From Launching Films, next week's new releases in the UK:
300: Rise Of An Empire (3D) (15)
Director: Noam Munro
Grand Budapest Hotel, The (15)
Director: Wes Anderson
Total Siyyappa (Total Chaos) (12A)
Director: Eeshwar Nivas
Stag, The (15)
Director: John Butler
Wake In Fright (R/I) (18)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Rome, Open City (Roma, Città Aperta) (R/I) (12A)
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Director: Nick Lyon
Director: Robert Luketic
Escape From Planet Earth (3D) (U)
Director: Cal Brunker
- If you ever wanted to see Michael Fassbender in a film, cast in the role of a 'difficult' musician, and buried under a giant paper mache mask, you've hit the trifecta here. Frank, releasing May 9 in the UK, comes from a story by The Men Who Stare At Goats’ Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The plot sees Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, a wannabe musician who joins a band led by the eccentric Frank (Michael Fassbender, playing a character partly inspired by the paper mache character known as Frank Sidebottom, who was created by Chris Sievey). Weirdness and some music ensues as they head for the Texas SXSW festival to maybe or not make it big. The trailer is below:
- In case you needed to dose up on your testosterone, Empire have more clips from David Ayer's SWAT team vs Cartel drama Sabotage , starring a very grizzled Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's out May 9 in the UK. The full trailer is below:
- New teaser footage has been released for a film that has been on my radar for some time given the festival buzz about it stateside- Blue Ruin, from Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier. Its a revenge thriller that follows the enigmatic and hermit-like Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) as he returns to his childhood home to avenge a mysterious crime. The film is out in the Uk at least on May 2, and the full trailer is also below:
- Bond 24 scriptwriter John Logan gave Empire magazine a script update, the first draft is 'nearly done.' Given Craig has signed for at least two more films, Empire pressed Logan about the next two Bond films being a two-parter, maybe featuring the returns of Quantum. No comment.
- New stills and a trailer for Sin City II: A Dame to Kill For, which is once again directed by the duo of the original comics creator Frank Miller, and Robert Rodriguez. Gyrating women, guns, hyper- stylised CGI-augmented super noir aesthetic; its like they never went away. Some of the cast from 2004's Sin City are back in town and will appear in various segments/stories in the new film. Jessica Alba is back as dancer /lawyer trainee (or maybe she is now an actual lawyer?) Nancy Callahan. Newly arrived is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will appear in the segment The Long Bad Night (original to this film and not one of the original comics) as Johnny, a cocky gambler who goes too far. Mickey Rourke is back as the hulking Marv, (his episodes are set before last time's The Hard Goodbye allowing him to appear again despite being KIA in the last film). The title story will see Marv pitted against femme fatale Ava Lord (Eva Green) and teamed up with private eye Dwight McCarthy (Clive Owen and Josh Brolin). Also returning are Bruce Willis as Detective John Hartigan, Rosario Dawson as Gail and Jamie King as Goldie and Wendy. Further new faces include Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, and Dennis Haysbert. Its out May 22 in the UK.
- The Guardian have an interview with Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer. This film, which features Scarlett Johanssen as a mysterious alien hunting men in Scotland, has been getting terrific buzz and I'll be see in it at a BFI preview on March 16, where Glazer will be doing a Q&A. Full report to follow.
- Charles Gant's weekly box office Guardian summary: The Lego Movie continues to bury all competition in a river of multicoloured bricks. Overall UK box-office is up 44% on the equivalent weekend from 2013
Top 5 at the UK Box Office:
1. The Lego Movie, £3,226,594 from 549 sites. Total: £26,671,764
2. Non-Stop, £2,652,364 from 453 sites (New)
3. Ride Along, £1,420,992 from 382 sites (New)
4. The Book Thief, £1,370,649 from 511 sites. Total: £1,430,684
5. Mr Peabody & Sherman, £795,797 from 508 sites. Total: £11,628,241
- The SXSW 2014 Festival is coming up, Indiewire have a handy top ten, given that there are about 5000 films playing. Two real oddities playing at this year's festival include the 3-D printing documentary Print the Legend, and Spanish director Nacho Vigalando's Open Windows, a thriller starring Elijah Wood where the concept involves the film's entire story plays out on a single computer screen through a series of open windows.
- The Last of Us, the hit post-apocalyptic PS3 game, is to become a film. Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director, will write the script, while Naughty Dog’s co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra are signed on to the project as creative architects. Guardian story here.
- Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Australian outback horror film Wake in Fright is getting a re-release. Mark Kermode likes it, as of course does Nick Cave .
- Current BFI Seasons include : Al Pacino Season Part II, which means Heat, Carlito's Way and The Insider. Derek Jarman Season Part II (including an Imax screening of Blue), and a focus on Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant). BFI Events in March include a Q&A with Barnard, a screening of Under the Skin and a Q&A with Johnathan Glazer, and the launch of the Birds Eye View festival (full festival begins in April).
- 78-Year old William Friedkin will be buggered if he is quitting any time soon. It has been announced he has made a deal with HBO Films to direct and executive produce Mae West with Bette Midler attached to play the title character. The film is based on the actress' own memoirs, Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, and centers on Mae West’s rise to Hollywood stardom. Indiewire story here.
- The Coen Brother's next film could well be a madcap 1920s-era romp set during the production of a Roman epic. It could also be the third in their 'numbskull' series of films, reuniting them with George Clooney after O Brother and Burn After Reading. Guardian Story here.
And last but not least, we are in the build up phase now to Mad Men Season 7. We've had AMC tease out a short video clip of Don, now ....a trippy season promo poster from graphic designer Milton Glaser, artist known for his work in the 1950s and 60s ad world.