Mother And Child and lots of Mexican dudes

The holy trinity of internationally known Mexican directors, aka Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men), Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) will produce Mother And Child, a new ensemble drama from Colombian filmmaker Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her), who also wrote the script.

The $4.5 million project, produced with Mockingbird Pictures president Julie Lynn, follows the intersecting lives of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and a black woman looking to adopt a baby.

Set to begin a Los Angeles shoot in late December or January, the film continues Garcia’s examination of female characters found in his dramas “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” and “Nine Lives.”

In the meantime Garcia’s latest film, the intriguing supernatural thriller Passengers (see the trailer), currently watchable in Greece, Spain and Iceland, will open in the US on October 24th, in the UK on November 28th and in Australia on December 4th.

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After G.I. Jane, Indiana Jane

Australian Botox addict Nicole Kidman (The Golden Compass), aka the most overpaid actress in Hollywood, will produce and star in The 8th Wonder, an adventure film described as Indiana Jones meets Jason Bourne, except with a girl. In other words a amnesiac fedora-wearing female archeologist will go globe-trotting, followed by a very shaky camera.

Written by Simon Kinberg (Jumper), one can guess the film will deal with Kidman finding the “eighth wonder of the world”. Wonders refer more to man-made constructions such as the Great Wall of China rather than natural formations or mythical objects, so it is anyone’s guess what this new wonder will be. Atlantis? Shangri-La? Operation Treadstone? Any other guesses?

In any case, Nicole Kidman will next be seen in the Australian war film Australia, premiering late November in Australia and the US.

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New Trailer: Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue is the second adaptation of a play by Noël Coward (Brief Encounter) following a 1928 silent film by Alfred Hitchock (Rear Window, which Disturbia is getting sued about) regarded as one of the legendary director’s least interesting works.

The movie is helmed by the infrequent Australian director Stephan Elliot (Eye Of The Beholder) and stars Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Other Boleyn Girl) and Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!).

Personally, I’m not too impressed by this apparent Match Point & Monster-In-Law mashup and see it as being at best watchable. Also is it just me or does this trailer look like it was made for a TV-movie (see the end when they announce the cast). In any case, the film premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and will debut in th UK on November 7th.

The Hollywood shuffle game continues

Release dates just won’t stop changing ever since Warner Bros moved Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince to next July. The latest “victim”? Australian war drama Australia (actually an American co-production), which was pushed back from November 14th to November 21st in the US.

The epic, which is set to be one of the big events of 2008’s last quarter, will mark the return of acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) and stars Nicole Kidman (The Golden Compass) and Hugh Jackman (Deception). The movie, which Luhrmann co-wrote with Stuart Beattie (30 Days Of Night), tells the story of an English aristocrat, played by Kidman, who inherits a ranch in northern Australia at the dawn of World War II, and hires Jackman’s character to protect it from a takeover. Then, the Japanese start bombing.

The American change shouldn’t affect other release dates, and as far as I know, Australia will still premiere in Australia on November 13th.

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