Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, known not only for dramas such as ’Raise the Red Lantern’ but for epics such as ‘Hero’ and ’House of Flying Daggers,’ is reportedly in negotiations to direct ‘The Parsifal Mosaic,’ Universal’s adaptation of the 1982 Robert Ludlum novel. David Self wrote the adaptation, which tells of a U.S. intelligence agent who witnesses the assassination of his lover, a KGB double agent. When he later sees her alive in Rome, it begins a quest that leads him to unravel a conspiracy with a mole named Parsifal as the tessera at its center.
Zhang Yimou’s next film, ‘Coming Home’ is expected to hit the big screen later this year. He last directed ‘The Flowers of War,’ a war drama that was both in English and Chinese and starred Christian Bale set against the backdrop of 1937′s rape of Nanking. Zhang Yimou has won numerous awards and recognitions, with Best Foreign Film nominations for ‘Ju Dou’ in 1990 and ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ in 1991, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received considerable international acclaim.
Hot on the heels of the film’s new trailer, Social Toaster has debuted this latest wallpaper for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ The film 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. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Colm Feore (‘Donald Menken’), Chris Cooper (Norman Osborne), Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak (Alistair Smythe), Sarah Gadon and Sally Field (May Parker). The official synopsis for the film is as follows.
Relativity Media has set loose, via WWE, this first poster for ‘Oculus,’ the Mike Flanagan-directed horror film starring Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garretty Ryan, Kate Siegel, Katie Parker and Miguel Sandoval. Opening on April 11st, the synopsis for ‘Oculus’ is as follows.
In “Oculus,” ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…
Magnolia Pictures has debuted this new trailer for ‘Nymphomaniac: Part 1.’ Lars von Trier’s latest project will be released as two full-length feature films. ‘Nymphomaniac: Part 1’ will open in US theaters on March 21st, and be available On Demand as of March 6th. ‘Nymphomaniac: Part 2’ will open in theaters on April 18th and be available On Demand as of April 3rd. Both parts open on February 22nd in the UK.
‘Nymphomaniac’ is the “wild and poetic” story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next eight chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has debuted this latest clip from Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ The stellar cast for the film includes Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori.
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ tells of a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee (Tony Revolori) who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. The film which opens on March 7th.