Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Still On; Only Slightly Delayed

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The last we heard about Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western The Hateful Eight was that it would be shooting in November.  This was a welcome turn of events in a development saga that had turned somewhat sordid.  First, an early draft of the script leaked causing Tarantino to can the film and instead stage a live read.  So getting a new QT movie at all was a blessing.  Now comes the delay.  But the good news is that it’s apparently a minor one.

Kurt Russell is claiming that the film will actually be shooting next year.  Which, by the way, appears to lend some credibility to the idea that the cast of the live read of Hateful Eight would be returning for the film version.  That cast included Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell and Tim Roth.  Honestly, don’t expect all of them to come back.  Wanting to do a project and making time for it are two completely different things and aligning those 11 schedules could be tough.  Hit the jump for more on The Hateful Eight delay.

“Never Send a Monkey to Do a Man’s Job”: Looking Back at the Remake of PLANET OF THE APES

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[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.]

Battle for the Planet of the Apes chose to end the original 5-film saga on a message of hope, and then the franchise lay dormant for almost thirty years.  Interest had waned, fans had grown up, and that’s usually the signal for a studio to dig back into the archive to try and reinvent a property—no matter how classic or untouchable—for modern audiences, i.e. male teenagers with disposable income.  Planet of the Apes had endured to where the mainstream was aware of the original insofar as the twist, the final shot, and “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

But after watching the first five movies, I think the franchise’s most admirable trait is its tonal flexibility in service of various themes.  These movies were radically different, but they each had a distinct personality.  Tim Burton‘s 2001 remake “re-invented” the franchise by removing any personality whatsoever.

Naomi Watts Joins INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT; Tim Roth Added to SELMA; James Ransone Set for Western IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Naomi Watts has landed the critical role of Evelyn in the Divergent sequel Insurgent, as well as the two-part conclusion to the franchise Allegiant.
  • Tim Roth will play Governor George Wallace in the Martin Luther King, Jr. film Selma.
  • The Wire alum has joined John Travolta and Ethan Hawke in director Ti West’s (The Sacrament) Blumhouse Pictures Western In a Valley of Violence.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Quentin Tarantino to Write New Draft of THE HATEFUL EIGHT Script; Might Film Next Winter

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Quentin Tarantino was in the middle of working on The Hateful Eight script when it leaked, and decided to scrap the project even though he wanted it to be his next film.  Tarantino explained that he was frustrated with the leak to the point where he decided to put The Hateful Eight aside and work on something else.  But it looks like he can’t let the project go since this past weekend he hosted a live-reading of the script with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, and more reading the various parts.  At the live-reading, Tarantino told the audience that they would be hearing an in-progress second draft of the script, and he planned to write a third draft.  He also noted that the final chapter—”Black Night, White Hell” would be changed, “So the only time it will be seen is here, tonight,” he told the audience according The Playlist.  Kind of makes that $200 ticket well worth the price of admission.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Talks for TEN THOUSAND SAINTS; Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson Join Brady Corbet’s THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER

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Here’s the day’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

New Trailer for BROKEN Starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy

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A new trailer for the drama Broken has been released online.  Directed by Rufus Norris, the film stars Tim Roth as the father of an 11-year-old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.  Cillian Murphy also stars, and judging by the trailer the film looks to be an intense little character drama with a strong performance from newcomer Eloise Laurence.  It’s not exactly clear what the full story entails, but the trailer does a nice job of teasing this dark story without really giving much away.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Broken opens in the UK in Spring 2013.

Intriguing First Trailer for MOBIUS Starring Jean Dujardin and Tim Roth

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The first trailer for the thriller Mobius has popped online.  Directed by Eric Rochant, the thriller takes place in Monte Carlo in the world of high finance and stars last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin as an experienced spy who is tracking a powerful oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank.  It’s tough to parse any of that out in this trailer, but the clip does succeed in setting up an engaging and downright suspenseful tone reminiscent of Inception.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tim RothCecile de France, and Brad Lelad (Buddy Garrity!).  Mobius opens in France on February 27th, but no U.S. release date has currently been set.

Tim Roth and Frank Langella Join GRACE OF MONACO, Tobey Maguire to Produce and Star in Z FOR ZACHARIA and Dale Dickey Joins IRON MAN 3

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Here’s another casting round up for you:

  • Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) and Frank Langella (Robot & Frank) have both landed roles in Grace of Monaco, Olivier Dahan’s picture which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.
  • Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) is set to produce and star in Z for Zacharia, a post-apocalyptic drama from director Craig Zobel (Compliance).
  • Dale Dickey (True Blood) has been cast in writer/director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Hit the jump for all the details.

First Trailer and Poster for ARBITRAGE Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling

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The first trailer and poster for the thriller Arbitrage have gone online.  Richard Gere stars as a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire who makes a bloody error that forces him to scramble for help.  The cast, anchored by Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and rising star Brit Marling, is impressive and Arbitrage looks to be a fairly engrossing thriller.  It’s obvious that there are two stories trying to be told at the same time, and I’m hoping the more intriguing character-centered one takes front and center.  Matt noted this dichotomy in his review from Sundance, but I’m still quite eager to check the full film out once it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster.  Directed by Nicholas Jarecki, the film also stars Laetitia Casta and Nate ParkerArbitrage opens on September 14th.

Tim Roth to Star in David Cronenberg’s Medical Drama Series KNIFEMAN

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Tim Roth has signed on to star in David Cronenberg‘s developing TV series, KnifemanKnifeman is based on Wendy Moore‘s biography about 18th century surgeon John Hunter; when the project was announced, I longed for a period piece.  But Deadline says Roth will play “John Tattersall, a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body.”  So it looks like Hunter will be the inspiration, not the character.  Too bad, but given the premise and Cronenberg’s involvement, Knifeman still sounds like something more than your typical medical drama.  Skipping the pilot process, Media Rights Capital ordered the show straight to series and plans to shop it out to networks soon.  Roth is all in on Knifeman, which means he’ll bow out as star of the drama project he was developing with Lie to Me showrunner Alex Cary—Roth will stay on as producer.

Cronenberg will direct the first episode from a script by Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) based on a story Jones conceived with Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights).  Cronenberg, Jones, and Fitzgerald will produce alongside Sam Raimi, Josh Donen, Robert Zotnowski, and Renee Tab.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Moore’s biography, The Knife Man.

Anthony Mackie Plays RUNNER RUNNER, Alex Pettyfer Leads DIAMOND DOGS and Tim Roth Spies MOBIUS

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Some casting news to share with you today.  Check the bullets:

  • Anthony Mackie (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the gambling drama, Runner Runner.
  • Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) will topline Diamond Dogs, an English-language thriller by director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker).
  • Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) will join Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Cecile De France (Hereafter) in the spy-thriller, Mobius.

Hit the jump for more.

New Film from 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS Director Cristian Mungiu Likely to Debut at Cannes

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It’s been a bit of a wait for the follow up to Cristian Mungiu‘s terrific 2007 feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but it looks like a festival release for his next film is on the horizon.  Deadline reports that Wild Bunch has reteamed with Mungiu for the new film, which is “set in an Orthodox convent in Romania,” and “centers on a young woman’s descent into madness, her subsequent exorcism and the police investigation it sparks.”  I’m sick to death of exorcism movies, but I’ll make an exception for Mungiu.  Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval says that the movie “has elements of 4 Months, but with a much more intense twist.”  Hopefully, that twist does not involve sending the audience to a website.

Pre-sales on the untitled film will go down in Berlin, with a possible release at Cannes in May.  Wild Bunch is also planning to submit Rufus NorrisBroken, which centers on “the father of an 11-year old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.”  The film stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, and Bill Milner.

Sundance 2012: ARBITRAGE Review

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There are two movies living inside Nicolas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage.  Both films are about justice and a wealthy man’s struggle to elude it.  They both appeal to our hope that one day the truth will out and that no one can hide their dark secrets forever no matter how desperately they might try.  Both stories transcend class because we can all relate to a character who will stop at nothing when he’s at risk of losing everything.  But only one story helps Arbitrage stand apart by intelligently showcasing a crime we rarely see depicted in film and embracing the rich drama of family betrayal.  The other story is a dull episode of Law & Order.

Sundance 2012: First Images from 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, ARBITRAGE, BACHELORETTE, and LIBERAL ARTS

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With our continuing coverage of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight line-up, we’re bringing you some early looks at next year’s films. Hit the jump for synopses and images from writer-director Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, starring Delpy and Chris Rock; writer-director Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth; writer-director Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; and writer-director Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts, starring Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen.

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Thursday, January 19th to Sunday, the 29thClick here for all our coverage.

Tim Roth to Star in BROKEN and THE LIABILITY

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Tim Roth is currently looking for a new TV series since Lie to Me was canceled earlier this year.  In the meantime, he’s signing on to star in the drama Broken and the dark comedy The Liability.  Directed by Rufus Norris, Broken co-stars Cillian Murphy and newcomer Eloise Laurence, and has Roth playing “the father of an 11-year old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.”  At which point, Roth becomes The Abomination.  Okay, that doesn’t really happen, but I think that should happen in all of his movies from now on.  Filming on Broken begins this month in England.

As for The Liability, Deadline reports the story centers on an “aspiring hitman and a veteran assassin who hates protégés and dreams of retiring. They come across a beautiful and deadly female vigilante, who forces them to pool their resources to survive.”  How to survive: become The Abomination.  Directed by Craig Viveiros (Ghosted), the film co-stars Talulah Riley and the great Peter Mullan.  The Liability will also shoot in the UK.

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