This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video. Briefly:
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A few new photos have popped up online for director Bradley Parker’s Chernobyl Diaries and Sarah Polley’s indie drama, Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. First up from writer/producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) comes Chernobyl Diaries, the supernatural horror tale set on the site of the famous nuclear meltdown of 1986. Six tourists hire a travel guide to take them on an “extreme” sight-seeing tour of the abandoned area and find they are not alone and the inhabitants are none too friendly, which this trailer clearly shows. Chernobyl Diaries opens May 25th.
Take This Waltz features Rogen and Williams as a young married couple whose relationship is threatened when a handsome artist (Luke Kirby) enters the equation. Polley’s directorial debut, Away From Her, earned her an Oscar nod for best writing and adapted screenplay. The buzz around the indie has been quite positive; you can watch a sampling of it in this trailer. Hit the jump to see the new photos.
A new trailer for writer-director Sarah Polley’s romantic drama Take This Waltz has gone online. Michelle Williams stars as a woman who’s married to a good-natured cookbook author (Seth Rogen) but then she finds herself attracted to a handsome artist (Luke Kirby). The movie actually looks really, really good, with Williams, Rogen and Kirby promising some strong performances. I was fearful that the film would come off as too “indie”-feeling for its own good, but Polley seems to have captured the perfect tone for her second feature as a director. Though the trailer has many moments of levity, the troubled conscience of Williams and issues of morality appear to play a big part in the film. Polley’s directorial debut, Away from Her, earned the actress/writer/director an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sarah Silverman. Take This Waltz opens in limited release on June 29th.
The rest of the selections for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival have been announced. We previously shared the selections for the festival’s world narrative and documentary competition categories as well as out-of-competition viewpoint titles. Today the fest unveiled selections for the Spotlight and Cinemania sections. Some of the films set to screen include Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary Mansome, and Struck By Lightning written by and starring Glee star Chris Colfer.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of selected films. The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18th – 29th.
It’s a sad truth that you can’t see everything you want at a major film festival and I was bummed that I missed Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz when I was at TIFF. However, I rested easy in the knowledge that movie starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen would probably find distribution and now it has. Magnolia has sent out a press release announcing their acquisition of the relationship drama and plan to run it through the festival circuit before releasing it into theaters in early summer 2012.
For those unfamiliar with the film, Williams plays a woman who’s married to a good-natured cookbook author (Rogen) but then she finds herself attracted to a handsome artist (Luke Kirby). I really enjoyed Polley’s previous flim, Away from Her, and I’m glad I’ll be seeing Take This Waltz in the not-too-distant future. Hit the jump for the full press release.
by Phil Brown Posted: September 11th, 2011 at 7:52 am
Take This Waltz is a tough film to take in. You wouldn’t guess it from the casual romantic tone and the star-heavy cast that features the likes of Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman, but the film is intriguingly (even frustratingly) morally ambiguous. We’re given the standard rom-com set-up of a semi-content married girl who meets a tall dark stranger who she finds wildly attractive and appealing. Yet, hometown TIFF favorite writer/director Sarah Polly never makes it clear whether her protagonist should be sticking with her comfortable marriage or embarking on a new adventure. It’s nice to see a movie like this that makes you draw your own conclusions, but there’s a pretty big catch. You see, because it’s difficult to tell if the main character makes the right decision, it’s also difficult to tell if she’s even a character even worth liking. Ambiguity is nice, but walking out of a theater feeling like you despise a character who you just spent two hours with isn’t particularly satisfying. Hit the jump for more.
With the Toronto International Film Festival announcing which films are part of their Galas and Premieres at this year’s festival, we’re getting our first official looks at a number of high profile films. With so many new images hitting the net at once, we’ve decided to break up the image articles. So hit the jump if you’d like to see the first official images/new images from Luc Besson’s The Lady (starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis), Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard), Bruce Beresford’s Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (starring Jane Fonda, Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Olsen, Catherine Keener) and Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz (starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby). We’ve also provided the synopses. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th. Expect coverage everyday from the Festival.
In my article yesterday about the Venice Film Festival, I made some predictions on which films would make their world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and not Venice. It turns out a few of my guesses were only the tip of the iceberg. Moneyball, 50/50, and The Descendants are all going to premiere at TIFF. But my lord, does Toronto have an incredible line-up this year. I’m praying my application gets approved because when you hit the jump and check out this line-up, you’ll understand my agony if I’m stuck in Atlanta while these films are premiering.
Hit the jump for the line-up of Galas and Premieres for this year’s festival. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th.
In the comedy Peep World, four siblings come together on the day of the 70th birthday party of family patriarch Henry (Ron Rifkin), to deal with the ramifications of a novel that was written by the youngest sibling, Nathan (Ben Schwartz), who has exposed the family’s most intimate secrets by publishing it. To make matters even worse, the floundering Jack (Michael C. Hall), struggling actress Cheri (Sarah Silverman) and black sheep Joel (Rainn Wilson) must all deal with the horribly unflattering versions of themselves that are now being portrayed in the film adaptation of their lives.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman talked about what drew them to these roles, dealing with family secrets, and getting to improvise on set. Sarah also talked about her upcoming role in Take This Waltz, written and directed by Sarah Polley and starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and Michael said he begins shooting Season 6 of Dexter in May. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
by Jeff Ames Posted: November 4th, 2010 at 8:54 am
New info from AFM, this one regarding Sarah Polley’s next directorial effort Take This Waltz, a comedy starring Seth Rogan, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman. Previously the only information we knew about Polley’s film was that it was a “bittersweet comedy” about a woman dealing with “two different types of love”. This new information, including a detailed plot synopsis, director’s notes, pics (some of which we posted previously) and cast info, sheds more light on the film, which is shaping to be a comedy more in the vein of James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) and Judd Apatow (Funny People).
This is Polley’s third full-length directorial effort after 2006’s Away From Her and 2002’s All I Want for Christmas. The actress has also starred in high-profile flicks such as last summer’s Splice and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead. Of interest are her comments regarding her new film, which hint at something truly unique and creative. No release date has been set, though production started in July. Hit the jump for more on Take This Waltz.
We have images from various movies for you this morning. For your viewing pleasure there are images from the crime-thriller Hungry Rabbit Jumps (starring January Jones and Nicolas Cage), Sarah Polley’s “bittersweet dramedy” Take This Waltz (starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby), the love story/comedy The Romantics (starring Katie Holmes, Malin Akerman, and Anna Paquin) , the drama Stone (starring Edward Norton, Robert De Niro, and Milla Jovovich), the indie dramedy East Fifth Bliss (starring Michael C. Hall and Brad William Henke) and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning).
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Sarah Polley and Michelle Williams, two of Hollywood’s finest under-the-radar leading ladies, have been making the rounds at Sundance in promotion of their respective films: Polley stars in Splice, a tale of genetic mutation gone awry (check out a clip here), while Williams has been earning praise as one half of a failing relationship in Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. It seems the actresses found time to meet for some business on the side, though, as Deadline reports that Polley secured financing to direct her script Take This Waltz, set to co-star Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen.
The script for Waltz found a spot on the 2009 Black List, a collection of the film industry’s finest unproduced screenplays. This is no surprise as Polley was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for her directorial debut, Away from Her, a film that demonstrated Polley’s maturity as a storyteller. The story of Waltz is said to revolve around a love triangle between Polley, Williams, and Rogen; that’s a pretty fantastic cast, though they’re still looking for one more. Polley and Williams bring gravitas to just about any role they undertake, and while Rogen added some pathos to his turn in this summer’s Funny People, his presence suggests a comedic element may be at play here. I assume it’s more of a dramedy than an out-and-out romp, but this combination of actors certainly piques my interest the project, and I look forward to finding out who will be cast as the fourth lead.