May 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Inside Llewyn Davis” co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac are set to work together again as Hedlund is replacing Jason Clarke in psychological thriller “Mojave”, according to Screen Daily.
William Monahan wrote and will direct he two-hander, which follows “an angst-ridden artist who heads into the desert to wrestle with his existential crisis, only to meet a homicidal drifter who happens to be his doppelganger.” Hedlund will play the artist, Isaac his antagonist.
Hedlund and Isaac are premiering the Coens’ 1960s folk music drama “Iside Llewyn Davis” at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Hedlund was last seen earning rave reviews for his performance as Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road.” He also has indie ensemble drama “Lullaby” set for release later this year and just signed on to star in crime thriller “Violent Talent” with Toby Kebbell and Margot Robbie.
May 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“World War Z” screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan is set to make his directorial debut and has set Garrett Hedlund to play the lead in “Violent Talent”, according to Deadline. Toby Kebbell, upcoming “The Wolf of Wall Street” star Margot Robbie and “Four Lions” star Riz Ahmed have supporting role sin the drama.
Hedlund plays Eamon in the contemporary Chicago-set drama. Eamon and his two best friends Quan and Angel (Ahmed and Kebbell) decide to build a criminal empire, believing “crime might be the most honest job around.” Robbie plays a character named Riley, likely to be a love interest of some kind. Carnahan also wrote the script.
Hedlund most recently starred in Walter Salles’ “On the Road” and will have the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” as well as indie ensemble drama “Lullaby” opposite Amy Adams out later this year. Australian actress Robbie starred on short-lived ABC series “Pan Am” before landing the female lead opposite Leonardo Dicaprio in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, out this November. Kebbell had roles in “War Horse” and “Wrath of the Titans” and will soon be seen in Brit Marling’s “The East.” Ahmed most recently starred in Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.”
December 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
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Another end-of-year list upon us, and just like last year, the two of us once again appear to have disparate taste when it comes to the year in movies. Sixteen different movies populate our two Top 10 lists, though we did both love “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” enough to list them. What movies were our favorites of the year? Which were yours?
Without further ado, below are our Top 10 Movies of 2012.
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November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
So Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will not reunite for a third time after all. The filmmakers behind “Crazy Stupid Love” had been hoping to get their adorable twosome back on screen together for con-man romance/action flick “Focus”, but it never came together, and Warner Bros cast Ben Affleck in Gosling’s role instead. Today Variety reports Affleck has found his leading lady in “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct their script, which is set in the world of cons and tells the story of a veteran grifter who gets romantically involved with a newcomer. Things don’t work out and complications ensue when they are reunited in the future. Stewart and Affleck have a nearly 20 year age gap between them (again: um, eww), so this project definitely sounded more appetizing when it had Gosling and Stone attached, but we can’t deny it’s an interesting premise and are for now cautiously looking forward to how this new configuration works, chemistry wise. The studio is said to be keen to rush this into production and with their two leads locked in, that should be no problem now.
Stewart says goodbye to the franchise that made her a star as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II”, the last of the vampire love story, releases in November. She’ll also be seen in Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road” (which has its ups and downs), out in December. After dropping out of Nick Cassavetes’ “Cali” recently, Stewart has no other upcoming projects lined up.
October 29, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
In 1957 American author Jack Keroauc wrote to Marlon Brando asking him to buy the rights to, and star in, Kerouac’s novel “On The Road“. Brando never replied and it took another twenty two years for Francis Ford Coppola to purchase the rights and then spend decades hiring different screenwriters all of whom tried, and failed, to adapt the notoriously tricky spontaneous prose; after all, even Kerouac knew the story could not work on screen, telling Brando “Don’t worry about the structure, I know to compress and re-arrange the plot a bit to give a perfectly acceptable movie-type structure … ” Fifty five years after Kerouac’s letter, Brazilian director Walter Salles has finally succeeded in being the one to take the unfilmable and turn it into a thoughtful character study – one that burns and explodes, but ultimately, still remains too long.
August 29, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Last seen on screen together in 2001′s teen comedy “Get Over It“, Ben Foster and Kirsten Dunst are set to team up again on the big screen in new indie drama “Red Light Winter“, with Foster taking over from Mark Ruffalo who had previously been attached.
To be directed by writer-director Adam Rapp, Variety reports the film is based on Rapp’s own play and “follows two male friends who travel from New York to Amsterdam and become caught up in a love triangle with a prostitute, bringing to the surface dark undercurrents in their troubled friendship.”
Dunst will play the sex worker, and the part of Foster’s friend is yet to be cast after Billy Crudup also exited the film. Katherine Waterson will also star as another woman who shares a past with both men.
Dunst garnered critical acclaim last year in Lars Von Trier‘s “Melancholia” and her latest comedy “Bachelorette” recently became the first pre-theatrical release to hit the top of the iTunes chart.
The actress can next be seen in Walter Salles’ adapatation of the Beat classic “On The Road” – giving Foster and Dunst something else in common to discuss, as the actor currently wrapped filming “Kill Your Darlings“. Foster will next be seen alongside Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and will soon reteam with Mark Wahlberg, with whom he starred alongside in the action flick “Contraband“, in Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor”.
August 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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If you thought the Toronto International Film Festival had already pulled out all the stops for its 2012 line-up, you’re in for a surprise. Even more titles were announced today, and our list of must-see films just keeps growing.
Closing out the festival will be British film “A Song for Marion”, in which Gemma Arterteron co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave. Also making its world premiere in Toronto is the first of three biopics on late singer Jeff Buckley; “Greetings From Tim Buckley” stars Penn Badgley as the crooner and Imogen Poots as his love interest. Indie ensemble drama “Disconnect” brings together the likes of Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, and Max Theriot, while Skarsgard will also be appearing in “What Maisie Knew”, a modern retelling of the Henry James classic.
Some Cannes and Venice premieres will have a second go-round at TIFF as well, including Brian De Palma’s “Passion” starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, and Walter Salles’ “On the Road” with Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. Harmony Korine is bringing his ragtag team of former Disney stars and James Franco in “Spring Breakers”, while Lee Daniels’ controversial Cannes premiere “The Paperboy”, starring Zac Efron, will screen in the Great White North as well.
The full list of new additions, including Galas and Special Presentations, are below.
July 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Sam Riley will portray titular literary icon “Ivanhoe” in a new big screen adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott medieval epic, according to Screen Daily.
Published in 1820 and set in the 12th Century, “Ivanhoe” is a historical epic following the exploits of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight exiled by his father for being loyal to the Norman king and for falling in love with Lady Rowena, who’s engaged to a much higher-seated nobleman. When he returns under disguise tournaments, forbidden love, political intrigue and more unfold, and even Robin Hood and his merry men somehow get involved. Iain Softley will direct from a script by John Brownlow and James Jacks.
Riley, who gained notice for his turns in “Control” and “Brighton Rock”, is currently shooting Disney’s fairy-tale redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, and will soon be seen in Walter Salles’ long-gestating, highly anticipated “On the Road” opposite Garrett Hedlund. He’s also wrapped up shooting vampire drama “Byzantium” opposite Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
May 24, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Walter Salles’s “On The Road“, the long-awaited adaptation of the Jack Keroauc classic, may have premiered yesterday at Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews but for those of us who have to wait until closer to the release dates to watch the film, we have two newly released clips giving us a glimpse into the big screen lives of Sal, Dean, Marylou and Camille.
An adaptation thirty years in development, the film finally moved into pre-production in 2010, with Salles behind the camera and Garrett Hedlund as the wild and crazy Dean Moriarty and Sam Riley as our protaganist Sal Paradise, the dreamer searching for the elusive It.
With a great supporting cast including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Tom Sturridge, “On The Road” still has no definitive release date for the US, although we’re sure it will be looking at an awards friendly date. Lucky European fans can see the film on the big screen from today and over the next few months.
May 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s still unclear if they will star together in Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale”, but Garrett Hedlund and Jessica Brown-Findlay will get to be co-stars after all, as THR reports from Cannes the two young actors will be part of the impressive ensemble cast for comedy-drama “Lullaby.” Amy Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard and Richard Jenkins round out the cast.
The familial drama will center around an estranged son (Hedlund) who learns that his father (Jenkins) has decided to take himself off life support. Acclaimed artist Andrew Levitas will make his directorial debut on the project, with shooting set to begin in June in New York.
Hedlund will be heading to Cannes next week to premiere Walter Salles’ long-gestating adaptation of “On the Road”, and recently wrapped on the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” opposite Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan. Brown-Findlay is mostly known for her role as Lady Sybil on hit British series “Downton Abbey” and landed the female lead in “Winter’s Tale”, beating out the likes of Lily Collins and Bella Heathcote. Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the male lead, though nothing official has taken place and Hedlund, along with Aaron Johnson, Luke Evans and Tom Hiddleston remain in the mix.