Anthony Mackie is set to team up with ‘Dear White People’ writer-director Justin Simien on a comedy titled ‘Make a Wish.’ The project, scripted by Zach Frankel, landed on the 2013 Black List of “unproduced” screenplays with the following official description: “A fourteen-year old boy with terminal cancer has one last wish – to lose his virginity – and convinces his reluctant football star Make-A-Wish partner (Mackie) to help him score.” Simien made his feature directorial debut on the Sundance prize-winning ‘Dear White People.’ His work on the film also bagged him Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director.
New Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ – Starring Bradley Cooper As Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
Note: look out for my interview with Bradley Cooper for ‘American Sniper’ over the weekend.
In Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’ Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1. Co-starring the likes of Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict, ‘American Sniper’ lands in US theaters in a limited release on December 25th, before expanding on January 16th (the date it also arrives in UK cinemas).
From Sundance Selects comes the trailer for ‘The Duke of Burgundy,’ the fantastic thriller from writer/director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio). Opening on January 23rd in the US and February 20th in the UK, the received rave reviews at this year’s Toronto and London Film Festivals.
Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotic spells quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point. The film co-stars Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna.
Ahead of the film’s premier at Sundance next month, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises have released the first trailer for Rupert Goold’s ‘True Story,’ which is based on the book by Michael Finkel. In the film, when disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. Opening on April 10th, 2015, ‘True Story’ co-stars Felicity Jones.
The good people over at The Film Stage have uncovered this first image from Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) ‘Crimson Peak,’ which will hit regular theaters and IMAX on October 16th, 2015. Penned by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, the film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. The synopsis for ‘Crimson Peak’ is as follows: “In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.”
2 New Images From Marjane Satrapi’s ‘The Voices’ – Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick….
From USA Today comes these two new images from ‘The Voices,’ which is directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry. Satrapi previously directed ‘Persepolis,’ based on her best-selling graphic novel, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Jury Prize in Cannes. Starring the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver, ‘The Voices’ marks her first English language film.
‘The Voices’ is a genre-bending film which centers around Jerry, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, we follow Jerry’s perspective as his talking pets, a sinister cat and benevolent dog, lead him down a fantastical, murderous path. The film will land on VOD and in theaters on February 6th.