Natalie Portmanhas signed on director Brady Corbet’s (The Childhood of a Leader) next project Vox Lux. The storyline, featuring songs penned by Grammy nominated artist Sia, centers on Celeste (Portman), a woman who overcomes a major tragedy to become a pop superstar. Jude Law co-stars in the feature which starts shooting February 1 in New York City. The project, which begins in 1999 and follows Celeste’s evolution to the present day, will be produced by Bold Films and Andrew Lauren Productions.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a stellar actress as Natalie Portmanto the cast,” said Bold Films Chairman Michel Litvak.
Corbet initially carved out a career as an actor, working on such first rate pictures as thirteen, Simon Killer, and Force Majeure. Portman, who directed and starred in the 2016 feature A Tale of Love and Darkness, will next be seen in the Alex Garland sci-fi thriller Annihilation (opening February 23).
With the recent release Jigsaw and their underrated time travel flick Predestination as part of their resume, the Spierig Brothers (Peter and Michael) continue to creatively expand with the gothic thriller Winchester. The narrative is inspired by the life of widow Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Fortune who spent decades building her home up until her 1922 death. Whether Winchester kept on upgrading her mansion to ward of spirits or ensure the longevity of her life one can never know, but it’s part of what makes the mystery of the of Winchester so enticing. Jason Clarke co-stars in the feature as the psychologist who is sent to the home to assess Winchester’s sanity.
Though the Winchester Mystery House is now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, that doesn’t mean the haunted nature of the environment is a thing of the past. Click on the media bar below to hear Mirren talk about the mythology behind Sarah Winchester.
Clint Eastwood’s been on a reality kick lately. The last five movies directed by the Oscar-winner — J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper, Sully, and his latest, The 15:17 to Paris — have all been based on real people and real events. The 15:17 to Paris is based on the attempted 2015 terrorist attack on a train, one that was thwarted, in part, by three Americans who caught wind of the plot while aboard the train. Eastwood went for extreme realism in this movie — instead of hiring actors to play the soldiers who helped take down the terrorists, he brought in the real soldiers who were there on that fateful day. (Click on the media bar below to hear Clint Eastwood)
The 15:17 to Paris opens in theaters on February 9.
Now that we’ve had a couple of days to take in and digest the latest episode of This Is Us, we can already feel the lump swelling up in our throat for the next episode, which — at long last — will explain Jack Pearson’s death. We’ve known since last season this was coming. The hints have drawn us closer to the truth. But we can’t help but feel there will be no stopping the sobbing when that fateful scene is finally shown.
You’ve got a week and a half to prepare yourself for that moment, because that episode will be shown following the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4 on NBC. And if you need a little help setting the stage, a recap video of where things stand going into this pivotal new episode.
It’s been announced that the casting process began yesterday for Steven Spielberg’s next project, and his choice of films might surprise you: It’s a remake of the Oscar-winning 1961 musical West Side Story. While this is Spielberg’s first venture into the musical genre, it isn’t really a shocker — throughout his career, he’s defined himself through the diversity of his movies. Whether it’s sci-fi (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.), action (the Indiana Jones series), biopics (Lincoln), comedy (1941), or a wide variety of dramas (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, The Color Purple, BI, and his latest, The Post), Spielberg has proven that he can make any kind of movie he wants … and do it well! When we spoke to Spielberg, he told us how excited he gets when he’s able to do something new and different.
The Post is in theaters now, and his next film, the cyber-thriller Ready Player One, opens on March 30.