A new adaptation of author Patricia Highsmith’s times-testing novel, The Price of Salt, is seeing a limited release this Friday, November 20th in the form of a new drama titled Carol. Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) penned the script for the project, which was directed by Oscar-nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) and stars Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood, The Monuments Men) and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Her) as an older, married woman and a department store clerk, respectively, who enter into an unconventional love affair in 1950s Manhattan. Along with the culture and societal norms of the times, their relationship becomes even more strained as Carol deals with possibly separating from her husband, and furthermore, loosing her daughter. Also starring in the film are actors Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Sarah Paulson (Mud, 12 Years A Slave). The earned big nods at the Cannes Film Festival, winning selections for Best Film and Best Actress, and will see a limited theatrical release this Friday, with an expanded release possibly happening sometime in 2016. This one will be more of the more artfully crafted dramas from the looks of the trailer, and pretty intense subject matter, but if you’re in the mood for that with all this rain it’ll make for the perfect date movie. Keep an eye out for upcoming TV spots and a potential further release date. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock (Speed, Crash), who has been lending her voice to animated comedies of late, is returning to the big screen this week in a new “dramedy” Our Brand Is Crisis. Directed by Pineapple Express and East Bound & Down director David Gordon Green, the film is a dramatization of Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinkler Taylor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats). Bullock stars as Jane, an experienced political campaign strategist who is sent to war-torn South American to aid in the installation of a new leader, but whose efforts art threatened to be thwarted by an old political rival. Also starring in the film is Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon, Monster’s Ball), with Anthony Mackie (Million Dollar Baby, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joaquim de Almeida (Clear and Present Danger, Behind Enemy Lines), and Scoot McNairy (Argo,12 Years A Slave) included in the supporting cast. Argo producers George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Monuments Men) and Grant Heslov (Good Night and Good Luck, August: Osage County) are behind the production of the project, which thus far has drawn much praise for Bullock’s acting, but also mixed feelings about the screenplay and directing. I suppose you’ll have to decide for yourself when you see it in theaters! The movie opens on Friday. Enjoy the trailer.
The new drama from director Simon Curtis (Five Days, My Week With Marilyn), Woman in Gold, is now playing in theaters. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Ryan Reynolds (Waiting, Safe House), the film follows the story of Maria Altman (Mirren), a Jewish woman who seeks to regain her family’s lost artwork that was stolen by the Nazi party in World War II with the help of her lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds). The film is based on the memoirs of Altman and Schoenberg and was adapted for film by screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (Possession, Planespotting). Included in the supporting cast are actors Daniel Bruhl (The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglorious Bastards), Katie Holmes (Phone Booth, Batman Begins), Tatiana Maslany (Eastern Promises, Heartland), Max Irons (Being Julia, Red Riding Hood), and Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean). The announcement for the film came around the same time as The Monuments Men was released in theaters in February 2014, so I’m sure there will be comparisons made between the two, but definitely give it a chance nonetheless.
Although Jeremy Renner did a pretty good job expanding our insight into the Jason Bourne universe as fellow Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, The Bourne Legacy was still lacking in the excitement and suspense that Paul Greengrass brought to The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum films with veteran actor Matt Damon. But now news from Deadline reports that Greengrass and Damon will be reuniting for a fourth installment in the original Jason Bourne storyline from Universal Pictures, and the release date for the film will now take the place of the planned sequel to Renner’s Bourne Legacy (July 2016). There is no official news release on the new plotline, but the rumors about what it could be are already starting to hit the web, with a lot of speculation as to whether Renner’s Aaron Cross and Damon’s Bourne will cross paths or if the film will only focus on Bourne. In The Bourne Legacy we saw how Renner’s story was running parallel to Jason Bourne’s expeditions in The Bourne Ultimatum, but whether or not Greengrass will want to cross the two plots is, again, still uncertain. Since Ultimatum was released (and Damon refused to make another Bourne unless Greengrass was signed on to direct), the two filmmakers have worked on a number of projects, with Greengrass releasing Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks last year, and Damon appearing in films like Contagion, Elysium, and The Monuments Men, the two did work together on Green Zone in 2010, so it only seems appropriate that they should be reunited under the Bourne banner once again. Damon is scheduled to begin filming The Martian with director Ridley Scott by the end of this year for a November 2015 release, and will also make an uncredited cameo in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar at the end of this year. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates.
THR recently reported that Matt Damon is reuniting with director Kenneth Lonergan for his next project titled Manchester By The Sea. The film follows a lazy, unmotivated plumber from Boston, who returns home following the death of his brother, only to find the responsibility of raising his 16-year-old nephew has fallen to him while he deals with another tragedy from his past that comes to the surface. Lonergan, who received Oscar recognition for his screenplay for You Can Count On Me (2000), has worked with Damon before, but this may be the first time their work will be released to a larger audience and get some legitimate recognition. Their last project, Margaret, was shown at several film festivals in 2005, but after being shelved received a limited-release in 2011 and has since been pretty much forgotten. Lonergan is also the writer behind such films as Analyze This (1999), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), and Gangs of New York (2002), but this will be his first major film project since Margaret in 2005. Damon was last seen in The Monuments Men earlier this year, and will make a small appearance in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming space drama Interstellar before beginning filming on The Martian with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) for November 2015. We’ll watch for more news on the Manchester project.
George Clooney and Matt Damon’s latest project, The Monuments Men, which hit theaters back in February, followed a group of soldiers during WW2 that were commissioned to steal priceless works of art to protect them from Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film received mixed reviews but it was interesting to see Clooney and Damon on the other side of a heist movie since their work together in the Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Now Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Green Lantern) will be joining Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network) in a new film that revolves around an extremely similar plot as Monuments Men. Unlike Monuments Men, however, this new project, entitled Woman In Gold (or The Golden Lady), will be a bit more on the legal side, as it follows Maria Altmann and attorney Randol Schoenberg in a courtroom battle to recover stolen art works from Altmann’s family from Nazi Germany. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will be directing the project, which will be released by The Weinstein Company and will also costar Daniel Bruhl as Reynold’s opposing attorney. I’m not really sure what the obsession is with WW2 art all of a sudden, but if it makes a good movie then what the hell right? Stay tuned.
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming to theaters this May, there is a lot of buzz going on around Hollywood about director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield and whether or not they will be involved in both the third and fourth installments of the series. Sony Pictures has already set release dates for the next two movies, the third movie being set for release in June, 2016 and the fourth film set for 2018. Variety recently reaffirmed that both Webb and Garfield would be returning for the third film, but beyond that everything is still in the air seeing as there is no official contract. Nevertheless the two will be very busy in the next several years. Sony also recently announced that the Spider-Man franchise would bring to theaters several spin-offs over the next few years, much like the X-Men series has done with Wolverine. There is no telling whether or not Webb will direct any of these, but in the meantime Andrew Garfield will be busy working on a number of dramas between his superhero duties. The actor will be taking a role in Martin Scorsese’s next picture, Silence, as well as 99 Houses, and The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren, which follows a similar story to George Clooney’s Monuments Men, but from a courtroom perspective. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this May; check out the trailer here on MADE.
RoboCop was a smash hit when it was first released to theaters back in 1987. The story involved a police officer in Detroit who was terminally wounded and transformed into the ultimate law enforcement cyborg. The film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Total Recall) and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who also wrote both sequels. Peter Weller and Nancy Allen led the cast of the movie, with Kurtwood Smith (Red from That 70s Show) appearing as the main villain. The new movie has taken the story another 15 years into the future, taking place in a more futuristic 2028 Detroit, but still revolves around the same general story-line. The new movie is directed by Jose Padiha and stars Joel Kinnaman in the lead role, as well as Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Leon The Professional) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice). Also coming to theaters this February is the World War II drama/action flick The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray. The film is based on the novel about a true story following a platoon that is tasked with the mission of saving priceless works of art from Nazi thieves and returning them to their owners. The book was written by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter and adapted for the screen by director and co-star George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Argo, Good Night and Good Luck). You can check out the trailers for both these movies right here on MADE, but you’ll have to wait another month to see them in theaters.