July 21, 2011 5:41am EST
Contagion, the upcoming thriller that pits an all-star cast (including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet) against a fatal epidemic, has released a new poster, bearing a substantially dark acrostic poem. If you're in the mood to be haunted (and really, what kind of life are you leading if you're not perpetually in the mood to be haunted?) check out the trailer.
July 14, 2011 7:18am EST
Holy suffering viral epidemics, Batman! I rarely get terrified at trailers, but lo and behold I’m shaking in my boots (why I’m wearing boots in the middle of an NYC heatwave is beyond me) after watching the first Contagion trailer.
Contagion is your basic super virus gone rampant. Been there done that. But when you add in this insane cast, Steven Soderbergh directing, and the fact that this virus is basically a zombie virus that kills you instead of turning you into the undead, you get one terrifying looking movie. Also the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow starts off a viral epidemic makes it that much more delicious.
Contagion stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Elliot Gould and Demetri Martin (wait, what? Nope, for real). Opens September 9th.
June 01, 2011 6:54am EST
If you ever want to watch a dark and gritty film, all you need to do is find one made by James Gray. The director, whose first feature Little Odessa won the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion award in 1994, doesn't work all too often, but when he crafts a motion picture it's always layered with psychological struggles, emotional complications and moral dilemmas. His engrossing art has given cinephiles four high-quality stories in The Yards, We Own The Night and Two Lovers, and it seems that he'll finally tell another as Deadline reports that he's lining up a cast for his next film Low Lives.
Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner are all supposedly in talks to join the picture, which tells of a Polish immigrant who falls into a life of prostitution when her sister gets sick and can't afford medication. She's then taken in by a sleazebag who provides shelter but wants her to keep whoring herself out for his personal gain, until the guy's cousin - who also happens to be a magician - sweeps her off her feet and promises her a proper, normal life. Cotillard will play the immigrant, while Phoenix will take on the scumbag and Renner the cousin.
This will be Phoenix's fourth collaboration with Gray following The Yards, We Own The Night and Two Lovers and I hope that it puts the crazed performer back on the right track. After Two Lovers, as we all know, the Oscar-nominated actor went a little nuts, grew a beard, tried to become a rapper and made a faux-documentary chronicling his descent into madness. It was a sad story to watch unfold, because Phoenix is a wonderful talent from a family known for trouble/tragedy and I was afraid that he'd end up on the same path as his ill-fated brother River. He's now coming back in a big way with this gig and Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled religious picture, so I hope that Low Lives marks the beginning of a glorious second act in Phoenix's career. Now my only question is, where's Mark Wahlberg going to fit into this film??
May 20, 2011 9:56am EST
Marion Cotillard and her partner, French director Guillaume Canet, welcomed a baby boy in Paris last night (doesn't that just sound so romantic? Although, I'm pretty sure "My cable is out in Paris" sounds decent too ). They named the boy Marcel, and a source confirmed to People that "Mother and baby are fine," and added that Cotillard is "very happy." We've seen very little of Cotillard since she confirmed her pregnancy in January, and I suspect we won't be seeing much of her now because she's probably going to spend the time she has left before she starts filming The Dark Knight Rises trying to lose her baby weight. Perhaps Tom Hardy is interested?
May 20, 2011 5:15am EST
The Inception star and her French actor/director partner Guillaume Canet welcomed little Marcel in Paris on Thursday (19May11).
A source confirms to People.com, "Mother and baby are fine. (Cotillard is) very happy."
Cotillard began dating Canet in 2007 although they first worked together in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Me If You Dare.
May 19, 2011 9:15am EST
There are few film projects out there as anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises. Not only is it the follow up to one of the biggest and best blockbusters of all time, but it's also the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Bat-flicks. With a great cast that reunites Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman, but also features franchise newcomers Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and many more.
Today, Warner Bros. Pictures release a press release stating that production had officially begun on the film, and we here at Hollywood.com couldn't be more excited. You can expect a ton of set photos and videos (both official and unofficial) to start pouring in now that cameras are rolling, and we'll make sure to show you everything we can, but for now feast on the release, which you can read below.
BURBANK, CA, May 19, 2011 – Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.
Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
In helming “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.
The screenplay for “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).
The locations for “The Dark Knight Rises” span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
May 15, 2011 5:15am EST
The Taxi Driver icon, who is leading the jury at the 2011 film showcase in France, presented the pair with the prestigious Chopard Trophy at a ceremony at the Hotel Martinez.
French-Spanish actress Berges-Frisbey was moved to tears as she gushed, "It's already a real gift to get an award, and to get it from these hands..."
Schneider admitted he thought he was being pranked when he was informed of the honour two months ago.
He tells the Associated Press, "They told me on April 1 and it's such a huge award, I was sure it was an April Fools prank. It's an honour, but also really a lot of pressure, given the list of winners."
Past recipients include Marion Cotillard, Amelie star Audrey Tautou and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
May 02, 2011 12:21pm EST
What do the following movies have in common: Crash, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hurt Locker, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone? Not only were all of them hit indie movies that were nominated for (and in some cases won) the Oscar for Best Picture, but they were all summer releases. The major studios spend their summers focusing on blockbusters and tentpole movies like Transformers and wait until year’s end to release more serious, artistic fare. Meanwhile, indie distributors take advantage of the dearth of mature, intelligent or just offbeat programming for more adventurous moviegoers, and this summer yields one of the strongest selections of such films to come along in a while. There’s a wide assortment of films from all over that bring the kind of diversity that this season’s major studio slate doesn’t provide, and they’re all hitting theaters over the next four months.
BIG STARS, LITTLE MOVIES
Just because it’s an indie doesn’t mean there are no names to entice audiences, and this summer’s indie selection offers some top names in smaller, more personal films…
Everything Must Go (May 13)
Behind every comedian is a serious actor just waiting to come out, and Will Ferrell is no different, here playing a man who loses everything in his life – his job, his marriage and his home – in one day, so he sells off his belongings on his front lawn for days on end. Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, it’s still got moments of humor, but it’s mainly a fine showcase of Ferrell’s dramatic gifts.
Hesher (May 13)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the mysterious stranger who literally walks into the lives of Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman in this very offbeat and original comedy/drama from director Spenser Susser.
Midnight in Paris (May 20)
This year’s opening-night film at the Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen brings us a comedic fantasy starring Owen Wilson as an American tourist who uncovers a mysterious portal that transports him to Paris in the 1920s. As usual, Allen lines up a star-studded cast (including Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen and Marion Cotillard) and great locations in a film that promises good, old-fashioned movie fantasy.
Beginners (June 3)
Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in this comedy/drama from writer/director Mike Mills (not the R.E.M. guitarist) about the romantic foibles of a man (McGregor) who falls in love just as his aging father (Plummer) comes out of the closet.
Our Idiot Brother (August 26)
Paul Rudd stars as the title character, a lifelong slacker whose return after a stint in jail wreaks havoc on his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel).
Last year’s Toronto fest and this year’s Sundance fest held a record for amount of multimillion-dollar acquisitions, and most of them (such as the aforementioned Our Idiot Brother) are starting to make their way to theaters this summer, starting with Submarine (June 10), the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy from British comedian Richard Ayoade, best known in the U.S. for his role on IFC’s The I.T. Crowd… Another pair of famed British comics, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, join acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on The Trip (June 10), which has already caused a viral video sensation online with Coogan and Brydon’s competing Michael Caine impersonations… The complications of young love in NYC hit Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts in The Art of Getting By (June 17), which was originally titled Homework when it premiered at Sundance… Another Earth (July 23), co-written by and starring Brit Marling (who became this year’s breakout star at Sundance) takes a sci-fi premise – the discovery of a second Earth – but takes a more philosophical and dramatic approach to the subject… Another Sundance 2011 star is Dominic Cooper, who earned praise in the dual role of the sadistic Uday Hussein and the man picked to be his unwilling double in The Devil's Double (July 29)… Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga stars as a woman seeking spiritual enlightenment in Higher Ground (August 12), which also marks the Up in the Air star’s directorial debut… Finally, there’s Bellflower (August 5), one of the most talked-about films at both Sundance and SXSW, a true original about love, muscle cars, flame throwers and the end of the world. Tough to pinpoint, but this is one you’ll definitely be hearing about and is well worth seeing.
Some of the strongest titles of any movie year are usually the documentaries, and summer 2011 brings us some truly great ones, starting with Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times (June 24), which shows the inner workings at one of the world’s most powerful newspapers; it’s an absolute must for anyone interested in journalism and the changing information age… On the stranger side of the news comes Oscar winner Errol Morris’ Tabloid (July 15), the bizarre true story of a former beauty queen who abducts a Mormon missionary as a sex slave… And Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire) returns with Project Nim (July 8), the account of a 1970s experiment that raised a chimpanzee as a human child.
If you want a better example of the wide variety of indie films coming out this summer, look no further than such oddities as Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun (May 6), starring Rutger Hauer in the title role (“Delivering justice… one shell at a time!”); The Troll Hunter (June 10), a Norwegian monster epic in which a documentary film crew uncovers a secret government agency whose job is to keep Norway’s trolls in line; and acclaimed Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia’s The Last Circus (August 12), the story of two circus clowns violently battling over the same woman in post-Franco Spain.
April 19, 2011 1:15pm EST
She and her Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed to reteam with director Christopher Nolan last year (10), but details of their characters in The Dark Knight Rises have been kept under wraps - until now.
Speculation suggested Cotillard would portray Talia Al-Ghul and Gordon-Levitt The Holiday Killer, but now it appears both will play straightforward characters.
According to CinemaBlend.com, Cotillard's Miranda Tate is a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavours.
Meanwhile, Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman).
Speaking of casting his two Inception stars, Nolan says, "When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience. I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again."
April 19, 2011 11:42am EST
The internet has already exploded with rumors that Christopher Nolan is lying to us in his press release that confirms Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan released a statement saying Cotillard will play a Wayne Enterprises board member that wants to help a grieving Bruce Wayne while Gordon-Levitt will play a Gotham beat cop put on special assignment by Commissioner Gordon. Interculation (internet speculation) is calling this bull shit in hopes that it'll turn out that they'll be playing cooler people than a board member and beat cop. Which is fine and dandy, interculation all you want, but you’re going to be mighty disappointed when the film comes out and they are a board member and beat cop. Just saying: keep the hopes and dreams low and anything will exceed your expectations. That’s what America was founded on.