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The original Star Wars trilogy was pretty damn light when it came to female characters, but the new generation of films looks to completely change that record.
Terrence Malick sounds as if he is up to the same old weird and wonderful cinematic tricks again. But this time he has convinced Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman to come along for the ride too.
The director of such lush and mesmerizing epics as Atonement, Anna Karenina and Hanna puts a unique spin on the classic work of J.M. Barrie to portray young Peter Pan (newcomer Levi Miller) as a stolen orphan snatched by the crew of Blackbeard (Jackman) and transported on a wild and colorful adventure to Neverland.
Joe Wright has been dabbling in period epics for some time now, having helmed such masterpieces as Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley. On a recent set visit to the London shoot of Pan, he told us at length all the different ways that he wanted to reinterpret the fairy tale story of J.M. Barrie, and we get a hint of these changes in his approach to pirates and Peter.
Ben Affleck’s impossibly comfortable turn as the self-centered Nick Dunne struck me as yet another combination of a perfect Fincher choice, followed by a seamless performance under the director’s watchful eye. And I realized it was the latest of many.
The intriguing indie The One I Love is earning plenty of buzz for its central secret. Even after its rousing world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, critics raved about this inventive take on romantic comedies, yet wouldn't expose the clever cut-up's sly secrets. However, without spoiling anything, we can tell you one of secrets even those who seen it have missed.
Now, let me say right here: Rooney Mara is remarkable. She is a talented actress, gorgeous and mesmerizing onscreen. That doesn't mean she can't be miscast.
Director Joe Wright's upcoming Peter Pan origin story Pan has not yet found the 10-12 year old actor who will play the titular role, but it has been busy putting together a fantastic supporting cast. We've already learned that Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund will be playing the pirates Blackbeard and Hook, respectively, but now Rooney Mara is in negotiations to play a character fans of the classic story will certainly recognize.
Mara has replaced Wasikowska in Todd Haynes’ Carol, which he plans to start filming in Spring 2014. The movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s lesbian love story. It was published in 1952 (under Highsmith’s pseudonym, Claire Morgan), and often goes by the rival title, The Price of Salt.
Mara saw Lowery's previous short film and says she immediately fell for the script, in which she plays Ruth, one half of a criminal couple (opposite Casey Affleck) who are separated when he goes to jail, and she retreats home to raise their child. Five years later he's escaped and makes his way back to her, and though Ruth is a tough outlaw at heart and a devoted mom, she's not nearly the simple "tough female character" that Mara admits can be too limiting
Following in the footsteps of bigger budget films, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints received the graphic novel treatment, which Entertainment Weekly is awesomely hosting in its entirety. Isn’t it nice when filmmakers and production companies don’t feel the need to relieve us of our money for extra material?
Pointing out that there are strong female characters in recent films who are also completely interesting in their own right-- she cites Peggy Carter in Captain America, and I would stick up for Lisbeth Salander-- and acknowledging that the presence of the SFC recognizes sexism in culture, McDougall asks why movies don't do more to combat the sexism by actually including more female characters.
If you think the visuals in this summer's big movies have impressed you, just wait until you get a look at David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Without a single giant robot or skyscraper getting knocked over, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is easily one of the year's most visually impressive movies, crammed with the kind of lush cinematography and Texas locations that made Terrence Malick famous.
Is it possible for a love story between a man and his computer to break your heart? If Spike Jonze has anything to do with it, yes. The first trailer for Jonze's first film in 4 years has debuted online, and you can either watch it above or in HD at Apple. It starts with tinkling piano music from Aphex Twin and only gets more plaintive from there
While we don't know much about this mysterious McGuffin, wedo know that Tevez, Luis, and Weinstein will play the three boys at the film's center. Sheen will be playing a character called Father Julliard, so presumably a priest. Mara is set to portray an NGO aid worker, embedded in this poverty-stricken place. The roles of Moura and Mello are currently unknown.
While we wait for David Fincher to figure out just what his next directing effort will be, and even if he'll take on the increasingly unlikely-seeming The Girl Who Played With Fire, we've got a brief, gorgeous collaboration between him and his Dragon Tattoo muse Rooney Mara to feast our eyes on.
But while it's cause for celebration that Craig will likely be back for The Girl Who Played With Fire, there remains to be question marks surrounding Fincher's involvement. Following Mara's responses about Craig, the outlet took the opportunity to ask whether or not Fincher would be coming back for the sequel.. "I would hope that he would," she said. "But no matter what, he'll definitely have some sort of involvement."
THR says Craig “wants(s) a pay raise, not a cut, in the wake of Skyfall grossing $1 billion worldwide.” As a result, Craig’s character in the movie – journalist Mikael Blomkvist – might be written out of the sequel, erased from screenwriter Steven Zaillian’s treatment of the sequel.
Side Effects is a movie by Steven Soderbergh, so you can pretty much guarantee it's not going to look like you're average off-the-rack thriller. But it's also a twisty and sometimes even scary thriller, the kind of thing that you really can sell to any audience, even if it requires masking some of the weird quirks that make it distinctly Soderbergh's
Rooney Mara plays a woman treated for emotional imbalances by a pioneering psychiatrist (Jude Law). But legal complications arise when the pill prescribed by the doc create, as the title suggests, unexpected (and violent) side effects.
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