December 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joaquin Phoenix remembers Rooney Mara, falls for Scarlett Johansson in the newest trailer for Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which has been getting rapturous responses from audiences ever sine it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October.
The new trailer captures in full the lovely, funny and heartbreaking tone of “Her,” with Arcarde Fire’s “Supersymmetry” the perfect musical accompaniment. Phoenix’s Theodore, still in the midst of a divorce he doesn’t want from Mara’s Catherine, buys an OS1, the world’s first artificially intelligent computer operating system. Lo and behold, the machine who calls herself Samantha with Johansson’s voice seems to really “get” him, and they fall in love. Amy Adams plays Theodore’s friend who, refreshingly, doesn’t judge his new relationship, while Olivia Wilde is in board to reiterate that human relationships are flawed and imperfect too.
This “funny, heartbreaking and human” coming of age/love story is one of the very best of the year and will be released on December 18, 2013. The newest trailer is below.
November 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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In 2009′s “Where the Wild Things Are,” Spike Jonze managed to make larger-than-life children’s book puppets come to life as a real family with all its ups and downs and genuine pathos, so it’s not surprising that he’s able to take a somewhat gimmicky premise of a human falling in love with his computer and make it just as riveting and real. “Her” may only show us one half of a burgeoning relationship while never letting us forget that the other half is a computer, but it still showcases one of the most compelling love stories of the year, aided by top-notch writing, music and cinematography, actors at the top of their game and a tone that seamlessly blends tragedy with levity.
October 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Its response from the New York Film Festival was nothing short of rapturous – as if our expectations weren’t already high enough – and today The Film Stage has new behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Spike Jonze’s newest film, “Her.”
Rooney Mara is seen with Jonze and Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a closed-off man on the mend from a messy divorce who forms an unlikely romantic relationship with Samantha – his computer operating system (as voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The film takes place in a slightly futuristic LA and exteriors were shot in the slightly-futuristic-looking Shanghai, so these photos really give us a sense of this beautiful, sci-fi-tinged world.
“Her” will be released on November 20, 2013, but we’ll try to bring you a review from the AFI Film Festival, where it’s scheduled to screen a couple weeks earlier. See below for the BTS pics of Mara, Jonze and Phoenix, and head over to The Film Stage, who have some more, including one of Amy Adams as a friend of Phoenix’s who’s entangled in her own human-computer romantic drama.
October 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara is out and Saoirse Ronan is in for the long-gestating adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel “Brooklyn,” according to Bleeding Cool, who heard it straight from the horse’s mouth, director John Crowley. But the good news is at least this project is finally moving along again and with a real Irish actress to boot.
Now Ronan will star as Ellis Lacey, a 1950s Irish girl who reluctantly leaves her small village to take a job offer in New York City. There, she begins to adjust and enjoy her new freedom, falling in love along the way. When she’s called back to Ireland suddenly, she meets another man on home soil, and must choose between the two men and the two cities they represent. Nick Hornby adapted the novel for the big screen and Crowley tells BC they want to shoot it next year.
Ronan, who’s been critically acclaimed in smaller films like “Atonement” and “Hanna,” has been linked to one big budget franchise after another lately, with “Fantastic Four” joining “Star Wars: Episode VII” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Even if none of those work out, she still has an impressive upcoming slate that includes Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “How to Catch a Monster.”
September 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara, co-star Martin Sheen and director Stephen Daldry are pictured on the set of their new movie “Trash,” unveiled today by Brazilian outlet UOL Cinema (h/t The Film Stage).
Also pictured with Mara are newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein who actually play the leads in the film, as a trio of young teens who live in a garbage dump in an unnamed Third World country, scavenging for anything that can turn them a profit. One day they discover a mysterious bag, leading them on a mysterious journey that exposes a network of political corruption, abuse of the poor and dangerous powerful people who would mean the boys certain death if caught. Sheen plays a priest while Mara plays an NGO worker.
“Trash” began filming this month in Rio de Janeiro, and a May 2014 release date through Universal Pictures is already set. See the first photos from the set below.
August 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Mia Wasikowska is out, but Rooney Mara is in for 1950s romantic drama “Carol”, according to THR. Todd Haynes is directing the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller novel “The Price of Salt,” and Cate Blanchett is set for the other lead role.
The New York tale is about two women, Therese Belivet, a lonely young woman who works in a department store dreaming of something bigger, and Carol, an elegant older woman she encounters at her job. Carol seems to have it all together, but is quite lonely and discontent in her own life and loveless marriage. “We’re over the moon to have Rooney on board,” Haynes said via press release. “I’ve been a tremendous admirer of her work from the beginning, so the thought of bringing her together with Cate on-screen is thrilling to say the least.” Filming will begin in spring 2014.
Mara broke out in 2011 with her turn as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, which earned her her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She quickly landed a series of projects helmed by auteurs like Spike Jonze’s “Her” (out this fall after closing the New York Film Festival), Terrence Malick’s untitled Texas-set romance with Ryan Gosling, Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” She next films Stephen Daldry’s “Trash.”
August 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We loved the clips Spike Jonze premiered at the LA Film Festival, and now a real trailer for futuristic sci-fi romance “Her” has been unveiled, which is just as great as the footage we saw.
Joaquin Phoenix plays introverted, bespectacled Theodore, who’s still reeling from a breakup with Rooney Mara when he purchases an artificially intelligent computer, who sounds like Scarlett Johansson and calls herself Samantha. We also get our first glimpse of Amy Adams here, as a potentially new love interest who may rival the deepening feelings he has for his computer.
Understated and lovely and not at all cynical, the movie’s tagline “A Spike Jonze Love Story” seems perfectly fitting. Despite Jonze stating that he was still writing a couple of more scenes to shoot, “Her” already has a November 20th release date and seems on track to hit it. See the first trailer below.
June 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Amidst a funny and touching conversation with David O. Russell, Spike Jonze touched on everything from his ties to the skateboarding world (check out Fully Flared if you haven’t already), his relationships with both James Gandolfini (“he was an amazing man who just wanted to be true”, and who helped show everyone exactly what “Where the Wild Things Are” should be) and Maurice Sendak (they met when Jonze was commissioned to adapt “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, and remained close friends until the end). But the most newsworthy thing to come out of the event must be the first two clips Jonze showed from his still-in-progress upcoming sci-fi tinged romance “Her.”
May 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are star-crossed lovers in the first trailer for David Lowery’s hit Sundance and Cannes western romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, embracing, separating and longing for each other after an arrest for a crime spree separates them just as she gets pregnant with their child. Much has been made of the beauty of this film and the brilliant cinematography by Bradford Young is clearly evident in this first glimpse of it, as are the strong acting choices by the impressive cast.
Our own Rebecca Lewis gave the film a glowing A, saying it “feels like a classic already, old-fashioned to an extent but also a timeless tale of love, family and limits – and almost as if the director is beginning a fresh re-examination of these outlaw tales of old”, with Affleck and Mara turning in “the performances of their careers.” As for those Malick comparisons, well, the high volume of magic hour shots is certainly reminiscent, but “Saints” also seems much more verbose and action-driven, with a clear narrative and an inevitable conclusion.
Watch the first trailer below. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, also starring Ben Foster and Nate Parker, releases on August 16th.