Weekly Rants: February 2 2013

Hello there!

Starting this week’s rants with trailer updates and why not open with The Berlin File? The giant Korean blockbuster, with a budget of 10 billion won, is one I have been looking forward to for a year and now the movie has just premiered in its native country on the 29th of January and will come to the US and Canada on February 15. The action flick flaunts flawless main cast that includes Ha Jung Woo, Ryu Seung Beom and sassy girl Jeon Ji Hyeon. You can check out the trailer here. [source, source]

The Berlin File

I normally don’t pay much attention to comedies but this one looks hilarious—The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and the forever scene stealing Steve Buscemi as Las Vegas magicians. Check out how tanned and ridiculous they all are in the crazy trailer!

Fans of Stephen Chow, time to rejoice. A Chinese Odyssey, produced and directed by Chow, will be released in HK on the 7th and you can check the trailer here.

Terrence Malick breaks his own record by having a mere one year gap between his movies. The Tree of Life was released in 2011 and his newest film, To The Wonder, premiered last year in the Venice Film Festival and will be released in the US on April 12. A UK trailer has arrived and you can see it here. Although this film has a more traditional narrative flow compared to The Tree of Life, it’s still unlikely to convert haters into lovers but personally, I’m a Malick fan and the trailer looks absolutely beautiful. [source, source, source, source]

To the Wonder

I don’t normally post TV-related stuff but the awesome Chiwetel Ejiofor has got a new BBC miniseries coming called Dancing on the Edge. There will be five episodes and the series will follow a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they found fame performing at the parties of London’s upper class society during the 1930s. Watch the trailer here. It just looks so good.

There’s a new trailer for Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited and I can’t not post it. Unlike the teaser, this one is not subtitled but you should still see it anyway.

I'm So Excited

Those aged 25 or older might remember vampires turning into stone in sunlight, instead of sparkling with diamond dust, and might be familiar with Interview With the Vampire. Twenty years after Interview, director Neil Jordan comes back portraying the blood-sucking super fair-skinned creatures in Byzantium. Based on the play by Moira Buffini, the movie stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter vampires who have entered a deadly pact and have trapped a man in the middle. Watch the trailer here. No US release date has been announced yet. [source]

Speaking of blood sucking, Tom Hiddleston has jumped the vampire bandwagon as well and a still from Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is here. Hiddleston’s Adam is a depressed underground musician who reunites with his centuries-old lover, Tilda Swinton’s Eve. Gotta say, I’m intrigued. [source]

Only Lovers Left Alive

Though not an official still, we’ve got the first look of Jodie Foster in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. Okay, District 9 is one of the most brilliant films I’ve ever seen so obviously, I’m hyped about Blomkamp’s second feature film. [source]

Gore Verbinski has signed on to direct and produce an upcoming adaptation of the Guy Delisle graphic novel Pyongyang—a comic book detailing Delisle’s time in the capital of North Korea and his experience working as a liaison for a French animation company. This looks a lot more interesting that Verbinski’s latest—The Lone Ranger, which will be released this summer. [source]

The Impossible’s Juan Antonio Bayona has signed on to direct a sci-fi flick for Warner Bros. After impressing everyone (especially yours truly) with the soulful disaster movie, no wonder he has caught some attention from Hollywood. The screenplay was written by Benjamin Button’s Eric Roth and Gangster Squad’s Kevin McCormick will produce. [source]

So now it is official that Jessica Chastain is really replacing Michelle Williams in Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie. The movie is an adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic Swedish play, a controversial work exploring power, sexuality, class, identity, love and gender set in 1874. Two names are added to the production: Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. I remember the days when Farrell was so in demand and proved himself as a legit actor and those days seem so far gone now. But I’m always waiting to see him re-establish himself as one of the good ones again. [source]

Jessica Chastain

The ‘it’ Brit of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch, is currently filming a biopic but that doesn’t stop him from possibly starring in another biopic in the near future. Cumberbatch is in talks to star in The Imitation Game, a biopic of mathematician Alan Turing, who helped to crack the Enigma code during World War II, and paved the way for modern computing. But he was prosecuted for homosexuality in the 1950s, causing him to be chemically castrated, and he eventually killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple. Headhunters’ Morten Tyldum will direct. [source]

Love Actually’s Richard Curtis has got a new rom-com, About Time, which was initially scheduled to be released in May, but is now postponed until November 1. The movie stars Rachel McAdams, whose character falls in love with Domhnall Gleeson’s, a man who learns that he, like his father (Bill Nighy), has the ability to travel through time. When an unfortunate time travel incident re-writes history to erase them ever meeting, he has to win her heart all over again. A little Time Traveler’s Wife, a lot The Vow. But unlike The Vow, this one hasn’t got an overexposed leading actor but a charming rising Irish star instead aka our very own Bill Weasley! YES! It looks like Gleeson’s path is getting brighter and brighter! [source]

About Time

So, apparently Steven Soderbergh is really retiring. “The worst development in film-making – particularly in the last five years – is how badly directors are treated,” Soderbergh told New York magazine. “It’s become absolutely horrible the way the people with the money decide they can fart in the kitchen, to put it bluntly. It’s not just studios – it’s who is financing a film.” I’m still in disbelief, actually. But Soderbergh also mentioned that it’s likely that he will work in television or theatres, so I guess it’s not really goodbye? [source]

Years ago, Gael García Bernal and best bud Diego Luna formed Canana, a production company, with their friend Pablo Cruz, and through that company—which also produced No—Luna has just directed his first English language short, Drifting. It is the first in a two-part collaboration between Luna and Bernal and has just premiered online earlier this week on the YouTube page of Chivas Regal. Bernal’s film is scheduled to be released on February 18. [source]

Before signing JJ Abrams, Disney had announced that Episode VII will arrive sometime in 2015. But apparently Abrams “has not committed to that release date” and is reserving the right to push that date back if his production schedule demands it. Take your time, Mr. Abrams. Take your time. Come on people, you know it’s going to be awesome. [source]

In a slightly bizarre news, still Abrams-related, the director said that he’s been talking to Bradley Cooper about his Lance Armstrong biopic but the next day, Cooper said he didn’t know anything about it. Whaaat..? [source]

Bradley Cooper

Because having one news about Bradley Cooper seems wrong, let me continue. Cooper is now attached to star in and produce the upcoming adaptation of the James Renner novel The Man From Primrose Lane and is now in talks to star in The Weinstein Company’s Chef (still a working title), with French actor Omar Sy. Sy starred in The Intouchables—one of my absolute favorites in 2012—and this will be his first English language film. Penned by Eastern Promises’ Steven Knight, the movie would find Cooper as a disgraced kitchen boss who loses his Michelin star-rated restaurant in Paris. He then decides to gather his crew back together and create an even better restaurant in London. Cooper, of course, speaks French fluently and although the movie will be in English I sort of hope we’ll be able to see him converse with Sy in French. You know.. just because. [source, source]

The pressure is on for Gareth Evans. Immense pressure. After being shot to stardom by The Raid, he’s now working on its sequel, titled The Raid 2: Berandal. The 100-day shoot has begun and some new cast has been added, including Tio Pakusadewo and Roy Marten. The feature is backed by Sony Pictures Classics and will be released in 2014. Berandal was originally intended to be a movie unrelated to The Raid, but because of budget constraints the project never came to fruition. But now with his new hot status, Evans decided to merge that idea into The Raid’s sequel instead. You can see some official stills here. Sadly, we won’t be able to see newly-established national hunk Joe Taslim in it since his Sgt. Jaka was killed, but fret not, ladies (and gents)! We’ll be able to see him in Fast & Furious 6 coming this summer, albeit in a more limited screen time. [source]


Duncan Jones, the man who brought us Moon and Source Code will be directing a live-action World of Warcraft movie. So far, video games proved to be a rather bad source for movie adaptations but I adore both Moon and Source Code and will definitely eat up whatever Jones works on next. [source]

Last week I talked about how David Fincher is not currently focusing on a Dragon Tattoo sequel, and now there are rumors that the reason for the delay might be Daniel Craig’s asking for a higher pay. Well, with the success of Skyfall, you can’t blame the guy for asking a pay raise, I guess. Anyway, what we can be sure of is that Fincher is directing the music video for Justin Timberlake’s new single Suit & Tie. For those not in the know, Fincher actually started his career by directing music videos, namely Madonna’s Vogue and Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun. I can’t wait to see this new video and frankly I’m just so glad JT decided to make music again. I’m not saying he should quit movies but come on let’s be honest, he’s a better singer than actor. Amirite? [source, source]

Speaking of music, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will write and record for Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) highly anticipated second feature film Out of the Furnace, starring Casey Affleck and Christian Bale. Vedder is the man behind Into the Wild’s soundtrack—one of the best soundtracks, ever—so obviously I can’t wait for this one! [source]

Everyone seems to be rooting for Anne Hathaway to win that golden statue on the 24th and in case the Academy is not won over yet, there’s a video of actress Emma Fitzpatrick (no, I don’t know who she is but she seems awesome) doing a brilliant alternate version of I Dreamed a Dream. You’ll want to see it. [source]

I Dreamed a Dream

This has been a long, long post. See you guys on next Sunday!


4 responses to “Weekly Rants: February 2 2013

  1. So many good stuffs. To The Wonder Looks wonderfuL. I’m So Excited is, of course, exciting. A proper vampire story. HiddLeston and Swinton (hey, their names rhyme!). It’s about time we see more of DomnhaLL GLeeson. I just hope we’LL have the chance to see them aLL.

    • IKR. Tried to omit some stuff because the post was getting too long but alas, that’s the best I could do. Too many good stuff.

      I’m in love with Gleeson already.

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