We’re happy to host the exclusive premiere of an alternate poster from director Eugenio Mira’s upcoming thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film centers on the supremely talented pianist Tom Selznick (Wood) who is attempting his first concert in years after crippling anxiety kept him from the stage. As soon as he sits down to play, he finds himself locked into a battle of wits against an unseen assassin, forced to turn in the perfect performance or his life will be forfeit.
Also starring Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé and Alex Winter, Grand Piano will be available OnDemand starting January 30th, with a limited theatrical release on March 7th. Hit the jump to check out the full poster.
Here’s a look at the latest casting news from some upcoming films:
- Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3, opening Christmas Day.
- Elijah Wood (Sin City) will lead a British cast in the indie 1950s period picture, Set Fire to the Stars, with Andy Goddard co-writing and directing.
- James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been offered the lead in the Michael Hoffman-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, replacing the late Paul Walker.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Walt Disney Studios will be distributing director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises to domestic audiences early next year, and today the studio has unveiled the voice talent that will be dubbing the English-language version of the Studio Ghibli film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will lend his voice to the lead role of Jiro Horikoshi, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Ronan Farrow, and Elijah Wood. The film tells the story of the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout.
Hit the jump to read the full cast list, which denotes the characters that the actors will be voicing. Click here to read Matt’s review of the film. The Wind Rises will open in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding wide on February 28, 2014.
I can’t believe a movie like Grand Piano actually exists, but I’m so happy it does. Elijah Wood stars as Tom Selznick, a piano virtuoso crippled by stage fright who makes his long-awaited return to the stage. Turns out someone else has been planning for his reappearance, a sniper hidden somewhere in the theater who says Selznick must turn in a perfect performance or he’ll die. John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé and Alex Winter also star.
Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and poster for Grand Piano, available on iTunes/On Demand January 30, 2014 and in theaters March 7, 2014.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is in the midst of unveiling its lineup, and today the festival announced the films that will be screening as part of the Park City at Midnight series. We now have first-look images and synopses for a collection of said films:
- The Guest – Directed by Adam Wingard; starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.
- Cooties – Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Millott; starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad.
- Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead – Directed by Tomm Wirkola; starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer.
- The Babadook – Directed by Jennifer Kent; starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Hit the jump to check out images and synopses for the aforementioned films. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Elijah Wood’s production of the Leigh Whannell-scripted horror-comedy Cooties has added Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) in addition to Wood. Filming kicks off on Monday, July 15th.
- Max Landis’ directorial debut Me Him Her has added a trio of cast members: Dustin Milligan (Slither), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Emily Meade (Trespass).
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
In Maniac, Elijah Wood stars as Frank, a deeply disturbed mannequin store owner and part-time serial killer with a history of childhood abuse. Frank gets his therapy on the cheap, finding relief in the act of scalping his victims, and with the film shot almost entirely in POV perspective we’re there for every strangled scream, broken bone, and drop of blood. Directed by Franck Khalfoun and based on the 1980 slasher, Maniac stands on its own as a solid horror film that’s bolstered by gruesome effects, great performances, and an amazing soundtrack. Maniac also stars Nora Arnezeder, Megan Duffy, Liane Balaban, America Olivo, and Jan Broberg.
Earlier this week I spoke with Wood. We talked about the distinct challenges of working in POV format, creating a character in voice over, and working with Alexandre Aja and Franck Khalfoun. Wood also discussed the implications of the rapidly occurring changes in the film industry and plans for his new horror-centric production company, Spectre Vision. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The FX comedy Wilfred has returned for Season 3, and Ryan (Elijah Wood) is still learning how to overcome his fears and embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him. As Ryan struggles to make his way through life, the one constant is his unique friendship with his neighbor’s canine pet, which he happens to see as a crude Australian (Jason Gann) in a cheap dog suit.
During this recent interview to promote the show’s third season, actor Elijah Wood talked about keeping a sense of ambiguity, as to what Wilfred is, that he has his own idea for what Wilfred actually is, how he believes the show has to be resolved or move in a certain direction, at a certain point, how the sense of growth over three seasons helps keep the character fresh for him, his favorite moment from this season, how it’s been harder for him to keep a straight face, the importance of Bear to the story, what it was like to have Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) play Ryan’s therapist, and how he tried on the dog suit for himself, this year. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
I’m rarely at a loss for words on this site, but today’s new trailer for Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles has managed to scramble my brains. The R-rated action comedy has plenty of drug use, gun play and strangeness, but … I just don’t know what the hell is going on here. You’ll have to sort this one out for yourselves.
Starring Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Brendan Fraser and DJ Qualls, Pawn Shop Chronicles opens in limited theaters and on demand staring July 12th. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer and check out the film’s poster.
How do you prefer your Elijah Wood: as a young and innocent Hobbit or as a bloodthirsty stalker and serial killer? If it’s the latter, you’ll enjoy the first six minutes of director Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac. The remake of William Lustig’s 1980 horror thriller features Wood as a mannequin store owner who develops a nasty obsession with pretty young women, whom he kills and scalps. The previously released trailers (here and here) show off some of the violence, but the first six minutes of the film are a slow build to the film’s first kill. A lot of tropes are on display (only dumb and pretty girls are targeted by serial killers, after all) but something about Wood as the stalker/killer makes this extra creepy (see Sin City). I’m also digging the soundtrack sampling, which reminds me a bit of Drive. Hit the jump to watch the first six minutes of Maniac, opening in 2013.
Our return to Middle Earth is now just over a week away, but if you can’t wait that long a 13-minute preview/featurette for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has landed online to quench your thirst for all things Tolkein. The preview boasts a great deal of new footage and interviews with the cast (including Elijah Wood) and director Peter Jackson.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here to read Dave’s review of the film. The pic stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D December 14th.
Warner Bros. has released six new clips from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I don’t know what’s in the clips because I’ve gone dark on the film and want to see as much of it as unspoiled as possible. But that’s just me.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. Click on the respective links for Dave’s review (my review will go up the day before the film opens), Steve’s set visit, and his interviews with Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Weta Workshop Head Richard Taylor. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D on December 14th.
A new TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone online. It features Ian Holm reprising his role as an older Bilbo Baggins. Seen with Elijah Wood, this short spot gives us a glimpse at what is likely to be an opening scene from the picture. If you want more in depth information about The Hobbit trilogy, director Peter Jackson previously recorded a video interview in which he discusses creature designs for the orcs, goblins and a bit about the cameo of the dragon, Smaug, who will briefly appear in the first film. The discussion is well-timed, since The Hobbit was just announced at having earned a VFX Oscar nomination.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Hugo Weaving, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot and to read up on what Jackson had to say.
Although Elijah Wood will be appearing as Frodo in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, this new NSFW international trailer for the Maniac remake suggests that the One Ring has done irreparable damage to his psyche. A contemporary re-imagining of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher flick, Maniac stars Wood as Frank, a shy owner of a mannequin store with a fetish for stalking and scalping young women. The Franck Khalfoun-directed remake appears to be told from the point of view of Frank as the new trailer clearly shows.
Also starring America Olivo, Liane Balaban and Nora Arnezeder, Maniac is currently touring the festival circuit. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
We’ve got a couple casting stories coming your way. First up, new Bond girl Berenice Marlohe (who’s quite good in Skyfall) has joined Terrence Malick‘s untitled Austin-based music project, which isn’t to be confused with his other film, Knight of Cups, even though both films share actors such as Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman. THR has no details on Marlohe’s character, which isn’t surprising since there are almost no details on the movie other than it’s a story of “sexual obsession and betrayal” involving two intersecting love triangles. Marlohe will shoot the film concurrently while doing press for Skyfall.
Hit the jump for casting on Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo‘s intriguing next picture, Open Windows.