Delving into the past is part of director Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There) storytelling style, and he follows suit with his latest film Wonderstruck.
Penned by Brian Selznick (from his own bestselling novel), Wonderstruck is set in two time periods (1927 and 1977). After his mother’s (Michelle Williams) passing, Ben (Oakes Fegley) goes on a quest to find a father he has never known. Fifty years earlier, a child named Rose (Millicent Simmonds) goes searching for an actress (Julianne Moore) she admires.
It’s great to see Haynes and Moore reunite after their successful collaborations on Safe and Far From Heaven. The Wonderstruck trailer has a similar wistful tone to Haynes’ Citizen Kane-ish homage Velvet Goldmine, and the film has already received great word of mouth. Whether or not David Bowie approved of Velvet Goldmine, it’s a wonderful touch to have the seminal track “Space Oddity” in the trailer.
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Wonderstruck hits theaters October 20th via Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.
Soon to be seen in the harrowing true-life drama THE IMPOSSIBLE as a husband trying desperately to reconnect with a family pulled apart by the effects of a devastating tsunami, actor EWAN McGREGOR has just wrapped his work on the highly anticipated film adaptation of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. A domestic comedy/drama that captivated audiences and critics on both coasts, the film is directed by JOHN WELLS from TRACY LETTS’ own adaptation of his play and boasts a stellar cast that includes MERYL STREEP, EWAN McGREGOR, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, JULIETTE LEWIS, ABIGAIL BRESLIN, JULIA ROBERTS, DERMOT MULRONEY, SAM SHEPARD, CHRIS COOPER, JULIANNE NICHOLSON and MARGO MARTINDALE. During our recent interview, McGREGOR seemed pleased with the filming of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and its faithfulness to the source material.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is in post-production and slated for release sometime next year
We’ve said it before and we’re saying again that the popular FX series SONS OF ANARCHY is the baddest of bad-ass dramas to bike down the pike in a long time. Airing tonight, the Season 5 finale promises to deliver to fans the kind of WTF action they’ve come to expect as Jax (the perfectly cast CHARLIE HUNNAM) firms up some new deals and gets rid of some old problems. Created by KURT SUTTER and starring a collection of character actors that is nothing short of amazing, S.O.A. doesn’t disappoint. We caught up with HUNNAM at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel as few days ago and he talked about how happy he’s been with the way this season’s episodes have shaped up and shared his excitement over the finale. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in theaters and finally gaining a little awards consideration attention, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is STEPHEN CHBOSKY’S own big-screen adaptation of his best selling young adult novel of the same name and follows the adolescent coming-of-age of a 15-year-old high schooler trying to cope with first love, loss and mental illness. Directed by CHBOSKY as well, the film features the captivating and completely committed performances of leads LOGAN LERMAN, EMMA WATSON and EZRA MILLER. First-time director, CHBOSKY is to be congratulated not just for a great adaptation of his own book but also for the perfect ensemble cast he’s put together. Despite getting great notices for his performance, it was just a couple of years ago (during interviews for PERCY JACKSON) that LERMAN confided in us that the kind of role he plays in PERKS is exactly the kind of character he was hoping to avoid. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Nothing says ‘Oscar’ more than playing a character with a deformity or physical handicap and actress MARION COTILLARD covers both bases in the new French drama RUST AND BONE. As a marine park trainer whose legs are savagely bitten off by a killer whale during a performance, COTILLARD gets to display an amazing range of emotions as her character overcomes abject despair to make peace with a new life. Co-written (with THOMAS BIDEGAIN) and directed by JACQUES AUDIARD, the cast also includes MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS and ARMAND VERDURE.
Playing a person who has ostensibly lost everything in life is a tough proposition and COTILLARD, during a recent press conference to promote the film, admitted it was a far cry from anything she’s experienced in her own life. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)