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The official ‘Frank’ website has revealed this new batch of images from the upcoming offbeat comedy. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film was written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). ‘Frank’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release for the film.
Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gylenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Marc Webb has confirmed on his Twitter account that B.J. Novak will indeed be playing the villainous Alistair Smythe (aka Ultimate Spider Slayer) in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ The director tweeted, “Almost shot ASM2 in B+W til @bjnovak‘s (A. Smythe) promo for his excellent book ONE MORE THING beat me to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FxhTn9cEhI.” It remains to be seen what Smythe’s involvement will be in the film’s overall plot.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the second in a planned four-film series that will further expand to include spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom. From director Marc Webb, the film will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th.
According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. Pictures has already begun work on a sequel to ‘The Lego Movie,’ the upcoming animated film based on the popular kids’ toy. Jared Stern, who wrote ‘The Internship’ and ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins,’ is working on the script with another writer. Advanced market research indicates ‘The Lego Movie’ will be a huge hit, grossing upwards of $40 millon this weekend in North America alone.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote the first movie, which Village Roadshow co-produced and co-financed. Jared Stern’s involvement is born out of the creative consortium of writers and directors Warner Bros. Pictures created to foster new animated projects. ‘The Lego Movie’ was greenlit before the formation of this consortium, but it is the studio’s first animated release since it decided to put it together.
Based on a remarkable true story, ‘The Monuments Men’ is a drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. ‘The Monuments Men’ is set for February 7th in the US and February 14th in the UK.
‘The Monuments Men’ marks your sixth collaboration with George Clooney, but your first major role with him in the director’s seat (Damon had a small part in ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’). How did you find working with him in that somewhat new capacity?
Matt Damon: He’s one of the best directors working today, without a doubt. I’ve worked with a lot of really great directors, and he belongs right on that list with all of those great ones. He really knows what he’s doing, and on top of that the set is a really fun place. You don’t have anyone melting down or going crazy (laughs), it’s a fun environment and everyone’s relaxed. He puts everyone in a position where they can do their best work, there’s nothing for anyone to be nervous about. It was a great place to come to work every morning.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have come on board to play the lead roles in ‘The Lobster,’ the English-language debut of Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (‘Dogtooth,’ ‘Alps’). The film is pegged to start shooting on March 24th in Ireland. Farrell and Weisz join the previously announced Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Several other roles in the ensemble are being finalized.
Co-written by Yorgos Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, Efthimis Filippou, the film is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death. Lanthimos said, “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to work with such great actors. Their contribution to our film will enrich and expand the world we are trying to create and explore. Furthermore our team of old and new collaborators makes me very confident and excited to start making this film.”