Archive for November, 2011

 

Whoa! This is the first look of acclaimed Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood, My Left Foot) as the 16th president of the United States — the next film for Steven Spielberg (after Tintin, War Horse is released next month of course). I’m calling it, Best Actor award 2013 — Daniel Day Lewis.

Lincoln also stars Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the greatest trio of three-name actors.

For two straight years running now, Michelle Williams will be at the center of all Best Actress talk, and rightfully so. After the powerhouse performance in Blue Valentine last year, she takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe this year. And while I wasn’t a huge fan of the film or how the Monroe character was written, you can’t say anything negative about Williams’ performance. The faults about Marilyn Monroe in the film is not her fault; she did everything she could with the hole-filled, superficial script. Here’s an interview with the director (Simon Curtis) and the two stars of My Week with Marilyn.

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It’s a little bit of a shame, but I guess this makes sense. After Christian Bale is done with The Dark Knight Rises, he was supposed to exchange the black tights for a gray beard in Darren Aronofsky’s (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) biblical epic Noah. Aronofsky had tried working with Bale before when he was originally at the helm for The Fighter. But now, another opportunity has passed.  The reason? Bale will work with acclaimed director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) in back-to-back films Lawless and Knight of Cups. It seems these days that if an actor has to choose between any director, Malick always wins out.

Michael Fassbender, if you haven’t noticed, is going to be a name that will be mentioned around a lot in these spots. He got her attention with indie films Hunger and Fish Tank, but in every opportunity he gets, Fassbender lights up the screen. Whether it was his small role in Inglourious Basterds or his first blockbuster appearance in X-Men First Class, he’s slowly coming into mainstream recognition. This Oscar season, he’s out with two fine films — Shame and A Dangerous Method — and he should get some recognition for the former. Here’s an interview he did with HitFix regarding these last two gigs.

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Slightly cool, but mostly annoying…Men in Black III has released two new photos for its upcoming film. It doesn’t really matter though, because come May 25, 2012, moviegoers will come out in droves. At least this movie gives Barry Sonnenfeld something to do outside of directing TV pilots.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie. It honestly looks like a straight-to-DVD film that comes Michael Corrente, the director of American Buffalo. But see — it stars Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen, Twilight series), so I guess the studios are hoping his familiar face can drive the teenage girls to the box office.

Loosies is about a young pickpocket who is confronted by a woman he had a one-night affair with life-changing news. It will release sometime next year.

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Ender’s Game, the film based on the popular science-fiction novel, is full-steam ahead with their casting and production eyeing a release date of March 15, 2013. One major casting move has already been announced, with Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield to play Ender Wiggin. And according to Variety, the film is also hoping to lock in Harrison Ford for the adult lead role of Colonel Hyrum Graff, the Commander of Training for the International Fleet of Ender, a group of children being trained into military commanders.

The premise of the film/novel is that an unusually gifted child is sent to a military school to prepare for a future invasion. Gavid Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will be at the director’s seat for the film.