While we were busy keeping up with Sundance and Rotterdam, a lot of news and views slipped us by, and today’ll be spent catching up in a series of entries. We begin with trailers for upcoming releases and news of projects in the works—and rumors of projects in the works. First up is Raúl Ruiz‘s Night Across the Street, out next month from Cinema Guild.
Adrian Curry has the poster. Aaron Cutler for Film Comment: “The film is based on two stories by the Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, but typically, it’s not so much an adaptation as what Ruiz called an ‘adoption,’ incorporating references to certain of his own films, his cinematic influences, and personal history, and imaginative twists and turns of his devising.”
“Jerry Lewis made his first film appearance back in 1949, and 46 years later it seemed that he’d graced the big screen for the final time alongside Oliver Platt in Funny Bones,” wrote Joe Cunningham at the Playlist some time back. “But after 18 years away, and around 30 years since his last leading role, it appears that Lewis is to return in a film called Max Rose.”
Chuck Workman has interviewed David Lynch and Mike Leigh for a doc called What Is Cinema?, reports Lucas Shaw for Reuters.
Participant Media will be releasing Pablo Larraín‘s No next month. From Rotterdam, Celluloid Liberation Front reports for Indiewire on Larraín’s new television series: “Made for HBO Latin America, Larraín’s first foray into serialized narrative links up with his previous work, at least in thematic terms. Like his three films, Tony Manero, Post Mortem, and No, Prófugos [Fugitives] deals with the history of the filmmaker’s native Chile, but unlike them the setting is contemporary.”
“Could this be the wackiest crowd funding campaign you’ve seen in a while?” asks Marina Antunes at Quiet Earth. “Take Italian arthouse director Davide Manuli, known for his strange experimental movies (including last year’s The Legend of Kaspar Hauser starring Vincent Gallo), mix in Abel Ferrara in a starring role and you have Haiku.”
“Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reteam with Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel,” according to the Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit. Let’s emphasize the “in talks” part; we don’t know that that’ll actually happen. We do know, though, that the release of The Master on DVD and Blu-ray will feature all sorts of tantalizing extras, as the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth reports.
For the New York Times, Michael Cieply talks with Joel Coen about Inside Llewyn Davis, which is “built around full-length performances of folk songs that were heard in the grubby cafes of the Village in a year when Bob Dylan, who kind of, sort of shows up in the movie, had just appeared on the scene.”
Indiewire‘s Jay A. Fernandez reports that CNN Films “has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to a documentary about author and film critic Roger Ebert based on his memoir Life Itself. Hoop Dreams helmer Steve James is directing the film, with Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian aboard as executive producers.”
And Alison Willmore notes that HBO has ordered up “a half-hour comedy called Togetherness about two couples living under the same roof” from Jay and Mark Duplass.
André 3000 as Jimi Hendrix? Lenny Kravitz as Marvin Gaye? Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone? The Music Snobs debate the prospects.
TheWrap‘s reporting that Anne Hathaway has signed on to “a modern-day retelling” of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew “set in mid-20th century Italy.”
Vulture‘s Zach Dionne: “Brian De Palma is getting back together with his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star Al Pacino for a biopic of Penn State’s Joe Paterno.”
James Franco “is set to direct and star in Beautiful People, a biopic on the famed ’60s hairstylist Jay Sebring,” reports the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth. He may also be lining up an adaptation of James Ellroy’s American Tabloid.
Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, an adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel featuring Romain Duria, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, and Omar Sy, “tells the tale of Colin (Duris), the wealthy inventor of an olfactory musical instrument,” notes Oliver Lyttelton at the Playlist. “He marries Chloe (Tautou), but unfortunately, she falls ill during their honeymoon thanks to a water lily that enters her lung, and the only way to treat the ailment is to surround her with fresh flowers—an expense that soon drains his funds.”
“Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina are set to star in Ira Sachs’s Love Is Strange,” reports Beth Hanna at Thompson on Hollywood.
“Shaggy-haired actor Paul Dano will play shaggy-haired musician Brian Wilson in an upcoming biopic,” reports Marah Eakin at the AV Club.
You’ll have heard that J.J. Abrams, whose Star Trek Into Darkness is headed to theaters in May, has signed on to direct the next episode in the newly revived Star Wars franchise for Disney. There’s been no avoiding that story; it’s even inspired a song-and-dance number. But will Abrams also be making a Lance Armstrong biopic? And if so, with whom? Confirmations and denials have flittered across the wires, so Glen Levy‘s looked into it for Time.
“Like the bear drawn inexorably to the forest, stopping along the way to punch another bear in the throat,” writes Sean O’Neal at the AV Club, “Liam Neeson has signed on to star in a Liam Neeson movie, that burgeoning genre in which a man is pushed to violent means to protect his family—the natural habitat of Liam Neeson.” As Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. reports, this one’ll be called Run All Night.
Update: This just in from Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool: “There’s another Don DeLillo adaptation on the cards for David Cronenberg, though this time he’ll be on the other side of the camera. I Am Love‘s Luca Guadagnino is adapting DeLillo’s The Body Artist into a film with the abbreviated title of Body Art. Variety say that Cronenberg is going to act in the film, alongside Isabelle Huppert and Denis Lavant.”