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Watch Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman in the trailer for 'A Little Chaos'

Alan Rickman takes both the director’s chair and the throne in his latest movie, A Little Chaos.


Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos' picked up by Focus Features

The North American distribution rights for Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, in which the actor both appears and directs, were picked up by Focus Features, which plans to release the film about a landscape designer played by Kate Winslet in 2015. The release date means that the film and Winslet will not be players in the awards race this year. READ FULL STORY

Watch Kate Winslet meet the king in Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos'


The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be TIFF’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s XIV’s new palace at Versailles. Using wit and intelligence, she attracts the attention of the court’s renowned landscape architect, André Le Nôtre (The Drop‘s Matthias Schoenaerts), and comes face to face with the Sun King himself, who demands the gardens become a paradise of unrivaled beauty.

Who else to play such an all-powerful king that Rickman himself, who can convey more disdain or disinterest with one raised eyebrow than most actors can with a lengthy soliloquy.  A Little Chaos is Rickman’s first time back behind the camera since The Winter Guest in 1997—though he’s directed several theatrical plays in between. A Winter Guest starred Emma Thompson, a longtime friend of Rickman’s from Sense and Sensibility. With A Little Chaos, Rickman reunited with the other Dashwood sister, and the actor/director marvels at the actress and the woman she has become.

In an exclusive scene from the film, which is in Toronto hunting for distribution, Winslet’s Sabine arrives at the king’s gardener’s plot to swap some shrubs and flowers. But the head gardener isn’t there, sent away earlier by the king himself so he could enjoy some solitude surrounded by beauty. For better or worse, Sabine doesn’t recognize her king when she meets him face-to-face for the first time. READ FULL STORY

'CBGB' trailer: NYC club comes back to life -- VIDEO

CBGB, Randall Miller’s star-studded tale of the famous New York club, has been leaking slowly into our consciousness for a while. Starting with casting news, then a slow trickle of posters and images, the anticipation has been building — and although the visuals are all well and good, a movie about famous musicians and their favorite venue needs some sound!

Finally, we are treated to the first trailer — a bunch of famous people playing other famous people in the dirty, dangerous, legendary club. The spot features music by Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith Group, (portrayed by the likes of Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Joel David Moore, Mickey Sumner, and more). It gives viewers a glimpse into the success-against-all-odds story of the club itself and the artists it launched, all thanks to a crazy visionary called Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman). Take a look for yourself:

Casting Net: Minka Kelly heads to the White House. Plus, Gary Oldman and Rupert Grint

Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly will play Jackie Kennedy in Lee Daniel’s upcoming film The Butler, which tells the story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker) who served under eight presidents. The all-star cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, Matthew McConaughey (as John F. Kennedy), John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, and Terrence Howard. [Screen Daily]

Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is set to play the bad guy again, this time as the scientist Norton who creates the titular cyborg in Jose Padilha’s upcoming remake of Robocop. Robocop will be played by Joel Kinnaman (The Killing). The film is set for a summer 2013 release. [THR]

• From Harry Potter to punk rock? Rupert Grint is set to star in two upcoming films. In CBGB, he’ll play rocker Cheetah Chrome opposite Alan Rickman as legendary club owner Hilly Kristal. Will taking direction from a gritty club owner be much different than from Professor Snape? The second stop for the redhead is The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, where he’ll star opposite Shia LaBeouf. [Variety]

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