First Trailer for THE RUM DIARY Starring Johnny Depp
by Jason Barr Posted: August 25th, 2011 at 6:12 pm
The first trailer from writer/director Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary is now available online. Starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, and Giovanni Ribisi, the film is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name and centers on journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) who moves to Puerto Rico where he eventually finds both his voice as a writer and his integrity. I know people have been waiting for this film to finally make it before their eyes for some time and, as far as first impressions go, the trailer doesn’t disappoint. Moviegoers may pay to see Depp revisit the mind of Thompson, but they’ll stay for Jenkins’ wig.
Check out the trailer after the jump. The Rum Diary opens later this year on October 28th.
Olivia Wilde in Talks to Replace Jennifer Garner in BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 25th, 2011
The dark comedy thriller Better Living Through Chemistry has been going through some casting changes as of late. Last month, Sam Rockwell replaced Jeremy Renner in the lead role (since Renner is starring in every movie possible for the next two years), and now Olivia Wilde is in talks to replace Jennifer Garner in the lead female role. Garner is forced to leave the project not because of scheduling issues, but because she’s now expecting her third child with husband Ben Affleck.
Variety reports that Wilde is in talks to play a trophy wife with whom Rockwell’s small-town pharmacist strikes up an affair as a result of a loveless marriage. Things take a turn, however, when the two start using hard drugs and begin plotting the murder of Wilde’s husband. Michelle Monaghan will play Rockwell’s wife and Judi Dench is set as the film’s narrator. Writer/directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier are making their feature film debut with the project, and I must say I’m quite intrigued. The cast is spot-on for the darkly comic story, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this one shapes up.
Over 60 New High Resolution Images from Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 25th, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Warner Bros. has unloaded a massive number of images from Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming star-studded thriller Contagion. The film centers on the global impact of a deadly virus outbreak, showcasing the ensemble cast that includes Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Lawrence Fishbourne and Bryan Cranston. We debuted the chillingly great character posters a few weeks back, and these images give us our first look at Elliott Gould, John Hawkes and Demitri Martin in their supporting roles, as well as a number of shots of Soderbergh in action.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Contagion opens in IMAX and regular screens September 9th.
Paul Greengrass Eyeing Adaptation of THE FEAR INDEX?
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 25th, 2011
Paul Greengrass needs to get a film going. Not for him. He’ll be fine. For me. I want to see a new film from him. He’s been flirting with a variety of projects ever since Green Zone including Fantastic Voyage, Treasure Island, Cleopatra, The Deep Blue Good-By, and Rush. It looked like the MLK assassination drama Memphis was going to be his next project but Universal got cold feet at the last minute. From my understanding, it showed Martin Luther King Jr. as a real person instead of saint (I think showing his flaws does the man more credit than trying to gloss over his flaws). Greengrass was then offered the Somali pirate drama Maersk Alabama starring Tom Hanks but the project seems to have stalled.
Now it looks like he may be circling an adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel The Fear Index. Harris tells The Telegraph [via The Playlist] that Greengrass is on board to direct the Harris’ script, which is a thriller about an impending meltdown in the financial markets. Timely! Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel and my thoughts on Greengrass potentially taking the gig.
New Clip from DRIVE
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 25th, 2011 at 11:29 am
How much did I love Drive? I want to see it again more than some other films I haven’t seen this year. I don’t know how much mainstream appeal it has but I honestly don’t care. It’s a great movie and folks will either warm to it or not. But for those who are offput by the violence or the fact that it’s not the cookie-cutter product they’ve come to expect, they’ll be missing out on excellent performances, taut drama, and killer action.
This new clip is only 43 seconds long and it briefly demonstrates all three. Also, since this clip features Albert Brooks as mobster Bernie Rose, I want to reiterate what I said in my review: If FilmDistrict makes a serious push to get Brooks a Best Supporting Actor nomination, I think they’ve got a good chance at getting it. But whether the flick gets some awards buzz or not, you still have to see it. Hit the jump to check out the clip. Drive opens September 16th.
3 New Images from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 25th, 2011 at 8:06 am
Sony has released three new images from David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. According to Fincher, his take on the film explores “the cultural legacy of denial,” and “we want to find a place where you can talk about something and be really, really hard-hitting – like the material it’s based on – and yet we also want to make it a moviegoing experience.” I haven’t read the book but the Swedish adaptation didn’t seem like it had much to say about anything. It was simply a detective story with some colorful but meaningless brutality thrown in. I give Fincher the benefit of the doubt that he can glean a more rewarding film from Stieg Larsson’s novel.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st.