• Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life, and recently it seems she’s turning to more director-driven projects. These have seen varying degrees of critical and box office success, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Walter Salles’ On The Road, as well as the occasional raunchy comedy (Bachelorette) and cameo role (Anchorman: The Legend Continues). Now, Dunst is set to join director Jeff Nichols (Mud), as he re-teams with his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, about a father and son on the run. Details are scarce, but the report says that along the way, they discover that the 8-year-old son has some kind of special powers. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) also stars. [Deadline]
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Filmmakers have played with gravity for long time, from Fred Astaire’s 1951 ceiling dance to the ill-fated space mission of Apollo 13 to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hallway fight in Inception. But when Argentine director Juan Solanas set out to make his romantic fantasy film Upside Down, he was presented with the challenge of filming a world not with zero gravity, but dual gravity.
Upside Down, which hit U.S. theaters this weekend, takes place on two planets that share the same atmosphere. Separate gravitational forces keep inhabitants of each on their own planet. The idea came to Solanas (who also wrote the script) as the image of two mountains facing each other, one jutting up from the ground and one down from the sky; a man on the lower mountain looks up and sees a woman standing on the other mountain. That image became the initial meeting place for Upside Down’s star-crossed lovers, Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst), who are kept apart by the governmental laws of both their worlds – and the law of gravity.
Creating a world with dual gravity where Adam attempts to visit Up Top (the richer planet that makes up the sky of his poorer Down Below) presented a slew of technical challenges to Solanas and his crew. READ FULL STORY
Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is such a seminal, sui generis work of Beat Generation fiction that it’s taken 55 years since its publication for a feature film adaptation to make its way to movie theaters. Everyone who’s read the book has an idea of how the story of two friends on a meandering road trip across America should look. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) was distilling all those disparate ideas into a single, unified feature film.
Then comes an even trickier question: How do you sell it? The Beats weren’t exactly known for being commercially oriented artists, but when you have a film featuring stars like Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Kirsten Dunst, you kinda want to have them on your movie poster. How do you do that without making it seem like a crass play to boost your box office?
The design team at Percival & Associates have come up with an elegant solution in the final one sheet for the film, and EW has an exclusive first look. Check it out below (click the image to embiggen): READ FULL STORY
Toronto Film Fest: 'On the Road' cast, crew celebrate at after-party (sans Kristen Stewart), despite premiere delays
Oh the trials and tribulations of technology, not to mention film projectors.
The highly anticipated Toronto International Film Festival premiere Thursday of beat drama On the Road, starring Kristen Stewart and based on Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness road novel, started off to a rocky start, but bounced back, all cylinders running.
Director Walter Salles confirmed to EW.com at a late-night after-party for the film, at the new Toronto bar-restaurant Patria, that projector and other tech issues following Jason Reitman’s live-read of American Beauty at TIFF venue the Ryerson Theatre led to the premiere of On the Road, scheduled after at the same venue, being delayed an hour.
Instantly entering the race for the best trailer of the year, the new, dialogue-free teaser for On the Road mixes an expertly edited collage of shots from the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat Generation novel with a propulsive jazzy score and a key excerpt from the novel itself spoken by Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise (voiced here by actor Sam Riley). Also: Some excellent fontage. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
'Bachelorette' and the video-on-demand revolution: How digital distribution is changing indie cinema
When Bachelorette arrived at the Sundance Film Festival last January, the film’s producers were quite clear-eyed about its prospects. The dark comedy — about three hard-partying high school friends (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan) and their evening of escalating debauchery before the wedding of another friend (Rebel Wilson) — was based on a years-old play by writer-director Leslye Headland. But just as the feature film adaptation was set to go before cameras last summer, Bridesmaids, which shares some pointed similarities, became a massive, zeitgeist-seizing sensation.
“When Bridesmaids hit, I knew, ‘Oh, now [Bachelorette] is going to look like a knock off,'” says producer Adam McKay, who with fellow producers Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum helped champion the film through their production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. So McKay turned his sights beyond U.S. theaters, to the European release (“I thought they’d enjoy the darkness of the movie”), home video, and cable. One thought that did not cross his mind? Video on demand. “No, no,” he says. “I wasn’t thinking VOD at all.”
Even after Bachelorette was snapped up by RADiUS, The Weinstein Company’s brand new label focused on alternative distribution, McKay remained skeptical at the plan to release the film on VOD a full month before its theatrical debut Sept. 7. “It just didn’t seem like that big of a deal to me,” he says with a chuckle. So you can imagine McKay’s surprise when, within 48 hours of its digital premiere, Bachelorette hit number one on the iTunes video-on-demand chart — the first time, it seems, that a film has hit that milestone before hitting movie theaters.
The burgeoning world of on-demand/digital releases for feature films hit a big milestone this week. The dark romantic comedy Bachelorette – about three best friends (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan) on an epic pre-wedding bender — hit No. 1 on the iTunes Movies chart. It’s the first time a film has hit that benchmark before its theatrical release. Bachelorette, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, opens in select theaters on Sept. 7.
The accomplishment is especially sweet for the film’s distributor, RADiUS, which was created by The Weinstein Company earlier this year specifically to release films in non-traditional formats. Bachelorette was the company’s first acquisition.
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Want to see some of your sentimental favorites get really, totally, completely NSFW dirty?
The trailer for Bachelorette, which is obviously going to remind everyone about that other R-rated gal pal wedding film, is a movie about a debauchery-filled bachelorette party that features Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and even Bridesmaids alum Rebel Wilson reciting their filthiest lines and partaking in some seriously questionable behavior.
Judging by the trailer, it’ll be a Hangover-esque romp where most of the action takes place on one ill-fated night. The film generated some buzz at Sundance earlier this year and was produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Bridesmaids fans, get ready: Bachelorette will clearly also have a very memorable airplane scene (Janis Ian would be intrigued!)
Check out the NSFW trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO
Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.
EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière. READ FULL STORY
Between 2008 and 2009, a gaggle of fame-hungry teens and 20-somethings burglarized the homes of some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, including Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, and Paris Hilton. Now Sofia Coppola is bringing the story of the so-called “Bling Ring” to the big screen with a cast full of big names like Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (sister of Vera), and reportedly Kirsten Dunst. The catch? Her film might hurt the LAPD’s real-life case against these young criminals.
The testimony of Detective Brett Goodkin, who played a pivotal role in bringing down the Bling Ring, will likely be crucial during the trials of Courtney Ames, Diana Tamayo and Roy Lopez Jr., the case’s three remaining defendants. But, as The L.A. Times writes, Goodkin may have damaged his credibility by serving as a technical advisor to Coppola’s movie and playing himself on screen.
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