2016 Release Planned for Terrence Malick’s VOYAGE OF TIME

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Given his secretive nature, filmmaker Terrence Malick and his projects have taken on almost mythic reputations.  One of the director’s longest-developing films is Voyage of Time, which was first announced years ago as an IMAX documentary that would examine the history of life in our universe and was spawned from footage Malick shot for The Tree of Life.  He’s been toiling away on the project in the ensuing time while also filming and editing three full features, and many have been wondering when (or if) we’d actually ever get to see this thing.

It appears that the film’s release is finally near, as Voyage of Time will be shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this week and next week, with the latest word being that the pic will hit theaters in 2016.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

Antonio Banderas Talks Terrence Malick’s Process; Says He Thinks He Made the Cut and Reveals All the Footage Edited Together Could Be a Week Long

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Terrence Malick might just be the most elusive filmmaker working today.  He hasn’t given a proper interview in years, and hasn’t been officially photographed in even longer.  Despite all of this, though, he’s become impossibly prolific.  There was a 20-year gap between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, but in the past decade he has shot five full features.  After completing production on 2012’s To the Wonder, Malick began back-to-back shoots on two upcoming films—one untitled, and one called Knight of Cups.  A massive amount of actors shot scenes for both movies, but since Malick’s process involves filming days of footage and then shaping the film in the editing room, there’s no telling which actors will make the final cut.

One such actor who worked on Malick’s Knight of Cups is Antonio Banderas, and when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation of the action sequel The Expendables 3, he provided some fascinating insight into Malick’s filming process, going on to reveal that he thinks he’s made the final cut of Knight of Cups.  Hit the jump to read on.

Imogen Poots Talks NEED FOR SPEED, an Abundance of Car Porn in the Film, Practical Stunts, Peter Bogdanovich’s SQUIRREL TO THE NUTS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.  Need for Speed also stars Imogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota Johnson and Kid Cudi.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Imogen Poots.  She talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city she’d love to go back to (they filmed around the United States), Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel to the Nuts, what it was like working for Terrence Malick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joel Kinnaman Talks ROBOCOP, How the Film has a Strong Social & Political Point of View, Working for Terrence Malick on KNIGHT OF CUPS, and More

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Opening this week in theaters and IMAX is director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator.  When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer.   The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city.  The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle HaleyMichael K. WilliamsJennifer EhleJay BaruchelMarianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kinnaman.  He talked about how the film has a strong social and political point of view, the challenge of wearing the Robocop suit, if he was aware of all the set photos being taken while they were filming, what it was like working for Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups (and how he only filmed for one day but had a 17 page monologue), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Christian Bale Talks OUT OF THE FURNACE, Knowing When He Has to Do a Project, the Experience of Working with Terrence Malick, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace.  Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring.  Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Christian Bale.  He talked about knowing when he has to do a project, his character in the film and his thoughts on what kind of movie it is, what it was like working for Terrence Malick and how Bale used gopros on set to film some of the movie himself, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Christian Bale Says He’ll Probably Be Cut from One of Terrence Malick’s Upcoming Films

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Christian Bale is having a pretty swell 2013 as the star of two fairly prestigious films, Out of the Furnace and American Hustle, but he also has a pair of highly anticipated Terrence Malick films on the horizon—or so we thought.  In late 2011 and throughout 2012, the newly prolific Malick began production on two new films that were to be shot back-to-back, one focusing on the music industry (previously titled Lawless) and another taking place in Hollywood (Knight of Cups).  Bale is the star of the latter and also shot scenes for the music film, but now the actor has revealed that he’ll probably be cut out of the untitled picture.  Hit the jump for more, including a status update for both films.

Rooney Mara Talks AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, the Appeal of the Project, Working with Great Directors, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and More

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Rooney Mara shines opposite Casey Affleck in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer/director David Lowery’s eloquent, poetic story of love, motherhood and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.  Although set in 1970s Texas Hill country, the film feels timeless as it draws on the mythology of westerns to explore the dueling notion of romance and responsibility that is central to the tale.  In a riveting performance, Mara allows her character to disappear into the texture of the film without making it feel too modern.  Opening in theaters on August 16th, the movie also stars Ben Foster and Keith Carradine.

At a recent roundtable interview, Mara talked about what drew her to the script and the characters and made it appealing to work with Lowery, why she found it easy to play a mother for the first time and to perfect her character’s accent, and how her shooting schedule with Affleck mirrored the long distance relationship between their characters.  She also discussed the impact of her Oscar nomination, her aspirations to direct, her experience working with different directors like Terrence Malick, David Fincher, and Steven Soderbergh, and the status of her Terrence Malick film and The Girl who Played with Fire.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Natalie Portman Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Chris Hemsworth, Working for Terrence Malick, and More at D23

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Earlier today Natalie Portman attended D23 to show off some new footage from Thor: The Dark World.  (Here’s Dave’s recap of what was shown.)  Shortly after leaving the stage, I participated in a group video interview with her backstage.  She talked about what it means to be part of the most popular genre on the planet, working with Chris Hemsworth again, what the word family means to her, and what was it like working for Terrence Malick.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nick Offerman Talks WE’RE THE MILLERS, Working with Terrence Malick, Filming in London for PARKS AND RECREATION, Cast Departures, and More

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Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.  For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.

The other day I landed a phone interview with Nick Offerman.  Besides making me laugh a number of times, he also talked about what the last year has been like for him, making We’re the Millers, working with the great cast, how often he laughs during takes, the future of Parks and Recreation, filming the upcoming season premiere in London and how the locals treated Ron Swanson.  In addition, Offerman talked about working with Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups, who he plays, and the way Malick filmed his scenes.  Finally, he talked about his work on The Lego Movie and Lake Bell‘s In a World.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

First Official Image from Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS Starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman

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We’ve seen plenty of set photos from Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, but now an official image has been released.  The image is a nice shot of a scene we previously saw in set photos with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman frolicking on a beach.  If you focus, you can almost see the lyrical cinematography and whispered narration.  There are few details on Knight of Cups other than it’s about the Los Angeles movie business and features half of Hollywood.  In addition to Bale and Portman, the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, and Shea Whigham (hat tip to The Playlist for keeping count).  However, these are actors who have only been seen in set photos; we don’t know who will make the final cut.

We also don’t know when Malick will have that final cut.  He’s editing multiple movies, and he has no problem spending years in the editing room.  As The Playlist reminds us, it took 18 months between the first photo of To the Wonder to the film’s release.  Footage from Knight of Cups is currently being shown to possible distributors at Cannes this week.  Hit the jump to check out the image.

Terrence Malick Working on TREE OF LIFE Director’s Cut; VOYAGE OF TIME Planned for 2014 Release

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As if enigmatic filmmaker Terrence Malick didn’t already have enough on his plate with post-production work on two films he shot last year, it appears that he’s also retooling one of his past films as well.  The Days of Heaven director returned to the cinemas after a six year absence with 2011’s brilliant The Tree of Life, and subsequently began working at an incredibly quick pace as he shot and released this year’s To the Wonder and filmed two movies back-to-back—Knight of Cups and an untitled feature—throughout the latter half of last year.

Malick is known for taking his time (usually a year or two) in the editing room on his films given that he shoots a lot of footage and crafts the finished film in post-production, but in addition to editing his two recently shot films, editor Billy Weber reveals that Malick is also working on a director’s cut of Tree of Life.  Weber also notes that the director’s long-in-the-works documentary Voyage of Time is expected in 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for TO THE WONDER Starring Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko

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The U.S. theatrical trailer for Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder is now available.  The mesmerizing trailer isn’t shy about touting the main theme of the film: love, in all of its dynamic incarnations.  In between shots of the main characters in the throes of passion or struggling with a relationship that’s lost its fire, a sermon on love narrates the changing nature and transformative power of the complicated emotion.  What’s starts out as a big-budget version of a jewelry advertisement eventually sinks its hooks into you if you let it.

Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, To the Wonder opens on April 12th.  You can read Matt’s review of the film here.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

2 New Featurettes for TO THE WONDER Offer a Look Inside the Filmmaking Process of Director Terrence Malick

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A couple of new featurettes for writer/director Terrence Malick’s upcoming romantic drama To the Wonder have made their way online.  The story involves a woman (Olga Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Ben Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) and a wayward priest (Javier Bardem).  These featurettes are beyond fascinating for any cinephile, as they give us a peek inside the filmmaking process of elusive director Terrence Malick.  The cast and crew talk about Malick’s atypical, improvisational filmmaking process, as many of them are never given a script and have to react to things Malick says while they’re filming a take.

Hit the jump to watch the featurettes, and click here to read Matt’s review.  To the Wonder opens on April 12th.

6 Exclusive Images from Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams

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We’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at six new images from writer/director Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams.  The story involves a woman (Kurylenko) traveling to Oklahoma to be with the man she loves (Affleck), only to discover their relationship being tested by his childhood friend (McAdams) and a wayward priest (Bardem).  Check out Matt’s review of the film here.  To the Wonder opens April 12th.  Hit the jump to see the new images.

Teresa Palmer Talks WARM BODIES, Having John Malkovich Play Her Dad, Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS, and More

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Warm Bodies, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, substitutes the Capulet’s Juliet for Julie – a gun toting survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland – and Romeo for an undead flesh-eating zombie. Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) stars as the Juliet substitute, whose ‘love’ slowly brings to life the undead ‘R’ (Nick Hoult). It’s hard to be surprised at such a development because if anyone can bring to life the undead, it would most certainly be someone as fetching as Teresa Palmer.

In the following interview with Palmer, she discusses recreating the famous ‘balcony sequence’ from the play albeit in a different context, having John Malkovich play her disapproving father and working opposite Terrence Malick in the upcoming Knight of Cups. For the full interview, hit the jump.

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