Weekly Rants: May 5 2013

Happy Sunday and let’s get straight to this week’s news!

First off, as always, trailer updates. Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, whose 2009 work Silent Night was much acclaimed, has a new film coming out, called Post Tenebras Lux. It looks as WTF-ish as something from Terrence Malick, but while The Tree of Life is filled with sunlight, this one shows clouds, lightning, and.. satan? But still, it looks interesting.

Post Tenebras Lux

One of the biggest blockbuster everyone has been looking forward to is definitely Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and although I wasn’t that much interested in the beginning, this new trailer has definitely caught my attention. Looks very IMAX worthy. Wolverine has got its first trailer, it’s kinda meh, but here it is anyway. Another one is a trailer of Violet and Daisy, a movie starring Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan as killers (yeah right), which was initially released back in 2011. Wow it has taken that long for it to have a proper release? So, you’ve been warned. And seriously Saoirse Ronan keeps making one bad choice after another. Why, girl? However, next year we’ll see her in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. And she’ll be purged. Kristen Wiig’s Girl Most Likely looks good and honestly, Darren Criss is reason enough for me to see the movie. See the trailer here.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld made a black-and-white short film starring Keira Knightley (who just tied the knot with musician James Brighton, by the way) called Once Upon A Time…, telling the story of, of course, Coco Chanel. It will premiere at Chanel’s Cruise Show in Singapore next month and released online on May 8th. [source, source]

Once Upon A Time...

A long-awaited big sci-fi film, Ender’s Game, has not exactly released a trailer, but rather a super tiny teaser. Now, I’m not a big fan of the book (mainly because of the author), but I admit while I was reading it I kept thinking how cool it would be when it’s translated on screen. And man. It does look good. Really good. Watch the teeny tiny teaser here, introduced by Asa Butterfield (who plays the titular character and is all grown up and all) and Harrison Ford. The full trailer will be released on Tuesday.

Ender's Game

While checking out trailers, I came across Laurence Anyways, a film by Xavier Dolan, a Canadian actor and filmmaker. Correction—a young Canadian actor and filmmaker. Apparently, the 24 year-old’s directorial debut, 2009’s I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), gained praises and won awards. The Quebec filmmaker stays on the radar ever since and recently a music video he directed has drawn some attention. In rock band Indochine’s College Boy video, a boy gets bullied at school and ends up crucified and shot by the other students. The provocative video, which has been censored on French TV, sends a strong message about bullying and gun control. You can watch the video here. Remember, it’s not exactly an easy watch. Oh, and Dolan looks like this:

Xavier Dolan

So it’s only natural that I got interested in his works.

Sofia Coppola’s new film, The Bling Ring, has released a trailer. It doesn’t look much like a Coppola film. It looks… fun. I’m a huge fan of Coppola so I’m definitely very excited about this. The Bling Ring is based on a real life case of a bunch of teenagers breaking into celebrities’ homes and stealing from them. Last year it was reported that one of the teenagers, Alexis Neiers, was hired as a consultant for the movie. But now she began bashing the movie, saying that it’s trashy and inaccurate. It’s believed that she’s the inspiration for the character played by Emma Watson. Seriously, you’re portrayed by EMMA WATSON, and you complain? [source]

Speaking of Emma Watson, another Harry Potter alumni, Rupert Grint, has got a new movie coming out as well. CBGB takes a look at the New York City punk-rock scene in the 80’s and the one venue that was the center of it all. Grint stars with Malin Akerman, Alan Rickman and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. You can see some stills and posters here.

After the underwhelming Alice In Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful, Disney will present two live action fairy tale movies—first up is Maleficent (based on Sleeping Beauty’s villainess), starring Angelina Jolie, which is currently on post-production and will come out next year. Another is Cinderella, which already has Cate Blanchett cast as the evil stepmother and Kenneth Branagh as director. And now it has found its princess! The glass slippers go to.. Downtown Abbey’s Lily James. I really hope these two films will be able to bring something new, something good, and not just focus on too much CGI like their predecessors. [source]

Lily James

Colin Firth is confirmed to star alongside Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s new film. Not much is known about it yet except that it’s set in the south of France. Hopefully something as charming as Midnight In Paris? Anyway, before all that, Allen’s Blue Jasmine will be released this summer. Additionally, Firth has also been cast Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake) new movie, The Secret Service. [source, source]

We are all excited about Christopher Nolan’s next project, Interstellar, and recently, Jessica Chastain joined the cast, which already consists of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Now, Michael Caine has joined as well, marking their sixth collaboration. [source]

Macbeth will grace the big screen! The film will be directed by The Snowtown Murders’ Justin Kurzel, complete with Shakespearean dialogue and big battle scenes. Natalie Portman reportedly has just joined to star as Lady Macbeth, alongside Michael Fassbender who is cast as Macbeth. The two previously worked together on a (still untitled) Terrence Malick film. [source]

While Portman is keeping herself busy here and there, the one film that she has been attached to for a long while, Jane Got A Gun (in which she stayed on as a producer), continues to struggle. In March it was reported that Michael Fassbender has quit the project supposedly because of a clash with director Lynne Ramsay and that Jude Law has replaced him. Then, on the first day of production, Ramsay abruptly quit the whole thing. Less than 24 hours later, Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor stepped in. And then on the same day, Jude Law left the project because he “signed on to work with Ramsay.” Bradley Cooper then joined the cast after Law’s departure and now, Cooper has exited as well. What. The. Hell. Cameras have started rolling so we’ll keep an eye on this whole thing. Joel Edgerton (who even switched roles in the middle of the headache) said that the movie is “about halfway or more” through production and adds that “nothing will have to be reshot.” I’m tired just typing about this. [source, source, source, source, source, source]

Natalie Portman

Although he quit from Jane Got A Gun, Bradley Cooper is far from relaxed. Remember when I talked about the Chef and Sniper projects? Well, it seems like both are a go. Cooper has signed up for Steven Spielberg’s American Sniper and also for John Wells’ Chef. No word about Omar Sy, hope he’s still on board as well. [source, source]

Back in January I talked about Rodham, a Hilary Clinton biopic script that has been floating around for a while, and now it has found its way to a director, James Ponsoldt. Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now did very well in Sundance earlier this year. However, we don’t know where Rodham places in Ponsoldt’s priorities because he is set to direct the musical Pippin, an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel, and also an adaptation of a post-apocalyptic (ugh) Young Adult novel, Pure. [source]

Hilary Clinton

While we’re talking presidential stuff, most people probably have seen this but I thought I’d post anyway—at the White House Correspondents Dinner last week, this video was shown, about Steven Spielberg’s next project, Obama. Hilarious!


Men in Black 4 and Die Hard 6 are happening. Die Hard 6. Seriously? [source, source]

The beautiful Olga Kurylenko (last seen in Oblivion and Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder) is set to star in Vampire Academy, which is adapted from the hugely successful young adult vampire series authored by Richelle Mead. Oh all these Young Adult novel adaptations. But I shall not start ranting about this because frankly I’ll need a whole new segment. Anyway, did you know that Kurylenko has actually played a vampire before? [source]


Let’s get away from Young Adult novels and check in on Neil Gaiman. Apparently his American Gods is being adapted to an HBO series (HELL YEAH) and he’s busy working on the pilot and a sequel novel. HELL YEAH. A big fan of Gaiman (and HBO) so, very much looking forward to this. Maybe a Good Omens movie in the future..? [source]

New stills of The Great Gatsby have been released. I’m not a fan of the whole crazy marketing some movies do, but I guess that’s what needs to be done in showbiz nowadays. The movie is coming out May 10th and there were already a bunch of trailers, posters, clips and even soundtracks. Ugh. Anyway, you can see the stills here but seriously, you don’t have to see a gazillion stills to know that this film will be stunning and frankly even without all these promo gestures, most people will go see it anyway, right?

The Great Gatsby

While we have to wait for quite some time for American Gods, HBO has got something exciting coming up shortly—Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Cadelabra. I’ve talked about this project in January and man how time flies. The movie will premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and will then screened on HBO on May 26th. The network has released a 12-minute making-of featurette on its YouTube channel that you can watch here. Looks really good. Can’t wait to see the whole thing!

Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has been trusted to helm the reboot of giant franchise Jurassic Park and it seems like work has already begun. The director tweeted this image last Friday.


Trevorrow will work from a script currently credited to Rise of The Planet of The Apes duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and the movie is planned to be released on summer next year. [source]

As always, I will try to see you guys again next Sunday. Bye for now!

2 responses to “Weekly Rants: May 5 2013

  1. I wiLL DEFINITELY see Pacific Rim. The giant robot (I don’t know what to caLL it) and the controLLing system Looks Like a messy mash of EvangeLion x ULtraman x Tetsujin. And I miss Rinko Kikuchi. And it wouLdn’t hurt to Look at CharLie Hunnam on the big screen.
    But I don’t know if I stiLL want to see The Great Gatsby — bLame the crazy marketing for this indecision.

    By the way, I don’t know if it’s just me, but aLL your Links to TotaL FiLm and Indiewire don’t work 😦

    • UGH I have no idea why it happened but I’ll fix those links!

      I wasn’t too crazy about Pacific Rim (maybe because of the hype?) but heck yeah now I am! And you’re right, the crazy marketing of Gatsby is doing more harm than good. But it’s Leo and it looks gorgeous and I’m curious about the music, so.. yeah. Will still see it. PIssed, but still.

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