Impressive Promo Art for Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE Starring Gina Carano
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 6th, 2011Director Steven Soderbergh is setting up audiences for a one-two punch this year with the action film Haywire and the epidemic drama Contagion. While Contagion will likely receive more attention due to its A-list cast (Damon, Paltrow, Winslet, Cotillard, and Law), Haywire is no slouch either. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and in the lead role, MMA fighter Gina Carano as a spy who is double-crossed on a mission and comes home to protect her family and get revenge.
The aptly name Gina Carano fan site, “Gina Carano Fan Site” has come across some promo art for the film done by artist Neil Kellerhouse and it’s the kind of eye-catching work you will never see on a real poster because it doesn’t use floating heads or the standard blue-orange template. No official materials have been released, but I highly encourage the studio behind the film to use the poster where Carano is running across the title. Hit the jump to check out the promo art. Haywire currently doesn’t have a release date, but it’s looking to hit theaters in August.
Woody Allen to Co-Star in His Next Film alongside Roberto Benigni
by Matt Goldberg Posted: May 6th, 2011Woody Allen has cast two more actors in his next untitled film. One actor is a familiar face in Woody Allen’s films: Woody Allen. Allen hasn’t co-starred in one of his movies since 2006’s Scoop, but he sounds pretty pleased with the decision to join the picture, which he tells USA Today is “comic picture, an out-and-out comedy.” Also, if you thought you were done with Roberto Benigni, you were wrong because Allen says the Oscar-winning actor is also in the film. After coming to the attention of mainstream American audiences in Life is Beautiful, Benigni thought it would be a good idea to adapt Pinocchio and then play Pinocchio and that no one would be creeped out by the prospect of a middle-aged man playing a young boy.
Allen and Benigni join previously-announced cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin. Allen says he’s still casting for the film, which shoots in Rome this summer. His new film, Midnight in Paris, will open the Cannes Film Festival and hit theaters in the US on May 20th.
4 Clips and 10 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: May 6th, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the swashbuckling franchise, hits theater May 20 and darn it if I haven’t missed Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in his five-year absence. Disney has provided us four clips from the movie, not to mention 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, to mark his return. The last clip in particular is a great showcase for that guttural yell of Depp’s, a personal favorite. The clips also highlight Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane’s introduction to the franchise — McShane is awarded an especially badass entry scene as Blackbeard. Geoffrey Rush, Sam Claflin, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey also star in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall (Nine). Watch everything after the jump.
Neil LaBute and Aaron Eckhart to Reunite for THE GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE; Ed Harris to Co-Star
by Adam Chitwood Posted: May 6th, 2011Aaron Eckhart is set to reunite with writer/director Neil LaBute for his next film The Geography of Hope. The 1970s-set indie centers on two crooks who flee to Baja, Mexico after a bank robbery gone bad. Once there, they encounter a number of American women and are torn between swindling or romancing them. 24 Frames reports that Ed Harris is set to co-star in the film alongside Eckhart as the other crook.
Eckhart and LaBute have collaborated four times before, most recently with 2002’s Posession. LaBute wrote the script for Hope years ago, but put it on the backburner when his theater career took off. The plan is to shoot The Geography of Hope sometime this year in Puerto Rico.
Catherine Hardwicke to Direct Adaptation of THE BITCH POSSE
by Adam Chitwood Posted: May 6th, 2011Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will again tackle teen angst with an adaptation of Martha O’Connor’s The Bitch Posse. Deadline reports that Hardwicke will direct from a script by Tristine Skyler (Getting to Know You). The film covers familiar territory for the director as it focuses on a group of three high school friends. A terrible incident occurs that changes their dynamic forever, and the book switches back and forth between the girls’ high school years and present day, which finds one of them in a mental institution, another in a loveless marriage, and the third a promiscuous failed writer.
Miranda Bailey and Matthew Leutwyler are producing the flick through their Ambush Entertainment banner. Hardwicke most recently helmed Red Riding Hood, which was released last month to middling reviews. Hit the jump for a synopsis of O’Connor’s novel.