Sundance 2015: First Images from SLOW WEST, STRANGERLAND, GLASSLAND, and UMRIKA

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The lineups for the competition categories at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were recently unveiled, and along with them some debut images were released.  Today we’ve got first look images at a few of the films that will screen in the World Competition category:

  • Slow West – Directed by John Maclean; Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn, Brooke Williams, and Caren Pistorius.
  • Strangerland – Directed by Kim Farrant; Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, and Maddison Brown.
  • Glassland – Written and directed by Gerard Barrett; Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, and Michael Smiley.
  • Umrika – Written and directed by Prashant Nair; Starring Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and Prateik Babbar.

Check out the images and synopses after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon to Star in Limited Series BIG LITTLE LIES from David E. Kelley

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It’s no secret that the “limited series” (ie. a fancy new word for miniseries) is now one of the most popular trends in television.  Telling a close-ended story over a short amount of episodes not only allows the material to remain creatively fresh and satisfying, but the relatively short time commitment allows for bigger actors to make the move to TV.  True Detective did it, Fargo did it, and now a pair of high-profile actresses are taking the limited series dive.  Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are poised to lead a limited series adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies with veteran TV producer David E. Kelley set to pen the script.  More after the jump.

New PADDINGTON Trailer Tells the Whole Story, Again

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Paddington doesn’t even come out until January 16th, but thanks to this new trailer, we’ve already seen the film twice at this point.  As Matt pointed out back when that international trailer dropped, it basically runs through the entire plot of the film and this new one is no different.  Paul King’s big screen rendition of the beloved character is voiced by Ben Whishaw.  In the film, Paddington is taken in by the Brown family, but while he’s living it up chugging mouthwash, marmalade and overfilling the bathtub at their home, the evil taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) is out to catch the Peruvian bear so she can add him to her collection.

Hit the jump to check out the new Paddington trailer.  The film also stars Hugh BonnevilleSally HawkinsJim BroadbentJulie Walters and Peter Capaldi.  Paddington hits theaters in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16th.

Henry Cavill Is STRATTON; Nicole Kidman in Talks for THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Remake; Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper Join THE MAZE RUNNER Sequel

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A few pieces of casting to report:

  • Henry Cavill will star in the action-thriller Stratton, adapted from the book series by Duncan Falconer about British spy John Stratton.
  • Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their EyesJulia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in the remake, directed by Billy Ray (Breach).
  • Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join the cast of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch TrialsDylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson are set to reprise their roles in the sequel directed by Wes Ball.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel Set to Lead LION for The Weinstein Company

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The Weinstein Company is putting together a film called Lion and even though there’s still no director attached, they likely won’t have a tough time attracting top talent because Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel are all on board.  It’s being reported that they’ll lead the big screen adaptation of the true story chronicled in the Vanity Fair article, “A Home at the End of Google Earth.”  The piece tells the story of a five-year-old boy lost in Calcutta who’s adopted by an Australian couple.  It isn’t until he graduates college that he decides it’s time to trace his roots and he opts to use Google Earth to do it.

Jackman and Kidman will portray the couple while Patel will take the role of the boy, Saroo Munshi.  Hit the jump for more on Lion.

New PADDINGTON Trailer Saves Time by Showing Entire Movie

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A new international trailer for Paddington has gone online, and it’s a real time-saver by showing the entire movie.  Not just up until the third-act like most trailers that give away too much.  I know the entire arc of the film now, and while it’s not surprising, it’s rare to see a condensed version of the entire picture.  The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home.  Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).  The movie seems cute enough for kids as far as CGI-bear antics go, and while it will still open for the holiday season in the U.K., in the U.S. it was kicked out of its plush Christmas Day opening day to the wasteland of January.  Market research shows the American people don’t take kindly to bears that wear hats, coats, and galoshes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Paddington trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16th.

Exclusive BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Clip Starring Nicole Kidman: “The Truth Is Half My Life Is Over”

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We have an exclusive Before I Go to Sleep clip to share.  Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesiac who wakes up every day with no memory.  The clip sets an ominous tone as Kidman watches a video of herself explaining her predicament that ends abruptly with a “He’s coming.”  Based on the S.J. Watson novel, the premise leads to darker territory as “terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life—as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).”

The thriller, directed by Rowan Joffe (Brighton Rock), opens October 31.  Watch the Before I Go to Sleep clip after the jump.

An Anthropomorphic Bear Makes Friends in New PADDINGTON Images

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The Weinstein Company has released some new Paddington images from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film based on the beloved bear.  The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home.  Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).  The previous trailer has promised a slapstick-heavy tone that should attract a number of young moviegoers, and even I wasn’t averse to the charm of the titular hat-wearing bear.  These new images give us a better look at the human characters and also show more of Paddington being adorable.

Take a look at the new Paddington movie images after the jump.  The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in theaters on December 25th.

Nicole Kidman Awakens and Forgets in New BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer

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Millennium Films has released a new Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Given the terrific premise and strong cast, which also includes Colin Firth and Mark Strong, I have high hopes for this one.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens in theaters on October 31st.

New PADDINGTON Image Reveals Nicole Kidman as a Sinister Taxidermist

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The Weinstein Company has released a new Paddington image from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film about the lovable bear.  The story centers on said bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who is lost at Paddington Station in London, adopted by a kind family, and then sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before.  The first trailer revealed the tomfoolery that ensues, and while the pic had a bit of a creative shakeup when Colin Firth opted to step down from main voicing duties, I still remain hopeful that Paddington will be an adorable family friendly adventure comedy.  Today’s new image reveals Nicole Kidman’s character, who happens to be the antagonist of the pic—a sinister, seductive taxidermist.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Paddington image.  The live-action cast also includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in theaters on December 25th.

Samuel L. Jackson to Lead BLACK PHANTOM, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon Team for BIG LITTLE LIES, Casey Affleck Set in FINEST HOURS, and Trio Join SCRIPTURE

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We’ve got a number of casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to replace Jamie Foxx in the action comedy The Black Phantom.
  • Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up to develop to star in the dark comedy Big Little Lies.
  • Casey Affleck is in talks to join Disney’s period Coast Guard rescue film The Finest Hours.
  • Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor are in negotiations to join director Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of The Secret Scripture.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting news.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Trailer: Nicole Kidman Can’t Remember the Day Before in Thriller Co-Starring Colin Firth and Mark Strong

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Studio Canal UK has released the first Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  Nicole Kidman stars as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up.  As she learns more clues about her condition, she begins to uncover a dark mystery about why she can’t retain her memories.  Although it looks like the movie is aiming for a Memento vibe, it strikes me as a really disturbing sequel to 50 First Dates.

Hit the jump to check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer.  The film opens on September 12th, and co-stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

New Images from CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, BROOKLYN, and STANGERLAND

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The Cannes Film Festival begins later this week, which means new images are popping up online.  Among them are new images from Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest from Oliver Assayas (Summer Hours).  Per The Playlist, “the film follows a middle aged actress who decides to star in a new version of the play that made her famous years ago, but this time taking the older leading lady part. However, when she meets her co-star, a younger actress in the role that made her name, things take an interesting turn.”  The movie stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, and Brady CorbetClouds of Sils Maria will play on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the Clouds of Sils Maria images along with the first images from Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and from Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

THE RAILWAY MAN Review

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[This is a re-post of my The Railway Man review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The Railway Man opens today in limited release.]

War is an undeniable certainty.  For as long as there is civilization, there will be war.  With conflict comes tragedy, but it does not end when the war concludes; the effects a human being are long lasting and not easily forgotten.  We’ve see countless aspects of war explored onscreen in various films, some focusing on the battles at hand, some zeroing in on the psychological experience, and some chronicling the lasting effects years after the actual conflict.  The Railway Man tries to have it both ways by telling two stories: one of atrocities during World War II and one of the after effects on man’s psyche nearly half a decade later.  By splitting its focus in two, though, the film fails to wholly capture either story, resulting in a disappointing feature all together.  Hit the jump for my full review.

Nicole Kidman Joins GENIUS; Adrien Brody Boards THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ; Mark Rylance Is the Mad Hatter’s Father in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2

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A few casting notices to report:

  • Nicole Kidman will reportedly join the cast of Genius, which centers on the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Michael Fassbender) and his editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth).
  • Adrien Brody will star opposite Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashl in the thriller The Septembers of Shiraz, set during the Islamic revolution in Iran.
  • Mark Rylance is in negotiations to play the Mad Hatter’s father in the Alice in Wonderland sequel.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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