At the dawn of her career, Brit Marling pulled a rare feat when two films she produced, wrote and starred in were featured side-by-side at the Sundance Film Festival. The Georgetown-educated filmmaker...
Who would you most want by your side in a post-apocalyptic, alien-run Earth? You have five options. Also, this question only applies to Tom Cruise.
Cruise is headlining a developing Joseph Kosinski sci-fi piece, Horizon, in which he'll play a globetrotting electronics repairman who is reponsible for keeping the human race alive. If this sounds somewhat familiar, you might have known about the project back when it was still advertized under its original name: Oblivion. That title, however, has been sent into... well, you know.
In the film, Cruise's character will have a right-hand woman: this is one of the two Horizon roles currently in contestion for a handful of actresses. Those included: Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life and The Help), Olivia Wilde (who has been expanding her reputation beyond House with Tron: Legacy—also directed by Kosinski—and Cowboys & Aliens), Sundance darling Brit Marling (who will play opposite Alexander Skarsgard in the upcoming The East), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace and Centurion) and Noomi Rapace (the 2009 Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien prequel, Prometheus). The other major Horizon role looking to be filled is that of Cruise's character's deceased fiancee (who will presumably manifest in dream sequences, flashbacks, hallucinations, or maybe your odd hologram).
I almost feel like writing this article is a waste of time. Not because the news is unimportant, but because no matter how compelling what I say is, the readers will invariably divert their eyes to the left and end up gazing whimsically at the picture of Alexander Skarsgard. Seriously, this guy is super handsome. But try and stay with me here.
Skarsgard, notable primarily for his TV work (first in Generation Kill, and presently in True Blood) is handsoming his way into stardom: one film that'll be imbued with the actor's divine bone structure is The East. Although not much is known about this film, written and directed by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, available details revolve around the infiltration of an eco-terrorist group; Skarsgard will presumably play the head terrorist, whose dangerous political sway is a result of people being unable to look at him without needing to sit down.
Other films that will be reaping the benefits of the performer's good looks include Battleship (which the trailer reveals to be a high-complexity cerebral allegory that studies the self-defeating ambition of man) and the a-little-too-chilling Straw Dogs. Something tells me that we won't be seeing a shortage of Skarsgard anytime soon. I think it's the jawline.
We thought we'd heard the last of Robert Redford's The Company You Keep earlier this month, when rising star Brit Marling was added to the cast. Turns out that was basically just the beginning.
Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie and Richard Jenkins have all signed up for the Redford-directed Company, about a man (played by the double-duty-pulling Redford) on the run from the FBI for three decades following his involvement in a bank robbery.
The latest trio of big names will join Shia LaBeouf and Nick Nolte in the drama/thriller, which began shooting in July and is slated for a 2012 release.
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After breaking out in spectacular fashion at Sundance, writing, producing, and starring in not one but two festival favorites – Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice – Brit Marling has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood. Vulture reports that Marling is being pursued to star in two high-profile projects, both with some pretty impressive names attached: The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford and Shia Labeouf, and One Shot, starring Tom Cruise. The former is a political drama about a Weather Underground activist and the young reporter who exposed him, the latter an adaptation of a “Jack Reacher” thriller by Lee Childs.
Marling’s participation in either project appears partly contingent on whether The East, a thriller she co-wrote with Batmanglij, is able to attract a “big name” actor before its self-appointed October 11 start date. The film is currently in development under the Fox Searchlight banner, but the studio won’t move forward without a proper headliner. Both The Company You Keep and One Shot are scheduled to start shooting in September, and so Marling is faced with a choice. Not exactly Sophie's Choice, but a choice nonetheless.
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.
Because people who don’t understand English don’t appreciate good dramatic films, Fox Searchlight purchased the rights in all English-speaking territories for Another Earth, a Sundance standout this year. The story revolves (like a planet! Go me!) around an MIT student who crashes her car into a van while trying to look out the window to see an emerging planet. The van also had one of those "baby on board" stickers and after the student gets out of jail she sets off to reconcile with the remaining members of the shattered family. William Mapother and Brit Marling star.
In other Sundance news, instead of a film screening or getting a distribution deal at the Park City fiesta, a new project was announced. Susanna Lo unveiled her plans to make Manson Girls and said that she'll begin production this spring. The film will chronicle the female follows of cult-leader and mass murdered Charles Manson. The film will star Taryn Manning (McGarrett’s sister on Hawaii Five-O! I know that means nothing to most of you, but it mattered to me so there) and Heather Matarazzo (Princess Diaries). Considering this came up when I googled Manning, gonna go ahead and call this an awesome movie.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter & Yahoo
Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
Co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in "Sound of My Voice"
Played the daughter and chief accountant of a fraudulent hedge-fund manager (Richard Gere) in financial thriller "Arbitrage"
First gained notice for co-writing and co-directing documentary "Boxers and Ballerinas" with Mike Cahill
Released first feature-length, narrative film "Another Earth"; starred in, co-wrote, and co-produced
At the dawn of her career, Brit Marling pulled a rare feat when two films she produced, wrote and starred in were featured side-by-side at the Sundance Film Festival. The Georgetown-educated filmmaker launched her career with the critically acclaimed documentary "Boxers and Ballerinas" (2004), about the socio-political environment surrounding aspiring young athletes living in Havana, Cuba and neighboring Florida. In 2011, Marling drew raves for "Another Earth," a science fiction drama revolving around a tragic car accident that evolves into an unlikely relationship between the female driver and the widower from the vehicle she hit. Marling delivered an equally impressive performance that year with "The Sound of My Voice," as a ruthless cult leader who claims to have time-traveled from 2054. Both "Another Earth" and "The Sound of My Voice" showcased Marling's multitude of talents on and off-camera, and established her presence in Hollywood as a groundbreaking and fearless film auteur.
After a summer interning at Goldman Sachs, Marling turned down a job offer at the investment bank, telling them she wanted to be an artist.