Writer/producer Dan Fogelman is best known for the critically acclaimed NBC series This Is Us, and after last night’s finale we were treated to the teaser trailer for his latest film Life Itself.
Hitting theaters September 21, the story centers on a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) whose story isn’t restricted to their present day life. Instead, the narrative is a multi generational love story that spans decades and continents (Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, and Annette Bening are seen in the trailer).
If you’ve seen the excellent 2015 Danny Collins, which featured one of Al Pacino’s most charismatic performances (he played a successful yet burned out music star), then you know Fogelman, along with being a first rate TV guy, is also an excellent feature film director. Check out the teaser to Life Itself (which was also the moniker for the excellent Roger Ebert documentary) below!
Cinematographer Reed Morano has done sterling work behind the camera with Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, and The Skeleton Twins, and now she gets her shot at directing with the drama Meadowland.
Sarah (Olivia Wilde, who also produces) and her New York City cop husband Phil (Luke Wilson, who worked with Morano in The Skeleton Twins) are dealing with an unshakeable tragedy, and the couple become unhinged in the process. As Phil loses sight of the moral compass behind his job, Sarah engages in emotionally destructive behavior.
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April to a great reception, the film’s North American rights were acquired by Cinedigm. Co-starring John Leguizamo, Giovanni Ribisi, and Elisabeth Moss, the film hits theaters October 16 and will be available On Demand October 23.
Could Meadowland deliver one of Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson’s best performances? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Wilde will also be star opposite Bobby Cannavale in the series Vinyl, which a Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) produced series which premieres next year on HBO.
Olivia Wilde is one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She currently stars in Rush, Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s racing movie. Wilde has four other films coming out this year, and two of her films, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Drinking Buddies, were already released earlier this year.
Wilde told us that working with so many diverse director’s, including acclaimed director’s Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, and Spike Jonze, as well as other young and upcoming director’s, has made her really want to direct herself. She also said that she observes them while working, especially Ron Howard, whom she followed around the set and was amazed by his work ethic. (Click on the media bar below to hear Olivia Wilde)
Olivia Wilde’s career soared after starring on the FOX hit medical drama, House. Wilde has since starred in many big films including TRON: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens and her new movie ,The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, co-starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell.
Starring on such a beloved and critically acclaimed series as House has helped Wilde’s career. While some actors have to take roles that they don’t really like to be able to earn a living, for Wilde it is different, and she says that she can now take roles that appeal to her, not just because she needs the paycheck.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in theaters tomorrow.
Currently in limited release and available via VOD, DEADFALL is a tight indie crime drama that succeeds (for the most part) in blending a little romance with some thrills and delivers on the promise of what, back in the day, would be considered a swell matinee movie. Directed by STEFAN RUZOWITZKY THE COUNTERFEITERS) from a script by first-timer ZACH DEAN, the cast includes such fan favorites as ERIC BANA, CHARLIE HUNNAM, OLIVIA WILDE, SISSY SPACEK and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. Probably best know these days for his work on the popular FX series SONS OF ANARCHY, Brit actor CHARLIE HUNNAM once again uses a flawless American accent in DEADFALL. During the recent press conference to promote the film, HUNNAM credited working long hours on the series for being able to pass as a Yank on screen. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)