Olivia Wilde in Talks to Replace Jennifer Garner in BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY
Ok, much like Rockwell replacing Renner...Wilde is an upgrade over Garner. Not because Wilde brings anything other than relevance to the table, but because Jennifer Garner is a TV ACTRESS who makes Sandra Bullock seem like Olivier.The dark comedy thriller Better Living Through Chemistry has been going through some casting changes as of late. Last month, Sam Rockwell replaced Jeremy Renner in the lead role (since Renner is starring in every movie possible for the next two years), and now Olivia Wilde is in talks to replace Jennifer Garner in the lead female role. Garner is forced to leave the project not because of scheduling issues, but because she’s now expecting her third child with husband Ben Affleck.
Looking forward to this.
You’re Not Ready for the Teaser Trailer for ‘Alps’ | Film School Rejects
Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth is decidedly divisive cinema. The film played on the festival circuit back in 2010 (I took it in at SXSW in a tiny screening library room, via DVD on a tiny television) and ended up garnering a surprise Best Foreign Film nomination at the Oscars, but all that certainly doesn’t mean that the film is fit to be enjoyed (or possibly even consumed) by everyone.
The film focused on a Greek family with three adult children who had been isolated from the world by their parents (namely their father) and taught to fear not only other people, but nearly everything else, especially cats. To further their isolation, the kids were taught incorrect meanings for words, leaving them essentially unable to express themselves to others, should they ever encounter them. There was also an incest storyline. Sound heavy? It was – and wasn’t. Dogtooth is wonderfully unsettling cinema, littered with humor darker than coal, and more messages about family and society than you could count on your fingers and toes. I loved it, but I also absolutely understand why other people don’t.
Now Lanthimos is back with a new film, Alps, which will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Much like Dogtooth, the film looks to imagine an alternate sense of reality within the regular world. In the world of Alps, members of the titular group perform a service – they “stand in” for deceased people for their grieving loved ones. And, like Dogtooth, that serious plotline doesn’t hint at the real bones of the film – black as night humor. While the first teaser doesn’t show much plot, it does show some Lanthimos style humor. Check out the teaser trailer, and a mountain of other Alps information, after the break.
First Clip And A Ton Of New Photos From Steve McQueen’s Festival-Conquering ‘Shame’ > The Playlist
Our own Oli Lyttelton’s excellent Venice coverage only heightened our excitement for the director’s follow-up to “Hunger” (2008) with his review praising, in particular, the “tour-de-force performance” by Fassbender and the exhibition of “absolute control and discipline shown by McQueen throughout.” Excited yet?
Bunch of photos at the link, too.
And here's that review:
Venice ‘11 Review: ‘Shame’ A Fascinating Follow-Up To ‘Hunger,’ With A Tour-De-Force From Fassbender > The Playlist
the film is a powerful, beautifully acted sophomore film, and more than ever, we’ll be watching what McQueen does next like a hawk. [A-]
Venice ‘11 Review: ‘The Ides Of March’ Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney > The Playlist
So in answer to our earlier question, it’s not as accomplished and impassioned as “Good Night and Good Luck,” but unlike “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” it’s tonally assured, and unlike “Leatherheads,” it’s, well, watchable. Very watchable in fact—it moves along at a fair old clip, thanks to Stephen Mirrione‘s typically taut editing, and another fine, surprising score from Alexandre Desplat. This U.K. based writer is admittedly something of a U.S. politics junkie (we pretty much know “The West Wing” off by heart. All of it. Test us), but we had a blast. Whether wider audiences enjoy it as much remains to be seen (although we’re fairly sure that it’s early anointment as an Oscar front-runner will disappear quickly), but it at least happily confirms that Clooney the director is here to stay. [B]