Check out the latest casting news below:
- Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) is in final talks to join Liam Neeson (Taken) in Run All Night, the Warner Bros.’ crime-thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).
- James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) will join Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) for Michaël R. Roskam’s Animal Rescue, adapted from the Denis Lehane novel.
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
The first international trailer for director Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) drama Two Mothers has, fittingly, found its way online on Valentine’s Day. The film stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who unexpectedly fall in love with each other’s sons (yes, it’s basically a feature film adaptation of “Motherlover”). I caught the film at Sundance at it’s a peculiar movie. The story chronicles these two relationships over a number of years and shows the ups and downs that feel universal to any relationship, but it’s hard to forget that you’re watching two middle-aged women cuddle up to boys that they have known since they were babies. It’s not a bad movie, but it did elicit quite a bit of unintentional laughter at its Sundance premiere. You can read my full review right here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, and Ben Mendelsohn and will hit theaters later this year.
Relationships are complicated. Every person knows this; it is a universal truth. Love can be both the best experience and the worst experience, but it’s incredibly difficult to live your life on this earth unscathed by the scars of loving another person. Of course, a relationship is made a bit more complicated when you fall in love with your best friend’s son, and director Anne Fontaine takes this complication one step further by chronicling the extended love affair of two best friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Hit the jump for my full review of Two Mothers.
The first trailer is online for writer/director Jonathan Kasdan’s The First Time. The romantic comedy centers on a burgeoning romance between two high school teens. Unlike other films of this ilk, Kasdan’s take seems to be incredibly honest at capturing the awkwardness of the titular event. While the leads are unrealistically attractive, the chemistry is absolutely electric between the two of them. It’s looking like Sony made a good decision in picking the John Hughes-esque film up from Sundance.
The First Time stars Brittany Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice. Be sure to check out Steve’s interview with Kasdan here. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
Some casting notes today. Here they are in brief:
- Logan Marshall Green (Devil) will play Tennessee Williams in the upcoming pic, Lonely Hunter, the feature film based on the life story of Southern gothic writer, Carson McCullers.
- Gina Gershon (Face/Off) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) will join the indie, Mall, replacing Chelsea Handler and Eric Bogosian due to scheduling difficulties.
Hit the jump for more.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Kasdan‘s (In the Land of Women) The First Time. The film stars Brittany Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice. Like Richard Linklater‘s Before Sunrise (one of my favorite films), The First Time is about watching two people fall in love, except instead of taking place over one night in Vienna, The First Time takes place over a weekend and it’s about two High School students. While I’ve seen many High School celluloid love stories crash and burn before the end credits, Kasdan pulled me in with believable dialogue, realistic situations, and he reminded me what it feels like to be seventeen and unsure of everything. While I saw a lot of films at this year’s Sundance, The First Time was one of my favorites.
Shortly after the Festival ended, I sat down with Kasdan for an extended interview. We talked about Sundance, the influence of Before Sunrise, how he used his own personal experiences in the script, casting, getting financing, the contrast between making studio movies versus smaller films, improv vs. sticking to the script, future projects, the irony of “discovering” talent such as Kristen Stewart before they are “box office gold,” and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright will star in The Grandmothers for director Anne Fontaine (Coco Avant Chanel). According to THR, The Grandmothers is “the erotic tale of misguided love”—and stop right there. I think this is a picture for everyone who sees movies when they only know the title (yes, these people exist; you probably know at least one or two of them). Continue, THR: “—a tale of misguided love and a celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship.” Aww. That’s actually kind of sweet. So what’s the actual plot? “The Grandmothers tells the story of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons.”
Holy crap. Anne Fontaine is unintentionally turning The Lonely Island’s “Motherlover” into a movie. Hit the jump for more.
Animal Kingdom features an outstanding ensemble cast portraying characters that run the gamut of the moral compass from Australian acting icon, Jacki Weaver, who plays Smurf, the deceptively sunny matriarch of the family, to international screen star, Guy Pearce, who plays an honest detective seeking justice for a cold blooded murder, to 17-year-old James Frecheville making his big screen debut as “J,” the naïve young nephew who moves in with his estranged family and finds himself in a world that is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine.
We sat down with Jacki recently at a roundtable interview to talk about her villainous performance in Animal Kingdom. A highly respected stage and screen actor with a slew of industry awards, she has been at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry for over four decades, both on screen and on stage, and has starred in many seminal Australian films including Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jacki talked to us about why the moral ambiguity of her character makes it such an interesting story, what it was like working with David Michod, and how she kept it real, shifting effortlessly between normal, sweet and lovable one moment to monstrously cold and callous the next.
Welcome to the Melbourne underworld, where tensions are building between dangerous criminals and equally dangerous police. In Animal Kingdom, a menacing character-driven crime drama written and directed by David Michod, the Wild West is being played out on the city’s streets in a modern version of gangsters versus renegade cops. Following the death of his mother, 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (James Frecheville) goes to live with his estranged family – a deceptively sunny grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), her hardened criminal sons, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn), Craig (Sullivan Stapleton) and Darren (Luke Ford), and Pope’s business partner, Barry ‘Baz’ Brown (Joel Edgerton). Before long, he finds himself naively navigating his way through this criminal world caught between family loyalties and the police who want his uncles dead or alive, including a senior cop (Guy Pearce) who attempts to lure “J” into the police fold.
We sat down with James and Sullivan to talk about their new film. James told us what it was like playing the young and impressionable “J” and to be cast opposite such an established Australian cast for his feature film debut. Sullivan, who plays the speed-addicted and volatile Craig Cody, described how he was attracted to the project by the caliber of script and cast and how he collaborated with Michod and his fellow actors to work out the unusual family dynamics and idiosyncratic behavior of his character.
Animal Kingdom evolved over a nine-year period inspired by writer/director David Michod’s fascination with the colorful, criminal landscape of Melbourne and a strong desire to film the city in a way that it’s rarely viewed. The film tells the story of 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (James Frecheville) who, following the death of his mother, must navigate his survival between a violent criminal family (Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton) and the detective (Guy Pearce) who thinks he can save him.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Animal Kingdom is smartly written, confidently directed, and features an outstanding ensemble cast. We sat down with David to talk about his new movie. He told us what inspired him to write the sprawling, multi-layered Australian crime story, how he assembled such a top-notch cast, and why it was important to make a crime film that took itself seriously and had a genuine and palpable sense of menace running through it.
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Animal Kingdom, now has a full-length trailer.
The trailer combines great music, plenty of credible critic quotes and some beautiful imagery to sell the film as an intense and complex Australian family crime drama. Animal Kingdom stars newcomer James Frecheville as “J,” a teenager who is forced to move in with his extended family, including Joel Edgerton (Attack of the Clones) and Ben Mendelsohn (Knowing), who just happen to be murdering criminals. J then must choose between the law (a Detective played by Guy Pearce) or his family.
Sony Pictures Classics picked the film up out of Sundance and though the trailer promotes a release date of June 3 and an official Web site, each is for the Australian release. An American release date has yet to be set. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and read the official plot synopsis.
Tonight we have five clips from David Michôd’s upcoming crime drama Animal Kingdom, starring Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, and James Frecheville. Set to debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film tells the story of seventeen year-old Josh/”J” (Frecheville) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and of the detective who thinks he can save him.
You can check out all five clips after the jump. As always, we’ve included them all in one player for your viewing pleasure. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21st through the 31st.