Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies. But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture. While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket. The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more. Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven. Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
We’ve got a large number of new posters to share today. Briefly:
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – Fresh off yesterday’s excellent first character posters for the Bryan Singer sequel comes hi-res versions of the propaganda posters that were handed out at Comic-Con. Click here for our panel recap. The film opens on May 16, 2014.
- Edge of Tomorrow – A couple of character posters for Doug Liman’s sci-fi film feature Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in mech suits. Click here for our Comic-Con panel recap. The film opens on June 6, 2014.
- Elysium – A new poster for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming film features a very bald Matt Damon. The film opens on August 9th.
- Saving Mr. Banks – The first poster for the story about the making of Mary Poppins boasts a Mickey Mouse shadow for Tom Hanks’ Walt Disney. The film opens on Christmas Day.
- Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters – A teaser poster for the upcoming YA adaptation, which opens on February 14, 2014.
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman – A teaser poster for the DreamWorks Animation film, opening on March 7, 2014.
- The Canyons – A debut poster for the Lindsay Lohan/James Deen cheesefest. The film opens in theaters and is available VOD on August 2nd.
Hit the jump to check out all of the posters.
IFC Films has released the first official trailer for director Paul Schrader’s (American Gigolo) new film The Canyons. Written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), the film centers on the relationship between a wealthy movie producer and his girlfriend, who’s having an affair with an actor from her past. Lindsay Lohan plays the girlfriend, while porn actor James Deen is the film’s male lead. The trailer is pretty much what you’d expect from a Lindsay Lohan movie written by Bret Easton Ellis, as we see glimpses of sex, barely-clothed men, and, of course, a cameo by Gus Van Sant. While Lohan showed promise all those years ago, her performance appears to be DOA in The Canyons. I’m not really sure who the audience for this movie is, but I assume one exists.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer for yourself and to check out some NSFW images from the pic. The film also stars Nolan Gerard Funk and Amanda Brooks. The Canyons will be available in limited release and on VOD and iTunes on August 2nd.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
Those looking forward to the train wreck that is The Canyons will get their chance to see the film this summer. IFC Films has announced that it has acquired director Paul Schreader’s erotic drama for release sometime this summer. The controversial film was written by Bret Easton Ellis and picked up considerable notice for its troubled production, mostly due to star Lindsay Lohan. The actress appears opposite porn star James Deen in the pic, which centers on the relationship between a scheming and wealthy movie producer (Deen) and his girlfriend (Lohan), who’s having an affair with an actor from her past. IFC will release the film day-and-date sometime this summer on digital platforms and in theaters. Hit the jump to read the press release.
If you’ve ever been frustrated with Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) to the point that you just wished someone would scare some sense into her, James Deen is about to become your hero (if he wasn’t already). We’d previously seen a series of parody trailers for director Paul Schrader’s erotic LA drama The Canyons, but now the first clip is available. In it, Lohan wanders about the apartment for a few minutes while Deen is sleeping peacefully. Two guesses on who acts their part the best. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
I was willing to give indie sexual thriller The Canyons after its first trailer promised a gritty, grindhouse feel, but the follow-up trailer for director Paul Schrader’s picture takes a whole new spin on things by playing up a 1950s melodramatic tone. Both trailers are clearly poking fun at the film itself with the first being more successful because it didn’t show any actual scenes of dialogue. They should have stuck with that plan. Principal actors Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen are unbearable for even this ninety-second trailer, so I can just imagine what sort of torture is in store for audiences when the indie film debuts “on an internet server of your choice.” Hit the jump to see for yourself.
The first trailer has gone online for director Paul Schrader’s sexualized indie thriller, The Canyons. Starring Lindsay Lohan, porn star James Deen and Gus Van Sant (really), The Canyons spins a tale on the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition among a group of twenty-somethings and a chance event that unravels all of their lives. The trailer, presented in a grindhouse aesthetic with appropriate music and filters applied, introduces us to the characters and a sense of danger in the film, but gives little in the way of plot. The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) also stars Nolan Funk and Amanda Brooks. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
This may be the strangest casting article ever written, but here it goes:
Hit the jump to get this sorted out.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Lindsay Lohan has joined director Paul Schrader’s indie sexual thriller The Canyons. The script was written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and the early logline states that the film centers on a group of students who are trapped in shark-infested waters by a lunatic. Ellis broke the news of Lohan’s involvement via Twitter, and THR confirms that she’s in talks to star opposite porn star James Deen.
The report has a slightly different synopsis than the shark-centered one, as THR says it follows sex and crime among a group of young twentysomethings in Los Angeles. Deen will be playing “a manipulative trust-fund kid with dreams of making a movie” and Lohan plays his materialist girlfriend. Hit the jump for news concerning Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candleabra.