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A new red-band trailer for Spring Breakers
Seeing James Franco with cornrows and a wicked grill might make one “‘spicious” as he says, but not Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson. They are ready to party, at least until things get real, or too real, or neon glow hyper-real. It’s Girls Gone Wild, Harmony Korine-style, so check out the what the director of Julien Donkey-Boy 52 and Trash Humpers 33 has come up with this time when Spring Breakers opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 15th before going wide on March 22nd.
The first look at Beyond the Hills
Cristian Mungiu’s new film, Beyond the Hills, premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. He didn’t win the Palm d’Or this time (as he did for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 97), but the film did win best screenplay, and best actress was awarded to the film's leads, Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. The story is another look at the friendship of two women, but this time the action occurs in an isolated monastery where the life of a nun is disturbed by a visit from her friend, who tries to convince her to return to Germany with her. See it in limited release beginning March 8th.
Kiss of the Damned red-band trailer
While Xan Cassavetes might grab one’s attention because of her last name (she’s the daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands), she made her own mark with her first film, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 85. Her follow-up and first fiction feature is a vampire tale starring Milo Ventimiglia as Paolo, a screenwriter who falls for Djuna, a vampire played by Josephine de la Baume. All is well and good in the relationship until Djuna’s sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) shows up. Kiss of the Damned will get a limited theatrical release beginning May 3rd.
Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell make it a triple
At the end of last week, Deadline reported that Jennifer Lawrence had joined Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Louis C.K. in David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam film previously known as American Bullshit. THR followed that report with news that Lawrence would also star in The Ends of the Earth, which Russell could make next. If it happens, this would be the third film in a row for Lawrence and Russell, who are both up for Oscars this weekend for Silver Linings Playbook 81. Another Oscar nominee, Chris Terrio (best adapted screenplay for Argo 86), wrote The Ends of the Earth, which is “a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair.” Will more nominations be afoot for this threesome in a few years?
To the Wonder featurette
What is Terrence Malick’s creative process? Here’s a three-part glimpse at the making of To the Wonder. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, comes out in the U.K. today and in the U.S. on April 12th.
A second look at Halle Berry in The Call
Remember when Halle Berry won an Oscar for Monster’s Ball 69? That was 11 years ago, 11 years of mostly bad films. In The Call, her latest, she plays a 911 operator who attempts to save a kidnapped girl. Director Brad Anderson has had some previous success in the thriller genre with Transsiberian 72 and The Machinist 61, but his last film Vanishing on 7th Street 50 was a disappointment. The cast is solid, with Abigail Breslin playing the teenager in crisis and supporting turns by Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli. Look for The Call in theaters beginning March 15th.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist looks at how the events of September 11th impact the life of a young, law-abiding Pakistani man trying to chase the American Dream on Wall Street. This is Nair’s first feature since 2009’s disappointing Amelia 37, and it doesn’t look like it will return her to the heights of Monsoon Wedding 77 and The Namesake 82. Look for it in limited release beginning April 26th.
Stoker featurette and clip
Oldboy 74 director Park Chan-wook’s English language debut, Stoker, comes to theaters next week. Get an idea of what the stylish, creepy suspense film has to offer by checking out the featurette and clips below.
Welcome to Pine Hill
Welcome to Pine Hill won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. Writer-director Keith Miller’s debut feature looks at the life of a drug dealer turned insurance claims adjuster who tries to find peace after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Look for it in limited release starting March 1st.
More Star Wars Episode VII rumors
Michael Arndt is working on the screenplay. J.J. Abrams will direct. Harrison Ford will be back as Han Solo (pending confirmation), and this week the Star Wars rumors involve Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and their children (separately, of course; Star Wars isn't suddenly getting incestuous). Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 reports that Hamill and Fisher will be returning along with Ford and that Episode VII will revolve around their children, with R2D2 and C3PO also making an appearance. Hamill confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that there have been talks about his returning, but nothing has been signed: “They're talking to us. George Lucas wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts.” As for what he expects his role to be, Hamill added, “I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range as an influential character.” Sound like a good idea?
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- J.J. Abrams reluctantly told MTV this week that Klingons will play an adversarial role in Star Trek Into Darkness.
- Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is now in talks to step in for the recently departed Nicolas Winding Refn and direct The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. - Deadline
- Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) will star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for director Matt Reeves (Let Me In). - Heat Vision
- There’s no official word yet, but Jason Momoa is the favorite to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. - Latino Review
- David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea could shoot in Australia thanks to large incentives for Disney, but it won’t star Brad Pitt. - THR
- Mike Birbiglia, writer, director and star of Sleepwalk with Me, will base his next movie on his stand-up material from My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. - THR
- Christian Bale is in talks to scale Everest with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur. - Deadline
- A Bruce Lee origin story called Birth of the Dragon is in the works from the screenwriters of Nixon and Ali. Just don’t call it a biopic. - THR
- Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) will direct the adaptation of John Greene’s best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars. Shailene Woodley and Hailee Steinfeld are in the running for the lead role. - THR
- Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is attached to direct an upcoming thriller from author Patrick Lee (Breach) about an “ex-special operative named Sam Dryden” who tries to keep a mysterious young girl “safe from a powerful government agent intent on hunting her down.” - Deadline
- Megan Fox will work with Michael Bay again ... on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She will play April O’Neil for director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) - Variety
- Adam Sandler will star in an untitled romantic comedy about a single father and mother who have a disastrous blind date only to end up stuck in a family resort together with their kids. - Deadline
- James Marsden will play Ron Burgundy’s rival in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. - Deadline
- 9 director Shane Acker will helm the CG adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ Beasts of Burden. - THR
- Stan Lee’s Annihilator is now in development with a script by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy). - /Film
- Headhunters star Aksel Hennie will play the warrior Tydeus alongside Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules in Brett Ratner’s upcoming film. - THR
- Anne Hathaway will play an archaeologist who falls for a rock star played by Brit Johnny Flynn in Song One. Johnathan Rice and Jenny Lewis will write Flynn’s songs, and Kate Barker-Froyland, who wrote the film, will also direct. - Daily Mail