BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
There are many, many reasons to get excited about Transcendence, starting with the fact that it's the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan's longtime director of photography Wally Pfister, and he's already got Johnny Depp on board to star in a film with a very secret plot. Add that to recent rumors that that story has Johnny Depp's character turning into a supercomputer
Steven Soderbergh still swears he's heading into retirement, with the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra set to air next year, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. But first there's what will hopefully not actually be his final theatrically release film, Side Effects, which debuted its first trailer online today
Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck are all presently circling Ain’t Them Bodies Saints which is said to be a contemporary crime drama in the vein of Bonnie and Clyde. Whether that means a pair of crooks who have a twisted love life that binds them together through their exploits, or that it's meant to shake up our expectations of the genre (or both) remains to be seen as no further plot details or even vague character descriptions are being released at this time.
An Education producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have attached Mara to Brooklyn to play the lead, Lacey. They've likewise lined up An Education's screenwriter Nick Hornby to adapt Toibin’s novel into a romantic drama, fitting considering Brooklyn seems similar in theme to the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir.
It's been 10 years since Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze last collaborated, on the hugely beloved Adaptation, but the distinctive writer and director are gearing up to work together again, with Jonze planning to direct Kaufman's script this year
Mara “just committed” to join Effects, which was written by Soderbergh’s frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!). She’ll play Emily Hawkins, an unstable young woman addicted to prescription drugs who’s trying to cope with her husband’s recent release from prison. Without getting into too many spoilers (and the Deadline piece gives away more than it should, in my opinion), the film takes a violent turn, and could turn into a courtroom thriller
The studio will be moving forward on parts two and three of Larsson’s trilogy, with Tattoo screenwriter Steve Zaillian tacking adaptation duties. And that makes sense. While Tattoo can be viewed as a standalone story, there’s really no reason to start down this path of American versions of the popular stories if you aren’t going to finish the series.
It’s no surprise that David Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film isn’t doing gangbusters at the box office. The hard-R film is frequently referred to as “that rape movie” which is enough to scare off a lot of viewers, and Fincher’s brand of gritty thriller doesn’t always appeal to the masses. Barely breaching the $60 million mark after two weeks in theaters, the obvious question becomes whether or not the second and third books in the series will find their way to the big screen and remain economically viable.
Guaranteed, this will be the creepiest thing you see online today. Two years ago, relative newcomer Noomi Rapace set the standard for playing Lisbeth Salander - the androgynous goth computer hacker who Stieg Larsson introduced in his best-selling Millennium trilogy - and few thought another actress could play her as effectively… until Rooney Mara reinvented the role for David Fincher’s American adaptation of the familiar material.
Jessica Biel is in “final negotiations” to join writer-director Francesca Gregorini's film, a heartwrenching story (on the surface, at least) about Emanuel (Scodelario), a teenager hired by her troubled neighbor to babysit her “daughter,” which turns out to be a doll. The teen goes along with the woman’s delusion, primarily because the neighbor closely resembles Emanuel’s deceased mom. Talk about a sticky wicket.
By all accounts every sacrifice paid off-- even the film's weaker reviews single Mara out, and though she says she's "shot myself in the leg" in finding equally worthwhile projects to do next, she's suddenly a very big deal when a year ago few people knew her name. I talked to Mara-- still with the black hair, though minus the many piercings
Craig, Mara and director David Fincher were on hand in New York this weekend to talk about the film, their efforts not to think too much about the original Swedish adaptations of the book, the various ways both actors suffered to play their characters, and why Daniel Craig wasn't allowed to ride on the back of Lisbeth Salander's motorcycle. As usual at a press conference
Rooney Mara is about one week away from becoming one of the biggest actresses on the planet. As both Katey and I noted in our reviews of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, her performance has Lisbeth Salander is flawless and powerful, as she controls every scene she is in. It's the work of a very mature artist and we can expect that she will have a long and successful career following the movie's release. That career, however, won't include a film titled Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
What's brilliant about the film is the way Fincher's attention to detail makes all of that more than just titillation or exploitation; even when you see Mara's Lisbeth Salander stripped naked, it's for a purpose and a clear explanation of her character. And yes, that includes the moment when you see Lisbeth Salander's pubic hair
Every year around Oscar season, the New York Times uses their amazing powers of old media and modern technology to convince a lot of very famous people to put on insane costumes, pose for elaborate photographs and videos, and put them online. This year the theme of their big spread is "Touch of Evil"