Weekly Rants: January 29 2013

Two days late but the rants are here!

So, SAG Awards!

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture : Argo

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role : Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role : Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role : Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role : Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables

Was hoping Javier Barden would win, since his brilliant Silva (and the movie Skyfall in general) has been overlooked and all. But oh well. What’s up with Argo, though? Do you think its winning streak will continue to the Oscars as well? Anyway, a picture of Eddie Redmayne.. just because.

Eddie Redmayne

Three trailers you need to see this week—Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (Audrey Tatou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy. Come on, you know you want it), Pablo Larraín’s No (aka Gael García Bernal’s glorious return to his rightful path) and the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis (it’s the COEN brothers, of course you need to see it).


Sundance Film Festival has just ended, you can check the whole list of films that are sold so far here. So the list includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster), jOBS, Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) and, of course, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight. The latter is definitely one film I look forward to the most and it seems like it has gotten nothing but rave reviews. There’s also S-VHS, a follow up to the horror movie V/H/S and what caught my eye is that two of the six writers are familiar names for Indonesians—Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto. The former is none other than the man behind cult hit The Raid and the latter is one half of Mo Brothers, who have brought Indonesians the movie Rumah Dara. S-VHS is bought my Magnolia Pictures. Apart from those, there’s also a documentary called Twenty Feet from Stardom, which tells the stories of backup singers, that I love already. A movie for mothers? You (sort of) got it—Two Mothers, starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, is about “a pair of childhood friends and neighbors who fall for each other’s sons.” Ooooh. Kill Your Darlings, a feature film debut of director John Krokidas which stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster got positive reviews all around and it involves drinking, drugs and gay sex. I’M SOLD. The movie is picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan

Although jOBS has been getting quite an okay response, it seems like the movie is deemed too ‘safe’ and there’s actually another Steve Jobs biopic which is currently still in development, penned by Aaron Sorkin. This other film will feature three primary sequences, each coming in at about 30 minutes in length. Each will capture the moment in Jobs’ life right before the launch of a new Apple product—the original Macintosh, the NeXT Cube and the iPod. Interesting man, that Sorkin dude. [source, source]

Episode Seven has found a director at last, y’all! And it’s the dude who made Trekkies out of us—JJ Abrams. After dodging the rumor and assuring us that he was interested in the giant project as a mere moviegoer, it is now confirmed that the force is strong with this one. Looking forward to some good stuff, Mr. Abrams! [source]

George Lucas and JJ Abrams

But hey, that’s not the only thing Abrams might be up to. Hollywood works faster than ever lately and a Lance Armstrong biopic is already in the works. It is still in the very early stages of production but will be put together by Paramount and Abrams’s production company Bad Robot. No word yet on the cast or director. Ironically, Sony also had an Armstrong biopic once, starring the cyclist’s own bud Jake Gyllenhaal, but it showed Armstrong as “a heroic figure who battled his way to the top of his sport after surviving cancer.” Well, I doubt we’re ever going to see that. [source]

Remember how Brad Bird dissed Episode VII rumors and told us that he’s working on an awesome project himself? Well, that project is now not called 1952 anymore, but Tomorrowland. The director tweeted this picture the other day, which is apparently a box found by writer Damon Lindelof at the archives of WED Enterprises, Walt Disney’s personal development lab, containing a bunch of material for a proposed movie about alien contact. [source]


We’ve got our first look at the WikiLeaks movie, which has just got itself a title—The Fifth Estate. The still shows Benedict Cumberbatch in all his greasy blond hair glory and Mr. I-can-speak-fifty-languages Daniel Brühl. Two names are credited as directors—Bill Condon and R. J. Cutler. However, Mr. WikiLeaks himself, Julian Assange, is apparently not happy. “It is a lie upon lie,” he told Oxford university students by videolink from the Ecuadorian embassy. “The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.” The movie will be released on November 15 this year. [source, source, source]

The Fifth Estate

Quite a sad yet exciting time at Fincher Camp here—it doesn’t look like David Fincher is going to do a follow up to his Dragon Tattoo flick anytime soon, but he’s currently in talks to direct thriller Gone Girl, a novel by Gilian Flynn that has been quite a buzz lately. The book has sold over two million copies and for those of you who care, it is also the 2012 winner of Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery & Thriller. [source]

Inspiration can come from anywhere and an illustration found on the internet by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has led to one lucky (and talented) fantasy artist getting some money and fame—New Line is going to make a movie out of his drawing with Johnson attached as producer and probable star. The movie is dubbed Teddy Bear for now and here’s the picture, titled Sweet Halloween Dreams (click to see it on the artist’s DeviantArt page): [source, source]

Sweet Halloween Dreams

The Graveyard Book, a novel by (thegreatestwriterofourtimeobviously) Neil Gaiman, had been planned to be filmed as an animation, with Henry Selick (Coraline) directing. However Selick is unfortunately out of the picture now and the studio has decided to make a live action movie instead and is currently eyeing Ron Howard. Howard’s Rush, a Niki Lauda biopic, will be released on September 20. Rush stars Mr. I-can-speak-fifty-languages Daniel Brühl as Lauda. [source]

The saddest news of all last week, is Kate Winslet being in talks to join Divergent—arguably one of the dumbest YA novels out there. [source]

See you guys again on Sunday, then!


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