Christopher Meloni Talks WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, The Impact of MAN OF STEEL and Whether He’ll Return in a Future DC Film

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Christopher Meloni needs to stay far away from Eva Green.  Earlier this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, he co-starred opposite Green as a square-jawed detective easily corrupted by her ample charm.  Meloni now finds himself once again under the actress’s spell in the indie feature White Bird in A Blizzard.  In the Shailene Woodley headlined film, Meloni stars as Brock – the mild-mannered husband to Eva Green’s sultry Eve.  It’s a loveless marriage, Eve never hesitating to remind Brock just how worthless and disappointing a man he truly is.  When Eve suddenly disappears one morning, Brock naturally becomes a suspect in his wife’s vanishing. But could somebody so weak-willed be capable of such a monstrous act?  Meloni, sporting a burly mustache and some wretched polo shirts, counters his naturally intimidating appearance to fully embody Brock’s emasculated demeanor.  It’s a fine turn for the versatile actor – and between the dramatics of White Bird in A Blizzard and the comicality of his short-lived sitcom Surviving Jack, Meloni has proven himself to be as proficient in one genre as the next.

In the following interview with Christopher Meloni, he discusses coming up with the physical appearance for Brock, the parallels between his characters in White Bird in a Blizzard & Sin City and gaging his performance towards the heightened tone of filmmaker Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation).  In addition, Meloni talks about how his role in Man of Steel affected his career and whether we’ll ever see his character Colonel Harding in the DC Film-verse again.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Shailene Woodley and Gregg Araki Discuss the “Teenage Apocalypse” and the Adaptation Process of WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

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Gregg Araki revisits the adolescent wasteland that defined his career in the mid 90s with his newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard. On the outset – the film feels at piece with Araki’s oeuvre (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Totally F***ed Up) in that all focus on a dissatisfied youth (here played by Shailene Woodley) coming to terms with their place in a seemingly meaningless world. But there’s something darker and a bit more melancholy at play with Araki’s latest. The anarchic spirit of those earlier films has been replaced with a forlorn world-weary outlook. Woodley as Kat Connors isn’t the same unruly protagonist of Araki’s early work. Instead Kat’s a character desperately trying to regain any semblance of normalcy after her mother disappears one fateful morning. It’s a character intent on NOT rebelling, living in a self-imposed ignorance to the truth that is plainly in front of her.

In the following interview with Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley, the duo discuss the process of adapting Laura Kasischke’s novel to the big-screen, working together to create many of White Bird in a Blizzard’s emotionally raw scenes and the movie’s place within Araki’s filmography. For the full interview, hit the jump.

2014 London Film Festival Lineup Announced; TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, FOXCATCHER, SERENA, MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT and More

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The Telluride Film Festival is over and done with and Venice is coming to a close, but we’ve got the Toronto International Film Festival on the way and the New York Film Festival coming up right after.  On top of that, the lineup for the 58th BFI London Film Festival was just announced.

The list includes a bunch of titles that are already making the festival rounds like the event opener, The Imitation Game, as well as Gala selections Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Wild and Mr. Turner.  In addition, we’ve also got Testament of Youth starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West making its world premiere as well as The Falling with Maisie WilliamsSilent Storm with Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis, and Serena with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  Hit the jump for more on the 2014 BFI London Film Festival lineup.  The event begins on October 8th and wraps up on October 19th.

New WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Trailer: Shailene Woodley Tackles Raging Hormones and a Missing Mother

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Kaboom) sexually charged drama.  Based on the Laura Kasichke novel of the same name, the story takes place in the 1980s and stars Shailene Woodley as a young woman relishing her newfound sexuality whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Green has made a habit lately of turning in regularly scene-stealing work, and it appears that she tackles another slightly unhinged character here while Woodley displays her swell ability to lay out her emotions onscreen.

Hit the jump to watch the new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer.  The film also stars Christopher MeloniGabourey SidibeThomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  White Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

First CAMP X-RAY Poster, Plus New Posters for TRASH, HORNS, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and JESSABELLE

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A few new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • Camp X-Ray – The first Camp X-Ray for the Guantanamo Bay-set drama makes no mistake about its selling point, as star Kristen Stewart graces almost the entire one-sheet.  The film opens in theaters and VOD on October 28th.  Read my review of the film here.
  • Trash – The first UK poster for director Stephen Daldry’s anticipated new film highlights its three unknown leads.  Also starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, the pic doesn’t yet have a US release date, but could make a surprise appearance in this year’s awards season.
  • Horns – A couple of UK character posters for director Joe Hill’s darkly comic thriller shows the light (Juno Temple) and dark (Daniel Radcliffe) sides of the film, which opens in theaters and VOD on Halloween.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Star Shailene Woodley is front and center on the poster for director Gregg Araki’s sexually-charged drama.  The film will be available on VOD September 25th and opens in theaters on October 24th.
  • Jessabelle – The first poster Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert’s new horror film shows the dual nature of star Sarah Snook’s lead character.  The film opens in theaters on August 29th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Clip: Shailene Woodley Gets Intimate

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The fantastic Shailene Woodley-fronted drama The Fault in Our Stars took the box office by storm last weekend, but the actress stars in a coming-of-age story of a very different sort later this year.  The first White Bird in a Blizzard clip has been released from writer/director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) adaptation of the Laura Kasischke novel, and it shows Woodley and co-star Shiloh Fernandez enjoying their hypnotic, sexually-charged relationship.  In the 80s-set film, Woodley plays a young woman whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  The pic drew a mixed response following its debut at Sundance earlier this year, but Woodley’s a wonderfully talented actress so I’m curious to see how she fares with this more adult-centric material.

Hit the jump to watch the White Bird in a Blizzard clip.  The film also stars Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela BassetWhite Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

First Trailer for Sundance Drama WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green

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Ahead of its debut next month at the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) new film White Bird in a Blizzard has been released online.  Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the film tells the story of a young woman (Shailene Woodley) whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Woodley wowed Sundance audiences last year with her performance in The Spectacular Now, and White Bird in a Blizzard certainly looks like a fascinating follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to catch up on all of our Sundance 2014 coverage thus far.  The pic also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  The Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.  Look for our review of the film during that time.

Sundance 2014: First Images from RUDDERLESS, THE TRIP TO ITALY, THE VOICES, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, and YOUNG ONES

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Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Briefly:

  • Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy.
  • The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
  • The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane.
  • Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Sundance 2014 Premieres Lineup Announced; Includes THE RAID 2, LAGGIES, A MOST WANTED MAN, and Roger Ebert Doc LIFE ITSELF

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already announced its lineup for competition films and the At Midnight and NEXT categories, and today they’ve unveiled the multitude of world premieres that will take place in Park City next month.  These films include the action sequel The Raid 2, director Lynne Shelton’s new film Laggies, director Anton Corbijn’s John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the David Wain comedy They Came Together, writer/director Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi pic Young Ones, the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and many more.  Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.

Stephen King’s MERCY Adds Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney, Angela Basset Joins WHITE BIRD and Marianne Jean-Baptiste Boards ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news:

  • Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) are set to topline the Stephen King adaptation, Mercy, directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) and also starring Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence).
  • Angela Bassett (Malcom X) will join writer/director Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, which also stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty).
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace) has joined director Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

Hit the jump for more details on each casting.

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