New Trailer and Poster: Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York is the directorial debut for Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind). It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War), Samantha Morton (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Michelle Williams (Deception), Catherine Keener (Hamlet 2), Emily Watson (The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep), Dianne Wiest (Dan In Real Life), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Jacket) and Hope Davis (The Nines) among others. So basically this could’ve been called Dr. Hoff And The Women.

The movie is about a theatre director who discovers that his bodily functions are shutting down one by one and attempts to deal with it. So basically, like other Kaufman creations it’s incredibly weird and original, but utterly fascinating. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will open in the US on October 24th.

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New Trailer and Poster: Doubt

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (Joe Versus The Volcano), based on his own Pulitzer-winning play, Doubt is a sixties-set drama starring Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War), Amy Adams (Charlie Wilson’s War) and Viola Davis (The Andromeda Strain), among others.

The film follows a nun working at a catholic school in The Bronx who becomes suspicious that one of the school’s priests is sexually abusing a young black student. The film opens in the US on December 12th. From the looks of this trailer, it looks quite interesting and intriguing, what do you think? Potential Oscar-winner?

Blackbeard biopic to be made with a shaky cam

British director Paul Greengrass (the Bourne movies) has added a new film to his list of projects: a movie about the notorious pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, who operated in the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean during the early 18th century.

Written by the Oscar-winning David Franzoni (King Arthur), Blackbeard will be told from the point of view of Lieutenant Robert Maynard, an ex-follower of Blackbeard’s who was later put in charge of his capture. The makers intend this to be the anti-Pirates Of The Caribbean and are aiming for an R rating in the US.

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Movie Of The Day: Demolition Man (1993)

A man truly responsible for his own success, the underrated and multitalented Sylvester Stallone exploded onto the scene in 1976 with the multi Oscar-winning Rocky (people tend to forget that) and quickly became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. As the eighties drew to a close however, his star was seriously dampened by a couple of failed comedic attempts and his career was in jeopardy. Luckily for him, his 1993 “action comeback” Cliffhanger was a huge success, almost quadrupling its budget worldwide. Mere months later, Demolition Man was released.

In the then future year of 1996, Los Angeles is being terrorized by sadistic criminal Simon Phoenix, but when tough violent cop John Spartan finally apprehends him they are both sentenced to many years of being cryonically frozen as Spartan is believed to be guily of involuntary manslaughter. When Phoenix somehow escapes in 2032, the seemingly utopian society of the time aren’t capable of dealing with him and decide to unfreeze Spartan.

Demolition Man marks the directing debut for Canadian filmmaker Marco Brambilla (Dinotopia) and was written by Peter M. Lenkov (13 episodes of CSI: NY), Robert Reneau (Action Jackson) and Daniel Waters (Sex And Death 101). In addition to Stallone, the film stars Wesley Snipes (The Art Of War I & II), Sandra Bullock (Premonition), Benjamin Bratt (The Andromeda Strain), Nigel Hawthorne (The Winslow Boy), former wrestler Jesse Ventura (Batman & Robin) as well as Rob Schneider (You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) in early roles. The film takes its title from The Police’s eponymous song which is featured during the end credits. Trailer and review after the jump Continue reading

Keira just can’t get enough period pics

Gorgeous British actress Keira Knightley (The Duchess) really needs to learn a thing or two about diversity. Not that her films aren’t good, but after playing tough girl roles for the most part of her early career, she’s now been churning out period drama after period drama at a seemingly frenetic pace.

The Oscar-nominated actress will now star in The Beautiful And The Damned, adapted from a novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby). Believed to be largely autobiographical, the story surrounds the love story of two writers in 1920s America.

The film will be directed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) from a script adapted by newcomer Hanna Weg. Filming will start in April 2009.

Fun Fact: An Australian adaptation of The Beautiful And The Damned will premiere this October at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

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IFC will lead the communist revolution in the US, not Magnolia

In a surprise move, IFC Films has picked up the US distribution rights for Steven Soderbergh’s Che movies, The Argentine and Guerilla, beating Magnolia Pictures to the punch. Apparently, IFC will first release the movies as a single, four and a half hour feature for one week in December for Oscar consideration, then re-release them in their separate forms in January.

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