First STRANGE MAGIC Trailer Reveals George Lucas’ New Animated Film; Plus New Images

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With the ever-present nature of the internet, it’s rare nowadays that a movie can somewhat blindside you with its existence.  But that’s just what happened recently when Disney announced not only that an animated feature from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic exists, but that it’s coming out in a little over two months.  The film is based on a story by George Lucas, and today the Strange Magic trailer was released, giving us our first look at some footage.  Though the animation is impressive in some respects, the whole thing feels really dated.  There’s a heavy reliance on widely known pop songs, a trend that was all the range during the time of Shrek—over a decade ago.  The fairy tale revolves around a world filled with goblins and elves and is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it might yet drum up some interest from a (very) young crowd of kids, but I have a feeling parents aren’t going to be crazy about this one.

Check out the Strange Magic trailer and some new images after the jump.  Directed by Gary Rydstrom (Lifted), the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter StormareStrange Magic opens in theaters on January 23rd.

HBO Orders WESTWORLD to Series for 2015 Debut; Watch the First Brief Teaser

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Jonathan Nolan officially has another show on the air.  HBO announced today (via Twitter, obviously) that is has ordered to series Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  The official, cryptic logline for this HBO series is as follows:

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Nolan, of course, is the brother of Christopher Nolan and has co-written the screenplays for films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, but he also acts as the creator/executive producer of the CBS series Person of Interest and is developing another potential HBO show in the form of an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi series Foundation.  Hit the jump for more on the Westworld TV show and to watch the first brief teaser trailer for the series, which is poised to debut in 2015.

Lucasfilm’s Animated Movie STRANGE MAGIC Gets January 2015 Release; Story by George Lucas Inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

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Last week, we reported that Disney had registered the domain name “Strange Magic”.  There was speculation that the name could relate to Frozen since the phrase is used twice in the hit film.  However, it turns out that Strange Magic has nothing to do with Frozen, is coming very soon, and has a surprising author.

Disney has announced that Strange Magic is set to open on January 23, 2015.  The animated fairy tale musical comes from a story by George Lucas and is inspired by William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  The movie will use “popular songs from the past six decades” and features animation by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, the latter having worked on Rango.  Hit the jump for more including the first Strange Magic image.  The movie features the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to Lead WESTWORLD for HBO

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TV’s the place to be!  That’s what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detective.  The cable network’s latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas.  Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads.  Hit the jump for more.

Ellen Page Confirmed for Adaptation of INTO THE FOREST; Evan Rachel Wood to Co-Star

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Earlier this year, we reported that Ellen Page was attached to the small-scale post-apocalyptic tale, Into the Forest.  Patricia Rozema‘s adaptation is based on Jean Hegland‘s novel, which is about two teenage sisters who live alone in a remote part of the Northern California forest, miles away from any neighbor, when society unexpectedly collapses.  There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found.  The sisters are left to hope the power eventually returns as their supplies dwindle.  A press release now confirms that Page will star as well as produce, and Evan Rachel Wood will play her sister.  The brief synopsis in the press release doesn’t mention them being teenagers, but the 26-year-old actresses look just young enough to pull it off if the movie sticks to that aspect of the book.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Page will next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Wood’s new film, Charlie Countryman, will be in limited release on November 15th.

First Trailer for CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN Starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mads Mikkelsen

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The first trailer for director Fredrik Bond’s film Charlie Country has been released online.  Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood stars as a couple who meet under strange circumstances and have an impossibly strong mutual attraction, much to the chagrin of Wood’s dangerous husband (Mads Mikkelsen).  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to fairly negative reviews, with many likening the pic to a feature-length music video.  Bond has made some edits to the pic since Sundance, so it’ll be interesting to see how the finished film stacks up.  This trailer highlights the meet-cute of the central couple, Wood’s odd Romanian accent, and Rupert Grint taking lots of drugs.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed our interviews from Sundance click here for the full cast and click here for Bond.  The film also stars Til Schweiger, James Buckley, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Melissa LeoCharlie Countryman will be simultaneously released VOD and in theaters on November 15th.

First Trailer for A CASE OF YOU Starring Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, and Peter Dinklage

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The first trailer for the romantic comedy A Case of You has been released online.  Directed by Kat Coiro, the film is set within the world of online dating and stars Justin Long as a young writer who tries to impress a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) he meets online with an embellished profile, adjusting his personality to fit her specific likes and dislikes.  Long co-wrote and produced the film in addition to starring, and it looks to be a funny and sweet indie with a potentially scene-stealing performance from Peter Dinklage as Long’s roommate.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Brendan Fraser, Busy Phillips, and Keir O’Connell.  A Case of You opens in limited release on November 6th.

Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, James Buckley, and Director Fredrik Bond Talk THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN at Sundance 2013

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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is director Fredrik Bond’s first feature film.  Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, it stars Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood as a couple who meet under strange circumstances and have an impossibly strong mutual attraction.  As LaBeouf’s character Charlie falls for the beautiful and grieving Gabi, he gets caught in the sights of her dangerous husband (Mads Mikkelsen) and his life comes into immediate and grave danger.  The film feels like a modern fairy tale story of love and pain colliding set in the gritty world of Bucharest, Romania. It also stars Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Vincent D’Onofrio and Melissa Leo.

At the press conference at Sundance the morning after the premiere, Collider was present as Bond, LaBeouf, Wood and James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) spoke about the film.  They discussed the making of the film, the chemistry on set and what they learned from previous works and relationships.  Hit the jump to read some highlights from the press conference.

New Images from BEFORE MIDNIGHT and THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

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With Sundance 2013 in full swing, more promotional material continues to leak out, like these new images from:

  • Before Midnight – The third movie in the Richard Linklater trilogy that includes 1995′s Before Sunrise and 2004′s Before Sunset, centering on the timely relationship between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s aging lovers.  Be sure to read Matt’s review here.
  • The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman – Director Fredrik Bond’s crime romance centering on the title character (Shia LaBeouf) who falls for a woman (Evan Rachel Wood) claimed by a violent crime boss.

Hit the jump to check out the new images from each movie.

Sundance 2013: First Images from A.C.O.D., DON JON’S ADDICTION, THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE, and THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

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Yesterday, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:

  • A.C.O.D. Directed and co-written by Stuart Zicherman, co-written by Ben Karlin, starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
  • Don Jon’s Addiction – Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

Exclusive First Look Image from THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN Starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood

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We’re happy to bring you an exclusive first look image from The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March).  Helmed by debut feature director Fredrik Bond and written by Matt Drake (Project X), the noir romance picture is currently in post-production.  Also starring Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo and Til SchweigerThe Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman opens some time next year.  Hit the jump to check out our exclusive image from the picture. 

TRUE BLOOD Season 5 Prep Course: The Good, The Bad, and The Surprises from the First Four Seasons

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HBO’s True Blood is back this Sunday, June 10th, at 9pm, and the show’s fifth season is sure to be full of bloody mayhem that will hopefully rectify some of last year’s lackluster performance.  As the number of magical creatures and love triangles (love-dodecahedrons, at this point) continues to increase, it may be hard to keep track of who’s alive, who’s dead, who came back and what kind of magic they possess.  Take a spoiler-filled refresher course after the jump to relive the last four seasons of True Blood, including some of the best, worst and weirdest surprises from Bon Temps over the last few years (or moments, if you’re on fairy time).

Gillian Anderson Joins Haley Joel Osment in I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, Aubrey Plaza Added to THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

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Some quick casting bits today.  Here they are in brief:

Hit the jump for more.

Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen Join Shia LaBeouf in THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

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Shia LaBeouf first attached himself to The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman in April 2010, but the project is really gaining steam now.  Director Frederik Bond signed on late last month, and Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen joined the cast this weekend.  According to Variety, Wood will play Gabi, “a Hungarian girl who Charlie (LaBeouf) falls in love with after her father dies on a plane next to him.”  Unfortunately for Charlie, Gabi’s estranged husband (Mikkelsen) is an “insanely violent crime boss” who is intent on beating the love out of Charlie.  I like the story, and not just because it involves the ruthless beating of LaBeouf.  I can see why Matt Drake‘s screenplay made it on the 2007 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.

Voltage and Bona Fide are currently in pre-production with plans to shoot The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman in Eastern Europe in May.  Hit the jump for the synopsis that came with the announcement press release back in 2010.

Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, and Peter Dinklage to Star in A CASE OF YOU

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Justin Long is gearing up to stretch his filmmaking chops behind the camera. Long wrote and will produce the indie A Case of You, which he will also star in alongside Evan Rachel Wood and Peter Dinklage. Variety reports that the story centers on “a young writer who tries to impress a girl he meets online with an embellished profile, but finds himself in a real mess when she falls for him and he has to keep up the act.” While the logline seems a bit “teen comedy”, I’m encouraged by the cast and, ultimately, Long’s involvement. He’s been a standout in a large number of films over the past few years and I’m interested to see something that comes straight from his creative voice. Also, Dinklage rules. Neither Wood nor Long have anything (officially) on the immediate horizon, but Dinklage can be seen in the second season of Game of Thrones starting April 1st on HBO. He returns to film season three later this summer.

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