December 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The Sundance Film Festival today announced their out-of-competition Premieres lineup, generally made up of the most high profile and star-studded new films to be screening for the first time in Utah. Among the highlights are “I Origins,” the latest from Brit Marling (is it really Sundance if Marling isn’t there?), Shailene Woodley’s follow-up to last year’s award-winning “The Spectacular Now,” Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard,” and Anna Kendrick in her third Sundance film this year, thriller “The Voices” with Ryan Reynolds (Kendrick also has Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas” and horror comedy “Life After Beth” in the competiton lineup).
Other notable Premiere selections include futuristic thriller “Young Ones” starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, dramedy “Laggies” starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz as unlikely BFFs, musical comedy “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender, mining drama “Little Accidents” with Elizabeth Banks and Boyd Holbrook and Anton Corbjin’s John Le Carre adaptation “A Most Wanted Man,” which had been set for a 2013 release.
The full lineup, as well as the Documentary Premieres lineup, can be viewed below.
November 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The upcoming film with the coolest group of people working on it just got a little bit cooler. The Wrap reports Adam Driver is now joining Jeff Nichols’ next feature, “Midnight Special,” which already stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst.
The film, described as a modern day chase thriller, follows a dad and his 8 year old son who go on the run after they discover the son is developing special powers. Nichols also previously described the story as a tribute to 1980s John Carpenter, “Starman” in particular. Filming is set to begin in early 2014, with Driver in the role of an NSA agent on the father-son duo’s tail.
Early 2014 is also when that other movie Driver is up for films, so it’s unclear if this means he’s out of the running for Nightwing in “Batman vs Superman.” Driver, the unlikely breakout star of Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has already impressed in “Frances Ha” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He’s also wrapped Noah Baumbach’s next, “While We’re Young” and ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” and is attached to his first lead role in indie comedy “The Coward.”
September 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ramin Bahrani, you had me at Andrew Garfield, and now you throw Michael Shannon into the mix too? This pretty much guarantees I will be watching “99 Homes,” as THR reports the cast just got doubly impressive.
Garfield is attached to the role of a man who loses his house to foreclosure in this dire economic climate. Eventually he finds a job with the manipulative broker (Shannon) who took his home, foreclosing on other families and eventually helping his new employer embezzle money from the government. As his financial woes disappear, his conscience rears its ugly head, as it tends to do at inopportune times.
Shannon seems like the ideal choice for such a smarmy role, having played that creepy guy in movies like “Take Shelter”, “Mud” and “The Iceman.” “Man of Steel”‘s General Zod has also committed to a third collaboration with Jeff Nichols in sci-fi chase thriller “Midnight Special” with Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst, and recently wrapped futuristic drama “The Young Ones,” with young ones Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning.
August 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Kirsten Dunst has landed the female lead role in Jeff Nichols’ next feature, “Midnight Special”, and will star opposite Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton, according to Deadline.
Formerly only described vaguely as a modern day sci-fi chase film, Deadline also fills in some plot details, revealing that the film follows a dad and his 8 year old son who go on the run after they discover the son is developing special powers. Nichols also previously described the story as a tribute to 1980s John Carpenter, “Starman” in particular. Filming is set to begin in early 2014.
Dunst recently won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her role in Lars Von Trier’s “Meloncholia” and most recently appeared in Walter Salles’ long-gestating “On the Road” and dark Sundance comedy “Bachlerotte.” She’s wrapped thriller “Two Faces of January” opposite Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac and is attached to anthology-style drama “Cities” with Dominic Cooper.
June 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This just gets better and better. Jeff Nichols is collaborating for the third time with Michael Shannon on his next project, a sci fi film which had been working under the title “Midnight Special”, and now he’s also recruited Joel Edgerton to star opposite Shannon. Variety reported the news.
The film marks Nichols’ first studio film and Warner Bros is already high on Edgerton following a scene-stealing turn in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, not to mention Shannon’s Zod in “Man of Steel.” The two high profile stars guarantee that the project will be a top priority for the studio, with filming firming up for early 2014. Only described vaguely as a modern day sci-fi chase film, Nichols once described it as a tribute to 1980s John Carpenter, “Starman” in particular.
Aside from “The Great Gatsby”, Edgerton was also recently seen in “Zero Dark Thirty” and is currently shooting notoriously troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” for his “Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor. He also recently wrapped Aussie indie “Felony” opposite Jai Courtney and is attached to Whitey Bulger crime drama “Black Mass”, potentially opposite Johnny Depp.
June 6, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With Zack Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” only a week away from release, anticiptation couldn’t be any higher. But if a “dreamy, blurry and sweepingly epic” trailer didnt sweep you away, or an action-packed, three minute long trailer featuring all the most important people in Superman’s life didn’t bring a shiver to your spine, then we’re not sure if there’s any hope for you. But just in case, here’s one last trailer.
Starring Henry Cavill as Superman, one of DC’s most iconic superheroes, this final trailer has little dialogue but a huge amount of action, and gives us a lot more of a general overview – from Superman being bullied as a youngster up to battling General Zod (Michael Shannon), saving Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and being given some encouraging words from his father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe).
“Man Of Steel” is out on wide release next Friday, June 14th, 2013.
Click below to view the trailer.
May 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Actor-director duo Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols have already worked together twice on two fascinating, critically acclaimed independent films, and now they are set to reunite once again on Nichols’ first studio picture. Variety reports Warner Bros is backing Nichols’ third feature, “Midnight Special”, and Shannon will star in what is described as a “present day sci-fi chase film.” Nichols also wrote the script.
Shannon is also Warner Bros’ radar and may have had a hand in bringing his two collaborators together, having starred in their upcoming summer tentpole “Man of Steel”, in which he plays the villainous General Zod. Nichols and Shannon previously worked together on both “Take Shelter”, in which Shannon was the star, and the currently playing “Mud”, in which Shannon had a supporting role opposite Matthew McConaughey. He is currently filming futuristic thriller “The Young Ones” with Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning.
April 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
All the important people in Superman’s life get to narrate a part of the new, 3-minute long trailer for Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated reboot “Man of Steel”, and it’s finally looking like the summer blockbuster actioner it’s meant to be.
It’s still got a bit of that dreamy Malick thing going on that was prevalent in the teaser trailers, but yes, we finally get to see Henry Cavill fight some bad guys! Michael Shannon makes his first appearance as the villainous Zod, and looks quite crazy and outrageous, while Amy Adams as Lois Lane appears to be more than just a reporter but rather an investigator working with or for the army who’s on Superman’s trail.
Anyway, this looks epic, what else is there to say? Watch the new trailer below and prepare yourself for the release on June 14th.
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The futuristic, dystopian thriller may already feel played out, but with a cast this good, it almost doesn’t matter what kind of movie it is. Variety reports Jake Paltrow has recruited Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee to star in his “Young Ones”, set on a future post-apocalyptic Earth, and filming has been underway since February 1st.
Smit-McPhee actually appears to be the lead here, as the story follows a 14 year old boy who lives in a near-future when water is Earth’s most precious and fastest-disappearing resource. Smit-McPhee’s character is “forced use his wits to survive” but the vague plot details end right there. Has he figured out a way to make endless water? What does the title “Young Ones” have to do with a water-based plot, other than the age of the protagonist(s)? Mysteries abound but this one is certainly very intriguing.
Smit-McPhee most recently voiced the titular character in Oscar nominated “ParaNorman.” Fanning recently wrapped up “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, while Hoult’s name is probably going to start popping up on a lot of shorlists soon after headlining surprise hit zombie rom com “Warm Bodies.” Shannon plays that creepy guy in movies like “Take Shelter” and “The Iceman” and will be General Zod in “Man of Steel.”
August 20, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Two of our favourite actors Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are finally teaming up together, toplining “The Long Red Road“.
Based on Brett C. Leonard’s play – which Hardy has already starred in – Variety confirmed that Hardy will reprise his role as Sam, a young man who “attempts to drink away his demons on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. When a visitor from his past arrives, Sam has to take a hard look at the man he’s become and the life he left behind.”
Shannon will play Hardy’s older brother. Philip Seymour Hoffman directed the play which premiered in 2010 in Chicago, but there is no word yet on whether the actor will also jump back on board to direct the big screen adaptation.
Hardy can soon be seen in John Hillcoat‘s vivid, violent “Lawless”, one of our favourites from Cannes this year, and is currently filming “Mad Max: Fury Road” with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Shannon has been focusing on TV work recently but can next be seen alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Premium Rush” before the release of next year’s anticipated box office hit, “Superman: Man of Steel“.