It seems I spoke too soon when I said I hadn’t heard of any upcoming independent Wonder Woman project in the midst of all the crazy Avengers and Justice League news that has been coming out from Marvel and DC Comics. Apparently there is a solo movie featuring Wonder Woman is in the works from Warner Bros. studios that will feature Gal Gadot carrying her role over from Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and that project has already been given a release date of June 23, 2017. While Batman Vs. Superman is obviously already in the works with director Zack Snyder, the studio is quite not looking to Snyder to direct this independent project. Instead they are on the hunt for a female director to take on the film, and some names already being tossed around the grapevine (specifically from Forbes Magazine) include Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Twilight), Julie Taymor (Titus, Across The Universe), Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones), and Tricia Brock (Killer Diller, The Walking Dead). While a decision has yet to be made on the matter of directing, the screenplay is already being worked out by writers Michael Goldenberg (Contact, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Matthew Jennison, William M. Marston (Wonder Woman-1979), and Brent Strickland. Gadot is the only confirmed cast member at this point. Stay tuned for more news.
We have been following the production of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project for some time now, and finally we have a visual idea of what to expect from the upcoming drama. Inherent Vice follows the trials of Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private detective in 1970s Los Angeles who probes the murder/disappearance of his former girlfriend. Vice is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in the roles of Sportello and LAPD detective Bigfoot Bjornsen. Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, and Owen Wilson also have supporting roles in the film. Entertainment Weekly recently acquired a photo from the set featuring Brolin and Phoenix in full costume, the first real look at the movie we have had thus far. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this coming January 15th. Stay tuned for more information…we should see a trailer coming out soon!
Director Paul Thomas Anderson has added some surprising names to the cast of his next drama Inherent Vice, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, and Benicio Del Toro. Now actress Jillian Bell has reported that she and fellow Workaholics star Anders Holm will also be appearing in small parts in the movie. Bell will make an appearance as a waitress in a scene with Del Toro, and although Holm’s role has not been disclosed, Bell assures Cosmo that he is making an appearance. Bell can also be seen right now in theaters alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street, which also stars Ice Cube and Parks and Recreations favorite Nick Offerman. Inherent Vice is currently in post-production and is currently scheduled for release in January 2015.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson is currently finishing production on his next film, Inherent Vice, which has now been given an official release date by Warner Bros. for this December 12th. The movie is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, which follows a pot-smoking detective in 1970s Los Angeles named Larry “Doc” Sportello, who probes the disappearance of an old girlfriend. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Sportello, and has an all-star supporting cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Martin Short. This will also be the third collaboration between Anderson and composer Jonny Greenwood, who worked on two of the director’s previous movies, There Will Be Blood (2007), and The Master (2012).
Many people may not be aware of Jonny Greenwood’s musical contributions outside of the English rock-band Radiohead, but the 42 year old musician is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Greenwood won a Grammy for his work on director Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and also worked with the director on his more recent film, The Master (2012). Before working with Anderson, however, Greenwood’s music was featured in several big name motion pictures, including Children of Men (2006), Unfaithful (2002), Vanilla Sky (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Romeo+Juliet (1996). Now Greenwood is also being contracted to score Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which is scheduled for release sometime this year and which stars Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short. Although Anderson’s films have won (and received even more nominations) for the Oscars and Golden Globes, Greenwood’s work as a composer for the big screen has yet to be recognized by either film organization. Maybe this time he will get his big break, but either way his talents can no longer be overlooked by anyone in the film industry, even if Paul Anderson is the only filmmaker in Hollywood to let the musician work his magic. Stay tuned for more information on Inherent Vice.
It seems Hollywood is turning to real-life influence for a lot of movies that don’t involve comic book superheros or pot-smoking comedians. Several upcoming films based on biographical accounts have caught my eye recently, including Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Elton John, and John Belushi! While there is only a script ready for the Mercury flick, and a pretty blatant hint from Queen that they’d like Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) to play the part, a Janis Joplin film is also in the works, and Amy Adams’ (Man of Steel) name is being tossed around to head that picture. Elton John, another big name in music, is also on the list of musicians to get a big-screen adaptation, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking on the biographical lead role. This film is supposedly going to be a musical based on John’s life but set to a fantasy backdrop, but we’ll see how that pans out.
Last on the list of biopics is the late comedian John Belushi (The Blues Brothers, Animal House). Several names have been tossed around for the lead role, including Adam Levine (Workaholics), Emile Hirsh (Into The Wild), and Joaquin Phoenix, but I honestly can’t imagine Phoenix (who did make a decent Johnny Cash) playing a character like Belushi. There is also a need to cast the real life characters of Belushi’s co-stars in both his films and the Saturday Night Live series, so the filmmakers have a big opportunity to get a really good cast together if they play their cards right, and provided they have a good script to work with. All of these movies are still in the production phases, so I have no idea when they might be coming out, but I can’t imagine them being released in too tight a sequence, so we’ll just keep our eyes open for now.
October 10th marks the start of the 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival. The celebration began yesterday (Oct. 10th) at the Chicago Theatre with a screening of director James Gray’s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. It will end on the 24th of October with Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about the early 1960s folk scene in the Greenwich Village, starring Oscar Isaac. Films by writers, directors, and actors from around the world have been entered to this year’s celebration. Some interesting showings include Like Father Like Son, The Major, The Priest’s Children (strange title, I know, but read the description before you judge), Tanta Agua, La Juala de Oro, Infiltrators, and I Will Be Murdered, just to name a few. Tickets are $14 a day for general admission, with $5 matinees until 5pm. Students and seniors can get in for $11. You can find information about showings and ticketing at chicagofilmfestival.com or call 312-332-3456. Enjoy the show!
Earlier in the week grainy images of the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Orlando Magics” surfaced and it seems we’ve got a detailed look sooner than we presumed. As of now the “Formidable Foes” pack will also include the Seattle Supersonics and the Phoenix Suns, both of which also took tough playoff loses to the Chicago Bulls during their championship run in the 90s. No release date has been set at the moment, but we’ll have more info along with images of the Suns & Sonics kicks when they surface.
Tis the season of film fests! The Chicago and New York Film Festivals are both happening this fall, as well as the Venice and Toronto celebrations. London’s Film Festival has just released more information on their film line-up for 2013. The New York Festival, like the London Film Festival, will be kicking off with director Paul Greengrass’s Captain Philips, and the Venice fest is opening with Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. The New York fest will also close with the new movie from Spike Jones, entitled Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Her revolves around a man living in the near-future who begins to fall in love with an AI robot (voiced by Johansson). The London Film Festival will be closing with Saving Mr. Banks, the biopic that tells of the making of Mary Poppins, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Hanks will be getting some good marketing this year; both his films are based on real-life characters; some heavier material since his last major appearance with Halle Berry in 2012’s Cloud Atlas. The London Film Festival will run from the 9th to the 20th of October and is being put on by British Film Institue.