The first poster has arrived online for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ which is set for a December 25th release in the US and a December 26th bow in the UK. Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, the film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.
From Fox Searchlight comes these new behind-the-scenes featurettes for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) critically acclaimed black comedy, ‘Birdman’. Starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts, ‘Birdman’ tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Opening today (October 17th) in the US, ‘Birdman’ arrives on January 2nd in the UK. The film is shot by academy award winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The Tree of Life).
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier (Logan Lerman) thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Written and directed by David Ayer, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star. Opening in the US today (October 17th), ‘Fury’ is set for release on October 24th in the UK. It will close the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday, October 19th.
- I’m caught up with both Brad Pitt and David Ayer for ‘Fury’ at the London Film Festival on Sunday, so I’ll be posting a much more in-depth interview with Brad Pitt on Tuesday morning – look out for that.
David Ayer’s movies are visceral and real, but they’re also deeply about brotherly love, fatherhood and friendship in the most extreme circumstances – in this case the brutality and the horrors of war, and the way it can strip away the human spirit and leave the participants reacting with a sort of primal instinct for survival. And I know you spoke to a number of veterans of the 2nd Armored Division who served during World War II, to get a greater idea about that time and for authenticity…?
Brad Pitt: That was invaluable. David is ferocious about authenticity. He set us up with some beautiful experiences. We got to meet several vets who were all in their 90s; they had survived D-Day landings, and the Battle of the Bulge… it was a very humbling experience to sit in their presence and listen to their stories. They had very visceral descriptions of what it was like to be in the tank: the heat, the exhaust, it was oily, the smell of death was always in the air. Most of them were under trained, they were under-equipped, they were dealing with incredible hardships and weather, lack of food, lack of sleep. And they had to push on under the most harrowing of conditions. When our films starts, as a tank crew we’re three and half years into it. We’ve been through Africa, we’ve been in France, we’ve been in Belgium, and now we’re deep in Germany. I think in the film you feel that exhaustion and that weariness and the drama of war. I feel like we got there, and I’m proud of that. It’s a very visceral experience, and you feel the process of living in the tank and this family that is forged from this experience. It’s moving as well.
2 Posters For Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ – Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund…
Following the film’s new full-length trailer (which you can watch below), these two posters have been released for the upcoming true drama directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie. ‘Unbroken’ follows the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini and is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s book, ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Set for December 25th, ‘Unbroken’ marks Angelina Jolie’s second turn behind the camera, after her critically-acclaimed directorial debut, 2011’s Golden Globe Award-nominated ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey.’
A new batch of clips have arrived online for ‘Whiplash,’ which is led by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench), ‘Whiplash’ is adapted from a short film that won Sundance’s jury award for fiction in 2013 (also written and directed by Chazelle). Earlier this year the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance.
Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered the lead role in the live-action adaptation of ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ which Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing for DreamWorks. Based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street‘ star Margot Robbie was initially said to be in talks for the role, but those talks fizzled.
The 1995 anime influenced a number of prominent filmmakers. The Wachowskis, the creators of ‘The Matrix’ and its sequels, showed it to producer Joel Silver, saying, “We wanna do that for real.” Other parallels have been drawn to James Cameron’s ‘Avatar,’ Steven Spielberg’s ‘AI: Artificial Intelligence,’ and Jonathan Mostow’s ‘Surrogates,’ among others. The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ anime was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by Production I.G, and featured the voices of Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka and Iemasa Kayumi.