Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has found her newest newest cinematic adventure. The critically acclaimed actress will star in the upcoming drama The Rules of Inheritance.
According to Deadline, The Rules of Inheritance is based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir about a young woman who loses her parents to cancer, but then finds herself in the process. The full description reads, "While struggling to cope, she propels herself into many romances, adventures and travels in an inspirational, emotionally charged and surprisingly humorous journey that celebrates life, the people we love and lose and the discoveries we make along the way."
Directing the film is Susanne Bier who just helmed Serena with Lawrence and her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The Hunger Games star is also set to produce the film alongside Silver Linings Playbook’s Bruce Cohen while FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce.
FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder said, “We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with.”
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The Raven takes a solid foundation (the works of Edgar Allan Poe) gives it an interesting twist (a Se7en-esque crime riff on Poe's existing works) and squanders the opportunity into an unwatchable 111-minute film fit for no audience. One part CSI one part Saw the thriller plods its way through bloody setup after bloody setup as Poe (John Cusack) accompanies Detective Fields (Luke Evans) in search of the author's fiancee Emily (Alice Eve). She's been kidnapped by a murderous literary-inclined madman prompting Poe to put on his Sherlock hat and scream a lot.
Turns out the inventive demises of Poe's characters recreated by the faceless serial killer aren't that exciting — at least in the hands of director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta Ninja Assassin). The Raven is a straightforward procedural souped up with Victorian era production design but the unique setting doesn't forgive any of the ineptitude on display in the other aspects of the film. Poe is forced by the murder to chronicle his villainous exploits for the Baltimore newspaper — the perfect way to torture an entitled author and a dramatic hook to draw us into the antics. But McTeigue abandons the slow burn quality that could have been in favor of buckets of blood. The grisliness of the killings is one of the film's obsession red splashing across the screen as a pendulum guts a random victim. The Raven's gore earns the film's R but it's out of place.
Cusack's performance as Poe is befuddling. At times he's an egomaniac a wise thinker an action hero — he's completely in flux and every ounce of the movie's attempted seriousness vanishes. Never before has a part cried out for Nicolas Cage's signature brand of crazy-eyed manic heightened realism. Late in the film Poe and a team of police frantically search for his wife-to-be in a crypt. He calls out "EMILLLLLLLLYYYYYYY" in what sounds like the actor's best Ron Burgandy impression. Cusack doesn't know what movie he's in and there's no one around to help him.
There's little to enjoy in The Raven even on the surface. The muddy and dull cinematography looks like it was shot with a pea soup filter drab period-costuming and production design making squinting even more imperative. There's a strong core idea that dimly flickers under the bland mess of ideas flopping around in the movie — one Cusack and McTeigue even seem capable of pulling off. But The Raven is a spilled quill of ink sopped up with scare tactics and over-the-top performances. Less nevermore than never began.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star has landed the lead role as Isserley, an extraterrestrial sent to Earth to capture men and transport them to her planet, where inhabitants have a craving for human meat.
The movie, directed by Jonathan Glazer, is expected to begin filming early next year (11).
A spokesman for production company Film Nation tells the Hollywood Reporter, "(Johansson plays) an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerising woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey - her voracious sexuality... Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes."
Film Nation boss Glen Basner adds, "We're so excited to be working on this arrestingly original movie. How could we pass up the chance to work with a visionary director like Jonathan, especially when combined with the intriguing notion of Scarlett Johansson as a ruthless alien seductress?"
February 09, 2010 4:09am EST
Hugh Laurie is reportedly in discussions to play the lead role in Oranges, a dark dramatic comedy about an older man who has an affair with the daughter of a family friend.
Also said to be circling the project, according to The Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog, are Leighton Meester and Mila Kunis. If Meester were to play Laurie's lover, it would be a fitting denouement to a role she had on an early episode of House, wherein she played a girl obsessed with Laurie's curmudgeon/genius diagnostician.
24 Frames notes that the Oranges script, by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, landed at No. 2 on the Black List back in 2008. Produced by Anthony Bregman, the film is being financed by Glen Basner's Film Nation and Leslie Urdang's Olympus Pictures.
Laurie, little known to mass US audiences before becoming Dr. Gregory House on the Fox TV show, has had several supporting film roles and, contrary to the LAT blog's contention that he has never carried a film, starred in UK cult favorite Maybe Baby opposite Joely Richardson in 2000 (OK, it wasn’t a “Hollywood” film…).
That project was written and directed by Ben Elton (with whom Laurie worked back in the Blackadder days) with some scenes directed by Laurie himself.
Meanwhile, both Meester and Kunis appear opposite each other in the upcoming comedy Date Night, which stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey.