Two casting items tonight:
- Julianne Moore will play the title character in the feature adaptation of Harvard neuroscientist Lisa Genova‘s debut novel, Still Alice, about a 50-year-old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
- Aaron Eckhart is set to star in the psychological thriller Fade Out as a screenwriter whose screenplay about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife starts to come true.
More on both projects after the jump.
With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.
My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.
If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer.
A few days ago, I got to speak with Julianne Moore in Los Angeles. She talked about what her friends and family thought about her taking on the role, how she hates watching herself on screen but will watch playback on set, the popularity of The Hunger Games and how her family has read the books (she plays Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2), and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Director Kimberley Peirce wants her remake of Carrie to mean something, but she can’t seem to figure out what. Brian De Palma‘s original adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel is a classic, but Peirce’s attempt to distinguish her new movie is as scattershot as it gets. While she does manage to slightly tap into the tragic element of the story, all of the characters and themes are far too underdeveloped to have any meaning. We may know where the Carrie White (played by a miscast Chloe Grace Moretz) is going, but the director is too busy speeding through to truly take stock of the darkness that surrounds the troubled protagonist.
Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and images for Jaume Collet-Serra‘s Non-Stop. The film takes place on a transatlantic flight where a U.S. Air Marshall (Liam Neeson) must stop a mysterious hijacker who is threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless his ransom demand is met. The movie looks just as crazy as Collet-Serra and Neeson’s previous collaboration, Unknown, but this outing could be a bit more fun due to the setting and the fact that you now have Neeson bringing his bad-assery to the friendly skies.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Corey Stoll, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’O, Bar Paly, and Anson Mount. Non-Stop opens February 28, 2014.
Screen Gems has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Kimberly Peirce’s upcoming new adaptation of Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). These images give a nice overview of Peirce’s take on the material, including a tease of the famous “blood dump” scene.
Hit the jump to see the high-resolution images, and if you missed any of my set visit coverage be sure to check out 25 things to know and my interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell. Carrie opens in theaters on October 18th. [Update: Screen Gems has also released a "viral video" in which they staged a telekinetic breakdown at a NYC coffee shop and filmed the reactions of the unsuspecting bystanders.]
Screen Gems has released the first clip from director Kimberly Peirce’s horror remake Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). This clip features a few of the hallmarks from Brian De Palma’s original film, as we see Moore’s character locked young Carrie up in the closet, which is adorned with religious imagery. This is Peirce’s first foray into the horror genre, and I’m very interested to see her take on the material.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of my set visit coverage be sure to check out 25 things to know and my interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday,Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell. Carrie opens in theaters on October 18th.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It has been slightly modified to reflect the new title. Don Jon opens today.]
Don Jon is much like its eponymous character: not much depth but quick, confident, amusing, and oddly endearing. The entire film quickly boils down to its core concept in the span of its frenetic intro: the eponymous character is afraid of intimacy. So who’s going to tear down that emotional wall? How will he learn his lesson? How can a lothario clearly based on “The Situation” from Jersey Shore ever learn to love? Director, writer, and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt knows his character inside and out, backwards and forwards, and finds the sweet, vulnerable heart of a guy who keeps Kleenex in business.
From an outsider’s perspective, Carrie was on the bubble as far as an MPAA rating was concerned. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a tormented young girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers and a desire for retribution. From what we’ve seen so far, it looked like the rating could go either way. However, a new TV spot has confirmed that October’s only wide-release horror film will be Rated-R. That could mean slightly lower box office, but as we saw this summer with The Conjuring, a modestly-budgeted R-rated horror film can make a huge splash if the timing is right and the buzz is positive. I haven’t heard anything regarding the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel, but I hope director Kimberly Peirce has found a way to have her remake stand apart from Brian De Palma‘s classic original.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. Carrie also stars Julianne Moore and Judy Greer. Carrie opens October 18th.
Lionsgate continues to nab prestigious, Academy Award-nominated actors for its feature film adaptation of the Hunger Games book series. We previously heard that Julianne Moore was being eyed to play the integral role of Alma Coin in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and today Lionsage has confirmed that Moore’s deal has closed and she will indeed be portraying Coin in the film. Francis Lawrence took over from Gary Ross and directed the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but in addition to finishing up post-production on that film he has been very busy prepping the two-film finale Mockingjay.
Moore joins other new additions for Mockingjay that include Stef Dawson as Annie Cresta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida, and Evan Ross as Messalla. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 2014, followed by Part 2 in November 2015. Hit the jump for the press release.
Sony Pictures has released a new featurette and three new images for Kimberley Peirce‘s new adaptation of Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). The featurette highlights the psychological horror at the center of the movie, and that by going through the story most people know (Brian De Palma‘s 1976 adaptation is a classic), it can provide a more tragic and disturbing undertone.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the images. Carrie opens October 18th.
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. While the first trailer was a great introduction to the film’s tone and style, this new one does a swell job of teasing the relationship between Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson’s characters without giving too much away. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s supremely entertaining. JGL definitely proves to be a talent behind the camera, and Don Jon has a lot to say about relationships as it pertains to our current media-obsessed culture.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens in theaters on September 27th.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Sergey Bodrov’s fantasy-adventure film Seventh Son. The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers. The VFX-heavy trailer promises a large-scale entry into the fantasy genre and a goofy Jeff Bridges performance, but despite the impressive cast (and Big Lebowski reunion), it’s tough to tell whether this one will be a winner. The genre is a tough one to crack, and it’s unclear if Warner Bros. has something more substantial than recent flops like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters or The Brothers Grimm in store for audiences. The pic’s release date was recently moved (again) from this coming October to January due to delays in the visual effects process, but a push to January is rarely the best of signs. Here’s hoping Seventh Son proves to be a pleasant surprise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. The film also stars Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, and Antje Traue. Seventh Son opens on January 17, 2014.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still five months away, but with the accelerated pace Lionsgate wants for the franchise, there’s no time to wait when it comes to the final two installments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Many of the characters from Catching Fire carry over, but there’s the key role of Alma Coin, the leader of a rebellion that hopes to use Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as their symbol and overthrow the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). When I was reading the book, I pictured Cherry Jones in the role, but Lionsgate is aiming for a lot more star power. According to Deadline, Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore is being eyed for the role. She’s also a great choice, but Moore tends to be a great choice for just about everything.
The actress is finishing out 2013 in a big way. She’s playing the villain in the fantasy blockbuster Seventh Son, she’s the abusive, religious fanatic mother in the remake of Carrie, and she co-stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut, Don Jon. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set for November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is due out on November 20, 2015.
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt stars in the comedy as a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s really funny and marks the start of what looks to be a very, very promising directorial career for Gordon-Levitt. This trailer does a great job of conveying the film’s tone and the style that Gordon-Levitt has crafted, as quick editing, music, and repetition are used frequently to present some of the film’s situations, especially with regards to the porn. While the trailer does give away a couple of the pic’s best comedic surprises (like the cameos), there’s also a sweet sincerity to Don Jon that’s only hinted at here, and the performances from Gordon-Levitt, Johansson, Moore, and Danza are all top-notch. I expect the film will be a major crowd-pleaser when it hits theaters later this year.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance, and click here for Steve’s interview with Gordon-Levitt and the cast. The pic also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown, and Brie Larson. Don Jon opens on October 18th.