If the shot above looks exceptionally (or Inception-ally) familiar, it might be because it’s from the first film directed by Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. In Transcendence, which hits theaters April 18, Depp plays a computer scientist (below) studying “the singularity,” the point at which artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence. “It’s a very timely subject as we find we have to update the software on our cell phones before we can even make a call,” says Pfister. Depp’s character literally gets uploaded into the mainframe, becoming a ghost in the machine (above, with costars Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall) after he’s attacked by anti-technology activists. It’s an out-there premise, even if the film’s star is looking uncharacteristically tame. “I don’t think we’ve seen him this way in a long time,” says Pfister, laughing. “Just a pair of glasses on and a pretty normal haircut.”
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Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is a timeless literary classic, but it’s been more than 60 years since Hollywood attempted a big-screen adaptation of the 1856 novel. French-born filmmaker Sophie Barthes, who last tackled Chekov in the critically-admired Cold Souls, is currently directing Mia Wasikowska and a cast that includes Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.
Wasikowska plays Emma, a beautiful French farm-girl with few prospects who marries a doctor (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) to secure her future. She tries to be happy in her new life — as a wife, as a mother — and when she can’t, she tries to pretend. Until she can’t any longer. She engages in several extramarital affairs that offer glimpses of happiness but ultimately further her despair.
In this exclusive first look photo, Wasikowska wears the 1,000-yard stare of a woman slowly suffocating in her life. The movie is being filmed in Normandy, France, where the novel is set.
If you want to get to the heart of Madame Bovary, click below to see a scene from Little Children, Todd Field’s marvelous 2006 movie with Kate Winslet, who played a modern-day character who shares Bovary’s plight. READ FULL STORY
Following Thursday’s Instagram tease of the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, we have an exclusive look at more aspects of the highly anticipated new film, which hits theaters May 23. Patrick Stewart maneuvers in his new hover-chair as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence dons full blue mode (and yellow eyes) as Mystique, and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage addresses the U.S. president as Bolivar Trask, the creator of mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels.
The new film, inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s beloved 1981 comic-book storyline of the same name, unites the cast from the original X-Men films (Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, etc.) with those from 2011’s prequel First Class (Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult) in a time-bending adventure. The plot follows Wolverine (Jackman) as he travels from the bleak future to the 1970s, sent by Professor X (Stewart) and Magneto (McKellen) to change certain key events.
Bryan Singer, returning to the franchise after directing the first two X-Men films, says Days of Future Past will take viewers on an emotional ride. “The stakes are high, not just for the world and the future but also the stakes of some of the characters,” says the director. “Clearly there was enormous fragmentation between the characters that happened at the end of First Class. That left the characters on a certain path. This movie will show you where those paths lead.”
Check out six brand-new seconds from the movie below: READ FULL STORY
Jude Law is a handsome man. He’s got the look of a wealthy, privileged playboy and has been cast as such more than a few times in his career. So when The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald started looking for a blue-collar guy to take on the lead role in his submarine thriller Black Sea, it’s easy to understand why he was hesitant to even consider the golden boy.
“I wanted somebody in their middle age and who was British and who could convincingly be a blue-collar guy,” Macdonald told EW. “If you look around Hollywood, there aren’t very many who look like that and certainly not stars. I went to see him thinking ‘well Jude Law is great, but he’s not really him.’”
Oscar winner Colin Firth turns private detective in Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s new fact-based drama Devil’s Knot, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8. Firth stars with Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, and Mireille Enos in the film, which is based on the notorious case of three heavy-metal-loving teenagers from West Memphis, Ark., who were convicted of the 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys despite a lack of evidence. The so-called West Memphis Three became the subject of Paradise Lost, a series of three award-winning documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as a Peter Jackson-produced doc called West of Memphis that won them the attention of a host of celebrity and criminal-justice advocates. In 2011, the trio was freed from prison under an Alford plea that allowed them to proclaim their innocence while technically upholding their murder convictions (and exempting the state from civil penalties). READ FULL STORY
Hey Jon Snow, what’d you do with all your clothes?
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has talked publicly about the physical transformation he undertook to play Milo, a slave turned gladiator, but little did we know he’d be so … exposed. We’re worlds away from The Wall.
As captivating as Harington’s physique might be, it’s hard to discern what exactly is going on in this exclusive first look at Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mount Vesuvius pic Pompeii. Are those ashes? Where is he going? Is he coolly walking away from an erupting volcano? Did he forget his shirt? Thankfully, Harington took a few minutes to shed some light on why Milo is looking so surly and bare in this photo.
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Yes, we swear, that’s really Steve Carell. The star dons a prosthetic nose — and an uncharacteristically gloomy demeanor — in this exclusive image from his new movie Foxcatcher (out Dec. 20). In director Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball, Carell stars as John DuPont, the real-life chemical heir who befriended Olympic wrestler brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) before murdering David in 1996. READ FULL STORY
Music biopic fans were dealt a serious blow yesterday when news broke that Sacha Baron Cohen had dropped out of a long-planned film about Freddie Mercury. Thankfully, they’ve still got something else to look forward to: All Is By My Side, a film that covers Jimi Hendrix’s early years (and, interestingly enough, doesn’t actually feature any of Hendrix’s famous songs).
Outkast’s André 3000 — a.k.a. André Benjamin — will play the Seattle-born guitar virtuoso as a struggling musician in London, shortly before the release of Are You Experienced, the album that would be his big break. The movie is set to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — and in anticipation of its release, TIFF has just released the first photo of André as Hendrix.
Can an Outkast convincingly play an icon? Check out the picture above — then speculate away.
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