story of “the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him.”  Based on early screenings, the drama is heading into Oscar season with very positive buzz, especially after the National Board of review named War Horse one of the best 10 films of the year.

Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell also star.  War Horse opens on December 25.  Watch the clips after the jump.

ANONYMOUS Review

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[This is a re-print of my review from the 2011 Toronto Film Festival]

In Anonymous, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) tells young playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto), “All artists have something to say because otherwise they’d just make shoes.” It’s a funny quote when you consider that director Roland Emmerich‘s previous filmography is mainly comprised of brainless blockbusters like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. Anonymous, a political thriller wrapped in a conspiracy theory, could not be further from those movies and Emmerich sets out like a man with something to prove. There are no monsters, aliens, cataclysms, and the only explosion is the destruction of the Globe Theatre, which actually did burn to the ground in 1613. The film plays fast and loose with most historical facts (including why the Globe burned down), but it manages to craft an intriguing period piece before getting bogged down in political intrigue and tearing down historical figures.

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