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Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman follow-up
Inspired by true events and based on the novel by Michael Punke, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant follows explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he’s attacked by a bear, left for dead, and betrayed by his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). This December 25 release also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter and reunites Iñárritu with Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.
One last look at SPECTRE
SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) hits theaters November 6th, and this final trailer emphasizes the action with falling buildings, crashing planes, boats, cars, helicopters, and, of course, a few bullets. Christoph Waltz’s new villain, Franz Oberhauser, is seen in the Nehru jacket style of Dr. No, and there looks to be a nod to the volcano base in You Only Live Twice. Directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neil Purvis, and Rob Wade (the team behind Skyfall), the film returns Daniel Craig as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q.
A beautiful Assassin
The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first feature film in eight years, earned him the best director prize at Cannes this year. The October 16 release stars Shu Qi (Three Times, Millennium Mambo) as a young girl in 9th century China who is abducted by a nun and trained to be an assassin, only to face a difficult personal decision when the man she loves becomes her latest target. With excellent early reviews, this beautiful film combines quiet scenes of palace intrigue with breathtaking moments of martial arts action.
A SFW look at Love
Irreversible and Enter the Void director Gaspar Noe’s latest provocation is a sexually explicit 3D film about the love and sex (not necessarily in that order) between Murphy (Karl Glusman), an aspiring American filmmaker living in Paris, the unstable Electra (Aomi Muyock), and their neighbor, Omi (Klara Kristin). When the film premiered at Cannes earlier this year, critics felt its visual impact didn’t quite make up for its weak narrative and poor acting. Love opens in New York on October 30th before expanding the following week.
A Bigger Splash
I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine stars Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts as a famous rock star and her lover of six years, respectively, whose idyllic Italian island vacation is interrupted by the appearance of an old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). A Bigger Splash earned good reviews (and some boos) when it premiered in Venice. Look for it in select theaters beginning May 13, 2016.
Bradley Cooper is Burnt
Originally titled Adam Jones, Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as, well, Adam Jones, a two-star Michelin chef who wants to be a three-star Michelin chef. After falling from his famous perch, Adam must climb back up from the bottom with a little help from a cast of characters that includes Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, and Omar Sy. Directed by John Wells (August: Osage County) from a script by Steven Knight (Locke), the film also stars Alicia Vikander, Lily James, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, and Daniel Brühl. Find it in theaters October 23rd.
Nicholas Sparks is back with The Choice
It is time to acknowledge the cinematic universe of Nicolas Sparks. Like Woody Allen (for many years), Marvel (for a few years), and soon Star Wars and DC Comics, the Sparks oeuvre has churned out a film a year since 2012’s The Lucky One and will reach 11 films total with the February 5, 2016 release of The Choice. Starring Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and his distracting hair as Travis Shaw, and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) as Gabby Holland, the story follows them from meet-cute to hospital bed as a supporting cast of Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, and Tom Wilkinson chime in with advice about their relationship. Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) directs from a script by Bryan Sipe (Demolition).
Kent Jones’ Hitchcock/Truffaut chronicles the 1962 meeting of two renowned directors and the classic film book that emerged from their discussions. Find it in select theaters December 2nd.
In the January 8, 2016 release The Forest, Natalie Dormer goes to Aokigahara Forest to find her twin sister.
Early reviews have been mixed for the documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, a look at the actor’s obsession with the 24-hour car race and the film that resulted from it. Find it in select theaters and VOD on November 13th.
News and notes
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Eve Hewson (The Knick), Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy), and Gaite Jansen are under consideration to star opposite Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in Robin Hood: Origins. Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) will direct from a script by Joby Harold. - Deadline
- John Goodman and Thomas Mann have joined Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island. - Deadline & Variety
- Christina Hendricks has joined Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, and Dean Norris in director Richie Keen’s comedy Fist Fight. - Variety
- Nat Wolff will star in You’re Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard’s Death Note, an adaptation of the Japanese manga series that has already inspired multiple films and a TV series. - Variety
- Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) will direct a big screen version of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel And Then There Were None. - Deadline
- John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct a remake of Maniac Cop from a script by Ed Brubraker (Angel of Death). - TwitchFilm
- Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will stay in the espionage game and direct an adaptation of Terry Hayes’ best-selling spy novel I Am Pilgrim. - Heat Vision
- Russell Crowe will star in In Sand and Blood, based on Dean King’s Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, an account of a shipwrecked crew captured on the coast of Africa in 1815. - Variety
- Ellar Coltrane has found his first post-Boyhood project, joining Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, and Patton Oswalt in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ The Circle. - THR
- Award-winning Victoria director Sebastian Schipper will make his English-language debut with an adaptation of Jessica Stern's memoir Denial: A Memoir of Terror. - THR